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Full Show 5/4/12: Conservative Media In US Politics

Thom discusses the role of Conservative media in American politics with Conversations with Great Minds guest, David Frum. Tonight's "Rumble" panel debates the latest job numbers, negative political ads, Republican moderates not welcomed by the GOP and arming the RNC against OWS this summer in Florida. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom compares the 1931 Lemon Grove Incident to today's radical anti-immigration laws increasing Xenophobia across the country.

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The Big Picture Rumble - A New Deal?

Rania Khalek, Journalist / Regular Contributor-Alternet & Dan Holler, Heritage Action for America & Nicholas Ballasy, The Daily Caller all join Thom Hartmann. New jobs numbers out...The unemployment rate dropped to 8.1% in April as the economy added 115000 jobs last month. It's the 26th straight month of private sector job creation on President Obama's watch - and he's now recouped all the provate sector jobs lost during his term so far..Unfortunately - there're still 12.5 million Americans unemployed. Don't we need bold action to get these people back to work - like a new New Deal? And why are Republicans more focused on making Presiden Obama a one-term President than putting Americans back to work?

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Is Alabama the new Lemon Grove?

Back in 1930 - the all-white school board of Lemon Grove, California decided they didn't want children of Mexican descent sitting next to their white children in class. So - the school board built a separate school - and then turned away the Mexican-American students from their original school and directed them to their new school - which was basically a big barn-house. Within the local community - it became known as la caballeriza - or "the stable." But rather than just accepting the new segregated school - the parents protested. They sought help from the Mexican consul in San Diego - eventually got legal representation - and won a court case against the Lemon Grove school board - putting an end to the barnyard education plans. This happened more than 80 years ago - but today - history is repeating itself. Thanks to the radical anti-immigration law recently passed in Alabama - Hispanic children are afraid to go to school. That's because the law requires Alabama school officials to check the immigration status of children in public schools. 99% of children in Alabama's K through 12 public education system are American citizens. But those who don't look like citizens - mainly because their skin isn't as white - are subject to prying questions and unnecessary paperwork to prove their citizenship. And while most were born here and are citizens, in some cases their parents are not, and they're terrified their parents will be identified and deported and they'll end up orphans ...

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Conversations w/Great Minds David Frum - What was Conservative like before Fox News? P2

David Frum, contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast and a CNN contributor. He is the author of seven books, including most recently, his first novel Patriots published in April 2012. In 2001-2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. What was Conservative America like before Fox News and Rush Limbaugh came to town - and how have they helped to create an alternate reality in American politics? We'll pose that question and more to David Frum in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds...

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Conversations w/Great Minds David Frum - What was Conservative like before Fox News? P1

David Frum, contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast and a CNN contributor. He is the author of seven books, including most recently, his first novel Patriots published in April 2012. In 2001-2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. What was Conservative America like before Fox News and Rush Limbaugh came to town - and how have they helped to create an alternate reality in American politics? We'll pose that question and more to David Frum in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds...

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Full Show 5/3/12: The American rights of the unarmed

Thom discusses the recent decision in Florida that will allow the use of concealed weapons during the RNC while stripping rights of OWS protesters. When will American focus on the rights of the unarmed? Then, there's plenty of money in Wisconsin especially coming from the deep pockets of recalled GOP Governor Scott Walker. But will his millions keep him in office? Plus can Co-Ops benefit the US economy? And Thom talks about how the recent murder suicide of border vigilante JT Ready is spotlighting the fear of immigrants in America. In tonight's Daily Take Thom explains the most powerful new corporation that has a choke hold on US democracy.

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Exposing the Biggest Most Corrupt Corporation Ever

There's a new corporation in town - it's more powerful than any other corporation in America - and it has major influences in each of the 50 states. So what is this massive corporation - who's behind it - and how is it destroying our political landscape and the American democracy? I'll tell you in tonight's Daily Take...

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

The Good! *Tampa Bay Buccaneers* Yesterday - the NFL team signed Eric LeGrand in a heartwarming and symbolic gesture. The Bad! *Mitt Romney* At a fundraiser last night - Romney talked about how he commissioned American flag lapel pins for the Olympics in 2002 - and used the story of the pins to explain how he hopes to bring Americans together if he is President. and the Very Very Ugly! *Jodie Brunstetter* Brunstetter is the wife of the North Carolina state legislator who introduced Amendment 1 - which would outlaw same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships in the state.

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So - war criminal John Yoo gets to walk

Now to some news coming out of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. On Wednesday - a three judge panel on the court ruled that former Bush legal advisor John Yoo - one of the men who wrote legal memos giving cover to President Bush to commit the war crime of torture - can't be sued by the victims of that torture. Jose Padilla was declared an "enemy combatant" in 2002 - and claims he was subjected to three years of torture while in custody. But the court rejected Padilla's claim that he suffered "gross physical and psychological abuse," and ruled that interrogation techniques did not necessarily amount to torture, despite how "appalling" they may be. So - war criminal John Yoo gets to walk. But here's the most shocking thing abotu this case. Guess who else happens to be a Judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. This guy - Jay Bybee - who - just like his buddy John Yoo - worked for the Bush Administration and ALSO wrote and signed the torture memos giving Bush legal cover to commit war crimes. So John Yoo gets cleared of war crimes by the 9th Circuit Court on which Jay Bybee - who also committed war crimes - serves. So much for an impartial judiciary. And once again the gaping moral wound left by the torturous Bush administration goes unhealed.

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Geeky Science - pigeons have biological GPS

Geeky Science - pigeons have biological GPS

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Enrique Morones Faced Down the Border Minutemen

Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels, immigration activist, joins Thom Hartmann. Anti-immigrant hatred and violence is on the rise across America - with vigilantes taking border protection into their own hands. So whats's the connection between the anti-immigrant sentiment and the American political landscape?

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Why can't the people who harvest food make a living wage?

Arturo Rodriguez, United Farm Workers, joins Thom Hartmann. Tonight - we take a look at farm workers - and the challenge they're facing on a day-to-day basis working the fields. But when discussing farm workers - we can't just focus on labor issues like wages and working conditions. We also have to look at immigration policies - since many of those who cultivate our nation's food supply weren't actually born in America. In Washington, DC - hopes of immigration reform have been dashed again and again - as more hard-line Conservatives refuse to endorse plans that include pathways to citizenship - and instead prefer mass deportations. Republican Senator Marco Rubio has recently tried to forge a partnership with Republicans and Democrats in Congress on immigration reform with a watered-down version of the DREAM Act. But even Rubio's proposal doesn't give undocumented immigrants - who've been working in America for years, playing by the rules, and raising families - a pathway to citizenship. So what do farm workers in America need to do to have a shot at the American Dream?

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A Revolutionary Way to Re-Distribute Wealth

Dame Pauline Green, International Co-op Alliance & Paul Hazen, US Overseas Cooperative Development Council, join Thom Hartmann. Raising taxes on the rich - raising the minimum wage - and putting restrictions on CEO pay have all been suggested as ways to reduce wealth inequality in America. While these ideas can help - shouldn't we be looking at more revolutionary ways to re-distribute wealth in our country?

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Is WI a test case beween organized people & organized money?

Ben Manski, Democracy Advocate joins Thom Hartmann. Scott Walker is in a dead heat with his likely Democratic challenger in the recall election - according to a new poll. But will Walker's millions of dollars and TV ad barrage buy him the victory in November?

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When will America focus on the rights of the unarmed?

Neal Asbury, host-"Truth for America" joins Thom Hartmann. Florida Governor Rick Scott wants every Republican to be packing heat at the Republican National Convention in August - so that they can protect themselves from the evil Occupiers. But Occupiers aren't even allowed to carry a water gun during the Convention. When will America focus on the rights of the unarmed?

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