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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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Richard Wolff - Spain & Greece - Is This What Collapse Looks Like?

Richard Wolff, Economist & visiting professor in the Graduate Program for International Affairs- New School University, joins Thom Hartmann. workers in Greece went on strike Wednesday to protest another round of spending cuts under consideration by the Greek government. Public employees, teachers, medics, lawyers, and even banksters walked off their jobs and took to the streets to protest salary and pension cuts. It's the first such strike since the new Conservative government took power in June. Yet the Greek government today unveiled it's new austerity budget pledging to cut $11.5 billion over the next several years. So what will this latest round of cuts due to a nation that is already collapsing under the banksters demands?

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The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Ranivorously Ugly

The Good! *Bronx, NY District Attorney's Office* The Bronx DA's office has stopped all prosecutions of people who were arrested at public housing projects for trespassing - until more information can be gathered. Why is this a good thing? Because the majority of those arrested were arrested as a result of New York City's controversial Stop-and-Frisk tactics. Nearly 15 percent of all stop-and-frisk arrests between 2003 and 2011 occured at public housing complexes - where police arrested anyone who they thought did not live at the complexes and was not a guest. Kudos to the Bronx DA's office for standing up to the NYPD - and their abuse of power -------------- The Bad! *Wilcoxson's Ice Cream* Wilcoxson's - a local ice cream shop in Livingston, Wyoming - refused to sell their ice cream to a Muslim customer. Earlier this week - a Muslim customer in nearby Sheridan, Wyoming - posted on Wilcoxson's Facebook page - asking what flavors of ice cream did not have gelatin in them - since they could not eat pork. Shortly after - Wilcoxsin's replied to the post - saying "we don't deliver outside of Montana, certainly not Pakistan." Wilcoxson's ignorance - thinking that all Muslims are from Pakistan - is bad enough. But denying someone who would have been a faithful customer a product just because of their religion? That's just absurd ------------------ and the Very Very Ugly! *Texas State Rep. Jim Murphy (R)* Murphy is the latest Conservative nationwide to push for more agressive ...

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David Marty Calls in from Spain on the Rage Against Austerity

David Marty, Organization for a Participatory Society-Madrid Chapter & co-author of the forthcoming "Occupy Strategy" joins Thom Hartmann. Madrid looked like a warzone on Monday - as protestors took to the streets to say no to Spain's continued austerity economic policies. But the Spanish government went ahead - and passed their new austerity budge anyway. What the heck is going on in Europe?

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The GOP is turning in fraudulent voter registration forms...

Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog, joins Thom Hartmann. Florida Governor Rick Scott has restarted his illegal voter purge in the sunshine states. Scott's listed of voters to be targeted as non-citizens and kicked off the rolls has been shown to be riddled with errors and overwhelmingly focused on minority voters who tend to vote for Democrats. But Governor Scott is pushing forward regardless. But this isn't the only way Republicans are trying to steal the election in Florida. News broke yesterday on the BradBlog - that the Florida Republican Party's top recipient of funding - a firm named Strategic Allied Consulting - has been in the business of turning in fraudulent voter registration forms. The Florida Republican Party has now cut ties with Strategic Allied Consulting - but not before dishing out more than $1.3 million in contracts to the firm this year. Also - this firm continues to be operating in the battle ground states around the nation - and also has affiliations with the Mitt Romney campaign.

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Mike Papantonio on Romney Harvesting America's Middle Class

Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio joins Thom Hartmann. Farmers harvest fall crops to feed us. Doctors harvest organs to save us. And then there's Mitt Romney - who harvests economies to pad his big fat wallet - and screw us all over. Is America really willing to let this guy become Harvester-in-Chief of the United States?

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NFIB Exposed...They are not who we think they are

Lisa Graves, Media & Democracy, joins Thom Hartmann. The National Federation of Independent Business is supposed to look out for the little guys - the mom and pop shops on Main Street. So why is the group doing the bidding of large corporations instead?

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Does Romney want to Harvest the Middle Class for Profits?

Do you remember what the American Dream used to mean? I do. It used to mean working hard - keeping your nose clean - and getting enough of a paycheck so that you can raise a family - meet all the essentials you need - and be able to take a vacation every now and then and afford a quality retirement. And if you wanted to be really successful - climb to the highest rungs of the American Dream - it used to mean coming up with an idea or starting a small business. Whether it was a local shoe store - or appliance store - or repair shop. It used to mean hiring local members of your community to build up that business - and eventually passing that business on to your kids. Remember the Main Streets in cities across America before Reagan? They all looked completely different - full of their own unique shops and boutiques - all employing local workers - making good paychecks so that they could spend money at other local stores and keep the local economy thriving. That used to be an essential part of the American Dream. And then something happened. That something was Reaganomics - and specifically - changes to our anti-trust laws and our tax code that opened the way for corporate predators like Bain Capital. That gave way to transnational corporations that devoured local shops on Main Street by undercutting them with cheap labor abroad - tax loopholes - and massive government subsidies. Look around at Main Streets across America today. They all look exactly the same. They all have ...

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Full Show 9/27/12: Rage Against Austerity

Thom talks with economist Richard Wolff about the unrest and violence in Spain and Greece stemming from their country's austerity policies. Also discussed: the resurfacing of old Romney gaffes, voter fraud in Florida and why people with a poor sense of smell may be psychopaths. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom details why the US government fears Julian Assange and new journalism.

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Kurt Eichenwald - Secrets & Lies in the Terror Wars P2

Kurt Eichenwald, Vanity Fair, former reporter-NY Times. His new book is 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars. Over the last 11 years - it's been a question asked hundreds of times: Could 9/11 have been prevented if the Bush Adminstration had acted on the intelligence they had at the time. Of course - 9/11 did happen - and Bush took us to war with Iraq shortly thereafter. What was the planning for the Iraq war really like inside the White House - and what roles did the United States' closest allies play in it? We'll ask investigative journalist Kurt Eichenwald in a special edition of Conversations with Great Minds

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How Can You Plan a Revolution when Big Brother is Watching?

It's increasingly looking like the United States is one generation away from completely forgetting what privacy means. And the consequences of this Great Forgetting will be tragic for our nation. Why? Because without privacy - without the ability to be anonymous - America can't even plan a peaceful revolution or non-violent progressive social change movements - because if big corporations or Big Brother are watching, watching, they can block efforts before they even become public. In recent years - we've learned about the massive surveillance systems being built by the corporate state. For example, we now know about the warrantless wiretapping of American citizens post-9/11. We now know of Trapwire - a law enforcement tool that keeps track of our movements in major cities across the nation through closed circuit cameras, facial recognition software, and license plate readers. And We know of the enormous spy center being built by the NSA in Utah - that will house all the data collected by the NSA since 9/11 - including emails, phone calls, text messages, and more - all of it in one source so that it's easily analyzed. The NSA can how hold the digital version of 500 quintillion pages of text. What's worse - Americans are increasingly willing to give the surveillance state - and snoopy corporations - everything they want. Today - we're sacrificing privacy for convenience and interconnection. We enthusiastically post our locations, our pictures, our personal information on ...

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Kurt Eichenwald - Secrets & Lies in the Terror Wars P1

Kurt Eichenwald, Vanity Fair, former reporter-NY Times. His new book is 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars. Over the last 11 years - it's been a question asked hundreds of times: Could 9/11 have been prevented if the Bush Adminstration had acted on the intelligence they had at the time. Of course - 9/11 did happen - and Bush took us to war with Iraq shortly thereafter. What was the planning for the Iraq war really like inside the White House - and what roles did the United States' closest allies play in it? We'll ask investigative journalist Kurt Eichenwald in a special edition of Conversations with Great Minds

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Full Show 9/26/12: Could Bush have Prevented 9/11?

Thom talks with Libertarian Party Vice Presidential Candidate Jim Gray about whether Gary Johnson should be allowed to debate Obama and Romney. In tonight's special edition of "Conversations with Great Minds" Thom talks with journalist and author Kurt Eichenwald about his latest book, "500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars." In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at how the US needs to follow the lead of Europe and protect its citizens' privacy.

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