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Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush
Updated March 4, 2014 | Blog

Adolph Reed, Jr.’s essay — and subsequent discussion with Bill — has kicked off a much-needed conversation. Continue reading

Protesters form a wall of signs at the Occupy Portland camp in downtown Portland, Ore. October 2011. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
February 28, 2014 | Blog

The Left needs to remove its self-imposed limitations and unleash its imagination and courage. Continue reading

Bill Moyers and Ian Haney Lopez talking about dog whistle politics
February 28, 2014

Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López tells Bill that dog whistle politics is “the dark magic” by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests. Don’t miss: Part II of their conversation » Continue reading

Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., grabs hold of his opponent's supporter as he departs his voting precinct in Raleigh, N.C., in this Nov. 6, 1990 photo. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan)
February 28, 2014

Ian Haney López highlights six political ads from the last three decades that used racially coded language to help a candidate get elected. Continue reading

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February 28, 2014 | Blog

The GOP’s Southern Strategy has yielded some success, but ultimately race is just a single variable. Continue reading

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February 27, 2014 | Blog

Our weekly roundup of key money and politics reporting. This week: behind the scenes of a $45.2 billion telecom merger, wealthy brothers aiming big in politics and more Continue reading

Screen grab from Romney's 47 percent video
February 27, 2014 | Blog

The author and legal scholar says the infamous statement played into existing racial biases. Continue reading

Ronald Reagan speaking at a Boston insurance meeting in 1976 said he wanted to revamp the party, possibly changing its name, and lead an aggressive drive to strengthen the two-party system. (AP Photo/J Walter Green)
February 27, 2014 | Blog

In this video clip, Ian Haney López recalls how “the great communicator” used racial tensions to sway middle-class white Americans to vote for policies not in their self-interest. Continue reading

President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, before his departure on Marine One helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and a visit with veterans who are being treated at the hospital and their families. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
February 27, 2014 | Blog

Five years into the Obama administration, “Thou Shalt Not” has become “Thou Shalt”. Continue reading

Bloomberg Climate Change
February 27, 2014 | Perspectives

We need to take collective ownership of our fight for a cleaner, more equitable planet before it’s too late. Continue reading

Kay Hohler, of West Des Moines, Iowa, sings the national anthem before the start of a Tea Party rally on the steps of the Iowa Statehouse, Thursday, April 15, 2010, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
February 27, 2014 | Activism

Even as most Americans have figured out that they do not like the tea party, its clout has grown in Washington and state capitals. Continue reading

Two book jackets: "1984" by George Orwell and "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
February 27, 2014

Bill recommends investigative journalist Julia Angwin’s new book, Dragnet Nation, and reflects on the striking similarities between some classic dystopian novels and America today. Continue reading

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE AT 3 A.M. EST (5 P.M. JST) - Students Julian Lopez, 12th grade, second left; Ben Montalbano, 11th grade, second right; and James Agostino, 12th grade, right; listen during their Advanced Placement (AP) Physics class at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
February 26, 2014 | Blog

One teacher’s perspective on today’s data-driven education system. Continue reading

Jo Beaudry holds up a sign as she joins nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix. The protesters gathered demanding Gov. Jan Brewer veto legislation that would allow business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
February 26, 2014 | Blog

Mother Jones reporter Dana Liebelson has been tracking the trend. Continue reading

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February 26, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López talks to Bill about how politicians use race to influence your vote. Watch the full show now » Continue reading

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