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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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Making Fast-Food for Little Pay

Do Now: Government and Civics | September 6, 2013 | 153 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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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Resources

PBS LearningMedia | August 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Resources

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and will be commemorated by teachers and students across the United States and around the world. Help your students appreciate the significance of this event – and its role in the larger Civil Rights Movement using PBS LearningMedia’s collection […]

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Should Same-Sex Marriage be a Constitutional Right?

Do Now | June 29, 2013 | 6 Comments

Should Same-Sex Marriage be a Constitutional Right?

The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage this week. It was the latest round in a heartfelt culture war and a historic victory for gay rights. The Court ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, (DOMA) which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.

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Do Now #77: What is the Definition of Terrorism?

Do Now | April 26, 2013 | 266 Comments

Do Now #77: What is the Definition of Terrorism?

Two weeks ago, on April 15, two bombs exploded at the finish line during the Boston Marathon, leaving three people dead and injured at least 250. It was a horrific act that brought the nation together to support the families and Boston community. As the aftermath unfolded, questions were raised whether this was a terrorist attack or not.

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Do Now #75: Immigration Reform – The Path to Citizenship

Do Now | April 19, 2013 | 1,130 Comments

Do Now #75: Immigration Reform – The Path to Citizenship

The Gang of Eight, as the eight bipartisan US Senators have been termed, has managed to reach a compromise on immigration reform after months of negotiating. Their immigration reform bill is a trade off between the four Republicans and four Democrats allowing many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants to seek U.S. citizenship, in exchange for way stricter border security standards.

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Do Now Round Up: North Korea

Do Now Round-Ups | April 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Do Now Round Up: North Korea

Last week’s KQED Do Now investigated North Korea’s threat to attack their neighbors and even the United States. In recent years, North Korea has made several threats to develop and deploy nuclear weapons on countries like South Korea, Japan, and even the United States. These type of threats were never met with major concern as […]

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Do Now #73: An Acidic Ocean For All?

Do Now | April 10, 2013 | 24 Comments

Do Now #73: An Acidic Ocean For All?

Over the past hundred years or so, the ocean has absorbed the carbon dioxide (CO₂) released into the environment from burning fossil fuels. Absorbing these emissions makes our oceans more acidic. This change in the ocean’s pH level is called ocean acidification.

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Do Now #68: Would Stricter Gun Laws Reduce Gun Violence?

Do Now | March 8, 2013 | 773 Comments

Do Now #68: Would Stricter Gun Laws Reduce Gun Violence?

The question that comes up over and over about gun violence is whether we should have stricter gun laws in place. The main issue comes down to two points: maintaining our rights and ensuring our safety.

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