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Why the Republican Push for Black Voters Is (Mostly) Doomed to Fail

Why the Republican Push for Black Voters Is (Mostly) Doomed to Fail | APGOPO | Scoop.it
As long as the GOP is pushing voter-ID laws that make it harder for African Americans to vote, the party's appeal to identity politics will come up short.

Via Joel Leagans
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This article is about how the GOP is finding new ways to turn African american into republicans. Apparently, GOP thinks what really matters is not the ideas but the skin color. But changing their views on early voting, voter ID, and the voting rights of ex-prisoners doesn't mean changing their stated ideals. 


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Menelik Clark's comment, April 5, 2014 10:00 PM
Republicans are going to have to re-evaluate the core beliefs of their party if they want to gain the support of minority and young voters. Republicans should focus on the concerns and issues of various ethnic groups, rather than using different short term tactics to draw support from a specific race. Pushing for Voter I.D won't help the Republican Party gain support from minority voters.
Lauren Heim's curator insight, April 16, 2014 10:36 PM

This deals with government and law by which republicans want more votes from African Americans. They want more votes to get into congress and to get things passed and to pretty much get what they want done not actually considering what african Americans want. Though it's stating their attempts are only making matters worse.

Abigail Beinborn's comment, April 19, 2014 5:29 PM
I also think would make it worse. This was a good article that related well to government and law.
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Think tank: Congress, you fix the economy

Think tank: Congress, you fix the economy | APGOPO | Scoop.it
A new initiative by the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities launching today is refocusing on the role of fiscal policy in the nation�s economic recovery. It's about time.

Via Joel Leagans
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i agree with this article, the fed has to use expansionary fiscal policy to get out of recession, this  increase demand raise expected inflation, which reduces real interest rates, and will have positive effects on the labor force and productivity that last for a long time..The congress does not think like  economists. Congress sucks at making decisions which is sad since they are politicians.

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Michael Newton's comment, April 8, 2014 8:32 AM
Congress ha been fighting these reforms for long enough now that you'd think they'd clue in the fact that it wasn't going too well for them. Even if they were getting the results they wanted, how long do they think they can hold off things like Obamacsre? If you take a big step back an look at the state of their decisions and the state of the economy it's really pitiful and childish seeming of them. If it weren't for the incumbency advantage, there is little doubt in my mind that the congressmen wouldn't have to wait long to be replaced, takin less popular opinions on economic and social reforms, it's a wonder they're still in the house at all.
Michael Newton's comment, April 8, 2014 8:32 AM
Congress ha been fighting these reforms for long enough now that you'd think they'd clue in the fact that it wasn't going too well for them. Even if they were getting the results they wanted, how long do they think they can hold off things like Obamacsre? If you take a big step back an look at the state of their decisions and the state of the economy it's really pitiful and childish seeming of them. If it weren't for the incumbency advantage, there is little doubt in my mind that the congressmen wouldn't have to wait long to be replaced, takin less popular opinions on economic and social reforms, it's a wonder they're still in the house at all.
Michael Newton's comment, April 8, 2014 8:32 AM
Congress ha been fighting these reforms for long enough now that you'd think they'd clue in the fact that it wasn't going too well for them. Even if they were getting the results they wanted, how long do they think they can hold off things like Obamacsre? If you take a big step back an look at the state of their decisions and the state of the economy it's really pitiful and childish seeming of them. If it weren't for the incumbency advantage, there is little doubt in my mind that the congressmen wouldn't have to wait long to be replaced, takin less popular opinions on economic and social reforms, it's a wonder they're still in the house at all.
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The House GOP Can't Ignore the Path to Citizenship

The House GOP Can't Ignore the Path to Citizenship | APGOPO | Scoop.it
Last week, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives published their immigration standards—a set of principles to guide debate about immigration in the House. This is a critical first step to fixing our broken immigration system. The Senate bill, which passed last year with the support of both senators from my home state, Illinois, provides...

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This article talks about how immigrants in Illinois are already given work authorization, expands visa and  establishes a path to citizenship. It says that immigration reform is going to make our economy stronger and our country more secure.We can deal with the immigration problem by securing our border and making the people who are already here legal.Immigration reform will help increase U.S GDP by 5.4% and will get rid of a lot of federal deficit. According to Dennis Hastert we need to get the working class immigrants out of the shadows and contribute to our economy.Removing thousands of immigrants is neither practical and smart.

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Arturo Villalobos's comment, February 16, 2014 7:54 PM
I have to agree with the three explanations to why we need an immigration reform. It is definitely a right move for the political party that pusher for a reform. It can reduce the struggles against crime. Finally, an immigration reform will improve the country's revenue and boost our economy other ways.These three reasons don't even take into consideration the moral reasoning, if we take that into account an immigration reform becomes even more rational.
Nathan Hsu's comment, February 17, 2014 12:11 PM
Hastert makes some solid points on why we should push for immigration reform. The law against them will never completely work and removing illegal immigrants will neither benefit our economy or work force. I agree that the House GOP needs to get a new immigration reform passed in order to focus on the larger issues at hand. By bringing the large populations of Latino immigrants out of the shadows and hiding, government can increase productivity and make it legal for the people to work which will open up time to focus on apprehending real criminals instead of innocent people who only want to work and make a living. Immigration reform can boost the nations revenue and GDP with more people legally in the labor force . If we continue to try to stop the immigrants it will not be practical or efficient for our economy.
Jiahao Chen's comment, February 17, 2014 3:10 PM
Immigration reform will make us safer, this is what we want, life nicer and live safer. For those people who doesnot have a legal citizenship who not even registered with the DPS, govertnment are not even be able to trsack on them, they are also contributing to this contry, they are actually doing something for us, we can't just ignore them, just give them a reason, give them a legal reason for staying here, its not that hard, but takes a lot of work and might take a long time to approach the goal that we set up. Give them a chance, will give us a change.
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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 | APGOPO | 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
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This article is about how some democrat are threatening to abandon Obama on Health Law Provision. The issue of health care coverage is also an important issue. The enrollment for the affordable care act is also an issue.

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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 (2 of 3) -- Your Obamacare questions, answered

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

Via Teresa Herrin
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This article has questions and answers regarding Obamacare providing people with what the healthcare reform is really about. This article is mostly informational.

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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 -- 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 | APGOPO | 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
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This article is about how same-sex spouses are not treated equally as heterosexual spouses.Texas and 4 other states are not following the defense secretary's statment that homosexual couples can get marriage benefits. I don't know why it's taking so long to give some people their rights that they deserve to have.

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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 | APGOPO | 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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This video is about a pastor who brought a snake to the church even though it was against Tennesse state law.He stated that it was part of his religion.he says that the law is against the freedom of religion right.This makes no sense! anything that endangers humans cannot be part of a religion. You can't just walk around with wild snakes everywhere. I can say pulling out hair, kicking people's butt is my religion, i'm used to praticing it. Go freedom of religion!!! (sarcasm)

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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 (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!) | APGOPO | Scoop.it
In the 12 months since his reelection, the president has achieved far less than he expected and suffered one mishap after another.
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The president didnt achieve as much as he should have . The second term of presidency didnt turn out as good as he thought it would first the government shutdown happened then instead of focussing on immigration reform he focused on gun restrictions.his approval ratings are also going down.I feel sorry for Obama he had alot going on in his mind but things just didnt turn out they way he wanted.

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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 11/10 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.
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Rick perry is preparing for his campaign in Iowa. Perry states that all states have differnt ideas.He questions if Chris Cristie is a conservative or not.

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

BY 11/3 -- Tale Of The Tape: Comparing The Budget Committee Heads | APGOPO | Scoop.it
Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are likely to at least set a friendly tone during budget talks.
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Ryan and Murray both have similarities both were raised in families helped by social safety net programs when they weren't financially strong. Both Ryan and Murray have already lowered expectations for their budget conference.

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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 -- 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 | APGOPO | 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.
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when an email is been sent it goes through massive data and companies like google and yahoo collect them. Our info is not only been connected in US but also over seas. This means as long as u have an electronic device in your hand with internet in it you have no privacy.

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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 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 | APGOPO | Scoop.it
Agency positioned itself to collect from among millions of accounts, many belonging to Americans.
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NSA has secretly broken into the main communications link that connect yahoo and google data centers around the world.The company collects data from hundreds of millions accounts.The agency is used for high tech spying.This shows that we are being spied on 24/7 and we don't have any privacy.

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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 10/22 or 10/23 -- Inside the Bush, Cheney relationship

BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- Inside the Bush, Cheney relationship | APGOPO | Scoop.it
Peter Baker talks about his book, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.” He calls the relationship between the duo, “one that drifted apart.”
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Bush and Cheney started seeing things with different point of view. At the end of the term they were on the opposite sides of most issues such as iran, syria, gun rights etc. Bush disagreed with the difference between first and second term.He had received so many bad news that he forgot how it even feels to hear a good news. Cheney stated that he'll make sure that a tradegy like 911 never happens again.

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Chris Buenaseda's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:14 PM

The video explains how Cheney was influential in Bush's decision-making, but less and less was he influential towards the end of Bush's 2nd term. This discussion was very interesting to watch as it painted Dick Cheney in another light, other than being the lackey to the younger Bush. Without Cheney's participation and adcive, Bush wouldn't have lasted the White House for past one term.

 

Melissa Aleman's curator insight, November 10, 2013 11:11 PM

This video discusses the relationship between Bush in cheney and how it was not all as it seems and in their new book, Days of Fire, you can see that. All though they had their differences and grew distant they came together when needed. I think it was a nice video and good to hear a little behind the scenes of the truth of their relationship and how it wasnt all good.

 

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:28 PM

 This video is about bush and chaney while they where in the white house. It outlines the breaking and falling apart of their relationship and how bush really didn't have any power and chaney was the one really making the decisions, like a "puppet master". I think that their relationship as friends and as colleges was strained due to the media, the policy agenda and the war in Iraq.

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Obama on ACA: ‘Armageddon has not arrived'

Obama on ACA: ‘Armageddon has not arrived' | APGOPO | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama celebrated the end of the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period by announcing that at least 7.1 million Americans have signed up for insurance through exchanges.“No, the Affordable Care Act hasn’t fixed our long broken health care system, but this law has made our health care system a lot better,”...

Via Joel Leagans
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There's nothing really new or interesting about this article. Obama mentions that health care reform has made our health system a lot better. His speeches played a big part in convincing people to sign up. At the end approximately 7 million Americans signed up. So it turned out a success after all. But most of the people are more concerned about immigration reform than health care reform. This is sort of an old news.

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Molly Oretsky's comment, April 3, 2014 6:35 PM
This is a very neutral article recapping a very watered down speech. There's nothing particularly new in the clip of Obama, He talks about that though there have been some hiccups, Obamacare has ultimately been successful, and he does not understand the heavy backlash it received. I agree that the reaction was a bit extreme, but he doesn't mention how poorly the website worked when ACA first opened. It's no surprised that it would eventually be fixed, so now the Democrats are celebrating having over 7 million enrolled. Obama's speech felt especially dumbed down when he mentioned what is necessary for big change to happen. Obama, we understand that change takes time and doesn't always happen smoothly, but that doesn't mean we're not allowed to criticize things that don't work as effectively as promised. That's how solutions are made. We aren't going to pat you on the back until the job is done right. As you like to say, "That's how Democracy works", so we are allowed to disagree.<br>Personally, I'm glad that the website is finally doing better, so we can start looking ahead to see how well the implementation of the act actually turns out.
Jolie Starr's comment, April 3, 2014 10:10 PM
I don't think that anything in this article really has me believing in the Affordable Care Act any more than I was. Obama plainly stated that there are going to be glitches in the system, and all the Democrats are running on right now is the numbers. Numbers of people who sign up will not tell how affective the act is, so only time will tell.
Taylor Moser's comment, April 3, 2014 10:16 PM
To ''me, this article doesnt have me completely convinced. There is no new evidence stated in the article that no one has heard before. Although the Affordable Care Act has ultimately been successful, there is no doubt that things have gone wrong for President Obama. In the end, I was not impressed with this article. It was the same old story on a topic that people are no longer interested in.
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The Day We Lost Atlanta

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On Tuesday, snowfall of just over 2 inches shut down metropolitan Atlanta’s roads, schools, churches, government offices and businesses. Thousands of flights were cancelled at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. More than 2,000 school children were separated from their parents, and spent the night in buses, police stations, or classrooms....

Via Joel Leagans
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It's a big issue that people are so heavily relied on cars. This could be hazardous if a storm strikes and people have to evacuate their cars and find a shelter to live in. Also frozen roads can cause car accidents and if the roads are too crowded it can be more catastrophic. It's interesting how people are rejecting to ride metro rides unlike Texas where many people ride metro buses.They are very much unprepared in case of a devastating storm.

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Jiahao Chen's comment, February 17, 2014 2:55 PM
The transportation systems was actually built way back to 1970s, it had been like almost 40 years, even the state government or city government should come out with a resolution how to maintain the road systems. I mean people are rely on the transportation system and government should e pay more attention on it, otherwise the road system would not even been damaged by such 2 inches snowstorms anyway. If people sign the transit relief in a 2012 referendum, people need to pay more tax, and if i am those people live in Atlanta, i am not willing to pay that much money out, for day and day, its still a big amount. I wish the government and the MARTA could negotiate and come out with a win win solution.
Jiahao Chen's comment, February 17, 2014 2:55 PM
The transportation systems was actually built way back to 1970s, it had been like almost 40 years, even the state government or city government should come out with a resolution how to maintain the road systems. I mean people are rely on the transportation system and government should e pay more attention on it, otherwise the road system would not even been damaged by such 2 inches snowstorms anyway. If people sign the transit relief in a 2012 referendum, people need to pay more tax, and if i am those people live in Atlanta, i am not willing to pay that much money out, for day and day, its still a big amount. I wish the government and the MARTA could negotiate and come out with a win win solution.
Jatoriyae DuPree's comment, March 21, 2014 2:43 PM
So the city of Atlanta was stopped by two inches of snow. The freeway was put on standstill and people were stranded. For decades the highway was being constructed with the idea of it being the ultimate highway. That backfired. The fact that people couldn't drive really slowly into inches worth of snow and stopped completely is disturbing enough. Second, they should really have some policies for a snow days and better weather reporters. For over 40 years they have had problems with the policies for that highway and they put too much pressure on it. They should have more than one main highway that connects the entire city and definitely more precautions for this sort of thing. I'm pretty sure if they improved road infrastructure they could have gotten those kids home on smaller roads.
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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 | APGOPO | Scoop.it
While even highly offensive speech is protected in the U.S., that level of freedom is quite unique.
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This article is about the freedom of speech in USA compared to that in of other countries.Freedom of speech does not mean insulting somebody's religion. Like bullying making fun of someone just because of their beliefs are unacceptable.I believe that there should be some limitations to freedom of speech.

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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 (1 of 3) -- Administration: 106,000 enrolled in health insurance in first month of HealthCare.gov

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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 article explains that only few Americans are enrolled in health insurance in the first month of Obamacare, which is much lower that people had expected. Few people are signing up for insurance as well.

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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 -- 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 | APGOPO | Scoop.it
A bus driver for the Burnsville school district was fired last week for leading kids in Christian prayers on his bus, even after he was warned to stop — a move he considers a violation of his freedom of speech...

Via Teresa Herrin
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A bus driver used to drive students to school and on the way to school he'd read prayer with them in order to make sure they are safe. He was warned but he still didn't stop.He gets fired , he claimed that it's the violation of his freedom of speech right. the Supreme Court ruled that it’s unconstitutional for public schools to encourage or lead students in prayer.Parents from different religion said that teaching children prayers would confuse them since they want them to follow a certain religion and pray in a way they do.

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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]

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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
Rabika Rehman's insight:

The article is about the case whether opening government meeting with a prayer is constitutional. Women are suing on the basis of freedom of prayer.Many groups are supporting the women, but the court is under a lot of pressure.I don't think it matters if we start government meetings with a prayer. I mean our pledge alegiance mentions god in it. Even if you are an atheist i don't think you would care. I have heard many atheist saying "oh my god" or "god bless you".

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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?

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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.
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Some people think that Justice Breyer is an atheist .I believe religions and beliefs are personal matters. I don't see how the fact that he might be an atheist is a big deal. The church is separated from state anyway.Religion does not have anything to do with decision making. If he is comfortable and more practical being an atheist than atheist it it.

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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 (2 or 4 total) -- Video: 'This Week': Twitter Transforms Politics

The roundtable debates the role of social media in politics following Twitter's IPO.
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Twitter is a quick and brief source of news and communication. People are better aware of politics through twitter.It is easy to get your name out there through twitter.Even the older senators use twitter in order to get their voices heard.

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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 Friday, 11/8 --ONLY ONE Scoop -- 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
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The video starts off with President Obama announcing the winner of turkey pardon (Nate Silver). He says that Nate silver completely nailed the election of 2012.Both Republicans and democrats were blamed for government shutdown.One of the issue for the mid term would be the Obame care. The approval votes are very low but then the voting was done right after government shutdown and not everyone was willing to vote.It would be intersting to see the mid term turnouts.

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

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Cory Booker becomes ninth African-American to serve in the Senate, replacing Frank Lautenberg.
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Cory Brooker is a lawyer who has joined senate. Booker will help lower average age. Booker worked as a staff attorney for the Urban Justice Center in Newark.

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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 11/3 -- Secession Movement

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

Via Teresa Herrin
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In several different states residents of less populous areas are hoping to create states of their own.Rural residents believe that there values are given no respect.I believe that conservatives are the one who want secession.

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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 -- How the NSA is infiltrating private networks

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The NSA, working with its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), secretly taps into the internal networks of Yahoo and Google, the two biggest Internet companies by overall data traffic.
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The NSA taps into the internal network of yahoo and google, by overall data trafic.NSA can go through private information without that person's consent. NSA intersects account info as it goes through data centers. This means that as long as we have a device with internet in our hand we have literally no privacy we can be tracked, we have no privacy even when our accounts are set on "privacy settings".

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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.