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Obama Delays Results Of Deportation Review

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday, in a move aimed at salvaging ...
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Summary: The president really wants to maximize the opportunity to get a permanent solution enacted for immigration which requires Congress. Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer. The delay defuses an emerging split among traditional Obama allies that emerged after the president commissioned the deportation review. Obama has previously taken modest executive steps to ease deportation, and cautioned that the government is constrained in what it can do without Congress until there is a solution. 


Insight: Knowing people that are immigrants and the amount of illegal immigrants in the U.S made me want to read the article as soon as I seen the title. I knew that it would relate to the subjects we're learning in class. Moreover, The president has the power to delay such bills and although that would make congress unhappy, they are checking one another. Obama has an open window to prove why we should ease deportation. He has the power to influence. Along with that comes opposing views. Republicans have refused to take up on a comprehensive bill passed by the Senate last year with bipartisan support that Obama says meets his criteria for what an immigration fix must include. Republicans preferred their own piecemeal approach. The solution will be tough but I really like where Obama stands in all of this and what his actions are intending to do. 

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Pelosi Names 5 Democrats To Benghazi Committee

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WASHINGTON -- After weeks of intense debate about whether to boycott or join the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appointed five Democrats to the panel on Wednesday.

Pelosi announced that Rep. Elijah Cumm...
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Summary: Nancy Pelosi took control and appointed 5 Democrats to join her on a panel. All five Democrats joined Pelosi to address reporters on Capitol Hill, reiterating their belief that Republicans launched the investigation for political gain. A proposal to appoint just one member to the committee - a symbolic protest that would still allow them to keep tabs- was seriously considered but in the end wouldn't work out. Mainly because it's a lot for one person to do. In the end, it was decided that putting a full slate of Democrats on the committee outweighed the potential benefits of boycotting the entire matter. 


Insight: It's actually really surprising to me that Democrats are calling out Republicans and have four years worth of evidence of Republicans manipulating testimony and cherry-picking documents in order to paint a really horrendous and inaccurate picture. It connects to what we've been learning in class because it has to do with OVERSIGHT, THE HOUSE COMMITTEE, and in the fact that Democrats conceded, in that it potentially legitimizes  the investigation as BIPARTISAN,  when they had intended to cast the committee as a PARTISAN.  Overall, it's very sketchy and that's probably why it's so intriguing. The conflict between the two parties creates curiousity. 

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Michigan raises minimum wage to $9.25

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Michigan's Republican governor said he would sign a bill increasing the minimum wage to $9.25 by 2018 Tuesday night.
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Summary: Minimum wage is expected to raise from the federal rate of $7.25 per hour to Michigan's $7.40. It'll increase in phases until it reaches $9.25 in 2018. The legislature passed the bill Tuesday and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said he expected to sign it Tuesday night. The law will also tie the minimum wage to inflation, so that it will continue to gradually increase after 2018. Many legislatures are also doing the same in their states. The outcome is presumed to be a positive one but there is always going to be people who oppose and view it as negative. 


Insight: I think it'd be very beneficial. The more people earn at the minimum wage the more people will spend creating the cycle of slowly but effectively improving the economy. When reading political articles I can easily point out terms discussed in class. Particularly in this article it talks about Michigan receiving BIPARTISAN support in the legislature. Of course on the opposing side: at the federal level is supported by Democrats and President Obama, but is STALLED IN CONGRESS. This is because of the argument that it infringes on workers' hours and jobs in general. The fact that it's stalled is in a way of CHECKING AND BALANCING the actions. 

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The US is an oligarchy, study concludes - Telegraph

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Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters
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Summary: It's a report from Princeton & Northwestern universities making a suggestion. This suggestion would be that they take in more in consideration from the organizations then the voters themselves. They've come to the conclusion that the United States is dominated by the economic ELITE. They barely cooperate/align themselves to the majority of Americans & if the American people were to try to disagree or favor change they rarely get it. On the other hand, there's a theory "biased PLURALISM" that the Universities believe they tend to lean towards businesses, corporations, etc. Making it all and unfair battle. 

 

Insight: It fits what we're learning in class because we are currently on the subject of pluralism, elitism, and hyper pluralism. In this report there is actual data that they took and referenced to show how American is basically upholds elitism. You have the right to assemble creating an interest group but the odds of what you're trying to accomplish are very slim. 

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Anthony Bui's comment, April 22, 2014 8:53 AM
I believe this is true, the United States is dominated by the Elite. The article was summarized well! from reading this insight I'm informed on how big organizations have tons of influence over the average american. From this I have learned that it's an unfair battle and that when if the American people favor change they'd rarely get their way with it. Overall good insight talking about pluralism,elitism, and hyper pluralism.