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Exploring the Homeland of Pope Francis I

Exploring the Homeland of Pope Francis I | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
As tours are developed to help visitors examine the new pope’s heritage in Argentina, here’s a guide to some sites you can visit in the meantime.
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This article was written after the Pope was elected. It talks about how many people are going to visit Aregntina, and wanting to see where the pope came from to get a better idea of how his surroundings shaped his mindset. They are starting to create formal tours to visit the major places and religous sites in Argentina. the article then goes on to list places one can visit on their own. The pope, although technically a leader jsut from the catholic church, is a figurehead to people all around the world. He releases statements on current ethical issues that many people, not just catholics, take to heart. It is interesting that the NY times writes about him even in their travel section. 

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Parents Say Boston Bombing Suspects Are Innocent

Parents Say Boston Bombing Suspects Are Innocent | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
At an emotional news conference, Anzor and Zubeidat Tsarnaev made accusations of a conspiracy theory and refused to accept the possibility that their children committed a bombing.
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This aricle is about the boston bombings and the aftermath. It is primarily about a parent conference in which they said their sons are not guilty. This news coference happened in Russia where the parents reside. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootoff with the police, and then run overby his younger brother in a car. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger brother, was captured and charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. The mother refuses to ever accept that her son is guilty.One thing the author of this article did well was to make it mostly fact based, not giving an impression that the parents were crazy for thinking their sons were innocent. they simply delivered the facts, not an opinion as well. 

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Anna Habarth's comment, May 20, 2013 10:19 AM
this was really from week 3 as well
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Huge Blast at Texas Fertilizer Plant Kills at Least 5

A day after a blast in West, Tex., so powerful it registered as an earthquake, the cause was unclear but the effects — as many as 15 dead, up to 180 hurt and much of a town gone — were plain.
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A second explosion happended this week in texas. A fertilizer plant had an explosion that left at least five dead. The explosion was so powerful that it registered 2.1 magnitude. Walls were ripped off of apartment complexes nearby and almost everyone in the town felt it's effects. They even registered it a no-fly zone. The attitude of this article is more solomn. it happened so close after the Boston Bombing it scared everybody. But it was such a random event to happen, it didnt have the same feel of a national attack as the one earlier in the week did.

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Pentagon Finds Nuclear Strides by North Korea

Pentagon Finds Nuclear Strides by North Korea | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
A defense intelligence report concluded with “moderate confidence” that the North has learned to make a small but unreliable warhead.
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this article is talking about the nuclear threats from north korea. The pentagon is saying that they have reason to believe the N. Korea has the power to send a nuclear weapon all the way to hit the USA. But they have also said that n. korea has not demonstrated this power yet, so they cannot confirm previous assumptions. It seems as though they want to make sure they are prepared for the worst, but it is looking as though the worst is far from being a realistic possibility. 

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Speaker Says Broad Budget Deal Is Possible, but Not With More Revenue

Speaker Says Broad Budget Deal Is Possible, but Not With More Revenue | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
House Speaker John A. Boehner reiterated his opposition to new revenue as part of any deal to reverse automatic budget cuts that took effect over the weekend.
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This article is talking about the budget for medicare. It has more of a negative connotation towards Obama, so my guess is that its author was more conservative. This deals with client politics in that everyone pays for the program, but only a few benefit. In this case it is medicare. Everyone pays taxes which then part of it gets used to pay for this program. And the people who benefit from this are the people who can’t afford healthcare for themselves.

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Article #8 March 3-9
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Health Officials Urge F.D.A. Action on Soft Drinks

Health Officials Urge F.D.A. Action on Soft Drinks | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
Led by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the group says the scientific consensus is that the level of added sugars in soft drinks is unsafe.
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February 11-16th

This article is talking about the level of artificial sweeteners in soft drinks. The companies in 1982 and 1988 pledged to lower these levels. Recently the FDA had to get involved with this issue because pledges were not being upheld. The argument wasn’t that sugar isn’t unhealthy, too much artificial sugar can be damaging to the body. The FDA is the food and drug administration and they were made early in the 20th century by the government to regulate meat factories and such so they weren’t cheating around the system to make cheaper- but much more dangerous- foods.

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Beltway Foreign Policy

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How the first-term Obama White House shunned diplomacy for domestic political calculation.
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Febuary 18-23

This article is explaining how foreign policy seems to become less and less separated from domestic opinions. The author talks about how Obama was doing foreign policy how the people wanted to see it. Some speculated that he did this to get reelected. Nonetheless my opinion was that he did make the right choice and he made a lot of people happy. This relates to foreign policy because its talking about Obama’s decisions and he is the one who creates these policies. At least without getting into too much debate his is the person we think and look up to to create the foreign policy.

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Union Membership Drops Despite Job Growth

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the percentage of American workers in labor unions fell to 11.3 percent last year, the lowest since 11.2 percent in 1916.
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January 21-25

This article is talking about unions and how membership in them seems to be dropping. Especially in 2012 a sharp decline happened, more than has been seen in a century. Unions can be seen as part of the interest group politics. Because an interest group is when few people bear the costs and a different group of small people benefit. So other put forth the costs and the union benefits. 

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Dec. 19 Updates on Connecticut Shooting Aftermath

Dec. 19 Updates on Connecticut Shooting Aftermath | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
Live updates from Connecticut and around the world in the aftermath of the second deadliest mass shooting in the United States.
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I hope this is okay~ i did an articel from this week instead of last because i wanted to include the Newtown shooting that shook this nation to the very core. Funerals are starting to be held for all the victims involved and the police are continuing to look for motives. Obama gave a few sppeches about this unfortunte event that occured. He was speaking from the presidential side of him, but also the side of a father who was shaken from this tragedy.

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Tensions High After NATO Air Strikes Kill Pakistani Soldiers

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Saying at least 25 of its soldiers were killed by NATO aircraft, Pakistan closed the alliance’s two main supply routes into Afghanistan and ordered the C.I.A. to vacate drone operations at an air base.
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This article also has to do with America's foreign relations as well. Pakistain said that NATO killed 25 of  their people in an unprovoked attack. So tensions are rising in the Middle East. They ordered the CIA working in their country to get out in 15 days. In washington they were looking heavily into what happened and into the air flying records to see where it went wrong. This does not leave the US and Pakistain on good terms.

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Text Messaging Declines in U.S. for First Time, Report Says

In countries around the world, text-message traffic has been shrinking because Internet-powered alternatives are becoming so widely used. American carriers have fought off the decline -- until now.
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This article is explaining how text message rates could be declining. For the past few years the rate has be steadly inclining, and this is the first time they have seen it decrease.They think that facebook chat and iMessage could be the main reason behind this decline.

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Oct. 28: In Swing States, a Predictable Election?

Oct. 28: In Swing States, a Predictable Election? | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
The presidential polling in most swing states now looks very similar to the way it did for much of the late spring and summer.
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This article is talking about the swing states and how much they are going to play a role in making this a predictable election. At first these states were projected to vote obama, but that was as far back as June.They are saying that they're projections haven't changed much since then. They then go on to discuss the individual states and how they've changed from June to their recent survey in October.
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Congress Heads for Home With Rancor Still Evident

Congress Heads for Home With Rancor Still Evident | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
The Senate gave final passage early Saturday morning to a stopgap spending measure that will ensure the government’s lights stay on through March.
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Obama Backs F.B.I.’s Handling of Boston Bombing Suspect

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President Obama rejected criticism of the bureau over a Russian tip about Tamerlan Tsarnaev, even as a review was ordered to see if more could have been done to thwart the attacks.
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Week 5

This article is more aboutthe Boston Bombing. It is saying that the FBI recieved a hint about Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011. They did look into this lead and even interviewed and did a background check but not a shred of suspicion ever emerged aboutthis man. Thats why, 2 years later, the FBI snd president are recieving harsh criticism saying this act of terrorism could have been prevented. The president publically defended these accusiations saying there was nothing more the FBI could have done to prevent this situation, since they had no clue it was going to happen. 

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April 22 Updates in the Aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing

April 22 Updates in the Aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
The Lede is following developments in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing.
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This article is explaining now leads and aftermaths after the boston bombing. They have pinpointed the exact timing and location of the first explosion. They have also confirmed their two suspects. After they stole a car later in the week and ran away in a police shoot out that left one police officer dead and one of the suspects dead as well. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the last suspect, he is 19 and currently still on the run. Late on we find out that he is captured, hiding in an abandoned boat under a tarp. 

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2 Blasts at Boston Marathon Kill at Least 3 and Injure More Than 100

2 Blasts at Boston Marathon Kill at Least 3 and Injure More Than 100 | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
Two bombs exploded seconds apart near the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday, creating a bloody, chaotic scene more than four hours into the race.
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This article is about the Boston Bombing that occured and shocked the nation. At the end of the marathon tw obombs went off and over 150 people were injured and 3 dead, one a little boy with his whole life ahead of him. People, straight from the marathon, were running right to the hospital to give blood. At the time this article was written they did not know who the suspect was. The tone of this article is pretty much reassuring the public that they will find closure to this massive national crisis.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton announces support for same-sex marriage

Hillary Rodham Clinton announces support for same-sex marriage | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton , free to dip her toe in the water of domestic politics after four years as the nation’s chief diplomat, joined other leading Democrats in endorsing same-sex marriage.
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This article is about Hillary Clinton and how she decided Monday to endorse same sex marriage. For a while she kept her opinion to herself as she didn’t want to mess up her chances to be a presidential candidate in the future. But she declared her opinion Monday. This is crucial because the more back up they can get for their cause the better. Especially a high up official who has a lot of other people who follow her thinking and will support what she supports.

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Many Steps to Be Taken When ‘Sequester’ Is Law

Many Steps to Be Taken When ‘Sequester’ Is Law | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
The specific effects beginning Friday of across-the-board budget cuts on government agencies and programs are less clear than the aggregate ones.
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february 24-March 2nd

This article is about the sequester which happened right before we went to DC. We sort of saw this in effect with the cut of the white house tours and Bill Nelson’s girls were talking about how they cut the security to get into work. Grants were reduced in the Housing and Urban Development department. But the effect to the average American is nothing, which is what most people are happy about. The big question this article is trying to present is who, in the following weeks, will have their job cut to save money. And when all of this will start to affect the average American. 

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The Gun Report: February 1, 2013

The Gun Report: February 1, 2013 | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
A day in the life of armed America.
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Anna Habarth's comment, March 22, 2013 9:32 AM
This article is a little different than others, its a gun report for febuary 1st. So its a bunch of small excerpts compiled together to form a gun report. This is an important topic right now because the 2nd amendment is a very controversial topic at the moment. it is highly debated especially after the sandhook shooting. Some people believe that gun ownership should be regulated and others believe it is our right to protect and defend ourselves. This compilation could be used to argue how many mishaps happen with gun shootings every day and how dangerous guns can be.
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Panetta Warns of Dire Consequences to Military From Cuts

Panetta Warns of Dire Consequences to Military From Cuts | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
The defense secretary, who has been cautioning about the impact of cuts for months, said in a speech that “this is not a game, this is reality.”
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Febuary 4-9

This article is talking about how Obama proposed spending cuts to military funding. These cuts could potentially decrease our number of ships and aircrafts, as well as military personnel. One example of majoritarian politics is this notion of military protection. Through taxes we all pay for the military and in turn we are protected. These tax cuts could potentially cut what is protecting us. It might not make us more vulnerable, but as time goes on our military might just get stretched too thin. 

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Cadillac ELR and Cheaper Nissan Leaf Extend Push Into Electric Cars

Cadillac ELR and Cheaper Nissan Leaf Extend Push Into Electric Cars | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
Two of the biggest makers of electric cars are pushing plans to lift sales: General Motors, aiming for the luxury market with the Cadillac ELR, and Nissan, with a cheaper Leaf.
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January 14-18th

This article talks about the need for electric cars and how they haven’t sold much so far. Two main companies want to push for more electric cars being sold on the market as it would improve the pollution situation were putting ourselves in by running our gasoline-burning cars. This has to do with environmental policy. It deals with pollution with majoritarian politics. Majoritarian because with cars everyone benefits but everyone reaps the costs. These two companies are really trying to lower the costs of pollution, because not only do humans suffer but the whole environment does too. 

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Obama warns GOP against a new debt ceiling fight

Obama warns GOP against a new debt ceiling fight | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
Hewing to a hard line, President Barack Obama warned congressional Republicans on Wednesday not to inject the threat of a government default into complex fiscal cliff negotiations aimed at avoiding year-end tax increases and spending cuts that...
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As this is yahoo i am not entirely sure how biased or set in fact this article is. It is saying that Obama warned the republicans to not inject in the end-of-the-year tax issues that he will handle it. One repbulican broke the norm and supported Obama when he said this. He also supports the fact that Obama favors taxing more heavily the higher income persons.This article also critizies 'Obama's 'inflexability' and that he will probably not sign off on legleslation that continues top rate tax cuts.

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Nov. 20 Updates on the Gaza Conflict

Nov. 20 Updates on the Gaza Conflict | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
The Lede is following the conflict in Gaza on Tuesday as events unfold.
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This article is explaining the events that unfolded in Iraq with the unrest over there. It is obviously foregin unrest but the big deal is that techniology is playing a big role in the miscommunication of the leaders over there and is making the situation ten times worse. Things can get misconstruded over the media and you can never know what is really true, so Leaders can be fead false information and get mad and start wars for no reason. This same thing could happen in the USA but on a lesser scale. The media knows some boundaries over here and since we have a pretty well built system, one thing posted on the media would not cause an uprest.

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Special Coverage: The 2012 Presidential Election

Special Coverage: The 2012 Presidential Election | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
President Obama has been elected to another term in the White House. FiveThirtyEight followed developments throughout the night.
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This article was written the night of the election, when they announced that Obama had won the election.They contribute his win the the fact that he swung the minorities and the swing states. They also state that the democrats won the Senete but the republicans won the House of Representitives early.

The election was also a step foward for the lesbian/gay movement. Tammy Baldwin because the first to be elected to the Senete. 

And finally, florida was unresolved for the coing day but that will not change the winner.

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Obama Unlikely to Get Big Debate Bounce, but a Small One Could Matter

Obama Unlikely to Get Big Debate Bounce, but a Small One Could Matter | AP Government News Articles | Scoop.it
Averaging the results of instant-reaction polls puts President Obama's margin of victory at 16 percentage points, which could give him a small but significant bump.
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#1 This article was written the day after the Boca Raton Debate. The main point of it was to discuss how much Obama winning this debate will effect the elections. People were polled ater the debate and Obama won 54% of the votes. The concensus was that it wont have any huge election turning results but it will give Obama a slight advantage he didnt have before.

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