What You Should be Reading: Government Shutdown

It’s been one of the craziest weeks I can remember in news.

The U.S. government is shutdown, a woman tried to ram her car into the White House and there doesn’t look to be any end in sight.

I’ll leave it at that and give some tweets that highlight everything.

 

 

What You Should be Reading: Newtown 911 Tapes

This week the state FOIC ordered Newtown police officials to release the 911 calls made during the attack.

State prosecutors have pledged to appeal the decision in a higher court.

This isn’t the easiest conversation to have with anyone. For Connecticut, it’s a big deal. Actually, it’s more than that.

Papers across the state have been writing about this since the tragedy took place last December.

Do you think the tapes should be released? If not, why?

What You Should be Reading: Syria

President Barack Obama has announced that he will address the nation on Tuesday from the White House. What he will say I don’t know.

He’s in limbo at this point.

Obama’s pursuit of a military strike has seen opposition within the United States and abroad.

He has yet to say whether he would act on his own, which, quite simply, would have serious implications for the United States.

I don’t think many realize that we are on the brink of something much, much bigger than Syria.

A use-of-force resolution needs to happen quickly, in my opinion. I hope it does. Many that I know are on edge, as we wait to find out what Congress will decide to do, or not do.

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A Pew Research Center survey shows, by a margin of 48 percent to 29 percent, “more Americans oppose than support conducting military airstrikes against Syria in response to reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons.”

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via Pew Research Center

Who knows what will happen.

We are all waiting.

Jonathan

What You Should be Reading: Bradley Manning

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Manning was convicted this week of most of the charges against him.

Now, 25, manning had 20 charges levied against him after a seven-week court martial.

The private admitted to leaking the documents to Wikileaks, in an attempt to spark a debate. And boy did he ever.

The leak is considered to be arguably the largest in America’s history.

A quick Google search will help you find the documents and the subsequent video of civilians being slaughtered overseas. And just as a general warning, the video is very, very graphic.

Manning faces a maximum sentence of over 130 years and his sentencing hearing is ongoing.

I have no idea what this means for Edward Snowden, but it’ll be interesting to see how both play out.

With Manning, generals will argue that he endangered troops overseas.

And with Snowden, who knows what’s going to happen, since he’s been given asylum in Russia.

Jonathan

What You Should be Watching: The Cheshire Murders Documentary

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The new HBO documentary aired this past Monday — the anniversary of the triple murder.

I didn’t end up watching it On-Demand until later in the week.

I’m glad I did, but I have to say right now that it will ruin your day.

Like 9/11 and, now, Newtown, we all know where we were when we heard of what happened that summer day. It is burned into our minds, where the memories will never go away.

The documentary is real and it’ll ruin your day. It ruined my day, but I still recommend anyone to watch it.

I learned a lot of information that I didn’t know and a lot of it pissed me off. I won’t give anything away, but it reminds me of how the state police are dealing with Newtown.

It’s a long documentary. I hope that doesn’t deter anyone from not watching it.

I know most documentaries are one-sided, but I felt this one just presented the facts. You’ll see from both sides and, more importantly, the family and friends of Hayes and Komisarjevsky. It’ll really open your eyes.

If you do watch it, don’t watch it alone.

What You Should be Reading: Rolling Stone Cover

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I understand why the cover from Rolling Stone has gotten so much attention.

It deserves to be talked about.

We’ve talked about it in the newsroom at work all week.

A lot of people aren’t happy.  I completely understand, too.

Some companies have decided to not sell the issue entirely. And I respect that, too.

It’s an emotional story that is still very fresh in everyone’s minds. It’s not an easy topic.

Even with all of the emotions surrounding it, many have come to defend the cover.

I’m not going to say if I like it or not, but, rather, show you one from a long time ago that could be just as controversial.

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Yeah. That’s Charles Manson across the cover of Rolling Stone in 1970.