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

The Good! *Elizabeth Warren* It was revealed yesterday that Senator-Elect Warren will have a seat on the highly influentional Senate Banking Committee - which is probably the worst nightmare of Wall Street fat cats. In fact - the finance industry is so afraid of Warren that it spent a whopping $6 million dollars trying to defeat her in the election. With a seat on the Banking Committee - Warren will be able to help protect the landmark Dodd-Frank financial reform law from being watered down. If I were a CEO on Wall Street - I'd be pretty scared right now - because Senator-Elect Warren is ready and willing to protect the American people from the harmful actions of the big banks.

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Something more sinister is in the GOP plans for the 2016 Election...

The 2012 election may have come and gone - but Republicans across the country are already laying out their plans to rig the 2016 Presidential election. What needs to happen in this country so that everyone's right to vote is protected from the Right's never-ending war on voting.

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Is it Time to Ditch the GDP?

everyone is always GDP this and GDP that. But - is obsessing over our nation's gross domestic product really the best way to talk about the growth and state of the American economy? In 1968 - Kennedy said this of measures like GDP and GNP: "Our Gross National Product, now, is over $800 billion dollars a year...if we judge the United States of America by that - that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage...

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How dare someone speak up about gun violence in America!

Neil McCabe, Human Events Online, joins Thom Hartmann. Well - that's exactly what NBC Sports commentator Bob Costas did during Sunday's broadcast of Sunday Night Football. Costas was addressing the tragic murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs player Javon Belcher. Here's what Costas didn't say... He didn't say the government should take away people's guns. He didn't say we should repeal the 2nd Amendment. And he didn't call for limits on gun ownership. Still - the conservative media and blogosphere lit up with fiery outrage towards Costas and Fox So-Called News is still talking about it today. So - have we really come to a point in this country where uttering the word "gun" is akin to screaming out the F word for all to hear?

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Lone Liberal Rumble - 25% of GOP want their states to secede??

Francesca Chambers, Red Alert Politics & Neil Munro, The Daily Caller both join join Thom Hartmann.

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Lone Liberal Rumble - Paranoid delusions swept the US Senate on Tuesday...

Francesca Chambers, Red Alert Politics & Neil Munro, The Daily Caller both join join Thom Hartmann.

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Full Show 12/5/12: Guns Kill People

Thom discusses how Republicans in Congress don't want to protect the rights of the disabled throughout the world. Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses filibuster reform, why Republican voters think Obama won because of an organization that no longer exists (ACORN) and what the successful port strike in Los Angeles means for workers. Also discussed: why we never talk about gun control and how we should stop looking at GDP as an indicator of anything. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom explains why we need a right to vote law.

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Slow Death by Fast Food...

All across this country - Americans are dying a slow, painful death thanks to this nation's toxic and unhealthy food system. What should the federal government be doing to ensure that all Americans have access to safe - and healthy - foods?

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Wow...The middle class isn't going down without a fight

Have you noticed the large number of CEOs going on TV to give their opinions on how to fix the debt? We've heard from Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein who suggested raising the retirement age for Social Security and Medicare. We also heard from AETNA CEO Mark Bertolini who also argued for raising the retirement age and means-testing Social Security and Medicare benefits. In fact 71 CEOs have joined together as part of a "Fix the Debt" coalition to call for cuts to social safety net programs, instead of higher taxes on rich people like themselves. And, as the Institute for Policy Studies discovered, there's good reason why these CEOs want to target social safety nets like Social Security...it's because they don't need them. They're all sitting on massive retirement assets, averaging over $9 million each. Lloyd Blankfein himself has nearly $12 million in retirement assets. It's easy to call for cuts to Social Security when you know you won't need it. Well, in Washington, DC this morning - this "Fix the Debt" coalition invited Republican Senator Rob Portman for a panel discussion on how the debt can be fixed on the backs of the working class without rich CEOs sacrificing a single penny. Unfortunately for all those CEOs - today's panel didn't go according to plan - just watch the middle class fight back!

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Big Brother...Patents on Life & Death?

Attorney Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio joins Thom Hartmann. Corporations own our parks - our prisons and even our public schools - so it shouldn't come as a surprise that they want more control over our lives. But is wanting to own the rights to the very building blocks of life going too far - and can - or will - the Supreme Court do anything at all to stop this injustice?

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

The Good! *Michael Forbes* Forbes is a Scottish farmer who - despite being bullied and called names by Donald Trump - refused to sell him his farm and land for construction of a new golf course. Despite being called a variety of names by Trump - Forbes never gave in - and his refusal to sell was actually documented in a Scottish film. As a result - Forbes was just named Scotland's "Top Scot" of the year - beating out sports stars and other celebrities. Forbes said of Trump, "I took an instant dislike to him. He called me a village idiot and accused me of living in a pigsty, but I think everyone knows by now that he's the clown of New York." Couldn't have said it better myself Michael!

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Libertarian Fantasy...Japan's Privatized Rail Myth Exposed

Eamonn Fingleton, Forbes.com, joins Thom Hartmann. If you browse the Libertarian blogosphere - you're likely to see dozens of stories touting the success of railway privatization in Japan. But - if you dig a little deeper - all is not what it seems. So what's the real story behind the posterchild for privatization?

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Why is the Government Listening in on our Conversations?

Declan McCullagh, CNET, joins Thom Hartmann. Just when you thought getting caught sexting was bad enough - police agencies across America want to keep all of your texts on file for the world to see. What's the rationale behind this latest proposed invasion of your privacy - and does this have any chance of becoming a law?

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Is TPP the Biggest Threat to American Sovereignty?

Lori Wallach, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, joins Thom Hartmann from Auckland, New Zealand where TPP talks are underway. You down with TPP? Well you shouldn't be - because it means giving transnational corporations unprecedented power and control over the American government. What kind of disastrous effects would this so-called free trade deal have on our national sovereignty? What about surrendering our national sovereignty just so a few thousand transnational corporations and their billionaire CEOs can make more money?

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Full Show 12/4/12: TPP: The Corporate Power Grab

Thom talks with Lori Wallach (Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch) who's in Auckland, New Zealand attending TPP negotiations. Also discussed: whether police will be able to look at people's text messages, whether corporations will be able to patent human genes and whether Republicans in Congress will work with the president to prevent the "fiscal cliff." In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom details how Americans are dying a slow, painful death thanks to our nation's toxic and unhealthy food.

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Obamacare is not some socialist marxist leftist plot...

Obamacare is not some crazy communist, left-wing, socialist plot. It’s a Republican plot.

Back in 1971, then President Richard Nixon was extremely concerned that he would have to face then Senator Ted Kennedy in the 1972 presidential election. At that time, Senator Kennedy was pushing a proposal for a national single-payer healthcare plan that would extend coverage to all Americans.

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