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July 3rd, 2009
09:47 AM ET

Declare what Independence Day Means to YOU

During this holiday weekend, take time to read the Declaration of Independence- all of it.  As you do- tell us- what does independence mean to you?  Who is the most patriotic person you know?

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.


Filed under: Nicole Lapin • Tony Harris
July 2nd, 2009
01:27 PM ET
June 19th, 2009
09:02 AM ET

Does the Fine Fit the Crime?

      In a do-over of the only music downloading case to make it to trial,  Minnesota mother of four Jammie Thomas-Rasset has been found guilty of illegally sharing 24 songs over the internet. A federal jury decided she must pay the recording industry $80,000 per song, for a total of $1.9 million. Thomas-Rasset calls the fine "kind of ridiculous" and her attorney notes that songs can be downloaded for less than a dollar each.

       What do you think? Does the fine fit the crime? Or is the recording industry overreaching by going after individuals who trade music online? We'll take a look at the case and your comments with Nicole Lapin during the 12pm ET hour of NewsRoom with Tony Harris.

Filed under: Nicole Lapin • Tony Harris
June 15th, 2009
06:17 PM ET

The "Hidden Tax" on Health Care

We are already paying for health care for the uninsured whether we know it or not.  One report says each family pays about 1K/year for the uninsured.

Filed under: Nicole Lapin • Tony Harris
June 12th, 2009
04:11 PM ET
June 12th, 2009
08:17 AM ET

John McCain on with Tony

Tony is interviewing Senator John McCain in the noon eastern hour.  What would you ask him?  Anything is fair game- the election, his comments on healthcare, etc.

Filed under: Nicole Lapin • On TV • Tony Harris
June 8th, 2009
09:34 AM ET

Presidential Date Night in Paris

So, they’re at it again! The City of Light has now become the City of Presidential Date Night.

"I would love nothing more than to have a leisurely week in Paris, stroll down the Seine, take my wife out to a nice meal, have a picnic in Luxembourg Gardens. Those days are over, for the moment," President Obama said while speaking with the French President Nicholas Sarokzy.

Despite the security detail and the crowds wrapped around the block to catch a glimpse, the president was able to take his wife out to dinner at La Fontaine de Mars, a restaurant that specializes in rustic French dishes. After dinner, they took a ride along the Left Bank of the Seine.

This is not the first “date night.” The Obamas recently flew to New York City for a Broadway show and dinner. They dined at Citronelle in WashingtonD.C. last month and went to their favorite restaurant in Chicago for Valentines Day.

Filed under: Nicole Lapin • Tony Harris
June 5th, 2009
01:45 PM ET

Youth in the Middle East

Jared Cohen, one of the youngest members of the U.S. State Department's Policy Planning Team and the author of "Children of Jihad," believes the under-30 generation in the Islamic world is the best hope for peace, as young people make up 60% in the region.  "Young people in the Arab and Muslim worlds shouldn't be looked at as a threat, they should be looked at as an opportunity," Cohen says.  Tony Harris and Nicole Lapin spoke to him to find out we can do just that.

Cohen is currently working on the "Text Swat" program at the State Department.  It's part of his push to get young people engaged through technology.

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Filed under: Nicole Lapin • On TV • Tony Harris
June 1st, 2009
09:26 AM ET

The Price of Presidential Date Night

The first couple, known for having weekend date nights, had an extravagant one on Saturday night in New York City.

According to a White House spokesman, Obama said he was taking his wife to the Big Apple "because I promised her during the campaign that I would take her to a Broadway show after it was all finished."

Instead of taking the larger Air Force One plane for their trip north, the Obamas took a smaller plane, a G-3, which became Air Force One once he boarded.  The press traveled in a separate aircraft, a G-5, and a G-3 carried White House support staff, according to the pool report.

RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho, blasted the couple's visit. "As President Obama prepares to wing into Manhattan’s theater district on Air Force One to take in a Broadway show, GM is preparing to file bankruptcy and families across America continue to struggle to pay their bills," she said. "Have a great Saturday evening – even if you’re not jetting off somewhere at taxpayer expense."

Broadway tickets- $96.50 apiece

Three planes- $24,000 each

Presidential Date Night- priceless

source: NY Post

Filed under: Nicole Lapin • Tony Harris
May 28th, 2009
11:38 AM ET
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