While even highly offensive speech is protected in the U.S., that level of freedom is quite unique.
America is the land of the free, meaning we practically can do what ever we want and say what ever we want. This is shocking to the ret of the world even the othe Democratic countries think that there should some sort of restriction on what people can say to the public. I agree with this. I believe that everyone had there own opinion on every issue but some opinions are hateful and disrespectful to others. But where should the line be crossed. Because the line can go as far as saying we can't speak our minds because it MAY hurt someone. So I think the way America is is the way it should be even with extremista and some crazied everyone haa the right of free speech. So we shall us it and use it well.
The pastor at Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette brings snakes into church in order to further his sermon. He is going to court because it is against Tennesse law to have poisonous snakes around people. I think it is crazy that a pastor brings snakes into church but I agree that it is apart of his religion therefore it should be covered by freedom of religion.
The roundtable debates the role of social media in politics following Twitter's IPO.
Is Twitter helping or harming politics. I think the evolution in news is going to be positive for politics. Twitter has made news more available and accessible to the younger generation. Because the change in technology has definately had a large impact on not only the way people recieve news, but also the way we live our lives. Politics will thrive due to the use of Twitter and other technologies.
ABC's Jeff Zeleny goes one-on-one with Gov. Rick Perry on his first trip to Iowa since 2012.
Rick Perry comments on Obama's issues with the launch of ObamaCare and what he will do after his term is over. Rick Perry say's that Obama has perpetrated a fraud to the American people and needs to come out and apologize. I agree that Obama lead many people to believe that they will be able to keep their current insuarance if they didn't want to use ObamaCare which isn't tru. Perry also talks about what he's going to be promoting after his term is over which is jobs. Isn't that what Obama's campaign was all about in 2008? It's a bit ironic to me.
Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are likely to at least set a friendly tone during budget talks.
This discusses the differences between Rep. Ryan and Sen. Murray on the budget. They both have an idea and a plan tohelp us get money but whos idea is better? To me Ryan's is better because it wouldn't caue the people to pay higher taxes and we would gain trillions of dollars. They do have one big thing in common. They both come from households in with a government help program helped their family. So we shall see what idea goes into action.
This article is talking about the rise in rural areas wanting to seceed from thier liberal state. People in rural areas all over the country are feeling that thier beliefs and opinions are being ignored is legeslation so they want to create another staet in which their beliefs can be well represented. But will this ever work? No it won't because they're trying to seceed because they have no representation or enough people that agree with them so how will they possibly get people to help them seceed from they're state. They won't so the issue is one to think about and try to fix so it won't happen but we don't really need to worry about it.
This article shows how and why Obama's approval ratings are going down. I don't think people should feel like he's not a good leader just because we're having some political hiccups. The president has had tragedy after tragedy back to back, and I;m not giving any excuses but I know that has a toll on him. On the other side the people do need to see some of his external concern for the diffferent issues at hand. Even though he worries and thinks of them in his head. I know he will get back "above the curve" before we know because that's the type of president that he is.
I think Sebelius answered the questions at hand and gave us some clarity. Republicans are being unrealistic in what she can explain. She has realized and accepted that she has made a mistake and they still want more. She says it will be fixed in 30 days, by that time we shall see her progress.
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 wants to make an amendment in which Congress can't make laws that are applied to the U.S. citizens and not the Congress. I do agree with Paul that if Congress passes a law that they say is good enough for the American people the it should be good for them. But I think Paul is getting ahead of himself. I know he won't be able to get a supermajority to vote against themselves making laws. So Paul's theory is in the right place but I don't know how he will get it through.
The Wall Street Journal on the liberal claim that website problems don't matter when your intentions are good.
This article is touching on the glitches that healthcare.gov has been having and what the president says about them. I agree that n one should be pointing the finger at the Democrats/Supporters of the Affordable Health Care Act just because the website has a few issues. I understand that this was the big launch and that it should have been able to get people on it and getting their personal health care. But I believe we need to have some faith that they will come through and get this thing working again. I also disagree with the comment that liberals don't care about the actual outcome and that the focus is on their intent. Everyone cares how this will come out and I know they're on fingers and toes on this topic.
The government shutdown reflects a political system that reinforces extremism. The news media system isn’t much different lately.
According to this article political districts aren't the only things being gerrymandered. The way in which every individual gets there news or their point of view on political and social issues is all based on their personal opinions. If a person is a conservative they will fund they're news on sites and newscast that mirror that ideal not the opposite. Our news is definately being gerrymandered because that's what the people want essentially. No one wants to be proven wrong in their ideals they want someone to agree and enhance those ideas. I actually think this is a good and bad thing. It is good because we all get the newss and the current events but through our personal ideas but that can also be a bad thing. By getting the news through our point of view we may miss the real importance or reality of the actual news. So one has to decide: Do you want to feel like your beliefs are being honored in the news you watch or do you want to feel completely wrong?
This article is about the 32 representatives who won't budge on a compromise on ObamaCare and is using the government shutdaown as a tool to get their way. I believe that these 32 idividuals should be kicked out of the House because they are not trying to help the American people they just want to get their way. These representatives are acting like children in the since that they WON'T come to a compromise and say they won't fund a country that won't defund ObamaCare. They don't care that the shutdown is hurting millions of people and hurting the U.S. as a whole. Lets find a way to get these crazy representative out of the House.
Lesley Stahl profiles House Majority Leader Eric Cantor about his life and the recent bipartisan wars in Congress.
This interview was on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the gridlock over raise in taxes to raise money for the government. In this interview they showed Eric Cantor in the field pushing for his way or the highway and then they showed him at home with his family saying that no one can always get what they want. I believe that Eric Cantor is such an oppinionated politician because of his background and his personal veiws on things. But I also believe that Cantor is willing to come to an agreement when both ideas are rightfully represented. Cantor and Obama butt heads because they're both very supportive of their policies and their parties choices and usually the two are combatting one another. Overall Cantor is a good politician but could use some help in the compromising aspect.
Is prayer at government meetings constitutional? Thats the question that SCOUS has been faced with. I don't think it's constitutional for all government meetings to start off with a prayer even though I'm a devout Christian. I think that these prayers make it seem like you must be Christian to be in Government, which has been an informal qualification for so long. With all the changes in legisation and the country as a whole I think this should change to if all parties included in the meeting agree to pray, a pryaer will be performed.
In the 12 months since his reelection, the president has achieved far less than he expected and suffered one mishap after another.
Bad luck for Obama. Obama's second term was anticipated to bring lots of changes to America but to pure bad luck an uncooperative Republicans he hasn't been able to due most of the things he strived to do. Obama has been hit by tragedies, elementary school shootings, and mess ups, the launch of ObamaCare. I believe Obama will get out of this rut of bad luck and come out on top, even though his approval ratings are almost at the lowest in his presidential career.
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.
Is there a new informal qualification in the Supreme Court? In the heat of the moment Justice Breyer made a comment hinting towards the fact that he might be atheist. This seems to be a shocker because most Justices are religious in one way or another. But this can also be a good thing for those Americans who are atheist to have a Supreme Court justice to support their views. This can turn out to be a huge jumps for thhe Supreme Court.
Midterm elections are coming up and it isn't a clear shot of who's gonna when, Republicans or Democrats. The video starts by Obama himself introducing Nate Silver as the man who correctly prodicted the 2012 election. Then they start to talk about the SUPER low congressional approval ratings, 12%. Also they show that Democrats are in the lead, by 8%, in party approval. This is due to the slam of the government shutdown and the failures of ObamaCare. Lastly, the round table starts to discuss what's going on in NJ and VA. The usually Democratic states are leaning towards Republican. So how will the midterm elections turn out? We'll have to wait and see.
Cory Booker becomes ninth African-American to serve in the Senate, replacing Frank Lautenberg.
Senator Booker brings some diversity to the Senate. He is young, black and a Democrat. Even though he brings all this the majority is still old, white men in the Senate. But more of the diversity is on the Democratic side of the House. They have women, men, African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians. Even though the diversity is awesome shouldn't the focus be what each person can do for this country?
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 shows the path of an email after you press send. But it also tells more. It tells us that what we do on the internet is not private it is actually more public than anything else. All the things we do electronically are sent to the data centers and stored. So a email that you sent 10 years ago and deleted out of your account is still floating around in the cloud. Is this a problem. To me this really isn't a problem unless your doing something sketchy or wrong that you try to keep underraps. But even so, the heads of Google and Yahoo, for an example, are not concerned about a riskay picture you emailed to your boyfrind or what ever else. The only scary thing is that your information is always going to be out there so we have to be careful in what we use the internet for.
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 is giving a simple explination on how the NSA taps into private internet connections. I have no problem with the survallence because they're only doing it to prevent and look out for terrorism. This brings me to the comment about Al Queda. I understand where the user is coming from but the NSA is doing this to prevent against terrorism not promote it. Therefore Al Queda has won nothing.
Although a newcomer, he is rapidly becoming the model for GOP politicians throughout the state.
Ted Cruz seems to be the big man when he comes back to Texas and is welcomed by welcome home rallies and such. Cruz may be well liked in Texas but not so much throughout the nation. Cruz takes risks and he speaks his mind and means what he says but everyone doesn't appreciate that. In this article they talk about Texas becoming a more purple state, which I completely understand. The reason Texas is becoming more purple is due to the big cities voting Democrat but the rural subaburbs continuing to vote Republican (mostly conservative). Will Texas eventually become a blue state?
Peter Baker talks about his book, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.” He calls the relationship between the duo, “one that drifted apart.”
This video was an interview with Peter Baker on his new book about Bush's relationship with VP Cheney. This interview was revealing and interesting but why are we focused on the Bush/Cheney relationship when our country is in shambles with the enactment of ObamaCare. I believe MSNBC is tired of continuously talking about the current political issues and want to put their focus somewhere else.
In The Wall Street Journal, president of the Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint writes that fighting a law that is unfair, unworkable and unaffordable is reasonable and necessary.
In this article they explain the reason the conservatives had in shuting down the government. Their reasoning was that they will not fund a policy that will harm the American people. This is all very opinionated. I think if the people voted to go with ObamaCare then it should at least get a fair run and if after a year it has nearly destroyed America then the bill can be repealed. These Republicans went to the extreme in order to get their point across. Just ecause you feel that ObamaCare will harm the American people means you shutdown the government hurting the American people even more? This logic makes no sense and I personally don't see where they are coming from.
Obama and the tea party have one big thing in common: the want to veer from the practice of politics. They don't want to go through the tedious process in trying to get a bill passed. You have to go through several people and end up compromising your initial idea. I agree with Obama and the tea party. A president especially shouldn't have to get the opinions of so many people in order to pass a bill to help the country.
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...
This interview is Andrew Sorkin explaingg what will happen if the government hits the debt ceiling. He says that the government's interest rates to borrow money will go up therefore we'd be spending more money to borrow money instead of using that money for services. Also he said that if we hit the debt ceiling that there will become a debate about who and what to pay for first. Between domestic bills (ex. Social Security) or foriegn bills(ex. China) because of long term effects. I believe that the Treasury Depart does not have any options and that the Republicans are in La La Land to think a couple of days would actually help. Government needs to do something to cut spending or raise money fast before this country sees the true definition of political war.
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