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How the Student Loan Bubble will Affect our Nation

Don Soifer, Vice President-Lexington Institute & Molly Katchpole, Campaigns Fellow-Rebuild the Dream. College tuition in America is out of control. How are mounting student loan debts affecting our nation - and is the government ever going to help out our next generation of scientists, doctors, and engineers they way they did previous generations?

Are SuperPacs a good way to run a Democracy?

David Selig, Conservative Commentator vs. Thom Hartmann. So, thanks to Citizens United - we're headed for a billion dollar election cycle - or more. And as we've seen so far in the Republican Primary - the guy with the most corporate SuperPAC money - Mitt Romney - is also the guy who's the front-runner to win the Republican nomination. So is this a good way to run a Democracy.

Republican at the polls are not voting for candidates

Republican voters hit the polls down South for another round of primaries today. Only - they aren't voting for candidates. I'll tell you who they're REALLY voting for - and what it means for our Democracy.

Full Show 3/12/12: Why are we still in Afghanistan?

Thom asks tonight's panel if a Saigon-like withdrawal from Afghanistan is in our future. Also discussed: how ALEC is ruining Wisconsin's public school system, how Romney's religion will play out in the general election and in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom introduces us to the man responsible for preventing a recovery in the housing market.

WI: Why let ALEC fund a Corporate Dating Service?

Mark Pocan D-WI State Representative joins Thom Hartmann. What shadow forces are behind a new bill in Wisconsin to promote for-profit education?

Why Republicans don't want you to re-fi you're home...

Right now more than 11 million Americans are underwater on their home mortgages - meaning they owe more money than their house is worth. There's an easy solution. Say somebody has a house with a $200000 mortgage on it, but because of the Bush Crash the house is only worth $150000. If the bank were to write down the mortgage to $150000, then the homeowner could refinance at today's low rates, or sell the house - both of which would massively stimulate the economy. Banks don't want to do this because they'd have to come up with the $50000 - but there's a mechanism already in place to take that load off the banks - and that's for Fanny or Freddie - who backstop about 80 percent of US home mortgages - to take the hit. There's even a law that lets them do it - it would get the economy up and running immediately and overnight. But Republicans in the Senate are blocking it - and they're succeeding because they have an inside man on the job. Meet Ed Demarco - the acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency - which oversees mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And according to Huffington Post Business Editor Peter Goodman - DeMarco is, "The single largest obstacle to meaningful economic recovery and a man who most Americans have probably never heard of..." With 11 million Americans locked in their homes because they're underwater - and millions of them staring down foreclosure - then Edward DeMarco holds enormous power. And it appears he's using his power to ...

The Good, The Bad and the Very Very Pseudepigraphously

The Good! *F. Sherwood Rowland* Rowland passed away this weekend at the age of 84. He was a chemistry professor who warned the world in the 1970's that man-made chemicals could destroy the ozone layer. The Bad! *Conservative Misinformation* It appears the constant misinformation spread by Conservatives is starting to have a greater effect on the American public. And the Very Very Ugly *Ken Griffin* Griffin - a hedge fund billionaire and one of the 400 wealthiest Americans - told the Chicago Tribune, this weekend, that America's ultrawealthy citizens don't have enough influence in government and in the political process.

Your Take/My Take - Was the Afghan shooter on a Crusade?

"Your Take - My Take" is YOUR chance to send in your questions, comments, rants and observations about anything we talk about here on The Big Picture or during my radio show.

Everything U Know is Wrong - If Mormons aren't Christians...what are they?

Tricia Erickson, Author-"Can Mitt Romney Serve Two Masters: The Mormon church vs.the office of the Presidency of the United States of America" joins Thom. We all know Mitt Romney is a Mormon. But could his faith prevent him from being able to govern the nation?

Why is Waffle House Pushing Anti-Picketing Law?

Zaid Jilani, Republic Report. The war on unions is coming to a fast food restaurant near you. What does a popular fast food chain have to do with new anti-union.

Crazy Alert! Turkey Stalks Victim for Months...

Turkey Stalks Victim for Months...

ALEC is big in TX when it come to Voter Suppression

ALEC is big in TX when it come to Voter Suppression

Ron Paul surrogate admits on why Paul is staying in the race

Ron Paul surrogate admits on why Paul is staying in the race

Afghanistan tragedy - is never-ending war to blame?

Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films & Eli Clifton, Think Progress.org join Thom Hartmann. An American soldier kills 16 unarmed Afghan civilians. How will this rampage affect US-Afghan relations - and is it time we withdraw from the country altogether? Plus - a twist to this story that should leave us all concerned about the mental health of our soldiers

Full Show 3/9/12: Conversations with Great Minds: Robin Blackburn

Thom talks with journalist and author Robin Blackburn in tonight's "Conversations with Great Minds." The "Big Picture Rumble" panel discusses February's job numbers, how food stamps stimulate the economy and the drumbeat to war with Iran. And in tonight's "Daily Take" Thom discusses what freedom is and FDR's second bill of rights.

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