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Full Show 5/3/12: The American rights of the unarmed

Thom discusses the recent decision in Florida that will allow the use of concealed weapons during the RNC while stripping rights of OWS protesters. When will American focus on the rights of the unarmed? Then, there's plenty of money in Wisconsin especially coming from the deep pockets of recalled GOP Governor Scott Walker. But will his millions keep him in office? Plus can Co-Ops benefit the US economy? And Thom talks about how the recent murder suicide of border vigilante JT Ready is spotlighting the fear of immigrants in America. In tonight's Daily Take Thom explains the most powerful new corporation that has a choke hold on US democracy.

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Exposing the Biggest Most Corrupt Corporation Ever

There's a new corporation in town - it's more powerful than any other corporation in America - and it has major influences in each of the 50 states. So what is this massive corporation - who's behind it - and how is it destroying our political landscape and the American democracy? I'll tell you in tonight's Daily Take...

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

The Good! *Tampa Bay Buccaneers* Yesterday - the NFL team signed Eric LeGrand in a heartwarming and symbolic gesture. The Bad! *Mitt Romney* At a fundraiser last night - Romney talked about how he commissioned American flag lapel pins for the Olympics in 2002 - and used the story of the pins to explain how he hopes to bring Americans together if he is President. and the Very Very Ugly! *Jodie Brunstetter* Brunstetter is the wife of the North Carolina state legislator who introduced Amendment 1 - which would outlaw same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships in the state.

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So - war criminal John Yoo gets to walk

Now to some news coming out of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. On Wednesday - a three judge panel on the court ruled that former Bush legal advisor John Yoo - one of the men who wrote legal memos giving cover to President Bush to commit the war crime of torture - can't be sued by the victims of that torture. Jose Padilla was declared an "enemy combatant" in 2002 - and claims he was subjected to three years of torture while in custody. But the court rejected Padilla's claim that he suffered "gross physical and psychological abuse," and ruled that interrogation techniques did not necessarily amount to torture, despite how "appalling" they may be. So - war criminal John Yoo gets to walk. But here's the most shocking thing abotu this case. Guess who else happens to be a Judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. This guy - Jay Bybee - who - just like his buddy John Yoo - worked for the Bush Administration and ALSO wrote and signed the torture memos giving Bush legal cover to commit war crimes. So John Yoo gets cleared of war crimes by the 9th Circuit Court on which Jay Bybee - who also committed war crimes - serves. So much for an impartial judiciary. And once again the gaping moral wound left by the torturous Bush administration goes unhealed.

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Geeky Science - pigeons have biological GPS

Geeky Science - pigeons have biological GPS

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Enrique Morones Faced Down the Border Minutemen

Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels, immigration activist, joins Thom Hartmann. Anti-immigrant hatred and violence is on the rise across America - with vigilantes taking border protection into their own hands. So whats's the connection between the anti-immigrant sentiment and the American political landscape?

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Why can't the people who harvest food make a living wage?

Arturo Rodriguez, United Farm Workers, joins Thom Hartmann. Tonight - we take a look at farm workers - and the challenge they're facing on a day-to-day basis working the fields. But when discussing farm workers - we can't just focus on labor issues like wages and working conditions. We also have to look at immigration policies - since many of those who cultivate our nation's food supply weren't actually born in America. In Washington, DC - hopes of immigration reform have been dashed again and again - as more hard-line Conservatives refuse to endorse plans that include pathways to citizenship - and instead prefer mass deportations. Republican Senator Marco Rubio has recently tried to forge a partnership with Republicans and Democrats in Congress on immigration reform with a watered-down version of the DREAM Act. But even Rubio's proposal doesn't give undocumented immigrants - who've been working in America for years, playing by the rules, and raising families - a pathway to citizenship. So what do farm workers in America need to do to have a shot at the American Dream?

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A Revolutionary Way to Re-Distribute Wealth

Dame Pauline Green, International Co-op Alliance & Paul Hazen, US Overseas Cooperative Development Council, join Thom Hartmann. Raising taxes on the rich - raising the minimum wage - and putting restrictions on CEO pay have all been suggested as ways to reduce wealth inequality in America. While these ideas can help - shouldn't we be looking at more revolutionary ways to re-distribute wealth in our country?

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Is WI a test case beween organized people & organized money?

Ben Manski, Democracy Advocate joins Thom Hartmann. Scott Walker is in a dead heat with his likely Democratic challenger in the recall election - according to a new poll. But will Walker's millions of dollars and TV ad barrage buy him the victory in November?

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When will America focus on the rights of the unarmed?

Neal Asbury, host-"Truth for America" joins Thom Hartmann. Florida Governor Rick Scott wants every Republican to be packing heat at the Republican National Convention in August - so that they can protect themselves from the evil Occupiers. But Occupiers aren't even allowed to carry a water gun during the Convention. When will America focus on the rights of the unarmed?

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Full Show 5/2/12: Libertarianism Is Dead

Thom explains how the Libertarian dream of so-called "free trade" and "free market" is dead. And in tonight's Lone Liberal Rumble Thom takes on two conservatives to debate Citizens United, Romney's spokesman resigning, more income inequality and reports of Osama Bin Laden's dead body. In the Daily Take, Thom discusses how Rupert Murdoch and his media empire have poisoned the political debate in American and democracy.

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Crazy Alert! A lost parakeet gives address to police

Crazy Alert! A lost parakeet gives address to police

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Citizens fight back against voter ID Law

Judith Browne Dianis, attorney /The Advancement Project join Thom Hartmann. A new voter ID law is going to court in Pennsylvania - with groups like the ACLU saying the law denies citizens of their fundamental rights. Could this lawsuit throw a wrench at the Conservative war on voting rights ahead of the 2012 election?

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Does Paul Ryan think everyone is a producer or a looter?

Edward Hudgins, Atlas Society joins Thom Hartmann. Whether Paul Ryan wants to admit it or not - he's carrying Ayn Rand's vision forward. And those of who'd rather live in a "We" society than a "Me" society should all be concerned.

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

The Good! *Aphrodite Voy-Key-THis* Bouikidis is the director of the Reinventing Greece Media Project - an organization that seeks to engage Greek-American college students to come up with solutions to help the nation rebuild. The Bad! *Wells Fargo CFO Tim Sloan* Last week - Ana Casas Wilson - a California homeowner who has cerebral palsy - went to Sloan's house and waited on his porch so she could personally give him a payment on her foreclosed house. and the Very Very Ugly! *Pastor Sean Harris* During a sermon in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Sunday - Pastor Harris talked about his support for the state's Amendment 1 - which would legally define marriage as between one man and one woman - and would outlaw civil unions and domestic partnerships.

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Without immediate global action on climate change, today's teenagers will be forced to live with the consequences of our inaction. The World Bank has issued their third report of climate change, and it says that global temperatures could rise by as much as 4 degrees Celsius by the time today's teens hit their 80th birthday.

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