Supreme Court’s twin icons approach day of reckoning

Supreme Court’s twin icons approach day of reckoning

                The two responded matter-of-factly to the retirement question during a 90-minute Smithsonian Associates forum at George Washington University last week. “I’ll get out as soon as I’m not doing the job that I’m supposed to do,” Scalia said. Ginsburg has said the same, but she acknowledged that […]

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NBC’s Brian Williams Situation Plays Out in Context of Already Low Trust in Mass Media

NBC’s Brian Williams Situation Plays Out in Context of Already Low Trust in Mass Media

        From Gallup: NBC News Managing Editor and Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been suspended without pay for six months as a result of his superiors’ determination that he “misrepresented events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War,” and also about concerns that occurred while he was “talking about his […]

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Gallup: Middle States Lead the Nation in Job Creation

Gallup: Middle States Lead the Nation in Job Creation

            States in the middle of the U.S. possess Gallup’s highest Job Creation Index scores, says Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport, in a review of Gallup’s State of the States report.  

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West Wing Week: 02/13/15 or, “Just Say the Word”

West Wing Week: 02/13/15 or, “Just Say the Word”

  Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the President spent time with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Hoosiers, BuzzFeeders, veterans, and public health warriors — while the Vice President traveled to Belgium and Germany. That’s February 6th to February 12th or, “Just […]

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Speaker Boehner Signs Bipartisan Keystone Jobs Bill … what will the President do now?

Speaker Boehner Signs Bipartisan Keystone Jobs Bill … what will the President do now?

Joined by House and Senate leaders today, Speaker Boehner signed S. 1, bipartisan legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline. So … what do YOU think the President will do with this bill, as it heads down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Oval Office? Will he sign it, veto it, or pocket veto it? He has said […]

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President Obama Authorizes Use of Military Force against ISIS (C-SPAN)

President Obama Authorizes Use of Military Force against ISIS (C-SPAN)

President Obama statement on Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS.

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Why every AP Gov student should check out Maryland Youth & Government’s trip to Annapolis!

Why every AP Gov student should check out Maryland Youth & Government’s trip to Annapolis!

MD Youth & Government 2014 Closing Video All About Maryland Youth and Government … 2014 Maryland Youth and Government Newscast 2012 Maryland Youth and Government  

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President Obama Hosts Chancellor Merkel at the White House

President Obama Hosts Chancellor Merkel at the White House

In a joint press conference from the East Room of the White House, President Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany deliver remarks, February 9, 2015.

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President’s Weekly Address: Everyone Who Works Hard Should Get Ahead

President’s Weekly Address: Everyone Who Works Hard Should Get Ahead

FEBRUARY 7, 2015 – President Obama highlights the progress our economy has made, with more than 3.1 million jobs created in 2014 – the best year for job growth since the late 1990s. America has come a long way, and with the right policies focused on middle-class economics, we can continue to grow our economy […]

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2/7/15 – Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) Delivers Weekly GOP Address On The President’s Budget

2/7/15 – Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) Delivers Weekly GOP Address On The President’s Budget

In the Weekly Republican Address, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio says President Obama failed to make the tough choices in his federal budget blueprint for fiscal year 2016, proposing $1 trillion in higher spending and $8.5 trillion in new debt. “Instead of proposing polices that could help grow the economy, President Obama’s budget grows […]

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Pew Research: Public Trust in Government: 1958-2014

Pew Research: Public Trust in Government: 1958-2014

Public trust in the government remains near historic lows, although somewhat higher than during the October 2013 government shutdown. In a survey conducted in February 2014, 24% said they trust the government in Washington always or most of the time. Explore public attitudes towards the federal government over time and compare the data with other key […]

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The Detroit News: Hamilton: Can we have a regular Congress?

The Detroit News: Hamilton: Can we have a regular Congress?

DETROIT FREE-PRESS BY LEE HAMILTON FEBRUARY 7, 2015 You probably didn’t notice, but the Senate passed a milestone a couple of weeks back. Before 2015 was a month old, senators had already had a chance to vote up-or-down on more amendments than they did in all of 2014. This is a promising sign that new […]

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Redistricting and the Supreme Court: Be careful what you wish for

Redistricting and the Supreme Court: Be careful what you wish for

BY TONY QUINN SPECIAL TO THE SACRAMENTO BEE 02/07/2015 4:00 PM A U.S. Supreme Court case could easily upend congressional politics in California; it also could help Nancy Pelosi and Democrats win back the House. In 2010, Californians voted to give the Citizens Redistricting Commission the power to draw congressional district lines in the 2011 […]

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How can I differentiate between the four types of bureaucratic agencies within the executive branch?

How can I differentiate between the four types of bureaucratic agencies within the executive branch?

Many students find it challenging to differentiate between the four types of bureaucratic agencies: (1) Cabinet Departments, (2) Independent Executive Agencies, (3) Independent Regulatory Commissions, and (4) Government Corporations. 1 – Cabinet Departments The first category of agencies is the cabinet departments. Because of the “Department” in the name, we know that if the agency […]

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BusinessWeek: Analysis of the Republican Establishment

BusinessWeek: Analysis of the Republican Establishment

READ THE FULL STORY AT BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK … The common theme binding all of Tuesday’s big elections—in New Jersey, Virginia, and Alabama—is the reemergence of the beaten-down, beleaguered, almost-left-for-dead Republican establishment. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s landslide reelection was the big headline event. As expected, Christie won by a wide margin, producing the jarring image on CNN of blue-state New […]

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WaPo: 6 Takeaways from Election Night 2013

WaPo: 6 Takeaways from Election Night 2013

READ THE FULL STORY AT THE WASHINGTON POST … but here’s an excerpt … We’ll have a big winners and losers post tomorrow on The Fix but wanted to offer a handful of thoughts on what we’ve seen tonight and what it might mean. * Virginia isn’t for social conservatives. Ken Cuccinelli beat McAuliffe among voters who […]

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President Obama Addresses Challenges of New Affordable Care Act Website

President Obama Addresses Challenges of New Affordable Care Act Website

President Obama says that the health insurance that’s available to people through HealthCare.gov is high quality and affordable, and his Administration is working around the clock to address problems that make the site slow and difficult to use. October 21, 2013.

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The end of John Boehner’s speakership? Don’t count on it.

The end of John Boehner’s speakership? Don’t count on it.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) lost on Wednesday. Big time. But contrary to doomsday predictions, it doesn’t mean his days as speaker are numbered. For weeks, Boehner held firm, standing with the cast-iron conservative members who demanded he use the budget debate to try to shred President Obama’s health-care law. Up until the day before final passage […]

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President Obama’s Oct. 17 Remarks on the Budget Deal

President Obama’s Oct. 17 Remarks on the Budget Deal

Published: October 17, 2013 President Obama delivered the following remarks on the end of the government shutdown and the lifting of the federal debt limit on Oct. 17 at the White House. Read the full transcript at THE WASHINGTON POST. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. Please have a seat. Last night I signed legislation to reopen our […]

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Obama signs bill ending shutdown, raising debt limit

FROM THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE Obama signs bill ending shutdown, raising debt limit The vote in the House followed an overwhelming vote in the Senate on the agreement. Read more at THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.

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Shutdown to End, Congress approves short-term budget and debt ceiling deal

Shutdown to End, Congress approves short-term budget and debt ceiling deal

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: After shutting down the U.S. government for 16 days and driving the nation toward the brink of default, a chastened Congress voted late Wednesday to reopen federal agencies, call hundreds of thousands of civil servants back to work and raise the $16.7 trillion debt limit. Read more from THE WASHINGTON POST. More […]

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President Obama Presents the Medal of Honor, October 15, 2013

President Obama Presents the Medal of Honor, October 15, 2013

The President awarded William Swenson, a former active duty Army Captain, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, for his courageous actions while serving as an Embedded Trainer and Mentor of the Afghan National Security Forces with Afghan Border Police Mentor Team, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during […]

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It’s Not Just Political Districts. Our News Is Gerrymandered, Too

Read the full story at: THE NEW YORK TIMES. BY DAVID CARR — I read an interview this last week with someone who gets his news from a narrow band of information providers. He reads The Wall Street Journal, a really good newspaper that tilts right on its editorial page and sometimes in its news coverage. He […]

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What is the cartoonist trying to say here?

What is the cartoonist trying to say here?

What is the cartoonist trying to say via this cartoon? Cartoon credits: http://editorialcartoonists.com/cartoons/BenneC/2013/BenneC20131012_low.jpg               For educational purposes only.  

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Michigan is back with affirmative action fight

Michigan is back with affirmative action fight

From the Washington Post … How can a state constitutional amendment banning the use of race violate the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition on racial discrimination?               Read the full story here …   Additional background/updates: US Supreme Court to tackle affirmative action again (The State). Read more here:

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Welcome to another great year of AP Government class!

Welcome to another great year of AP Government class!

Welcome to Mr. Rodman’s AP Government class blog! Throughout the year, we will be posting and analyzing current events in the news that are impacting our lives. See how government impacts so much of what we do, when, where, how and why. Share your stories and have them posted here as well. I welcome your […]

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“Congress Votes” Database Is Now Live!

“Congress Votes” Database Is Now Live!

View past votes by your House Member of Congress or U.S. Senator, how your member of Congress voted, and the general composition of the 112th U.S. Congress from the Congress Votes website and database.

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From the President’s Weekly Address: On Thanksgiving, Grateful for the Men and Women Who Defend Our Country

From the President’s Weekly Address: On Thanksgiving, Grateful for the Men and Women Who Defend Our Country

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: President Obama wishes the American people a happy Thanksgiving — and gives a special thanks to the brave men and women serving overseas and those giving back to their communities during the holidays.  

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WaPo: U.S. sees Burma reforms as strategic opening to support democracy

WaPo: U.S. sees Burma reforms as strategic opening to support democracy

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: Burma seemed poised for a historic shift Friday as dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi ended her long boycott of the country’s authoritarian political system and President Obama announced plans to send the U.S. secretary of state there for the first time in half a century. READ THE FULL STORY AT THE […]

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Politico: Obama calls Americans “Lazy” … but did the words get twisted?

Politico: Obama calls Americans “Lazy” … but did the words get twisted?

FROM POLITICO.COM: He [President Obama] drew some attacks from his GOP presidential rivals for making a comment in Hawaii that U.S. policymakers have been “lazy” in recent decades in trying to attract foreign investors to America. Republicans, however, took the remark out of context and accused Obama of saying Americans were lazy. Obama seemed to go out of […]

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Politico: Barack Obama in weekly address touts ‘Made in America’ credo

Politico: Barack Obama in weekly address touts ‘Made in America’ credo

FROM POLITICO.COM: President Barack Obama on Saturday touted his trip through the Asia Pacific region as a nine-day jobs mission that made strides in opening foreign markets to American companies. He delivered the weekly radio and Internet address from Indonesia, where he joined business leaders this week in announcing trade deals that he said will support nearly 130,000 […]

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WaPo: Gingrich welcomes scrutiny as front-runner

WaPo: Gingrich welcomes scrutiny as front-runner

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: A confident and at times defiant Newt Gingrich defended himself Friday against growing questions about his lucrative consulting career, and he acknowledged that how he handles the vetting process will determine whether he can be “a legitimate front-runner” for the Republican presidential nomination. READ THE FULL STORY AT THE WASHINGTON POST. “Somebody […]

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From WaPo: ‘Super- committee’ at impasse as deadline approaches

From WaPo: ‘Super- committee’ at impasse as deadline approaches

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: Congressional negotiators made a yet another push Friday to carve $1.2 trillion in savings from the federal debt, but remained stuck in their entrenched positions on tax policy even as the clock was running down on their efforts to reach a deal. READ THE FULL STORY AT THE WASHINGTON POST. A series […]

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WaPo: A year from 2012 election, U.S. electorate is frustrated

WaPo: A year from 2012 election, U.S. electorate is frustrated

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: One year out from the 2012 election, President Obama faces the most difficult reelection environment of any White House incumbent in two decades, with economic woes at the center of the public’s concerns, an electorate that is deeply pessimistic and sharply polarized, and growing questions about the president’s capacity to lead. READ THE FULL […]

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Policy agenda shift? Conservatives join liberals in opposing Obama’s payroll tax cut extension

Policy agenda shift? Conservatives join liberals in opposing Obama’s payroll tax cut extension

FROM THE HILL: President Obama’s push to extend a payroll tax cut has united a rare combination of conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats in opposition. Read the full story here. When Obama first pushed to include the proposal in a tax package in December, House liberals said the tax holiday would threaten the Social Security trust […]

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