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Bain Off-shoring Victims Beg Romney for Help

Josh Eidelson, Salon.com joins Thom Hartmann. In a small town in Illinois - more Americans are falling victim to Bain Capital's love of outsourcing. Why are workers pleading to Mitt Romney for help - and is there even the slightest chance that he'll listen - or will he let more Americans become unemployed?

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Meet 1 Family w/More Wealth than 40% of America

Dean Baker, Economist, Center for Economic joins Thom Hartmann. It's been ten years since the infamous Bush tax cuts were created - and except for millionaires and billionaires - the tax cuts haven't helped anyone. What would America's economy look like without the Bush tax cuts - and would the average American be in better financial shape today without them?

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The Good, The Bad, and the Very, Very Hippomaniacally Ugly

The Good! *RT* The network on which you can watch my television show every night at 9pm Eastern Time is the most watched news source on Youtube. That's according to a Pew Research study finding that RT tops the likes of Fox News, the BBC, ABC News, and even the AP, with more than 8% of total news viewership on YouTube. When the mainstream media fails us, alternative news has an opening and RT is taking advantage of it - well done. The Bad! *Tea Party Congressman Sean Duffy* Duffy's not the biggest fan of talking to constituents, and believes that holding one town hall a year to meet with voters is enough. And The Very, Very Ugly. *Bryan Fischer* The head of the American Family Association went on the radio to call President Obama a "street thug" with a "mindset of a juvenile delinquent."

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The Republican Lie about the Self-Made Myth

From the smallest of small businesses - to the largest of corporations - success is not achieved alone - but with help from society and from the government. Why are Republicans so afraid to admit this - and why can't they give up on the self-made myth? So here's the simple reality. None of us made it on our own. And those of us who have been successful in business have made it because we can use the infrastructure of our court system to enforce our contracts, have workers who had good public educations, and are protected by our fire and police departments, among others. For Takers like Romney to claim that he's a completely self-made man and government had nothing to do with his success is, quite simply, another one of his lies.

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Full Show 7/16/12: The Bigger Picture: LIBOR

Thom talks the latest from the LIBOR scandal with Congressman Dennis Kucinich in tonight's "Bigger Picture" discussion. Also discussed: the Republicans disdain for transparency in our elections (re: the Disclose Act), which party is better equipped to deal with the outsourcing problem in the US and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom asks why anyone would proudly call themselves a Conservative.

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Why Would Anyone Proudly Call Themselves a Conservative?

According to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center - "Conservative" was the second most positively viewed political term in America - right behind "Progressive." Heck - Republicans love the label so much - their biggest political conference of the year is CPAC - The CONSERVATIVE Political Action Conference. But - I'm trying to figure out why exactly that is. I'm trying to figure out why anyone - given our nation's history - would want to call themselves a Conservative today in America. They say that "Conservative" means someone who embraces traditional values, limited government, moderate change, and fiscal restraint. But those are just weasel words, the velvet glove over the brutal fist of an autocratic, authoritarian, and oligarchic form of governance. Here's the reality of what Conservatives have ACTUALLY done to this nation in it's 230-year plus history. First off, it was Conservatives who opposed the American Revolution, and many of them joined the British in fighting against George Washington's army. Then, conservatives, at the birth of our nation, pushed to restrict voting rights at the federal level to only white men who owned property - although progressives like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison blocked those efforts - so conservatives at the state level picked up that cause. It was Conservatives who wanted to keep the "traditional American value" of slavery and fought progressive Abraham Lincoln so fiercely it led to an incredibly bloody and horrific Civil ...

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Ayn Randroids & Libertarians Join Forces

Gary Weiss, author, Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul joins Thom Hartmann. Ayn Rand hated libertarians. So how could a leader of the modern day Ayn Rand movement be named the President of the nation's top libertarian think-tank - and what does this mean for the future of the radical right in America?

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The Big Picture Panel - Are Americans Finally Fed Up w/ Outsourcing? Part 3

The Big Picture Panel - Are Americans Finally Fed Up w/Outsourcing? Part 3 Andy Kroll, Mother Jones Magazine / TomDispatch & Brian Darling, Daily Mail / Heritage Foundation & Horace Cooper, National Center for Public Policy Research, all join Thom Hartmann. The American people are getting more and more fed up with losing their jobs to low-wage foreign nations.

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The Big Picture Panel - Did the NRA Kill Disclosure? Part 2

Andy Kroll, Mother Jones Magazine & Brian Darling, Heritage Foundation & Horace Cooper, National Center for Public Policy Research & special guest Adam Skaggs, Brennan Center, all join Thom Hartmann. How did we develop this two-tiered criminal justice system, wherein I go to jail for stealing a slurpee, but a banksters who steals billions gets to skate? The Senate failed to get enough votes to break a Republican filibuster of the DISCLOSE Act - a bill that would force organizations that are spending more than $10000 in our elections to disclose exactly where their money is coming from. In a letter to Senators last week - the NRA threatened those who support the DISCLOSE Act by writing: "Due to the importance of the fundamental speech and associational rights of the National Rifle Association's four million members, and considering the blatant attack on those rights that S. 3369 represents, we strongly oppose the DISCLOSE Act and will consider votes on this legislation in future candidate evaluations." As in, if you support it - we'll use our secret donors to destroy you.

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The Big Picture Panel - Will Banksters escape punishment yet again? Part 1

Andy Kroll, Mother Jones Magazine & Brian Darling, Heritage Foundation & Horace Cooper, National Center for Public Policy Research, plus Congressman Dennis Kucinich, all join Thom Hartmann. Will the feds finally hold Wall Street accountable for the mess America is in - or will the billionaire banksters escape punishment yet again? We'll pose that question and more to tonight's Bigger Picture Panel.

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Rep Dennis Kucinich Explains LIBOR

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH, 10th District) joins Thom Hartmann. Why should Americans be concerned about the LIBOR scandal?

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The Big Picture Rumble - Implosion of the Romney campaign?

SE Robinson, Freelance Journalist, The Paul Revere Project & Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator / Attorney / Author-"Observations of White Noise...an 'Acid Test' for the First Amendment" & Nicole Williams, Democratic Strategist / Attorney all join Thom Hartmann. Can Mitt Romney survive the backlash from the latest Bain Capital attacks - or could we be seeing the implosion of his campaign? That and more in tonight's Big Picture Rumble...

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Conversations w/Great Minds Lori Wallach - The Trans-Pacific Partnership Threat P2

Lori Wallach has been director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division for nearly 20 years. She is an expert on the operations and outcomes of trade policies like NAFTA and the WTO - and currently is leading her organization's efforts to reveal the truth behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Lori has appeared on a variety of television networks - including CNN, the BBC and PBS - and she also the author of numerous articles and books - including her most recent book Whose Trade Organization? What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership - a so-called free-trade deal that the US is close to signing? What are the specifics of the deal - and just how much harm is it going to do to you and me?

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Civil War - The Makers vs The Takers?

Fox News says that America is headed for a new civil war - a war between this nation's makers and takers. The only problem - Fox has it's sides mixed up. Fox so-called News is predicting a civil war in America. In an article published on Fox News.com - Arthur Herman warns that history is about to repeat itself and Americans will soon take up arms against each other. But this time it won't be North versus South. It will be the Makers versus the Takers. As Herman writes: "Call it America's coming civil war between the Makers and the Takers. On one side are those who create wealth, America's private sector - the very ones targeted by President Obama's tax hikes... On the other are the public employee unions; left-leaning intelligentsia who see the growth of government as index of progress; and the millions of Americans now dependent on government through a growing network of government transfer payments, from Medicaid and Social Security to college loans and corporate bailouts and handouts..." In other words - a war between the rich people like Mitt Romney, the Koch Brothers, and Sheldon Adelson - who Fox says are the so-called Makers - pitted against so-called Takers - or the rest of us Americans who aren't rich - the vast majority of us who go to work every day and will someday live off the Social Security we've paid into all our working lives. It's pretty obvious why Fox is doing this. Fox is owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch, and run by multimillionaire and former ...

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Conversations w/Great Minds Lori Wallach - The Trans-Pacific Partnership Threat P1

Lori Wallach has been director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch division for nearly 20 years. She is an expert on the operations and outcomes of trade policies like NAFTA and the WTO - and currently is leading her organization's efforts to reveal the truth behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Lori has appeared on a variety of television networks - including CNN, the BBC and PBS - and she also the author of numerous articles and books - including her most recent book Whose Trade Organization? What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership - a so-called free-trade deal that the US is close to signing? What are the specifics of the deal - and just how much harm is it going to do to you and me?

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The TPP Will Sink the Middle Class

Six years into his presidency, President Obama is now taking heat from a surprising place: congressional Democrats, who are lining up against his plan to force the Trans-Pacific-Partnership, or TPP, through congress without any debate whatsoever.

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