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Why the Republican Push for Black Voters Is (Mostly) Doomed to Fail

Why the Republican Push for Black Voters Is (Mostly) Doomed to Fail | Molly Oretsky BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
As long as the GOP is pushing voter-ID laws that make it harder for African Americans to vote, the party's appeal to identity politics will come up short.

Via Joel Leagans
Molly Oretsky's insight:

Republicans are trying desperately to gain votes from the African American community, and it is not working. African Americans have historically voted Democratic, so the Republicans are going to try to pass laws that keep African American Democrats from voting all together, so Republicans can control the votes. I’m sorry, but what century is this? Really? Did we just forget about a couple of, I don’t know, Amendments? The article says that “over the last few years, Republicans have pushed an avalanche of voter-identification and registration laws that disproportionately prevent African Americans from exercising the franchise.” I understand wanting to get a political advantage, but don’t take away the thing that makes us American. Spend less time trying to take away people’s rights and spend more time trying to fix your policies. Good thing these laws will never stay.

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Rabika Rehman's curator insight, April 8, 2014 2:33 AM

This article is about how the GOP is finding new ways to turn African american into republicans. Apparently, GOP thinks what really matters is not the ideas but the skin color. But changing their views on early voting, voter ID, and the voting rights of ex-prisoners doesn't mean changing their stated ideals. 


Lauren Heim's curator insight, April 16, 2014 10:36 PM

This deals with government and law by which republicans want more votes from African Americans. They want more votes to get into congress and to get things passed and to pretty much get what they want done not actually considering what african Americans want. Though it's stating their attempts are only making matters worse.

Abigail Beinborn's comment, April 19, 2014 5:29 PM
I also think would make it worse. This was a good article that related well to government and law.
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Why a Ruthless Hillary Clinton and a Ruthless Chris Christie Aren’t the Same Thing

Why a Ruthless Hillary Clinton and a Ruthless Chris Christie Aren’t the Same Thing | Molly Oretsky BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Let us now praise ruthless men. And women. The two most talked-about potential presidential candidates in 2016 are enduring public examinations of their ruthlessness. In New Jersey federal investigators, the legislature, and the press are looking at whether Gov. Chris Christie knew aides in his office sought to punish a local...

Via Joel Leagans
Molly Oretsky's insight:

This article really brings to light the tightrope politicians must walk to get anything done. Do you keep your morals and friends intact or do whatever it takes to gain the footing you need like “ruthless” Chris Christie and Hilary Clinton? Christie has been accused of bullying those who go against him, while Clinton is said to punish her enemies (albeit from evidence 20 years ago). Meanwhile, Obama’s approval ratings keep dropping as he continues to hold onto his “Hawaiian demeanor.” So who do we put in charge? Really, it should just come down to how much you believe in the candidate’s causes. I don’t mind having a strong, “ruthless” leader if I support what they are trying to do. The article says, “If you spend all your time erecting battlements, it becomes a prison.” This may be true, but you can’t make friends or get what you want without making enemies. You can’t please everyone. You can only do what you truly believe is best. At the end of the day, I would take a strong, intelligent, confident leader who knows what to get what he wants over a people-pleaser.

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Danielle Shahin's comment, April 3, 2014 4:59 PM
than a man. To prove she can. Get the job done
Danielle Shahin's comment, April 3, 2014 4:59 PM
than a man. To prove she can. Get the job done
Paulina Ho's comment, April 4, 2014 4:16 PM
If you're going to go into politics, there is no doubt you will gain enemies. If you let people walk all over you, you will not be respected and you will not get anywhere. I understand that you need to be aggressive and active as a politician, standing for your own beliefs and always moving towards your goals, but at the same time, there should be a limit- a limit that HC wasn't too aware of back in the day. But at the end of the day, it is her life and her decision on how to pursue her goals. If she feels that she needs to have a list of people who have done her wrong, then let her be. i'm sure there are male politicians who are just as ruthless BUT no one says anything about it, because stereotypes say that men are supposed to be cunning, while women are supposed to be open and sensitive. It's the 21st century now and there are women in the world of politics, there will be ruthless women among the field of ruthless men.
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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 | Molly Oretsky 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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Implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been a disaster, with millions of people facing major issues signing up on the website, and others having their current insurance compromised. Upton has proposed a bill that lets those who have lost their insurance because of Obamacare retain it again. This is showing that even Obama's own party is worried about the Affordable Care Act. From the failure of distribution to the pitifully low fine, this has been the worst case scenario. If I were a Democrat I'd be worried too, because Obamacare is a sinking ship, and it seems some Democrats are looking desperately for lifeboats.

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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

BY 11/14 or 11/15 (1 of 3) -- Administration: 106,000 enrolled in health insurance in first month of HealthCare.gov | Molly Oretsky BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Of the 106,000 enrollees, only about 27,000 were able to sign up through the federal health-insurance site.

Via Teresa Herrin
Molly Oretsky's insight:

This article explains that 106,000 Americans have enrolled for health care, and only 27,000 did so through the glitchy website. The tone of this article seems to suggest that this number is being released as an attempt to put a positive spin on the rollout, yet the number is pretty pathetic. Compared to the millions without health care that Obama was planning to help, this number is extremely dissapointing. Obama's second term in on a major downspin, and despite some people getting health care, I don't see things looking up.

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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 -- 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 | Molly Oretsky 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
Molly Oretsky's insight:

Texas and five other states are not allowing homosexual couples the same benefits as heterosexual couples because they are not processing the same benefits for serving their country. It is baffling that this many states are denying gays these simple rights, especially in an area involving veteran benefits. No matter their sexuality, these poeple are giving their lives for our protection, and deserve equal benefits along with their families.

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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 -- 1st of 4 -- Snake Handling: Law vs. First Amendment rights

BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 1st of 4 -- Snake Handling: Law vs. First Amendment rights | Molly Oretsky BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
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 Tennessee broke a law by bringing a poisonous snake into church as religious demonstration. He thinks that the first amendment allows him to bring a dangerous animal into a public place because he is practicing his freedom of religion. I can see how he thinks his claim might work, but he is forgetting that he is putting lives in danger. This is a silly story, but interesting from a legal perspective regarding freedom religion. Still, why can't the man just use a garden snake?

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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 (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 had a huge impact on the political world. News and stories are available within seconds. I think it is a positive thing because it connects the world and it invites conversation while making it "cool". There has been an issue of "political ignorance" and I think social media helps solve that problem. It gets young people involved in politics and gives political discussion popularity, which can have a lasting effect on the future.

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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 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!) | Molly Oretsky 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.
Molly Oretsky's insight:

Obama's second term has been full of extremely heavy and unlucky misfortunes. It seems that no matter what steps Obama tries to take toward improvement, tea part Republicans unwilling to compromise have shut him down. From gun control to the fiscal cliff to Obamacare, they have been relentessless about being unwilling to compromise. There is a quote from Obama, "I have bent over backwards to work with the Republican Party." I agree with this. I think too much blame is being placed on him, and this constant opposition is taking a toll on him. While I don't always agree with Obama's views, there is obviously evidence that he is trying to bring the change he once promised, but he is being shutdown at every turn. I think this article is too harsh. There are two sides to this story, and the main problem is the fact that our government is constantly battling itself instead of finding ways to agree and get things done.The graphic shows the steady decline of Obama's approval rating, with the botched Health Care website being the nail in the coffin. However, I don't think he deserves all of the blame.

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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 11/3 -- Tale Of The Tape: Comparing The Budget Committee Heads

BY 11/3 -- Tale Of The Tape: Comparing The Budget Committee Heads | Molly Oretsky BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are likely to at least set a friendly tone during budget talks.
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This article compares the two Budget Committee Heads, Paul Ryan and Pat Murray. Ryan is described as the young, charsimatic leader with a more recognizable name, while Murray is older and more experienced. Ryan wants a balanced budget in ten years through spending cuts and lower interest, while Murray wants an unbalanced one, but end sequestration. I like the way this article is written and the way it clearly lays out each side. I personally agree more with Ryan, but the real question is whether these two will achieve common ground. 

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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 -- 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 | Molly Oretsky 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.
Molly Oretsky's insight:

Data that is sent through the internet goes through a "cloud" controlled by Yahoo and Google. It's a warehouse sized data center with tons of cables that stores years worth of information. There are multiple centers throughout the US and the world and are extremely well-guarded. It's strange watching a video and seeing the massive amount of information being stored in warehouses. There's a looming thought that if those warehouses collapse, our digitally run world could collapse with it.

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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 -- 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 | Molly Oretsky BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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This article talks about the severe drop in Obama's approval rating. He has reached an all time low of 42%. This is most likely because of the failure of implementing Obamacare (has his very name on it), indecision about Syria, and the ludicrous government shutdown. People are losing faith, and I agree with them. His second term has been rocky at the very least. Someone needs to take charge.

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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-- Sebelius apologizes for healthcare website debacle

BY 10/31-- Sebelius apologizes for healthcare website debacle | Molly Oretsky BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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This website is a colossal disaster. For the amount of time and importance they put into developing it, it's amazing how glitchy it is. I appreciate Sebelius admitting the mistakes and apologizing, but it doens't necessarily change anything. At this point, I wonder if it would just be better if the project is scrapped. People are facing way too many problems trying to get Obamacare.

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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 10/24 -- 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 | Molly Oretsky BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Although a newcomer, he is rapidly becoming the model for GOP politicians throughout the state.
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I'm on the Senate's side with their opinion of Ted Cruz, and I'm surprised Texas thinks he's a hero. Sure, what he did was "gutsy", which I guess is celebrated in such an independent state, but I think it was ridiculous. He (not single-handidly) turned our governement into a game, continuing a downward pattern of stagnation. I don't want my government to be shuttting down because of difference in opinion and stubbornness. I want it to learn how to compromise effectively.

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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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Deal or no deal?

Deal or no deal? | Molly Oretsky BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
IN HIS big annual speech to Congress, Barack Obama made several promises. He pledged to raise the minimum wage for those contracted to the federal government, to...

Via Joel Leagans
Molly Oretsky's insight:

There seems to be a bit of a “crying wolf” situation going on here. Obama has made promises to take action, but it seems as it has come a little too late. I think he has already lost most of the American people. With the shutdown and a clunky health care initiative, it’s hard to believe that the stagnation will get any better. While I still believe in our government and its structure, I just don’t think Obama has the kind of support to get legislation passed this year. Maybe I am a little bitter from some of his past unrealized promises, but I feel I’m not alone. Osama Ariff said in his comment that “a central principle of economics is that all humans are motivated by self interest. The invisible hand, however, doesn’t necessarily apply to government.” I agree with this statement and think it really applied here. I would even go so far to say that what has hurt Obama’s presidency is that while he thought he was leading with a strong hand, he was really trying to lead with an invisible one.

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Lauren Friederman's comment, February 16, 2014 11:33 PM
This article uses the American public's reaction to the multitudinous promises to describe the state of the American government. The article describes how the division, empty promises, and inability to get along within the American government has made government shutdowns and dysfunction the norm. Obama's inability to encourage the political parties to work together has been one of his greatest weaknesses. The partisanship which he has either promoted or allowed has torn the government apart resulting in the embarrassing government shutdown over the debt ceiling that occurred last year. No one seems to have faith in the promises that Obama has made. His one major promise, the Affordable Care Act, was not implemented smoothly at all. It makes sense that people would be skeptical of the president's promises after what he has done so far. The question is: Do the American people deserve a president that they can believe in?;
Melissa Aleman's comment, February 17, 2014 4:19 PM
Obama is definitely making some unlikely promises. Its hard to really say where we'll be, but Obama sure is putting a pretty optimistic image in the publics heads. If Obama isnt able to follow through with all these things that are getting Americans so worked up then he sure will be in a lot of trouble. With the tough grid lock we are in, it might be a lot harder than Obama thinks or is giving the impression that it is.
Stephanie Yard's comment, April 3, 2014 10:10 AM
It seems to me that Obama continues to make promises and get the people hyped temporality, but ultimately not carry out his plans. For example, Obama’s healthcare sounds beneficial, yet only a little over 7 million people signed up out of the 314 million people in the US. That’s nothing to brag about. And increasing the minimum wage will increase the income of those who are employed, but also raise the cost to hire unskilled labor and ultimately reduce employment by businesses.
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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 | Molly Oretsky 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 articles compares out nation's freedome of speech to other countries and their different views. There is misunderstanding overseas, as the speech we have in America could lead to pain and suffering elsewhere. There is a hatred for our freedom of speech, but it's because we don't face the same kind of dangers other oppressed countries faced, and it seems to be forgotten that our free speech is still imited if it causes "clear and present danger". I believe we do not need to limit our free spech. It is one thing in our country that is so essential to who we are. Limiting free speech in America would be altering our definition of "freedom" as well as violating the amendment. Just because the world is "perplexed" by our country, it does not mean we should change.

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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 | Molly Oretsky 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
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This article is a very informative take on what exactly Obamacare involves. By 2014, those who are not insured will have to pay a fine. I like that this article cleared up a lot of gray areas, but I did feel it was a little biased toward the affordable care act. It talks about how other companies won't be allowed to deny people insurance, yet from personal experience, there are members of my family who have had their insurers drop them because of the Affordable Care Act. Hopefully this article is talking about how that may change, but I don't trust it completely. Obama was already wrong about one of the details of the act and had to publicly apologize. That has made it hard to read this article without a little bit of doubt.

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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 -- 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 | Molly Oretsky 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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A pastor was fired from driving a bus because he continued to lead the children in prayer after he was asked to stop. He believed he did not have to stop because of his freedom of speech or religion. The real question here is whether the bus driver was infringing on the rights of the children with his praying. I don't think he did. He did not force the children to pray or say anything wrong. He was only praying for their safety and expressing his thoughts. I understand that he did not listen to the school, so that is why he was fired, but it seems strange to be that offended by a man practicing his religion.

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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 -- 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] | Molly Oretsky 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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This article is an update on the women trying to sue for their freedom of prayer in government meetings. The Supreme Court is having a hard time deciding, but it's because they know the large impact it will have. Plus 18 states have filed friend-of-the-court briefs showing their support. Religion is a touchy subject, and I am cautious about the freedom of religion being changed in any way.

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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 (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? | Molly Oretsky 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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This article talks about a statement Justice Breyer made that is leading people to believe he is an aetheist. This would be enormous news if it turns out to be true. Justices have historicall been Protestant, and are now only Catholics and Jews. An aetheist has never been documented ont he court before. I would be very happy if he is. I think there needs to be diversity and I invite the idea of having a point of view in government that leaves God or religion completely out of the equation.

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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 11/10 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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Govenor Rick Perry talks about conservative Republicans. He dances a little bit around whether or not Chris Christie is a conservative, and points out the the Tea Party can't win elections so they can't govern. He believes that Obama's apology about the Affordable Care Act is nowhere close to enough. I like that Perry said that "our governement has forgotten how to govern." I hope he addresses the stagnation issue. However, I'm not sure he will be able to gain support because I think he is a weak communincator.

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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 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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Nate Silver talks about how where each party is based on recent approval ratings. The Republicans took a hit from the government shutdown, while the failure of Obama care caused approval ratings to drop for Democrats. Overall, the government approval rating has dropped to 12%. There was also argument about New Jersey governnor Chris Christy. He is largely popular, but poverty is supposedly going up in New Jersey (according to "Double Down"), which is not good for a fiscally conservative Republican. I still think, however, that Christy will hold onto the support. He is one of the most popular governnors and I think people will turn to him for help, if the economy goes bad instead of blaming him. He will get the positive side of "crisis" that leaders can sometimes be granted or denied. He also is very good at handling social issues and he handled Hurricane Sandy very well. Virginia is interesting because it is supposed to transform into a Democratic state because the tea party is so extreme.I agree with this. I think moderate stances will gain the most support because lately, views have been blending. The average American is centrist, and this will reflect in candidates.

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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 | Molly Oretsky BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Cory Booker becomes ninth African-American to serve in the Senate, replacing Frank Lautenberg.
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African American and 44 year old Cory Booker is adding some youth and diversity to the Senate, joining Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina as the Senate's only black senators. The first New Jersey black Senator is replacing Frank Lautenberg. His addition will lower the average age significantly, and it is also showing the trend of fresh new faces taking over. I am a huge advocater of this, and I believe we need a lot more youth in Congress. I could not be more excited.

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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 -- 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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The secession movement is gaining steam, in rural Colorado in particular. Farmers are feeling as if there voices are not being heard due to the extreme polariztion and also the takeover of democratic state legislature. The peopl feel as if they have lost all of their influence. While I agree that our "broken" government at the moment is not allowing all voices to be heard, the idea of succession is ludicrous and will never happen.

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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 -- 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 | Molly Oretsky BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Agency positioned itself to collect from among millions of accounts, many belonging to Americans.
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The NSA has access of the main communications link that merges google and yahoo data centers. They took advantage of loopholes in FISA, and now have collect data from millions of accounts. There is a thin line to be walked. Is this an invasion of privacy or is it keeping the country safe? I don't like, though, how the NSA weasled around the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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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 -- Rand Paul pushes constitutional amendment on Congress - Burgess Everett

BY 10/24 -- Rand Paul pushes constitutional amendment on Congress - Burgess Everett | Molly Oretsky 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.
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Rand Paul's push for the amendament that makes sure Congress can't write laws without "provisions specific to lawmakers" is directly pointed at Obamacare. He even calls out Justice Roberts for voting on Obamacare's constitutionality. It seems like this amendment is just to make Roberts have Obamacare and essentially eat his words. I think it is highly unlikely that it will pass, especially on such a divided subject.

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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.