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Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO
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BY 11/21 -- America's Free Speech is Perplexing to the Rest of the World

BY 11/21 -- America's Free Speech is Perplexing to the Rest of the World | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
While even highly offensive speech is protected in the U.S., that level of freedom is quite unique.
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This piece talks about how America's free speech policy is very confusing to people outside the US. For other countries that practice a policy of democracy, free speech is very limited in regard to preventing an outbreak of violence. Specifically, Americans believe that France, a nation that believes in limiting freedom of speech, is overstepping their bound in restrict how much leniency is in a person's speech. While a majority of the US believes that freedom of speech is essential, I don't think it's right for Americans to criticize how a country decides to run. Each country has a different way to operate and in other nations, the right to the freedom of speech may not mean as much to them as it means to us.

For America, I don't think free speech should be limited. It is one of the foundations of our country. Taking away some of that freedom means you're taking away one of the rights that we cherish the most, a right that guarantees our voices will be heard. Not only that, but the first amendment states that the Constitution "prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances." Limiting free speech would clearly violate the 1st amendment.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:52 PM

Although many nations around the world are democracies, the U.S is unique because it gives its people more personal freedom. The U.S. isn't conscerned with other people getting offended, as long as each person has the right to expression it is okay. The only ban that we have on this is clear and present danger. There are certain guidlines that have developed in order to rule an action potentially dangerous or not. Other countries are astounded by this practice.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:38 PM

No protections for those that shrieks obscenities and the clause to discern speeches that invokes clear and present danger are there. This just lacks bold enforcement. Governments are scared of crazy Americans' revolts and teachers fear students. Of course the rest of the world looks down on us. We lack culture, sophistication and moderation.

 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:32 PM

This article talks about how France prohibited people from talking about prophet mohammad and how although they are a democratic country free speech is not as open as it is in the US over there are stricter rules. I think one of the great things about America is the freedom to make your own choices and speak up and how you are aloud to say what you want. People who have problems with the government are aloud to voice there opinions here it would be against the 1st amendment to limit free speech. Obviously there are offensive things people should not say but we are aloud to voice our opinions when and how we want. 

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BY 11/14 or 11/15 (2 of 3) -- Your Obamacare questions, answered

BY 11/14 or 11/15 (2 of 3) -- Your Obamacare questions, answered | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
Still left wondering about Obamacare? Wonkblog’s Sarah Kliff and PostTV’s “In Play” have the Kliff Notes version for you.

Via Teresa Herrin
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This piece attempts to answer the FAQ about Obamacare. It goes over and explains the main aspects of the ACA, discussing the basics of the healthcare plan and the penalty that comes in refusing the mandate. If shown to someone who is still confused over Obamacare,  this is mostly going to make everything clear. It is very concise and it appears to be an useful manual in learning the role of Obamacare. 10/10 for being infomative.

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:29 PM

So requirements for obtaining Obamacare is basically asking us to be a bit...poor? Having national healthcare is the same as not having one because only the basics are paid. Honestly, my insurance company can do just about the same thing and I don't mind the bills if they can cover for EVERYBODY part I injured.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:43 PM

This article talks about Obama Care and how everyone will have to have health insurce eventually. It also talks about how Insurance companies cannot deny anyone from buying their healthcare because of pre-existing conditions. This could be beneficial  because there's many sick people who cannot afford heath care when they really need it, and no one will get screwed over.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:44 PM
This article includes FAQs concerning ObamaCare. All the questions asked and answered include a quick explanation of ObamaCare, all the existing insurance difficulties, process of enrollment and the legality of remaining without health insurance. The health cares lunch was very big and messy for Obama so it is interesting that it has taken this long for an article like this to come out.
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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 3rd or 4 -- Pastor loses bus driving job for praying with students

BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 3rd or 4 -- Pastor loses bus driving job for praying with students | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
A bus driver for the Burnsville school district was fired last week for leading kids in Christian prayers on his bus, even after he was warned to stop — a move he considers a violation of his freedom of speech...

Via Teresa Herrin
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A bus driver in a school district has been released for having his bus kids follow suit in a Christian prayer. He's been warned to stop the prayers, but he kept going, and thus, he is fired. Now, he is stating that being fired for having prayers throws his freedom of speech out of the window. If the man wants to pray, then let him pray. I don't think there's a problem in having a prayer, but if uptight parents don't want their kids to hear a prayer, they should really reconsider saying that because no matter what, everyone can express their freedom of religion. And it shouldn't limit any sensible person from practicing their respective religion.

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Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:36 PM

This article talks about a bus driver who lost his job because, even after a few warnings, he chose to pray to students on his bus. He believes that him getting fired violates the first amndment, right to religion. I can see his point on this, but I feel like if you're doing something like this is public and offending others then youre in face in a sense violating their right to religion, so it's a lose-lose situation, and he was bound to lose his job.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:43 PM

I think that although i am a christian it  can be very uncomfortable when people get a religion forced  on them. Praying on a public school bus can probably be uncomfortable for some kids and although it was in good intentions it is probably not the best. It's good for people to share their religion but on their own time not during school. If it were a private christian school then that would be completely acceptable. 

Ashley O.'s curator insight, March 7, 2014 9:45 PM

That is unfair, he has every right to express his faith, just like those who are not religious and express their personal views. 

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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 2nd or 4 -- Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings [UPDATE]

BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 2nd or 4 -- Supreme Court hears argument on prayer at government meetings [UPDATE] | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Wednesday on the constitutionality of opening government meetings with prayer, but the justices seemed unsure how to rule.

Via Teresa Herrin
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The article updates readers on how women are suing because on the basis that they have freedom of prayer. Now, many groups appear to support the women and their case. The SC is now put under knife as their decision may have extreme implications on future cases. This article makes it look like the courts are under a heavy watch. Regarding religion, this is one issue that can relate and affect many citizens in this country. Their decision is one that can destroy the future and fabric of America.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:45 PM

The case won't be settled anytime soon due to that covers  controversial issues between the First Amendment rights of freedom of religion and speech, and the separation of church and state. It will be interesting to see where Anthony Kennedy's vote goes toward on this case.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:17 PM

I can't understand this government's "endorsement of religion". Does the free excercise clause only pertain to prohibition of enacting a single religion? Does it exclude the right to be proud of having a religion? Would it be distasteful if a teacher wear a rosary? As long as a religion is not enforced upon the unsastisfied individual, then let the government and its civil servants be humans with religions (practice as they so choose to).

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 1:29 PM

This article talks about prayers being said in a court room. I don't see why this is such a controversy, let people be and pray if they want to. Yes I get the separation of church and state thing, but this really doesnt affect the "state".

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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (1 or 4 total) -- Did A Supreme Court Justice Just Admit To Being An Atheist?

BY 11/10 or 11/11 (1 or 4 total) -- Did A Supreme Court Justice Just Admit To Being An Atheist? | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case about the constitutionality of a New York town's practice of beginning local legislative meetings with mostly Christian prayers.
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This piece talks about how Justice Breyer's comment on an issue may point to his belief in having no religious belief. Going to the end of the article, the author points out how this realization can lead to another look at the American Justice System. Does having an atheist on the court harm anything? No, it just adds a unique point of view towards decisions. That's all. Nothing more to see here. Move on.

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:05 PM

I can see how this irritates people but not enough to ....offend them. Seriously? Who cares if people are praying, "beginning legislative meetings with Christian prayers" is a practice done by Christians (if they're so fervent, FOR CHRISTIANS. If you are not a part of that group, then shut them out and look bored. 1st Amendment protects freedom of religion, so are judges and politicans not the people? Getting upset over such trivial matter, beliefs inherent in a faith BELIEVED by THE PEOPLE --is in itself a discrimination. I refuse to pity those that feel "outcasted", if you're so bold on nonconforming, you're expected to be 'strong' when people practice their religions. Not weak and complaining all the time.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 1:02 PM

This article talks about Justice Breyer and how he admitted to being an atheist. I don't really think that this should be of much importance, even as a christian myself, because our nation is based on separtion or church and state, right? If a justice chooses to be an atheist, then let them.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:12 PM

I think that the supreme court has made it a point to be very neutral when it comes to religion topics and that in public situations no religions should be favored. But all of the supreme court members have always been religious so it is interesting that he may be athiest and it would be interesting to see how the country would perceive that. 

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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (3 or 4 total) -- Video: 'This Week': Rick Perry in Iowa

ABC's Jeff Zeleny goes one-on-one with Gov. Rick Perry on his first trip to Iowa since 2012.
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The video concentrates on Perry and his road to the 2016 presidential election. Also, his thoughts on Chris Christie winning a Democratic state are postiive and that his trip to Iowa is purely political, attempting to garner as much early support as possible. He also seems to like Ted Cruz's 21 hour talk on Obamacare.

 

Rick Perry is a piece of crap and so is Ted Cruz. He can do all he can to be the best Republican nominee this country's ever seen and with a bunch of rednecks behind him, supporting each of his innane statements, he is on track to do so, but he won't be able to change what the majority of the US thinks about him, which is that he is a piece of crap, like Mondays and Ted Cruz.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:33 PM

This video is a discussion with Rick Perry, talking about issues like Obamacare. He is very bold and is not very afraid to say that he is against the act. He obviously is unhappy with the current situation in the White House, and wants to make a change in 2016 by running for the presidency himself. I am interested to see how the 2016 election turns out for him.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:50 PM

With one year left in office, Perry is planning on running for the 2016 Election as is predicted in his trip to Iowa.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 8:28 PM

This video talks about Rick Perry and his plans to run for president in 2016, Perry discusses his views on Ted Cruz and his agreements/disagreements with this tactics. He also says that Christie may not be a true conservative.

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BY Friday, 11/8 --ONLY ONE Scoop -- Nate Silver on 'This Week' (See the instructions for your Scoop)

ESPN's Nate Silver, the roundtable analyze the political picture for the 2014 election.


Via Teresa Herrin
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Nate Silver, a guest at this roundtable, is known for having correctly predicted the 2012 presidential election. The next topic is the upcoming midterm elections, which is affected by the two issues the roundtable talks about, one of those being the government shutdown. Because of the negative impact of the shutdown, apporval of the Congress is abyssmal, with 85% of American people disapproving the conduct of Congress. However, due to the timing of this poll, it can't be fully trusted in a neutral sense. They then point out that Republicans have a good turnout rate come time for the midterms. This roundtable was very interesting to watch as all seem to have a view on how the future elections will turnout, considring America's situation at the moment.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:29 PM

This video discussed the chances of Republicans or Democrats winning the House in the upcoming midterm elections. Many of the issues that seem to be swaying voters one way or another are social issues, so if they want to win, they need to choose the social issues that appeal to the largest amount of voters.. Voters want to vote for a candidate that they think is most like themselves. 

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:16 PM

Congressional approval rating is down to 12% approved due to the Repubs' demand for a shutdown and the Demos' disorganized healthcare bill. Guesses for the coming House election has Demos and Repubs on an equal stand, Demos leading by only 8%. Who's to say states are getting ready to shift colors. 8% is nothing to give the wins to Demos. The healthcare bill doesn't seem to work itself out anytime soon, and as laid offs increase, the anger for govt shutdown decreases over time. I don't see any faction in the lead, the 48 to 40 percent will equal out quite soon.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 7:18 PM

This video talks about how Nate Silver predicted 2012's election outcome. Later the midterm election is talked about. Apparently the rating fot democrats and republicans are low because of  the government shut down and problems with  Obamacare.It's evedently clear that the minority opinion is becoming stonger and stronger.

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BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- Inside the Bush, Cheney relationship

BY 10/22 or 10/23 -- Inside the Bush, Cheney relationship | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
Peter Baker talks about his book, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.” He calls the relationship between the duo, “one that drifted apart.”
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The video explains how Cheney was influential in Bush's decision-making, but less and less was he influential towards the end of Bush's 2nd term. This discussion was very interesting to watch as it painted Dick Cheney in another light, other than being the lackey to the younger Bush. Without Cheney's participation and adcive, Bush wouldn't have lasted the White House for past one term.

 

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Maddy Folkerts's curator insight, October 25, 2013 9:28 PM

This video was about Baker's book about Bush & Cheney's relationship during Bush's presidency. They were close at first, then drifted apart. I thought it was interesting and a nice relief from the nonstop talk about ObamaCare and the government shutdown, etc.

Melissa Aleman's curator insight, November 10, 2013 11:11 PM

This video discusses the relationship between Bush in cheney and how it was not all as it seems and in their new book, Days of Fire, you can see that. All though they had their differences and grew distant they came together when needed. I think it was a nice video and good to hear a little behind the scenes of the truth of their relationship and how it wasnt all good.

 

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:28 PM

 This video is about bush and chaney while they where in the white house. It outlines the breaking and falling apart of their relationship and how bush really didn't have any power and chaney was the one really making the decisions, like a "puppet master". I think that their relationship as friends and as colleges was strained due to the media, the policy agenda and the war in Iraq.

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BY 10/20 -- Jim DeMint: We Won't Back Down on ObamaCare

BY 10/20 -- Jim DeMint: We Won't Back Down on ObamaCare | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, president of the Heritage Foundation Jim DeMint writes that fighting a law that is unfair, unworkable and unaffordable is reasonable and necessary.
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President of the Heritage Foundation Jim Demint states that he and many others are not stopping until they have gotten rid of Obamacare. Some main points against Obamacare is that it causes employment issues and citizens can not, financially, withstand the pressure that comes with the arrival of the ACA. While this guy tries to fight against a cause that no one has succeeded in passing for almost 50 years, Obamacare is still alive. Has he done his job in stopping Obamacare.

 

No. Obamacare is still up and running. 40+ times has it been challenged and 40+ times has it succeeded in staying alive and constitutional. Maybe they should stop trying. "Three times, the charm" is the phrase, not "40+ times, the charm."

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Tiffany Wang- AP Gov's curator insight, October 22, 2013 8:32 PM

Jim DeMint makes it clear that although the Republicans lost the shutdown, they will not give up on getting rid of Obamacare. I have mixed feelings about. While I would like to see universal healthcare, I'm not sure that the Affordable Care Act is the best way to go about it, especially after learning about how much the administration compromised with the insurance companies. I'm really not a fan of the individual mandate, however I don't think Obamacare would not be as bad for the US as DeMint makes it out to be.

Sachi Kamble's curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:59 AM

Demint is obviously biased because he is the president of the leading conservative think tank in America. He claims that he has met people who complained that their converages have been renounced, their work hours cut and their jobs eliminated, but he doesn't have any direct quotes from these people, so it's all just paraphrased. The premiums have increased in 45 states. Young adult's premiums will be a lot higher than those of elderly, which will be hard on us since the baby boomers are all retiring now. The author claims that the only way Obamacare will lead to single-payer health-care system is by employers droping health-care for their low-wage workers. He also claims that health care will deteriorate in America as access to doctors will decrease. 

Tianna Kelly's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:58 PM

Jim Dewint is  republican who believed that the recent government shutdown was both necessary and proper. According to him, it was the only option in fighting against an unfair law. However, he does not mention the effect of the shutdown- the government services that went to a halt, the workers who went unpaid, and those citizens adversely affected. In my opinion, DeWint, and those like him, make America the laughingstock of the global community. 

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BY 10/31-- Sebelius apologizes for healthcare website debacle

BY 10/31-- Sebelius apologizes for healthcare website debacle | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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In this video, Sebelius apologizes for the failed launch of the Obamacare website. She blames herself for letting these troubles occur. However, I don't think  she needed to do that. Was it her fault that she doesn't know how to program? Is it her fault that people can't sign in? Or perhaps, was it the fault of the stupid politicians that decided to defund the launch of the website, causing it to fail and thus point blame at the makers of the website, not towards those that had everything to do with not letting the website have what it needed for a successful launch? It's the latter.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:09 PM

Sebelius keeps apologizing for the problems with the Obamacare website, taking complete responsibility for the dysfunctionality of the incident. Officials in charge also reassure the public that, within 30 days, the site will be up and ready to be used to sign up for coverage.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:40 PM

This video tells us how Sebelius takes the blame for the failed lauch of Obamacare. Sge later ended up answering the people's questions based on promises the president made. I think it was smart of Sebelius to take the blame for it because it encourages people to trust her and she is wise in saving others deserving of blame.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:47 PM
I dont like Obama so I do not really like his healthcare and the fact that the website was having problems makes it even more sketchy and harder for it to be promoted and talked about well.
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BY 11/3 -- Secession Movement

BY 11/3 -- Secession Movement | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
Residents of rural areas feel shut out of their states' politics, so why not create their own?

Via Teresa Herrin
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The article airs the disgust that some rural citizens have when they have no say in their state's politics. Thus, for them, secession seems to be a viable way to make their voices heard. If states begin to secede, will we have another Civil War? Probably not, but there will be some tension in these countries for sure. Secession is not the only way to get noticed. Maybe they need to try harder and get more involved in order to get noticed and be noticed.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:12 PM

This article talks about citizens, counties, and groups in general in certain states claiming that they want to secede from their state and make a new one. The main group that seems to have a problem is the Republicans living in a Democratic region. For example in Colorado, a vote is going tobe held for secession. I  think that if people have problems with beliefs and the way things work in a certain state, that they should leave. You cant change the whole state to meet all of your standards.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 3:29 PM

The article says that many counties's rural residents  are feeling the need secede and create a new state. Northern counties want to create their own state because they don't agree with the rest of colorado. While the creation of a new state seems a bit extreme, I feel like these residents need to be better represented to avoid ideas like secession. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:00 PM
I think this is simple if you don't like where you live move. It would be completely outrageous to secede and create another state let alone new gvt. The economy would fail and it would be a mess.
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BY 11/3 -- Booker Brings Dash Of Diversity To Still Old, White Senate -- Demographics of Current Congress

BY 11/3 -- Booker Brings Dash Of Diversity To Still Old, White Senate -- Demographics of Current Congress | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
Cory Booker becomes ninth African-American to serve in the Senate, replacing Frank Lautenberg.
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Corey Booker is one person who brings diversity to the Senate. His presence can help lower the average age in the Senate, He is also privileged with being one of only 4 elected black senators. With him being in the Senate, this branch of government can expect to see a growing amount of youth flood into this government, filled with elderly, white men.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:30 PM

The electio of Senator Cory Booker will add some diversity to the Senate because he is a a relatively young African American. Most of the Senate consists of old white people. This trend is starting to change a little, especially the Democratic side. A more diverse Congress will be able to better address the concerns of different groups of people.This is reflecting the nation a little bit more, the diversity of this nation.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 4:07 PM

This article talks about the young and new african-american senator and the diversity in the senate. With our country being as diverse as it is, so should our government. That would lead to a better represented population.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:05 PM
I think it is good for congress e to be diverse and have different ethinicities, different genders, different ages, and different parties. When passing bills and making decisions you will get a diverse group of opinions making it better for the people
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BY 10/31 -- Nightly News: Obama’s approval rating drops to all-time low

BY 10/31 -- Nightly News: Obama’s approval rating drops to all-time low | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
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The video explains Obama's approval rating going down over these previous mostly because of the supposed failed rollout of the Affordable Care Act. I seriously don't think that he is to blame for the failure of the Obamacare website launch. The original set amount given to launching the site was around $10 million, I believe, but stupid politicians debated and brought down the cost to $1 million. And now, those same ignorant politicians are wondering why the website failed when it was their fault to begin with? Obama doesn't have to suffer the consequences of having stubborn politician affecting the way he runs his government. And his approval rating doesn't have to suffer for that too.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:00 PM

This video explains the president's approval ratings have dropped and the affect Obama's leadership has on the nation.  I think the trials of Obama have been difficult and must be difficult for him to juggle everything. It makes sense as to why Obama has lost approval ratings because the public is tired of not getting what was promised. Especially now with the NSA leaks as well...He may continue to lose approval.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 5:39 PM

It's not shocking that President Obama's presidential rating and personal rating have gotten dropped to an all-time low. I agree that President Obama should show more involvement with fixing the Obamacare issues because as of right now he's shown very little, and that's one of the many reasons his rating is so low.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:47 PM

Obamas ratings have dropped a lot since the beginning of his presidency the obamacare does not seem to be working out for him very well. His ratings used to be a lot higher and now they are making a record breaking low. 

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BY 11/14 or 11/15 (3 of 3) -- Democrats Threaten to Abandon Obama on Health Law Provision

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Congressional Democrats are increasingly expressing support for allowing Americans to retain the insurance coverage they are losing because of the Affordable Care Act.

Via Teresa Herrin
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Democrats are appearing to return to the original plan of allowing citizens to keep their current insurance plan rather than risk losing it as per the policy of the Affordable Care Act. This move seems to imply that the Democrats are desperate in gaining back support lost due to the failed launch of the ACA website. Doing this can mend some wounds but it cannot repair the damage Obama has taken through these weeks.

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:33 PM

Enrollment is low for the Affordable Healthcare and Demos are planning to ditch Obama. His top aides suggested cancellation but maybe Obama is saving face, he doesn't think the plan will dry up...oh but it might just will.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:53 PM

This article talks about how Obamacare is doing lots of things it said it wouldn't, like getting rid of American's insurance coverage when the president said they would keep it. Democrats and republican's are agreeing with each other on not making american's keep the obamacare.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:30 PM
This article talks about how some democrats have been threatening to abandon Obama on Health Law Provision. It says that the Democrats in congress have been more supportive of the idea that Americans should be allowed to keep the insurance coverage they are losing because of the Affordable Care Act after Obama already stated that they could keep their existing insurance. Obama is just digging himself a deeper hole.
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BY 11/14 or 11/15 (1 of 3) -- Administration: 106,000 enrolled in health insurance in first month of HealthCare.gov

BY 11/14 or 11/15 (1 of 3) -- Administration: 106,000 enrolled in health insurance in first month of HealthCare.gov | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
Of the 106,000 enrollees, only about 27,000 were able to sign up through the federal health-insurance site.

Via Teresa Herrin
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In this article, the enrollment numbers of Obamacare are discussed as from the 106000 enrollees, only 27000 were able to sign up via the ACA website, citing the current problems with the site. K. Sebelius of the Health and Human Services is very adamant that the site will come through in time. The numbers announced just goes to show how many people are still uninsured out there. The purpose of the ACA was to give everyone a chance to have health insurance, but while there are current problems with the site and the lost trust within the president, many citizens may just be waiting it out, hoping the situation will solve itself.

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:22 PM

The figures are not up to what was predicted because the people lose trust in such a brittle plan. Its new, disorganized and made with haste, those who signed up stopped midway because they were informed of its problems or because they thought about how the elites' not getting proper pay might trickle down to their jobs.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:26 PM

This article talks about the 106,000 people that enrolled inObama's health insurance in just the first month. That number was way lower than the predictions they had made. It also talks about attempts to pass laws that allow people to keep their old health polices. Its honestly not that shocking that people wouldn't jump to join the new healthcare plan.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:22 PM
I think that obviously Obama and his administration had i hopes and expectations for the health care and it was not as successful as they would have liked it to be in the beginning. I think that the website having difficulties and congress not complying is making it a lot harder and not going over as smoothly as planned.
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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 4th or 4 -- Texas and 5 Other States Resist Processing Benefits for Gay Couples

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Some states are citing a conflict with state laws to defy the defense secretary’s order that gay spouses of National Guard members be given the same federal marriage benefits as heterosexual spouses.

Via Teresa Herrin
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6 states, including Texas and Louisiana, are not following the defense secretary's statment that gay couples can receive marriage benefits. The states state that this order conflicts with their state laws and they feel this order is not relevant at to them.

 

Rednecks. Why'd it have to be rednecks?

 

Just because they don't think it's right doesn't mean they get to deny rights to those homosexuals. It's an order from the Defense Secretary and they think that they can just ignore that? The national government outweighs the state government, no matter in what respect. These states really need to learn to follow directions.

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:12 PM

Some States deny the confirming of marriage benefits for homosexual couples. Personally, I find this a little funny, because the article notes that these States want to "uphold their integrity". Uhm, what sort of integrity? That homosexual marriages are not....marriages- that is, believed by the people and conservative state legislators? I can't figure out this lame excuse of "integrity", because really, refusing to accept other people's decisions are no sort of integrity. (Feeling neutral about gay marriages does not mean I fervently support it).

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 1:09 PM

This article talks about Texas and other states refusing giving the same marriage benefits to gay couples as man/woman couples in the national guard. Defense Secretary Hagel had ordered that gay spouses of the National guard be given the same rights, but Texas and others aren't budging. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:58 PM

I think that gay people should have the same rights as other marriages. I think that especially same sex military couples should get the same benefits as everyone else. It doesn't affect anyone but them so it is obnoxious and annoying not to give it to them. Yes the states that are resisting to give the gay couples the benefits are very conservative it does not mean that we should not give everyone the same military couple benefits no matter who they are it is there right they risk there lives to serve our country and can't get couple benefits all because they are gay. That is absurd and ridiculous. 

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BY 11/12 or 11/13 -- 1st of 4 -- Snake Handling: Law vs. First Amendment rights

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A LaFollette pastor headed to court next week for having dozens of poisonous snakes at his church said the laws he allegedly violated in Tennessee infringe on his freedom of religion.

Via Teresa Herrin
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A pastor has been arrested for being in possession of poisonous snakes at his church. According to him, the snake handling is part of his religion. Now, before the court proceedings, he states that the law that forbid him from having these snakes are infringing on his right of religious freedom. If he thinks that this freedom of religion applies to even a nutjob like himself, that means that anybody can do anything they damn well please and call it part of their religion. Hell, I can rob a convenience store and say that it's part of my religion.

 

"I'm just a pure individual practicing my religion. Don't mind me as I rob this store as a part of my ritual offerings."

 

If he thinks he has a case that can go to the Supreme Court, he is dead wrong.

 

 

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:54 PM

Religious or not. Law or not. Who cares?! If people's lives are clearly at risk, why are such practices disputable? It's apparent that if people are not professional at handling dangerous animals, do not do so. Period. Why is the government dragged into this? and why is this stupid minister leading a blind crowd?

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, February 2, 2014 12:55 PM

This article talks about a Pastor who has to go to court because he had poisonous snakes at his church during service; however some may say that this violates one's freedon of practicing religion. In court he justifies his act with the 1st Amendment. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:18 PM

I think that if you bring a poisonous snake into your church it will probably not help bring people back. So on the pastors part that was just a weird and irrational demonstration that he could have gotten his point across in a different way. Although you do have freedom of expression and speech i do not think that is how it should be used. 

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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (2 or 4 total) -- Video: 'This Week': Twitter Transforms Politics

The roundtable debates the role of social media in politics following Twitter's IPO.
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In this roundtable, they discuss how influential social media outlets like Twitter are in this day and age. They also dicuss how the youth of America is more involved and is more speedily involved in politics now that their news is more direct through these outlets. I believe social media is the way to go in order to spread word or politics because in the years ahead, the only way that social media can move forward is by encouraging more participation and activity and right now, they are on the right track to involve almost every man, woman, and child in America.

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Maddie Callen's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:39 AM

twitter has greatly changed politics for better or for worse. consituents can communicate with representatives even easier. some politicans are thought more of as celebrities now especially during election time when they will be on the cover of magaizines and on tabloids. politicains can sometimes seem unproffesional on twitter using slang and abreviations but i think they should try to sound more proper.

Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:39 PM

Almost 100% of politicians are involved in the practice of twittering. It's another way to rant, complain and tattle tale through personal media. There's no way for policies to restrain politicians from interracting with the public through media. Politics can now reach out to the lazy, young generations and plus they can control the news they want to put out individually.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 10:06 PM

This video talks about how twitter is changin politics and the information communicated through it, using twitter makes it that much faster and easier to get information out there. Twitter has such a large ammount of users interested in politics, that it made sense for politians to create accounts. It's cool seeing politians, old and young, adapt to these new trends!

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BY 11/10 or 11/11 (4 of 4 total)-- How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year (Be sure to include the graphic in your analysis!)

BY 11/10 or 11/11 (4 of 4 total)-- How Obama Blew the Entire Last Year (Be sure to include the graphic in your analysis!) | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
In the 12 months since his reelection, the president has achieved far less than he expected and suffered one mishap after another.
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In this article, Obama's current presidency and the troubles he's faced during it is analyzed. According to Obama, his biggest gripes were with the mass shootings, the ACA website, the Republican's stubbornness, and Edward Snowden. Because of all the (Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney) Trials and Tribulations, his approval ratings have been lowest it's ever been during his time in office. However, because he is the face of our country, does that mean he gets the blame in all of this crap? The situation with Snowden is understandable, but with the multiple mass shootings and the initial failed launch of the ACA website, can we point blame at the Republicans?

 

Yes.

 

Obama has tried to pass a measure to limit gun control, to which the Republicans think that he's taking away their 2nd amendment, and thus they make that bill fail. Obama becomes the first in a long time since LBJ to pass a major health reform bill and start up a website to spearhead that change and the Republican were there to limit the spending of that website and ensure the failure of the launch. Job well done, Republicans, 

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Nghi Bui's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:30 PM

Kind of a biased article. Catalogued how Obama managed to screw up his second term by promising to have more actions and less talk (as they've always done) but he ended up swallowing his words. Wasting huge national sums on....gun control (because a crazy dude killed 20 elementary kids)...really how hard is gun control that you have to spend so much on it. In his second reelection, he stated that he wanted to focus more on immigration laws. Wait, I haven't heard anything significant about such matters. Ah well, I guess he's trying to save the economy. No, not happening either, because he came up with a very smart plan, the National Healthcare (no really, its a very merciful plan but it needs MORE planning yeah?) and that basically screw up another large chunk of dough. Oh boy, I guess he still has his Congress to help him out. NOPE they're full of Republican babies. Then Obama wanted to help out with Syria, asking Putin to withdraw their rejection but Snowden is stuck in Russia, revealing unwanted, embarassing government documents. Obama is at a standstill.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 7:57 PM

This article talks about Obama's struggles as president throughout both terms, and his struggle with dealing with the republicans. At the moment, our presidents approval ratings are at their lowest because it seems as though Obama's getting nothing done in office. 

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 8:09 PM
I think that Obama was not expecting all these setbacks. He set high goals for himself and he was determined to carry them out. Things have not gone as planned for Obama and his polls have gone down. In the video the guy said "the obamacare website is one month old and still like all one month old it is still shitting its pants" so that speaks for itself and how obama is doing.
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BY 10/24 -- Ted Cruz returns to Texas as a hero who is reshaping the state Republican Party

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Although a newcomer, he is rapidly becoming the model for GOP politicians throughout the state.
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Being a new participant in the Senate, Ted Cruz has pretty big shoes to fill. While he may represent a cosnervative state, the rest of the US is slowly becoming more liberal. House Republicans favor Cruz while the Senate despises him. I despise him too. I think he is a lying, piece of trash that doesn't deserve to speak his mind because his mind doesn't exist. As for viewing him as a hero, he is nowhere close to being a hero. I guess being Republican and being a dimwit at the same time makes a hero. And by that definition, Ted Cruz is a hero. While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, they're not entitled to their own facts and the fact is that Ted Cruz amounts to nothing because what he brings to the table is an empty platter, much like what ever comes out that disgusting man's mouth.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, November 11, 2013 6:14 AM

In this article, it describes how Ted Cruz is either one or the other, really liked or disliked, in the country. But right now he is very liked by Texas returning as a hero although disliked in the Senate. I like how Cruz is receiving credit in Texas because I like how he stands up for his beliefs and takes risks. I think its fascinating how they predict Texas will become purple but I dont necessarily believe that a continuously red state for multiple years will all of a sudden go purple.

 

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:06 PM

Ted Cruz's impact on Texans and the Republican party.Cruz has inspired GOP candidates to rally for secession, rolling back immigration laws, impeaching President Obama, and amending the Constitutional direct election of Senators. People are following him and changing their views on certain things. This article also addresses the fact that Texas is becoming a more diverse state, with a fainter red part but not entirely blue part, making it a "purple state." 

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 18, 2014 5:23 PM

The article establishes Ted Cruz as a controversial senator from Texas that has quickly gained the attention of most Americans, and explains the possible political changes in Texas due to Ted Cruz. It's interesting to see that he could possibly create a major political change in Texas, where the state goes from a firmly conservative and Republican state to more of a purple state. Cruz also could possibly spark a big change in the ideology of the Republican Party.

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BY 10/20 -- What Obama and the tea party have in common

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They both disdain governing the way Madison intended.

Via Teresa Herrin
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Both are similar in that they are really hard to compromise with. The framers of the government have aimed for the structure of the govt. to balnce out the power. I don't see any similarities between the two other than their characteristics when it comes to compromise.

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Tianna Kelly's curator insight, October 24, 2013 6:28 PM

According to this piece, both President Barack Obama and Republican Tea Party conservatives, though they may be on extremely opposite ends of the political spectrum, do have one thing in common: both parties oppose Madisonian government. Thus, this piece is critical of both. Hardlining Tea Party conservatives oppose government intervention in the lives of American citizens, particularly in respect to taxation of the rich. On theother hand, Barack Obama favors executive power and government regulation.

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:26 PM

I strongly agree  that politicians these days are so blinded by their parties' goals that they are unable to make necessary compromises that are better for the country. I like the way that the writer compares the Tea Party with Obama. He also says that because of this unwillingness to compromise, Obama has too much power.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 18, 2014 5:02 PM

The article says that both Obama and the Tea Party don't want to go through the process of compromising that Madison had planned out. They're both impatient and arent willing to work together. I think an issue like this should be compromised, They need to come up with a solution together and figure out what to do. Obama does want the legislative branch to touch Obamacare. In my opinion, thats not very democratic or fair. The legislative branch represents the US citizens. we elect representatives in the legislative branch so we can have a voice. With Obama saying he doesn''t want congess to touch it seems like he doesn't really care about our opinion.

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BY 10/20 -- It’s Not Just Political Districts. Our News Is Gerrymandered, Too.

The government shutdown reflects a political system that reinforces extremism. The news media system isn’t much different lately.
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The article states how the media is bias much like a gerrymandered district. The media outlets portray different idoelogies and thus, they provide totally different point of views. Having these different media outlets gives  people different sides of different stories and to an extent, it is good to have different sides because it makes people more aware of who is spilling the facts or spreading just pure bullshit, much like Fox News delivers their broadcast every night.

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Sachi Kamble's curator insight, October 23, 2013 11:18 PM

The article explains that the public cannot widen their political horizons, because they are not being challenged. The media, the thing that most voters have the most contact with, influences people's mindset the most; however, people tend to surround themselves with sources of media that agree with their own views. In my opinion, it's a lot harder to confront your own views, than Carr puts it. You can't just expect me to not get angry hearing something that I disagree with politically, and it's an uncomfortable feeling to have your views challenged. It's easy for me to be challenged in this class, because we read so many different view-points, and we can hear what our classmates have to think, but when I am out of here, who will challenge me then? Will I push myself to be challenged or not? I doubt I will, and that's what the general public thinks as well. It would be great for their to be a truly unpartisan, popular source of media. Not just unpartisan, but one that hosts debates from both sides, so that viewers can at least be exposed to the arguments of the other side. 

 

Tianna Kelly's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:54 PM

Gerrymandering is the inherently unfair and immoral practice of politicians of reshaping political district so as to give a particular political party the upper hand. According to this article, news media is engaged in the same unfair practices. News is altered and changed to fir the interests of a certain political leaning. Media outlets choose what images and stories to share with the public so as to shape public opinion to fit its own cause. This is an age-old practice, with most people believing that media outlets are generally liberally slanted. 

Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 6:27 PM

I think that this article is very accurate. People may think they are branching out or exploring new horizons when they search the web and read the news. Search engines actually change and might guide us to only articles of certain viewpoints.  In essence, people don't receive the wide scope of information they think they are receiving because the information we intake is often filtered to fit our needs. 

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BY 10/31 -- NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say

BY 10/31 -- NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
Agency positioned itself to collect from among millions of accounts, many belonging to Americans.
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The articles explains how Yahoo and Google have been infiltrated. A spokesperson for Google questions when would the NSA people be searching through their sites and info. Also, Yahoo and Google are considering encryption for further protection from hacks. The NSA has their bounds and they know when it has gone too far. If this it what it takes to protect national securites, then let it happen.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 2:49 PM

This discusses how public networks like Yahoo and Google are being tapped into by the NSA in order to provide security for Americans through access to lots of personal info. These networks have stated they do not want their databases to be tapped into by the NSA, but that is meerely just a claim. Although, both yahoo and google have started to make a move by encrypting their data in order to prevent any hacking. I think that this is going too far. What happened to privacy? Isn't that OUR right. The NSA is using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to justify their recent moves and decisions.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 5:02 PM

This article talks about the new program made by the NSA called MUSCULAR, which allows them to exploit data centers and flows from companies like Google and Yahoo. This article tells us about the negative feelings towards the federal government as overreaching its powers, the NSA says they only collect information on valid foreign targets, but who really knows.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 3, 2014 7:55 PM
I think that it is good for us to know what the government is doing but also it makes the USA look weak if one of our own is going and publishing private information that is vital to the security of the US. I think that on the otherhand i do not really want to know all of the spying that the government is doing i would rather not know if the gvt feels the need to infiltrate yahoo and goodle for information that they think could potentially harm the US then go ahead and do it but i think that again citizens have the rights to privacy and Snowden did a very couragous thing by standing up for the rights of the US citizens.
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BY 11/3 -- Is email ever private? Take a tour of the path traveled by your email

BY 11/3 -- Is email ever private? Take a tour of the path traveled by your email | Everybody was kung-fu fighting Those cats were fast as lightning In fact it was a little bit frightening. But they fought with expert timing. They were funky China men from funky Chinatown. They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down. GOPO | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: Critical questions are being raised about data safety in light of hacking reports and news about NSA data collection. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk explains what happens after you hit ‘send’ on an email message.
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The video states how our digital data is protected by the digital giants  of today, protecting all of our data through encryption and fiber lines. While we as people know that data is in a particular place, we can't always rely on a digital cloud to save all our stuff. We're better off manually saving all of our valuable words and documents.

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Melissa Aleman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 3:07 PM

This video enlightens us in depth of the workings of email and how it is possible for others to view and who could possibly be watching where it goes. Suprisingly the data doesnt stay in the states but actually travels over seas. This video just re stated all that we know and gave more detail about the whole situation.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 25, 2014 6:43 PM

This video shows us that it true when they say anything you put on the internet will be there forever, and many of us blow that off. I feel that we all need to be a little more mindful of what we say and do online, and we should keep a lot more private.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:53 PM

Lately there has been a lot of controversy over the government reading peoples phone txts emails social media phone calls ect. I think that the people have the right to privacy as stated in the constitution. 

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BY 11/3 -- Tale Of The Tape: Comparing The Budget Committee Heads

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Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray are likely to at least set a friendly tone during budget talks.
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This NPR newspiece mulls over the future discussions of the budget plan between Patty Murray and Paul Ryan. The dicussion is expected not expected to be interesting as both have same and different manners when it comes to examine over a budget plan. With both styles coming together to talk about the budget, it will bring curiousity towards how these two, the major players in the Budget Committee, plan to attack the budget and improve and prevent any problems coming forth.

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Paulina Ho's curator insight, December 19, 2013 8:25 PM

This article compares the leaders of the House and Senate Buget Committees. It is very good to know that two people who disagree about policy issues can still get along; which is very difficult to find nowadays. In Congress nowadays, this seems to be very rare. However, this does not mean it will be easy to compromise about the budget since the two parties they represent might not be willing. Many members of Congress should look at their example and learn from it.

Adriana Cruz's curator insight, January 28, 2014 3:36 PM

This article talks about Paul Ryan and Patty Murray's  different approaches of handling the budget issue. They both each have their own style which approaching the decisions, and different plans as to how to solve the issue.

Alex fowler's curator insight, February 2, 2014 11:42 PM

Both Paul Ryan and Patty Murray are extremely different I think it should be interesting to see how they will work together it says they both come from similar backgrounds. When Paul was 16 his father passed away and when Murray was in her teens her dad developed an illness and her mom found a job and they lived off of welfare so they are both raised with common backgrounds but their ideologies now are extremely different so it should be interesting to see how they work together.