While even highly offensive speech is protected in the U.S., that level of freedom is quite unique.
This article gives a reminder of just how extensive our right to free speech is. It also compares our coutry's policy of free speech to other countries whose people are deprived of the priviledge. Although free speech is allowed in our nation, it still affects people outside of America. An example is the Anti-Muslim video created by an American.
This article provides some information that helps clear up some questions about Obamacare. Set in a Q&A style, the article tackles some of the biggest questions and misconceptions. I just wonder why this article wasn't out earlier.
6 states, including Texas all refused to follow Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's order to give gay couples of National Guard members the same federal marriage benefits as straight couples. How messed up is that? I mean sure, the states are standing up for what they believe in, but shouldn't we be aiming for equality? Isn't that what America's known for, an equal chance and equal treatment for all? Another thing is that, regardless of sexual orientation, these men and women are putting their lives on the line to ensure our safety. Shouldn't they be given the same benefits that other servicemen and women are getting?
A continuation of the debate on whether or not the Supreme Court should have a time alloted for prayer during government meetings. Republicans and the Obama administration strongly support the town case and a lawyer for the Town of Greece argued that the prayers are constitutional.
In the 12 months since his reelection, the president has achieved far less than he expected and suffered one mishap after another.
Through the graphic, one can easily see that although approval rates fluctuated, it was generally headed down. This of course was probably due to events such as the shooting in Newtown, Connecticuit, Benghazi, Snowden, Syria, and Obamacare.
The roundtable debates the role of social media in politics following Twitter's IPO.
Twitter has evolved into a new way of communication between the people and the government. It could be good for politics since it speeds up the process of getting a message out to the people and to individual government officials, but it can also become overwhelming if all America started tweeting. I personally don't like Twitter...but that's just me.
These people need to learn to speak one at a time.
This video starts off introducing Nate Silver, the man who predicted the outcome of the 2012 election. The conversation shifts to talking about the upcoming mid-term election and how it looks for Democrats and Republicans. Comparing the two paries, Democrats are leading by 8% in approval rates, but that doesn't mean it'll be an easy win for them. The rates were recorded right after the government shutdown, so votes were probably biased toward the Republican party. The mid-term election this year can't be easily determined because of so many factors that will affect voters choices. It's less about how much faith people put into either party, but more about how much faith people put into the government.
Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are likely to at least set a friendly tone during budget talks.
Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray come from two entirely different viewpoints, but they do share some similarities. They both have something to say about the government's budget plan and they both come from families who were helped by social-safety programs when misfortune struck. Although they have their differences in ideology and personality, our governmnet will benefit from their future plans for the federal budget.
Video on msnbc.com: Critical questions are being raised about data safety in light of hacking reports and news about NSA data collection. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk explains what happens after you hit ‘send’ on an email message.
This source discusses the vulnerability of online communication and how easily your messages could be tapped into by other people, specifically the government. With almost all of our emails and metadata stored online on clouds owned by big companies like Google and Yahoo!, we have made ourselves vulnerable to whoever has access to these databases. This brings us to the controvercial discussion on the NSA tapping into these databases in an attempt to stop and prevent terrorist attacks. Given permission or not, the NSA has access to all our information through these databases. It seems that the only way one can truly communicate privately is through old fashion snail mail.
Agency positioned itself to collect from among millions of accounts, many belonging to Americans.
This article talks about the information that Edward Snowden had disclosed to the public. It mainly discusses the controversial topic of the NSA tapping into big companies like Google and Yahoo! to obtain metadata on their users. What's interesting though is that after all the claims about how these big companies voluntarily allowed the NSA to gain access to their private fiber wire lines, they refuse to admit it, saying that the government did so without their consent. As you dive deeper into this topic, it gets harder and harder to know who's lying and who's telling the truth.
The NSA, working with its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), secretly taps into the internal networks of Yahoo and Google, the two biggest Internet companies by overall data traffic.
This article introduces some of the possible ways that the NSA spys on us. Big companies like Google and Yahoo! are in on the deal as well, letting the U.S. government tap into their networks to aid them in collecting people's personaly information. I understand that this invasion of privacy is done to protect us from terrorism, but the way it's done is questionable.
Forget the Vitter amendment. Rand Paul wants to make sure that Congress can’t ever again write laws with provisions specific to lawmakers.
Rand Paul attempts to push a constitutional amendment on Congress saying that senators and representatives cannot pass a law that isn't equally applied to both the citizens of America, the executive branch, the supreme court, and the congressional members of America. Of course this won't get passed, but it gives Paul a chance to show how much he detests Obamacare.
The Wall Street Journal on the liberal claim that website problems don't matter when your intentions are good.
This article hits ObamaCare hard, not by targeting the bill itself, but the way it was getting out to the people. Website errors, failure of alternative forms of communication like callingin, and the cancelling of individual policies are all covered in this article. Although there are issues with how the government's rushing the process of getting things going, the article itself doesn't provide many important facts.
Wow, I guess it's time to abandon ship everyone. Democrats are giving up on the health law and supporting Rebublican Upton's bill. This bill allows people to keep their current health care coverage through 2014. If Obama doesn't do something quick, looks like he'll have to go down with his ship.
A bus driver for the Burnsville school district was fired last week for leading kids in Christian prayers on his bus, even after he was warned to stop — a move he considers a violation of his freedom of speech...
George Nathaniel's actions are not right, but they're not necessarily wrong either. Nathaniel drives a bus full of elementary school students each day and prays with them. He says that he's doing good by providing the kids with something positive and constructive. A communications teacher comments, saying that the bus ride acts as an extention of the school, so using that time to do some good is fine. But the fact that the students on the bus can't escape the prayers makes Nathaniels actions unconstitutional. The students are basically a "captive audience" during his prayers.
Having the freedom to practice whatever religion you want is fine. But, when it involves poisonous snakes that could possibly endanger other people's lives, something has to be done. If you're putting yourself in harms way for your religion, by all means, go for it. But LaFollette influences people who don't understand the full situation and the danger they're putting themselves in to hold poisonous snakes and risk their lives for a religous practice that they may not totally understand. Because these people are guided by LaFollette, it is his responsibility to keep these people safe. But last time I checked, holding poisonous snakes is not exactly "safe".
ABC's Jeff Zeleny goes one-on-one with Gov. Rick Perry on his first trip to Iowa since 2012.
Jeff Zeleny interviews Rick Perry about Chris Christie's victory in Iowa and President Obama's apology about the misconception of Obamacare. Rick Perry did comment on Chris Christie's ideology, but avoided answering one of Zeleny's question's directly. As for the Presiden't apology, he feels as if Obama needs to do more to really make up for misleading the people.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case about the constitutionality of a New York town's practice of beginning local legislative meetings with mostly Christian prayers.
Someone in the Supreme Court is an Atheist? Well isn't that just dandy. I believe that separating Church from State is extremely important in maintaining equality within the government. Alloting time for prayer won't benefit the Supreme Court in any way. People should keep their religions to themselves and away from their jobs. It's fine to do what you feel is right on your own time, but don't enforce it on others.
Cory Booker becomes ninth African-American to serve in the Senate, replacing Frank Lautenberg.
This article talks about the increase in diversity in the Senate since Cory Booker was sworn in, replacing old and white Frank Lautenberg. The addition of Booker will lower the age average within the Senate with his dash of youth. The article goes on to talk about Lautenberg's old age and how he was old, but not the oldest. In conclusion, Booker will hopefully bring in a new perspective and introduce a change in the times with his youth.
States are becoming polarized since certain people's needs aren't being met. Some go as far as suggesting secession and forming their own state. Some of these people include farmers, who now make up only 15% of the American population. People like these farmers feel as if their voices aren't being heard and feel overpowered by the majority of the population who are living in urban areas, dealing with urban issues. Although secession is all talk since it probably won't happen in this lifetime, it's still something to think about. People should not be negleted just because of where they live or because of their numbers. Everyone should be entitled to an equal amount of representation in politics and the government.
This video gives insight on Obama's dropping approval ratings over the years. From the IRS Benghazi investigations to Edward Snowden's leaks to Obama's indecision on whether or not to attack Syria to the American government shutdown, Obama has slowly lost popularity each time. Something interesting that came up was when they compared Obama to Bush, saying how the trend for Obama's approval rates closely match Bush's. This kind of shows how two term presidents normally lose support during their second term. There seems to be a reoccurring trend and Obama is just another victim of it.
This video reports on the Obamacare website's malfunctions and on how Sebelius comes into the whole situation. Sebelius apologizing is great and all, but it doesn't fix anything. The website was poorly tested and ended up creating huge issues among it's first users. Sebelius takes full responsibility of the situation, but I think at this point, people are more interested in seeing results rather than hearing about them.
Although a newcomer, he is rapidly becoming the model for GOP politicians throughout the state.
I feel like there's a fine line between supporters and nonsupporters of Ted Cruz. People either see him as a hero who stood up for what he believed in while others pretty much see him as a naive Senator who caused the government shutdown. I myself am not exactly a fan of his work, but I do find it interesting how it's affection Texas. For once, Texas is possibly moving from being a red state to being a purple one. Although Cruz's plan didn't work out for him, it is making a change in other places.
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