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When Liberals and Conservatives Agree on Women’s Rights

When Liberals and Conservatives Agree on Women’s Rights | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
You don’t hear much these days about liberals and conservatives working together, let alone to further women’s rights. But last week, the efforts of such a caucus paid off, when the Supreme Court lightened the burden for women who sue their employers under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), the federal law that bars employers from...
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This current event explains the case between Young and UPS about her struggle with the company to let her come back to work pregnant. I'm torn on this issue because i agree with her side on the part that she just wanted to keep working so she could continue to get paid. But on the other hand the company has a set of regulations that says lighter load work is strictly reserved for disabled people. They can't just up and decide to make the accommodation just because she asked. I think taking it to court was a very beneficial thing to pregnant women across the nation, just because they are pregnant should not mean they have to stop working entirely. They should have the opportunity to keep working even if it's the smallest task.  

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How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion

How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
It has been rather challenging for legal scholars to portray the Supreme Court opinions of the past few days as somehow following logically from precedent or even from the past…
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a) The Supreme Court is insulated from public opinion because justices are not directly elected by the people. Although they make decisions, it is all up to the president and the senate to get them on the court. Also, the court's job is not technically to make policy, their job is to settle controversies. They don't have to worry about making a wrong decision that will effect the entire population, also they won't receive a relevant backlash from the public.

b) The way the Supreme Court does not sway too far from public opinion is that they make decisions to remain legitimate in the eyes of the public. They want to be liked and respected. Also, if public opinion is in favor of the president, that could influence a judge to be able to keep his place on the court.

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Yemen, Iraq add to mounting Mideast issues for Obama

Yemen, Iraq add to mounting Mideast issues for Obama | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
Barack Obama faces a slew of Middle East crises that some call the worst in a generation, as new chaos from Yemen to Iraq — along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations — is confounding the president’s efforts to stabilize the region and strike a nuclear deal with Iran. The meltdown has Obama officials defending their management...
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In this scoop it explains the many issues Obama is facing reaching the end of his term. With all of this turmoil it's going to be very difficult to uphold a good presidential reputation of something goes wrong. This is just one of the many struggles president's face throughout the course of their term(s).
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Video: State of the Union 2015 in 90 seconds

Video: State of the Union 2015 in 90 seconds | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
POLITICO recaps the highlights of President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address in 90 seconds.
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According to this video, the presidency seems to be all about pleasing the people. Being overly optimistic about situations and making the citizens of the U.S. feel like they are important. Being president is about appealing to all people and pleasing all people's wants and needs. It's about making sure the majority is satisfied with the issues being proposed. 

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Article II for Dummies: The Executive Branch Explained - YouTube

Hip Hughes History lays down the tracks for the train of learning. So jump aboard and learn the essentials of Executive Power through Article II of the US Co...
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Article II of the constitution explains the formal powers of the president, both domestic and foreign. The president can be checked by congress on a few issues just to keep the checks and balances of power in line, for example, the president can nominate federal officials but congress must approve it before it becomes official. Also, the president may be the commander in chief of the armed forces, but he can't declare war, congress declares war. The president is the leader of the executive branch of government. 

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Welcome to the CIA Web Site — Central Intelligence Agency

Welcome to the CIA Web Site — Central Intelligence Agency | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
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The CIA is the Central Intelligence Agency. Their purpose is to collect information from different sources to solve a problem or find a criminal. They are very secretive and work very challenging schedules. The director of the CIA is John Brennan.
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CNN: 'Gerrymandering' the movie - YouTube

A new documentary looks at the firestorm issue of redistricting as midterm elections near.
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This scoop explains gerrymandering as a sort of way of cheating by politicians. Instead of just using the already drawn districts to determine the winner of elections, they re-draw boundaries based on who votes for them. This should not be something that is taken lightly, and it shouldn't be as easy to do as it is.
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111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets

111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
OpenSecrets.org has fundraising profiles for all 535 members of Congress (and more).
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An earmark is some type of contribution that is for a designated purpose or project. These do not include broad contributions that can be used for anything the politician desires. Earmarks are for specifics. On this site, it shows in a chart the earmarks broken up for each area of use and it also shows the total $ of earmarks over a period of time.
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House Session

House Session | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
The House continued debate on four articles of impeachment against President Clinton for perjury, obstruction of justice and abuse of power. Early in the debate Representative Livingston, after it…
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The impeachment process begins with the information being presented to the House of Representatives, then the information gets passed onto the House Rules Committee and once they examine the information it gets passed on to the judiciary committee. They examine the evidence and decide whether or not it's reasonable to impeach, if they can't decide it gets sent back to the floor of the house (rendering articles of impeachment). The house then debates the issue and a simple majority is needed to impeach. Finally, senate holds a trial to determine guilty or not guilty and they need 2/3rds vote to impeach.
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Congressman Jody Hice

Congressman Jody Hice | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
Representing the 10th District of Georgia
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On February 11, Jody Hice was working towards passing the Keystone Pipeline Approval Act. He defended the American energy independence. Hice can help constituents with internships, military academy nominations, letters of recommendation, and many others. I really enjoyed his visit to Ola High. It really made me feel good that he took time out of his busy schedule to spend a morning with a group of high school students. He answered his questions very well and made us all feel comfortable. I'm glad I had the opportunity to shake his hand. 

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The United States House of Representatives · House.gov

The United States House of Representatives · House.gov | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
Home page of the United States House of Representatives
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This scoop shows the ins and outs of the House of Representatives. It is made up of 453 members, 254 republican and 199 democrat. Many committees reside in the house.
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PoliticalCartoons.com Cartoon

PoliticalCartoons.com Cartoon | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
Buy licenses for editorial cartoons. The best cartoonists and content at affordable rates.
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Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com

Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
At Kagan's hearings, liberals will seek assurances that she is one of their own, while conservatives will test whether she's within their definition of the mainstream
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a) Elena Kagan was the Solicitor General before being nominated by Obama to be a justice on the court. This played a huge role in the appointment process because the senate thought since she had never been on the court or worked in a strictly judicial area that most of her career would be too political to make her a good nomination. Also, Kagan is a jew. Religious affiliation always plays a large role in how a person is considered. She worked underneath Thurgood Marshall, which is a pro for her chances of being confirmed. 

b) Interest groups such as the NRA would want to find anything they can to go against Kagan due to her belief of strict gun control. She has a past with banning firearms and there's enough of it to damage the NRA. Although Kagan is a liberal, her beliefs with gay rights are more conservative. This may give gay rights activists the opportunity to fight against Kagan's beliefs and also get many conservatives on her side.

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Supreme%20Court%20Procedure%20_%20Cases.pdf

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a) The jurisdiction of the Supreme Court consists of hearing many different types of cases. They can hear controversies between states, between citizens and states, between states and the nation, between citizens and the nation, and all three together. They can also choose which cases they want to review.

b) Most cases that get to the Supreme court come from appeals (appellate jurisdiction). These make up 95% of the cases. To be considered in court they must examine the merit of the case. Some cases may go directly to the court but it is very rare. The case must have paperwork and a petition for a writ of certiorari. This is a request to the lower courts for more information about the case. Also an amicus brief, which is a "friend of the court" legal document brief. The majority opinion is the concurring opinion where most agree in favor, and the minority opinion is the dissenting opinion which is where one or more justices disagree with the majority opinion. 

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Why Presidents Are Also Celebrities

Why Presidents Are Also Celebrities | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
The Roosevelts transformed the United States—and made its leaders into stars.
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Presidents are celebrities because they are the leader of our nation. They are all over the news and other media every single day and everything they do is important. They're just like any actor or singer, but even more important. They get good press and bad press but they get attention for everything. Nearly the most stressful job a person can have will make you the most famous.
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Reagan asks Gorbachev to "Tear Down This Wall" - YouTube

This has been adapted from the full video of the speech, which comes courtesy of the Miller Center of the University of Virginia. The video, audio, and trans...
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The role of the president being depicted in this video is Chief Diplomat. Reagan traveled to the Soviet Union to speak directly to the people and their leader of this peace negotiation to tear down the Berlin Wall to keep peace in their nation. As Chief Diplomat these actions can be carried out. 

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Executive Command | iCivics

Executive Command | iCivics | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
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This game involved a very lengthy and laborious process. Being president seems to be a very busy, 24 hour job. There are so many places that the president has to be at one time and there is always something going on. There is always a meeting to attend to and there are always new proposals that have to be read and passed into law or vetoed. While trying to keep up with the daily activities the president also has to keep the popularity of the people.

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United States Department of Defense (defense.gov)

United States Department of Defense (defense.gov) | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
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The department of defense is in charge of the United States military. They carry out anything involved with the military and their job is to keep everyone safe and in good hands. The secretary of defense is Ash Carter. The DOD is one of the most important agencies in the United States.
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The White House

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The White House is quite the place to navigate. The schedule of the president is very busy every single day. His schedule on today, April 2, 2015, consists of flying to Kentucky and touring Indatus. The president then delivers remarks and makes his way to Utah and arrives there tonight. The roles being described here is his ability to interact with constituents and visit various places throughout the nation. 

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History of the Filibuster - YouTube

Discover the interesting history of the filibuster, from Cato the Younger to Rand Paul, and see why it is an important part of the American system of governm...
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A filibuster is a slang term meaning to talk a bill to death. Generally, a filibuster is only carried out by the minority party to attempt to prevent the other party's bill from being passed through congress. This is where one stands up and just talks and talks and talks to waste time on the process. Before a filibuster happens, a hold is put on the bill, which acts as a sort of threat saying "we're going to filibuster your bill". Filibustering is very effective in delaying the legislative process.
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Election Other - Congressional Job Approval

Election Other - Congressional Job Approval | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
RealClearPolitics Polls
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Congress' approval ratings are beyond low, but I believe that they are what they are because the citizens do not agree 100% with the ideas. The people will never be satisfied, but they know that congress is something that needs to be im our government and without it the government would be absolute chaos. People vote how they like, but they see that who is already on congress has more experience than re-electing new officials every time they don't like an idea.
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Why Congress Matters (Facts of Congress) - YouTube

Civics doesn't need to be dry and boring! Learn Facts of Congress with music and animation in Jib/Jab & Monty Python style from those hilarious folks at Flas...
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Congress is important because it's the only way that freedom is maintained. Without congress the president is the only person that can make laws, and that would put too much power in the hands of the executive branch. Congress is there to check on the other branches to make sure everyone is doing their job and that freedom is maintained.
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Committee on Agriculture

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In the House Committee of Agriculture, which is found in the House of Representatives, they deal with any agricultural law or issue about land, food, etc. across the country. The committee chairman is Conaway Michael. The majority is occupied by republicans while the minority would be the democrats. 

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LawCraft | iCivics

LawCraft | iCivics | 4 Sam Lloyd | Scoop.it
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During this game I realized how difficult it is to get a bill passed into law. The process is lengthy and it makes you compromise some of your own beliefs to be able to get the bill to pass. It's all about pleasing the people voting for the bill. 

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