The Man who Invented "Too Big to Fail" Recants

Dr. Tom Palley, AFL-CIO & Author, From Financial Crisis to Stagnation: The Destruction of Shared Prosperity and the Role of Economics, joins Thom Hartmann. Austerity has taken out Greece - Spain and Italy - and now it's trying to destroy the United Kingdom's economy too. How can Americans prevent the great economy destroyer known as austerity from coming across the pond? Plus - the man who invented "too big to fail" recants on CNBC.

Full Show 7/25/12: An Uprising in Anaheim

Thom talks with journalist Tim Pool about the uprisings in Anaheim. Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses the Romney camp's dog-whistling strategy, the GOP jobs plan that doesn't create any jobs and if Gary Johnson will decide November's election. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at the history of the Koch family's destructive influence on our nation.

Conservative Millennials, Boomers & Libertarians all being Conned

Multigenerational political influence by a very narrow special interest group is rare, but we're seeing it played out right now in front of us. A billionaire family - the Kochs - have gone from influencing my father's generation, to my generation, to my kids' generation - and very few Americans realize it. Daddy Koch - Fred - made his first millions palling around with Joe Stalin in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s. As the fascists rose to power in Europe in the 1930s, he was an enthusiastic supporter of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who invented the word "fascist," meaning essentially the takeover of democratic governments by big business interests. Mussolini went so far as to dissolve the Italian parliament, and replace elected politicians with representatives of each district's largest corporations. Fred Koch and Mussolini both particularly hated the trade unionists and their sometimes allies, the communists. So after Mussolini, along with his ally Hitler, lost World War II against America, Fred Koch brought the anti-communist pro-business-running-goverment - what some would call "facist" - torch to America big time, helping start the John Birch Society.

Tim Pool Caught in Crossfire in Anaheim - Joins Thom Hartmann

Tim Pool, OWS Journalist joins Thom Hartmann. For the fourth night in a row - protests broke out in the streets of Anaheim last night - and community members clashed with police. What provoked last night's violence - and were police in the wrong for shooting civilians with rubber bullets? We've now seen civil unrest touch several major cities across America - from New York to Oakland to now Anaheim - all signs that our system of vulture capitalism, free-trade Reaganomics, and Republican Austerity are pushing our nation to the brink. Dangerous times may be ahead

The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Fatiferously Ugly!

The Good! *Anheuser-Busch* At the company's Fairfield, California plant - nearly half of the electricity used is generated by biogas, wind and solar power on site. The plant also has a process for recovering the steam that heats the boilers in the brew house - and turning it into energy. The Bad! *Big Oil* A new report is out detailing just how wealthy the Big Five Oil corporations are. According to the report - in 2011 - the oil giants earned $261000 thousand dollars per minute - more than 96 percent of American households make each year. and the Very Very Ugly! *Family Research Council* A leaked strategy memo is detail the anti-homosexual Conservative hate group's future spending plans. According to the memo - the FRC plans go on the offense - by "advancing the Christian worldview as America's only hope."

Green Report - Frightening News - Greenland's Ice Sheet

NASA scientists were left stunned after analyzing data showing that Greenland's ice sheet is melting at an unprecedented rate. Three independent satellites confirmed that over four days, the amount of ice melting in Greenland jumped from 40% to 97% - showed by this chart - the image on the left is from july 8 and the image on right is from July 12th. As one NASA scientist wrote in a press release, "This was so extraordinary that at first I questioned the result: Was this real or was it due to a data error?" Unfortunately, it's very much real - and in 30 years of observations, never has this much ice melted away from Greenland so fast. Of course - oil industry funded scientists will tell us everything is just fine - and it's just a really hot summer. Meanwhile, they're the ones most likely looking for mountaintop real estate - away from soon-to-be rising oceans.

Is America about to Fall off the Fiscal Cliff?

Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect magazine joins Thom Hartmann. Despite what the Mayans said - the world is not ending in December - but it might be ending in January if Congress doesn't get it's act together. Do lawmakers in Washington understand just how much our economy is hurting - and can they do what it takes to keep it afloat? If Congress doesn't act fast - America is going to fall off the fiscal cliff come January 2013.

Lone Liberal Rumble - Will Libertarians cause Romney to Lose in Nov? Part 2

Lachlan Markay, Heritage Foundation & Judson Phillips, Attorney, Tea Party Nation join Thom Hartmann. Why are Republicans so happy about a jobs plan that doesn't create jobs - and will a third-party candidate throw a wrench at Mitt Romney's Presidential hopes? All that and more in tonight's Lone Liberal Rumble

Lone Liberal Rumble - Will Libertarians cause Romney to Lose in Nov? Part 1

Lachlan Markay, Heritage Foundation & Judson Phillips, Attorney, Tea Party Nation join Thom Hartmann. Why are Republicans so happy about a jobs plan that doesn't create jobs - and will a third-party candidate throw a wrench at Mitt Romney's Presidential hopes? All that and more in tonight's Lone Liberal Rumble...

Romney Camp Wants Anglo-Saxons (Master race?) in the WH

On last night's show I talked about dog whistle politics - and how Mitt Romney isn't afraid to talk in code to appeal to the racist whackjobs in his party who really think President Obama was born in Kenya - or that somehow he's a "foreigner." Well, just as I was saying those words - the Romney campaign was taking a deep breath and getting ready to give another really loud toot on the dog whistle. As reported yesterday in the British Newspaper the Daily Telegraph - a Romney campaign adviser told Telegraph reporter John Swaine that Mitt Romney will have better relations with the UK than President Obama...mainly because one of President Obama's parents was black. Here was the exact quote from the Romney campaign advisor as reported: "We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special...The White House didn't fully appreciate the shared history we have." As Swaine writes about the comment: "In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa."

Full Show 7/24/12: The Dog-Whistle Strategy

Thom details how the Romney camp is continuing the long Republican tradition of dog-whistling. Also discussed: the DOJ investigation into Pennsylvania's new voter id law, how the GOP jobs plan doesn't create any jobs and how an MSNBC host with an autistic son blamed the Colorado massacre on autism. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses how Wall Street owns Congress and always get what they want.

There was a Time when Banksters Couldn't Buy Politicians

Wall Street makes a lot of money. Or, more correctly, they TAKE a lot of money, as the leeches and banksters on Wall Street are very much Takers, rather than Makers. They don't make anything - they just move money around and skim - take - their vig off the top. But in the process, they end up with hundreds of billions of dollars in cash - truly big bucks. About a dozen Wall Street banksters made over $2 billion dollars last year - EACH! And the banks themselves have had one of their most profitable years ever, borrowing billions from the Fed at zero percent interest rate, loaning that money to the US Treasury at 2 percent or so, spinning off trillions in derivatives, and stuffing all the profits in their pockets.

The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Saprostomously Ugly!

The Good! *Yang Yaunqing* Unlike CEO's in America who hoard their wealth - and collect millions in bonuses at the expense of their employees - Yaunqing - the CEO of the computer company Lenovo - actually cares about his workers. The Bad! *Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)* Kyl took the Senate floor yesterday to attack President Obama - complaining that he talks too much about the middle class. and the Very Very Ugly! *Fox News* On this morning's edition of Fox and Friends - talking head Brian Kilmeade interviewed two little girls and sisters - who had started a lemonade stand. And - somehow - Kilmeade managed to turn what should have been a cute fluff piece into an idiotic attempt to attack the President.

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