The Real Reason Trump Banned Transgender People

Big Picture Panel: Charles Sauer, The Market Institute & Julio Rivera, Reactionary Times/Newsmax/Right Wing News/Politichicks. The campaign version of Donald Trump said he would "fight for the LGBT community." He even said he would fight harder for them than Hillary Clinton! Surprise - surprise - the campaign version of Donald Trump was lying

You Can Blame the Koch Brothers for the Healthcare Mess

On tonight’s Big Picture, Thom talks to Dr. Sanjeev Sriram of We Act Radio and Bryan Pruitt of RedState about latest on the Senate healthcare vote and the obscene profits made by CEOs in the healthcare industry. Then, Thom discusses the inequality problem in the United States with economist and professor Richard Wolff.

Prof. Richard Wolff On the "Better Deal" Platform

Big Picture Interview: Economist Dr. Richard Wolff, Capitalism's Crisis Deepens Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown/Democracy At Work. Democrats like Chuck Schumer say they're serious about putting the interests of working people first. But are they doing enough to help out America's labor unions?

Healthcare: GOP Showed Just How Cruel & Craven They Really Are

Big Picture Panel: Dr. Sanjeev Sriram M.D., MD/Dr. America-WeActRadio & Bryan Pruitt, RedState. The Senate's vote this afternoon to move forward with repealing Obamacare was a big win for the Koch brothers.

The Right Wing Plot to Repeal the 20th Century…

On tonight’s Big Picture, Thom discusses the Democrats’ unveiling of “A Better Deal” and what it means for the party’s future with Richard Eskow of Campaign for America’s Future. Then, Thom talks to Horace Cooper of the National Center for Public Policy Research and Kymone Freeman of We Act Radio about ALEC’s plan to change how Senators are elected, and the Senate’s upcoming vote on a healthcare bill.

ALEC's Scary Plan for Elections

Big Picture Panel: Richard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future/The Zero Hour & Kymone Freeman, We Act Radio/Black Lives Matter DC. The American Legislative Exchange Council - or ALEC - the Koch Brothers-backed right-wing group that succesfully gave us right to work for less laws, stand for ground shoot first laws, and voter suppression ID laws, has drawn up a dangerous new piece of "model legislation." As John Nichols reports in the Nation - it calls for a repeal of the 17th Amendment - which gives the American people the right to directly elect their senators. The proposed resolution would instead give state legislatures the power to elect senators. As wild as this sounds - it's a popular idea among Republicans. Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Jeff Flake have all said in recent years that they support repealing the 17th Amendment. Why do the Repblicans hate democracy?

Dems Unveil A “Better Deal"

Big Picture Interview: Richard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future/The Zero Hour. They look like they're finally figuring out their message problem -- so why does it seem like Democrats are missing a big opportunity to send the GOP packing once and for all?

New DNC Slogan “Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages”…Really?!

On tonight’s Big Picture, Thom discusses the Democratic party’s new slogan and strategy and whether it could win them seats in Congress with Larry Cohen of Our Revolution. Then, Thom talks to Mark Anthony of Movement for Black Lives and Scott Greer of the Daily Caller about Al Gore embracing single-payer healthcare, and another fox guarding the hen house in the Trump administration.

CEO Pay Is A Direct Threat To Our Democracy

Big Picture Panel: Mark Anthony, Movement for Black Lives & Scott Greer. The past few decades have not been great for working Americans. Since 1978 - they've seen their wages grow just 11.2 percent. Meanwhile CEOs - have - according to the Economic Policy Institute's latest analysis - seen their pay jump a whopping 937 percent over that same period. There is now a CEO to worker pay ratio of 271 to 1. This is not an accident --- this is the direct result of Republicans changing the compensation and tax rules in such a way that they benefit the kings of capitalism -- CEOs. And it's wiped out the middle class, something we had to choose to create that's also the essential building block of democracy. So isn't time we called CEO pay what it is - a threat to our democracy?

Are Blue Dogs the Key To Winning the House?

Big Picture Interview: Larry Cohen, Our Revolution/Democracy Initiative. Progressive politics have never been more popular than they are right now - so why are Democrats still shying away from embracing them outright?

Trump & Kobach Move Forward With Voter Suppression Commission

On tonight’s Big Picture, Thom discusses the White House’s election integrity commission with Puffin Foundation fellow and filmmaker Greg Palast. Then, Thom talks to Dave McCulloch of Capitol Media Partners and Isaiah Poole of People’s Action about Donald Trump’s apparent misunderstanding of health insurance and a bill that would make it a felony to boycott Israel.

Sanders & Jackson Join Hands Against Crosscheck

Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Donald Trump's so-called Election Integrity Commission met for the first time Wednesday. The proceedings were streamed live to the public on the White House website. Don't be fooled by this overture to transparency - though. There is nothing democratic whatsoever about Donald Trump's Election Commission. Its members are a veritable rogues gallery of voter suppression experts - and it is arguably the single greatest to your right to vote in decades

Trump Doesn't Understand What Healthcare Is

Dave McCulloch, Capitol Media Partners & Isaiah Poole, People's Action/Campaign for America's Future. Donald Trump has the power to force anywhere from 22 to 32 million American men, women, and children to lose their health insurance. There’s just one problem: he doesn't seem to understand what health insurance actually is.

How Our Current Political Crisis Began in Detroit...

On tonight’s Big Picture, Thom discusses our current political climate and its relation to rebellion in Detroit 50 years ago with historian, professor and author Scott Kurashige. Then, Thom talks to Dave Brooks of the Daily Caller and Charles Sauer of the Market Institute about more failures for the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, and the House budget proposal that would make big cuts to the social safety net.

GOP Going After Social Programs - More Tax Cuts For the Rich

David Brooks, The Daily Caller & Charles Sauer, The Market Institute. Republicans like Paul Ryan love to fearmonger about creeping socialism - but the truth is that they're perfectly fine with class warfare - just as long as it benefits the rich.

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Does Trump "Tweet" When His Staff Says No?

Thom plus logo Lev Parnas tells the story of how Donald Trump fired ambassador Marie Yovanovitch at least "four or five times," and that they were afraid that he would "fire her with a tweet." This is not the first time we have heard from White House insiders that the president often gives irrational or stupid orders that his staff then ignores.
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