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Judge to Rule on Oregon Gay Marriage Ban Monday

Judge to Rule on Oregon Gay Marriage Ban Monday | Megan Brooks Current Events | Scoop.it
Quarter 4 Week 4 An Oregon judge will issue a statement Monday on the battle of same-sex marriage in Oregon. He will issue that it's unconstitutional and same sex marriages will be able to given immediately after the decision. I think that this is the way every state will go. Someone will have a lawsuit and most likely will be struck down as unconstitutional. I think it's the right way to go because it brings peace to the country because everyone stops arguing about it. Canada is doing fine, so we should be able to do fine as well.
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Inside Politics: Clinton war of words -- 'It's just the beginning'

Inside Politics: Clinton war of words -- 'It's just the beginning' | Megan Brooks Current Events | Scoop.it
Quarter 4 Week 2 Republicans are taking shots at Hillary Clinton recently in the GOP/Washington DC. They have been talking about how she may have a traumatic head injury and how that may be affecting her. As the presidential election gets closer, they're also taking shots at Bill Clinton, and he has stepped up as his wife's lead defense. This relates to what we've been doing in class because it relates to the presidential election and how different parties will jump to conclusions to sway the public's opinion.
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Quarter 3, Week 6, February 24-2

Quarter 3, Week 6, February 24-2 | Megan Brooks Current Events | Scoop.it
The new head of the Ukrainian National Bank said one of his top priorities would be to secure aid from the International Monetary Fund.
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Ukraine's new speaker, Oleksandr V. Turchynov, released a statement that Ukraine is sliding into the abyss. 

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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, March 23, 2014 12:24 PM
Put the quarter, week, date under your insight so you don't delete the title of the article. The title helps me, as a reader, decide if I'm interested in your article and want to read it and your summary/insights.
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Quarter 3, Week 3, February 3-9

Quarter 3, Week 3, February 3-9 | Megan Brooks Current Events | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is considering an operation to kill an American involved with al Qaeda and suspected of plotting against the U.S., a source says.
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This article is about how the Obama administration may consider killing an American involved with Al Qaeda. This American may be plotting against the United States. An imminent danger and no reasonable prospect of capturing him must be apparent before military action is approved. President Obama will have to sign off on it.

 

This article may be an example of how America doesn't have trust in the government. Topics like this are kept secret unless they are leaked to a news source. I think that unless they have definite proof that this American is plotting a terrorist attack on America, that they shouldn't take action. I do agree, however that if he is plotting a terrorist attack, to "take him out" so to speak so many innocent lives are saved. I think articles like this with a big party name may influence how people vote and the mass of the paradox. They will see this article and see a party name (Obama is Democrat)- they may not agree with this so they'll vote the other way without other information.

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Quarter 3, Week 1, January 20-26

Quarter 3, Week 1, January 20-26 | Megan Brooks Current Events | Scoop.it
Following a seismic political shift in Virginia, the new attorney general has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, and on Thursday he joined a lawsuit challenging it. Attorney General Mark R.
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This story is about the new attorney general in Virginia. He recently said that he supports gay marriage and has two law suits in which he will go to court with. In the 2006 elections, he stated that marriage was "between a man and a woman" but has since read the constitution and now deems it unconstitutional.

I think that this is a huge step forward. I personally know people in Virginia and their friends, and many of them still fly Confederate flags. The fact that someone with a position as high as the attorney general to support gay marriage in a conservative state (especially one of the original 13 states) is a huge step forward. Virginia isn't the northeast or California, like the article states. It's a full on conservative state, with the public opinion going between moderates and radical conservatives (at least from my viewpoint). Although I do not have high hopes for Virginia being the first state in the south to make gay marriage legal, I do think that this opens doors for the rest of the south to fight. All that was needed was the first step, which was a southern state to question the legality of gay marriage, and the rest will spread like bonfire.

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Rand Paul Filibustering Again?

Quarter 4 Week 3 Rand Paul may filibuster another one of the President's nominations again this year. Last year he filibustered for 13 hours on the nomination of drone supporter John Brennan to the CIA. This year he has said that he will filibuster David Barron from being nominated to the US Court of Appeals. This relates to class because Rand Paul has decided to FILIBUSTER someone from getting appointed. He plans to talk the appointment to death.
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The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me

The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me | Megan Brooks Current Events | Scoop.it
New research finds that average citizens have next to no influence on passing public policy.
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Organized interest groups have a greater impact than the average citizen does when it comes to policies. When it comes to the rich and interest groups, what the ordinary citizen thinks means nothing. What the average citizen wants usually aligns with what the wealthy want, but that is not the case with interest groups. The idea is that the government is much more responsive when it comes the needs of the wealthy versus the average. As the income inequality widens, so does the issue.

 

I think that this is true. The government usually is more responsive to the rich, whether it be because of the power they hold or their money.

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Jaylen Purnell's comment, April 22, 2014 10:28 AM
I agree with you completely. The American government is more responsive to more wealthy interest groups, but I feel that you left out some important information. You could include the title of the report that the university researchers created and you could also explain how American is leaning towards a elitist society.
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Quarter 3, Week 4, February 10-16

Quarter 3, Week 4, February 10-16 | Megan Brooks Current Events | Scoop.it
The campaign against increasing the minimum wage illustrates how interest groups — conservative and liberal — are working in opaque ways to shape hot-button political debates.
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Interest groups such as the Employment Policies Institute are trying to sway political debates such as the minimum wage debate. There are restaurants behind the EPI and that may have an effect on the debate. The EPI has put advertisements in major newspapers such as  the New York Times and the Wallstreet Journal that also includes an advertisement telling teens that don't have jobs to blame Nancy Pelosi. The head of the EPI, although saying that it's a nonprofit institute, makes a lot of money off it.

 

I think that the head of the EPI is doing this for his own benefit. He doesn't want the minimum wage to rise because he himself wouldn't get as much money off of it. I personally think the minimum wage raise could go one of two ways. Either companies will raise prices on their products so the minimum wage rise won't make a difference or the raise really will make a difference with poverty. 

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Quarter 3, Week 2, January 27-2

"Macklemore hit the stage at the Staples Center on Sunday (Jan. 26) for a performance at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. The 30-year-old rapper was joined for...
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This video is about the effect Macklemore's Grammy performance has in the political culture war of gay rights. A culture war is the war between tradition (conservatives) and choices (liberals). They talk about how in 30 years, these live marriages will seem the norm. Conservatives will try and play it off like they did for equal voting rights ("Martin Luther was on our side"). A higher percentage of younger people approve of gay marriage while a higher percentage of older people are against it.

 

I really liked this video. Since this was aired on live television, the political socialization it could have could be great. Political socialization is how people learn about politics and make opinions, which comes from school, parents, media etc. I think this shows the direction that American politics is heading, which is the left way. America is slowly shifting towards the liberal side of things and performances like this prove it.

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