LBJ

Fifty years ago this month (on September 9, 1966), President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety laws that launched a great life-saving program for the American People.
Five-time Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston received the Navigator Award this week at the Maui Film Festival, which "honors a film artist for carving a path of distinction through the turbulent waters of the entertainment industry without sacrificing his fundamental commitment to excellence."
Immediately following the assassination of General Rafael Trujillo, known as "El Jefe," the Dominican Republic was in shambles.
He did get two out of four letters, so there's that.
Former CIA Director George Tenet believed the President's Daily Briefs to be so sensitive that none could be released for publication "no matter how old or historically significant it may be." Yet, yesterday, the CIA declassified and released every PDB produced during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. So what's in the PDBs?
Let's put an end to violence and killing, including sponsorship of terror, whether it comes in the form of an official state seal that legalizes killing, or as way of promoting ideological hate which gives cover to the unstable, unhinged and disenfranchised to kill.
Given the recent unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore, it's time to reignite the debate: Was the Kerner Commission prediction accurate: Have we become "two societies... separate and unequal?"
Looking into the young faces of Vietnam 2015, hearing their questions about the time when I lived in their country, before they were born, before their parents were born, I kept seeing faces from long ago, all but one of them dead now.
There are performers and then there's Patti LuPone. The the two-time Tony and two-time Grammy winning superstar has astonished stage, TV and film audiences since the 1970s.
Clearly written and brimming with telling historical details and sharp insights, The Fierce Urgency of Now is essential reading not only for those who want to understand the Great Society but for everyone concerned with how it might be preserved or expanded.
These days, it has become far more difficult to teach the history of America's war in Vietnam because one of the chief lessons of that war we thought we had learned ("No More Vietnams") has been soundly disproven in recent years.
Utility vs. Solar battle gets uglier; Galapagos declares emergency over grounded ship... PLUS: Wind pattern behind California's drought also struck at ocean food chain... and much, MUCH more!
After he signed the Voting Rights Act, I asked LBJ if he thought this meant we'd have a black president in our time. He said no, we would have a woman first. Well, one down, another to go.
Should you see the movie "Selma," or should you avoid it because people claim LBJ gets a bad rap? I admit I was skeptical first, being an LBJ fan, but chose to watch the movie to see for myself.
Selma depicts, rightfully, black Americans as the catalyst for change, pushing for the dignity they deserve and becoming masters of their own destiny by highlighting the shame, ignorance and inhumanity of their fellow (white) man.
On a day terrorists attacked the soul and city of Paris, more than 500 educators came together on a bitterly, cold night in New York City for a private screening of the film Selma. Some traveled for more than 100 miles to watch the film and discuss "hope" and "healing."
Fifty years separate the events in the film and the headlines of 2014 and it feels as though little has changed.
What makes Hillary more of a "ball buster" than, say, Bill Clinton? But Bill is repeatedly praised for getting things done during his tenure, while Hillary is maligned for being pushy.