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Sandra Day O'Connor
July 21, 2014 | In Search of the Constitution (1987)

The first woman on the Supreme Court cast the deciding vote in reaffirming Roe v. Wade in 1992, but things could have turned out differently. Continue reading

Immigrant Children, Ellis Island, New York, ca. 1908 (National Archives)
July 18, 2014 | Blog

The Immigration Act of 1907 declared that unaccompanied children under 16 were not permitted to enter America in the normal fashion. But it didn’t send them packing, either. Continue reading

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July 18, 2014 | Moyers & Company

With new state laws and Supreme Court rulings, the battle over women’s reproductive rights is being fought more fiercely than ever. Roe v. Wade itself may be in peril. Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards joins Bill in the studio this week. Continue reading

A demonstrator holds a sign, as they campaign for improved access to abortion in Canada, Thursday, May 29, 2014, during a gathering at Victoria Park on the one-year anniversary of the death of Dr. Henry Morgentaler in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Morgentaler, the Abortion rights activist, helped overturn Canada's abortion law. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Andrew Vaughan)
July 17, 2014 | Blog

Before the rise of the religious right, Southern Baptists believed that “religious liberty, human equality and justice are advanced” by Roe v. Wade. Continue reading

Women protesting women's health care in front of the Supreme Court building in DC
July 16, 2014 | Moyers & Company

With new state laws and Supreme Court rulings, the battle over women’s reproductive rights is being fought more fiercely than ever. Roe v. Wade itself may be in peril. Watch the full show » Continue reading

Nadine Gordimer (screen shot, A World of Ideas, 1990)
July 15, 2014 | Blog

In this 1990 interview with Bill, the late South African writer talks about how she came to understand politics through its effects on people. Continue reading

A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter flies as the sun sets over the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006. A Marine died Monday from wounds sustained from enemy action in Iraq's western Anbar province, which brought to 61 the number of American military personnel killed in Iraq in December. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
July 14, 2014 | Perspectives

By many measures, the US may be the wealthiest, most powerful nation, but its ability to accomplish anything, no less achieve national or imperial success, has shrunk drastically. Continue reading

Members of the Supreme Court gather for a group portrait at the Supreme Court in Washington before the start of the 2010 session. October 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
July 11, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Following several high-profile, controversial decisions, Bill speaks to NY Times columnist Linda Greenhouse and Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick about the agenda of the Roberts court. Continue reading

Linda Greenhouse and Dahlia Lithwick in studio with Bill
July 11, 2014 | Moyers & Company

After the broadcast interview ended, our cameras kept rolling. See more of Bill’s conversation with Linda Greenhouse and Dahlia Lithwick. Continue reading

A demonstrator dressed as the Bible stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, June 30, 2014, awaiting the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
July 11, 2014 | Blog

A line of Supreme Court rulings stretching back 200 years has blurred the distinction between flesh-and-blood citizens and the businesses they own. Continue reading

Dr. Martin Luther King displays pictures of three civil rights workers,who were slain in Mississippi the summer before, from left Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, at a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/JL, File)
July 10, 2014 | Blog

We must remember the courage of the people of Mississippi and other Jim Crow states and that the civil rights movement was an endeavor of white and black bonding. Continue reading

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July 9, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Following several high-profile, controversial decisions, Bill speaks to NY Times columnist Linda Greenhouse and Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick about the agenda of the Roberts court. Watch the full show » Continue reading

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton bids farewell to State Department employees at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Feb. 1, 2103, before departing the State Department for the final time as secretary of state. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 8, 2014 | Blog

It’s the Democratic Party’s own fault that voters struggle to distinguish it from the Republican Party. Continue reading

Oil wells on fire in southern Iraq as British Tanks drive past, March 23, 2003. (Press Association via AP Images)
July 8, 2014 | Blog

Global conflicts are increasingly fueled by the desire for oil and natural gas — and the funds they generate. Continue reading

Mike Challenger, of Bothell, Wash., applauds a speaker as he stands dressed in Revolutionary-period wear at a tax day tea party rally of about a hundred protesters Friday, April 15, 2011, in Bellevue, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
July 4, 2014 | Blog

Historian Jill Lepore says that the debates of 240 years ago offer no insight into those of today. Continue reading

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