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Money and Politics

Tell the Truth About Bernie's Health Care Stand

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Unfortunately, Chelsea Clinton misrepresented Senator Sanders' position, and her premiere performance on the stump backfired, producing a flood of political donations to Sanders.

In Congress, Christmas Is a Time of Giving and Receiving

Michael Winship | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

For this is the one thing on which both Democrats and Republicans agree: in this time of good tidings when you care enough to give the very best, a little something tucked away in legislation in exchange for campaign largesse is, as my Texas mother used to say, better than black-eyed peas on New Year's.

The Paradox Of Paul Ryan: Why The Tea Party's Right To Be Wary

Michael Winship | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Despite his ideological kinship with the anti-government crowd, Paul Ryan is the embodiment of the troika of money, power, and politics that corrupts and controls the capital, the very thing the tea partiers detest.

Mar-A-Lago, the TRUMP Winter White House

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 08.11.2016 | Entertainment
Sugar Rautbord

Everyone is talking Trump. The no-holds-barred billionaire businessman has riled up discontented conservatives and brought to light policy concerns th...

Making the Economy Work for the Many and Not the Few #12: Most Important of All, Get Big Money Out of Politics

Robert Reich | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Robert Reich

At the rate we're going, the 2016 election is likely to be the most expensive in history -- and the moneyed interests will be responsible for most of it. Our democracy is broken, and we must fix it. Easy to say, but how do we do it?

Slam the Door on Fast-Track!

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

It's said Obama desperately wants this agreement as part of his "legacy." Legacy? No, it's payback time to the big contributors to both parties. Legacy? Think Bill Clinton and NAFTA.

Money, Politics and Democracy Depraved

George Mitrovich | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
George Mitrovich

I believe in government, which is established through the means of politics. The government we get and the political means by which it is derived is imperfect, and to expect perfection from either is overly idealistic or dangerously ignorant.

What's The Cost Of Letting Billionaires Fund Campaigns?

Derek Cressman | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Derek Cressman

Are we in fact paying for all the campaign ads through higher taxes, higher prices, a weaker economy, and a lower quality of life? After all, there's no such thing as a free lunch.

Politicians Show Their Gratitude Where It Count$

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart, a poet wrote, and as this year's summer winds toward its end and elections approach, gratitude is indeed what our politicians have flowing from that space where their hearts should be.

Shots Fired. Madness in Progress.

Michael Winship | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

You've no doubt heard that this doesn't happen in countries like Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada where the gun rules are strict and lives are saved. But here the cycle of death, denial, resistance and madness goes on.

Don't Let Net Neutrality Become Another Broken Promise

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Barack Obama told us there would be no compromise on net neutrality. We heard him say it back in 2007, when he first was running for president. He said it many more times. And defenders of net neutrality believed him.

Watch: America's Mad Dash Toward Oligarchy

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

A new report shows that top CEOs were paid 331 times more than the average U.S. worker in 2013. At the same time, the poorest fifth of Americans paid an average tax rate of 11 percent while the richest one percent contributed half that rate at state and local levels.

Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

Robert Reich | Posted 06.17.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power that not only harm consumers but also undermine our democracy -- such as the pending Comcast acquisition of Time-Warner.

Repairing Democracy

Rep. Jared Huffman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jared Huffman

We believe there are several reforms needed to fight back against the scourge of unlimited and secretive campaign spending, bring transparency and accountability to the system, and, more importantly, support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

The New Billionaire Political Bosses

Robert Reich | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

In using their vast wealth to change those rules and laws in order to fit their political views, the Koch brothers are undermining our democracy. That's a betrayal of the most precious thing Americans share.

Watch: Who's Buying our Midterm Elections?

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Already, three times as much money has been raised for this year's elections as four years ago, when the Citizens United decision was announced.

Wanted: Modestly Enlightened Very Rich People (MERPs) for 2016

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Short of a mass popular resurgence, how can we break free of this destructive cycle of same-old bought and sold elections and tired rhetoric that ultimately leads to gridlock government?

Anatomy of the Deep State

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

There is the visible government situated around the Mall in Washington, and then there is another, more shadowy, more indefinable government that is not explained in Civics 101 or observable to tourists at the White House or the Capitol.

8 Ways to Help Overturn Citizens United

Edward Erikson | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Edward Erikson

Our government looks less and less like a democracy -- rule by the people -- and more like a plutocracy -- rule by the wealthy.People across the country are taking action. Here are seven ways you can help overturn Citizens United.

Washington's Millionaire Boyz Club

Michael Winship | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

An analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics reveals that "for the first time in history" a majority of senators and representatives are millionaires.

Remember the Clean Elections Act

Edward Erikson | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Edward Erikson

Given its success, Maine should stand out as a paragon for the country to follow. Instead, Mainers are fighting to save their clean elections law.

Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

Michael Winship | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations -- already whittled to a minimum by Citizens United -- is being steadily eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation, bureaucracy and an inability or refusal to enforce the few rules we have left.

The Democrats' 'Third Way' Quarrel Could Change Your Future

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Wall Street deregulation shattered the economy. You can't stand with them, support corporate-friendly tax and trade policies, push for "entitlement" cuts with cynical and misleading arguments -- and still claim to be a "progressive" who opposes wealth inequality.

What Tuesday's Election Results Really Mean

Robert Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

Pundits who are already describing the victories of Terry McAuliffe in Virginia and Chris Christie in New Jersey as a "return to the center" of American politics are confusing the "center" with big business and Wall Street.

What's Wrong With America?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Reflecting on the recent shutdown/debt ceiling debacle, the resolution of which is only a few months' respite until the same self-imposed deadlines reappear, you've got to wonder: what's wrong with America?