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If you want a friend in DC, you don't have to buy a dog - you can buy a Senator

Harry Truman famously said, "If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog." It used to be true. Back in 1907, Republican President Teddy Roosevelt got the Tillman Act pushed through Congress, which made it a felony crime for a corporation to give money or any other form of assistance to any member of Congress. The Supreme Court, of course, in a series of decisions over the past 30 years culminating in Citizens United, has taken down the Tillman Act and all of its cousins, like McCain-Feingold. Now, here in Washington, if you want a friend, you don't have to buy a dog. You can buy yourself a senator. Case in point, Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase. Yesterday, he was called to testify before the Senate Banking Committee. In the clip you're about to see, brilliantly compiled by TPM, you'll see and hear how one of our nations most notorious banksters was treated by some of his "friends." What happens if you're the CEO of a company that makes one of the biggest financial trading mistakes in history and you go to Capitol Hill to testify? You're given a huge pat on the back...I'll explain in tonight's Daily Take.

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The Big Picture Rumble: Has Democracy Become a Billionaire's Playground?

Erikka Knuti, Democratic Strategist & Vince Coglianese, Daily Caller & Heather Cirmo,Conservative Strategist joins Thom Hartmann. Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has pledged "unlimited" donations to Mitt Romney's campaign. Isn't it the end of our democracy when billionaires can funnel unlimited sums of money into politics - no questions asked. All that and more in tonight's Big Picture Rumble...

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Full Show 6/14/12: Has Democracy Become a Billionaire's Playground?

Erikka Knuti, Democratic Strategist & Vince Coglianese, Daily Caller & Heather Cirmo,Conservative Strategist joins Thom Hartmann. Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has pledged "unlimited" donations to Mitt Romney's campaign. Isn't it the end of our democracy when billionaires can funnel unlimited sums of money into politics - no questions asked. All that and more in tonight's Big Picture Rumble...

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Chris Hayes, Twilight of the Elites P2

For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - Thom Hartmann is joined by Chris Hayes. Chris is a political commentator - and host of Up With Chris Hayes - which airs Saturday and Sunday mornings on MSNBC. He is also the Editor-at-Large of The Nation magazine and writes on issues central to the liberal community - including what is hurting the Democratic Party - and how the labor movement is changing From Wall Street to Main Street - the wealthy elite have run roughshod over the lives of everyday Americans for the past several decades. How did we get to this point in American history - and what can be done to fix our broken meritocracy?

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Full Show 6/14/12: The Best Gov't Money Can Buy

Thom talks about yesterday's pathetic performance from the Senate Banking Committee during the hearing of JP Morgan's CEO Jamie Dimon. Also discussed: the call to raise the social security age from the world's richest man, how the US is considering a trade deal that would give foreign transnational corporations unprecedented power to abuse American workers and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses the GOP's continued attack on Attorney General Eric Holder.

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The GOP Witchhunt against Eric Holder

Republicans live in an alternate universe. It's a universe where Attorney General Eric Holder conspired with President Obama to sell a bunch of guns to Mexico in hopes that those guns would eventually make their way back to the United States - kill Americans - and create a crisis that gives the administration justification to then start confiscating everyone's guns. I know this sounds like a tin foil hat conspiracy. But it's how Republicans - in their alternate universe - have spun this so-called "Fast and Furious" program run out of the Department of Justice. But for those who don't watch Fox News and don't know what Fast and Furious is - here are the facts. It was a program started by the Bush Administration - and it's purpose was simple - though arguably misguided. Basically - the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives sold guns across the border in Mexico - in hopes that they could then track those guns as they made their way up to Mexico's biggest drug cartels - to then bust up those big drug cartels. The plan didn't work out too well - and in December of 2010 - a border patrol agent named Brian Terry was killed in a firefight with suspected undocumented immigrants along the Souther Border in Arizona. And it was later discovered that one of the guns that killed Agent Terry was traced back to the ATF's Fast and Furious gun-running mission. A month later - the ATF ended the Fast and Furious program. And the Republicans began their conspiracy-theory witch ...

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The World's Richest Man doesn't Want you to Retire

David Selig, Federal Tax Practitioner, joins Thom Hartmann. The world's richest man - a man who doesn't have to worry about working or having a job - thinks you should have to work until you're 70. Don't hard-working Americans deserve to have their retirement years - without billionaires telling them what they can and can't do? With the New Deal, the economic elite made a deal with working Americans that their basic needs would be met with a social safety net. But today - the elites are shredding that deal, and trying to bring feudalism back to America.

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Obama Trade Document leaked...

Melinda St. Louis, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch joins Thom Hartmann. Time to ditch so-called Free Trade - and get back to protecting our domestic manufacturers like we used to do under every single President since George Washington - but have forgotten in the last thirty years.

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1 US Vet attempts suicide every 80 minutes

Reon Schutte, former POW/Speaker/Author - "Set Yourself Free" joins Thom Hartmann. According to a new Pentagon report - Our soldiers are dying at an alarming rate, but not in Afghanistan. They're dying right here at home. In the first 155 days of the year - 154 US soldiers have committed suicide - averaging nearly one soldier dying of suicide each day. That's an 18% increase from last year - and the fastest pace in the decade of Bush's two wars. Suicide deaths now occur 50% more often than combat deaths in Afghanistan. And this situation isn't much better for our military veterans. Every 80 minutes in America - a US veteran attempts suicide. Studies suggest multiple tours of duty, PTSD, and misuse of prescription medicine could be behind the surge in military suicides - both among veterans and active duty personnel. Another possible explanation is financial hardship from the Bush Depression. Just like working class Americans - soldiers, too, are having their homes foreclosed on by Romney's bankster friends - even while they're abroad risking their life for the country - or trying to get on economic footing after leaving the military. And tragically in Congress - Republicans and Democrats can't even come together anymore to help our veterans

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

The Good! *RI Gov. Lincoln Chaffe. Yesterday - Governor Chafee signed a marijuana decriminalization bill into law. While he's technically an independent - he was always expected to sign the bill if it passed by Rhode Island's Assembly. The Bad! *Fox Anchor Brian Kilmeade* On Fox and Friends this morning the "news" anchors had a segment about a US Navy Choir's recent inclusion of women. Well - Kilmeade apparently isn't too happy that the band decided to make that policy - and really isn't happy about women having any rights at all. Take a listen to his reaction - that even caused Gretchen Carlson to walk away...and the Very Very Ugly! *Ron Rosenberg and Crystal Dynamics* Rosenberg and Crystal Dynamics are the creative team behind the new Lara Croft: Tomb Raider game. And - in the beginning of the game - Croft is in a situation where she could be raped - and the gamer will have to save Croft.

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Geeky Science - Diet Sodas Goof Up Your Brain

New research is out - and turns out - sugar free drinks may be bad for your health too.

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Why are Senators Fondling Banksters?

Mike Papantonio, Attorney/Host-Ring of Fire Radio joins Thom Hartmann. So here we have the most notorious bankster in the country coming to testify in front of "we the people's" Senate - amid a populist backlash against Wall Street in the streets - and yet that's all our elected Representatives can muster up? Just pleasantries, compliments, and adoration? Heck, if the hearing would have gone on longer - there may have been some fondling and french kissing.

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Money has Crushed the Voice of People

Zaid Jilani, Republic Report, United Republic, joins Thom Hartmann. Former Gingrich campaign backer and billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is pledging unlimited donations to Mitt Romney's campaign. Is the American democracy dead when billionaires can funnel endless money into politics - and take away the voice of the people?

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Full Show 6/13/12: Romney's a Fascist!

Thom talks austerity and Greece's upcoming election with economist Richard Wolff. Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses the use of domestic drones in the US, the latest from Florida's voter purge campaign and why Americans are not allowed to actually own their houses. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom details why he thinks Mitt Romney is a sociopathic fascist.

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