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NSA Surveillance Program Oversight: White House, Congress Point Fingers At Each Other

NSA Surveillance Program Oversight: White House, Congress Point Fingers At Each Other

Commented Jun 8, 2013 at 12:50:00 in Politics

“In Perspective: Any time we put most apps on our smart phones those apps have access to our location, our contacts, our SD card, etc. And we actually give permission for this access if we want the app. On our personal computer, every website we go to is tracked by that computer and anyone out there with access has this information. That's why we get advertisements suited to our interests. That's why bloggers that we subscribe to get pad by advertisers. This is not new to us and we know this is happening. We live in a digital age where information is not private any more. Police track phone records of suspects and victims to determine if a suspect has had contact with a victim. Many times this helps prove their cases against the suspect. To broaden this, the immense "chatter" monitored by our intelligence community to determine terrorist activity verified by specific phone records seems, to me, to be a deterrent and/or protection against terrorist activity. The problem seems to be how these surveillances can be misused and the secrecy involved. We shouldn't know details of specifics nor who is being monitored (then the suspects would go underground), but we should know that this is happening and that we have a U FIS Court that is given this authority by Congress.”

Commensality on Jun 8, 2013 at 13:15:55

“True, and anyone with the technical knowledge, the time, and the tenacity can hack anyone's cell phone and computer. I am beginning to think that privacy has become a compete illusion.”

Gail Cornelius on Jun 8, 2013 at 13:04:21

“People all know they are tracked and they are always at risk to be hacked by some criminal, yet President Obama is a bigger threat. Not to mention this is DATA from the service provider. It's laughable.”

dimplasm on Jun 8, 2013 at 12:55:45

“Amen on that Court.”
Al Gore: NSA Phone Records Collecting 'Obscenely Outrageous'

Al Gore: NSA Phone Records Collecting 'Obscenely Outrageous'

Commented Jun 6, 2013 at 01:53:41 in Politics

“But do the ends justify the means?”

KimberlyPeacock on Jun 6, 2013 at 02:02:43

“That is a good question and one that requires a good deal of thought.

I personally see no problem, as long as one can prevent it ever being used as a political tool.
Is that even possible?
What kind of checks and balances do we need.  ”
Too-Big-To-Jail Dogs Obama's Justice Department As Government Documents Raise Questions

Too-Big-To-Jail Dogs Obama's Justice Department As Government Documents Raise Questions

Commented May 23, 2013 at 01:36:23 in Politics

“Let's take a moment to stop and reflect on what has happened to our lawmakers in Congress since 2008. In order to take action against large banks and have laws that truly regulate these banks, we must have bipartisan co-operation between our lawmakers. If I remember correctly, there were no Republican supporters of any bill to regulate these "too big to fail" institutions and the regulatory bill that came out of Congress did not do enough to curtail the practices of these large corporations. The Justice Department might have done more, but they need specific laws to give them regulatory powers to break up the banking divisions. And the watered down version that came out of Congress did not do this.”

bigprogressivejohn on May 23, 2013 at 01:58:03

“True, many Democrats were complicit too. They're all even talking now about rolling back the few regulations that made it through. Hopefully Elizabeth Warren will put plenty of pressure on them.”

whynotanswertous on May 23, 2013 at 01:56:25

“While you are at it read up on the parts that Chris Dodd and Barney Frank played in the mortgage melt down.”

cincinnati on May 23, 2013 at 01:51:04

“Thanks. But it's hard to believe there are not significant laws
broken and relatively easy to prosecute with.

A pbs Frontline article gave such evidence,
and the lame excuses from the Adm....
we know the GOP would have done nothing...
we Hoped Obama would !”
Obama's Approval Rating Now Underwater, Poll Shows

Obama's Approval Rating Now Underwater, Poll Shows

Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 18:05:53 in Politics

“Local public school districts do not pay health insurance for their students. I'm not sure what you're talking about here.”

Emily1994 on Apr 13, 2013 at 16:53:33

“The health insurance to employees will be an additional $400, 000, this amount with with a relatively small district. Do the math of cost per student base.”
Jay Carney Swats Away White House Press Corps Access Complaints--AGAIN (VIDEO)

Jay Carney Swats Away White House Press Corps Access Complaints--AGAIN (VIDEO)

Commented Mar 12, 2013 at 20:28:37 in Media

“There is a reason why Chris Henry went to Fox Cable. Bring on the petty Obamabashing!”

Druid Priest on Mar 12, 2013 at 21:32:57

“Henry has excellent taste, and seeks to avoid the Liberal (quasi) intellectual in-breeding so evident at MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS and ABC.”
Megyn Kelly To Rachel Maddow: Wrong To Call Justice Scalia 'A Troll' (VIDEO)

Megyn Kelly To Rachel Maddow: Wrong To Call Justice Scalia 'A Troll' (VIDEO)

Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 14:58:27 in Media

“You are exactly right. In every small town one travels to, Fox is the main cable channel. It is a result of very smart marketing strategy. That is what is so sad about Fox (not for fox, but for the rest of us)---their marketing strategy seems to be much superior to others.”
Megyn Kelly To Rachel Maddow: Wrong To Call Justice Scalia 'A Troll' (VIDEO)

Megyn Kelly To Rachel Maddow: Wrong To Call Justice Scalia 'A Troll' (VIDEO)

Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 14:53:08 in Media

“Megyn Kelly is smart. She has just been reduced by the Roger Ailes Fox propaganda machine into a blond bombshell parroting their right wing extremism. A very sad commentary on women in general and Megyn Kelly in particular.”

Gerardo Quiroga on Mar 4, 2013 at 01:09:22

“Brings into question how smart she really is for having allowed that, and for not seeing the consequences of her job.”
Bob Woodward, Obama Aide Spar, Causing Confusion Over Definition Of 'Regret'

Bob Woodward, Obama Aide Spar, Causing Confusion Over Definition Of 'Regret'

Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 20:43:19 in Politics

“"Why is it that when someone exposes the truth, they are considered to be racist, or extreme..." Because, JRwalker40, it's NOT the truth and they ARE racist and extreme!”

bcarb on Feb 28, 2013 at 21:22:14

“Yes, because the first assumption of "exposes the truth" is untrue. The Radical Right knows they are playing the race card. They chose separating the country over uniting it.”
John Boehner: Obama On A Mission To 'Annihilate The Republican Party'

John Boehner: Obama On A Mission To 'Annihilate The Republican Party'

Commented Jan 23, 2013 at 21:06:39 in Politics

“Oh, I think the Republicans are doing a better job than anyone of annihilating themselves as a viable, functioning political party.”
David Gregory Under Police Investigation Over Gun Magazine On 'Meet The Press'

David Gregory Under Police Investigation Over Gun Magazine On 'Meet The Press'

Commented Dec 27, 2012 at 15:04:11 in Media

“Oh please! Can we not have common sense with our authorities? How about a little reasoning ability to assess a situation.”

Jerry Stafford Jr on Dec 27, 2012 at 19:18:18

“so we have the legislators pass laws and then let the police decide which ones to prosecute? you dont see an issue with that... wow... polyanna take off your rose colored glasses... by your own logic we dont need any laws, lets just let the police decide what is against the law and they can inform us when we break a law ....”

lop7693 on Dec 27, 2012 at 16:14:32

“So what your saying is because he is a celebrety and because he is rich he should not be charged for breaking a law that you and I would be?”
Democrats Make Moves To Ensure Cabinet, Congressional Committee Chairs Are Diverse

Democrats Make Moves To Ensure Cabinet, Congressional Committee Chairs Are Diverse

Commented Dec 27, 2012 at 14:53:19 in Politics

“Right. The Republican conservatives were told to get into the back of the bus by the Tea Party extremists. Bring back true conservative Republicans willing to compromise to get things done for the good of the country. Then you'll have a functioning government.”

giveme on Dec 28, 2012 at 16:11:27

“I was quoting Obama when he was first elected. He said that elections have consequences and told the Republicans to get into the back of the bus. The Tea Party rise to power was a result of how Obama governed his first two years. Bring people together from both parties with the president, who would be willing to compromise for the good of the entire country My dream,a functioning democracy that represents all citizens it is not very realistic with the current leadership .(house,senate and executive)”
Marco Rubio: Hillary Clinton Should Testify On Benghazi, 'Explain Why Her Department Failed'

Marco Rubio: Hillary Clinton Should Testify On Benghazi, 'Explain Why Her Department Failed'

Commented Dec 27, 2012 at 14:46:00 in Politics

“Rubio making his initial attack on Hillary because he is afraid of her candidacy against him in 2016. Too bad, Rubio. If Hillary Clinton decides to run for President in 2016, she will be the first woman President of the USA. And Rubio, no matter what you try to do against her, you won't stand a chance!”

agenda21 on Dec 27, 2012 at 14:52:16

“Anyway it Michelle Obama who's going to run for President in 2016.”

agenda21 on Dec 27, 2012 at 14:51:37

“She won't be if she doesn't testify to this mess and clear somethings about it up.”

SA Texas 2 on Dec 27, 2012 at 14:49:06

“fanned & 'favd”
John Bolton: Hillary Clinton Came Up With 'Diplomatic Illness' To Avoid Benghazi Testimony

John Bolton: Hillary Clinton Came Up With 'Diplomatic Illness' To Avoid Benghazi Testimony

Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 22:59:07 in Politics

“ENOUGH!!! Instead of these witch hunting, viral and propaganda comments on here, let's have some intelligence!”
Obamacare Pre-Existing Condition Fee To Cost Companies $63 Per Person

Obamacare Pre-Existing Condition Fee To Cost Companies $63 Per Person

Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 15:22:46 in Business

“Please tell me people are not whinning over a $5.25 a month ($63 a year) rise in their health insurance premimiums in order for people with heart problems, breast cancer and other cancers, leukemia, muscular dystrophy, muscular sclerosis, Parkinson's, Crohn's, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. to not be denied healthcare insurance coverage. And please tell me large corporations that make billions of dollars are not crying over $5.25 a month increase in their employees healthcare insurance. (Do these corporations not even give their employees $63 a year raises?) We are nickeled, dimed and dollared to death in cell phone bills, electric bills, cable bills, etc. and I don't see much fuss about that. Seems like this is the season to get our priorities straight.”

The Vulture on Dec 11, 2012 at 16:01:27

“Pls recall the President's beautiful speech where he said your taxes wouldn't be raised "one dime", and that healthcare costs were going to be controlled.
Seems like a long time ago, doesn't it?”

Kerry Cook on Dec 11, 2012 at 15:50:02

“April, PLEASE, I am begging you. Find someone you know that is being care for by the VA (Veteran's Admin) or is on disability through Social Security that has Medicare to understand how "socialized medicine" works. (It works, but not well) You must learn insurance co. formularies & go through approvals for medications not on them, esp. those not available in generic form. Lots of hoops of fire to jump through & beds of hot coals to walk on. The $63 per year is just a starter. Mark my words.”

Strbob on Dec 11, 2012 at 15:36:31

“This is one of many new taxes...get ready for more!”

Reneauj on Dec 11, 2012 at 15:30:02

“if the Dimwitcrats revele it is $63, it is more like $11,000”
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr: Fox News Has Divided Country In A Way Not Seen Since Civil War

Commented Dec 8, 2012 at 18:26:02 in Media

“And this comment is a prime example of what Kennedy is talking about!”
Thomas Ricks Accuses Fox News Of 'Operating As A Wing Of The Republican Party' (VIDEO)

Thomas Ricks Accuses Fox News Of 'Operating As A Wing Of The Republican Party' (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 21:45:43 in Media

“MSNBC presents a progressive view. Since the only political party in the USA with progressive views is the Democratic Party at the present time, of course MSNBC would lean toward that party. Fox cable is run by Roger Ailes, who was in partnership with republican swift boat strategists, Lee Atwater and Karl Rove. Fox uses "swift boat" tactics to present any views that are in line with promoting the conservative, Republican agenda, and attacking any opposing views. Who leads the Republican Party, Roger Ailes and Fox cable news or Republican elected representatives?”
Thomas Ricks Accuses Fox News Of 'Operating As A Wing Of The Republican Party' (VIDEO)

Thomas Ricks Accuses Fox News Of 'Operating As A Wing Of The Republican Party' (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 21:30:02 in Media

“I promise I won't laugh when you come down with all kinds of diseases from germs spread by food workers who don't have healthcare or money to go to doctors for preventive treatments.”
Thomas Ricks Accuses Fox News Of 'Operating As A Wing Of The Republican Party' (VIDEO)

Thomas Ricks Accuses Fox News Of 'Operating As A Wing Of The Republican Party' (VIDEO)

Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 21:20:41 in Media

“The ambassador's "home" is at his embassy in Tripoli. There he has U.S. Marines as protection as well as other security, as do all other embassies. Benghazi is a Consulate, and the ambassador was not known to be there.”
MSNBC Battles 'Pro-Obama' Label Heading Into President's Second Term

MSNBC Battles 'Pro-Obama' Label Heading Into President's Second Term

Commented Nov 25, 2012 at 22:13:49 in Media

“Just a word of caution. CNN was accused of being pro Obama in 2008. Because of this manipulative criticism, CNN went from being, in my opinion, well balanced to highly critical of the new president throughout his first year (and haven't gotten much better). Which made all of my friends that had voted for Obama switch from CNN. And, from the lower ratings of CNN that followed, I assume many more people felt the same way. When you put careful, moderate views on the one hand and completely implausible conservative arguments on the other, without any journalism critique, the result is a very distorted pictured. And viewers who expect more information and journalistic research are turned off. Journalism in a democracy should always be liberal, protecting the rights of we, the people. Conservative journalism would be protecting the status quo. I would rather have intelligent moderate opposing views presenting facts, and I would take a progressive intelligent Rachel Maddow with her well documented research of facts over any journalist on T.V.”

Dad of Marine on Nov 26, 2012 at 00:46:35

“Accused by whom, FAUX! That sounds about right as it is akin to a blood relative, quarrel!”
David Petraeus Tells Lawmakers He Believed Libya Attack Was Terrorism

David Petraeus Tells Lawmakers He Believed Libya Attack Was Terrorism

Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 20:14:31 in Politics

“ENOUGH!!! I am sick to my stomach of the divisive political language that is going on on this thread and in our country. When Americans are killed, especially on the other side of the world, we should all come together for the sake of these brave souls that put their lives on the line every day for this great country of ours. Our people were attacked, why are we attacking each other? To politicize the death of Americans is the worst from of self promotion I have ever seen, and it should be condemned by all patriotic Americans. Nothing unusual was done here by this administration or any intelligence agency that would not have been done by any other administration in our history. We should be finding out unbiased truth as to what happened (which todays testimonies should have done a lot toward sorting things out) and making sure our state department and other agencies are given the money they need to implement whatever protections they deem need to be in place.”

judgesue on Nov 16, 2012 at 21:08:24

“I agree that we need to know what happened in Benghazi and that partisan inter-fighting betrween dems and repubs is just demoralizing.”
Donald Trump: Election Is 'Total Sham And A Travesty,' Suggests 'Revolution' Is Necessary (UPDATE)

Donald Trump: Election Is 'Total Sham And A Travesty,' Suggests 'Revolution' Is Necessary (UPDATE)

Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 12:09:46 in Politics

“Donald Trump is a total sham and a travesty. He is condemning our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. Is Trump really an American? Seems he wants a dictatorship of the wealthy to run our great country. To Trump I say: "...na na na na , na na na na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye..."!”
House Election 2012: Republicans Still Favored To Retain Majority

House Election 2012: Republicans Still Favored To Retain Majority

Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 02:54:33 in Politics

“Seems to me the Republicans on this thread are getting mighty testy!”

Nonpartay on Nov 5, 2012 at 03:33:49

“Aren't they always?”

straight skinny on Nov 5, 2012 at 03:33:27

“They know they will Lose Badly Tomorrow that's why!!”
House Election 2012: Republicans Still Favored To Retain Majority

House Election 2012: Republicans Still Favored To Retain Majority

Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 02:53:11 in Politics

“If you were awake and listening to any news except Fox Tabloid Cable, you wouldn't have to "blame" the Republicans for gridlock and putting Party before Country, YOU WOULD KNOW they did.”

Vickie22 on Nov 5, 2012 at 02:58:58

“Fine -- So....what's the logic behind voting for Obama again? Nothing will move forward.”
Barack Obama To Des Moines Register: If I Win, It May Be Thanks To GOP Alienating Latinos

Barack Obama To Des Moines Register: If I Win, It May Be Thanks To GOP Alienating Latinos

Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 02:44:57 in Politics

“What better man? Romney? Which plan, the one yesterday, or the one last week, or the one the week before that? Mr. Etch a Sketch himself has not been specific about any "Plan". If he was, he'd turn away not only the 47% but 30% more. Read Ryan's Path to Prosperity that was passed by the Republicans in the House for the 2013 budget. The budget transfers the burden of Medicaid, and Supplemental Assistance Program from the federal government to the states (block grants) and Ryan says instead of an empowerd federal government to help meet the needs of our most vulnerable citizens (children, the disabled,the poor, the elderly and returning veterans), families, local communities and faith-based groups should be the ones to help these people. (Pages 41-42 "Path to Prosperity); cut student loans and Pell Grants, cut federal job training programs(pg.44); turn Medicare over to the control of private insurance companies by giving seniors vouchers to pay for this insurance, but if the prices are higher than the voucher, then the seniors have to pay the difference. But private insurance competition will keep costs down according to Ryan.(pg. 47) Would Romney veto a Republican budget like the aforementioned?”
Barack Obama To Des Moines Register: If I Win, It May Be Thanks To GOP Alienating Latinos

Barack Obama To Des Moines Register: If I Win, It May Be Thanks To GOP Alienating Latinos

Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 02:23:46 in Politics

“I really don't believe you. I think you're a plant. No informed Native American would give up the rights of all minorities by voting for Romney because of a code name the Navy Seals gave Bin Laden. And I'm sure the men carrying out the mission gave the code name. Take it up with the Navy Seals if you don't like it, but don't vote away your rights and social safety nets.”

rnurseprn on Oct 25, 2012 at 03:22:05

“when will you get over those Dim propaganda lies”
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