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Why a Ruthless Hillary Clinton and a Ruthless Chris Christie Aren’t the Same Thing

Why a Ruthless Hillary Clinton and a Ruthless Chris Christie Aren’t the Same Thing | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
Let us now praise ruthless men. And women. The two most talked-about potential presidential candidates in 2016 are enduring public examinations of their ruthlessness. In New Jersey federal investigators, the legislature, and the press are looking at whether Gov. Chris Christie knew aides in his office sought to punish a local...

Via Joel Leagans
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This article makes it sound like being ruthless is a bad trait. In my opinion in order for one to be in a position of great power, like the presidency, you have to be ruthless. Every politician since the days of George Washington has had enemies and adversity they had to overcome. A presidents rating of tenure is measured on how much he accomplishes, and in order to accomplish a lot one can' t be a push over but must instead be strong to the point of stubbornness and ruthless. America is the worlds leading super power and we didn't achieve this status from shying away anytime we had to face a challenge. A ruthless Hillary and Christie wouldn't actually be so different. Both would involve instilling fear into enemies and both would initiate change and most importantly get things done. 

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Danielle Shahin's comment, April 3, 2014 4:59 PM
than a man. To prove she can. Get the job done
Danielle Shahin's comment, April 3, 2014 4:59 PM
than a man. To prove she can. Get the job done
Paulina Ho's comment, April 4, 2014 4:16 PM
If you're going to go into politics, there is no doubt you will gain enemies. If you let people walk all over you, you will not be respected and you will not get anywhere. I understand that you need to be aggressive and active as a politician, standing for your own beliefs and always moving towards your goals, but at the same time, there should be a limit- a limit that HC wasn't too aware of back in the day. But at the end of the day, it is her life and her decision on how to pursue her goals. If she feels that she needs to have a list of people who have done her wrong, then let her be. i'm sure there are male politicians who are just as ruthless BUT no one says anything about it, because stereotypes say that men are supposed to be cunning, while women are supposed to be open and sensitive. It's the 21st century now and there are women in the world of politics, there will be ruthless women among the field of ruthless men.
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Eight things ‘Downton Abbey’ can teach us about the modern economy

Eight things ‘Downton Abbey’ can teach us about the modern economy | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
The British TV drama is paying homage to economic forces that apply just as neatly to the 21st century world.

Via Joel Leagans
Evan Shegog's insight:

Good shows are able to leave the audience guessing the plot and whats going to happen next. Great shows; however, provide a whole world where everything fits into place. Downton Abbey seems to provide the latter and is able to establish a world with its own economic design. Looking at Steven Mutson's 8 points one can see Downton Abbey really can teach us more about our economy through the way they handle theirs. The first two points look at unemployment in the Downton society. In the show technology has transgressed and some of the servants are unable to keep up. This mirrors structural unemployment in our society today where technology advances and people lose their jobs because they cannot keep up. Other economic underpinnings occurring in the Downton scene include increased war time taxes, economic bubbles forming then bursting, and both good and bad investment. The article discusses many factors of the economy that affect not only the Abbey but also the viewers lives. In the end Downton Abbey is able to raise awareness to an unaware nation that doesn't understand the impacts the economy has on the world around us. 

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Timothy Shields's comment, April 1, 2014 8:20 PM
I have personally never seen this show but i think it is so special and amazing how shows can portray a deeper meaning within it with this show it displays the message of econimcs in the show in i like how it shows the comparison of how economics was spwcial in 1900s and pretty much being used in the same way also it shows the influence of new technology not only how it can affect your life but also how it affects the economy in the U.S BY IMPROVING IT FOR THE BETTER
rachel's comment, April 7, 2014 10:26 AM
The article dicusses the econimic themes which affect Downton Abbey. Set in the early 1900s, Downton Abbey and it's characters are not isolated from the econimic times. And while it is a fictional family, the econic problems they face are realistic of their times. Many of their problems such as ms.Padmore's aversion to the new technology reveal a parallel to the consistant problem of keeping up with the ever changing times. Also the issuers which Lord Grantam faces as to managing the large estate show a paraelle between the fictional story line and the econmic problems which stay fairly constant throughout the deacades. The show shines a light upon the affects of the econmy which is similar to the problems which today we face in the 21st century.
Lauren Friederman's comment, April 7, 2014 9:44 PM
I find this article fascinating in that it draws so many parallels between 20th century Britain and present-day America. The article makes many relevant points. It states that workers must adapt to technological changes, or risk being left behind. The example from the show is the invention of the beater. Structural unemployment in America is on the rise. The level of technology is increasing faster than the number of workers who are educated on the uses of the new technology. It is important to invest in the company you create as this ensures you a long term financial return. If you sucked the company dry, then there would the return would be much less in the long run. This article suggests that treating employees well is timeless. Loyal employees are likely to do better work, that hasn't changed in a century and it isn't likely to in the future. The coolest thing about this article is that it illustrates how timeless economics are. The principles of economics in the 1900s are much the same principles which govern economics today. This shows that economics consists of a series of rational decisions based upon certain principles which have persisted since the dawn of civilization. Recently, we have over complicated these decisions with the broken American political system. If we could just get back to basic economics, we could begin to fix the economy.
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Town of Greece v. Galloway -- Brief History of the Establishment Clause

Town of Greece v. Galloway -- Brief History of the Establishment Clause | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
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Currently there is a fued in the town of Greece that has reached the Supreme Court in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway. In this case two atheists began complaining that the prayers being delivered before every Town Board meeting was a direct violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S Constitution. The case has worked its way up through the courts and now the justices have to make their ruling. I think the choice is a tough one however in my opinion I believe that the court will rule it unconstitutional and against the establishment clause. 

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Ross Techmanski's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:01 PM

i think when it comes to seperation of religion and state there dose need to to be a wall.  i think in recent court cases they are seperating to much.  for example i think the commen religion that dose establish a god should be recognize.  in the santa fe case it is ok to say a prayer befor a game.  we are a majority rules country and if only 3 percent of the population proclaimes themself athiest it is ok to pray to a genral god for safty before a game.

Maddie Callen's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:34 AM

The article does a good job explaining the history of the establishment clause. The article is about a town that conducts prayers before every town meeting. Some small towns are predominatly one religion and no one will get offended or have a problem with it but the governmnet will insist on prohibiting this. Some take the amendment literally in that there should be a seperation between church and state but they should be able to step in on a case like this.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:26 PM
In the video clips they talk about what is and is not okay based off of the informal amendments to the ways of Americans. I think religious cases are interesting and i think it is important to have separation of the church and state.
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BY 11/14 or 11/15 (2 of 3) -- Your Obamacare questions, answered

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

Via Teresa Herrin
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This article discusses the answers to many questions asked about Obamacare. This article helped explain some of the questions I had, however some of the information I read doesnt add up to what I heard. I heard somewhere that many people were being forced to drop from their old plans, this article says otherwise. I can see how many Americans would be confused about what Obamacare actually entails. In my opinion Obama should have talked about many of these questions at the begining of the process to avoid confusion people are having now. 

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:29 PM

So requirements for obtaining Obamacare is basically asking us to be a bit...poor? Having national healthcare is the same as not having one because only the basics are paid. Honestly, my insurance company can do just about the same thing and I don't mind the bills if they can cover for EVERYBODY part I injured.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:43 PM

This article talks about Obama Care and how everyone will have to have health insurce eventually. It also talks about how Insurance companies cannot deny anyone from buying their healthcare because of pre-existing conditions. This could be beneficial  because there's many sick people who cannot afford heath care when they really need it, and no one will get screwed over.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:44 PM
This article includes FAQs concerning ObamaCare. All the questions asked and answered include a quick explanation of ObamaCare, all the existing insurance difficulties, process of enrollment and the legality of remaining without health insurance. The health cares lunch was very big and messy for Obama so it is interesting that it has taken this long for an article like this to come out.
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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 4th or 4 -- Texas and 5 Other States Resist Processing Benefits for Gay Couples

BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 4th or 4 -- Texas and 5 Other States Resist Processing Benefits for Gay Couples | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
Some states are citing a conflict with state laws to defy the defense secretary’s order that gay spouses of National Guard members be given the same federal marriage benefits as heterosexual spouses.

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Texas and four other states are cited for not giving gay spouses of the Natioanl Gaurd teh same federal marriage benefits as heterosexual couples. To add insult to injury the people affected serve our country and are ready to put their life on the line for a nation that neglects them. Obama must be swift here and threaten those 6 states to end their quarrel, the longer these misdeamenors go unpunished the worse the situation is going to get. In my opinion the whole situation is unacceptable, when the federal government orders something I believe that it should be followed, maybe reluctantly, but followed nonetheless. 

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:12 PM

Some States deny the confirming of marriage benefits for homosexual couples. Personally, I find this a little funny, because the article notes that these States want to "uphold their integrity". Uhm, what sort of integrity? That homosexual marriages are not....marriages- that is, believed by the people and conservative state legislators? I can't figure out this lame excuse of "integrity", because really, refusing to accept other people's decisions are no sort of integrity. (Feeling neutral about gay marriages does not mean I fervently support it).

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 1:09 PM

This article talks about Texas and other states refusing giving the same marriage benefits to gay couples as man/woman couples in the national guard. Defense Secretary Hagel had ordered that gay spouses of the National guard be given the same rights, but Texas and others aren't budging. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:58 PM

I think that gay people should have the same rights as other marriages. I think that especially same sex military couples should get the same benefits as everyone else. It doesn't affect anyone but them so it is obnoxious and annoying not to give it to them. Yes the states that are resisting to give the gay couples the benefits are very conservative it does not mean that we should not give everyone the same military couple benefits no matter who they are it is there right they risk there lives to serve our country and can't get couple benefits all because they are gay. That is absurd and ridiculous. 

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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 2nd or 4 -- Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings [UPDATE]

BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 2nd or 4 -- Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings [UPDATE] | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Wednesday on the constitutionality of opening government meetings with prayer, but the justices seemed unsure how to rule.

Via Teresa Herrin
Evan Shegog's insight:

 This article talks about how the plantiff is sueing on the ground that they have freedom of prayer. The Supreme Court is in warm water, because many people back the freedom of prayer. I believe that courts will rule in favor of freedom of religion. This is because the Supreme Court is designed to interpret the Constitution and the the Constitution clearly states that we have the right to freedom of religion. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:45 PM

The case won't be settled anytime soon due to that covers  controversial issues between the First Amendment rights of freedom of religion and speech, and the separation of church and state. It will be interesting to see where Anthony Kennedy's vote goes toward on this case.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:17 PM

I can't understand this government's "endorsement of religion". Does the free excercise clause only pertain to prohibition of enacting a single religion? Does it exclude the right to be proud of having a religion? Would it be distasteful if a teacher wear a rosary? As long as a religion is not enforced upon the unsastisfied individual, then let the government and its civil servants be humans with religions (practice as they so choose to).

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 1:29 PM

This article talks about prayers being said in a court room. I don't see why this is such a controversy, let people be and pray if they want to. Yes I get the separation of church and state thing, but this really doesnt affect the "state".

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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (4 of 4 total)-- How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year (Be sure to include the graphic in your analysis!)

BY 11/10 or 11/11 (4 of 4 total)-- How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year (Be sure to include the graphic in your analysis!) | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
In the 12 months since his reelection, the president has achieved far less than he expected and suffered one mishap after another.
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The article is entitled "How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year". Instead the article should be entitled "How the Republicans Blew the Entire Last Year". In this bipartisan government Obama could not get anything done. The Graphic shows Obama's approval rating steadily on the decline, and most of it isnt his fault. However anytime anything goes good or bad it is associated with the presidency and it is just something he has to deal with. Ultimately Obama did accomplish very little in the first year of his re-election, lucky for him he still has three more years in fron of him.

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:30 PM

Kind of a biased article. Catalogued how Obama managed to screw up his second term by promising to have more actions and less talk (as they've always done) but he ended up swallowing his words. Wasting huge national sums on....gun control (because a crazy dude killed 20 elementary kids)...really how hard is gun control that you have to spend so much on it. In his second reelection, he stated that he wanted to focus more on immigration laws. Wait, I haven't heard anything significant about such matters. Ah well, I guess he's trying to save the economy. No, not happening either, because he came up with a very smart plan, the National Healthcare (no really, its a very merciful plan but it needs MORE planning yeah?) and that basically screw up another large chunk of dough. Oh boy, I guess he still has his Congress to help him out. NOPE they're full of Republican babies. Then Obama wanted to help out with Syria, asking Putin to withdraw their rejection but Snowden is stuck in Russia, revealing unwanted, embarassing government documents. Obama is at a standstill.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 7:57 PM

This article talks about Obama's struggles as president throughout both terms, and his struggle with dealing with the republicans. At the moment, our presidents approval ratings are at their lowest because it seems as though Obama's getting nothing done in office. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:09 PM
I think that Obama was not expecting all these setbacks. He set high goals for himself and he was determined to carry them out. Things have not gone as planned for Obama and his polls have gone down. In the video the guy said "the obamacare website is one month old and still like all one month old it is still shitting its pants" so that speaks for itself and how obama is doing.
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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (2 or 4 total) -- Video: 'This Week': Twitter Transforms Politics

The roundtable debates the role of social media in politics following Twitter's IPO.
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This video talks about the use of twitter in the changing political landscape. Twitter helps to bring the country closer together and news quicker then before. However I believe that twitter is leading to greater polarization. The reason is because you only follow the people you like and agree with, this means that if you are republican you are only getting the republican side of the story. By only getting exposed to one particular view point one becomes more polar and associated with that side. Thus twitter is both a blessing and a curse and it remains to be seen if it will ultimately do good or bad. 

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Maddie Callen's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:39 AM

twitter has greatly changed politics for better or for worse. consituents can communicate with representatives even easier. some politicans are thought more of as celebrities now especially during election time when they will be on the cover of magaizines and on tabloids. politicains can sometimes seem unproffesional on twitter using slang and abreviations but i think they should try to sound more proper.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:39 PM

Almost 100% of politicians are involved in the practice of twittering. It's another way to rant, complain and tattle tale through personal media. There's no way for policies to restrain politicians from interracting with the public through media. Politics can now reach out to the lazy, young generations and plus they can control the news they want to put out individually.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 10:06 PM

This video talks about how twitter is changin politics and the information communicated through it, using twitter makes it that much faster and easier to get information out there. Twitter has such a large ammount of users interested in politics, that it made sense for politians to create accounts. It's cool seeing politians, old and young, adapt to these new trends!

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BY Friday, 11/8 --ONLY ONE Scoop -- Nate Silver on 'This Week' (See the instructions for your Scoop)

ESPN's Nate Silver, the roundtable analyze the political picture for the 2014 election.


Via Teresa Herrin
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This video talked about a variety of thins from the race in virginia to the race for mayor in New York. The video talks about how the Republicans are going to have a hard time winning when they were unable to address woman and minority votes. The most intersting part of the video, in my opinion, was the part that talks about Chris Christie. As stated in the video it seems that Chris Christie will run for president in 2016 and probably has the best shot at it. Chritie was able to win New Jersey with no gap between male and female voters, meaning he appels to both sexes. The thing to watch will be the analysis of Christies past and present actions as the presidential election gets closer and people begin to examine the candidates more. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:29 PM

This video discussed the chances of Republicans or Democrats winning the House in the upcoming midterm elections. Many of the issues that seem to be swaying voters one way or another are social issues, so if they want to win, they need to choose the social issues that appeal to the largest amount of voters.. Voters want to vote for a candidate that they think is most like themselves. 

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:16 PM

Congressional approval rating is down to 12% approved due to the Repubs' demand for a shutdown and the Demos' disorganized healthcare bill. Guesses for the coming House election has Demos and Repubs on an equal stand, Demos leading by only 8%. Who's to say states are getting ready to shift colors. 8% is nothing to give the wins to Demos. The healthcare bill doesn't seem to work itself out anytime soon, and as laid offs increase, the anger for govt shutdown decreases over time. I don't see any faction in the lead, the 48 to 40 percent will equal out quite soon.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 7:18 PM

This video talks about how Nate Silver predicted 2012's election outcome. Later the midterm election is talked about. Apparently the rating fot democrats and republicans are low because of  the government shut down and problems with  Obamacare.It's evedently clear that the minority opinion is becoming stonger and stronger.

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BY 11/3 -- Is email ever private? Take a tour of the path traveled by your email

BY 11/3 -- Is email ever private? Take a tour of the path traveled by your email | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: Critical questions are being raised about data safety in light of hacking reports and news about NSA data collection. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk explains what happens after you hit ‘send’ on an email message.
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This article talks about how nothing is actually private on the internet, but then again did we ever think it was? Whenever you tweet, email,blog, post it is out there for the world to see. Nothing you put on the internet is ever private. This can be said for any written form of communication. I really dont mind all of this "no privacy" on the internet deal, because if you use the internet you should already know the risks that come with it. 

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:07 PM

This video enlightens us in depth of the workings of email and how it is possible for others to view and who could possibly be watching where it goes. Suprisingly the data doesnt stay in the states but actually travels over seas. This video just re stated all that we know and gave more detail about the whole situation.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 6:43 PM

This video shows us that it true when they say anything you put on the internet will be there forever, and many of us blow that off. I feel that we all need to be a little more mindful of what we say and do online, and we should keep a lot more private.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:53 PM

Lately there has been a lot of controversy over the government reading peoples phone txts emails social media phone calls ect. I think that the people have the right to privacy as stated in the constitution. 

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BY 11/3 -- Secession Movement

BY 11/3 -- Secession Movement | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
Residents of rural areas feel shut out of their states' politics, so why not create their own?

Via Teresa Herrin
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This story talks about the Secession movement that could take place in many rural backwater counties who do not reflect the same beliefs as the state on a whole. I find this whole notion as silly. Theses are just more open ended threats about session that will never materialize. The people are upset that their voices arent being heard, but in fact their voices are being heard however they represent but a slime majority.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:12 PM

This article talks about citizens, counties, and groups in general in certain states claiming that they want to secede from their state and make a new one. The main group that seems to have a problem is the Republicans living in a Democratic region. For example in Colorado, a vote is going tobe held for secession. I  think that if people have problems with beliefs and the way things work in a certain state, that they should leave. You cant change the whole state to meet all of your standards.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 3:29 PM

The article says that many counties's rural residents  are feeling the need secede and create a new state. Northern counties want to create their own state because they don't agree with the rest of colorado. While the creation of a new state seems a bit extreme, I feel like these residents need to be better represented to avoid ideas like secession. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:00 PM
I think this is simple if you don't like where you live move. It would be completely outrageous to secede and create another state let alone new gvt. The economy would fail and it would be a mess.
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BY 10/31-- Sebelius apologizes for healthcare website debacle

BY 10/31-- Sebelius apologizes for healthcare website debacle | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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This video talks about the Obamacare website debacle, and the lady who is taking all the blame. Sebilius is seen taking all the blame, which is the right move to make; however, the website should have been fully operational at the very begining. Gene Green of Texas asks if the minimum benefits are covered and Sebilius responds with a clear no. This short exchange shows the problems that healthcare is facing not only from a technical stand point, but also on a conceptual level as well. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:09 PM

Sebelius keeps apologizing for the problems with the Obamacare website, taking complete responsibility for the dysfunctionality of the incident. Officials in charge also reassure the public that, within 30 days, the site will be up and ready to be used to sign up for coverage.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:40 PM

This video tells us how Sebelius takes the blame for the failed lauch of Obamacare. Sge later ended up answering the people's questions based on promises the president made. I think it was smart of Sebelius to take the blame for it because it encourages people to trust her and she is wise in saving others deserving of blame.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:47 PM
I dont like Obama so I do not really like his healthcare and the fact that the website was having problems makes it even more sketchy and harder for it to be promoted and talked about well.
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BY 10/31 -- How the NSA is infiltrating private networks

BY 10/31 -- How the NSA is infiltrating private networks | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
The NSA, working with its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), secretly taps into the internal networks of Yahoo and Google, the two biggest Internet companies by overall data traffic.
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In response to comment: Al Qaeda is a terrorist organization  with the sole purpose of spreading terror which they havent done since we are not living in fear. So Al Qaeda hasnt won since we aren't living in terror day in and day out.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:12 PM

This article detailed exactly how the NSA has cracked into Google's data centers. The full repercussions of this scandalous news hack does not seem to fully register to the American public. The NSA has to be stopped and will not stop unless the American voters do something about it, whether it be through protest or voting in new representatives. It violates our constitutional rights.

Adriana Cruz's comment, January 25, 2014 3:31 PM
This article talks about how the NSA has infiltrated into the public in order to ensure safety. For example, the NSA can monitor all Google Cloud actions. It is very interesting to note that the Washington Post is willing to share this information to the public; it almost seems risky. At the same time, it makes me feel very unsafe in that the government could monitor anything that I do online.
Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:52 PM
It is illegal to have a website that the gvt cannot get into but that does not mean that the gvt should tap into google or yahoos networks through wiring and invade peoples private information. It is against the rights of American citizens.
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Why the Republican Push for Black Voters Is (Mostly) Doomed to Fail

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

Via Joel Leagans
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What Republicans need to understand is that African Americans vote on ideology and not solely on race. The Republican ideology has often been one of the "rich" that is based on trickle down economics and tax cuts for the wealthy. With most African Americans falling under the middle to lower class categories they don't care for Republican platforms. So what do the Republicans try and do? They want to start preventing African Americans from voting. This is only going to fuel fire to the flame and have African Americans detest the republican party even more. Thus the Republican push for Black Voters is doomed to fail unless they can find a new way to capture their votes. 

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Rabika Rehman's curator insight, April 8, 2014 2:33 AM

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


Lauren Heim's curator insight, April 16, 2014 10:36 PM

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

Abigail Beinborn's comment, April 19, 2014 5:29 PM
I also think would make it worse. This was a good article that related well to government and law.
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BY 11/21 -- America's Free Speech is Perplexing to the Rest of the World

BY 11/21 -- America's Free Speech is Perplexing to the Rest of the World | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
While even highly offensive speech is protected in the U.S., that level of freedom is quite unique.
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Ahhh the US land of the "free" however freedom may not be such a good thing. This article talks about how America has much more free speech then the rest of the world. I am a strong believer with free speech and believe that anyone, anywhere should be able to voice his or her opinion. However when comparing the safety of France with America, France is clearly the safer place. This may just be due to a more homogenous population or it may be due to the fact of resrticted free speech meaning there are less riots and violence based on disagreement of beliefs. People just have to be open minded to other peoples beliefs and free speech will be an ideology accepted around the world, however that will never happen because someone somewhere will always be offended whenever someone else has an opinion.  

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:52 PM

Although many nations around the world are democracies, the U.S is unique because it gives its people more personal freedom. The U.S. isn't conscerned with other people getting offended, as long as each person has the right to expression it is okay. The only ban that we have on this is clear and present danger. There are certain guidlines that have developed in order to rule an action potentially dangerous or not. Other countries are astounded by this practice.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:38 PM

No protections for those that shrieks obscenities and the clause to discern speeches that invokes clear and present danger are there. This just lacks bold enforcement. Governments are scared of crazy Americans' revolts and teachers fear students. Of course the rest of the world looks down on us. We lack culture, sophistication and moderation.

 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:32 PM

This article talks about how France prohibited people from talking about prophet mohammad and how although they are a democratic country free speech is not as open as it is in the US over there are stricter rules. I think one of the great things about America is the freedom to make your own choices and speak up and how you are aloud to say what you want. People who have problems with the government are aloud to voice there opinions here it would be against the 1st amendment to limit free speech. Obviously there are offensive things people should not say but we are aloud to voice our opinions when and how we want. 

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BY 11/14 or 11/15 (3 of 3) -- Democrats Threaten to Abandon Obama on Health Law Provision

BY 11/14 or 11/15 (3 of 3) -- Democrats Threaten to Abandon Obama on Health Law Provision | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
Congressional Democrats are increasingly expressing support for allowing Americans to retain the insurance coverage they are losing because of the Affordable Care Act.

Via Teresa Herrin
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I support Obama on all of his actions except for the way he is handeling the health care law. Obama promised to many things that he wont be able to deliver on. The deadline is being pushed back even farther (when the website will work). The best thing to do at this point is revise the bill, not scrap it. I believe that healthcare will help our country, however, it needs to be done the right way, and NOT rushed. I say we give the president time to work it out and not abandon ship at first sign of trouble. 

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:33 PM

Enrollment is low for the Affordable Healthcare and Demos are planning to ditch Obama. His top aides suggested cancellation but maybe Obama is saving face, he doesn't think the plan will dry up...oh but it might just will.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:53 PM

This article talks about how Obamacare is doing lots of things it said it wouldn't, like getting rid of American's insurance coverage when the president said they would keep it. Democrats and republican's are agreeing with each other on not making american's keep the obamacare.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:30 PM
This article talks about how some democrats have been threatening to abandon Obama on Health Law Provision. It says that the Democrats in congress have been more supportive of the idea that Americans should be allowed to keep the insurance coverage they are losing because of the Affordable Care Act after Obama already stated that they could keep their existing insurance. Obama is just digging himself a deeper hole.
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BY 11/14 or 11/15 (1 of 3) -- Administration: 106,000 enrolled in health insurance in first month of HealthCare.gov

BY 11/14 or 11/15 (1 of 3) -- Administration: 106,000 enrolled in health insurance in first month of HealthCare.gov | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
Of the 106,000 enrollees, only about 27,000 were able to sign up through the federal health-insurance site.

Via Teresa Herrin
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The numbers are finally out for Obamacare sign up and they are not pretty. They are far below the average predicted  which is not good for Obama's approval rating. If I were Obama I would have immediartely fired Sebelius. American's crave action which Sebelius has been unable to deliver, and every day Obama keeps her in power of the health care system is a day he is losing approval. Obama has already made a mistake saying people can keep their old plans when in reality they cant. Health care is starting to look like more trouble then it is worth, and Obama needs to quickly turn things around. 

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:22 PM

The figures are not up to what was predicted because the people lose trust in such a brittle plan. Its new, disorganized and made with haste, those who signed up stopped midway because they were informed of its problems or because they thought about how the elites' not getting proper pay might trickle down to their jobs.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:26 PM

This article talks about the 106,000 people that enrolled inObama's health insurance in just the first month. That number was way lower than the predictions they had made. It also talks about attempts to pass laws that allow people to keep their old health polices. Its honestly not that shocking that people wouldn't jump to join the new healthcare plan.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:22 PM
I think that obviously Obama and his administration had i hopes and expectations for the health care and it was not as successful as they would have liked it to be in the beginning. I think that the website having difficulties and congress not complying is making it a lot harder and not going over as smoothly as planned.
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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 3rd or 4 -- Pastor loses bus driving job for praying with students

BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 3rd or 4 -- Pastor loses bus driving job for praying with students | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | 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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Attention! Pastor loses bus driving job for praying with students. The title mine as well read Pastor loses bus driving job for not doing his job! He was hired to drive a bus not pray with students. I agree firing may have been harsh, but the fact that he was warned to stop warrants the action. The Pastor has only himself to blame, the right to religion is given, however when you start forcing it upon children that is when one crosses the line. I agree with freedom of religion, however that doesnt mean forcing it upon other people... we have already had plenty of Crusades we dont need another one. 

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Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:36 PM

This article talks about a bus driver who lost his job because, even after a few warnings, he chose to pray to students on his bus. He believes that him getting fired violates the first amndment, right to religion. I can see his point on this, but I feel like if you're doing something like this is public and offending others then youre in face in a sense violating their right to religion, so it's a lose-lose situation, and he was bound to lose his job.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:43 PM

I think that although i am a christian it  can be very uncomfortable when people get a religion forced  on them. Praying on a public school bus can probably be uncomfortable for some kids and although it was in good intentions it is probably not the best. It's good for people to share their religion but on their own time not during school. If it were a private christian school then that would be completely acceptable. 

Ashley O.'s curator insight, March 7, 2014 9:45 PM

That is unfair, he has every right to express his faith, just like those who are not religious and express their personal views. 

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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 1st of 4 -- Snake Handling: Law vs. First Amendment rights

BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 1st of 4 -- Snake Handling: Law vs. First Amendment rights | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
A LaFollette pastor headed to court next week for having dozens of poisonous snakes at his church said the laws he allegedly violated in Tennessee infringe on his freedom of religion.

Via Teresa Herrin
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The premise of this article says that a LaFollette pastor thinks that it is ok to use poisonous snakes for religious purposes and uses the 1st Amendment as justification. Saying that is the equivalent to having a church doing drugs for the sake of "getting closer to christ". Using the first amendment as an excuse doesnt work to preform illegal activity. I believe that this case should be easily tried in court where the pastor is found guilty. 

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:54 PM

Religious or not. Law or not. Who cares?! If people's lives are clearly at risk, why are such practices disputable? It's apparent that if people are not professional at handling dangerous animals, do not do so. Period. Why is the government dragged into this? and why is this stupid minister leading a blind crowd?

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 12:55 PM

This article talks about a Pastor who has to go to court because he had poisonous snakes at his church during service; however some may say that this violates one's freedon of practicing religion. In court he justifies his act with the 1st Amendment. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:18 PM

I think that if you bring a poisonous snake into your church it will probably not help bring people back. So on the pastors part that was just a weird and irrational demonstration that he could have gotten his point across in a different way. Although you do have freedom of expression and speech i do not think that is how it should be used. 

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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (3 or 4 total) -- Video: 'This Week': Rick Perry in Iowa

ABC's Jeff Zeleny goes one-on-one with Gov. Rick Perry on his first trip to Iowa since 2012.
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This video talks about how Rick Perry, with only one year left in office is preparing to run for the Presidency in 2016. Perry is going to have a tough time in making a second impression to the American people, that he is in fact competent. In my opinion I dont think that Rick Perry has a shot at the presidency. I believe, in order for the GOP to be successful they need a moderate Republican, like Chris Christie, to win the white house. What I am most curious about though, is to see how Texas will operate without Rick Perry as his governor. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:33 PM

This video is a discussion with Rick Perry, talking about issues like Obamacare. He is very bold and is not very afraid to say that he is against the act. He obviously is unhappy with the current situation in the White House, and wants to make a change in 2016 by running for the presidency himself. I am interested to see how the 2016 election turns out for him.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:50 PM

With one year left in office, Perry is planning on running for the 2016 Election as is predicted in his trip to Iowa.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 8:28 PM

This video talks about Rick Perry and his plans to run for president in 2016, Perry discusses his views on Ted Cruz and his agreements/disagreements with this tactics. He also says that Christie may not be a true conservative.

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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (1 or 4 total) -- Did A Supreme Court Justice Just Admit To Being An Atheist?

BY 11/10 or 11/11 (1 or 4 total) -- Did A Supreme Court Justice Just Admit To Being An Atheist? | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case about the constitutionality of a New York town's practice of beginning local legislative meetings with mostly Christian prayers.
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This article talks about how Justice Breyer may be athiest. The article goes on to dicuss the implications this may have on the justice system. I feel that the supreme court will be better for having an atheist. It adds another perspective and opinion which is always good in a court setting. I think that people are going to blow this out of proportion when in reality it isnt that big a deal. 

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:05 PM

I can see how this irritates people but not enough to ....offend them. Seriously? Who cares if people are praying, "beginning legislative meetings with Christian prayers" is a practice done by Christians (if they're so fervent, FOR CHRISTIANS. If you are not a part of that group, then shut them out and look bored. 1st Amendment protects freedom of religion, so are judges and politicans not the people? Getting upset over such trivial matter, beliefs inherent in a faith BELIEVED by THE PEOPLE --is in itself a discrimination. I refuse to pity those that feel "outcasted", if you're so bold on nonconforming, you're expected to be 'strong' when people practice their religions. Not weak and complaining all the time.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 1:02 PM

This article talks about Justice Breyer and how he admitted to being an atheist. I don't really think that this should be of much importance, even as a christian myself, because our nation is based on separtion or church and state, right? If a justice chooses to be an atheist, then let them.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:12 PM

I think that the supreme court has made it a point to be very neutral when it comes to religion topics and that in public situations no religions should be favored. But all of the supreme court members have always been religious so it is interesting that he may be athiest and it would be interesting to see how the country would perceive that. 

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

BY 11/3 -- Tale Of The Tape: Comparing The Budget Committee Heads | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are likely to at least set a friendly tone during budget talks.
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This article compares the head of the budget committe in the house (Paul Ryan) with the head of the budget committe in the senate (Patty Murray). The Republican house member and the democrat senate member have very different views. Ryan proposes spending cuts and lower interest costs where as Murray proposed higher taxes and fees. I believe if a budget resolution is to work the two must compromise and work out the budget. If the budget is flawed then the economy will stagnat and the US will be in serious trouble. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:25 PM

This article compares the leaders of the House and Senate Buget Committees. It is very good to know that two people who disagree about policy issues can still get along; which is very difficult to find nowadays. In Congress nowadays, this seems to be very rare. However, this does not mean it will be easy to compromise about the budget since the two parties they represent might not be willing. Many members of Congress should look at their example and learn from it.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 3:36 PM

This article talks about Paul Ryan and Patty Murray's  different approaches of handling the budget issue. They both each have their own style which approaching the decisions, and different plans as to how to solve the issue.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:42 PM

Both Paul Ryan and Patty Murray are extremely different I think it should be interesting to see how they will work together it says they both come from similar backgrounds. When Paul was 16 his father passed away and when Murray was in her teens her dad developed an illness and her mom found a job and they lived off of welfare so they are both raised with common backgrounds but their ideologies now are extremely different so it should be interesting to see how they work together. 

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BY 11/3 -- Booker Brings Dash Of Diversity To Still Old, White Senate -- Demographics of Current Congress

BY 11/3 -- Booker Brings Dash Of Diversity To Still Old, White Senate -- Demographics of Current Congress | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
Cory Booker becomes ninth African-American to serve in the Senate, replacing Frank Lautenberg.
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This article talks how Brooker is helping to bring more diversity in congress. The new senator is talked about as helping to change the stereotype and hopefully bring in a new era of diverse congressmen. I believe the nation needs diversity in congress that accuratley reflects the landscape of America. America is not filled with a bunch of old crony white men so why should we be ruled by them? Our leaders should reflect the times and be an ethnic melting pot. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:30 PM

The electio of Senator Cory Booker will add some diversity to the Senate because he is a a relatively young African American. Most of the Senate consists of old white people. This trend is starting to change a little, especially the Democratic side. A more diverse Congress will be able to better address the concerns of different groups of people.This is reflecting the nation a little bit more, the diversity of this nation.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 4:07 PM

This article talks about the young and new african-american senator and the diversity in the senate. With our country being as diverse as it is, so should our government. That would lead to a better represented population.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:05 PM
I think it is good for congress e to be diverse and have different ethinicities, different genders, different ages, and different parties. When passing bills and making decisions you will get a diverse group of opinions making it better for the people
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BY 10/31 -- Nightly News: Obama’s approval rating drops to all-time low

BY 10/31 -- Nightly News: Obama’s approval rating drops to all-time low | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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This video talks about how Obama's approval rating is falling mainly due to failures in Obamacare. Obamacare's failures are not his fault but he does and will take the blame for the simple reason that his name is feautred in the name of the act. I believe that Obama shouldnt worry about the drop in apporval ratings, because it is proven that every president experiences a drop in his approval ratings during the second term. The figures should serve as a wake up call to spur action but not as a siren to abandon ship.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:00 PM

This video explains the president's approval ratings have dropped and the affect Obama's leadership has on the nation.  I think the trials of Obama have been difficult and must be difficult for him to juggle everything. It makes sense as to why Obama has lost approval ratings because the public is tired of not getting what was promised. Especially now with the NSA leaks as well...He may continue to lose approval.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 5:39 PM

It's not shocking that President Obama's presidential rating and personal rating have gotten dropped to an all-time low. I agree that President Obama should show more involvement with fixing the Obamacare issues because as of right now he's shown very little, and that's one of the many reasons his rating is so low.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:47 PM

Obamas ratings have dropped a lot since the beginning of his presidency the obamacare does not seem to be working out for him very well. His ratings used to be a lot higher and now they are making a record breaking low. 

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BY 10/31 -- NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say

BY 10/31 -- NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say | Evan Shegog (AP Government) | Scoop.it
Agency positioned itself to collect from among millions of accounts, many belonging to Americans.
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After reading this article I'm suprised that  cheers for Snowden's pardoning is not being heard around the nation. The article talks about all the ways the NSA conducts its business and I for one am shocked at how they do it. 

The importance of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance act is that it established procedures for requesting judicial authorization for foreign intelligence surveillance as well as creating a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court, which was designed to increase US counterintelligence.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 2:49 PM

This discusses how public networks like Yahoo and Google are being tapped into by the NSA in order to provide security for Americans through access to lots of personal info. These networks have stated they do not want their databases to be tapped into by the NSA, but that is meerely just a claim. Although, both yahoo and google have started to make a move by encrypting their data in order to prevent any hacking. I think that this is going too far. What happened to privacy? Isn't that OUR right. The NSA is using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to justify their recent moves and decisions.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 5:02 PM

This article talks about the new program made by the NSA called MUSCULAR, which allows them to exploit data centers and flows from companies like Google and Yahoo. This article tells us about the negative feelings towards the federal government as overreaching its powers, the NSA says they only collect information on valid foreign targets, but who really knows.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:55 PM
I think that it is good for us to know what the government is doing but also it makes the USA look weak if one of our own is going and publishing private information that is vital to the security of the US. I think that on the otherhand i do not really want to know all of the spying that the government is doing i would rather not know if the gvt feels the need to infiltrate yahoo and goodle for information that they think could potentially harm the US then go ahead and do it but i think that again citizens have the rights to privacy and Snowden did a very couragous thing by standing up for the rights of the US citizens.