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Money has Crushed the Voice of People

Zaid Jilani, Republic Report, United Republic, joins Thom Hartmann. Former Gingrich campaign backer and billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is pledging unlimited donations to Mitt Romney's campaign. Is the American democracy dead when billionaires can funnel endless money into politics - and take away the voice of the people?

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Full Show 6/13/12: Romney's a Fascist!

Thom talks austerity and Greece's upcoming election with economist Richard Wolff. Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses the use of domestic drones in the US, the latest from Florida's voter purge campaign and why Americans are not allowed to actually own their houses. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom details why he thinks Mitt Romney is a sociopathic fascist.

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Lone Liberal Rumble - Romney's plan for healthcare reform in the US sucks!

Francesca Chambers, Red Alert Politics & Judson Phillips, Founder-Tea Party Nation join Thom Hartmann. Can Republicans win in November without the help of illegal voter purges - and what exactly is Mitt Romney's plan for healthcare reform in America. That and more in tonight's Lone Liberal Rumble.

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American Democracy vs. The Forces of Fascism

If MItt Romney takes over the White House in November - Fascists will be running the show in Washington DC and across America - I'll tell you why in today's Daily Take. The high-stakes struggle for American Democracy against the forces of Fascism begins today.

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What if the Greek economy is brought to a total collapse?

Professor Richard Wolff, New School University NYC joins Thom Hartmann. Depending on the outcome of this week's election - Greece may soon be departing from the Euro - and facing an even greater financial crisis. Would this be the best move for the Greeks - or is there another way for them to save their economy & rebuild their nation? And what happens to the rest of Europe if the Greek economy is brought to a total collapse?

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The Root of Romney's Comfort with Lying

Psychiatrist DR. Justin Frank - The same man who Analyzed Presidents Bush and Obama - has analyzed Mitt Romney - and says Romney is comfortable lying, in part, because of the way he was raised in his Mormon faith. But could the reason why Romney can't tell the truth be something much more simple - and does it make him unfit to be President.

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Full Show 6/12/12: Spain and Suffering

Thom talks the massive bailout of Spain's banks with economists Max Fraad Wolff and Mark Weisbrot. Also discussed: the latest from Florida's voter purge campaign, whether Republicans will continue to honor and sign the Norquist tax pledge and the latest efforts to end ALEC's "stand your ground" laws. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses why Americans are not allowed to actually own their houses.

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Abolish all property taxes now!

There's an election today in North Dakota, and what's on the ballot isn't what you'd expect. It's an amendment to the North Dakota constitution to end altogether the property tax in that state. If I lived in north dakota, I'd vote for it. At the same time, and on the other side of the atlantic, there's interesting news out of Ireland this week - the Irish are considering *starting* a property tax - a tax on land. This is something brand new for the Irish, although it has a long history here in the united states. A few years back, i was invited to Ireland to give a speech. On the way back to the airport, a very chatty cab driver asked me a startlingly simple question, "how is it," he asked, "that you Americans aren't allowed to own land?" I asked him what he was talking about - at that time Louise and I owned a home in Atlanta, and the mortgage was nearly paid off. "It's really simple," he said. "Here in ireland I own my home and the government can never take it away from me. But in america you just rent your land from the government, and if you don't pay your property taxes, the government will take your land away and sell the right to pay rent - taxes - on it to somebody else." At that time, there was no property tax in ireland. If you lost your job, you kept your home. If you were wiped out by illness or accident or any other sort of disaster, you kept your home. The government could never take it away from you. It was that way when our nation was founded, as well ...

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Will Republicans go back to the party of borrow & spend soon?

Tanya Marchiol, Conservative Commentator/President-TEAM Investment joins Thom Hartmann. Florida Governor Jeb Bush recently attacked the state of the Republican Party - and went after those legislators who support Grover Norquist's tax pledge. Do Bush's comments signal a change coming in the Republican Party - one that could mean the end of the Tea Party?

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The Good, The Bad and The Very Very Sesquipedaliously Ugly!

The Good! *Germany* Last month - solar power systems in Germany produced 10 percent of total electricity consumption in the country. And - on May 25th and 26th - Germany met one-third of it's peak energy demand with solar power alone. The Bad! *Athens City Officials* The economy isn't the only thing falling apart in Greece - so is the healthcare system. and the Very Very Ugly! *Tony Perkins* Perkins - head of the conservative Family Research Council - attacked the month of June for being Gay Pride month.

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Are Shoot First laws a license for white people to kill black people?

According to a new study from Texas A&M University - the ALEC and Wal-Mart backed "stand your ground, shoot first" laws across the country do not deter crime like proponents say they do - but in fact cause more of it. The study's authors argue that "stand your ground, shoot first" laws increase the chances of murder or manslaughter "by lowering the expected costs associated with using lethal force." The release of the Texas A&M study comes just days after the US Commission on Civil Rights announced that it would be taking a closer look at "stand your ground, shoot first" laws - after numerous studies have shown that there's a racial bias inherent in them. For example - an FBI study found that, "34% of cases involving a white shooter killing a black person were deemed as a justifiable homicide. Meanwhile, in similar situations, when the shooter was black and the victim was white, the homicide was ruled justifiable only 3.3% of the time." Of course - the Commission's investigation is too little too late for the family of Trayvon Martin - the most notable victim of the violence promoted by Florida's "stand your ground" law. However - in Florida and the 24 other states with some type of "stand your ground, shoot first" law - there have been dozens of other murders committed that have gone unreported by the mainstream media. Joining me now to talk more about America's "stand your ground, shoot first" laws and the people that have died because of them is Suevon Lee - Reporter ...

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Eurozone crisis...what's the end game?

Max Fraad Wolff, Economist/Instructor, New School University & Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research join Thom Hartmann. This weekend's announcement that Spain would become the fourth Eurozone nation to have to take a bailout is sending shock waves across the continent - and the world. But not in Washington - where Republicans are still pushing austerity down the throats of Americans. Why are Republicans hellbent on seeing austerity wreck the American economy?

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Gov Rick Scott...the new George Wallace?

Garlin Gilchrist II, MoveOn.org joins Thom Hartmann. Get your lawsuits ready - the state of Florida announced on Monday that it is filing a lawsuit against the Department of of Homeland Security to gain access to a federal database of undocumented immigrants so the state can continue its illegal purge of Democratic voters. A new poll shows a majority of voters in Florida oppose Governor Scott's purge - and his own approval rating has plummeted to 31%. But Governor Scott knows what the rest of the Republican Party knows - and that's that polls don't matter - votes matter. And if enough Democratic voters are kicked off the rolls - then Mitt Romney will win in November - and Governor Scott will be re-elected a few years after. While the lawsuits play out in court - what can Floridians do now to protect their right to vote?

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The Death of the Middle Class was by Design...

Even in the face of the so-called Recovery, poverty and inequality are getting worse in our country, and more wealth and power is flowing straight to the top. According to Paul Buchheit over at Alternet, this is the end result of winner-take-all capitalism, and this destruction of the working class has all been by design.

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