On July 1st, the governments of the United States and Cuba announced an agreement to open diplomatic relations and embassies in Washington and Havana. This is a major watershed in the road to full normalization of relations between the two states and the two societies.
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.
But Jindal's time might have passed -- if it ever even existed. He's not as fresh a face on the political scene as he once was.
Sorry, Washington -- you probably can't put Iraq back together again. Certainly, the kinetic effects of more bombing won't repair the damage done to the Iraqi nation since the US invaded in 2003.
It's been a rollercoaster week in the political world, beginning with Hillary Clinton shifting the gears of her campaign by holding her first big rally, which was immediately followed by the man we're going to call "Jeb! Bush!" finally officially announcing his own candidacy.
There has never been a better time than now for the Latino Leadership institute and others like them to be educating young minds and preparing them for the political and social justice battles of the future.
Several prominent candidates, including Marco Rubio, Rick Perry and even so-called moderate Jeb Bush remain staunchly opposed to both marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage. Will those conservative viewpoints hinder them in the upcoming election cycle?
So far, my plan is working perfectly. If I can remain largely unknown throughout the primary season, the nomination is as good as won. The Republican Party used to brag that it was a big tent. After the last two weeks, the GOP has become a circus tent.
I worry that the media and the public will focus on the wrong things and damage her electability. I worry that she will stumble late in the campaign. I worry that there is no Democratic back-up plan.
While Jeb Bush dithers, there's much to be said about his opponents' slogans. What's escaped the white gloves of so many branding gurus is an analysis of the influence plays that support them. They tell a deeper story of the candidate's intentions and interests.
These GOP candidates seem content to pander to their base, tell them how much they hate President Obama and how badly they want to re-invade Iraq. However, it's informative to examine their positions on issues that most informed Americans care about -- that, is voters other than Republicans.
With over a dozen candidates officially declared for 2016, it's tough to keep track of where everyone stands. Just how liberal are Hillary Clinton's policies compared with those of her fellow Democratic candidates? Which GOP hopefuls can claim to be "true conservatives"? Who are the moderates? Who holds the most extreme views?
He, obviously, wants to follow the trail Bush blazed from the Texas governor's office to the Oval Office. However, this will be the second run for Perry, and he'll have to improve significantly on his previous performance to even have a chance of doing so.
Are elite college professors really overpaid? A few are, perhaps, but you have to ask: compared to whom? We've reached a point in this country where astronomical paydays are deemed acceptable as long as they occur in the private sector -- and merely decent earnings in the public sector are suspect.
Should Americans join the military if the next commander-in-chief of the armed services is an arrogant, ignorant, irresponsible, war-happy hawk? Many of America's best and brightest join the armed services. But with the U.S. constantly at war, joining is a life or death decision, dependent on the judgment of whoever sits in the Oval Office.
Rand Paul is leading on an issue that is near and dear to his political philosophy. You may not agree with where he's leading, and you may not think this is going to help him politically, but you've got to at least admit that he is showing leadership. And that, to me, is admirable.