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Congress returns to immigration, student loans, farm bill; issues splitting Democrats, Republicans

Congress returns to immigration, student loans, farm bill; issues splitting Democrats, Republicans | AP Government | Scoop.it
Congress returns to Washington this week to face several key issues including the farm bill, student loans and immigration reform -- topics expected to create tension between and among Democrats and Republicans and the House and Senate.
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Congress met on 3 key issues. Immigration continues to be a huge debate in the fact that which ever party makes the change that party will end up suffering on the ballots. The largest issue the farm bill which costs the US half a trillion is expected to be cut by 2 billion dollars a year. Lastly food stamps got an overhaul now called the SNAP program, now requires more in terms of employment in order to qualify. The last subject at the meeting included nominations for foreign affairs.

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Politics - White House, Congress, Political & Election News - NBC News

Politics - White House, Congress, Political & Election News - NBC News | AP Government | Scoop.it
Go to NBCNews.com for breaking news in US and world politics. Get video and expert analysis on the latest political debates, congress, national security and elections.
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The article goes on to talk about the Missouri shooting involving Michael Brown. It states how the police only have so much power till they can get out of hand. They also add the steps President Obama is taking to deal with the issue. The Ferguson police forces consists of 48 white officers out of 53. Racial tensions are fueling protests in the area as of now. The article also talks briefly about Hillary Clinton's involvement within foreign policies and calling her “the Goldilocks of foreign policy”.

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As World Boils, Fingers Point Obama’s Way

As World Boils, Fingers Point Obama’s Way | AP Government | Scoop.it
Buffeted by international instability, the president stresses that there are limits to American power, and that the chief executive is not omnipotent.
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President Obama is being criticized for his lack and poor actions dealing with foreign affairs. The article goes on to protect Obama saying that he is not entirely at fault and even though the US is the strongest nation we don't have power over everyone.There are somethings that are Obama's fault such as pulling all troops from Iraq and showing weakness to Russia. Polls show that Obama's foreign intervention is poor but that is somewhat normal in a time that the world is a mess like now. Previous advisers are urging him to take action and set up a strategic plan.

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For Missouri Governor, Test at an Uneasy Time

For Missouri Governor, Test at an Uneasy Time | AP Government | Scoop.it
A history of strain between Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri and the black community dates back to the 1990s, when he was attorney general and fought to end a school desegregation program.
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Missouri governor Jay Nixon is under deep speculation after the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer. He is being criticized for his lack of intervention within the case as well as he views on African Americans as a whole. The article goes on to show how he has never been one to act out for African Americans unless he was under pressure from the public to do so. There is also a lack of diversity within his administration as shown by the single African American official he has appointed in his six years in office. It is believed that he doesn't care about the black population but is only take the minimum necessary steps to keep the people of Missouri happy in the situation.

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Texas Gov. Perry defends veto that led to charges

Texas Gov. Perry defends veto that led to charges | AP Government | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday defended the veto that led a grand jury to indict him on two felony counts of abuse of power, noting that even some Democrats have questioned the move by prosecutors.
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A controversial decicision made by Texas Governor Rick Perry has led him to be indicted. The investigation comes after a veto that cut $7.5 million in funding to the state's ethics watchdog housed in the county district attorney's office. He is accused of accused Perry of trying to leverage his power to force the resignation of District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. These measures are being strongly criticized by other republicans around the nation. Republicans are backing up Perry who is expected to be a 2016 presidential candidate.

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Poll: Florida voters approve of medical marijuana

Any way you look at it - age, gender or party registration - Florida voters overwhelmingly support the idea of legalizing medical marijuana, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.
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Every poll within the state of Florida has shown an overwhelming support for legalizing pot. Huge numbers are tossed up within this article to show the support that is out there for legalizing the drug. We see that people want to legalize it for not only medical purposes but as well as a small amount of recreational uses. Percentages include 80 percent of Republicans, 94 percent of Democrats and 89 percent of independent voters support medical marijuana. Perhaps one of the biggest attorney's within the state of Florida, John Morgan, is one of the biggest supporters for the change. He has put in over four million dollars in order to get the change on the ballots. It is expected that the vote will reach the 60 percent it needs to be passed.

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Republicans ignoring their own advice on immigration

Republicans ignoring their own advice on immigration | AP Government | Scoop.it
Internal divisions within the GOP on immigration raises questions about being more friendly to Latinos.
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Recent republican talks have regarded immigration as a growing problem. Republicans would like to crack down on immigration because it is costing more and more money. The problem is that if they do chances are it is not going to be widely accepted within the latino voting groups. So they have a choice to either make progress and take a hit on the ballots or keep things the way they are and spend more money upgrading border security.

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Pervasive Medicare Fraud Proves Hard to Stop

Pervasive Medicare Fraud Proves Hard to Stop | AP Government | Scoop.it
Only a fraction of an estimated $60 billion in fraud and overcharging was recovered last year, and the system to combat fraud may be largely to blame.
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A huge flaw within Obama's healthcare administration is the ease of committing fraud within it. It is estimated that over 600 million dollars are spent on fraudulent claims. The article explains the flaws within the administration such as the ability to get past about a quarter of claims as well as the communication problem. They have made efforts to fix this like making one central location instead of little ones like they had in Baltimore and Miami.

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U.S. Pulls Back on Plans for a Mountain Rescue

U.S. Pulls Back on Plans for a Mountain Rescue | AP Government | Scoop.it
Far fewer refugees were discovered on a mountain in Iraq, a U.S. team reported, and they were no longer either starving or stranded.
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After a conference regarding the supposedly trapped 10,000 Yazidi people, the U.S. has decided not to send ground troops to rescue the people trapped there. This decision comes after the findings of a team of 24 marines that had found that only 4,000-5,000 people had been trapped. They had also figured out that these people had stable condition as well as plenty of food due to american air drops. Bombing still continues in hopes of containing the ISIS. The news of the people as well as not having to send troops comes as a huge relief.

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Obama administration to announce more benefits for same-sex couples

Obama administration to announce more benefits for same-sex couples | AP Government | Scoop.it
The White House is set to announce the extension of more benefits to same-sex married couples Friday, including plans to give workers across America leave from work to care for same-sex spouses.
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Same-sex couples are getting more rights. These rights include getting paid leave to take care of a spouse and other social security benefits. These implementations will affect over a thousand other laws and will require more legislation to pass further marriage equality laws.

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Mexico protests Texas National Guard troops on US border

Mexico protests Texas National Guard troops on US border | AP Government | Scoop.it
Mexico's foreign ministry late Friday protested Texas Governor Rick Perry's deployment of National Guard troops to the southern US border to halt the surge of child migrants. Mexico "reiterates, in a firm and categorical way, its rejection of this measure," read a statement from the foreign ministry. "No circumstance at all or change in border security exists that justifies this measure taken by the state." On Thursday Perry deployed some 1,000 National Guard troops to the border with Mexico.
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Texas governor Rick Perry has recently sent over a thousand National Guard troops to the Mexico border in hopes to cool the youth immigration crisis within Mexico. This occurred after 57,000 kids have illegally immigrated into the United States since October. Rick Perry has faced criticism for his actions in that people believe this violates talks with mexico dealing with a safer border. They also claims that in no way will this solve the immigration problem being faced now.

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Proposed map will impact area

TALLAHASSEE - Florida legislative committees on Friday approved a proposal to make slight changes to seven congressional districts to comply with a court order.
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Florida legislative want to alter to seven congressional districts within Florida after a claim of violating a constitutional amendment from 2010. This came up because of the assumption that the way the map is set up now that it would benefit republicans more than it would democrats.

The conflict arises when the League of Women voters (the group that originally brought up the issue)  say that the changes being presented are not enough. They say that the republicans will still be favored.

Judge Lewis intends to solve the issue in an upcoming hearing but if not resolved a special election will be held after the general elections on November 4th.

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