The Bain Connection to Death Squads...

Mike Papantonio, Attorney, Host, Ring of Fire Radio joins Thom Hartmann. We already know Mitt Romney's run for the Presidency has received financial help from Chinese gangs - but now it turns out he's got past connections to El Salvadorian death squads too. Can Romney stay in the presidential race with new bombshells dropping every day?

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We're #1 in Billionaires but not in Top 10 for Median Wealth

America likes to think of itself as the richest nation on the planet. It's basically considered common knowledge - which country is the richest on earth? America, of course! We hear it from our politicians, our school teachers, or news media. And looking strictly at total combined wealth, we are the richest....by a lot. According to a 2011 study by Allianz - the United States has over $41 trillion in combined wealth. Second is Japan - with far less than half the wealth of the United States at just over $14 trillion. So we're number one right?! Well, not exactly...Our nation's combined wealth IS astronomically high. But that's only because there are a heck of a lot of billionaires living here. In fact, about a third of the world's billionaires live in America. That's 412 billionaires that live in America - and second on the list is China with only 115 billionaires. So are total wealth is inflated by all the billionaires that live here. If you want a true measure of how wealthy the United States ACTUALLY is - then you have to look at median wealth, or how much Americans in the middle are making. Under that criteria - the United States doesn't even crack the top ten in the world. According to a report by Credit Suisse, 15 OECD nations have a higher median wealth than the United States. That includes nations like Australia, Japan, and Israel. It also includes European nations that are in crisis like the Spain, Italy, and Ireland.

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Full Show 7/19/12: Romney, Bain, Death Squads

Thom details how Romney may have started Bain Capital with El Salvadoran blood money. Also discussed: whether Republicans will choose raising taxes over cutting the defense budget, how the severe heat and drought are affecting food prices and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses Justice Scalia's recent interview on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

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Full Show 7/18/12: The Self-Made Man Myth

Thom discusses how no one makes it on their own, that government always plays a role in our successes. Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses the call from all sides for Romney to release his tax returns, who came first, Bane the Batman character or Bain Capital and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom tells the heartfelt story of Angela Vogel and her recent marriage to a corporation.

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Lone Liberal Rumble - What is Romney Hiding?

Francesca Chambers, Red Alert Politics & Adam Bitely, NetRightDaily.com join Thom Hartmann. Democrats and Republicans alike are calling on Mitt Romney to release more of his taxes. Will he listen - or continue to hide whatever secret he is trying to keep? That and more in tonight's Lone Liberal Rumble...

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How to Marry a Corporation

Thanks to the Supreme Court and their Citizen's United decision - corporations in America are considered people - but it didn't used to be like this. The first modern corporations began forming the 1880's - and after realizing the power these corporations had on society and the danger they could pose to our democracy - Congress passed the Tillman Act in 1907 - which outlawed corporations from donating to politicians. But - fast forward a century - and corporations are now donating to politicians without any limits - because the Supreme Court decided to blow up the sensibility of the Tillman Act, and replace it with the mind-boggling idea that corporations are people, and money is speech. And - if corporations are people - and we follow that logic to its final conclusion - then corporations should be allowed to marry - right? Well - King County, Washington - the county that Seattle is in - followed the Citizen's United logic and showed how absurd it is - and they issued a marriage license for a living, breathing woman to marry an inanimate, all-powerful corporation. In a beautiful and heartfelt wedding ceremony in King County, Washington - Ms. Angela Marie Vogel married Corporate Person - a Washington State Corporation. The wedding ceremony was attended by roughly 100 guests - and was presided over by Pastor Rich Lang - who presided over a brilliant ceremony that was also brilliant political theatre. Pastor Lang told the crowd that, "For Angela, dear, sweet victim of ...

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Bain Off-shoring Victims Beg Romney for Help

Josh Eidelson, Salon.com joins Thom Hartmann. In a small town in Illinois - more Americans are falling victim to Bain Capital's love of outsourcing. Why are workers pleading to Mitt Romney for help - and is there even the slightest chance that he'll listen - or will he let more Americans become unemployed?

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Meet 1 Family w/More Wealth than 40% of America

Dean Baker, Economist, Center for Economic joins Thom Hartmann. It's been ten years since the infamous Bush tax cuts were created - and except for millionaires and billionaires - the tax cuts haven't helped anyone. What would America's economy look like without the Bush tax cuts - and would the average American be in better financial shape today without them?

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The Good, The Bad, and the Very, Very Hippomaniacally Ugly

The Good! *RT* The network on which you can watch my television show every night at 9pm Eastern Time is the most watched news source on Youtube. That's according to a Pew Research study finding that RT tops the likes of Fox News, the BBC, ABC News, and even the AP, with more than 8% of total news viewership on YouTube. When the mainstream media fails us, alternative news has an opening and RT is taking advantage of it - well done. The Bad! *Tea Party Congressman Sean Duffy* Duffy's not the biggest fan of talking to constituents, and believes that holding one town hall a year to meet with voters is enough. And The Very, Very Ugly. *Bryan Fischer* The head of the American Family Association went on the radio to call President Obama a "street thug" with a "mindset of a juvenile delinquent."

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The Republican Lie about the Self-Made Myth

From the smallest of small businesses - to the largest of corporations - success is not achieved alone - but with help from society and from the government. Why are Republicans so afraid to admit this - and why can't they give up on the self-made myth? So here's the simple reality. None of us made it on our own. And those of us who have been successful in business have made it because we can use the infrastructure of our court system to enforce our contracts, have workers who had good public educations, and are protected by our fire and police departments, among others. For Takers like Romney to claim that he's a completely self-made man and government had nothing to do with his success is, quite simply, another one of his lies.

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Full Show 7/16/12: The Bigger Picture: LIBOR

Thom talks the latest from the LIBOR scandal with Congressman Dennis Kucinich in tonight's "Bigger Picture" discussion. Also discussed: the Republicans disdain for transparency in our elections (re: the Disclose Act), which party is better equipped to deal with the outsourcing problem in the US and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom asks why anyone would proudly call themselves a Conservative.

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Why Would Anyone Proudly Call Themselves a Conservative?

According to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center - "Conservative" was the second most positively viewed political term in America - right behind "Progressive." Heck - Republicans love the label so much - their biggest political conference of the year is CPAC - The CONSERVATIVE Political Action Conference. But - I'm trying to figure out why exactly that is. I'm trying to figure out why anyone - given our nation's history - would want to call themselves a Conservative today in America. They say that "Conservative" means someone who embraces traditional values, limited government, moderate change, and fiscal restraint. But those are just weasel words, the velvet glove over the brutal fist of an autocratic, authoritarian, and oligarchic form of governance. Here's the reality of what Conservatives have ACTUALLY done to this nation in it's 230-year plus history. First off, it was Conservatives who opposed the American Revolution, and many of them joined the British in fighting against George Washington's army. Then, conservatives, at the birth of our nation, pushed to restrict voting rights at the federal level to only white men who owned property - although progressives like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison blocked those efforts - so conservatives at the state level picked up that cause. It was Conservatives who wanted to keep the "traditional American value" of slavery and fought progressive Abraham Lincoln so fiercely it led to an incredibly bloody and horrific Civil ...

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Ayn Randroids & Libertarians Join Forces

Gary Weiss, author, Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul joins Thom Hartmann. Ayn Rand hated libertarians. So how could a leader of the modern day Ayn Rand movement be named the President of the nation's top libertarian think-tank - and what does this mean for the future of the radical right in America?

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The Big Picture Panel - Are Americans Finally Fed Up w/ Outsourcing? Part 3

The Big Picture Panel - Are Americans Finally Fed Up w/Outsourcing? Part 3 Andy Kroll, Mother Jones Magazine / TomDispatch & Brian Darling, Daily Mail / Heritage Foundation & Horace Cooper, National Center for Public Policy Research, all join Thom Hartmann. The American people are getting more and more fed up with losing their jobs to low-wage foreign nations.

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The Big Picture Panel - Did the NRA Kill Disclosure? Part 2

Andy Kroll, Mother Jones Magazine & Brian Darling, Heritage Foundation & Horace Cooper, National Center for Public Policy Research & special guest Adam Skaggs, Brennan Center, all join Thom Hartmann. How did we develop this two-tiered criminal justice system, wherein I go to jail for stealing a slurpee, but a banksters who steals billions gets to skate? The Senate failed to get enough votes to break a Republican filibuster of the DISCLOSE Act - a bill that would force organizations that are spending more than $10000 in our elections to disclose exactly where their money is coming from. In a letter to Senators last week - the NRA threatened those who support the DISCLOSE Act by writing: "Due to the importance of the fundamental speech and associational rights of the National Rifle Association's four million members, and considering the blatant attack on those rights that S. 3369 represents, we strongly oppose the DISCLOSE Act and will consider votes on this legislation in future candidate evaluations." As in, if you support it - we'll use our secret donors to destroy you.

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We Need to Stop Worshipping Cops

If you protest police brutality and you don’t protest police deaths, then you’re a hypocrite.

That’s what conservatives have been saying ever since two New York City cops were murdered Saturday in an apparent revenge attack for the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

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