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President Obama’s Budget Revives Benefits as Divisive Issue

President Obama’s Budget Revives Benefits as Divisive Issue | AP Government N Stuff | Scoop.it
President Obama’s proposal to trim future Medicare and Social Security benefits as part of a deficit compromise could force Democrats to take an uncomfortable stand on a measure that is unpopular with their base.
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This article provided information about Obama's desires to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits, and how nearly everybody seems opposed to that idea. Not only do Republicans disagree with him (as usual), but many Democrats are showing discontent with his plan as well. The article slightly touches on this, but I think that this divisive issue may be the big issue that divides the Democratic party into multiple different groups, much like the current Republican party. Social Security reform may very well be the topic that separates the two different kinds of Democrats in the near future, perhaps a future that will exist during the next election. The impact of this great rift caused by this issue will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the Democratic party's success during the next election, and could also finally be the break that Republicans are looking for.

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Five Ways to Hack Voters' Brains

Five Ways to Hack Voters' Brains | AP Government N Stuff | Scoop.it

This article starts off with a little story about a man who guilted people into voting when they probably wouldnt vote. Then, the article provides five "tactics" used by campaigns to sway voters into showing up on election day. I found this article to be interesting because of how simple the campaigns make it seem to persuade a seemingly ordinary non-voter into voting. The article provides a scientific analysis of how and why each tactic works. It makes me wonder if I actually would vote on my own or vote because i was convinced by some of these tactics in a campaign video. Would it really work on me?

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State Felon Voting Laws - Felon Voting - ProCon.org

State Felon Voting Laws - Felon Voting - ProCon.org | AP Government N Stuff | Scoop.it

This article provides a state by state chart of felon voting laws. Depending on the state, the votes of felons may be different than the average voter. For example, in 13 states, the vote can be restored after the term of incarceration. However in 12 states, felons may lose their vote permanently. I found that to be very interesting because I was unaware that felons could potentially have their right to vote stripped away. I feel like there would need to be something in the Constitution touching upon that, but then again, I suppose it is up to the states.

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Talking Points Memo

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In this recently conducted poll, Michigan voters seem to have bumped up Barack Obama after the RNC, not Mitt Romney. I find this interesting because Michigan is typically a swing state and usually after a convention, that party's candidate gets a bump in the polls. As one can see, on the right of the screen are the horse races for the presidency. Obama is up 1.8% with the National Popular Vote, however would already have won with the Electoral College Tally if today were election day.

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