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Obama is celebrating the success of Obamacame and is making a public figure of it to impress the American citizens and attack the Republicans. However, this is only on the surface level; there are still unknowns on the type of people that signed up for the insurance. I believe that it is too early to make a decision on whether Obamacare has succeeded or not.
Those celebrities make signing up for the health care a very natural act that common people should do. Their conversations with Obama really appeal to the people. Celebrity status clearly was a major factor in selling Obamacare to the people.
Five years of frustration boiled over when Sen. Dianne Feinstein flayed the CIA on the Senate floor Tuesday. She accused the agency of lying, cheating and stealing to block a 6,300-page report on the CIA’s secret prisons and torture from seeing the light of day. In essence, she said, the CIA was spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s...
Senator Feinstein is the liberal senator of California and has been since 1992. She is also the head of the Intelligence Committee. She is accusing the CIA of lying and stealing to prevent their own misdeeds and failure from being exposed. This is newsworthy because a section of the intelligence committee is going against the law and overstepping the limitations of which they are granted. I feel that Feinstein is right in accusing the CIA of these misdeeds. The CIA certainly needs to do dirty work and break morals of which most citizens are accustomed to; however, they are attempting to hide their own failures to their leaders by committing even more crimes. This could even be considered treason in a broad sense.
The Republican “Young Guns” are ready to rule, if they get the chance. Since they first got the name seven years ago, allies and enemies of Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy are now beginning to jockey to prepare for potential changes at the top of the Republican power structure in the House. Though publicly Speaker John Boehner...
The article presents a detailed examination of the three major ‘Young guns’ political life. This article helps to introduce these three major politicians to people who are unaware of them as well as provide a thorough analysis on their political situation. Reading this article, I feel that all three have achieved great progress in politics. I found it interesting how McCarthy has quite a stable position, most likely not having any competition for his position. Paul Ryan was the closest to achieving the position of president, but he probably wait it out till 2020 or 2024 before competing. Cantor, like McCarthy, is also interestingly in a safe position. From the situation of these three that the article tells me, people who aren’t involved in politics can understand their importance and influence.
I believe that the US should try to keep a neutral stance in the situation and continue to act as a mediator. A strong interference by pushing for one side or by using military force could easily sway public opinion against the US and leave them with enemies. This might also result in a severe case of public disorder in Ukraine or might incite Russia to outright invade. By continuing to stay neutral, the US will avoid a major crisis.
With a Twitter-savvy president and their own ailing media companies, Lloyd Grove finds the boys in the briefing room more depressed than ever.
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2. The press corps is a group of journalists that cover events related to the White House and the president
3. A filterless presidency is the method of the president giving news to the people and media without having any of it edited or adjusted; it comes out exactly as the president said it.
4. Twitter- 42.3 million, Facebook – 39 million
5. The author is concerned about the increasingly lack of communication between the president and the press corps. With technology making communication to the people much easier for the president, he is becoming less reliant on journalists to convey his messages. This makes the job in the press corps seem useless and obsolete.
6. I believe that there is truth in what the author is saying. Technology may allow easy access to communicating with important figures, but it lacks the professionalism that is needed to be conveyed to the people. As the article says, anyone can post pictures and spread news through smartphones and such, but a professional journalist is needed to correctly convey the message. The masses often have misconceptions about what people are saying; the journalists posses the ability to interpret the message and give it to the people. Jobs as journalists are necessary to give the ordinary man the true meaning behind a message.
A split Supreme Court Wednesday strikes down limits on the total amount of money an individual may spend on political candidates, parties and political action committees but keeps limits per candidate and per committee.
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I would agree with McCutcheon that corporations shouldn't be limited in donating money to candidates. While it was nice that the Supreme Court removed the limit for the number of candidates allowed to donate to, I believe they should have also removed the limit cap for the amount of money each candidate can receive from a single corporation. The limiting of money prevents the corporations and people from giving their full support toward their wanted candidates, thus limiting their freedom to express their opinions, which violates the first amendment.
Next month, the trustees who oversee America’s most distinguished journalistic award could face their toughest decision in at least four decades. The issue before the Pulitzer Prize Board: Does it honor reporting by The Washington Post and The Guardian based on stolen government documents that are arguably detrimental to the national security...
Snowden is a former member of the CIA who leaked documents concerning the NSA’s surveillance over the American people. The controversy concerning him is his decision to expose these documents to the world and let everyone know that the US government had been spying on people’s conversations and messages. This action has caused many to praise him for exposing actions that went against people’s privacy; however, it has also earned him the ire of many who believe his leak has damaged the United States’ national security.
With the recent closing of the government having wasted billions of dollars and upsetting the plans of both parties, the government decided to go back to machine politics and pork barrel legislation. Using this method, leaders will have far more influence in affecting party members’ votes by threatening to absolve them of financial and political support. It will be a system in which followers are rewarded and opponents will be punished. Despite the seemingly cruel nature of this system, it is necessary for stronger centralization of power for politics to run smoothly.
I believe that the House should return to their pre-2011 methods. The use of pork barrel legislation will ensure that party centralization will be stronger and enable both party leaders and party members to cooperate. The majority and minority whips will have an easier time convincing straggling party members to vote for the party’s interests, keeping situations smoother and less rough. Also, the situation of a divided government will be less likely with party members being more cooperative. Gridlocks between parties will grow scarcer as compromise increases.
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