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FINALLY...a politician who'll stand up to the Banksters...

The banksters' blatant fraud in the run-up to the financial crisis hasn't gone unnoticed by one top lawyer in the nation. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - who also chairs the President's Mortgage Fraud Task Force - filed a civil suit against JP Morgan Chase for "widespread fraud in the sale of mortgage-backed securities." This is the first legal action brought against the banks by this taskforce. Most of the allegations are actually against failed bank Bear Stearns, which was bought by JP Morgan Chase just before the economy went into meltdown in 2008. According to the lawsuit - banksters at Bear Stearns knowingly sold defective loans and mortgage backed securities and kept their investors in the dark about how crummy these deals were. And just like banksters at Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns' banksters openly bragged to each other about how bad the deals were and how much their customers are getting screwed. And Bear Stearns made big money off the fraud.

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Full Show 10/2/12: Staples: the Cancer of Capitalism

Thom discusses which former Wall Street executive would be Romney's Treasury Secretary if he's elected president. Also discussed: the ruling in Pennsylvania against the GOP's efforts to suppress the vote, what the Republicans October Surprise may be and why the US has deployed more troops to Iraq. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at how Romney's beloved Staples is the cancer of capitalism.

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Crazy Alert! Political Kombat 12 in the Fictitious Land of Obamaville

Thom Hartmann's crazy alert.

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Occupy DC - a Movement or a Moment?

Robert Stephens II, participant-Occupy DC & law student, joins Thom Hartmann. Happy Birthday Occupy DC. Demonstrations took place all across the nation's capital today, as Occupy participants marked the one-year anniversary of the occupation of Washington, DC. Targeting the corruptive influence of lobbyists on our government, demonstrators planned to "shut down K Street." The corporate capture of our democracy is more evident than ever today - which is why we need grassroots movements in the streets to push back against it. What we've learned in the year since Occupy DC was birthed - and where does it goes from here.

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Why Some of our Cities are being Sacrificed

Josh Eidelson, Labor Reporter-Salon & In These Times joins Thom Hartmann. If you want to see the devestating results of global capitalism - look no farther than Camden, New Jersey. Why has the city been called a "sacrifice zone" - and why are city officials trying to save money by putting the lives of residents at risk?

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This Election Will Change The Supreme Court for a Generation

Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding judgment upholding Obamacare as constitutional - and triggered a near mutiny by his right flank on the high court. Right after the decision - Roberts left the country and went to Malta to dodge all the criticism he knew he was going to get from Conservatives in the coming days and weeks. And that's how the last Supreme Court term ended. Now - three months later - a new Supreme Court term kicks off today. And though Obamacare isn't on the docket this term - a bunch of other high profile, crucially important cases are. First on the list - affirmative action for college admissions. Arguments in "Fisher v. The University of Texas" are scheduled to begin on October 10th - and the court could strike down racial or economic preferences in college admissions. And given the court's 5-to-4 Conservative advantage - it's likely they'll do just that. Next up - the court will weigh in on whether or not corporations can be liable for human rights abuses overseas - namely whether or not Royal Dutch Petroleum can be sued for being complicit in atrocities committed by the Nigerian Government. The court is also scheduled to hear cases about drug-sniffing dogs and warrantless searches. And legal questions concerning the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act - known as FISA - which allows the US government to eavesdrop on overseas communications - are expected to be addressed by the high court as well.

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Full Show 10/1/12: No News from the News Media

Thom discusses the start of the new Supreme Court term with "The Nation's" Founder and Editor Katrina vanden Heuvel. Also discussed: election and voter fraud with Investigative Journalist Greg Palast and the latest on the labor movement with "In These Times" Contributor Josh Eidelson. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at why the mainstream news media no longer cares about providing actual news.

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Breaking News on the RNC's Election Fraud Scandal

The Republican National Committee has been caught red-handed trying to sabotage the Democratic vote around the nation ahead of this year's election. As Brad Friedman at BradBlog.com reported, the Florida Republican Party cut ties with a political firm known as Strategic Allied Consulting after it was discovered that firm changed addresses on numerous voter registration forms to block newly-registered Democrats from voting in November. The scandal is now spreading, as at least ten counties in Florida have discovered these fraudulent registration forms. And law enforcement authorities are getting involved in the matter. And the National Republican Committee has also cut ties with the firm, which it gave $3.1 million to register voters in wing states like Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina, and Virginia. It's unclear how much damage this election fraud may have on the elections in those states. Joining Thom Hartmann to break some new information in this scandal is Greg Palast - investigative journalist with the BBC and the Guardian - and author of the book: "Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps."

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How will the GOP Sabotage Obama's 2nd term?

If Barack Obama wins a second term in November - then he should expect the same thing he received from Republicans in his first-term: a barrage of attempts to de-legitimize his presidency. Already, Fox so-called News personality and prominent Republican voice Mike Huckabee has laid out the strategy - suggesting on GOP TV that Republicans should try to impeach President Obama over the attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. I guarantee you, Republicans in Congress are already planning this. So, be ready - because another four years of President Obama will mean another four years of obstruction, sabotage, and slander. Unless We The People out this Republican strategy to harm our nation, and stand up and say, "Enough!"

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The Big Picture Rumble - Why is the GOP still stuck on Austerity?

Horace Cooper, National Center for Public Policy Research, Sam Sacks, Progressive writer/strategist & Michael Warren, The Weekly Standard all join Thom Hartmann.

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The Big Picture Rumble - Romney's harvesting of the middle class for profits...

Horace Cooper, National Center for Public Policy Research, Sam Sacks, Progressive writer/strategist & Michael Warren, The Weekly Standard all join Thom Hartmann.

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Islamophobia in America, Part 2

Rais Bhuiyan, survivor of post 9/11 hate crime, Corey Saylor, Legislative Director-Counsel on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Rajdeep Singh, Director of Law and Policy-American Sikh Coalition & Dr. Michael Scheuer, Center for Peace and Security Studies / Former CIA Analyst / Author, "Imperial Hubris" all join Thom Hartmann. Earlier this week - we told you about the Islamophobic posters in New York Subway stations. Unfortunately - that's not just an isolated incident. All across America - Islamophobia is rearing it's ugly head - from burning down mosques to firebombing homes. But who and what are at the root of all the anti-Muslim sentiment in America - and what can we do stop it? That and more in tonight's Bigger Picture discussion - Islamophobia in America

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Islamophobia in America, Part1

Rais Bhuiyan, survivor of post 9/11 hate crime, Corey Saylor, Legislative Director-Counsel on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Rajdeep Singh, Director of Law and Policy - American Sikh Coalition & Dr. Michael Scheuer, Center for Peace and Security Studies / Former CIA Analyst / Author, "Imperial Hubris" all join Thom Hartmann. Earlier this week - we told you about the Islamophobic posters in New York Subway stations. Unfortunately - that's not just an isolated incident. All across America - Islamophobia is rearing it's ugly head - from burning down mosques to firebombing homes. But who and what are at the root of all the anti-Muslim sentiment in America - and what can we do stop it? That and more in tonight's Bigger Picture discussion - Islamophobia in America

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Full Show 9/28/12: Islamophobia in America

Thom talks about the growing problem of Islamophobia in America with our "Bigger Picture" panel. Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses Romney's latest gaffe from the past (harvesting), the violence and unrest in Europe over austerity measures and the latest GOP voter suppression and fraud in Florida. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at the Republicans new plan to obstruct the Obama presidency if he wins reelection.

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Why isn't CNN's Anderson Cooper an enemy of the state?

Yesterday - Julian Assange addressed the United Nations - and discussed the United States' continuing investigation of Wikileaks and Bradley Manning. But what's the real lesson on journalism in the 21st century that needs to be taken away from the Assange case. Since June - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London trying to avoid extradition to Sweden - and eventually the United States where he could meet the same fate as Bradley Manning or worse. His crime? Being a journalist. There's one industry specifically mentioned in the Constitution - just one. And it's the press - it's journalism. It's the tool "we the people" have to keep our government in check - and to make sure "we the people" have all the information we need to be informed members of our democracy. The press is absolutely essential - which is why it's named and protected in the very first amendment in our Bill of Rights. And journalism has taken many different forms over the centuries - adapting to technological changes in our society. From the quill pen to the printing press to radio to television to now the Internet - journalism has utilized all of these methods to do its job and speak truth to power. But it's that last method - the Internet - that really frightens power. And it's that last method - the Internet - in which Wikileaks exclusively operates. The reach and speed by which information can be distributed now - thanks to the Internet - is unprecedented ...

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The other way we're subsidizing Walmart...

Most of us know how taxpayers subsidize Walmart's low wages with billions of dollars in Medicaid, food stamps, and other financial assistance for workers. But, did you know that we're also subsidizing the retail giant by paying the cost of their environmental destruction.

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