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Daily topics - Wednesday February 9th, 2011

Hour One: Why are conservatives afraid of Arabic? Bryan Fischer-American Family Association -

Hour Two:What's the problem gun rights advocates have with the 10th amendment...states' rights? Gun rights advocate/author, Alan Korwin -

Hour Three: Can the Tea Party and Progressives come together to stop the abuses made legal by the Patriot Act? Mark Williams, President-Conservative Party USA -

Common ground between Progressives and the Tea Party?

Republicans in the House are expected to quietly pass legislation today to extend some of the most controversial provisions of the PATRIOT Act through the end of the year. Those provisions include allowing investigators to look at an individual’s library records, to wiretap their phone, and to conduct surveillance on them. The White House - and Democratic and Republican leadership in Congress are trying to figure out a way to extend these provisions through the end of 2013 – but for those of us who are uncomfortable with the clear overreaches of power and destruction of civil li

Daily Topics - Tuesday February 8th, 2011

Hour One: Who's really running the American economy?

Two: Why do conservatives hate the idea of a unionized TSA? Adrian Moore, VP/Policy-Reason Foundation -

Hour Three: Should individual states have their own official state militia? Seton Motley, President-Less Government -

Daily Topics - Monday February 7th, 2011

Contest! Get a signed copy of Thom's book Screwed. Would you sleep with Boehner for $350,000? We'll pick the winner today!

Hour One: What do former terrorists have to teach us about democracy? Plus, What role does Egypt's Labor Movement have in the Egyptian democracy uprising? Doug Cunningham -

The Taliban is running a shadow government in Afghanistan

According to a New York Times report – despite the surge of US troops in Afghanistan – the Taliban is operating secret governments across the country. For example in the Ghazni province – the Taliban is running a shadow government that collects taxes, runs schools, adjudicates civil disputes, and cooperates with villagers in military operations. It looks like the US strategy to weaken the Taliban is failing – and a new report by New York University’s Center for International Cooperation knows why.

Goodbye, Democracy - Hello, American Oligarchs and Oligopoly

According to the Center for Responsive Politics – lobbying money actually went down last year. After a record high of $2.5 billion spent in 2009 to influence Members of Congress – there was a slight drop off in 2010. Does that mean lobbying went down – or was the bar just set too high in the middle of the health reform debate? Or something else that nobody's discussing? The President of the American League of Lobbyists blamed

Daily Topics - Thursday February 3rd, 2011

Truthout is proud to bring you an exclusive series from America's No. 1 progressive radio host, Thom Hartmann. We'll be publishing weekly installments, "Rebooting the American Dream."

Hour One: What makes a safe society...guns for all or guns for none? Gun rights advocate Dr. John Lott -

Hour Two: Why is the lobbying industry experiencing a recession...?!

What's your favorite anti-war song?!

You pick the music on the show! All next week we will be playing anti-war songs on the Thom Hartmann Program and we want to hear from you! What is your favorite anti-war song of all time? Can't pick just one? Post all of your favorite anti-war and peace songs here on this blog and listen all next week for your song! Thank you so much and remember, get out there and get active! Tag You're It!

Daily Topics - Wednesday February 2nd, 2011

Truthout is proud to bring you an exclusive series from America's No. 1 progressive radio host, Thom Hartmann. We'll be publishing weekly installments, "Rebooting the American Dream."

Hour One: If you're not "Big Business"'re screwed!

Unless You're Big Business, You’re Screwed!

Republican Chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee – and small-time criminal turned into the richest man in Congress – Darrell Issa is outsourcing his job to corporate CEOs. Back in December – Issa asked more than one hundred businesses to outline what federal regulations he should attempt to strike down with his new powers as Chairman. And though Issa intended to keep the responses from the corporate community to his inquiry

GOP sides with hate over compassion

Yesterday - A second federal judge ruled President Obama’s health reform law is unconstitutional. Florida Judge Roger Vinson – A Republican appointee – claimed the government has no constitutional grounds to require its citizens to purchase health insurance. Judge Vinson’s ruling is similar to another Republican appointed judge in Virginia who last year also declared the individual mandate within Obamacare unconstitutional. That’s now 2 judges who’ve upheld the health reform law – both appointed by Democrats - and 2 judges who’ve struck down the law – both Republican appoi

Big Brother Alert! Issa wants the the identities of Americans who file a Freedom of Information Act request

Republican Darrell Issa - a former small-time criminal and now the richest man in the House of Representatives - is at it again. Using his post as the Chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee – Issa is asking the federal government to hand over the identities of every single American who has filed a Freedom of Information Act request. Issa claims he just wants the information to make sure the government is handling FOIA request

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Corporations outspend taxpayers in Congress...

You may be surprised to learn that we spend about $2 billion dollars a year on our dysfunctional Congress. However, it's even more surprising to learn that corporate lobbyists spend even more to buy off our federal lawmakers.

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