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America on Fire Sale for Foreign Corporations

For the past two years - the US government has been negotiating with eight Pacific nations on a new so-called trade deal - the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But - despite the lengthy negotiations - the TPP had been largely ignored by the mainstream media - and even Congress was unaware of America's position on the deal. That was all until last month - when a 52 page document on the TPP was leaked to the watchdog group Public Citizen - and the proverbial floodgates opened. Joining Thom Hartmann now to discuss more on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and just how damaging it is to America is Dr. Brian Moench - President of the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment - Member of the Union of Concerned Scientists and a contributor to Truthout and Common Dreams

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

The Good! *Laura Ricketts* L-PAC is a new superPAC that has been launched to support pro-lesbian candidates as well as marriage equality ballot initiatives in this election cycle. The Bad! *South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R)* Haley vetoed legislation that would have provided nearly half a million dollars in aid to domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs. and the Very Very Ugly! *Guns Save Life* The NRA-supported pro-gun rights group organizes summer shooting camps for children. And - last month - the group exploited loopholes in a Chicago gun buyback program - and managed to take $6000 dollars in taxpayer money to buy ammunition and guns for children as young as 9 to use.

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Tax breaks for 10 years...where are the jobs?

David Selig, Conservative Commentator, joins Thom Hartmann. Great news for Conservatives today - a new report out reveals taxes in America are the lowest they've been in three decades. So - shouldn't Boehner, Cantor and crew be applauding President Obama - and be hoping that he wins re-election?

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Repealing Obamacare...creating wage slavery?

Despite the Supreme Court upholding Obamacare - today - Republicans in the House voted for the 33rd time to repeal it. Don't Republicans have anything better to do? - and if they ever manage to repeal Obamacare - what will they replace it with?

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Full Show 7/10/12: Voting Rights for All!

Thom calls on Congress to amend the constitution to grant voting rights to all US citizens. Also discussed: the latest from the LIBOR rate fixing scandal, whether Ron Paul will take over the GOP convention in August and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks to Germany and France and their shorter work weeks to boost the US economy.

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Would Cutting the Work Week put Everyone Back to Work?

Even though Americans are some of the most overworked people in the world - our long hours at work are doing very little to help the economy recover. So - could following the European model by cutting back on the work week actually help our economy - and put all unemployed Americans back to work? According to a recent CBO report - President Obama's 2009 stimulus package saved up to 3 million jobs - preventing an all out economic catastrophe. Unfortunately - ever since then - Republicans have blocked every single stimulus measure - radically slowing down our nation's economic recovery. Republicans are even trying to make things worse by pushing for austerity and spending cuts - which cuts jobs - and Republican governors have laid off more than 600000 public workers around the nation. The result is persistently high unemployment, and Americans of all strips are calling for more "job creation." But here's the thing - we all have it all wrong! It's not jobs we should be talking about - it's hours on the job. Look at the average number of hours worked by each of the OECD nations: You'll notice at the top of the list is Greece - where workers on average put in more than 2000 hours a year on the job. That dispels that myth that the Greeks are in economic trouble because they're lazy - they actually work far more hours than the rest of Europe. But also near the top of the list is the United States - working nearly 1800 hours a year on average. Now - toward the bottom of the list ...

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Can Ron Paul Embarrass the Entire GOP Party in Tampa?

Austin Petersen, Director of Production-FreedomWorks joins Thom Hartmann. Ron Paul wants to leave a mark on the Republican Party next month - even if he's not going to be their nominee for President. What's happening in Nebraska this weekend - and what does it mean for the future of Ron Paul and his supporters?

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

The Good! *The Cork, Ireland City Council* Last night - the Cork city council became the first local authority in Ireland to officially support marriage equality. The Bad! *Matt Drudge* Drudge - the founder of the infamous conservative news site The Drudge Report - is no stranger to promoting far-right conspiracy theories. But now - he's thrown his support behind a truly absurd conspiracy theory that says President Obama was once a secret agent for the CIA in Pakistan. and the Very Very Ugly! *Congressman David Dreier (R-CA)* Last night - during a House Rules Committee debate - Dreier said that he didn't think that people with pre-existing conditions should be able to get health care insurance.

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LIBOR - We Don't Call Them Banksters for Nothing

Bartlett "Bart" Naylor, Financial Policy Advocate-Public Citizen joins Thom Hartmann. The LIBOR rate fixing is growing. After heads rolled last week at Barclays Bank following admission that the bank rigged key interest rates that underlie millions of consumer loans from home mortgages to credit cards, there are new allegations that other banks may be involved, and that this massive rip-off has been going on for decades. As one financial insider admitted to The Economist, "fifteen years ago, the word was that LIBOR was being rigged." The insider went on to say that he remembers rate fixing as far back as the 1980's. And Business Insider is reporting that the Federal Reserve was worried about LIBOR manipulation as far back as 14 years ago. Now, other banks are being investigated for their role in rate-rigging - including JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and UBS. However, it's unlikely anyone will actually go to jail for this multi-billion dollar fraud since we have a two-tiered justice system - one for working people who can be thrown in prison for stealing a Slurpee. And one for the banksters who get to skate with a small fine when they steal billions of dollars. Curiously, even Wall Street knows criminal activity pays off for banksters. A recent survey of 500 Wall Street senior executives revealed that 24% of bankers believe they need to "engage in unethical or illegal conduct to be successful." Tune in for more on this.

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The Religious Right Field Tests Plan for Beating Obama

Adele Stan, Alternet, joins Thom Hartmann. The Right is field-testing a plan to beat President Obama - and the main character is Ralph Reed. For our viewers who don't know him - who is he - and what's he up to now?

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Pass a Constitutional Amendment that Voting is a Right!

All across America - Republicans are trying their hardest to prevent Democratic voters from having a say in the November election. How are the horrible stories of slavery in America's past helping fuel the Republican war on voting today?

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Full Show 7/9/12: The Bigger Picture

Thom debuts "The Bigger Picture," a new segment focusing on the heart of the big issues facing our nation. Tonight's "Bigger Picture" panel discusses taxes, labor unions and voter suppression. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at how cities and towns across the country are fighting back against the big banks.

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Do Americans, without a photo ID, have a right to vote?

Mike Elk, In These Times, Vince Coglianese, Daily Caller & Sam Sacks, progressive commentator join Thom Hartmann. Let's now tackle another issue that's been in the news a lot lately: the right to vote - and if there is even such a thing. Today - in a court room down the street here in Washington, DC - state officials from Texas are defending a recently passed voter ID law that could deny hundreds of thousands of people their right to vote come November. The Department of Justice filed suit against Texas, with evidence showing that as many as 600000 registered voters lack the necessary photo ID to vote. It's the same story in Pennsylvania - where as many as 750000 registered voters could be kicked off the roles for lack of photo ID after that state as well passed a new Voter ID law. Take a look at this map created by Mother Jones - the states in red are states that have introduced legislation to restrict voters' access to the polls in just the last year. As of April of this year - 24 states have attempted to do this. And nine states - including Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, and several others - have passed new laws requiring voter IDs just to vote. These laws will affect 3.8 million voters. And as this chart shows - the vast majority of those affected by these laws are Blacks, Latinos, young people, and senior citizens - people who tend to vote for Democrats. Now - a lot of these laws were written by the American Legislative Exchange Council - a right-wing corporate thinktank ...

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The Death of the Middle Class was by Design...

Even in the face of the so-called Recovery, poverty and inequality are getting worse in our country, and more wealth and power is flowing straight to the top. According to Paul Buchheit over at Alternet, this is the end result of winner-take-all capitalism, and this destruction of the working class has all been by design.

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