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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 | Jay Patel's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
While even highly offensive speech is protected in the U.S., that level of freedom is quite unique.
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This article talks about how Americas freedom of speech and expression is different from the rest of the world. The French government is planning on restricting/limiting their free speech/right to protest. This all started due to the anti-Muslim video, and freedom of speech is being limited to prevent chaos. I think personally limiting ones freedom of speech is not fair but the reasons the French have is pretty legit, they are just trying to prevent fights and that's a good reason to limit freedoms. However, I feel as if Americans should learn from this because it could soon be happening to us. There should be limitations to everything, especially if what’s being said can hurt someone. 

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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 | Jay Patel's BHS GOPO | 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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This article talks about the major problems and questions people have and the reason why Americans aren’t responding to Obama Care the way it was intended. It starts off by saying ObamaCare is complicated. They expect 7% of United States population to buy new healthcare, which is considered a lot. Obamacare places limitations on how much they can charge the sick. Older people may be charged higher premiums. This is very strange because old people don't have a lot of money. All these videos are interesting and easy to understand. Overall these videos help explain ObamaCare and from these videos I learned more reason why we shouldn't have Obama Care.  Thank you Sarah Kliff. 

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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 11/12 or 11/13 -- 4th or 4 -- Texas and 5 Other States Resist Processing Benefits for Gay Couples

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Some states are citing a conflict with state laws to defy the defense secretary’s order that gay spouses of National Guard members be given the same federal marriage benefits as heterosexual spouses.

Via Teresa Herrin
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This article talks about six states, including Texas are trying to delay and prevent the processing benefits for gay couples. It all started with a clerk labeling a gay couples official documents as “one of those.” According to the article, Texas is 1 of the 6 refusing same sex marriage to have same rights as heterosexual spouses is because the defense of Marriage Act prohibits federal government from recognizing same sex marriages. Later we learn that these 6 states are violating federal law and I believe they shouldn't discriminate because its wrong to discriminate against same sex marriage. I think the whole idea of same sex marriage is over exaggerate and shouldn't be such a big deal, everyone should be equals and therefore these 6 states should stop discriminating. 

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:12 PM

Some States deny the confirming of marriage benefits for homosexual couples. Personally, I find this a little funny, because the article notes that these States want to "uphold their integrity". Uhm, what sort of integrity? That homosexual marriages are not....marriages- that is, believed by the people and conservative state legislators? I can't figure out this lame excuse of "integrity", because really, refusing to accept other people's decisions are no sort of integrity. (Feeling neutral about gay marriages does not mean I fervently support it).

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 1:09 PM

This article talks about Texas and other states refusing giving the same marriage benefits to gay couples as man/woman couples in the national guard. Defense Secretary Hagel had ordered that gay spouses of the National guard be given the same rights, but Texas and others aren't budging. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:58 PM

I think that gay people should have the same rights as other marriages. I think that especially same sex military couples should get the same benefits as everyone else. It doesn't affect anyone but them so it is obnoxious and annoying not to give it to them. Yes the states that are resisting to give the gay couples the benefits are very conservative it does not mean that we should not give everyone the same military couple benefits no matter who they are it is there right they risk there lives to serve our country and can't get couple benefits all because they are gay. That is absurd and ridiculous. 

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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 2nd or 4 -- Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings [UPDATE]

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Wednesday on the constitutionality of opening government meetings with prayer, but the justices seemed unsure how to rule.

Via Teresa Herrin
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This article talks about the Supreme Court Case last Wednesday about opening government meetings with prayer, where Justice Anthony Kennedy questioned whether they should have it acceptable or not. Chief Justice John Roberts ruled that it is acceptable, and I agree with him because prayers have been traditional, and some people really believe in such things. I personally don't believe in prayers, but that doesn't mean I'd want to stop others from praying, or take away prayers before government meetings. The saddest part about this article is that it would take the supreme court a few months to decide on a ruling, when its so simple to just say keep it the way it is. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:45 PM

The case won't be settled anytime soon due to that covers  controversial issues between the First Amendment rights of freedom of religion and speech, and the separation of church and state. It will be interesting to see where Anthony Kennedy's vote goes toward on this case.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:17 PM

I can't understand this government's "endorsement of religion". Does the free excercise clause only pertain to prohibition of enacting a single religion? Does it exclude the right to be proud of having a religion? Would it be distasteful if a teacher wear a rosary? As long as a religion is not enforced upon the unsastisfied individual, then let the government and its civil servants be humans with religions (practice as they so choose to).

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 1:29 PM

This article talks about prayers being said in a court room. I don't see why this is such a controversy, let people be and pray if they want to. Yes I get the separation of church and state thing, but this really doesnt affect the "state".

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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!) | Jay Patel's BHS GOPO | 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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This article talks about how Obama hasn't achieved what he had hoped for. His approval ratings have dropped, Edward Snowdew leaking documents, he is being blamed for the government shutdown, and ObamaCare seems to have failed. All these terrible things have happened just in the past 12 months for him, and that's a lot to take in. Obama feels as if he has failed, and personally I feel bad for him. I may not agree with the universal healthcare but at least he tried. Maybe if he had more support from the republicans things would be different. Obama just hasn't had a good year, and that's very upsetting because he is our President and it basically means we aren’t in good hands. We can all just hope things start getting better for him. 

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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 11/10 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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This video talks about Twitter and its IPO and how twitter is very important to politics. It first starts off talking about Chuck Grassley, an 80 year old political tweeter. Known that all 100 senators have a twitter account is pretty interesting, and shows how popular twitter really is.  Twitter is helping politics because its fast and it's a two way communication, where they get feedback from the people.  I personally think twitter is good for politics because it makes communication faster and more efficient, plus its fun. 

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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 Friday, 11/8 --ONLY ONE Scoop -- Nate Silver on 'This Week' (See the instructions for your Scoop)

ESPN's Nate Silver, the roundtable analyze the political picture for the 2014 election.


Via Teresa Herrin
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The video starts off with Obama praising Nate Silver, calling him amazing. Nate Silver talks about ObamaCare problems and how the democrats and republicans are responding. Then it talks about how congressional approval ratings are very low with 12% approval, and 85% disapproval, and that in 2014 Democrats are 8% higher, but I agree with Nate that the reason for this is because those poles were taken right after the shutdown.  Then it talks about how the states are transforming. Overall they do an excellent analysis on Nate Silver’s predictions, and that more states are becoming democratic. Its interesting to see Nate Silver’s reactions and his input, after all he has the most accurate predictions. 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:29 PM

This video discussed the chances of Republicans or Democrats winning the House in the upcoming midterm elections. Many of the issues that seem to be swaying voters one way or another are social issues, so if they want to win, they need to choose the social issues that appeal to the largest amount of voters.. Voters want to vote for a candidate that they think is most like themselves. 

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:16 PM

Congressional approval rating is down to 12% approved due to the Repubs' demand for a shutdown and the Demos' disorganized healthcare bill. Guesses for the coming House election has Demos and Repubs on an equal stand, Demos leading by only 8%. Who's to say states are getting ready to shift colors. 8% is nothing to give the wins to Demos. The healthcare bill doesn't seem to work itself out anytime soon, and as laid offs increase, the anger for govt shutdown decreases over time. I don't see any faction in the lead, the 48 to 40 percent will equal out quite soon.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 7:18 PM

This video talks about how Nate Silver predicted 2012's election outcome. Later the midterm election is talked about. Apparently the rating fot democrats and republicans are low because of  the government shut down and problems with  Obamacare.It's evedently clear that the minority opinion is becoming stonger and stronger.

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BY 11/3 -- Booker Brings Dash Of Diversity To Still Old, White Senate -- Demographics of Current Congress

BY 11/3 -- Booker Brings Dash Of Diversity To Still Old, White Senate -- Demographics of Current Congress | Jay Patel's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Cory Booker becomes ninth African-American to serve in the Senate, replacing Frank Lautenberg.
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The article talks about how the congress has increased its diversity from the appointment of Cory Booker. Its kind of interesting to hear that the Senate, which is considered Old and White, is now being exposed to a young, black, Yale graduate. Senator Booker is joining Tim Scott’s chamber as the only black senator. Many people believe that Senator Booker is just the stepping-stone to a larger diversity in the Senate. They predicted that younger, and different ethnicity members would be joining the Senate in the future. The main diversity Booker brings is his age, since we already have 3 other African American senators. Hopefully younger people do join the senate and assist Booker in bringing more diversity.

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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 -- Secession Movement

BY 11/3 -- Secession Movement | Jay Patel's BHS GOPO | 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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This article talks about existing states wanting to split and creating a new state. This is very different because many of us have never heard of such a thing. It would be very strange to see states like Colorado being split in two. I kind of understand the reason why they want to split, but the mere reason that they should split because their voices aren’t being heard isn’t enough to split. Its assuring to know that they wont be allowed to split anytime soon. I personally believe there are other ways to be probably presented and having your voice heard then just splitting the state. 

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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 -- 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 | Jay Patel's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Agency positioned itself to collect from among millions of accounts, many belonging to Americans.
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This article kind of frightens me and well makes me question if anything is private. This article starts by saying the NSA have broken into the main communications link and that's very scary because now they have information to well everything. They processed millions of new records in just 30 days, and have started projects like MUSCULAR to exploit the data links. I personally believe that the NSA is just trying to keep everyone safe, but they seems to have a little to much knowledge about everyone’s personal interactions and that is never a good thing. NSA should really gives people and corporations a little privacy, and still manage to observe them. 

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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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The article talks about how the NSA is infiltrating private networks. Basically they are breaking into networks, and can see overall data traffics. They start with public internet, then front-end serves, and then google’s private cloud, then google’s global infrastructure and lastly how the NSA’s spying on Google’s internal network is intercepting data on Americans. I think this is kind of violating our privacy and I don't support this. 

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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 10/24 -- Ted Cruz returns to Texas as a hero who is reshaping the state Republican Party

BY 10/24 -- Ted Cruz returns to Texas as a hero who is reshaping the state Republican Party | Jay Patel's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Although a newcomer, he is rapidly becoming the model for GOP politicians throughout the state.
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This articles states that although most of the U.S. Senate dislike Ted Cruz, the republican people are favoring Ted Cruz and considering him a hero. People in Texas love Ted Cruz because he is basically saying what we want to hear, and is a strong leader, that stands up for what he believes in. As Texas being a republican state and all, we tend to favor what Ted Cruz says as a conservative point of view. The article goes more into details about Ted Cruz’s impact on the people of Texas and the republican party overall. His desire to defund Obamacare is very strong, and he is willing to stand by his beliefs, which makes him a good republican senator. I personally like Ted Cruz because I believe he tries his best to stay strong and support his beliefs about how the government should do business and how its at fault with Obamacare.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:14 AM

In this article, it describes how Ted Cruz is either one or the other, really liked or disliked, in the country. But right now he is very liked by Texas returning as a hero although disliked in the Senate. I like how Cruz is receiving credit in Texas because I like how he stands up for his beliefs and takes risks. I think its fascinating how they predict Texas will become purple but I dont necessarily believe that a continuously red state for multiple years will all of a sudden go purple.

 

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:06 PM

Ted Cruz's impact on Texans and the Republican party.Cruz has inspired GOP candidates to rally for secession, rolling back immigration laws, impeaching President Obama, and amending the Constitutional direct election of Senators. People are following him and changing their views on certain things. This article also addresses the fact that Texas is becoming a more diverse state, with a fainter red part but not entirely blue part, making it a "purple state." 

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 18, 2014 5:23 PM

The article establishes Ted Cruz as a controversial senator from Texas that has quickly gained the attention of most Americans, and explains the possible political changes in Texas due to Ted Cruz. It's interesting to see that he could possibly create a major political change in Texas, where the state goes from a firmly conservative and Republican state to more of a purple state. Cruz also could possibly spark a big change in the ideology of the Republican Party.

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

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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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This video is really interesting because it showed the strong relationship a president and his vice president should have, well at least the one that Bush and Cheney had. The video, which is based from the Peter Baker’s book “Days on Fire” also tends to tell us a story about how change can happen over the second term in presidency. I though that was really weird because I didn't think two people, who work side by side, presenting the same party, could possibly have completely different views on legislation. Although this video was well portrayed in showing how Bush gained popularity after 9/11 and going more into detail about the relationship Bush and his VP had, I don't see the purpose of this video, because it don't relate to out current news. Its an interesting video, but I would rather spend 9 mins and 53 seconds watching a video about Obama and Biden. 

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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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BY 11/14 or 11/15 (3 of 3) -- Democrats Threaten to Abandon Obama on Health Law Provision

BY 11/14 or 11/15 (3 of 3) -- Democrats Threaten to Abandon Obama on Health Law Provision | Jay Patel's BHS GOPO | Scoop.it
Congressional Democrats are increasingly expressing support for allowing Americans to retain the insurance coverage they are losing because of the Affordable Care Act.

Via Teresa Herrin
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This article talks about how the democrats might leave Obama on his health care law because many Americans are upset with losing their current insurance policies. ObamaCare sign ups are already lower than expected, and a vote was taken to allow Americans to use their current coverage through 2014. Democrats feel negative towards the president cause many people aren’t getting coverage due to the new laws. I cannot believe it to the democrats this long to realize what has happened. A month into Obama care, and hundreds of thousands of people being harassed by their insurance companies. It’s about time the democrats understand how much negative effect ObamaCare has had on Americans. I honestly am happy about this, maybe now they might shut down ObamaCare completely.

 

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:33 PM

Enrollment is low for the Affordable Healthcare and Demos are planning to ditch Obama. His top aides suggested cancellation but maybe Obama is saving face, he doesn't think the plan will dry up...oh but it might just will.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:53 PM

This article talks about how Obamacare is doing lots of things it said it wouldn't, like getting rid of American's insurance coverage when the president said they would keep it. Democrats and republican's are agreeing with each other on not making american's keep the obamacare.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:30 PM
This article talks about how some democrats have been threatening to abandon Obama on Health Law Provision. It says that the Democrats in congress have been more supportive of the idea that Americans should be allowed to keep the insurance coverage they are losing because of the Affordable Care Act after Obama already stated that they could keep their existing insurance. Obama is just digging himself a deeper hole.
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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 | Jay Patel's BHS GOPO | 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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This article talks about the number of people that enrolled in health insurance in just the first month, and according to Obama’s administration, only 106,000 people enrolled, which is way lower than the predictions they had made. It also talks about lawmakers, both democrats and republicans are attempting to pass legislation that allow people to keep their old health polices. To be honest this was bound to happen. People disapproved of Obama Care from the start and with all those website problems, it was clear that not that many people would enroll.

 

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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 11/12 or 11/13 -- 3rd or 4 -- Pastor loses bus driving job for praying with students

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A bus driver for the Burnsville school district was fired last week for leading kids in Christian prayers on his bus, even after he was warned to stop — a move he considers a violation of his freedom of speech...

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This article talks about a pastor who loses his bus driving job for praying with his students. George Nathaniel, bus driver of Burnsville school district lead prayers after he was told to stop. I personally believe he should be fired because not only was he told to stop leading prayers multiple times, but also because it is unconstitutional for public schools to encourage or lead students in prayer (Supreme court case in 1962). Regardless of what the parents say or believe, the bus driver should not be leading prayers for a diverse group of individuals attending a public school. The first amendment doesn't help him here, and I honestly think he should be fired for not listening to simple directions. 

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Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:36 PM

This article talks about a bus driver who lost his job because, even after a few warnings, he chose to pray to students on his bus. He believes that him getting fired violates the first amndment, right to religion. I can see his point on this, but I feel like if you're doing something like this is public and offending others then youre in face in a sense violating their right to religion, so it's a lose-lose situation, and he was bound to lose his job.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:43 PM

I think that although i am a christian it  can be very uncomfortable when people get a religion forced  on them. Praying on a public school bus can probably be uncomfortable for some kids and although it was in good intentions it is probably not the best. It's good for people to share their religion but on their own time not during school. If it were a private christian school then that would be completely acceptable. 

Ashley O.'s curator insight, March 7, 2014 9:45 PM

That is unfair, he has every right to express his faith, just like those who are not religious and express their personal views. 

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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 1st of 4 -- Snake Handling: Law vs. First Amendment rights

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A LaFollette pastor headed to court next week for having dozens of poisonous snakes at his church said the laws he allegedly violated in Tennessee infringe on his freedom of religion.

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This article talks about a Pastor in Lafollette broke a law by bringing a snake to church using a religious excuse. After being arrested, he makes a claim that the law violated his first amendment, freedom of religion. This is absolutely insane. Who would ever be stupid enough to bring a snake to church or anywhere else in public. Not only does this violate others safety but it also dangerous. I personally think he should be arrested for violating others safety and no one should be allowed to carry a snake anywhere. 

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:54 PM

Religious or not. Law or not. Who cares?! If people's lives are clearly at risk, why are such practices disputable? It's apparent that if people are not professional at handling dangerous animals, do not do so. Period. Why is the government dragged into this? and why is this stupid minister leading a blind crowd?

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 12:55 PM

This article talks about a Pastor who has to go to court because he had poisonous snakes at his church during service; however some may say that this violates one's freedon of practicing religion. In court he justifies his act with the 1st Amendment. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:18 PM

I think that if you bring a poisonous snake into your church it will probably not help bring people back. So on the pastors part that was just a weird and irrational demonstration that he could have gotten his point across in a different way. Although you do have freedom of expression and speech i do not think that is how it should be used. 

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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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This video is about governor Rick Perry who is already getting ready for the 2016 election starting off in Iowa. It is very nice to see all these candidates working so hard and starting so early for their 2016 election. A 2 and half year head start does seem kind of pushy though. To be honest I didn't like this interview with Rick Perry because it was putting him on the spot, and the ideas Rick bought up about how difference people think and their ideas is very true. But Rick Perry’s take on Obama Care was a little extreme, but I have to agree with him. Overall Rick Perry is trying to recover and so far it seems like it just might work. #goodluckRickPerry 

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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 11/10 or 11/11 (1 or 4 total) -- Did A Supreme Court Justice Just Admit To Being An Atheist?

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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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This video talks about Justice Breyer’s comment, starting out with individuals who didn't approve of the Christian prayers held before council meeting in New York. They had a very heated argument, but you cant really blame them because the idea of religion is very delicate. Personally, I believe that the individual council members got to emotional and took this to serious, and saying that they are atheist is not wise. The idea of prayer itself is to delicate to change, they should just keep it the traditional ways its been going on. Overall to make any changes to such a delicate matter would require a lot of work and problem, they should just keep it going as is and ignore Justice Breyer’s comment. 

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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 11/3 -- Tale Of The Tape: Comparing The Budget Committee Heads

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Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are likely to at least set a friendly tone during budget talks.
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This article talks about yet another budget talk, which is scheduled to start Wednesday between Paul Ryan and Patty Murray. Being the head of the House and Senate budget committees, they already know the issues with our budget problems, yet I believe the differences in their personal qualities limit them to understand each other and come to one solution. The article gives more details about the two head of budget committees’ style and concerns on budget. One thing I found interesting was that both of them used social-safety-net programs, meaning they both understand the value of money. I hope they come to a solution soon before we have another government shutdown or simply raise the debt. #prayforAmerica 

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:25 PM

This article compares the leaders of the House and Senate Buget Committees. It is very good to know that two people who disagree about policy issues can still get along; which is very difficult to find nowadays. In Congress nowadays, this seems to be very rare. However, this does not mean it will be easy to compromise about the budget since the two parties they represent might not be willing. Many members of Congress should look at their example and learn from it.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 3:36 PM

This article talks about Paul Ryan and Patty Murray's  different approaches of handling the budget issue. They both each have their own style which approaching the decisions, and different plans as to how to solve the issue.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:42 PM

Both Paul Ryan and Patty Murray are extremely different I think it should be interesting to see how they will work together it says they both come from similar backgrounds. When Paul was 16 his father passed away and when Murray was in her teens her dad developed an illness and her mom found a job and they lived off of welfare so they are both raised with common backgrounds but their ideologies now are extremely different so it should be interesting to see how they work together. 

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BY 11/3 -- Is email ever private? Take a tour of the path traveled by your email

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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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This article starts off by stating that we are having a lot of safety concerns when it comes to online data and emails. The claim from the video that most electronic communication can be accessed seems a bit scary to me. Yahoo and Google control all the data being sent using a cloud, but our emails aren’t just being sent, they are being stored in their storage areas. The most shocking thing I learned was that even though we live in the United States, our data could be stored in 1 of the other 7 locations outside the United States.  Many people are concerned with the safety of their data and I guess I should be one of them. I guess we should all go old fashioned and send letters or have conversations in person. 

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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 -- Nightly News: Obama’s approval rating drops to all-time low

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NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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This article does a very good job at summarizing how and why President Obama’s approval rates have been declining lately. The number one reason is the push for Obama Care and the lack of support/control it has. I personally believe it is unconstitutional and I’m not a fan of his work. But unlike the video I wouldn't say the Government shutdown is another reason why Obama’s ratings have declined. We are all losing confidence in Obama and its pathetic how he is using Boston to sell HealthCare. He is making promises that aren’t being kept, and although he is a good president, he needs to keep his promises. If he kept his promises and maybe tried a little harder, such as listening to the majority, then his approval ratings wouldn't be an all time low. 

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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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This video seems completely fake to me  because it attempts to hide the problems the healthcare webpage is having and attempts to make it look better than it is. The video also goes into details about Sebelius trying to fix the problems they are having, and takes the blame. I agree that the webpage has problems but I don't believe that Sebelius should take all the blame for the websites problems. Even though they claim that the problems will be fixed soon, they have no exact date. Many Americans already don't support ObamaCare and want to defund it, and now that the websites are having problem, more and more people are starting to not support it. It all happens for the best. 

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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 10/24 -- Rand Paul pushes constitutional amendment on Congress - Burgess Everett

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Forget the Vitter amendment. Rand Paul wants to make sure that Congress can’t ever again write laws with provisions specific to lawmakers.
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This article talks about Rand Paul, a senator from Kentucky attempting to push constitutional amendment on congress that precludes them from passing laws that aren’t equally applied throughout US. As always, this is amendment is being pushed because of ObamaCare. Basically Paul believes that people working in Washington are getting unfair advantages over the average citizen so he is pushing this amendment that states “congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the US that is not equally applicable to congress.” I agree with the amendment that Senator Paul is trying to push for because the way ObamaCare is working is not fair, and hopefully this amendment will create an argument, which will forever defund ObamaCare completely. Senator Paul is just looking out for the people and trying to be fair. 

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:00 AM

In this article, Rand Paul is pitching the idea to add an amendment that prohibits Congress from passing laws that Congress is exempt from and having to dealin with lawmakers. Its clearly aimed at Obamacare for the reasons that when it is in action, exchanges must be made by the congressmen and rulings from the O.P.M. in order to receive federal contributions. It is unlikely that Congress will go for more restrictions.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 7:53 PM

A kentucky senator, Rand Paul, wants an amendment forbidding senators and representatives to pass laws that don't apply equally to Congress and the citizens. Specifically aimed at Obamacare, this amendment will force lawmakers to disclose exchanges and rulings from the Office of Personnel Management in order to receive federal employer contributions. Amending the Constitution requires a majority vote in both chambers before it can be ratified, and I think Paul has a difficult task ahead of him to convince lawmakers to give up their authority to make laws.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 20, 2014 11:54 PM

This article tells us that Rand Paul wants an amendment forbidding senators and representatives to pass laws that don't apply equally to Congress and the citizens. Paul specifically aims this at Obamacare, his proposed amendment will force lawmakers to disclose exchanges and rulings from the Office of Personnel Management in order to receive federal employer contributions. It seems Paul has a difficult task ahead of him to convince lawmakers to give up their authority to make laws because amending the Constitution requires a majority vote in both chambers before it can be ratified.

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BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- 1-800-ObamaCare-Denial: Website problems don't matter when your intentions are good.

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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 does a great job at not only criticizing ObamaCare’s website and the current issues they are having, but it also does a well criticism on Obama Care in general. The article states almost all the problems the website is having, from the very moment people start signing up to handling the problem itself. The article stated that the Obama Administration continues promotion of ObamaCare regardless of the current issues.. I personally do not like ObamaCare, I don't think we need it, I don't think it's the right time for an universal healthcare. Honestly its too much for the website to handle and its too much for us to handle. Its all a sign to get rid of ObamaCare. The best part about the article is when it talked about how the Obama Administration is in denial about the issues, and how Obama encourages people to apply via mail or phone. In addition, its ironic how Obama brags that millions of people are using the website, but never stated how many of those people actually signed up for coverage. I find it funny that Obama is trying so hard to get ObamaCare to work, when no one really wants it, and when everyone knows it bound to fail. 

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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.