Is It Time to Re-Think the 2nd Amendment in America?

Mike Papantonio, Attorney, Host, Ring of Fire Radio joins Thom Hartmann. One week after the Colorado massacre, the President Obama urged common-sense gun controls like full criminal background checks for gun purchasers and new measures to ensure the mentally ill can't buy guns. The President also hinted that he'd support a ban on assault rifles. President Obama sounded more like Senator Obama, who had a much tougher stance on gun control, supporting a ban on all semi-automatic weapons as a state senator, and as a US Senator voting down legislation to protect gun manufacturers and sellers from lawsuits when someone is killed using their products. Despite the conspiracy theories coming from the NRA and other gun interest groups, gun rights in America have expanded under President Obama. Thanks to President Obama - people can carry concealed guns into national parks - and also carry guns on Amtrak trains. Not one time has the President tried to restrain the Second Amendment Amendment. In fact - The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence - a group that gives politicians grades on gun control issues - gave President Obama an "F" after his first year in office - as he's completely failed to pass any gun control whatsoever. But are we about to see a turning point after yet another high-profile shooting massacre in America? Is it time to re-think the role of the Second Amendment in America - back when it was drafted, it was pretty difficult to load and shoot a gun. Today we have ...

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Should We Have a Federal Right to Vote? Thom Hartmann vs. Dinah Abrahamson

Dinah Abrahamson, RNC delegate (R-NE) joins Thom Hartmann. Thanks to the new Pennsylvania voter suppression ID law - almost half the city of Philadelphia may not be able to vote in November. Are Republicans afraid that they can't win the Keystone State without blocking one of our most fundamental rights? It's time to fight for a federal right to vote in America - and put an end to this partisan attack on Democratic voters that the Koch Brother's ALEC organization is pushing nationwide.

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Mitch McConnell Blinked

Yesterday - Senate Republicans dropped their filibuster and allowed an up or down vote on extending the Bush tax cuts for 98% of Americans. In a vote of 51 to 48 - with not a single Republican supporting the measure - Democrats extended the Bush tax cuts for all Americans making less than $250000 a year. Another bill - proposed by Republicans - to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans was defeated. Thus, the burden shifts to House Republicans - who plan to vote in the coming weeks on legislation to extend the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2% of Americans as well - a move the Senate has just rejected - and a move that President Obama has promised to veto. So now, the only viable option to prevent tax hikes on ALL Americans at the end of the year is the Senate's bill, which calls on the Romney super-rich in America to pay their fair share in taxes again. Time to call your Member of Congress if they're a Republican, and tell him or her to not hold middle class tax cuts hostage.

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The Man who Invented "Too Big to Fail" Recants

Dr. Tom Palley, AFL-CIO & Author, From Financial Crisis to Stagnation: The Destruction of Shared Prosperity and the Role of Economics, joins Thom Hartmann. Austerity has taken out Greece - Spain and Italy - and now it's trying to destroy the United Kingdom's economy too. How can Americans prevent the great economy destroyer known as austerity from coming across the pond? Plus - the man who invented "too big to fail" recants on CNBC.

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Full Show 7/25/12: An Uprising in Anaheim

Thom talks with journalist Tim Pool about the uprisings in Anaheim. Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses the Romney camp's dog-whistling strategy, the GOP jobs plan that doesn't create any jobs and if Gary Johnson will decide November's election. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at the history of the Koch family's destructive influence on our nation.

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Conservative Millennials, Boomers & Libertarians all being Conned

Multigenerational political influence by a very narrow special interest group is rare, but we're seeing it played out right now in front of us. A billionaire family - the Kochs - have gone from influencing my father's generation, to my generation, to my kids' generation - and very few Americans realize it. Daddy Koch - Fred - made his first millions palling around with Joe Stalin in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s. As the fascists rose to power in Europe in the 1930s, he was an enthusiastic supporter of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who invented the word "fascist," meaning essentially the takeover of democratic governments by big business interests. Mussolini went so far as to dissolve the Italian parliament, and replace elected politicians with representatives of each district's largest corporations. Fred Koch and Mussolini both particularly hated the trade unionists and their sometimes allies, the communists. So after Mussolini, along with his ally Hitler, lost World War II against America, Fred Koch brought the anti-communist pro-business-running-goverment - what some would call "facist" - torch to America big time, helping start the John Birch Society.

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Tim Pool Caught in Crossfire in Anaheim - Joins Thom Hartmann

Tim Pool, OWS Journalist joins Thom Hartmann. For the fourth night in a row - protests broke out in the streets of Anaheim last night - and community members clashed with police. What provoked last night's violence - and were police in the wrong for shooting civilians with rubber bullets? We've now seen civil unrest touch several major cities across America - from New York to Oakland to now Anaheim - all signs that our system of vulture capitalism, free-trade Reaganomics, and Republican Austerity are pushing our nation to the brink. Dangerous times may be ahead

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

The Good! *Anheuser-Busch* At the company's Fairfield, California plant - nearly half of the electricity used is generated by biogas, wind and solar power on site. The plant also has a process for recovering the steam that heats the boilers in the brew house - and turning it into energy. The Bad! *Big Oil* A new report is out detailing just how wealthy the Big Five Oil corporations are. According to the report - in 2011 - the oil giants earned $261000 thousand dollars per minute - more than 96 percent of American households make each year. and the Very Very Ugly! *Family Research Council* A leaked strategy memo is detail the anti-homosexual Conservative hate group's future spending plans. According to the memo - the FRC plans go on the offense - by "advancing the Christian worldview as America's only hope."

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Green Report - Frightening News - Greenland's Ice Sheet

NASA scientists were left stunned after analyzing data showing that Greenland's ice sheet is melting at an unprecedented rate. Three independent satellites confirmed that over four days, the amount of ice melting in Greenland jumped from 40% to 97% - showed by this chart - the image on the left is from july 8 and the image on right is from July 12th. As one NASA scientist wrote in a press release, "This was so extraordinary that at first I questioned the result: Was this real or was it due to a data error?" Unfortunately, it's very much real - and in 30 years of observations, never has this much ice melted away from Greenland so fast. Of course - oil industry funded scientists will tell us everything is just fine - and it's just a really hot summer. Meanwhile, they're the ones most likely looking for mountaintop real estate - away from soon-to-be rising oceans.

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Is America about to Fall off the Fiscal Cliff?

Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect magazine joins Thom Hartmann. Despite what the Mayans said - the world is not ending in December - but it might be ending in January if Congress doesn't get it's act together. Do lawmakers in Washington understand just how much our economy is hurting - and can they do what it takes to keep it afloat? If Congress doesn't act fast - America is going to fall off the fiscal cliff come January 2013.

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Thieves Steal the Family Jewels...as in Penis!

Thom Hartmann's crazy alert

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Lone Liberal Rumble - Will Libertarians cause Romney to Lose in Nov? Part 2

Lachlan Markay, Heritage Foundation & Judson Phillips, Attorney, Tea Party Nation join Thom Hartmann. Why are Republicans so happy about a jobs plan that doesn't create jobs - and will a third-party candidate throw a wrench at Mitt Romney's Presidential hopes? All that and more in tonight's Lone Liberal Rumble

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Lone Liberal Rumble - Will Libertarians cause Romney to Lose in Nov? Part 1

Lachlan Markay, Heritage Foundation & Judson Phillips, Attorney, Tea Party Nation join Thom Hartmann. Why are Republicans so happy about a jobs plan that doesn't create jobs - and will a third-party candidate throw a wrench at Mitt Romney's Presidential hopes? All that and more in tonight's Lone Liberal Rumble...

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Romney Camp Wants Anglo-Saxons (Master race?) in the WH

On last night's show I talked about dog whistle politics - and how Mitt Romney isn't afraid to talk in code to appeal to the racist whackjobs in his party who really think President Obama was born in Kenya - or that somehow he's a "foreigner." Well, just as I was saying those words - the Romney campaign was taking a deep breath and getting ready to give another really loud toot on the dog whistle. As reported yesterday in the British Newspaper the Daily Telegraph - a Romney campaign adviser told Telegraph reporter John Swaine that Mitt Romney will have better relations with the UK than President Obama...mainly because one of President Obama's parents was black. Here was the exact quote from the Romney campaign advisor as reported: "We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special...The White House didn't fully appreciate the shared history we have." As Swaine writes about the comment: "In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa."

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Full Show 7/24/12: The Dog-Whistle Strategy

Thom details how the Romney camp is continuing the long Republican tradition of dog-whistling. Also discussed: the DOJ investigation into Pennsylvania's new voter id law, how the GOP jobs plan doesn't create any jobs and how an MSNBC host with an autistic son blamed the Colorado massacre on autism. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses how Wall Street owns Congress and always get what they want.

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Economists Demand Universal Health Care

It’s time for universal healthcare in America.

More than 100 economic professors from across our country have signed on to a letter, calling for Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and that state’s legislature to enact universal healthcare in the Green Mountain State.

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