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Political Quick Hits: August 16th Edition

August 16, 2013 Front Page, Politics No Comments

Here’s your weekly quick look at few developing stories in the political arena:,

  • Last Friday afternoon, the Obama Administration released two documents which they say describes the scale of the National Security Agency’s data collection programs. The documents said that the “NSA’s systems monitor 1.6% of the world’s Internet traffic and its analysts review .00004% of global traffic.”  The NSA has come under heavy scrutiny since Edward Snowden leaked documents on the NSA’s spying. Since the leak, President Obama has promised greater transparency about the government’s surveillance programs but also said that these programs were key to protecting national security.

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Are you coming to #BarackTalk?

February 7, 2013 Front Page, Politics No Comments

Follow our UStream channel to get an alert when we go live:

#BarackTalk is Back!

We’re livestreaming the largest interactive State of the Union watch party in the country on Tuesday. More than 33,000 young people participated in 2012, and this year’s going to be even bigger. There will be an amazing line-up of speakers – from hip-hop artists to leaders in the movement to respected journalists.

Tune in to #BarackTalk all day on Tuesday.

Now that the election is over, it is time for young people to rise up and drive our elected officials to make a move on the most crucial issues facing our generation.

From climate change to gun violence and immigration reform – we’ve got a lot of work to do, and we need to make sure our voice is heard loud and clear.

A party isn’t a party without your friends – Share this pic on Facebook and let them know the spot to be at for this year’s State of the Union.

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#BarackTalk: League of Young Voters to Host State of the Union Ustream

February 4, 2013 Front Page No Comments

President Obama Addresses the Nation and the Rising American Electorate Talks Back

BROOKLYN, NY, January 31, 2013 – In his second Inaugural Address, President Obama declared a progressive mandate, calling for action on climate change, marriage equality and immigration reform. On Feb. 12, youth leaders head to Washington, D.C. to set the tone for the president’s State of the Union address. #BarackTalk, an interactive State of the Union watch party and online discussion, will broadcast live on Ustream from the heart of the nation’s capital, at the legendary cultural space, Busboys and Poets.

“Millions of Americans will watch online as President Obama delivers his fourth State of the Union Address,” Biko Baker, Executive Director of the League of Young Voters, said. “We’re harnessing cutting-edge streaming technology to let people nationwide talk back in real time.”

With Congress’ public approval ratings at an all-time low, the State of the Union will play an important role in establishing the agenda for the second term of the Obama administration. #BarackTalk is an opportunity for America’s young voters and seasoned activists to come together around their vision for change, critiquing Obama’s address and forming new connections to advance a policy agenda in 2013.

In 2012, more than 33,000 viewers tuned in to#BarackTalk and the event featured Tweets from notable figures such as Goldie Taylor from MSNBC, Snoop Dogg and Rhymefest. The rise of the League of Young Voters’ online programming network, YoungVoterLive.com, was formalized with an official partnership with Ustream.TV, the premiere live broadcasting platform.

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Political Quick Hits: January 25th Edition

January 25, 2013 Front Page, Politics No Comments

Here’s your weekly quick look at few developing stories in the political arena:

  • On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified for more than 5 hours in regards to the September 11th attacks in Benghazi Libya. Clinton took on many of her Republican critics head to head in what was at times a very emotional and heated hearing. Clinton said, “As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility.” Clinton answered her harshest critic, Wisconsin Tea Party Republican Senator Ron Johnson by saying,”With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because guys out for a walk one night decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again.” The hearing had been delayed by Clinton’s recent health issues. She is also stepping down as Secretary of State soon. So what did we learn? CNN has a list of the 5 major things we learned from Clinton’s hearing.
  • There will be no debt ceiling fight for at least another four months as the House of Representatives voted to suspend enforcement of the debt ceiling through May 18. It is also expected to pass in the Senate. Congress, however, still needs to deal with the deep automatic spending cuts that will effect the Pentagon and other federal agencies on March 1. Many believe the cuts will take effect, even if briefly, while both parties try to work out a long-term plan to lower our national debt. (Washington Post)
  • The U.S. Military announced this week that it is ending its policy of excluding women from combat and will open combat jobs and direct combat units to female troops. This won’t happen right away, however, because once the policy is changed, the Department of Defense will enter an “assessment phase,” in which each branch of service will examine all its jobs and units not currently integrated and then produce a timetable for integrating them. (CNN)
  • Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who came into the national spotlight during Hurricane Katrina, has been indicted by a grand jury on 21 federal corruption charges. Nagin, who was mayor from 2002-20010, is accused of awarding lucrative city contracts to contractors in exchange for more than $200,000 in kickbacks and first-class trips to Hawaii, Jamaica and Las Vegas. Nagin faces more than 15 years in prison if convicted. (USA Today)
  • And finally, Barack Obama gave his 2nd inauguration speech in front of an estimated 800,000 – 900,000 people in the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Monday. President Obama’s speech touched on many things, including gay marriage, gun control, immigration, and the economy. “For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” President Obama said in part of this speech. To see the full video of the speech from C-Span’s youtube page: (click here)

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The Electoral College Explained

November 5, 2012 Front Page, Politics No Comments

 The 2012 election is tomorrow (so don’t forget to vote!) and as most of you know, the president is decided by Electoral College votes and not the popular vote. It is entirely possible that a candidate can win the popular vote and lose the election. It has happened four times in 1824, 1876, 1888, and most recently in 2000 when Al Gore won the popular vote but lost to George W. Bush. So what is the Electoral College and how does it work? Find out on the next page…

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