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Obama meets with House Republicans, downplays 'immediate' debt crisis

Obama meets with House Republicans, downplays 'immediate' debt crisis | Government and Law | Scoop.it
President Obama met Wednesday on Capitol Hill with House Republicans, in an apparent bid to find consensus even as he seemed to antagonize the other side by claiming there's no immediate crisis in terms of debt. ...
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Our deficit is an important issue that should be addressed.  I hope it's not true that our Congress's differences are "'too wide' to bridge".

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Joel Denney's comment, March 17, 2013 10:28 PM
"No immediate crisis in terms of debt." When does the crisis become immediate? When our debt exceeds our annual GDP? I doubt that going to be safe from debt problems for the next ten years as he claimed. We've already received one credit ding.
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NKorea criticizes SKorea prez's 'swish of skirt'

NKorea criticizes SKorea prez's 'swish of skirt' | Government and Law | Scoop.it
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's first public, senior-level mention of South Korea's first female president ended up being a sexist jab.
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It's good that South Korea is trying to work with N. Korea on deplomacy.  However, that comment makes me dislike Kim Jong Un even more.

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Joel Denney's comment, March 13, 2013 8:12 PM
Ha ha. I wonder if Kim Jong Un realizes what an idiot he is? One false military move and North Korea will be gone. He's not helping his case here, especially with Park continuing to offer his country aid.
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CNN Explains: Sequestration

CNN Explains: Sequestration | Government and Law | Scoop.it
President Obama and Congress are trying to avert a budget "sequestration." Here's what is involved in the process.
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They explained that very well.  It's a little easier to understand.

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Liberal group under fire from conservatives for tweet

Liberal group under fire from conservatives for tweet | Government and Law | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- A liberal group in Kentucky is under fire from conservatives for a tweet it posted nearly two weeks ago which alludes to the race of Sen. Mitch McConnell's wife.
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It's ridiculous that people get into arguments over something so sensless and stupid!  How can these people govern us?  It's just a tweet.  Let it go.

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Joel Denney's comment, February 28, 2013 6:34 PM
It doesn't sound so much like an argument so much as someone getting indignant over a rude comment. Turning the other cheek only goes so far; imagine the response if someone said something comparable about Michelle Obama. They'd get hammered by the media. Guess this will be a lesson for the tweeter to hold their tongue even when speaking off the record; in this day and age there is no such thing as off the record.
Emely Koehler's comment, March 3, 2013 10:56 PM
I think the government should not use social networks, but on the other side, anybody is allowed to use it, but I think this is a thing were politician should not be worry about
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Democratic Rep. Ellison launches into tirade on Fox News (VIDEO)

Democratic Rep. Ellison launches into tirade on Fox News (VIDEO) | Government and Law | Scoop.it
Democratic Rep.Keith Ellison exploded during a live interview with Sean Hannity on Tuesday, calling the Fox News host the "worst excuse for a journalist I've ever seen" and a "shill for the Republican Party." The Minnesota congressman was on the program...
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That escalated very quickly!  Regardless of your political opinion, Ellison didn't act very polite.  However, Hannity should have ended the interview and not added gasoline to the fire.  Not one of our finest moments.  It is entertaining though!

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Obama's inner circle: Who's in, who's out?

Obama's inner circle: Who's in, who's out? | Government and Law | Scoop.it
As President Obama prepares to begin his second term in office, he's expected to make some changes to key positions in his Cabinet. Here's a look at the current Cabinet, and who may be under consideration to serve in the next term.
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I didn't know there were so many members in the cabinet.  It will be interesting to see if these new members will bring any noticable changes.  I recognized Timothy Geithner from the "Inside the Meltdown" video from economics.  He has certainly become a very distiguished figure.

 

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Emely Koehler's comment, February 20, 2013 10:22 PM
You are right it will be interesting to see. It is Obamas second time as a president. I think it was a good idea to make same change is the cabinet. What Emma already said, new ideas, thinking etc.
Dane Andrew Johnson's comment, February 25, 2013 12:31 PM
I think that the president sounldnt be allowed a "inner circle". I feel like that would be a easier way for the government to make more bias decisions.
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Do Women Prefer AR-15 Rifles?

Do Women Prefer AR-15 Rifles? | Government and Law | Scoop.it
During gun hearing, one woman explains that assault weapons ban would hurt women most.
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I've never thought about that before!  I wonder if that will have any effect in the debate on gun control.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, February 18, 2013 8:30 PM
Interesting argument, however, I'm not sure how much validity it has. Do many people, men or women, have the ability to properly engage in hand to hand combat?
Joel Denney's comment, March 3, 2013 12:11 PM
True, guns are dangerous if used by someone who doesn't know what they're doing. All the more reason for widespread gun training. If you've had general gun safety and training, you don't necessarily need to be combat trained (i.e. police or military) to safely use a gun in a defensive situation. Like the article said, guns are the great equalizer in combat situations.
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Have gun? Tell school

Have gun? Tell school | Government and Law | Scoop.it
Does Missouri proposal go too far?
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Interesting insight.  Is it really the school's job to investigate gun control?  I feel like that would invade our privacy that the Bill of Rights grants us.  However, I see where the proposal comes from.  It doesn't eliminate our 2nd Amendment right.

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Emely Koehler's comment, February 14, 2013 10:54 PM
This is really interesting, but I do not think that this will become a law. This law violate your privacy and when this become a law it does not even make sense. What should the school do with the knowledge that someone own a gun?
Dane Andrew Johnson's curator insight, February 21, 2013 12:50 PM

This video talkes about a propsal to the missouri senator and says, "every kids parents in the elemetary schools will have to sign a waver saying they own guns in there house". What i thought was funny was that the senator claims that the constitusion does state the right to your privacy. This video is interesting and talks alot about gun control.

Joel Denney's comment, March 3, 2013 12:24 PM
And this bill solves the violence issue how? Say I'm a troubled student with mild anger issues and a rough family life; how would the school's knowledge of my gun ownership prevent me from doing something violent? They can't treat me differently or limit what I do; all they can possibly do is worry about all of the "problem kids" who legally own guns and use them in a safe manner. All they can do is freak out over what MIGHT happen. All this bill will do is lead to schools jumping to false conclusions. Not to mention the fact that in our geographic region, a lot of students (and their parents) own guns. How difficult would it be to enforce this rule, especially that school staff never see the firearms?
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Potential for Obama's gun control agenda

Potential for Obama's gun control agenda | Government and Law | Scoop.it
All-Star panel weighs in
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Will gun reforms really stop the gun violence?  Or will people get around the new laws?  According to the Second Amendment, government can't take away guns from the people, but maybe background checks can help keep people safer.

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Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com

Watch the latest breaking news, politics, entertainment and offbeat videos everyone is talking about at CNN.com. Get informed now!
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Though it's not really important, it's interesting to see how little choices people have to eat during passover.  President Obama will have to get crafty with his meal choices.

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Here Comes The Snow, There Goes Congress

Here Comes The Snow, There Goes Congress | Government and Law | Scoop.it
A House committee was supposed to learn today all about dangerous asteroids, meteors and space junk falling out of the sky.  But a more immediate danger from above–heavy, wet, white stuff–caused a postponement.
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Even Congress has snow days!

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Emely Koehler's comment, March 7, 2013 6:58 PM
It is funny that your capital city can not handle with snow. I do not think that you have to chancel a meeting because of snow!
Dane Andrew Johnson's comment, March 12, 2013 12:35 PM
I cant believe they can say that snow, looks like "space junk"
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Why ‘wait and see’ is a sequestration mantra we should get used to

Why ‘wait and see’ is a sequestration mantra we should get used to | Government and Law | Scoop.it
There is little consensus on sequestration's impact after the cuts began, polls show.
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How Americans feel about sequestration.

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Emely Koehler's comment, March 7, 2013 6:54 PM
It is never easy to do spending cuts, someone will need the money, but the will not get money anymore. I hope the government thought a lot about it and did not doing spending cuts on places where people really need the money. I looking forward, it might be hard sometime, but it is really intersting to see either.
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On the Brink of the Budget Sequester, More Damage for the GOP than Obama

On the Brink of the Budget Sequester, More Damage for the GOP than Obama | Government and Law | Scoop.it
Most Americans think both Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress are mishandling government spending – but, on the brink of across-the-board budget cuts, it’s the GOP that receives disproportionately more flak, including from its own partisan...
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It's sad that our country has such a high disapproval rating for all of our politicians.  It's interesting where people put most of the blame though.  I hope they get their act together soon so they can actually get things done.

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Emely Koehler's comment, March 4, 2013 4:29 PM
Different views and interest are not easy to handle when you need to find a common solution. But it is there job to do this, so they should really work together.
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Hardball with Chris Matthews

Hardball with Chris Matthews | Government and Law | Scoop.it
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According to these sources, Democrats are not likely to win the House majority in 2014, but they intend to keep the Senate majority.  Will the President be able to accomplish all he wants with a Republican House?

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Emely Koehler's comment, February 20, 2013 10:33 PM
This is interesting, the democrats have the majority in senate and the republicans the house. This looks like a small "fight" between the House and the Senate. I hope they both can work together and find common intereststo get good new ideas.
Dane Andrew Johnson's comment, February 21, 2013 12:44 PM
I think thats werid that they think that the democrats arent going to when the house. I thought that democrats where always the ones to win the house. I think that even though they make thoughs acusations, i think the senate will take over allow them to win.
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Boehner to Obama: You created spending cut crisis, you fix it

Boehner to Obama: You created spending cut crisis, you fix it | Government and Law | Scoop.it
House Speaker John Boehner fired back Wednesday after President Obama used the bully pulpit to pin blame on Republicans for the meat cleaver of looming spending cuts.
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It's just another example of how our political parties refuse to work together.  Both parties think that what their doing is what's best for the Americans and are unwilling to compromise.  At this rate, they will get nothing done.

 

 

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rbrown18's curator insight, February 20, 2013 11:07 PM

They government would be much more productive, if they all worked well together, but doing whats easiest may not always be what is best for the country.

Andrew Root's comment, February 21, 2013 7:19 PM
So Blaze, what do you think would be most beneficial to have cut from spending?
Robert Mesenburg's comment, February 24, 2013 10:28 PM
If our political parties don't work together it seems we'll never get anything done.
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Conscience of a Corporation

Conscience of a Corporation | Government and Law | Scoop.it
Stretching religious freedom to the breaking point.
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The First Amendment provides the freedom of religion.  But can a corporation be counted as a person?  Is the government infringing on rights for freedom of religion by requiring the provide health insurance that covers birth control?  Or can't a corporation be considered a person, even though it is affiliated with a certain religion?  There's a very fine line that the government has to walk on to make sure they aren't squashing our rights or enforcing a law.

 

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Emely Koehler's comment, February 14, 2013 11:09 PM
In the first Amendment everybody is allowed to belief whatever they want to belief. Birth control is a different subject in this point. True is that the Christianity belief are against it, but what is with another religion? They maybe think different about that. The government pass a law and allowed birth control and so it depend on every women if they want to do it or not. Not everybody belief in Christianity.
Joel Denney's comment, March 3, 2013 12:15 PM
Legally the issue is clear cut concerning churches, but the controversy also extends to entities that aren't religious entities in and of themselves, but are affiliated with religious groups (i.e. St. Mary's Hospital, associated with the Sisters of St. Francis. I don't know if the current mandate exempts groups like this, as they aren't churches.
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Congress Considers Putting Limits on Drone Strikes

Congress Considers Putting Limits on Drone Strikes | Government and Law | Scoop.it
Congress eyes limits on drones as memo details broad grounds for strikes against al-Qaida
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I didn't know this was happening!  I guess there's a fine line between protecting your country and being too careful. 

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Joel Denney's comment, March 3, 2013 12:50 PM
Does a person have more right to life by being a citizen of a particular country? I think if a person is going to be killed via drone strike, their nationality should be irrelevant. Don't degrade the "value" of someone's life because they aren't an American citizen, and don't consider the life of an American citizen worth more than the value of, say, an Afghan citizen. Life is life, regardless of which country it calls home. BTW, this sounds just like the intro scene in the movie Eagle Eye.
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Bruce Willis against new gun control laws, says there's no link between Hollywood violence and real violence

Bruce Willis against new gun control laws, says there's no link between Hollywood violence and real violence | Government and Law | Scoop.it
No one commits a crime because they saw a film.
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I think he makes a great point.  If we let the government to change one right, what will stop them from changing more rights?  The right to bear arms is the Third Amendment of the Constitution.

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Emely Koehler's comment, February 7, 2013 5:40 PM
To go hunting is a big hobby from a lot of people in America. Many people will protest.
Joel Denney's comment, March 3, 2013 12:31 PM
True, no one shoots someone directly because they watched a violent film. But did they become desensitized to violence due to watching violence over and over? Same with video games. Research has shown that even if the screen violence was morally justified, it still desensitizes the audience to human pain. Not that I think violence in movies should be banned...but the issue is bigger than Hollywood. Respect for human life is key, and needs to be taught from an early age, especially when kids are watching/playing violent media from an increasingly early age.