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Joseph Napolitan, Pioneering Campaign Consultant, Dies at 84

Joseph Napolitan, Pioneering Campaign Consultant, Dies at 84 | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ Mr. Napolitan’s use of polling and advertising heralded the rise of independent political strategists like himself and the waning power of party organizations in managing campaigns.”
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John Napolitan was the pioneering campaign of the 1960s, a crucial moment in American History.
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Snake Handling: Law vs. First Amendment rights

Snake Handling: Law vs. First Amendment rights | AP Government | 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.”
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It is a very controversial issue because the constitution says there is a separation of church and state, yet in the bill of rights the people are in charge of the government.
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Pastor loses bus driving job for praying with students

Pastor loses bus driving job for praying with students | AP Government | 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...”
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Bus drivers are not allowed to be interfering with the students. That is weird. Separation of church and state.
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NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say

NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ Agency positioned itself to collect from among millions of accounts, many belonging to Americans.”
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Snowden ruined national security forever.
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Invitation to a Dialogue: Democracy Gone Awry

Invitation to a Dialogue: Democracy Gone Awry | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ A law professor says Supreme Court rulings have undermined our political system. Readers are invited to respond.”
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The Supreme Court does not keep a good record on what laws are being enforced.
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The debt ceiling battle explained in 12 charts

The debt ceiling battle explained in 12 charts | AP Government | Scoop.it
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If the US has to default on all of its debt, the credit interest to other nations will skyrocket!
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John Boehner (60 Minutes Interview from December 2010)

John Boehner (60 Minutes Interview from December 2010) | AP Government | Scoop.it
CONGRESS Rep. John Boehner will become the speaker of the House next month, but few know this Ohio Republican beyond his life in Washington. Lesley Stahl profiles the congressman.
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Nightly News: Gerrymandering: the recipe for dysfunctional government?

Nightly News: Gerrymandering: the recipe for dysfunctional government? | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ Video on msnbc.com: The age-old practice of politicians re-drawing Congressional districts to find friendly voters, or, gerrymandering, has allowed members of the House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle to stay in power regardless of...”
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I can't believe Congress is allowed to alter voting districts. Issues like this need to be left to the counties.
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Ted Cruz in middle of GOP civil war - Manu Raju and Burgess Everett and Jake Sherman

Ted Cruz in middle of GOP civil war - Manu Raju and Burgess Everett and Jake Sherman | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ Ted Cruz is in the middle of an escalating GOP civil war on Obamacare, a risk that could turn into a major public relations debacle for the prospective presidential hopeful.”
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It is ironic that Ted Cruz calls himself a GOP candidate because most of the people I talked to support Obamacare.
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Annotating Harry Reid’s Syria speech on the Senate floor

Annotating Harry Reid’s Syria speech on the Senate floor | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ The Senate Majority Leader drew on the Holocaust, World War I and Dante in his speech on Syria today.”
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Getting involved in Syria will be better than getting involved in Iraq or Afganistan because Syria will be more organized and easier to pick off.
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Opposition to Syrian Airstrikes Surges

Opposition to Syrian Airstrikes Surges | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ Overview Over just the past week, the share of Americans who oppose U.S. airstrikes in Syria has surged 15 points, from 48% to 63%, as many who were undecided”
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Ben Gross's insight:
Personally I favor air strikes on Syria because the US and Israeli militaries have unmanned drones that will be able to safely and precisely carry out a strike.
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14 years later, family fights for the millions due from seized Piscataway farm

14 years later, family fights for the millions due from seized Piscataway farm | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ Over 14 years, there's been a nasty court battle over nearly $18 million that a jury in 2008 said the Halpers were due for land settled by Simon and Bella Halper in 1922”
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There was a 2005 comedy movie about a situation like this called the Dukes of Hazzard.
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Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings [UPDATE]

Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings [UPDATE] | AP Government | 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.”
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Prayer shouldn't be strictly forbidden at all government functions.
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Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings [UPDATE]

Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings [UPDATE] | AP Government | 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.”
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There is a fine line between separation of church and state.
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SAPVoice: A Conversation With Nate Silver, Master Of Prediction

SAPVoice: A Conversation With Nate Silver, Master Of Prediction | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ By Jim Fields, Vice President, Customer Experience Marketing, SAP Last fall my teenage daughter fell in love with a thirty-something data geek.”
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Nate Silver is one of the sports managers who use statistic to pick out players. He may become successful when it comes to big buisness, but not to help with the economy.
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Jon Stewart: Unlikely Conservative Hero?

Jon Stewart: Unlikely Conservative Hero? | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ The comedian has been critical of the Obamacare website rollout. And with Stewart's young audience, this could prove problematic for the president.”
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I wouldn't considers him a hero because he is a talk show host who aimlessly creates political satire.
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John Boehner (60 Minutes Interview from December 2010)

John Boehner (60 Minutes Interview from December 2010) | AP Government | Scoop.it
CONGRESS Rep. John Boehner will become the speaker of the House next month, but few know this Ohio Republican beyond his life in Washington. Lesley Stahl profiles the congressman.
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Ben Gross's insight:
It seems John Boehner is a cry baby.
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The Unfulfilled Promise of Obamacare

The Unfulfilled Promise of Obamacare | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ The Affordable Care Act was supposed to bring health coverage to the uninsured. As the law takes effect, the reality looks far different from the promise”
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I read an article on reddit.com that an agency is giving college kids free beer, gift cards, and raffle tickets to not sign up for Obamacare because it is a bad deal.
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Ted Cruz in middle of GOP civil war - Manu Raju and Burgess Everett and Jake Sherman

Ted Cruz in middle of GOP civil war - Manu Raju and Burgess Everett and Jake Sherman | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ Ted Cruz is in the middle of an escalating GOP civil war on Obamacare, a risk that could turn into a major public relations debacle for the prospective presidential hopeful.”
Via Teresa Herrin
Ben Gross's insight:
Ted Cruz is taking advantage of all the power that he could get until he could face cloture by by other senators.
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What You Need to Know About the Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases

What You Need to Know About the Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ After months of waiting, the Supreme Court is set to hand down decisions in two cases concerning gay marriage. Here's pretty much everything you need to know about the two cases: Prop 8: Hollingsworth v.”
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The national gay marriage issue violate federalism because red states like Texas wouldn't recognize a gay couple from California, violating full faith and credit.
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The Syrian regime’s military assets

The Syrian regime’s military assets | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ As the U.S. contemplates air strikes on Syria, observers say the regime has scrambled to move many assets, including chemical weapons stockpiles, into hard-to-attack areas or close to large numbers of civilians.”
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The USA could air strike the 16 obvious Air Force bases and issue a no fly zone. It will be great to stick to Vladmir Putin.
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The eight important quotes from Obama’s Syria interviews

The eight important quotes from Obama’s Syria interviews | AP Government | Scoop.it
“ For those that didn't get to (or want to) watch all six, we've distilled the eight most news-worthy things he said.”
Via Teresa Herrin
Ben Gross's insight:
It seems to me President Obama is skeptical and hesitant while hundreds of Syrians are dying of chemical weapons. He needs to be more assertive.
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