Gingrich Lashing Back

After being endlessly targeted with negative ads from Mitt Romney, presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, has decided that he has had enough. Now he is determined to save himself, and his campaign, by getting back at Mitt Romney for all of the “free” bad publicity. During a television interview, Gingrich attacked Romney, saying that he is “a liar in claiming to be a conservative.” Apparently, as the governor of Massachusetts, Mr. Romney advocated tax-paid abortions, and promised to always defend the Roe v. Wade decision. Newt Gingrich’s super PAC, Winning Our Future, has also committed to creating combative ads aimed specifically at Romney. Rick Tyler, a leader of this PAC, said that they, “will be going after Mr. Romney directly.” There are several problems, though. Supporters of Mr. Gingrich are worried that in the candidate’s effort to “get back at” Mitt Romney, he will also be hurting himself by reviving old judgments that accuse him of being an, “angry politician of the 1990s.” Even more detrimental to his new goal than this, Newt Gingrich is basically out of money. The $9 million raised in Iowa in 2011 is completely gone, and fundraising efforts in Florida, New Hampshire, and South Carolina do not look promising. All three of these states cast their official vote this January. Because of the very influential, negative ads, Mr. Gingrich has almost no support in New Hampshire, and supporters of the candidate are concerned about his popularity in South Carolina.

This current event relates to government through the upcoming election, the different primaries that are occurring, and the PACs that are involved. The primaries are the first step in presidential elections, and each state is beginning that process currently. Because every state is busy trying to schedule their primary in the beginning, frontloading is becoming very apparent. In this specific current event, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida have all scheduled their primaries early, and are ready to vote in the near future. Winning Our Future, Newt Gingrich’s PAC, also shows a clear connection with campaigns, and government. This PAC, like many others, is supplying their candidate with money to aid in campaign efforts.

This event relates to our class through the same connections: elections, primaries, and PACs. During the Executive Branch unit, we learned about presidential elections, and the long process to actually end up in the Office. One step in this process is winning primaries. During class, we also learned about PACs, and their role in campaigns. This current event accurately depicts what we learned about political action committees during AP Government.

Anti-Newt Ad from pro-Romney Restore Our Future Super PAC

Gabbriel, Trip. “A Frustrated Gingrich Looks Past Iowa and Lashes Back at Romney.”The New York Times. 3 Jan. 2012. Web. 4 Jan. 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/us/politics/iowa-caucus-votes.html>.

Anti-Newt Ad from Pro-Romney Restore Our Future Super PAC. Mitt Romney, 2011. Campaign Ad.

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A frustrated Gingrich Looks past Iowa and Lashes back at Romney

BURLINGTON, Iowa — With his candidacy battered by negative campaign ads, Newt Gingrich is adjusting his strategy to rescue his ailing campaign, aggressively swatting back at Mitt Romney, whose supporters have devastatingly painted him into the box of a Washington influenced peddler. Tired, frustrated and irritated, by his own account, Mr. Gingrich heartily agreed when a television interviewer asked him Tuesday if he was calling Mr. Romney a “liar” in claiming to be a conservative. Gingrich Argued against Romney’s “Romneycare” saying that it supports tax payer funded abortion.

This relates to our class because this year is election year. This shows how campaigns have two sides to them. A candidate has to stand behind his values but they also have to know the weakness of their opponent. This shows how distrusting our government could be.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/us/politics/iowa-caucus-votes.html?_r=1&ref=politics

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Constitutionality of Pregnancy Pill Restrictions

Around December 13, the Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, decided that girls under the age of 17 are not allowed to purchase over the counter Plan B pregnancy pills without a prescription from a family doctor. She said that, “there are significant cognitive and behavioral differences between older adolescent girls and the youngest girls of reproductive age, which I believe are relevant to making this determination as to non-prescription availability of this product for all ages.” A week later, major arguments started forming, and The Center for Reproductive Rights took the government to court challenging the Plan B pill restrictions. The coalition has claimed that political considerations have played too much of a factor in the constitutionality question, and that pregnancy pills are being judged unfairly compared to other drugs. Considering the fact that the judge who heard this case lifted prior restrictions concerning the Plan B pill, it is very likely that the court will rule in the coalitions favor. If the judge does, prescription restrictions will most likely be lifted for girls under 17 years of age in a couple of months.

 

This relates to government through the federal court system, and the executive branch agencies and departments. The Brooklyn judge determining the constitutionality of the government’s decision concerning the Plan B pills has taken place in a New York district court. Through Congress’ discretion, there is at least one district court in each state. This current event also involves the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Drug Administration, executive agencies, who eventually became defendants in the lawsuit against the government.

This current event relates to our class through recently discussed cases dealing with the issue of privacy. Cases, such as Griswold v. Connecticut, and Roe v. Wade all dealt with a woman’s right to protect her own body, and the privacy that she is entitled to concerning reproduction. In this case, the court will be determining how the precedent privacy penumbras apply to teenage girls. Can they buy pregnancy pills without a prescription because of their right to their own bodies? What if the girl was raped? Etc.

 

Plan B. Digital image. Theplanbpill.com. Web. 29 Dec. 2011. <http://theplanbpill.com/>.

Dayen, David. “Federal Court Hears Case to Lift Age Restrictions on Plan B.”Firedoglake.com. 13 Dec. 2011. Web. 29 Dec. 2011. <http://news.firedoglake.com/2011/12/13/federal-court-hears-case-to-lift-age-restrictions-on-plan-b/>.

 

“N.Y. Federal Court Prepares for Showdown Over Pregnancy Pill Read More: Http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/13/ny-federal-court-prepares-for-showdown-over-pregnancy-pill/#ixzz1hwRmTmph.” Fox News. 13 Dec. 2011. Web. 29 Dec. 2011. <http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/12/13/ny-federal-court-prepares-for-showdown-over-pregnancy-pill/>.

 

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Campaign Ads

This site is one more example of how the WashPost is finally trying to get into the digital age. The site includes all the latest political advertisements by both the candidates and the super PACs. Additionally it will tell you the cumulative and weekly advertisement spending for each candidate as well as where the ads are being shown. Obviously right now you will see most of the spending in Iowa and New Hampshire. According to the NYTimes, there have been 10,600 negative ads and 6000 positive ones in Iowa so far this year costing $3.3 and $1.3 million respectively.

 

The negativity reflects both the wide-open nature of the race and the advent of the “super PAC.” Those outside groups operate without coordinating with the campaigns and have taken on much of the dirty work of tearing down opponents.

 

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Many Americans Brace for Loss of Payroll Tax Cut

Many people are starting to get ready to cut back on some expenses. If congress doesn’t renew a Social Security tax cut for 2012, then many americans will lose an average of $300 a week. The tax cut lowered the Social Security tax from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent. Analysts say that if the tax cut isn’t renewed then the economy will slow. Congress has been in a dead-lock over renewing the cut. Lately, the House rejected a Senate-passed bill that would extend the term of the tax cut two more months. People are now going back to the mindset of cutting some expensives to make ends meet.

This relates to government because we are talking about policy making just like Social Security (which happens to be my project), and it also works with the legislative branch. This shows how Congress can get into a stalemate not just Republicans V. Democrats, but also Senate V. House. This also impacts our economy. We are just now getting out of a rough period for our economy, and this could possibly be a bigger hinderance.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/americans-brace-loss-payroll-tax-cut-15208654#.TvJljGEiFfY

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Gingrich to gay man: Vote for Obama

This article is about Newt Gingrich being confronted by a member of the gay community, Scott Arnold, who asked how he planned on gaining support from those who disagreed with his view point on same-sex marriage. Gingrich answered, “If that’s the most important issue to you, then you should be for Obama.” He also said that he doesn’t expect to get backing from voters solely focused on changing the definition of marriage. He stated that he realizes that this is the reality of things and he understands that’s how it is going to be, but believes that there are more important issues to base their decisions on.

This relates to our class because we’ve talked about Litmus Tests which is when candidates are asked to state their viewpoints on touchy subjects to see which side the fall on, liberal or conservative. Gingrich has continuously taken a conservative stance on same-sex marriage. Last week, he signed a pledge with the National Organization for Marriage, promising, among many things, to back a constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and woman. He made a point to say that for those who this issue is not the central issue they’re concerned with then he believes he will get their support. He’s talking about people who are more concerned about job creation, national security, and a better future for the country at large.

Gingrich on same-sex marriage

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8 soldiers charged in death of fellow serviceman

Eight Soldiers are being prosecuted in connection to the death of a fellow serviceman. Danny Chen was serving in Afghanistan when he was found dead in a guard tower with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. An autopsy is underway to decide if this was a suicide. The eight officers are charged with dereliction of duty, making false statements, maltreatment and involuntary manslaughter, and they were moved to a new base where they are essentially under house arrest. During the vigil for Chen, his brother read a letter that proves that Chen was being harrassed because of his race. Chen was also physically abused by the officers. Elizabeth Ou Yang, president of the Asian-American group speaks as a representative for the family. She wants them “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

This deals with government because not only did we talk about discrimination of minorities in the U.S., but this also deals with the Judiciary system. The eight soldiers will have to go through the whole court systems to try to prove their inosence. The charges could be worse if the autopsy comes back, and Chen was murdered instead of just suicide.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/21/justice/soldiers-charged/index.html?hpt=us_c2

Army Pvt. Danny Chen is honored in a funeral procession on October 13, 2011, in New York's Chinatown.

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U.S. Reportedly Looks at Combating Somali Terror Group’s Twitter Account

Al-Shabaab, a Somalian linked with All Qaeda, has recently been posting alarming posts on his twitter account. Recent posts, such as one targeting Kenyans, have tried to get followers from Western Countries. The U.S. Government, alarmed by these posts is debating how to combat these messages and whether or not they should shut down Al-Shabaab’s Twitter Account. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said that the U.S. has been receiving threats from al-Shabaab against Americans and Westerners. She continued to say that the U.S. is currently monitoring Kenya where a potential attack may occur on Americans.

This article relates to AP Government because of the different agencies involved in a topic such as terrorism. After 9/11, many terrorism-prevention groups were set in place by the government to protect the country form terrorism and to investigate suspicious groups. Obviously a lot of thought and work has gone into this particular event in order to link Al-Shabaab to Al Qaeda and to know that he plans to do something in the near future with the help of the Westerners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/12/19/us-reportedly-looks-at-combating-somali-terror-groups-twitter-account/

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Gingrich wins Tea Party Patriots Straw Poll

On Sunday Newt Gingrich won the Tea Party Patriots Straw Poll at a conference of party supporters from all across the country. National Coordinator, Betty Martin, said that many supporters want a candidate that will advance Tea Party principles. Iowa Representative, Steve King says that he along with others want a candidate that will give a date as to when the budget will be balanced.  Tea Party principles. At the conference, Mitt Romney, Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum responded to preselected questions provided by the tea party. Romney stated the importance of America remaining a “merit society” rather than than an “entitlement nation.” Bachmann said that she would repeal ObamaCare by picking up Republican seats in the Senate. Santorum went on about his experiences in the Senate, especially mentioning the American Welfare reform Bill. Gingrich said that because Obama has done a poor job, it will take America about five years to balance the budget. After the questions, the tea party members voted on who they think should be the nominee. Gingrich won with 31% support followed by Bachmann at 28% and Romney at 20%.

This article is related to AP Government because it talks about elections and campaigns. In previous units we learned about different parties and their beliefs. This article shows what the Tea Party wants and the process they go through in order to get to that. The article shows the criticism and emotional turmoil that the candidates must endure in order to gain the nominee spot on the ballot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/19/gingrich-wins-tea-party-patriots-straw-poll/

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Supreme Court’s 2012 Decisions Could Sway Presidential Election

Basically this article is talking about how decisions made by the Supreme Court could end up having serious influence on the Presidential election especially the re-election of Obama. If the Court rules in favor of health-care reform it could actually end up hurting Obama more than anything. If the court decides to uphold the health-care law it may stimulate turnout from the Tea Party conservatives who believe the requirement that everyone having insurance is what would lead us to a government tyranny. Many of these voters might otherwise rather stay home than vote for a conservative such as Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich. The decisions made on immigration and redistricting could also go against Obama, helping the GOP candidates. In other words, if Obama wins in the health-care case, it may cost him his job.

This article relates to our government class because our past unit was based around the Supreme Court and how much power and influence it has in our country. Though judges who fall into the category of Judicial Restraint believe that the judiciary is the least capable branch it seems to prove that point wrong more times than not. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land, and the decisions that it makes are law. I think this proves that statement. When the decisions that the Supreme Court makes has enough influence to sway a Presidential election it obviously has a lot of say in things.

Also, we’ve been keeping track of the Presidential election coming up. Seeing how much things can change minute to minute. It’s interesting to see how something could either make or break the Obama’s re-election, or push another candidate forward shows that anything can change in a moment. We had recently discussed redistricting as well which is a topic that comes up in this article.

Supreme Court Justices

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