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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Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gives a thumbs-up at a rally. August 2012. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
March 24, 2014 | Blog

The conservative assault on food stamps — authored by Reagan, updated by Ryan — is really an attack on the middle class. Continue reading

Vivek Murthy
March 23, 2014 | Blog

The campaign against Dr. Vivek Murthy is the continuation of a longstanding effort to make discussion of gun violence taboo. Continue reading

John McCain
March 22, 2014 | Blog

Our latest roundup of key money and politics reporting. This week: the ‘unlobbyist’ lobbyists, how John McCain is exploiting campaign finance loopholes and more. Continue reading

Chokwe Lumumba,
March 21, 2014 | Blog

The mayor of Jackson, Miss., believed that economic development and the creation of jobs must be a collective rather than individual effort. Continue reading

dollarbill
March 21, 2014 | Money & Politics

If you feel like politicians don’t have your back, you should watch this. Continue reading

Activists rally for a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on Friday, January 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Flickr/ Brendan Hoffman)
March 21, 2014 | Blog

With federal action stymied by politics, activists are turning to the “laboratories of democracy.” Continue reading

Kim Barker Andy KrollCOVE
March 21, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Two investigative journalists talk to Bill about the role of dark money — and the wealthy donors behind it — in this year’s midterm elections. Continue reading

Members of the Nitro Volunteer Fire Department distribute water to local residents following the chemical spill on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 in Charleston, W.V. (AP Photo Michael Switzer)
March 21, 2014 | Blog

Community-based groups beat the government and industry in responding to the needs of 300,000 people affected by the chemical spill in West Virginia’s Elk River. Continue reading

ANDYKROLLCROPPED
March 20, 2014 | Guests
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, a drilling rig is set up near a barn in Springville, Pa., to tap gas from the giant Marcellus Shale gas field. In an unlikely partnership between longtime adversaries, some of the nation's biggest energy companies and environmental groups announced Wednesday, March 20, 2013 that they have agreed on a voluntary set of standards for gas and oil fracking in the Northeast. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
March 20, 2014 | Blog

New bills in the Congress aim to speed up exports of liquefied natural gas to several countries, including Ukraine Continue reading

Gan Golan
March 20, 2014 | Blog

Higher education is being defunded as part of a larger scheme to dismantle and privatize all public services, goods and spheres. Continue reading

Voting Machines
March 20, 2014 | Blog

Here’s what you need to know about the campaign finance reforms New York state is considering to level the political playing field and clean up elections. Continue reading

Waves crash against the cliffs of Big Sur, Calif. A new report says erosion could cause coastal cliffs to retreat more than 100 feet by 2100. April 2005. (AP Photo/Anja Schlein, FILE)
March 19, 2014 | Blog

Scientists want you, the American public, to know that yes, they really do agree that climate change is happening, and its effects will be scary. Continue reading

MONEYCROPPED
March 19, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Two investigative journalists talk to Bill about the role of dark money — and the wealthy donors behind it — in this year’s midterm elections. Watch a preview. Watch the full show. Continue reading

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch addresses attendees of the Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
March 19, 2014 | Blog

Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s nonprofits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes. Continue reading

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