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Government Wellness

Obamacare Is Widening the Gap Between “Red” and “Blue” America

The fact that the citizens of “red” and “blue” states live in what are essentially two countries with very different governments has largely flown under the radar, but it may become the defining story of our time. The two major parties are…

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Government

Can We Safeguard Our Democracy After McCutcheon?

The Supreme Court’s evisceration of our campaign finance rules is a powerful argument for the cleansing properties of sunlight. We should respond to McCutcheon by pushing for the full and timely disclosure of every penny donated to advance a political…

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Government Wellness

Five Key Takeaways From the Frightening IPCC Climate Change Report

The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its latest report today. It focuses on how climate change will affect human society in coming years painting a picture of a world destabilized by a rapidly changing environment…

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Government

Republicans Prefer Lawsuits and Fear Mongering to Health Care

Since they took control of the House in 2011, Republicans have voted to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act fifty times. Conservative governors across the country would rather see millions of their most vulnerable citizens denied health coverage…

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Culture

Millennials Didn’t Abandon Our Institutions — Our Institutions Failed Them

The Pew Research Center recently released a study finding that the Millennial generation – those born between the early 1980s and 2000 – is increasingly alienated from the major institutions of American society. Many are turned off by religion and…

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Government

GOP: A House Divided Against Itself

In the first two months of this year, 20 percent of all the money spent on election advocacy came from conservative political groups attacking Republican candidates — a total of $2.3 million — reports The Center for Public Integrity. Super PACs,…

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Business Government

Mike Lofgren Discusses the “Deep State”

Former GOP congressional analyst Mike Lofgren recently appeared on Moyers & Company to talk about America’s “Deep State,” in which elected and unelected figures collude to protect and serve powerful vested interests. Below are highlight clips…

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Business Government

The Creeping Expansion of Corporate Civil Rights

Last week, The Wire creator David Simon told Bill Moyers that the legal doctrine that spending money on political campaigns is an act of political speech protected by the First Amendment poses the greatest threat to American democracy. “That to me…

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Government

Why the First Issue is Money in Politics

Why the First Issue Is Money in Politics (via Moyers & Company) Constitutional scholar and activist Lawrence Lessig, whose march through New Hampshire to get money out of politics is featured on our broadcast this week, often says that his crusade is the most urgent in America because it impacts virtually every…

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Culture Wellness

The Many Faces of Addiction

The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has brought new attention to the resurgence of heroin in America and the potentially disastrous effects of substance abuse. In Bill Moyers’ 1998 series, Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home, Bill and his colleagues…