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Thom Hartmann

Winning the Peace: The Post-Shutdown Challenge

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's a major victory. The shutdown's ending, the government isn't defaulting (at least not yet), and Democrats didn't yield in the face of threats and bullying. But what happens next could shape our fate for many years to come.

Last Hours for Humanity?

Tom Weis | Posted 10.08.2013 | Green
Tom Weis

Earth is sending us an urgent and unmistakable message, one that we ignore at our own peril. Failure to drastically slash carbon emissions now could mean the end of humanity.

I'll Raise You a Santa Claus

Marvin Meadors | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

So Democrats may have to come up with a new narrative. They can not flourish by promising to be the party that raises taxes and makes cuts to popular programs, even if they succeed in inheriting the Republican's former mantle as the party of fiscal responsibility.

Limbaugh Flap Is Latest Proof of Talk Radio's Political Influence

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.20.2012 | Media
Sandy Goodman

With talk radio almost uncontested, too many of today's conservative talkers take advantage of the fact that if you tell a lie big enough, people will believe it. Is it any wonder that large numbers of Americans still think the president is a Muslim or a foreigner or worse?

The Long Game: Payroll Taxes, Hostage-Taking, and Social Security

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

By proposing to expand and extend the 'payroll tax holiday,' Democrats have bypassed more efficient ways to help the economy, and have once again endangered Social Security.

Callers and Guests Sorely Missed at "Battle of Talk Show Hosts" event

Jason Salzman | Posted 12.13.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

You'd expect to get plenty of meaninglessness from a two-hour event featuring 10 yappers skilled at yapping. How could a panel of 10 normal people converse intelligently in such a setting, much less 10 talk-radio hosts?

What That Exposé of the Fed's Secret Bailout Told Us... And What It Didn't

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.25.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We've just learned about the Federal Reserve's extraordinary secret bailout of the country's big banks. How much outrage is required before people demand rigorous bank reform, strong regulation, and criminal investigations?

The Terrorist and the Terror Watch List

Cliff Schecter | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

It is perversely ironic that the same week we finally got our man in Pakistan, we learned that 90% of those on the Terror Watch List since 2005 have successfully purchased guns.

Review: Thom Hartmann's Rebooting the American Dream

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.30.2011 | Books
Ian Fletcher

Thom Hartmann's Rebooting the American Dream is full of substance, and nicely written to boot. It gives off that rare and somewhat old-fashioned aroma of genuine concern for the country's good, as opposed to pie-in-the-face partisanship.

I Am Review: Hollywood Director Exlores What's Right with the World

Dan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Siegel

As the world is transfixed by remarkable change in the Middle East, America's popcorn culture distracts us with another Nicholas Cage road rage movie ...

HuffPost Review: I Am

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As I watched Tom Shadyac's documentary I Am., I wondered: Does it take a near-death experience to open our eyes to the wonder of life and force us to reckon our place in the world?

Let's Have a Red-White-and-Blue Friday

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Something to think about if you're out shopping on Black Friday is that many of the products sold at retail stores were made in China.

GOP Wave: Progressives Not Bold Enough?

Adele Stan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adele Stan

Just as the progressive coalition tends to break apart into issue silos once Democrats are in power, its infrastructure also lacks the links and coordination that occur on the right.

Broadcasters Are the Big Winners Again This Election Season

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Mann

Why don't we see any stories about the broadcasters feasting at the trough each election year? Simple: They own the stations that would air those stories. And they're not about to assign them, either.

The Revolution Has Begun - "The Shift Hits the Fan"

Kenny Ausubel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kenny Ausubel

The Revolution Has Begun - "The Shift Hits the Fan" By Kenny Ausubel Co-CEO and Founder, Bioneers Opening the Bioneers Conference, October 15th, 2010,...

Why Liberals Don't Stand a Chance in the Corporate Media

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

No wonder the conventional wisdom in Washington holds, without evidence, that the United States is a "center-right" country. Those making that argument might not be real, informed commentators -- but they play them on TV.

When Corporations Rule The World (thanks to the Supreme Court)

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

With its ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Supreme Court has granted corporations even further unfettered access...

Progressive Radio is Alive and Well

Bill Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Press

After years of keeping it alive on life-support, investors have finally pulled the plug on Air America. What difference will that make on progressive talk radio nationwide? Zero.

Reagan's Anti-Government Kool-Aid Has Poisoned Civil Public-Option Dialogue

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Mann

The indignant, GOP, all-government-is-bad know-nothings have swallowed the Kool-Aid. And Ronald Reagan was the guy who dressed up as a giant pitcher and convinced them do it.

Foiled eBay Bidder Challenges Palin to $100,000 'On the Record' Dinner for Veterans' Charities

Jeanne Devon (AKMuckraker) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeanne Devon (AKMuckraker)

Former banker Ken Morris will donate $100,000 to veterans' charities for a dinner with Sarah Palin and guests, on-the-record and taped so as to minimize misrepresentations.

Will the Corporate Supremes Now Dance on Democracy's Corpse?

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

The contradiction between human rights and corporate power is at the core of the cancer now killing our democracy.

Cable News Encouraging Town-Hall Temper Tantrums

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Mann

Temper tantrums are what you get today when you elect an adult, Barack Obama, President. He's arguably the first adult we've elected since Jimmy Carter.

Profiling CEOs and Their Sociopathic Paychecks

Thom Hartmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Thom Hartmann

What part of being a CEO could be so difficult -- so impossible for mere mortals -- that it would mean that there are only a few hundred individuals in the United States capable of performing it?

The Great Tax Con Job

Thom Hartmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thom Hartmann

High top marginal tax rates on rich people actually stabilize the economy, prevent economic bubbles from forming, prevent economic crashes, and lead to steady and sustained economic growth.

Debt is Not Money

Thom Hartmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Thom Hartmann

If followed, the Summers/Geithner policy can have only one of two outcomes: inflation or another, more serious crash. It's possible we could have both.