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

The Good! *Expedia* In America today - we've become too used to corporations looking out for their bottom-lines first - and putting the interests of consumers and of society second. Well - Expedia - the popular travel website - has come out with a new 3 minute web video promoting marriage equality. The web short chronicles one father's journey of acceptance for his lesbian daughter and her partner. Here's to Expedia - a corporation finally doing some good in our society

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Koch front group seeks revenge against Florida Justices

Mike Papantonio, Host - Ring of Fire Radio joins Thom Hartmann. There's something even more disturbing than voter suppression going on in Florida - and yes - Gov. Rick Scott has his hands all over it. So what is the king of voter suppression up to now?

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If you make a living sitting on your butt, waiting for your dividend check - don't watch!

The American news media has pointed out at length that the new government in France raised taxes, so that after somebody has made their first million dollars in a year, additional dollars in that year are taxed at a 75 percent rate. The millionaires are unhappy, but it'll save the country. There are two parts to this story that have to do with the United States that you probably didn't hear or see on the American news. The first is that for more than half of the twentieth century, the top tax rate on rich people here in the United States was at or above that French range - here it was between 74 and 91 percent. During those decades of high tax rates on the Romney-rich, by the way, we had the fastest and strongest growth of the middle class in our nation's history. In fact, most credible economists during that era said that the REASON for the strong growth of the middle class was because the super-rich had high tax rates after they'd made their first million dollars a year. The result of that was that instead of taking more millions, industrialists left the money in their businesses - and that money was used to pay decent, middle-class wages to American workers. The second thing you probably haven't heard much about in the American Media is that we have two types of federal income taxes.

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Big Picture Rumble - Presidential Debate Edition: What Questions should be asked - but won't?

Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator & Karl Frisch, Progressive Strategist & Heather Cirmo, Conservative Strategist all join Thom Hartmann.

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Big Picture Rumble - Presidential Debate Edition: Obama Video Bombshell...Fizzes Out

Marc Harrold, Libertarian Commentator & Karl Frisch, Progressive Strategist & Heather Cirmo, Conservative Strategist all join Thom Hartmann.

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Has the GOP/right wing media jumped the shark?

Conservative media was a buzz yesterday - with word that a "bombshell" President Obama video was going to be released. The only problem? The fuse didn't light and that bombshell ended up being a real dud. Is this what the Conservative media in America has come to?

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Full Show 10/3/12: Debate Night!

Thom discusses Fox's "exclusive" Obama speech from 2007 with tonight's politics panel. The panel also previews tonight's presidential debate between Obama and Romney and asks the questions that should be asked, but won't be. Also discussed: Florida Governor Rick Scott's plan to fill his state's Supreme Court with Tea Party friendly Justices, why France has the right idea when it comes to taxing the rich and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at how the media distorts people's views of a debate.

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Staples has your office needs covered & the destruction of the US economy covered too...

Staples business model represents the cancer stage of capitalism. It's also what Mitt Romney claims as one of his biggest accomplishments at Bain Capital - expect to hear him mention it during the debates. So what exactly did Romney accomplish at Bain Capital by investing in and growing Staples? The destruction of one slice of the American economy. Consider this...economies are complex ecosystems with lots of interdependent players and basic rules. In nature, the wide range of players is called biodiversity - maintained by varying ecosystems like the arctic - jungles - plains - and so on.

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

The Good! *Chris Kluwe* Kluwe is a punter for the Minnesota Vikings NFL team. And - recently - he came out in strong support of marriage equality. However - not everyone was happy about his endorsement. Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson - a Republican - called out Kluwe for attacking "traditional marriage" and said that homosexuality is not "normal behavior." In response to Franson's comments - Kluwe doubled-down on his support of marriage equality - and even offered to formally debate Franson on the issue. Kudos to Chris for standing up for the rights of millions of Americans.

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Your Take/My Take - Caller says Thom is "very very ugly" about gay marriage

Thom Hartmann answers viewers' and listeners' questions

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We are back in Iraq - when will this miserable chapter in American history be finished?

Activist & former State Senator Tom Hayden, joins Thom Hartmann. Based on what the government tells you - and what the mainstream media reports to you - you probably think America is out of Iraq - right? Wrong! Why are American special forces back in Iraq - and when will this miserable chapter in American history finally be finished?

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GOP's October Surprise?

Craig Unger, Vanity Fair Magazine, joins Thom Hartmann. We all know Mitt Romney wouldn't know foreign policy if it hit him in the head - but now Fox News is trying to make President Obama look like a foreign policy quack too. Is this the Right's plan heading into November - and their so-called October Surprise for American voters?

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Crazy Alert - Doggy Style on Surf Boards?

Thom Hartmann's crazy alert

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Why Right Wingers Need Skewed Polls & Conspiracy Theories

Adele Stan, Alternet, joins Thom Hartmann. If you look at nationwide polling - it appears that President Obama is pulling away from Mitt Romney - even in the all-important swing states. But Conservatives are saying that's hogwash - and that the polls are being "skewed". Could this outlandish conspiracy theory actually prove valuable for Conservatives come November?

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Voters in PA got their voice back - sort of...

Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog, joins Thom Hartmann. Voters in Pennsylvania got their voice back - as a judge blocked that state's Voter Suppression ID law from going into effect. But what about the millions of other Americans who's votes are under attack by Conservatives. How do they get their say back? And ultimately - this issue will likely be settled by the Supreme Court in the near future - a court whose right-wing members have already ruled, 5 to 4, that Americans do not have a fundamental right to vote.

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