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ANOTHER university stops students from handing out Constitution

ANOTHER university stops students from handing out Constitution | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Two students are suing the University of Hawaii for violating their First Amendment rights after administrator prevented them from distributing copies of the U.S. Constitution -- demonstrating a frigh
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Current Event     April 25, 2014

 

The University of Hawaii decided to stop two students from handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution in front of the university. The two students, Merritt Burch and Anthony Vizzone, are both members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at their university. They were distributing copies of the Constitution at a recruitment event for their chapter. The school administration says they are violating school policy by distributing the copies somewhere other than that school designated "free speech zone." The students decided to sue the administration for violating their First Amendment rights. The case was picked up by the same lawyer that defended a similar case in California. 

 

Deja Vu. Didn't a similar case happen very recently? Indeed. Remember the cop that stops the students from handing out copies of the Constitution on Constitution Day? Are we seeing a pattern? What about the Constitution is offensive in the eyes of the school administrations? Furthermore, if the students were conducting an event for their chapter would they not have to get school permission to hold it on campus. The administration would have to approve the event and knowing what type of club the recruitment was being held for why did they not expect the members to be representing some kind of American documentation. If the distribution was not obtrusive or disruptive, how can it be in violation? And if the distribution is confined to students that are interested in applying to the chapter that values the Constitution, how can that be offensive? Its not like the students were trying to force their ideals onto to unwelcoming fellow students or protesting something on school grounds. I think the administration did violate the student's First Amendment rights in this case. 

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Shelbi patterson's curator insight, April 25, 2014 3:10 PM

It's good they are suing

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U.S. Releases Another $1 Billion to Iran

U.S. Releases Another $1 Billion to Iran | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
The United States has released $1 billion in cash assets to Iran in April alone under the interim nuclear deal aimed at ratcheting back Iran’s nuclear program, according to the White House. The O
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Current Event    April 22, 2014

 

America is scared. We are scared on nuclear warfare. Therefore we are willing to pay off any enemy that seems like a threat. Iran was promised monthly cash infusions from Washington as long as they halt some aspects of their nuclear program. The payments total $2.55 billion since February. Are Lawmakers concerned about how these payments will effect the economy? No. They are more concerned with how it looks on the outside. They fear that if the White House continues to release funds as Iran then it will appear that it is supporting terrorism. Oh God forbid. Hey! Here's an idea. How about we stop giving away all of our money and just scare them the old American way.... with big talks and a big army. Oh and get this. While we are busy paying them to crawl back in their hole and leave us alone, Japan is also handing them a large sum of money for crude oil deliveries. The White House is concerned that Iran is profiting much more than they expected. So Iran is banking from both Japan and the United States economy. Smart people. On the plus side Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, has said "Today we already see the sanctions unraveling" when referring to its stockpiles of 20 percent enriched uranium. Yay!

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Homeland Security Used Intercepted Emails to Quiz Woman About Her Sex Life

Homeland Security Used Intercepted Emails to Quiz Woman About Her Sex Life | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Paul Joseph Watson | How is the DHS obtaining private communications?
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March 7, 2014   Current Event

 

A sociology professor at Indiana University named Christine Von Der Haar encountered some road bumps when she traveled to the Indianapolis International Airport in 2012. Upon an innocent arrival to help a foreign friend, Von Der Haar was detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and accused of secretly conspiring with her friend, Dimitris Paptheodoropoulis, so he could stay in the country illegally. Paptheodoropoulis possessed a valid business visa at the time of his questioning. The two friends were interrogated with questions about their personal lives that even included details about their sex lives.  Seems like one a big misunderstanding however the reason the American Civil Liberties Union is jumping in to file a lawsuit on behalf of Von Der Haar is because of the things the department before the detainment. Their suspicions stemmed from some supposedly sketchy emails that were shared between the two. The big question is how they obtained the emails. Apparently the Customs and Border patrol officers "grossly exceeded their jurisdictions."

 

It sounds like Christine Von Der Haar might have been an immigrant turned citizen by her name. It sounds very foreign explaining the department's suspicion. That does not justify their actions only explains the reasoning behind them. The truly scary part about this article comes towards the end. It states "Either the DHS is obtaining Americans’ emails via their own undeclared (and illegal) snoop program, or they are being aided by the National Security Agency or some other government entity. This case is not the only example of the DHS harassing travelers over personal information that the feds have no business or legal justification to know." The ability of these government agencies to get away with such crimes is becoming outrageous. The recent scandals involving our privacy have been steadily increasing in frequency since President Obama started his second term. Coincidence? I guess we'll never know.  

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Ann Marie Rydberg's comment, March 15, 2014 11:05 PM
This seems completely ridiculous to me! I agree with Haley and Benton that the DHS has no legal backing to what they did. I understand that sometimes privacy must be compromised to promote safety and security for others, but that definitely isn't an issue here. The DHS was reading private emails between a professor and a Greek man who was in the country on a legal work visa. There is no reason for what they did, and I hope that there will be consequences for their actions.
Chelsie DeBus's curator insight, March 17, 2014 7:31 AM

This article is about Homeland Security being able to open a women's email and quiz her about her sexual life. I think this is violating privacy rights and it shouldn't be able to happen. This relates to government and law because this could happen anywhere and it is not right for them to be able to do that. What do you think?? 

Katie Gilbertson's comment, March 21, 2014 11:36 AM
This is really sad to know that our privacy is nowhere near being safe. That was totally inappropriate on their part to question about such personal items that would seemingly have no relation to the topic at hand. It's too bad they couldn't find any other valid evidence to use against them.
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Ukraine: Putin's Crimea aim is to make the West look weak - Telegraph

Ukraine: Putin's Crimea aim is to make the West look weak - Telegraph | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
The real purpose of Russian troops in Ukraine is to undermine the credibility of Nato
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Current Event    March 2, 2014

 

Just days after the end of the Olympic games that were held in Sochi, Russia, Putin has made moves to invade Ukraine. This could be tragic for Ukraine and for Nato because it would effectively weaken the alliance that has kept the peace in Europe for close to 70 years. Each new unmarked Russian soldier that enters Crimea, a Ukraine peninsula located on the northern coast of the Black Sea, lessens the chance of a united Ukraine emerging unharmed and without a civil war. The United States is unable to do anything about it too because the only realistic way for our troops to get there in time to help Ukraine is through the use of Russian trains. All other options are either unreliable or too costly. This was Putin's plan all along. Timing is everything and this time Russia's president has gotten it right. He has effective made the Nato agreement and the United States look weak and ineffective. 

 

It is crazy that Putin would choose to do this "liberation" as they are calling it so soon after the end of the Olympics. I guess it would be a good tactic because who would ever think about it. He must have been a very busy man. What with planning a fantastic two weeks of Olympic sport and planning world domination. I wonder how many hours of sleep he got each night. That's beside the point. The real matter here is how classically KGB his actions are. It looks like he want to return to the glory days of the Soviet Union. That's what is really scary. And the US is unable and unwilling to do anything about it. We are sitting ducks just reprimanding. A stern finger shake and a harsh "You can't do that" is not going to stop this invasion. A superpower no more? What has the US come to?

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More Federal Privileges to Extend to Same-Sex Couples

More Federal Privileges to Extend to Same-Sex Couples | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was preparing to issue policies aimed at eliminating the distinction between same- and opposite-sex married couples in the federal criminal justice system.
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Current Events   February 9, 2014

 

The Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to refuse federal benefits to married same-sex couples. This is significant because more than 1,100 federal regulations, rights, and laws are affected by a person's marital status. Same-sex couples deserve the same treatment as opposite-sex couples. And with so many states starting to legalize same-sex marriage, I think it is important for the government to start recognizing them equally when considering them in thing suchs as court cases and criminal investigations. 

 

Mr. Holder, the Attorney General, supported the new jurisdiction whole-heartedly. He is quoted saying that the expansion of gay-rights will "ensure that same-sex marriages receive the same privileges, protections and rights as opposite-sex marriages.” He even goes so far as to compare the gay-rights movement to the civil rights effort of the 1960s. He calls is a continuation. I think that might be a little extreme seeing that homosexuals were not made to be slaves but I do agree that they deserve to be treated fairly. I support this new expansion completely. I support gay-rights activists.

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Making the rich poorer isn't the American Dream: Summers

Making the rich poorer isn't the American Dream: Summers | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
"America succeeds by raising everybody up. It doesn't succeed by tearing anybody down," Larry Summers tells CNBC at the World Economic Forum at Davos.
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Current Event    January 25

 

Larry Summers. Now I think I like this guy. He gets right to point and seems to have some pretty darn good ideas. He has been reported saying that making people poorer, the wealthy folks included, in order to balance the scales of income inequality is our country is a destructive course of action." In response to that I hold my fist in that are and say "Preach!" It just does not make any sense to take money from some people (the rich) and give to others (the poor) when they have not earned it but money-givers have. It is not fair. I get that America is all about equality but I doubt everyone being equally as poor as the nest person over was what they were originally going for. It is only not fair when you are the one without the money. Then it is the wealthy people's fault that you do not have the means to pay for anything.

 

Here is my theory: So the government takes a ton of money from the wealthy people. Keep in mind that these wealthy are rich because they own businesses or at least run them. So they get super high taxes. Well now they are not making enough money to pay for four office assistants. They can only afford one so they have to fire three people. That's three more people with out jobs. And if they can't afford to keep people in their office there is absolutely not way to hire new people. But these recently unemployed individudals need some sort of income so they apply for unemployment benefits from the goverment. Now the unemployment rate rises and the government has to raise the taxes of guess who, the rich. So now the rich must pay even more. They are thinking "Wow. Look at this ridiculous tax bill. This is pointless." They have enough money they have been investing and squirreling away for their future retirement that they do not necessarily need to stay in business. So they don't. They fire all of their remaining employees and close their doors for good. Now their is more people unemployed and there is that business is no longer functioning and circulating money in the economy. Okay now imagine that on a large scale. No one will be able to get a job because all of the businesses will be shut down. People will contiue getting poorer and poorer while the rich will remain comfortable. The problem is not fixed. The problem has worsened. What would the government do then? They would go even farther into debt but that wouldn't fix anything. Summers says the economy must grow fast to keep the long-term budget in tact. The economy will not grow at all if they keep this up. This is a warning. Unfortunately, no one will listen. No one will read my little Scoop.its. But mark my words. This is our future if things do not start to change.

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EXCLUSIVE–Rep Bridenstine: Obama’s Politics of War Cannot Continue in Afghanistan

EXCLUSIVE–Rep Bridenstine: Obama’s Politics of War Cannot Continue in Afghanistan | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
As a Navy pilot who flew combat missions in Afghanistan (2002) and Iraq (2003) and now as a Member of Congress, I cannot react to the news of Al Qaeda in Iraq’s resurgence in Fallujah and Ramadi with anything but frustration and anger.
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Current Event   January 10, 2014

 

Congressman Jim Bridenstine is outraged with Obama's war policies. Having served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, I think he is the most knowledgable about what is best for our international policies. He says he "cannot react to the news of Al Qaeda in Iraq's resurgence in Fallujah and Ramadi with anything but frustration and anger." Clearly he does not think the Obama Administration is doing a very good job becuase it is putting ideology and politics above the national interests of the United States. We saw this type of thing in the West Wing episode we watched in class. Lawmakers were obviously manipulating Congress with their ideology and sneaky politics however Bridenstine, like Mr. Wilson, is seeing straight through it. He even goes so far as to say that Vice President Joe Biden, who has been in charge of negotiating American post-war presence in Iraq, has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” That is a bold claim but does it not have some truth to it? I personally think Joe Bidea is wrong on nearly everything not just foreign policy. I think of his as a bunch of talk. He doesn't stick to his word. He is one of those sneaky politicians that only says what he knows you want to hear. Birdinstine also says that he is skeptical that "President Obama can put America’s interests before political opportunism when it comes to any tough foreign policy decision." I also agree with the statement. 


I thoroughly enjoyed his article. It gave a very concise view of the opinions on foreign policy form someone that had experienced it first-hand. I recomment everyone read this. It give another opinion on war other than the "war is never the answer" view. Sometimes it may be necessary and Birdinstine gives some good points for why that is.

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Putin: I Envy Obama In Light Of NSA Revelations ‘Because He Can Get Away With It’ - CBS DC

Putin: I Envy Obama In Light Of NSA Revelations ‘Because He Can Get Away With It’ - CBS DC | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Russian President Vladimir Putin defended the US National Security Agency, and even said he envies President Obama in light of the NSA revelations “because he can get away with it.”
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December 20, 2013   Current Event

 

Doesn't it seem like Obama is making friends in all of the wrong places? Now he is all buddy-buddy with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin reportedly defended Obama's actions and condoned the National Securtiy Agency scandal that occurred earlier this year. He even went so far as to express envy of our president "because he can get away with it" when asked how he felt about Obama after Snowden's relations. Putin also argues that mass surveillance is necessary for "exposing terrorist contacts." However, he did deny that an Russian officials have worded with Snowden nor has he ever personally met with him.

 I think we can all agree that Vladimir Putin is not the best guy on the planet. He is probably not the best friend. It is also quite sad that he is defended the actions of our president seeing the things that he attempts. I think this should be a wake up call. Obviously Obama is doing something wrong if a guy like Putin is envious of him. The administration should take this new revelation as a warning and do something about it. Starting with decreasing the amount of scandals that occur during their term. Just a though.
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IRS Floats Rule Changes to Tip 2014 Elections

IRS Floats Rule Changes to Tip 2014 Elections | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
The Internal Revenue Service quietly proposed new regulations aimed at 501(c)(4) organizations during the Thanksgiving recess that Rep.
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December 6, 2013   Current Event

 

The Internal Revenue Service is pushing the boundaries on what is Constitutionally acceptable yet again. They have proposed new limits on "social welfare" groups during the Thanksgiving recession. The new regulation would limit these group's attempts to gain public support of certain policies. Dan Backer of the Post calls it just another "way to empower government to regulate speech." Does this make it unconstitutional? If it limits free speech than yes. The Obama Administration thinks it is a positive step forward in implementing the previous recomendations made by the Inspector General earlier this year. 

 

It is not fair of the IRS to place such limits on certain organizations. It is another scandal that the administration must try to sweet talk their way out of. Obama has already defended the IRS in an interview with MSNBC on Thursday December 5. He rejected the notion that the IRS did anything illegal or even improper. 

 

Just to clarify, the new rule would make it impossible for organizations to become social welfare organizations, under the 501(c)(4) section of the tax code, if they have any "campaign-related political activity." It discourages such groups from trying to maintain a 501(c)(4) tax status.

 

I think this is unconstitutional but that's just me.

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Hillary Clinton: If U.S. Doesn't Get Act Together, World Will "De-Americanize" | Video | RealClearPolitics | Video | RealClearPolitics

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HILLARY CLINTON: We were in another one of these dramas in Washington -- would we or would we not default on our debt? And all the business leaders wanted to talk to me about was, 'was the United States going to default on its debt?
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November 24, 2013   Current Event

 

This is a motivational poster. Hilary Clinton embraced a scare tactic approach to inspire Americans to shape-up. Our debt is outrageous. We are all hiding behind this grandeous idea of America. In reality we, as a nation, are falling apart. 

 

In an interview for CNN, former secretary of state, Hilary Clinton talked about a past encounter with an Asian business leader during a time of "drama in Washington." She described the man's bewilderment when he questioned her. He asked bluntly "Why are you guys doing this to yourselves?" HIlary had no answer for this because there is no plausible reason for our current situation. The article states the truth: "Everybody is not going to get everything they want." A problem American's face is that we expect to get everything we desire simply becuase that is how it has always been. But the past can't always hold true especially in these tough economic times.

 

"If you guys can't get your act together, we need to de-Americanize the world." What exaclty does this high-ranking Chinese official (whom I quoted) mean by 'de-Americanize?' Is our economy changing the way the world views us? We are no long a super-power that can do no wrong. We need to face the facts and "get back to good old fashioned compromise" to "reassure America's leadership at home and abroad" as the article advises.

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U.S. Gives Illegal Aliens $29 Mil in Rx Meds | Judicial Watch

U.S. Gives Illegal Aliens $29 Mil in Rx Meds | Judicial Watch | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
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November 12, 2013       Current Event 

 

With the outrageous prices of healthcare, it is extremely upsetting when you hear that your hard earned money is going to the care of "unlawfully present" people in the United States. According to a 1996 law illegal immigrants are unable to recieve federal healthcare benefits like Medicare and Medicaid. However, earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services paid $91.6 million to provide care to roughly 2,600 ineligible illegal aliens. The Inspector General of the  Department of Health and Human Services reported that this insanity is occuring because the CMS does not have the necessary means to detect these "improper payments."

 

The articles ends depressingly saying "In a nutshell, it appears that the Health Department's watchdog is essentially saying that there's nothing the feds can do about this." The money already paid for the healthcare of illegal immigrants can never be recovered. Not only are we incarcerating, educating, and medically treating them but we are now supplying them with prescription drugs. When will this madness stop. Become a full-blown citizen and then acquire your healthcare benefits lawfully. Do these immigrants not have consciences? That money that is being spent to aid them could be redirected to the care of unhealthy American citizens. 

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It is my understanding that illegal immigrants are not able to receive federal healthcare benefits like Medicare, yet according to this article they do. American tax payer money is going to support illegal immigrants rather than other United States citizens.

Kristin Blom's comment, March 13, 2014 8:25 PM
There is a reason much of this nation is so cautious about immigration reform. With so many illegal immigrants receiving the benefits of being a taxpaying citizen, I personally think that a lot needs to be sorted out before we begin to even consider immigration reform. American citizens are being scammed, and it is clear that the government knows and is simply standing by. The government needs to take action now to prevent illegal immigrants from getting medical assistance for no cost (literally and figuratively). This article made me disappointed in the government's ability to protect the citizens' rights in this nation.
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Florida Woman's Insurance Rate Increases 10X Under Obamacare

Florida Woman's Insurance Rate Increases 10X Under Obamacare | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
One Florida woman is going from paying $54 a month to $591 under Obamacare, CBS reports: 'For many, their introduction to the Affordable Care Act has been negative: A broken website, and now cancellation notices from insurance companies,...
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October 27      Current Event

 

I guess I could call myself a libertarian. As a libertarian, I believe is freedom. You have the freedom to make your own decisions. You can decide what you want to spend your money on. I thought that was the foundation for American policies. Liberty above all else. But  recently, it seems our liberty is being restricted with the Affordable Care Act. 

 

President Obama said "If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you." But apparently, at least 300,000 Florida citizens are losing their coverage. Not only are they losing their insurance but their rates are increasing. One middle-aged, female Florida citizen was dropped from her former insurance agency and recieved a bill for her new plan. The amount was ten times higher than her previous bill. She feels like she is being forced into a new coverage plan. She wonders why she can not keep the plan she originally had. That is a reasonable question since the ability to keep your own insurance was promised when trying to enact the Affordable Care Act.

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Computer Glitch Blamed For Nationwide EBT System Shutdown On Saturday - CBS Boston

Computer Glitch Blamed For Nationwide EBT System Shutdown On Saturday - CBS Boston | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
A computer system upgrade shut down the Electronic Benefits Transfer System nationwide on Saturday, leaving a countless number of shoppers stranded at the register.
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October 13, 2013   Current Event

 

Oh no! The EBT card system is not perfect. This is a disaster. At least that is what people were thinking yesterday morning when they were unable to use their EBT cards to make everyday purchases. The cards were malfunctioning in seventeen states nationwide due to a system upgrade by the vendor Xeror Corp. Usually when this happens an employee can call a backup number to learn the available balance on the custormers EBT card but even that was not working. The beneficiaries were completely cut off from their benfites. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman, Courtney Rowe assures that "the outage is not related to the government shutdown." 

 

It is actually really sad just how much of an impact this has had on the American people. Shoppers were very upset when they were forced to put their groceries back on the shelves after they realised their EBT cards were not working. It is pathetic that so many people can not afford their milk and eggs without government aid. I know their are certian circumstances and I do not wish to come off cynical but come on America! You do not need to have an annuerism when you can not reach your benefits for one day! And the part of the article that whines about some children going to sleep hungry becuase of this. Um I seriously doubt that but I digress. This is just a disappointing story. I miss the time when American got what they worked for and when they did not get what they hoped for they worked harder next time instead of just sitting on their couch watching Days of Our LIves and complaining about how badly Uncle Sam treats them. 

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The twin dangers of the Ukraine crisis

The twin dangers of the Ukraine crisis | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Newt Gingrich says the stakes are high, and the U.S. needs to develop an approach that checks Russian expansion but doesn't blunder into war
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Current Events    April 25, 2014

 

Although Newt Gingrich's CNN show, "Crossfire," it very controversial, he does not come to a fight unarmed. When making an accusation, he is always sure to bring some hard-hitting evidence to back up his claims. Most recently he has compared the parallels of the First World War and our current battle in Ukraine. He warns that the situation might be worse than it appears. It could cause another fight amongst the world powers: Russia, Europe, and the United States. America, weary of war after the decade or so spent in Iraq, has only sent meals to Ukraine instead of weaponry. But without the real help of one of the larger, more prominent countries, little Ukraine will get crushed under Vladimir Putin's macho fists. Gingrich fears that the Obama administration is doing too little and of the little they are doing, they are being too clumsy. Both faults will lead to another war eventually. The question is: how soon?

 

I thought this was a very interesting perspective on the fight in Ukraine. Of course I have heard the accusations but nothing to really back them up. Gingrich does a good job of gathering the little information that we are allowed to know (media corruption rant?) and organizing it to make his case. I understand the administrations weariness of war but I do not agree with Obama's presentation of a "weak America." George Bush had his faults but he would never have done the things Obama has that make our country look small and defenseless. We need to be the top dog. If we aren't the top dog then who would you rather be? Russia? Or maybe China? I think we need to go back to the old America that would have stood up with our patriotism emanating from our military and citizens. Old America would not have sat back and allowed this kind of reputation to form.

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Andrew Johnson - Dem Congressman on Obamacare: The Worst Is Yet to Come, It's 'Going to Hit the Fan'

Andrew Johnson - Dem Congressman on Obamacare: The Worst Is Yet to Come, It's 'Going to Hit the Fan' | Government Current Events | Scoop.it

Massachusetts representative Stephen Lynch isn’t just worried about the negative impact Obamacare will have on his party’s performance this fall — he also thinks its worst effects on our health-care system are still to come. Lynch, who voted against the Affordable Care Act in 2010, warned that the situation is “going to hit the fan” when the law’s delayed provisions go into effect down the road.

“There are parts of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, that were postponed because they are unpalatable,” he told the Boston Herald. The “Cadillac tax” that goes into effect in a few years and taxes employer health plans over a certain value, he said, will be “the first time in this country’s history that we have actually taxed health care.”

Repeal is now impossible, he says, because of the number of Americans who’ve signed up for the law’s exchanges. Democrats will take big political hits on the law this fall anyway, Lynch said.

“We will lose seats in the House,” he said. “I am fairly certain of that based on the poll numbers that are coming out from the more experienced pollsters down there, and I think we may lose the Senate.”

Via Mediaite.

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Current Event       April 22, 2014

 

The Republicans have been worried for years but now it seems the Democrats are shaking in their boots as well. A Democratic representative for Massachusetts, Stephen Lynch, has recently voiced his fear that Obamacare is not the worst thing to come from the Obama administration. He also thinks it will have worse effects on our healthcare in the future. It's no surprise that Lynch voted against the Affordable Care Act in 2010. He mentioned some hidden parts in the Obamacare plan during an interview with the Boston Herald. He similarly voices his concern for the repeal saying that it "is now impossible." I would personally not like to believe that but maybe that is just the optimist in me. 

 

Finally! Finally, the Democrats are starting to see the error in their ways. Yes that plan looked all bright a shiny on the outside but when you get inside of it and start really examining that details you find incriminating evidence that the plan is a disaster in the making. Soon the dominoes will fall and the house with collapse. Lynch mentioned a "Cadillac tax" in his interview with the Boston Herald. (I wonder if he came up with that name.. it definitely coincides with my "shiny on the outside but a mess on the inside" analogy) Apparently, this will be the “the first time in this country’s history that we have actually taxed health care.” That's a truly scary thought. Luckily, he says that the Democrats will also be losing seats in the House so maybe with a rush of new Republican members and a Republican majority, we can find a way to fix the mess that the Obama administration has created.

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Michigan Township To Put Cameras ‘In Every Neighborhood’

Mikael Thalen | "We are recording images that a police officer would see if he or she were standing in the same place."
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Current Event   March 2, 2014

 

After the "success" of one single camera located in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, officials have decided that the installation of a camera in every neighborhood would effective lessen crime. I put the word success in quotation marks because officials are justifying the program's success based on one case. Against public opposition, the township has decided to go forward with the programs requiring residents to pay a fee. 


This program warrants no support from the people who are wary of the every increasing cases of civilian surveillance by both local and federal governments. People like their privacy and feel that a camera on the corner of their street would be violating it. Additionally, the public would have to fund the venture. What is weird to me is that Mike Radzik, the director of the Office of Community Standards, has been reported calling the cameras "infrastructure." Maybe I should check the dictionary but I thought the infrastructure referred to the roads and highways not unnecessary cameras to spy on the public. And what else is pretty comical is Radziks justification for the camera. He says that they would be "no different than police officers constantly standing in the neighborhood." This isn't try because unlike the camera's which are machines without consciences, police officers must eat and sleep. They would find it morally incorrect to spy in the window of poor, old Mrs. Wentzel next door. The cameras, having no feelings, would not. This is outrageous and should not be allowed. These camera installations not only violate the Ninth Amendment to the Constitution but also the Bill of Rights itself. That's a big no no for the American people. 

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News from The Associated Press

News from The Associated Press | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
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Current Events   February 14, 2014

 

With the recent legalization of marijuana in a few states it is fast becoming a booming industry. The shops have been working "under the table" for awhile forcing them to deal with large sums of cash because banks were not allowed to legally hold their accounts. The Obama administration is trying to change this but, understandably, banks are very hesitant to make transactions with these new businesses because as of right now processing money from marijuana sales puts federally insured banks at risk of drug racketeering charges. Additionally, it would be very difficult for banks to be completely sure that these accounts are complying with federal limitations on marijuana sales putting them at an even higher risk. Denny Eliason, a lobbyist for the Washington Bankers Association, suggested a system to make the banks feel more comfortable with their transactions. In this system, the banks would file suspicious activity as "marijuana limited" in the case of business that seem to be complying with the rules and "marijuana priority" for sellers acting questionably. Banks still have to review state license applications for marijuana customers, request information about the business, develop an understanding of the types of products to be sold and monitor publicly available sources for any negative information about the business.


So the new acceptance of marijuana shop transactions would only increase the amount of extra work that the banks would have to do with each new account is discouraging however the circulation of the cash that the shops have been hoarding would help the economy. Only small and local banks will probably take the accounts. Having their large accounts held would help the banks for obvious reasons. It would be a win-win for the dealers and the banks. The dealers have had a difficult time paying their bills, employees, and taxes when dealing in strictly money orders and cash. They are also very concerned that having so much cash on the street without an ability to get those funds into the safety of a bank will lead to vulnerability to criminals. I think that if the government is going to make marijuana sales legal than it should in turn make it legal for banks to cater to their business. In doing this they should create a channel to receive taxes but they must first increase or at least make the guidelines for transaction more clear so that banks feel more comfortable with conducting this new business.

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House leaders sell immigration blueprint

House leaders sell immigration blueprint | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
CAMBRIDGE, Md. — The House Republican leadership is trying to sell their colleagues on a series of broad immigration principles, including a path to legal status for those here illegally. Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team introduced the principles at their annual policy retreat here. Top Republicans circulated a tightly held one-page...
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January 31, 2014     Current Event

 

Following Obama's State of the Union address, the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, has seemed to have changed his views on the issue of immigration reform. Last year, he and his Republican constituents were wholeheartedly against any legal plans to do with immigration but it seems that is different already. Boehner has been quoted linking immigration reform to jobs and growth as well as our national security. He voiced the Republicans' fear of political fallout from immigration reform. The new reform strategy marks an important shift for House Republicans. 

 

I agree with a large factor of the one-page "standards' for immigration reform that refuses to allow citizenship to individuals that have broken the current immigration laws. It would be unfair to the individuals who were taking all of the steps they are required by the law to take. I think that the memo should include something about the plethora of undocumented immigrants that live in America without paying taxes. That is unfair to the taxpayers who pay their dues and follow the rules. After all, isn't American about fairness to some extent. But I guess these immigrants that are breaking the laws do not consider themselves Americans anyway. 

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US stocks slammed; Dow falls 300-plus points in worst week since 2011

US stocks slammed; Dow falls 300-plus points in worst week since 2011 | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
U.S. stocks fell sharply on Friday, with the Dow posting its worst week since May 2012, as investors pulled money from emerging markets.
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Current Event   January 25, 2014

 

The new years seems to have spelled out some trouble for the Stock Exchange. Thursday was when the it hit them hard. The Dow dropped over 300 points, Nasdaq dropped close to a hundred, and S&P fell around 40 points all in one day. Analysts are blaming it on the unstable currencies of other countries such as Argentine and Turkey whom are experiencing some political instability at the moment. Analysts blame a majority of the trouble on the Chinese market whose growth is not measuring up to what they predicted. I can not imagine how that could be since it feels like everything American's buy these days is inscripted with "Made in China." I predict China's economy will overcome ours and they will become the next World Super Power. But that's a conversation for another day.

 

My question is: why does the United State's stocks rely so much on the success of other markets? I go by the belief that American's should buy things that other American's manufacture mostly. Sure you can still order all of those funny little manga characters from overseas but we need to keep our money in our country. That could be the solution to our major debt crisis. Luckily, JJ Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade, ensures that CEOs "have been positive." Although, apparently they are not doing any major hiring just yet. On the downside, February is not predicted to be a very good month for the stock exchange. 

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13,000 Obamacare Applicants Have No Records with Health Insurers

13,000 Obamacare Applicants Have No Records with Health Insurers | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Record-keeping snags could complicate the start of insurance coverage this month as people begin using policies they purchased under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
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Current Event   January 10, 2014

 

The problems with Obamacare are endless. First there was multiple problems with the implication process. Now, there are three new problems but this time they have to do with the actual information that is tied to the insurance holders. One of information problem is know as "ghost" files in which the insurers do not have an enrollment record but the government does. Would that make the tax payers have unneccesary taxes? If this insurance is worked into our annual taxes but the insurance is not being used because it is not assigned to an actual person then American's are basically being robbed of their money. Outraging. The second problem has to do with duplication. Insurance companies are noticing that the government is assigning the same identification numer for more than one person. Then each person is only getting half of the benefits they should recieve. Obamacare is actually cheating people out of their money and insurance. But the third and finally problem is the most significant. There have been about 13,000 cases with this problem. It is known as "orphaned files" because the insurance company has not record of enrollment. This is such a problem because the companies have no automated way to identigy the policyholder. They have to then manually compare lists of enrollees that the government sends them with their own records. The government is to blame for this problem becuase they never built a system to solve the problem to get the work done faster. Officials say that have acknowledged and remedied the problem. They ensure that there will be "zero errors in work moving foward." However, I highly doubt it will be a smooth road ahead for Obamacare. I predict many more problems in the future. But maybe that is just the pessimist in me. 

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Obama administration relaxes rules of health-care law four days before deadline

Obama administration relaxes rules of health-care law four days before deadline | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Consumers whose polices were canceled can buy bare-bones plans or entirely avoid insurance requirement.
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December 20, 2013   Current Event

 

The Obama administration drops another bomb regarding their Affordable Health Care Act. Now the rules have changed. The new regulations are significantly more relaxed than the prior rules. Consumers can not buy "bare-bones plans" or they can opt out of purchasing the health coverage. The announcement really upset people becuase it came just a few days before the deadline for people to choose plans. Their plans were set to begin on January 1, 2014. The new rules have raised fairness questions about a law "intended to promote affordable and comprehensible coverage on a widespread basis." It changes the previous requirement that most American's have health coverage. The ability to get an exemption gives consumers the choice of having no insurance or of buying "catastrophic" coverage.

 

I invisioned something like this happening. Americans and small business owners were not okay with the new health care plan. With this new change they are effectively trapped between a rock and a hard place. They must make the choice between suicide by knife or poison. It isn't fair. I don't understand why the administration doesn't make the Affordable Health Care Act only apply to those that want and are willing to give up their current health care plan. The land of freedom should not be forced to comply to a government program if they are content with their curent situation. It is not very American to make people pay higher taxes and also lose their health insurance. 

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1 in 4 Obamacare enrollments affected by technical bugs | WashingtonExaminer.com

After refusing for weeks to detail the extent of back-end problems with healthcare.gov, the Obama administration on Friday said a technical bug affected approximately 25 percent of enrollments on the federal exchanges in October and November.
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December 6, 2013   Current Event

 

Yet another problem with healthcare.gov! This is time it affected a whopping 25 percent of applicants. That means that one in every four people who applied had an issue with their application. Issues range from applications being dupilicated or having major errors in their information. Some were not even transferred to the insurers. Without these applications the insurers will have no way of knowing who signed up for Obamacare and what type/extent of coverage they need. This could be a catastophic disaster. 

 

Although the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Julia Bastille, assures us that the site is running much more smoothly and has seen a "traffic spike," I tend to not believe it. I think it will take some more time before the website is fully functioning. We can give the Obama administration some slack considering this is the very beginning of the healthcare website. More than 3.7 million American consumers have done so and visited the website in the past week or so. Maybe they will finally get the website up and running. It would definitely be a very efficient way for insurers to gather the necessary information for their applicants.

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Kara long's curator insight, March 4, 2014 10:33 PM

Many people trying to apply for health care through the government's online site have had a hard time. About 25 percent of enrollments have faced this technical bug. Either insurers are receiving the wrong information from the site or there are missing sheets. This could harm those expecting to be insured.

Evan Richardson's comment, March 10, 2014 12:48 AM
I think that people blasting HealthCare.gov don't even know a smidgen about networking and IT. Sure, you would think that with the time and resources the government had that they would be able to make the website function correctly, but you need to realize that the people working on this had a strict deadline to meet, and that all programmers make mistakes. The version of the website that was put out on release was most likely a rushed beta build, and the servers that the IT guys had prepared simply could not handle the load of encrypted data. I know that many people may be having problems, but it is far and away better than pen and paper.
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D.C. insurance commissioner fired a day after questioning Obamacare fix

D.C. insurance commissioner fired a day after questioning Obamacare fix | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Commissioner William P. White said he felt compelled to say there would be problems with extending old plans.
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November 17, 2013     Current Event

 

The farther I read into this story the more outraged I became. It is astonishing. I am pretty sure this violates the Freedom of Speech clause within the Bill of Rights.This man, William White, was allegdly fired for voicing his opinion on the Affordable Care Act solely because he was not praising it. As an insurance commissioner in Washington D.C., I think that White has enough knowledge of how the heath-care system works to correctly inform the Obama administration of the heathcare plan's impending doom. He did not do this but instead only implied that Obama's recent correction of his previor promise (that American citizens that liked their insurance could keep it) would be more damaging than he led on. White agreed with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners statement that the new order would "undermine the new market, and lead to higher premiums and market disruptions in 2014 and beyond." The department quickly removed the statement from their website. They issued a new statement saying that they were investigating the president's more recent announcement and would soon recommend a course of action. The companies spokesperson, Michael Flagg, would not affirm the accusation that White had been fired saying the department does not comment on personnel issues however White says Mayor Victor Hoskins fired him last Friday.

 

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I understand how the company would be upset that something this controversal would be stated on their website without the supposed approval of the mayor/ I can not agree that this man deserved to lose his job because he was critical of the president. Many people oppose Obamacare. Unfortunately for this man, he said the wrong thing to loudly and is now feeling the consequences. I admire that he was only trying to do his job and inform the public. I feel bad that he is now unemployed because of it. 

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In new tack, Republicans give health overhaul room to stumble.

In new tack, Republicans give health overhaul room to stumble. | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Many House Republicans are replacing their push to delay or defund the 2010 federal health law with a new strategy: Hang back and see if problems with the rollout continue or get worse.
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November 4, 2013    Current Event

 

They are done arguing. Republicans are now content to sit back and watch the Obama administration burn. Michael Burgess, a Republican in Texas says "It's its own worst enemy, and to some degree it is collapsiing under its own weight." I (sometimes)  agree with John Boehner's political philosophy: If you precieve your opponent (aka the Obama administration) to be committing suicide, get out of the way. The Republicans are done fighting the bill. They do not expect the enactment of the new Affordable Health Care Act to run very smoothly. And with all of the problems they are facing with ironing out glitches in the website it makes sense for them to we wary of the new bill. They argue that without the exchange website they will lose the support of the younger crowd. With the loss of younger people they will be stuck insuring mainly older people. This will in turn raise the insurance rates. 

 

I have compared this plan to an out-of-control locomotive estined to crash and I stick to my analysis. I foresee a train wreck in the future. The only thing I am worried about is the damage control. How will Obama deal with the mess? Or will he even have to? It looks like he will be in office just in time to get the bill passed and then bail. He will set up the cards and let our next president pick them up when they inevitably fall. Good luck to you, sir. 

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Fresh Leak on US Spying: NSA Accessed Mexican President's Email - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Fresh Leak on US Spying: NSA Accessed Mexican President's Email - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Government Current Events | Scoop.it
The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years. It hacked into the president's public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system.
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October 20, 2013   Current Event

 

The first line of this article says it all "The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican governemtn for years." What this articles does not answer is 'why?' Why has the NSA been hacking into the Mexican president's email? They have been doing this for years. YEARS?!? Without getting caught. Now that is impresive. How very sneaky of the NSA. But why have they been spying for so long? Is there a reason or is it just to keep tabs on everyone? Maybe they do it just because they can. They are bored on some random Tuesday afternoon so they decide to spy on our neighbor because why not? Well I will get to that in a second but first answer this: is Mexico special or does the NSA keep tabs on all of the diplomats from every country? Someone should let the NSA know that invading someone's privacy is hardly a way to make friends. "the case is likely to cause further strain on relations between Mexico and the United States..." well no duh. What a stab in the back for the Mexican president, Felipe Calderón, whom had been working more closely with Washington than any other Mexican president before him. It seems like the Obama administration can not do anything right. 


On a side note, why was the operation named "Flatliquid?" That might be the strangest code name I have personally ever heard. 

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