The Hartmann Report

The Hartmann Report

The Hartmann Report is an independent daily podcast hosted by award winning, author, radio & TV host Thom Hartmann. Thom’s podcast highlights the bigger picture behind politics, science and culture through discussion and debate. Catch Thom’s live show Monday through Friday noon ET / 9am PT- www.thomhartmann.com.... Show More

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September 28, 2020 58 min

Back in the day, Donald Trump’s niece alleges, he stole hundreds of millions of dollars from his father‘s estate, screwing his other family members and the IRS (you and me). Now Trump is going to have to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars and the question is: which dictator is he going to borrow it from, and what part of American policy or American assets is he willing to sell off, betray or destroy to get it?

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September 27, 2020 59 min

The Palast Investigative team held a joint press conference with Black Voters Matter Fund founders LaTosha Brown and Cliff Albright, calling on Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to restore the nearly 200,000 voters he wrongly purged before the election.

Thom is joined by investigative reporter Greg Palast: “We are asking the Secretary of State to name the so-called expert, who by law must be a U.S. Postal Service license...

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September 26, 2020 61 min

As we look towards the first debate between Trump and Biden- hosted by Chris Wallace of Fox News this week- why are the truly major issues of our times seemingly not on the official agenda?

Plus- How to tell young people and "Never Biden" voters what's really on the line here... How to get into the Electoral College... The prevalence of right-wing terrorism... How can Democrats head off Trump from using the 12th amendmen...

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A major new study by Citigroup quantifies how much money the economy is losing due to anti-black discrimination. Economist Richard Wolff considers the real cost of racism in the United States.

Plus- Why don't cops have to carry insurance?.. And are the ethno-staters persuadable or will they fall in line with Trump's fascism?

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September 24, 2020 58 min

Thomas Paine referred to the vote as the beating heart of democracy. Donald Trump is trying to rip that heart out of our republic.

Does Ron DeSantos want to make it legal in Florida to hit left-wing protestors with cars? Nikki Fried, the elected Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services joins Thom with the story.

Plus- in confronting genocide how can we avoid becoming the genocider?

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Popular Information's Judd Legum takes a deep dive with Thom looking at the QAnon cult- how many people believe this stuff, and why? Could it be another step towards American fascism?

And as Trump considers adding another conservative Catholic to the Supreme Court, should we be concerned about the dominance of Catholics on the court?- Is this the work of a cult or cults within Catholicism that want to impose their views on the w...

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Anthony Fauci has warned us once again that Covid may surge again in the Fall. And yet Donald Trump said in a rally that the coronavirus, “Affects virtually nobody.“ Apparently “virtually nobody” means 200,000 dead Americans, ranging in age from the elderly to infants. The one thing he definitely appears to have noticed is that this virus most easily kills elderly Social Security voters and Black and Brown people. Is Trump's st...

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A hard-right Supreme Court nominee could completely alter life as we know it. Ruth Bader Ginsberg has died, and the nation mourns. While everybody is focusing on abortion, the Supreme Court, if it falls into hard-core conservative hands, could actually do massive damage to the entire spectrum of life in America. Could everything from Social Security to Medicaid to minimum wage laws be threatened?

Conservatives don’t just want to tak...

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September 20, 2020 58 min

Hiding coronavirus numbers and masking the facts seems to be the Trump administration's plan in shirking responsibility for the lethal epidemic. Donald Trump's plan to use the already failed strategy of herd immunity might run into a big problem -- herd immunity doesn't really work how he thinks he does, and millions could be lost before this is over.

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Trump works to make the oligarchs- and especially himself- rich. As the author of 'Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America", Sarah Kendior, joins Thom.. how far has Trump gone in ignoring the interests of the common American in favor of the very rich, or even of organized crime?

And, Lisa Graves of True North research has been diving into the records of our pro-Trump Postmaster General...

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Is Mike Pompeo planning to begin seizing Iranian ships to egg on a war to help get Trump re-elected? Dr. Trita Parsi has the story.

Are Trump and Barr conspiring to foul up the election so that it can be decided according to the 12th amendment by the states where Republicans have a solid majority? Did Trump just admit as much?

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Trump's new "herd mentality" strategy for dealing with the corona virus is beyond incompetent: its evil. Trump's latest failure could kill 6 million Americans.

Adrian Shelley, Director of Public Citizen Texas joins Thom on the hazards of methane pollution and wasted energy under Trump's rollback regulations.

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September 16, 2020 58 min

Trump refuses to take responsibility for doing nothing to stop climate change that is leading to things like the massive fires on the west coast. Conservatives try to claim that environmentalists are to blame, but is it really more to do with clear-cutting by timber companies? Is it possible to harvest trees profitably without clear cutting in a way that makes the forest more fire-resistant?

And did Trump undermine the existing Fore...

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September 15, 2020 58 min

Does Trump's death cult and propaganda resemble that of the Nazis?.. What is the relation between QAnon and books on Hitler's required reading list?.. Will Trump succeed at stoking racist fear to get re-elected?

And Barbara Smith, author of the recent Nation article 'How to Dismantle White Supremacy' joins Thom with her proposal for a Marshall Plan style approach to healing racism.


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How should America respond to leadership whose knowing, intentional lies and actions killed more Americans than “the enemy“ in North Korea, North Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan over a 70 year period?

There is so much fake information on Facebook, that it is difficult to see what is true and what is a lie. Judd Legum, founder of Popular.info joins Thom to discuss why Facebook is tilted toward the Right and away from the Left. Are you...

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September 13, 2020 58 min

As wildfires wreak havoc in the Western states, Thom jumps in to staff the phones for a smokey town-hall meeting with progressive California Congressman Ro Khanna, until call-screener Joyce can make it to the studio.

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September 12, 2020 57 min

Progressive Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan answers listener questions for a national Town Hall meeting, addressing frequently asked queries on the upcoming election and the recent revelations from the Woodward book.

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September 11, 2020 58 min

Let us not forget on this day that we memorialize the people lost on 9/11, that, because Donald Trump lied to us about the severity of this virus, we are today losing two 9/11‘s worth of Americans every single week.

Plus- Dr. Richard Wolff joins Thom to bring us up to date with what is going on at the Fed... And Michigan declares racism a public health crisis.

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Nobody expected we would pay such a steep price for electing a mentally ill criminal as president -- can we recover? Because of the way Trump screwed up the Covid and climate crises, our economy has collapsed more severely than any time since the Republican Great Depression, and the only companies that are being meaningfully bailed out are the corporate behemoths. People are losing their homes, their life savings, and hope.

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Social Security Works President Nancy Altman published an op-ed detailing how Donald Trump could make Social Security benefits come to a screeching halt with no action from Congress whatsoever. Trump is already claiming the power to unilaterally defer Social Security contributions, and if he's reelected it would simply be a matter of continuing to do so.

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