A Timeline: Russia and President Trump

Composite: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images); National security adviser Michael Flynn (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images); President-elect Donald Trump (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Steven Harper | January 17, 2018 | Democracy & Government

When it comes to Donald Trump, his campaign and their dealings with Russia past and present, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the players without a scorecard. We have one of sorts — a deeply comprehensive timeline detailing what actually happened and what’s still happening in the ever-changing story of the president, his inner circle and a web of Russian oligarchs, hackers and government officials. Read More


By Bill Moyers | December 19, 2017 | Editor's Desk

When I turned 80 three years ago, I retired my weekly PBS series and have since focused on the web with a small, dedicated team as the avenue for our journalism. Now it’s time for another farewell. Read More

The Tax Bill Is the Grinchiest Christmas Gift Yet

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) speaks to members of the media at the Capitol in Washington, DC on Dec. 1, 2017. He was the only Republican member of Congress who had voted against the Senate version of the "tax reform" bill, but reversed himself after a provision was added that gives a tax break to real estate investors like himself, not to mention Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, their families and many others. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Michael Winship | December 19, 2017 | Democracy & Government

A smash-and-grab mob is running the government. If they continue the way they are, every agency, every social program, every benefit and every one of us not-rich-people will take it in the wallet as they rapaciously loot the system. The tax reform plan is today's Exhibit A. This is greed, plain and simple, toadying to the richest of the land who write the campaign checks. Read More

The President Plays with Matches

Indonesian demonstrators burn a photo featuring US President Donald Trump during a protest against his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Banda Aceh on Dec. 10, 2017. (Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP/Getty Images)

By Rebecca Gordon | December 19, 2017 | Democracy & Government

Once again the country watches in horror as firefighters struggle to contain blazes of historic voracity — as we watched only a couple of months ago when at least 250 wildfires spread across the counties north of San Francisco. All it takes is a spark. Sort of like the whole world in the age of Donald Trump. Read More

Bill Moyers and 'Junk' Playwright Ayad Akhtar on How Wall Street Won

A scene from the Lincoln Center Theater production of Junk by Ayad Akhtar. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson © T Charles Erickson Photography / tcepix@comcast.net)

By Bill Moyers | December 18, 2017 | Economy & Work

Our times at last have found their voice, and it belongs to a Pakistani American: Ayad Akhtar. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, his plays revel in the combustions of an America on edge, bursting with excess — too much of everything, from wealth and impoverishment to religion, rage and radicalism, from sad hearts and hollow souls and shifting identities to the glorious celebration of money. In his new play Junk, perhaps that should be the inglorious celebration of money: E Pluribus Unum transformed into Every Man a Midas. Read More

All They Want For Christmas Is No New Tax Bill

In Kittery, Maine, this weekend, there was a march to demand that Sen. Susan Collins vote no on the tax bill. (Photo courtesy of People's Action)

By Sarah Jaffe | December 18, 2017

More than half of all Americans oppose the tax bill. Regardless, Republicans in Congress are rushing to reconcile and vote on the legislation this week. The bill is packed with billions of dollars of tax cuts for wealthy donors and corporations, and promises to raise the deficit by more than $1 trillion. Sarah Jaffe spoke with Sarah Chaisson-Warner and Jessica Juarez Scruggs of People’s Action about the all-hands-on-deck last-minute efforts to stop the tax bill and their plans for what to do next if it passes. Read More

Populist Plutocracy and the Future of America

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Pensacola Bay Center on Dec. 8, 2017 in Pensacola, Florida. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

By Nouriel Roubini | December 18, 2017 | Democracy & Government

Donald Trump won the US presidency with the backing of working-class and socially conservative white voters on a populist platform of economic nationalism. Trump rejected the Republican Party’s traditional pro-business, pro-trade agenda, and, like Bernie Sanders on the left, appealed to Americans who have been harmed by disruptive technologies and “globalist” policies promoting free trade and migration. Read More

Daily Reads: Sen. Corker on the Hot Seat for Tax Bill Reversal

By BillMoyers.com Staff | December 18, 2017 | What We're Reading

Editor's Note: Tomorrow will be the last day for our Daily Reads post and newsletter. BillMoyers.com will be going into archive mode due to Bill's retirement. Read more about that here.     On the hot seat –> This morning, it's Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who voted against the Senate version of the tax bill and then changed his mind on Friday, saying he would support the final version that was hammered out by House and Senate negotiators. Corker's problem is that a last-minute provision inserted into the bill would provide a massive windfall to his own business interests. Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) admitted that the measure was ... Read More