Attention Cash-Strapped States - the Largest For-Profit Prison a Deal for You!

Attention cash-strapped states - the largest for-profit prison corporation in America has one hell of a deal for you! The only hitch is...you have to begin imprisoning your own citizens at an alarmingly high rate - and keep them in jail for 20 years! That's the offer coming from the Corrections Corporation of America in a $250 million proposal sent to prison officials in 48 states across the nation. The deal works like this: States sell their prisons off to the Corrections Corporation of America - also known as CCA - a multi-billion dollar for-profit corporation that's already operating 66 prison facilities across the nation. CCA pays the state a lump-sum off the bat for the prison. For example - in Ohio - CCA paid the state $72 million to run the Lake Erie Correctional Institution. From that point on - the state will then pay CCA a couple million dollars a year to manage the facility...which the state paid to build and CCA just bought for a song. That sorta sounds like a crummy deal - but CCA and proponents of prison privatization argue that this deal will actually save states a bunch money. But that's not true.

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Your Take/My Take - Thom - How would you replace the Fed?

Your Take/My Take by @Thom_Hartmann

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

The Good! *John Archer* Archer is a Republican candidate for the US House from Iowa. When asked by a reporter if he differs from the Republican party on any issues - Archer replied, "I believe the Party platform calls for the death penalty and I'm personally opposed to the death penalty." He went on to say that while working as a clerk at the Illinois Supreme Court, he had seen "first hand" how we - as Americans - "have put innocent people to death" and "how life is too precious to do that." Finally - a Conservative saying that we need to abolish the death penalty. The Bad! *Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)* During an interview with Sean Hannity - Paul compared the US government's decision to reclaim some stolen property to Nazi Germany's confiscation of Jewish property. In the 1930's - a set of ten gold Double Eagle coins were illegaly removed from the US Mint. When the government recently found the coins - it sued the woman who had them - saying they were US property. A judge recently found in the government's favor. and the Very Very Ugly! *Mitt Romney* The man who could be President of the United States apparently doesn't care about foreign policy. In an interview with BuzzFeed published yesterday morning - Romney advisor Robert O'Brien said, speaking about the Obama campaign, that "it doesn't surprise me that they're raising foreign policy because it's another distraction from the Administration's terrible economic record." But - what Mr. O'Brien and his boss don't realize is ...

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Trans Pacific Partnership...Trojan horse for global corporate domination?

Laurel Sutherlin, Rainforest Action Network, joins Thom Hartmann. Earlier in the Summer - we told you about The Trans - Pacific Partnership - a new so-called free trade deal that the US has been negotiating over with 8 Pacific nations for the last two years. But rather than helping Americans or improving the American economy - the TPP would give foreign transnational corporations unprecedented power to abuse American workers - pollute our environment - and destabilize our markets. When information on the TPP was first leaked - very few Americans knew what it was - and as a result - there was very little opposition towards it. But fast forward a couple months - and that seems to have changed. This week in Leesburg, Virginia - US trade negotiators met with members of the other 8 TPP nations for the 14th round of negotiations. And - for the first time - the meeting was also met by protestors.

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Exposing the Worst Teacher in Chicago...

Greg Palast, BBC News & The Guardian / Author, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits joins Thom Hartmann. The Chicago Teachers Union strike is in it's third-day - as some of our nation's public school teachers continue to fight for a better system. But what's really going on with this strike - and why does Fox News have a financial stake in the Chicago Public School sytem? Plus - Greg knows the worst teacher in Chicago!

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Lone Liberal Rumble - The Tea Party Downgrade P2

Horace Cooper, National Center for Public Policy Research & Austin Petersen, Libertarian commentator, FreedomWorks joins Thom Hartmann.

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Lone Liberal Rumble - Romney's 3am call? P1

Horace Cooper, National Center for Public Policy Research & Austin Petersen, Libertarian commentator, FreedomWorks joins Thom Hartmann.

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At the end of the day - this isn't about Islam

The Arab Spring turned ugly in Libya and Egypt on Tuesday, as angry crowds stormed US diplomatic buildings. The US Ambassador to Libya - Christopher Stevens - was killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya along with three other American diplomats when a rocket propelled grenade was shot into the building. Stevens is the first US Ambassador to be killed on duty in more than 30 years.The attack in Libya occurred just hours after angry protestors stormed the US Embassy in Egypt - climbing the walls, taking down the American flag, and hoisting up a black Islamic banner. Both attacks were believed to have been prompted by a movie made here in the United States by a California filmmaker who claims to be both American and Israeli. The movie depicts the prophet Muhammad as a fraudster and womanizer - something that is deeply offensive to the Muslim faith. The film was promoted by anti- Muslims organizations and a trailer for it was posted on Youtube sparking the outrage. However now - US officials believe that at least the attack on the consulate in Libya that claimed the life of Ambassador Stevens may have been pre-planned and executed by using the protests outside as a diversion. President Obama strongly condemned the attacks and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement saying, "we are heartbroken."

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Full Show 9/12/12: Why People Riot

Thom explains the simple reason why citizens in Libya and Egypt are rioting - people don't riot when times are good, they only riot when they're pushed. Tonight's "Lone Liberal Rumble" panel discusses day three of the Chicago teachers strike, Romney's latest lie/flip-flop and whether we're headed for another credit downgrade thanks to the Tea Party. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at how privatizing our country's prisons are not only costing taxpayers more money, but are drastically increasing the number of people incarcerated.

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Romney Has Found a New Way to Lie!

Mitt Romney has figured out a new way to lie. In an interview on Sunday with NBC, watched by millions of people - Romney said that there are a number of things he likes with Obamacare - including a guarantee that health insurers can't deny healthcare to people with pre-existing conditions - and reforms that allow children to stay on their parents' health plans until the age of 26. So the man who first created Obamneycare in Massachusetts, and then disavowed it when he ran for President, now supports it again. Or he did for a few hours, until his campaign told Buzz Feed that Romney actually opposes all provisions of Obamacare and instead believes that the corporate-run "free market" will find a way to cover those with pre-existing conditions. In other words, Romney wants to roll-back Obamacare. So the Romney Big Lie strategy works like this - go on Meet the Press, where a lot of moderate, undecided voters will be watching - and lie about your position on protecting people with pre-existing conditions. Try to assure the independents that you won't let health insurers act like death panels toward children with pre-existing conditions. And then, after the show is off the air - immediately backtrack - and issue a "correction" to your base, a group of right-wing crazies who are perfectly OK with letting health insurance companies discriminate against sick children again. I've said it before - I'll say it again - the only way Mitt Romney can win this election is by lying. And ...

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Chicago Teacher's Strike - A Battle for the Future of our Nation

For the second day - teachers in Chicago took to the picket lines - to protest the city's treatment of them - and of the city's public schools. But this is more than just a strike about worker's rights and better wages - it's a battle for the future of our nation.

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

The Good! *Entertainment Industry* While those in Washington continue to bicker over things like marriage equality and the role of the wealthy elite in America - it seems that the entertainment industry is ready to embrace what lawmakers in Washington won't. This year's Fall lineup of new TV shows includes the likes of NBC's The New Normal - which features a gay couple using a surrogate mother to have a baby. And - on ABC - there is 666 Park - a show about wealthy Apartment owners in Manhattan - and how they are taking overs the lives of - and in some cases stealing from - the middle class tenants in their building. The fact that these issues are now becoming mainstream topics of television shows says something about our culture. We have accepted them as the new norms - and so should those in Washington. The Bad! *Dick Cheney* In an interview last night with the conservative Daily Caller - Cheney accused President Obama of taking "sole credit" for the raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year. He also accused President Obama of failing to attend his daily intelligence briefings. and the Very Very Ugly! *Sheriff Larry Campbell* Campbell is the Sheriff of Leon County, Florida - and is currently up for re-election this year. He also has quite the temper and a streak of abusing his power - including getting in a bar fight and having the man he fought with arrested - and then proceeding to punch him in the face afterwards. But it doesn't stop there for Mr. Campbell. He ...

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The Tea Party Downgrade Part 2

So, last August - the S&P credit rating agency downgraded our nation's debt. It was referred to as the Tea Party downgrade - since House Republicans refused to come up with a deal until the midnight hour to raise the nation's debt limit and prevent the United States from defaulting on its debts around the world. The downgrade occurred just after Speaker of the House John Boehner bragged that Republicans got 98% of what they wanted in the debt limit deal. The Republican Party was clearly responsible for the downgrade. In fact - in the report explaining why they downgraded our debt - S&P said that one reason was because, "...the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act." So...that downgrade of America happened. And it might happen again soon - this time done by Moody's Credit Rating agency \\ Today - Moody's issued a warning to the United States that a debt downgrade could be on the horizon if Congress doesn't address the coming fiscal cliff and doesn't put in place policies to cut our federal debt. The Moody's statement reads: "If those negotiations lead to specific policies that produce a stabilization and then downward trend in the ratio of federal debt to GDP over the medium term, the rating will likely be affirmed and the outlook returned to stable. If those negotiations fail to produce such policies, however, Moody's would expect to lower the rating ...

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Sex, Lies & Voter Fraud in Florida...

Megan Carpentier, Raw Story joins Thom Hartmann. Despite Republicans arguing that voter and election fraud are rampant across America - it seems like they are the only ones getting caught for it. One of those caught is in Florida - and there's been some interesting new developments in his case.

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Latest attack on Dodd-Frank

Amit Narang, Regulatory Policy Advocate-Public Citizen joins Thom Hartmann. Senator Susan Collins supported the Dodd-Frank Act in 2008 - but now she's introduced legislation that would destroy it. Why are lawmakers in Washington trying to block financial regulators from doing their job of policing the out-of-control finance industry?

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Waves of Destruction...

We've known for some time that warming temperatures pose a big threat to Arctic ocean ice. However, only now are we learning about so-called “waves of destruction” that are speeding up the disappearance of sea ice.

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