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

The Good! *Martha MacCallum* Normally in the GBU - we go after Fox So-Called News and it's assortment of talking heads for practicing phony journalism. But this morning - in what may be a first for the network - Fox host Martha MacCallum actually asked a Republican a question - and when he refused to answer - she continued to press him and wouldn't let up. Tea Party Congressman Steve King refused to address specific spending cuts that the Republican Party would support in the debt ceiling debate. MacCallum also did a great job of showing that Republicans are intent on letting America default on its debt - and don't have a plan B to deal with the debt ceiling.

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Corporations wants students to be cogs in their profit machine...

Kris McBride, Academic Dean & Testing Coordinator-Garfield High School in Seattle, WA joins Thom Hartmann. Teachers in Seattle are fed up with the corporate school reform agenda - and they are standing up against standardized testing. Nearly the entire teaching faculty at Garfield High School announced they will not teach, or administer, a new standardized test for 9th graders known as the MAP - the Measures of Academic Progress. The teachers say such standardized testing is a waste of time and money. A second school is even expected to join the boycott.

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Big Picture Politics Rumble - Bye Bye Assault Weapons P2

Richard Fowler, Progressive Strategist & Host of the Richard Fowler Show & Vince Coglianese, Daily Caller & Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator

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Big Picture Politics Rumble - Our Vets - Peons w/o Job? P1

Richard Fowler, Progressive Strategist & Host of the Richard Fowler Show & Vince Coglianese, Daily Caller & Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator

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Vets, America has a DEAL for you...WalMart!

Forget about a good job - that's a career - something like a long-term job manufacturing things, or a job with a pension or a good health insurance plan. Forget about going to college or trade school. Because Wal Mart has a deal for you! You, too, can work at Wal-Mart, where even if you do all your shopping at WalMart, your paycheck still won't cover your cost of living so you'll qualify for things like Medicaid. Isn't there a big problem with our economy and the way we treat veterans - when the best we can do is offer them a job at Wal-Mart when they come back?

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FULL SHOW 1/15/13: The GOP's Boldest Election-Rigging Move Yet

In Tonight's show, Thom gives his take on the new Wal-Mart jobs program for war veterans. Tonight's Politics Panel discusses New York's new gun control low and what the White House might soon offer in terms of national gun control. Also, why are Republicans still afraid Agenda 21? Plus, FL Congressman Ted Deutch drops by to talk about the Buyback Our Safety Act. And in tonight's Daily Take, Thom reveals the GOP's boldest election-rigging scheme yet.

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Aaron Swartz...Symptom of an Over-Reaching Police State?

When a young Tunisian activist set himself on fire - the Arab Spring was born. What kinds of change could - and should - the death of a young activist here in America bring about?

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Will Obama get citizenship pathway for immigrants?

David Selig, Conservative Commentator & Clarissa Martínez-De Castro, National Council of La Raza, join Thom Hartmann. As the debate over the debt ceiling continues to rage in Washington - the debate over comprehensive immigration reform is just beginning to heat up. Will President Obama be able to score a major political victory and end this nation's failed war on illegal immigration in the process?

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

The Good! *San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D)* Filner has sent memos to zoning and code enforcement officers in San Diego - ordering them to end all code enforcement actions against medical marijuana facilities in that city. Filner is also encouraging the city council to take up the issue of formal zoning rule for medical marijuana distribution. And - he has directed the city's police chief to end all medical marijuana enforcement actions. Elected in November - Filner ran largely on a platform of decriminalizing marijuana and protecting the use of medical marijuana. It looks like Mayor Filner is one politician who understands just how out-dated and ineffective this nation's drug laws are. Let's hope he's just the first of many.

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Could a deadly super bird flu be coming?

Michael Greger, MD, author "Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching" joins Thom Hartmann. Fortunately - most of those suffering from the flu this year will fully recover from it. However - what if that wasn't the case. What if millions of Americans - and billions of people worldwide - contracted a strain of the flu - and all died? Over the better part of the past two decades - a killer straing of avian influenza has been ravaging Asia, Europe the Middle East and even Africa. While the deadly strain has mostly affected only birds up to this point - there are increasing concerns that it could become the world's next great pandemic. So - if you think that the bird flu is only a concern for poultry and wildlife - then everything you know is wrong.

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Is Japan Dumping Austerity?

Eamonn Fingleton, Economics Journalist / Contributor-Forbes.com / Author "In the Jaws of the Dragon" joins Thom Hartmann. As much of Europe continues to suffer at the hands of austerity - one Asian nation might be showing the entire world how to break away from these devestating policies and principles. What's going on in Japan right now - and has that nation come up with the solution for escaping the global recession?

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Crazy Alert! Derriere Delight at the Cuddle Club...

Thom Hartmann's crazy alert

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Second amendment was Passed to Protect Slavery

Gun-crazy America is arming up. While Vice President Biden and his gun taskforce think of ways to stem horrific gun violence in America - the shootings and the gun purchases keep piling up. According to the Children's Defense Fund, nearly 450 children and teenagers have been shot by a gun just since the 113th Congress was sworn in earlier this month. And thanks to the fear mongering going on in the gun community, assault rifles are fling off the shelves around the nation. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, there were 2.2 million gun background checks performed in December, which is more than a 58% increase over the same period in 2011. But I want to tell you something you don't know about the Second Amendment - something that's been lost in the pages of history - that is very crucial to informing today's current gun debate. And that's this: The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says "State" instead of "Country" was to preserve the Slave Patrol Militias in the Southern States, which was necessary to get Virginia's vote. Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that...and we all should be too...Today's Second Amendment is linked to our nation's disturbing history of slavery. In the Beginning, there were the Militias. In the South, they were also called the "Slave Patrols," and they were regulated by the states.

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FULL SHOW 1/14/13: Aaron Swartz, A Spark In Life And Death

Tonight we remember internet activist Aaron Swartz, and take a closer look at how the punishment for this victimless crime was more than that of a convicted murderer.

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky - The Myths of Happiness P2

Many of us buy into the common myths about happiness - but by doing so - we often end up feeling like something is wrong - and that we are destined to always be unhappy. What can we do to avoid these happiness myths - and live happier and more fufilling lives? We'll ask Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky is tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

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