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

The Good! *Eric Schoenberg* Despite the Republicans' filibuster of the Buffett Rule last night - it seems like more and more millionaires are ready and willing to pay their fair share of taxes. The Bad! *Fox News* Yesterday - the Romney campaign chose the adviser responsible for vetting and choosing a VP candidate. The official Fox and Friends Twitter account tweeted, "Romney has hired an advisor to do his VP search. who should we choose?" And the Very Very Ugly! *US Department of Defense* A report on CNN over the weekend revealed that women in each branch of the military are routinely diagnosed with mental conditions and dismissed from duty after filing sexual harassment complaints.

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Oil Barons of the World Target North Pole

The oil barons of the world - and the militaries that rely on that oil - are seeing new opportunities in the North Pole as global climate change kicks into high gear. Warming weather is leading to the Northern ice cap melting - uncovering a treasure trove of oil and natural gas reserves. Scientists believe that the Arctic is storing 13% of the world's untapped oil - and nearly a third of the world's undiscovered natural gas. As the ice melts - access to these resources becomes easier and shipping lanes open - so now Northern nations are scrambling to stake out their chunk of Arctic resources as well as running military operations in the area should they have to fight for these resources in the not too distant future. In fact - two months ago - military leaders from the United States, Canada, Russia, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland met to discuss security issues around the Arctic. But shouldn't these nations have the exact opposite approach to disappearing ice in the Arctic? Why are we looking for more fossil fuels to burn while we're watching our world melt from fossil-fuel induced climate change? Dan Howells joins me now - he is the Deputy Campaigns Director for Greenpeace USA.

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Does Romney single out single women?

Marge Baker, People For the American Way (PFAW) joins Thom Hartmann. Today is Equal Pay Day 2012 - and according to a new Center for American Progress study - women make just 77 cents for every dollar that men earn. In fact - over the course of a woman's career - she makes an average of $430000 dollars less than a male counterpart. This staggering amount of money could be used to feed a family of four for 37 years or even pay for seven four-year degrees at a public university. And - if Mitt Romney is elected President in November - the situation won't be getting any better

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A Livable Wage for Restaurant Workers?

The only national organization focused on the needs of restaurant workers held a rally here in Washington, DC - drawing attention to the struggles these workers face. Dr. Jill Stein - the Green Party candidate for President - was at the rally - and she'll join Thom to talk more about it...

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Crazy Alert! Poltergeists at the Pub...Groping?

Poltergeists at the Pub...Groping?

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Argentina is Nationalizing their Oil - We Should Too!

There's a bigger picture here that goes beyond how Wall Street is screwing with the prices of gasoline. It has to do with how we as a nation should handle our own natural resources...

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A Congressional Summit to Overturn Citizens United?

So what did we learn from Monday night's defeat of the Buffet Rule in the Senate? Well - first and foremost - we learned that Republicans in the Senate did exactly what their billionaire campaign donors told them to do - prevent a tax increase on the Romney rich. We also learned that a majority of Senators can't pass legislation anymore. 51 out of 100 Senators voted FOR the Buffet Rule - a clear majority - but the bill failed - because of a Republican filibuster. And we also learned that the American people have lost their voice on Capitol Hill. A recent CNN poll found that 72% of Americans - including a majority of Republicans - support that very same Buffet Rule that the Republicans blocked in the Senate Monday night. Unfortunately - those 72% of Americans don't have multi-millionaire lobbyists like multimillionaire Grover Norquist working for them, and therefore can't buy off lawmakers to listen to them. And now - thanks to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision - a millionaire can walk up to a Member of Congress and threaten to fund a campaign for their opponent in the next election if he or she doesn't vote the way the millionaire wants. With that power - don't expect the oligarchs' grip on power to loosen. At least not until we pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and explicitly say that corporations are not people and that money is property - not speech. Luckily - there are some in Congress working to do just that Members of Congress ...

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A Progressive Victory on ALEC & Guns or Not?

Lee Fang, RepublicReport.org joins Thom Hartmann. ALEC's corporate members are dropping like flies as part of the progressive backlash against the group. With their level of influence suddenly dwindling - are we seeing the end of this democracy destroyer?

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Full Show 4/16/12: Tea Party for Romney?

Will the Tea Party rally around Mitt Romney to beat Obama? Also discussed: what a change movement needs to succeed, what the Communist Party USA thinks of Rep. Allen West's recent comments and whether there's a link between obesity and autism. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom explains what people are saying about who Karl Rove's secret Super PAC donor is (hint: the president of Iran).

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Is Ahmadinejad supporting Karl Rove & Mitt Romney?

So here we have ten - or even 20 million dollars - anonymously handed over to Karl Rove to defeat President Obama and the Democrats this November. And beyond what some people are saying - most likely we'll never know who gave that money and what strings are attached to it. -We won't know if it's a hedgefund billionaire who's demanding that Republicans keep the Romney Rule capital gains tax loophole wide open. -We won't know if it's an oil baron who wants Republicans to keep the taxpayer oil subsidies to his industry flowing. -We won't know it it's a war profiteer who wants Republicans to keep the neverending war on terror going to keep up the high demand for cruise missiles. -And we won't know if - as some people are saying - the donations are from rogue dictators - who are making secret deals with the Republican Party. We just won't ever know - and that's a critical flaw in our democracy created by five un-elected hard-right-wing kings in black robes apointed by Republicans to the Supreme Court. It's time to put an end to this chaos in our elections - and not let foreign or corporate millionaires and billionaires speak louder in our democracy that actual American citizens with a vote.

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

The Good! *British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Robert Johnston* Johnston - a justice with the British Columbia Supreme Court - struck down a portion of Canada's medical marijuana laws. The Bad! *Representative Virginia Foxx* In a radio interview yesterday - Foxx - the House chairwoman of the subcommittee on higher education - attacked people that are drowning in student loan debt after college. The Bad! *Representative Virginia Foxx* In a radio interview yesterday - Foxx - the House chairwoman of the subcommittee on higher education - attacked people that are drowning in student loan debt after college.

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Crazy Alert! That's one fishy Fuhrer...

That's one fishy Fuhrer...

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Your Take/Mt Take - Don from New Zealand - Let them Eat Cake!

Don from New Zealand - Let them Eat Cake!

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A Link Between Obesity & Autism?

Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto, UC Davis Health System joins Thom Hartmann. Autism Spectrum Disorders affect 1 in every 88 children in America - but until recently - their causes have been a mystery. What does new research reveal about a link between pregnant mothers and the rise of Autism?

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Thom Hartmann explains to Prof Berkowitz why colleges are liberal

Professor Peter Berkowitz, Hoover Institute joins Thom Hartmann. The Hoover Institute recently published an article saying that California's public universities are trying to create a nation of liberal activists. What's really going on in the Golden State - and is this just part of the right-wing agenda?

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Could you survive with just half of your organs? Think about it. What if you had just half your brain, one kidney, half of your heart, one lung, half a liver and only half of your skin? It would be pretty hard to survive right? Sure, you could survive losing just one kidney or half of your liver, but at some point, losing pieces from all of your organs would be too much and you would die.

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