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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 | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
While even highly offensive speech is protected in the U.S., that level of freedom is quite unique.
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This article talks about how the French government is not allowing demonstrations. This undescores how US freedom of speech is unique. America has developed standards on free speech to ensure that no one is harmed. Many people from other countries are perplexed by this freedom, allowing us to speak against the government if we like.

America is so lucky in that freedom of expression is protected by the 1st Amendment. We have the ability to say what we want as long as there is no clear and present danger.

I think we need a limit on free speech when it comes to saying something offensive that could spur another country's hate. Although it's hard to pick a particular phrase that could be limited. Limiting free speech is hard because there are many ways that things can be said. Limiting of free speech doesn't violate the Constitution if we're trying to protect the safety of individuals as well.

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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 (2 of 3) -- Your Obamacare questions, answered

BY 11/14 or 11/15 (2 of 3) -- Your Obamacare questions, answered | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | 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
Hayley Silverman's insight:

This article is basically the FAQ page of Obamacare. It spells out what Obamacare is and the worries that people have about it.
I honestly don't find it very helpful. They didn't provide any new information that's relevant to me, but I am most likely biased because I don't have to worry about my own insurance yet.

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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 | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | 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.

Via Teresa Herrin
Hayley Silverman's insight:

Texas is one of six states refusing to comply with Chuck Hagel's order that gay spouses of National Guard members be given the same federal marriage benefits as heterosexual spouses. Hagel claims these states are violating federal law and encouraging prejudice. Many same-sex couples have to go to federal bases if they want a military spouse ID, because the state bases for the national guard are said to be "state agencies" and therefore must adhere to state law. 


These states are discriminating against same sex couples. I agreed with what one of the people intereviewed said. She likened this to the separate but "equal" - equal according to the state- public places. It's like false freedom. Why can't they accept a Supreme Court ruling and an order that stemmed from that ruling. Aren't federal laws supreme over state laws anyway? 

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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] | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | 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
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The justices heard argumetns on prayer before government meetings, yet were reluctant to give a ruling. Both Chief Justice John Roberts and swing vote Anthony Kennedy were reluctant to rule what type of prayer is acceptable. One town began each meeting with a Christian prayer and were accused by two women of non Christian faith of Christian proselytizing. Precedent was set in the SCOTUS'S 1983 ruling in Marsh v. Chambers which said prayers at the beginning of any state legislature are constitutional. 

 

In my opinon, I don't think that there should be prayers before government meetings. Yes, everyone has the right to freedom of religion, but holding a prayer is kind of forcing your religion upon someone who may not believe it. It's not fair to the atheists or the agnostics. Separation of church and state should apply to government meetings. 

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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!) | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | 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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Things started moving downhill for Obama when Petraeus announced he was quitting and when Susan Rice withdrew her nomination for Secretary of State. Then because of the Newtown shootings, immigration took a pause and gun restrictions became the major issue on the agenda. In June Snowden leaked NSA documents. Taking military force became an issue when Syria crossed the "red line" and then the AHA rolled out as a failure because of website problems. Not to mention the government shutdown. Obama doesn't have widespread support for his secondterm agenda.

 

A lot of Obama's misfortune from the past year seems to stem from bad luck AND dealing with stubborn Republicans who refuse to work with him. After the Connecticut shootings, Obama's approval ratings soared temporarily and then began to decline after the Benghazi scandal and the Syria issue. Even when proof of Syria using chemical weapons was shown and when Russia struck a deal with Syria, his approval rating continued to decline. Each mishap slowly caused his approval rating to drop.

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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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Twitter has just gone public. Twitter is one of the main medians through which Congress members can connect with their constituents. All 100 senators have one, 97% of House members have one, and 49 out of 50 governors have one. Twitter has both launched careers, such as Cory Booker's and ended them by breaking scandals such as Anthony Wiener's.

 

Twitter has sped up the news cycle. Each social network allows for news to be instantly accessed and dispersed every second. I think that twitter is a great way to reach younger constituents who may not necessarily watch the news or read newspapers. Even though I don't use Twitter myself, I agree that Twitter has it benefits in transforming politics.

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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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Congressional approval is down to only 12%, and if the 2014 House Election were held today, 48% are Democrats. However, Silver says that these numbers are from right after the shutdown and that they are unrepresentative because they are from registered voters and unlikely voters, but that turnout usually favors the GOP. Most of the ways districts are drawn lead towards Republicans. Governor Christie is running again, and we now know that he of course was reelected. Social issues are important to elections, seeing as even though Christie is pro-life, he was able to win in a deep blue state. The tea party isn't favorable in a purple state where moderation is more favored. It seems to be hurting the Republican Party. Not only that, 8 formerly red states are beginning to lean Democrat. 

 

In the 2014 House election, I don't think the House will switch back to majority Democrat. The fact that Obamacare has been such a failure paints them in a bad light. However, the Republicans may lose it to the Democrats because of the Tea Party's extremism.

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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 -- 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 | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Cory Booker becomes ninth African-American to serve in the Senate, replacing Frank Lautenberg.
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Cory Booker, Newark's former mayor, has just been elected senator, diversifying the Senate. He's the only black senator besides Tim Scott, while the last elected senator was Barack Obama. The average age in the Senate was 62, but with Booker it will now be lower. There are 20 female senators while there are 82 female representatives in the House. Law has been the most predominant background in the Senate.

 

The Senate may be old and White but they are the more equal chamber of Congress. Being a minority both in race and age in the Senate is daunting and I commend Booker. I find it interesting that New Jersey now has two minority senators. It's inspiring and promotes the idea that race shouldn't be an issue anymore. 

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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 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 | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | 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.
Hayley Silverman's insight:

This video shows how Google and Yahoo and companies like them hold all of our digital data. They have data centers all around the world which contain the fibers through which our data travels. 


Inevitably, if we send our emails through the internet, there's always a chance that they are not completely private. It's a risk that you have to be willing to take. I liked the analogy that one of the speakers used. We are putting our "digital eggs" into the "baksets" of Google and Yahoo etc.  People shouldn't be so shocked by this revelation that even Google and Yahoo are vulnerable to NSA tapping; I've learned since I was young, "nothing on the internet is safe nor private."

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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 10/31-- Sebelius apologizes for healthcare website debacle

BY 10/31-- Sebelius apologizes for healthcare website debacle | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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This video covers the questioning of Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services. She apologized for the problems with site and says that she was to blame. She admitted that her department failed to conduct enough testing and she wants to regain the confidence of the people by fixing the site. 

 

I don't think she deserves ALL of the blame for the website's failure. Part of the blame should go to the programmers. Because she is the head of the whole department, I understand why she assumes the blame, but it truly isn't all her fault. She's not the one who coded the website and who set up the servers. I agree that they should've done more testing but dwelling on the past is futile. They need to focus on how to fix it.

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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 | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | 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.
Hayley Silverman's insight:

This article essentially shows how the NSA and GCHQ may have tapped into the Google and Yahoo's internal networks. 

 

For someone who uses the internet everyday, I know little about it. This graphic confuses me. I understand up to step 2 and then the rest makes no sense. I have no idea what a front end server is nor how a data center operates. However from what I can understand, I can tell that the NSA certainly found simple ways to tap into the network. All they did sit a cable landing stations or at internet exchanges and survey Google's cables.

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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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BY 10/24 -- Rand Paul pushes constitutional amendment on Congress - Burgess Everett

BY 10/24 -- Rand Paul pushes constitutional amendment on Congress - Burgess Everett | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Forget the Vitter amendment. Rand Paul wants to make sure that Congress can’t ever again write laws with provisions specific to lawmakers.
Hayley Silverman's insight:

Rand Paul has introduced an amendment that would preclude senators and representatives from passing laws that don't apply equally to the US citizens and Congress. At the moment, federal employees are required to enter the ACA's health program, but that they would be paid contributions to help pay for insurance, almost giving them an exemption. 

I agreee with this amendment. It's not fair that Congressmembers should get "expemptions" from laws that they are imposing on everyone else. If they're not willing to pay for it, then why should citizens have to pay for it? This epitomizes the golden rule: do unto others as you would do yourself.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:00 AM

In this article, Rand Paul is pitching the idea to add an amendment that prohibits Congress from passing laws that Congress is exempt from and having to dealin with lawmakers. Its clearly aimed at Obamacare for the reasons that when it is in action, exchanges must be made by the congressmen and rulings from the O.P.M. in order to receive federal contributions. It is unlikely that Congress will go for more restrictions.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 7:53 PM

A kentucky senator, Rand Paul, wants an amendment forbidding senators and representatives to pass laws that don't apply equally to Congress and the citizens. Specifically aimed at Obamacare, this amendment will force lawmakers to disclose exchanges and rulings from the Office of Personnel Management in order to receive federal employer contributions. Amending the Constitution requires a majority vote in both chambers before it can be ratified, and I think Paul has a difficult task ahead of him to convince lawmakers to give up their authority to make laws.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 20, 2014 11:54 PM

This article tells us that Rand Paul wants an amendment forbidding senators and representatives to pass laws that don't apply equally to Congress and the citizens. Paul specifically aims this at Obamacare, his proposed amendment will force lawmakers to disclose exchanges and rulings from the Office of Personnel Management in order to receive federal employer contributions. It seems Paul has a difficult task ahead of him to convince lawmakers to give up their authority to make laws because amending the Constitution requires a majority vote in both chambers before it can be ratified.

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BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- 1-800-ObamaCare-Denial: Website problems don't matter when your intentions are good.

BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- 1-800-ObamaCare-Denial: Website problems don't matter when your intentions are good. | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal on the liberal claim that website problems don't matter when your intentions are good.
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Obama's website came out as a complete fail. They have tried to "fix it" by setting up a hotline that simply redirects you to the website. Obama's event at the Rose Garden turned out to be almost like an "infomercial", minimizing the severity of the problems with the ACA and claiming the product is "good." The 36 exchanges that come with Obamacare are apparently not working and insurance companies are dropping many individual policies because they don't comply with Obamacare's mandates. 

 

Obamacare seems like a disorganized, chaotic mess. All of the confusion that it's creating is confusing me. Why can't they get a website fixed? Why is it that some can't keep their policy if they like it? Why are they being dropped? I'm sure Obama has good intentions in this health care bill, but why is it so confusing and so disorganized? It seems to reflect the state of Congress.

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Rabika Rehman's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:37 PM

Obama thinks that the afordable care act is more than just a website.This reform is upsetting insurance company,they are already making changes with their individual policies because they are non-complaint with the obama care. The fact that it's more than a website should scare people.

Maddy Folkerts's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:21 PM

I don't agree with this article that the website problems means all of ObamaCare will be a failure. It's more of a technical issue than an issue with the whole plan of the policy. This article was extremely biased and touched on irrelevant problems rather than arguing the actual important, debatable topics.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 7:47 PM

Obama encourages people to apply for benefits over phone. The article itself is very discriminating and has a very derogetory tone. ObamaCare's real goal is to focus over health care. The disadvantage of ObamaCare is that the enrolled people will mainly be the most expensive patients. Even in the video, obama says that the website is slow and there are problems, but the intentions are good. Some people are going to be paying higher prices than they usually do.

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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 | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | 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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Lawmakers are upset with Obama, saying that he has been wrongly promising consumers that they could keep their existing health care plans. Many Americans have received cancellation notices from their insurers because their health care coverage does not meet the standards set by the law. Senator Landrieu (D-LA) proposed a bill that would allow people to keep their current policies, and would maintain the key provisions in Obamacare, unlike Upton's law which would "undermine" it.

Because Obama made this promise before, I think he's backed himself into a corner and must find a way to keep that promise or else risk losing the approval and trust of the public. He must be so embarrassed that his law has come out to be so dysfunctional. He needs to address the people soon on what he plans to do or else his law is pretty much going to be "gutted" by Upton's bill.

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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

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Of the 106,000 enrollees, only about 27,000 were able to sign up through the federal health-insurance site.

Via Teresa Herrin
Hayley Silverman's insight:

The number of those enrolled for Obamacare has come out to be 106,000 from Oct. 1st to Nov. 2nd. Republicans see these numbers as a warning sign that this law is no good. Democrats support the numbers, claiming that even with the website problems, this shows high demand in healthcare. Many Democrats themselves are becoming frustrated with Obama's handling of the law, especially with those who have had their policies canceled. Members of the House and Senate introduced bills that are meant to calm angry insurers who have lost their plans because they don't comply with the new law.

The policies that don't comply, don't comply for a good reason. Some don't cover hospitals, some don't cover emergencies, etc. Yes they are cheap and yes the holder may be healthy but there are always those "what if's." They're being canceled because they're bad policies to begin with, and although it's annoying for the holder because they were promised they could keep their polices and because their rationale is "why go to a more expensive policy that has too coverage that I don't even need," it's for their own good.

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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 | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | 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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One bus driver was fired for leading kids in prayer on a school bus. Over the years the Supreme Court has upheld the ban on school praye. Teachers and students or any school representatives are prohibited from leading students in prayer. Nathaniel never forced the children to pray or sing with him. They had the choice of whether they wanted to or not. 

 

I can see this both ways. In one way Nathaniel did nothing wrong. He wasn't forcing the kids to pray and he asked the parents permissions upon which they all said it was fine. However, there could be students of a different faith than Christianity who might feel uncomfortable with the praying. He has the right to express his faith as long as it's not disruptive or being enforced upon someone else. 

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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

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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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A pastor in TN has many posionous snakes at his church, but TN law says that handling dangerous reptiles is illegal. The pastor believes that this infringes on his First Amendment rights, prohibiting him from practicing his religion. Lawyers don't think he will win because this law is generally applicable and prevents someone from becoming a public nuisance. Most likely, he'll just be charged a fine up to $50.

 

I have to agree with the lawyers on this one. I think that this law was meant to protect the public, rather than to prohibit religious freedom. I he REALLY wanted to handle snakes, he could just join a zoo somehow and get a license. Problem solved. 

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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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Rick Perry just made his first trip to Iowa since 2012. He claims he "enjoyed" the 21 hours that Cruz spent talking about the problems of Obamacare, but he thinks that he should've called out the President. Perry only has only year left in governor, so his trips to Iowa, meeting business owners and even visiting a local gun shop, seem to foreshadow his running in 2016.

 

I'm totally indifferent towards what Rick Perry does in 2016. I don't think he'll make it as the Republican nominee, especially with Chris Christie. But Rick Perry can do what he wants, so if running floats his boat, then good.

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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? | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | 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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Apparently Justice Breyer, who is seen as Jewish made a comment during oral arguments that may have been an admittance to being an atheist. 

 

It seems so coincedental that this came up in the news right after we learned about informal qualifications for being a Supreme Court Justice. If it turns out that he is a non-theist or atheist, then there's is nothing wrong with that. Everyone is entitled to their own religious practice and being atheist would just diversity the SCOTUS which isn't harmful at all.

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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

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Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are likely to at least set a friendly tone during budget talks.
Hayley Silverman's insight:

Both heads of the Budget Committees in the House and Senate will begin negotiations this week. Ryan seems like the more well known, outgoing type, while Murray is the quiet, intelligent one who doesn't make a big splash. He proposes keeping taxes the same and cutting entitlements, while she proposes raising taxes to increase revenue to use for education. Interestingly, both relied on social welfare at one point. Murray has the job of "keeping her united group united" while Ryan has to deal with "a highly differing group."

 

Sometimes it's good to have two highly differing people come to discuss one topic. The fact that these two can negotiate and are on good terms is optimistic and provides an example as to how the rest of Congress should be. I think that coming to negotiations will not be hard for these two because they both want to get something done and seem level headed compared to radicals like Cruz.

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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 -- Secession Movement

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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 article discusses the desire to secede of various red counties in blue states. They feel unrepresented in their state legislatures. For example greater LA has 34 representatives while the northern third of CA only has 3. This is reflective of the idea that representation is based on population. Because of this the northern rural third feels like they are being controlled by the urban areas. However seceding is likely impossible because it would have to be approved by Congress. These counties lack the representation to secede which is the reason why they want to secede.

 

This isn't crazy but it's so farfetched. Look at Texas. There are a liberal areas like Harris County and Austin in a sea of red, but they aren't trying to secede. Conservatives are taking this to the extreme. Majority rule may seem unfair to the minority, but it's the way it is. This is what was agreed upon in the Constitution. 

 

 

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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 -- 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 | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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Obama has had many issues to deal with recently - Syria, the budget, the shutdown, the NSA, and healthcare - that have led people to question his leadership. He now has a 42% approval rating, dropping 10 percentage points from his 52% in January. Personal ratings wise, more people see him in a negative way than in a postitive way. 

 

The fact that Obama has had to deal with all these "crises" and seems to be detatched from them is one reason that his approval ratings have dropped. These ratings aren't unexpected considering the continuous string of bad luck that's happened the past year. The only way to raise his ratings  at this point in time is probably by some miraculous event.

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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 | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Agency positioned itself to collect from among millions of accounts, many belonging to Americans.
Hayley Silverman's insight:

.The NSA has been infiltrating the systems of Google and Yahoo but claims to only be , "focused on discovering and developing intelligence about valid foreign intelligence targets." Yahoo claims to have not allowed the NSA access to their data centers. The NSA has legal rights to collect Internet content from foreign data links. One adavantage of tapping Google and Yahoo according to an NSA document is that it allows them to intercept communications in real time. Although Congress has lifted some restrictions on NSA domestic grounds, it has not added restrictions overseas.

 

I'm actually not so upset about this whole "NSA tapping Google" thing. The reason that they're here is to protect national security by monitoring communications. Let them do their job. I'd rather be protected than have all my privacy while some terrorist lurks about. 

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." - Ben Franklin. The importance of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is that it legally compels US companies to turn over data that matches court approved search terms.

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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.
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BY 10/24 -- Ted Cruz returns to Texas as a hero who is reshaping the state Republican Party

BY 10/24 -- Ted Cruz returns to Texas as a hero who is reshaping the state Republican Party | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Although a newcomer, he is rapidly becoming the model for GOP politicians throughout the state.
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Although Cruz is hated in Washington among colleagues, he's loved in Texas. There were welcome-back rallies and those running in 2014 seem to model themselves after him. Cruz has growing influence in Texas, which may be countered by the population changes occurring. Growing minorities create a more  liberal Texas. Many Republicans are trying to become more "radical", wanting to repeal the 17th amendment, opposing an ordinance that extends anti-discrimination to gays, and even impeaching Obama and secession.

 

These radical Republicans are only hurting the GOP. People only stay angry for so long and appealing to their anger now may work, but in the long run when everyone has settled down, they're just going to seem crazy. The things that these radicals want seem crazy to me. A secession? Like seriously?

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:14 AM

In this article, it describes how Ted Cruz is either one or the other, really liked or disliked, in the country. But right now he is very liked by Texas returning as a hero although disliked in the Senate. I like how Cruz is receiving credit in Texas because I like how he stands up for his beliefs and takes risks. I think its fascinating how they predict Texas will become purple but I dont necessarily believe that a continuously red state for multiple years will all of a sudden go purple.

 

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:06 PM

Ted Cruz's impact on Texans and the Republican party.Cruz has inspired GOP candidates to rally for secession, rolling back immigration laws, impeaching President Obama, and amending the Constitutional direct election of Senators. People are following him and changing their views on certain things. This article also addresses the fact that Texas is becoming a more diverse state, with a fainter red part but not entirely blue part, making it a "purple state." 

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 18, 2014 5:23 PM

The article establishes Ted Cruz as a controversial senator from Texas that has quickly gained the attention of most Americans, and explains the possible political changes in Texas due to Ted Cruz. It's interesting to see that he could possibly create a major political change in Texas, where the state goes from a firmly conservative and Republican state to more of a purple state. Cruz also could possibly spark a big change in the ideology of the Republican Party.

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BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- Inside the Bush, Cheney relationship

BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- Inside the Bush, Cheney relationship | Hayley Silverman's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Peter Baker talks about his book, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.” He calls the relationship between the duo, “one that drifted apart.”
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This video starts off with a sound bite of Bush praising his VP, Dick Cheney, after his term was over. Baker claims that the relationship between them started off so closely, and soon fell apart. Cheney was infulential in Bush's early years, but by the end of their tenure, they had almost completely opposite opinions on imporatnt issues. Bush would ask for Cheney's advice on many things, but by 2006, Bush didn't even consult Cheney on the firing of his best friend, Rumsfield. 9/11 was a big issue that split the two. Cheney wanted to go to extremes in response to the 9/11 attack . 

I think that portraying the declining relationship between Bush and Cheney was interesting. Because I was too young to understand politics when they were in office, I find it intriguing to learn now that their relationship became sour towards the end. 

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Chris Buenaseda's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:14 PM

The video explains how Cheney was influential in Bush's decision-making, but less and less was he influential towards the end of Bush's 2nd term. This discussion was very interesting to watch as it painted Dick Cheney in another light, other than being the lackey to the younger Bush. Without Cheney's participation and adcive, Bush wouldn't have lasted the White House for past one term.

 

Melissa Aleman's curator insight, November 10, 2013 11:11 PM

This video discusses the relationship between Bush in cheney and how it was not all as it seems and in their new book, Days of Fire, you can see that. All though they had their differences and grew distant they came together when needed. I think it was a nice video and good to hear a little behind the scenes of the truth of their relationship and how it wasnt all good.

 

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:28 PM

 This video is about bush and chaney while they where in the white house. It outlines the breaking and falling apart of their relationship and how bush really didn't have any power and chaney was the one really making the decisions, like a "puppet master". I think that their relationship as friends and as colleges was strained due to the media, the policy agenda and the war in Iraq.