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Ian Haney Lopez
March 7, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Bill continues his conversation with author and legal scholar Ian Haney López about how politicians use strategic racism to win votes. Watch part one. Continue reading

President Franklin D. Roosevelt broadcasts his annual message to Congress, Jan. 11, 1944, in Washington. The president topped a five-point victory program with a recommendation for national service legislation to make all able-bodied adults available for the war effort. (AP Photo)
March 7, 2014 | Blog

In considering his second term legacy, the historian writes that President Obama would do well to take notes from FDR’s “Second Bill of Rights” speech. Continue reading

A guard looks on at right as prisoners move through the state prison Thursday, March 3, 2011 in Jackson, Ga. Conservative legislators who once heralded strict three-strikes laws and other tough measures that led to bloated prisons are now considering what was once deemed unthinkable: Reducing sentences for some drug and non-violent offenders. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
March 6, 2014 | Blog

Lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander explains what’s really behind America’s system of mass incarceration. Continue reading

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March 6, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Is America a Post-racial Society? Not even close, says social justice advocate Angela Glover Blackwell. Continue reading

An illustrative 1996 cover story urges Bill Clinton to sign welfare reform in The New Republic.
March 6, 2014 | Blog

Princeton political scientist Martin Gilens explains how the media and longstanding racial stereotypes impact anti-poverty policy. Continue reading

A protestor holds up a sign that says 'Hell No Obamacare' at a rally
March 5, 2014 | Blog

“Obamacare.” The right loves to hammer the Affordable Care Act with this nickname, and even the rest of us tend to use it. But we should not, for it works at least partly as a racial provocation. Continue reading

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March 5, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Bill continues his conversation with author and legal scholar Ian Haney López about how politicians use strategic racism to win votes. Watch the full show now » 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)
March 5, 2014 | Blog

Harvard scholar Theda Skocpol says that rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. Continue reading

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth. June 2012. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
March 4, 2014 | Blog

Conservatives say the Lone Star state’s recent record of growth validates their economic agenda. That record crumbles upon inspection. Continue reading

Students march toward the White House, where 400 will be arrested protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline. (Photo: John Light)
March 4, 2014 | Activism

About a thousand students gathered outside the White House Sunday, some submitting to arrest, to urge President Obama to reject the controversial oil pipeline. Continue reading

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, left, arrives with his family Chiara de Blasio, second from left, Dante de Blasio, center, right, Chirlane McCray to take the oath of office in on the steps of City Hall, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 4, 2014 | Blog

With new strategies, the Working Families Party is shaking up the two-party system. Continue reading

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., responds during the Des Moines Register Republican Presidential Debate in Johnston, Iowa, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
March 1, 2014 | Blog

Dog whistle politics have served Republicans well. But with shifting demographics, they may be an albatross around the party’s neck. Continue reading

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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

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