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Live Updates: Sen. Cruz’s Filibuster to Defund Obamacare | Heritage Action for America

Live Updates: Sen. Cruz’s Filibuster to Defund Obamacare | Heritage Action for America | Syria |
Heritage Action posts updates from Sen. Ted Cruz’s Filibuster to Defund Obamacare.

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James Gasper's insight:
I think that Sen. Ted Cruz made the right decision in speaking about Obamacare and how it "is the single biggest job killer in America" and also bringing up the fact that some people are only working 29 hour weeks while the other time sitting on their butt getting paid by Obamacare really pisses me off. I do not understand why we keep funding imigrants to come and get free healthcare just for living in our country. Also the democrats are willing to shut down the gov't to defend Obamacare and take away Academic aid for college affects me and my peers.
Claire Burrus's curator insight, September 25, 2013 2:10 AM

And Ted Cruz continues to be an idiot!
Apparently the rich doctors' income is more important than the HEALTH of poor Americans.
"the single biggest job killer in America"? Really? 

Brian Cohen's curator insight, September 25, 2013 8:35 PM

I belive that Senator Cruz made the right choice in refuting Obamacare. Whether or not he should have talked for over 22 hours or not is not relevent to me. He brought up some good points such as Obamacare is taking away jobs from people and the government would possibly shut down from funding things such as Obamacare and take away student aid as well as other government economic aids. This affects me as well as my classmates greatly as we apply for colleges and seek financial aid to help pay for our education.

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USA TODAY Poll: Opposition to Syrian airstrikes surges

USA TODAY Poll: Opposition to Syrian airstrikes surges | Syria |
James Gasper's insight:

I understand what Obama is saying, (this is my interpretation of Obama) "we must step in and act, if we don't, this will never end. I will not sit by while children are killed by chemical weapons from their own country/." i too thought this same way, but know, listening to many different sides and P.O.V.'s i have changed my opinion on first strike in Syria, I think he should as well.

Abe's curator insight, September 11, 2013 6:49 AM

Seems like avery presidential address arouses my inner patriotism just a tad bit. 

George's curator insight, September 11, 2013 8:17 AM

It's quite interesting seeing how Obama's address is compared to other presidential addresses all dealing with a request to go to war. Obama is faced with the challenge of persuading a country that's tired of fighting wars to rise up once again to act as the world's policemen. 

Tianna Kelly's curator insight, December 2, 2013 2:13 AM

This poll does not surprise me in the least; in fact, I am among the majority who oppose United States military action in Syria. The United States has its own internal issues to attend to, and spending money and resources on unnecessary actions can only further our troubles.

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Video: Denis McDonough: 'Outraged' at Ted Cruz's Al Qaeda comments

Video: Denis McDonough: 'Outraged' at Ted Cruz's Al Qaeda comments | Syria |
Denis McDonough, in an interview on ABC's 'This Week' said he was 'outraged' at Ted Cruz's comments that our forces would be serving as 'Al Qaeda's air force.' The interview was immediately followed by one with Sen.
James Gasper's insight:

I agree that Cruz went too far with the with the Al Queda comments. knowing that " this is not Iraq, Afghanistan, or Lybia" is reassuring but how do we know for sure that we will not have an extended military presence in Syria? I just don't understand why Syria wouldn't try and retaliate.  

Sammy Masri's curator insight, September 17, 2013 5:25 AM

30 seconds of generalized response isn't much to go on, and McDonough's statement showed it. Rather than namby-pamby about the issue, everyone needs to grab their fears by the horns are realize: "Yes, we will possibly be helping some groups that are maybe connected to Al-Qaeda. But in the meantime, we can help a whole country of civilians, who, when pressed, will vote for the more reasonable members of the rebels, IF the US helps in time."


No more of this "small, calculated, concise" strike nonsense.

Tianna Kelly's curator insight, December 2, 2013 2:02 AM

My initial reacton to Senator Cruz's was similar to McDonough's; Cruz's statement was clearly crafted to be sensational and make headlines. Although I am not a fan of potential United States military action in Syria, Cruz's comments were purposefully disrespectful and, as McDonough iterated, "outrageous".

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 20, 2013 12:35 AM

It seems very normal and typical for hte Chief of Staff to assure the public that there will be no boots on the ground, but I believe that no amount of assurance that this will be no Libya or Afghanistan, will persuade the American public to join this war.

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Who's an extortionist now, Mr. President? |

Who's an extortionist now, Mr. President? | | Syria |
President Obama pledged to end partisanship, but instead has exacerbated it. He recently accused House Republicans of being extortionists for opposing a raise in the debt ceiling and wanting to defund Obamacare.

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James Gasper's insight:

Wow...when I read this i laughed a little. I know the article is biased but i didnt really care once i read what it had to say. The articles states that when Obama was a senator and George W. Bush was president and there were talks of raising the debt ceiling, he was completely against it and said, "the fact that we have to raise the debt ceiling shows bad leadership." This excerpt is completely redundant because he switched his position around which shows his incompetence and indecisiveness. 

Xiupeng Chen's curator insight, September 25, 2013 2:50 PM

From this articl I learned the main reason for our goverment shut down and for most of the Americans they might be suffering from this in a way that not really significant. I will say that add another hugh debt in to our economic mob is not a good idea, the artical indicated that why would we have another debt after 16 trillon? President is giving our big promise and nobody will know how is that going. I hope obama(which is the main reason for all these stuff)will worth a while.

Jolie Starr's curator insight, September 25, 2013 8:17 PM

This article talks about President Obama's condescending nature. Seven years ago when he was a Senator, Obama wanted to lower the debt ceiling, and now he is arguing that we need to expand it. This author of this article even brings up the question of shutting down the government and then "re-opening it" because it is going downhill, due to condescending acts like those made by Obama. 

April Mai's curator insight, September 26, 2013 1:05 AM

It is obvious that this article is very biased. The author simply reverts back to Obama as a senator and quotes all his promises and suggestions that probably convinced the people to vote for him. Basically I see the author pointing out Obama as a leader who turned back on his words.

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Obama Tests Limits of Power in Syrian Conflict

Obama Tests Limits of Power in Syrian Conflict | Syria |
President Obama’s approach to Syria is likely to create an important precedent in the often murky legal question of when presidents or nations may lawfully use military force.
James Gasper's insight:

I understand Obama's decision to act swiftly, and i respect his opinion, but when he decided to get the popular opinion by involving congress, he received way more controversial feedback than he expected, in my opinion.

Tianna Kelly's curator insight, September 11, 2013 6:23 PM

I don't understand President Obama's statement that we must attack Syria because of U.S. national interests. What interests are these? Also, while Obama does legally have the right to launch a military attack on Syria without Congressional approval, the fact that public opinion says that we should not intervene, and that the U.S. is a supposed Democratic country, mean that he should not take it upon himself to act outside of public and Congressional approval. Otherwise, how is he any better than Assad?

Sammy Masri's curator insight, September 17, 2013 6:13 AM

I think Obama was facing all of this superficial, but ever-growing, pressure to do something about Syria, ANYTHING, as long as he just didn't sit idly by. Then, when he finally chose his only viable path (at the time), most people balked at the severity. Iraq and Afghanistan linger more than Kuwait, Kosovo, and Libya. Saving face became the only possible measure afterwards, and forget the actual politics, weapons, and lives at stake.

My personal opinion, of course.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 18, 2014 5:31 PM

Events like this happen in hundreds of different countries yet the US has never gotten involved. Also, the law against chemical weapons is international, therefore, the United Nations should be dealing with this, not the US alone. Of course, the UN would never go for it seeing as how Russia is an ally of the Syrian government. more importantly the situation is lose, lose. We do not need to be involved in this fight, it's not ours.

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3: Roundtable: Crucial week for Obama - Video on

3: Roundtable: Crucial week for Obama - Video on | Syria |
Video on A Meet the Press roundtable forecasts the pressure on this upcoming week for the president to make his case for intervention in the Syrian conflict.

Via Teresa Herrin
James Gasper's insight:

"we are the policeman of the world." We would definitely like to avoid war, but when we hear the public opinion, we cannot just activate military strikes when the concept is so controversial.


Melissa Aleman's curator insight, September 12, 2013 3:36 AM

Really enjoyed this video in the sense that it gave me more insight to what's going on and different points of view. Several points like the fact that innocent civilians will die on our watch because of the airstrike was one i especially liked because it made me think more deeply into why we shouldnt intervene. It's clear that this is a huge predicament that even the Round table finds difficult to choose a side in the sense that as a nation we are stuck on deciding whether to be or not to be the "world's policemen."

Daniel Guo's curator insight, September 12, 2013 4:49 AM

I think that Newt Gingrich brings up good points about why it's hard for the public to support an airstrike on Syria. I think that this dicussion is a fair representation of the current public opinion on the matter- nobody wants to directly support a strike; there is no clear right answer.

Rachel Murphy's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:13 AM

All of the politicians here are hesitant about military strikes in Syria. because they aren't sure about the effect that it would cause. Newt Gingrich makes some excellent points about the importance of communication. I believe some action needs to be taken in Syria, but a strike would only unleash more problems for us. Syria's allies are too powerful.