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Harry Reid Proposes Changing Constitution To Block The Koch Brothers

Harry Reid Proposes Changing Constitution To Block The Koch Brothers | Hai Duong Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday called for amending the U.S. Constitution to bar big money donors from having an outsized impact on the nation's elections, saying billionaire donors were mounting a "hostile t...
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(Quarter 4, Week 4,. April 22- 29)

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday called for amending the U.S. Constitution to bar big money donors from having an outsize impact on the nation's elections, saying billionaire donors were mounting a "hostile takeover" of America.The amendment would reverse the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United and 2014 McCutcheon rulings, as well as part of its 1976 Buckley v. Valeo ruling, and restore certain congressional authority to regulate the raising and spending of money, including that of super PACs. Democrats are unlikely to garner the support of a Senate super majority, or two-thirds of senators, which is what they would need to pass such a measure. But repeated votes on the matter may make for suitable messaging ahead of the November midterm elections.

 

This article mainly centers of the big money donors that are having a huge impact in nation's elections. I don't believe its fair for all the people who don't have that kind of money to invest in all of their campaign. The super PAC is making a big impact in the elections because the big donors are giving so much money to make them get elected and those who don't have any super PAC support will have a huge disadvantage.  I agree with Harry Reid because by eliminating the big donors, each candidate has a chance to get elected.

 

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Leslie Guevara's comment, May 22, 2014 8:54 AM
I think you're right about it not being fair. It kind of disrupts the balance. They are at a disadvantage and it can very much so have a huge impact if it goes through.
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The US is an oligarchy, study concludes - Telegraph

The US is an oligarchy, study concludes - Telegraph | Hai Duong Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters
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(Quarter 4, Week 2, 6-13)

 

The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful. Nearly 1,800 US policies enacted between 1981 and 2002, comparing them to the expressed preferences of average Americans, affluent Americans and large special interests groups, researchers concluded that the United States is dominated by its economic elite. Researchers concluded that US government policies rarely align with the the preferences of the majority of Americans, but do favor special interests and lobbying organisations. The positions of powerful interest groups are "not substantially correlated with the preferences of average citizens", but the politics of average Americans and affluent Americans sometimes does overlap. A controversial Supreme Court decision which allows wealthy donors to contribute to an unlimited number of political campaigns.


I see this article as that the US Government is not doing a well of enough job to keep this country in take and have everyone equal rights. It does not represent the majority of the country's interests, but the rich powerful does. I don't think that its being distributed evenly and their going for the powerful ones. The interest group gets a lot support of the bureaucracy like an iron triangle. They should evenly distribute the power to the interested groups than just giving all the power to just a couple of the groups. 

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Ben Tran's comment, April 22, 2014 10:25 AM
You did a good job summarizing, concise but informational. I like how even when we did different articles it was similar enough that our insight response has the same points. Your insight is good but I think you should use some more political savy words.
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Michigan medical marijuana law expanding to include post-traumatic stress disorder

Michigan medical marijuana law expanding to include post-traumatic stress disorder | Hai Duong Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Michigan residents diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder will now qualify for treatment under the state's medical marijuana law, which is expanding to include a new condition for the first time since voter approval in 2008.
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(Quarter 3, Week 7, March 17-23)

 

Michigan residents suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder can now qualify for treatment under the state's medical marijuana law, which is expanding to include a new condition for the first time since 2008. Michigan medical marijuana law, as approved by voters, includes several conditions that can qualify a patient for certification including cancer, HIV and other diseases causing chronic pain.  PTSD is a server form of anxiety disorder and now who suffer from PTSD in Michigan can now speak freely with their physicians to determine whether marijuana is an appropriate treatment

 

I see this article as a good opportunity for people to get marijuana easier. I'm glad that people who have other disorders than the ones in the past like cancer, can get the drug now. But i see it as a easier way to get the marijuana.All you have to do is just go to your local physician and say that your depressed or something and they will give you pass to get it.

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Court to reopen debate over executing mentally disabled

Court to reopen debate over executing mentally disabled | Hai Duong Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court will consider whether Freddie Lee Hall's diagnosis of mental retardation is accurate enough to spare his life, or if Florida is correct in deciding that he's smart enough to die for his crimes.
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(Quarter 3, Week 5, March 3-9)

 

Freddie Lee Hall, a mentally disabled 68 year old man, murdered a 21-year-old pregnant women. More than half of his lifespan, he has been awaiting deduction in Florida. The Supreme Court's ruling in 2002, several hundred claims of mental retardation have been filed by prisoners on death row, There are thirty-two states that promotes a death sentence. From 1984-2001, 44 people with metal retardation were executed. Depending on the state, if the person has lower than the state requirement of IQ, they would be sentence to a death penalty. Florida IQ is the minimum of 70 while other states like Mississippi or Oklahoma minimum is 75. 

 

I see this article of how people are being treated by the way they act. The mentally disabled didn't choose to be like that and we shouldn't punish them from it. If the act that the person violates the law, then they should go to jail for a certain period of time of to life.  Freddie Hall was imprison for a murder then now they are debating whether he should be sentenced to death row because of an act he did a while back ago. They should just imprison him for life instead of an exclusion. 

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Michigan tax cut hearings on tap today in Lansing

Michigan tax cut hearings on tap today in Lansing | Hai Duong Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-Grand Rapids) is sponsoring Homestead credit legislation that is slightly more generous than the governor's, calling for between $150 million and $175 million in rebate checks by raising the income qualification cap to $70,000.
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(Quarter 3, Week 3, February 2-9)

 

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a budget proposal to lawmakers last week. On Wednesday, January 12, House and Senate committees  will consider contrasting plans to tap into a projected surplus by rolling back the personal income tax rate or increasing the Homestead Property Tax Credit. He wants to expand Homestead credit and increase the income qualification cap.


Snyder wants to increase the income qualification cap from 50,000 to 60,000 dollars per household. The governors proposal would provide the current year rebate checks averaging 75 dollars. The tax code rewrite cut an estimated $1.8 billion in business taxes but paused a planned rollback of the personal income tax. The governor's budget proposal includes an extra $254 million in one-time general fund spending for roads and bridges.. There isn't a fixed revenue source for what he believes a annual need is 1.3 billion dollars. 



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Michigan to seek visas to lure immigrants to Detroit

Michigan to seek visas to lure immigrants to Detroit | Hai Duong Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will announce a plan Thursday to ask the Obama administration to set aside thousands of work visas to entice talented immigrants to live and work in bankrupt Detroit.
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(Quarter 3, Week 1, Janurary 20-26)


Detroit has been in a bit of a bankruptcy situation for the past several years. On July 18,

2013, Detroit is the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history by debt, estimated at $18–20 billion. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is announcing to ask the Obama administration to aside thousands of work visas for immigrants to live and work in bankrupt Detroit.



Snyder is seeking 50,000 EB-2 work visas to talented immigrants for the city over the five years. The proposal will would require no federal government financial bailout. Detroit would be allocated 5,000 visas in the first year, 10,000 each of the next three years and 15,000 in the fifth year.Snyder is especially keen on keeping foreign students with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering or math in Michigan.


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Michigan Senate election 2014: Gary Peters gets new campaign chief

Michigan Senate election 2014: Gary Peters gets new campaign chief | Hai Duong Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
With Michigan looming as a now key Senate race, Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who is locked in a tight battle with Republican Terri Lynn Land, has replaced his campaign manager. Paul Tencher, who ran now-Sen. Joe Donnelly’s winning campaign for the Democrats in Indiana last cycle, will take over as the head of Peters’s campaign operation....
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(Quarter 4, Week 3, April 14-21)

 

With Michigan looming as a now key Senate race, Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who is locked in a tight battle with Republican Terri Lynn Land, has replaced his campaign manager. Paul Tencher will be replacing Julie Petrick for Gary Peters due to personal reasoning. Like other Democrats, Peters has found himself repeatedly targeted by a blitz of television ads funded by Americans for Prosperity, a conservative super PAC funded by the mega-wealthy Koch brothers. Peters’s campaign attacked the content of one AFP ad, arguing that the Obamacare-bashing claims made in the commercial, which featured Julie Boonstra, a leukemia victim, had not been verified. AFP responded with another ad featuring Boonstra. Peters, 55, narrowly lost a 2002 race for Michigan attorney general, then came back in 2008 to win a House seat in suburban Detroit.

 

This article mainly centers  around the campaign changes for Gary peter. He has been targeted by television ads funded by the Super PAC's. The Super PAC has been a big influences in these campaigns because they give unlimited money to campaign. I think its unfair because some people who are also running doesn't get the support like others who has the super PAC. Gary Peters is a good man I want him to be elected for Michigan senate.

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John Boehner Punts Unemployment Extension To White House

John Boehner Punts Unemployment Extension To White House | Hai Duong Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- What would make House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) support a Senate-passed bill to restore long-term unemployment insurance to more than 2 million Americans? Ask the White House.

It's no secret that Boehner opposes Senate legislatio...
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(Quarter 4, Week 1, April 5-12)

 

It's no secret that Boehner opposes Senate legislation reauthorizing long-term unemployment benefits, as he has previously stated that the bill is "unworkable." But when asked on Thursday whether he would heed calls from the bill's Republican co-sponsors to take up the measure in the House, Bohner said that the next steps were up to Obama. The Congressional Budget Office says federal unemployment extensions boost the economy and create jobs, since unemployed people tend to spend their benefits immediately, but Boehner has tended to ignore the CBO's analysis on this. After months of haggling, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill on Monday to reauthorize the benefits through May. While the benefits would expire again in less than two months, everyone who has missed checks since December would receive retroactive lump-sum payments. 


I see this article as a way to people creating a new life. This benefit help create jobs and boost the economy. People in america has been struggling in this time period and looking for jobs, I can see this going far and being passed by the law. But the downside is that its going to keep on expiring so which means it keeps on going on and on.

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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, May 30, 2014 7:57 AM
You could discuss why Boehner has so much power when it comes to getting the bill on the floor for a vote.
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South Carolina House Advances 20-Week Abortion Ban

South Carolina House Advances 20-Week Abortion Ban | Hai Duong Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C., March 19 (Reuters) - South Carolina's Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, moving the state closer...
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(Quarter 3, Week 6, March 10-16) 

 

South Carolina's Republican approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The state representatives voted 84 to 29 to approve the legislation known as " Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act." It bans doctors from performing abortions at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy unless the woman's life was at risk. Physicians who do not abide by the law would face civil charges of "unprofessional conduct" and penalties up to 10,000 dollars and three years in prison, according to  the bill.

 

I see this article that the new act is a right choice to make. I like how it means that when your that far on pregnancy, then you should just keep on going because after 20 weeks of the pregnancy, the baby is half way mature. The women had a chance to get an abortion but after 20 weeks and they should just keep going and by then, if they don't want he/she, then the mom would just give it to adoptions or a foster home. I thing we should carry this to other states as well.

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States, colleges step up efforts to end sex assaults on campus amid pressure from Obama

States, colleges step up efforts to end sex assaults on campus amid pressure from Obama | Hai Duong Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
States and colleges are trying to learn more about the extent of sexual assaults on campuses, following a renewed White House call to end such violence that argues one in five women have been victims of such attacks.
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(Quarter 3, Week 4, February 9-16)


There has been an extensive  amount of sexual assaults on college campus. The bill sponsor, Delegate Jon S. Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat, says the number of such assaults has reached “epidemic” proportions. The sexual assaults have been in multiple colleges like The University of Virginia. President Barack Obama announced  the formation of The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.


The president in announcing the task force January 22 said higher education institutions have made strides in recent years to curb such violence. Obama requesting the report said the institutions also must adopt and publish grievance procedures that provide for “the prompt and equitable resolution” of rape and sexual assault complaints.  Colleges are required under federal law to collect and share information about such crimes. A renewed White House call to end such violence that argues one in five women have been victims of attacks

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Anthony Bui's comment, February 23, 2014 12:19 PM
Hello Hai! I've read your insight and I thought it was good. You added alot of important information regarding the case of sexual assaults on campuses. I thought your article of the week was well written by starting off straight with the problem of your article you went right for it. you put in the details showing how president Obama will be responding to this problem. Although one thing that I did not see was a connection within your insight. I would add one next time you do the article of the week!
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Obama's Plan to Boost Minimum Wage Gets Icy Reception In Congress

Obama's Plan to Boost Minimum Wage Gets Icy Reception In Congress | Hai Duong Current Events Scrapbook | Scoop.it
There's no clear path surfacing for the proposal to win approval even in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
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(Quarter 3, Week 1, January 27 – February 2)

 

On Tuesday January 28, 2014, President Obama spoke at the State of Union.  One of his topics that he announced was calling to raise the minimum wage for employees. The current minimum is $7.25, but he is planning to raise it to $10.10 across America. Some companys are already putting this into affect like Costco. In Maryland, Costco raised there minimun wage up 43 percent from the current minimum wage.

 

President Obama wants to raise the minimum wage, but he has to get approval from the congress first.  Congressional believe that the Republican House would unlikely to take up this issue.  They at least need five Republicans to join the Democratic senator in support for the idea to advance. Many Republicans say raising the federal minimum wage would result in employers hiring fewer people, hurting low-wage workers. The Wall street journal took a poll in December and found that 60 percent of the voters favor this idea.

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