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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August 23, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Bill Moyers says the parody and satire of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert pay Washington the disrespect it deserves, but in the end it’s the city’s predatory mercenaries who have the last laugh. Continue reading

August 23, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Bill talks with author and New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich about his latest book, This Town, in which he writes that money rules D.C., and status is determined by who you know and what they can do for you. Continue reading

August 23, 2013 | Blog

America’s capital is its richest city, and also one of its most unequal. Continue reading

Attorney General Eric Holder, left, attends a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in observance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 22, 2013 | Blog

The Department of Justice announced today that it is objecting to Texas’ voter ID law and will also seek to join a similar lawsuit against the state’s redistricting maps. Continue reading

Windmills lining the Altamont Pass generate electricity on Sunday, May 12, 2013, near Livermore, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
August 20, 2013 | Blog

For the past year, ALEC and its members have been rolling out legislation that attempts to repeal renewable energy laws. Their effort, for the most part, has failed.
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August 20, 2013 | Moyers & Company

The author of This Town opines that the culture of greed, corruption and political manipulation disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff fostered is still with us today. Continue reading

August 20, 2013

Advocacy groups are taking action, prodding Congress to drop loopholes and force corporations to pay what they owe. Continue reading

After final vote were cast, members of Congress walk down the steps of the House of Representatives as they leave for a five-week recess, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. With few accomplishments in the divided 113th Congress, the next big battle is over the budget, the nation's debt limit and the possibility of at least a partial government shutdown.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 17, 2013 | Blog

National Priorities’ Mattea Kramer provides an update – in handy cheat-sheet format – of what’s happening with the federal budget when Congress reconvenes in September. Continue reading

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the American Legislative Exchange Council's 40th annual meeting, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Chicago. Bush defended new achievement standards for students around the nation while calling for an expansion of school-choice initiatives in states. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
August 15, 2013 | Blog

Wisconsin Representative Chris Taylor, a Democrat, attended ALEC’s conference to learn about the organization responsible for so many of her state laws. Continue reading

August 15, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Activists Marshall Ganz, Rachel LaForest and Madeline Janis share how organized people can successfully fight organized money. Continue reading

Journalist Glenn Greenwald speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 14, 2013.  Greenwald, The Guardian journalist who first reported Edward Snowden's disclosures of U.S. surveillance programs says the former National Security Agency analyst has "very specific blueprints of how the NSA do what they do."(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
August 14, 2013 | Blog

Edward Snowden’s leaks about government surveillance have launched a debate about the role of whistleblowers and leakers in our democracy. Continue reading

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
August 14, 2013 | Blog

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have four key questions for the next nominee to lead the Federal Reserve. Continue reading

August 13, 2013 | Blog

Health insurance industry whistleblower Wendell Potter exposes efforts by the American Legislative Exchange Council to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

William Barber
August 13, 2013 | Blog

Shortly after Governor Pat McCrory signed the omnibus voting bill into law, the NAACP filed suit against the state, challenging it as racially discriminatory. Continue reading

August 12, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Activists Marshall Ganz, Rachel Laforest and Madeline Janis share how organized people can successfully fight organized money to deliver social change. Watch the full show.
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