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BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- Inside the Bush, Cheney relationship

BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- Inside the Bush, Cheney relationship | Herrin AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Peter Baker talks about his book, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.” He calls the relationship between the duo, “one that drifted apart.”
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Yeah, friendships are made, and just how they can be made, they can break apart. Just because he's a president, or he's a vice president, doesn't make the two different than any two other men. I think we all have had a friend that turned sour. This doesn't come as a surprise to me.

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Chris Buenaseda's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:14 PM

The video explains how Cheney was influential in Bush's decision-making, but less and less was he influential towards the end of Bush's 2nd term. This discussion was very interesting to watch as it painted Dick Cheney in another light, other than being the lackey to the younger Bush. Without Cheney's participation and adcive, Bush wouldn't have lasted the White House for past one term.

 

Melissa Aleman's curator insight, November 10, 2013 11:11 PM

This video discusses the relationship between Bush in cheney and how it was not all as it seems and in their new book, Days of Fire, you can see that. All though they had their differences and grew distant they came together when needed. I think it was a nice video and good to hear a little behind the scenes of the truth of their relationship and how it wasnt all good.

 

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:28 PM

 This video is about bush and chaney while they where in the white house. It outlines the breaking and falling apart of their relationship and how bush really didn't have any power and chaney was the one really making the decisions, like a "puppet master". I think that their relationship as friends and as colleges was strained due to the media, the policy agenda and the war in Iraq.

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New debt limit deadline is Oct. 17

New debt limit deadline is Oct. 17 | Herrin AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Treasury secretary warns congressional leaders that he will exhaust emergency borrowing measures “no later than Oct. 17.”
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A short video explaining the past history of the debt limit. Historically, the debt ceiling has been raised 39 times since 1980, and debt has only risen during times of war, and economic downturns. However now, as a result of the increasing population of seniors retiring and cashing in their social security, the national debt is going up, and there's little we can do to stop it.

 

I personally don't know very much about economics, so I cannot speak to the economics behind this. (maybe after AP Micro and Macro) however it is my understanding that the large majority of the government debt is money that it owes to itself. To our own citizens through bonds and such. So I dont' see why there is such a large fuss about the debt. I do see that it is rising, and I feel that if I were a part of the treasury, I could save money soooooo fast. Start by cutting out all non necessary parts. I do not mean to be racist, but put an Asian in charge of the money, and there will be less spending of money on unnecessary stuff.

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USA TODAY Poll: Opposition to Syrian airstrikes surges

USA TODAY Poll: Opposition to Syrian airstrikes surges | Herrin AP GOPO | Scoop.it
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2 to 1 american citizens against a military strike in Syria. I have no idea how this number was assessed, however it seems that, yes, there is heavy opposition. 

 

Obama as Commander-in-chief did have the ability to strike Syria and then explain to the American public, however he chose to go through congress. His decision, his political reasons. A nice video giving some history, but not a lot of real information.

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

Sen. Ted Cruz: I Don't Think President Obama 'Has the Authority' to Order Syria Strike Without Congressional Approval | Herrin AP GOPO | Scoop.it
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.
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Ted Cruz says that Assad is a brutal murderer and "he rightly should be sujected to comdemnation worldwide". Cruz doesn't think that "amorphous international norms" should be maintained by the United States, however there is nothing amorphous about the United States signing an international agreement that included the non-toleration of chemical weapons used on citizens. He said that the attack is "not based on defending national security, not based on defending Americans or our allies." and therefore doesn't warrant military intervention by the United States.

 

I agree with Mr. Cruz in that we do need to take action, however, I strongly disagree with his alternate solutions, as it seems to be done to please the people rather than to actually punish Syria for their mass killings of innocent people.

 

Mr. Cruz says that military strike is not the right solution, however his alternate methods of reaction are insipid and weak at best. Cutting off Iraq's 500 mil in aid and UN council to condemn Assad are his two alternate plans of action. Both does not significantly Syria.

 

A quick search has shown that UN condemnation does not result in much. From what I understand from it it's similar to this scenario. A group of friends has gotten together and has decided to agree that a certain band produces terrible music. The band will still continue to make music much to the friend's dismay, and will continue to do so until they decide to quit.

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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. | Herrin AP GOPO | 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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The website and server costs don't matter as much as the actual policy and plan. I don't like Obamacare because it forces me to pay extra premiums I normally might not have to pay. I'm healthy, and work out on a daily basis. Many of the problems in america are related to obesity, and lack of exercise, and I feel that because I work hard to maintain my body shape and other people don't, I have to pay to help support their laziness. I understand that some people have legit health problems, however a large percentage of my money is gonig to people with obesity related problems. That upsets me. As well as the fact that I'm paying more than I'd probably use.

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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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Madison Mayor Weighs-in on Possible Government Shutdown

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT/CNN) -- Ticktock. Ticktock. Just over a week remains. If the Democrats and Republicans don't stop bickering and agree to how the U.S. should pay its bills, the federal govern...
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I found many articles giving the percentages and majority of what people believe will happen or where the blame would go. Rather than regurgate those numbers I wanted to know how the lack of government would affect me.

 

A couple of things; national services closed (parks, administration offices, everything except 'critical services'), police will still keep you safe, but without pay until the government comes back, taxes will still be collected, mail will still be sent, no federal loans, and this is just a bad example from the leading democracy worldwide.

 

I find the most ironic thing being that despite the government shutdown being originated around the advent of obamacare, the implimentation of Obamacare will still take place. I think that the government should stop arguing about where the blame should be placed, and start focusing on the real issues. I understand that the premise under which the constitution was written would creat policy gridlock, however if you disagree about something, and you have a timeline? hurry up and decide. You can argue until you are blue in the face, however Obamacare is still going to be set in motion until the majority can decide to agree.

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3: Roundtable: Crucial week for Obama - Video on NBCNews.com

3: Roundtable: Crucial week for Obama - Video on NBCNews.com | Herrin AP GOPO | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: A Meet the Press roundtable forecasts the pressure on this upcoming week for the president to make his case for intervention in the Syrian conflict.
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Kudos to Kerry for the fluent, flawless speech in French.

 

Syria has been ruled via military dictatorship by the Alowites, a minority Islamic sect, until relatively recently with a heavy hand. Brutal and repressive, but not exactly incompetent. This regime has been heavily supported by Shi'ite Iran who wants to counterbalance Sunni regimes in the rest of the Middle East, and from China and especially Russia, for various geopolitical reasons.


Rebal armies are now showing up - citizens who's just had enough, an increasing number of violent jihadists, and Syrian defectors - initially wanting Syria to be more free, however moving towards imposing Salafist ideas on the country, but many Christians and urban liberals have second thoughts. It's too late though, and the regime has no qualms about killing non-combatants, even though none of the rebels have summarily executed anyone collaborating with the regime.


I think American intervention is difficult because 1) Syria is more heavily armed with air defences than Libya, 2) Rebels aren't exactly good guys either, 3) Syria has no oil and Libya has a lot.

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