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House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, for a hearing on the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 10, 2014 | Blog

As Congress cuts programs that help the poorest Americans, a new study shows that, for the first time, the majority of its legislators are millionaires. Continue reading

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January 10, 2014 | Moyers & Company

In part one of Bill’s interview with the astrophysicist, Tyson talks about his upcoming redux of the famous Carl Sagan series, and why science literacy matters in a democracy. Don’t miss: Watch part two of Bill’s interview with Tyson » Continue reading

In this photo from Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback answers questions about education funding an other issues. Brownback and legislators are waiting for a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on whether the state is spending enough money on its public schools. (AP Photo/John Milburn)
January 9, 2014 | Blog

Kansas, like North Carolina, has become a test bed for conservative policy-making. Continue reading

Gary Hefner, local union chapter 182 president, is seen Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, standing in front of signs he put up after General Electric closed its plant in Hickory, N.C., and moved it to Mexico.  (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
January 9, 2014 | Blog

Global Trade Watch’s Lori Wallach says that none of the promises that were used to sell NAFTA have come to fruition, and they’re being repeated for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Continue reading

Dara Van Antwerp, the school resource officer at Panther Run Elementary School Pembroke Pines, Fla. walks the hallways of the school where she teaches in the Gang Resistance And Drug Education (GRADE) program in the Fort Lauderdale suburb. The armed school resource office will be permanently stationed on campus despite the decline in crime in this middle-class community. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
January 9, 2014 | Blog

The Department of Justice issued new guidance Wednesday aimed at curbing harsh, discriminatory over-punishment of school discipline violations. Continue reading

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks about the “American dream” on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s first State of the Union address in 1964, where LBJ committed the government to a war on poverty. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 8, 2014 | Blog

The presidential hopeful unveiled his new ideas, but it turns out they’re not so new after all. Continue reading

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January 8, 2014

Perhaps the best-known scientist in America today, Neil deGrasse Tyson is a stalwart defender of science literacy as a kind of vaccine against charlatans who would try to exploit ignorance. This week, Bill talks with the astrophysicist about why science and science literacy matter in a democracy. Watch the full show. Continue reading

Miners and a Hopkins County sheriff's deputy, right, guard the entrance to the Webster County Coal Dotiki Mine in Nebo, Ky.. One miner died and another was missing after a roof collapse at an underground coal mine with a long history of safety problems, officials said.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
January 8, 2014 | Blog

The federal agency responsible for worker safety can afford to visit a workplace only every ninety-nine years, on average. Continue reading

Lyndon Johnson. (Photo: Arnold Newman/White House Press Office (WHPO))
January 8, 2014 | Blog

A new study says yes and Americans want more anti-poverty initiatives. Continue reading

Hundred dollar bills in an envelope (Photo by: Tetra Images/AP Images)
January 7, 2014 | Blog

Our weekly roundup of key money and politics news. Continue reading

John and Bonnie Raines, two of the burglars, at home in Philadelphia. (Photo: Mark Makela for The New York Times)
January 7, 2014 | Activism

Vietnam war activists knew they were being watched, infiltrated and undermined by the FBI. But they didn’t know the extent of the agency’s efforts. Continue reading

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January 7, 2014 | Blog

Fifty years after the War on Poverty began, poverty remains a serious problem. US Census figures show that most urban areas have neighborhoods with high poverty rates. Continue reading

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January 6, 2014 | Blog

A do-nothing Congress does nothing to prevent the one percent from grabbing an ever-larger piece of the pie. Continue reading

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January 6, 2014 | Activism

Taking a cue from North Carolina, citizen protesters in Georgia are planning actions against the state’s right-wing policies at the start of the legislative session next week. Continue reading

Handcuffed man, African-American
January 6, 2014 | Blog

Shelving “respectability politics” and other steps toward achieving racial justice. Continue reading

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