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Your Take/My Take Jean-Marc - from the village Trets, So. France

"Thom, I am Jean-Marc from France, and there are many things I do not understand about US politics. Among them, I heard and read numerous times that the poor do not vote in your country. If that is true, could you please explain why?? I really do not get this. Another thing I don't get is why is it that you guys vote on tuesdays and not on week-ends? Don't you want a maximum of people voting? I could go on and on with things I find bizarre in your politics, like why is 51 out of 100 not considered a majority in the senate, etc...congratulations for your show!"

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

The Good! *Arizona Homeowners* Arizona - like many other states - has taken its share of the foreclosure fraud settlement money and diverted it from its intended uses of helping homeowners and providing foreclosure relief. The Bad! *Ohio Gov. John Kasich* Kasich - and the state of Ohio - are set to execute Abdul Awkal next week for the murder of his estranged wife and brother-in-law. and The Very Very Ugly! *US Senate Candidate Todd Akin* Akin - a Republican Senate candidate from Missouri - told voters during a primary debate last week that he might support eliminating the direct election of Senators - a right guaranteed by the 17th Amendment.

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The new "kill list"...making America weaker?

Ryan Mauro, National Security Analyst-RadicalIslam.org vs. Thom Hartmann. The New York Times is out with a new piece reporting on President Obama's "kill list" - a top secret list of suspected terrorist maintained by the US Government that was started back in 2010. Just how many American values are we willing to compromise in the name of security?

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Get out your tin foil hat for the new GOP platform

Roger Hickey, Campaign for America's Future joins Thom Hartmann. The Iowa Republican Party has adopted a new platform - one that strips Iowans of their freedoms and liberties. Is this move in Iowa a sign of things to come from the Republican Party nationwide? It's too late for real Republicans to take back their Party at this point - it's been captured by nutty billionaires and fringe conspiracy theorists - so now we just have to make sure they don't win. Because if they do - and this is their agenda - then we should be worried. It may sound absurd - a platform that ends the income tax and mandates teaching the Bible in public schools - but it's stone cold dead serious. And it will affect YOU!

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Intrade has Walker above 90% - if he wins, what happens next?

With the Wisconsin recall election just a week away - Governor Scott Walk is hanging on to a slim 4 point lead. Will campaign contributions from America's millionaires and billionaires keep him in office - or will Democrats take back the state capitol?

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Full Show 5/25/12: Conversations with Great Minds: Paul Krugman

Thom talks with economist Paul Krugman in tonight's "Conversations with Great Minds." Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses Romney's "bold" call for 6% unemployment by 2016, the end of conservative populism and how it would take the average worker 244 years to match a CEO's annual salary. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom wonders why poor white Americans favor Romney over Obama.

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Big Picture Rumble - Is Conservative Populism Dead?

Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator & Kris Ullman, Conservative Commentator & Activist & Sam Sacks, Progressive writer/strategist all join Thom Hartmann. Mitt Romney says he'll lower the unemployment rate to 6% by the end of his first term in office if he's elected President. So then why is he endorsing a budget that will kill more than 4 million American jobs? Plus - The Center for American Progress uncovered this week - 100% of the Republicans calling themselves Tea Partiers and riding this so-called Conservative populism to victory in 2010 - are now lapdogs to Wall Street. Despite running on a platform against the bailouts and against Wall Street corruption - all - ALL - of the Freshman Republicans in the House Tea Party Caucus are now happily accepting campaign cash from either banks that got bailed out, or from Wall Street's biggest interest group the American Bankers Association - or both. In total - these Members of Congress have collected more than $600000 from Wall Street just in the past year and a half- and in return they're voting totally in line with the banksters. Doesn't this just prove there really is no such thing as Tea Party populism? That...and more in The Big Picture Rumble.

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Paul Krugman - End This Depression Now P2

For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds, Thom Hartmann is joined by Nobel Prize winning economist Dr. Paul Krugman. Krugman received a Ph.D. from MIT - and has taught at several schools including Yale, MIT, and Stanford. He's written 20 books - including several best-sellers - and over 200 papers on international trade, finance, currencies, and several other areas. He's the recipient of numerous awards - including the Nobel Prize in economics, which he won in 2008. Currently - he is a professor of economics and current affairs at Princeton University - and you can read Paul Krugman's work everyday as a columnist on the pages of the New York Times. His new book is titled: End This Depression Now. Europe is in crisis mode. The United States could be headed off a fiscal cliff at the end of the year. And Congress doesn't seem to know what to do. Tonight Thom speaks with someone who DOES know what to do: Paul Krugman

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Paul Krugman - End This Depression Now P1

For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds, Thom Hartmann is joined by Nobel Prize winning economist Dr. Paul Krugman. Krugman received a Ph.D. from MIT - and has taught at several schools including Yale, MIT, and Stanford. He's written 20 books - including several best-sellers - and over 200 papers on international trade, finance, currencies, and several other areas. He's the recipient of numerous awards - including the Nobel Prize in economics, which he won in 2008. Currently - he is a professor of economics and current affairs at Princeton University - and you can read Paul Krugman's work everyday as a columnist on the pages of the New York Times. His new book is titled: End This Depression Now. Europe is in crisis mode. The United States could be headed off a fiscal cliff at the end of the year. And Congress doesn't seem to know what to do. Tonight Thom speaks with someone who DOES know what to do: Paul Krugman

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The Business of Government is not Business

Conservatives are clamouring for government to be run like a business - In tonight's Daily Take - Thom goes over lessons from history explaining why running government like a business ALWAYS leads to disaster.

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Full Show 5/24/12: Is Austerity Heading to the US?

Thom discusses the continued crisis in Europe due to crippling austerity measures, and asks why Republicans continue to call for the same policies in the US Also discussed: where the corporate death penalty has gone, how the Tea Party ended up siding with Wall Street and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at the political implications of President Obama's stance on gay marriage, and what other social issue he should get behind.

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Is a populist movement on the right even possible?

Paul Jacob, Citizens In Charge, joins Thom Hartmann. What exactly does Conservative populism look like? Now that Wall Street has hijacked the Tea Party - is there even such a thing as populism on the Right anymore?

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Live Music - Something's Gotta Give w/Singer Matt Pless

We leave you tonight with Matt Pless performing "Something's Gotta Give" from Occupy the Album...

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Why Joe Biden needs to blurt out a defense of pot!

Interestingly, the same percentage of Americans who favor marriage equality also favor legalizing medical marijuana. Oh, and Vice President Biden? If you want to step into this and blurt out some words in defense of medical marijuana? Now would be a GREAT time...

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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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