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Obama Job Approval Hits 50% for First Time Since 2013

Obama Job Approval Hits 50% for First Time Since 2013 | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama's job approval rating reached 50% in Gallup Daily tracking conducted Friday through Sunday, the first time his approval rating has returned to that level since June 2013.
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Obama Clears a Hurdle to Better Ties With India

Obama Clears a Hurdle to Better Ties With India | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
President Obama came to an agreement with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India on nuclear energy, renewed a 10-year defense pact, agreed to joint military hardware production and resolved to work with India to reduce the threat of greenhouse gas emissions.
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Narendra Modi and President Obama to Meet in New Delhi

Narendra Modi and President Obama to Meet in New Delhi | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
President Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss climate change, energy issues and business opportunities for American companies in India.
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14 maps that explain ISIS

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which now controls a vast swath of both countries and is at war with nearly every government in the region as well as the United States, did not come...
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RESCOOP WU 1/23 -- King Abdullah, a Shrewd Force Who Reshaped Saudi Arabia, Dies at 90

RESCOOP WU 1/23 -- King Abdullah, a Shrewd Force Who Reshaped Saudi Arabia, Dies at 90 | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
Abdullah was one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men, but a cautious reformer amid great changes in the Middle East.
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ALec DaCosta-Vinson's curator insight, January 26, 12:36 PM

in this article by the NewYorkTimes they talked about the life of Abdullah and how he affected politics and other world leaders. they also talked about how big of an influence he had on the world because he controlled a lot of the oil in the middle east. they also talked about how he passed away and they are trying to figure who is going to take over

Alexis Campa's curator insight, January 27, 9:41 AM

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Eric Vallejo's curator insight, January 27, 11:20 AM

King Abdullah was a powerful force and large sphere of influence in the Middle East as he controlled much of the petroleum deposits and held reign over Mecca and more. He stood as a large political and religious figure and was a very rational leader. Though he did not practice democracy, he was a very fair and modern leader with modern ideals and sympathy, adapting to our changing world with his leadership values.

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RESCOOP by 1/22 (10 pm) -- Taking Up Gay Marriage, but on Its Own Terms

RESCOOP by 1/22 (10 pm) -- Taking Up Gay Marriage, but on Its Own Terms | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court does not ordinarily tinker with the wording of questions in petitions, but it did so in agreeing to rule on same-sex marriage.
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2. Read

3. Provide a brief reaction

4. Be ready to discuss in class on Friday

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Sue Anne Davis's curator insight, January 23, 1:48 PM

Hopefully, the marriage questions are both answered yes, but I am very sure that the recognition in all states will  be answered yes, so at least there is that.

Brett Stern's curator insight, January 23, 6:53 PM

Why can't the Supreme Court rule either to have or not to have same-sex marriage in all states. We need consistency in issues like this.

Biyun Qu's curator insight, January 23, 11:33 PM

The Supreme Court accepts all the same-sex marriages cases, which is a good thing that at least same-sex couples are able to have a chance to make the rights for themselves. 

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RESCOOP by 1/22 (10 pm) -- Video Feature: The Story of ISIS

RESCOOP by 1/22 (10 pm) -- Video Feature: The Story of ISIS | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it

The Islamic State had been organizing for years before sweeping into Iraq in 2014.

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2. Watch

3. Provide a brief reaction

4. Be ready to discuss in class on Friday

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Sue Anne Davis's curator insight, January 23, 2:03 PM

Welp we're all gonna die

Brett Stern's curator insight, January 23, 6:51 PM

Remember kids, ISIS is the only organization that is too extreme for the group that flew planes into the World Trade Center. And they still think they're the good guys.

Eric Vallejo's curator insight, January 27, 11:32 AM

ISIS has been growing through the disruption and chaos seen in Syria and the lack of US involvement has allowed the group to grow exponentially. The group will continue to grow by taxing, holding ransoms, and heavy use of propaganda until the Us and allies finally decide to end this medieval conquest.

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2015 State of the Union fact check

2015 State of the Union fact check | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday provided a prime-time opportunity to contrast his lame duck vision for the economy, terrorism and foreign policy against a new Republican-led Congress eager to prevent any big victories. But with such high political stakes — and a television audience of tens of millions —...
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Isabel D.'s comment, January 22, 9:18 PM
Can we have one of these for every speech please. I like fa t check.. it makes things more interesting.
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Obama will give State of the Union address against backdrop of deep partisan divide

Obama will give State of the Union address against backdrop of deep partisan divide | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
The president is riding a wave of confidence driven by an improving economy and brightening approval ratings, but it’s unclear if he’ll be able to break through gridlock.
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How to Score the Best Seats at the State of the Union

How to Score the Best Seats at the State of the Union | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
Rep. Eliot Engel's secret to getting a prime seat at the State of the Union.
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Republicans have gained more than 900 state legislative seats since 2010

Republicans have gained more than 900 state legislative seats since 2010 | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
The most undertold story in politics.
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Elected Officials Directory | The Texas Tribune

Elected Officials Directory | The Texas Tribune | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
Learn more about the occupants of Texas' highest offices at http://www.texastribune.org/directory/
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UT/TT Poll: Texas Voters Show Conditional Support for Same-Sex Unions, by Ross Ramsey

UT/TT Poll: Texas Voters Show Conditional Support for Same-Sex Unions, by Ross Ramsey | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
While a large majority of Texas voters would allow either gay marriages or civil unions, gay marriages alone still have more opposition than support, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
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The Dangers of Saudi Succession

The Dangers of Saudi Succession | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
The monarchy's greatest strength is its outward display of unity. That's also its weakness.
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Wrong Responses to Charlie Hebdo

Wrong Responses to Charlie Hebdo | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
Some European leaders are proposing the kind of Internet censorship and surveillance that would do little to protect their citizens but do a lot to infringe on civil liberties.
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Who Runs the Islamic State? – The Rise of ISIS - FRONTLINE

Who Runs the Islamic State? – The Rise of ISIS - FRONTLINE | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
From the bodyguard to the media spokesman, meet the caliph's top men.
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RESCOOP by 1/22 (10 pm) -- The Supreme Court and Gay Marriage

RESCOOP by 1/22 (10 pm) -- The Supreme Court and Gay Marriage | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
It’s time to end the debate on same-sex marriage, once and for all.
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1. Rescoop

2. Read

3. Provide a brief reaction

4. Be ready to discuss in class on Friday

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Biyun Qu's curator insight, January 23, 11:48 PM

The Supreme court has agreed to take up the four cases of gay marriage this time. Overall, more and more Americans seem to feel that all people should have marriage equality , no matter they are same-sex couples or opposite-sex couples. Therefore, homosexual couples should have some expectation on it. 

Amy Nguyen's curator insight, January 25, 8:20 PM

I'm glad that the same-sex marriage debate is coming to an end. I personally see no problem with same- sex marriage. People will always find reasons to discriminate and hate against gay couples. I thought that the idea of "responsible procreation" was uncalled for because even though homosexual couples cannot conceive a child, they can always adopt a child. 

Eric Vallejo's curator insight, January 27, 11:15 AM

It seems the supreme court is becoming more open minded when allowing same sex couples to marry, upholding the liberty defined in the constitution. This new attitude on same-sex marriage is progressive and will definitely continue to grow as gay people get more rights.

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RESCOOP by 1/22 (10 pm) -- Anti-Charlie Hebdo Demonstrations Sweep Muslim World

RESCOOP by 1/22 (10 pm) -- Anti-Charlie Hebdo Demonstrations Sweep Muslim World | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
Muslims in countries throughout the world are expressing outrage over the latest depiction of the prophet Muhammad on the cover of Charlie Hebdo.
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On your page, enter the following insight:

1. Brief summary

2. Do you think the second cover of Charlie Hebdo should have been published?

3. Explain your answer to #2.

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Amber Liu's curator insight, January 23, 2:16 AM

I can understand why Muslims would be mad at Charlie Hebdo. However, at the same time, the tradeoff of lives lost just because of insulting comics or magazine articles is not proportionate. I don't think Charlie Hebdo should insult any religion since this is unnecessarily inciting conflict and anger. However, the Muslim world should not respond with violence through terrorism. The protests are understandable though. 

Sue Anne Davis's curator insight, January 23, 1:56 PM

It makes sense that these people decry the use of the Muhammad on the cover of Charlie Hebdo. It is their right to do so. But it is also the right of Charlie Hebdo to put Muhammad on the cover of their magazine.

Amy Nguyen's curator insight, January 25, 8:31 PM

There are protests all over the Muslim countries regarding the political cartoon by Charlie Hebdo. Supporting Charlie is considered an offensive position because it is insulting to the Muslims. The West defends Charlie, but the Muslims are offended because they are insulting their most holy figure. I think that there is nothing wrong with publishing, but I do think that people need to understand the consequences. People need to understand the possible impact it may cause on others and how it may start protests if found offensive. 

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RESCOOP by 1/23 -- Cartoon Carousel: The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics - 1 of 8

RESCOOP by 1/23 -- Cartoon Carousel: The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics - 1 of 8 | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
Signe Wilkinson — Washington Post Writers Group and Cartoonist Group
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2. Review

3. Which two do you like best? 

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Seiji's curator insight, January 25, 8:44 PM

I'm most interested in 4 and 8. The situation described in #4 shows how overbearing law enforcement has become and the cartoonist satirically suggests that the NYPD continue to enforce laws that are meaningful under their strike rather than fill private prisons with the necessary quota. The red and white flag in #8 represents the Republican majority in the House and Senate and the significant power that the majority wields against the President. I expect few Democrat-supported bills to pass through Congress and whatever passes through the Republican majority I expect to be vetoed by the President.

Amy Nguyen's curator insight, January 27, 11:14 AM

I thought the 1st and 3rd cartoon were the most interesting because they were related to social media and writing. I thought it was interesting how in the 1st cartoon, two of the most powerful weapons known to man is gun power and a man's publicized opinion. In the 3rd cartoon, I thought it was crazy how someone's publicized opinion could be so offensive to the point where people are willing to kill. 

Eric Vallejo's curator insight, January 27, 11:26 AM

These cartoonists discuss controversial topics such as Charlie Hebdo, ISIS, Eric Garner case, and the republican majority in congress. My two favorites are the "Who has damaged muhammad more?" and the man raising the all red flag. These really show the truth and irony in the things occuring, emphasizing the ridiculousness of it all.

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Record-low ratings for State of the Union

Nearly 32 million Americans watched President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address on television, the lowest turnout since President Bill Clinton's final State of the Union address in 2000, according to newly released Nielsen ratings. Obama attracted 31.7 million viewers. Viewership for Obama's State of the Union addresses has...
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The Next America

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Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray.
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Only half of the 114th Congress was even around when Obamacare passed

Only half of the 114th Congress was even around when Obamacare passed | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
Inexperience is the name of the Congressional game.
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Video: A Conversation With Huffman and Watson, by Evan Smith

Video: A Conversation With Huffman and Watson, by Evan Smith | AP Government & Politics | Scoop.it
Full video of my 1/12 conversation with state Sens. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, and Kirk Watson, D-Austin — the chairs of the Senate Republican and Democratic caucuses.
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