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It's more than the similar time of year. According to guest Rabbi Michael Lerner, of Tikkun Magazine and chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, both holidays mark times in which people without power successfully took on the powers of tyranny and economic injustice. He argues that the real spirit of the holidays can be found in movements such as Occupy Wall Street. Listen in!
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Why has Buddy Roemer been kept out of Republican debates? He was governor of Louisiana and a member of congress and maybe the reason is that he's talking about taking on the real power behind both parties. But as frontrunners come and go, he's getting more attention. The powers that be don't want him and he's counting on that issue to connect him with voters from the Tea Party right and the Occupy Wall Street left, and middle class voters who may be a bit upset too. He says he wants America to be a republic again. Pretty radical stuff.
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It used to be that the Republicans marched in lock step with religious-driven voters. According to Josh Lederman, who covers campaigns and elections for The Hill, the congressional daily newspaper, the days of the right's monopoly on support from faith based, values voters may be ending.

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The big banks, together with the privately run Federal Reserve, are strangling our economy. Nearly half the money we pay when we buy virtually anything is for interest payments. But there's no reason why states, regions, or municipalities can't start their own banks and use the profit to both reduce taxes and pay for much needed public projects. Today's informative guest is Ellen Brown, author of Web of Debt: The Shocking Truth About Our Money System and How We Can Break Free. It's already working in conservative North Dakota.

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The police are there to serve citizens and protect us from dangers. The military makes war on enemies. A big difference, obviously. But for a number of reasons, America's police have been morphing into more of a military force. Burt's gust is Alex Pareene, a columnist for Salon.com who has researched and written about the extent of this historic and rather chilling change.

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