Crazy Alert! Here's a Tree House for the 1%

Here's a Tree House for the 1%

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What are the economics of happiness?

Helena Norberg-Hodge, producer "The Economics of Happiness," joins Thom Hartmann. This week - the United Nations is hosting a major conference on...happiness. That's right - with the world obsessed with wealth, austerity, and debt-to-GDP levels - the United Nations is taking a step back to figure out what makes people in some nations way happier than people in other nations. The conference is hosted by the Kingdom of Bhutan - a small country in the Himalayan Mountains. Bhutan is one of the poorest nations in the world - yet - it's the happiest nation in Asia - and one of the happiest in the world. So what does Bhutan know that the rest of us don't? Well - that's what the United Nations wants to find out. On last night's show - we talked a little bit about this topic by dissecting the nation of Denmark - which routinely tops the list of happiest nations on the planet. So what else can we learn about how to be a happier nation?

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How many activists will the 99% Spring train?

Ben Manski, Democracy Advocate, joins Thom Hartmann. Spring is here - and that doesn't just mean warmer weather - it also means nationwide grassroots activism. This year is about grassroots activism versus moneyed interests.

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Lone Liberal Rumble - Another flip flop from Romney?

Kris Ullman, Conservative Commentator & Activist & Lachlan Markay, Heritage Foundation join Thom Hartmann for the Big Picture Rumble.

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Judicial review...A Constitutional crisis is brewing in America

It's time for Congress to require SCOTUS to conform to the Federal Code of Judicial Conduct.

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Full Show 4/3/12: The President Strikes Back

Thom discusses President Obama's speech on Paul Ryan's radical budget, health care and the middle-class. Also discussed: Ayn Rand's continued influence on the Republican Party, the many problems with our nation's high court and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom looks at why Denmark is the happiest nation in the world, and what the US can learn from the Danes.

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What's the Point of Being Rich if you're not Happy?

A new report out says Denmark is the happiest place on Earth - and America isn't even close. So here we have Denmark - a nation that taxes at higher rates than we do in the United States - gives basic health care and free education to all its citizens - hasn't sold their elections off to the highest bidder - doesn't place any importance on arming their citizens against each other - isn't involved in any wars abroad - and has 72% of its workers unionized. Hearing those stats - Republicans' heads would explode. Yet - Denmark is the happiest nation on the planet. We're the nation that wrote the right to pursue happiness into our first founding document, our Declaration of Independence. Maybe we should take our own advice and learn a few things from Denmark.

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

The Good! *Maine Senator Olympia Snowe* Snowe - a moderate Republican - attacked her party last night for using contraception as part of political debate in America. The Bad! *Mitt Romney* Yesterday - Romney became the latest Conservative to bash the Chevy Volt - General Motors' super fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle and Big Oil's worst nightmare. Speaking in Wisconsin - he told a crowd. and the Very Very Ugly! *Detroit's Frederick Douglass Academy* 50 students were suspended from the all-boys school last Thursday after walking out of classes in protest.

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Viewer rants - You're probably a Republican if...

Viewer rants - You're probably a Republican if...

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True Judicial Activism - Bend over for the Probe!

The Supreme Court took judicial activism to new levels with the Citizens United decision - and they've done it again. How is the Court being allowed to exercise political and legislative power - and why are Conservatives supporting it? This is just the latest ruling by a Supreme Court that has far too much power in our democracy.

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We will Strip you Naked Now

Attorney Rebecca Nitkin joins Thom Hartmann. The Supreme Court thinks you need to be strip-searched. In a five to four ruling on Monday - the high court said jails have a right to give any new detainees an invasive strip search no matter how minor the criminal offense was. That means even people who committed minor crimes like forgetting to pay a parking ticket or jay walking during an Occupy rally will be stripped naked and viewed and poked by cops The Supreme Court took judicial activism to new levels with the Citizens United decision - and they've done it again. How is the Court being allowed to exercise political and legislative power - and why are Conservatives supporting it? This is just the latest ruling by a Supreme Court that has far too much power in our Democracy.

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Crazy Alert! Where's the Bacon?

Where's the Bacon?

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Paul Ryan's end point is Ayn Rand Utopia & he knows it

Gary Weiss, author, Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul," joins Thom Hartmann. Paul Ryan may have introduced a budget that destroys the middle-class - but his ideas aren't new. So where did he get all his crazy ideas about giving tax cuts to billionaires - eliminating Medicare - and robbing schoolkids of an education? Here's what Congressman Paul Ryan said about Ayn Rand.

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The 99% Spring is Coming w/James Hoffa

James Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters joins Thom Hartmann to talk about the President's talk and The 99% Spring.

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The President Strikes Back

President Obama gave one of the strongest speeches of his presidency - slamming Paul Ryan and taking on the Republican Party. How the speech is a sign that progressive activism on the ground is starting to trickle up to our elected representatives.

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Time to Rethink the War on Terror

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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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