Hey GOP...We Already have a Bill of Rights!!

Besides trying to elect one of their own - Mitt Romney - to the White House, the oligarchs have another trick up their sleeve this election. And that's to make sure their state taxes never go up again. Their plan is carried out in the form of ballot measures - often under the name of Taxpayer Bill of Rights laws - that will appear in a handful of states on Election Day that are aimed at making it very difficult to raise taxes. Such measures are on the ballot in states like Florida, Michigan, and Washington. So imagine a law - or, even more bizarre, an amendment to a state's constitution, that says, "You may not take away any tax breaks that billionaires or large corporations have without it getting at least a 2/3rds vote in the legislature, but you may lay off teachers, state troopers, repeal Meals on Wheels programs, and cut off financial aid to colleges and college students with a simple majority." And then imagine that the law went a step further and said that you can't raise taxes on billionaires or corporations, and you can't close any of the tax loopholes they use every day, but you can easily raise fees on everyday working people, so they're paying more to register their cars or park on city streets or have their garbage collected.

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Full Show 10/25/12: Greece Adopts America's Failed Health Care System

Thom talks with Conservative Commentator David Selig on the destructive tax related ballot measures being voted on next month. Also discussed: Thom speaks with Governor Siegelman's daughter Dana about the latest on her Father's case, the untold outsourcing story of the election (Sensata Technologies) and Thom takes your phone calls in "Your Take, My Take Live." In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at how Greece is adopting America's failed health care system at the worst possible time.

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Globalism is the #1 Risk Facing Humanity

In the past - diseases like tuberculosis and malaria have been number one health concerns around the world. But not anymore. In today's world - globalization is the number one health risk facing humanity. A new study released this week by the Blacksmith Institute reveals, for the first time ever, the impact of industrial pollutants on communities across the planet. It found that industrial waste dump sites containing lead, mercury, chromium, pesticides, and other toxic horrors, poison more than 125 million people in 49 different low and middle income nations around the planet. And the authors of the study say this is a very conservative estimate - and likely even more people are sickened by this rampant industrial pollution. In fact, the report says that industrial pollution is now a bigger global health problem for the world than malaria and tuberculosis. Just look at what's happening in places like Zamfara, Nigeria. It's a state without children - or very few children walking around. Why? because hundreds of children who work in gold mines are exposed to high levels of lead. Back in March of 2010 - the organization Doctors Without Borders arrived on the scene in Zamfara - and found that hundreds of children had died from lead poisoning - and thousands more were diseased by it. Mortality rates in some villages were as high as 43%. This is a genocide carried out by transnational corporations that have no restraints on how they operate in what were once sovereign nations ...

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

The Good! *Australia* According to new reports - Australia's policies to curb climate change could spur on as much as $103 billion dollars in spending over the next four years. Much of this comes from a carbon tax that the country has established. Meanwhile - here in America - our politicians still refuse to acknowledge that climate change exists. Of course these politicians are in the pockets of Big Oil - and don't want to invest in anything but oil. Shouldn't the prospects of adding billions of dollars in revenue to our economy be reason enough to embrace new clean energy policies in Washington? It's time we stood up for the environment - and gave our economy a boost at the same time.

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Taking R Country Back - Anthony Flaccavento

For tonight's Taking Our Country Back segment - we head to Virginia's 9th Congressional District. The district had been in the hands of Democrats for over three decades - until Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith won in 2010. But now - the Democratic Party has a great chance to re-claim the seat in Congress.

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The Only Person Jailed for Torture is the One Who Exposed It

We all know the Bush Administration committed war crimes when it tortured terrorist suspects. But, the only person going to jail for these crimes is the guy who blew the whistle on all of it. On Tuesday, former CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou plead guilty to revealing the identity of a CIA agent when he turned over classified secrets to the New York Times exposing the Bush administration's torture program back in 2007. Kiriakou told the story of Al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah who was captured and waterboarded more than 80 times. Kiriakou was originally charged under the Espionage Act, to which he pled not guilty. Now - Tuesday's decision to plead guilty to a lesser charge allows Kiriakou to get out of prison within two and a half years.

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Lone Liberal Rumble - Latest Right Wing Conspiracy on Voting

Lachlan Markay, Heritage Foundation & SE Robinson, The Blaze joins Thom Hartmann

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Lone Liberal Rumble - Are Funerals for Miscarriages Coming?

Lachlan Markay, Heritage Foundation & SE Robinson, The Blaze joins Thom Hartmann.

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Keeping New Mexico Frack Free

Mari Margil, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) & Kathleen Dudley, Drilling Mora County join Thom Hartmann. The Fracking industry in this country is making millions of a dangerous and destructive practice. How are communities fighting back against fracking - and trying to protect this nation from an environmental disaster?

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Paul Ryan - Ayn Rand Utopia with Poor as Feudal Serfs

The only thing we can expect Paul Ryan and Paul Ryan to do - is what they've promised to do on paper - and that's give massive tax cuts - five trillion dollars worth of tax cuts - to rich people like themselves - and give austerity to the rest of us. That will only worsen wealth inequality in America - and thus make it harder and harder for the poor to move up into the Middle Class and aspire for the American Dream. Paul Ryan doesn't give a damn about the poor - he's just a shill for big business who wants to create an Ayn Rand utopia where the wealthy live like Kings - and the middle class and the poor live like feudal serfs

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Full Show 10/24/12: The Poverty Party?

Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses Paul Ryan's speech on poverty, why United Nations election observers will be on hand on election day and how this year's debates are the first since 1988 without any mention of global warming. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at the number one health risk facing the planet.

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Full Show 10/23/12: The Foreign Policy "Debate"

Guest host Sam Sacks fills in for Thom Hartmann and discusses last night's Foreign Policy Presidential Debate. Also discussed: how the Republicans plan to steal the election in Ohio, who the rest of the world wants to win the election and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom highlights actress Daryl Hannah and what she's doing to stop eminent domain and the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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Did Darrell Issa Commit Treason?

For the last two years - the Republican Chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee - this guy, Darrell Issa, a former small-time crook - has been committed to burning down the Obama Presidency. Since day one - he's used his gavel on the committee to obstruct the Obama administration with with investigations and conspiracy theories that you only hear on Fox so-called News - things like Solyndra and Fast and Furious. And now - his commitment to destroy President Obama has led Darrel Issa to - in my opinion - commit treason against the United States of America. Last Friday - Darrell Issa released 166 pages of State Department documents that were classified as "Sensitive" and related to the September 11th attack on our consulate in Benghazi. You see - after failing to burn the President over Solyndra and Fast and Furious - Issa made sure he was going to exploit this tragedy in Libya to its fullest extent. And part of his exploitation is to not only embarrass the administration by revealing everything they knew in Libya before and after the attacks - but also to sabotage the administration's foreign policy in that nation.

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

The Good! *Carol Costello* Last week - Costello interviewed the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer - after he attacked a new effort by the Southern Poverty Law Center to promote diversity by encouraging school kids to sit with someone new during lunch on October 30th. After the interview - and after being put in his place by Costello - Fischer took to Twitter - and tweeted that Costello was a member of the "gay gestapo" Well today - Costello responded to Fischer's remarks live on-air. Good for you Carol - for standing up for diversity and fighting back against the hatred and ignorance that is tearing America apart \\ ----------------- The Bad! *Todd Akin* Akin - the Republican running for Senate from Missouri - made waves this past summer when he said that women can't become pregnant from "legitimate rape" Despite the backlash from the comments - Akin stayed in the Senate race - and is trying to unseat Democrat incumbent Claire McCaskill. But at a fundraiser recently - Akin lost more points with female voters when he compared McCaskill to a dog. Referring to McCaskill, Akin told the crowd, "She goes to Washington, DC, it's a little bit like one of those dogs, you know 'fetch'" I think Akin's rape comments made it pretty clear that he has very little respect and understanding for women - but this latest remark really seals the deal.

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Icelanders approve world's 1st "crowdsourced" constitution

Smari McCarthy, International Modern Media Institute, joins Thom Hartmann. As corporations seize control of more and more of OUR Constitution, thanks to the Supreme Court - the people of Iceland are rising up to take back THEIR own Constitution. Over the weekend, voters took to the polls in Iceland to approve a national referendum calling for a new Constitution to be approved in the wake of Iceland's financial crisis in 2008. That new Constitution was drawn up by a special panel of 25 citizens who took suggestions from Facebook and Twitter to draft the world's first ever "crowd-sourced" constitution. According to the results - 66% of the nation approved the new Constitution, which includes reforms such as nationalizing more resources, giving voters more power to call for their own referendums, and enacting term limits on the presidential office.

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Corporations outspend taxpayers in Congress...

You may be surprised to learn that we spend about $2 billion dollars a year on our dysfunctional Congress. However, it's even more surprising to learn that corporate lobbyists spend even more to buy off our federal lawmakers.

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