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BY 4/3 -- 5 celebs who sold Obamacare best

BY 4/3 -- 5 celebs who sold Obamacare best | Alex Sherman's BHS GOPO |
The White House has recruited more than 40 celebrities, and some of their moms, to encourage Americans to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. These celebs sold it best.

Via Teresa Herrin
Alex Sherman's insight:

These celebrity campaigns rallying support for the ACA were, on Obama's part, a successful use at going public and communicating to the people. However it seems almost as gimmicky as any other political commercial, only giving the positives on a piece of legislation while skipping over the negative effects. The celebrity's involved just made it more entertaining than most commercials, however I didn't learn anything new about the ACA while watching them.

Colin Shi's curator insight, April 5, 2014 4:23 PM

These five celebrities have successfully promoted the Affordable Care Act. While effective, these means are often frowned upon because they seem more like doing a commercial for a piece of government legislation, and should be counted as propaganda. You should be going for the product, not the celebrity name.

Mel Mountain Du's curator insight, April 6, 2014 6:53 PM

This is a very intelligent and effective way for the President to endorse and the Affordable Care Act, as well as gain the public's admiration. This reaches out to the young demographic, especially.

Nathan Hiransomboon's curator insight, April 7, 2014 10:53 AM

President Obama's attempt to gain support for the ACA by having famous celebrities like Ellen and Jennifer Hudson support it, help the ACA reach its goal. As the younger generation would be the population that would pay the most in the system for the proportion that they take out, then President Obama aiming to have the younger generation join with the support of celebrities is very strategic.

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BY 4/3 -- Obama's Tuesday's Address about ACA Enrollments (NBC News Video)

BY 4/3 -- Obama's Tuesday's Address about ACA Enrollments (NBC News Video) | Alex Sherman's BHS GOPO |
Watch the latest news videos and episodes of the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. - NBC News
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Obama is stating statistics about the Affordable Care Act that look appealing at surface value. However the lack of background behind those statistics, specifically the ratio of young and healthy people currently signed up, can result in American misconceptions about the "success" of Obamacare.

Colin Shi's curator insight, April 4, 2014 11:34 PM

At this moment, president Obama is extremely pleased about the progress in the Affordability Care Act since last October. More than 7 million have signed up, and many problems, both technical and logistical, have been diagnosed since the launch. Obama sees this progress positively and accuses Republicans for obstructing progress, that history only remembers those who promote progress. Obama, like any politician, but remain confident in his own agenda, even though he may know the program is overly complicated, and has a huge potential for chaos in the coming years.

Mel Mountain Du's curator insight, April 6, 2014 6:56 PM

With 7.1 million sign-ups at, it appears that Obama is recovering from his disastrous opening. It is still unclear if enough young, healthy people have signed up, in order to balance the healthcare budget. What he really needs now, though, is Democratic support.

Nathan Hiransomboon's curator insight, April 7, 2014 10:32 AM

Healthcare is a basic human right guaranteed by the United Nation's Deceleration of Human Rights. At the point that the United States is one of the only developed nations in the world that doesn't have a universal healthcare system, the 3 million people that got Medicare through Obamacare allows the US to reach this goal.

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DUE BY 3/13 @ 11:59 pm -- Feinstein Is Right. The CIA’s Out of Control.

DUE BY 3/13 @ 11:59 pm -- Feinstein Is Right. The CIA’s Out of Control. | Alex Sherman's BHS GOPO |
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...

Via Teresa Herrin
Alex Sherman's insight:

1. Head of the Intelligence committee and a Democratic senator from California.

2. She is accusing the CIA of operating above the law, intelligence committee in congress, by covering up a document intended to ban the secret prisons and intelligence attaining methods.

3. It's newsworthy because the president specifically banned such practices in 2009, but after still going on, now are challenging Congressional ruling. This brings to light the question of whether or not an executive branch institution can challenge congressional legislation.

4. I believe that the CIA should not operate independently of Congress, however there needs to be a way of balancing power between the two. The CIA is extremely important in what it does for the country however an institution operating above the law is dangerous in it's ability to be corrupt.

Laura Ojinnaka's curator insight, March 18, 2014 10:13 PM

Senator Feinstein is a democratic senator from California and the head of the intelligence committee. She is accusing the CIA of criminal activity in improperly searching a computer network set up for lawmakers investigating allegations that the agency used torture in terror investigations.

This is newsworthy because the CIA is over stepping their boundaries, and engaging in illegal behavior.

I agree with the senator and believe that Senate committee should have access to the CIA's files, if they are indeed committing crimes, and should be monitored. 

carly johnson's curator insight, March 22, 2014 10:47 PM

Feinstein is a senator to California and has led the intelligence committee for 5 years. She claims that CIA agents have been spying on hearings and going through their files. She believes they are using this to cover up things that they have done. Accusing the CIA of this is a big accusation, so the media is widely covering this. This could cause a big investigation, and regulations to be changed. I think when the government starts spying on itself to cover things up that the deceit and spying has gone too far. The CIA should be investigated and be held accountable.

Tiffany Sabbaghi's curator insight, March 23, 2014 3:47 PM

(Absent on 3/13 and 3/14)

Senator Feinstein is the senior United States Senator from California and member of the democratic party, she is also head of the intelligence committee. 

She has accused the CIA of lying, cheating, and also stealing to block 6300 page report on the CIA's secret prisons and torture. She has said that the agency is guilty of spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee's staff in order to cover it's own misdeeds.

This information is newsworthy because of the fact that President Barack Obama banned the prisons due to the torture. According to her, they are essentially breaking the law and working on their own agenda.

I think that Senator Feinstein is doing the right thing by exploiting the actions of the CIA, since their tactics of getting information has always been controversial due to all the senseless torturing and spying. I think she is doing her part in trying to protect her constituents. 

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Unit 4 -- DUE 3/10 -- The Case for Corruption

Unit 4 -- DUE 3/10 -- The Case for Corruption | Alex Sherman's BHS GOPO |
Why Washington needs more honest graft
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The article explains the shift of how government operates in the past few years. In the past we used pork-barrel legislation to get anything passed, by giving each key voter in congress a bonus for voting attached to the bill as an earmark. This resulted in a few happy constituents, but that is in no way worth the billions of dollars it costs the U.S. Now, at a time where the economy is on everybody's political agenda, that logrolling form of legislation is simply fiscally irresponsible. However, we are in a new age that has "solved" that problem, and that solution is political gridlock. This means no party cooperates with the other and nothing gets passed. I believe we need to fix this system, but not revert back to the old one. Bipartisan compromise is the only solution to the vast majority of U.S. problems. This means the hardcore liberals, and the hardcore conservatives need to meet at a more moderate ideological interest for the greater good of America. The reason the majority of American's are moderates is because that is the only way to solve the problems we are facing, a mixture of both Republican and Democratic ideas. Compromise is the key to ending this gridlock.

Max Lau's curator insight, March 10, 2014 1:13 AM

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.

Matt Philipps's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:21 AM

The articles talks about our transition from pork barrel legislation to the grid lock we have now in Congress. In the past logrolling was used to assure votes by promising incentives. This in a way can be compared to bribing and caused useless spending to please a few constituents of the voters. Now we currently have gridlock and we can't get anything done because of disagreements between both parties. Compromise is needed if we wanna move forward.

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The War on Reason

The War on Reason | Alex Sherman's BHS GOPO |
Scientists and philosophers argue that human beings are little more than puppets of their biochemistry. Here's why they're wrong.

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read excerpt

Paul Nguyen's curator insight, March 6, 2014 2:15 PM

read on excerpt 

Bryan Mejia's curator insight, March 6, 2014 2:15 PM

need to read  the exert 

Ashley O.'s curator insight, March 7, 2014 9:42 PM

The mind has many thoughts that differs from individual to individual. In the mind of a Conservative they base many issues or decisions off of morals. In comparison, the Liberals base the issues or decisions off of social experiences.

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U.S. Senate: Senators Home > Senate Organization

U.S. Senate: Senators Home > Senate Organization | Alex Sherman's BHS GOPO |

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (TX-R)

Minority Whip

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Teresa Herrin's curator insight, March 4, 2014 8:58 PM

Great place to prepare for Friday's Leadership Quiz. Remember, you also need to know the two Texas Senators.

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9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask | Alex Sherman's BHS GOPO |
Yes, the first question is "What is Ukraine?"

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Answer: What is your suggestion for US policy in Ukraine?

I believe the government should keep a close eye on the situation while trying not to get too involved. Many house republicans are calling for a military presence in Ukraine to not get "bullied" by Russia. This seems to me, a self identified republican, extremely immature and stupid. The last time the U.S. entered a country to regulate and "keep the peace", it didn't work out so well for us. It is a difficult situation in Ukraine and the last thing it needs is for the U.S. to make it more complicated. We should keep an eye on Russia, all the while engaging in a joint resolution to the situation with the  entire European Union as opposed to just the U.S. The point of the EU is to establish geopolitical peace and consistency, and in a situation where a country is half identified as European, it is their place to come up with a solution and not let Russia seize the whole country to establish a false sense of militaristic strength due to a president that is a borderline sociopath. That might have been a little harsh but Putin has ruined every relationship built as a result of the Sochi Olympics in the matter of one week. 

Max Lau's curator insight, March 10, 2014 1:05 AM

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.

Weiyi Wang's curator insight, March 10, 2014 1:27 AM

Based on the strict cultural and political divide of the eastern and western portions of Ukraine, conflicts like these are to be expected. Foreign meddling is what caused the conflict in the first place, so it probably won't be the solution. US intervention would put even greater strain on the US-Russia relationship, and will probably be unnecessary seeing how the Yanukovych has not used military force against the protesters as of yet. Since the deal with the EU was so important both economically and politically, the unrest was inevitable, but will probably play out without instigating a civil war.

Colin Shi's curator insight, March 10, 2014 2:35 AM

This article has shed light on the historical and cultural context that served as the backdrop of this current conflict. The US has been put in a rather difficult situation: to either intervene on the West's behalf to protect its own interests while risking sour foreign relations and perhaps outright conflict with Russia, or to watch Russia attempt to regain its fallen empire, as Russia would gain valuable natural resources and a strategic coastline along the Black Sea. Thus, I believe that to best preserve US intentions, the US must not immediately deploy troops into this hotly-contested nation, nor should it merely watch the situation unfold. Through the UN, NATO, or other global and western alliances, the US should hope to limit Russian encroachment through sanctions, compromises, or treaties. Seeing the obvious dichotomy of the nation, I don't mind seeing Ukraine split, an action that would reduce tensions in either half. Military force should be used only as a last resort in case the established agreements are violated.

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2014 Elections: Poll shows incumbents in trouble

2014 Elections: Poll shows incumbents in trouble | Alex Sherman's BHS GOPO |
While an anti-incumbent attitude is prevalent among Americans, Republicans have the upper-hand in the midterm Senate elections, according to a new poll. In the 34 states with Senate elections this fall, 50 percent of voters favor Republicans while 42 favor Democrats, according to a Washington Post-ABC poll released Tuesday. In the House, voters were...

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Matias Kopinsky's curator insight, March 6, 2014 2:56 PM

I really feel that the people are tired of gridlock. Therefore, people are blaming the President and the democratic party.

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BY 4/3 -- At 49 Percent Support, Obamacare Hits a High (Includes PDF with full poll results, charts and tables)

BY 4/3 -- At 49 Percent Support, Obamacare Hits a High (Includes PDF with full poll results, charts and tables) | Alex Sherman's BHS GOPO |
Public support for the Affordable Care Act narrowly notched a new high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, while criticism of Barack Obama’s handling of the law’s rollout – although still substantial – has eased from its peak last fall. Views hardly are enthusiastic: With the year’s sign-up deadline upon us, Americans split on Obamacare, 49 percent in support, 48 percent opposed. But that compares with a 40-57 percent negative rating after the initial failure of the federal enrollment website last November. See PDF with full results, charts and tables here. While still shy of a majority, 49 percent…

Via Teresa Herrin
Alex Sherman's insight:

This article analyzes the trend in demographics showing national opinions of the ACA. Shifting primarily from the peak of the website crash scandal, to the months preceding it. Highlighting the increased support rate serves no real purpose in my opinion however, more people will naturally be less openly against the ACA now that it actually has a functioning website. Many extraneous variables could exist in this analysis however such as those that were turned off by the government shut down in direct opposition to the act, seeing it as the lesser of two evils.

Kevin Suazo's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:51 AM

1. 49% of Americans are in support of Obamacare while 48% remained opposed to it make this rating the highest one to date. Obama continues to receive criticism for the laws implementation.Views on the law have shifted disproportionately among conservatives.

2.The shift within the conservatives is very surprising to me especially the 10 points among strong conservatives and the  8 points among conservative Republicans. I think this shift is a definite plus for Obama and that he's making decent progress. 

Mel Mountain Du's curator insight, April 6, 2014 7:13 PM
Recovering from a low of 40% following the failure, the Affordable Care Act has reached a new high of 49%, just above the 48% opposed. Even Republicans and Conservatives have decreased their opposition. However, with a sample of only 1000, and an error of 3.5 points, I would question the accuracy of this poll.
Nathan Hiransomboon's curator insight, April 7, 2014 10:23 AM

President Obama is making a very good move in trying to create more support for the "Affordable Care Act" by trying to gain young support. By going to shows like "Between Two Ferns" President Obama gained the support he would need to reach the 7 million Americans he would need. 

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BY 4/3 -- READ SCOOP INSTRUCTIONS BELOW -- Death of the White House Press Corps

BY 4/3 -- READ SCOOP INSTRUCTIONS BELOW -- Death of the White House Press Corps | Alex Sherman's BHS GOPO |
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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Teresa Herrin's insight:

Rescoop & provide the following --

1. Record the article's date. 4/3/10

2. Define press corp. The press corp. are the media correspondents of the white house.

3. Explain "filterless presidency". A filterless presidency is where the white house can communicate something to the public without the media interpreting it or summarizing it in their own words.

4. Record the number of Obama's CURRENT social media followers -- Twitter & Facebook.

42.3 m - Twitter

39 m - Facebook

5. In three sentences, state the author's concern.

The author's concern is on the topic of technology revolutionizing the stream of information from the white house. Though this is often seen positively, it is resulting in the uselessness of the press corp. This spike in availability of information is making the important job seem obsolete.

6. In five sentences, provide your opinion. Use info from the article. Use this scale and provide a numeric score to reflect your opinion:

I agree with the author of the article on the topic of crediblity. Meaning that if somebody overlooks a source of information and takes more into account the information itself, it leads to misconceptions. However, I believe that there are many Americans that care more about the substance of the news rather than the way it is presented, I myself being in that category. Technology has made getting the bare facts on a topic much easier of a process, as apposed to digging through an article.


Personally I am a 2. 


1 = Not at all concerned

2 = Somewhat concerned

3 = Concerned

4 = Very concerned

5 = Extremely concerned

Colin Shi's curator insight, April 4, 2014 11:09 PM

1. April 3, 2010

2. The white house press corps is the group in charge of media coverage of the president, that interprets and presents the president's image to the public.

3. The president can directly present himself to the public without a middleman that filters and interprets the information.

4. 42.4 million followers on Twitter, 39 million likes on facebook

5. The author is concerned that the job of the white house press corps is going obsolete. This trend may have significant consequences because the president will likely present himself with a personal bias, sometimes even called a "hagiography". Not having press conferences also presents a problem because it will no longer give the public a clear picture of the president.

6. I am pretty concerned about an age in which the president is able to present himself freely to the public. I feel that the president's use of social media outlets to communicate often gives us an attitude of insincerity. With this lack of professionalism, traditional values unravel, and the general public loses trust in the president. One may argue that the media filter distorts his message, but provided that they have reliable expertise, they should still be able to do the job better than the president himself. Although bias is prevalent regardless of who presents the president in the media, having an outside source should mitigate bias to some extent. Score: 3.

Mel Mountain Du's curator insight, April 6, 2014 6:44 PM

1. 4/3/14

2. Media correspondents and journalists deployed in the White House who's job is to cover events and announcements by the POTUS.

3. A filterless Presidency is when the Whitehouse can directly communicate with the public without a 3rd party in media.

4. Obama currently has 42.3 million Twitter followers, and 39 Million Facebook Followers.

5.The Author's concern is that the Press Corp's niche is dissapearing due to social Media such as Twitter and Facebook. This means that the President can dictate the direction of the conversation, instead of being asked questions by the media. The author fears that this will lead to the President becoming too favorably viewed and unquestioned.

6. I am a (2), only somewhat concerned. A very large part of Obama's appeal is his charisma. The Press Corp will be the most upset about it, and that is fine by me. I believe this will at least be positive in the sense that the President will have a more personal dialogue with the American Public. This is an adaptation of the Obama Administration to keep up with the times.

Nathan Hiransomboon's curator insight, April 7, 2014 11:10 AM

1. 04.03.10

2. Members of President Obama's staff that would typically cover his actions and deal with public relations

3. A Presidency where there is an unprecedented level of transparency

4. Facebook: 39,767,002

Twitter: 42.4M

5. President Obama is a unique President in how he addressed social media. Not only does he want to a lot of PR himself, but this puts his Press Corps  in danger. He strays away from the norm of other presidents.

6. (1) President Obama was elected for his first term for his connection that he made with the youth. Not only was he able to have the youth come out and vote, although they typically wouldn't, but he also gained the support of African Americans to vote as well. This is extremely strategic in how he was first elected. This trait if being personable is a trait that wouldn't necessarily be something needed by other Presidents, thus the need for the Press Corps to exist. However just because they roles and jobs may be in danger doesn't mean that any concern should exist. 

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DUE BY 3/13 @ 11:59 pm -- Edward Snowden looms over Pulitzer Prizes

DUE BY 3/13 @ 11:59 pm -- Edward Snowden looms over Pulitzer Prizes | Alex Sherman's BHS GOPO |
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...

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Alex Sherman's insight:

Edward Snowden is a former NSA contractor, CIA employee, and computer specialist. He leaked classified documents of U.S. surveillance on allied nations, non allied nations, and it's own citizens. Currently in hiding in Russia and labeled a national traitor, he gained national attention upon leaking such classified information. I believe him doing so helped the nation by letting the people know how much the government was infringing on their privacy. However, I disagree with him leaking classified documents about foreign surveillance. The National Security Agency's job is to keep the people of the United States safe, and storing information on fellow world powers to preemptively prepare for anything and not be surprised is important for a nation in the position we are in.

Laura Ojinnaka's curator insight, March 18, 2014 9:59 PM

Edward Snowden is a government contractor that worked at an NSA center. He was a three-month employee of a government consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton. His controversy was that he leaked information regarding top-secret government surveillance programs. He leaked National Security Agency (NSA) documents to The Guardian and The Washington Post regarding top-secret government surveillance programs.

carly johnson's curator insight, March 21, 2014 5:04 PM

Snowden revealed many of the NSA's documents to the media and other countries. He was charged with stealing government property and basically treason, because he revealed information to other countries. He was in another country when he was found out and has been in Russia on a one year asylum. Many americans view him as a traitor while others view him as a hero. Some think that the people had a right to know what he has disclosed and the government shouldn't of hid it. 

Tiffany Sabbaghi's curator insight, March 23, 2014 3:29 PM

(Absent on 3/13 and 3/14)

Edward Snowden is known for being an American computer specialist and the former employee of the CIA, as well as a former contractor for the NSA. He became "famous" for disclosing extremely classified documents to other media outlets. The documents he leaked revealed classified details of global surveillance programs run by the NSA. The controversy surrounding Edward Snowden concerns whether what he did was right or wrong and whether the issue of national security vs. information privacy is taken into account and if he should get punished, even though he has been charged. 

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Privacy warrior caught in web of intrigue - The Australian

Privacy warrior caught in web of intrigue - The Australian | Alex Sherman's BHS GOPO |

Privacy warrior caught in web of intrigue
The Australian
ON March 12 last year, James Clapper, Barack Obama's director of national intelligence, appeared before the US Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence.

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But is a man willing to throw away his life to expose an unjust system in a "democratic" government willing to cooperate with a nation, Russia, that participates in even more freedom infringing acts than the U.S.?

No comment yet.
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U.S. Senate Committee System -- A Primer

Committee System Description

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Teresa Herrin's curator insight, March 4, 2014 8:47 PM

Great one-page explanation of the committee structure in the U.S. Senate

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Leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives

Leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives | Alex Sherman's BHS GOPO |

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Teresa Herrin's curator insight, March 4, 2014 8:53 PM

Use this to prepare for Friday's Leadership Quiz. You will also have to identify your member of the House.

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Young Guns gear up for next fight

Young Guns gear up for next fight | Alex Sherman's BHS GOPO |
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...

Via Teresa Herrin
Alex Sherman's insight:

summarize/give opinion by 3:10 Monday:

This article is very informative and offers a nice insight on the future of the Republican party and in turn, the U.S. government. Offering insight on these 3 self proclaimed "Young Guns" who have successfully stayed out of the media, this article predicted the future of republican leadership with these 3 rising stars of the Republican party. To the possibility of Cantor seizing the Speaker position if Boehner steps down in near future, to the bold claim that Paul Ryan might run for POTUS, this article could have successfully predicted contenders for key leadership positions in the future of the U.S.

Colin Shi's curator insight, March 10, 2014 2:58 AM

Speaker John Boehner and his other Republican leaders of the House, dubbed the "Young Guns", plan to revamp the party power structure. Eric Cantor, the Majority Leader, is from Virginia, and he is the next most powerful man in the House. The right respects him as he's taken serious action on fiscal matters, yet has garnered criticism from the party as well. Meanwhile, McCarthy, the Majority whip, is an affable leader, able to unite a divided GOP, and is confident that the party is headed to a more effective future. The last of the three, Paul Ryan, has risen the fastest, planning to either lead the Ways and Means Committee or run for the presidency in 2016. He's young, motivated, and well known, which should give him a strong support base against opponents. These "Young Guns" pledge loyalty to Boehner, and are willing to serve as long as Boehner remains speaker.

Matt Philipps's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:30 AM

The article talks about the future of these 3 promising republicans who are referred to as the Young Guns. Gives insight to the future of the 3 and what the possibilities of their next move  may be . If Boehner leaves office, Contor is a shoe in for the Speaker spot. Kevin McCarthy may become majority leader and Paul Ryan may take the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee or take a run for president. This article gives a great look at their current positions in the ranks of the GOP and gives an excellent and accurate look of what the future for these young men holds.

Ashley O.'s comment, March 11, 2014 11:00 PM
Oops... I didnt realize this till now but two of them are currrently ymajority leaders. That picture quiz helped me realize that.