Full Show 10/18/12: Vote for Romney...or else!

Thom discusses how corporations, and even presidential candidates, can now tell employees how to vote thanks to Citizens United. Also discussed: next week's RT and Free and Equal Elections sponsored Third Party Presidential debate, whether Obama is willing to push the US off the fiscal cliff in order to make the wealthiest pay their fair share and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses how the card check system may be the best tool for taking on corporate America.

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We're all going to die and no-one's talking about it

The Human Race may very well die out - and no one is talking about it. The fact that we've now gone through three Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates - and not once has global climate change been brought up - should be, to paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, an "Alarm bell in the night" for all of us. Especially because this last September was the hottest September ever recorded in the civilized history of the human race. Not only that - this last September produced the smallest amount of Arctic ice ever recorded in the civilized history of the human race. Our planet is rapidly changing - scientists across the world are freaking out - farmers are getting hysterical and, in many countries, committing suicide in mass numbers - and yet our two Presidential candidates are fighting about who's going to pump more carbon pollution into the atmosphere: That would have been the perfect time for Candy Crowley to chime in an say - "Hey, guys what about the climate change crisis that's being worsened by all of this drilling?" But she didn't - and then Romney bashed the President over not approving the Keystone XL pipeline...Actually the President DID approve the Keystone pipeline - at least a large portion of it - and he'll likely approve the rest if he wins a second term.

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All in the family - Romney legacy of tax payer rip-offs

Lee Fang, The Nation, joins Thom Hartmann. Like father like son - Mitt Romney founded Bain Capital - so son Tagg had to start his own little shady pirate equity firm too. What's the story behind Solamere Capital - and what role is it playing in Mitt Romney's presidential campaign? What type of businesses are clients of Tagg Romney - and how do they stand to gain in a Mitt Romney presidency?

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The Phone Lines - Why you won't hear Romney say American Energy Independence

The phone lines are now open for our Your Take My Take LIVE segment. So if you want the chance to ask me a question live on The Big Picture - give us a call at 202-904-2134 7p-8p ET.

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Big Picture Panel - Get the transcript Republicans! P2

Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator & Richard Fowler, The Richard Fowler Radio Show & Vince Coglianese, The Daily Caller join Thom Hartmann. In one of the more tense moments of the debate, Romney was caught in a Fox News-promoted lie when he accused the President of not calling the attacks in Libya an act of terrorism the day after they occurred. President Obama did actually refer to the attacks as terrorism, and debate moderator Candy Crowley immediately fact-checked Romney.

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Big Picture Panel - Did Romney Break the Law at the Debate? P1

Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator & Richard Fowler, The Richard Fowler Radio Show & Vince Coglianese, The Daily Caller join Thom Hartmann. There were fireworks in Long Island last night - as the second presidential debate turned out to be a knockdown - drag out kind of affair. From Mitt's steady stream of lies - to President Obama's energized attacks - we have it all covered for you in tonight's Post-Debate Political Panel.

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Myth Master Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney told 31 lies and half-truths during just 41 minutes of speaking time...a new record. Romney managed to beat his previous mark of telling 27 lies and half-truths during the first debate - and some of last night's lies were even bigger than those from the previous debate!The only difference this time, though...was that President Obama called out some of those lies.

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Full Show 10/17/12: Debate #2: Obama Strikes Back

Thom discusses last night's presidential debate with our "Big Picture Politics Panel," takes your calls in "Your Take, My Take Live" and speaks with journalist Lee Fang about Tagg Romney's shady private equity firm Solamere. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses how we're all about to die yet no one is talking about it.

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Romney Urges Employers to tell their Employees Who to Vote for

There's some breaking news from labor reporter Mike Elk with In These Times magazine...We've seen several CEOs send letters out to their employees urging them to vote for Mitt Romney or else they may lose their jobs during a second Obama term. Now we might know where these threats started...Mitt Romney! In June 6th 2012 conference call with the NFIB (National Federation of Independent Businesses) - Mitt Romney urged employers with the NFIB to make it clear to their employees who they should vote for.

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How Schools Are Sold Off to Wealthy Foreigners

You know there's a big problem when foreign investors are buying up schools here in America so they - instead of We The People - can educate our young people. Yet - that's exactly what's happening. As Alyssa Figueroa reports over at AlterNet - wealthy foreign investors are taking advantage of our immigration laws by investing millions in charter schools. You see - there's this thing called the Immigrant Investor Program - which gives green cards to foreign investors as long as they invest at least a million dollars in the US economy - and create at least 10 full-time jobs. So - the business of choice to invest in is...private, for-profit charter schools. So far - just Chinese investors have spent $30 million buying charter schools in Florida alone. And according to a new report from Miami Today - they plan to invest nearly $100 million next year. Think about that - foreign investors buying the rights to teach American students, with guaranteed profits from our tax dollars. This is because we buy more from the rest of the world than we sell to them - the predicted consequence of our bizarre free trade policies - that leads to a trade deficit of 800 billion dollars every year. That's 800 billion dollars more that ends up in the hands of foreign investors who have to spend that money somehow - so they spend it buying up our commons...like our schools.

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Corsi Tells Thom Secret Ring Proves Obama is Muslim

Dr. Jerome Corsi, Senior Staff Writer-World Net Daily joins Thom Hartmann. So if you thought the birthers - and those who believe President Obama is a secret Muslim were going away anytime soon - then everything you know is wrong.

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Walmart Workers Issue Black Friday Ultimatum

Josh Eidelson, Labor Journalist / Contributing Writer-Salon & Neal Asbury, Truth for America join Thom Hartmann. In recent weeks we've seen unprecedented labor strikes against the world's largest private retailer - Walmart. It started with a walkout among Walmart supply chain workers - and turned into a strike by Walmart's retail workers in a dozen cities across the nation last week. Workers threatened to hold actions on Black Friday at the end of November if Walmart doesn't agree to stop retaliating against employees who speak out abour poor working conditions. And now we know that this strike has the attention of Walmart executives. According to a leaked corporate memo obtained by the Huffington Post that was sent around to Walmart's salaried employees only - managers are instructed to act with caution when confronting striking workers. For fifty years - Walmart has stifled any sort of union activity - but this latest memo is unusually cautious - telling managers not to violate their workers' right to organize - and not to discipline employees who engage in walk-outs are sit-ins. The memo also cautions managers from threatening, intimidating, or spying on workers who are trying to organize. It does however instruct managers to give workers facts, opinions, and personal experiences with labor organizaing in an effort to discourage union activity. So given the strikes in the recent week - and now this leaked corporate memo - who has the upper-hand in the fledgling labor ...

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The Good, The Bad & The Very Very Horapthically Ugly

The Good! *The American People* On Saturday - around 1000 Americans laid down on a beach in San Francisco - and spelled out the words "Dump Citizens United" The spectacular protest was just the latest in a long line of protests across America ever since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision in 2010. Brad Newsham - a San Francisco cabbie who organized the protest - told reporters, "The 2010 Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United trampled on America's founding principles, swamped our democracy in corporate cash and needs to be over turned." Mr. Newsham and the protestors who showed up on Saturday know that corporations are not people - and money is not speech. It's time we overturned Citizens United - and got our voices back. Go to MoveToAmend.org

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CEO's Forcing Employees to Vote Republican

Mike Elk, Staff Writer-"In These Times" joins Thom Hartmann. The Kochs have promised to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to defeat President Obama and progressives this election. But that's not enough. Find out what America's most notorious oligarchs are doing to their employees now to ensure that Mitt Romney wins the White House in November.

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When is the next ice age?

Remember the blockbuster hit The Day After Tomorrow? Well, thanks to climate change, that doomsday scenario could become reality, albeit a bit more slowly than in the movie.

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