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Homelessness and the President's Budget: the Good news and the Bad

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Homelessness and the President's Budget: the Good news and the Bad - The Huffington Post
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President's budget definitely increased on education for chyildren and homelessness. But more can be done.

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

'Best-Looking' GDP Drop You'll Ever See | Valentina Chen - LEGO | 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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Even though the GDP dropped by 0.1%, economists say that the GDP report contains some good news. Consumer spending increased, along with savings and residential construction. The GDP drop was due to the cuts in government spending and business inventories. Right now, it seems the growth rate is accelerating.

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Losses Are Actually Gains, And Other Weird Facts From The Jobs Report : NPR

Losses Are Actually Gains, And Other Weird Facts From The Jobs Report : NPR | Valentina Chen - LEGO | Scoop.it
Nobody knows exactly how many jobs the economy added (or lost) last month. Here's how to make an educated guess.
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That's so weird! But it makes sense that to see the actual trend of the economy and job market, you got to look at several months in a row rather than looking at just one month and its numbers. But it's also somewhat confusing all into one.

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Money, Power, Ruses, and the Right to Vote

Money, Power, Ruses, and the Right to Vote | Valentina Chen - LEGO | Scoop.it

Similarly to before the Voting RIghts Act, many Americans nowadays are prohibited from voting based on restrictive laws discriminating against certain groups of people. The Citizen United case and Crawford v. Marion County both show the unfair rulings of discrmination, stating that evidence doesn't matter when it comes to voter fraud. With the new restrictive laws in place and the election approaching quickly, Americans once again need to rise to the occasion of challenging the limiting procedures set in place restricting many American citizens from voting. 

 

 

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Sept. 2: Split Verdict in Polls on Romney Convention Bounce

Sept. 2: Split Verdict in Polls on Romney Convention Bounce | Valentina Chen - LEGO | Scoop.it
Polls have delivered a muddled picture of what sort of bounce Mitt Romney received from the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla.
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Preconvention Polls Highlight Tightness of the Race

Preconvention Polls Highlight Tightness of the Race | Valentina Chen - LEGO | Scoop.it
Several new surveys reinforce the summerlong trend of a very close presidential contest.
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Exploring the 2014 Federal Budget - The Washington Post

Exploring the 2014 Federal Budget - The Washington Post | Valentina Chen - LEGO | Scoop.it
Explore President Obama's proposed spending for fiscal year 2014 and see how it compares with plans already approved by House Republicans and Senate Democrats.
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Definitely a great indication of comparing different parts of the budget easily and quickly. Social security definitely remains #1 for spending of the budget. Shows difference between mandatory and discretionary.

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Economy Drives Market Rally

Economy Drives Market Rally | Valentina Chen - LEGO | Scoop.it
Employers added 157,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said, signaling slow economic growth to start the year. The unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.9%.
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This article talks about the increases in the stock market with big name companies, which seems to show improving signs for the economy. But the unemployment rate has increased 0.1% in January. Also the economy faces more challenges that could slow or halt the progress made, such as cuts to wages and government spending.

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The Creepiness Factor: How Obama and Romney Are Getting to Know You - Terrence McCoy - The Atlantic

The Creepiness Factor: How Obama and Romney Are Getting to Know You - Terrence McCoy - The Atlantic | Valentina Chen - LEGO | Scoop.it

Political analyzers and pollsters now have access to more information than what voters answer on poll questions. Campaigns now gather information from consumers - from most-visited websites to which soda they drink. With that information comes more personalized ads and marketing. However, over 3/4 of Americans feel the surplus of private information invades their privacy and becomes even a little scary. Compared to the past, campaign managers and analysts now have access to voter data without consent. 

 

This article makes me a little apprehensive of voting in the future. Knowing that they have information about me that I didn't willingly give out makes me feel a bit uncomfortable and makes me feel like I'm just another statistic in their campaign, rather than an actual American that they care about. But the article is spot on about wanting individuality but also wanting privacy, and campaigns should find a way to advertise with just the right balance of both.

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The Electoral Map - Presidential Race Ratings and Swing States - Election 2012 - NYTimes.com

The Electoral Map - Presidential Race Ratings and Swing States - Election 2012 - NYTimes.com | Valentina Chen - LEGO | Scoop.it
A look at the battleground states in the 2012 presidential race.

Currently, Obama seems to be ahead with the number of electoral votes, as he only needs 33 to win.

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Sept. 1: Romney's Convention Bounce Appears Middling So Far

Sept. 1: Romney's Convention Bounce Appears Middling So Far | Valentina Chen - LEGO | Scoop.it
The polling data so far suggests that the Republican convention may produce only a modest bounce in the polls for Mitt Romney.

 

The numbers suggest that with only a slight bump in Romney's percentage point, Obama must present a developed case during the Democatic convention in order to capitalize on the poll race. 

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