The Big Picture Rumble - Are we better off then 4 yrs ago? P2

Adam Bitely, NetRightDaily.com & Brian Darling, Heritage Foundation & Sam Sacks, Progressive Writer & Commentator all join Thom Hartmann.

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The Big Picture Rumble - Is the GOP myth about tax cuts breaking down? P1

Adam Bitely, NetRightDaily.com & Brian Darling, Heritage Foundation & Sam Sacks, Progressive Writer & Commentator all join Thom Hartmann.

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Full Show 9/7/12: How to End the Two Party Duopoly

Thom talks with entrepreneur Alan Uke, author of the book "Buying America Back," in tonight's "Conversations with Great Minds." Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses the DNC and RNC Conventions and which party has the right vision for America. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom details how we can break up the two party duopoly in American politics.

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Can the RNC & DNC just leave God alone?

Bill Clinton's speech at the DNC on Wednesday night did more than just make the case for why President Obama should get a second term and why Republicans are bad for our nation. The speech also overshadowed a very embarassing moment for Democrats earlier in the day - when they compromised not only their party's prinicples - but also the principles on which this nation was founded. You see - on Tuesday - the offical Democratic Party Platform for 2012 was adopted by delegates. And the vast right-wing echo chamber was quick to pounce on a slight change in the party's official platform from 2008. The word "God" had been removed from the platform. Now of course - to Republicans - who've made a deal with the religious far right in America - this ommission was tantamount to a mortal sin. But to Democrats - the ommission made sense. After all, Democrats are the Party of all faiths - and of both believers and non-believers. The Democratic Party was founded by Thomas Jefferson, who knew our nation was founded with a strict separation between Church and State - meaning government doesn't get involved in religion - and those politicians in our government don't get involved in religion when they're crafting their parties' official platforms. Besides, when you insert God into a political platform - a lot of questions get raised - mainly - which God are you referring to? Is it the Christian God? The Jewish God? Is it Allah? Is it the Nordic God Thor? Is it the Flying Spaghetti Monser?

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

The Good! *Dr. Peter Bourne* *Dr. Peter Bourne* Bourne was the drug policy advisor to President Jimmy Carter. In an interview with Newsweek this week - Bourne attacked President Obama's current drug policy - calling the administration's approach to marijuana "totally insane." He also said that the federal government should be taking a hands-off approach when it comes to marijuana policy in the states. It's time lawmakers in Washington listened to Bourne - started worrying about the real issues instead - like the economy - and got to work creating sensible drug policies for our country. ------------ The Bad! *Conservative Pundits* While Bill Clinton stole the show last night at the DNC - another high-profile speaker last night was Sandra Fluke. And - shortly after her speech - numerous Conservative pundits took to Twitter to bash Fluke. Ann Coulter said, "Sandra wants taxpayers to pay for her tanning appointments," while Dana Loesch tweeted, "Don't lecture conservative women about empowerment while demanding we pay for what goes on in your bedroom." Finally - Michael Berry chimed in, saying, "I hope someone was passing out free condoms tonight, otherwise Sandra Fluke might be in trouble tomorrow." Conservatives say they care about women and respect their rights - but it's quite clear from this hatefest that they don't care at all. ------------- And the Very Very Ugly! *Rep. Steve King (R-IA)* King said in a recent speech that the government's new nutrional standards for ...

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Eurozone Crisis Goes Critical - Germany's Turn?

Professor Max Fraad Wolff, Economist/Instructor, New School University joins Thom Hartmann. A new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned that the German economy could sink into a recession during the second half of this year. Germany's is the biggest economy in the Eurozone, and has largely been spared from the debt crisis that is dragging other nations like Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Italy into economic ruin. But this report suggests that it's just a matter of time before Germany, too, starts to go under - signaling that the Eurozone crisis is reaching a new stage - where even the strong can't survive. News of Germany's woes comes on the heels of a decision by the European Central Bank to buy bonds in struggling Eurozone nations to ease the debt crisis. So what can we expect to come out of Europe in the next few weeks and months that could have a serious affect on the US economy?

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Tom Hayden in Support of Obama...Democracy Grows by Inches

Activist Tom Hayden joins Thom Hartmann. Is it reasonable to assume that President Obama will be able to achieve more progressive victories in a second term?

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Hypocrite Paul Ryan Requested Obamacare Funding

Tommy Christopher, Mediaite.com joins Thom Hartmann. Just like all of his Republican colleagues - Paul Ryan has relentlessly attacked Obamacare - vowing to repeal it should he and Romney win in November. However - according to a letter Ryan wrote back in 2010 - it seems he may not hate Obamacare as much as he says he does. In fact - he may have even benefited from it.

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GOP Jobs plan - Outsourcing?

Austin Petersen, FreedomWorks joins Thom Hartmann. Bill Clinton spoke at the DNC last night - referencing some of his achievements in office. But one thing he did not achieve was protecting American jobs. Isn't it time we stop signing onto so-called free trade deals - and protect jobs in the US?

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Rep Jan Schakowsky - Democratic Party is Becoming More Progressive

US Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL, 9th Congressional District) joins Thom Hartmann on he The Big Picture. We'll get live reaction from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky as the DNC continues in Charlotte - and as President Obama prepares to address the nation on why he deserves four more years

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Papantonio on Elizabeth Warren / Citizens United

Mike Papantonio, Attorney, Host, Ring of Fire Radio joins Thom Hartmann. While Bill Clinton stole the show at the DNC last night - Elizabeth Warren showed exactly why she needs to be in Washington. What impact did Warren's speech have on the DNC - and on the Progressive movement?

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Full Show 9/6/12: Progressives Vs. Obama

Thom talks the DNC with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Mike Papantonio and Mediaite's Tommy Christopher. Also discussed: Germany on the brink of recession, the so-called free trade debate and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at the DNC's missed opportunity of keeping god out of politics.

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Why is the DNC promoting school vouchers?

Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers joins Thom Hartmann. While some of the Democratic Party's top stars speak inside the arena in Charlotte this week - a great deal of attention is being paid to a movie playing outside the arena. That movie is "Won't Back Down" - a Hollywood production which starts Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis - and chronicles the actions of a public school teacher and a mother who combine forces to help reform a local public school. However - the movie - which also played during last week's RNC - isn't getting rave reviews from everyone. It's about a parent using the so-called "trigger laws" that have been passed in California, Texas, Ohio, and Connecticut, and are the brainchild of Ben Austin, formerly an employee of and attorney for green dot public schools, a for-profit charter school chain. It was produced by Walden Media, which right-wing billionaire Philip Anschutz backs. Anschutz has made other films promoting for-profit education, like "Waiting for Superman," which also attacks teachers and unions and was partly funded by billionaire Bill Gates.

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Rebuild the middle class...rebuild America

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) joins Thom from the floor of the DNC.

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World's Richest Woman Wants Africans To Work for $2 A Day

So generally, the corporate elite like to stay tight-lipped about how they view their workers. Most don't want to come across as greedy - or a Scrooge. But every now and then a cocky billionaire comes along - spouts off about entitlements and the work ethic - and we get a glimpse into how the billionaire class thinks. And this week - we recognize Gina Rinehart - the world's richest woman - as that billionaire big mouth. Here's a little bit of her background: she's worth about $18 billion - all of it is thanks to the lucky sperm club. She was born into wealth - never having to work a day down in the iron-ore mines that she now owns it - as a billionaire with really clean hands - she thinks she knows what motivates workers. And she thinks the key to economic success in her home country of Australia - is to pay those workers basically nothing - slave wages like $2 a day. This is what she said, "We must be realistic, not just promote class warfare. Indeed, if we competed at the Olympic games as sluggishly as we compete economically, there would be an outcry. The evidence is unarguable that Australia is indeed becoming too expensive and too uncompetitive to do export- orientated business. Africans want to work. Its workers are willing to work for less than $2 per day. Such statistics make me worry for this country's future."

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Who will be this Generation’s Thomas Jefferson?

We could be looking at the end of the American experiment, and it has gone so far that it'll take a political revolution to set things right again.

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