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July 29, 2014 | Blog

A number of progressives responded to Bill’s interview with the head of the conservative American Enterprise Institute. Continue reading

Fracking A Closer Look
July 28, 2014 | Blog

More fossil fuels can’t solve the problems created by fossil fuels, even though many hoped they could. Continue reading

Frankie Tisdale, a Brooklyn-based fast-food worker at home with his children. He joined the global protests for a higher minimum wage for fast-food workers in May 2014. (Neha Tara Mehta/Moyers & Company)
July 28, 2014 | Perspectives

Joshua Holland points out some conservative myths raised in this week’s interview, and debunks them. Continue reading

Paul Ryan, Chris Van Hollen, Tom Price, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., center, presides over a markup session where House Republicans are crafting a budget-balancing plan that sharply cuts spending on transportation, health care programs for the middle class and the poor, food stamps and other domestic initiatives, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan is flanked by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., right, the committee's ranking member, and Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., left. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 27, 2014 | Perspectives

The Republican from Wisconsin has downloaded some populist rhetoric to go with his “kinder, gentler” talk about poverty. But his populism is not the real thing. Continue reading

A man counts one hundred dollar bills. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
July 27, 2014 | Blog

The “self-made” man or woman, the symbol of American meritocracy, is disappearing. Six of today’s ten wealthiest Americans are heirs to prominent fortunes. Continue reading

Claudia Pedroza, Karla Osorio
July 25, 2014 | Blog

New research has found that the language used to describe struggling Americans is turning off the very people it’s supposed to help. Continue reading

Arthur Brooks-3965
July 25, 2014 | Moyers & Company

After the broadcast interview ended, our cameras kept rolling. See more of Bill’s conversation with Arthur C. Brooks. Continue reading

Arthur Brooks
July 25, 2014 | Moyers & Company

The president of the American Enterprise Institute says free enterprise is good for the poor – and good for the soul. Continue reading

In this June 2, 2014 photo, Wendy Harrison, a waitress at the icon Grill in Seattle, carries food to a table as she works during lunchtime. An Associated Press comparison of the cost of living at several other major U.S. cities found that a $15 minimum wage, like Seattle adopted this week, will make a difference, but won’t buy a lavish lifestyle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
July 24, 2014 | Blog

Lawmakers and corporations are beginning to address how erratic, last-minute schedules unnecessarily complicate the lives of part-time workers. Continue reading

Late morning traffic travels on Interstate 5, Los Angeles in this Thursday, February 6, 2014 photo. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
July 24, 2014 | Blog

Republicans got their way and car dealers were exempted from oversight by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Now The New York Times investigation reports giant loans are going to poor people with bad credit. Continue reading

McDonalds sign in Chicago
July 24, 2014 | Perspectives

When I was 16 years old, I got my first job working the grill at McDonald’s. It punctured my bubble of economic privilege. Continue reading

Protesters rally for an increase in the minimum wage on the Great Western Staircase at the Capitol on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Several hundred fast-food workers and other low-wage employees from around New York gathered to pressure lawmakers to raise the minimum wage from $8 to $10.10 an hour and let local cities raise it even higher. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
July 23, 2014 | Blog

When workers have limited social welfare benefits, they are cheap and compliant, and have no choice but to accept whatever job they are offered. Continue reading

President Barack Obama, center, signs the Dodd Frank-Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in a ceremony in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2010.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
July 22, 2014 | Blog

Four years after the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into a law, much of it is yet to be implemented and the risks to the economy remain. Continue reading

Inner Harbor Water Wheel, Baltimore
July 22, 2014 | Blog

A new invention is helping to solve the city’s water pollution problem and clean up a city landmark. Continue reading

In this Feb. 17, 2009 file photo, shoppers leave a Wal-Mart in Danvers, Mass. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 said it is realigning its U.S. operations in an effort to give more autonomy to executives in regional markets and reinvigorate U.S. growth.. (AP Photo/Lisa Poole, File)
July 21, 2014 | Blog

Workers at Target, Wal-Mart and McDonald’s need food stamps to survive. Should the companies be taxed accordingly? Continue reading

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