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BY 11/21 -- America's Free Speech is Perplexing to the Rest of the World

BY 11/21 -- America's Free Speech is Perplexing to the Rest of the World | Bowie's Government Adventures | Scoop.it
While even highly offensive speech is protected in the U.S., that level of freedom is quite unique.
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International law professor Noah Feldman discusses what constitutes freedom of speech in the interview. He says that the only speech that is banned is speech that will cause imminent violence, but internationally, people don't understand that speech that may cause violence in a distant time and place is not banned. However, with the world becoming a smaller place due to technology, the perceptions of "distant" needs to be reconsidered. Feldman's explanation cleared up the lines between free speech and censorship and I think I may have thought like the foreign countries did.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:52 PM

Although many nations around the world are democracies, the U.S is unique because it gives its people more personal freedom. The U.S. isn't conscerned with other people getting offended, as long as each person has the right to expression it is okay. The only ban that we have on this is clear and present danger. There are certain guidlines that have developed in order to rule an action potentially dangerous or not. Other countries are astounded by this practice.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:38 PM

No protections for those that shrieks obscenities and the clause to discern speeches that invokes clear and present danger are there. This just lacks bold enforcement. Governments are scared of crazy Americans' revolts and teachers fear students. Of course the rest of the world looks down on us. We lack culture, sophistication and moderation.

 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:32 PM

This article talks about how France prohibited people from talking about prophet mohammad and how although they are a democratic country free speech is not as open as it is in the US over there are stricter rules. I think one of the great things about America is the freedom to make your own choices and speak up and how you are aloud to say what you want. People who have problems with the government are aloud to voice there opinions here it would be against the 1st amendment to limit free speech. Obviously there are offensive things people should not say but we are aloud to voice our opinions when and how we want. 

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BY 11/14 or 11/15 (2 of 3) -- Your Obamacare questions, answered

BY 11/14 or 11/15 (2 of 3) -- Your Obamacare questions, answered | Bowie's Government Adventures | Scoop.it
Still left wondering about Obamacare? Wonkblog’s Sarah Kliff and PostTV’s “In Play” have the Kliff Notes version for you.

Via Teresa Herrin
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It was interesting for me to find out that some people will be exempt from the enrollment. I think the people that are exempt are probably the people that need health care the most, so I wonder how the plan will roll out.

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:29 PM

So requirements for obtaining Obamacare is basically asking us to be a bit...poor? Having national healthcare is the same as not having one because only the basics are paid. Honestly, my insurance company can do just about the same thing and I don't mind the bills if they can cover for EVERYBODY part I injured.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:43 PM

This article talks about Obama Care and how everyone will have to have health insurce eventually. It also talks about how Insurance companies cannot deny anyone from buying their healthcare because of pre-existing conditions. This could be beneficial  because there's many sick people who cannot afford heath care when they really need it, and no one will get screwed over.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:44 PM
This article includes FAQs concerning ObamaCare. All the questions asked and answered include a quick explanation of ObamaCare, all the existing insurance difficulties, process of enrollment and the legality of remaining without health insurance. The health cares lunch was very big and messy for Obama so it is interesting that it has taken this long for an article like this to come out.
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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (1 or 4 total) -- Did A Supreme Court Justice Just Admit To Being An Atheist?

BY 11/10 or 11/11 (1 or 4 total) -- Did A Supreme Court Justice Just Admit To Being An Atheist? | Bowie's Government Adventures | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case about the constitutionality of a New York town's practice of beginning local legislative meetings with mostly Christian prayers.
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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer made a statement during the oral arguments of the Greece, NY case that may suggest that he is not religious, which has nonreligious people excited. However, Maggie Ardiente says it may just mean that he is willing to speak for the nonreligious people. I personally don't understand why it's a big deal that every Justice is religious. I know that the country was built on Christian morals and Justices should understand people's religions but that can also hinder their judgments in other ways.

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:05 PM

I can see how this irritates people but not enough to ....offend them. Seriously? Who cares if people are praying, "beginning legislative meetings with Christian prayers" is a practice done by Christians (if they're so fervent, FOR CHRISTIANS. If you are not a part of that group, then shut them out and look bored. 1st Amendment protects freedom of religion, so are judges and politicans not the people? Getting upset over such trivial matter, beliefs inherent in a faith BELIEVED by THE PEOPLE --is in itself a discrimination. I refuse to pity those that feel "outcasted", if you're so bold on nonconforming, you're expected to be 'strong' when people practice their religions. Not weak and complaining all the time.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 1:02 PM

This article talks about Justice Breyer and how he admitted to being an atheist. I don't really think that this should be of much importance, even as a christian myself, because our nation is based on separtion or church and state, right? If a justice chooses to be an atheist, then let them.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:12 PM

I think that the supreme court has made it a point to be very neutral when it comes to religion topics and that in public situations no religions should be favored. But all of the supreme court members have always been religious so it is interesting that he may be athiest and it would be interesting to see how the country would perceive that. 

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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (3 or 4 total) -- Video: 'This Week': Rick Perry in Iowa

ABC's Jeff Zeleny goes one-on-one with Gov. Rick Perry on his first trip to Iowa since 2012.
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Governor Rick Perry visits Iowa before the end of his term as the Texas governor. In this interview, Perry comments on Chris Christie's Republican win in a blue state and whether he believes he is a true conservative governor. He also says that he thinks the Tea Party is not pragmatic because it's not winning elections, but President Obama, in his opinion, also has not done enough to make up for his Obamacare failure.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:33 PM

This video is a discussion with Rick Perry, talking about issues like Obamacare. He is very bold and is not very afraid to say that he is against the act. He obviously is unhappy with the current situation in the White House, and wants to make a change in 2016 by running for the presidency himself. I am interested to see how the 2016 election turns out for him.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:50 PM

With one year left in office, Perry is planning on running for the 2016 Election as is predicted in his trip to Iowa.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 8:28 PM

This video talks about Rick Perry and his plans to run for president in 2016, Perry discusses his views on Ted Cruz and his agreements/disagreements with this tactics. He also says that Christie may not be a true conservative.

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BY 11/3 -- Secession Movement

BY 11/3 -- Secession Movement | Bowie's Government Adventures | Scoop.it
Residents of rural areas feel shut out of their states' politics, so why not create their own?

Via Teresa Herrin
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In several states, conflicting ideas have led to a movement for secession. People who live in rural areas feel dominated by urban residents in capitols. With the declining rural population, representation has shifted even more heavily toward urban areas. Law professor Farber says that it will not happen though because it would have to be approved. I think this issue shows how polarized the country has become, politically and culturally. I was also surprised that rural population was declining "for the first time".

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:12 PM

This article talks about citizens, counties, and groups in general in certain states claiming that they want to secede from their state and make a new one. The main group that seems to have a problem is the Republicans living in a Democratic region. For example in Colorado, a vote is going tobe held for secession. I  think that if people have problems with beliefs and the way things work in a certain state, that they should leave. You cant change the whole state to meet all of your standards.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 3:29 PM

The article says that many counties's rural residents  are feeling the need secede and create a new state. Northern counties want to create their own state because they don't agree with the rest of colorado. While the creation of a new state seems a bit extreme, I feel like these residents need to be better represented to avoid ideas like secession. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:00 PM
I think this is simple if you don't like where you live move. It would be completely outrageous to secede and create another state let alone new gvt. The economy would fail and it would be a mess.
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BY 10/31 -- Nightly News: Obama’s approval rating drops to all-time low

BY 10/31 -- Nightly News: Obama’s approval rating drops to all-time low | Bowie's Government Adventures | Scoop.it
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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The health care disaster, along with other issues, has taken its tolls on the popularity of President Obama. His popularity reached an all time high in January, showing that people had high hopes for his second term. Because of the NSA, Syria, government shutdown and health care issues, Obama's popularity has dropped to 42%. Furthermore, the public's view on the president personally has dropped substantially as well. 70% of the public also say that the government is on the wrong track and 63% are unhappy with their congressmembers. I personally sympathize with Obama because the health care issue was not entirely in his hands and I feel that the government shutdown was due to the misrepresentation in the government. So many people are unhappy with their congressmen and I believe this is due to political polarization and the parties just focusing on having power in the government.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:00 PM

This video explains the president's approval ratings have dropped and the affect Obama's leadership has on the nation.  I think the trials of Obama have been difficult and must be difficult for him to juggle everything. It makes sense as to why Obama has lost approval ratings because the public is tired of not getting what was promised. Especially now with the NSA leaks as well...He may continue to lose approval.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 5:39 PM

It's not shocking that President Obama's presidential rating and personal rating have gotten dropped to an all-time low. I agree that President Obama should show more involvement with fixing the Obamacare issues because as of right now he's shown very little, and that's one of the many reasons his rating is so low.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:47 PM

Obamas ratings have dropped a lot since the beginning of his presidency the obamacare does not seem to be working out for him very well. His ratings used to be a lot higher and now they are making a record breaking low. 

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BY 10/31-- Sebelius apologizes for healthcare website debacle

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NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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Health Secretary Kathleen Sibelius is attacked with questions from the media on the Obamacare disaster. Sibelius says the problem will be fixed and that there will not be an extension for people to enroll. She takes responsibility for the problem, but other people, especially Republicans are still not satisfied with her explanations.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:09 PM

Sebelius keeps apologizing for the problems with the Obamacare website, taking complete responsibility for the dysfunctionality of the incident. Officials in charge also reassure the public that, within 30 days, the site will be up and ready to be used to sign up for coverage.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:40 PM

This video tells us how Sebelius takes the blame for the failed lauch of Obamacare. Sge later ended up answering the people's questions based on promises the president made. I think it was smart of Sebelius to take the blame for it because it encourages people to trust her and she is wise in saving others deserving of blame.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:47 PM
I dont like Obama so I do not really like his healthcare and the fact that the website was having problems makes it even more sketchy and harder for it to be promoted and talked about well.
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BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- 1-800-ObamaCare-Denial: Website problems don't matter when your intentions are good.

BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- 1-800-ObamaCare-Denial: Website problems don't matter when your intentions are good. | Bowie's Government Adventures | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal on the liberal claim that website problems don't matter when your intentions are good.
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This article addresses the issues that people have been having trying to sign up for health care. The article mocks the outdated technology that Obamacare uses and jokes "Are contingency plans in place to sign up via telegraph?" The author is also clearly against Obamacare as he mocks the way Obama sells health care like an infomercial. Nevertheless, this should be embarassing for the supporters of Obamacare and it needs to be fixed soon.

 

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Rabika Rehman's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:37 PM

Obama thinks that the afordable care act is more than just a website.This reform is upsetting insurance company,they are already making changes with their individual policies because they are non-complaint with the obama care. The fact that it's more than a website should scare people.

Maddy Folkerts's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:21 PM

I don't agree with this article that the website problems means all of ObamaCare will be a failure. It's more of a technical issue than an issue with the whole plan of the policy. This article was extremely biased and touched on irrelevant problems rather than arguing the actual important, debatable topics.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 7:47 PM

Obama encourages people to apply for benefits over phone. The article itself is very discriminating and has a very derogetory tone. ObamaCare's real goal is to focus over health care. The disadvantage of ObamaCare is that the enrolled people will mainly be the most expensive patients. Even in the video, obama says that the website is slow and there are problems, but the intentions are good. Some people are going to be paying higher prices than they usually do.

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BY 10/15 -- Gerrymandering: the recipe for dysfunctional government?

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Video on msnbc.com: The age-old practice of politicians re-drawing Congressional districts to find friendly voters, or, gerrymandering, has allowed members of the House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle to stay in power regardless of...


Via Teresa Herrin
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This video discusses the history of gerrymandering and the effects of drawing safe districts. Statistics, such as the disparity between approval rates and percent of incumbents re-elected, show that the system of gerrymandering hinders the government's functioning. Charlie Cook states that the politicians now choose their voters more than the voters choose their politicians. Many also see the government shutdown as a result of this practice. I think gerrymandering is very wrong and no matter what party, the people need to be accurately respresented in Congress or the fundamental principles of our Constitution are dead.

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Mason Paul Lyman's curator insight, April 2, 2014 9:41 PM

1. The House redraws the congressional districts every 10 years on the census in an attempr to make the districts lend their support to whoever the current party majority is.

2. Gerrymandering allows incumbents to get reelected multiple times. 

3. Have a computerized, neutral program that would create districts based on geography and demography. A program such as this would make it more difficult for incumbents to get reelected.

4. Yes, there are. One party could earn more votes than another but still lose the election.

5. No because it is an unhonorable way to earn the respective benefits.

Jessica Markle's curator insight, April 12, 2014 2:09 PM

gerymandering is the act of redrawing a district and its has gotten its name from Albridge Garry who redrew a district in the beginning of our country in order for him to win a vote. The redrawing of the districts almost guarantees a win in voting because it allows the politicians to choose their voters. In the video, suggested possible solutions to gerrymandering would be to redraw district lines according to geography, demographics, and population density but it would cause a disruption in the current system and would make it very difficult for a representative to be reelected to a district that doesn't have the same advantages. Gerrymandering can be compared to the electoral college because these systems don't work in the favor of the public, or the majority vote because with the representatives picking the districts containing people they know will vote for them along with the electoral college being able to override the public vote, it has caused question in the democratic system of the United States.

Lauren Sargent's curator insight, April 17, 2014 9:47 PM

The term gerrymandering comes from an 1810 law that was created by Elbridge Gerry, Governor of Massachusetts, which repositioned and defined congressional districts based on population changes. After the law was passed, newspaper articles came out with pictures of the re-drawn districts in concerning shapes, such as a salamander. They linked the two words “salamander” and “Gerry” and called it gerrymandering. As time has gone on, gerrymandering has been manipulated by both the Republican and Democratic parties by them re-drawing districts specifically to change the possible outcome of their “political cartoon” if you will. House seats are being re-apportioned every presidential election year. The video suggested that these means of politics have made it so that “the politicians are choosing their voters, rather than the voters choosing their politicians”. This is causing major distrust in candidates and decrease in voter participation. Gerrymandering has been beneficial to incumbents because they change their districts to work in favor of their election. Both the Electoral College and gerrymandering can be seen as unfair or corrupt government practices because they can sometimes both not accurately depict the peoples' votes by changing their districts. With the Electoral College, they could win a majority of the electoral votes, but not the majority vote. With gerrymandering, a politician would be elected just because of the re-drawn, manipulated districts, which is ridiculous. 

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51% Favor Government Shutdown Until Congress Cuts Health Care Funding - Rasmussen Reports™

Rasmussen Reports - The best place to look for polls that are spot on

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We have reached our debt ceiling and certainly need some form of budget-cutting, but the Democrats and Republicans in Congress cannot agree on the way to cut. Republicans want to defund Obamacare, but the Democrats are relentlessly opposing that, creating a rigid political gridlock. As for the public opinion, 51% believe that a partial government shutdown until Congress makes up its mind will be the most beneficial way to prevent exceeding the debt ceiling despite its economic impact while 40% would rather not and authorize spending on health care as it is. I found it interesting that a lot of Americans thought that popular programs were cut first when government agencies were forced to cut their spending to make the cuts seem more significant. This seems counterintuitive to me because the government should be acting according to what the people want. Also, the statistics clearly show that Republican voters believe that Republicans in Congress have become out of touch while the opposite is true for Democrats. This means that the Republican people may not be so strongly opposed to Obamacare, which is the cause of the gridlock. I think that the Republican party in Congress should be more connected to and representative of the people's opinions and perhaps, the partial shutdown, which would probably be more detrimental, would be unecessary. The Republican party is so focused on standing up for its beliefs that it is unable to cooperate to find solutions that would best benefit the country.

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Mollie Shin's curator insight, September 24, 2013 10:41 PM

As of 2013 I think that we can definitely confirm that the debt cieling has been reached.  In order for the economy to prosper again federal budget cuts must be made.  However since Congress refuses to approve a budget, 53% of people favor a partial government shutdown until the Democrats and Republicans decide on what spending to cut.  I believe that any shutdown of the government will cause more economic turmoil.  Although medicade and social security would still be in place, there are so many other programs that the public depends on.  The Republicans are using this gridlock to get rid of Obamacare.  This is why 42% of Republicans threatened to vote against a government funding bill unless it cuts off funds for the health care law and will help the GOP. Both parties should be more focused on improving the economics of the country rather than their own personal interests.

Maddy Folkerts's curator insight, September 25, 2013 12:55 AM

Since we've reached the debt ceiling, action needs to be taken to reduce spending. Republicans want to defund Obamacare, while Democrats don't. There is a gridlock with neither side wanting to back down. A complete government shutdown would be way too costly, but, I, like 51% of voters, believe a partial one is more reasonable. Even though it would still be costly, the benefits would outweigh that cost in the long run.

Melina Karayiannis's curator insight, September 25, 2013 1:17 AM

This article is one of many great examples of the extent that democrats and republicans disagree on certain topics. There is no doubt that the debt ceiling has been reached, and in order to have a fully functioning economy budget cuts need to be made. The biggest issue at this point is that neither the democrats nor the republicans are willing to compromise on what they think should be cut. Getting rid of Obamacare is the priority of republicans, however I am not sure that is the best decision. In my opinion, a partial government shutdown seems to be in favor of an improving economy; granted there will be negative aspects to it, but overall it seems to be the best choice.

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USA TODAY Poll: Opposition to Syrian airstrikes surges

USA TODAY Poll: Opposition to Syrian airstrikes surges | Bowie's Government Adventures | Scoop.it
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I think the opposition of the American people is driven by fear and exhaustion after the wholeordeal in Iraq. I believe, however, that Obama's speech will have an effect on the public's and Congress' opinions as previous speeches did, and I am interested in seeing how the opinion will change. There has indeed been a delay in Obama's response, which will make it more difficult for him to convince the public. He probably faced great opposition since the beginning which would explain such a delay. However, it is better late than never.

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Abe's curator insight, September 11, 2013 1:49 AM

Seems like avery presidential address arouses my inner patriotism just a tad bit. 

George's curator insight, September 11, 2013 3:17 AM

It's quite interesting seeing how Obama's address is compared to other presidential addresses all dealing with a request to go to war. Obama is faced with the challenge of persuading a country that's tired of fighting wars to rise up once again to act as the world's policemen. 

Tianna Kelly's curator insight, December 1, 2013 9:13 PM

This poll does not surprise me in the least; in fact, I am among the majority who oppose United States military action in Syria. The United States has its own internal issues to attend to, and spending money and resources on unnecessary actions can only further our troubles.

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9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

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Yes, the first question is
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This article was the perfect way to introduce myself to the Syria issue. I found it interesting how even today, we can still see vestiges of the European colonialization period and the Cold War. It seems that artificial borders and rule of the minority sect are common underlying causes of civil wars in the Middle East and Africa. I personally believe that it is important that we uphold the norms on chemical warfare set by the Geneva Convention; however, the question is are we the ones to do it?

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Holly Kapp's curator insight, September 10, 2013 5:19 PM

This article really helped me understand the whole Syrian conflict a lot better and made some things that were unclear to me more clear.

Taylor Marberry's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:01 AM

This article gave me the important knowledge about Syria that was necessary to fully understand the concept of what is really going on.

Abe's curator insight, September 11, 2013 2:12 AM

I feel a little more informed and less ignoran now.

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BY 11/14 or 11/15 (1 of 3) -- Administration: 106,000 enrolled in health insurance in first month of HealthCare.gov

BY 11/14 or 11/15 (1 of 3) -- Administration: 106,000 enrolled in health insurance in first month of HealthCare.gov | Bowie's Government Adventures | Scoop.it
Of the 106,000 enrollees, only about 27,000 were able to sign up through the federal health-insurance site.

Via Teresa Herrin
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Less people than anticipated have enrolled for the new health plans in the first month and most occurred in the states. The state-created marketplaces appear to be performing better than the federal one. While the Republicans are criticizing the plan, the Democrats see the numbers optimistically. I think a lot of people may be hesitating to enroll because of all the controversy about the legislative.

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:22 PM

The figures are not up to what was predicted because the people lose trust in such a brittle plan. Its new, disorganized and made with haste, those who signed up stopped midway because they were informed of its problems or because they thought about how the elites' not getting proper pay might trickle down to their jobs.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:26 PM

This article talks about the 106,000 people that enrolled inObama's health insurance in just the first month. That number was way lower than the predictions they had made. It also talks about attempts to pass laws that allow people to keep their old health polices. Its honestly not that shocking that people wouldn't jump to join the new healthcare plan.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:22 PM
I think that obviously Obama and his administration had i hopes and expectations for the health care and it was not as successful as they would have liked it to be in the beginning. I think that the website having difficulties and congress not complying is making it a lot harder and not going over as smoothly as planned.
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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (2 or 4 total) -- Video: 'This Week': Twitter Transforms Politics

The roundtable debates the role of social media in politics following Twitter's IPO.
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The video discusses the effects of Twitter on politics. One of the most popular tweeters is 80-year-old Iowa governor Chuck Grassley and nearly all of the congressmembers and state governors have Twitter accounts. Twitter has even influenced who gains or loses office and become an important tool for the National Security to spread information and catch warnings. I personally think that social media is an important way to spread news about politics and would like to use my Twitter more for finding out about current events than reading the other useless tweets I do.

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Maddie Callen's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:39 AM

twitter has greatly changed politics for better or for worse. consituents can communicate with representatives even easier. some politicans are thought more of as celebrities now especially during election time when they will be on the cover of magaizines and on tabloids. politicains can sometimes seem unproffesional on twitter using slang and abreviations but i think they should try to sound more proper.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:39 PM

Almost 100% of politicians are involved in the practice of twittering. It's another way to rant, complain and tattle tale through personal media. There's no way for policies to restrain politicians from interracting with the public through media. Politics can now reach out to the lazy, young generations and plus they can control the news they want to put out individually.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 10:06 PM

This video talks about how twitter is changin politics and the information communicated through it, using twitter makes it that much faster and easier to get information out there. Twitter has such a large ammount of users interested in politics, that it made sense for politians to create accounts. It's cool seeing politians, old and young, adapt to these new trends!

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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (4 of 4 total)-- How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year (Be sure to include the graphic in your analysis!)

BY 11/10 or 11/11 (4 of 4 total)-- How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year (Be sure to include the graphic in your analysis!) | Bowie's Government Adventures | Scoop.it
In the 12 months since his reelection, the president has achieved far less than he expected and suffered one mishap after another.
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Nearly all of Obama's  promises and plans have been hindered by mishaps and struggles with the Republican Party. As usual Obama's second term took a toll with Gen. Petraeus quitting, the Benghazi incident, the Newtown shooting, and more.  Furthermore, the Edward Snowden and Syria incidents and his Obamacare worsened the situation. Galston says this downfall is due to Obama's 2012 election, in which he did not establish his authority, and the Republican party's reluctance to accept that they lost. 

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:30 PM

Kind of a biased article. Catalogued how Obama managed to screw up his second term by promising to have more actions and less talk (as they've always done) but he ended up swallowing his words. Wasting huge national sums on....gun control (because a crazy dude killed 20 elementary kids)...really how hard is gun control that you have to spend so much on it. In his second reelection, he stated that he wanted to focus more on immigration laws. Wait, I haven't heard anything significant about such matters. Ah well, I guess he's trying to save the economy. No, not happening either, because he came up with a very smart plan, the National Healthcare (no really, its a very merciful plan but it needs MORE planning yeah?) and that basically screw up another large chunk of dough. Oh boy, I guess he still has his Congress to help him out. NOPE they're full of Republican babies. Then Obama wanted to help out with Syria, asking Putin to withdraw their rejection but Snowden is stuck in Russia, revealing unwanted, embarassing government documents. Obama is at a standstill.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 7:57 PM

This article talks about Obama's struggles as president throughout both terms, and his struggle with dealing with the republicans. At the moment, our presidents approval ratings are at their lowest because it seems as though Obama's getting nothing done in office. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:09 PM
I think that Obama was not expecting all these setbacks. He set high goals for himself and he was determined to carry them out. Things have not gone as planned for Obama and his polls have gone down. In the video the guy said "the obamacare website is one month old and still like all one month old it is still shitting its pants" so that speaks for itself and how obama is doing.
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BY 11/3 -- Booker Brings Dash Of Diversity To Still Old, White Senate -- Demographics of Current Congress

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Cory Booker becomes ninth African-American to serve in the Senate, replacing Frank Lautenberg.
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Cory Booker was sworn into Senate, making him the seond black senator currently in office. Only four African -Americans have served in Senate. Booker brings racial diversity and youthfulness to the Senate. The lack of diversity, not just racially, in the Senate alarms me because the proportions are so unrepresentative of the entire population, even though it is supposed to be more distant from the public.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:30 PM

The electio of Senator Cory Booker will add some diversity to the Senate because he is a a relatively young African American. Most of the Senate consists of old white people. This trend is starting to change a little, especially the Democratic side. A more diverse Congress will be able to better address the concerns of different groups of people.This is reflecting the nation a little bit more, the diversity of this nation.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 4:07 PM

This article talks about the young and new african-american senator and the diversity in the senate. With our country being as diverse as it is, so should our government. That would lead to a better represented population.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:05 PM
I think it is good for congress e to be diverse and have different ethinicities, different genders, different ages, and different parties. When passing bills and making decisions you will get a diverse group of opinions making it better for the people
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BY 11/3 -- Is email ever private? Take a tour of the path traveled by your email

BY 11/3 -- Is email ever private? Take a tour of the path traveled by your email | Bowie's Government Adventures | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: Critical questions are being raised about data safety in light of hacking reports and news about NSA data collection. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk explains what happens after you hit ‘send’ on an email message.
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The video discusses how data is sent through the internet via the "cloud", which actually stores the information. Google is now working to encrypt its data to increase protection, but there is still risk. Society is so increasingly dependant on internet and digital platforms that I wonder how we will store so much data in the future. Also, Google and Yahoo's centers must use so much electricity 24/7.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:07 PM

This video enlightens us in depth of the workings of email and how it is possible for others to view and who could possibly be watching where it goes. Suprisingly the data doesnt stay in the states but actually travels over seas. This video just re stated all that we know and gave more detail about the whole situation.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 6:43 PM

This video shows us that it true when they say anything you put on the internet will be there forever, and many of us blow that off. I feel that we all need to be a little more mindful of what we say and do online, and we should keep a lot more private.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:53 PM

Lately there has been a lot of controversy over the government reading peoples phone txts emails social media phone calls ect. I think that the people have the right to privacy as stated in the constitution. 

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BY 10/31 -- NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say

BY 10/31 -- NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say | Bowie's Government Adventures | Scoop.it
Agency positioned itself to collect from among millions of accounts, many belonging to Americans.
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The NSA has a program called MUSCULAR with the British Governement Communications Headquarters which copies entire data flows from the cables of Google and Yahoo. Through this the NSA has access to the Google and Yahoo user accounts. The NSA states that they are spying to look for potential dangers from foreign targets. Google and Yahoo are not happy with this and I am sure many Americans will be even more enraged. Personally, I'm glad I don't use Yahoo or Google for my email.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 2:49 PM

This discusses how public networks like Yahoo and Google are being tapped into by the NSA in order to provide security for Americans through access to lots of personal info. These networks have stated they do not want their databases to be tapped into by the NSA, but that is meerely just a claim. Although, both yahoo and google have started to make a move by encrypting their data in order to prevent any hacking. I think that this is going too far. What happened to privacy? Isn't that OUR right. The NSA is using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to justify their recent moves and decisions.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 5:02 PM

This article talks about the new program made by the NSA called MUSCULAR, which allows them to exploit data centers and flows from companies like Google and Yahoo. This article tells us about the negative feelings towards the federal government as overreaching its powers, the NSA says they only collect information on valid foreign targets, but who really knows.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:55 PM
I think that it is good for us to know what the government is doing but also it makes the USA look weak if one of our own is going and publishing private information that is vital to the security of the US. I think that on the otherhand i do not really want to know all of the spying that the government is doing i would rather not know if the gvt feels the need to infiltrate yahoo and goodle for information that they think could potentially harm the US then go ahead and do it but i think that again citizens have the rights to privacy and Snowden did a very couragous thing by standing up for the rights of the US citizens.
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BY 10/31 -- How the NSA is infiltrating private networks

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The NSA, working with its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), secretly taps into the internal networks of Yahoo and Google, the two biggest Internet companies by overall data traffic.
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This article describes how the NSA and British GCHQ is spying on Google and Yahoo's network by tapping into the companies' private cables. I find this shocking because Google and Yahoo are private companies and I wonder if they object this government action. The quote is very interesting because it compares the NSA's spying to the actions of those of terrorists, which infringe upon our rights.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:12 PM

This article detailed exactly how the NSA has cracked into Google's data centers. The full repercussions of this scandalous news hack does not seem to fully register to the American public. The NSA has to be stopped and will not stop unless the American voters do something about it, whether it be through protest or voting in new representatives. It violates our constitutional rights.

Adriana Cruz's comment, January 25, 2014 3:31 PM
This article talks about how the NSA has infiltrated into the public in order to ensure safety. For example, the NSA can monitor all Google Cloud actions. It is very interesting to note that the Washington Post is willing to share this information to the public; it almost seems risky. At the same time, it makes me feel very unsafe in that the government could monitor anything that I do online.
Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:52 PM
It is illegal to have a website that the gvt cannot get into but that does not mean that the gvt should tap into google or yahoos networks through wiring and invade peoples private information. It is against the rights of American citizens.
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BY 10/20 -- What Obama and the tea party have in common

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They both disdain governing the way Madison intended.

Via Teresa Herrin
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It is interesting that write Will likens Obama to the Tea Party, but I very strongly agree that politicians these days are so blinded by their parties' goals that they are unable to make necessary compromises that are better for the country. He also says that because of this unwillingness to compromise, Obama has to much power.

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Chris Buenaseda's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:10 PM

Both are similar in that they are really hard to compromise with. The framers of the government have aimed for the structure of the govt. to balnce out the power. I don't see any similarities between the two other than their characteristics when it comes to compromise.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:26 PM

I strongly agree  that politicians these days are so blinded by their parties' goals that they are unable to make necessary compromises that are better for the country. I like the way that the writer compares the Tea Party with Obama. He also says that because of this unwillingness to compromise, Obama has too much power.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 18, 2014 5:02 PM

The article says that both Obama and the Tea Party don't want to go through the process of compromising that Madison had planned out. They're both impatient and arent willing to work together. I think an issue like this should be compromised, They need to come up with a solution together and figure out what to do. Obama does want the legislative branch to touch Obamacare. In my opinion, thats not very democratic or fair. The legislative branch represents the US citizens. we elect representatives in the legislative branch so we can have a voice. With Obama saying he doesn''t want congess to touch it seems like he doesn't really care about our opinion.

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BY 10/20 -- Jim DeMint: We Won't Back Down on ObamaCare

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In The Wall Street Journal, president of the Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint writes that fighting a law that is unfair, unworkable and unaffordable is reasonable and necessary.
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President of the Heritage Foundation and former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint states that Republicans will not stop fighting against the ObamaCare law and discusses the negative consequences it will have on premiums and health care quality. As he points out, the government has frequently underprojected the costs of previous health care bills. I agree with DeMint that the people should not have to wait for elections for bills to change, so I agree that opponents of Obamacare should not drop the subject. However, I think that the opponents and supporters need to collaborate on this issue because we cannot afford another government shutdown.

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Sachi Kamble's curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:59 AM

Demint is obviously biased because he is the president of the leading conservative think tank in America. He claims that he has met people who complained that their converages have been renounced, their work hours cut and their jobs eliminated, but he doesn't have any direct quotes from these people, so it's all just paraphrased. The premiums have increased in 45 states. Young adult's premiums will be a lot higher than those of elderly, which will be hard on us since the baby boomers are all retiring now. The author claims that the only way Obamacare will lead to single-payer health-care system is by employers droping health-care for their low-wage workers. He also claims that health care will deteriorate in America as access to doctors will decrease. 

Tianna Kelly's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:58 PM

Jim Dewint is  republican who believed that the recent government shutdown was both necessary and proper. According to him, it was the only option in fighting against an unfair law. However, he does not mention the effect of the shutdown- the government services that went to a halt, the workers who went unpaid, and those citizens adversely affected. In my opinion, DeWint, and those like him, make America the laughingstock of the global community. 

Chris Buenaseda's curator insight, November 4, 2013 5:50 PM

President of the Heritage Foundation Jim Demint states that he and many others are not stopping until they have gotten rid of Obamacare. Some main points against Obamacare is that it causes employment issues and citizens can not, financially, withstand the pressure that comes with the arrival of the ACA. While this guy tries to fight against a cause that no one has succeeded in passing for almost 50 years, Obamacare is still alive. Has he done his job in stopping Obamacare.

 

No. Obamacare is still up and running. 40+ times has it been challenged and 40+ times has it succeeded in staying alive and constitutional. Maybe they should stop trying. "Three times, the charm" is the phrase, not "40+ times, the charm."

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GOP flinches at Obamacare plan devised by Sens. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee | WashingtonExaminer.com

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There are 44 Republicans in the Senate not named Ted Cruz or Mike Lee. By and large, they have been quiet during the various twists and turns in the effort to defund Obamacare. This week, they'll speak.

Via Less Gov. More Fun.™, Anja Parikh, Mollie Shin
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Senators Cruz and Lee have created a plan to filibuster a bill which denies funding for Obamacare. Their new plan, they believe, will more successfully defund Obamacare, but the number of supporters, even within the Republican party, is a "minority of a minority". One GOP aide who supports the plan claims that the failure of the letter that was circulated is irrelevant and simply shows the intentions of the plan, but I think that the lack of signatures is a clear indicator that they don't have a lot of support. This is because even though the Republicans want to see Obamacare defunded, the plan seems to be directing toward failure and a possible government shutdown. I think Cruz and Lee's plan is just unnecessary since and existing bill already denies funding for Obamacare, and the probability of the plan passing is low anyways because the Democratic Party controls the Senate and there is so little Republican support.

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Anja Parikh's curator insight, September 24, 2013 10:12 PM

Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are filibustering the House bill to defund Obamacare in order to "preserve it," but they don't have a majority of their party on their side. Cruz's and Lee's actions could lead to a government shutdown or failure, and most Republicans aren't eager to be associated with that regardless of how much they dislike Obamacare. The House also does not support the Cruz-Lee fail plan. Basically, the Democratic control of the Senate, and the high risk and likeliness of failure of this plan have doomed it from the start.

Mollie Shin's curator insight, September 24, 2013 11:09 PM

Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have created a plan to to defund Obamacare.  They have created a list for the republicans of the house to sign but only a minority of the minority of the Republicans consented and signed to this plan of refusing to approve any legislature that would help fund Obamacare.  Not only may this plan lead to government shutdown but it serves no purpose because it is just declaring what the republican senator is already going to do.  This petition is also giving false hope to the portion of the public that supports the defunding of the new health care law.  I believe that it is unlikely that they will be succesful and should focus on finding a solution for the budget.

Maddy Folkerts's curator insight, September 25, 2013 12:49 AM

Cruz and Lee want to filibuster the resolution that denies funding for Obamacare, which would pressure Reid to grant concessions that would allow Republicans to defund Obamacare. The plan is not well supported, even by Republicans who are against Obamacare. Cruz and Lee are better off leaving this overly-complex plan that has a low chance of being successful anyways and thinking of a new, more feasible plan.

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Sen. Ted Cruz: I Don't Think President Obama 'Has the Authority' to Order Syria Strike Without Congressional Approval

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Contradicting President Obama’s assertion, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said this morning on “This Week” that the president does not have the authority to order a military strike on Syria without Congressional approval.

Via Teresa Herrin
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Cruz states that the military action is based on the defense of an international norms and not for national security, but I think that defending the chemical warfare pact would actually strengthen our national security for the future because it will prevent others from using chemical warfare and it shows that we are willing to defend our interests and beliefs. I do agree that the President does not necessarily have the authority to order the strike without congressional approval and that the issue is not a direct threat to the nation now, but do we want to wait until it is a direct threat? 

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Sammy Masri's curator insight, September 17, 2013 12:19 AM

Cruz spoke very well for the majority of the speech: he made a reasonable case about why an attack would not work. But he faltered on two points. One: The state of Texas, vast as though it may be, does not represent the United States. Two: It's almost become customary of Republicans to bring up Benghazi whenever possible. It happened, nothing short of a full-scale operation and the ability to see the future could have prevented it, let the American dead rest in peace.

 

Also, the longer you show the US not supporting innocent civilians, the more and more radical these "Islamic terrorists" will become. Cut to the chase - or in this case, a missile strike - and nip the thing in the bud before it grows too big.

Rachel Murphy's curator insight, October 2, 2013 8:20 PM

Cruz makes it clear that he does not approve of military action in Syria. He believes a strike would aid rebel forces with links to Al-Qaeda. The strike may weaken Assad, but it would only give rebel forces an opportunity to swoop in. His precautions with the attack are plausible. I like the point he made about how OUR US military is not Al-Qaeda's air force. They are here to defend the United States.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:16 PM

This video shows how complicated this whole situation is, and I had no idea how opposed the public was to involvment in Syria. Is there is a way to reprimand him without a strike? War crimes need to be reprimanded, but does this mean we have to go to war? I was all for involvment, but now I'm really questioning whether that would be the right thing to do.