Current Events January 20th

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Current Events January 20th

  1. 1. Current Events Ashley Glesinger Government January 20, 2014
  2. 2. The Constitution and Federalism • States are trying to pass legislation that would criminalize State officials who assist in the federal government’s electronic surveillance campaign. • If passed, the Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution would over ride any state legislation.
  3. 3. Political Parties and Interest Groups • Nola.com breaks down what interest groups are funding Louisiana Senate frontrunners Mary Landrieu and Bill Cassidy – Found that MD, Bill Cassidy’s donations coincide with his profession. (Health Profession Interest groups are highest donor)
  4. 4. Elections and Campaigns • Openly gay Republican from New Hampshire Dan Innis has decided to run for U.S. House of Representatives. – Innis is one of three openly gay Republicans active in politics. Dan Innis (Right) with husband. • Could help Republicans bridge the gap when making legislation that affects the LBGT community.
  5. 5. Institutions of Government: The Judiciary Branch • Supreme Court to hear arguments on the following: – Caregivers of elderly who receive medicare or medicaid may be forced to join a union. – Illinois legislation claims the caregivers, even if they are family members, are government employees because the patients receive taxpayer money from Medicare and Medicaid – Caregivers argue they do not receive any benefits of government employees, therefore they cannot be forced to unionize
  6. 6. Civil Liberties and Rights • Court decision that Bloggers have the same first amendment rights as journalists • Crystal Cox, a blogger for a financial company, made several defamatory remarks about clients • Court ruled in her favor because remarks were of public concern Crystal Cox, blogger and avid selfie taker?
  7. 7. Foreign Policy: Winter Olympics • The United States government fears Russia does not have adequate security for the upcoming winter Olympics. • The U.S. voiced their concerns, but Russia is not cooperating • Chechen Rebels have stated they are going to target the games.
  8. 8. Nebraska Government • Governor Dave Heineman held a press conference – Prison reform and taxes among the subjects discussed – Not many people happy with how he’s handling the situations
  9. 9. International News: Cuba and European Union • EU willing to negotiate with Cuba to reach an association agreement. • Could lead to trade liberalization. • European Union insists on Havana respecting Human Rights • Cuba has become less strict by allowing Cubans to run businesses and opening Internet Access.
  10. 10. Local News:Sigma Nu Closed • The Sigma Nu fraternity at UNL was closed down by national Sigma Nu Group after firefighters discover the current state of house inhabitable – Numerous empty alcohol containers, trash, tampere d fire alarm among the offences. – Investigating possible criminal activity
  11. 11. News of The Bizarre: Prison Kittens • 4 Kittens sneak into a Maximum Security Prison in Fort Ann, New York • Inmates and Prison Electrician are currently caring for kittens until they find homes.
  12. 12. Bibliography "4 kittens pull 'break-in' at upstate NY prison." Colorado Springs Gazette. 18 Jan. 2014. 20 Jan. 2014 <http://gazette.com/4-kittenspull-break-in-at-upstate-ny-prison/article/1512900>. Alpert, Bruce. "Greater New Orleans." The Times-Picayune. 12 Jan. 2014. 20 Jan. 2014 <http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/on_the_hill_what_interest_grou.html>. Associated Press. "Court: Bloggers have First Amendment protections." USA Today. 20 Jan. 2014. Gannett. 20 Jan. 2014 <http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/01/20/defamation-bloggers-supreme-court/4658295/>. Associated Press. "Spain says EU considering closer ties with Cuba." JournalStar.com. 20 Jan. 2014. 20 Jan. 2014 <http://journalstar.com/news/world/europe/spain-says-eu-considering-closer-ties-with-cuba/article_cc3f1c12-a229-55c8b08d-fe818f3f00f1.html>. Dunker, Chris. "National Sigma Nu group suspends UNL chapter." JournalStar.com. 20 Jan. 2014. 20 Jan. 2014 <http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/national-sigma-nu-group-suspends-unl-chapter/article_2f302cd7-55c4-504ba3c1-22f3cc999a13.html>. Kaplan, Rebecca. "U.S. officials: Russia not cooperating on Sochi Olympic security." CBSNews. 19 Jan. 2014. CBS Interactive. 20 Jan. 2014 <http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-officials-russia-not-cooperating-on-sochi-olympic-security/>. McMorris, Bill. "Supreme Court to hear case on forced unionization." Fox News. 20 Jan. 2014. FOX News Network. 20 Jan. 2014 <http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/20/supreme-court-to-hear-case-on-forced-unionization/>. Press, STEVE PEOPLES Associated. "Gay Republicans Face Long Odds in House Campaigns." ABC News. 19 Jan. 2014. ABC News Network. 20 Jan. 2014 <http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/gay-republicans-make-election-history21588754?singlePage=true>. "US Constitution could keep state officials from going to jail for helping NSA." BizPac Review. 20 Jan. 2014. 20 Jan. 2014 <http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/01/20/us-constitution-could-keep-state-officials-from-going-to-jail-for-helping-nsa95451>. Walton, Don. "We've got some drama ahead." JournalStar.com. 19 Jan. 2014. 20 Jan. 2014 <http://journalstar.com/news/state-andregional/statehouse/don-walton-we-ve-got-some-drama-ahead/article_5bc5e52c-959e-5944-ab5d-bef436c6760e.html>.

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