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A topic made for my A.P. Government class. The pieces will include articles on things going on in the world with some impact in the US
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Obama Mobile App Raises Privacy Concerns (8/9/12)

Obama Mobile App Raises Privacy Concerns (8/9/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

Recently the Obama Administration created an app so that campaign volunteers can connect with democrats. Apparently the app shows the "location of the nearest democrats, the address, first and last name and the initials of registered voters available to volunteers." Some companies and authors are trying to say this app has privacy issues. However, Mark Rotenburg, Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center says there isn'ta ny problem because the people that join the app get to choose if their location can be used. No matter if there is a privacy issue or not, the Obama Administration won't be the last to have an app.

 

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Has Mitt Romney Been Attracting Fake Twitter Followers? (8/01/12)

Has Mitt Romney Been Attracting Fake Twitter Followers? (8/01/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

Earlier on in the year the social new website Reddit was banned big companies from their site due to an accusation against said companies for crowdturfing, the inflating the number of votes on content by fake means. Recently Mitt Romney was hit for this same accusation when he recieved and increase of 140,000 followers on Twitter in two days. Before this Romeny had only recieved 2-5,000 followers a day. That large influx of 70,000 caused for suspicion. After a severe analysis of the "new followers" it was shown that most of thos followers were just fake business or accounts to make it seem liek Romney was the next big thing on Twitter. Is Romney and his followers, people not twitter, going to such lengths as creating fake accounts just make it seem like Romney is the next best thing? Why is that even necessary? In all honesty I believe that Romney should prove to us hes the "next best thing" by just being himself and having real points that curb to the peoples needs.

 

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Bobby Jindal and the Expat Problem (7/27/12)

Bobby Jindal and the Expat Problem (7/27/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

(More updates on Romney's England Mishap)

After repeated mistakes in Britian, see aritcles below, the Republicans sent in Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, to save the day. However, the Republicans plan didn't work. Instead of appeasing the British press or the British people Jindal just upset them even more. Jindal reportedly said that they, meaning the Republicans, Romney, and Jindal, weren't worried about the press in Britain but instead were worried just about the American people and their opinion. If he's worried about the American people's opinion he should worry about Britians. Good knowledge and skill at foreign policy is something Americans should look for in a president. If Romney and Jindal aren't worried about Britain, and concidering Romney's slip ups, Romney's skills with foreign policy aren't looking to good.

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Romney Ad Contends Stimulus Money Went Overseas or to Donors (7/18/12)

Romney Ad Contends Stimulus Money Went Overseas or to Donors (7/18/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

The new Mitt Romney comapign add slandering Barack Obama has been proven completely false. In this television ad Romney says that the stimulus money (the bill was passed in 2009) was all given to Obama's special-interest groups and friends and his backers. In reality it went to tax credit for working middle-income families, larger exemptions for those hit by alternative minimum tax, public school funding, and Medicaid grants. Another claim in the ad was that $500 million of that simulus went to Solyndra, a solar energy company that collapsed, which was true.The third claim though, that stimulus money went to “electric cars from Finland”, is completely false. In reality the struggling company of Fisker Automotive was granted by the Obama adminstration for $529 million loans that wee granted under the George W. Bush-era program, not the stimulus. All-in-all, the question is, if Mitt Romney, "approves this message," then what else is he approving that isn't correct?

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Mitt Romney Fails to Qualify as President (7/12/12)

Mitt Romney Fails to Qualify as President (7/12/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

Mit Romney, the candidate for the Republican side, isn't fit for the presidency according to this article written by Jimmy Zuma. Evidence pointing to this is Mitt Romney's offshore bank accounts and his "unknown" history which is only unknown because Romney refuses to give access to his past tax paying funds, expense records, etc. His best year, 2010, he paid 13.9% on $21 million dollars while the rest of middle class America is paying 18% on an income of $80,000 or less. If this is his best year, what the heck does his worst year look like? On top of this, as I mentioned, what's going on with his offshore banking accounts. He refuses to say how much is in them or even where they are. Just as a guestimation, if half of his earning in 2010 went into thos offshore banking account then that means he really only paid 6.8% in taxes. Of course, Romney's arguments, and anyone that backs him arguments, are that what he's doing is completely legal. However, just because something is legal doesn't mean that it's right or presidential. Some examples from the article are that it’s also legal to exaggerate when you’re selling a used car, it is legal to lie to your wife when you’re having an affair, and it is legal to spend your children’s college fund on binge drinking and gambling. As I said all of these things are legal but definitely not right. How can we allow someone that is so secretive, unpresidential, and corrupted be our president. Heck, how can the Republicans even allow him to be their candidate?

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Obama's Olympic well-wishes (7/3/12)

Obama's Olympic well-wishes (7/3/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

While the Republican weekly focused on taxes (which is always a topic of discussion for politics) President Obama's weekly focused on the Olypimcs, which most Americans are looking forward to or watching. He spoke of how proud he was of America's countless gold medals and the other achievements that the American olypians have had in the 2012 Olympics. Amongst other things Obama also mentioned the dedication and character of the olympians which I believe our country needs to focus on. When an Olympian goes to the Olympics they aren't just representing themselves, they're representing the whole American team and the whole country. If our leaders, not just in politics but anywhere, would have the mindset of thinking for the rest of the group, team, country, etc., then I believe our country would be in a much better place than it is now.

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Did Obama's Campaign Outsource Work Overseas? (6/27/12)

Did Obama's Campaign Outsource Work Overseas? (6/27/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

When you think outsourcing in this current election most would think of Mitt Romney. But according to The Beacon, you should be thinking Obama. Allegations saying that Obama was outsourcing jobs to the Phillipines and the to the UK were reported in the Beacon but were proved to have no evidence to back it up. As the ABC website reports all the information that the Beacon reported was out of context or completely incorrect, therefore making it seem like Obama was not only outsourcing jobs but also hypocritical since Obama and his party make the same allegations against Mitt Romney. Looks like Mitt Romney, his party, and the Beacon will need to come up with some better information.

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59 Seconds: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

59 Seconds: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

So much in only 59 seconds but here's the main points. The World Leaders are wrapping up the G-20 summit in Mexico and issued a statement later today based on job creation and growth. Also during this meeting, they discussed a bolder plan to save the Euro. Jamie Diamond went back to Capitol Hill to testify in front of the state and said that he feels terrible about the $2 Billion trading loss but that no customer or tax payer money was lost. Recently online consumer credit card complaint database was set and released today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and is said to be the largest database of compliants today. With the end of May commerce company have said that there is a large increase in single-family homes being commited to and constructed which is the third month in this increase. Lastly Microsoft released its new tablet yesterday but nothing has been told of it battery life and price. Although it looks good and has nice attributes those two qualitites are important.

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Can President Obama talk his way out of political trouble (again)? (6/13/12)

Can President Obama talk his way out of political trouble (again)? (6/13/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

During President Obama's run of candidacy and eventual presidency he became known for his powerful and moving speeches. Some say that his speeches tricked them into believing Obama was a good candidate and eventually they regretted voting for him. However, even if you don't like Obama or disagree with his ideas, one could strongly agree that he is a good orator. Obama and his party are hoping this skill will help him deliver a "major speech" in Ohio on economics. Looking back on his previous history of speeches and things he's convinced people of with his speeches shows a good sign that Obama will succeed in his plan of smoothing over the critiques he's getting from the opposing party.

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Is There Anything Mitt Romney Can Learn from India's Anna Hazare Movement? (8/6/12)

Is There Anything Mitt Romney Can Learn from India's Anna Hazare Movement? (8/6/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

A familiar story to some, Don Quiote, is used as an exemplitory story in this article as it explains Anna Hazare's movement. When all the hulabaloo died down about his movement Hazare fasted and had is main followers become political to make the Indian Parliament pass a bill. The connection this article made to our election year though was that Romney needs to take something from Anna Hazare. Eventually, Anna Hazare's movement dissapeared because the people and the government lost interest. No, Romney can't fast to get the people's attention but he can take the lesson that if he isn't careful, certain topics he makes promises about will eventually lose the people interest and America just won't care, making us not really care about Romney.

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Update on Mitt Romney Great Britain Mishap (7/29/12)

Update on Mitt Romney Great Britain Mishap (7/29/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

As said in the previous article Mitt Romney had quite the mishap in England. However he seemed to add more and more to it, eventually causing such an upheaval in England that people started outright slandering him. On top of saying that the Olympics in England was "disconcerting" Romney proved his lack of knowledge in internal affairs by commenting on a secret meeting he had with the British Intelligence Agency MI6 which greatly upset the British government. Later, Romney referred to the opposition leader, Ed Miliban, as Mr. Leader. In British Politics and manners he should have been referred to as Mr. Miliban and then proceeded to call the nation of England the Nation of Great Britain. Britain was in an uproar after all of these mishaps and continually bashed Romney including when the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said in front of 80,000+ people, “There are some people who are coming from around the world who don’t yet know about all the preparations we’ve done to get London ready in the last seven years. I heard there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready? Yes we are!”

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Romney Bashes The Brit's Olympics (7/26/12)

Romney Bashes The Brit's Olympics (7/26/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

A few articles back I talked about Obama and his support of the Olypimcs and the American participation in it. However, this article is about Mitt Romney and his BASHING the Brit's attempt at hosting the 2012 Olympics. The article quotes an interview Romney had with NBC TV's news when he said, "The stories about private security firms not having enough people, the supposed strike of immigration and custom officials - that is obviously not something that is encouraging," and when he said that the wholidea was, "disconcerting," because it was , "hard to know just how it would turn out." Considering the fact that, if Romney gets the Presidency, he might need to rely on Britain for things, you would think he would be more repectful (especially since it's on national television). In response or defense of this republicans and fellow politicians said something to the effeect of, "Mitt Romney would be the one to use more offensive than charm in his charm offensive."  

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Waiving Work Requirements for Welfare Recipients (7/17/12)

Waiving Work Requirements for Welfare Recipients (7/17/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

Welfare has been around since I can remember (which even though that's only 15 years, that's still along time) however it has always been something national leaders wanted to change or make better. This article tells of how the Obama administration tried to bypass Congress and change the qualifications for welfare. Before this memo was released by the Department of Health and Human Services the qualifications were that someone that recieved welfare had to do 35 hours a week of some kind of service. A service that would count could be volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity, training in a vocational center, or job hunting. This new memo says that hours could be cleared if somone was just journaling or reading self help books. How is journaling or reading self help books going to help the economy or get someone a job? The answer is simple, it won't.  

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Bradley Manning: Doomed Before Trial (7/8/12)

Bradley Manning: Doomed Before Trial (7/8/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

Bradley Manning, who originally served our country, was arrested and incarcerated because of rumors that he had leaked important information about the Iraqi War. He was taken to Quantico, Virginia to be held before his trial. As said in the Constitution, any American has the right to a fair and speedy trial and are not subject to torture. I dare you to watch the video in the above article and see his living arrangments. He is locked in a 10 X 6 ft. cell with no sheets, pillow, bed, clothes, light, or personal necessities. He is allowed out of his cell for one hour a day and forced to sleep on the cold hard floor for the mandatory 7 hour sleep cycle at the facility. The reason for this awful treatment? The facility says he's suicidal and needs to be locked up there even though his therapist/psychiatrist say he's not suicidal. Is this what our country has come too? Not only that but he has been stuck in this cell for over a year waiting a trial and isn't even allowed to have access to the materials he would need to prove his innocence. Are we condeming an innocent man?The treatment that he has recieved in and of itself has rights for another trial. How can our government sit here and allow this to happen? We are America. The supposed "Land of Hope". Incarcerating and denying a  man who served our country his rights doesnt seem very hopfeul.

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» Side By Side: Ronald Reagan & Barack Obama Concur on ‘Class Warfare’ 9 (7/1/12)

» Side By Side: Ronald Reagan & Barack Obama Concur on ‘Class Warfare’ 9 (7/1/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

Republicans during this election have been saying their "Hero" is President Reagan, however, the similarites between Reagan and Obama are completely obvious. In speeches given (That you can watch clips of in the articles videos) Obama says almost the exact same pitch Reagan gave about taxes concerning the rich and poor. This said, it makes you wonder why the Republicans are so against Obama if Obama has the same ideas as their hero.

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Most Americans oppose health law but like provisions (6/24/12)

Most Americans oppose health law but like provisions (6/24/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

When a poll was taken regarding the Obamcare helathcar plan results showed thatmost people only disagreed with one part. In fact most wanted all of the healthcare plan except for one part. The part that people disagree with the "Individual Mandate" which states that all U.S. citizens must have health insurance; reason being: some are saying it's unconstitutional. According to reports, the Supreme Court should be ruling on this in the following weeks.

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President Obama made a political decision on immigration. So what? (6/18/12)

President Obama made a political decision on immigration. So what? (6/18/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

In the past three years during President Obama's Presidency the Hispanic community have felt neglected. Recently (6/15/12) Obama decided to officially stop deporting young illegal immigrants. The republicans were put in a very hard position and took a few days to actually give a response. When they did so, Mitt Romney said that due to the fact that Obama failed to do anything for the Hispanics in his last 3 and a half years proved that this was only for election purposes and didn't truly care about the hispanics. This, as said in the article, is very true. But in the last few months of any president's presidency their main motive is most likely focused on the reelection. However, no matter if this move was truly done because Obama felt bad for the Hispanics or not has no meaning. This decision gave a, "Double Wammy." Not only did it leave the Republicans in a difficult position to respond to it but it also made the Hispanics start to rethink their decision on the election and their feelings towards Obama. Overall, Obama is playing the field well.

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Nixon’s worst Watergate legacy: The politics of hatred (6/11/12)

Nixon’s worst Watergate legacy: The politics of hatred (6/11/12) | A.P. Government things | Scoop.it

"I believe that nations, like individuals, have souls."

 

Watergate was the top news in the early 1970s as series of events occured starting off with the burglary of the Democratic Party’s National Committee offices in the Watergate Hotel. One thing led to another and eventually Nixon was accused and found guilty of knowing of and allowing this burgarly. Ultimately ending in he resignation. This was said to have ruined the foundation of our country, the belief of the "rule of the law". But it Nixon still getting beef about it, even in 2012? As said in the article, the scandle left Americans with this long lasting hatred of not only the government but also their fellow Americans. As it says as the final quote in the article, "We should therefore judge our political candidates and political parties on whether they pursue a politics of love and justice, or a politics of hatred. Then, and only then, can we as Americans finally escape the legacy of Richard Nixon," which I think is perfect for this year considering we're in the middle of an election year.

 

 

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