It's officially a holiday since tomorrow's the nation's birthday and all, but since this column took a vacation last week, we thought we'd better get ...
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.
Senator Ted Cruz called the Supreme Court decision that overturned state marriage bans "the darkest twenty-four hours in our nation's history." Really, our darkest 24 hours? It's a week and a half after a racist mass shooting at a church, but this is a darkest hour?
Anyone who aspires to our nation's highest office should have spoken up strongly against Trump's remarks immediately, without hesitation. It shouldn't be a surprise, though, that the major Republican presidential candidates did not. They didn't want to ruffle the feathers of their party's anti-immigrant base.
The sentiments of the GOP hopefuls are deeply brooding, even desperate, and Democrat candidates will be forced to take them seriously. The question remains, then, what plays will they employ to counter the cries for religious justice.
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.
Civil marriage is a civil function, not a religious one. That's why when government employees in our country have had religious objections to divorce and remarriage, they have still had to do their jobs.
Responses to the flag controversy, and the new constitutional right to same-sex marriage and upholding Obamacare are dividing the GOP family.
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.
Four GOP candidates said they were shocked to find white supremacists among their contributors. But we shouldn't have been. The Southern strategy is not only venal and immoral, it is divisive and un-American - and it will again cost Republicans the presidency in 2016.
Answer: Its own members. For years I have been railing against conservatives for eroding confidence in our judicial system by the constant litany of charging judges with being "activists," "following their own agenda," "legislating from the bench," "thwarting the will of the majority" and being "soft on crime."
Let everyone not wrapped in tired and disproven doctrines about sex rid themselves of anti-scientific dogmas and be free. The law of grace, not of fear, can now blow freely.
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.
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.
A month ago, his campaign foundered on the question of his relationship with his brother, his brother's policies, and his brother's politics. This week he had one good day, but since then it has been downhill.
Two days after the tragic church shooting in South Carolina, Senator Cruz made some comments about gun control that many felt was in poor taste. In the clip below, I ask him to explain. His answer might surprise you.