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

The Good! *Bill Robinson* Robinson - the president of the American Bar Association and a large Republican donor - is attacking Sen. Mitch McConnell's plan to block every appeals court nominee for the rest of President Obama's term. The Bad! *The Vatican* How do you try to re-brand your image after a decade of controversy? Well - if you're the Vatican and Pope Benedict the 16th - you hire someone from Fox So-Called News to do PR. and the Very Very Ugly! *Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA)* Latham was on a radio show in Iowa over the weekend - when the host started talking about a group of Catholic nuns that are traveling the country - protesting the budget cuts in Paul Ryan's Republican budget which they say goes against the values of Catholicism.

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Outsourcing - Bipartisan Corruption!

Zaid Jilani, Republic Report, United Republic joins Thom Hartmann. President Obama is attacking Mitt Romney over his history of job outsourcing during his Bain Capital days. But with the President supporting deals and laws that ship jobs abroad too - isn't this just a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

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Congressman Alan Grayson - Citizens United Part Deux & SCOTUS

We begin tonight - with a Supreme Court ruling this morning that's not getting nearly as much attention as it should - it was in the case: American Tradition Partnership V. Bullock. Or what it should be better known as...Citizens United part deux. The issue at hand was whether or not the state of Montana could ignore the high court's 2010 Citizens United ruling - since the state had a law on the books for more than 100 years that banned corporate spending in state elections. Twenty-two states, plus the District of Columbia, and several lawmakers urged the high court to hear oral arguments in the case and re-litigate Citizens United altogether, now that the damage of the decision is clearly on display two years later. But, in another 5-to-4 ruling, the Conservative justices chose not to hear any oral arguments - and essentially struck down the Montana law - and ruled that it's 2010 Citizens United decision applies not just to federal elections - but to state elections as well. So - for the second time in two years - the Supreme Court has given corporations and millionaires and billionaires the right to spend unlimited amounts of money buying our politicians. And this buyout is well underway as the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and the Chamber of Commerce pledging to spend more than a billion dollars to defeat President Obama and progressives around the nation. So what happens now?

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Crazy Alert: Come Naked - Shop for Free

Over 200 in-the-buff shoppers flooded the grand opening of a new supermarket in Germany last week. The supermarket offered to give the first 100 shoppers over $200 dollars in free groceries - if they showed up to the store naked. Store manager Nils Sterndoff told a local newspaper that he had no idea so many shoppers would show up in their birthday suits, saying, "I never thought a hundred people would come; I thought maybe more like ten." The grocery-store goers waited patiently in line for the store to open - but to ensure safety and order - they were brought into the store in groups of 20. The supermarket's gimmick was so popular that some citizens of Denmark came across the border to strut their stuff and try to save some money on groceries too. Rumor has it an all-out orgy broke out in the wine and cheese department - and there was an attempt at a massive human pyramid in Aisle 5...

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Full Show 6/22/12: Conversations with Great Minds: Susan Jacoby

Thom talks with journalist and author Susan Jacoby in tonight's "Conversations with Great Minds." Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses US austerity, more evidence that the oil industry has bought the House of Representatives and a new poll showing that a majority of Republicans still believe Saddam Hussein had WMDs. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom details how a 2008 column written by Dick Morris explains everything that's happening with our economy and politics today.

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The Big Picture Rumble - Austerity to sabotage America?

Nicole Williams, Democratic Strategist / Attorney & Judson Phillips, TheTeaParty.net & SE Robinson, Freelance Journalist, The Paul Revere Project joins Thom Hartmann. Are Republicans using austerity to sabotage America - why does Mitt Romney hate the American worker - and has Big Oil bought out Washington? All that and more in tonight's Big Picture Rumble...

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How Dick Morris is Toe Sucking the Economy...

Dick Morris was a campaign strategist for Bill Clinton back in 1996 before resigning after news broke that he was sucking the toes of a prostitute. After leaving the Democratic Party in disgrace, Dick - like most other freaks and perverts found a new home in the Republican Party... and eventually on Fox so-called News...often appearing with loufa-obsessed Bill O'Reilly. By 2008, Dick was a rockstar on the Right, and one of the go-to Republican strategists for Fox News. And right after President Obama won the election that year - Dick wrote a very interesting column for "The Hill" titled: "An election that the Republicans needed to lose - good luck Obama." If you want to know why the economy is where it is today - why Republicans are acting the way they're acting - and why President Obama's re-election chances aren't all that great - then it's worth reading toe-sucker Dick Morris's 2008 column. Rewind back to 2008 - remember those days? When President Bush and Treasury Secretary Paulsen were routinely addressing the nation about the dire financial crisis Bush looked scared to death - Paulsen hands trembled. 2.6 million Americans lost their jobs that year. The foreclosure crisis was speeding up, banks were failing, and businesses were closing their doors. It was economic doomsday. And Dick Morris and the rest of the top Republican strategists knew it. That's why Morris wrote in his column after the election: "If ever there was an election that was not worth winning, it was ...

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Susan Jacoby - A Christian Nation? P2

Susan Jacoby, Journalist/Author, "Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism," and most recently, "Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age" is tonight's Greatest Mind. Forty years ago - very few politicians flaunted their religious beliefs for personal gain. So what's changed - and what's given rise to the Christian Right in American politics? Her latest piece is - How The Founders Ensured America Would Not Be a Christian Nation.

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Susan Jacoby - A Christian Nation? P1

Susan Jacoby, Journalist/Author, "Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism," and most recently, "Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age" is tonight's Greatest Mind. Forty years ago - very few politicians flaunted their religious beliefs for personal gain. So what's changed - and what's given rise to the Christian Right in American politics? Her latest piece is - How The Founders Ensured America Would Not Be a Christian Nation.

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Full Show 6/21/12: Free Assange!

Thom talks with one of Julian Assange's lawyers (Michael Ratner) about his client's possible asylum in Ecuador. Also discussed: the latest from the Republican's plot against Obama and Holder and why one of our country's two political parties aren't interested in ending rape in US prisons. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at the blatant sexism in politics from the right.

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The Defenders of Patriarchy at it again...

You might remember last week when Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown said the word "vagina" & so shocked her mostly male Republicans colleagues in the House - that she was banned from speaking on the House floor for the rest of the legislative year. Then a spokesman for the GOP House majority leader claimed the women were having "temper tantrums." Now, in a renewed sexist move by the Michigan Republicans, state Rep. Wayne Schmidt (R) compared the women to children, saying that they were given a "time out" for misbehaving. He said, "You know, as I said to someone up north here, it's like giving the kid a time out for a day. Hey, time out, you went a comment too far, you spoke your piece, we're gonna let these other people have their dissenting comments, and then we'll get back to business. But unfortunately, business has become a sideshow." The war on women and blatant sexism have found a home within the Republican Party platform of late. How do we stop the patriarchy and anti-female bigotry in the Republican Party - and give women more power and freedom in American society?

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What Do Republicans Love about Rape?

Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator & Author, Observations of White Noise...an 'Acid Test' for the First Amendment vs. Thom Hartmann. Earlier this week - the Department of Justice published new standards to combat the large number of rapes and sexual assaults that occur in America's prisons each year. This is a serious problem. In 2008 - a report by the Justice Department revealed more than 216000 victims of rape and sexual assault in prison. That's just victims - not occurrences. That year - prison rape accounted for a majority of all the rapes in the United States. So something needed to be done to put an end to this rape epidemic in our nation's prisons. And that's exactly what the Department of Justice did - adopting nationwide standards as required by a law signed by George W. Bush in 2003. Those standards include minimum staffing levels at prisons - screenings of prisoners who are at risk of rape - or are suspected rapists - and removing any time limits for an inmate to report a rape. And while most are applauding the new guidelines - they will come with a cost - roughly $7 billion - which is causing Conservatives to be outraged. For example - The American Action Forum - a Wall Street funded right-wing group -released a statement calling the new guidelines too "costly" and "complicated" - while The Weekly Standard piled on - complaining that the costs outweigh the benefits and this new rule is, "undoubtedly an unfunded mandate - and an expensive one that offers ...

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The Good, The Bad & The Very Very Catawamptiously Ugly!

The Good! *Rep. David McKinley (R-WV)* McKinley - a Republican from West Virginia - recently sent out a mailer to his constituents. In it - he expresses very similar concerns as Democrats have with Paul Ryan's House GOP Budget. The Bad! *Apple* Apple stores have twice refused to sell Apple products to Iranian-Americans. According to a report by WSB-TV - Sahar Sabet - an Iranian-American - was told by store employees in a Georgia store that it is corporate policy not to sell any goods to Iran without the authorization of the US government. and the Very Very Ugly! *Karl Rove* With his Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads SuperPAC's - Rove has already done enough to help destroy the American democracy - but now he's just flat out making a mockery of it

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Ongoing Fast and Furious Conspiracy Theory

Mike Papantonio, Attorney/Host-Ring of Fire Radio joins Thom Hartmann. As part of their ongoing Fast and Furious conspiracy theory - Republicans on the House Oversight Committee voted yesterday to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt. When will Democrats wake up and fight back against Republicans and all of their political stunts?

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Geeky Science! Scared Grasshoppers Transform the Entire Ecosystem!

What do you do when you're scared of spiders? You might scream or run away - but your actions probably don't affect the ecosystem. What does new research reveal about frightened grasshoppers and the role they play on changing our entire ecosystem?

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The other way we're subsidizing Walmart...

Most of us know how taxpayers subsidize Walmart's low wages with billions of dollars in Medicaid, food stamps, and other financial assistance for workers. But, did you know that we're also subsidizing the retail giant by paying the cost of their environmental destruction.

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