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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times bestselling author of 17 books, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk show carried on the Air America Radio network. His most recent book is "Screwed: The Undeclared War on the Middle Class and What We Can Do About It."

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The No Billionaires Campaign

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 1:41 PM

I believe it's time we reconsider the role billionaires play in our economy and our society. In fact, I say it's time we outlaw billionaires by placing a 100% tax on any wealth over $999,999,999. Trust me, we'll all be much better off in a nation free of billionaires.

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Time for Congress to Impeach Justice Antonin Scalia

(6) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 1:11 PM

On Tuesday, in his dissenting opinion to the Arizona immigration case, Justice Scalia lashed out at President Obama for not doing enough to enforce immigration laws. With his blatant impartiality and total disregard for the institution of the Supreme Court, isn't it time Justice Scalia was impeached?

Way back in...

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Watergate: The Hidden History and the 2012 Elections

(5) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 5:52 PM

Finally, we have answers to the most important remaining questions about Watergate: What were the burglars after and why Nixon was willing to risk his presidency to get it? Watergate: The Hidden History: Nixon, The Mafia, and The CIA by Lamar Waldron lays it all out in extraordinary detail.

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The Jobless Are Screwed

(38) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 2:39 PM

As nearly 13 million Americans look for a job, federal funding to retrain American workers and prepare them for the jobs of the 21st century are drying up.

Funding for job-training programs across the country is down 18 percent from 2006 -- even though there...

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The Minimum Wage Is Not a Living Wage

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 4:10 PM

Minimum wage workers are screwed.

While Republicans in Congress want to drop or throw away the federal minimum wage -- new data shows that the minimum wage in America is woefully inadequate. The current minimum wage is pegged at $7.25 -- but given the price increase of...

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The Republican Vision of America Is One in Which 99 Percent of Us Are Condemned to Be Feudal Serfs

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 4:20 AM

Republicans in Congress unveiled their vision for America today, and if they succeed, the 99 percent of us are condemned to live like serfs. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, himself a multimillionaire, released his blueprint budget for fiscal year 2013 which includes massive cuts to food stamps,...

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With Estimates That Gas Might Hit $5 a Gallon This Summer, Americans Are Screwed at the Pump

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 1:40 PM

Here's the truth: high gas prices have nothing to do with lack of available gas in America.

That's because for the first time in 62 years, the United States became a net exporter of oil products. In 2011, our nation sent 439,000 more barrels of oil overseas...

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Welcome to the Corporatocracy, Where Life Is Nasty, Brutish and Short

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 1:21 PM

The Supreme Court is set to hear a case that could give corporations the power to commit genocide with no consequences. The High Court has agreed to hear the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, which could give corporations immunity from any civil suits for engaging in some of...

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The Republican Vision of America: One of Costly and Perpetual Warfare

(32) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 11:52 PM

Wednesday night, Republicans held their 20th debate, literally.

With a pivotal Michigan primary just a few days away and polls showing Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum neck-and-neck, the four candidates took to the stage in Arizona to see who can win the race to the bottom. And with the exception...

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Is the Stage Set for Citizens United, Round Two?

(16) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 4:23 PM

Last December, the Montana Supreme Court ignored the Citizens United ruling and continued its ban on corporate election spending, upholding a 1912 law known as the Montana Corrupt Practices Act. According to the Ac, "a corporation may not make ... an expenditure in connection with a candidate or a political...

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The New Choice for Young People: Live on the Streets or Take to the Streets?

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 4:28 PM

Young people are screwed.

Only 54% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 are employed -- that's the lowest number ever recorded since tracking began more than 60 years ago.

There's now a 15% gap in employment between young people and all working Americans...

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Why Does a Routine FAA Spending Bill Include Harsh Anti-union Language?

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 4:49 PM

The Republican strategy on Capitol Hill of legislating through hostage taking worked Monday -- and now unions are screwed.

House Republicans demanded that a routine FAA spending bill include harsh anti-union language that makes it harder for transportation workers to organize.

The change raises the threshold for seeking...

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Will All 50 Attorneys General Waive Their Right to Pursue Criminal Investigations on Wall Street?

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 2:03 PM

All 50 Attorneys General across the nation have until today to decide if they're going to sign on to a settlement with the nation's biggest banks to let banksters off the criminal hook for widespread fraud committed on Wall Street during the financial crisis.

The settlement -- which is...

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How ALEC Is Turning our Democracy Into a Corporatocracy

(4) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 12:37 PM

Our democracy is screwed.

It's been long speculated that Republican state lawmakers are taking their orders from the shadowy right-wing think tank funded by the Koch Brothers and known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) -- and now there's proof.

It was discovered in Florida...

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Mainstream Media Ignores S&P's Attack On GOP Revenue Intransigence

(11) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 6:06 PM

Have you seen, anywhere, in any media, or even heard reported or repeated on NPR, the following sentence? "We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the...

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A Tea Party Manifesto for Every Child

(3) Comments | Posted May 18, 2010 | 12:10 PM

California state Sen. Leland Yee (D) has introduced a bill to stop Texas textbooks from getting into California classrooms. Earlier this year, Texas cut Thomas Jefferson out of textbooks and replaced him with the religious right icon John Calvin -- who argued that riches are the sign of god's blessing...

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The IMF Knows How to Help America

(2) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 5:20 PM

The Financial Times is reporting that leading nations are still piling up debt even though there's technically been an economic recovery. In particular, the IMF is looking at US debt over the next decade and predicting that it'll be unsustainable if we don't do something quick. Of course, what conservatives...

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Halliburton & BP -- Is it time for the Corporate Death Penalty?

(15) Comments | Posted May 3, 2010 | 11:33 AM

President Barack Obama pretty much stated the obvious when he called the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico "a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster." The oil well pouring a river of crude into the Gulf of Mexico didn't have the normal type of remote-control shut-off switch used in...

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Threats, Violence Against Congress Show Urgent Need for King Records Act

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2010 | 3:08 PM

Co-authored by Lamar Waldron

Sunday, April 4, 2010 marked the forty-second anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. The recent spate of violence and threats directed at members of Congress evoke all too well the tumult of the 1960s. Seeing a hero of the Civil Rights movement like...

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Globalization Is Killing The Globe: Return to Local Economies

(17) Comments | Posted February 8, 2010 | 5:09 PM

Globalization is killing Europe, just as it's already wiped out much of the American middle class.

Spain and Greece are facing immediate crises that many other European nations see on the near horizon: aging boomer workers are retiring with healthy benefit packages, but the younger workers who are paying for...

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