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DemocracyNow.orgIn our extended conversation with Monika Bauerlein and Andy Kroll of Mother Jones magazine, we continue to look at “dark money” — the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent by outside groups who are helping to make the 2012 presidential race the most expensive race in history. Bauerlein and Kroll discuss the role of attorney James Bopp, a key legal advisor behind the Citizens United decision; how Karl Rove, Sheldon Adelson and others are quietly bankrolling Mitt Romney’s campaign; and why President Obama has opted to accept unlimited super PAC donations. “What the Supreme Court did in Citizens United was say that when you are not giving your money in a campaign directly to the candidate’s official campaign committee, then we cannot regulate you, because you are free to speak your mind — and spending a ton of money is a form of speaking your mind,” Bauerlein says.
Courtesy of When you turn on your television it is obvious that the mainstream media’s news coverage is superficial. With the decline of news ratings in recent years, many are seeking real news through alternative sources. So where can audiences go for real news? For more, Journalism Professor at Georgetown University Christopher Chambers joins us.
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In an intimate interview, Sandra Day O’Connor narrates through her personal story from sitting on horses in Texas to sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Allison Cuddy follows up by asking about femininity in the legal world, life as a child, and a number of other rich inquiries. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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“Eighteen percent of Republicans, and 11 percent of Americans overall, think that President Barack Obama is a Muslim despite the fact that he is a Christian, according to a Gallup poll released Friday. Thirty-four percent of those polled said Obama was a Christian or Protestant, 20 percent said Christian, 7 percent said Protestant, 4 percent said Baptist, 2 percent said the United Church of Christ and 1 percent said Methodist. Eight percent said he had no religion. Forty-four percent could not answer what Obama’s faith is…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down on The Young Turks.
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Is the private sector enough for job creation in the United States? Ana Kasparian (Co-host of The Young Turks and TYT University) lead this weeks panel to discuss this with Lucas Lilieholm (Producer of ‘The Young Turks With Cenk Uygur’ on Current TV), Desi Doyen (Co-host of the radio’s nationally syndicated ‘The Green News Report), and Malcolm Fleschner (Senior Producer of ‘The Point’). Special thanks to Jerry Springer (TV Host) for sending in a point.
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DemocracyNow.org — The 2012 presidential election is set to become the most expensive race in history, with spending projected to top $11 billion — more than double the 2008 total. It will be the first presidential election since the Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United decision, which lifted a 63-year-old ban prohibiting corporations, trade associations and unions from spending unlimited amounts of money on political advocacy. We’re joined by reporter Andy Kroll and editor Monika Bauerlein of Mother Jones magazine, whose new cover story is “Follow the Dark Money.” The article warns: “Super-PACs, seven-figure checks, billionaire bankrollers, shadowy nonprofits: This is the state of play in what will be the first presidential election since Watergate to be fully privately funded.”
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Ron Paul was asked if he collects Social Security by Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein in an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur shares his thoughts.
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Paul Zak is the founding Director of the Centre for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University. He is the proponent of the theory that oxytocin, a hormone generally associated with childbirth and present in all of us, drives our morality and is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that build and help maintain stable societies.

In his new book, Zak sets out to ask why are men less faithful than women? Why are some people altruists and others cold-hearted bastards? Why do some businesses succeed while others collapse?
Courtesy of DemocracyNow.org – President Obama’s executive order on deportations follows years of struggle by DREAM Act supporters who have braved the threat of deportation to fight for the rights of undocumented youth. We’re joined by two guests who have taken that risk head on: Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who famously came out as an undocumented American in the pages of the New York Times; and DREAM Act activist Lorella Praeli, who came to the United States from Peru with her family to receive medical treatment as a young child.

Courtesy of “Professor Roberto Unger, an author and professor who taught the President courses in “reinventing democracy” during his time in Harvard, has become disillusioned with Obama. Unger posted a video to YouTube, entitled “Beyond Obama” where he urges people to vote against the President. In that video, Unger attacks the Democratic party, the President, the tax code and the United States economy…”
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For tonight’s Conversations with Great Minds – Thom Hartmann is joined by Chris Hayes. Chris is a political commentator – and host of Up With Chris Hayes – which airs Saturday and Sunday mornings on MSNBC. He is also the Editor-at-Large of The Nation magazine and writes on issues central to the liberal community – including what is hurting the Democratic Party – and how the labor movement is changing From Wall Street to Main Street – the wealthy elite have run roughshod over the lives of everyday Americans for the past several decades. How did we get to this point in American history – and what can be done to fix our broken meritocracy?
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“For all the fearmongering we hear out of our politicians on the right about how heaven forbid we’re going to turn into Greece, the one country you never hear them talk about any more is Iceland. The reason they don’t is, as Cenk Uygur explained on his show this Tuesday, they took a different path than the United States after their financial crisis and nationalized the banks, threw some the people responsible for the crash in jail and bailed out the homeowners instead of worrying about only bailing out the banks. And now they’re coming back and their economy is growing again…”.*
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Bill talks with Mother Jones editors Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein, who continue to throw light on what they call “dark money,” the conspiracy of cash that allows the rich to influence our most fundamental political freedoms. Bill also calls out some of the biggest super PAC donors, revealing how easy it is for the wealthy one percent to sway an election.

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DemocracyNow.org – More U.S. soldiers have died this year by taking their own lives than on the battlefield. The Pentagon says there have been at least 154 suicides among active-duty troops in 2012, a rate of nearly one each day. We’re joined by three guests: Kevin Hines, who survived a jump off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and now counsels suicidal soldiers; Bonnie Carroll, co-chair of the Pentagon’s Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide in the Armed Forces and president of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors; and journalist Aaron Glantz, author of the book “The War Comes Home: Washington’s Battle Against America’s Veterans.”
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Have the elite leaders of our meritocratic society failed us? Nation Editor-at-Large Chris Hayes speaks with Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel about the ways intelligence is used to detrimental ends, and how we can ensure it is used for good.
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Should people panic and listen to defense contractors (and the Republicans and Democrats they fund) who care claiming that cuts to the defense budget would break the military? How about Wall Street lobbyists, the healthcare industry, and the Washington Media? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks down the debate over automatic budget cuts.
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It’s the end of the world as we know it – and you shouldn’t feel fine. What does startling new research reveal about one of the pillars of life on our planet? Republicans aren’t just destroying the lives of Americans – they’re helping to destroy all life on Planet Earth.
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Bill Bradley ’65, former U.S. Senator from New Jersey, opened a national tour for his new book, “We Can All Do Better” with a public lecture, book sale and signing, sponsored by the Wilson School on May 9, 2012. In the book, “We Can All Do Better,” Bradley offers his take on the current gridlock in Washington and its effect on the nation’s policies. He argues that government in and of itself is not the problem, but rather the role that money plays in politics is. Bradley worries out loud that if we continue down the same path our country will face a diminished future. The book doesn’t end there, however, but offers a precise prescription of what needs to be done to reverse course. Bradley writes that his inspiration for the book was a passage in President Lincoln’s second State of the Union address: “We can succeed only by concert. It is not ‘Can any of us imagine better?’ but ‘Can we all do better?'”

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“The so called ‘job creators’ haven’t created jobs. Instead, they’ve pocketed the cash. Why? Not because of the tax code, but because you don’t hire people to produce more widgets if nobody is buying them.” — Eliot Spitzer
Courtesy of While Democrats (including the Obama Campaign) try to spin Republican Governor Scott Walker winning his recall election in Wisconsin, The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur explains that a Constitutional amendment is needed to fix our broken political system.
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DemocracyNow.org – Several months before Occupy Wall Street, the Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote, “Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%,” an article for Vanity Fair. He returns to the subject in his new book looking at how inequality is now greater in the United States than any other industrialized nation. He notes, that the six heirs of the Wal-Mart fortune command wealth equivalent to the entire bottom 30 percent of American society. “It’s a comment both on how well off the top are and how poor the bottom are,” Stiglitz says. “It’s really emblematic of the divide that has gotten much worse in our society.” On Tuesday, Bloomberg News reported that pay for the top CEOs on Wall Street increased by more than 20 percent last year. Meanwhile, census data shows nearly one in two Americans, or 150 million people, have fallen into poverty or could be classified as low-income. “The United States is the country in the world with the highest level of inequality [of the advanced industrial countries] and it’s getting worse,” Stiglitz says. “What’s even more disturbing is we’ve [also] become the country with the least equality of opportunity.”

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DemocracyNow.org – In the most expensive political race in Wisconsin’s history, voters will decide today whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker will finish his first term. The recall effort was launched last year after Walker stripped public sector unions of their collective bargaining rights and reduced their benefits. We go to Milwaukee for a debate about Walker, his Democratic challenger Tom Barrett, the role of public sector unions and what the vote means for the nation with two guests: Richard Esenberg, head of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and an adjunct professor of law at Marquette University, who supports Walker; and Robert Kraig, executive director of Citizens Action Wisconsin, a coalition of social and economic justice groups and union locals, who supports Barrett.
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Conversations with Great Minds – Tim Noah, Journalist & Senior Editor-The New Republic / Author of the new book “The Great Divergence” / Contributing editor to The Washington Monthly and a frequent commentator on CBS News’ Sunday Morning. America has become a nation of the haves – and the have nots – with a higher income inequality than the likes of Venezuela, Kenya and even Yemen. So what’s brought us to this defining moment in American history – and how do we close the gap between the wealthy elite and everyone else?
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“Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives — including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November’s elections for the White House and control of Congress, according to officials familiar with the groups’ internal operations. That total includes previously undisclosed plans for newly aggressive spending by the Koch brothers, who are steering funding to build sophisticated, county-by-county operations in key states. POLITICO has learned that Koch-related organizations plan to spend about $400 million ahead of the 2012 elections – twice what they had been expected to commit. Just the spending linked to the Koch network is more than the $370 million that John McCain raised for his entire presidential campaign four years ago. And the $1 billion total surpasses the $750 million that Barack Obama, one of the most prolific fundraisers ever, collected for his 2008 campaign…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
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DemocracyNow.org – The Labor Department has just announced the United States economy gained only 69,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent. We air part two of our interview with Academy-Award winning director Charles Ferguson, who first examined the network of academic, financial and political players who contributed to the nation’s financial crisis in his documentary “Inside Job.” In his new book, “Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America,” Ferguson draws on newly released court filings to continue his investigation. Ferguson notes the Clinton administration oversaw the most important financial deregulation, and since then, “we’ve seen in the Obama administration very little reform and no criminal prosecutions, and the appointment of a very large number of Wall Street executives to senior positions in the government, including some people who were directly responsible for causing significant portions of the crisis.” Ferguson also calls for raising the salaries of senior regulators and imposing stricter rules for how soon they can lobby for the private sector after leaving the public sector.
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Thanks to the Supreme Court decision in Citizen’s United, Republican SuperPAC’s will spend a billion dollars this election over and above what Romney already planned to spend. Jennifer Granholm says the big donors know that buying political races is a good investment, and they expect big returns. The U.S. is “the place where democracy is supposed to be the great equalizer, where your vote is worth just as much as Donald Trump’s. But this poisonous Citizens United decision is killing out nation and everything it stands for,” Granholm says.

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We all know Fox News is the official mouthpiece of the Republican Party – but this time – they’ve really outdone themselves. What’s that latest propaganda coming out of the network – and when will the American people wise up to GOP TV’s real agenda?
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Political strategist, David Bender, tells Stephanie that the WI recall is a “laboratory experiment… to test how destructive they (the GOP) can be to democratic efforts.”

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For tonight’s Conversations with Great Minds, Thom Hartmann is joined by Nobel Prize winning economist Dr. Paul Krugman. Krugman received a Ph.D. from MIT – and has taught at several schools including Yale, MIT, and Stanford. He’s written 20 books – including several best-sellers – and over 200 papers on international trade, finance, currencies, and several other areas. He’s the recipient of numerous awards – including the Nobel Prize in economics, which he won in 2008. Currently – he is a professor of economics and current affairs at Princeton University – and you can read Paul Krugman’s work everyday as a columnist on the pages of the New York Times. His new book is titled: End This Depression Now. Europe is in crisis mode. The United States could be headed off a fiscal cliff at the end of the year. And Congress doesn’t seem to know what to do. Tonight Thom speaks with someone who DOES know what to do: Paul Krugman
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May 11, 2012: USC Annenberg School of Communication 2012 Commencement Address by Maria Shriver

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Nick Hanauer, venture capitalist and co-author of “The Gardens of Democracy,” tells “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer why rising income inequality is “terrible for business,” describing how it threatens the future of the middle class and hinders job creation. Hanauer explains the conundrum of concentrated wealth: “I make, call it 1,000 times as much as the median wage, but I don’t buy 1,000 times as much stuff.

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Jane Fonda: Life’s third act
Courtesy of Somerville resident Monica Poole brings her Harvard education to Bunker Hill Community College students in order to train a new generation of change agents. Her courses engage the Boston community through experiential learning in subjects such as: ethical hacking, global history, philosophy, and political activism.
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Glee star Jane Lynch narrates this documentary about LGBT rights in America. The video features a candid interview with President Obama, who speaks about the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, why he supports marriage equality, and what’s at stake for the LGBT community in this election.
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