Is KBR Guilty in Iraq Negligence?

Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio, joins Thom Hartmann. War profiteer giant KBR was found guilty last year of negligence, and is being held responsible for the poisoning of a dozen soldiers with a chemical known as sodium dichromate, which is used to prevent pipe corrosion. The Huffington Post reports that one exposed soldier, who was told by KBR that the chemical was just a mild-irritant, ended up dying from sodium-dichromate-caused-cancer at age 52. KBR was ordered by a court to pay $85 million in damages, but KBR is saying that the government - and "you and me, the taxpayers" - should pay for the damages. Thanks to a contract with the Bush/Cheney administration, KBR argues that is has full legal immunity - meaning taxpayers should pay for all of KBR's legal costs and pay their victims. So far, this contract is classified, and is not available to the public.

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It's Time to Break up Ma-Biz into Baby-Biz

We wouldn't put giant whales in small aquarium fish tanks - because they would take over all of the food sources and other necessities that the smaller fish need to survive. So why do we let massive transnational corporations dictate what happens in our economy?

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Should We Give Up on the Constitution?

Professor Louis Michael Seidman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law-Georgetown University Law Center, joins Thom Hartmann. Our Constitution - the law of the land that we largely base all government decisions off of - was written over 200 years ago. When George Washington and this nation's other founders sat down in Philadelphia to write America's new governing doctrine - life was very different then today. For instance - back in the late 1700's - fire extinguishers and lightening rods were considered high tech - and flush toilets had just been invented. The fact is - we live in a very, very different time then the days of the American Revolution. Almost every facet of our lives today couldn't have possibly been imagined 200+ years ago. So - with that being said - should we still be relying so heavily on a document that was written when eyeglasses and carbonated water were just becoming popular?

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Full Show 1/9/13: A Whale in a Fish Tank is a Bad Idea

Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses how Governor Rick Scott is using his state's poor as pawns in his political game, if anything positive will come out of Biden's meeting with the gun lobby and what two states are doing to try and get rid of the death penalty. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom describes how corporate America is like a whale in a fish tank.

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If AIG is a Person - Pay Up!

Richard Eskow, Campaign For America's Future joins Thom Hartmann. The insurance giant would have brought down the entire financial system in 2008 - had it not been for a generous $182 billion bailout courtesy of "we the taxpayers." But - As the New York Times reports, AIG's "thank you" might be to sue "we the taxpayers" for that very same bailout.

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Do Right-Wing Nuts Need Guns Against Government?

Do right-wing gun nuts really need automatic weapons and military assault rifles to help protect themselves from the government? Our founding fathers say no.

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

The Good! *ACLU* The civil liberties organization has settled a suit with the US government that will allow many military servicemembers discharged under the anti-gay Don't Ask Don't Tell law to receive full separation pay. Many members that were discharged under the law only received half of the seperation pay that they were due. Thanks to the lawsuit - ex-military members that were discharged after November 10, 2004 due to Dont Ask Dont Tell will now be entitled all of the money that they were originally denied. Don't Ask Dont Tell was repealed - and officially ended in September of 2010. Homosexual Americans now have the right to proudly serve and defend their nation - without fear of retribution. ---------------- The Bad! *Police Use of Excessive Force* Over the last few years - there have been countless incidents of police using excessive force - from Occupy Wall Street protests to college campuses. But now - the epidemic is spreading to routine traffic stops. A video of a recent traffic stop in Texas is circulating the web - in which two women can be seen being cavity searched. The women were originally pulled over for littering - when an officer claimed that he smelled marijuana in their car. After a thorough search of the car - no drugs were found - but the officer still called a female officer over to perform invasive cavity searches of both women. Of course nothing was found. The women are now suing the state of Texas. Just another sad day for civil liberties in ...

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Hell & High Water is Coming...Climate Change

Angela Anderson, Climate and Energy Program, Union of Concerned Scientists, joins Thom Hartmann. Earlier today - 2012 was officially recognized as the hottest year ever recorded in the United States. Not much could be more startling than that - right? Wrong. What does a new study suggest about the impacts that a global sea level rise could have on the world's population?

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Big Picture Rumble - Guns...Shouldn't we take a lessons from autos?

Kris Ullman, Conservative Commentator & Activist & Sam Sacks, Progressive writer/strategist & Neil McCabe, Human Events Online joins Thom Hartmann.

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Big Picture Rumble - Should Wendy's be in business?

Kris Ullman, Conservative Commentator & Activist & Sam Sacks, Progressive writer/strategist & Neil McCabe, Human Events Online joins Thom Hartmann.

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Full Show 1/8/13: The Founding Fathers Vs. The Gun Nuts

Tonight's politics panel discusses the GOP threat of shutting down the government over the debt ceiling, more companies cutting back on their employees' hours to side step Obamacare and Alex Jones' irrational actions and interpretation of the 2nd Amendment on "Piers Morgan Tonight." In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom details what our Founding Fathers intended with the 2nd amendment.

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Fox News Takes on the No Billionaires Campaign

It's really no big surprise that commentators at Fox so-called News are outraged by our No Billionaires Campaign. After all, their paychecks - like everyone else's at Fox News - depend on towing the line for their billionaire boss and his billionaire buddies. But it is interesting that Corporate America's favorite news network hates the idea so much. It means we must be on the right track. Join the #NoBillionairesCampaign at www.nobillionairescampaign.com.

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Billionaires vs "We the People" - This is War!

In the last decade - America has been involved in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - and the mainstream media has been all over both of them. But there's a war going on right here at home - all across the nation - and no one's saying a word. It's war. Rob, plunder, and pillageTurn the Makers into slaves, while the Takers get an Inheritance Tax cut so their great-grandchildren can live the lives of the landed gentry. When Ronald Reagan came into office, America was one of the most socially- and economically- mobile nations in the developed world. Today it is among the least. Democracy is being replaced by plutocracy. Modern oligarchs are richer than the kings of old.

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Everything U Know is Wrong - Could EMP be America's biggest catastrophe?

F. Michael Maloof, former security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense & author of EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe, joins Thom Hartmann. When it comes to national security - all the talk right now is about preventing nuclear war. But - what if I told you there is a threat far bigger - and potentially far deadlier - than a nuclear bomb?

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Bernie Sanders Could be the Next FDR

Tuesday night, I appeared on the Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell to talk about Elizabeth Warren, the rise of progressives within the Democratic Party, and what this means for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

At one point in our discussion, the conversation turned to whether Bernie represents the closest thing to an Elizabeth Warren candidacy.

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