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Senate Republicans Block Minimum Wage Bill (Quarter 4 week 1)

Senate Republicans Block Minimum Wage Bill (Quarter 4 week 1) | Lara DeVries Current Events | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats could not advance their bill to raise the minimum wage on Wednesday, failing by a vote of 54-42 to clear the filibuster threshold.

The vote was an early hurdle for legislation that Democrats have put at the top of th...
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In the article, "Senate Republicans Block Minimum Wage Bill", the author discusses the April 30th Senate FILIBUSTER, a prolonged speech, to prevent the passage of the minimum wage bill. Although the bill was presented by both a Republican and a Democrat, a republican filibuster prevented the bill from being voted on. This bill would have gradually raised minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. Due to this 25 million working Americans will still be getting the 2009 minimum wage. 

 

This decision directly effects me and all of the other people who are or will be working. The Senate should have voted to raise minimum wage. Many Republicans thought the raise would also result in raise in the cost of products and services, but it would have helped many Americans who are struggling. 

 

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Failed Obamacare Website Is Being Investigated (Quarter 4, week 4)

Failed Obamacare Website Is Being Investigated (Quarter 4, week 4) | Lara DeVries Current Events | Scoop.it
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A grand jury is investigating Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange website, one of the most dysfunctional and expensive coverage marketplace flops in the nation.

The Oregon governor's office released subpoenas Tues...
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In the article "Failed Obamacare Website Is Being Investigated", it talks about the issues Oregon faced due to the website problems. On Tuesday Oregon governor's office released subpoenas wanting state records related to the Cover Oregon site. The state paid $134 million In FEDERAL FUNDS, which are funds that are overnight borrowings between banks, to build this site. Other states that have built their own exchanges have also had problems  with their sites. On Tuesday May 21, Oregon issues subpoenas to both Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority.  They want communication with the government about the status of the website and about federal funding. Gov. John Kitzhaber's investigation found that state managers most of whom have resigned, failed to take notice of reports about the site problems. In march the federal Government Accountability Office began an investigation to see if the federal government could regain the GRANT MONEY.


I think that the government should have had one site for all the states, even though some problems may have occurred there would have been an easier fix. By the states using private companies the money was paid but now it will be difficult to get the money back. I feel like a lot government spending is wasteful and something should be done to change it. 

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Iraq Bill Would Legalize Child Marriage, Limit Women's Rights

Iraq Bill Would Legalize Child Marriage, Limit Women's Rights | Lara DeVries Current Events | Scoop.it
BAGHDAD (AP) — A contentious draft law being considered in Iraq could open the door to girls as young as nine getting married and would require wives to submit to sex on their husband's whim, provoking outrage from rights activists and many Ira...
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In this article it discusses a bill that some want to pass in Iraq. The bill is that girls as young as 15 can get married with parental approval and girls the age of 18 are able to get married on there own.the article says how this is a  set back for the rights that women have gotten over the years. One man of four children states "This law legalizes the rape and we should all reject it." This article shows how much women rights are being taken away and how they need to not pass the law because it is basically rape.


The article title catched my eye and as I read it I became angry about this whole bill. The bill should not be passed, fifteen year olds should  not be having to get married. As much stuff women had to do to get basic rights, this just contradicts all the effort put into making an equal place to live. The article said that is basically rape, and I totally agree, even if the girl is willing, she is to young.

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State of the Union: An Agenda for Action on Poverty: Quarter 3, Week 3, January 27- February 2

State of the Union: An Agenda for Action on Poverty: Quarter 3, Week 3, January 27- February 2 | Lara DeVries Current Events | Scoop.it
The President's message and his ideas are a strong agenda for remedying poverty. And, as he stressed, If we remedy poverty, we build and sustain the middle class. If we do not build and sustain the middle class, then poverty deepens and widens.
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In this article it discusses the specific things president Obama addressed at the State of the Union. One big thing that he talks Obama talks about is poverty and how there needs to be some increases regarding the minimum wage. He feels that the working class should be getting more money, and if people are working all week then they should not be living in poverty. Obama is trying to get the minimum wage up as soon as possible. This will decrease the number of people who are leaving in poverty and help people who work all week have more money.

 

This article connects to me because I will soon be working once i'm out of high school, and with the minimum wage going up it will increase how much I get also. I think that poverty is something that is very serious in America and anything that could potential help the rate of poverty to go down we should try it.

 

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Keeping the Electoral College and Electing the President Who Gets the Most Votes: It's a Simple Matter of Agreement | Alan B. Morrison: Quarter 3, Week 5, February 3-9

Keeping the Electoral College and Electing the President Who Gets the Most Votes: It's a Simple Matter of Agreement | Alan B. Morrison: Quarter 3, Week 5, February 3-9 | Lara DeVries Current Events | Scoop.it
In recent years, a new movement -- called National Popular Vote (NPV) -- has figured out another way to democratize our presidential election....
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In this article "Keeping the electoral college and electing the president who gets the most votes" by Alan B Morrison talks about the how we can change how the president is elected by still using the ELECTORAL COLLEGE. The people who are involved with the National Popular Vote (NPV) have figured another way to choose the president. Instead of changing the constitution they found a way to go around it.  Across the United States there has been much discussion on the fairness of not using the popular vote during the election. People feel that the POPULAR VOTE should determine who gets the presidency because that's the most democratic way.

 

This article connects to me because I feel like the popular vote should be the one deciding. The electoral vote seems unfair and is not as democratic as the popular vote. This effects me because the next election I will participate in the vote and I want my vote to count equally with everybody else.

 

 

 
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Criticizing Racists Doesn't Stop Racism (Quarter 4 week 3)

Criticizing Racists Doesn't Stop Racism (Quarter 4 week 3) | Lara DeVries Current Events | Scoop.it

action to the racial slurs America has focused on Bundy and Sterling, while the Supreme Court's ruling on Affirmative Action has faded from the public consciousness. What Sterling and Bundy said is reprehensible, however, it has little actual effect on Blacks in America....

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In the article "Criticizing Racists Doesn't Stop Racism," it talks about the recent American reaction to the racial slurs made by Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy. Although the author feels that most Americans think racial comments like these are unacceptable it has little affect on the minorities situation because it produces no tangible results. The AFFIRMATIVE ACTION case in Michigan is an example of this. Basically what it said was Michigan doesn't need affirmative action because the minorities aren't discriminated against anymore. Unfortunately, today white males are more likely to get a job then minorities. FEDERAL ACTION, federal agencies, and the FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT have been ineffective in preventing this so far. Also GERRYMANDERING, manipulating boundariesfor one party or class, is still prevalent. 

 

 

I agree with the author, because everyday you see examples of racism. This may not be through racial slurs, but actions, such as a side ward glance or a snobby expression. Even though many people feel like todays society is over racism, it's not. The recent rulings of the Supreme Court prove this. 

 

 

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The US is an oligarchy, study concludes - Telegraph (Quarter 4, week 2)

The US is an oligarchy, study concludes - Telegraph  (Quarter 4, week 2) | Lara DeVries Current Events | 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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In the article, "The US is an oligarchy, study concludes telegraph" it talks about how the average American has no say in the political arena. Princeton and Northwestern University collected data between the years of 1981 and 2002, to find out who was influencing the American government. They found that businesses, INTEREST GROUPS and the rich  have more influence on governmental polices than the majority of the American people. Researches came to the conclusion that the majority of Americans do not have as much influence on the political polices as the special interest and lobbying organizations.

 

This article was interesting to me, but the results of the study were not that surprising. In America the rich almost always seems to have a bigger influence because their able to buy access to politicians.  Unfortunately , because most people have no access to the politicians they're not able to make the changes that are necessary  to change this situation.

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The American Flag T-Shirt Case: It's Not About Patriotism

The American Flag T-Shirt Case: It's Not About Patriotism | Lara DeVries Current Events | Scoop.it
The government can, and does, legally violate our Constitutional rights when in its best interest to do so. In fact, they do it quite often. They just need the right reason....
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In this article it talks about the conflict in Oak high school. This conflict started on Cinco de Mayo day, some non-Hispanic kids were chanting "USA" with there T-shirts that had the American flag on it. This made the school administration ask them to either put the shirt inside out or not to attend the celebration, which led to a lawsuit the school calling this UNCONSTITUTIONAL. The author goes on to discuss that their was no injustice here and says that "the AMERICAN JUDICIAL SYSTEM is working well  in this case given the laws of the day".


I think that the author is correct in saying that there is no injustice in making the kids not wear those shirts. If they weren't tormenting the Hispanic kids then there wouldn't have even been a problem but when their chanting USA and things like that then they should be restricted to not wear them. I don'd think the parents were right in have a lawsuit against the school and I hope it doesn't go far.

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Bobby Jindal Blames Anti-Discrimination Laws For 'Silent War On Religious Liberty' Quarter 3, Week 4, February 10-16

Bobby Jindal Blames Anti-Discrimination Laws For 'Silent War On Religious Liberty'       Quarter 3, Week 4, February 10-16 | Lara DeVries Current Events | Scoop.it
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) delivered a scathing attack on the Obama administration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library Thursday night, saying an “onslaught of lawsuits based on anti-discrimination” laws amount to...
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This article talks about the Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal and how the presidents anti-discrimination law results in a "silent war of religion"  He claims that Obama is crumbling the rights of religious Americans with the  anti-discriminatory same-sex marriage laws and federally mandated health insurance coverage. Jindal went on, making a list of what it is a war against like,  propositions in the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE,  faith that motivated the Civil Rights struggle, against religious liberty (etc). This accrued at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library Thursday night aiming at Obama administrations. 


This relates to me because in today's society there is a lot of discriminate on same sex marriage and whether its the right thing to do or not. Personally I think that it shouldn't be this big of a deal, there not hurting anyone by marring who they love and they shouldn't have to be having people like Bobby Jindal saying that this law is the “next stage of the assault.” 

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The Real Culture of Income Inequality: Quarter 3, week 1, January 20-26

The Real Culture of Income Inequality: Quarter 3, week 1, January 20-26 | Lara DeVries Current Events | Scoop.it
Yes, Mr. Brooks, the problem of income inequality is a cultural problem. But it is a culture created in the cossetted right-wing think-tanks of Washington, not in struggling neighborhoods around the country.
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This article by Steven Conn, discusses the inequalities in our culture and how it has changed over the years. The poor in America today are better off because the war on poverty during Lyndon Johnson administration. Unfortunately, during the Reagan administration many programs for the poor were decreased or stopped entirely. The reason for this is there has been a CULTURAL SHIFT from the time of the Great Depression and World War II, which was the belief that "..were all in this together." to present day belief that "it's every man for himself." At one time greed was considered one of the seven deadly sins, but is now encouraged. This attitude has been promoted by movies and some college courses. The author states that until the CULTURE CHANGES,"...policies to alleviate income inequality.." cannot exist.

 

This relates to me because many people in the city of Wyoming are part of income inequality. The city isn't necessarily the wealthiest, and there is poverty here. I think that there does need to be some culture changes to make America a better place. 

 

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