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Politics Seen Undercutting Credibility of a Court - New York Times

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Politics Seen Undercutting Credibility of a Court New York Times That perception could not come at a worse time for a court whose biggest challenge is to convince the world that its investigations are not directed by politics.
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Opinion: Ben Carson may find politics is job for politicians - NorthJersey.com

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Opinion: Ben Carson may find politics is job for politicians NorthJersey.com BEN CARSON is following in the footsteps of Walter Cronkite and Lee Iacocca as a non-politician being publicly mentioned as a candidate for the most political of jobs, the...
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CNN to double digital politics staff for 2016 - Washington Post (blog)

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Washington Post (blog) CNN to double digital politics staff for 2016 Washington Post (blog) Ed O'Keefe was recently hired by CNN to boost the network's digital coverage of politics, a task he's not going to undertake alone.
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Reid, McConnell square off on money in politics - Daily Kos

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Reid argued [pdf] that "the flood of dark money into our nation's political system poses the greatest threat to our democracy that I have witnessed during my time in public service." The system the Supreme Court has left the ...
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Andrea Tran's curator insight, June 4, 2014 11:01 AM

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Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, testifying on a proposed constitutional amendment to restate spending limits by outside groups in political campaigns. Reid was quoted "The system the Supreme Court has left the nation with is one in which "one side’s billionaires are pitted against the other side’s billionaires." and went further to criticize McConnell who had his own constitutional amendment in 1987 which regulated unlimited campaign contributions. 

 

This article was kind of confusing to me, but it made me think more about campaign spending and how it might not always be fair. Some people can get an unlimited amount of funding towards their campaign and that puts them at an advantage against those who have less funding. 

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Tech leaders back super PAC aimed at curbing big money in politics - Washington Post (blog)

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Tech leaders back super PAC aimed at curbing big money in politics Washington Post (blog) A group of high-wattage technology entrepreneurs and investors have donated six-figure checks to a super PAC aimed at curtailing the influence of big money in...

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A super PAC is a type of independent political action committee which may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, and individuals but is not permitted to contribute to or coordinate directly with parties or candidates. In this article, a group of tech leaders have donated 6 figure checks to a super PAC.These people are hoping to make the money spending in politics an issue to be seen. These people are using their large amounts of money to point out an issue of spending large amounts of money in super PACs. 


This is an interesting way to get people to listen to the problems with unlimited funding in political campaigns. These large companies and people with lots of money are changing the game and can hopefully change up the rules with unlimited spending. 

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The Right to Remain Silent: Miranda v. Arizona (25 min. video from Annenberg)

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This documentary explores the landmark Supreme Court decision Miranda v. Arizonathat said criminal suspects, at the time of their  arrest but before any interrogation, must be told of their Fifth Amendment protection
against self-incrimination and Sixth
Amendment right to an attorney. The decision led to the familiar Miranda warning that begins "You have the right to remain silent..." (25 min)


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Police investigating teen who climbed to the top of the World Trade Center

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Authorities in New York City are investigating how a 16-year-old boy from New Jersey slipped through security and climbed to the top of One World Trade Center.
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Marijuana Legalization Will Be the Gay Marriage of the 2016 Presidential Election

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There will be an active debate on the Democratic side, but none on the Republican side.
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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, March 23, 2014 11:47 AM
The required contribution to this assignment is at least one current event per week. As such, you must include the following each time you update the site: <br><br>o A link to the news story<br>o Quarter, Week, and date range (Quarter 3, Week 1, January 20-26)<br>o A brief synopsis of the story or issue (at least a paragraph giving the basic who, what, where, when, how, and why of the story, including its importance) <br>o A more detailed analysis providing your own insight into the story or issue, including connections to what we’re learning in class. (Choose a story that readily fits into the current unit of study or something we’ve recently studied.) <br>o Any vocabulary from the current or previous units used in the synopsis and analysis bolded or highlighted <br>
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Stalker charge turns Oregon Senate race into fight on gender politics - Los Angeles Times

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Stalker charge turns Oregon Senate race into fight on gender politics Los Angeles Times “Tonight, we're sending the message that this Senate race will not be decided by the kind of ugly politics that people in Oregon and across the country are so...
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Brewer to Obama: Stop ‘unconscionable’ policy of dumping illegal immigrants in Ariz. cities

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Arizona Gov. ('DANGEROUS' POLICY Brewer blasts Obama on migrant dumping in Ariz. http://t.co/cnztspS82y)
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Quarter 4 The governor of Arizona is wanting president Obama to stop dangerous and unconscionable practice of shipping illegal immigrants out of Texas and into her state. She complained that her admin was never notified by the federal government and she only learned about this from media. She said "this unwarranted operation is another disturbing example of a deliberate failure to enforce border security policies and repair a broken immigration system." President Obama seems to only be trying to help out immigrants by sending them around instead of sending them all one place. The article says that there are also many immigrants that were sent to New York and Maryland. But the immigrants are expected to check in on their own once they have been deported and many of them are in places with few resources that are necessary for survival.
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Reid, McConnell square off on money in politics - Daily Kos

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Reid argued [pdf] that "the flood of dark money into our nation's political system poses the greatest threat to our democracy that I have witnessed during my time in public service." The system the Supreme Court has left the ...

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Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, testifying on a proposed constitutional amendment to restate spending limits by outside groups in political campaigns. Reid was quoted "The system the Supreme Court has left the nation with is one in which "one side’s billionaires are pitted against the other side’s billionaires." and went further to criticize McConnell who had his own constitutional amendment in 1987 which regulated unlimited campaign contributions. 

 

This article was kind of confusing to me, but it made me think more about campaign spending and how it might not always be fair. Some people can get an unlimited amount of funding towards their campaign and that puts them at an advantage against those who have less funding. 

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Congress leader V Krishnamohan on Telangana politics with NRIs - Varadhi - USA - Part 1 - Tv9

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The US is an oligarchy, study concludes - Telegraph

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Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters

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Elitism, in a jist, means that few people have the most power. The report was written by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities, suggesting that the US political system serves special interest organizations, instead of voters. The report says "when a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose.

 

Reading this article really made me think m ore about the US government. In the United Sates, you would think we should have a pluralist government, but unfortunately, we have an elitist one.  

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Gabby Huizinga's curator insight, April 21, 2014 6:06 PM

Quarter 4 Week 2 April 21-27

 

A new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has found that a majority of the policies passed in the United States between 1981 and 2002 has been supported by the economic elite.  The economic elite gains their control through interest groups and lobbying.  This study shows that the government is dramatically influcenced by the economic elite instead of the majority middle class Americans.  Policies rarely favor the average citizen and instead favor the wealthy.  It doesn't matter if the majority of all Americans favor a policy change; if the elite don't like it, it won't happen.  The Supreme Court case of McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission spurred this argument because the Court ruled that the wealthy can give unlimited donations to political campaigns.  This ruling encouraged biased pluralism because the government will in turn favor those who give them money.

 

This article mainly centers on ELITISM which states that the government is controlled by the wealthy.  The wealthy hold political clout and the government recognizes their status.  Due to the fact that they have money, the government will favor them in order to continue funding.  The government is kind of like that friend that hangs out with the popular kids so they can go to all of the parties.  It's good for a while, but at some point it has to end.  BIASED PLURALISM can't go on forever.  Middle class Americans are tired of their legislation not being passed.  An OLIGARCHY is a form of government where the power is within the hands of a small number of people, usually the wealthy.  This is exactly what America has become.  The majority's voice is becoming smaller and smaller.  Unless the majority agrees with the elite, they won't get any special attention.

Rachel Weaver's comment, April 22, 2014 8:51 AM
I agree with your statement here. I also believe America has been taken over by the elite. I think it's not a good thing because when our government is taken over by elites , we become less democratic and the voices of american citizens dwindles away. I think that IRON TRIANGLES play a major part in how the large and wealthy interest groups get their policy made. The U.S Government is helping these interest groups and in return they get financial and political support. The power of the people is disappearing and the few economic elites are taking over.
Jacqueline Dolce's comment, May 30, 2014 8:01 AM
A more in-depth analysis is needed.
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Michigan governor says state won't recognize same-sex marriages yet

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The day after a Michigan judge lifted a 10-year-old, voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, a federal appeals court held the ruling from taking effect.
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Hawaii to consider law that lets police have sex with prostitutes

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An amended bill before the Hawaii senate would allow undercover police officers to have intercourse with sex workers in order to catch criminals.
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How Marijuana May Influence The 2016 Election

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President Barack Obama made waves on Sunday when he admitted what for millions of Americans counts as the obvious: That marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. Obama's remarks were step in his apparent "evolution" on marijuana.
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