Today’s most popular link is a story on the Infowars website.  It reports that Steve Chabot, a Republican congressman from Ohio, ordered police to confiscate all phones and recording equipment for his speech at the public town hall.  His motivation was apparently to stop an embarrassing Youtube video making the rounds.  The article argued that this was completely unnecessary and stifled people’s First Amendment rights to.  There was apparently no security threat, Chabot’s staff just wanted to make sure no one ‘made a show’ out of the event, and in fact they were so paranoid about the public meeting being made awkward for the congressman that only pre-screened questions from his staff were allowed.

Over 1434 redditors weighed in with comments on this one.  The overwhelming majority seem to be in agreement that the police shouldn’t have enforced the banning of filming equipment, as it is a violation of people’s rights.  Lots of commentators are critical of this and other police actions, with many appearing very negative towards them generally.  Numerous comments point out the illegality of their actions.  There is also a lot of criticism of Steve Chabot.

 

 

The second most popular link on the r/politics front page today is a self post suggesting the creation of a new subreddit.  The point behind it would be to keep track of every bill that goes through Congress and allow redditors to interact with them, keeping people informed and making use of the up/down vote system to see what issues are most important to users.  The submitter of the self post has created r/watchingcongress to try and get this idea kick-started.

There were over 500 comments on this post at the time of reading.  Most people who responded stated their support for the idea or approved of it at least.  There are lots of snide comments directed to senators suggesting that they don’t read the bills they pass, or that they don’t need to because lobbyists pay them to vote a particular way anyway.  Other users point out the practical difficulty of setting up a subreddit like this, saying that bills are far too long and boring for users to pay full attention to and have a serious discussion about.

 

In third place today is a link to a story by the legalization of marijuana lobby group NORML.  It reports the story of comedian Jimmy Kemmel confronting Obama about his anti-legalization stance at the White House Correspondents dinner.  Click here to watch the video.  Claiming that marijuana is an issue that real people care about, he asks the President to seriously consider the issue.  The article praises him for directly but politely confronting the President and forcing the question into the open.

Most of the 271 comments on this link find the article amusing, and quote different parts of Kemmel’s speech in tribute.  Some applaud him for challenging the President on this and so many other issues while others remark that he wasn’t that impressive.  A small amount of the comments point out that it is the tradition of the Correspondents dinner for comedians to joke about the President.  Others observe that even if Obama had taken on board what Kemmel had said, it wouldn’t change anything.

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