In the McCutcheon V. FEC case a business man from Alabama (McCutcheon) has exceeded the legal amount one is able to donate during a campaign. It is argued that capping donations is unconstitutional and limits a citizens free speech rights. The Federal government enacted these rules after Watergate to discourage people trying to buy votes.
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Michaela Kozar-King's insight:
I feel that the issue on the ACA has been overdrawn and understated. Now that the Democrats have met their goal of sign ups, there are the other issues like the lack of young participants that may overshadow the effectiveness the Democrats wanted to provide with the ACA.
Five years of frustration boiled over when Sen. Dianne Feinstein flayed the CIA on the Senate floor Tuesday. She accused the agency of lying, cheating and stealing to block a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s secret prisons and torture from seeing the light of day. In essence, she said, the CIA was spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s...
Who is Senator Feinstein? A Democratic Senator from California that is chair of the Intelligence Committee
What is Senator Feinstein accusing the CIA of doing? Sen. Feinstein is accusing the CIA of stealing files from the Senate Intelligence Committee to cover up the CIA's actions in secret prisons.
Why is it newsworthy? The Senate is charging another governmental office with breaching the constitution, and manipulating legal documents. The government is being accused of participating in illegal activities that violates all laws.
Most importantly -- What is your opinion? Explain and support your answer.
My opinion is that Sen. Feinstein has a great case if the CIA is found guilty of trying to cover up their secret prison. The issue is that the senator seems to have more anger towards the prison then the actual act of stealing. I think the government needs to have more restrictions on the amount of surveillance it can do with the use of the committees to provide a oversight, but the CIA is known for being exempt from most laws, which is very hypocritical of the judiciary system.
Public support for the Affordable Care Act narrowly notched a new high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, while criticism of Barack Obama’s handling of the law’s rollout – although still substantial – has eased from its peak last fall. Views hardly are enthusiastic: With the year’s sign-up deadline upon us, Americans split on Obamacare, 49 percent in support, 48 percent opposed. But that compares with a 40-57 percent negative rating after the initial failure of the federal enrollment website last November. See PDF with full results, charts and tables here. While still shy of a majority, 49 percent…
With a Twitter-savvy president and their own ailing media companies, Lloyd Grove finds the boys in the briefing room more depressed than ever.
Michaela Kozar-King's insight:
1. Record the article's date. 4/3/10
2. Define press corp. The media corespondents of the White House
3. Explain "filterless presidency". The way that the media can have all access to the President and nothing is filtered to the people.
4. Record the number of Obama's CURRENT social media followers -- Twitter & Facebook.
42. 3 Million Twitter Followers 39 Million FB Followers
5. The author obviously feels that technology is taking over the job of the media but also that there is a rift between the media and technology. Reporters are trying to adapt to the new technology but are always too late to the party. Reporters are not getting any credit for work because everyone online feels that he or she is capable of telling the story.
6. In my opinion I agree with the author. There is a huge difference between a journalist throwing a question out during a press conference then a tweet about an issue. Technology takes away the credibility of the source and the likelihood that the story is 100% true. White House corespondents are on the scene and are there to get the full scoop and not a made up blogger version found online. The White House may not want bad press but it is their fault that the issue came up in the first place. The media was built on hard hitting news that came from the language of a person and can't be spelled out in 140 characters.
Celebrity name dropping and stunts seem very mediocre for a piece of legislation that has been so important in Obama's term. Many may argue that the use of celebrities makes the ACA feel more easy and casual like any other commercial but the spotlight should be on the facts and not on the people.
Next month, the trustees who oversee America’s most distinguished journalistic award could face their toughest decision in at least four decades. The issue before the Pulitzer Prize Board: Does it honor reporting by The Washington Post and The Guardian based on stolen government documents that are arguably detrimental to the national security...
Edward Snowden is a former CIA computer specialist and NSA (national security agency) worker who disclosed top secret government documents to the public (media) regarding government surveillance and privacy programs around the world run by the NSA. Snowden is now residing in Russia after since the US revoked his passport. (I actually was in the Hong Kong airport before he went to Moscow very interesting atmosphere). Snowden breached security by releasing the unauthorized files to the media and therefore has been named a traitor by the President. There are many different views and opinions regarding him, as some people view his actions as a realization to the amount of surveillance the government actually does.
While an anti-incumbent attitude is prevalent among Americans, Republicans have the upper-hand in the midterm Senate elections, according to a new poll. In the 34 states with Senate elections this fall, 50 percent of voters favor Republicans while 42 favor Democrats, according to a Washington Post-ABC poll released Tuesday. In the House, voters were...
The Republican “Young Guns” are ready to rule, if they get the chance. Since they first got the name seven years ago, allies and enemies of Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy are now beginning to jockey to prepare for potential changes at the top of the Republican power structure in the House. Though publicly Speaker John Boehner...
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