Full Show 5/22/12: Booker and Bain

Thom talks Cory Booker and Bain Capital w/ Journalist Tommy Christopher, corporate capitalism with Economist Gar Alperovitz and voter reform with Nirvana Co-Founder Krist Novoselic. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses the new SuperPAC ad targeting President Obama and which billionaires are behind it.

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The "Iron Law of Oligarchy"

The wealthy elite are taking over America - and they're trying their hardest to turn the US into a complete oligarchy. How do we stop their destruction of our democracy - and protect the values and ideals that this nation was founded on?

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Will the soft peddle take down of Obama work?

Karl Rove - the mastermind behind the Bush White House - wants to pass the blame for America's economic mess - and he's using $25 million dollars to do it. How is Rove using half-truths and psychologic mind games to confuse the American public - and how can you see straight through his lies?

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Something Stinks - John Edwards & a 30 Year Jail Term?

Mike Papantonio, Attorney/Host-Ring of Fire Radio, joins Thom Hartmann. The jury in the John Edwards case has now deliberated for three days without reaching a verdict - and if convicted - Edwards could face 30 years in jail. Meanwhile - Republicans that get caught up in sex scandals get off scott free - and are applauded by their colleagues. So what's really going on here?

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

The Good! *CleanStar Mozambique* The venture - formed by the companies CleanStar Ventures and Novozymes - is a biofuels operation in Mozambique that seeks to support local farmers - prevent deforestation and provide a cleaner-burning fuel for local residents and the environment. The Bad! *Iowa Republican Party* The Iowa Republican Party released it's official party platform on Monday - and it is filled with far-reaching and Tea-Party approved policy ideas. For starters - birtherism is an official stance of the party now - and the party argues that a candidate for President must provide proof of US citizenship. The Very Very Ugly! *Pastor Charles Worley* The North Carolina So-Called Pastor gave a sermon this weekend to his congregation - discussing how he thinks America should deal with homosexuality.

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The Nirvana of Instant Runoff Voting

Krist Novoselic, founder and bassist of the rock band Nirvana, joins Thom Hartmann. While lawmakers bicker over legislation in Washington - across America - Voter ID laws are disenfranchising thousands of citizens. It's clear our political system is broken - so what are some ways to rebuild Washington - and make sure the vote of every American is heard?

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The Rise of the New Economy Movement

Gar Alperovitz, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland / Historian / Political Economist, joins Thom Hartmann. As austerity continues to batter the Eurozone nations - there are new fears that a severe recession is on the horizon. Are we witnessing the end of corporate capitalism in the global economy - and if so - what will take its place?

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So Cory Booker takes money from Bain...

Tommy Christopher, Mediaite.com joins Thom Hartmann. This weekend - Newark Mayor Corey Booker criticized President Obama over his attacks on Mitt Romney's time at Bain Capital. Now - we've learned that he's collected tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Bain Capital executives. So - what were the real motives behind Booker's attack on the President?

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Full Show 5/21/12: NATO Comes to Chicago and Protests and Arrests Take Place

Thom was off on Monday, but Guest Host Sam Sacks discussed the protests in Chicago at the NATO Summit and the treatment of the media trying to cover the event. Sam also hosted a Monday rumble that covered the topics of The Paul Ryan Budget and Donald Trump's Reverend Wright advice to Mitt Romney

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Full Show 5/18/12: Conversations with Great Minds: Steve Coll

Thom talks with journalist and author Steve Coll in tonight's "Conversations with Great Minds." Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses the possible reemergence of Jeremiah Wright, the potential end of indefinite detention and why Wisconsin Governor Walker's likely to beat the recall effort against him despite the state being the nation's leader in job losses. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom tells the story of the latest victim of corporate psychopaths.

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The Big Picture Rumble - Could Arizona get any crazier? P1

Erikka Knuti, Democratic Strategist & Brian Darling, Heritage Foundation & Judson Phillips, Founder-Tea Party Nation all join Thom Hartmann. According to a new report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics - Wisconsin lost more than 6000 private sector jobs in April. So does Governor Scott Walker really deserve to stay in office? That question and more in tonight's Big Picture Rumble...

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The Psychopaths Killed Another American

The Psychopaths killed another American this month. Dave Johnson over at AlterNet is telling the story of Norman Rousseau and his wife - two people who did everything they were supposed to do. They were responsible homeowners who did business with Wells Fargo and put a 30% down payment on this home in California back in 2000, and they made every payment from then on - never missing even one single-month. At that same time, the housing bubble frenzy took off. Banks discovered they could make enormous profits dragging homeowners away from safe fixed-rate mortgages and into exploding adjustable rate mortgages. For the bank, it didn't matter if the interest rate on the new loan would skyrocket and eventually lead to a foreclosure. The bank got their money no matter what, either through missed payment fees, late-payment fees, refinancing fees, and then after foreclosure through government support, tax write-offs, and the underlying value of the property. As a corporation, a bank Wells Fargo only has one obligation: increase profits for its shareholders - that's it. To hell with their customers, their community, their nation. Just as long as they're hitting that bottom-line goal, then Wells Fargo is doing exactly what it's legally obligated to do. If Wells Fargo was a person, and didn't give a damn about their fellow man and was willing to do whatever it takes - lie, cheat, steal, kill - for profit, then we'd call that person a psychopath. If a psychopath had defrauded a person ...

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Steve Coll - Private Empire P2

Steve Coll, President-New America Foundation / Staff Writer-The New Yorker / Author of the new book, "Private Empire: Exxon Mobile and American Power" joins Thom Hartmann. Exxon Mobil is the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States - and yet - very little is actually known about how the company operates. How does this corporate giant really function - and how much control does it have over lawmakers in Washington? We'll pose those questions and more to Steve Coll in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

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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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