Democracy & Government

The importance of democracy and politics in our daily lives is a driving force behind our journalism, whether it’s an ongoing examination of the political engineering of inequality or exposing the revolving door of power and influence that spins individuals in and out of jobs in the public and private sectors. Below are a variety of programs and interviews that illustrate democratic principles and the ways in which they’ve come under fire and been defended. Be inspired, encouraged, and alarmed… but mostly be aware.

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Cartoon from the Southern Labor Archives at Georgia State University depicting plutocrats with piles of money.
December 13, 2013 | BillBoard

Bill reflects on the class struggles he observed in the small East Texas town he grew up in and the modern-day class war waged by the wealthy on our democracy. Continue reading

Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, from San Antonio, Texas, who lost their daughter Jessica Ghawi, 24, in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting, shows a picture of their daughter. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
December 13, 2013 | Blog

Forget Congress: The real action after Newtown was in 40 states — from assault weapon bans to “volunteer emergency security forces” for K-12 schools. Continue reading

Social worker Roberta Marzano with Caring People Alliance speaks with seniors at the Fels South Philadelphia Community Center in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009. In light of Pennsylvania's six-week-old budget stalemate, Arlene Bell, the president and CEO of Caring People Alliance told her several hundred employees that this Friday's payroll would be slashed by more than half to keep the 77-year-old nonprofit's doors open to the children and elderly it serves. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
December 12, 2013 | Blog

Across America, local governments are taking steps that will make retirement for ex-public employees much harsher. Continue reading

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, third from left, receives a briefing on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the F-22 Raptor by Air Force Major Gen. Jeff Lofgren, second from right, and several pilots as he visits Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 6, 2013.  DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett.  (Released)
December 12, 2013 | Blog

According to one study, defense contractors cost almost three times as much as government workers. Continue reading
December 12, 2013 | Activism

There’s no tougher ground for building an environmental-justice movement than the Appalachian counties of central Pennsylvania. Continue reading

Capitol building in Washington, DC
December 11, 2013 | Blog

The trouble with making “functional” government the great aspiration of the American experiment is that a smoothly operating Congress is not necessarily moral, humane or even economically smart. Continue reading

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., pauses while questioning a witness at Senate Banking Committee hearing. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
December 11, 2013 | Blog

Longstanding political and philosophical differences over the role the government should play in our economy continue to divide Democrats. Continue reading

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Chamber. (AP Photo/Kalim A. Bhatti)
December 11, 2013 | Blog

Commentary: American Legislative Exchange Council’s behind-the-scenes influence peddling should be getting more attention from the Washington press corp. Continue reading

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker speaks at New York University in New York. March 2009. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
December 10, 2013 | Blog

A roundup of reporting and analysis on the finally-finalized rule. Continue reading

December 10, 2013 | Moyers & Company

One year after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, Bill speaks with cultural historian Richard Slotkin about the role of firearms in America’s national psyche. Watch the full show. Continue reading

Kevin Concannon, U.S. undersecretary of agriculture, chats with vendor Helen Wise at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh, N.C. in 2012. (AP Photo/Allen Breed)
December 10, 2013 | Blog

The Democratic senator defends proposed $8-to-$9 billion cuts to SNAP, and poverty advocates respond. Continue reading

Russia Greenpeace
December 9, 2013 | Blog

Global warming is opening the Arctic for business. Ironically, much of that business will exacerbate climate change. Continue reading

Shawn Lamouree
December 9, 2013 | Blog

In another sign of over-policing throughout our society, many law enforcement departments are stocking up on surplus military tanks, grenade launchers and assault rifles. Continue reading

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., right, and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., left, and other Farm Bill negotiators wrap up a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. There is agreement on many parts of the legislation but significant differences remain over funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as food stamps.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 6, 2013 | Blog

While Obama described his vision for an economy defined by mobility, Senator Debbie Stabenow brokered a deal for at least another $8 billion in SNAP cuts. Continue reading

Washington Daily Life
December 6, 2013 | Blog

DC “just loves its circular metaphors — spinning and news-cycles and the revolving doors.” Continue reading

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