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President Obama is Asking for Help from the Professional Left

President Obama called on progressives yesterday to get out and get active ahead of the midterm elections. The President, speaking at the University of Wisconsin, told the cheering crowd "we cannot sit this one out. We cannot let this country fall back because the rest of us didn't stand up and fight." The President continued, "progress is going to come, but you've got to stick with me. You cannot lose heart." Given that he has so often c

Daily Topics - Tuesday September 28th, 2010

Quote of the Day: Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. -- Robert Kennedy

Creeping Police State?

FBI agents have seized a laptop and documents form the Chicago home of a Hatem Abudayyeh, a well-known anti-war activist and US citizen, in an "attempt to silence his advocacy," said attorney Jim Fennerty, Executive Director of the Arab American Action Network. As many as eight addresses in both Chicago and Minneapolis were searched by the FBI on Friday. Fennerty says, "The government is trying to quiet activists...this case is really s

Daily Topics - Monday September 27th, 2010

Quote of the Day: Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back upon himself. — Charles DeGaulle, French general and president, founder of the Fifth Republic (1890-1970)

Daily Topics - Thursday September 23rd, 2010

Quote of the Day: The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men. -- George Eliot

Hour One: Does capitalism kill competition and can the Fed save America? Plus, is there a movement in America to resegregate our schools? Reverend William Barber, President of the NAACP's North Carolina State Conference, will be here

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Thom Hartmann Program Moves to the Capital

New York, September 23, 2010. The internationally syndicated Thom Hartmann Program is moving its base of operations to Washington, DC, from Portland, OR. Starting in October, Hartmann will be broadcasting his show from the nation's capital, building out a brand new radio and TV studio in a space contiguous with Talk Radio News Service.

A Pledge To America: Dirty Little Oil Secrets‎

The new GOP agenda for the house if they take charge is called "A Pledge To America" and it's really a pledge to big oil. The “Pledge to America” was written with oversight from Brian Wild, a House staffer who was a lobbyist for some of the nation’s most powerful oil, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies. Wild, who is on House Minority Leader John Boehner’s payroll, lobbied for AIG, Exxon Mobil, Pfizer Inc., and the U.S.

Will Obamacare Cover Sick Children?

Some key parts of the new health care law are kicking in next week. Insurers will no longer be able to cap the amount of care they will provide or deny coverage to sick children. Children will be able to stay on their parent's insurance until age 26 and we will have some more rights in appealing insurer's decisions.

Daily Topics - Wednesday September 22nd, 2010

Quote of the Day: I’ve always had the impression that real militants are like cleaning women, doing a thankless, daily but necessary job. -- Francois Truffaut

Hour One: "Who's winning around the world...citizen activists or authoritarian governments?" Thom talks with Kumi Naido, Executive Director of Greenpeace International and author of the new book "Boiling Point" 

Voodoo Economic Death Panel

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has announced that if Republicans regain control over Congress, they will destroy the sweeping Wall Street reform and shred the newly created consumer protection bureau.

Daily Topics - Tuesday September 21st, 2010

Quote of the Day: One of the things I'm most proud of about my country is the fact that we did lick McCarthyism back in the fifties. -- Pete Seeger

A Blood Oath

Roll Call is reporting that congressman Steve King (R-IA) is now demanding a “blood oath” from House Minority Leader John Boehner to to shut down the Government. King said, “We must not blink,” noting that money cannot be spent without the House voting to pass it.

Daily Topics - Monday September 20th, 2010

Quote of the Day: “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” -- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Should public radio program in the public interest?

NPR is supposed to be our national public radio, but they're barely covering climate issues that are in the public's interest.

Only one month ago, a national New York Times/CBS News poll found that half of all Americans think that global warming is already having a serious impact. Sixty percent of those surveyed even said that protecting our environment should be a priority “even at the risk of curbing economic growth.”

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