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Kurt A. Gardinier
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Kurt A. Gardinier is a producer, editor and writer who has worked for NBC, MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN and various production companies. Kurt was a senior producer on the Green World Rising documentary series narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio and Thom Hartmann. He directed and produced the feature documentary The Last Track and is currently the senior producer for The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann which airs on RT America and Free Speech TV. He has a bachelor's degree in Marketing Management from Siena College and a master’s in Public Communications from The College of Saint Rose.

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Iran Cares More About New Mothers Than the United States

(24) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 7:29 PM

"Axis of Evil" Iran gives new mothers two-thirds pay for 12 weeks. Russia gives new mothers 20 weeks of paid time, Germany gives 14 weeks and India 12 weeks -- all at 100 percent pay. Other countries like the U.K., Canada and Saudi Arabia (yes, Saudi Arabia, where women can't...

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No One Can Live on $7.25 an Hour

(7) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Why raise the minimum wage to give teenage McDonald's workers more money, right? That line of thinking may have made sense decades ago, but it doesn't now. The average age of a fast food worker is 29 years old (for women specifically, it's 32), and 36...

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Stop Watching Us: D.C. to More Than Double Traffic Cameras

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 12:14 PM

The dreaded sight of a ticket on your windshield is never fun, but now the dread is increasingly coming to your mailbox, especially if you drive in Washington, D.C. As of July 31, drivers in the nation's capital have paid nearly $70 million in traffic camera fines this year (they...

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Washington's Battle for a Living Wage (And Does DC Really Need Six Wal-Marts?)

(7) Comments | Posted July 21, 2013 | 4:59 PM

The Washington, D.C. City Council wants their citizens to be paid a living wage, so earlier this month its members passed a bill requiring big-box stores like Wal-Mart to pay their D.C. employees $12.50 an hour. The bill passed on an 8-to-5 vote, but the city's scandal-ridden mayor,...

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Damn. That Car's Electric: The Slow Journey of Getting Off Gas

(4) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 4:18 PM

I sided with Germany when I was 16 and with Japan by my late-20s. They were simply superior to America in most every way. Then the 2008 financial disaster hit, and while bankruptcy loomed, President Obama stepped in and bailed out GM and Chrysler and saved the U.S. auto industry,...

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The Beer President

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Who would you rather have a beer with -- Barack Obama or Mitt Romney? Don't answer that. It's the worst and perhaps the most detrimental way to pick a president (see George W. Bush), yet it's a question often asked by pollsters to gauge a candidate's likability and relatability. Bush,...

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Rich Don't Work for Romney

(6) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 10:48 AM

Willard Mitt Romney is rich. Super rich. Like building-a-car-elevator-in-mansion-number three-rich and scoffing-at-earning-$374,000-in-speaking-fees-rich. And he's super out of touch. He doesn't watch NASCAR, but has "great friends who are NASCAR team owners," and his wife doesn't just drive a Cadillac, she "drives a couple of...

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You Should Like Newt

(8) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 4:10 PM

Not really. But hear me out. People don't like Newt Gingrich because he's loud, obnoxious and grossly arrogant, which is the opposite of your typical politician (minus the arrogance). Do you prefer your politicians as smiley, predictable, well-groomed statues like Romney or Santorum? I like Gingrich's who-gives-a-fuck attitude. I also...

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Is Newt Race-Baiting?

(120) Comments | Posted January 21, 2012 | 9:25 AM

If asked, Newt Gingrich would obviously say no, in his arrogant, 'you're asking me a ridiculously stupid question' sort of way, but it sure sounds like he is lately. And if he is, he may be doing the "right" thing politically. At least for now as the next two primaries...

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