Although marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, in 1996 Californians voted to legalize it for medical use only by doctor’s prescription. In the November ballot Californians will again be asked to vote on Proposition 19, an initiative designed to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Who are the proponents and who are the opponents of Proposition 19? This article reveals how the initiative is doing in the polls as we head toward the general election in November. It also shows who is for and who is against the initiative. (9/26/10 Associated Press in ABC News, Marcus Wohlsen) … Read Article
1. What, according to Richard Lee, is the benefit of legalizing marijuana in the state of California?
2. According to Pleasant Hill Police Chief Pete Dunbar, what is the reason to vote against Proposition 19 in November?
Is it a violation of the separation of church and state for Pastors to endorse a candidate from the pulpit, or is it a violation of a Pastor’s freedom of speech for the IRS to prohibit him from been able to endorse a candidate from the pulpit? You be the judge as you read this article about Pastors across the nation who have vowed to defy the IRS on a day they have dubbed ‘Pulpit Sunday.’ (9/25/10 ABC News, Kevin Dolak) … Read Article
1. What do the Pastors intend to achieve by the defiant act on ‘Pulpit Sunday’? What specific tax law are they opposing?
2. What is the stated mission of Alliance Defense Fund (ADF)? What two First Amendment rights are in conflict in the events portrayed in the article?
A lot has been written and talked about the first live television debate between Kennedy and Nixon. Some say the tv made Kennedy a superstar and Nixon a loser. To what extent does tv impact political debates and election results in America? This article sheds light on the event of 50 years ago and explores the role of tv in American politics (9/25/10 ABC News, Susan Donaldson James) … Read Article
1. What specific events in Nixon’s life contributed to his poor performance in the debate?
2. In what way did Kennedy use television to his advantage in the debate?
In 1994, the Republican Party led by Newt Gingrich present the so called “Contract with America.” The “Contract” offered a specific plan of action for a Republican-led Congress. To what extent did the “Contract” achieve its intended goal? How is the “Pledge” different from the “Contract?” What do the Republicans intend to achieve with the “Pledge?” This article answers these questions and explores the Republicans effort to win back the Congress. (9/23/10 ABC News, Jonathan Karl and Gregory Simmons) … Read Article
1. In what way is the Pledge similar to the Contract? How are they different?
2. According to Minority Leader John Boehner, how do Republicans plan to grow the economy?
Sending a child off to college often takes more than good grades and a big check these days. More than ever, it can mean compromising on school choice or a mountain of debt or both. What compromises are parents and students making in order to attend college? What is the main source of funding for college today? This video sheds light on these questions and gives parents some useful advice on how to fund their children’s college education. (9/24/10 Associated Press)
1. What comprise did Griffen Boyle and his parent make in deciding which school he goes to?
2. What, according to Ivan Naliotsky, has contributed to the financial hardship prospective students face in the last two years?
The state of New Jersey has one of the high per pupil spending on students in the public school system in the country. It is also one of the poor performing public school system. Recently, Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old Internet tycoon, appeared on Oprah to pledge $100 million over the next five years to Newark, New Jersey schools after meeting and clicking with Mayor Cory Booker. What do public schools in New Jersey need to improve students’ performance? This video reveals the opinion of some officials familiar with the Newark school system (9/24/10 Associated Press)
In one of our recent polls we asked MPSL students if they think the Tea Party Movement will help or hurt the Republican Party in the November general election. The result: about 60% said the Tea Party is likely to hurt the Republican Party in the general election; about 23% said it is likely to help; while 17% said they don’t know whether the Tea Party Movement will help or hurt the Republican Party in the November general election.
Some experts believe that the Tea Party Movement is likely to cost the Republicans the chance of winning back control of Congress. What do you think?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau report, 43.6 million Americans now live in poverty as a consequence of the recession. Some experts believe that increase in middle-class unemployment is to blame for the spike in poverty rate. What action should the federal government take to create more jobs in order to reduce the unemployment rate? (9/16/10 ABC News, Devin Dwyer) … Read Article
1. According to the article, what solution did President Obama suggest to reduce the high unemployment rate?
2. In way way did the stimulus package impact the rate of poverty, according to Sheldon Danzinger, director of the National Poverty Center?
Even before the first shovel went into the ground on a project funded by the Obama administration’s $814 billion stimulus plan, the program was under attack from Republicans who have called it a waste of taxpayer money. But now the White House is fighting back by outlining the top 100 projects they consider to be the stimulus success stories. To what extent did the stimulus help the economy? This article explores this question. (9/16/10 ABC News, Jonathan Karl, Matthew Jafe and Gregory Simmons) … Read Article
1. What do the Cancer Genome Atlas Project; the New York’s Statin Island Ferry Terminal project; and the North Carolina Celgard project have in common? How much did they cost tax payers? How well did they help the economy?
2. According to Senators Coburn and McCain, in what way did the stimulus plan hurt the economy?