Listen Carefully & You'll Hear the Drug War's Last Gasps...

Following the historic passage of marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington, our federal government is now under pressure to abandon its continued war on drugs - in particular its war on marijuana. Eighteen Members of Congress wrote a letter this week to the Department of Justice to allow states to be "laboratories of democracy" and create their own drug laws to address the "disproportionate impact that marijuana has on minorities." The letter defends the decision of voters in Colorado and Washington saying: "These states have chosen to move from a drug policy that spends millions of dollars turning ordinary Americans into criminals toward one that will tightly regulate the use of marijuana while raising tax revenue to support cash-strapped state and local governments." Basically, lawmakers in Congress are telling the federal government to get out of the way when it comes to state drug laws. Last Friday, two lawmakers in the House introduced legislation that would exempt states with their own marijuana laws from the Controlled Substances Act's marijuana regulations. This isn't about letting American get high when they want to. This is about ending a racist, ineffective, and costly drug war that has ruined the lives of millions of Americans. And we're winning.

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PD America - "We had his back - Now we're in his Face!"

Tim Carpenter, Progressive Democrats of America, joins Thom Hartmann. Down in Florida's 18th Congressional district, Tea Party Congressman Allen West finally conceded his House race to Democrat Patrick Murphy - further improving the Democrats' performance on Election Day. Over the weekend in California, two Republican Congressmen finally conceded their close races to Democrats, too. Also, Democrats kept Gabrielle Giffords's seat in Arizona and held on elsewhere around the country to pick up a handful of more seats in the House. Altogether, Democrats picked up 8 seats to narrow the Republican majority heading into negotiations to resolve the so-called "fiscal cliff." So how do "We the people" keep pressure on newly-empowered Democrats in Congress to...well...act like Democrats and protect the interests of working Americans with the fiscal cliff looming?

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Are We Seeing the Birth of Single Payer Healthcare?

Dr. Ram Raju, CEO Cook County Health & Hospitals joins Thom Hartmann. Residents of Cook County, Illinois are about to see some significant new benefts thanks to President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. Starting this week - more than 115000 residents of the county will receive letters informing them of how to enroll in the county's new public healthcare program. That program was made possible thanks to Obamacare - which expands traditional Medicaid in participating states to allow residents under 65-years-old and with incomes up to 133% of the poverty level - to receive government healthcare. The law officially kicks in in 2014 - but Cook County obtained a waiver from the federal government to start up their own program more than a year earlier.

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What Greedy US Retailers Don't Want You To Know...

Neal Asbury, host-"Truth for America" vs. Thom Hartmann. We've seen a lot of so-called "job creators" announce layoffs since the election. They say they can't afford to pay for their employees health insurance. But that's not the reality. There's a new report out that corporate America doesn't want you to see - and we'll expose it

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Are We Seeing the Death of the GOP?

Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio, After the 2012 shellacking - Republicans have learned two very important lessons. One - they have to lie more. And two - they have to suppress the minority vote more. In just a moment - what's in store for the country over the next few years as one of the two major political parties goes completely insane

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Who Are the Untraditional Americans Getting Gifts?

Last night - Bill O'Reilly lamented about the changing American electorate and how "untraditional" those Americans are that voted for President Obama. Unlike all the super-rich people who voted for Mitt Romney - they didn't want the government to give them anything, did they? All the big oil corporations didn't support Romney so they could receive $40 billion more in subsidies, did they? All the banksters on Wall Street didn't support Romney so they could keep their tax loopholes that allow them to pay a lower rate than most working class Americans, did they? All the defense contractors in Virginia didn't support Romney so they could get another 2 trillion in defense contracts, did they? Those are the real gifts! Whereas stuff like healthcare, college assistance, citizenship, privacy - those aren't gifts, Bill, those are basic rights. Those are the bare minimum that people need in this country in order to make it. But the point O'Reilly is really trying to make is the same point that scared white men have been making for decades.

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Full Show 11/20/12: 50 Years of GOP Election Rigging

Thom talks with attorney and radio host Mike Papantonio about Republican attempts to disenfranchise "untraditional voters." Also discussed: why retailers refuse to pay their workers an honest wage, how Obamacare will soon be benefiting citizens in Cook County, IL and if the DOJ will protect states' rights when it comes to marijuana. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom gives more proof why Anonymous' claim that Rove's attempt to steal the election isn't so far-fetched.

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Did Anonymous Save the Election from Karl Rove?

Remember on election night - when Karl Rove questioned Fox News' call that Ohio had gone for President Obama? Well it turns out hacker group extraordinaire Anonymous may have had something to do with that...or did he (or she)?

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

The Good! *Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D)* Massachusetts is set to allow undocumented immigrants under the federal deferred action program to pay in-state tuition at the Bay State's public universities. Gov. Patrick will direct the state board of higher education to grant in-state tuition rates to any student who has a work permit. This directive will take effect immediately - and will greatly lower the costs of higher education for immigrant students. For example - UMASS Amherst currently costs nearly $27000 dollars for out of state students - compared to around $13000 dollars for in-state students. Here's to Gov. Patrick for allowing undocumented immigrants in his state the chance to improve their lives.

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Surprise! What jobs have the highest number of psychopaths?

Dr. Kevin Dutton, Research Psychologist-Oxford University, joins Thom Hartmann. When you hear the word psychopath - what do you think of? Probably some brutal serial killer that was out of his mind - right? But - what if I told you that psychopaths that can function at extremely high levels - and succeed in all levels of society? If you think that psychopathic tendencies and success have nothing in common - then everything you know is wrong!

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What Lurks in the Shadows of Wall Street?

Richard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future, joins Thom Hartmann. The shady Wall Street practice known as shadow banking played a major role in this country's financial meltdown - yet the practice is going stronger than ever. What kinds of regulations and oversights need to be put in place to reel in shadow banking - and prevent another financial collapse?

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Crazy Alert! That politician is a real...donkey...

Thom Hartmann's crazy alert

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Will We Survive the Future Economic Dust Bowl?

Janet Larsen, Director of Research-Earth Policy Institute, joins Thom Hartmann. This past weekend Thom saw the PBS's new documentary on the Dustbowl of the 1930s - Ken Burns brilliant look at one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in modern times. During the Republican "no regulations" bubble of the 1920s, commodity prices - particularly wheat - were bid up on to the point where thousands of farmers flocked to the Midwest and used mechanized plows to break open tens of millions of acres of virgin prairie land and convert it to fields for growing wheat. The buffalo grass that covered the plains - and the buffalo that both grazed on it and fertilized it - helped hold moisture in the earth and produce a viable layer of topsoil. But when the farmers turned this over and exposed it to the sun, combined with a decade-long period of episodic drought, it turned to dust that was picked up by the wind and destroyed farms and towns, destroying fields and killing livestock and humans alike. The World Bank has now warned that the temperature increase will be felt the most along the equator in the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Middle East, and parts of the United States. This temperature increase will lead to scarcity in water and food resources and disruptions in biodiversity - which could force mass migrations of people out of affected areas. Rising temperatures will also lead to rising sea levels which threaten cities located in India, Mexico, and Vietnam - as well as ...

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As Black Friday Approaches...So Does the Wal-Mart Strike

David Moberg, In These Times Magazine & David Selig, Conservative Commentator & Pro-Business Advocate joins Thom Hartmann. Already - people are camped out at stores across America - waiting for the clock to strike midnight on Thursday - and Black Friday to begin. But diehard shoppers at Walmart may not be able to get their hands on all of the great deals. What are Walmart employees planning for the biggest shopping day of the year?

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Only in GOP Austerity La-La Land Do You Lay off the Entire Police Force

With 42% of residents living below the poverty line, Camden is one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in the nation. Fifty-nine residents have been murdered this year - already shattering a 20-year record for killings. To fix this, local leaders are disbanding the 141-year-old police department - firing all the unionized cops - and replacing them with a new, lower-paid police force. But critics say this has nothing to do with crime - and everything to do with busting up unions.

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Can we make California the last oil spill?

A state of emergency has been declared in California after crews realized that the Rufugio Beach oil spill was five times worse than original estimates. This week, the Plains All American Pipeline ruptured and dumped crude oil over a four-mile stretch of pristine California coastline.

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