John Light

John Light writes blog posts and works on multimedia projects for BillMoyers.com. Before joining the Moyers team, he worked as a public radio producer. Follow John on Twitter @lighttweeting.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 11:00am
The Lawsuit That Could Save the Planet
Donald Trump’s election to the presidency is a devastating blow to the environmental community, coming at a crucial juncture in the fight against climate change. As Rebecca Leber and Ben Adler write for Grist , nearly all of President Barack Obama’s climate legacy probably will be undone in the...
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Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 1:45pm
A Colorado Ballot Measure Could Make it Nearly Impossible to Ban Fracking
The Colorado oil and gas industry is poised to strike a devastating blow against anti-fracking activists Tuesday. Enactment of Amendment 71 , a statewide ballot initiative campaign that’s backed by the industry, will make it, in the words of the Denver Post’ s editorial board, “ nearly impossible...
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Friday, October 28, 2016 - 2:45pm
The Long Path to Reversing Citizens United
Getting unlimited, special-interest money out of politics, an issue long on the back burner for politicians in Washington, moved front and center with this election year, driven by an outpouring of voter frustration. Both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump ignited widespread support by pitching...
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Friday, October 14, 2016 - 11:00am
The $1 Billion Election No One Is Noticing
Multimillionaire John Brunner is a victim of money in politics. In 2012, he spent millions to win the Republican nomination for US Senate in Missouri and was defeated, in part because Democrats, in the words of Sen. Claire McCaskill , the incumbent who was up for re-election that year, “spent more...
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Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:45pm
The Paris Agreement Is Set to Go Into Effect. Will it Be Trumped?
The European Union on Tuesday voted to opt in to the Paris climate agreement, paving the way for the historic global pact to go into effect next month. That means this first US-backed international effort to keep climate change under control will enter into force right around the time the US will...
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Monday, July 25, 2016 - 3:00pm
Will Bernie Sanders’ Political Movement Have Life Beyond the DNC?
Along with the Democratic party officials, delegates, lobbyists and members of the media who flocked to Philadelphia this weekend came tens of thousands of activists — a number that will likely continue to grow during the four days of the party’s presidential nominating convention, officially...
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 1:45pm
What Will The Democratic Party Stand for in 2016?
Last week made clear that Bernie Sanders won’t be the Democratic nominee. But a meeting of the Democratic Platform Committee in Washington also made it clear that the Vermont senator will wield considerable influence over the party’s future. The primary season developed into a fight for the future...
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A man enters First Ward Elementary School, Precinct 13, to cast his vote on November 4, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Views
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 12:15pm
Federal Court Says North Carolina’s Racially Motivated Gerrymandering Is Unconstitutional
Shortly after North Carolina Republicans took over the state legislature in 2010 , they drew up new district maps to determine the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts, carving them up to their partisan advantage. On Friday, a federal court declared that two of those...
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Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 2:00pm
Kids Suing Government for Climate Action Attract Influential Allies and Opponents
Twenty-one young Americans and climate scientist James Hansen are suing to compel the government to take dramatic action on climate change, and the case has attracted attention both from powerful lobbyists in Washington and environmental activists around the globe. The kids are backed by Our...
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Monday, December 14, 2015 - 2:00pm
Obama Could Help Fix Our Broken Democracy. But He Hasn’t.
In the tale of the rapid influx of campaign money into our political system over the last five years, the Republican establishment often gets cast as the villain. It was, after all, Chief Justice John Roberts and his ideological allies on the court who were responsible for the 2010 Citizens United...
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