The Marijuana Policy Project came out with its report card for 22 presidential candidates and hopefuls and the headline is that no one is sticking their neck out very far when it comes to the legalization of marijuana or the loosening of federal pot laws.
The most amazing thing happened yesterday. I ran into a registered Republican who was not running for president.In case you've just joined us, the Democratic nomination appears to be sewn up by the scandal-surfing Hillary Clinton.
As Hillary Clinton is at the beginning of her second campaign for president, her husband Bill -- "42" in White House parlance -- appropriately has been laying low, presumably to let her gain the traction she needs to be her own candidate.
When the disillusioned 21-year-old Dylann Roof shot and killed nine black worshipers at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, the tragedy quickly focused on the legacy of the Confederate flag and its tacit endorsement of racism. For presidential candidates courting southern conservatives, this called for high-wire political acts.
The last thirty years have seen private sector dominance of government. The results are disastrous and clearly seen. Tax codes and laws were established to benefit specific corporations and industries, while creating barriers to entry for new technologies and small companies.
Barack Obama poked good humor at some of those extreme conservative perceptions of his presidency at the White House Correspondents Dinner last month.
If Democrats simply vote based on their value system, Bernie Sanders can easily win the presidency. If they nominate Hillary Clinton out of despair, thinking this is still 1999, then email scandals and an Iraq War vote could mitigate any advantages a Democratic challenger has over Jeb Bush or another Republican.
It's worth noting that the decision to make same-sex marriage a nationwide right in America owes a big debt of gratitude to science. Without science, this Supreme Court decision might have been delayed another century until mere decency prevailed over the entrenched forces of American fundamentalism.
Have you seen Hillary Clinton's new video supporting LGBT marriage equality? The de facto campaign ad is quite touching, and it's refreshing to see candidates so openly promoting LGBT rights.
In contrast to Clinton, Sanders has supported the issue of gay marriage since 2000, vehemently opposed the Iraq War, opposes TPP, wants student loan debt reforms, fights for veterans, and isn't afraid to blast "too big to fail" Wall Street firms.
I have been a supporter of the work of the Clinton Foundation for many years, but seeing the actual work they do on the ground had a profound impact for me. That's one reason I react with such dismay at the ill-informed, political attacks on the Foundation by those who clearly do not know their mission or understand the life-changing work they do.
The velocity of events and the fragmentation of the media culture are such that it can be difficult to keep up with how we're doing in various national security crises around the world. Here's the latest state of play on some of the most pressing.
Candace Bushnell is a novelist and television producer who, from 1994-1996, wrote a column for The New York Observer, which was adapted into the bestselling anthology, Sex and the City. It became the basis for the HBO hit series of the same name.
Food is a good reason for Democrats and Republicans to abscond from their "politics as usual" party loyalties and vote for Bernie Sanders, the 38-year Independent running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary.
We know that nonprofits make enormous contributions to society. To protect the integrity of the sector, a revision to this law is needed. In the meantime, nonetheless, I hope you will step forward if you find yourself in a situation in which unethical practices are taking place.
Both political parties seized the opportunity to talk about how the love and generosity of the American people will conquer hate and intolerance. But still, neither party is talking about race in any real way. For both parties, playing ostrich to race and guns has solved nothing.