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How Can We Prevent Veterans From Being Homeless?

Do Now | November 8, 2013 | 43 Comments

How Can We Prevent Veterans From Being Homeless?

Homelessness is not simply a person without a place to sleep at night. As Steve Peck, CEO of U.S. Vets writes in his article in the Huffington Post, “homelessness is the end result of a whole series of events that result in diminished capacity, loss of self-determination, most often loss of employment, loss of family, isolation, poverty, and lack of self-esteem, all leading to inability to pay for housing.”

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How Should We Address Poverty?

Do Now | November 1, 2013 | 178 Comments

How Should We Address Poverty?

Mahatma Gandhi is reported to have said, “The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members.” For weakest members, read poorest citizens. 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — are now counted as living in poverty. According to the US Census Bureau this poverty rate has remained roughly at this same level since 2011.

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Should the U.S. Intervene in Egypt?

Do Now | October 26, 2013 | 345 Comments

Should the U.S. Intervene in Egypt?

When the spotlight shifted from Egypt to Syria earlier this year, it was easy enough for us to assume that, in the absence of daily news coverage, that conditions in Egypt had improved. That, unfortunately, is far from the reality of the situation on the ground: Egypt remains a nation mired in deep-seeded violent conflict.

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Is There a Gender Gap in Education?

Do Now: Government and Civics | October 18, 2013 | 244 Comments

Is There a Gender Gap in Education?

Why is it important for boys and girls to receive equal opportunities in education? What societal problems can be caused by an inequality in educational opportunities? Do you think there is inequality in educational opportunities in America? If so, what do they look like?

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Can School Lunches Contribute to Obesity?

Do Now | October 11, 2013 | 17 Comments

Can School Lunches Contribute to Obesity?

The Office of the Surgeon General states in “The Surgeon General’s Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation” that healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing obesity related diseases. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website states that schools play a particularly critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.

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Who is to Blame for the Government Shutdown?

Do Now | October 4, 2013 | 332 Comments

Who is to Blame for the Government Shutdown?

Under the Constitution, Congress must pass laws to spend money and if Congress is unable to agree on a spending bill, the government does not have the legal authority to spend. Congress can pass a continuing resolution (CR), a temporary measure that authorizes government funding, and a continuing resolution has been funding the government since March 28 until it expired on September 30. But if the President and Congress can’t agree on the spending plan, government shuts down.

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Can the U.S. and Iran Be Friends?

Do Now | September 27, 2013 | 56 Comments

Can the U.S. and Iran Be Friends?

Is “peace within reach” as Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani declared at the United Nations this week? He is seen to be more moderate than the former Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and disposed towards building bridges with the West.

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Is Health Care a Human Right?

Do Now | September 20, 2013 | 118 Comments

Is Health Care a Human Right?

Open enrollment in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace, popularly known as Obamacare, begins October 1, meaning that people will soon be able to sign up for government-subsidized health insurance programs. Since the plan was first introduced, the ACA has been highly controversial, with supporters saying it is a major step towards universal health care, and detractors saying it is a major government overreach.

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Making Fast-Food for Little Pay

Do Now: Government and Civics | September 6, 2013 | 152 Comments

Making Fast-Food for Little Pay

Last week, thousands of fast-food workers in more than 60 cities around the country hit the streets in front of McDonald’s, Subway, Wendy’s, KFC, and a number of other huge fast-food chains to demand higher wages and the ability to join a union.

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Should the U.S. Military Intervene in Syria?

Do Now: Government and Civics | August 30, 2013 | 147 Comments

Should the U.S. Military Intervene in Syria?

The conflict in Syria grew out of the 2011 Arab Spring protests, when Syrians peacefully demonstrated against Mr. Assad, who succeeded his father Hafez al-Assad, as president. This family had held the presidency for 40 years. Protesters demanded democratic reforms and the Syrian government unleashed security forces on demonstrators, killing many protesters and igniting a movement made up of secular rebels who aligned with the Free Syrian Army, and rebel militias, the most powerful of which are radical Islamist groups.

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