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The Nirvana of Instant Runoff Voting

Krist Novoselic, founder and bassist of the rock band Nirvana, joins Thom Hartmann. While lawmakers bicker over legislation in Washington - across America - Voter ID laws are disenfranchising thousands of citizens. It's clear our political system is broken - so what are some ways to rebuild Washington - and make sure the vote of every American is heard?

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The Rise of the New Economy Movement

Gar Alperovitz, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland / Historian / Political Economist, joins Thom Hartmann. As austerity continues to batter the Eurozone nations - there are new fears that a severe recession is on the horizon. Are we witnessing the end of corporate capitalism in the global economy - and if so - what will take its place?

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So Cory Booker takes money from Bain...

Tommy Christopher, Mediaite.com joins Thom Hartmann. This weekend - Newark Mayor Corey Booker criticized President Obama over his attacks on Mitt Romney's time at Bain Capital. Now - we've learned that he's collected tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Bain Capital executives. So - what were the real motives behind Booker's attack on the President?

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Full Show 5/21/12: NATO Comes to Chicago and Protests and Arrests Take Place

Thom was off on Monday, but Guest Host Sam Sacks discussed the protests in Chicago at the NATO Summit and the treatment of the media trying to cover the event. Sam also hosted a Monday rumble that covered the topics of The Paul Ryan Budget and Donald Trump's Reverend Wright advice to Mitt Romney

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Full Show 5/18/12: Conversations with Great Minds: Steve Coll

Thom talks with journalist and author Steve Coll in tonight's "Conversations with Great Minds." Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses the possible reemergence of Jeremiah Wright, the potential end of indefinite detention and why Wisconsin Governor Walker's likely to beat the recall effort against him despite the state being the nation's leader in job losses. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom tells the story of the latest victim of corporate psychopaths.

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The Big Picture Rumble - Could Arizona get any crazier? P1

Erikka Knuti, Democratic Strategist & Brian Darling, Heritage Foundation & Judson Phillips, Founder-Tea Party Nation all join Thom Hartmann. According to a new report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics - Wisconsin lost more than 6000 private sector jobs in April. So does Governor Scott Walker really deserve to stay in office? That question and more in tonight's Big Picture Rumble...

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The Psychopaths Killed Another American

The Psychopaths killed another American this month. Dave Johnson over at AlterNet is telling the story of Norman Rousseau and his wife - two people who did everything they were supposed to do. They were responsible homeowners who did business with Wells Fargo and put a 30% down payment on this home in California back in 2000, and they made every payment from then on - never missing even one single-month. At that same time, the housing bubble frenzy took off. Banks discovered they could make enormous profits dragging homeowners away from safe fixed-rate mortgages and into exploding adjustable rate mortgages. For the bank, it didn't matter if the interest rate on the new loan would skyrocket and eventually lead to a foreclosure. The bank got their money no matter what, either through missed payment fees, late-payment fees, refinancing fees, and then after foreclosure through government support, tax write-offs, and the underlying value of the property. As a corporation, a bank Wells Fargo only has one obligation: increase profits for its shareholders - that's it. To hell with their customers, their community, their nation. Just as long as they're hitting that bottom-line goal, then Wells Fargo is doing exactly what it's legally obligated to do. If Wells Fargo was a person, and didn't give a damn about their fellow man and was willing to do whatever it takes - lie, cheat, steal, kill - for profit, then we'd call that person a psychopath. If a psychopath had defrauded a person ...

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Steve Coll - Private Empire P2

Steve Coll, President-New America Foundation / Staff Writer-The New Yorker / Author of the new book, "Private Empire: Exxon Mobile and American Power" joins Thom Hartmann. Exxon Mobil is the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States - and yet - very little is actually known about how the company operates. How does this corporate giant really function - and how much control does it have over lawmakers in Washington? We'll pose those questions and more to Steve Coll in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Steve Coll - Private Empire P1

Steve Coll, President-New America Foundation / Staff Writer-The New Yorker / Author of the new book, "Private Empire: Exxon Mobile and American Power" joins Thom Hartmann. Exxon Mobil is the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States - and yet - very little is actually known about how the company operates. How does this corporate giant really function - and how much control does it have over lawmakers in Washington? We'll pose those questions and more to Steve Coll in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

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The Big Picture Rumble - Could Arizona get any crazier? P2

Erikka Knuti, Democratic Strategist & Brian Darling, Heritage Foundation & Judson Phillips, Founder-Tea Party Nation all join Thom Hartmann. According to a new report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics - Wisconsin lost more than 6000 private sector jobs in April. So does Governor Scott Walker really deserve to stay in office? That question and more in tonight's Big Picture Rumble...

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Going Wright Is Wrong - Wright vs. Mormonism?

Richard Fowler, Democratic Strategist joins Thom Hartmann. A new plan revealed today - funded by one single millionaire - documents one way Conservatives are considering to topple President Obama. What exactly is the plan - who's behind it - and how will it affect President Obama's campaign strategy leading up to November?

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Full Show 5/17/12: Going Wright is Wrong

Thom talks with Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler about the possible reemergence of the Jeremiah Wright attack against Pres. Obama. Also discussed: Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton being refused to testify at an anti-abortion hearing effecting DC women only, the Fukushima disaster hitting the US and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom applauds the decision striking down indefinite detention and discusses why the fight has just begun.

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The role media played in austerity as a necessary evil?

Professor William "Bill" Black, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One, joins Thom Hartmann. As Greeks withdraw their money from the banks - and the Spanish enter a second recession - Republicans in Congress are still applauding austerity. What's the austerity endgame - and when will world leaders finally realize austerity is not the way to rebuild an economy?

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The top one percent own half of all the world's assets. In stark contrast, the bottom fifty percent of the world owns less than one percent. According to the 2014 Global Wealth Report from Credit Suisse, global inequality has surged since the 2008 financial collapse. The report explains that while global wealth has more than doubled since the year 2000, the vast majority of overall growth has gone to those who were already wealthy.

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