October 6th, 2010
09:54 AM ET

On the Radar: Supreme Court, bullies, midterm elections

Free speech rights at funerals The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a legal battle that pits the privacy rights of grieving families against the free speech rights of demonstrators.

In 2006, members of the Westboro Baptist Church protested 300 feet from a funeral for Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder in Westminster, Maryland, carrying signs reading "God hates you" and "Thank God for dead soldiers." Among the teachings of the Topeka, Kansas-based fundamentalist church founded by pastor Fred Phelps is the belief that the deaths of U.S. soldiers are God's punishment for "the sin of homosexuality." Read a profile of Phelps by following this link.

The Sweep – In this week's "The Sweep" CNN's Gloria Borger looks at the question: "How did it come to this?" Just two years ago, Borger writes, Democrats had what looked, in many ways, like a majority built to last a generation.  Time magazine asked, “Are the Republicans going extinct?” It’s now clear the answer is no.

Republicans stand to make big gains next month, and many Democrats are fighting for survival. How did we get here?  Borger says the problem for President Obama was twofold: His ambitious agenda fed into the GOP narrative, and the GOP narrative was designed to reflect the public’s overwhelming view of government as ineffective and untrustworthy. Democrats may brag about their achievements that make Nancy Pelosi so proud, Borger writes, but this is about survival now. So they’re busy hurling character attacks at their opponents in nasty ads, looking for any opening to change the political conversation. And all because they haven’t changed Washington.

Protecting your child from online bullies As cyberbullying emerges as a nasty and easy supplement to traditional schoolyard taunts, a raft of online tools has come on the market to help parents prevent it or respond to it. But experts say common-sense parenting and simple awareness about the potential for trouble may be some of the most valuable tools to prevent damaging electronic harassment. Click here for complete coverage in our special "Speak up: Stop Bullying".

Medal of Honor – President Obama will award the nation's highest military honor Wednesday to a Green Beret who died protecting U.S. and Afghan soldiers.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Astro

    God bless dead Phelpses.

    October 6, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. LmD

    Kids these days are being raised to be such babies it's unreal. Bullying is a part of life, a part of growing up. Todays society is sheltering kids way too much! Waah! So and so picked on me, waah! Grow up and quit being so hairless. I feel for the future.

    October 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. LmD

    Speak up, raise your kids to be 'sissies'. Let kids be kids and stop trying to tell them how the book says they should act. Learn by living! Good,bad,whatever happens take it as a learning experience,not so personal.

    October 6, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Mehdi General Dr Bad

    hay, gas bag, any chance you know where MY M.I.A. Army Nurse Deborah Christine D'angelo From New Jeresy Is?

    October 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    Mehdi General Dr Bad

    now what say, you tree hugging liberal cowards and you pig neo cons, all go fight your own wars.
    what say you mind your own damn buisness.
    do you speak anyhting other then english?

    October 6, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |

    October 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. jojo

    Free speech at funerals of military personnel? The protesters should let their brain cells develop to the point at which they realize their rants would be better served by protesting at the Pentagon. They must realize they would be physically unable to protect themselves by protesting at gay bars. They embody their own fears and insecurities. The progress that has been made in the area of "gay rights" has never been more brightly illuminated by such asinine displays as this: acting like kindergardeners at such a hallowed event, the of the burial of our beloved American heroes.

    Hey, CNN…. why not do some background checking on the followers of Phelps, or even Phelps, himself?

    October 6, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    What a Crock.

    October 6, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Elle

    @ mehdi general dr bad, whats with the m.i.a army nurse thing? I dont get it.

    October 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      The american goverment, from bush to clinton and obama have my Army nurse some where.
      When they found out about her they shipped her to Peshawar Pakistan.
      and as you see, no one cares.

      October 7, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michal Meaders

    the westboro baptist church and fred phelps is crazy as hell, since they feel it necessary to protest military funerals in the name of whatever why can't the the federal government enact a blanket law that makes it illegal to protest within 20 miles of a funeral or procession, thereby protecting the rights of the nutcases freedom of speech but also giving the families the privacy and dignity they deserve

    October 7, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
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