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Are the Koch Bros and their Tea Party followers shutting down the Government now?
Negotiations in Congress to prevent a government shut down have reportedly fallen through. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid placed the blame on Tea Party Republicans who are refusing to compromise in budget negotiations saying, "The infighting between the tea party and the rest of the Republican Party...is keeping our negotiating partner from the negotiating table."

 

One of the main obstacles in the budget negotiations are demands by Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood and "Obamacare". In other words - Republicans are arguing that if disadvantaged women and more than 52 million people nationwide are allowed to have access to critical healthcare services - then they'll shut down the government!

 

You can't make this stuff up. Are Koch Bros and their followers shutting down the Government now?

 

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Need to Know: GOP blame women & sick for looming govt shutdown With Erikka Knuti, Democratic Strategist, and Phil Kerpen, VP-Americans for Prosperity.

 

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Hour One: Are the Koch Bros and their Tea Party followers shutting down the Government now?
Article: "Michigan Cuts Jobless Benefit by Six Weeks" by Michael Cooper.
Article: "Harry Reid: Tea party stalls a budget deal" by Meredith Shiner.

 

Latest on the war on democracy with John Nichols of The Nation Magazine...

 

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Article: "Oil companies fear nationalisation in Libya" by Sylvia Pfeifer and Javier Blas in London.

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Article: "Echoes of Bush in Obama's Libya Speech" by Michael D. Shear.
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Hour Three: Why should your kids have give up their American Dreams to pay for lifestyles of the rich? Thom asks Ryan Streeter, Editor of ConservativeHomeUSA; Former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush-White House Domestic Policy Council.
Article: "Everybody loses when the national debt keeps growing" by Ryan Streeter and Dustin Siggins.

 

U.S. drops to 3rd in clean-energy investment with Governor Jennifer Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan and Senior Advisor to Pew's Clean Energy Program.
Report: "Clean Energy Program" by Pew Environment Group.

 

The good: Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America: "National Progressives Amp Up Recall Air War In Wisconsin (VIDEO)" by Evan McMorris-Santoro.

 

Article: "Fatal Radiation Detected Outside Damaged Japanese Reactor" by Michio Nakayama, Tsuyoshi Inajima and Yuriy Humber.
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Hour Two:Government shut down is looming...and the conservatives are blaming women and sick people?! How about those tax cuts for billionaires?! Thom has a rumble with Dan Gainor,Vice President & T. Boone Pickens Free Market Fellow at the Business and Media Institute.

 

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