Commentary John Hughes

  • GOP candidates need to debate legalizing marijuana

    As GOP candidates debate values, I have not heard them address legalizing marijuana. The words of a narcotics agent ring in my ears: 'I can’t say every pot smoker goes on to get hooked on the hard stuff. But I can say every addict I know on the hard stuff got started on pot.'

  • Barack Obama: Hope, change, and contradiction

    Barack Obama is proving to be one of the most puzzling presidents. He bravely took out Osama bin Laden but hasn’t had the courage to tackle the deficit. And now he's picked a fight with Catholics – the majority of whom voted for him in 2008.

  • The great wait of China: How long until freedom?

    How long can China's communist regime hold in thrall people who have prospered in an economic system that has many of the hallmarks of free enterprise? Despite attempts to censor the Internet, China's huge, new urban population is aware of the outside world and changes in it.

March 5, 2015

Photos of the day 03/05

Male women's rights activists in Kabul pose for the media Thursday wearing burqas to show their solidarity to Afghan women ahead of International Women's Day. Burqas for many people worldwide have come to symbolize the suppression of women.

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