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The Obama budget and its facade of reform - KansasCity.com

Given the president's distaste for even chained CPI, it's hard to see him ever agreeing to a major reform on the retirement age. Still, the proposition deserves testing — through a major GOP concession on revenue.
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This article reflects on the past year and the various new deadlines and sure that have effected the budget. It goes on to show how adverse Obama's budget plan is, and how it plans to spend more that the senate's proposed budget would. As you could call what happened in recent times with the fiscal cliff fiasco a reform, this article calls for true reform of the budget, not just a repeat with suddle changes from last years.

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Why defense spending plunged 22% last quarter — and killed GDP

Why defense spending plunged 22% last quarter — and killed GDP | Matt Kellogg AP Government | Scoop.it
Had the Pentagon not cut back on spending, the economy would have grown at a weak but positive 1.27 percent pace.
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shows how much the defense spending cuts hurt the GDP, why it looks bad

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Patrick Wan's curator insight, February 6, 2013 12:59 PM

The article makes a point that economic growth is stunted by government cut backs on spending; such that had the government continued to spend at the same amount then it would actually recieve positive GDP output rather than the 22% plunge that it is experiencing at the moment.

Yessenia Leal's curator insight, February 6, 2013 2:40 PM

Givernment military spending greatly affected the GDP last year. The Pentagon spent less money on military spending. That means less spending with Irag and Afghanistan. If the Pentagon had spent this amount of money then the amount would of grown

Emily Koehn's curator insight, February 6, 2013 11:58 PM

This article explains the effects that defense spending has on the national GDP. The cut in expenditures is a directly relaed to military activity, which provides evidence that the GDP is greatly affected by military endeavors. 

 

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The only chart you need on the GDP report

The only chart you need on the GDP report | Matt Kellogg AP Government | Scoop.it
Last quarter's GDP report has been been called "the best-looking contraction in US GDP you’ll ever see." Here's the exact picture it paints.
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Shows what the GDP gained and lost

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Christina Breitbeil's curator insight, February 7, 2013 12:55 AM

This graph was very interesting to observe, because it offered insight into the complexities behind the number that is the collective GDP, which in this article is a fall in 0.1%. It was significant, in my opinion, that although the total GDP was a decrease, consumer and investment spending is doing exceptionally well. This just goes to show that the economy may be somewhat more stable than how it appears on the surface.

Zachary Beery's curator insight, February 7, 2013 11:44 AM

This chart shows the percent change in each department of the GDP. Whether it is going up or down. It shows an increase in consumer spending so that is a good sign for the economy.

Sarah Nguyen's curator insight, February 13, 2013 8:09 AM

This article and it's graph of the breakdown of the GDP is very reader friendly and easy to understand. It is very clear and obvious that the components of the GDP that are making the whole suffer the most are business inventory and federal defense spending. While reading, there was one comment by another reader that especially caught my eye. They reasoned that because many people were anticipating a pro-business Romney to win the election in the third quarterr of 2012, they planned ahead with increased inventories and expansion.

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2012 Presidential Candidates (P2012)

2012 Presidential Candidates (P2012) | Matt Kellogg AP Government | Scoop.it

There are 14 different 3rd parties running, with 4 of them being socialist. I cannot imagine any of them getting very many popular votes, mostly because 10 of them I have never heard of. Along with the 14 parties, there are 10 independant candidates with ballot status in at least one state. There are over 100 candidates running without ballot status in any state. I never knew so many people ran for president. I always thought that at the most there were 4.

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Muslim Rage & The Last Gasp of Islamic Hate

Muslim Rage & The Last Gasp of Islamic Hate | Matt Kellogg AP Government | Scoop.it

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Controversial Newsweek Cover -- 9/17

Once again the streets of the Arab world are burning with false outrage. But we must hold our heads up high. Ayaan Hirsi Ali on how she survived Muslim rage—and how we can end it.


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Fox News Polls News and Video - FOX News Topics - FOXNews.com

Fox News Polls News and Video - FOX News Topics - FOXNews.com | Matt Kellogg AP Government | Scoop.it
Watch breaking news videos and read news updates about Fox News Polls on FOXNews.com.
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The 10 most memorable State of the Union addresses (VIDEO)

The 10 most memorable State of the Union addresses (VIDEO) | Matt Kellogg AP Government | Scoop.it
From Washington to Obama, we take a look back at the State of the Union addresses that left a lasting impact.

Via Teresa Herrin
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Google article but the real value is in the videos. Each is a short clip of memorable State of the Union Adresses. The video goes back in time, from Obama all the way back to the very first State of the Union speech given byt Washington.

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Andres Cendejas's curator insight, February 12, 2013 8:27 PM

I think it's incredibly interesting how the State of the Union trully reflects what the nation is going through during that era. For instance Lyndon Johnson's SOTU declaring the war on poverty and how it actually gave way, like the intro the essay that was his presidency, to programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. But that was back then, when in a way, it seemed that what was said mattered more than a simple facial response TO the SOTU. However, it'll be really interesting to see what Obama has to say about this era, that has many problems to overcome.

Kristen Schulze's comment, February 14, 2013 12:42 AM
Each video and article mentioned on the top 10 most memorable State of the Union addresses. Each gives a look into the problems of the era. The high parts of the speech are memorable due to their appeal to the problems of the time, and solutions for those problems. Each President expresses the job that has to be done, or many jobs that have to be done. Although, in some cases, the speeches are most rememberable for a comment on a personal problem, like the watergate scandal with Nixon, and with Obama's speech it was memorable by having Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito mouthing the words not true, cutting into Obama's integrity. It was interesting to read that the matters George Washington dealt with are the same matters Obama is dealing with today. After watching the SOTUS, I feel this is very true.
Kristen Schulze's curator insight, February 14, 2013 12:42 AM

Each video and article mentioned on the top 10 most memorable State of the Union addresses. Each gives a look into the problems of the era. The high parts of the speech are memorable due to their appeal to the problems of the time, and solutions for those problems. Each President expresses the job that has to be done, or many jobs that have to be done. Although, in some cases, the speeches are most rememberable for a comment on a personal problem, like the watergate scandal with Nixon, and with Obama's speech it was memorable by having Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito mouthing the words not true, cutting into Obama's integrity. It was interesting to read that the matters George Washington dealt with are the same matters Obama is dealing with today. After watching the SOTUS, I feel this is very true.

 

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The Employment Situation in January | The White House

The Employment Situation in January | The White House | Matt Kellogg AP Government | Scoop.it
Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that private sector businesses added 166,000 jobs in January.
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concise chart showing unemployment in january. Good articleto go along with it

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U.S. Growth Halted as Federal Spending Fell in 4th Quarter

U.S. Growth Halted as Federal Spending Fell in 4th Quarter | Matt Kellogg AP Government | Scoop.it
The government played a role in slowing the economic recovery as cuts in military spending and other factors overwhelmed the Federal Reserve’s expanded campaign to spur growth.
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govenment cut a lot of defense spending. Economy didnt decline much considering how much was cut

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Janet Yim's curator insight, February 6, 2013 8:07 AM

This article again states that the GDP shrunk by 0.1%, yet the military spending was cut by 22%. This slight drop in the GDP is actually quite surprising compared to the cut in military spending, and this is mainly because of the success of businesses and consumers.

Bo Li_1's curator insight, February 6, 2013 12:50 PM

It seems that this article says the the government has significantly decreased in military spending. As a result, it seems that US economy will also suffer a decrease in GDP.

Andrew Alter's curator insight, February 6, 2013 6:51 PM

The economy may have shrunk, but it shrunk in the most unharmful way for the average American. Government spending substantially decreased,  notably in the military, which allows for future government spending in domestic areas.

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Latino Influence on 2012 Election: President

From what this is showing, most latinos are going to vote for Romney. These votes are a big factor in deciding the race. If they swing to Obamas side, it might determine a winner without a doubt.

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Gallup Presidential Election Trial Heat Results: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney

Gallup Presidential Election Trial Heat Results: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney | Matt Kellogg AP Government | Scoop.it

This poll shows that right before the Republican National Convention, Romney dropped in the poll to 46% under Obama, with 47%. There has been no change even after the convention, suggesting that Romney was moderate. Coming out with a strong plan may have boosted his numbers, while something too extreme may have dropped them. Since they have yet to change shows that the convention was not very influential.

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