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What to watch for in the State of the Union speech

What to watch for in the State of the Union speech | Tavaria's Stuff | Scoop.it
While we will know much of what President Obama plans to say and propose before he even hits the House floor around 9 pm, a thousand storylines will be born tonight.

Via Teresa Herrin
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This article is a really good guide of things to look out for in both the SOTU address and Rubio's rebuttal. I can't wait to see whether Obama will take a much more agressive approach tonight, taking advantage of the added freedom that comes with being a second term president. The issues of the economy will probably be discussed very agressively, because it's what everybody is worried about. The POTUS's statements about guns however shall be interesting to see, especially with the Sandy Hook victims' parents in the audience.

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Teresa Herrin's curator insight, February 12, 2013 6:07 PM

Great article to SCOOP before the SOTU.

Gerardo Ramirez's curator insight, February 12, 2013 7:26 PM

It is true that Obama has gained a lot more freedom ever since he won re-election but that does not mean that Obama will go all out aggresive especially to the party members. Obama will either say what the nation wants to hear or what the party members want to hear. Obama will have to consider on how much time he will spent on each particular topic. 

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'Best-Looking' GDP Drop You'll Ever See

'Best-Looking' GDP Drop You'll Ever See | Tavaria's Stuff | Scoop.it
Negative economic growth in the fourth quarter provided a scary headline to start Wednesday's trading but probably little else in market impact.
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I think a lot of people are taking a very pessimistic view on the GDP drop. This article gives a more optimistic view, and I like that. I believe that in order to determine whether we'll really be going into another recession, we'll have to sit back and wait. Taking into account Sandy is a really important factor, and most of the negative views of economists don't do that.

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Zachary Beery's curator insight, February 7, 2013 11:46 AM

This article says that th recent drop in GDP isn't that bad cause it is mostly due to the recent cut in goverenment spending. this is pretty much just the drop before the big leap that hopefully comes soon.

Sarah Nguyen's curator insight, February 14, 2013 4:58 AM

Even though the GDP has dropped at .1 percent, it is reassuring to know that it is largely because of government spending and business inventories. Consumer spending and the private sector in general was able to grow more than the previous quarter, even despite the natural disaster Sandy.

Patrick Demitis Brown's comment, February 21, 2013 12:06 AM
GDP is probably going to be just as low or lower in the second quarter, once we've gotten rid of the payroll tax cuts. Im not sure how our congress isn't doing anything about that, this will increase taxes, defense spending going down, the number of consumers able to spend will go down and GDP will go down more sooo......
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The Creepiness Factor: How Obama and Romney Are Getting to Know You

The Creepiness Factor: How Obama and Romney Are Getting to Know You | Tavaria's Stuff | Scoop.it

Technolgy is helping candidates today figure out exactly who voters are. Software can now be used to classify people based on who they voted for and why they voted for them. Little details about a person's life can also help determine who they are more likely to support, and this software helps campaign people figure out how. This article demonstrates how our world is constantly changing, and how each election is different from the next. While it may be pretty weird, it's also pretty interesting to know that technology can be used to help candidates get ahead although that wasn't a factor in previous elections. Eventually, the presidential race may come down to who has the better computer people.

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GOP Convention, Romney Speech Evoke Lukewarm Reactions

GOP Convention, Romney Speech Evoke Lukewarm Reactions | Tavaria's Stuff | Scoop.it
Last week's GOP convention had a minimal impact on Americans' voting intentions, and the public rated Mitt Romney's speech the least positively of any presidential nomination acceptance speech Gallup has measured since 1996.

 

Based on this, Mitt Romney, hasn't really gotten much bounce from his convention.. This does NOT surprise me. Although Romney made him self seem more "personal", he still hasn't done much to show himself to be capable of getting the country out of this rut, & that's what voters are waiting for in my opinion...

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

Why defense spending plunged 22% last quarter — and killed GDP | Tavaria's Stuff | 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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The defense spending drop might have caused the fall in GDP, but I don't think that this article is right in saying that hd the Pentagon not done some cut backs, then the economy would have grown, because it creates a false blame. The Pentagon cuts defense spending in the fourth quarter normally, and the only difference is that this year, they cut it ALOT. However, this should have been expected with the cut backs in the amount of activity involved overseas.

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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

Matt Kellogg's curator insight, February 6, 2013 10:01 PM

shows how much the defense spending cuts hurt the GDP, why it looks bad

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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Women's Voices - Join Women for Obama

New Obama Administration campaign commercial for women using Beyonce, Eva Longoria, and many other "powerful" women. Just thought it was interesting (:

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Growth of early voting transforms electoral strategy

Growth of early voting transforms electoral strategy | Tavaria's Stuff | Scoop.it

Early voting continues to grow each election, and this year is apparently no different. Becuase of this, campaigns have to alter their plans and attempt to get these voters on their sides as well. I think that this is interesting, because it throws a challenge into the campaigns that most candidates didn't have to focus on as much in many of the previous elections. It will be fun to see what candidate is more successful in getting the early voters' votes, especially because there are a lot of early votes coming from the swing states.

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