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Held Dear In U.S., Free Speech Perplexing Abroad

Held Dear In U.S., Free Speech Perplexing Abroad | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
While even highly offensive speech is protected in the U.S., that level of freedom is quite unique.
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Your Obamacare questions, answered - The Washington Post

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Questions about Obamacare are answered. This is to inform people of what it actually is. I like how they are trying to inform the public. I think it's a little too late for that now.
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Snake Handling: Law vs. First Amendment rights

Snake Handling: Law vs. First Amendment rights | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
A LaFollette pastor headed to court next week for having dozens of poisonous snakes at his church said the laws he allegedly violated in Tennessee infringe on his freedom of religion.
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A pastor in Tennessee is going to court for possessing multiple poisonous snakes. He is claiming that he is being persecuted religious and that he should have the first amendment right to express his religion which in his case involves snakes. I believe the pastor has the right to religious freedom and I feel Christians are being highly persecuted nowadays, but I do think the snakes part is a little weird. It's just a small fine less than $50...
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Texas and 5 Other States Resist Processing Benefits for Gay Couples

Texas and 5 Other States Resist Processing Benefits for Gay Couples | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Some states are citing a conflict with state laws to defy the defense secretary’s order that gay spouses of National Guard members be given the same federal marriage benefits as heterosexual spouses.
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Gay service men and women are seeking marriage benefits for spouses. Texas and a few other states are in opposition to this decree and are making the process harder for such people as the State Law prohibits recognizing a marriage other than a man and a woman. I think Texas should stick to it's constitution if until the Supreme Court rules it unconstitutional. It should be state by state.
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How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year

How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
In the 12 months since his reelection, the president has achieved far less than he expected and suffered one mishap after another.
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Obama has wasted away his past year. Obama has faced countless difficulties in the past year. He has almost done nothing he promised to do. His focus has been completely elsewhere on other things. Obama has not been able to get anything done. He has not done anything this year while in office. When will he if he even can fulfill his promises?
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ABCNews.com - Breaking News, Latest News & Top Video News - ABC News

ABCNews.com - Breaking News, Latest News & Top Video News - ABC News | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
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Twitters IPO was this week. They discussed how twitter had impacted politics and news. They talked about how twitter is both good and bad in politics and to youth. I think twitter has a large impact on politics and news by creating easy access to tons of information. I think it is beneficial in spreading ideas and news. I think it will continue to progress.
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ABCNews.com - Breaking News, Latest News & Top Video News - ABC News

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A general talk about the midterm elections. Talked about Virginias governor election. Talked about how the tea party and Republican Party need to get their act together. Talked about how democrats gaining support. Talked about Chris Christy possibly running in 2016. Covered a wide range of politics. I liked how Chris Christy is willing to work to get what needs to be done done. I think the news station is slightly biased. I like the guy they brought in because he was very knowledgeable.
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Booker Brings Dash Of Diversity To Still Old, White Senate

Booker Brings Dash Of Diversity To Still Old, White Senate | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Cory Booker becomes ninth African-American to serve in the Senate, replacing Frank Lautenberg.
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Cory booker is the 9th African American to serve in senate. The demographics of the senate and house are changing year by year. Thought the white population still holds a vast majority minorities are slowly making there way into the mix. I think it is good the senate and house are becoming more diverse. We need to be equally represented in congress. I like the mix up and new faces in senate and would like to see where this takes us.
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Obamas ratings at all time low

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Obamas approval ratings are reaching an all time low as the health care problems only increase. Obamas ratings having even going down with everything that has been taking place. What will he do in response to his low ratings? Will he try to fix the problems created by the healthcare plan? What will happen?
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1-800-ObamaCare-Denial: Website problems don't matter when your intentions are good.

1-800-ObamaCare-Denial: Website problems don't matter when your intentions are good. | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal on the liberal claim that website problems don't matter when your intentions are good.
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The author is highly critical of the pragmatic launch to Obamacare. The author states many times that the website was a failure. The author is critical of Obama and liberals in general on Obamacare. He criticizes the website and the backup plan to the website. The author then goes on to claim that the problem goes beyond just a website. I believe the author has some solid points on the problems with the website and with Obamacare. I like how the author used many facts to express his view. This author is very persuasive and is most likely a republican.
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Red-blue division isn’t so black and white - Video on NBCNews.com

Red-blue division isn’t so black and white - Video on NBCNews.com | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: Although most Americans have been told the U.S. is sharply divided by red and blue, an Esquire/NBC News survey indicates a majority of the country actually falls in the middle. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.
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There is an emerging middle party that doesn't always side with either side. This new middle party is becoming increasingly more influential in politics. Both sides agree this middle margin is extremely important. I recognize myself this middle margin and I believe it will only become increasingly more important as the years go on. I feel people are moving away from voting off of parties and are voting off of ideology.
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Kate Snow’s full interview with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin - Video on NBCNews.com

Kate Snow’s full interview with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin - Video on NBCNews.com | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: NBC’s Kate Snow spoke with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin about the debt ceiling and what happens if Congress fails to raise that limit so the government can borrow more money to pay its bills...
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GOP has yet to come to a decision. They are being mostly blamed for debt crisis. Will the house change the debt ceiling? What role does the treasury department play in the shutdown? What thing will get paid for and what won't be paid? Social security may end. No one really knows what happens next. Interest rates will go up cause an overall increase in prices of goods. The economy may cave in on itself if the shutdown happens. What programs will receive funding? How long would it last? Many good questions that hopefully don't have to be answered.
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Cruz concludes all-night floor speech against ObamaCare as vote looms

Cruz concludes all-night floor speech against ObamaCare as vote looms | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
In a final act of political theater before a key test vote, Sen.
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Ted Cruz believes the government should end funding to Obamacare. He filibustered all night even reading a bedtime story to delay the vote in the senate. Some Repubs Back up Cruz, but some GOP members do not like his approach. I agree with Cruz and believe the government should end funding of Obamacare as it drains the budget. I believe the government is abusing it's power with the ACA and forcing too much upon the American people.
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Administration: 106,000 enrolled in health insurance in first month of HealthCare.gov - The Washington Post

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More and more democrats are becoming restless with the Obamacare problems. They are beginning to look for solutions. They problems are piling up and a small number of people have actually signed up for healthcare. I think it's time for change in this bill. It obviously has not worked.
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With Enrollment Slow, Some Democrats Back Change in Health Law

With Enrollment Slow, Some Democrats Back Change in Health Law | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Congressional Democrats are increasingly expressing support for allowing Americans to retain the insurance coverage they are losing because of the Affordable Care Act.
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Democrats are realizing the issues with the rollout of Obamacare. They are becoming more willing to work with republicans to find a solution. I like that both sides are taking steps toward working together on the issue.
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Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings [UPDATE]

Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings [UPDATE] | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Wednesday on the constitutionality of opening government meetings with prayer, but the justices seemed unsure how to rule.
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The US Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether to allow prayer at government meetings or not. There are previous court cases on both sides. There are a good handful of states backing those in favor of prayer. I believe it should be allowed as it is freedom of speech. I favor the town halls side to support the constitutionality of prayer.
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Breaking news and updates on weather, sports, entertainment, business, stock market, politics, local news, movie times, lifestyle and photos from Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities area in Minnesota.
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Nathaniel a bus driver and pastor in Minnesota was fired for praying on the school bus. The topic brings to issue the first amendment and previous cases on the subject of school prayer. I believe Nathaniel had the right to pray. He was using his freedom of speech and religion to pray for the safety of students. Students can choose whether or not to participate so I believe he was wrongfully fired.
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ABCNews.com - Breaking News, Latest News & Top Video News - ABC News

ABCNews.com - Breaking News, Latest News & Top Video News - ABC News | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
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Rick Perry is in Iowa visiting. Perry comments on Chris Christy. Perry seems as if he may be running again. Perry comments on tactics for the tea party. Perry seems like he may be running for president again in 2016. What will perry do in a year when his term as governor ends?
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Did A Supreme Court Justice Just Admit To Being An Atheist?

Did A Supreme Court Justice Just Admit To Being An Atheist? | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
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.
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Beyer the Supreme Court justice may be an atheist. Non believers are getting their hopes up for beyer if he is supporting them. He would be the first atheist on the Supreme Court. What would it be like if more atheists were on the Supreme Court? What will this mean?
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Tale Of The Tape: Comparing The Budget Committee Heads

Tale Of The Tape: Comparing The Budget Committee Heads | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are likely to at least set a friendly tone during budget talks.
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Paul Ryan and patty Murray are meeting to discuss the budget. Ryan representing the republicans and Murray representing the democrats. Both have differences but also have similarities. They seem to both be willing to work together to actually get something done about the issue. I like Ryan's strategy to aggressively fight the debt crisis and to emerge amount of debt. I really like that fact that both parties are willing to work together to fix the problem at hand.
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Is email ever private? - Video on NBCNews.com

Is email ever private? - Video on NBCNews.com | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
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.
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Emails aren't safe anymore. Companies are storing them on giant servers which are open to many. When will restrictions happen on the access to emails? Will emails ever be safe? Will they continue to be accessed by 3rd parties?
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Rand Paul pushes constitutional amendment on Congress - Burgess Everett

Rand Paul pushes constitutional amendment on Congress - Burgess Everett | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Forget the Vitter amendment. Rand Paul wants to make sure that Congress can’t ever again write laws with provisions specific to lawmakers.
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Rand Paul is seeking to create an amendment that makes all laws applicable to citizens as well as government officials including all 3 branches. Rand wants to make it so nobody is above the law as congressmen and officials are now above Obamacare. They are not restricted by it like the rest of the nation. Paul faces a hard challenge ahead of him. I believe Paul is bringing to light the issue of Obamacare in a different way. He seeks to bring attention to it by creating an amendment. Maybe by creating this amendment representatives will see themselves more as equals to citizens rather than above them.
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What Obama and the tea party have in common - The Washington Post

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Obama wishes that the legislative process wasn't so complicated so that he could get things done the way he wants, but the madisonian model of how everything was organized prevents one person from fully getting there way. The article then goes on to discuss how the tea party will have to make changes in order to survive. The article also discusses how Obama and others oppose the tea party. I do believe there needs to be some reform in the tea party. I always believe that the legislative process has it's flaws but that it does it's job in preventing one group from dominating all politics.
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32 Republicans Who Caused the Government Shutdown

32 Republicans Who Caused the Government Shutdown | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Meet the House conservative hardliners.
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The article simply states that republicans are to blame for the shutdown. It then goes on to list the republicans and quotes them on something they said about the government shutdown. Some of which are very much so misquoted. My question is where is the other chart about the democrats that are to be blamed? Surely one side isn't the sole cause. Why can't both sides just find common ground?
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Gerrymandering: the recipe for dysfunctional government? - Video on NBCNews.com

Gerrymandering: the recipe for dysfunctional government? - Video on NBCNews.com | Jon Barnes AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: The age-old practice of politicians re-drawing Congressional districts to find friendly voters, or, gerrymandering, has allowed members of the House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle to stay in power regardless of...
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The video discusses gerrymandering and the implications it has on the government shutdown. The article seems to be more democratically sided. I learned that districts are drawn very awkwardly and that most places are misrepresented. We need to change something with this system.
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