With the coming of his second term will his cabinet remain in tact as it was for his first term? This cnn article discusses the possible changes that may or may not becoming. Secretaries of State, Treasury, Defense, the Interior, Commerce, Energy may all have someone to contend with. The article discusses the current holder and possible contenders. The President should carefully consider who he has on his staff as they are often some of the most influential people in Washington. Also surrounding yourself with bad people can effect his presidential ranking as it did President Grant.
Feinstein introduced an upgraded assault weapons ban. The proposal outlaws assault weapons and ammo mags that hold more than ten rounds. She hopes this proposal will “dry up the supply of these weapons over time.” However the proposal has met extreme resistance from the NRA. The NRA claimed “trying to ban guns from law-abiding citizens for decades.” The organization is confident that Congress will shoot down the proposal.
This debate has been long coming. Most of America is split on the issue. Many feel they have a right to whatever weapons they want as is promised by the right to bear arms. However there are those who would more than willingly sacrifice this right for safer schools and communities. However should assault weapons be outlawed what is to stop the black market from getting them and giving them to the sickos who perform many of the unfortunate events that have made this such a heated debate ? What is to stop weapons smuggling from becoming the next bootlegging.
The U.S. Supreme Court will be taking a custody battle at some point. Matt and Melanie Capobianco legally adopted little Veronica in 2009. Veronica was given up by her birth mother shortly after her birth. Now however the biological father is seeking custody. The father did not understand fully understand what he was signing when he did. The issues is whether or not the birth father can gain custody after the non-Indiana mother allowed for adoption “outside the tribe.”
The Supreme Court must have chosen this case as the case received enough backing for the members to be heard. The Court usually decides whether or not something is back by the constitution. There are several things that must be determined by the court. However the only real question is whether or not the court will separate a child from the only family she has ever known.
After the tragedy in Newton, the Gun Control debate may have taken a massive swing. Legal experts say District of Columbia v. Heller, has been of mainly symbolic thus far. As it stand it is illegal for convicts, illegal immigrants and drug addicts to own guns. Laws about unregistered weapon have been upheld as well. However should more be done ? Heller allows for better background checks, enhanced mental health reporting and the types of improvements that can be made to firearms. Should more be done ?
New proposed measures include bans on some kinds of weapons and ammunition. However should it not be mandatory of having to take a gun safety course and a psychological examination in order to poses one of the most dangerous things a person can own ? How many people are hurt or killed through weapon arrogance not just bad intent. A gun safe should also be mandatory so as to keep dangerous weapons away from children.
This New York Times article discusses the finger point game that is being played with the tax payer dollars. With the fiscal cliff coming soon their appears to be no stopping the speeding car that is the federal budget. With both sides pointing fingers at each other saying this side is to blame or this, one nothing is getting done. Maybe both sides should set aside their own taxes and worry more about the people the are paid to represent. “there’s just no reason why 98 percent of Americans have to see their taxes go up because some members of Congress on the Republican side want to block tax rate increases for 2 percent of the wealthiest Americans,” Mr. Geithner said.
Should a new deal not be reached where would the blame fall ? Most Americans would blame the president as he has become very powerful and the central figure in American politics. However is it fair to place sole blame on the president ? After all it takes both sides to compromise and as powerful as the president is he cannot force compromise.
In this CNN article it discusses the upcoming election for the Senate. With one third of the seats up for grabs The Republicans hope to grab power. The Senate is viewed as one of the more prestigious elected positions available as the founding fathers wanted it to be the most powerful. They have many powers, the power to tax not included. The Congress is extremely different than Parliament. The biggest difference is that the President is not a member of congress but rather an independent branch. It seems like it would be easier to be elected to the house due to the higher number of seats available.
In this CNN article it says the director of the CIA has resigned. In this article the author quotes from many of the nations leaders praise him for his leadership and dedication to the nation. The article discusses his impressive military career and praise upon praise is heaped upon him. However the article mentions very little about the circumstance surrounding his sudden resignation and talks very little about the controversial of sticking to initial reports surrounding the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
This Fox news article discusses the events surround the resignation of ne of the country’s most revered military leaders. This article is similar to the CNN article differing in that this article goes much more in depth with the affair that lead to this leaders resignation. “The move comes amid the unfolding controversy surrounding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. Scrutiny has fallen on a range of agencies including the CIA, and the director had been set to testify at hearings next week — he is no longer expected to do so. But Petraeus, in his resignation message, cited strictly “personal reasons” surrounding the affair.” This differs greatly from the CNN article in that this one paragraph contain more information on the affair then the CNN article did in it’s entirety.
The New York Times also posted an article. This article is much shorter in length and spends a good amount of time discussing both the affair and the generals past military accomplishments. This article seemed to focus more on the praise Obama had to say than the incident itself. This article makes very little to no mention of the controversy surround the Libya incident.
In this Detroit Free Press article they discuss the events surrounding the general resignation going in depth at both his resignation and his past accomplishments. This is however the first article to mention the possibility of the general continuing his service to the country “The world has not seen the last of Dave Petraeus,” Keane said. “He has far too much to offer.” This the first speculation to been seen about a possible return to public service.
This blog by yahoo mentions nothing about the controversy surround the general and very little about the affair itself. It seems to spend more time quoting people than actually talking about the event. It does talk about the generals history.
It is safe to say the media is in fact biased and the authors of each article are biased from the get go. Each of these five articles all have varying degree of facts to them. Most discuss the affair, resignation and the General’s accomplishments. However by deciding which quotes are important, how much to talk about the affair, the resignation itself and his wife all put the authors personal opinion of what is need for the masses and what is not needed.