As negotiations continue between the White House and House Speaker John Boehner, leading economist Dean Baker joins us to discuss the myths about the so-called fiscal cliff. With little more than two weeks before the deadline, President Obama insists on an immediate increase in the top two income-tax rates as a condition for further negotiations on changes to spending and entitlement programs. But Boehner said Washington’s “spending problem” is the biggest roadblock to reaching a deal and has urged the White House to identify more spending cuts. “This idea that, somehow, if we don’t get a deal by the end of the year we’re going to see the economy collapse, go into a recession, really that’s just totally dishonest,” says Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. “The basis for this is that we don’t have a deal all year. And the fact that you don’t have a deal December 31st does not mean you don’t get a deal by December 31st, 2013.” [includes rush transcript]

Nuke Power’s Collapse Gets Ever More Dangerous

The Rust-Bucket Fleet Must Cease to Exist

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Top Georgia GOP Lawmakers Host Briefing on Secret Obama Mind-Control Plot

Editor’s note: Your tax dollars at work. :-P   President Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique known as “Delphi” to coerce Americans into accepting his plan for a United Nations-run communist dictatorship in which suburbanites will be forcibly relocated to cities. That’s according to a four-hour briefing delivered to Republican state senators at the Georgia […]

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Anonymous claims to have affected U.S. elections through hacking GOP’s ORCA

The radical anarchist group Anonymous today has claimed that they have affected the 2012 presidential elections, thereby helping President Obama win a second term by hacking the Mitt Romney ‘s “Republican Get Out the Vote System” . On Election Day, the…

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The Party of Hard Work

Republican Delusions

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WikiLeaks GI Files Presidential Campaign Release

Wednesday 10th October, 17:00 BST Today, Wednesday 10th October, WikiLeaks begins releasing over 200,000 Global Intelligence Files (GI Files) relating to the U.S. presidential elections. Each week day we will release thousands of emails referring to Obama, Biden, Romney and the Republican and Democratic parties. Today we will publish over 13,734 emails referring to republican(s), […]

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Audubon Society sticks nose deeper up ass of GOP

Spineless eco-lobbyists and right-wing bureaucrats unite against “extremists” National Audubon and many of the organization’s state groups have long served as a lobbying force in favor of compromise-induced industrial pillage (For tho…

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Headlines for September 21, 2012

1 Dead in Pakistan as Anti-Film, French Cartoon Protests Continue to Sweep Through the Middle East, U.S. Diplomat Visits Libya in Wake of Ambassador’s Death, Somalia: Journalists Among 15 Killed in Suicide Bombings, Syria: Scores Killed Amid Rising Violence; U.S. Condemns Iran’s Support for Syrian Gov’t, Panetta: Surge Troops Withdrawn from Afghanistan, Former Commander in Afghanistan Tapped to Lead U.S. Military in Africa, Palestinian Activist to End Hunger Strike Amid Hopes for Release, Brown, Warren Spar over Economy in Debate for Massachusetts Senate Seat, Obama Questioned over Failure to Pass Immigration Reform, Romney Vows Not to “Round Up People Around the Country and Deport Them”, Romney Campaign Co-Chair Resigns to Lobby for Wall Street, Australian Official Condemns “Cranks and Crazies” in GOP, Quebec Gov’t Cancels Tuition Hike That Sparked Mass Protests, Suu Kyi Voices Support for Jailed Pussy Riot Members

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Mother Jones Reporter David Corn on Revealing the Secret Romney Video That’s Upended 2012 Campaign


Mother Jones reporter David Corn joins us to discuss how he released the now notorious video of Mitt Romney telling a crowd of wealthy donors in Florida that he does not worry about the 47 percent of Americans who are “dependent” on government and see themselves as “victims.” Romney’s comments have divided Republicans, with some saying he should stand by his statements and others suggesting he should renounce them. The Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones, Corn is also the author of “Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Battled the GOP to Set Up the 2012 Election.” [includes rush transcript]

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At GOP Fundraiser with Billionaires, Karl Rove Maps 2012 Strategy and Jokes of Murdering Todd Akin


Last week, Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Sheelah Kolhatkar attended an exclusive fundraiser on the final day of the Republican National Convention. Speaking to a group of hedge fund billionaires and investors at the event, top GOP strategist Karl Rove joked about murdering Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin and laid out his strategy for winning the 2012 presidential election. Kolhatkar joins us to discuss Rove’s event. [includes rush transcript]

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Near Where RNC Attendees Harassed a CNN Camerawoman, Alabama Delegate Discusses Black Support of GOP


Earlier this week at the Republican National Convention, two attendees were removed for a derogatory incident targeting an African-American camerawoman, Patricia Carroll, with the news network CNN. According to witnesses, the attendees threw nuts at the woman and shouted, “This is how we feed the animals!” Amy Goodman returns to the scene of the incident on the floor of the convention and discusses it with Tom Powers, a delegate from Alabama. Goodman also asks about African-American support for Mitt Romney. [includes rush transcript]

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Top GOP Strategist Karl Rove Loses Cool Under Questioning from "Boss Rove" Author Craig Unger


Earlier this week at the Republican National Convention, author Craig Unger directly confronted the subject of his most recent book: Republican political strategist Karl Rove. The book, “Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power,” tracks Rove’s reinvention to become the most powerful political operative in America. Unger asked Rove about his role in the GOP primaries, prompting an angry reaction that saw Rove lash out at Unger’s book. [includes rush transcript]

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Backed by Record Campaign War Chest, Romney Accepts GOP Presidential Nomination in Tampa


Republican Mitt Romney accepted the GOP presidential nomination Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. We air an excerpt of Romney’s speech and get reaction from two guests: Craig Unger, author of the new book, “Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power,” and Arun Gupta, an independent journalist reporting from the convention. [includes rush transcript]

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Government Built It? Louisiana GOP Delegate Grudgingly Praises U.S. Gov’t Levee Repair


As Hurricane Isaac delivers crushing wind and astounding rainfall, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman had a moment to speak with Jonathan Johnson, a member of Louisiana’s delegation at the Republican National Convention. She asks him about the merits of the GOP’s “We Built It” slogan just as government-backed rebuilding levee projects are protecting New Orleans from devastating flooding during the storm. [includes rush transcript]

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Inside the Convention: Questioning Republicans on Abortion, "Legitimate Rape" and Role of Government


On the floor of the Republican National Convention, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman speaks with two delegates and Republican Rep. Peter King of New York about a number of issues: The firestorm surrounding the comments on “legitimate rape” by Missouri senate hopeful Todd Akin; the shape of federal abortion policy under a Romney-Ryan White House; and the merits of the GOP’s “We Built It” slogan just as government-backed rebuilding projects are protecting New Orleans from devastating flooding during Hurricane Isaac. [Transcript to come. Check back soon.]

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Daughter of Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Pushes Democracy Now! Staff, Seizes Camera at RNC


When Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke attempted to interview billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson inside the Republican National Convention, a woman identified as Adelson’s daughter grabbed our video camera, tried to take it into a private suite and then threw the camera to the ground. While Adelson’s daughter first accused Burke of hitting her, she later came out of the suite to apologize. The incident was caught on tape, shortly after Burke questioned another billionaire GOP donor, David Koch, as well as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele. Burke files a report and joins us to describe what happened. [includes rush transcript]

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The Rise of Marco Rubio: Manuel Roig-Franzia on the Emergence of GOP, Tea Party’s Rising Latino Star


Florida Senator Marco Rubio is known as one of the Republican Party’s rising Latino stars. The 41-year-old tea party favorite was a former top pick to be Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential running mate in this year’s election. Now he is slated to deliver a key speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, introducing Romney just before he accepts the Republican Party nomination for president. We’re joined by Manuel Roig-Franzia, a Washington Post reporter and author of “The Rise of Marco Rubio,” a biography that tracks Rubio’s extraordinary personal story and political career, and exposed that a key part of Rubio’s story — that his family left Cuba as exiles forced off the island — was untrue. [includes rush transcript]

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"The Real Romney": Veteran Reporter Michael Kranish on Mitt Romney’s Embrace of GOP’s Rightward Turn


Boston Globe reporter Michael Kranish is the co-author of the recent book, “The Real Romney,” which examines the political trajectory of presumptive presidential candidate Mitt Romney and of the party from the time his father, George Romney, walked out of the 1964 Republican National Convention in protest at the party’s sharp turn rightward and its attitude toward civil rights. Unlike his father, Kranish writes, Mitt Romney is not “the moderate voice seeking to rein in the extreme forces in the GOP; he has become, as he called himself earlier this year, a ‘severely conservative’ man looking to win the complete trust of the dominant right of his party.” Although George Romney had been concerned by the impact of the right-wing John Birch Society on the Republican Party, his son is indirectly its beneficiary. [includes rush transcript]

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Ron Paul Supporters Seek to Assert Presence at RNC in Tampa and Influence Long-Term Direction of GOP


At the “Paul Fest” for supporters of Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul in Tampa, Democracy Now! producer Mike Burke speaks with Brian Doherty, author of the new book, “Ron Paul’s rEVOLution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired.” Doherty discusses the role Paul delegates will have at this week’s Republican National Convention and, looking ahead, in the future of the Republican Party. [includes rush transcript]

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Tropical Storm Isaac Spares Tampa Ahead of RNC, But Massive Security Operation Has City on Lockdown


Day one of the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, has been essentially called off due to Tropical Storm Isaac. The city’s police department received $50 million from Congress ahead of the convention, purchasing armored vehicles and high-tech surveillance cameras equipped with behavioral recognition software. We begin our two-hour special coverage of the GOP convention with longtime Tampa radio broadcaster and journalist Rob Lorei, director of news and public affairs for the Tampa community radio station WMNF. [includes rush transcript]

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Akin Defies GOP Pleas to Exit Missouri Senate Race Before Deadline After Rape Comments Spark Uproar


Republican Rep. Todd Akin has refused to drop out of Missouri’s Senate race, defying calls from leaders of his own party who say he could hurt Republican chances this November. Akin sparked a national controversy over the weekend after he told an interviewer that women are somehow capable of blocking pregnancy during what he called a “legitimate rape,” a comment he later apologized over. Republicans, from presidential candidate Mitt Romney to Karl Rove to Senate leaders, urged Akin to withdraw before a Tuesday deadline for Missouri candidates. But Akin has pressed ahead with his campaign, tweeting to supporters: “Donations are pouring in. Thank you for standing up against the liberal elite.” We speak to Craig Unger, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and author of the new book, “Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power.” Unger says that Rove’s super PAC “had put in more than $5 million into the Akin campaign, which was twice as much as the Akin campaign itself had put in. So he was responsible for Akin’s lead over [Claire] McCaskill more than anyone.” However, on the Akin controversy, Unger says, “This is [Rove's] nightmare. And he was doing everything he could to pull the plug immediately. … This is not the conversation [the Republicans] want to have.” [includes rush transcript]

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Headlines for August 22, 2012

Akin Defies Calls from GOP Leaders to Leave Senate Race, GOP Embraces Abortion Ban for Party Platform, Court Overturns EPA Rules for Coal Plant Emissions, Attack Damages Joint Chief Chair’s Plane in Afghanistan, Clashes over Syria Conflict Kill 8 in Lebanon, Correa Calls for Talks on Assange’s Fate, South African Official Apologizes for Massacre of Striking Miners, U.S. Eases Sanctions to Allow Iran Earthquake Aid, Court Rules Texas Can Cut Off Planned Parenthood Funding, California Slaughterhouse Shut Down After Graphic Video of Cow Abuse, Study: U.S. Wasting Up to 40% of Its Food, Report: Secret NYPD Muslim Spy Unit Failed to Yield a Single Lead

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