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.
Tom Hayden: In the absence of any American public opinion hungering for blood, one has to wonder at the sanity of the superpower syndrome driving so many of our policies.
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.
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.
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.
Fracking Activists: The unanimous adoption of the LA ordinance comes of the eve of the state Democratic Party convention in LA.
Cold War: The new Cold War is upon us, and the American elites have no suggestions except to fight it again.
Venezuela Crisis: There’s a secret network that works to undermine any Latin American threat to the dominance of American capital.
Tom Hayden: Progressive Democrats shaming Wall Street-funded “third way” Democrats is a sign of a powerful new opening.
Sheriffs Arrested — There is a compelling need for the Department of Justice to intervene against the LA County Sheriffs Department.
Bratton Joins NYPD: Broken communities, not broken windows, are the real socio-economic crisis in LA, and Bratton’s approach simply served to perpetuate the divide.
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.
Tom Hayden: Both sides must set aside their profound differences and look at steps to relieve the worst elements of solitary confinement.