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Senator Chuck Hagel - It's the "Nixon to China" effect...

President Obama officially nominated former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to be our nation's next defense secretary. Hagel is a Republican - which has a lot of progressives confused as to why President Obama would nominate someone from across the aisle to head up the Pentagon. But - I believe there's some sort of strategy here behind the President's choice. Clearly - the Pentagon's budget needs to be cuts - it's bloated and wasteful. But Democrats - who historically have been scared to death of looking soft on defense - don't have the courage to do it. Which might be why the President has picked a Republican to oversee the Defese Budget - and hopefully - down the road - make some much needed a cuts. The President is making the calculation that only a Republican can get away with cutting defense - hence the Hagel choice. It's the "Nixon to China" effect. Only Republican Richard Nixon could have gotten away with vitising Communist China. A Democrat would have been roasted by Republicans for doing the same things. So that's what I think is happening here. Sure - there are a lot of reason to be uneasy about Republican Chuck Hagel heading up the Defense Department. But it might be the only way we can get those much-needed defense cuts down the road. Stay tuned.

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

The Good! *Alabama State Rep. Patricia Todd (D)* Todd - a Democrat and Alabama's first openly gay legislator - has introduced a bill that would repeal the state's existing sex education law - which requires teachers to teach that homosexuality is illegal and that "abstinence from sexual intercourse outside of lawful marriage is the expected social standard." The bill would strike requirements that teachers emphasize "homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense." It's time for the LGBT community to be embraced by society - not vilified by it. Let's hope Ms. Todd's bill gets passed in Alabama - and that it's just the beginning of a larger movement. ----------------- The Bad! *Michael Savage* On Sunday - the conservative radio host told fellow radio show host Aaron Kleine that, quote, "We need a nationalist party in the United States of America" Savage went on to argue that the Tea Party isn't strong enough, and that, quote, "They need to restructure their party. They need a charismatic leader, which they don't have." In the interview - Savage also attacked the Republican Party - calling it quote "an appendage of the Democrat machine." Sorry Michael - but I don't think that "an appendage of the Democrat machine" would hold critical legislation hostage - time after time - hurting the livelihoods of millions of Americans in process. -------------------- and the Very Very Ugly! *Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX ...

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Full Show 1/7/13: Fox News Takes on the No Billionaires Campaign

Thom talks with Conservatives Neil McCabe and David Selig on raising the debt ceiling and the large decrease in government workers during Obama's presidency. Also discussed: why having Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary makes sense, how the media is ignoring America's war at home and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom explains why Fox News' is horrified by our "No Billionaires Campaign."

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Bigger Picture - The Filibuster - Is it unconstitutional? P1

Kurt Walters, Public Campaign Action Fund & Bob Edgar, Common Cause & Shane Larson, Communication Workers of America (CWA) all join Thom Hartmann. Imagine how productive Congress would be if the filibuster were a thing of the past. Things would actually get done on Capitol Hill for the benefit of ALL Americans. But is saying goodbye to the filibuster even realistic? For tonight's Bigger Picture discussion we're going to tackle the issue of the filibuster: what it is, it's history, how it's been used, and what are the current political dynamics shaping filibuster reform.

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Bigger Picture - The Filibuster - Cashing in on Obstruction P2

Kurt Walters, Public Campaign Action Fund & Bob Edgar, Common Cause & Shane Larson, Communication Workers of America (CWA) all join Thom Hartmann. Imagine how productive Congress would be if the filibuster were a thing of the past. Things would actually get done on Capitol Hill for the benefit of ALL Americans. But is saying goodbye to the filibuster even realistic? For tonight's Bigger Picture discussion we're going to tackle the issue of the filibuster: what it is, it's history, how it's been used, and what are the current political dynamics shaping filibuster reform.

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The Rumble - Bring back the talking filibuster

Stewart Acuff, Utility Workers Union of America & Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator & Vince Coglianese, Daily Caller all join Thom Hartmann.

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The Rumble - Bill O'Reilly says, "Asians Aren't by Nature' Liberal"

Stewart Acuff, Utility Workers Union of America & Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator & Vince Coglianese, Daily Caller all join Thom Hartmann.

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Wanna buy a lifetime of disaster insurance?

Let's say you're in your twenties, and just starting out in life. And one day an insurance salesman walks up to your doorstep, toting his briefcase and wearing a cheap suit and a tie. He rings the door bell, smiles like a televangelist, and says, "Have I got a deal for you!" He's pushing a brand new insurance plan. He calls it "Lifetime Disaster Insurance." And he says..."For the rest of your life, you'll be covered whether you're a teenager, in your twenties, thirties, whatever age." He goes on to say...."This insurance protects you against anything. If you're disabled in a car accident, a mugging, or any other sort of horror, this insurance policy will kick in and cover all of your medical expenses, your rent, food, and pretty much everything else from the time you're injured until the day you die, even if you live to 100!" You look at him skeptically, but, unfazed, he continues. "Not only will this insurance plan cover you, but it also covers your spouse and kids, if something terrible happens to you, then your spouse and your children will be covered and cared for as a part of this insurance plan. And if something happens to any of them, their medical bills and the cost of feeding, clothing, and housing them will be covered, too. Forever! "Not only that," he continues, "If you have a child with a birth-defect that requires lifelong care, this insurance plan will cover all the medical expenses - and all the cost of living expenses - for your child from birth to death ...

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Full Show 1/4/13: The Lifetime Disaster Insurance Policy

In tonight's "Bigger Picture" discussion Thom talks with a panel about finally ending the destructive filibuster in the US Senate. Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses filibuster reform, what the 113th Congress will take up and Bill O'Reilly's comments calling liberals crazy. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom tells the story of an insurance salesman who's trying to scam you out of your social security.

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It's Time to Get Serious about Outlawing Billionaires

It's time to start funneling the riches produced by the American economy to the real job creators: working class people who are spending money. And the best way to do that is to outlaw billionaires with a 100% wealth tax on all assets over one billion dollars. We can call it the "No Billionaires Campaign," and it just might be our best hope to save the American middle class.

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Get Geeky on Being Successful!

It happens every year in baseball: A player goes on a huge hitting streak - and seems to knock every ball they touch out of the park. But have you ever noticed how that player's teammates respond to all of the success? How can individual success propel an entire team?

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Your Take/My Take - Pregnant & Fired?

Your Take My Take LIVE segment - your chance to call in and ask a question or make a comment live on the air .

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Can For-Profit Corporations have a Religion?

Maureen Ferguson, The Catholic Association, joins Thom Hartmann. So is a CEO's religious freedom more important than the religious freedom of his/her employees? When one person forces their beliefs on another - that certainly isn't religious freedom....

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Should teachers pack heat in our children's classrooms?

Neil McCabe, Human Events Online, vs. Thom Hartmann. Forget about creating sensible gun control legislation. The only way to stop gun violence in America is to arm more people....right? Should we really let our nation's school teachers pack heat in our childrens' classrooms? More guns is not the answer to more gun violence - it's only the answer to more profits for the NRA, gun manufacturers, and gun dealers around the nation -- who don't give a damn about the carnage their products are causing all across America.

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Activism Works!

When he was elected, President Obama told us to push him. Well, it looks like we may have pushed hard enough when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline.

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