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Rumble - Is America A Socialist Country?

Horace Cooper, Conservative Commentator/Attorney & Lacy Crawford, Social Security Works & Alex Pfeiffer, The Daily Caller all join Thom. Is Socialism the most ancient form of civilization?

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Michael Ratner...Remembering An American Hero...

For tonight's Daily Take - we're honoring Michael Ratner - a true American hero who changed the course of history with his fierce pursuit of justice. Michael's very first case was a lawsuit against prison guards and state troopers who killed and injured prisoners during the Attica prison uprising in 1971 - and even though the court ruled against him in that case, his lifelong fight on behalf of prisoners and the disadvantaged never wavered. If somebody was in trouble - particularly as the result of an injustice - Michael was there, or made sure somebody else was. He was truly one of the most decent, caring, and compassionate people I've ever known. Michael Ratner defined for everybody who knew him what it truly means to be human. I'll miss him personally, and the world is better for his life, and an emptier place for his loss.

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About Bernie or Bust….What Do You Do?

Sam Daley-Harris, RESULTS/Center for Citizen Empowerment & Transformation/Reclaiming Our Democracy joins Thom. Why It's time to get out there & get active! It’s a marathon not a sprint….

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What Happened to Postal Banking?

Sam Sacks, The District Sentinel, joins Thom.
Google announced yesterday that it will be banning all payday loan advertisements from it's website in response to advocates who claim that payday lending targets poor and vulnerable Americans. The move comes at a time when payday lending companies are in the forefront of policy discussions as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau attempts to clamp down on the predatory practice. The problem is - many people in America don't have bank accounts - and so they get their checks cashed at exorbitant rates or are forced to take out payday loans in order to pay off bills. But there's one solution that's been floated by Democratic Presidential contender Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders - let the US Postal Service offer checking account and bill paying services to communities that have been left behind by the financial sector. So why hasn’t this proposal gotten more traction?

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Strip & Flip Voter Suppression Exposed

Harvey Wasserman, Solartopia/forthcoming book, STRIP & FLIP SELECTION OF 2016: Five Jim Crows & Electronic Election Theft, joins Thom. Nearly 80% of the votes that will be cast in the 2016 general election will be cast on electronic voting machines - which can have their records altered by a governor or secretary of state with just a few keystrokes Election rigging is easier than you think. How we can stop it.

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The Trump Reality Show - How Do We Escape?

Bob Ney/(former) U.S. Congressman (R-OH, 18th District)/Sideswiped: Lessons Learned Courtesy of the Hit Men of Capitol Hill, joins Thom. The reality show continued today as Donald Trump finally had his much-awaited meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. So will the Donald end up shaping the GOP in his image or the other way around?

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Why Are Republicans Hosting the 'Dem’ Convention?

America's Lawyer Mike Papantonio, The Ring of Fire, joins Thom. As the Intercept has reported - the convention’s official host committee is stacked with lobbyists and corporate donors - some of whom aren’t even Democrats. Plus….Earlier this month, the EPA posted then retracted a study connecting glyphosate - an ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide - to cancer. The WHO has already labeled glyphosate a carcinogen. So why did the EPA retract its study?

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Full Show 5/12/16: WSJ: Bernie Might Be Next President

Thom discusses the rigged and corporate Democratic Convention with attorney and radio host Mike Papantonio, whether Trump and Ryan can unify the party with former Republican Congressman Bob Ney, whether the U.S. Post Office will provide simple banking to its customers again with The District Sentinel’s Sam Sacks, and Thom remembers the life of attorney and activist Michael Ratner.

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Barney Frank Overseeing Dem Platform While Running Big Bank

David Sirota, International Business Times, joins Thom. Barney Frank - who has been selected to serve on the standing commitee that will help write the party platform. The Sanders campaign is - shall we say - less than happy with this pick. Not only has Frank been one of Bernie's most outspoken critics - he's also currently on the board of Signature Bank - a bank that earlier this year was named in a lawsuist over a Ponzi scheme. So in a sense - the big banks are literally going to help write the Democratic Party's platform. What could possibly go wrong?

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Rumble - McClatchy Outsourcing to India...

Crystal Wright, RT Contributor/Con Job & Rodell Mollineau, Rokk Solutions & Charles Sauer, The Market Institute all join Thom. Up to 150 McClatchy Company IT employees are the latest employees to fall victim to H-1B visas. On employee told ComputerWorld that "They are basically firing me and hiring a foreign worker to do my job at less than half the rate they were paying me. They really couldn't find American workers to do this job?" So now we have a US journalistic outlet outsourcing it's jobs to India - aren't H-1B visas just a big scam to allow corporations to outsource labor?

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How the Political Revolution Continues...

Tim Canova, Candidate for Congress (D-FL, District 23)/Nova Southeastern University-Shepard Broad College of Law joins Thom. The Bernie Sanders revolution is spreading to Florida - where a law school professor and political rookie is giving Debbie Wasserman Schultz the race of her life.

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Rumble - The Commission to Ban Muslims is Being Planned

Crystal Wright, RT Contributor/Con Job & Rodell Mollineau, Rokk Solutions & Charles Sauer, The Market Institute all join Thom. In an attempt to come off as more presidential - Donald Trump has proposed a "commission" headed by Rudy Giuliani to investigate banning Muslims in America. But will Trump really be able to unite the Republican party by invoking "America's Mayor" to spy on American Muslims?

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Is Donald Trump the Duck Dynasty Version of Reagan?

The most popular take on Donald Trump is that we’ve never seen anything like him before. But here’s the thing: We have seen something like Trump before -- we saw it with Ronald Reagan. Now, there are obviously some big surface-level differences between Reagan and Trump. Reagan’s public persona was cool, calm, and collected; Trump’s is well, the exact opposite. Reagan had years of political experience before he ran for president; Trump has none. Reagan also was also deeply religious, or at least "spiritual" (he didn't go to church); Trump, I don’t think, has ever had a spiritual thought in his life. But if you ignore those obvious differences and focus on how Trump is running and framing his campaign, you’ll see that he’s doing the exact same thing Reagan did, only in a style more appropriate for today.

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