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Trickle Down Austerity - Where are the Jobs?

Neal Asbury, host-"Truth for America" joins Thom Hartmann. Nearly 13 million Americans are out of work and looking for a job. Unfortunately - federal funding to re-train American workers and prepare them for the jobs of the 21st century are drying up. Funding for job-training programs across the country is down 18% from 2006 - even though there are six million more unemployed Americans today. In fact - funding for job re-training for Americans is roughly half of what it used to be more than a decade ago. So now - even though the economy is slightly improving - businesses are having difficulty finding American workers who are trained and qualified to handle the new job. President Obama's budget proposal called for a massive increase in job re-training programs - increasing funding to nearly $3 billion a year. And studies show this is a good economic investment, as every dollar spent on retraining unemployed Americans for new jobs yields as much as eight dollars for the local community. However - multi-millionaire Congressman Paul Ryan's Republican trickle-down austerity budget once again slashes funding for federal job retraining programs. Under their proposal - it's far more important to give $3 trillion in tax breaks to the super-rich than give working Americans new job skills.

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Republicans not complaining about unemployment - they're bragging!

Republicans have been working tirelessly for the last 3 years to destroy the American economy. So how long can they continue to get away with crashing our economy for political gain?

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Full Show 4/6/12: Conversations with Great Minds: Joe Madison

Thom talks with talk radio host Joe Madison in tonight's "Conversations with Great Minds." Tonight's "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses if we should be drug testing welfare recipients like Florida, the increase in the amount of justifiable homicides and who's to blame and whether women should be admitted to Augusta National Golf Club. In tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at why lying works for the Republicans.

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The Big Picture Rumble - Take your finger off the trigger

Mike Brownfield, The Heritage Foundation & Stewart Acuff, Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) & Dan Bongino, Candidate for US Senate (R-MD) all join Thom for the Big Picture Rumble. Thanks in part to ALEC - the number of so-called justifiable homicides have skyrocketed in America. Isn't it time we laid down our weapons - and took our fingers off the trigger? That and the future of Obamacare in tonight's Big Picture Rumble...

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The Liars Club...only Republicans wanted

Mitt Romney has just this week declared he's going try to to lie his way into the White House - and new science shows conservatives will believe his lies even more when they're refuted - no matter how outrageous they are.

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Conversations w/Great Minds Joe Madison - What's fueling racism & police brutality? P2

Joe Madison, Joe Madison Show & Human rights activist joins Thom Hartmann. What fuels racism and police brutality in America? Is it politcal rhetoric from the right - or something more deep-seated? And what can we do about it? We'll pose those questions and more to Joe Madison in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

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Conversations w/Great Minds Joe Madison - What's fueling racism & police brutality? P1

Joe Madison, Joe Madison Show & Human rights activist joins Thom Hartmann. What fuels racism and police brutality in America? Is it politcal rhetoric from the right - or something more deep-seated? And what can we do about it? We'll pose those questions and more to Joe Madison in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds.

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Full Show 4/5/12: The Dangers of Austerity

Thom looks at the deadly impact of Greece's continued austerity policies. Also discussed: how workers got screwed at the Hostess Brands Company, the radioactive plume of debris heading our way from Japan's Fukushima disaster and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at why conservatives are so afraid of facts.

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A Well Oiled Machine that Doesn't Depend on Facts...

The secret weapon Conservatives are using to take down public universities in America. Conservatives are arming up for their war on public universities, trying to de-fund them, destroy them, and replace them with for-profit colleges. Think it's impossible? They did the same thing during the Reagan years with our national system of non-profit hospitals, which have nearly all now been replaced with for-profit hospitals, which is a large part of why our healthcare costs are soaring and hospital executives are suddenly multimillionaires. So the war is on to destroy our state colleges and promote more for-profit colleges. And their primary weapon of choice ISN'T budget cuts to education or tax breaks to for-profit universities. No - their primary weapon of choice is frames.

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

The Good! *Walter Wilde* Walter Wilde helped form a group called Missoula Moves to Amend - which will soon be part of the national Move To Amend organization. The Bad! *Arizona State Senator Judy Burges* Burges - along with other Arizona Tea Party members - introduced a bill in the state legislature to stop energy efficiency programs. and the Very Very Ugly! *Newport, California Police Department* Police were called to the home of Tori Hunter - a professional baseball player - when his house alarm went off. When they arrived - they saw Hunter outside his house - and drew their weapons.

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Geeky Science! Bee Colony Collapse could lead to Famine

You may have noticed over the last few years that the price of honey - like many food products - has gone up. This is mainly due to a loss of honeybee colonies - the result of a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. And it doesn't just raise the cost of honey - it could lead to famines. Dave Goulson - from the University of Stirling in Great Britain - and a team of fellow researchers have shown that pesticides - including widely used neonicotinoid insecticides - may be to blame.

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How Dangerous is the Radioactive Wave Headed Toward the US?

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, joins Thom Hartmann. California beware! A radioactive wave is headed toward the West Coast of the United States courtesy of the Fukushima nuclear disaster? So with nuclear power still wreaking havoc on the environment - why are the Japanese about to flip on more of their nuclear reactors?

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ALEC May Have Met its Match

Rashad Robinson, Color of Change, joins Thom Hartmann. The Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council may have met its match - how one campaign is having success in cutting off the flow of corporate money to ALEC

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Crazy Alert! Snakes on a Plane...No - Really!

Snakes on a Plane...No - Really!

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Why isn't the media doing its job & calling out these liars?

Neal Asbury, Truth for America, vs. Thom Hartmann. Mitt Romney resorts to lying about President Obama. That shouldn't be too surprising. What is surprising, though, is that the media goes right along with it...

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When Eric Holder eventually steps down as Attorney General, he will leave behind a complicated legacy, some of it tragic, like his decision not to prosecute Wall Street after the financial crisis, and his all-out war on whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.

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