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Does Roberts calling the mandate a tax give the right a political weapon?

Mike Papantonio, Attorney/Ring of Fire Radio joins Thom Hartmann. One consequence of today's Supreme Court ruling is that the individual mandate - the linchpin of Obamacare - was redefined by Chief Justice John Roberts as a tax. As in - if someone doesn't buy health insurance - Congress has the power to tax that person. So despite suffering a huge defeat - Conservatives have latched on to this definition of the individual mandate as a tax - in order to criticize President Obama. Speaker of the House John Boehner has scheduled another vote to repeal Obamacare. It's a clown-vote, bro. So what are the political implications moving forward?

China's middle class grows while America's disappears

Eamonn Fingleton, Economics writer; Author of "In the Jaws of the Dragon" joins Thom Hartmann. In America - the income for the bottom 90 percent of Americans has decreased over the last decade. In China - income for an average family has increased tenfold since 1980. Is the middle class in China really booming - and if so - what should Americans learn from China's economic growth?

The conspiracy theory - 2 black guys in the WH trying to take away white people's guns

Just hours after the Obamacare decision - House Republicans voted to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress. Was there any merit to the vote - or was it just another political stunt from the Right - and an embarrassment for the nation?

Does Obamacare Lead to Single Payer Eventually?

No doubt that this is a victory for President Obama - but is it a slam-dunk victory for Progressives who want to eventually have a single-payer healthcare system? Ultimately what happened today was the Supreme Court reinforced our current healthcare system, which relies on private, for-profit health insurance companies. Today - the United States spends far more than any other developed nation on healthcare - yet doesn't get any better healthcare results from all that spending. And that's because - unlike the rest of the developed world - we rely on for-profit corporations to administer healthcare in America. And since CEOs need huge bonuses to buy new summer mansions - the price of health insurance has to get jacked up. So what does Obamacare do to resolve this problem? What will our healthcare system look like now - after the Supreme Court has upheld the law? Here to answer that is...Wendell Potter - health care industry whistleblower.

ObamaCare: The Right's Arguments Go up in Smoke

So just like that - the Right's arguments that President Obama shredded the constitution with his health reform law - go up in smoke. Needless to say - the White House is breathing a lot easier right now than it was on Wednesday night. But before we can move forward - as President Obama urged - we need to know exactly what's in the Supreme Court's ruling today \\ Here to help us dissect it all is...Simon Lazarus - senior Counsel with the Constitutional Accountability Center.

Full Show 6/28/12: Obamacare Survives High Court

Thom dissects the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling on Obamacare. Also discussed: the contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder in the US House and the rise of the Chinese middle class. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom details why today's Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare never should have happened.

Full Show 6/27/12: Impeach Scalia!

Thom lays out the case for why Justice Scalia should be impeached. Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses Texas' GOP platform, voter ID in Pennsylvania and how the Supreme Court will rule on Obamacare. And Thom talks with journalist and author Michael T. Klare in a special edition of "Conversations with Great Minds."

Lone Liberal Rumble - The whacky Republican Platform

Adam Bitely, NetRightDaily.com & Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator join Thom Hartmann. Do Repuplicans want to take us back to the 1800's - and what happened to the liberal bias in mainstream media? All that and more in tonight's Lone Liberal Rumble

Conversations w/Great Minds - Michael T. Klare - Is humanity screwed? P2

Michael T. Klare, Author of fourteen books, including his latest "The Race for What's Left" and previously, Resource Wars and Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet. A contributor to Current History, Foreign Affairs, and the Los Angeles Times, he is the defense correspondent for The Nation and the director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. The US has begun to hand out permits to companies to do exploratory digging in the Arctic for oil and natural gas. But - with other nations laying their claim to the vast resources in one of the world's last unexplored frontiers - what happens when the Arctic is tapped out? We'll pose that question and more to Michael Klare in a special edition of Conversations with Great Minds...

Conversations w/Great Minds - Michael T. Klare - Natural gas bubble in the US? P1

Michael T. Klare, Author of fourteen books, including his latest "The Race for What's Left" and previously, Resource Wars and Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet. A contributor to Current History, Foreign Affairs, and the Los Angeles Times, he is the defense correspondent for The Nation and the director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. The US has begun to hand out permits to companies to do exploratory digging in the Arctic for oil and natural gas. But - with other nations laying their claim to the vast resources in one of the world's last unexplored frontiers - what happens when the Arctic is tapped out? We'll pose that question and more to Michael Klare in a special edition of Conversations with Great Minds...

Time for Congress to Impeach Justice Antonin Scalia

On Tuesday - in his dissenting opinion to the Arizona immigration case - Justice Scalia lashed out at President Obama - for not doing enough to enforce immigration laws. With his blatant impartiality and total disregard for the institution of the Supreme Court - isn't it time Justice Scalia was impeached? Way back in 1803 - Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase really stepped in it. Thomas Jefferson was the President of the United States at the time - and his supporters in Congress called themselves Democratic Republicans. Jefferson's chief political rival was John Adams - who he defeated in the election of 1800 - and Adams led the Federalists against the Democratic Republicans. The Federalists fought hard to protect the wealthy elite - succeeding in eliminating the direct election of US Senators by the people. While you can't compare them apples to apples - the Federalists are basically today's Republican Party - at least in their belief that society is best organized when there's a wealthy ruling elite at the top. Samuel Chase - who was appointed to the High Court in 1796 - proudly called himself a Federalists. So Thomas Jefferson was already a little uneasy with Samuel Chase as a Supreme Court justice. And after Chase joined other Federalists on the Supreme Court to create judicial review in the 1803 Marbury v. Madison case that gave the court the power to strike down laws passed by both Congress and the President - making it the most powerful, and unaccountable, of the ...

Full Show 6/26/12: Impeach Obama?

Thom talks with Congressman Adam Schiff about yesterday's Supreme Court decision on Citizens United. Also discussed: the Republicans' real motive behind the Obama impeachment talk, the new report out discussing how sea-levels are rising faster on the east coast than they are globally and the latest from the Florida voter purge campaign. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom asks the most important question not being asked in the presidential campaign—what is the purpose of an economy?

The most important question is not being asked in this election...

There're a lot of questions being thrown around this Presidential campaign between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Questions like - how many jobs did Romney REALLY destroy as a corporate raider at Bain Capital? How much should the super rich pay in taxes? Where was President Obama REALLY born? Some questions are important - others are completely absurd. But there's one fundamental question that hasn't been asked yet - and that desperately needs to be asked - if we're ever going to find our nation's soul again...coming up in The Daily Take.

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