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Full Show 4/7/15: The 2016 Field Gets Randy

Thom talks Rand Paul’s presidential announcement with the Campaign for America’s Future Richard Eskow and whether Jeb Bush will be prosecuted for committing voter fraud with Townhall’s Neil McCabe. Tonight’s “Politics Panel” discusses why young voters shouldn’t vote for Rand Paul, Rick Scott’s flip-flop on Medicaid, and Louisiana’s push to legalize discrimination. In tonight's “Daily Take” Thom discusses how our government is failing us when it comes to inspecting our food.

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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The "Menendez" Citizens United Problem

Stephen Spaulding, Common Cause joins Thom Hartmann. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion that corporations should be able to spend unlimited amounts of money on independent political activities because, “independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” Kennedy also argued that while corporations that make independent expenditures “may have influence over or access to elected officials,” that doesn’t necessarily mean that those elected officials are corrupt. Well - fast-forward five years - and it looks like we have a clear cut case of a corporation’s political spending leading directly to corruption charges for a lawmaker. Last week - Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey was indicted on public corruption charges - stemming from what the Department of Justice says were actions he took to help out the business interests of a friend.

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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Exposing the Bigger Crisis in the Atlanta Teacher "Cheating" Case

Lamar Waldron, The Hidden History of the JFK Assassination, joins Thom. Last week - teachers in Atlanta were convicted for their roles in a standardized test cheating scandal. But was there any real malintent behind their actions - or were they basically forced to do what they did?

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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The Liberty to Discriminate

Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United for Separation of Church and State joins Thom. Historically in America religious freedom has meant protecting people from the government - but today's Republicans think it means a license to discriminate. How did this happen?

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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Being a 'Night Owl' is Risky

Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Gaynor Integrative Oncology / Gene Therapy Plan, joins Thom. Night owls - they have more fun - they get more done - and - according to some studies - make more money than their early bird friends. But all that late-night living and sleeping in might come with a price. A new study out of South Korea has found that night owls are sacrificing their health in the name of burning the midnight oil.

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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Put Down That Cheese Burger!

Going vegan isn't just the right thing to do for your health - it's the right thing to do for the planet - so says the Government….

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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Lookout! This City Could Be the Next Detroit

Carl Gibson, USUncut / Think Progress joins Thom. We've heard a lot about water shutoffs in Detroit - but another city is making headlines for the same problem.

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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Full Show 4/6/15: Did Bush Force the Atlanta Teachers to Cheat?

Thom discusses how the Bob Menendez corruption case has reminded us how bad the Citizens United decision was with Common Cause’s Stephen Spaulding, how the Atlanta teachers were forced to cheat to save their school with political commentator and author Lamar Waldron, and how Baltimore residents are about to lose their water with independent journalist Carl Gibson. In tonight's “Daily Take” Thom discusses how our government is encouraging people to go vegan.

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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Rumble - Koch Bros Prevented Cancer Victim from Getting Help?

Nicole Williams, Democratic Strategist / Attorney & Gianno Caldwell, Caldwell Strategic Consulting / Project 21 & Scott Greer, The Daily Caller all join Thom Hartmann. Potential Republican presidential candidates are standing by the Indiana so-called religious freedom aka discrimination law. Take a listen to what Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had to say about the law and the outrage over it...

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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Rumble: Iran - Diplomacy or War?

Nicole Williams, Democratic Strategist / Attorney & Gianno Caldwell, Caldwell Strategic Consulting / Project 21 & Scott Greer, The Daily Caller all join Thom Hartmann. This is a major diplomatic and foreign policy achievement. Doesn’t President Obama deserve full credit here? He’s breaking through 36 years of gridlock with Iran…

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Ian Millhiser - The true nature of the Supreme Court?

Thanks to the successes of the Warren Court in the 1950s and 1960s - many Americans think of the Supreme Court as a progressive institution. But in reality - it's been one of - if not the most - reactionary forces in American history. ThinkProgress editor Ian Millhiser will explain why in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds. His newest book is Injustices: The Supreme Court's Nearly Unbroken History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted.

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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Conversations w/Great Minds - Ian Millhiser - Examples of the Court’s most egregious actions?

Thanks to the successes of the Warren Court in the 1950s and 1960s - many Americans think of the Supreme Court as a progressive institution. But in reality - it's been one of - if not the most - reactionary forces in American history. ThinkProgress editor Ian Millhiser will explain why in tonight's Conversations with Great Minds. His newest book is Injustices: The Supreme Court's Nearly Unbroken History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted.

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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Full Show 4/3/15: Republican Legislator Attacks the Koch Brothers

Tonight’s “Big Picture Rumble” discusses whether Obama has earned his Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomatic victory with Iran, whether Obama’s Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch will ever get confirmed, and Governor Scott Walkers continued support of Indiana’s religious freedom law. In tonight’s “Conversations with Great Minds” Thom talks SCOTUS with Think Progress’ Ian Millhiser, author of the new book “Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted.”

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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Iran - Is This Deal A “Win-Win"?

In Nuke news...It's official - we have a deal. Earlier this afternoon - representatives from Iran and the P5 +1 powers announced in Lausanne - Switzerland that they had reached an agreement over Iran's nuclear program. The deal - according to officials involved - will require Iran to go through regular investigations - enrich uranium only at or below certain levels appropriate only for producing electricity or medicine - and curtail its total number of centrifuges. Iran will also have to make significant changes at two of its more controversial nuclear facilities. In exchange - the United States and the EU will "terminate" all sanctions. Make no mistake - this deal is not final - and there are still details to work out - but it is a huge step forward. Joining Thom for more on the Iran deal is Paul Kawika Martin, Policy and Political Director at Peace Action. LIVE from D.C. starting at 7pm eastern.

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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Our 2016 Casino Election

America's Lawyer Mike Papantonio, Ring of Fire Radio joins thom. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decades-long war on our post-Nixon campaign finance reforms - we now have the best democracy money can buy. This has done some really strange things to our election cycles. Back in January - for example - Charles and David Koch pledged to spend almost $900 million on the 2016 elections. That’s right - $900 million! Other billionaires - meanwhile - are waiting for the politicians to come to them. Later on this month - for example - a group of 2016 Republican hopefuls including Ted Cruz - Mike Pence - and Rick Perry are going to travel to Las Vegas to kiss the …um...rings of ultra-rich casino lord Sheldon Adelson. LIVE from D.C. starting at 7pm eastern.

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com. You can also watch tonight's show on Hulu - at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And - be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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57 Percent of Republicans Want to Undo the American Revolution

America is a Christian nation. That’s an idea former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has harped on time and time again during his political career.

And while he didn’t explicitly talk about it today during his presidential announcement, it’s bound to pop up some time during his campaign.

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