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How Barack Obama's unpopularity is affecting the midterm election in 60 seconds - Telegraph

How Barack Obama's unpopularity is affecting the midterm election in 60 seconds - Telegraph | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
With approval levels hovering around record lows, the once-charismatic President Obama has become an electoral liability for the Democrats, who risk losing control of the US Senate in the Nov 4 midterm election
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Constitution Day 2013: The Legislative Branch - National Constitution Center

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RESCOOP & ANALYZE -- Executive order on immigration would ignite a political firestorm

RESCOOP & ANALYZE -- Executive order on immigration would ignite a political firestorm | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Such a move by Obama would likely have political implications that would last beyond 2014 — or even 2016.

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Vicky Weng's curator insight, November 19, 2014 1:46 AM

I think it is inspiring how Obama is doing what he thinks is right even though many republicans oppose this policy. He has the facts and is informed of the issue but in the end he is doing what a president should do: make decisions that he believes is best for the country. He is resolute and unwavering even in the face of a loss of democrats in the congress. 

Michael Yang's curator insight, November 19, 2014 7:55 AM

This would increase the popular vote for Democrat, more immigrants would become liberal

David Luo's curator insight, December 11, 2014 8:00 PM

President Obama's immigration policy may have dire consequences on the Democratic party as we head to the 2016 POTUS election. In the wake of Obama's potentially disastrous policies, the GOP is elated to possess more and more ammunition against the Democrats.

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Behind the closed doors of Washington lobbyists

Behind the closed doors of Washington lobbyists | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
The "influence business" is the third-largest industry in the nation's capital; Sharyl Attkisson goes inside the world of access to see what all that money buys

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The Supreme Court -- Something Happening Here

The Supreme Court -- Something Happening Here | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
In the space of eight days, the Supreme Court managed to touch on many of American society’s hottest of hot-button issues without actually issuing an opinion.

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The new liberal “nationalist” case for federalism

The new liberal “nationalist” case for federalism | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Yale Law School Professor Heather Gerken outlines the new liberal "nationalist" defense of federalism. This school of thought has both strengths and weaknesses. But even those who disagree with it, as I sometimes do, should recognize that it is an important contribution to the debate.
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The American electorate is about to become a lot less white — but also a lot more gray

The American electorate is about to become a lot less white — but also a lot more gray | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
What the Census tells us about politics in the future.
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The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Explained - YouTube

HipHughes explains the Equal Rights Amendment and why it failed. From its spiritual birth in 1848 at Seneca Falls to its modern inception by Alice Paul in 19...
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What is Federalism? - YouTube

YOU CAN SEE AN UPDATED VERSION OF THIS VIDEO HERE: http://youtu.be/fF3EvltwHYk What is Federalism: This video discusses federalism in the United States, a sy...
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In heated midterm contests, GOP candidates explore a move to the middle

In heated midterm contests, GOP candidates explore a move to the middle | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Some GOP candidates are embracing Democratic priorities to win over skeptical voters.
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Women Hold Vital Votes in Senate Races

Women Hold Vital Votes in Senate Races | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
In the 10 most competitive Senate races, Democrats need a big margin, at least in the double digits, with female voters to prevail.
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113th Congress on Track to Break Records for Lack of Productivity

113th Congress on Track to Break Records for Lack of Productivity | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
The 113th Congress is on track to be least productive in 60 years.

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Handicapping the House Republican leadership elections

Handicapping the House Republican leadership elections | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it

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Astrid Silva moved to tears by Barack Obama's pledge to allow illegal immigrants right to remain in US - Telegraph

Astrid Silva moved to tears by Barack Obama's pledge to allow illegal immigrants right to remain in US - Telegraph | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama vows to offer five million undocumented migrants like Astrid Silva protection from deportation
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Pelosi to Boehner: Treat us ‘fairly’ on seats

Pelosi to Boehner: Treat us ‘fairly’ on seats | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is asking Speaker John Boehner to treat Democrats fairly when Republicans are divvying up seats on Congress’ most influential committees for next Congress. The California Democrat wrote to Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday to make the case that Democrats should have roughly the same number of committee seats for...

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Vicky Weng's curator insight, November 13, 2014 3:47 PM

I strongly agree with Pelosi. After all, we are all supposed to working towards a common goal- leading America towards a greater good. If Democrats were willing to give Republicans more influence before when they were the minority, they should return the favor. Boehner's job is to make sure everyone is in balance and this is one way to help him do that. 

Claire Weddle's curator insight, November 13, 2014 3:48 PM

Pelosi wants Boehner to treat the Democrats fairly and give them the same amount of seats as the minority party in the committees as in the past.  I do not think Pelosi is going to get what she wants because the GOP wants to get things done and passed through Congress, so they do not lose support for the Republican candidate in the presidential election.

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Republicans savage immigration plan

Republicans savage immigration plan | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama's use of executive powers to give more than four million undocumented migrants work permits "damages the presidency" says a Republican leader.
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Republican-Majority Senate Is Starting to Look Likelier

Republican-Majority Senate Is Starting to Look Likelier | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
With the election three weeks away, polls suggest that Democratic hopes to retain control of the chamber are dimming, though not yet gone.

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Revisiting the Constitution: Restore Federalism - NYTimes.com

Revisiting the Constitution: Restore Federalism - NYTimes.com | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Don't change the text; change the attitude with more judicial engagement in enforcing existing, critical constitutional features. By Elizabeth Price Foley.
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Changing public attitudes toward federalism [Updated with correction about continuity in public attitudes towards federalism and education policy]

Changing public attitudes toward federalism [Updated with correction about continuity in public attitudes towards federalism and education policy] | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Recent survey data shows that public opinion on many issues has shifted in favor of decentralization of power away from the federal government, towards state and local control. That doesn't necessarily prove that increased decentralization is a good idea. But it does suggest that it is more politically feasible than in the past.
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White House says expired War Powers timetable irrelevant to Isis campaign

White House says expired War Powers timetable irrelevant to Isis campaign | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Resolution holds that presidents have 60-day window to conduct hostilities without an act of Congress blessing the conflict
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Same-sex marriage extends into conservative US states as bans fall

As number of states allowing gay marriage nears a total of 35, activists reflect on ‘bittersweet’ victory of supreme court decision
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Should the US have chosen Hillary Clinton instead of Barack Obama?

Timothy Garton Ash: The visionary statesman of 2008 has not lived up to expectations, especially in foreign policy
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The Fix guide to understanding all the great political cliches

The Fix guide to understanding all the great political cliches | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
An A-Z treatment.
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Obama: the ‘yes we can’ president with the ‘at least I tried’ legacy

Obama: the ‘yes we can’ president with the ‘at least I tried’ legacy | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
Gary Younge: Barack Obama ran as the embodiment of liberal hopes. With two years to go, it seems he will be remembered for his own, and the system’s, limitations
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Partisan Loyalty Begins at Age 18

Partisan Loyalty Begins at Age 18 | SWCHS A2 Government and Politics | Scoop.it
In the last decade, voters over 65 years old have become more Republican, even as the electorate as a whole has been trending in the opposite direction. In 2004, George W. Bush won that demographic...

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