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Russia to Start Drills, Warning Ukraine Over Mobilization

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Russia announced military exercises along the border with Ukraine on Thursday, prompting a warning from Secretary of State John Kerry that Moscow would face additional sanctions if it does not act to ease tensions.
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Semester 2 Week #14

Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia that it would be making a "grave mistake" if it failed to comply with an accord requiring it to reduce tensions between Ukraine and pro-Russia separatists. Meanwhile, Russia launched military exercises near the border. A U.S. official said Russian leaders could face new economic sanctions as soon as Friday if Moscow does not stop threatening force. "The window to change course is closing," Kerry said. 


This whole thing in Russia is surreal. I still don't know too much about what's happening but I do have a jist. Vladmir Putin is a power hungry maniac. It is being said that Putin is going to build a New Berlin Wall. It sounds ludicrous but I wouldn't put it past him. I just hope the unrest there settles down because i know there are people over there will normal lives that have been sucked up into this involuntarily. John Kerry is trying his best but I don't think Russia is listening.. 

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6.3 million eligible for Medicaid since Obamacare launch: U.S. agency

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 6.3 million Americans were deemed eligible for government healthcare plans for the poor since the October 1 launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare law through December,
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Semester 2 Week #12


More than 6.3 million Americans were found to be eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program between the Oct. 1 launch of Obama Care and the end of 2013, according to federal figures. Not all of the increase was attributed to the Affordable Care Act, though. Healthpolicy analysts say another big factor was the "out-of-the-woodwork effect" — people whodiscovered they already qualified for government healthcare plans when they inquired aboutObamaCare options


In this article, we see a clear cut example of social welfare policy that benefits a few number of citizens in the US (those eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program) and we also know that for one to receive these benefits they must meet certain credentials to qualify(aka a means test.)I found it very surprising and interesting that people simply found out they were eligible for welfare just because they looked into Obama Caree. Werethese people fine with their respective financial situations that they did not try applying for theseprograms before? And I wonder whether or not it will be these people to abuse the welfare system.Hopefully not, but something does seem fishy about it.

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Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers

Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers | Senior Year ScoopIts | Scoop.it
A long-awaited measure, in a bipartisan vote of 68 to 32, comes with clear winners and losers.
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Semester 2 Week #9


The Senate approved the long-delayed $1 trillion farm bill, sending it to President Obama, who isexpected to sign it. The bill renews funding for agriculture, dairy production, foreign food aid, andhundreds of other programs. It also will reduce spending on farm subsidies and nutrition by $16.6billion, including $8 billion in cuts to the food stamp program over the next decade.


Here we can clearly see that farmers are the benefiters here as nearly atrillion dollars in benefits are given to them. But this comes at a cost though. People who usually usefood stamps will pay the price over the next decade in the favor of the farmers. I feel like this billcould have been enacted without cutting on food stamps. This is definitely going to create problemsas I’m sure another interest group will push to revert this legislation in some way. If made law wecan “expect to see a surge of hungry people seeking help because the bill cuts $8 billion in foodstamps over a decade.”

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Obama budget proposal to drop Social Security cuts

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday dropped a measure to trim cost-of-living increases in Social Security from an upcoming budget proposal in an election-year move that may insulate
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Semester 2 Week #7


The White House said that President Obama's budget proposal won't include cuts to Social Securitycost-of-living raises he offered last year. Aides said Obama had accepted the compromise in 2013 tostart negotiations, but it got him nowhere, as the GOP refused to consider closing tax loopholes onthe wealthy in return. A spokesman for John Boehner said the change showed that Obama "has nointerest in doing anything, even modest, to address our looming debt crisis."


 By Obama dropping cuts on SocialSecurity, everyone has benefited, from the current elderly to those in the future. But by not makingSocial Security cuts, everyone essentially pays as well as the country’s debt will only get higherleading to cuts in some places and higher taxes too.In my opinion, I don’t really know what to thinkabout this without being bias. I wouldn’t mind Social Security cuts but that’s only because thatwon’t directly affect me. Also, I think Boehner is being a bit too harsh when saying Obama "has nointerest in doing anything, even modest, to address our looming debt crisis." Chill dude.

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Kansas court says sperm donor must pay child support

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A Kansas judge says a sperm donor must pay child support, even though the donor says he signed away his parental rights.
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Semester 2 Week #5

A judge ruled Wednesday that Kansas sperm donor, William Marotta, must pay child support. Shawnee County District Court Judge Mary Mattivi said Marotta was more than a sperm donor because no licensed physician was involved in the artificial insemination. Marotta donated sperm to a lesbian couple who placed an ad online. He said in court that he should not be responsible for a girl born to the couple in 2009 because he waived his parental rights, but the state child welfare department disagreed.


This is a very ... interesting story. One of the most ridiculous I've read in a while. I really don't know how to feel about this topic though. I almost want to say that I disagree with the state because this is like saying that if you donate blood, and that blood makes it into a person who later murders someone, that you are partially at fault because you made it possible for the criminal to live long enough to commit murder. You Could say that the state is way out of line here. What people do after a donation is made should not have any affect on the person donating. But on the other hand I agree with the state because he facilitated bringing a child into this world that needs support. He didn't know these women at all, yet trusted them to be good parents to a child. It was foolish. The child needs support, but the taxpayers did not get a choice as to whether or not that child was born - he did. His child, his responsibility

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Obama to unveil surveillance plans next Friday

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President Barack Obama will give a speech Friday, Jan. 17, laying out his plans for reforms to U.S. surveillance practices, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced. Carney did not give a time or location for the address, which is expected to detail the administration’s response to various surveillance programs leaked by former National...
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The president will give a speech on Friday, Jan. 17, unveiling his new plans for federal surveillance practices. "The goal the president has set here is to take measures that create more transparency, introduce reforms that improve the system in a way that gives the American people more confidence," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

 

This address is supposed to detail the administration’s response to various surveillance programs leaked by Edward Snowden. But we all know that whatever the president is going to tell us is probably going to be some kind of front or cover up. Like I always say "The Government Does What It Wants When It Wants." The NSA will start to "clean up" their act right now but they'll eventually go back to their old ways. 


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Poll: This is a 'do-nothing' Congress

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Washington (CNN) -- The worst Congress ever.

That's the verdict from two-thirds of Americans about the track record of the 113th Congress, according to a new national poll.
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Two-thirds of Americans think the current Congress is the worst they have ever seen, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday. Nearly three-quarters say it is a "do-nothing" Congress that has so far failed to address any of the nation's problems. All groups — men and women, rich and poor — share these views, but older Americans, who have seen more congressional sessions come and go, are the most negative of all.

 

This is quite interesting as this is a topic we have discussed in class. In fact, we have discussed actual data that backs up the views of these two-third of Americans. I guess if you measured how good Congress is by the number of legislation put out by it, then the current one would be in very disappointing shape. But I believe, just like how we talk about in class, that it might be a good thing not as much legislation is going through because that means there is more deliberation on it, which is exactly what our founding fathers wanted to happen. 

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White House reverses, says Obama met uncle and lived with him during law school

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama lived briefly with his Kenyan-born uncle while attending law school, the White House said on Thursday, reversing earlier statements that there was no record...
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The White House said Thursday that President Obama lived briefly with his Kenyan-born uncle, Onyango Obama, correcting previous statements that the two had never met. Aides, who had merely researched the matter in Obama's books, asked the president directly for the first time after the uncle, facing deportation, said he had briefly housed his nephew when he was in law school. An immigration judge ruled Tuesday that Onyango Obama could stay in the country.


Really? Really? Why is this even a story? What makes this newsworthy? I understand that the media needs to serve a watchdog sometimes but this "scoop" serves no purpose, at all. So what if Obama had to sleep at his uncles house during some point in law school? Sounds perfectly reasonable to me? Law School is expensive so Im going to stay at my uncles to save money. Duhhhh. "But his uncle faced deportation!" Does that make Obama's unclea bad person?? Does it make Obama a bad person? 

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Mexican teenage assassin to soon live freely in Texas

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MEXICO CITY — He admitted being a salaried killer for a drug cartel, the kind of assassin who preferred slashing his victims' throats.
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Seventeen-year-old Edgar Jimenez Lugo served three years behind bars after he admitted to killing for a major drug cartel. Now he's being released and will move to San Antonio, Texas. Nicknamed, "El Ponchis," Lugo first killed at the age of 11 and murdered four people by the time he was 14. Because he was born in San Diego and there are no outstanding warrants against him in the United States, Lugo is allowed to return to our great country.


SAY WHAT? If your a journalist and you need to catch someone's attention, just add "teenage assassin" to your headline. This is just absoulutely bonkers.and the thing is he wasn't even a teen when he first started killing. Dude was 11 years old! 11! Which means he would've been in the 5th grade. Just think about that. That's just crazy. But you know what's even crazier? He served his time and punishment in Mexico so now he gets to come home to the US! Never too late to live the young American dream right? Now his coming back is totally legal and he did serve his time but one has to think the psychological problems this dude must have. They say theyre sending him to a "support center" but what can that really do? Hopefullly his time in Mexican jail did do him some good and he can become a good citizen in the USA. 

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Toronto mayor apologizes for lewd remark, gets TV show

Toronto mayor apologizes for lewd remark, gets TV show | Senior Year ScoopIts | Scoop.it
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he is taking legal action against former staffers who made misconduct allegations against him.
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Week 13 (November 10 - November 16)

 

Rob Ford, the Toronto mayor who admitted to SMOKING CRACK COCAINE will be the host of a new show called Ford Nation along with his brother, Doug. The show, which will air on Canada's Sun News Network, promises "no filter" from the notorious mayor who has been criticized for several recent outbursts, including talking about oral sex in front of stunned reporters. 

 

It keeps getting better and better. Rob Ford has become a international celeberity and I'm loving every minute of it. This is probably the most interesting and entertaining thing happening in the political sphere right now. You would think that Rob Ford would be reprimanded for his actions but instead it seems he's being rewarded. He's gaining international attention, his poll numbers are up, and now he's being given a TV show. Could life be better for him right now? He's said he's sorry but is he really "sorry"? I probably shouldn't think this but this dude is weirdly awesome. He's the mayor of one of the most important cities in the world and he says whatever he wants and becomes famous for it. Sure people are knocking him down but it looks like he could be mayor for another some odd years.  

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Why Google isn't too happy about a smiley-face Post-it left by the NSA

Why Google isn't too happy about a smiley-face Post-it left by the NSA | Senior Year ScoopIts | Scoop.it
The spy agency allegedly broke into the back-ends of Google and Yahoo
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Week 11 (October 27-November 2)

 

The National Security Agency has secretly tapped into the system connecting Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing interviews as well as documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. One hand-drawn sketch (Up there ^^^ and here --> http://media.theweek.com/img/generic/postitnote.jpg) created by a NSA worker portrayed how information from the Google Cloud could be intercepted. The Post reported that Two Google engineers had a freak out (erupted in profanities) when they saw it. 

 

The amount of Chutzpah (Shoutout to my Hebrews!) the NSA has to do what it does is ridiculous. Whenever one of their syping schemes are exposed they always said they did it to protect the country and world blah blah blah. But now I guess it's fun to to invade the privacy of millions of Americans and snoop through their stuff. If I worked for Google and saw this smiley face post it note I'd do more than freak out. This is not funny in the slightest and I'm so glad (sarcasm) to see that the NSA goes about their business so lightly

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House stenographer sent for mental exam after floor rant: ‘Praise be to God’

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House stenographer Dianne Reidy stunned congressional members late Wednesday evening at the tail end of the government shutdown vote when she wound her way to the podium, ranting about God, Free Masons and the inability of the nation to serve two...
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A long-time House of Representatives employee was sent for a mental examination after she walked up to the podium and launched a bizarre rant about God and Freemasons during the vote to end the government shutdown Wednesday night. The woman, a well-liked stenographer identified as Dianne Reidy, said the nation can't serve two masters. "This is not one nation under God. It never was..." she yelled into a mic, which wasn't on.

 

Thought this was very amusing and very weird. Well respected House employee suddenlys breaks and starts talking about the Founders being Free Masons? This can only mean one thing. Illuminati. It only makes plausible sense. She must've somehow come across the truth and could no contain herself. Even after she was escorted she continued on her Facebook.

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Global war on drugs failing - report

Global war on drugs failing - report | Senior Year ScoopIts | Scoop.it
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Week 7 (September 29-October 5)


Using data from seven government-funded drug surveillance systems around the world and calling on 10 years of research, the International Center for Science in Drug Policy has suggested that the war on drugs has failed. Drugs are now cheaper and purer around the world than at any time in the last 20 years. While seizures of cannabis, heroin, and cocaine by law enforcement agencies has risen significantly since 1990, the report indicates that controlling the global market through law enforcement is largely futile. Instead, the report suggests that drugs should be treated as a public health issue, rather than a criminal one.


Honestly, I think governments bring this problem onto themselves. The war on drugs although great morally and looks good on paper only allows for more illegal activity and incentive for it. When you think about it, if some of these drugs (ones that have been found to have barely any harful effects) were legalized the illegal activites surrounding the drugs would drastically decrease making the life of law enforcement and the government easier. The fact that we are on a ruthless rampage to eradicate drugs is lucridous. Im only 17 and I can tell you that this "war" is pointless. There will always be drugs and there will always be people buying,selling, and using it. Soon enough we're just gonna have to deal and start legalizing some of the safer ones so we can concentrate on the regulation of the hard/bad ones.

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Obama defense law targets sex assaults, Guantanamo Bay

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President calls policy “a welcome step toward closing” the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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Semester 2 Week #13


President Obama signed the bipartisan 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which included provisions designed to crack down on sexual assault in the military. The bill, which called for a one-percent pay raise for service members, also makes it easier for Obama to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to other countries. The president praised the measure, saying it is an important step in closing the prison even though Congress still won't allow the prisoners to be moved to facilities in the United States. The law also contains a provision meant to force U.S. military services to sharethe same camouflage patterns in their uniforms. It is intended to end a period in which all thebranches tried to come up with their camouflage — with expensive and uneven results.


This legislation has several aspects that improves our military thus enabling them to be more efficient when doing work in foreign lands for example it makes it easier to transfer Guantanamo Bay prisoners to other countries which will probably lead to more legislation on the matter. From my view everything here sounds like a good idea and the fact that it’s bipartisan and passed so quickly speaks its importance. 

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Unemployment benefits bill clears Senate

Unemployment benefits bill clears Senate | Senior Year ScoopIts | Scoop.it
A White House-backed bill to renew jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans narrowly cleared a Senate Republican procedural roadblock on Tuesday. On a largely party-line vote...
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Semester 2 Week #11


Senate Democrats advanced a bill to renew jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans, mustering the 60 votes needed to avoid a Republican filibuster and begin debate on the measure. The Senatecould vote to approve the three-month extension later on. That would send it to the House, where it will die unless Democrats agree to a deal to cover the $6 billion cost without adding to the federal debt.


Receiving the benefits here are unemployed Americans while it is the taxes of everyone else that helps to pay for their benefits. This is a great example of Client Politics. People who wish to get unemploymentbenefits usually have to file for unemployment to receive them (AKA means test). I think this isgood idea from the Democrats but I believe it probably won’t pass in the House due to the high cost.Hopefully they can find an alternative.

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F.D.A. Ruling Would All but Eliminate Trans Fats

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The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed measures that would all but eliminate artificial trans fats, the artery-clogging substance that is a major contributor to heart disease.
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Semester 2 Week #8


The Food and Drug Administration is proposing standards to effectively ban artificial trans fatsfrom American diets. The FDA plan would prevent companies from using partially hydrogenatedoils, the source of trans fats, in food products, such as microwave popcorn and frozen pizzas, unlessthey can prove it poses no health threat. The move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000deaths a year, the FDA said.


If this plan goesinto action that almost all Americans would benefit from it health-wise (as you can see from thestats above) but companies would essentially pay the price. I imagine someone would have torevamp their whole product line and some would even go out of business. As far as I’m concerned, Ithink this is a great idea from the FDA and I’m confused on how it was not proposed earlier. Whatconfuses me even more is the fact that they are still debating this to this day. It makes perfect sense.I could imagine that the rampant problem of childhood obesity would be decreased, people wouldbe healthier, and that’s less money you’d have to spend on health care (hypothetically)

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Christie Linked to Knowledge of Shut Lanes

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David Wildstein, a former Port Authority official, says there is evidence to prove the New Jersey governor knew about the lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, which the governor has denied.
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Semester 2 Week #6

Despite claiming otherwise, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie knew all along about the politically motivated closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge, according to the former Port Authority official who oversaw the closings. A lawyer for the official, David Wildstein, released a letter Friday calling the closures a "Christie administration order," and said there is evidence to prove the governor lied about his involvement. The scandal, in which Christie aides caused a traffic jam to punish a Democratic mayor, has engulfed Christie's administration and threatened to dash his presidential aspirations. Christie's office denied Wildstein's accusations. 


This is childish, just childish. Your telling me that a man elected governor by hundreds of thousands of people, in the state of New Jersey, decided he would shut down a bridge and cause a huge traffic jam just to punish a Democratic mayor? Really? Didn't know politicians were so sensitive. Sounds like something a girl would do after a bad breakup. But a full grown man? Who by the way has "presidential" aspirations. The worst part about it is that he lied afterwards saying he didn't know anything about it. Now if you're going to lie at least cover up your tracks about it. In my opinion I think it would've been better if he just admitted to it from the start. Could have played it off as a joke, which would've been seen as bad, but not this bad. Good Luck Chris Christie, you'll need it. At least your not Anthony Wiener. 

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President Obama calls for limits and changes to NSA phone records collection; ends spying on friendly allies

President Obama calls for limits and changes to NSA phone records collection; ends spying on friendly allies | Senior Year ScoopIts | Scoop.it
President ends eavesdropping on friendly foreign governments, changes system of data collection.
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After six months of NSA-related controversy, the president called for significant changes to the agency's collection of phone records in a speech Friday. "Effective immediately, we will only pursue phone calls that are two steps removed from a number associated with a terrorist organization instead of three," Obama said. "And I have directed the attorney general to work with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court so that during this transition period, the database can be queried only after a judicial finding, or in a true emergency."

 

This is quite amusing. Of course the President is going to speak out against the scandal surrounding the NSA and push to reform their practices. On the surface, anyways. It is my belief, that the NSA will continue the scrutinized practices but will very low-key about it. They'll actually probably be more careful as I don't think they can afford another Eric Snowden. Actually scratch that, what could possibly happen to the NSA if something really bad came out? It's not like they'll be disbanded, it's the NSA, protector of all that is good. Be careful what you say on your phones folks.

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Over a thousand candidates shortlisted for life on Mars

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A mission to put humans on Mars that drew 200,000 applicants has selected more than a thousand candidates who will now be tested to come up with a final list of 24 would-be Mars-dwellers.Mars
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Mars One, a Dutch endeavor to put people on Mars, has narrowed its list of applicants down to about 1,000. More than 200,000 people applied for the project, which hopes to establish a permanent human colony on Mars by 2025. A series of rigorous tests will help whittle down the list to the 24 who will eventually make the trip. 

 

I just have two things to say. One is that I'm disappointed that I didn't make the cut. Second is that they might want to build themselves a spaceship pretty soon if they wanna leave in 2025. This sounds like it would be wonderful experience on paper, but for myself I could see tons of things that could go wrong on that way. 

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Gay couples wed in Utah after judge overturns ban

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A federal judge has struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional.
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Week 18 (December 14-21)

 

Robert J. Shelby, a federal district judge appointed by President Obama, ruled on Friday that Utah's voter-backed ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. GOP politicians slammed the ruling, while many gay couples rushed to secure marriage licenses. "The ruling prompted a frenzy of activity by lawyers and gay couples. The Republican governor blasted the ruling as going against the will of the people. Gay couples rushed to the Salt Lake County Clerk's office en masse to secure marriage licenses.

 

Here's another tally in the win column for the national LGBT community and also looks like a win for Obama as decision to appoint a federal judge was a wise one. "The recent appointee by President Obama said the ban violates the constitutional rights of gay couples and ruled Utah failed to show that allowing same-sex marriages would affect opposite-sex marriages in any way." Good ruling in my opinion, especially if the matter of civil rights was in question. One thing confuses me though, how did same-sex marriage even come to pass in America?  The state has a history of steadfast opposition to gay marriage as the home of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). It's amazing that this legislation somehow bypassed the majority and became law. But i guess maybe it came to be legalzied in a uncoventional way. Ill have to research. But as I said before, it looks like gays are here to stay. 

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Mandela’s Death Leaves South Africa Without Its Moral Center

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Mr. Mandela’s decades in prison and insistence on forgiveness over vengeance made him a potent symbol of the struggle to end his country’s system of racial domination.
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Nelson Mandela, South Africa's beloved former leader and anti-apartheid icon, died Thursday at the age of 95 after a long illness.President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma said "Our nation has lost its greatest son," Mandela spent 27 years in prison. Then, in 1994, the former leader of the once-banned African National Congress was elected the country's first black president in a historic vote that peacefully ended white minority rule.


R.I.P. to one of the greatest men to ever live in our era. Nelson Mandela was a name I heard since a young age and was man I increasingly admired as I grew up. The older I got the more I understood the struggle this man went through and the change that he brought. It is sad to see him go but I know that he has caused a ripple effect that will last for centuries. I know for myself, Madela has made me want to change the world anyway way I can. Sure, the fam would be nice but to know that I started something or did something that enriched the lives of many is the best treasure of all. 

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Illinois governor signs same-sex marriage into law

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Illinois is now the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage.
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Week 14 (November 17 - 23)

 

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn  signed a law on Wednesday legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. That made Illinois the 16th state to permit gay marraige.President Obama's home state, Illinois, is where Democrats hold the governor's office and majorities in both legislative bodies,The state legalized same-sex unions in 2011, but Quinn said the new law would complete some "unfinished business" and help ensure that "love is not relegated to a second-class status" for anyone.


This comes as to no suprise as there is definitely a Democratic majority in the political sphere of Illinois. In fact, Im suprised that same-sex marriage wasn't legalized sooner if there was such a large majority. But it's been a good year for the national LGBT movement as 8 states have legalized gay marraige so far. Years ago, I thought it might've been impossible, but soon enough most of the country is gonna be same-sex legalzied pretty soon. This is great news for gays everywhere.

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Rob Ford : 'Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine.' | Toronto Star

Rob Ford : 'Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine.' | Toronto Star | Senior Year ScoopIts | Scoop.it
Rob Ford said he smoked crack about a year ago. “I don’t even remember. Probably in one of my drunken stupors.”
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Week 12 (November 3 - November 9)

 

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted Tuesday — after months of denying it — that he had smoked crack. Ford said it must have happened in "one of my drunken stupors." Toronto Star journalists reported in May that they had seen a video showing Ford smoking from a crack pipe, and police recently found the video. Still, Ford, whose poll numbers have held steady during the scandal, says he won't resign.

 

This made me laugh, usually most politicians would simply deny any accusations that they have done drugs to keep good political standing (which is what Ford did many times before) but all of sudden I guess he decided he was going to tell "the truth." Heck, maybe he was high off crack cocaine then and there. You'd think this would come back to bite him in the butt but it seems his poll numbers are still up. I guess people feel more of a connection with him. There's one good thing to come out of this. Toronto is getting some publicity. The last time  I heard Toronto in any news it involved Drake or Justin Bieber

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NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts | Senior Year ScoopIts | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Revelation that US spy agency monitored leaders likely to add to mounting diplomatic tensions between the US and its allies
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The National Security Agency monitored the phone calls of 35 world leaders and about 165 other foreign phones, according to a memo unveiled by The Guardian. "The NSA memo obtained by the Guardian suggests that such surveillance was not isolated, as the agency routinely monitors the phone numbers of world leaders – and even asks for the assistance of other US officials to do so." The leaked 2006 document, from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, comes after reports that the NSA eavesdropped on the cellphone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and millions of French citizens. Merkel and French President François Hollande are proposing to reach a pact with the U.S. on new ground rules for spying on allies.


The amount of scoop its I have done on the NSA and the numerous accounts of their invasion of "privacy" is quite humerous. Journalists and others write these articles as if they're suprised that our beloved government would do this but as I have said time and time again "The government does what it wants when it wants." I read this article and was not suprised in the slightest. Yea I guess it is wrong the government is essentially spying on our foreign allies and destroying diplomatic relations but there is honestly nothing anyone can do about it. Sure, they'll deny it or say they'll "stop" but we all know if anything they'll try even harder not to get caught next time. You can run but you can't hide from the NSA!

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Ex-Detroit mayor gets 28 years in prison for corruption

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DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S. judge sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to 28 years in prison for corruption on Thursday, one of the longest such sentences ever handed to a major U.S.
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Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption on Thursday. The stiff sentence, one of the longest ever imposed on a U.S. politician, further tainted the image of a city that was once the thriving home of the American auto industry, but is now flat broke. Prosecutors pushed for the 28-year term by arguing that Kilpatrick's bribery and extortion made the city's financial crisis worse.


Detroit just cannot get a break man. At this point, people are saying the only good thing is come from this city since the auto industry was Eminem. Everything happening to this city is just tragic, but now we have this. The MAYOR of this fine city was (probably to no suprise) corrupted and probably contributed to the poor financial state of Detroit. I hope he doesn't serve his jail time in the city because he doesn't even deserve it. What I don't understand with people like Kilpatrick is why they are stupid enough to think they won't get caught? I mean you're in a high position in one the most important cities in the US and you don't think everything you do won't be scrutinized? Come on now.

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