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The Big Picture Rumble - Implosion of the Romney campaign?

SE Robinson, Freelance Journalist, The Paul Revere Project & Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator / Attorney / Author-"Observations of White Noise...an 'Acid Test' for the First Amendment" & Nicole Williams, Democratic Strategist / Attorney all join Thom Hartmann. Can Mitt Romney survive the backlash from the latest Bain Capital attacks - or could we be seeing the implosion of his campaign? That and more in tonight's Big Picture Rumble...

Conversations w/Great Minds Lori Wallach - The Trans-Pacific Partnership Threat P2

Lori Wallach has been director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division for nearly 20 years. She is an expert on the operations and outcomes of trade policies like NAFTA and the WTO - and currently is leading her organization's efforts to reveal the truth behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Lori has appeared on a variety of television networks - including CNN, the BBC and PBS - and she also the author of numerous articles and books - including her most recent book Whose Trade Organization? What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership - a so-called free-trade deal that the US is close to signing? What are the specifics of the deal - and just how much harm is it going to do to you and me?

Civil War - The Makers vs The Takers?

Fox News says that America is headed for a new civil war - a war between this nation's makers and takers. The only problem - Fox has it's sides mixed up. Fox so-called News is predicting a civil war in America. In an article published on Fox News.com - Arthur Herman warns that history is about to repeat itself and Americans will soon take up arms against each other. But this time it won't be North versus South. It will be the Makers versus the Takers. As Herman writes: "Call it America's coming civil war between the Makers and the Takers. On one side are those who create wealth, America's private sector - the very ones targeted by President Obama's tax hikes... On the other are the public employee unions; left-leaning intelligentsia who see the growth of government as index of progress; and the millions of Americans now dependent on government through a growing network of government transfer payments, from Medicaid and Social Security to college loans and corporate bailouts and handouts..." In other words - a war between the rich people like Mitt Romney, the Koch Brothers, and Sheldon Adelson - who Fox says are the so-called Makers - pitted against so-called Takers - or the rest of us Americans who aren't rich - the vast majority of us who go to work every day and will someday live off the Social Security we've paid into all our working lives. It's pretty obvious why Fox is doing this. Fox is owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch, and run by multimillionaire and former ...

Conversations w/Great Minds Lori Wallach - The Trans-Pacific Partnership Threat P1

Lori Wallach has been director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division for nearly 20 years. She is an expert on the operations and outcomes of trade policies like NAFTA and the WTO - and currently is leading her organization's efforts to reveal the truth behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Lori has appeared on a variety of television networks - including CNN, the BBC and PBS - and she also the author of numerous articles and books - including her most recent book Whose Trade Organization? What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership - a so-called free-trade deal that the US is close to signing? What are the specifics of the deal - and just how much harm is it going to do to you and me?

Full Show 7/13/12: So-Called Free Trade

Thom talks with attorney and activist Lori Wallach in tonight's "Conversations with Great Minds." Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses Romney's latest Bain Capital lie, the Republicans continued wasteful effort to repeal Obamacare and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses how Fox "So-Called" News correctly predicts a civil war in America, but get the sides wrong.

Full Show 7/12/12: Romney Lies...Again

Thom discusses Mitt Romney's latest lie on Bain Capital. Also discussed: the Senate Democrats latest efforts to overturn Citizens united, what's really behind the death of America's entrepreneur class and the latest from the LIBOR scandal. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom gives examples of other ways Republicans could have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars instead of trying to repeal Obamacare 33 times.

How The GOP Could Spend $50 Million vs. Repealing Obamacare

I wonder if Republicans realize that the fifty million dollars they just spent trying to repeal Obamacare is equal to how much it costs to provide food stamp benefits to more than 31000 people for a full year? Or if they realize that the fifty million is also equal to more than 3000 Americans collecting unemployment benefits for a full year. Or if they realize that fifty million could have been used to send more than 6000 students to a public college for four years for free. Most likely no - they don't realize it because right after voting to repeal Obamacare for the 33rd time - they went ahead and wasted even more taxpayer money talking about golf. The second Democrats want to spend more money to help Americans - Republicans say no way. So maybe if we speak in their terms - if we tell them how that fifty million could have been better spent on things they care about - then they can really understand how much money they just wasted on their Obamacare crusade. For example - fifty million dollars could have bought ten new Mitt Romney McMansions - each complete with its own $55000 car elevator. Or - it could have purchased more than 33000 semi-automatic rifles for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Southern border goon squad. It could have funded 80 more hours of witch hunts - 80 hours of Congressional hearings into Fast and Furious - or Planned Parenthood - or Islamophobia. Or it could have funded 416000 rounds of golf at St. Andrews - where the annual Congressional Golf Tournament can ...

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

The Good! *Texas District Court Judge Gisela Triana* On Monday - Triana ruled that the atmosphere must be protected for public use - just like water. In her ruling - Triana said air and the atmosphere are public trusts - and therefore must be protected for the well-being of the public. The Bad! *US Olympic Committee* The Olympics are just two weeks away - and over the course of a month - Americans will be filled with patriotism as they watch their favorite athletes compete. But - our athletes won't be wearing American-made clothing when they're walking the streets of London - because the offical uniforms of this year's olympians are made in China. And the Very Very Ugly! *Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R)* Gessler wants to make sure Colorado continues what Florida started. On Tuesday - he sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security - asking that they help verify the status of 5000 registered voters as part of Colorado's voter purge. And - just like in Florida - Gessler says he will sue the DHS if they refuse to help

Your Take/My Take - Ron on the Wealthy Elite

Thom answers questions and makes comments.

Geeky Science! The Brain & Altruism...Size DOES Matter

Why do some people give so much money to charity - while others don't seem to care about anyone but themselves? Well - it turns out brain anatomy has a lot to do with it. More on that in tonight's Geeky Science.

American Entrepreneurship has Declined 53% Since Reagan!

On Tuesday - in a rare-act of bipartisanship - the Senate passed the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act. The legislation is aimed at giving some much-needed stimulus to America's entrepreneurs - by giving any small business that hired more workers in 2012 a 10% tax credit. It also gives away new tax credits for small businesses that invest in new major equipment. It's no secret that small businesses have taken quite a hit following the Bush Great Recession. But there's new evidence out now that suggests American entrepreneurial class has been suffering for a long time before Barack Obama - or even George W. Bush - moved into the White House. In fact - the evidence shows that American entrepreneurs have been getting pummeled for more than thirty years now. According to a new study released today by the New American Foundation, the number of entrepreneurs per capita has dropped by 53% since 1977. And since 1991, the number of Americans who are self-employed has dropped by more than 20%. In other words, Americans who use to be able to start their own businesses are increasingly being forced to join the ranks of the working poor. Our nation - quite frankly - has forgotten how to foster an entrepreneurial class over the last thirty years. So why is that? Could it have something to do with massive tax cuts for the wealthy and for transnational corporations that have made rich even richer and big corporations even bigger to force small businesses out of the marketplace? Or ...

How Should Free Markets Deal w/Wealth Inequality?

Professor Luigi Zingales, author, A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity, joins Thom Hartmann. The LIBOR rate-fixing scandal is coming to America. Now - more than a dozen banks are being investigated by the US Justice Department to determine just how widespread the rate-rigging scandal, which might have cost consumers billions of dollars, really is. So far, only one bank - Barclays - has admitted guilt in the scandal. But several cities - led by Baltimore - are launching their own investigations to figure out if their pension funds took a hit as a result of the rate-rigging. During the financial crisis - the city of Baltimore was forced to lay off public employees and cut services. But the city now claims their fiscal problems were made worse by the manipulated LIBOR rates. Baltimore and other cities have filed dozens of lawsuits in a Manhattan Federal court against several banks including Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and Deutsche Bank - accusing the banks of manipulating LIBOR rates during the financial crisis to boost their own profits, while screwing over entire cities. So it could be a matter of time before some banksters' heads roll. And by "heads roll" I mean a slap on the wrist fine - since we all know banksters are immune from jail time this day and age. Congress is jumping into the mix, too, with plans to bring Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to Capitol Hill for hearings ...

Do We Need the Disclose Act or a Constitutional Amendment?

David Cobb, Move to Amend, joins Thom Hartmann. I've said it before - and I'll say it again - the only way Mitt Romney can win the White House is by lying. And it helps that he has the help of people like the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, and a slew of mysterious anonymous donors, all who've pledged to spend over a billion dollars this election cycle to plaster over Romney's lies. They can do this because of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in 2010. And ever since that decision - Democrats in Congress have been desperately trying to at least bring some transparency to this new avalanche of corporate spending in our elections. They've been trying to pass legislation so that if corporations and millionaires and billionaires want to spend billions to cover up Mitt Romney's lies - then at least we the voters should know where that money is coming from. In 2010 - Democrats in the House of Representatives passed the DISCLOSE Act, which would have done just that. Unfortunately - the DISCLOSE Act laws filibustered that year by the Republican minority in the Senate. So now - Democrats in the Senate are trying it again. On Tuesday - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and eight other Senate Democrats proposed a new, watered-down DISCLOSE Act, hoping that the latest, more corporate-friendly legislation may attract some Republicans supporters. But is this really the strategy Progressives should be using to get corporate money out of our politics. Or do we need to be bolder and push ...

Bain: Romney caught Lying Again & Again & Again...

Mike Papantonio, Host, Ring of Fire Radio, joins Thom Hartmann. Mitt Romney has lied his way through the Presidential campaign - and he just can't seem to stop. What's he accused of lying about now - and can this modern day Pinocchio really be America's next President? As financial documents filed in 2003 - and obtained by the Boston Globe - show - Romney still owned 100% of Bain Capital as recently as 2002 - and even earned at least $100000 as an executive at Bain in 2002 - three year after Romney claims he had left the business. So now we can add lying about his tenure at Bain to the long list of other Romney lies, just as voters are demanding the truth about Romney's several offshore bank accounts and how he's using them to avoid paying taxes.

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