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Obama's No. 1 Problem

Obama's No. 1 Problem | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
President Obama has a problem: One day he’s talking about economic inequality, the next day school reform, or immigration reform, or something else entirely.

Via Joel Leagans
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

President Obama is bogged down with the many goals he wants toa ccopmlish before the end of his presidency. Unfortunately, you can't do everything at once and multi-tasking isn't real. In the end Obama has come off has fickle becuase he is jumping from issue to issue and people think the same. He really needs to stick to one agenda before he moves on to the next. Its been suggested that he should pick the most important thing to focus on for this year. Work down the list and say goodbye to anything that is not important . 

Personally, I want to think that Obama is just trying to accomplish his job the best way he knows how. I'm beign generous with this conclusion because his work style seems to me like somethign i would try to do if I never went to school and copied everythign I saw on tv. But, it must have worked out for him when he was in school because anybody who ever had homework knows you dealt with it one subject at a time. But there are exceptions and this could be one of them because you have to wait for feedback from Congress and that can take days or years nad I can see why he would try to get everything on the table as soon as possible. Same thing goes for  long -term projects. People should just take a step back and see what Obama does.

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Tianna Kelly's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:33 AM

Greg McKeown argues that Obama's lack of focus on a specific a national issue is a problem in the President's mentality, and that Obama must pinpoint a specific issue to fix during 2014. I disagree with the author's stance. With so many pressing issues facing our nation, why must we decide to resolve only one? If we decide to focus on social equality, what happens to our relationships with foreign nations? If we choose to focus on improving our military, how will the economic crisis in our country be resolved? As leader of a nation, the President cannot simply choose which issues to fix and which to ignore; he must treat all issues as matters in need of resolution. Certainly, some issues take "priority" over others, as stated by McKeown, yet the goal of a president is to resolve all of the issues of his nation, or at least attempt to. Next, the author puts forth the opinion that we must choose which initiatives to reject. Surely, not everything may be achived, but shouldn't we at least try? With McKeown's proposal, millions of Americans would receive the proverbial short end of the stick when deciding which issues to tackle.

Tatyana Jones's curator insight, February 12, 2014 10:16 AM

I agree with the author, President Obama not choosing to focus on one topic but instead focusing on many could in the long run result in him not being to achieve any of his goals. When trying to do many things at once you tend to over look certain details of what you are doing, so even if he can pull off some of what he promises he would, whose to say that it'll be effective and lasting.

Stephanie Yard's comment, April 3, 2014 9:56 AM
“There’s no way Obama, or his chief of Staff Denis McDounough, for that matter, can juggle all of these priorities successfully” suggests a valid point. Obama is trying to fix too many “problems’ when he should be honing in on a couple problems at a time. Obama is trying to fix economic inequality, education, immigration reform, etc. all at the same time. The author points out a very valid point when he states “he has to pick one and stick with it. That’s how the most effective leaders get things done”. It’s better to focus on one detail, or problem at a time and avoid distractions. When defining the “priority” it’s strange how priority is used as priority rather than priorities. It’s impossible for everything to be a priority.
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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 | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
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In the town of greece, there lived a little religious people who believeed in christianity. They practiced a prayer before everytown meeting and two women found it to be offensive. They sued and the court ruled that it was unconstitutional for the town government to practice the prayer.

They have every right has an american citizen to sue. That being said they could have also left the room or just moved. Whatever was better for them. I have a high wall but the truth is that if everybody in the room is christian then they are going to pray. Especially in small town. For everybody that is not a Christian in the U.S., this is the sad truth. The constiution is christian. Let that settle in. But you do have freedom of religion, it really meant the freedom to practice any branch of christianity. The framers were not thinking about Atheists and Muslims. Back in the 18th century it was unheard of for an american that wasn't some branch of christianity. And we pretty much burned anybody we thought wasn't. The constitution is still non-partisan but be aware if you for original intent than you should realize that freedom of religion does not mean the freedom not to practice anything but Christianity. Just saying. And this is not coming form a christian by the way. Not really. Im a skeptic and lean towards agnostic. 

 

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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.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:26 PM
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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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 | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | 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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Obamacare is having a tough time starting up. ok so what's new? This article was about the ramifications of the Obamacare and basically what the public should be expecting when we they sign up or don't sign up. It says it only applies to 7% of the population. 

I think that this is directed at the few, chronically, unemployed poor that whether they like it or not cannot afford healthcare or the fine. The only ones who don't have already suitable healthcare or the poor adn unemployed, which can be two different things because a job could not offer healthcare. But that type of job with no health benefits wouldn't pay much. It's a dead end anyway.

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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, 2014 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.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:44 PM
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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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 | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | 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
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

The bus driver was a christian pastor who drove kids to school everyday but on the way to school he prayed with them on the bus. That is against all PUBLIC school rules and he was eventually fired for it. Event the Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional.

The lesson we learn here is that in a religious free public school you should not hire the pastor to be a bus driver. Short and sweet. This whole thing about closet christians is the stupidest thing I ever heard in my life. I dare one christian to say they are being prosecuted for their belief and I will personally go back and list every event in history that should the use of Christianity on non-believers as a way to prosecute, judge, and assimilate people. Anybody remeber the Salem Witch trials? 

"I can't pray" Give me a break. Nobody is stopping you from praying. It's when you make impressionable children do it is when you need to stop or just a group of the unwilling and uncomfortable are the only people in your group.

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Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 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.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:43 PM

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. 

Ashley O.'s curator insight, March 7, 2014 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 11/12 or 11/13 -- 2nd or 4 -- Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings [UPDATE]

BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 2nd or 4 -- Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings [UPDATE] | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Wednesday on the constitutionality of opening government meetings with prayer, but the justices seemed unsure how to rule.

Via Teresa Herrin
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An update of the story about the case about the christian prayers. Two women are suing and the town is being backed by multiple states, republican congressman, and the Obama Administration. The court is under a lot of pressure to a make a decision that will start a new precedent or use an old one. 

I have already said what I had to say in an earlier scoopit, but I want to add that the Obama administration should be personally backing anyone. Basically the whole govenment is taking side and it is no secret that most of the members of any branch are Christian by imformal qualification. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:45 PM

The case won't be settled anytime soon due to that covers  controversial issues between the First Amendment rights of freedom of religion and speech, and the separation of church and state. It will be interesting to see where Anthony Kennedy's vote goes toward on this case.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:17 PM

I can't understand this government's "endorsement of religion". Does the free excercise clause only pertain to prohibition of enacting a single religion? Does it exclude the right to be proud of having a religion? Would it be distasteful if a teacher wear a rosary? As long as a religion is not enforced upon the unsastisfied individual, then let the government and its civil servants be humans with religions (practice as they so choose to).

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 1:29 PM

This article talks about prayers being said in a court room. I don't see why this is such a controversy, let people be and pray if they want to. Yes I get the separation of church and state thing, but this really doesnt affect the "state".

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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? | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | 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.
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

A supreme court justice might be an atheist. In a court case, a catholic lawyer asked what was the atheist version of a prayer and the Brayer said he could answer that later. 

He might not be an atheist but the religion of our government officials does not matter on any ground becauase the constitutions clearly says in two places that there is freedom of religion and the fact that they need to say a morning prayer and include the nonatheist should not be inforced or denied. As long as the atheists aren't hurt in anyway then they can say no and this shouldn't be a problem in court.

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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, 2014 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.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:12 PM

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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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (3 or 4 total) -- Video: 'This Week': Rick Perry in Iowa

ABC's Jeff Zeleny goes one-on-one with Gov. Rick Perry on his first trip to Iowa since 2012.
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

Rick Perry is going for the presidential run in 2016. He fumbled over his speech and had a interview with Jeff Zeleny where he completey avoided answering if he was a conservative. So obvious. 

What happended to Mitt Romney? Candidates don't get a second chance? I want to see what this republican candidate can do before 2016 because I wouldn't mind having a republican president. Lets just try to see what is going to happend. Personally, this is my first time seeing him.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:33 PM

This video is a discussion with Rick Perry, talking about issues like Obamacare. He is very bold and is not very afraid to say that he is against the act. He obviously is unhappy with the current situation in the White House, and wants to make a change in 2016 by running for the presidency himself. I am interested to see how the 2016 election turns out for him.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:50 PM

With one year left in office, Perry is planning on running for the 2016 Election as is predicted in his trip to Iowa.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 8:28 PM

This video talks about Rick Perry and his plans to run for president in 2016, Perry discusses his views on Ted Cruz and his agreements/disagreements with this tactics. He also says that Christie may not be a true conservative.

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BY Friday, 11/8 -- Nate Silver on 'This Week' (See the instructions for your Scoop)

ESPN's Nate Silver, the roundtable analyze the political picture for the 2014 election.

Via Teresa Herrin
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

It's time for the midterm election and both sides are taking hits right now. The democrats are taking a hit from the healthcare bill and the Republicans  are taking a hit from the government shut down by the tea party republicans. Congress has lost approval and the elections are not looking good.

After looking at the aproval ratings then we can easily see that neither parties are going to have an easy win for majority in Congress. Peggy nakes it no secret that the Republicans are suffering. So much that a states is about to switch colors.

Van Jones is so critical of these candidates but he has a point. the voters are touchy right now because of our current conditions and politicians need a new standard to get reelected. Politics can get personal and need to be if you want these constituents to vote for you.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:29 PM

This video discussed the chances of Republicans or Democrats winning the House in the upcoming midterm elections. Many of the issues that seem to be swaying voters one way or another are social issues, so if they want to win, they need to choose the social issues that appeal to the largest amount of voters.. Voters want to vote for a candidate that they think is most like themselves. 

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:16 PM

Congressional approval rating is down to 12% approved due to the Repubs' demand for a shutdown and the Demos' disorganized healthcare bill. Guesses for the coming House election has Demos and Repubs on an equal stand, Demos leading by only 8%. Who's to say states are getting ready to shift colors. 8% is nothing to give the wins to Demos. The healthcare bill doesn't seem to work itself out anytime soon, and as laid offs increase, the anger for govt shutdown decreases over time. I don't see any faction in the lead, the 48 to 40 percent will equal out quite soon.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 7:18 PM

This video talks about how Nate Silver predicted 2012's election outcome. Later the midterm election is talked about. Apparently the rating fot democrats and republicans are low because of  the government shut down and problems with  Obamacare.It's evedently clear that the minority opinion is becoming stonger and stronger.

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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 | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are likely to at least set a friendly tone during budget talks.
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

Cut everything I say. Cut it all. 

Ryan and Murray have been discussing things for while and fighting for what the two parties want when they cut spending.The ironic part about this that each person knows how important federal financial help can be for a family that need the help. Honestly I don't know what the long term effects could be but cutting funding in a corrupt system could be chaotic.

The main goal should be to decrease the debt. That's the only thing I'm worried about. I don't even want to think about that number. 

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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, 2014 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.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:42 PM

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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BY 11/3 -- Secession Movement

BY 11/3 -- Secession Movement | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
Residents of rural areas feel shut out of their states' politics, so why not create their own?

Via Teresa Herrin
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Although it will never happen in our lifetimes, we have recently seen movements for secession of groups of people from the state to create their own state. This seems unrealistic for the moment but reasonable. The population to area ratio is out of control and people feel like they aren't properly represented in their state and this even becomes a party issue. Some areas are just to big to have a more homogenous political agenda.

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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, 2014 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. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:00 PM
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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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 | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
Agency positioned itself to collect from among millions of accounts, many belonging to Americans.
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

The FISA act restrics NSA from collecting data for illegal reasons or uses outside of court purposes. Basically, don't get caught spying on Americans without the court's okay. But its ok if we do it to foriegners. I'm okay with that and we should realize from common sense that anything we put on the internet or in a text message is no longer private and is out there for everybody to read. 

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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, 2014 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.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:55 PM
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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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.
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

So there are for scenarios where a person can hack the internet servers and spy on the unsuspecting public. The biggest internet services being Yahoo and Google so there isn't a specific group being targeted. Everybody with any internet service can be spied on. I'm also assuming that Snoden released this info?

Now in response to what fjpoblam said. Yes, people can be flawed in their work but I don't think we can hire any better on a government salary. They are professionals and they are working on it but when we are talking about national security we can't afford to have slip ups or poor quality work.

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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, 2014 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.
Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:52 PM
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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BY 10/24 -- Ted Cruz returns to Texas as a hero who is reshaping the state Republican Party

BY 10/24 -- Ted Cruz returns to Texas as a hero who is reshaping the state Republican Party | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
Although a newcomer, he is rapidly becoming the model for GOP politicians throughout the state.
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Ted Cruz has come back a hero from the government shutdown in Washington. Candidates are re-imaging themeselves to be more like Ted Cruz and have abandoned the Rick Perry idea. They call him an inspiration for more daring attempts on other issues and Sharon Alford is giving him a standing novation. 

I wonder what do thhey think about the fact that even Rick Perry, a model republican, was saying that this was unnessary. Texans are just happy to see that they can get away with something and it looks like from what the article said that this is only the beginning. Those party-goers at Ted Cruz's welcome back party probably see this as a first on a list of many. I'm not looking foward to this.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:14 AM

In this article, it describes how Ted Cruz is either one or the other, really liked or disliked, in the country. But right now he is very liked by Texas returning as a hero although disliked in the Senate. I like how Cruz is receiving credit in Texas because I like how he stands up for his beliefs and takes risks. I think its fascinating how they predict Texas will become purple but I dont necessarily believe that a continuously red state for multiple years will all of a sudden go purple.

 

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:06 PM

Ted Cruz's impact on Texans and the Republican party.Cruz has inspired GOP candidates to rally for secession, rolling back immigration laws, impeaching President Obama, and amending the Constitutional direct election of Senators. People are following him and changing their views on certain things. This article also addresses the fact that Texas is becoming a more diverse state, with a fainter red part but not entirely blue part, making it a "purple state." 

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 18, 2014 5:23 PM

The article establishes Ted Cruz as a controversial senator from Texas that has quickly gained the attention of most Americans, and explains the possible political changes in Texas due to Ted Cruz. It's interesting to see that he could possibly create a major political change in Texas, where the state goes from a firmly conservative and Republican state to more of a purple state. Cruz also could possibly spark a big change in the ideology of the Republican Party.

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

BY 11/21 -- America's Free Speech is Perplexing to the Rest of the World | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
While even highly offensive speech is protected in the U.S., that level of freedom is quite unique.
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

Overseas, there is a lot of misunderstanding or no understanding about our countries policy about Freedom of speech. In theory we are susposed to be able to say whatever we want without fear of being unfairly prosecuted or worse. But we do have few limitations if there is the threat of violence. Breyer says that we should consider what we say more carefully. 

America is unique about its freedom of speech because we original had fear of oppression and feel that the freedom to say and publish what we want is a core value because the King was all too ready to chop some heads off. Plus, the typical amercian does not care if somebody's feelings get hurt so the freedom of speech stays strong.

Personally, I do not believe in limiting what a person can say. Actually, I believe we should bleep curse words still and bleep out ignorant hate comments. Especially, those that are from the KKK. Other than that, I think a person should be able to SAY what they want and if the other countries don't like it then they can catch a revolution. I have every right to sat that as well. Any limitation would just piss off any republican and turn democrats into extremists.

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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.

 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:32 PM

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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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 | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | 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.

Via Teresa Herrin
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

Everybody wants to jump ship. The Obamacare isn't working and insurance companies are worried about the low enrollement. Mr. Carney says we need to shut everything down and give it sort of a restart. Democrats are fustrated and are ready to set this thing on fire. 

Adults shouldn't be this ready to rip somethingup and leave people out in the cold. I can understanding wanting to erase the entire math problem when you can't solve it but I won't be leaving people in the street butt naked. They should keep pushing forward for a little why longer while giving people a chance to slowly back out before they cut the cord.

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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, 2014 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.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:30 PM
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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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 | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
Of the 106,000 enrollees, only about 27,000 were able to sign up through the federal health-insurance site.

Via Teresa Herrin
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The Obamacare website is up and running and people have actually signed up for the healthcare. Only a small percentage of them have actually signed up on the website and this shows that they have a long way to go before this healthcare reform becomes a sucess.

Congratulations Obamacare you have signed up a fairly large town for healthcare. This is far from a success and if the first month shows such a small number than I doubt this is going to get any popularity. A youtube video is made a hit in a day.

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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, 2014 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.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:22 PM
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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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 4th or 4 -- Texas and 5 Other States Resist Processing Benefits for Gay Couples

BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 4th or 4 -- Texas and 5 Other States Resist Processing Benefits for Gay Couples | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
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.

Via Teresa Herrin
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

The military bases in some states are refusing to recognize the same sex marriage and let the spouses share in the benefits that they should be getting if they were a heterosexual couple. They are making them go to separate facilities they made color folks back in the early 20th century. Texas is becoming especially beligerent and there was a federal law passed but the states are choosing this particular issue to grow a backbone. 

In my opinion, do people get more ignorant and hateful by the day or do they need something new to hate now that civil rights are working and terrorism is somewhat less of a concern. Like I said in one of my earlier scoopit, Ms. Herrin (because I know your do only one who reads these), if you don't want people to do what they want then you need to move to another country and be quiet. The UNITED STATES of AMERICA, because that is the country I believe I live in is a place of freedom to basically do whatever you want as long as you do not cause bodily, physical harm to others. So unless that gay couple shot you and burned you house down then I think you should be a little nicer too them. I mean a lot nicer. 

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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, 2014 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. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:58 PM

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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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 | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | 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.

Via Teresa Herrin
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A pastor in Lafollette brought a rattesnake to church because it was apart of his religion and it was against Tennesse laws. Now he is saying that the crime infringes on his freedom of religion. 

This is crazy. You can't bring a rattlesnake into a church full of people. Especially a wild one from your backyard. I can maybe understand a trained one but you are crazy if you think that the laws will let you get away with endangering other people's lives. That venehmous creature could have killed everyone in that church. Send him to jail for stupidity. 

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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, 2014 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. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:18 PM

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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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (2 or 4 total) -- Video: 'This Week': Twitter Transforms Politics

The roundtable debates the role of social media in politics following Twitter's IPO.
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

Twitter has become the new political tool where every politcal figure should have a twitter account. Ana Navvaro is so positive about this switch of media popularity. Twitter has become a effective way for the politicians to spinn stories adn get information out to constituents of various ages. 

I don't use me twitter unlessI have two and I don't find many things that I reall ywant to read or do on it so I can't count myself in that crowd of people who read these tweets. But for other people of my generation I think that is the most convient way to get to anybody with a phone with good quality internet.

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Maddie Callen's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:39 AM

twitter has greatly changed politics for better or for worse. consituents can communicate with representatives even easier. some politicans are thought more of as celebrities now especially during election time when they will be on the cover of magaizines and on tabloids. politicains can sometimes seem unproffesional on twitter using slang and abreviations but i think they should try to sound more proper.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:39 PM

Almost 100% of politicians are involved in the practice of twittering. It's another way to rant, complain and tattle tale through personal media. There's no way for policies to restrain politicians from interracting with the public through media. Politics can now reach out to the lazy, young generations and plus they can control the news they want to put out individually.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 10:06 PM

This video talks about how twitter is changin politics and the information communicated through it, using twitter makes it that much faster and easier to get information out there. Twitter has such a large ammount of users interested in politics, that it made sense for politians to create accounts. It's cool seeing politians, old and young, adapt to these new trends!

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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!) | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
In the 12 months since his reelection, the president has achieved far less than he expected and suffered one mishap after another.
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

So omabam has won the election and after twelve months he as been doing worse than he predicted. The republican part y has been giving him trouble and this could a be do the naive notion he contrived of them cooperating peacefully with him and backing him up. 

Of course, the republican party was not going to back a democatic president on his last term. They have have thigns they want and believe in that they are just radical to do. He can't expect them to jump on the bandwagon like that.

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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, 2014 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. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:09 PM
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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BY 11/3 -- Is email ever private? Take a tour of the path traveled by your email

BY 11/3 -- Is email ever private? Take a tour of the path traveled by your email | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
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.
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

If you really want something to be private then you need to write in a letter, read it, and have that person burn it. Now you have privacy. Stephanie sent that email and now it is store in a public facility. It doesn't matter if it is a security filled prison. It is out there for ANYBODY to see.

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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, 2014 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.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:53 PM

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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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 | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
Cory Booker becomes ninth African-American to serve in the Senate, replacing Frank Lautenberg.
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

Cory Booker becomes a Senator. He sets a new record for the minority groups and the article continues with other statistics from the Senate. House is fairly more diverse but in both the Senate and House white males are still the majority in both. Its a slow pace. His law degree isn't impressive but he does great politcal work and he's black or "African-American." That's all we care about. 

 

Side note: Aren't we susposed to be a colorblind country. Work on it.

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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, 2014 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.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:05 PM
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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BY 10/31 -- Nightly News: Obama’s approval rating drops to all-time low

BY 10/31 -- Nightly News: Obama’s approval rating drops to all-time low | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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The approval rating dropped from 52% to 42%. What else can I say? The highlight of his first term was the return of soldiers. He couldn't ride that for two terms. Now that he is trying to improve the country and failing people are quick to change their opinion. Plus anybnody mad about Syria and Snowden must also be for war because that is exactly what was going to happen if he had rushed anything or acted like our more popular presidents. 

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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, 2014 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.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:47 PM

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

BY 10/31-- Sebelius apologizes for healthcare website debacle | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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Sebelius is apologizing for the Obamacare website debacle and took all the blame for the errors. The deadline isn't getting extended and she will report again in December.

Gene Green said that it does not provide the minimum coverage.

This whole thing was rushed from the beginnnig. I agree that this should have been tested more and I still can't understand why this system is worst than facebook, twitter, and google. This is the government of the United States, we should have better quality tech support in the white house.

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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, 2014 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.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:47 PM
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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BY 10/24 -- Rand Paul pushes constitutional amendment on Congress - Burgess Everett

BY 10/24 -- Rand Paul pushes constitutional amendment on Congress - Burgess Everett | AP Gov Jatoriyae DuPree | Scoop.it
Forget the Vitter amendment. Rand Paul wants to make sure that Congress can’t ever again write laws with provisions specific to lawmakers.
Jatoriyae DuPree's insight:

Rand Paul is trying to get a amendament passed forbidding the passage of laws that aren't equal for ALL citizens. Apparently the Obamacare bill is playing favorites for people with any kind of congressional seats. This legislation is really targeting Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and make him  subject to the Obamacare. 

I did not know that the people who passed it are not subject to this. I mean I guess that made it easier for the president to get it passed. I bet there are some citizeens that are pissed when they found  out. It's not fair that the ones who passed the law would not be effected, ignoring the fact that they wouldn't get re-elected.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:00 AM

In this article, Rand Paul is pitching the idea to add an amendment that prohibits Congress from passing laws that Congress is exempt from and having to dealin with lawmakers. Its clearly aimed at Obamacare for the reasons that when it is in action, exchanges must be made by the congressmen and rulings from the O.P.M. in order to receive federal contributions. It is unlikely that Congress will go for more restrictions.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 7:53 PM

A kentucky senator, Rand Paul, wants an amendment forbidding senators and representatives to pass laws that don't apply equally to Congress and the citizens. Specifically aimed at Obamacare, this amendment will force lawmakers to disclose exchanges and rulings from the Office of Personnel Management in order to receive federal employer contributions. Amending the Constitution requires a majority vote in both chambers before it can be ratified, and I think Paul has a difficult task ahead of him to convince lawmakers to give up their authority to make laws.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 20, 2014 11:54 PM

This article tells us that Rand Paul wants an amendment forbidding senators and representatives to pass laws that don't apply equally to Congress and the citizens. Paul specifically aims this at Obamacare, his proposed amendment will force lawmakers to disclose exchanges and rulings from the Office of Personnel Management in order to receive federal employer contributions. It seems Paul has a difficult task ahead of him to convince lawmakers to give up their authority to make laws because amending the Constitution requires a majority vote in both chambers before it can be ratified.