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  • Clarity and Courage

    By  David A. Lehrer

    January 20, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    Last Friday was a day for clarity---an issue that has dominated the nation’s political discourse for the past few months and been the subject of vigorous debate was illuminated and clarified as it hasn’t been before. President Obama delivered his much anticipated speech on the... read on

  • FACTS AND GOVERNMENT OPENNESS TRIUMPH

    By  David A. Lehrer

    December 20, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Yesterday, the California Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision (Sander v State Bar of California) in which Community Advocates’ vice president, Joe Hicks, was one of the two individual plaintiffs in whose favor the Court ruled. The case is an important victory in the... read on

  • A MANDELA MEMORY

    By  David A. Lehrer

    December 12, 2013 | 3:52 pm

    Amid the world wide focus on Nelson Mandela and his impact, I was reminded of an unforgettable encounter here in Los Angeles over twenty years ago between two extraordinary men---Nelson Mandela and Natan Sharansky---that I was privileged to be a small part of.

    Tom Tugend of the... read on

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  • AN ENERGY GAME CHANGER

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 5, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    Today’s Wall Street Journal has an eye opening op/ed by George Shultz, a giant of recent American history. Former Secretary of State Shultz has an unparalleled resume ---he is one of only two individuals in American history to have served in four different cabinet positions. He is... read on

  • ENCOUNTER HISTORY

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 4, 2013 | 11:26 am

    A few months ago, this blog wrote about the planned display of the Cyrus Cylinder at the Getty Villa. The Cylinder has been on view since October 2 and will remain there until December 2. Considering that it is the first declaration of religious liberty in Western history, it's a... read on

  • IGNORING THE PUBLIC INTEREST

    By  David A. Lehrer

    October 24, 2013 | 2:01 pm

    This week, the Los Angeles City Council came close to buckling to lobbyists and special interests to harm the interests of many of its residents. It did so with transparently illogical explanations that insult the intelligence of its constituents while hiding what really animated... read on

  • Tolerating Intolerance

    By David A. Lehrer, Hon. Richard J. Riordan, and Joe R. Hicks

    August 30, 2013 | 9:35 am

    In the wake of the celebrations and commentaries regarding the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” oration, it’s sobering to realize that we have almost become inured to allegations of discrimination and claims of subsequent disadvantage; they have almost... read on

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