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Sen. Debbie Stabenow backs Hillary Clinton for president in 2016

Sen. Debbie Stabenow backs Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 | Dung's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is "ready for Hillary."
Dung Vo's insight:

(Quarter 4, Week 4)

 

We need someone who is extremely competent, extremely intelligent and extremely dedicated to the men, women and children of this country. We need someone who personally knows world leaders and understands the threats and challenges facing America. We need someone who understands what middle-class families have been going through and how to give every family a fair shot to get ahead in life. Those were the words of Sen. Debbie, the Michigan Democrat, who is supporting Hilary Clinton all the way. We are all thinking that Hilary Clinton will likely to run for President in 2016. If she does, then Michigan will likely to support her like Bill Clinton. Clinton not yet to announce that she will run for President in 2016, but she is the most likely person to run as a Democrat in the election. Sen. Debbie is backing Hilary Clinton because she see that Hilary have the potential of being a great leader. 


If I was able to vote in 2016, I will definitely vote for Hilary Clinton as well. Not because she was the ever first lady to run for President, but because of her experiences. She is known, as I learned in class, to have many jobs that is likely to be taking over from a man. She was Secretary of State, and being the Secretary of State she have to travel to foreign countries a lot. Having traveling to many different countries, she knows what is it like there and how to improve the place. And I think that she will take those knowledge and also improve America if she become President. Not only having the experiences, she is also very educated and will raise. She was also the first lady, so she should have some experience of being in charge. Hilary Clinton is a good lady, but will she win that's my question. 

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Political Ads, Often Negative, Try Instead to Accentuate the Positive

Political Ads, Often Negative, Try Instead to Accentuate the Positive | Dung's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Some of the best-known “super PACs” are making an effort to also cast their candidates in an appealing way instead of solely attacking opponents.
Dung Vo's insight:

(Quarter 4, Week 2, April 14-20) 

 

Many ads back then are very negative and sad, but today many political ads today tries to be more positive and hitting connection. Mitt Romney and other candidates had tried putting up negative ads against the opposite campaign, but failed to win. Not only does positive ads get more vote, but it also easier to make. The super PAC's are trying to think of other ways to promote the candidate since they can only give the candidate a certain amount of dollars. With the positive work/PORK BARREL, groups that were getting negative then are now getting more supports. Super PACs can do positive ads to counter negative that are run by others super PAC. Positive ads, strategists say, can be particularly effective in helping an incumbent combat negative attacks, or helping lesser-known candidates define themselves. Sometimes voters get sick of all the negativity and just want a change.

 

I think that having positive ads helps candidates win their elections. No one very want to sit there and watch a 30 second ads all about negative things about another candidate. I'm sure I wouldn't want to. It also good that the super PACs are getting in the trends of having positive, because they are likely to gain positive outcome and more voters on their side. The super PACs are about money, money, and money and they have to play smart if they want things go their way. One way to gain more voters is PORK BARREL. PORK BARREL are ways to help the candidate's district and state. The candidate give them want they want, but with a good reasoning, and they will get more voters. Super PACs are like school cliques, they have their own group and some tend to reach out into other groups. And by reaching out into the other groups, they have to fix something or give something to other people so they will be please.

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage | Dung's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
A federal judge issued the latest in a string of rulings that say it is unconstitutional to deny marriage to gay couples.
Dung Vo's insight:

(Quarter 3, Week 9, March 17- 23)

 

On Friday, the judges finally decided that Michigan will be the 18th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Friedman stated that the guarantee of equal protection must prevail. An attorney notice the state would make an emergency request to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, asking the panel to stay the ruling and reconsider it. The state would want the Court to reconsider the legalize. Many people still thinks that children with same-sex parent can suffer later on. The state want a result that say children with same-sex parents have a positive outcome and will not be bully or make fun of later. Friedman to those who said the children with same-sex parents have a healthy life and they are well off. Many are filing the state for their decisions. This case have been possible a nurse couple have been slowly making their voice heard. Even though there are so many disagreeing right now, the state will provide full protection to those who are being harassed. 

 

Finally Michigan did something right and I'm very happy to see the article that Michigan has overturn banning same-sex marriage. I feel like others state will join this direction since state by state are legalize gay marriage. I'm loving to see the new feeds on my phone is showing articles saying the Michigan is legalize same-sex marriage. I don't know if will stand because many people are against Friedman decision. I hope it will, but I wouldn't be surprise that it get cancels. It;s nice to see that Michigan get automatic protection to those who is involved with the same-sex marriage. We have been talking in class for the longest about states legalize  same-sex marriage and I can't wait to heard the discussion about Michigan being the 18th states that legalize same-sex marriage. I'm just very happy that I get to say that Michigan allow same-sex marriage. 

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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, March 23, 2014 12:21 PM
the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has now issued a stay on same-sex marriage while it reviews the case. I do believe, however, that it will lift the ban on same-sex marriage permanently.
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Justices Hear Florida Case on Measuring Inmates’ Mental Disabilities

Justices Hear Florida Case on Measuring Inmates’ Mental Disabilities | Dung's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court debated a case in which the standard I.Q. cutoff of 70 is challenged as too rigid.
Dung Vo's insight:

(Quarter 3, Week 7, March 3-9)

 

Many justices thinks that people with a 70 I.Q. or lower shouldn't penalize for death-row and other justices disagree. On Monday, the Florida court talks about considering to not penalize Freddie Halls, who I.Q. was above the 70 cutoff. Many are not happy about it because of what he did in 1978. He murder and sexually assaulted Karol Hurst, who was pregnant with he child. Many say to considering the possible errors that got have happen to not penalize Mr. Hall.  The justices are analyzing many other cases that were the same, but seem to not come to a conclusion yet. The justice has not attracted many allies on that particular critique of the American capital JUSTICE SYSTEM to be on Mr. Hall side. Justice Kennedy stated that the average age that has been on the death-row is 24.9 and since Mr. Hall is much older, people are thinking to make it one of the consideration to why Mr. Hall can pass death-row. Question is still being ask if whether Mr. Hall should be penalize or not.

 

I think Mr. Hall case is very interesting. The states is in a conflict with one another debating whether they should penalize Mr. Hall or not. Many are thinking of the MARGIN OF ERROR, where others is just thinking of what he did 30 years ago. I find that this conflict is something to debate about because of Mr. Hall disabilities. In my opinion, Mr. Hall is already old enough so just let him died naturally of old age then rather put him under death-row. I know that he did things that were wrong, but he is old and have spent many years in prison already. I still wouldn't disagree or be surprise if they decided to put him under death-row. 

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Arguments Heard in Federal Challenge of Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Arguments Heard in Federal Challenge of Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban | Dung's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
The challenge was argued by the same bipartisan team of legal stars, Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, that successfully contested California’s ban in 2010.
Dung Vo's insight:

(Quarter 3, Week 3, February 3-9)

 

For the pass years, Virginia has been protesting in banning same-sex marriage and still today they argue about the ban. Some says that banning it is not right and others quoted that "children do best with a mom and dad. They said that if Judge Wright Allen turn down the ban and the Court of Appeals is on her side, amendments limiting marriage to a man and a woman would most likely be voided in other states of the Fourth Circuit, including North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia. But the big question is that is the Supreme Court considering it or not. In the past two months, federal judges in Utah and Oklahoma declared those states’ bans on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. Both states have appealed. Not only has Utah and Oklahoma, but as well as other states. A lawyer from the Alliance for Defending Freedom said that the Supreme Court doesn't want to deal with it and it's the decisions of the states. In the end, the same-sex marriage will remains as it is in 2010. 

 

In my opinion, people should just calm down. They should just let people do whatever they want when it come to their love life. Why? Because it's their life. Legalizing same-sex marriage in the state won't hurt you or your family physically or even mentally. If you leave it alone,  people won't go out and protest to be able to marry the same-sex. People have the time and the energy to protest, why wouldn't they sit down and learn about the reason why people want to legalize same-sex marriage. In class, we always learn about freedom and freedom of choices. Why don't they have the freedom love the same-sex and be with the same-sex. The article showed sign saying a children do better with a mom and dad, but does every child do well with a mom and a dad. What doesn't a same-sex parents have the "real" parent does? If they can provide a safe environment and right teaching for the child, I think they will grow up to know even more they those who was raise by "real" parents. 

 

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Gay Marriages Confront Catholic School Rules

Gay Marriages Confront Catholic School Rules | Dung's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Gay men and lesbians have been fired or forced to resign recently from Roman Catholic institutions around the country, in most cases because they decided to get married.
Dung Vo's insight:

(Quarter 3, Week 1, January 20-26)

 

In the pass weeks, students at Eastside Catholic school has been protesting gay rights outside of their schools and other places. After the firing of the vice principal, Mark Zmuda, students was angry into why fired a good man who hasn't done anything wrong. Mark Zmuda got married to his husband after Washington State legalize gay marriage. The school argue that Mr. Zmuda sign contracts saying he will abide by church teachings so that their lives can be models for their students. When he fail to do so; he got fired. Across the country, more Roman Catholic students comes together to protest against the church. They quoted Pope Francis "Who am I to judge?" outside of the school saying why would you judge someone just because of their sexual orientaion.  To them supporting what's right and letting the people, who they support, know that they are there is all they needed to feel satisfy and happy. 

 

What the students has been doing the passes week is linkage institutions. They are protesting and that caught the media attention to write an article about it. The students spoke their minds to show how they feel about the firing of Mark Zmuda, which I think is right and smart of them to do. Even though one person got fired, they still stood up and protested. With this protest, they will creating this chain reaction. One Catholic school spoke out, the others will join them. I think that the politics and governments will not have much saying in this because this protest is connected to a religion and I don't think that government makes their decision base on religion rights. They may put in some laws to help deal with the rigths and all, but not complete decision. I am a Roman Catholic myself and I have no problems with gay men and lesbians. Even though the bible is against the rights of same sex marriage, they also stated that to help and support one another. Not only did they not help one another, but they went against one another. We have no rights to judge or make official statement base on their sexual orentation. 

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The US is an oligarchy, study concludes - Telegraph

The US is an oligarchy, study concludes - Telegraph | Dung's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters
Dung Vo's insight:

( Quarter 4, Week 3, April 21-27)

 

A new study from Princeton and Northwest Universities concluded that the US government is rule by the rich instead of the voters.  American is dominated by the monies of elite. Economic elites and organised groups has an independent impacts on the US government policy, while small interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence. Researchers find that US government rarely pleased the majority of Americans, but pleased big cooperation and lobbying organisations. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites or any big interest groups, they will most likely to lose. The US government tends to fulfill the big corporations, business, and professional associations wishes instead of small interest groups. 

 

I feel like the United States is starting to became ELITISM (rich dominate government decisions), because the candidate is likely to win votes and fund from larger cooperation and interest groups. The elite mostly win the fight when going against the majority of Americans, because money is everything and money is powerful. Average Americans can not just wipe out tons of money to support what they believe in or the candidate they what to fund. A lot of people had view the United State to be democracy, but the majority will be overpowered by the minority because the minority have money. INTEREST GROUPS and POLITICAL PARTIES are great example how the minority is dominating the majority. POLITICAL PARTIES are candidate the run for whatever they desire, and interest groups are the one that help makes the candidate stay alive in the game. Big interest groups, for example elites, tends to donate more to the candidate they want to win and most likely they will. By pleasing the rich, the candidate will have a large advantage. I think that the US should not continue that road of elites, because the elites will become too powerful before you know it. 

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Tyler Campbell's comment, April 22, 2014 9:04 AM
Reading your reply and the article, This reminds me of the article that I read yesterday, it was similar in the fact that I could infer some ELITIST PARTIES in the government. My article as well as yours was about how the rich have the most power and the poor really don't have much POLITICAL POWER.
Emina Nakic's comment, April 22, 2014 9:04 AM
This is very true. I think our nation is run by ELITISM and that INTEREST GROUPS and the rich have the most power more than anyone else. I also think that we're slipping from our democracy image because we are letting the minority run the majority. I agree with that very much. I also agree that this is wrong and we should work on it and get back that image we once had a democracy. Rich shouldn't be able to control everything just because they have money unlike us.
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State, plaintiffs in gay marriage case disagree on how to expedite appeal

State, plaintiffs in gay marriage case disagree on how to expedite appeal | Dung's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
The state earlier this month asked that all 15 judges of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, rather than a three-judge panel, hear its challenge of a federal district judge's March decision that ruled Michigan's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. But the plaintiffs -- a Hazel Park couple who sued the state in 2012 because they can't jointly adopt their three children without a legal marriage in Michigan -- argued in a Friday response that a three-judge panel would be faster.
Dung Vo's insight:

(Quarter 4, Week 1, April 7-13)

 

Michigan have been fighting for same-sex marriage the past couple of weeks, but trouble came when the state and plaintiffs disagree on the number of judges who should hear the appeals. The state wanted all 15 judges to be able to hear the appeal, instead of the three-judge panel. The state argue that they don't want to be filed later on during the process of the appealing. The state and plaintiffs both wanted a quick and easy process, but the state wanted to play safe. The appeals court has set May and June deadlines for briefs to be filed in the case, but the plaintiffs hoped for an earlier deadlines.  Attorney believes that a similar Utah case will eventually make the decision on the issue with ruling from the Supreme Court. Three-hundred same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses before the appeals court put the ruling on hold. Those marriages are being view by the federal, not the state government. Gay couples have been complaining about doing easy task for their child with the barrier the only one legal adopter can legally do things for their children. 

 

I understand that the state wanted to play safe, but if they wanted a quick process then shouldn't they think of an easier way to please both side. Like come to a conclusion of maybe less than 15, so it won't take so long to appeal the case. I still don't understand why the deadlines have been set in such a long way and not now. You can get it over with and move on to the next cases. I don't know what will happen in the court, but I hope they will make the right decision that pleases both side. Even if they only please one side, I just want them to come to a conclusion and help those who are in need. 

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Emina Nakic's comment, May 28, 2014 8:44 PM
I totally agree with what you're saying. They're trying to speed up the process yet all they do is complicate everything and make it go slower and slower. They are doing nothing to hurry the process and having 15 judges agree is absoultly difficult and will take even more time. I personally think they overthink this entire thing and they should just reconsider it all and make a decision so these marriages could stop pending. I mean what kind of damage will it do to them if they get married, right
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Ruling awaited in challenge of Michigan gay marriage ban

Ruling awaited in challenge of Michigan gay marriage ban | Dung's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
In the last series of court documents filed in the case last week, the state asked Friedman to find that the law banning same-sex marriage does not violate the Constitution, that adopting children is not a fundamental right, but a statutory privilege, and that voters had rational basis for enacting the law in 2004. The plaintiffs' attorneys asked the judge to find that gays, lesbians and bisexuals have suffered a history of discrimination in Michigan, that marriage is a civil contract with "political, economic, legal and personal components," that the ban does not rationally advance any state interest, that the state's marriage and adoption laws hurt same-sex couples and children and that the ban violates the Constitution.
Dung Vo's insight:

(Quarter 3, Week 8, March 10-16)

 

On Monday in Detroit, Michigan, the judges question in courts whether they should ban same-sex marriage or not. Many couples around the state has been waiting for the final decisions by Friedman. The state have been pending the request for the longest and couples are afraid that the ban would not be allow. The state asked Friedman to find that the banning of same-sex marriage  doesn't violates the Constitution and and adopting children is not a fundamental rights, but a privilege. The state found out that gay couples have been suffering the discrimination in Michigan for history. Couple DeBoer and Jayne Rowse who had a hard time with adopting children because they are both gay, but that didn't stop them. They altogether adopted three kids and with legal marriage in Michigan, they feared that if one parent died then the other would not have custody on the children. Friedman will be deciding will Michigan be the 18th states to legalize same-sex marriage. 


With my understand about Michigan is that Michigan seem to be a very religion states. With the DeVans being the big donation, they might have a big impact on the state decision. To me, I'm 100% with legalize same-sex marriage because I don't want die knowing this world is still very unequal. I see that the DeBoer and Jayne Rowse couple take car of their children very really. They provided a safe home and love for their children when their real man-woman parent "abandoned" them. They know that their be discriminated by the society, but their didn't care and that to me is love. Loving someone doesn't mean you have to be on the same level or the opposite sex of them, love is knowing that you can support one another knowing their flaws and weakness. The article made me very nervous and anxious to see the outcome of this case. If Friedman overturn this case their Michigan having a nice big party alright, but if he doesn't then Michigan will continues to fight for the right all over again. 

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Snow day makeup proposal draws opposition from State Board of Education

Snow day makeup proposal draws opposition from State Board of Education | Dung's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
A unanimous board issued a formal statement recommending school districts add full instructional days to their calendars rather than making the existing days on the schedule longer.
Dung Vo's insight:

Quarter 3, Week 4, February 10-16


As they got heavier snow and stronger wind forces, schools around the state has been calling many snow day and now they are trying to propose ways to make up those snow day; whom ever went pass their limit.  Local schools had been proposing that they would add more minutes into the school days instead of adding more school days. The State Broad of Education spoke out against the proposal, but the legislation was already passed. The State argued that the teachers won't have enough time to carry out their lessons and that it will help them in the future. Now, a bill was passed saying that the schools can add only 30 minutes to the day. 


As a student in one of the snowy states, I got many days off too but did not went over the limit. I do agree that we should add minutes instead of days, because it would take away our summer time. I also agree with State saying it would give time to the teachers and help us in the future. I feel that the  decision was a tough one to made since both side had good intentions. I would like to hear more on why the school liked the adding of minutes instead of days though. I think that adding minutes would lighting up the mode of the schools rather then saying they were to add days. I would be kind of sad if we added days in our school. I don't think we would go over our limit, since Wyoming is a risk taker!

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In State of the Union Address, Obama Vows to Act Alone on the Economy

In State of the Union Address, Obama Vows to Act Alone on the Economy | Dung's Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
After five years of political combat, President Obama declared independence from Congress in his address, outlining a list of economic actions he will take without legislative approval.
Dung Vo's insight:

(Quarter 3, Week 2, January 27 - February 2)

 

In the State of The Union speech made by Obama on Tues. 28, he stated that this year will be the year of action. Obama especially wanted to tackle the economics part, increasing wages and creating more jobs. During the time that he is aloud to stand as the President, Obama want to improve America as much as possible. By doing so, he started with raising the minium wages to $10.10 an hour and creating new business so jobs will be available. With the talk of economics, Obama mention his health care and how many people including Michelle Obama benfits from it. Many of the  Republicans strongly disagree with his goals, saying he has already wasted so much money. The article aslo mention guns control and same-sex marriage and how Obama will fix or address the issues later on. 

 

This article is also another linkage institutions type of deal. Obama knows that adressing those issues during the State of The Union will have a affect on many people. He points out many people in the audience that day to show example of how a middle-class group of people can reach for the top. The minorities of the country are white men, but soon or later that will change because if the minium wages increasing; many more will come to the United State and find jobs. Years later different races with be dominant and Obama obversely know because he is driving for equailty and safety. 

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