Coming in at the top today is a report from CNN about Ted Nugent being pulled out of a performance at Fort Knox.  Army commanders decided his recent comments at an NRA conference about Obama, some deemed to be encouraging violent action towards the president, were too controversial to allow him to play.  The article reports on the mixed reaction from people on hearing this news, with some in support of the decision, and others calling for soldiers to boycott the concert in protest.  The comments were taken very seriously by the Secret Service, who interviewed Nugent to discover whether or not his remarks were an indicator of his intent to really hurt the president.  The article ends by retelling another recent account in which Nugent got into trouble with the law, reporting that he exceeded Alaska’s hunting law by illegally killing a black bear.  He pleaded guilty to the charge.

There were a lot of responses to this article, with 1959 people commenting.  Many criticize his behaviour and argue that, due to Obama being their current Commander-in-Chief, there is no way the army could have supported Nugent or let him play.  A significant number also negatively discuss the National Rifle Association, with some users implying that letting Nugent come out with those comments at the conference was a tactical move on their part.  Some redditors discuss freedom of speech, while others spark a big debate about what members of the military can and can’t talk about.  There is also an overwhelming number of comments expressing distaste and disgust for Ted Nugent.

The second most popular link of the day is a story published by pixiq.com.  It reports on a bill just passed in Connecticut which enables civilians to sue the police who arrest them for trying to record officers on duty.  The article describes how the bill, introduced by a democratic senator, would make it possible for police officers to be taken to court if it is deemed that their interference with anyone photographing or filming them is not lawful.  There are exemptions to this, but some opponents of the bill are arguing for more exemptions which would effectively render it useless, the article argues.  Pixiq reports that the bill was motivated by an incident a few years ago in which a priest was arrested for filming police harassing immigrants, which in the end led to the investigation and arrest of several officers.

The majority of the 240 comments express the view that police often are or act as if they are above the law in the US.  A few observe that this question has previously been tackled in the courts, and that this trend of policing arresting people filming or photographing is an abuse of citizens rights.  People are almost unanimously in agreement with the idea that police should be more closely regulated by the law, and that the passing of this bill is a positive thing.

Today’s third most uploaded link of the day comes from PitThat, a website geared towards accumulating the most accurate news reports.  The reddit link takes us to a data report giving the results of Minnesota’s unbound delegates support for the GOP nominees in preparation for the National Republican convention.  The results show that Paul clearly has the most support, with 24 delegates compared to Santorum’s 2 and Romney and Gingrich’s 1.  This story is in line with the one covered in my last blog, with overwhelming support at the Minnesota GOP convention, Paul is firmly back in the race.

There were 1091 responses to this story.  Interestingly, one of the main threads is about what elements of a story make a link popular and push it up to the front page on the r/Politics subreddit.  Some of the others discuss what the reported result actually means in layman’s terms, and talk about what a straw poll means, which according to one user’s explanation, is apparently nothing.  There is also lots of commentary on Minnesota’s historical and present political leanings.

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