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BY 4/3 -- Obama's Tuesday's Address about ACA Enrollments (NBC News Video)

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Watch the latest news videos and episodes of the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. - NBC News
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The video discusses the difficulties Obama faced when creating the website and the opposition he will continue to face with the Republicans. I think that ACA is  a good idea, I just wish it was approached in a different way. 

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Colin Shi's curator insight, April 4, 2014 11:34 PM

At this moment, president Obama is extremely pleased about the progress in the Affordability Care Act since last October. More than 7 million have signed up, and many problems, both technical and logistical, have been diagnosed since the launch. Obama sees this progress positively and accuses Republicans for obstructing progress, that history only remembers those who promote progress. Obama, like any politician, but remain confident in his own agenda, even though he may know the program is overly complicated, and has a huge potential for chaos in the coming years.

Mel Mountain Du's curator insight, April 6, 2014 6:56 PM

With 7.1 million sign-ups at healthcare.gov, it appears that Obama is recovering from his disastrous opening. It is still unclear if enough young, healthy people have signed up, in order to balance the healthcare budget. What he really needs now, though, is Democratic support.

Nathan Hiransomboon's curator insight, April 7, 2014 10:32 AM

Healthcare is a basic human right guaranteed by the United Nation's Deceleration of Human Rights. At the point that the United States is one of the only developed nations in the world that doesn't have a universal healthcare system, the 3 million people that got Medicare through Obamacare allows the US to reach this goal.

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BY 4/3 -- READ SCOOP INSTRUCTIONS BELOW -- Death of the White House Press Corps

BY 4/3 -- READ SCOOP INSTRUCTIONS BELOW -- Death of the White House Press Corps | BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
With a Twitter-savvy president and their own ailing media companies, Lloyd Grove finds the boys in the briefing room more depressed than ever.
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1. Record the article's date.

April 3rd 2010

2. Define press corp.

A group of journalists

3. Explain "filter less presidency".

The process in which the public/MEDIA haS EASY ACCESS TO THE PRESIDENTS INFORMATION AND IMAGES

4. Record the number of Obama's CURRENT social media followers -- Twitter & Facebook.

Twitter: 42.3M Facebook: about  39663850

5. In three sentences, state the author's concern.

The author's main concern is that media is being overshadowed by technology. People are beginning to use their Phones and smart phones to update america on the latest issues. Because of this, it has caused the media to lose the purpose they once had before, since it was almost impossible to get a photo of the president or even an interview without going through them.

 

6. In five sentences, provide your opinion. Use info from the article. Use this scale and provide a numeric score to reflect your opinion:

1 = Not at all concerned

2 = Somewhat concerned, 

I am somewhat concerned because it goes to show how easily information or photos can be attained so easily. These smartphones and easy access to certain footage can be a threat to Americans. It is concerning to see that even the people who conceal the information are having a hard time. If the people who are supposed to be concealing the info are having a hard time of protecting the president then what about the citizens of America? The efforts to protect them does not seem to affective in the fact that I know by reading a article I know where the President was and when he was in Prague.

3 = Concerned

4 = Very concerned

5 = Extremely concerned

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Colin Shi's curator insight, April 4, 2014 11:09 PM

1. April 3, 2010

2. The white house press corps is the group in charge of media coverage of the president, that interprets and presents the president's image to the public.

3. The president can directly present himself to the public without a middleman that filters and interprets the information.

4. 42.4 million followers on Twitter, 39 million likes on facebook

5. The author is concerned that the job of the white house press corps is going obsolete. This trend may have significant consequences because the president will likely present himself with a personal bias, sometimes even called a "hagiography". Not having press conferences also presents a problem because it will no longer give the public a clear picture of the president.

6. I am pretty concerned about an age in which the president is able to present himself freely to the public. I feel that the president's use of social media outlets to communicate often gives us an attitude of insincerity. With this lack of professionalism, traditional values unravel, and the general public loses trust in the president. One may argue that the media filter distorts his message, but provided that they have reliable expertise, they should still be able to do the job better than the president himself. Although bias is prevalent regardless of who presents the president in the media, having an outside source should mitigate bias to some extent. Score: 3.

Mel Mountain Du's curator insight, April 6, 2014 6:44 PM

1. 4/3/14

2. Media correspondents and journalists deployed in the White House who's job is to cover events and announcements by the POTUS.

3. A filterless Presidency is when the Whitehouse can directly communicate with the public without a 3rd party in media.

4. Obama currently has 42.3 million Twitter followers, and 39 Million Facebook Followers.

5.The Author's concern is that the Press Corp's niche is dissapearing due to social Media such as Twitter and Facebook. This means that the President can dictate the direction of the conversation, instead of being asked questions by the media. The author fears that this will lead to the President becoming too favorably viewed and unquestioned.

6. I am a (2), only somewhat concerned. A very large part of Obama's appeal is his charisma. The Press Corp will be the most upset about it, and that is fine by me. I believe this will at least be positive in the sense that the President will have a more personal dialogue with the American Public. This is an adaptation of the Obama Administration to keep up with the times.

Nathan Hiransomboon's curator insight, April 7, 2014 11:10 AM

1. 04.03.10

2. Members of President Obama's staff that would typically cover his actions and deal with public relations

3. A Presidency where there is an unprecedented level of transparency

4. Facebook: 39,767,002

Twitter: 42.4M

5. President Obama is a unique President in how he addressed social media. Not only does he want to a lot of PR himself, but this puts his Press Corps  in danger. He strays away from the norm of other presidents.

6. (1) President Obama was elected for his first term for his connection that he made with the youth. Not only was he able to have the youth come out and vote, although they typically wouldn't, but he also gained the support of African Americans to vote as well. This is extremely strategic in how he was first elected. This trait if being personable is a trait that wouldn't necessarily be something needed by other Presidents, thus the need for the Press Corps to exist. However just because they roles and jobs may be in danger doesn't mean that any concern should exist. 

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DUE BY 3/13 @ 11:59 pm -- Edward Snowden looms over Pulitzer Prizes

DUE BY 3/13 @ 11:59 pm -- Edward Snowden looms over Pulitzer Prizes | BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Next month, the trustees who oversee America’s most distinguished journalistic award could face their toughest decision in at least four decades. The issue before the Pulitzer Prize Board: Does it honor reporting by The Washington Post and The Guardian based on stolen government documents that are arguably detrimental to the national security...

Via Teresa Herrin
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Edward Snowden is a former employee of the CIA and a contractor for the NSA. The controversy about Snowden is the possibility that the NSA leaked information, which may violate the constitution. As of right now he is being charged with 3 felonies..

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Laura Ojinnaka's curator insight, March 18, 2014 9:59 PM

Edward Snowden is a government contractor that worked at an NSA center. He was a three-month employee of a government consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton. His controversy was that he leaked information regarding top-secret government surveillance programs. He leaked National Security Agency (NSA) documents to The Guardian and The Washington Post regarding top-secret government surveillance programs.

carly johnson's curator insight, March 21, 2014 5:04 PM

Snowden revealed many of the NSA's documents to the media and other countries. He was charged with stealing government property and basically treason, because he revealed information to other countries. He was in another country when he was found out and has been in Russia on a one year asylum. Many americans view him as a traitor while others view him as a hero. Some think that the people had a right to know what he has disclosed and the government shouldn't of hid it. 

Tiffany Sabbaghi's curator insight, March 23, 2014 3:29 PM

(Absent on 3/13 and 3/14)

Edward Snowden is known for being an American computer specialist and the former employee of the CIA, as well as a former contractor for the NSA. He became "famous" for disclosing extremely classified documents to other media outlets. The documents he leaked revealed classified details of global surveillance programs run by the NSA. The controversy surrounding Edward Snowden concerns whether what he did was right or wrong and whether the issue of national security vs. information privacy is taken into account and if he should get punished, even though he has been charged. 

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NSA: Edward Snowden had help

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The NSA claimed in a recent document that Edward Snowden pulled a fast one on at least one fellow NSA employee in order to gain access to the classified documents he's gone on to leak - or gush, as...

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Unit 4 -- Filibusters and arcane obstructions in the Senate

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Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925
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Unit 4 -- The War on Reason

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Scientists and philosophers argue that human beings are little more than puppets of their biochemistry. Here's why they're wrong.

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The mind has many thoughts that differs from individual to individual. In the mind of a Conservative they base many issues or decisions off of morals. In comparison, the Liberals base the issues or decisions off of social experiences.

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Alex Sherman's curator insight, March 6, 2014 2:15 PM

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need to read  the exert 

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Young Guns gear up for next fight

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The Republican “Young Guns” are ready to rule, if they get the chance. Since they first got the name seven years ago, allies and enemies of Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy are now beginning to jockey to prepare for potential changes at the top of the Republican power structure in the House. Though publicly Speaker John Boehner...

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These men have the potential to possibly become Majority Leaders or House speakers. They are quite impressive, especially Paul Ryan. 

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Colin Shi's curator insight, March 10, 2014 2:58 AM

Speaker John Boehner and his other Republican leaders of the House, dubbed the "Young Guns", plan to revamp the party power structure. Eric Cantor, the Majority Leader, is from Virginia, and he is the next most powerful man in the House. The right respects him as he's taken serious action on fiscal matters, yet has garnered criticism from the party as well. Meanwhile, McCarthy, the Majority whip, is an affable leader, able to unite a divided GOP, and is confident that the party is headed to a more effective future. The last of the three, Paul Ryan, has risen the fastest, planning to either lead the Ways and Means Committee or run for the presidency in 2016. He's young, motivated, and well known, which should give him a strong support base against opponents. These "Young Guns" pledge loyalty to Boehner, and are willing to serve as long as Boehner remains speaker.

Matt Philipps's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:30 AM

The article talks about the future of these 3 promising republicans who are referred to as the Young Guns. Gives insight to the future of the 3 and what the possibilities of their next move  may be . If Boehner leaves office, Contor is a shoe in for the Speaker spot. Kevin McCarthy may become majority leader and Paul Ryan may take the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee or take a run for president. This article gives a great look at their current positions in the ranks of the GOP and gives an excellent and accurate look of what the future for these young men holds.

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Oops... I didnt realize this till now but two of them are currrently ymajority leaders. That picture quiz helped me realize that.
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Young Guns gear up for next fight

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The Republican “Young Guns” are ready to rule, if they get the chance. Since they first got the name seven years ago, allies and enemies of Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy are now beginning to jockey to prepare for potential changes at the top of the Republican power structure in the House. Though publicly Speaker John Boehner...

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Colin Shi's curator insight, March 10, 2014 2:58 AM

Speaker John Boehner and his other Republican leaders of the House, dubbed the "Young Guns", plan to revamp the party power structure. Eric Cantor, the Majority Leader, is from Virginia, and he is the next most powerful man in the House. The right respects him as he's taken serious action on fiscal matters, yet has garnered criticism from the party as well. Meanwhile, McCarthy, the Majority whip, is an affable leader, able to unite a divided GOP, and is confident that the party is headed to a more effective future. The last of the three, Paul Ryan, has risen the fastest, planning to either lead the Ways and Means Committee or run for the presidency in 2016. He's young, motivated, and well known, which should give him a strong support base against opponents. These "Young Guns" pledge loyalty to Boehner, and are willing to serve as long as Boehner remains speaker.

Matt Philipps's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:30 AM

The article talks about the future of these 3 promising republicans who are referred to as the Young Guns. Gives insight to the future of the 3 and what the possibilities of their next move  may be . If Boehner leaves office, Contor is a shoe in for the Speaker spot. Kevin McCarthy may become majority leader and Paul Ryan may take the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee or take a run for president. This article gives a great look at their current positions in the ranks of the GOP and gives an excellent and accurate look of what the future for these young men holds.

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Oops... I didnt realize this till now but two of them are currrently ymajority leaders. That picture quiz helped me realize that.
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Affordable Care Act -- Support & Opposition per State

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The southern states seem more likely to oppose the ACA  because of their conservative views. I believe that this map/graph did well capturing the opposition or approval in each state.

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6 Anderson Calloway's curator insight, January 15, 2015 2:11 PM

This map deals with federalism. It displays the level of support of Obamacare in each state. The federal government offers assistance with medical care fees. Mandates have been given to many Americans to have health insurance and to employers to provide more employees with health insurance. Obamacare/ACA is meant to help low income families/people with obtaining an affordable health insurance policy. The federal government aims to give more Americans easier access to medical attention. I till think the government is stepping over the line with Obamacare.

3 Boss Taylor's curator insight, January 15, 2015 3:57 PM

This map is an illustration of federalism and how all states might not agree on a particular law. This map shows the support and opposition of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare per state. This map provides a view that most Southern states are opposed to the Affordable Care Act, Northern states support it, Midwestern states are in the middle and some state oppose it, and Western states support it with a few exceptions of states opposing it.  This map connects to federalism because it shows a division in the nation about the Affordable Care Act similar to the division in the nation when the topic was about adopting a Constitution. This map may not be reliable because people views on particular view change everyday. From this map I learned that federal and states powers overlap each other.

5 Schutz Collin's curator insight, January 15, 2015 9:09 PM

This map is an illustration of federalism and how all states might not agree on a particular law. This map shows the support and opposition of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare per state.  This map connects to federalism because it shows a division in the nation about the Affordable Care Act similar to the division in the nation when the topic was about adopting a Constitution. From this map I learned that federal and states powers overlap each other.

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Feinstein Is Right. The CIA’s Out of Control.

Feinstein Is Right. The CIA’s Out of Control. | BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Five years of frustration boiled over when Sen. Dianne Feinstein flayed the CIA on the Senate floor Tuesday. She accused the agency of lying, cheating and stealing to block a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s secret prisons and torture from seeing the light of day. In essence, she said, the CIA was spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s...

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Dianne Feinstien is a Senator from California. She is also the leader of the Intelligence Committee and has been for 5 years. Feinstien accuse the CIA of lying, cheating, and stealing to block a 6,300 page report on CIA secret prisons and tortures. It is newsworthy because it discusses the issue on Privacy and Trust that should be given to this agency. I think this article is very informational and also biased, I would like to read an article that is a little more objective. 

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Laura Ojinnaka's curator insight, March 18, 2014 10:13 PM

Senator Feinstein is a democratic senator from California and the head of the intelligence committee. She is accusing the CIA of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network set up for lawmakers investigating allegations that the agency used torture in terror investigations.

This is newsworthy because the CIA is over stepping their boundaries, and engaging in illegal behavior.

I agree with the senator and believe that Senate committee should have access to the CIA's files, if they are indeed committing crimes, and should be monitored. 

carly johnson's curator insight, March 22, 2014 10:47 PM

Feinstein is a senator to California and has led the intelligence committee for 5 years. She claims that CIA agents have been spying on hearings and going through their files. She believes they are using this to cover up things that they have done. Accusing the CIA of this is a big accusation, so the media is widely covering this. This could cause a big investigation, and regulations to be changed. I think when the government starts spying on itself to cover things up that the deceit and spying has gone too far. The CIA should be investigated and be held accountable.

Tiffany Sabbaghi's curator insight, March 23, 2014 3:47 PM

(Absent on 3/13 and 3/14)

Senator Feinstein is the senior United States Senator from California and member of the democratic party, she is also head of the intelligence committee. 

She has accused the CIA of lying, cheating, and also stealing to block 6300 page report on the CIA's secret prisons and torture. She has said that the agency is guilty of spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee's staff in order to cover it's own misdeeds.

This information is newsworthy because of the fact that President Barack Obama banned the prisons due to the torture. According to her, they are essentially breaking the law and working on their own agenda.

I think that Senator Feinstein is doing the right thing by exploiting the actions of the CIA, since their tactics of getting information has always been controversial due to all the senseless torturing and spying. I think she is doing her part in trying to protect her constituents. 

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Edward Snowden: I Have No Regrets

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In a new statement release by WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden confirmed he's accepting all asylum offers and that he doesn't regret what he's done.

Via Hugo Monteiro
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What did he do?

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Hugo Monteiro's curator insight, July 12, 2013 1:03 PM

'It is also a serious violation of the law. The 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution of my country, Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and numerous statutes and treaties forbid such systems of massive, pervasive surveillance. While the US Constitution marks these programs as illegal, my government argues that secret court rulings, which the world is not permitted to see, somehow legitimize an illegal affair. These rulings simply corrupt the most basic notion of justice – that it must be seen to be done. The immoral cannot be made moral through the use of secret law.

 

I believe in the principle declared at Nuremberg in 1945: "Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring." '

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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 | BHS GOPO | 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...

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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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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:24 PM

Did not say anything about the pastor forcing anything on the kids. However, as much as I oppose inhibition of rights to practice religions, this pastor could obviously not keep his intentions to himself.

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. 

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Unit 4 -- Meet The Next House Speaker, Rep. John Boehner

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Lesley Stahl Profiles The Ohio Republican Who Will Be Third In Line For The Presidency
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9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask | BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Yes, the first question is "What is Ukraine?"

Via Teresa Herrin
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The foreign policy that America should have is a neutrality act, similar to those of 1787 and WWI. This would be best for our country and possibly theirs because we can sell goods to foreign countries they usually supply and we can also sell to them promote US markets. The Ukrainians and Russians will also benefit because they can solve the problem themselves without foreign interference (similar to what the Americans did in The Civil War).

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Max Lau's curator insight, March 10, 2014 1:05 AM

I believe that the US should try to keep a neutral stance in the situation and continue to act as a mediator. A strong interference by pushing for one side or by using military force could easily sway public opinion against the US and leave them with enemies. This might also result in a severe case of public disorder in Ukraine or might incite Russia to outright invade. By continuing to stay neutral, the US will avoid a major crisis.

Weiyi Wang's curator insight, March 10, 2014 1:27 AM

Based on the strict cultural and political divide of the eastern and western portions of Ukraine, conflicts like these are to be expected. Foreign meddling is what caused the conflict in the first place, so it probably won't be the solution. US intervention would put even greater strain on the US-Russia relationship, and will probably be unnecessary seeing how the Yanukovych has not used military force against the protesters as of yet. Since the deal with the EU was so important both economically and politically, the unrest was inevitable, but will probably play out without instigating a civil war.

Colin Shi's curator insight, March 10, 2014 2:35 AM

This article has shed light on the historical and cultural context that served as the backdrop of this current conflict. The US has been put in a rather difficult situation: to either intervene on the West's behalf to protect its own interests while risking sour foreign relations and perhaps outright conflict with Russia, or to watch Russia attempt to regain its fallen empire, as Russia would gain valuable natural resources and a strategic coastline along the Black Sea. Thus, I believe that to best preserve US intentions, the US must not immediately deploy troops into this hotly-contested nation, nor should it merely watch the situation unfold. Through the UN, NATO, or other global and western alliances, the US should hope to limit Russian encroachment through sanctions, compromises, or treaties. Seeing the obvious dichotomy of the nation, I don't mind seeing Ukraine split, an action that would reduce tensions in either half. Military force should be used only as a last resort in case the established agreements are violated.

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U.S. Senate Committee System -- A Primer

Committee System Description

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Teresa Herrin's curator insight, March 4, 2014 8:47 PM

Great one-page explanation of the committee structure in the U.S. Senate

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DC City Council votes to decriminalize marijuana possession - Al Jazeera America

DC City Council votes to decriminalize marijuana possession - Al Jazeera America | BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Al Jazeera America DC City Council votes to decriminalize marijuana possession Al Jazeera America A main motivator for the law is in how disparate the enforcement of marijuana laws can be in the city, where – despite an economic boom in recent...
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