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Each student will be required to post 2 current events per week. In these postings, the student will write article synopses and overviews from a variety of newspapers and periodicals. At the end of the week the facilitator will review the postings. They are not graded on whether you agree with my opinion or not. Your individual opinions are not the subject of the postings; they are to spur outside reading as well as an awareness of current affairs.

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Hello and Welcome to Brainmass! I have provided to issues based on the current events of our government affairs. The first one deals with the issue of Libya and the President's failure to ask Congress for authorization fro US troop involvement. The second issue is about our national debt and the President's request to Congress to raise the national debt ceiling.

Current Events

First Issue - House Rebukes Obama on Libyan Mission

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives rebuked President Obama for his handling of the war in Libya in a 268 - 145 vote. The move fell short of calling for a complete withdrawal of U.S. troops but delivered a dramatic rebuke telling the President that he had broken the constitutional chain of authority by committing U.S. troops to the international military mission in Libya.

The 76 day old campaign against the Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi was criticized by the House for not seeking congressional authorization and gave the President Obama 14 more days to convince Congress the attacks were justified by U.S, interests.

In another related measure, the House in a 148 - 265 vote, defeated an even more strongly-worded resolution offered by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Ohio Democrat that would have insisted the president begin a withdrawal of troops within 15 days.

Both these resolutions were non-binding and only one of them passed, but taken together, it basically tells the President that three-quarters of the House voted to put the President on notice that he must explain himself or else face future consequences, possibly including having funds for the war cut off. The size of the votes signals overwhelming discontent with Mr. Obama's handling of the constitutional issues surrounding the Libya fight.
On Friday, legislators from both parties said they might try more stringent measures if Obama does not make his case in the ...

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The solution is a current events awareness type of assignment. The solution deals with events occuring in the political arena the last week of May 2011. It chooses two issues that the government is dealing with during that time frame and gathers information from relevant articles in various newspapers and periodicals. This one in particular, looks at "House Rebukes Obama on Libyan Mission" and "House Rejects Debt Ceiling Hikes".

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Salt TV Network LLC. (2011) Comedian Gilbert Godfrey Fired by Aflac Over Tasteless Earthquake Tweets. Retrieved March 15, 2011 from http://www.salttvnet.com/articles/20110314/comedian-gilbert-godfrey-fired-aflac-over-tasteless-earthquake-tweets

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