After winning a landslide re-election as governor of California by a whopping 20 points, the 41-year old Brown set out to take down the president he'd beaten in a string of late presidential primaries in 1976.
In the last couple of days I've seen two headlines which make Leila Sansour's film-slash-human-rights-movement Open Bethlehem both perfect and important.
The world's discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Carter's call to action.
Should Jeb Bush make a bid for the GOP Presidential nomination, he will have the same challenge to overcome as Henry "Scoop" Jackson did. The question remains: Will Bush, like Jackson, be able to secure his party's nomination despite taking an opposing stand on what is the flagship issue to many voters in his party?
Governor Jerry Brown was resolute when I raised the latest disappointing round of UN climate negotiations in Lima, Peru with him. "California will lead the way," he declared. "Have no doubt."
The Cold War against Cuba not only made life worse for ordinary Cubans. It also diminished America's own democracy and undermined its lofty spoken commitments to human rights and the rule of law.
In the wake of the big election victories on November 4, many people are asking, "What's next for the push to legalize marijuana in the United States?"
Despite this diversity the focus chosen for the year concerns the problem of global climate change. One of the plenary sessions involved a presentation by representatives of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Perhaps, as time goes by, as more pioneers break racial, sexual, gender, religious, ethnic, language, and other barriers, athletes' very being may one day have diminished political implications, but sport has always been and will forever have political consequences and possibilities.
In September, President Obama signed a presidential memorandum to extend the U.S. embargo against Cuba for another year, as every president since Jimmy Carter has done routinely.
Between breaking news headlines of grand jury announcements, Ebola scares, and divisive politics, it's become a common point of conversation among my 40-something friends that the world is going straight to hell.
As Washington leaders charge headlong into a clash over President Obama's plan to issue executive orders on immigration, can we take a minute and talk about what executive orders are?
Building a house isn't always enough of a hand up. Sometimes the entire community needs to get involved. We refer to this as neighborhood revitalization, and it is integral to our work.
While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.
Top military experts and government institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council warn that climate destabilization threatens our national security, yet global emissions just keep going up.
Justice Vegas is optimistic about Venezuela's future and believes that the democratic process began by Hugo Chavez 15 years ago will continue and grow.