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.