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Treasury Secretary: Markets too calm about debt ceiling

Treasury Secretary: Markets too calm about debt ceiling | congress and foreign policy | Scoop.it
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says Wall Street should be taking the looming debt limit more seriously, as Congress has a lot to do in very little time.
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Beside the on coming government shut down, the Congress has a lot more to worry than the shut down it self. People may think Congress isn't doing much, but with a deadline, Congress has little to do and no one wants to be back in 2011 dept problem. But the prolbem is, there is yet to be a decision on what to do with the little funding and debt.

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Why America Is Saying 'No': @peggynoonannyc on Obama and Syria

Why America Is Saying 'No': @peggynoonannyc on Obama and Syria | congress and foreign policy | Scoop.it
Syria and Obama: Wrong time, wrong place, wrong plan, wrong man, argues Peggy Noonan.
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Will Levine's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:35 AM

This country's response was very good in my opinion in the respect that the majority of us do not want to go to war with Syria and activate our military action. Obama seems to be not fully clear on how to deal with the situation although I admire his decision in not going to war and to do this in a peaceful way.

carlosdgarcia's curator insight, September 11, 2013 10:16 PM

Noonan is right. There is no need for a military intervention. There is nothing to prove, it won't do anything besides have American causalties. Something DOES need to be done though, and the best thing could possibly be what the pope said. Punish Assad and whoever else allowed the chemical weapons to be used. And who cares what Iran and North Korea think. Let them judge.

Melissa Aleman's curator insight, September 11, 2013 11:50 PM

I thouroughly enjoyed this article because Noonan had very STRONG points that I agreed with. This helped me decide that I do believe that the military strike is probably not the best solution. Noonan brought up a good point that no one should question our power as America and no one is because it is very known that we are a strong nation. So that shouldnt be a reason at all for taking the strike. 

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Obama Tests Limits of Power in Syrian Conflict

Obama Tests Limits of Power in Syrian Conflict | congress and foreign policy | Scoop.it
President Obama’s approach to Syria is likely to create an important precedent in the often murky legal question of when presidents or nations may lawfully use military force.
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Tianna Kelly's curator insight, September 11, 2013 1:23 PM

I don't understand President Obama's statement that we must attack Syria because of U.S. national interests. What interests are these? Also, while Obama does legally have the right to launch a military attack on Syria without Congressional approval, the fact that public opinion says that we should not intervene, and that the U.S. is a supposed Democratic country, mean that he should not take it upon himself to act outside of public and Congressional approval. Otherwise, how is he any better than Assad?

Sammy Masri's curator insight, September 17, 2013 1:13 AM

I think Obama was facing all of this superficial, but ever-growing, pressure to do something about Syria, ANYTHING, as long as he just didn't sit idly by. Then, when he finally chose his only viable path (at the time), most people balked at the severity. Iraq and Afghanistan linger more than Kuwait, Kosovo, and Libya. Saving face became the only possible measure afterwards, and forget the actual politics, weapons, and lives at stake.

My personal opinion, of course.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 18, 2014 12:31 PM

Events like this happen in hundreds of different countries yet the US has never gotten involved. Also, the law against chemical weapons is international, therefore, the United Nations should be dealing with this, not the US alone. Of course, the UN would never go for it seeing as how Russia is an ally of the Syrian government. more importantly the situation is lose, lose. We do not need to be involved in this fight, it's not ours.

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Cruz vows to speak against ObamaCare until unable 'to stand,' as vote looms

Cruz vows to speak against ObamaCare until unable 'to stand,' as vote looms | congress and foreign policy | Scoop.it
In a final act of political theater before a key test vote, Sen.
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As of the test vote for the Obamacare will happen as the Democrats said and there is no stoping it. I understand there still a lot of delays with the Obamacare funding issue, but instead if actually ripping the Act apart altogether or keep on stalling the bill, like Cruz wanted, and there are other ways. I can't say this one path will work in for or agaisnt the Act. However, the one thing Congress just can't afford to do, again, is to delay the vote, because if this keeps up, to the Republicans, the "deadlocked and the government shuts down on Oct. 1." I still can't gauntee the defunding of Obamacare, but the deadlock and delays are a serious problem if something doesn't change.

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Madison McKee's curator insight, March 2, 10:26 AM

As of the test vote for the Obamacare will happen as the Democrats said and there is no stoping it. I understand there still a lot of delays with the Obamacare funding issue, but instead if actually ripping the Act apart altogether or keep on stalling the bill, like Cruz wanted, and there are other ways. I can't say this one path will work in for or agaisnt the Act. However, the one thing Congress just can't afford to do, again, is to delay the vote, because if this keeps up, to the Republicans, the "deadlocked and the government shuts down on Oct. 1." I still can't gauntee the defunding of Obamacare, but the deadlock and delays are a serious problem if something doesn't change.

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USA TODAY Poll: Opposition to Syrian airstrikes surges

USA TODAY Poll: Opposition to Syrian airstrikes surges | congress and foreign policy | Scoop.it
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Abe's curator insight, September 11, 2013 1:49 AM

Seems like avery presidential address arouses my inner patriotism just a tad bit. 

George's curator insight, September 11, 2013 3:17 AM

It's quite interesting seeing how Obama's address is compared to other presidential addresses all dealing with a request to go to war. Obama is faced with the challenge of persuading a country that's tired of fighting wars to rise up once again to act as the world's policemen. 

Tianna Kelly's curator insight, December 1, 2013 9:13 PM

This poll does not surprise me in the least; in fact, I am among the majority who oppose United States military action in Syria. The United States has its own internal issues to attend to, and spending money and resources on unnecessary actions can only further our troubles.

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Sen. Ted Cruz: I Don't Think President Obama 'Has the Authority' to Order Syria Strike Without Congressional Approval

Sen. Ted Cruz: I Don't Think President Obama 'Has the Authority' to Order Syria Strike Without Congressional Approval | congress and foreign policy | Scoop.it
Contradicting President Obama’s assertion, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said this morning on “This Week” that the president does not have the authority to order a military strike on Syria without Congressional approval.

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Sammy Masri's curator insight, September 17, 2013 12:19 AM

Cruz spoke very well for the majority of the speech: he made a reasonable case about why an attack would not work. But he faltered on two points. One: The state of Texas, vast as though it may be, does not represent the United States. Two: It's almost become customary of Republicans to bring up Benghazi whenever possible. It happened, nothing short of a full-scale operation and the ability to see the future could have prevented it, let the American dead rest in peace.

 

Also, the longer you show the US not supporting innocent civilians, the more and more radical these "Islamic terrorists" will become. Cut to the chase - or in this case, a missile strike - and nip the thing in the bud before it grows too big.

Rachel Murphy's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:20 PM

Cruz makes it clear that he does not approve of military action in Syria. He believes a strike would aid rebel forces with links to Al-Qaeda. The strike may weaken Assad, but it would only give rebel forces an opportunity to swoop in. His precautions with the attack are plausible. I like the point he made about how OUR US military is not Al-Qaeda's air force. They are here to defend the United States.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:16 PM

This video shows how complicated this whole situation is, and I had no idea how opposed the public was to involvment in Syria. Is there is a way to reprimand him without a strike? War crimes need to be reprimanded, but does this mean we have to go to war? I was all for involvment, but now I'm really questioning whether that would be the right thing to do.