Cuban Embassy Opens Today in Washington D.C.

Cuban Embassy Opens Today in Washington D.C.

U.S.-Cuba relations were officially restored with the re-opening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. President Dwight Eisenhower severed diplomatic relations with Cuba on January 3, 1961. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez delivered remarks. Additional media coverage on the topic: Politico: Kerry Hails a ‘New Beginning’ with Cuba      

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Republicans Oppose the Iran Deal – But Can They Override a Veto?

Republicans Oppose the Iran Deal – But Can They Override a Veto?

John Feehery: There are 247 Republicans in the House. They need 290 members to override a veto, which means they would need 43 Democrats to abandon Mr. Obama. It’s hard to see where they get that many votes. It’s easy for Republicans to oppose this nuclear deal with Iran. They don’t trust President Barack Obama, […]

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President Obama: The Historic Deal that Will Prevent Iran from Acquiring a Nuclear Weapon

President Obama: The Historic Deal that Will Prevent Iran from Acquiring a Nuclear Weapon

    How the U.S. and the international community will block all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon TUESDAY – July 14. President Obama announced this morning that a deal had been reached with Iran to prevent them from building a nuclear weapon. He stated, “After many months of principled diplomacy, the P5+1 — […]

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Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Delivers GOP Address on the Every Child Achieves Act

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Delivers GOP Address on the Every Child Achieves Act

In the Weekly Republican Address, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee makes the case for passage of a major education reform bill now under consideration in the United States Senate. Designed to fix problems with the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, the bipartisan legislation would continue measurements of academic progress of students but restore to […]

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President’s Weekly Address: Making Our Communities Stronger Through Fair Housing

President’s Weekly Address: Making Our Communities Stronger Through Fair Housing

Published on Jul 11, 2015 The President discusses a new rule announced by his Administration to make it easier for communities to implement the Fair Housing Act.  

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OPM Director Katherine Archuleta Resigns Amid Furor Over Data Breaches – NBC News

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta Resigns Amid Furor Over Data Breaches – NBC News

Katherine Archuleta announced on Friday that she will step down from her position as director of the Office of Personnel Management. Source: OPM Director Katherine Archuleta Resigns Amid Furor Over Data Breaches – NBC News

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Hillary Clinton’s push on gun control marks a shift in presidential politics – The Washington Post

Hillary Clinton’s push on gun control marks a shift in presidential politics – The Washington Post

Democrats have often been timid on the issue, but she is inviting debate and vowing to take on the NRA. Source: Hillary Clinton’s push on gun control marks a shift in presidential politics – The Washington Post

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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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House Majority Leader McCarthy: New American Congress is Investing in Small Business

House Majority Leader McCarthy: New American Congress is Investing in Small Business

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House Democrats Call on House Republicans to Pass a Clean DHS Funding Bill

House Democrats Call on House Republicans to Pass a Clean DHS Funding Bill

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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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Speaker Boehner to Join Bipartisan Leaders for Job Training Signing

Speaker Boehner to Join Bipartisan Leaders for Job Training Signing

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President Obama Visits Japan, Holds Press Conference with Prime Minister Abe

President Obama Visits Japan, Holds Press Conference with Prime Minister Abe

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President Obama Details Ramifications of Crimea at European Summit

President Obama Details Ramifications of Crimea at European Summit

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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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