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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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

In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 photo, a Buddha statue is silhouetted by the sun on the hill of Phmon Baseth, outskirt of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
March 19, 2014 | Blog

We’d live in a very different world if we privileged well-being over growth. Continue reading

Julia Angwin
March 18, 2014 | Blog
We've selected some of our favorite clips from Bill's interview with investigative journalist Julia Angwin, author of the new book, Dragnet Nation.
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., uses a bull horn at a campaign stop with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Watertown, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Brown is running for re-election against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
March 18, 2014 | Blog

Brown announced that he’s forming an exploratory committee to consider running for Senate in NH and won’t say no to dark money groups that want to help out. Continue reading

Johnny Collins, of Kernersville, N.C., holds a large photo of a Duke Energy coal plant during a protest near Duke Energy's headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 over Duke Energy's coal plants. Duke Energy estimates that up to 82,000 tons of ash has been released from a break in a 48-inch storm water pipe at the Dan River Power Plant on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
March 17, 2014 | Blog

The Dan River coal ash spill is a case study in what happens when a regulator gets too friendly with the industry it regulates. Continue reading

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 17, 2014 | Blog

As Senator Feinstein has revealed, the CIA will not only stall but even spy on Congress to impede its investigation of wrongdoing. Continue reading

The Empire State Building and large portions of midtown Manhattan are seen without power as a result of Hurricane Sandy. October 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Updated March 24, 2014 | Blog

One study looks at historical examples and concludes that it’s possible. Continue reading

Tony Benn death
March 17, 2014 | Blog

An outspoken and eloquent advocate of democracy and socialism leaves the stage. Continue reading

House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, during the committee's hearing on organizations that say they were unfairly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service while seeking tax-exempt status. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
March 16, 2014 | Blog

He insists not, but the author of Dog Whistle Politics hopes he’s learned his lesson. Continue reading

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March 15, 2014 | Blog

Wisconsin could soon have in place both the strict voter ID law and a law cutting back on early voting. Why are its lawmakers intent on throwing up obstacles to the franchise? Continue reading

Elizabeth Warren
March 15, 2014 | Blog

The watchdog agency has issued dozens of protections shielding consumers from shady practices by mortgage lenders, student loan servicers and credit card companies. Continue reading

Julia Angwin
March 14, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Investigative reporter Julia Angwin talks to Bill about how America has become a dragnet nation where mass surveillance rules. Continue reading

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