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Harry Reid: 'I Can't Vote For' Obama Nominee Michael Boggs

Harry Reid: 'I Can't Vote For' Obama Nominee Michael Boggs | Robert Krizanovic Current Events Project | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday became the first Democratic senator to say he can't support President Barack Obama's judicial nominee Michael Boggs, who has drawn criticism from progressive groups for his record ...
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(Quarter 4 week 4)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday became the first Democratic senator to say he can't support President Barack Obama's judicial nominee Michael Boggs, who has drawn criticism from progressive groups for his record on gay rights, abortion and civil rights. The fact that the top Democrat in the Senate is publicly opposed to Boggs is a huge blow to the White House, which is trying to usher its nominee's confirmation through the Senate. 


Senator Harry Reid has his own opinion to whatever, if he doesn't like the nomination he has the right not to vote for it. The White House is hurt from the rejection but eventually the nomination will go through. It was such a big blow to the White House because it was the majority leader of the Senate that made the decision not to vote for him. His views just did not match up with his views.

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Tina Phan's comment, May 16, 2014 10:13 AM
I agree with Robert but one of the things he didn't mention was the role of the WHIPS and how they usually get people within the parties to vote with the parties. Another thing he didn't mention is what President Obama would do to get him to agree with the nomination and he could act as CHIEF OF PARTY and try to persuade Senator Harry Reid to vote for his nomination.
Jacqueline Dolce's comment, May 19, 2014 1:41 PM
It would be interesting to hear Harry Reid's position. Why did he vote against the nomination?
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The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me

The Government Listens To Lobbyists And The Wealthy, Not You And Me | Robert Krizanovic Current Events Project | Scoop.it
New research finds that average citizens have next to no influence on passing public policy.
Robert Krizanovic's insight:

(Quarter 4 Week 2 April 21-27)

They estimate that the impact of what an average citizen prefers put up against what the elites and interest groups want is next to nothing. Ordinary citizens have little or no independent influence on policy's at all. Because there are too many interest groups and the government wants to please them and not the people.

My incite is that interest groups have too much power, most of them are wealthy and control the government. Interest should be limited because they are taking away all of the attention of the government from the people who aren't part of a interest group. 

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Lara DeVries's comment, May 26, 2014 3:07 PM
I agree with the fact that interest groups have too much power and the rich are the ones controlling the government. Maybe the solution to this is to put some regulations on the lobbyist and the limit on the amount that is spent on is to sway legislation.
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Feds Make Major Shift On Using Marijuana To Treat Veterans' PTSD

Feds Make Major Shift On Using Marijuana To Treat Veterans' PTSD | Robert Krizanovic Current Events Project | Scoop.it
BY MATTHEW PERRONE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

The federal government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, a development that drug researchers are hailing as a major...
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(Quarter 3 week 8 10-16)

The federal government has signed off on a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.While more than 1 million Americans currently take medical marijuana usually for chronic pain, rigorous medical research into the drug's effects has been limited, in part due to federal restrictions. The federal government signed off because the Veterans Administration estimates between 11 and 20 percent of soldiers who served in the recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars have PTSD, which can cause anxiety, flashbacks, depression and sleep deprivation. 


I believe that marijuana should be used to treat the veterans who suffer from PTSD. If it is going to help them why not use it, I personally wouldn't want to suffer through even I can take something that would help me get through it. Even though marijuana uses are becoming more and more used it is still greatly limited to what you can use it for.

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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, March 23, 2014 11:06 AM
I would like you to mention how this is in direct violation of the current federal ban on marijuana use and what the implications are for the federal government and the states if the government "signs off" on its use for PTSD victims.
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Republican Lawmaker Apologizes For Saying Men Should Be Able To Rape Women If Abortion Is Legal

Republican Lawmaker Apologizes For Saying Men Should Be Able To Rape Women If Abortion Is Legal | Robert Krizanovic Current Events Project | Scoop.it
A Republican state lawmaker who has been criticized by the Maine Democratic Party for his past statements about homosexuality, rape and abortion, said Wednesday that he regrets the comments, the Morning Sentinel reported.

Democrats called for sta...
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(Quarter 3 Week 6  24-2)

A Republican lawmaker is being criticized for what he said in 1990 about rape and abortion. He stated that if a women has the right to a abortion why shouldn't a man be able to rape a women. So that the man can show his strength over the woman, Lockman also said rape isn't killing a life but abortion is.  He now regrets what he had said and wishes he had never of said it in the first place.

My incite on this story would have to be that I disagree with what he has to say because that is completely wrong. A man being able to rape a woman legally isn't right. A woman should have the right to abortion is she wants to its her choice. But rape isn't their choice they are forced on to doing it. Lockman's statement was just wrong and he should feel horrible for even thinking of that.

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Obama Signs Farm Bill That Trims Food Stamps

Obama Signs Farm Bill That Trims Food Stamps | Robert Krizanovic Current Events Project | Scoop.it
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food stamp program that inspired a two-year battle ...
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(Quarter 3, Week 3,  Feb 3-9)

On Friday Obama signed a bill that would spread benefits to farming across the region but would cut down on the spending on food stamps. Obama stated that this bill will boost jobs, innovation, research and more. The Democrat and Republican legislators finally agreed on the bill, but the conservatives remain unhappy about it. They wanted even larger cuts to the food stamps than the 800 million cut that they already agreed on. This bill will bring change into the society of America.

 

This bill is very conversational because it helps the farmers but hurts the people who need the food stamps. In our society where one in every 7 Americans use food stamps they are going to get hurt by this bill. Also when the minority is becoming the majority it helps when the government gives them the chance to get through life without living day by day. I believe that this bill is going to bring change but I don't think its going to bring good change but instead change that will hurt us in the long run.

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Why the Culture Wars Now Favor Democrats

Why the Culture Wars Now Favor Democrats | Robert Krizanovic Current Events Project | Scoop.it
Gay marriage, gun control, immigration—the wedge issues now divide Republicans.
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(Ouarter 3, Week 1, January 20-26)

This article is stating how the Culture War still exists in soceity today, espically in American politics. The Culture War is favoring the Democrates in way that it is making them look good. The issues that society are facing like gay marriage, gun laws, immigration are stated in this article and how Democrates and Republicans are dealing with them. Republicans are opposed to same sex marriage and during Geroge Bush presidency a ban was placed to not allow any same sex marriage in any states. But now states are allowing same sex marriage and are leaning towards the democratic side.

 

My insight to this story would be that there still is a battle between the ORTHODOX and PROGRESSIVE views on issues that go on in America today. Orthodox are consider to be Republicans (conseratives) because their views have to more with what God has to say. They follow the moral rules of man and God and they are more religious based. Like about same sex marriage they are against it. Progressive are consider to be Democratics (liberals) they still follow the moral rules but they go with modern era. They are for same sex marriage. The culture war still exists and it is not going to go away any time soon.

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Jacqueline Dolce's comment, January 30, 2014 3:32 PM
What issues do you think will divide liberals and conservatives in the future?
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Was NYT Editor Fired After Complaining About Unequal Pay?

Was NYT Editor Fired After Complaining About Unequal Pay? | Robert Krizanovic Current Events Project | Scoop.it
The question of why, exactly, Jill Abramson was fired as the top editor of the New York Times has been dominating media circles since the paper announced her departure on Wednesday. While the news was initially steeped in mystery, several reports hav...
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(Quarter 4 Week 3)

Jill Abramson was fired as the top editor of the New York Times. There were lashes between Abramson and the two other key players in the Times hierarchy: publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. and Mark Thompson, the CEO of the New York Times company. Stated in the article she was getting less pay than her predecessor. The arguments have to deal with equal pay and discrimination.

 

I believe that discrimination the work place is wrong woman should be getting equal pay as men, especially if they have the same job. CONGRESS has done something about this before but the PRECEDENT isn't sticking with workplaces. Jill should do something about this especially because she lost her job, go to court and file a CLASS ACTION lawsuit.

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Obama: 'It's An Embarrassment' That We Don't Have Equal Pay

Obama: 'It's An Embarrassment' That We Don't Have Equal Pay | Robert Krizanovic Current Events Project | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is stepping up his call for equal pay for women, reinforcing a top election-year issue for Democrats eager to mobilize women to vote.

In his Saturday radio and Internet address, Obama calls it an embarrass...
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(Quarter 4 Week 1 April 7-11)

Obama wants equal pay for women, he wants men and women pay to be equal. He stated that women earn less than men even in the same professions and with the same education. Obama this week issued an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries. Such an order is considered a way for women to become better informed about their pay.

 My incite on this is that it is a good thing that Obama is doing finally someone is taking charge on this. Women who work the same job as a man still don't get as much salary as they should be getting. Most work places don't give women equal pay. I believe that women should have equal pay.

 
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Supreme Court Orders Fresh Look At Gun Conviction

Supreme Court Orders Fresh Look At Gun Conviction | Robert Krizanovic Current Events Project | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says defendants have to know in advance that their accomplices would use or carry a gun while committing a crime in order to be convicted under federal gun laws.

The justices ruled Wednesday that the jury in...
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(Quarter 3 Week 7 3-9)

In this court case the Supreme Court says defendants have to know in advance that their accomplices would use or carry a gun while committing a crime in order to be convicted under federal gun laws. That Rosemond conviction was incorrect and that the evidence doesn't add up. During the incident that Rosemond was in shorts were fired but no one knows who shot those shots, so Rosemond can't be charged.

My incite would be that all the evidence has to be on the table first in order to make a judgement. The Supreme Court was right that they have to know in advance before they charge someone with something that would put them in jail. The court has the power JUDICIAL REVIEW to see if acts are right or not.

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Judge deems Virginia's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Judge deems Virginia's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional | Robert Krizanovic Current Events Project | Scoop.it
A federal judge in Virginia has struck down the commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, according to court documents.
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(quarter 3 week 4 Feb 10-16)

A federal judge in Virginia has deemed an ban on same sex marriage to be unconstitutional. The ban was placed back in 2006 stating that same sex marriage is not permitted in the state. Now more and more judges in other states are doing the same as attorney general Mark Herring is doing.  "It's time for the commonwealth to be on the right side of history and the right side of the law" said Mark Herring. Same sex marriages are permitted in 17 states and DC.

 

I believe that Mark Herring did the right thing and said that the same sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. More and more states are permitting same sex marriage. They are going following what the community  and society wants and believes is necessary. I think that Virginia should allow same sex marriage because it is your choice on who you want to marry not the states choice.

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State of the Union: Bravado vs. political reality

State of the Union: Bravado vs. political reality | Robert Krizanovic Current Events Project | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- It was a speech filled with proclamations and bold promises for action.

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Barack Obama vowed to make 2014 a "year of action.
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(Quarter 3, Week 2, January 27-31)

The article is stating each of Obama's points that he address on in the State of the Union address. It states that this upcoming year will be called "year of action," where many changes will happen. Throughout the article Obama's words are being used to help describe his point of view towards each topic. The article then starts to get its basied self into it and states; lets hope that Obama's sixth year won't be like his fithe.  

 

My insite to this article would be that Obama did a great job on addressing his goals and plans for the upcoming year. He is determined to make a change in our society for the better. Maybe not all of what he said can be done so easily like he wants it to be. He stated that congree is needed to make this year of action happen but he is willing to go at it alone. 

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