Full Show 8/22/12: Great Minds: Neil Barofsky

In tonight's special edition of "Conversations with Great Minds" Thom talks with former TARP Inspector General Neil Barofsky. Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses the GOP platform and their upcoming convention in Tampa, and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at what citizens in California are doing to find out exactly what they're eating.

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Neil Barofsky - TARP - An Inside Account P1

Neil Barofsky, former special inspector-general of the TARP & author "Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street," joins Thom Hartmann. In 2008, we were all told TARP was needed to prevent a Great Depression. Instead - TARP funds have made the big banks richer - and given them an even greater feeling of invincibility. So how was this allowed to happen?

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

The Good! *Valarie Martin* Martin is a constituent of California Republican Congressman Dan Lungren. And - at a recent town hall meeting that Lungren hosted - Martin attacked him over his blatant climate denialism and his support for big oil. The Bad! *Rep. Steve King (R-IA)* While most Republicans rushed to distance themselves from Rep. Akin's "legitimate rape" statement - King did the opposite - and came out in support of him. His explanation for his support though didn't do much to help make the situation any better. King told an Iowa reporter that he had never heard about rape victims getting pregnant from stataory rape or incest. and the Very Very Ugly! *Spring Valley Hospital* Brittany Leon and Terri-Ann Simonelli - domestic partners - went to Spring Valley Hospital when Leon was having complications from pregnancy. But - when they got there - admissions staff told Simonelli that she would have to secure power of attorney in order to be with Leon - even though under Nevada law domestic partners have the same rights as married couples.

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FDR Exposes the Origins of the Romney/Ryan "Big Lie"

It seems that right-wingers - we call them Republicans here in the US - haven't changed their strategies much at all over the years - that Romney and Ryan are following an old, old pattern. According to Godwin's Law - the first person to use a Hitler comparison in an argument - loses. Well...call me a loser - and call President Franklin Roosevelt a loser too - because in 1944 - while running for re-election - Roosevelt compared the Republican's political strategy that year to Hitler's. Now don't expect President Obama to compare Republicans to Hitler like Roosevelt did. He shouldn't. But he should call out the liars - and use the actual word "liar" in doing so. Because if he doesn't - then the propaganda machine on the Right won't stop - and he could be left wondering, on November 7th, how he lost an election when the Republican and Rove and Koch Brothers attack ads were all filled with lies - big, big lies. Consider it a warning, Mr. President. Oh, and one more thing - in that same speech that Roosevelt called out Republicans for using Hitler's techniques - he also called them out for suppressing the vote - which just so happens to be the Republican strategy today too - right alongside lying. The more things change - the more they stay the same

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NYPD spying on Muslims turns up 0 leads after 6 years!

Gadeir Abbas, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) joins Thom Hartmann. Despite spying on Muslims in New York City for 6 years - the NYPD has yet to turn up a solid lead on any threat from Islamic terrorists. Has this program - along with anti-Muslim advocates - caused Americans to fear - and hate - the Muslim community?

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Republican "Legislative" Rape - Not Legitimate!

Nancy Cohen, author, Delirium & Sarah Seltzer, Alternet, join Thom Hartmann. Republicans are quickly trying to distance themselves from Rep. Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comments - and are calling for him to drop out of his Senate race. But - isn't this really the height of hypocracy - since the party today officially adopted the legislative version of Akin's extremism position on rape and abortion?

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Obama's Stimulus Was One of the Best Kept Secrets - Why?

Michael Grunwald, Time Magazine, The New New Deal: The Hidden History of Change in the Obama Era, joins Thom Hartmann. To most economists - the stimulus act prevented an all out Great Depression. But to Mitt Romney - it was a complete failure. Michael Grunwald literally wrote the book on the stimulus package. And with two and a half months until the election - and the debate over the stimulus act and President Obama's effort to improve the economy not going away anytime soon - it's worth hearing what he has to say

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Will Julian Assange change the global view of journalism?

Michael Ratner, Human Rights Attorney-member Assange legal team / President Emeritus-CCR Justice joins Thom Hartmann. In tonight's big interview we'll talk with Michael Ratner - a member of Julian Assange's legal team - about Assange's current status - and his battle to seek political asylum in Ecuador.

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This Election is about whether Medicare will Exist...or Not

Neal Asbury, Truth for America joins Thom Hartmann. On one side, we have President Obama who extended the life of Medicare without cutting any benefits. On the other side, we have Romney/Ryan who want to voucherize Medicare and cut benefits. Why does Paul Ryan think he can win this debate? Let's cut to the chase...Republicans have no interest in preserving Medicare, right? This election isn't about who'll better protect Medicare, it's about whether or not Medicare should exist right?

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Full Show 8/21/12: FDR Calls Out Romney & Ryan

Thom discusses how Republicans are calling for Akin to drop out of his Senate race while the GOP platform is adopting his extreme views on rape and abortion. Also discussed: the continued Medicare lies coming from the Romney campaign, an in-depth analysis of Obama's stimulus package and Michael Ratner, attorney for Julian Assange joins Thom in tonight's "Big Interview." In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom exposes, through FDR, the origins of the Romney/Ryan "big lie" strategy.

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Full Show 8/20/12: Assange & the Decline of the West

Guest host Sam Sacks fills in for Thom Hartmann and discusses Julian Assange's call on the US to once again embrace democracy, transparency and freedom. Also discussed: the deadly miner strike in South Africa, how Republicans plan to win the debate on Medicare if their plan is to end the program and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom details why he thinks Romney is a sociopathic fascist.

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Full Show 8/17/12: Great Minds: Chris Hayes and Tom Shadyac

In tonight's special edition of "Conversations with Great Minds" Thom talks with MSNBC host Chris Hayes, author of the new book "Twilight of the Elites," and award-winning filmmaker Tom Shadyac about his pursuit of projects beyond directing Hollywood movies.

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Full Show 8/16/12: Assange Granted Asylum

Guest host Sam Sacks fills in for Thom Hartmann and discusses Ecuador's granting of asylum to Julian Assange, the GOP's attack against the 17th amendment and DEVO's new song about Romney's dog Seamus. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses why Republican lies might work come November.

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Full Show 8/15/12: Congress Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low

Guest host Sam Sacks discusses the dismal approval rating of congress and what's to blame for it. Also discussed: the alarming news of Pennsylvania's voter id law being upheld, the 77th birthday of social security and what Paul Ryan wants to do with the program and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at a way to make every vote count this November.

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Full Show 8/14/12: Wikileaks Uncovers TrapWire

Guest host Sam Sacks talks with Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein about the campaign, her party's platform and Romney's VP pick. Also discussed: why we should be concerned about the surveillance system TrapWire, Paul Ryan's union busting record in Wisconsin and mutated butterflies in Japan. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at why oil corporations have a privileged place in our economy and justice system.

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