Will the Trickle Become the L.A. River? And for Whom?

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Tom Hayden: The backstory on how Mayor Eric Garcetti succeeded in winning $1 billion for the LA River Restoration is a fascinating lesson in politics. Simply put, President Barack Obama owed the mayor, and the president came through.

Two? Three? How Many Americas?

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Tom Hayden: In a country so closely divided, the Left is never as marginal as many often feel. Where elections are frequently settled by one percent or by the margin of registration and turnout, every faction of the Left is potentially critical to winning or losing.

Time Now to Normalize Relations with Cuba?

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Tom Hayden: But while causing traffic jams on an interstate bridge is an outrage, how does it compare with a lone Senator flaunting his own president, fomenting US military interventions, and sabotaging a possible bridge to Cuba? Time will tell.

Where Will Progressive Democrats Stand?

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Tom Hayden: Let’s at least agree that “Happy Days Are Here Again” cannot be the Democratic theme song between now and 2016. We are beyond the brink, in the danger zone, in many ways.

Another Cold War?

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Cold War: The new Cold War is upon us, and the American elites have no suggestions except to fight it again.

The Urgency of Venezuela

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Venezuela Crisis: There’s a secret network that works to undermine any Latin American threat to the dominance of American capital.

Ending the Cuba Travel Crisis

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Tom Hayden: There is an opportunity for President Barack Obama to begin rolling back our Cuba sanctions policy by finding a bank willing to do business with Cuba so that hundreds of thousands of Cubans can spend the holidays with their families.