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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Demonstrators gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, as the court heard arguments on campaign finance.
October 9, 2013 | Blog

A round-up of the best analysis of the arguments in the Supreme Court campaign finance case that many are calling Citizens United 2.0. Continue reading

Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Dave Camp, Tom Graves
October 9, 2013 | Blog

Republicans claim that debt ceiling brinksmanship is a tactic employed by both parties, and historically that’s true. But this time it’s different. Here’s why. Continue reading

The Capitol in Washington is seen under an overcast sky at dawn. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File )
October 9, 2013 | Blog

The Conservative Action Project has played a background role in several high-profile political debates, including this month’s shutdown. Continue reading

Britain London Olympics 2012 Home Away
October 8, 2013 | Blog

Americans can’t take a stroll in a national park but Congress still can work out in their exclusive gyms (no towels though). Continue reading

John Boehner
October 8, 2013 | Blog

The Speaker can avert disaster with some procedural jiu-jitsu at the eleventh hour. Continue reading

Customers check out prices of the high quality fresh produce in the store. (Michael Stravato/ AP Images for ALDI)
October 8, 2013 | Blog

The right-wing echo chamber has vilified food stamp users with a variety of absurd lies and myths. As a result, people will go hungry. Continue reading

People stand in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington D.C.,on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, to hear arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC.
October 8, 2013 | Blog

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in McCutcheon v. FEC, a case considered critical to the future of campaign finance. Continue reading

Budget Battle
October 7, 2013 | Blog

Lost in the discussion of the government shutdown is the millions of poor Americans — many of them children — who are hurt when the federal agencies stop functioning. Continue reading

Supporters of Americans For Prosperity and other TEA Party members rally at Leo O'Laughlin Inc. on the eve of President Barack Obama's visit to Macon, Mo. Tuesday evening, April 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Patrick T. Fallon)
October 5, 2013 | Blog

A new study reveals that Republican loyalists are frightened of change and think they’ve already lost. Continue reading

Earns Northrop Grumman
October 4, 2013 | Blog

This week’s crisis of government means two crises for the private sector. Continue reading

FILE - In this March 3, 2011 file photo, boneless pork loins sit waiting to be packaged at a local Dahl's grocery store in Des Moines, Iowa.  The U.S. Department of Agricultureís Food Safety and Inspection Service will announce Tuesday, May 23, 2011, that it has lowered its temperature recommendation for cooking pork to 145 degrees. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
October 4, 2013 | Blog

ALEC is pushing the USDA to relax regulations on food safety that keep us from getting sick. Continue reading

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October 4, 2013

Bill Moyers shares his thoughts on the shutdown and this week’s antics in Washington. Continue reading

A "closed" sign is seen through the locked iron gate of the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
October 3, 2013 | Blog

Uncle Sam, indirectly, is the biggest low-wage employer in the country. So what’s happening to the people who push mops in federal buildings and sell souvenirs at museums this week? Continue reading

Tea party activists demonstrate. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
October 3, 2013 | Blog

David Cay Johnston explains what’s really happened to our tax system over the years. Continue reading

A National Park Service employee posts a sign on a barricade to close access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
October 1, 2013 | Blog

Everything you need to know to understand the showdown in one place. Continue reading

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