Daily Topics - Wednesday August 31st, 2011

The Big Picture "On Air" Questions or Comments for Thom?

Please welcome Bill Press, host of The Bill Press Show, in for Thom today!

Hour One: "The chapter that went missing from Dick Cheney's book" - John Nichols, The Nation Magazine

Hour Two: Exposive new report-CEO's rewarded for tax dodging - Scott Klinger, Institute for Policy Studies

Hour Three: What you need to know about Rick Perry - Eric Burns, Bullfight Strategies

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This just in: DOJ to Block AT&T and T-Mobile Merger.

By JOELLE TESSLER and PETE YOST, Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department filed suit Wednesday to block AT&T's $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA on grounds that it would raise prices for consumers.

The government contends that the acquisition of the No. 4 wireless carrier in the country by No. 2 AT&T would reduce competition and thus lead to price increases.

At a news conference, Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the combination would result in "tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices and lower quality products for mobile wireless services."

The lawsuit seeks to ensure that everyone can continue to receive the benefits of competition, said Cole.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/att-tmobile-merger-antitrust-complaint_n_943324.html

Is Every Single Part Of the Trump Presidency a Con?

Thom plus logo Donald Trump swindled his father's estate for several hundred million dollars and turned himself into a phony billionaire. We now know it was all a con.

The Trump administration, according to today's New York Times, was leaning on the CDC to provide any kind of evidence, no matter how thin or meaningless, that could be used to justify opening schools. We now know that was all a con.
From Screwed:
"The powers that be are running roughshod over the powers that OUGHT to be. Hartmann tells us what went wrong — and what you and I can do to help set American right again."
Jim Hightower, National Radio Commentator, Writer, Public Speaker, and author of the bestselling Thieves in High Places
From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"If you wonder why and when giant corporations got the power to reign supreme over us, here’s the story."
Jim Hightower, national radio commentator and author of Swim Against the Current
From Cracking the Code:
"In Cracking the Code, Thom Hartmann, America’s most popular, informed, and articulate progressive talk show host and political analyst, tells us what makes humans vulnerable to unscrupulous propagandists and what we can do about it. It is essential reading for all Americans who are fed up with right-wing extremists manipulating our minds and politics to promote agendas contrary to our core values and interests."
David C. Korten, author of The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community and When Corporations Rule the World and board chair of YES! magazine