Full Show 1/9/13: A Whale in a Fish Tank is a Bad Idea

Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses how Governor Rick Scott is using his state's poor as pawns in his political game, if anything positive will come out of Biden's meeting with the gun lobby and what two states are doing to try and get rid of the death penalty. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom describes how corporate America is like a whale in a fish tank.

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If AIG is a Person - Pay Up!

Richard Eskow, Campaign For America's Future joins Thom Hartmann. The insurance giant would have brought down the entire financial system in 2008 - had it not been for a generous $182 billion bailout courtesy of "we the taxpayers." But - As the New York Times reports, AIG's "thank you" might be to sue "we the taxpayers" for that very same bailout.

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Do Right-Wing Nuts Need Guns Against Government?

Do right-wing gun nuts really need automatic weapons and military assault rifles to help protect themselves from the government? Our founding fathers say no.

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

The Good! *ACLU* The civil liberties organization has settled a suit with the US government that will allow many military servicemembers discharged under the anti-gay Don't Ask Don't Tell law to receive full separation pay. Many members that were discharged under the law only received half of the seperation pay that they were due. Thanks to the lawsuit - ex-military members that were discharged after November 10, 2004 due to Dont Ask Dont Tell will now be entitled all of the money that they were originally denied. Don't Ask Dont Tell was repealed - and officially ended in September of 2010. Homosexual Americans now have the right to proudly serve and defend their nation - without fear of retribution. ---------------- The Bad! *Police Use of Excessive Force* Over the last few years - there have been countless incidents of police using excessive force - from Occupy Wall Street protests to college campuses. But now - the epidemic is spreading to routine traffic stops. A video of a recent traffic stop in Texas is circulating the web - in which two women can be seen being cavity searched. The women were originally pulled over for littering - when an officer claimed that he smelled marijuana in their car. After a thorough search of the car - no drugs were found - but the officer still called a female officer over to perform invasive cavity searches of both women. Of course nothing was found. The women are now suing the state of Texas. Just another sad day for civil liberties in ...

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Hell & High Water is Coming...Climate Change

Angela Anderson, Climate and Energy Program, Union of Concerned Scientists, joins Thom Hartmann. Earlier today - 2012 was officially recognized as the hottest year ever recorded in the United States. Not much could be more startling than that - right? Wrong. What does a new study suggest about the impacts that a global sea level rise could have on the world's population?

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Big Picture Rumble - Guns...Shouldn't we take a lessons from autos?

Kris Ullman, Conservative Commentator & Activist & Sam Sacks, Progressive writer/strategist & Neil McCabe, Human Events Online joins Thom Hartmann.

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Big Picture Rumble - Should Wendy's be in business?

Kris Ullman, Conservative Commentator & Activist & Sam Sacks, Progressive writer/strategist & Neil McCabe, Human Events Online joins Thom Hartmann.

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Full Show 1/8/13: The Founding Fathers Vs. The Gun Nuts

Tonight's politics panel discusses the GOP threat of shutting down the government over the debt ceiling, more companies cutting back on their employees' hours to side step Obamacare and Alex Jones' irrational actions and interpretation of the 2nd Amendment on "Piers Morgan Tonight." In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom details what our Founding Fathers intended with the 2nd amendment.

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Fox News Takes on the No Billionaires Campaign

It's really no big surprise that commentators at Fox so-called News are outraged by our No Billionaires Campaign. After all, their paychecks - like everyone else's at Fox News - depend on towing the line for their billionaire boss and his billionaire buddies. But it is interesting that Corporate America's favorite news network hates the idea so much. It means we must be on the right track. Join the #NoBillionairesCampaign at www.nobillionairescampaign.com.

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Billionaires vs "We the People" - This is War!

In the last decade - America has been involved in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - and the mainstream media has been all over both of them. But there's a war going on right here at home - all across the nation - and no one's saying a word. It's war. Rob, plunder, and pillageTurn the Makers into slaves, while the Takers get an Inheritance Tax cut so their great-grandchildren can live the lives of the landed gentry. When Ronald Reagan came into office, America was one of the most socially- and economically- mobile nations in the developed world. Today it is among the least. Democracy is being replaced by plutocracy. Modern oligarchs are richer than the kings of old.

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Everything U Know is Wrong - Could EMP be America's biggest catastrophe?

F. Michael Maloof, former security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense & author of EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe, joins Thom Hartmann. When it comes to national security - all the talk right now is about preventing nuclear war. But - what if I told you there is a threat far bigger - and potentially far deadlier - than a nuclear bomb?

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Will Republicans do far more harm then Al Qaeda?

Neil McCabe, Human Events Online, joins Thom Hartmann. Today - Republicans are acting like economic terrorists - and could do far more harm to our economy by defaulting on our debt, than al Qaeda could have dreamed of. So why should they ne negotiated with?

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Hartmann vs. Selig...Are American workers are becoming extinct?

David Selig, Conservative Commentator & Pro-Business Advocate, joins Thom Hartmann. Thanks to relentless Republican austerity demands since President Obama took office four years ago, nearly 700000 public workers - like teachers, cops, and food inspectors - have lost their jobs. That's the largest four-year decline in public workers since 1944 to 1948, when World War 2 ended. Despite moderate job creation over the last three months, one government worker has been fired for every five new private sector hires. And this purge of government workers is dragging down our economy. As the Economic Policy Institute uncovered, every time a dollar is cut in the salary of public-sector workers, the economy loses 24-cents. Government spending and government jobs are desperately needed to fix the unemployment crisis in America. And every president in history who's faced similar economic challenges - from FDR to Reagan - has increased government employment to get us out of a recession. As the top of this chart shows - Reagan created tons of public sector jobs to life the nation of a recession in the early 1980's. But Republicans - who are still hell bent on crashing the economy and blaming Democrats for it - won't let President Obama do the same things to fix this current problem. So why is that?

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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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Our planet's lungs are dying...

Trees are like our planet’s lungs. Every second of every day, they’re absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere, and converting it into energy.

In fact, according to a study by researchers at NASA, each year, tropical rainforests absorb a staggering 1.4 billion metric tons of CO2 from Earth’s atmosphere.

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