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Politics Panel: GOP Screwed Up Pot Legalization in DC

Tommy Christopher, The Daily Banter & Neil Sroka, Democracy for America both join Thom Hartmann. Legal marijuana is coming to the nation's capital in just over a week - but thanks to Republicans in Congress - no one knows where they're going to buy the stuff. Could this mark a turning point in the push to end modern-day prohibition?

Another oil train explodes

Kyle Ash, Greenpeace USA joins Thom Hartmann. With oil train explosions becoming a common occurence - isn't time for us to ask ourselves if continuing our toxic addiction to fossil fuels is really worth it?

Our New Banking Public Option?

Richard Eskow, Campaign for America's Future / The Zero Hour joins Thom Hartmann. Payday loans cost working and poor Americans billions of dollars every year. Could postal banking put a stop to this predatory practice?

Does the GOP want to starve poor people?

David Laska, New York State Republican Party joins Thom Hartmann. At the very least - Republicans want to drastically shrink the size of the food stamps program - which could leave millions of Americans without access to food. Republicans love to say that Americans who are on food stamps are "abusing the system" and that they're "freeloaders" who don't want to work. Well, the facts seem to say otherwise.

Politics Panel: Caucus Room Conspiracy is alive and well

Tommy Christopher, The Daily Banter & Neil Sroka, Democracy for America both join Thom Hartmann. Late last night - a George W. Bush-appointed judge in Texas blocked a key part of President Obama’s immigration executive action - which was scheduled to go into effect Wednesday. As result - hundreds of thousands of immigrants who could have applied tomorrow to get their deportations deferred are now stuck in legal limbo. Naturally - Republicans in Congress are trumpeting Judge Hanen’s ruling as the beginning of the end for President Obama’s immigration plan.

Threat of deadly pathogens on the rise with global warming…

Imagine a virus that's been dormant for tens of thousands of years coming back to life - and causing a massive epidemic. No - that's not the storyline for a new thriller. Thom will explain why it could become reality in tonight's Daily Take.

Full Show 2/17/2015: Climate Change Unleashes Deadly Virus

On tonight’s Politics Panel, Tommy Christopher of the Daily Banter and Neil Sroka, Communications Director for Democracy America, join Thom on set to debate Republicans attack on immigration, the Caucus Room Conspiracy, Scott Walker as the new Reagan, DC pot legalization, Jeb Bush’s Iraq war dismissal and the war against ISIS.

Host of “The Zero Hour” radio Richard Eskow talks with Thom about predatory lenders and the need for postal banking in the United States. David Laska, Communications Director for the Republican party of New York debates which should be raised – the minimum wage or food stamps.

Senior Legislative Representative for Greenpeace USA Kyle Ash talks about the most recent oil train explosion in West Virginia and the latest round of U.N. climate change talks.

Plus, Thom gives his Daily Take and The Good, The Bad, and the Very Very Ugly.

Look out - GMO Mosquitoes To Be Let Loose in America

Alexis Baden Mayer, Organic Consumers Association joins Thom Hartmann. A British company plans to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys. Why is the company doing this - and could genetically modified mosquitoes be an even bigger nuisance than regular ones?

Confronting Terrorism without War?

Norman Solomon, Roots Action/Institute for Public Accuracy / War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death joins Thom Hartmann. Earlier today - the Egyptian military attacked ISIS controlled sites in Libya - in response to ISIS' brutal executions of 21 Egyptian Christians. Isn't it time for the US to avoid another all-out war - and let nations in the Middle East deal with ISIS?

Some Presidents Were Great Radicals...

Today is Presidents' Day - the day we honor two of our greatest commanders-in-chief: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. To many Americans - Washington and Lincoln are now more mythic heroes than real historical figures. They have such big roles in the national consciousness that they're almost outside of history itself - more legend than fact. And that's a shame - because the real-life Washington and Lincoln have a lot to tell us both about the origins of American democracy and the future of our republic. Joining me now for more on this is Professor Harvey J. Kaye - Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin.

Germany Maintains Hard Line on Greece

Professor Costas Panayotakis, of the NYC College of Technology-CUNY and author of 'Remaking Scarcity: From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy,' comes on The Big Picture. Greece wants an end to austerity, but the Eurozone finance ministers aren't budging. Can the two sides reach a deal before Greece runs out of money?

The Difference Between European & American Far-Right Parties

American conservatism as represented by the Republican Party isn't really conservatism at all; it's something else entirely, and that's what makes it so destructive.

Beware America...the Megadroughts Are Coming

If you think the drought that California has been enduring for the past few years is bad, you ain't seen nothing yet. That's according to a new study from scientists at NASA

The Good - The Bad - and the Very Very Obsidionally Ugly

The Very Very Ugly! Gene Alday! During an interview with The Clarion-Ledger on Sunday, the Mississippi Republican said he opposed more funding for education because, and I’m paraphrasing here, black people are lazy. Check it out.

Can We Trust Gorsuch On Women's Rights?

Yesterday Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer signaled that Senate Democrats would try to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

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