Tuesday Newsday [9.4.2012]

Good morning! Let’s get informed.

Local News

I know in light of the Presidential campaign and some people’s natural disdain for “politics,” it is easy to forget how localized and real political elections can become.

I think many Nebraska college students, myself included, can be guilty of assuming Nebraska politics don’t matter, and certainly not on the national scene.

This could not be further from the truth this year. The U.S. Senate election between Bob Kerrey and Deb Fischer is one of the most closely-followed in the nation, and has the chance to tilt the balance of the Senate majority. Each week I will try to post at least one article about this election, because whether or not you “like” politics, they affect your life—and it is incredibly difficult to be a good member of any community if you are uninformed.
Here’s the article. It should give a nice look into one of the common talking points in this election:
http://journalstar.com/elections/kerrey-says-time-outside-nebraska-was-beneficial/article_6efbf24f-4625-5155-9440-95c48103c9ee.html

Slightly troubling article about how Omaha is spending stimulus money:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20120902/NEWS/709029941/1707

National News

Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan’s speech has been under some serious fire. He isn’t backing down.
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-paul-ryan-fact-check-20120904,0,3872415.story

Read Ryan’s speech here:
http://www.npr.org/2012/08/29/160282031/transcript-rep-paul-ryans-convention-speech

Patents are tricky:

http://www.dailytech.com/Apple+Moves+to+Ban+More+Samsung+Devices+in+US+Samsung+Mimicry+Questioned+in+South+Korea/article27583.htm

I’ll keep my opinion out of this radioactive issue, but it is important that we stay informed on the discussion:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-57505379-503543/ex-cia-chief-michael-hayden-only-the-u.s.-can-strike-iran-nuclear-sites-effectively/

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I hope this is helpful. Sometimes national reality–politics, economics, etc. can be stressful and unexciting at first glance. And second glance.
If we are to take ourselves seriously as members of this or any community, however, staying informed in a multitude of levels is crucial.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update on the international community! I like you all.

-Westin

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