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A more restrained Christie holds court

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0MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – For 105 minutes, everything was right in Chris Christie’s world. The New Jersey governor held court, theater-in the-round style, at his 110th town hall on Thursday, his first since his administration was rocked by scandal. It was the type of forum that made him famous, producing viral YouTube clips of him confronting...

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Feb. 20, 2014

 

     Governor Chris Christie finally holds court for his administrations scandal last year. Christie was able to keep calm during his court, but was berated with questions of his manageability of 60,000 workers, Hurricane Sandy's devastation on New Jersey and the privatization of many Sandy grant programs. Every answer Christie gave was delicate in the sense that one slip, and the nation, as well as the world, would know his slip up. But through the entire event, Christie kept his cool, mocked himself, and even calmed the crowd down in spite of his scandal.

     First of all, wow why doesn't every politician turn the tides on the reporters, or are the reporters playing it 'safe' and not asking any risky questions to jumble up the event. Second, good for Christie holding his temper and controlling himself through the entire event. He truly was able to butter up the crowd by bringing up Hurricane Sandy and his goal to help everyone who lost homes. Amongst his "spreading of butter", when he replied to the little girl and the woman who lost her mother, he really touched those watching at home I assume.

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Rep.: Toothpaste bomb threats serious

Peter King explains the latest travel advisory that explosives could be concealed in toothpaste on Sochi-bound flights.
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Feb. 5, 2014

 

     Toothpaste Bombs are real and must be taken into consideration when flying into Sochi for the Winter Olympics. Rep. Peter King thinks the Russians are not working with the U.S. as well as other countries. Rep. King believes that spectators should not go to Sochi due to the dangers that are possible in Russia, due to the recent controversial events that occurred. 

     Wow...'terrorists', 'activists' etc...have stooped to a new level, toothpaste? Of all material, people choose toothpaste as an explosive!? I could not imagine a single tube of toothpaste doing any true extensive damage to a giant airplane...but I guess you never know.

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Christie's second inauguration began under a cloud of scandal—then a snowstorm canceled a gala.

Christie's second inauguration began under a cloud of scandal—then a snowstorm canceled a gala. | Politics | Scoop.it
The New Jersey governor's second inaugural day began at a Newark Baptist church, with a snowstorm derailing a planned evening gala.
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     Amid Governor Christie's scandal he is inaugurated into office once again. Christie curved his inauguration speech in order to miss any conflict with the recent allegations against his administration, but continued to get applause's through his 18 minute speech. Since then Governor Christie has apologized for his administrations actions and has released the member that instigated the traffic jam.

     People make mistakes of course, but instead of living in the past Christie wants to pave his way for the future of himself and of the state of New Jersey and its people. I give him props, though of course this could be the 'Oooo shiny object' tactic to distract Americans in order for his reputation to not be tarnished...who knows?

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Bridge firestorm could have bigger impact on Christie

Bridge firestorm could have bigger impact on Christie | Politics | Scoop.it
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie could face bigger trouble after staff e-mails about bridge lane closures suggested a political vendetta.
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Jan. 8, 2014

 

 

            The allegations brought upon Governor Chris Christie and his traffic scandal seem to constantly grow day by day. Governor Christie denies any knowledge of the traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge, though says that the instigator will be punished. Recently e-mails and texts with his administration have been viewed and more consequences will ensue due to messages relating to the traffic scandal. Many believe this will tarnish his reputation as well as any possibility of running for Republican candidate for president.

            I believe Governor Christie was not involved in the traffic scandal. However, I do believe he deserves a type of punishment for not managing his office correctly. He needs to accept the wrongdoing that occurred and move on to repair his tarnished reputation.

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House GOP Abandons Its Proposal

House GOP Abandons Its Proposal | Politics | Scoop.it
Last-minute protests from conservatives in the House created a day of delay and confusion in Congress's efforts to avoid a U.S. debt default, as Republican leaders failed to craft a GOP budget proposal that could muster enough votes to pass.
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October 15th, 2013

 

  Our government, shall I say the conservatives, likes to have last-minute protests causing critical delays to important matters, like the U.S. debt fault if an agreement is not made. Though the last-minute protest was not unreasonable as each party represented what they desired and did not back down until each were given the results they wanted. The Republicans wanted changes to be done to lessen our deficit and reform the health-care law from 2010. 

 

As our government continues to get to the last wire before all hell breaks loose, they of course have last-minute protests after having how many days of discussion??? Though I respect opinions from both sides, eventually near the end of your goal if your decsision have not been accepted work with what you have and take it. Having the possibility of America being unable to pay its dues is appaling, not only the fact we could have missed our dues but the fact we spend an innundated amount of money.

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Justice Department Poised to File Lawsuit Over Voter ID Law

Justice Department Poised to File Lawsuit Over Voter ID Law | Politics | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is expected to challenge North Carolina’s new law requiring strict photo identification as part of an escalating effort to protect minority voters.
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September 30th, 2013,

 

     The Justice Department is escalating it's efforts in restoring and protecting the right to vote for minority voters. Recently they filed lawsuit against the state or North Carolina. The department is attempting to make void the North Carolina law and to have North Carolina government ask the federal government if they can change laws. Cauing a delicate situation for the federal government.

     The Voting Rights Act does have flaws, but flaws that could be considered reasonable. Yes this act infringes on our right to vote, but at what cost? I see the scenario the federal government doe not desire to occur, but the states are attempting to rid voter fraud that happens. In this case the Act can be fair, whether or not the Justice Department agrees is another story.

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2 States Won’t Process Guards’ Same-Sex Benefits

2 States Won’t Process Guards’ Same-Sex Benefits | Politics | Scoop.it
The Texas National Guard refused to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits, while Mississippi will not issue applications from state-owned offices.
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September 3rd, 2013 Week 4 (SY)

 

The Texas National Guard is refusing to process requests from same-sex couples for benefits despite the delegation of the Pentagon.

 

Though I personally do not believe in same-sex marriage, I find it preposterous that under order of the Pentagon two states refuses same-sex benefits. I believe everyone deserves equal benefits.

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Questions on the Dual Role of a Clinton Aide Persist

Questions on the Dual Role of a Clinton Aide Persist | Politics | Scoop.it
The State Department says it allowed Huma Abedin, former Representative Anthony D. Weiner’s wife, to consult for private clients because she had “irreplaceable” expertise.
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August 18th, 2013 Week 2 (School Year)

 

 

Concerns and possible allegations have risen with Hillary Clinton and her top advisor Huma Abedin on  Ms. Abedin's eligibility to work for the government and a consulting firm. While attempting to find the culprit who authorized Ms. Abedin's arrangement of multiple jobs of different genres, Senator Grassley has had a difficult time finding any evidence to link specific advisors to Hillary Clinton. Even The New York Times requested to have descriptions of the other individuals, which they kindly rejected.

 

I feel that the necessary cautions and steps our government should take are not being taken. Yes, you should worry about hiring a person who holds multiple jobs, mainly a government action one. This leads to leaks of possible scenarios that people do not want to be linked. I find it fishy because of the actions taken by certain people. 

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Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife Sandi jailed for misusing campaign funds (VIDEO)

Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife Sandi jailed for misusing campaign funds (VIDEO) | Politics | Scoop.it
The couple was accused of looting $750,000 in campaign funds for personal items.
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August 14th, 2013

 

 

     It seems impossible that a man who you trust with your money, misuses your money for his own personal needs.  Jesse Jackson and his wife, misused around 750,000 dollars of campaign funds. He made an apology for his wrongdoing, sadly his wife was charged with a fraud tax return. This is a shame for American politics, that they would abuse the donations given to them by people in order to fund their campaign. I feel what is worse, is that they have two children, and now both are being charged with crimes. What does this say to their children...it truly is a disappointment.

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As EU Envoy Meets with Morsi, Bloody Crackdown on Anti-Coup Protesters Deepens Egyptian Crisis

As EU Envoy Meets with Morsi, Bloody Crackdown on Anti-Coup Protesters Deepens Egyptian Crisis | Politics | Scoop.it
After being held incommunicado for nearly four weeks, ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was allowed to meet today with European Union envoy Catherine Ashton.
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July 30th, 2013 (b)

 

     After about four weeks of being held captive, recent, now ousted, Morsi met today with European Union envoy Catherine Ashton. Morsi was well-informed on the situations that occurred during his captivity. Not only is conflict and violence aroused in Egypt, but another third party has appeared, a party not in support of either side, rather a party to return to the July 25th revolution. It is good to know Morsi is alright, but I am more grateful to know, that there are people who were content with Egypt when the revolution came. This situation in Egypt only seems to intensify repeatedly.

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Egypt Tensions Escalate as Morsi Detained and Supporters of Army, Brotherhood Hold Rival Protests

Egypt Tensions Escalate as Morsi Detained and Supporters of Army, Brotherhood Hold Rival Protests | Politics | Scoop.it
In the first update on ousted Egyptian President Mohamad Morsi’s status since he was forced from office and held incommunicado, Egyptian state media reports authorities have issued an arrest warrant calling for him to be detained for 15 days.
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July 26th, 2013

 

     As recent news, President Morsi was ousted as President of Egypt and according to the Egyptian state media, authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Morsi to be detained for at least fifteen days. At this point in time, I wish to stay away from the conflict of Egypt. I believe now that each side has a reason for what their actions were and that now, it is up to the people of Egypt to decide how they want to go about in taking care of this situation!

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Obama Touts Shiny Object on Health Costs

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President Obama today will try to muster his shrinking second-term clout to make the case for his troubled heath law, arguing that despite forecasts of lost coverage, lost jobs and higher premiums, his signature legislation will (eventually) help...
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July 18th, 2013

 

     The constant distress over the failed attempts of Obama care, have caused the Democratic views to wither to a gloom. The failed attempts at coverage, jobs and the increase in higher premium payment, has slated the Obama care for failure. Though on the tiniest bright side one could here, New York requires, by law, every applicant to be accepted into a care. This assists Obama care greatly because they can low the premium payments and possibly grow support from New York. I am not a supporter of Obama care. I do believe people should have a type of health care but not a forcibly put upon health care. Also, I believe once you have failed, and you continue to fail, maybe you should acknowledge the fact that hardly any person supports you Obama care.

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Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Resigns

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Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, the longest-serving government leader in the European Union, was brought low by an intelligence service scandal.
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July 12th, 2013

 

     The allegations brought upon Prime Minister Juncker, were that of scandals, that unraveled his high end spending on luxurious cars and other toys. Juncker was also accused of not keeping the Security Check, well, in check. Juncker offered his resignation to the Duke, and took full responsibility for his actions. I believe his actions were morally wrong and what he did could have been prevented, had he been more careful. But at the same time I admire his honesty and his willingness to take all the blame for his actions, which is what should be done. At least he knows what he did was wrong and that he some what relieved himself of the wrongdoing. 

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Human Rights Watch report ‘inaccurate, unbalanced’: Foreign ministry - Daily News Egypt

Human Rights Watch report ‘inaccurate, unbalanced’: Foreign ministry - Daily News Egypt | Politics | Scoop.it
Egypt’s foreign ministry attacks HRW report on human trafficking in Sinai
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Feb. 15, 2014

 

     Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy responded to the Human Rights Group after the group reported that Egyptian authority was not cracking down on human trafficking. Mr. Fahmy states that Egypt was one of the first countries to accept the ratification of the United Nations' Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Though the Human Rights Group retorted that Egypt has allowed trafficking to continue for years without 'noticing'.

     First of all, human trafficking is wrong, obviously. Second, good for the Human Rights Group, if they felt what was occurring in Egypt was wrong and stepped in to call them out,  they get my respect. Sometimes the best way to call an official out is to use media.

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For first time, Turkey's Erdogan faces political uncertainty

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A key corruption case has gone against Turkey’s prime minister; that’s bad news in the run-up to local elections in March.
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Jan. 28, 2014

 

     Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan responds to the sentence of Aziz Yildirim for six years and three months in prison. The prosecutor, Zakaria Oz, recently uncovered another corruption case that was to do with other ministers. After years of being prime minister, he has shown political uncertainty amongst his peers and supporters.

     I feel that Prime Minister Erdogan is fine for his actions, to a certain point. The way he is there for a friend is great, but pressuring government officials to disregard laws to prevent a twelve year sentence is wrong. Sure he is your friend, but do not let him get away with a 'crime' because he is your friend.

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Unemployment Extension Is Stalled, With 2 Proposals Defeated in the Senate

Unemployment Extension Is Stalled, With 2 Proposals Defeated in the Senate | Politics | Scoop.it
The effort to extend long-term unemployment benefits suffered a setback in Washington when two separate proposals were voted down and the possibility of a bipartisan deal collapsed.
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Jan. 14, 2014

 

           Though Senate discussion occurred and emotions flew, the action to extend unemployment initially failed. Neither the Democratic nor the Republican side could create a compromise that was agreeable to. This caused two different counts of voting for the extension of unemployment. One vote was 52 to 48, which extended benefits for another 11 months, and the second vote was 55 to 45, which extended benefits for three months but would cost 6.4 billion. Neither side could compromise and therefore the attempt to extend unemployment has stalled.

            Ah here we go again there ever so common bickering of both parties that in the end cause legislation to fail. Of course I acknowledge the importance of discussion from each party, but when you get no agreeable compromise in the allotted time, then there is a problem.

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United Nations Day Is October 24! 5 Things To Know About UN, The Organization In Charge Of Maintaining World Peace

United Nations Day Is October 24! 5 Things To Know About UN, The Organization In Charge Of Maintaining World Peace | Politics | Scoop.it
Today is the United Nations Day. We've gathered five fast facts about the importance of this organization and why we should celebrate its creation.
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October 24th, 2013

 

  Happy United Nations Day! The United Nations was established in 1945 and was created for the purpose of preventing devastating global conflicts between nations. This day is to reflect the cataclysmic effects of war and how working together you can promote peace and tranquility among the masses.


What a wonderful day United Nations Day has become and it only saddens me that this day is not made known to the rest of the world or even the alliance of the U.N. This day should be considered an important day in our history, though still young history, but it shows that working for mutual opinions and beliefs can bring the good out of each other, and well, possibly bad or worse.

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The 2013 Battle of Yorktown -- restaurant owner defies feds

The 2013 Battle of Yorktown -- restaurant owner defies feds | Politics | Scoop.it
Glenn Helseth has officially joined the ranks of Americans who have decided to defy the strong-arm tactics of the National Park Service during the government slimdown.
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October 8th, 2013

 

    Looks like the Battle of Yorktown has been revitalized in 2013, but it was not what you would expect of such a battle. Rather this 'battle' is between the government and a restaurant owner who had to close his doors because of the government shutdown. Besides closing his doors to the valuable guests of Carrot Tree House, the government made Mr. Helseth pay rent, pay insurance, pay for the security, all while his restaurant was shutdown and making no money. His employees struggling to make ends meet. How far will our government continue while we, Americans, struggle to make ends meet.

 

Props to Mr. Helseth for breaking the law and standing for what is right. He should have the ability to continue with his restaurant or he should not have to pay any sort of payments until his restaurant was re-opened. That is our government though, trying to promote increase in jobs, contradicting their own words because of an disagreement. "Where liberty is, there is my carrot cake."

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Obama nominates Native American woman to federal bench

Obama nominates Native American woman to federal bench | Politics | Scoop.it
If confirmed, Diane Humetewa, a member of the Hopi tribe, would be the only active tribe member to serve as a federal judge
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September 23rd, 2013       

 

            Such an amazing honor it would be to serve on a Federal Court as the first Native American woman and be the only active member of a tribe. Humetewa, a member of the Hopi tribe, is the top federal prosecutor in Arizona and was an appellate court judge on the Hopi Tribe Appellate Court. She has Senator John McCain's full support. Their are six vacancies in the Arizona federal branch and Senator McCain believes it is critical to fill these empty seats because the District of Arizona ranks in the top ten of the busiest courts in the country.

            The possibility of Humetewa becoming a federal court judge would be amazing. The fact that she already has support from a well-known politician makes her chances of becoming a federal judge a lot better. The dedication she has given to Arizona should be one of many examples on why she should be a federal judge.

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Efforts to Repeal Stand-Your-Ground Falter, Fail . . . Backfire?

Efforts to Repeal Stand-Your-Ground Falter, Fail . . . Backfire? | Politics | Scoop.it
The much ballyhooed efforts to repeal the Stand Your Ground law in Florida have suffered an ignominious and well-deserved death.
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August 25th, 2013 Week 3 (school year)

 

 

 

The Stand Your Ground Act caused controversy in Florida when the George Zimmerman case occurred. A decent amount of Floridians wanted the SYG Act appealed. According to the Quinnipiac Poll more citizens would rather have the SYG Act. Causing the outcry and possible boycotting of Florida to be utterly useless.

 

I support the SYG laws. This is important because if I am attacked I would desire to protect my family, even if it cost me my life. Many criminals, in my opinion, do not approach as many people due to the fact we have the SYG law and most people have a gun of some kind. Not only that but even if we amend the SYG laws, that would never stop the criminals from attacking you..

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Obama Cancels US-Egypt Exercises but Not Aid

Obama Cancels US-Egypt Exercises but Not Aid | Politics | Scoop.it
Obama announced on vacation that he would cancel the United States' joint military exercise with Egypt.
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August 15th, 2013 Week 1 (School Year)

 

Due to the detrimental events that have recently occurred in Egypt, our President, Barack Obama, has cancelled his U.S.-Egyptian joint military exercises. Obama describes the events that have taken place "deplorable". Though Egypt is considered our closest Arab ally country, we confidently support the rebels.

            We provide approximately 1.3 billion dollars in annual foreign aid. This amount of money we provide is on the boarder line of ridiculously crazy. Not for the fact we are assisting other countries rather we are helping other countries destroy each other based on our poor morality towards the opposing side. What has happened to the people of Egypt was disgraceful, but if you are a leader talking about "deplorable" actions taken by a government and you yourself are assisting with this "deplorable" action, by providing arms to the rebels, you are no better than that who began the events in Egypt.

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New low for US-Russian relations as Barack Obama snubs Vladimir Putin

New low for US-Russian relations as Barack Obama snubs Vladimir Putin | Politics | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama has pulled out of a summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in a deliberate show of frustration at Moscow’s decision last week to give temporary asylum to the American fugitive Edward Snowden.
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August 7th, 2013

 

     The pressure seems to be getting to our President. This pressure was shown due to his frustration with Russia in granting asylum to the NSA hacker, Snowden. Causing numerous political figures to rebuttal what Russia allowed. I am in full disagreement with how our politicians are thinking. I believe Snowden should be charged for espionage, but not at the cost of losing ties with Russia. We should leave Russia's decision to their own decision and respect their decision. I feel our politicians are trying to cover their tracks up, when supposed proof was given that was substantial enough to make a big ordeal of the NSA leaker. Who knows, maybe we might just continue to be hated by other countries...the world may never know.

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New Mideast Talks Hang on Old Question: Will U.S. Drop Support for Israeli Annexation of West Bank?

New Mideast Talks Hang on Old Question: Will U.S. Drop Support for Israeli Annexation of West Bank? | Politics | Scoop.it
Israel and the Palestinian Authority have resumed peace talks for the first time in three years, but the two sides appear as far apart as ever on the key issues of borders, settlers, refugees and the status of Jerusalem.
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July 30th, 2013

 

     The key issues between the Israel and Palestinian Authority seems to be that of borders, settlers, refugees and the status of Jerusalem. This is the first time peace talks have been discussed in about three years. Though partly to blame the US in the conflict between them. As the negotiation of peace arise between both sides, I feel that this is one step further to acquiring peace among others. If the Palestinian and Israel Authority can come to an agreement anybody can to.

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Detroit Goes Bankrupt: Will Unelected Manager Pit City’s Needs Against Rights of Pensioners?

Detroit Goes Bankrupt: Will Unelected Manager Pit City’s Needs Against Rights of Pensioners? | Politics | Scoop.it
Facing an estimated $18 billion in debt, Detroit has become the largest U.S. municipality to file for bankruptcy. It is a grim milestone in the decline of what was once the country’s fourth largest city.
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July 23rd, 2013

 

     Detroit now faces an eighteen million dollar debt, because of the lack of citizens and the collapse of the auto industry. Detroit filed for Chapter Nine bankruptcy, but it seems probable that they will run into legal issues due to legal pensions and medical benefits for the city workers. I personally am saddened to see a once great city go bankrupt. But that is the problem nowadays, in order for a city to survive, you need businesses. In order to attract businesses you need to have a reason for them to come. I can use the example of Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach used to be THE place to go, but over time it has lost the vibe it once gave off, and now Orlando holds the THE place to go, due to Disney mainly. If Daytona Beach had given a reason for the companies to remain in Daytona, I believe Daytona would have been a better city than it is now.

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GOP Turns Consumer Advocate on Obamacare

GOP Turns Consumer Advocate on Obamacare | Politics | Scoop.it
What does it really matter that the House will today (again) vote to delay a key provision of President Obama’s 2010 health law?
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July 17th, 2013

 

     As Obama care continues to maneuver through society in attempt to gain more members, but at the same time Republicans oppose this 'care'. Obama care initially helped the middle class Americans, though with the slight possibility of being forced into Obama care or another federally funded care. They struggle to pull in new recruits everyday due to the constant potential miss of the Obama care. Personally I am not all for Obama care, I do believe certain health cares should be relevant, but for real purposes, not for the abuse of others in order to prevent money from leaving their pockets.

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