We Need the Truth About Trump and Russia Now.

Boxes of sugar cubes bearing the image of US President-elect Donald Trump on sale at a supermarket in Tula, Russia. (Photo by Sergei StarikovTASS via Getty Images)

By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship | January 17, 2017 | Democracy & Government

Over the holidays, John Farrell, author of an upcoming biography of Richard Nixon, wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times confirming what many of us have known for nearly 50 years: In the fall of 1968, Nixon, the Republican candidate for president, deliberately torpedoed President Lyndon Johnson’s efforts to cease the bombing of North Vietnam and begin peace talks to end the Vietnam war. Johnson was not running for re-election, but his vice president, Hubert Humphrey, was the Democratic candidate for the White House — and Nixon was determined to keep Humphrey from reaping the benefits of good news ... Read More

Eight Men Now Own the Same as the Poorest Half of the World

Participants attend a meeting on the theme "Monetary Policy: Where Will Things Land?" on the opening day of the World Economic Forum, on January 17, 2017 in Davos. The global elite begin a week of earnest debate and Alpine partying in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

By Duncan Green | January 17, 2017 | Inequality

It’s Davos this week, which means it’s time for Oxfam’s latest global ‘killer fact’ on extreme inequality. Since our first calculation in 2014, these have helped get inequality onto the agenda of the global leaders assembled in Switzerland. This year, the grabber of any headlines not devoted to the US presidential inauguration on Friday is that it’s worse than we thought. Last year it was 62 people who owned the same as the poorest half of the world. This year it is down to eight. Just eight men. Have as much wealth as 3.6 billion poor men, women and children. ... Read More

The Climate Threat Posed by Right-Wing Populism's Rising Tide

Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom, speaks to members of the media before the start of the the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 19, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

By John Light | January 17, 2017 | Environment

The day after American voters chose Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, Dutch politician Geert Wilders, leader of the country’s Freedom Party, appeared on the Russian broadcaster RT to give his take on the election. “I think that the people of America, as in Europe, feel insulted by all the politicians that ignore the real problems,” he said. “The lesson for Europeans is: Look at America. What America can do, we can do as well.” Wilders asserted that 2017 will see a series of electoral wins for right-wing nationalist parties, each an echo of Donald Trump’s ... Read More

The Real Challenge to Democracy Isn't Fake News

President Barack Obama during his farewell speech at Chicago's McCormick Place on Jan. 10, 2017. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

By David Daley | January 17, 2017 | Democracy & Government

Barack Obama’s dignified farewell address was nearly overshadowed on Jan. 10 when Buzzfeed published a 35-page intelligence dossier alleging connections between President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign and Vladimir Putin’s government. This presidential transition is so uncharted that there was a moment during Obama’s speech when his hopeful mantra of “Yes we can” trended on Twitter just above an explicit sex act that’s front-and-center in the Trump report. Read More

John Lewis Is a True American Profile in Courage

Bill Moyers and Rep. John Lewis at the Lincoln Memorial in 2013. (Photo by Peter Nelson)

By Bill Moyers | January 14, 2017 | History

High from his gilded throne room in midtown Manhattan — like Zeus from Mt. Olympus — Donald Trump has been hurling tweeted spitballs at Rep. John Lewis of Georgia. He’s a man of “no action,” typed Trump with his tiny (manicured) fingers, of one of America’s true heroes of the modern age — a man so brutally assaulted by state troopers during the l965 march from Selma to Montgomery that he nearly died from a fractured skull. Time and again Lewis was on the front line of the fight for civil rights, spat upon, insulted and vilified, while far ... Read More

Yertle, the Commander-in-Chief

Trump the President-elect and Yertle the Turtle.(Left: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pool via Bloomberg; Right: Still from Yertle the Turtle/YouTube)

By Michael Winship | January 13, 2017 | Democracy & Government

Dr. Seuss taught me to read. My older brother brought Seuss books home to me from the local public library because I was too young to have a library card of my own. The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! Bartholomew and the Oobleck — all, for better or worse, played a role in my early childhood development, a phase from which I have yet to emerge, but never mind. Yet as I watched Donald Trump’s press conference on Wednesday morning, a performance reminiscent of PT Barnum — if Barnum suffered from Attention Deficit Disorder, congenital petulance and ... Read More