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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 3rd or 4 -- Pastor loses bus driving job for praying with students

BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 3rd or 4 -- Pastor loses bus driving job for praying with students | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
A bus driver for the Burnsville school district was fired last week for leading kids in Christian prayers on his bus, even after he was warned to stop — a move he considers a violation of his freedom of speech...

Via Teresa Herrin
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I think that although i am a christian it  can be very uncomfortable when people get a religion forced  on them. Praying on a public school bus can probably be uncomfortable for some kids and although it was in good intentions it is probably not the best. It's good for people to share their religion but on their own time not during school. If it were a private christian school then that would be completely acceptable. 

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:24 PM

Did not say anything about the pastor forcing anything on the kids. However, as much as I oppose inhibition of rights to practice religions, this pastor could obviously not keep his intentions to himself.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 10:36 PM

This article talks about a bus driver who lost his job because, even after a few warnings, he chose to pray to students on his bus. He believes that him getting fired violates the first amndment, right to religion. I can see his point on this, but I feel like if you're doing something like this is public and offending others then youre in face in a sense violating their right to religion, so it's a lose-lose situation, and he was bound to lose his job.

Ashley O.'s curator insight, March 7, 9:45 PM

That is unfair, he has every right to express his faith, just like those who are not religious and express their personal views. 

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BY 11/14 or 11/15 (2 of 3) -- Your Obamacare questions, answered

BY 11/14 or 11/15 (2 of 3) -- Your Obamacare questions, answered | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
Still left wondering about Obamacare? Wonkblog’s Sarah Kliff and PostTV’s “In Play” have the Kliff Notes version for you.

Via Teresa Herrin
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This article includes FAQs concerning ObamaCare. All the questions asked and answered include a quick explanation of ObamaCare, all the existing insurance difficulties, process of enrollment and the legality of remaining without health insurance. The health cares lunch was very big and messy for Obama so it is interesting that it has taken this long for an article like this to come out.
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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:09 PM

This article answers the basic frequently asked questions about Obamacare. Everyone will need have health insurance in 2014, and those who don't will be charged with a fine because they have to have it. I support Obamacare but I don't see why everyone is mandatory to have one. I understand that Obama had no choice but to compromise with the insurance companies on this aspect of the legislation. This is probably why some people dislike Obamacare.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:29 PM

So requirements for obtaining Obamacare is basically asking us to be a bit...poor? Having national healthcare is the same as not having one because only the basics are paid. Honestly, my insurance company can do just about the same thing and I don't mind the bills if they can cover for EVERYBODY part I injured.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 10:43 PM

This article talks about Obama Care and how everyone will have to have health insurce eventually. It also talks about how Insurance companies cannot deny anyone from buying their healthcare because of pre-existing conditions. This could be beneficial  because there's many sick people who cannot afford heath care when they really need it, and no one will get screwed over.

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Town of Greece v. Galloway -- Brief History of the Establishment Clause

Town of Greece v. Galloway -- Brief History of the Establishment Clause | Alex Gov | Scoop.it

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In the video clips they talk about what is and is not okay based off of the informal amendments to the ways of Americans. I think religious cases are interesting and i think it is important to have separation of the church and state.
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Douglas Ferrell's curator insight, December 12, 2013 9:33 PM

This article talks in detail about the subject of separation of church and state. It talks about how a town called Greece in New York, in all of its town meetings would say a christian prayer before starting. There was a lawsuit over this, and was ruled that the prayers should stop because it stated that it violated the establishment clause. I believe that if people of different religions are attending the meetings then the prayers should stop, because a place of government where everyone can attend should not be bias towards one religion.

Ross Techmanski's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:01 PM

i think when it comes to seperation of religion and state there dose need to to be a wall.  i think in recent court cases they are seperating to much.  for example i think the commen religion that dose establish a god should be recognize.  in the santa fe case it is ok to say a prayer befor a game.  we are a majority rules country and if only 3 percent of the population proclaimes themself athiest it is ok to pray to a genral god for safty before a game.

Maddie Callen's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:34 AM

The article does a good job explaining the history of the establishment clause. The article is about a town that conducts prayers before every town meeting. Some small towns are predominatly one religion and no one will get offended or have a problem with it but the governmnet will insist on prohibiting this. Some take the amendment literally in that there should be a seperation between church and state but they should be able to step in on a case like this.

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COMPLETELY OPTIONAL -- just thought you might be interested -- Who Made That College Application?

COMPLETELY OPTIONAL -- just thought you might be interested -- Who Made That College Application? | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
From an eight-page form and a photograph to the Common App.

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In college applications now it is getting harder and harder for people to get into college but what stands out in this application is that they can speak serbo croation mandarin, which insinuates that they are foreign when my parents applied to college it was extremely easy for them to get in now it is nearly impossible.
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Jennie Taer's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:02 PM

Applying to college used to be as simple as taking an entrance exam. Nowadays, one must fill out an extensive application and supplement. The applications are online and have created some problems with glitches. Many colleges, this year, have suffered from it.

Online applications are much more of a measure of effort rather than an entrance exam, which measures correctness. It is interesting to see what the college application process has evolved into.

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BY 11/3 -- Booker Brings Dash Of Diversity To Still Old, White Senate -- Demographics of Current Congress

BY 11/3 -- Booker Brings Dash Of Diversity To Still Old, White Senate -- Demographics of Current Congress | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
Cory Booker becomes ninth African-American to serve in the Senate, replacing Frank Lautenberg.

Via Teresa Herrin
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I think it is good for congress e to be diverse and have different ethinicities, different genders, different ages, and different parties. When passing bills and making decisions you will get a diverse group of opinions making it better for the people
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james adair's curator insight, December 18, 2013 11:09 PM

I believe that this is a really good thing for congess. I think that congress really lacks diversity. This is most likely the beggining of having a diversse congress.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:30 PM

The electio of Senator Cory Booker will add some diversity to the Senate because he is a a relatively young African American. Most of the Senate consists of old white people. This trend is starting to change a little, especially the Democratic side. A more diverse Congress will be able to better address the concerns of different groups of people.This is reflecting the nation a little bit more, the diversity of this nation.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 4:07 PM

This article talks about the young and new african-american senator and the diversity in the senate. With our country being as diverse as it is, so should our government. That would lead to a better represented population.

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BY 10/31 -- NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say

BY 10/31 -- NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
Agency positioned itself to collect from among millions of accounts, many belonging to Americans.

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I think that it is good for us to know what the government is doing but also it makes the USA look weak if one of our own is going and publishing private information that is vital to the security of the US. I think that on the otherhand i do not really want to know all of the spying that the government is doing i would rather not know if the gvt feels the need to infiltrate yahoo and goodle for information that they think could potentially harm the US then go ahead and do it but i think that again citizens have the rights to privacy and Snowden did a very couragous thing by standing up for the rights of the US citizens.
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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:23 PM

NSA has secretly broken into the main communications link that connect yahoo and google data centers around the world. The company collects data from hundreds of millions accounts. This is not legal or constitutional, they should at least say something to us about this. They should not hide this. 

Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 2:49 PM

This discusses how public networks like Yahoo and Google are being tapped into by the NSA in order to provide security for Americans through access to lots of personal info. These networks have stated they do not want their databases to be tapped into by the NSA, but that is meerely just a claim. Although, both yahoo and google have started to make a move by encrypting their data in order to prevent any hacking. I think that this is going too far. What happened to privacy? Isn't that OUR right. The NSA is using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to justify their recent moves and decisions.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 5:02 PM

This article talks about the new program made by the NSA called MUSCULAR, which allows them to exploit data centers and flows from companies like Google and Yahoo. This article tells us about the negative feelings towards the federal government as overreaching its powers, the NSA says they only collect information on valid foreign targets, but who really knows.

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BY 10/31-- Sebelius apologizes for healthcare website debacle

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

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I dont like Obama so I do not really like his healthcare and the fact that the website was having problems makes it even more sketchy and harder for it to be promoted and talked about well.
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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 19, 2013 12:54 PM

Sebelius addresses the whole healthcare site issue and takes full credit for the problems. I think she handled this the right way and very professionally. By admitting to her faults, she is showing responsibility and confidence that she can fix it. You can tell that she really cares about this project because it takes a lot to take the heat for im sure that is more than just her problem.

 

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:09 PM

Sebelius keeps apologizing for the problems with the Obamacare website, taking complete responsibility for the dysfunctionality of the incident. Officials in charge also reassure the public that, within 30 days, the site will be up and ready to be used to sign up for coverage.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 4:40 PM

This video tells us how Sebelius takes the blame for the failed lauch of Obamacare. Sge later ended up answering the people's questions based on promises the president made. I think it was smart of Sebelius to take the blame for it because it encourages people to trust her and she is wise in saving others deserving of blame.

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BY 11/3 -- Is email ever private? Take a tour of the path traveled by your email

Video on msnbc.com: Critical questions are being raised about data safety in light of hacking reports and news about NSA data collection. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk explains what happens after you hit ‘send’ on an email message.

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Lately there has been a lot of controversy over the government reading peoples phone txts emails social media phone calls ect. I think that the people have the right to privacy as stated in the constitution. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:27 PM

This video gives us insight on the exact detail of how email works, and who is watching and where it travels. You would assume the data is centralized in the US but the data centers over seas also help collect data. This video didn't really show anything we didn't already know, nor did it provide any special insight besides Google is working to encrypt their lines. 

Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:07 PM

This video enlightens us in depth of the workings of email and how it is possible for others to view and who could possibly be watching where it goes. Suprisingly the data doesnt stay in the states but actually travels over seas. This video just re stated all that we know and gave more detail about the whole situation.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 6:43 PM

This video shows us that it true when they say anything you put on the internet will be there forever, and many of us blow that off. I feel that we all need to be a little more mindful of what we say and do online, and we should keep a lot more private.

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BY 11/3 -- Tale Of The Tape: Comparing The Budget Committee Heads

BY 11/3 -- Tale Of The Tape: Comparing The Budget Committee Heads | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are likely to at least set a friendly tone during budget talks.

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Both Paul Ryan and Patty Murray are extremely different I think it should be interesting to see how they will work together it says they both come from similar backgrounds. When Paul was 16 his father passed away and when Murray was in her teens her dad developed an illness and her mom found a job and they lived off of welfare so they are both raised with common backgrounds but their ideologies now are extremely different so it should be interesting to see how they work together. 

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james adair's curator insight, December 18, 2013 11:07 PM

I really hope that they are able to agree with each other on the budget. It seems that congress gets more caught up in politics than actually passing legislation and a budget that we need. We havent had a budget approved in years so hopefully this time it will be successful.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:25 PM

This article compares the leaders of the House and Senate Buget Committees. It is very good to know that two people who disagree about policy issues can still get along; which is very difficult to find nowadays. In Congress nowadays, this seems to be very rare. However, this does not mean it will be easy to compromise about the budget since the two parties they represent might not be willing. Many members of Congress should look at their example and learn from it.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 3:36 PM

This article talks about Paul Ryan and Patty Murray's  different approaches of handling the budget issue. They both each have their own style which approaching the decisions, and different plans as to how to solve the issue.

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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (1 or 4 total) -- Did A Supreme Court Justice Just Admit To Being An Atheist?

BY 11/10 or 11/11 (1 or 4 total) -- Did A Supreme Court Justice Just Admit To Being An Atheist? | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case about the constitutionality of a New York town's practice of beginning local legislative meetings with mostly Christian prayers.

Via Teresa Herrin
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I think that the supreme court has made it a point to be very neutral when it comes to religion topics and that in public situations no religions should be favored. But all of the supreme court members have always been religious so it is interesting that he may be athiest and it would be interesting to see how the country would perceive that. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:06 PM

This article talks about how Justice Breyer might be atheist. I don't think that it is a big deal whether he is or not.  I think that people shouldn't judge someone on their religious affiliations. We believe in the separation of church and the state so it is perfectly fine to have an atheist justice. It might actually benefit the Supreme Court because it will give us another view at cases. 

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:05 PM

I can see how this irritates people but not enough to ....offend them. Seriously? Who cares if people are praying, "beginning legislative meetings with Christian prayers" is a practice done by Christians (if they're so fervent, FOR CHRISTIANS. If you are not a part of that group, then shut them out and look bored. 1st Amendment protects freedom of religion, so are judges and politicans not the people? Getting upset over such trivial matter, beliefs inherent in a faith BELIEVED by THE PEOPLE --is in itself a discrimination. I refuse to pity those that feel "outcasted", if you're so bold on nonconforming, you're expected to be 'strong' when people practice their religions. Not weak and complaining all the time.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 1:02 PM

This article talks about Justice Breyer and how he admitted to being an atheist. I don't really think that this should be of much importance, even as a christian myself, because our nation is based on separtion or church and state, right? If a justice chooses to be an atheist, then let them.

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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 3rd or 4 -- Pastor loses bus driving job for praying with students

BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 3rd or 4 -- Pastor loses bus driving job for praying with students | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
A bus driver for the Burnsville school district was fired last week for leading kids in Christian prayers on his bus, even after he was warned to stop — a move he considers a violation of his freedom of speech...

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I think that although i am a christian it  can be very uncomfortable when people get a religion forced  on them. Praying on a public school bus can probably be uncomfortable for some kids and although it was in good intentions it is probably not the best. It's good for people to share their religion but on their own time not during school. If it were a private christian school then that would be completely acceptable. 

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:24 PM

Did not say anything about the pastor forcing anything on the kids. However, as much as I oppose inhibition of rights to practice religions, this pastor could obviously not keep his intentions to himself.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 10:36 PM

This article talks about a bus driver who lost his job because, even after a few warnings, he chose to pray to students on his bus. He believes that him getting fired violates the first amndment, right to religion. I can see his point on this, but I feel like if you're doing something like this is public and offending others then youre in face in a sense violating their right to religion, so it's a lose-lose situation, and he was bound to lose his job.

Ashley O.'s curator insight, March 7, 9:45 PM

That is unfair, he has every right to express his faith, just like those who are not religious and express their personal views. 

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Congress Exempt from Obamacare: The Latest Lie That Won't Die | New Republic

Congress Exempt from Obamacare: The Latest Lie That Won't Die | New Republic | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
First they said Obamacare would create death panels. Then they said the law would cover undocumented immigrants. Now the (@Redhead6886 @QuantumFlux1964 @DWStweets ask chuck Grassley. It's his idea.
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I think that the disagreements that cannot be settled is causing problems and clearly if they are not on board for obama care and it would cause more problems and uproar then it is worth then it's not the right time and if the government is going to shut down over this then clearly it was not worth it in the first place because we don't have time to be dealing with a plan that could poorly effect us in the long run.
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BY 11/14 or 11/15 (3 of 3) -- Democrats Threaten to Abandon Obama on Health Law Provision

BY 11/14 or 11/15 (3 of 3) -- Democrats Threaten to Abandon Obama on Health Law Provision | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
Congressional Democrats are increasingly expressing support for allowing Americans to retain the insurance coverage they are losing because of the Affordable Care Act.

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This article talks about how some democrats have been threatening to abandon Obama on Health Law Provision. It says that the Democrats in congress have been more supportive of the idea that Americans should be allowed to keep the insurance coverage they are losing because of the Affordable Care Act after Obama already stated that they could keep their existing insurance. Obama is just digging himself a deeper hole.
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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:56 PM

This article talks about the cons of Obamacare, the website that doesn't work that well is the main concern. I think that this doesnt necessarily mean they need to change the law. I do like however the idea of allowing Americans to keep their current insurance. They've been trying to get Obamacare running but it just isn't working.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:33 PM

Enrollment is low for the Affordable Healthcare and Demos are planning to ditch Obama. His top aides suggested cancellation but maybe Obama is saving face, he doesn't think the plan will dry up...oh but it might just will.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 10:53 PM

This article talks about how Obamacare is doing lots of things it said it wouldn't, like getting rid of American's insurance coverage when the president said they would keep it. Democrats and republican's are agreeing with each other on not making american's keep the obamacare.

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BY 11/14 or 11/15 (1 of 3) -- Administration: 106,000 enrolled in health insurance in first month of HealthCare.gov

BY 11/14 or 11/15 (1 of 3) -- Administration: 106,000 enrolled in health insurance in first month of HealthCare.gov | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
Of the 106,000 enrollees, only about 27,000 were able to sign up through the federal health-insurance site.

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I think that obviously Obama and his administration had i hopes and expectations for the health care and it was not as successful as they would have liked it to be in the beginning. I think that the website having difficulties and congress not complying is making it a lot harder and not going over as smoothly as planned.
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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:58 PM

It seems that the news about the Affordable Care Act is repetitive. People are having issues signing up or are uniterested in signing up. However, The Obama administration has promised and speent so much time on this act I feel like it would be too much of wasted effort to have them just walk away now. I would like to hear some success stories that champion Obamacare. It would be nice to have than perspective as well. 

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:22 PM

The figures are not up to what was predicted because the people lose trust in such a brittle plan. Its new, disorganized and made with haste, those who signed up stopped midway because they were informed of its problems or because they thought about how the elites' not getting proper pay might trickle down to their jobs.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 10:26 PM

This article talks about the 106,000 people that enrolled inObama's health insurance in just the first month. That number was way lower than the predictions they had made. It also talks about attempts to pass laws that allow people to keep their old health polices. Its honestly not that shocking that people wouldn't jump to join the new healthcare plan.

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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (4 of 4 total)-- How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year (Be sure to include the graphic in your analysis!)

BY 11/10 or 11/11 (4 of 4 total)-- How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year (Be sure to include the graphic in your analysis!) | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
In the 12 months since his reelection, the president has achieved far less than he expected and suffered one mishap after another.

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I think that Obama was not expecting all these setbacks. He set high goals for himself and he was determined to carry them out. Things have not gone as planned for Obama and his polls have gone down. In the video the guy said "the obamacare website is one month old and still like all one month old it is still shitting its pants" so that speaks for itself and how obama is doing.
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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:31 PM

This article talks about the unfortunate events that has seem to be defining Obama’s second term. The government shutdown, Snowden’s unveiling of NSA spying, and the disapproval of his Obamacare are all events that he has little control over but he has to deal with. Unfortunately, presidents are blamed for the misfortunes that happen during their presidency. These misfortunes are decreasing Obama’s presidential approval ratings. On the bright side, Obama has a couple more years to salvage his approval ratings.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:30 PM

Kind of a biased article. Catalogued how Obama managed to screw up his second term by promising to have more actions and less talk (as they've always done) but he ended up swallowing his words. Wasting huge national sums on....gun control (because a crazy dude killed 20 elementary kids)...really how hard is gun control that you have to spend so much on it. In his second reelection, he stated that he wanted to focus more on immigration laws. Wait, I haven't heard anything significant about such matters. Ah well, I guess he's trying to save the economy. No, not happening either, because he came up with a very smart plan, the National Healthcare (no really, its a very merciful plan but it needs MORE planning yeah?) and that basically screw up another large chunk of dough. Oh boy, I guess he still has his Congress to help him out. NOPE they're full of Republican babies. Then Obama wanted to help out with Syria, asking Putin to withdraw their rejection but Snowden is stuck in Russia, revealing unwanted, embarassing government documents. Obama is at a standstill.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 7:57 PM

This article talks about Obama's struggles as president throughout both terms, and his struggle with dealing with the republicans. At the moment, our presidents approval ratings are at their lowest because it seems as though Obama's getting nothing done in office. 

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BY 11/3 -- Secession Movement

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Residents of rural areas feel shut out of their states' politics, so why not create their own?

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I think this is simple if you don't like where you live move. It would be completely outrageous to secede and create another state let alone new gvt. The economy would fail and it would be a mess.
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Maddie Callen's curator insight, December 19, 2013 3:28 PM

This article is about how certain rural areas in colorado want to suceed. The topic is interesting and I remember a few years ago when there was talk of texas suceeding and all I thought was "would Rick Perry be our President? weird" it would be hard for areas like that to support themselves as their own country but I can see why they would want to because they feel left out of politics. i wonder how they feel about the electoral college and if they feel like their votes dont count,.

Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:12 PM

This article talks about citizens, counties, and groups in general in certain states claiming that they want to secede from their state and make a new one. The main group that seems to have a problem is the Republicans living in a Democratic region. For example in Colorado, a vote is going tobe held for secession. I  think that if people have problems with beliefs and the way things work in a certain state, that they should leave. You cant change the whole state to meet all of your standards.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 3:29 PM

The article says that many counties's rural residents  are feeling the need secede and create a new state. Northern counties want to create their own state because they don't agree with the rest of colorado. While the creation of a new state seems a bit extreme, I feel like these residents need to be better represented to avoid ideas like secession. 

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BY 10/31 -- How the NSA is infiltrating private networks

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The NSA, working with its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), secretly taps into the internal networks of Yahoo and Google, the two biggest Internet companies by overall data traffic.

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It is illegal to have a website that the gvt cannot get into but that does not mean that the gvt should tap into google or yahoos networks through wiring and invade peoples private information. It is against the rights of American citizens.
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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 19, 2013 12:38 PM

This article is about how the NSA  is going through private networks and how the NSA has been working with the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). They have been getting into google and yahoo networks; emails, docs, and yahoo emails. These can be looked into by the NSA and GCHQ. Their methods include taping google's private links, getting a third party who shares a major internet exhange with google, etc. This can be seen as quite scary for the reasons that they seem to be getting very good at it

  
Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:12 PM

This article detailed exactly how the NSA has cracked into Google's data centers. The full repercussions of this scandalous news hack does not seem to fully register to the American public. The NSA has to be stopped and will not stop unless the American voters do something about it, whether it be through protest or voting in new representatives. It violates our constitutional rights.

Adriana Cruz's comment, January 25, 3:31 PM
This article talks about how the NSA has infiltrated into the public in order to ensure safety. For example, the NSA can monitor all Google Cloud actions. It is very interesting to note that the Washington Post is willing to share this information to the public; it almost seems risky. At the same time, it makes me feel very unsafe in that the government could monitor anything that I do online.
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OPTIONAL, but highly recommended! -- The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center in Utah

OPTIONAL, but highly recommended! -- The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center in Utah | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
The National Security Agency's immensely secret project in the Utah desert will intercept, analyze, and store yottabytes of the world's communications—including yours.

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I think it is very interesting to learn about the NSA and the different projects that they have an where it is located. Although some people lately have been nervous over the government spying on people and there personal information I think it is always good for the US to be well informed.
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Teresa Herrin's curator insight, October 31, 2013 10:02 PM

As a subscriber to Wired (great magazine!), I was really surprised to read the cover story in March 2012.

Joseph Rumbaut's curator insight, November 2, 2013 9:10 AM

So who's to say the outcry for personal invasion won't happen again and congress won't shut this thing down again? Also, instead of focusing on domestic terrorism maybe they should try to prevent anything from foreign nations coming our way since in the past they have done such a good job of that(9/11, US embassies blown up in Africa, and the USS Cole attacked in Yemen).

A supercomputer! Which could be used for the public good but instead is used as a method of invading the every U.S. citizen's privacy. Well if this works then they should at least use it to prevent crime since heists and large-scale crime requires communication.

Nicolas Aldape's curator insight, November 3, 2013 9:33 PM

The NSA's Utah Data Center will manage terabytes of communications on a daily basis. Costing billions of dollars and taking up a million square feet, it will be a large data center for the NSA. The facility  will requre millions of gallons of water a day and in-house energy production for use. Its impact and abilities are enormous.
This facility again brings attention to the divisive nature of the NSA.

 

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BY 10/31 -- Nightly News: Obama’s approval rating drops to all-time low

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams

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Obamas ratings have dropped a lot since the beginning of his presidency the obamacare does not seem to be working out for him very well. His ratings used to be a lot higher and now they are making a record breaking low. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:18 PM

This video shows that people are becoming very dissatisfied with Obama, resulting from  not successfully following through on your actions. ObamaCare was such a controverisial and risky decision by the Obama administration that has caused many problems. Obama should not be surprised that a lot of people disapprove of his actions, but I believe that he could turn it around by doing something profound sometime soon.

Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:00 PM

This video explains the president's approval ratings have dropped and the affect Obama's leadership has on the nation.  I think the trials of Obama have been difficult and must be difficult for him to juggle everything. It makes sense as to why Obama has lost approval ratings because the public is tired of not getting what was promised. Especially now with the NSA leaks as well...He may continue to lose approval.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 5:39 PM

It's not shocking that President Obama's presidential rating and personal rating have gotten dropped to an all-time low. I agree that President Obama should show more involvement with fixing the Obamacare issues because as of right now he's shown very little, and that's one of the many reasons his rating is so low.

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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 1st of 4 -- Snake Handling: Law vs. First Amendment rights

BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 1st of 4 -- Snake Handling: Law vs. First Amendment rights | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
A LaFollette pastor headed to court next week for having dozens of poisonous snakes at his church said the laws he allegedly violated in Tennessee infringe on his freedom of religion.

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I think that if you bring a poisonous snake into your church it will probably not help bring people back. So on the pastors part that was just a weird and irrational demonstration that he could have gotten his point across in a different way. Although you do have freedom of expression and speech i do not think that is how it should be used. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:35 PM

This is an article about a raher strange court case that the justices had to deal with, where the pastor of a church in Tennessee brought in poisonous snakes to the church. He was taken to court the very next for it. But he tried to argue the fact that not allowing him to keep the snakes would b a violation og the first amendment because it would forbid him and his church members from their worship ritual, where handling snakes is an important part of the service to show God's power, the court ruled that the pastor pay the fine of $50 and was sent to jail for 30 days for the possession of wildlife and for public nuisance. 

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:54 PM

Religious or not. Law or not. Who cares?! If people's lives are clearly at risk, why are such practices disputable? It's apparent that if people are not professional at handling dangerous animals, do not do so. Period. Why is the government dragged into this? and why is this stupid minister leading a blind crowd?

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 12:55 PM

This article talks about a Pastor who has to go to court because he had poisonous snakes at his church during service; however some may say that this violates one's freedon of practicing religion. In court he justifies his act with the 1st Amendment. 

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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 4th or 4 -- Texas and 5 Other States Resist Processing Benefits for Gay Couples

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Some states are citing a conflict with state laws to defy the defense secretary’s order that gay spouses of National Guard members be given the same federal marriage benefits as heterosexual spouses.

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I think that gay people should have the same rights as other marriages. I think that especially same sex military couples should get the same benefits as everyone else. It doesn't affect anyone but them so it is obnoxious and annoying not to give it to them. Yes the states that are resisting to give the gay couples the benefits are very conservative it does not mean that we should not give everyone the same military couple benefits no matter who they are it is there right they risk there lives to serve our country and can't get couple benefits all because they are gay. That is absurd and ridiculous. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:46 PM

This reminds me of almost the Civil war times. These states are willfully disobeying a federal order. They should be following federal orders. Most states do not allow same-sex marriage, but they are not defying the federal government. It comes as no surprise that Texas also has a petition to secede circulating. 

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:12 PM

Some States deny the confirming of marriage benefits for homosexual couples. Personally, I find this a little funny, because the article notes that these States want to "uphold their integrity". Uhm, what sort of integrity? That homosexual marriages are not....marriages- that is, believed by the people and conservative state legislators? I can't figure out this lame excuse of "integrity", because really, refusing to accept other people's decisions are no sort of integrity. (Feeling neutral about gay marriages does not mean I fervently support it).

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 1:09 PM

This article talks about Texas and other states refusing giving the same marriage benefits to gay couples as man/woman couples in the national guard. Defense Secretary Hagel had ordered that gay spouses of the National guard be given the same rights, but Texas and others aren't budging. 

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BY 11/21 -- America's Free Speech is Perplexing to the Rest of the World

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While even highly offensive speech is protected in the U.S., that level of freedom is quite unique.

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This article talks about how France prohibited people from talking about prophet mohammad and how although they are a democratic country free speech is not as open as it is in the US over there are stricter rules. I think one of the great things about America is the freedom to make your own choices and speak up and how you are aloud to say what you want. People who have problems with the government are aloud to voice there opinions here it would be against the 1st amendment to limit free speech. Obviously there are offensive things people should not say but we are aloud to voice our opinions when and how we want. 

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Samuel Garcia's curator insight, December 19, 2013 3:49 PM

People obviously don't know what true freedom is around the world. And although freedom has a marginally high level of positive connotation, freedom should be seen negatively as well. It means people are allowed to do whatever they want. The only barriers we have are the endangerment of lives. And I feel that it's fine to leave it that way, nobody is being complicit with anybody unless they firmly believe what they are saying. In my opinion, we are doing just fine and people who don't like things that are being said should do something to get rid of the mindset rather than the freedom of free speech.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:52 PM

Although many nations around the world are democracies, the U.S is unique because it gives its people more personal freedom. The U.S. isn't conscerned with other people getting offended, as long as each person has the right to expression it is okay. The only ban that we have on this is clear and present danger. There are certain guidlines that have developed in order to rule an action potentially dangerous or not. Other countries are astounded by this practice.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:38 PM

No protections for those that shrieks obscenities and the clause to discern speeches that invokes clear and present danger are there. This just lacks bold enforcement. Governments are scared of crazy Americans' revolts and teachers fear students. Of course the rest of the world looks down on us. We lack culture, sophistication and moderation.

 

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Will U.S. Avert a Government Shutdown?

Will U.S. Avert a Government Shutdown? | Alex Gov | Scoop.it
With the House and the Senate on opposite sides of the fence, Washington's budget battle is coming down to the wire as a possible government shutdown looms.
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The government may shut down because the house disagrees with the affordable care act. I think if the government shuts down because they believe that the affordable care act will cause more issues than it will solve then I think it's a good idea.
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