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Has the GOP lost the Latino vote?

Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center / Colorlines.com & Sarahi Uribe, National Day Laborer Organising Network join Thom Hartmann. On Friday - President Obama changed course on immigration policy - announcing that he would stop the deportation of young undocumented immigrants. What ripple effects will this decision have across the country - and is it a sign of things to come - or just political positioning for November?

School & Religious Freedom Dying in Louisiana

Public education is dying in the state of Louisiana - and religious freedom is dying right alongside it. Earlier this month - the Republican-controlled state legislature approved a new school voucher program in Louisiana that shifts tens of millions of taxpayer dollars AWAY from public schools and TOWARD private, religious schools. As in - teaching kids in Louisiana math, science, and history will no longer be in the hands of qualified, unionized teachers. Instead, it will be in the hands of profiteers and religious fundamentalists who don't believe in science and don't think the history of the world goes back farther than 5000 years. This new voucher program achieves two goals: One, it hurts teachers unions, which tend to support Democrats. And two, it gives the Religious Right an excuse - through the disguise of "religious freedom" - to embed their evangelism into the next generation of Americans. And I say the disguise of religious freedom - because that's all it is: a disguise. There is no religious freedom in this voucher program - the Republicans and Democrats who supported it only had one type of religious school in mind when they pushed for this program - and that was a Christian school. That's why - when an Islamic school was approved to for the voucher program - lawmakers went nuts. Like Republican state Rep. Kenneth Havard who immediately changed his mind about the voucher program when he learned an Islamic school might be included saying: "I won't go back to ...

I'm a Mormon not a Christian!

Professor David V. Mason, author, My Mormonism: A Primer for Non-Mormons and Mormons, Alike joins Thom Hartmann. With Mitt Romney trying to become the first Mormon President of the United States - mormonism has suddenly become a popular - and heated - debate topic. Is Mormonism really a branch of Christianity like many argue - or do Mormons consider it a separate religion altogether?

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

The Good! *Team Romneymobile* As Mitt Romney travels across America in his campaign bus - Team Romneymobile - a project of MoveOn.org - will be right behind him. And - they'll be taking Seamus along for the ride. The Bad! *Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio* If you're Arizona's most famous anti-immigrant birther sheriff - how do you respond to President Obama's new immigration policy? You arrest a 6 year-old undocumented immigrant! and the Very Very Ugly! *Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner * Detzner - who has played a large role in Gov. Rick Scott's voter purge of thousands of eligible voters - was interviewed about the purge by a local television station this weekend.

South America woke up - Europe is waking up - America?

Antonis Samaras with the pro-austerity New Democracy party edged out the anti-austerity SYRIZA party and Alexis Tsipras in Sunday's Greek Parliamentary elections. The New Democracy Party got 29.7% of the vote - SYRIZA only got 26.9% of the vote. BUT- New Democracy didn't pick up enough seats to a have a majority in government, and thus must cobble together a coalition government with other parties. But the SYRIZA party - which came in second and is staunchly opposed to more austerity, has rejected calls from New Democracy to form a coalition government. As part of the bailout agreement earlier this year - Greece must raise more than 15 billion euros by selling off its commons, cutting budgets, and laying off about 150000 government workers. But in order to form a coalition government - the New Democracy Party may be forced to reach out to other parties who oppose the bailout deal in its current form - meaning Greece and Germany will likely have to renegotiate these terms. But here's the big picture behind everything happening in Europe today...

Conversations w/Great Minds - Chris Hayes, Twilight of the Elites P1

For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - Thom Hartmann is joined by Chris Hayes. Chris is a political commentator - and host of Up With Chris Hayes - which airs Saturday and Sunday mornings on MSNBC. He is also the Editor-at-Large of The Nation magazine and writes on issues central to the liberal community - including what is hurting the Democratic Party - and how the labor movement is changing From Wall Street to Main Street - the wealthy elite have run roughshod over the lives of everyday Americans for the past several decades. How did we get to this point in American history - and what can be done to fix our broken meritocracy?

If you want a friend in DC, you don't have to buy a dog - you can buy a Senator

Harry Truman famously said, "If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog." It used to be true. Back in 1907, Republican President Teddy Roosevelt got the Tillman Act pushed through Congress, which made it a felony crime for a corporation to give money or any other form of assistance to any member of Congress. The Supreme Court, of course, in a series of decisions over the past 30 years culminating in Citizens United, has taken down the Tillman Act and all of its cousins, like McCain-Feingold. Now, here in Washington, if you want a friend, you don't have to buy a dog. You can buy yourself a senator. Case in point, Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase. Yesterday, he was called to testify before the Senate Banking Committee. In the clip you're about to see, brilliantly compiled by TPM, you'll see and hear how one of our nations most notorious banksters was treated by some of his "friends." What happens if you're the CEO of a company that makes one of the biggest financial trading mistakes in history and you go to Capitol Hill to testify? You're given a huge pat on the back...I'll explain in tonight's Daily Take.

The Big Picture Rumble: Has Democracy Become a Billionaire's Playground?

Erikka Knuti, Democratic Strategist & Vince Coglianese, Daily Caller & Heather Cirmo,Conservative Strategist joins Thom Hartmann. Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has pledged "unlimited" donations to Mitt Romney's campaign. Isn't it the end of our democracy when billionaires can funnel unlimited sums of money into politics - no questions asked. All that and more in tonight's Big Picture Rumble...

Full Show 6/14/12: Has Democracy Become a Billionaire's Playground?

Erikka Knuti, Democratic Strategist & Vince Coglianese, Daily Caller & Heather Cirmo,Conservative Strategist joins Thom Hartmann. Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has pledged "unlimited" donations to Mitt Romney's campaign. Isn't it the end of our democracy when billionaires can funnel unlimited sums of money into politics - no questions asked. All that and more in tonight's Big Picture Rumble...

Conversations w/Great Minds - Chris Hayes, Twilight of the Elites P2

For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - Thom Hartmann is joined by Chris Hayes. Chris is a political commentator - and host of Up With Chris Hayes - which airs Saturday and Sunday mornings on MSNBC. He is also the Editor-at-Large of The Nation magazine and writes on issues central to the liberal community - including what is hurting the Democratic Party - and how the labor movement is changing From Wall Street to Main Street - the wealthy elite have run roughshod over the lives of everyday Americans for the past several decades. How did we get to this point in American history - and what can be done to fix our broken meritocracy?

Full Show 6/14/12: The Best Gov't Money Can Buy

Thom talks about yesterday's pathetic performance from the Senate Banking Committee during the hearing of JP Morgan's CEO Jamie Dimon. Also discussed: the call to raise the social security age from the world's richest man, how the US is considering a trade deal that would give foreign transnational corporations unprecedented power to abuse American workers and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses the GOP's continued attack on Attorney General Eric Holder.

The GOP Witchhunt against Eric Holder

Republicans live in an alternate universe. It's a universe where Attorney General Eric Holder conspired with President Obama to sell a bunch of guns to Mexico in hopes that those guns would eventually make their way back to the United States - kill Americans - and create a crisis that gives the administration justification to then start confiscating everyone's guns. I know this sounds like a tin foil hat conspiracy. But it's how Republicans - in their alternate universe - have spun this so-called "Fast and Furious" program run out of the Department of Justice. But for those who don't watch Fox News and don't know what Fast and Furious is - here are the facts. It was a program started by the Bush Administration - and it's purpose was simple - though arguably misguided. Basically - the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives sold guns across the border in Mexico - in hopes that they could then track those guns as they made their way up to Mexico's biggest drug cartels - to then bust up those big drug cartels. The plan didn't work out too well - and in December of 2010 - a border patrol agent named Brian Terry was killed in a firefight with suspected undocumented immigrants along the Souther Border in Arizona. And it was later discovered that one of the guns that killed Agent Terry was traced back to the ATF's Fast and Furious gun-running mission. A month later - the ATF ended the Fast and Furious program. And the Republicans began their conspiracy-theory witch ...

The World's Richest Man doesn't Want you to Retire

David Selig, Federal Tax Practitioner, joins Thom Hartmann. The world's richest man - a man who doesn't have to worry about working or having a job - thinks you should have to work until you're 70. Don't hard-working Americans deserve to have their retirement years - without billionaires telling them what they can and can't do? With the New Deal, the economic elite made a deal with working Americans that their basic needs would be met with a social safety net. But today - the elites are shredding that deal, and trying to bring feudalism back to America.

Obama Trade Document leaked...

Melinda St. Louis, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch joins Thom Hartmann. Time to ditch so-called Free Trade - and get back to protecting our domestic manufacturers like we used to do under every single President since George Washington - but have forgotten in the last thirty years.

1 US Vet attempts suicide every 80 minutes

Reon Schutte, former POW/Speaker/Author - "Set Yourself Free" joins Thom Hartmann. According to a new Pentagon report - Our soldiers are dying at an alarming rate, but not in Afghanistan. They're dying right here at home. In the first 155 days of the year - 154 US soldiers have committed suicide - averaging nearly one soldier dying of suicide each day. That's an 18% increase from last year - and the fastest pace in the decade of Bush's two wars. Suicide deaths now occur 50% more often than combat deaths in Afghanistan. And this situation isn't much better for our military veterans. Every 80 minutes in America - a US veteran attempts suicide. Studies suggest multiple tours of duty, PTSD, and misuse of prescription medicine could be behind the surge in military suicides - both among veterans and active duty personnel. Another possible explanation is financial hardship from the Bush Depression. Just like working class Americans - soldiers, too, are having their homes foreclosed on by Romney's bankster friends - even while they're abroad risking their life for the country - or trying to get on economic footing after leaving the military. And tragically in Congress - Republicans and Democrats can't even come together anymore to help our veterans

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