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Raising Taxes On The Rich Would Reduce Income Inequality: Larry Summers

Raising Taxes On The Rich Would Reduce Income Inequality: Larry Summers | AP American Government | Scoop.it
Raising taxes on the rich would "play a major role" in reducing income inequality, according to Larry Summers.

Capping the earnings of the likes of Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates would do little to actually boost the poor and middle class...
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When the government decides to tax the lower income families more than they do the extremely wealthy, there is something wrong with the United States government; something atrociously wrong. When did this all start to go South? Was it when lobbyists started to infect politics? Or was it when people decided that no amount of wealth was enough? This is a really easy change, if only there were enough politicians that were not so greedy....

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You won't believe what the Pope just said about civil unions

You won't believe what the Pope just said about civil unions | AP American Government | Scoop.it
Pope Francis says he might accept civil unions for gay people. The Pope already had people buzzing about his earlier "who am I to judge?" comments.
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That's right- a Catholic Pope just said " who am I to judge? " AMAZEing

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Ukraine - The New York Review of Books

Ukraine - The New York Review of Books | AP American Government | Scoop.it
From Moscow to London to New York, the Ukrainian revolution has been seen through a haze of propaganda. Russian leaders and the Russian press have insisted that Ukrainian protesters were right-wing extremists and ...
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More on Ukraine. We need to stay informed, and it is harder to do that when there are so many different sides to the story & when you don't know what is the truth.

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How to get an A-Plus in your AP classes - Trojan News

How to get an A-Plus in your AP classes - Trojan News | AP American Government | Scoop.it
Advanced Placement (AP) classes are a huge asset to Longmont High School, and are among the most rigorous and hard classes the school has to offer, but their benefits are never-ending.
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This could be a really good strategy for my AP Government class. I wonder if it works...

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Silencing Many Hospital Alarms Leads To Better Health Care

Silencing Many Hospital Alarms Leads To Better Health Care | AP American Government | Scoop.it
The cacophony of alarms makes it hard for nurses to hear the warnings that really matter.
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Just reading the title of this article worried me. Then i actually read what the journalist had to say. This hospital in Boston turned off alarms; at least they turned of the different settings. Some alarms, when decoded, said the patient wasn't in need of immediate help. Other alarms told the staff that there was a crisis. When there is constant noise and the staff is comstantly trying to decipher these noises, the staff can get what is called alarm fatigue. They here an alarm, but sometimes don't respond fast enough to the patient. This hospital has taken a simple idea and made it revolutionary. Since my plan is to go into the medical field, this affects me greatly. Now this hospital, who would respond to patients depending on their condition, is responding to patients no matter what is happening. in wond word, this is Revolutionary.

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US withdraws diplomat after India expulsion demand - The Buffalo News

US withdraws diplomat after India expulsion demand  - The Buffalo News | AP American Government | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI (AP) — The United States said Friday it was withdrawing a diplomat from India in hopes it would end a bitter dispute that started with the arrest and strip search of an Indian diplomat in New York.Washington's announcement that it was...
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This is really interesting. Why did the dispute start? The Indian that was seached; was it justly so? Or did the diplomat overstep his bounds? There are many countries where the United States seems unwelcome. Is our government overstepping its bounds? Or are our leaders just trying to protect us?

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About NSA - NSA/CSS

About NSA - NSA/CSS | AP American Government | Scoop.it
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The National Security Agency, or NSA, is America's protection system. They help to prevent against terrorism and other threats. However, there is controversy over how invasive they are towards American citizens. Do they really tap into all of our phones and other data bases? Are they going to far? I was just wondering about this. You decide.

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Robert Reich

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ROBERT B. REICH, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley...
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Just adding to what we watched in the movie "Inequality for All"

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US Catholics View Pope Francis as a Change for the Better - Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project

US Catholics View Pope Francis as a Change for the Better - Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project | AP American Government | Scoop.it
US Catholics View Pope Francis as a Change for the Better Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project pope-francis-one-year-0 One year into his pontificate, Pope Francis remains immensely popular among American Catholics and is widely...
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This guy is amazing. He not only preaches about what he wants to change but follows through and shows people that he is willing to let a boy "steal the show" to get his point across. Rock on, Pope Francis

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Americans grapple with income inequality - Beaumont Enterprise

Americans grapple with income inequality - Beaumont Enterprise | AP American Government | Scoop.it
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Americans grapple with income inequality
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(AP) — The wealthiest county in America is settled deep in 4 a.m.
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This ties directly with the janitor article that we read in Chapter 5. This is still happening. Something obviously needs to change.

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So, What’s Actually Happening in Ukraine?

So, What’s Actually Happening in Ukraine? | AP American Government | Scoop.it
Police react violently toward demonstrations, as Ukrainians consider a new path away from Russia and toward the European Union.
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This is a big deal. It might be across the world, but it matters. It's violent. It's messy. Why is noting being done? Is there anything we as Americans can do to help?

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White House wants to crack down on school discipline discrimination

White House wants to crack down on school discipline discrimination | AP American Government | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wants to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are punished for violating school rules.
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This should absolutely be done. Coming from a mostly white school, I have little experience with racial discrimination. However, if there is not discrimination and it just happens that there are more African-American or hispanic people that end up in the pricipal's office, that is not a discrimination problem. That could be an error in survey-taking. It could also be in a school where the student population has few white students. I wasn't there, so I don't know the complete story. Moreover, if there is discrimination, it should absolutely be solved and ended. Why did America go through so much struggle in the 60s if it means that discrimination is still here. This article was not specific on the student population races; if it were, i would be able to make a more firm opinion. What are your thoughts?

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War on Poverty shows mixed results

War on Poverty shows mixed results | AP American Government | Scoop.it
When Shirley Bates needed shoulder surgery after a nasty fall, Medicare paid most of the bills. Bernard “Spike” Stumbo is legally blind at age 35 but survives in part on Supplemental Security Income.
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When the War on Poverty started, many things in education changed. Being a senior in high school, i myself have been a guinea pig in the sense of taking multiple standardized tests and new learning strategies. Personally, it is really frustrating to know that all of the things that we have done in school to  "better" the education of the nation has not shown any results. What do you think? Are we making ANY progress?

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Fallujah falls to al Qaeda: Did American soldiers die in vain?

Fallujah falls to al Qaeda: Did American soldiers die in vain? | AP American Government | Scoop.it
(by Doug Ernst) - Fallujah. To anyone who closely followed the Iraq War, the name speaks volumes. No matter where you stand on U.S. foreign
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This article really addresses the mystery of why soldiers left Fallujah. Brave soldiers fought and died in absolutely horrible conditions. They supposedly defeated al-Qaeda and then left. Not much later, the terrorist group is back, and ruling! Why was the U.S. even there if they didn't accomplish anything? Soldiers died for a cause that has completelty back-tracked to exactly the way it was. Main question: Why were we there if the end result changed nothing?

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