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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...

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

BY 4/3 -- Obama's Tuesday's Address about ACA Enrollments (NBC News Video) | BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
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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Zhuoran Ryan Yang's comment, April 5, 4:13 PM
Many questions and issues linger in the air regarding Obamacare's Affordable Care Act. Despite the numerous people signing up for this plan (7 million to be exact) and many issues solved after its launch, Republicans try to disrupt its progress in different ways. Though the programs seems to be running in good shape right now, Obama fears that it may bring trouble to the table in the years to come.
Mel Mountain Du's curator insight, April 6, 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, 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.

Via Teresa Herrin
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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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Mel Mountain Du's curator insight, April 6, 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, 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. 

Laura Ojinnaka's comment, April 7, 4:02 PM
1. 4/11/2010 <br>2. group of journalists usually stationed at the White House, who cover events and new briefings from the president.<br> 3. when the media has coverage over the President’s actions without the information being unfiltered to the public.<br> 4. 39 million Facebook followers and 19 million twitter followers <br>5. The author seems shocked by how technology can have an impact on other aspects, like the press corps. He seems explores the effects of media and technology and its disadvantage on journalists. He feels like jobs of the press corps are being negatively affected by technology. <br>The author is concerned that the advances in technology have made the press corps useless. The public can more easily access information. He believes that the magnitude of technology has put these journalist at a disadvantage.<br>6. In five sentences, provide your opinion. Use info from the article.<br>6. I am not concerned with the death of the press corps. With all the social media, the people can listen to the president directly. This directness allows there to be less distortion of words between the president and the press now that the middleman is removed. Over the years the press corps will continue to decrease because of new technology and media. Journalism itself is dying and writing is now replaced with typing. Score: 1<br>
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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, 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, 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, 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

Unit 4 -- Filibusters and arcane obstructions in the Senate | BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
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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Teresa Herrin's curator insight, March 7, 9:47 PM

Optional, but great

In previous years, it was assigned reading.

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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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Paul Nguyen's curator insight, March 6, 2:15 PM

read on excerpt 

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need to read  the exert 

Teresa Herrin's curator insight, March 7, 8:40 PM

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EXCERPT -- 

We’re at our worst when it comes to politics. This helps explain why recent attacks on rationality have captured the imagination of the scientific community and the public at large. Politics forces us to confront those who disagree with us, and we’re not naturally inclined to see those on the other side of an issue as rational beings. Why, for instance, do so many Republicans think Obama’s health-care plan violates the Constitution? Writing in The New Yorker in June 2012, Ezra Klein used the research of Haidt and others to argue that Republicans despise the plan on political, not rational, grounds. Initially, he notes, they objected to what the Democrats had to offer out of a kind of tribal sense of loyalty. Only once they had established that position did they turn to reason to try to justify their views.

But notice that Klein doesn’t reach for a social-psychology journal when articulating why he and his Democratic allies are so confident that Obamacare isconstitutional. He’s not inclined to understand his own perspective as the product of reflexive loyalty to the ideology of his own group. This lack of interest in the source of one’s views is typical. Because most academics are politically left of center, they generally use their theories of irrationality to explain the beliefs of the politically right of center. They like to explore how psychological biases shape the decisions people make to support Republicans, reject affirmative-action policies, and disapprove of homosexuality. But they don’t spend much time investigating how such biases might shape their own decisions to support Democrats, endorse affirmative action, and approve of gay marriage.

None of this is to say that Klein is mistaken. Irrational processes do exist, and they can ground political and moral decisions; sometimes the right explanation is groupthink or cognitive dissonance or prejudice. Irrationality is unlikely to be perfectly proportioned across political parties, and it’s possible, as the journalist Chris Mooney and others have suggested, that the part of the population that chose Obama in the most recent presidential election is more reasonable than the almost equal part that chose Romney.

But even if this were so, it would tell us little about the human condition. Most of us know nothing about constitutional law, so it’s hardly surprising that we take sides in the Obamacare debate the way we root for the Red Sox or the Yankees. Loyalty to the team is what matters. A set of experiments run by the Stanford psychologist Geoffrey Cohen illustrates this principle perfectly. Subjects were told about a proposed welfare program, which was described as being endorsed by either Republicans or Democrats, and were asked whether they approved of it. Some subjects were told about an extremely generous program, others about an extremely stingy program, but this made little difference. What mattered was party: Democrats approved of the Democratic program, and Republicans, the Republican program. When asked to justify their decision, however, participants insisted that party considerations were irrelevant; they felt they were responding to the program’s objective merits. This appears to be the norm. The Brown psychologist Steven Sloman and his colleagues have found that when people are called upon to justify their political positions, even those that they feel strongly about, many are unable to point to specifics. For instance, many people who claim to believe deeply in cap and trade or a flat tax have little idea what these policies actually mean.

So, yes, if you want to see people at their worst, press them on the details of those complex political issues that correspond to political identity and that cleave the country almost perfectly in half. But if this sort of irrational dogmatism reflected how our minds generally work, we wouldn’t even make it out of bed each morning. Such scattered and selected instances of irrationality shouldn’t cloud our view of the rational foundations of our everyday life. That would be like saying the most interesting thing about medicine isn’t the discovery of antibiotics and anesthesia, or the construction of large-scale programs for the distribution of health care, but the fact that people sometimes forget to take their pills.

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Young Guns gear up for next fight

Young Guns gear up for next fight | BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
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, 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, 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, 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, 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

Affordable Care Act -- Support & Opposition per State | BHS GOPO | Scoop.it

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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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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, 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, 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, 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.

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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, 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, 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

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Yes, the first question is "What is Ukraine?"

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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, 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, 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, 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, 8:47 PM

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

Teresa Herrin's curator insight, March 7, 9:07 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

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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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