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The Road to Selma: Remembering the stories of true American heroes

On March 7, 1965, Charles Mauldin was a black teenager standing in the front ranks of civil rights marchers who crossed Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge only to be met by a phalanx of police and deputized members of the Ku Klux Klan who violently pushed them back. Mauldin remembers clambering...

Tea party legislators oppose teaching complexities of U.S. history

The burgeoning ranks of tea party “patriots” who have gotten themselves elected to Congress and state legislatures have identified yet another threat to the soul of America: Advanced Placement U.S. history guidelines.

Texans fighting a losing battle against same-sex marriage

In Texas, grandstanding politicians are picking on a couple of middle-aged women because those two long-time partners want to get married before one of them dies of cancer. Apparently, this is how Texans prove they are big and tough...

Islamic State's holy war is mostly aimed at Muslims

Here are two things that are true that, to the ranters on conservative talk radio, might seem contradictory: 1) The Islamic State terrorists are fanatical about their Muslim identity and 2) the United States is not fighting a holy war against Muslims.

Cable TV can get snowed by quick shifts in the news

About 4:30 on Tuesday afternoon, I noticed the email message inviting me to appear on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell. It would mean getting to the NBC studio at Universal City by 6:45, the high point of L.A. rush hour.

Willie Brown warns Villaraigosa: 'Don't crowd Kamala!'

With the possible exception of a Hollywood celebrity following in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican candidate has as much chance getting elected to the U.S. Senate from California as a Southern Baptist has to become pope. The only way Democrats can lose any statewide race...

The race is on to milk Romney's big cash cows

Mitt Romney’s decision to forego a third campaign for president has set off a scramble for money among the remaining “establishment” Republicans who are considering a run for the White House. Like cash cows with full udders, wealthy Romney backers are suddenly being eyed by...

Charlie Hebdo cartoonists are casualties in Islam's identity crisis

On Tuesday, I had lunch at a small Persian cafe in downtown Los Angeles with my friend Nik Kowsar. Nik is an Iranian cartoonist who fled his home country more than a decade ago after being threatened with death because he drew an ayatollah in the image of a crocodile.

Putin's Ukraine gambit leaves Obama with a hard choice

Ask Americans if they believe the people of Ukraine should be free to determine their own future and about 99% would probably answer with a resounding yes. But ask them if they think America should go to war with Russia to guarantee Ukrainians that freedom and the favorable percentage would...

'American Sniper' shoots blanks at Oscars

Political statements were more numerous than good jokes on the stage of the 2015 Academy Awards. Equal pay for women, protection of voting rights, encouragement for young gay people, acceptance of new immigrants and even a better government in Mexico all got shout outs from Oscar...

Christian Grey and the Koch brothers share a similar desire for dominance

Does “50 Shades of Grey” offer any insight into billionaires like the Koch Brothers?

More than an act of Congress will be needed to stop Islamic State

My friend Janet is a passionate West Coast tree-hugging antiwar lefty who still retains a soft spot in her heart for revolutionaries such as Fidel Castro. Yet, when I had a drink with her the other night and the conversation turned to the latest atrocities committed by the psychopaths who...

Jeb Bush foreign policy: More stability and less 'democracy'

Cooperative dictators can rest easier if Jeb Bush becomes president. Wednesday, in a speech delivered to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the latest Bush to set his sights on the White House implied that he wouldn’t be running around trying to spread democracy like his big...

A couple more Oscars that should have been awarded

Yes, people complained that the Oscar ceremony dragged on and on -- and I was miffed that it made me tune in to "Downton Abbey" eight minutes late -- but, still, there could have been a few more awards.

Amy Pascal deserves an Oscar for Best Recovery from a Humiliating Hack

Sunday will bring the American film industry’s most glittering night of the year, the 2015 Oscars, but the biggest movie story of recent months will only be noted if the evening’s host, Neil Patrick Harris, makes it the subject of one of his jokes.

Oscars 2015: Some of the awards they forgot to give

As I write this, the 2015 Oscars are still glamming along, but it's not to early to note the awards that could have been given if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were just a touch more creative.

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel's 'Sex Tape' doesn't arouse critics

As far as titles go, "Sex Tape" is a titillating one. But despite its naughty potential, the new R-rated comedy — starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a couple whose plan to spice up their marriage goes badly awry — has movie critics feeling frigid.

TV Picks: The Divide, Extant, Sharknado

"The Divide" AMC Network's attempt to get its very niche WE tv into the scripted drama game may not produce the industry-quake that "Mad Men" did, but this legal drama exploring themes of race, class, ambition and the elastic nature of justice is a fine debut for a platform once known...

Barra defends GM's top lawyer

Mary Barra, General Motors Co.'s chief executive officer, defended her general counsel as a man of integrity after a senator said he should've been fired for the company's poor handling of a fatally flawed ignition switch.

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