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Is the Yuan About to Replace the Dollar as the World's Reserve Currency?

Is the Yuan About to Replace the Dollar as the World's Reserve Currency? | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it

 

Three Essential Facts

 

- China's bond markets are not big enough or deep enough for the Yuan to displace the US dollar.

 

- Contrary to what most think, having the reserve currency is a a curse more than a blessing.

 

- Neither China nor the US wants to be the global reserve currency.

 


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Would President Romney Reform the Right?

Would President Romney Reform the Right? | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it

by DANIEL McCARTHY (The American Conservative)


There’s been an internal debate among TAC personnel about which outcome next Tuesday is better for the health of the right. Obama’s victory in 2008 seemed certain, at the time, to shake up conservatism, prompting a re-evaluation of everything from neocon foreign policy to the GOP’s stenography for Wall Street. But it didn’t happen then, and I’m not confident it would happen if Obama won a second term. Not only does the record of the past four years suggest not, but recollection of the second Clinton term (or for that matter, the partisan stasis of the second Reagan and Bush II terms) also weighs heavily against hope of political realignment.


A Romney win, on the other hand, raises some surprising possibilities — because the ideologues most eager to see Romney prevail are the ones who stand to lose the most when President Romney turns out not to be a true-believer. And Romney, if he’s anything, is absolutely not a true believer of any sort. Not in politics, anyway. Under Obama, neoconservatives can blend in with the rest of the right in damning the president over misadventures like Benghazi (even as they call for him to lead us into more Benghazis by intervening in Syria or ramping up to war in Iran). Meanwhile, second-term Obama will pursue the same light-footprint interventionism that has characterized his first term, and the antiwar left will be mute.... [MORE]


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Presidential Campaign Posters: 200 Years of Election Art

Presidential Campaign Posters: 200 Years of Election Art | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it
A brief visual history of political propaganda design.


Now this is filled with great images that are perfect for classroom use today to understand the past. 


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Eight Lessons for the Presidential Debates

Eight Lessons for the Presidential Debates | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it
What are the key dos and don'ts the candidates should remember when campaigning for the White House?


What does history teach us about the importance of presidential debates?  Here are 8 take-home points about the historical import of debates. 


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10 Election 2012 Teaching Resources That You Should Know About

10 Election 2012 Teaching Resources That You Should Know About | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it
If you’re looking for great teaching resources on voting, the candidates and/or the Electoral College, you’ve come to the right place!


The Election presents an incredible teaching opportunity.  How are you going to use this moment in your classroom?


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Presidential Politics: Does Likeability Matter?

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William Lowndes was a congressman from South Carolina who served in the early part of the 19th century. He was once asked to describe who should serve as chief executive.

 

"The presidency is not an office to be either solicited or declined," he said.

 

In 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes didn't even vote for himself. He saw it as unseemly. And in 1916, Woodrow Wilson called campaigning "a great interruption to the rational consideration of public questions."

 

John Dickerson of Slate Magazine just wrote an extensive series on how we evaluate presidential candidates and the problems with it.

 

"For the first, really, hundred years of American history, the presidency was the kind of thing that no man who actively sought it was worth the job," Dickerson says. "Now we've turned it totally on its head."

 

Dickerson says that early on in American politics, the candidates were essentially picked by the political elites, and it was the elites who knew who the men were who were running for president.

 

"They judged them based on their interactions with them, their sense of honor, and character, and they put them forward," Dickerson says.

 

Nowadays, Dickerson contends, nobody would want to go back to that kind of system because it allows for all kinds of corruption. We've made a shift, he says, to the importance of a public presentation of the presidency. [MORE]


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Column: Give third parties a voice

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BY TERRY MICHAEL, USA TODAY

 

With looming worries about jobs, home values, health care, college debt and Afghanistan, Americans seek clear options this November. They're not getting them by design.

 

In general elections, major parties offer red meat, like tax cuts or promises to save Medicare, to reliable partisans while microtargeting messages to the undecideds in a few swing states to sweep up the last few votes by muddying the waters. The goal is to win state by state pluralities adding up to the 270 electoral college votes needed to win.

 

Voters are professionally manipulated, not engaged. Instead of seeing clear-cut alternatives, they hear just the messages campaign operatives want.

 

It doesn't have to be that way. If the broadcast and cable networks would let the two most prominent minor parties, Libertarians and Greens, briefly address the nation immediately after Mitt Romney and President Obama deliver their acceptance addresses, the whole dynamic could change.

 

[MORE] http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2012-08-21/third-party-conventions-libertarian-green/57194434/1


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The Science of Stowaways - The Scientist Magazine®

A dock dislodged by 2011's Japanese tsunami washes ashore in Oregon, posing an invasive species threat, but also serving as an unprecedented natural experiment in open-ocean dispersal.
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ATHENS, Ga.: Congressman calls evolution lie from 'pit of hell' - Nation Wires - MiamiHerald.com

Georgia Rep.Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell."...
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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low—Extreme Weather to Come?

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low—Extreme Weather to Come? | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it
Arctic sea ice is thawing at a record rate, mostly due to global warming, scientists say.
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Mapping Mars with Open Planetary Data | MapBox

Mapping Mars with Open Planetary Data | MapBox | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it

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If you’re happy and you know it……

Bloomberg takes a look at the most unhappy states in the U.S. While there is already a misery index out there, they went aa little further and applied it across the U.S.


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Dollar no longer primary oil currency as China begins to sell oil using Yuan

Dollar no longer primary oil currency as China begins to sell oil using Yuan | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it

On Thursday, Sept. 6... just a few days ago, China made the official announcement. China said on that day, our banking system is ready, all of our communication systems are ready, all of the transfer systems are ready, and as of that day, Thursday, Sept. 6, any nation in the world that wishes from this point on, to buy, sell, or trade crude oil, can do using the Chinese currency, not the American dollar.


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5 Instructional Shifts to Promote Deep Learning

5 Instructional Shifts to Promote Deep Learning | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it

Students can develop transferrable knowledge and skills as they engage in learning experiences that require them to construct knowledge. In order to facilitate these types of deep learning experiences, an adjustment in traditional instructional practices is necessary.


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misscrawleymfl's curator insight, March 17, 2013 3:19 PM

This links to flattened classroom idea discussed last week MEd

Mounds View High School's curator insight, January 15, 2014 2:35 PM

Interesting ideas to make our classrooms more student driven. 

Jeffrey Miles's curator insight, March 17, 2014 11:20 PM

I like this infographic about how to help students access higher level thinking skills

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Election 2012: Teaching Ideas and Resources

Election 2012: Teaching Ideas and Resources | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it

We suggested ways to teach about Election 2012 and included links to lesson plans and Times features, and we'll be updating the page regularly as the march to the White House proceeds.


The Learning Network has partnered with the NY Times to produce lesson plans for all ages (and all disciplines) on how to teach using the 2012 United States Presidential Election. 


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How The USA Expanded In One Mesmerizing Animated GIF

How The USA Expanded In One Mesmerizing Animated GIF | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it

Amazing work from wikipedia, summarizing the evolution of the US formation, originally here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territorial_evolution_of_the_United_States


Tags: USA, historical, visualization. 


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Paige T's comment, September 17, 2012 10:19 AM
This is very interesting because I had no idea that the United States had gone under such transformation. Even within certain borders, there is much change in respect to who the area belongs to. You definitely have to watch it a few times to get the full affect though.
Lindsey Robinson's comment, September 17, 2012 10:21 AM
Although the moving image makes it hard to actually pinpoint the U.S expansion at specific dates, I don't think that is the point of the map. The point of the map is to show how many times territories have changed, etc. I really like the map.. I have never seen anything like it.
Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 17, 2012 10:42 AM
The United States has changed drastically through the years with state borders, but I noticed that the regions' labels of the country are still similar today. For example, the southwest is much more divided today but still classified as a region with plenty of Spanish culture.
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Electoral Precedent

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Never say never.


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Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium!

Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium! | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it

For those who are planning to livestream the Rumble in the Air-conditioned Auditorium!


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Mr. Rogers' defense of PBS goes viral more than 40 years later

Mr. Rogers' defense of PBS goes viral more than 40 years later | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it
In the days since the first presidential debate -- when Big Bird was seemingly put on notice by Mitt Romney and his threat to cut PBS funding --...
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George Washington's views on political parties in America

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BY DENNIS JAMISON, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

 

When George Washington became President of the United States in 1789, there were no political parties.Political parties first emerged during Washington’s first term in office with the Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Party in 1791 and in the following year, the formation of the Anti-Federalist Party or Democratic-Republicans under the leadership of Thomas Jefferson.

The two political parties formulated their views of how government ought to operate in the new republic.

 

At the end of Washington’s first term, as he was preparing to retire and go back to Mt. Vernon to just be a farmer again, the leaders of the opposing parties both wanted him to reconsider with Hamilton and Jefferson pleading with Washington to stay on for a second term.

Jefferson is credited as stating: “North and South will hang together if they have you to hang on.”

 

Washington finally consented to such sentiments and was again the obvious choice of the Electoral College as they re-elected him in February of 1793.

 

 

[MORE] http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/history-purpose/2012/mar/9/george-washington-warns-against-political-parties/


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Tanner Mathews's curator insight, February 27, 2013 12:52 PM

its saying that while george washington was president is when the federalist and antifederalist parties were founded. 

Kaitlyn Joseph's comment, February 28, 2013 9:57 AM
This is a great and interesting article. It covers great history over Washingtons presidency. He had the federalist and the anti-federalist. We still have them today. This article talks about the political parties during Washingtons terms as president.
Eric Olson's curator insight, March 19, 2013 8:59 PM

This article states about how the political parties came about. They were not always Republican and Democratic parites. In Washington's time they were Federalists and Anti-Federalists.

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Will The Chinese Renminbi Replace The U.S. Dollar As The Primary Reserve Currency Of The World?

Will The Chinese Renminbi Replace The U.S. Dollar As The Primary Reserve Currency Of The World? | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it

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GOP Star Mia Love Fires Back at "Anchor Baby" Story

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The Utah Republican candidate responds to a Mother Jones story about her family's immigration tale, raising new questions.
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Bill would make public records easier to search

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California could become the first state in the nation to require that public agencies provide their records in searchable formats, such as Excel or Word.A bill making its way through the Legislature would establish an open data standard, requiring...


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Who are the 47%? The US in percentages map

Who are the 47%? The US in percentages map | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it
The US has become a land of percents: the 1% v the 99%, the 8% unemployed or the 15% in poverty – or the 47% Mitt Romney says don't pay taxes.
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Top 10 eBooks for Social Studies Teachers

Top 10 eBooks for Social Studies Teachers | World History and Current Issues | Scoop.it
With hundreds of different topics to study between the major Social Studies disciplines, it can be a complete drag to pick out the best eBooks for your students.

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