Although many nations around the world are democracies, the U.S is unique because it gives its people more personal freedom. The U.S. isn't conscerned with other people getting offended, as long as each person has the right to expression it is okay. The only ban that we have on this is clear and present danger. There are certain guidlines that have developed in order to rule an action potentially dangerous or not. Other countries are astounded by this practice.
This article answers the basic frequently asked questions about Obamacare. Everyone will need have health insurance in 2014, and those who don't will be charged with a fine because they have to have it. I support Obamacare but I don't see why everyone is mandatory to have one. I understand that Obama had no choice but to compromise with the insurance companies on this aspect of the legislation. This is probably why some people dislike Obamacare.
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...
A public school bus driver should not be leading christian prayers. That is definitely illegal, he was even warned and he knew it was wrong. If he wants to pray for the kids' safety, that's fine, but he can do so to himself. The prayers clearly have made some of the kids uncomfortable as he'd been issued a warning and fired over this matter. If he is going to have two occupations, then he needs to keep them seperate. He may have the freedom of speech, but those kids were in the captivity of his bus, forced to listen for the duration of the ride.
This reminds me of almost the Civil war times. These states are willfully disobeying a federal order. They should be following federal orders. Most states do not allow same-sex marriage, but they are not defying the federal government. It comes as no surprise that Texas also has a petition to secede circulating.
This is an article about a raher strange court case that the justices had to deal with, where the pastor of a church in Tennessee brought in poisonous snakes to the church. He was taken to court the very next for it. But he tried to argue the fact that not allowing him to keep the snakes would b a violation og the first amendment because it would forbid him and his church members from their worship ritual, where handling snakes is an important part of the service to show God's power, the court ruled that the pastor pay the fine of $50 and was sent to jail for 30 days for the possession of wildlife and for public nuisance.
Twitter has become more popular and powerful than anyone would have thought. I agree that Twitter is a faster way to spread news and updates, which can definitely help American become more politically up-to-date. I don't agree that Twitter would reduce spinning because I think people would only look at the tweets, or the news for that matter, of sources that conform to their beliefs. Conservatives would follow conservatives, and liberals would follow liberals. There is hardly a need to look at the other side's point of view anymore. There should be a way to view each sides' viewpoints.
This article talks about the unfortunate events that has seem to be defining Obama’s second term. The government shutdown, Snowden’s unveiling of NSA spying, and the disapproval of his Obamacare are all events that he has little control over but he has to deal with. Unfortunately, presidents are blamed for the misfortunes that happen during their presidency. These misfortunes are decreasing Obama’s presidential approval ratings. On the bright side, Obama has a couple more years to salvage his approval ratings.
The electio of Senator Cory Booker will add some diversity to the Senate because he is a a relatively young African American. Most of the Senate consists of old white people. This trend is starting to change a little, especially the Democratic side. A more diverse Congress will be able to better address the concerns of different groups of people.This is reflecting the nation a little bit more, the diversity of this nation.
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 video gives us insight on the exact detail of how email works, and who is watching and where it travels. You would assume the data is centralized in the US but the data centers over seas also help collect data. This video didn't really show anything we didn't already know, nor did it provide any special insight besides Google is working to encrypt their lines.
NSA has secretly broken into the main communications link that connect yahoo and google data centers around the world. The company collects data from hundreds of millions accounts. This is not legal or constitutional, they should at least say something to us about this. They should not hide this.
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 detailed exactly how the NSA has cracked into Google's data centers. The full repercussions of this scandalous news hack does not seem to fully register to the American public. The NSA has to be stopped and will not stop unless the American voters do something about it, whether it be through protest or voting in new representatives. It violates our constitutional rights.
Ted Cruz's impact on Texans and the Republican party.Cruz has inspired GOP candidates to rally for secession, rolling back immigration laws, impeaching President Obama, and amending the Constitutional direct election of Senators. People are following him and changing their views on certain things. This article also addresses the fact that Texas is becoming a more diverse state, with a fainter red part but not entirely blue part, making it a "purple state."
This video is about bush and chaney while they where in the white house. It outlines the breaking and falling apart of their relationship and how bush really didn't have any power and chaney was the one really making the decisions, like a "puppet master". I think that their relationship as friends and as colleges was strained due to the media, the policy agenda and the war in Iraq.
This article talks about the cons of Obamacare, the website that doesn't work that well is the main concern. I think that this doesnt necessarily mean they need to change the law. I do like however the idea of allowing Americans to keep their current insurance. They've been trying to get Obamacare running but it just isn't working.
It seems that the news about the Affordable Care Act is repetitive. People are having issues signing up or are uniterested in signing up. However, The Obama administration has promised and speent so much time on this act I feel like it would be too much of wasted effort to have them just walk away now. I would like to hear some success stories that champion Obamacare. It would be nice to have than perspective as well.
The case won't be settled anytime soon due to that covers controversial issues between the First Amendment rights of freedom of religion and speech, and the separation of church and state. It will be interesting to see where Anthony Kennedy's vote goes toward on this case.
This article talks about the argument of having a prayer at the beginning of a government meeting. It is very difficult to make a decision because it has been a tradition but it also is against the consitution. There should be silent prayer but never prayers that promote or demote a certain religion.
This article talks about how Justice Breyer might be atheist. I don't think that it is a big deal whether he is or not. I think that people shouldn't judge someone on their religious affiliations. We believe in the separation of church and the state so it is perfectly fine to have an atheist justice. It might actually benefit the Supreme Court because it will give us another view at cases.
This video is a discussion with Rick Perry, talking about issues like Obamacare. He is very bold and is not very afraid to say that he is against the act. He obviously is unhappy with the current situation in the White House, and wants to make a change in 2016 by running for the presidency himself. I am interested to see how the 2016 election turns out for him.
This video discussed the chances of Republicans or Democrats winning the House in the upcoming midterm elections. Many of the issues that seem to be swaying voters one way or another are social issues, so if they want to win, they need to choose the social issues that appeal to the largest amount of voters.. Voters want to vote for a candidate that they think is most like themselves.
This article compares the leaders of the House and Senate Buget Committees. It is very good to know that two people who disagree about policy issues can still get along; which is very difficult to find nowadays. In Congress nowadays, this seems to be very rare. However, this does not mean it will be easy to compromise about the budget since the two parties they represent might not be willing. Many members of Congress should look at their example and learn from it.
This video shows that people are becoming very dissatisfied with Obama, resulting from not successfully following through on your actions. ObamaCare was such a controverisial and risky decision by the Obama administration that has caused many problems. Obama should not be surprised that a lot of people disapprove of his actions, but I believe that he could turn it around by doing something profound sometime soon.
Sebelius keeps apologizing for the problems with the Obamacare website, taking complete responsibility for the dysfunctionality of the incident. Officials in charge also reassure the public that, within 30 days, the site will be up and ready to be used to sign up for coverage.
A kentucky senator, Rand Paul, wants an amendment forbidding senators and representatives to pass laws that don't apply equally to Congress and the citizens. Specifically aimed at Obamacare, this amendment will force lawmakers to disclose exchanges and rulings from the Office of Personnel Management in order to receive federal employer contributions. Amending the Constitution requires a majority vote in both chambers before it can be ratified, and I think Paul has a difficult task ahead of him to convince lawmakers to give up their authority to make laws.
Obama encourages people to apply for benefits over phone. The article itself is very discriminating and has a very derogetory tone. ObamaCare's real goal is to focus over health care. The disadvantage of ObamaCare is that the enrolled people will mainly be the most expensive patients. Even in the video, obama says that the website is slow and there are problems, but the intentions are good. Some people are going to be paying higher prices than they usually do.
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