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Town of Greece v. Galloway -- Brief History of the Establishment Clause

Town of Greece v. Galloway -- Brief History of the Establishment Clause | Taylor Marberry BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
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The current debate in the New York town of Greece has been so severe that it's worked it's way up to the Supreme Court. The court case of Town of Greece v. Galloway issue is the town has had a local member of the clergy deliver a prayer before each town board meeting of a Christian denominations. Members with other types of religion finally complained and called it a violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. The Circuit Court of Appeals said it does violate the Clause. The SCOTUS agreed to hear the case. I think it is violation of the Establishment Clause because i strongly believe in a separation of church of state. I think that they should agree beforehand on that(and everyone agrees) and if some feel uncomfortable, then they should be allowed to pray within their denomination.

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Ross Techmanski's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:01 PM

i think when it comes to seperation of religion and state there dose need to to be a wall.  i think in recent court cases they are seperating to much.  for example i think the commen religion that dose establish a god should be recognize.  in the santa fe case it is ok to say a prayer befor a game.  we are a majority rules country and if only 3 percent of the population proclaimes themself athiest it is ok to pray to a genral god for safty before a game.

Maddie Callen's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:34 AM

The article does a good job explaining the history of the establishment clause. The article is about a town that conducts prayers before every town meeting. Some small towns are predominatly one religion and no one will get offended or have a problem with it but the governmnet will insist on prohibiting this. Some take the amendment literally in that there should be a seperation between church and state but they should be able to step in on a case like this.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:26 PM
In the video clips they talk about what is and is not okay based off of the informal amendments to the ways of Americans. I think religious cases are interesting and i think it is important to have separation of the church and state.
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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 | Taylor Marberry 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
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The government predicted approximately a half million sign ups during the first month of the healthcare.gov insurance plan but the actual number was way lower than that with only 106,000 signing up. Only 27,000 of these people signed up using the healthcare.gov website. Many people's health insurance plans are being cancelled because they do not meet the requirements of the health care plan. They are trying to make it easier for people who wish to keep their plans and not having to switch (because this is what Obama originally promised). Republicans are using these numbers to attempt to destroy the law. Even Democrats are beginning to criticize the law(they are firing off ideas trying to determine what to do next).

I think that they need to fix the website and then fix the idea that people are allowed to keep their health insurance if they wish. If they do that then Democrats would be less angry about it and maybe more Republicans could open up to the idea. 

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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 11/14 or 11/15 (2 of 3) -- Your Obamacare questions, answered

BY 11/14 or 11/15 (2 of 3) -- Your Obamacare questions, answered | Taylor Marberry 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 in question and answer format, addressing the important questions about the Affordable Care Act. People can be fined if they do not have the insurance, although there are a few exceptions to this. Obamacare leaves most of the health care system alone. You cannot be denied health insurance. Not all insurance marketplaces are created equal because not all states run their marketplaces and some states did not expand Medicaid. 

I think that Obamacare is very flawed and Obama's biggest mistake is the lie he told that everyone can keep their current plan if they wish. If Obama had kept his promise and the system wasn't so flawed then I think it would've been a better overall plan.

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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 | Taylor Marberry 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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This article discusses a bus driver in the Burnsville school district who was fired because he prayed with the children on the bus. He did this mutiple times and then was warned to halt his prayer practice before the bus took off on the drive. He kept doing it and then was fired because he wouldn't stop.

I think that the prayer before the bus went driving is a bit too much because some children's religions might find it offensive if they are not of the same religion in which the prayer was conducted. I don't think this fair because they are basically captive on the bus so they have no choice but to do it(some kids may be peer pressured to do it even).

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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 -- 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 | Taylor Marberry 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 church pastor in Tennessee uses serpents at his church. People question whether this violates the First Amendment or not. Mant religious aspects have been questioned among the courts. A case with Reynolds, asking the courts about being a polygamist(if it is constitutional or not). The courts shot this down because their reason was for "religious expression". They would shoot the pastor down too if he had the same reasoning.

I think that the SCOTUS's ruling on the religious things seems to be pretty fair and understandable and that they make good decisions.

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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 (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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In this video, Jeff Zeleny interviews governor Rick Perry. Zeleny asks Perry if he thinks Chris Christie is a true conservative? Perry says that what could be a conserative in NJ might not be in other states. Perry talks about if you can't win elections then you can't govern- Republicans didn't win in '08 or '12. He thinks that Ted Cruz's filibuster was one way to go at the Obamacare, but he really thinks Obama needs to stand up and say why he messed up with the Obamacare promise of "you are able to keep your current insurance plan if you wish. Perry says 2nd chances are always what America has been about.

I think Perry gives good, honest answers to each of these questions. My question is what do the people of Texas think of him as a governor? I'm curious to see how the next term works out for him(if he gets re-elected or not).

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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 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? | Taylor Marberry 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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The SCOTUS listened to oral arguments from a New York town that begins its legislative meetings with a Christian prayer. Justice Scalia questioned what the prayer equivalent is for those who are not religious. Justice Stephen Breyer gave a remark that hints that he may share this point of view(of atheism or non-theist). Although Breyer grew up as Jewish, his daughter is an Episcopal priest.
I think the idea of having all sorts of religions(or none at all in this case) is good for the SCOTUS because it will show more diversity and more points of view. 

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

BY 11/3 -- Tale Of The Tape: Comparing The Budget Committee Heads | Taylor Marberry 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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Paul Ryan and Patty Murray both have plans for the budget of the United States. Ryan's plan is more focused on getting trillions into savings, whereas Murray is focusing more on taxing some to help with educational benefits. I think somewhere along the lines the two can find a compromise and if they did that, then the budget may just get balanced out. The debt we are in is a major concern to many Americans, so their committee is a very imperative one. Ryan is a Representative from the House and Murray is from the Senate so Murray could get more influence in her chamber so more people may agree with the education focus that she is proposing we spend money on. I think if we really try to get a hold on this debt then that will also help with the economy.

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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 | Taylor Marberry 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.
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This video shows how an email is transferred. It is sent via a "cloud" but it is not a virtual cloud. Sites like Yahoo and Google have huge data warehouses that store this information that we send. A common misconception is that if you live in the United States, then your email storage is stored in the United States. This isn't exactly the case. Since Google has warehouses all over the world, it could be stored in any of those. I think it's kind of scary how all this data is just there, ready to be tweaked with. I know that it's hard to get into the warehouses, but say someone hacked into all the emails and information that was sent via email. I feel email isn't that private.

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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 -- How the NSA is infiltrating private networks

BY 10/31 -- How the NSA is infiltrating private networks | Taylor Marberry BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
The NSA, working with its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), secretly taps into the internal networks of Yahoo and Google, the two biggest Internet companies by overall data traffic.
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We are destroying our security by harming outrselves so Al Qaeda did win because we are just causing distrust between our own people and the public will begin to trust the government less and less(not that they do already). The NSA goes to extensive measures to retrieve all kinds to data to protect the people, but I'm wondering if the people feel more protected knowing the federal government is basically going through their stuff? People send everything online nowadays and the government can basically find out anything or everything they said/sent. This is scary because they may try to hold you against anything you said. I just think it's unnecessary to go through all the yahoo and google and whatnot because people deserve some privacy.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:12 PM

This article detailed exactly how the NSA has cracked into Google's data centers. The full repercussions of this scandalous news hack does not seem to fully register to the American public. The NSA has to be stopped and will not stop unless the American voters do something about it, whether it be through protest or voting in new representatives. It violates our constitutional rights.

Adriana Cruz's comment, January 25, 2014 3:31 PM
This article talks about how the NSA has infiltrated into the public in order to ensure safety. For example, the NSA can monitor all Google Cloud actions. It is very interesting to note that the Washington Post is willing to share this information to the public; it almost seems risky. At the same time, it makes me feel very unsafe in that the government could monitor anything that I do online.
Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:52 PM
It is illegal to have a website that the gvt cannot get into but that does not mean that the gvt should tap into google or yahoos networks through wiring and invade peoples private information. It is against the rights of American citizens.
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BY 10/31-- Sebelius apologizes for healthcare website debacle

BY 10/31-- Sebelius apologizes for healthcare website debacle | Taylor Marberry BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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Sebelius takes the blame for all the flaws with the Health Care site and says that 2 weeks was not enough time for her department to conduct enough testing for flaws and more. I think that it's good she's taking the blame all onto herself and not trying to push it onto someone else. She realizes she messed up and she has a plan to fix it. She is going to try to regain the U.S. public's trust by coming back with a progress report in December. I still think there needs to be a bigger empahsis on the people that are happy with their health care plan and want to stay with it and who don't have to deal with the ACA because Obama needs to stick to his promise.

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

BY 10/24 -- Rand Paul pushes constitutional amendment on Congress - Burgess Everett | Taylor Marberry 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, who is a Kentucky freshman Republican, is trying to get an amendment through that would prevent reps and senators from passing laws that don't give equal fairness to the citizens, the executive branch, as well as the supreme court. I think his intentions are good but if it didn't work for david vitter, than how will it work for him? At least he has some people that are agreeing that this amendment needs to be passed. I think it will be interesting to see if this will actually go through or not because if it does it could change a lot of the legislation that goes through the policymaking process.

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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.

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BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- 1-800-ObamaCare-Denial: Website problems don't matter when your intentions are good.

BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- 1-800-ObamaCare-Denial: Website problems don't matter when your intentions are good. | Taylor Marberry BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal on the liberal claim that website problems don't matter when your intentions are good.
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Obama's Affordable Care Act is used through a website(Healthcare.gov to be exact) and apparently the use of this and the actual website are flawed. People were told to call a certain number; however, this number led them straight back to the website which told them to call. See the problem? It's making them run in circles. This health care act could lead to a fall of the market. Apparently some of the leading insurance companies are already down in the double digit percent. We find out that Obamacare's main goal is to centralize political control over health care.(the law is really about reducing inequality?)

I think that this Act could have some negative repercussions if Obama isn't careful with how much he sticks to his word. People should be allowed to stick to what insurance they want; the government shouldn't try to create(in a sense) a monopoly over the insurance policy in America. I think if people are forced to switch, they could become enraged and that could lead to economic turmoil.

 
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Rabika Rehman's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:37 PM

Obama thinks that the afordable care act is more than just a website.This reform is upsetting insurance company,they are already making changes with their individual policies because they are non-complaint with the obama care. The fact that it's more than a website should scare people.

Maddy Folkerts's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:21 PM

I don't agree with this article that the website problems means all of ObamaCare will be a failure. It's more of a technical issue than an issue with the whole plan of the policy. This article was extremely biased and touched on irrelevant problems rather than arguing the actual important, debatable topics.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 7:47 PM

Obama encourages people to apply for benefits over phone. The article itself is very discriminating and has a very derogetory tone. ObamaCare's real goal is to focus over health care. The disadvantage of ObamaCare is that the enrolled people will mainly be the most expensive patients. Even in the video, obama says that the website is slow and there are problems, but the intentions are good. Some people are going to be paying higher prices than they usually do.

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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 | Taylor Marberry 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 article examines the free speech we have in the United States. The way America handles freedom of speech differentiates from other countries, even democratic ones. The article also talks about how the French government will place a ban for French demostrations because of the anti-Muslim video. Most places outside of the U.S. it is illegal to say anything hateful towards religion or races. A professor at Harvard Law School, Noah Feldman says that "we value the liberty of the speaker much more highly than either the dignity of the person who feels insulted or the state's interest in trying to avoid violent protest. ... "  We put more value on someone's personal opinion even though it may offend someone, change someone's thought, or hurt the other people. It's important to voice that opinion because from it, truth could come or facts(people would know and have an opportunity to make a decision themselves). It's through freedom of speech that truths have come forth( it leaves the country not in ignorance).

I think that the level of freedom speech that the United States gives its citizens is imperative to a free country. You can't have a free country and not have freedom of speech. The founders based this country on liberty, freedom, and justice. You cannot have any of those if there is not freedom of speech. It is one of our most important rights as American citizens. Without being able to communicate freely you couldn't voice your opinion or facts about everything. 

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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 (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 | Taylor Marberry 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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Many Democrats are already starting to not support Obama and his Affordable Care Act. The Michigan Republican representative Fred Upton has proposed a new plan that would allow people to keep their health care plans in 2014 without any penalty. Many House Democrats said they will support this if they don't come up with a better argument. Another bill proposed by Senator Mary L. Landrieu who is a Democrat from Louisiana would allow people to keep their current insurance permanently(it would keep the key provisions of the ACA but it would allow for Obama's original promise), which is better than Mr. Upton's proposal. Insurance companies are already deeply worried how this will affect their plans and people. 

I think Ms. Landrieu's plan is better in a sense because it keeps the main idea but it adds that provision that we were promised in the firt place. I think if Obama doesn't do something to allow us to keep our current plan like he did promise, then he will go down in history as not a great president and the public will not have a positive view of him.

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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 11/12 or 11/13 -- 4th or 4 -- Texas and 5 Other States Resist Processing Benefits for Gay Couples

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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.

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This article is about National Guard same-sex marriage members not being given their same benefits as heterosexual couples. Some states(like Texas) are refusing to comply because they have a conflict with same-sex marriage. The SCOTUS overturned Prop 8 but not all states in the US recognize same-sex marriage. They are not granting these rights even to the people who serve our country.

I think that all states should allow for same-sex marriage because a person should be able to marry who they love, especially if they are the ones serving for our country and dedicating their lives to it. The least we could do is let them have some benefits.

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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 -- 2nd or 4 -- Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings [UPDATE]

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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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The Supreme Court heard arguments that questioned the constitutionality of opening government meetings with a prayer.The SCOTUS had trouble determining which types of prayers are acceptable and which are not. The federal appeals court finds them unconstitutional because they feel like they endorse Christianity. The SCOTUS will rule on it in a few months.

I think that this would be a very tough ruling to make because we have been opening the meetings with prayer for so long, hasn't it just become habit? Why can't they say that only those who wish to participate in the prayer have to and the ones who feel uncomfortable with it do not have to? They could find the middle-man in there somewhere.

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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 (4 of 4 total)-- How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year (Be sure to include the graphic in your analysis!)

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In the 12 months since his reelection, the president has achieved far less than he expected and suffered one mishap after another.
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Whether it be from bad luck, awful timing, or terrible policies, President Obama's approval rating has never been lower. A literal series of unfortunate events. There have been things from the Affordable Care Act, to Syria, and more that have made the public dislike him more and more. Obama is also having trouble working with Congress due to the Republicans that just refuse to work with him. Obama says this exasperates him. Obama promised more than policies in his presidency, but that is all we have gotten.

I think the nation needs to start working together to get our policies and whatnot in shape. The Republicans need to be more open to working with Obama to fix things. From the devastating shooting at the elementary school in Newton, Conn. to Robert Snowden releasing NSA private information, Obama is just not having a very good term. We will see what happens next; hopefully for Obama's sake it is all positive things that benefit the country.

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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 11/10 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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The biggest Twitter guy is an Iowa senator Chuck Grassley. All members of the Senate have Twitter accounts, 97% of House members, and 49 of the 50 governors. Twitter is useful for National Securirty, fastest way to get the message out. It is a two-way thing which is helpful because people can have an active discussion with controversies. We get second-by-second coverage; is this a good thing or bad thing? It hurts spinning, however it is a good tool to reach the young people.
I think Twitter has had a positive influence, but everything posted on Twitter isnt necessarily true. We will begin to believe all things posted- we will need to begin to check all sources( because if we just check one then that source could be biased). 

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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 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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They are discussing what will happen during the midterm election next year. There are two very important numbers that play a role in this: congressional approval rating(12% approval) and if we had an election right now for 2014, the Democrats are 48%(which is 8 percent higher than that of the Republicans). SInce these numbers were taken right after the government shutdown, they are not very accurate, but it is interesting to see how the public responded to that.Conflicting number is the president's approval number. Battles of the parties will occur in 2014. Redistricting will effect this. Chris Christie, a governor of NJ, is one of the few politicians that still has fun with politics, some think that this is his last bit of that though. Christie thinks politics are all about personal judgement, not just ticking off boxes. Democrats could be controlling more importants seat than since the last 40 years(since Watergate). The demography for the country is not leaning toward Republicans. It could have to do partly with the candidates elected. The Tea Party differs now from back in the day. The Tea Party now is trying to topple over the party, compared to the Tea Party before, which just wanted to be the majority over Democrats.

I think if the Republicans aren't careful, the Democrats truly could have the majority of important seats in Congress and how would this play over throughout the federal government? How would the handling of bills be different? How could things change? It will be interesting to see what the Republicans do and how the midterm election plays out.

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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

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Cory Booker becomes ninth African-American to serve in the Senate, replacing Frank Lautenberg.
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Cory Booker was appointed to the U.S. to fill in the spot of Senator Jim DeMint. Booker is among the few black members of the Senate(there have hardly been any in the history of the United States). Booker will aid in lowering the age average of Congress(which happens to be getting higher). There are hardly any women, however, the amount has grown tremendously in the past decade. Booker being a lawyer isn't that rare in the Senate(about 1/3 of the seats)

I think that there should be more of an equal representation in the Senate and even the House, with more diverse races having more seats and whatnot. Even though the amount of women has grown a lot, there should still be more representation for them too.

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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?

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Counties in Colorado have discussed banning together and seceding from the state altogether to create their own new state. There are many problems with this idea such as congressional representation for the new state. Although the idea does sound good for those who want their opinion to be heard in there state, I honestly don't think that this would ever pass in Congress. The article talks about how it would mean adding 2 new senators to congress and that could take away from the opposing parties' influence, or make a senator's influence be less weighted within the Senate.

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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 | Taylor Marberry BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Agency positioned itself to collect from among millions of accounts, many belonging to Americans.
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The importance of FISA is the U.S. gains loads of online communications and keeps them for records. This snooping on everything we do and send has the right intentions(protecting the people by seeing if there are foreign invasions, attacks or whatnot) but I don't really think looking at everything people send via Yahoo or Google is quite necessary. I could see how looking out for potential danger could be an issue at hand but otherwise I don't find it necessary to conduct the PRISM plan or the MUSCULAR plan.

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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 10/31 -- 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 | Taylor Marberry BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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Obama's approval rating is at the lowest it's been. It was originally 52% but kept dropping with each turn of events that has occurred in his presidency(ie. Syria). For the first time, his personable likeablity rating has more people thinking of him negatively(45%) than positively(41%). If he is behind the curve right now, how long will it take him to catch up or even be ahead of the curve? If the ACA really is his main focus for his second term, then why isn't he trying to answer all the questions about it and also fix things so the public will like him again?
I think if he fixed Obamacare and answered the many questions people are asking about it, then his likeability rating would be higher and thus that would lead to his overall approval rating being higher. 

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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 10/24 -- 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 | Taylor Marberry BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Although a newcomer, he is rapidly becoming the model for GOP politicians throughout the state.
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This article talks about Ted Cruz, a Repulican junior Senator from Texas. Congressional members in the White House are not too fond of Cruz, but the people of Texas are. He is known as a hero here. People are worried about the shift of the population and how the Hispanic population will be a large percentage that could make this state purple(right now we are very conservative but this could cause a mix of the two) and therefore voting turnout could change. RIck Perry is also leaving his position as governor which leaves an open seat there ready to be filled.

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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.