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Stricter gun control laws or better mental health care? Should the nation have a serious discussion about gun laws right after a mass shooting - or wait? They are complicated questions. A few numbers, then, from a public opinion survey conducted after the Navy Yard massacre. 57 percent of Americans say "better mental health care" would play a stronger role than stricter gun laws role in preventing mass shootings in the U.S.; 74 percent of Republicans and 43 percent of Democrats agree. 52 percent of Americans say stricter gun laws will not make a difference in preventing future mass shootings; 59 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of Democrats agree. 40 percent overall say that making gun laws stricter would help prevent such events; 14 percent of Republicans and 62 percent of Democrats agree. 48 percent say gun control law should be made more strict; 20 percent of Republicans and ...
The average donation was $48. The percentage of donors who gave under $200 was 98 percent. Its amounts to a very handsome chunk of change for the Republican Party, which now has $12.5 million in their war chest, cash on hand. The Grand Old Party has a big field operation underway as multiple elections approach, which means boots on the ground and heartland outreach. Close to $7 million of the total amount was raised in August alone. "The RNC is engaging with voters in the field earlier than ever and working to hold Democrats up and down the ballot accountable for their misguided agenda," says Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus. "We already have more staff on the ground than in headquarters and are continuing to build out our data and digital teams. It's imperative that we keep building a permanent, nationwide campaign to provide our candidates with the necessary ...
Providing viable coverage of Second Amendment rights, gun control, public safety and American values is a tricky business. The press, however, is taking a few liberties here. Consider that their very language has changed: journalists appear to prefer term "gun reform" over "gun control." There's a reason for this. "The American media have long supported gun control, but they have increased their attacks on the gun industry since the Newtown shooting in December with a careful shift in the language they use. The term is likely to gain even more use following the shooting in D.C.'s Navy Yard,"says Kristine Marsh, an analyst with the Media Research Centers Business and Media Institute who has tracked the patterns of usage through print and broadcast. "While the commonplace 'gun control' has an aggressive connotation to it, and rightfully so, the liberals have attempted to replace it with the softer-sounding 'gun reform' to make ...
Buzz and intense fundraising have kept New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the presidential hopeful radar; he enjoys stable favorability numbers and a campaign war chest that now tops $9 million, with fundraising apparatus now set up in 50 states. "He's the hottest property in American politics and the most compelling personality thestate has produced since Tony Soprano. Polls say he is now the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination," says Tom Moran, a columnist for the New Jersey Star-Ledger. But Mr. Christie is overrated, he observes, noting that although the governor is a deft politician and deal maker, New Jersey's economy is a mess, property taxes are up, poverty and crime levels are rising while the state's credit rating is dropping. Mr. Moran predicts that his successor could inherit "a bigger mess" than he did. "Christie is a better politician than he is a governor, that his fame is ...
Soon to arrive in the nation's capital: the Freethought Equality Fund PAC, the creation of the Center for Humanist Activism. Organizers say the new political action committee is being formed specifically to support candidates who are willing to advocate for the "equal rights of nonbelievers." They make their case known at the National Press Club on Wednesday. Their goal, according to national coordinator Bishop McNeil: "The mission of the Freethought Equality Fund PAC is to change the face of American politics by providing nontheist Americans the opportunity to make their voices heard in the political process like never before by getting involved in the electoral process supporting candidates for public office at all levels of government."
Russia President Vladimir Putin's foray into journalism is still drawing the ire of American lawmakers. Just a sampling of what's out there: "Putin's NYT op-ed is an insult to the intelligence of every American." - Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, in a tweet following Mr. Putin's contribution to The New York Times that cautions the U.S. not to consider itself "exceptional" and to "avoid force" in Syria. "Mr. Putin worries that it is 'extremely dangerous' for President Obama to encourage Americans to see themselves as exceptional. His concern is well placed. Historically it has not boded well for autocrats when Americans are clearly focused on the values and principles that have made our nation great." - Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, reacting to the same op-ed. "History teaches us that a strong and engaged America is a source of good in the world." - Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, on ...
In polite circles, they're called "Libertarian leaning" Republicans who are borrowing a few pages from the Libertarian Party playbook, primarily to widen the voter appeal of the Grand Old Party as 2014 and 2016 approach. Now there are some numbers on it. A FreedomWorks poll released Wednesday reveals "fiscal issues and the role of government take top priority across the GOP voter base." The findings note that "big-tent libertarian values within the Republican Party and the American voter population at large are at the highest level in a decade." The survey found that 41 percent of Republicans say they have such values. The greater concern is whether social conservatives and the Libertarian leaners can get along - but that's another story. Meanwhile, on the laundry list of voter concerns, the pollsters says that voters fret about increasing government power - including the U.S. engagement in overseas conflicts, citizen surveillance, the ...
Not too long ago ago, the nation was obsessed with the perils of the fiscal cliff. Lawmakers vowed to tangle with the federal debt and right the economy. Now Congress faces another budget battle at month's end, and the dire prospect of a government shut down should funds actually run out. So let's solve the Syria crisis, says Fox Business Network's Washington correspondent Rich Edson. It's time for clarity, and the real business at hand, he tells The Watercooler. "This debate lacks a concise, compelling argument from the President of the United States. Absent that, there's a possibility a bipartisan majority rejects granting the administration the authority it says it already has. Beyond the domestic politics and international consequences, failure to encourage a quick congressional resolution on Syria further delays the next round of budget negotiations," Mr. Edson explains. Here's the situation. "Government discretionary spending authority expires with the end ...
Ronald Reagan still gets much recognition for his finesse in the public arena. Consider that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Navy Chief of Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert plus Sens. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat, and Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, are among the 30 luminaries who will attend "Building Peace Through Strength Through 2025" at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., in mid-November. "More than ever, before we are learning the true value of peace through strength," declares Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, California Republican and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee; he also heads up the steering committee for this event. Among many items on the agenda: the Asia "rebalance," Pentagon management during wartime and sequestration, and caring for wounded warriors. "My husband worked every day of our eight years in Washington to ensure that our country was ...
Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper has a clear reply for a new report from TV Globo, a Brazilian TV network, claiming the National Security Agency monitored computer systems at Google Inc., Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Brazil's state-owned energy company. French diplomats were also on the list. The network based its claims on training documents from the U.S. clandestine agency, leaked by Edward Snowden. The story was co-authored by Guardain reporter Glenn Greenwald and TV Globo Reporter Sonia Bridi. Is it economic espionage? "It is not a secret that the Intelligence Community collects information about economic and financial matters, and terrorist financing," Mr. Clapper said in a statement issued Sunday night. "We collect this information for many important reasons: for one, it could provide the United States and our allies early warning of international financial crises which could negatively impact the global economy. It also could provide insight into other ...
'Viciously negative' news coverage of Virginia Republican Ken Cuccinelli's campaign yields him only four positive stories in 12 weeks
One political bout looms large on the radar at the moment: the Virginia governor's race between former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe - a longtime friend and associate of Bill and Hillary Clinton - and Republican Ken Cuccinelli, currently the state's attorney general. Mr. McAuliffe has won the media's protection, apparently. A new study of major newspapers in the state finds the GOP candidate got rough treatment from the press compared to his Democratic counterpart: Mr. Cuccinelli earned just four positive stories vs. 95 negative ones, a whopping 24-to-1 margin. So says a new analysis by the Media Research Center which reviewed 405 news stories, editorials and columns that appeared June 12 through August 31. "Our study found that Cuccinelli has received far more negative coverage than his rival, and only Cuccinelli has been cast by the newspapers as an ideological candidate," says Rich Noyes, who directed the research. ...
A suicide prevention expert has called for the term "homicide bomber" to replace the widely used "suicide bomber", claiming that those who kill themselves while murdering others have few similarities to actual suicide victims. So says Dr. Robert Goldney, a psychiatry professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia, who is, incidentally, an internationally regarded suicide expert and author. "Past studies have generally shown that there is little in common between so-called 'suicide bombers' and those who die by suicide, using 'suicide' in its clinically accepted sense," he says. "From the point of view of experienced clinical psychiatrists, suicide bombers have a range of characteristics that are completely different to those of the majority of suicide victims." Typical feelings of hopelessness, unbearable psychic pain combined with self-absorption and few options are common among those who are suicidal. Not so among those who commit terrorist acts, Dr. Goldney says, noting "Mental ...
The public has been confused about the identity of "Syrian rebels" - who could receive arms and training from the U.S. is the very near future. One conservative watchdog group blames this confusion on broadcasters. "The United States is poised to fire missiles at Syria in response to chemical attacks on Syrian civilians. But the assault will also pit the U.S. against one side of the civil war and aid the other side, which includes al Qaeda," says Dan Gainor, vice president for business and culture at the Media Research Center. "Broadcast news outlets are clearly aware of the Islamic terror group's role in Syria, but rarely report it. Nearly 94 percent of all Syria stories since the gas attacks have made no mention of al Qaeda whatsoever," Mr. Gainor continues. "It's not like the networks haven’t had time. Since the gas attack on Aug. 21 in Ghoutta, Syria, ABC, ...
Yes, it's a matter of Moore - and less of Moore. Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza, one of the driving forces behind last year's surprise blockbuster documentary "2016: Obama's America", has some news. He reveals that earlier this summer, the film's esteemed producer Gerald Molen protested the treatment of the production by the Academy Awards nomination committee, which denied it an Oscar nomination, though it was one of the highest grossing political documentaries of all time. Mr. Molen, who won a best picture Oscar himself for "Schindler's List", pointed out to the committee that the nominations board was "led by three well-known progressives, notably that uber-liberal, Michael Moore," Mr. D'Souza writes at his personal website. "I was most gratified to learn that in their recent elections, academy voters decided to oust Moore from his position as a decider of which documentaries should make the cut for Oscar contention. This is a ...
The official description is this: "annual release of information related to orders issued to telecom providers under national security authorities." And here are the details. "In June, President Obama directed the Intelligence Community (IC) to declassify and make public as much information as possible about certain sensitive U.S. Government surveillance programs while being mindful of the need to protect sensitive classified intelligence and national security," says Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper in a statement issued Thursday night. "Consistent with this directive and in the interest of increased transparency, the DNI has determined, with the concurrence of the IC, that going forward the IC will publicly release, on an annual basis, aggregate information concerning compulsory legal process under certain national security authorities," he notes. So what's coming? Content emerges from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). "For each of the following categories of national security authorities, the IC will ...
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