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Week In Politics: Ferguson And Foreign Policy - NPR

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Week In Politics: Ferguson And Foreign Policy
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The issues raised by the events in Ferguson are also the starting point for our Friday political commentators.
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Do You Trust the Government? 87% of Americans Don't - Truth-Out

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Do You Trust the Government? 87% of Americans Don't
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Americans are seriously lacking faith in the system – in fact, trust in the U.S. government is at an all-time low.
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Paul Prather: The debate about government size rages on - Lexington Herald Leader

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Paul Prather: The debate about government size rages on Lexington Herald Leader For three years, President Herbert Hoover insisted financial reforms and social programs would wreak more harm than good, that the wisest thing Washington could do was...
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Anti Israel protests grow in the United States - WDTN

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Anti Israel protests grow in the United States
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Anti Israel demonstrations across the globe have reached the United States recently.
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Police in Ferguson Haven't Been Wearing Identification

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Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly, who was arrested on Wednesday for not leaving a Ferguson, Missouri, McDonald's fast enough, writes on Twitter that Ferguson police have not been, and are still not, wearing nametags or any other means of...
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     Reporter Ryan Reilly tweeted today, the 15th of August, that he was arrested by an unnamed police officer for not leaving a McDonald's fast enough.  The Ferguson police have not been wearing name tags or giving out their names to anyone, which may be a violation of policy.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol recently arrived in Ferguson and are easing tensions; they are also wearing name tags and providing their names. 

     The only reason why officers are not providing their names is because they know they have done wrong.  They are being uncooperative and not protecting those that they have sworn to protect, and it is an outrage that nothing is being done to address the obvious racism involved in Mike Brown's shooting and the violence toward the city's black population.

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United States and Five African Countries Announce Intention To Join Global ... - US Department of State (press release)

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Palestinians teach Ferguson protesters how to deal with tear gas

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Two unlikely communities connect.  (Palestinians teach Ferguson protesters how to deal with tear gas http://t.co/uGSuCR9x1d #Politics via @dailydot)...
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     Palestinians are communicating via twitter and other social media with citizens of Ferguson, Mo. to share their knowledge of coping with tear gas.  This unlikely sharing of information is the result of the violent police retaliation on Wednesday when officers bombarded peaceful protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets. 

     This article brings the brutality of the Ferguson situation into reality.  Why are US citizens being subject to war tactics? I think it is amazing that the internet allows people from all over the world to see what is happening and offer support and advice.  I read near the end that the name of the officer who killed Michael Brown was being kept nameless to protect his family.  I don't think this makes sense; you're protecting the killer, not the victims.  This whole situation is a real mess and the police need to be dealt with before things turn even more disastrous. 

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Jake Tapper Shuts Down DOJ Spokesman In One Tweet

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CNN's Jake Tapper had the perfect response when the spokesman for the Department of Justice claimed to speak up for press freedom on Wednesday night.

Brian Fallon tweeted in support of Huffington Post reporter Ryan J.
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St. Louis County Government Websites Currently Down - CBS Local

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St. Louis County Government Websites Currently Down CBS Local FERGUSON, MO – AUGUST 11: Police guard a Quick Trip gas station that was burned yesterday when protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown turned to riots and...
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Female Politicians Optimistic About Future Of Women In Politics - Siouxland Matters

Female Politicians Optimistic About Future Of Women In Politics - Siouxland Matters | AP Government | Scoop.it
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Female Politicians Optimistic About Future Of Women In Politics
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Organizers thought it was important because numbers showed politics were being dominated by men.
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A (sort of) turn against big government - New York Post

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A (sort of) turn against big government
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There's an old rule in journalism: All you need are three good examples to prove a trend.
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Tens of thousands in Pakistan capital rally against government - Los Angeles Times

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CNN Tens of thousands in Pakistan capital rally against government Los Angeles Times Decrying what they say were rigged elections last year, tens of thousands of Pakistanis gathered in their nation's capital on Saturday to demand the resignation of...
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The United States Must Lead in Upholding Net Neutrality - Huffington Post (blog)

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The United States Must Lead in Upholding Net Neutrality
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The proposal directly affects domestic internet policy, but it also undermines the position of the United States as an international leader on internet freedom.
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United States Armed Forces 2014 - US: The World's Police? - U.S Military power 2014

United States Armed Forces 2014 - US: The World's Police? - EUA a Polícia do Mundo? U.S Military power 2014 U.S. ARMY: http://www.army.mil/ U.S. Navy: http://www.navy.mil/ U.S. Air Force:...
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"BBC Is Reporting That The United States Has Officially Turned Into An Oligarchy! NOT A Democracy!"

April 29, 2014 MSNBC News http://MOXNews.com ONE TIME ONLY DONATION https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=MHT8PM5BPSVC8 $1.00 ...
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     According to a study, which was completed this past April by two nobel prize winning economists from Princeton and Northwestern, the United States is no longer a democracy; it has been transforming into an oligarchy since the 1980s.  According to recent data, the needs of ordinary citizens are pushed aside in order to please the economic elite in almost every occasion.  This news report says that there is no political party that is effectively and actively working to advance the desires held by the average American citizen.  The rich are in power, not only because they have money to bribe congressmen, but because congressmen themselves have become part of the economic elite, and it takes millions to run for office in the first place.  "Since the eighties, the price of running (for congressional office) has gone up about 344%," said one correspondent. The only true solutions are quite radical, but not changing the system will allow the corruption to continue.  The wealthy elite are "pulling the levers" in the legislative branch, and big decisions that should be made by the people through the legislative branch are being pushed to the judiciary branch, which is not accountable to anyone.  In the recent economic book 'Capital' by Thomas Piketty, he says that capitalism pushes wealth only to the wealthy and leave the poor farther behind.  All this corruption and runaway capitalism has aided the transformation of the United States and has pushed Democracy aside in favor of isolated wealth.

     I was a bit surprised that the United States have officially been called an oligarchy, but I can't say that I didn't see it coming.  The corruption in politics and structure of capitalism have been leading to this, and there is no easy way to fix it.  The common man's vote barely matters anymore; this is not what the framers of the constitution had in mind at all.

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Rand Paul Blames 'Big Government' For Militarized Police Crackdown In Ferguson - Daily Caller

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Rand Paul Blames 'Big Government' For Militarized Police Crackdown In Ferguson
Daily Caller
Kentucky U.S. Sen.
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     Kentucky Senator Rand Paul blames the extreme violence used by police in Ferguson on 'Big Government'.  He says that Washington has spent huge amounts of federal dollars to help municipal governments create "what are essentially small armies."  He said that police action was necessary to address the mass looting that took place after Michael Brown's murder, but that the violent turn it took was a military response.  Paul recognized that racism does exist in our institutions and that the justice system is unfair to non-white Americans.

     I agreed with much of Paul's analysis of the situation in Ferguson.  After Michael Brown was killed by a member of the police force, people were rightfully outraged.  Lootings in the city probably did require police action, but, to my knowledge of the situation, the protesting was peaceful.  Military force was completely unnecessary, and the reactions of the police force do nothing but endanger the citizens of Ferguson and stand as proof to the racism still very present in modern times.

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Ferguson, Mo., Is Destroying Public Faith in Government - Businessweek (blog)

Ferguson, Mo., Is Destroying Public Faith in Government - Businessweek (blog) | AP Government | Scoop.it
Businessweek (blog) Ferguson, Mo., Is Destroying Public Faith in Government Businessweek (blog) One of them is the astonishing absence of oversight from government officials as the local police, armed to the teeth, have effectively laid siege to...
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     The outburst of police brutality in Ferguson, Mo. is destroying faith in the government.  A local policeman murdered unarmed black teen Michael Brown on August 9th, and the black community has taken to the streets to peacefully protest and hold a vigil.  The police have been reacting extremely violently, but no steps have been taken to intervene by higher government.  The pubic is especially looking to Missouri's governor, Jay Nixon, a democrat, but he has not taken any action.

     I have heard a lot about the situation in Ferguson from multiple blogs, and I don't understand why nothing is being done about it.  Innocent people, practicing their right to gather peacefully, are being denied rights and blatantly discriminated against.  I wish that this story was the biggest news topic across the nation.

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Change and Chaos in Ferguson

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To say the least, the police in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in way over their heads.
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     In Ferguson, Missouri, the black majority is trying to protect itself against the almost completely white police force and group of elected officials.  Usually, a police force and group of officials will reflect the demographics of the area, but the very recent increase in black migration to the suburbs has not affected government roles yet.  The lack of shared experiences between the populace and government workers is contributing largely to the rising tensions and increase in police brutality.

     I have found a lot of articles about Ferguson, and they have all at least mentioned the institutionalized racism present in not only the Ferguson area but also the rest of the country.  I don't know how many people are paying attention to this, but more should definitely be informed.  The civil rights movement was 60 years ago; you would think that America would have changed by now.

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