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-*'''[[Debate: US debt ceiling deal| US debt ceiling deal]]''' - August 5th, 2011.+*'''<big>[[Debate: Occupy protests]]</big>'''
'''Featured pro and con arguments from this article:''' '''Featured pro and con arguments from this article:'''
-[[Image:President obama speaks.jpg|right|200px]]+*'''PRO: [[Argument: Occupy protesters have common message to right capitalism| Occupy protesters have common message to right capitalism]]''' [http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/10/occupy-protests "Cross continents." The Economist. Oct 17th 2011]:[[Image:Occupy Wall Street.jpg|right|180px]]"they do share a common demand: someone, somewhere, should do something to right the problems of global capitalism as currently constituted. One reason why these protests are so interesting is that their targets, those cheerleaders for globalisation, capitalism and free markets, tend to agree that the system needs fixing. This makes the 'occupy' protests, as they have come to be known in the English-speaking world, hard to argue against."
-*'''Deal needed only start deficit reductions.''' Some seem to have grandiose expectations for the debt deal; that it somehow failed to fully address all US economic, tax, and deficit problems. Yet, all it really needed to do was prevent default and make a solid first step in addressing the deficit problems. It does this. More can be done later, but a commitment to cut $2.4 trillion over the next decade certainly sets the right tone. It is also designed so that the cuts are less significant in the next couple of years when the economic recovery would suffer most from deeper cuts.+
-:[http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/compromise-achieved-reforms-the-next-chapter/2011/08/02/gIQAXQBMqI_story.html Timothy Geithner, US Treasury Secretary. "Compromise achieved, reform’s the next chapter." Washington Post. August 3rd, 2011]: "Already, some are asking if we cut too much. Others want to know if we did enough about the long-term problem of a rising debt burden. This agreement is the beginning of restoring fiscal sustainability. It is a substantial down payment, but not the end of the debate. The government’s ability to make smart, long-term budget choices has long been broken. This gives us a chance to fix it."+*'''CON: Occupy protests lack common/coherent message.''' [http://www.studlife.com/forum/staff-editorials/2011/10/17/occupy-protests-need-to-focus-on-coherent-demands/ "Occupy protests need to focus on coherent demands." Student Life Staff Editorial. October 17th, 2011]: "The protests have been linked and compared to the tea party movement, due to their similar grassroots nature and extreme ideological stances. However, the tea party does have a centralized message, which the “Occupy” protests lack.[[Image:Occupy Protest 2.jpg|right|180px]] The tea party is about reducing taxes and cutting spending to make government smaller. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the tea party’s stances, it is possible to know what the entire group and all of its smaller subsidiaries are about. We believe the “Occupy” protests need to do the same thing. Define and convey their message correctly, and stick to reasonable demands that resonate with the rest of the American public. Most of the country has been seriously hurt by the financial crisis, and most of the American public wants to focus on creating a more equal and fair country. There is a lot of room for the “Occupy” protests to grow, but without a consistent message, most Americans will be turned off."
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-*'''CON: [[Argument: Debt deal doesn't cut spending enough to solve deficit| Debt deal doesn't cut spending enough to solve deficit]]''' [http://www.ksallink.com/?cmd=displaystory&story_id=18486&format=html Jerry Moran, Sen R-KS. "Debt deal not good for America." KSALLink.com. August 2nd, 2011]: "This plan may be considered a good deal in Washington, D.C., but it is not a good deal for the future of America. There are virtually no spending cuts in this bill – in fact, it only slows slightly the growth of spending. The amount of spending that is reduced is about $21 billion next year. Given the fact that we borrow $4 billion more each day than what we take in – those savings will disappear in less than a week. It’s unfortunate the country has been through this long drama about raising the debt ceiling and it’s even sadder that the accomplishments are so few.+
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- +*'''[[Debate: Does Obama deserve a second term?| Does Obama deserve a second term?]]''' - October 10th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: UN recognition of Palestinian statehood| UN recognition of Palestinian statehood]]''' - September 26th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: American Jobs Act| American Jobs Act]]''' - September 17th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Keystone XL US-Canada oil pipeline| Keystone XL US-Canada oil pipeline]]''' - September 5th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Teacher-student friendships on Facebook| Teacher-student friendships on Facebook]]''' - September 2nd, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Law school| Law school]]''' - August 29th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Balanced budget amendment to US Constitution| Balanced budget amendment]]''' - August 9th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: US debt ceiling deal| US debt ceiling deal]]''' - August 5th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Obama executive order to raise the debt ceiling| Obama executive order to raise the debt ceiling]]''' - August 1st, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Obama executive order to raise the debt ceiling| Obama executive order to raise the debt ceiling]]''' - August 1st, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Pornography| Pornography]]''' - July 27th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Pornography| Pornography]]''' - July 27th, 2011.
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*'''[[Debate: Release of Osama bin Laden death photos| Release of Osama bin Laden death photos]]''' - May 6th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Release of Osama bin Laden death photos| Release of Osama bin Laden death photos]]''' - May 6th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial| Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial]]''' - May 3rd, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial| Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial]]''' - May 3rd, 2011.
-*'''[[Debate: Return of Israel to pre-1967 borders| Return of Israel to pre-1967 borders]]''' - April 30th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: Term limits for legislators| Term limits for legislators]]''' - April 19th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: Seattle deep-bore tunnel| Seattle deep-bore tunnel]]''' - April 13th, 2011.  
-*'''[[Debate: Should the US arm Libyan rebels?| Should the US arm Libyan rebels?]]''' - April 2nd, 2011.  
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-*'''[[Debate: Pornography]]''' The Playboy Club show on NBC has generated significant controversy for, allegedly, glamorizing pornography. But, even if it was, the question remains whether this is a bad thing.[http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b255597_playboy_clubs_amber_heard_makes_case.html]+*'''[[Climate change and clean energy portal]]''' Probably one of Debatepedia's best resources, this portal is always timely.
-*'''[[Debate: Affirmative action]]''' Michigan appeals court strikes down Michigan's 2006 constitutional amendment that banned affirmative action in college admissions, employment and contracting.[http://www.freep.com/article/20110702/NEWS06/107020403/Appeals-court-panel-strikes-down-Michigan-s-affirmative-action-ban]+*'''[[Debate: Constitutionality of US health insurance mandates]]''' The Obama Administration and others are pushing for a final ruling from the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's mandate that Americans [with some exceptions] buy private health insurance.[[Image:Newstand.jpg|right|200px]]
-*'''[[Debate: Israeli blockade of Gaza]]''' has been in the news with the attempts of a 10-boat flotilla of activists to break the blockade and provide humanitarian aid.[http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/15439/World/Region/US-Gaza-flotilla-out-of-its-port-but-stopped-by-Gr.aspx] [[Image:Newstand.jpg|right|200px]] +*'''[[Debate: UN recognition of Palestinian statehood]]''' is front and center in international news, as the Palestinian Authority pursues a high-profile UN vote in favor of statehood. A majority of UN member states appear to support their push. Yet, the US has promised to veto the move in the Security Council in support of its ally Israel.
-*'''[[Debate: Gay marriage]]''' Gay marriage was legalized in New York state on June 24th, 2011. It became the sixth and largest state in the United States to do so, supporting the case for gay marriage and reinvigorating the debate on the subject.[http://www.seattlepi.com/national/politico/article/Gay-marriage-backers-hope-for-national-boost-from-1440303.php]+*'''[[Debate: American Jobs Act]]''' US President Obama submitted the American Jobs Act to Congress at a critical time in the nation's economic history. Debatepedia looks at the bill and the arguments from its supporters and detractors.
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-*'''August 2nd.''' Nicolenabulsi added background to [[Debate: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac]]. +*'''[[Debate: The New Deal| New Deal]] created historic public works and infrastructure.''' [http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history_lesson/2011/10/new_deal_accomplishments_do_conservatives_who_attack_the_new_dea.html Michael Hiltzik. "What the new deal accomplished." Slate. Oct 13th, 2011]:[[Image:Person typing.gif|right|190px]] "The New Deal physically reshaped the country. To this day, Americans still rely on its works for transportation, electricity, flood control, housing, and community amenities. The output of one agency alone, the Works Progress Administration, represents a magnificent bequest to later generations. The WPA produced, among many other projects, 1,000 miles of new and rebuilt airport runways, 651,000 miles of highway, 124,000 bridges, 8,000 parks, and 18,000 playgrounds and athletic fields; some 84,000 miles of drainage pipes, 69,000 highway light standards, and 125,000 public buildings built, rebuilt, or expanded. Among the latter were 41,300 schools. The transformative power of this effort is inestimable."
-*'''July 25th.''' [[Debate: Pornography]] is being developed by Founder and Editor Brooks Lindsay for the Debate Digest. +
-*'''July 24th.''' [[Debate: Women can only achieve equality under secular government]].+
-*'''July 23rd.''' England4Ever edited [[Debate: Mother tongue as a medium of education]].+
-*'''July 22nd.''' [[Debate: Mother tongue as a medium of education]] was created by Rashesh23.+
-*'''July 21st.''' Jds0701 argued that the legality of coca will not reduce the cocaine market on [[Debate: Legality of coca production and consumption]] and that US involvement in Libya was justified on [[Debate: US and NATO intervention in Libya]].+
-*'''July 20th.''' Ufcarazy edited [[Debate: Collective bargaining rights for public unions]].+
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  • PRO: Occupy protesters have common message to right capitalism "Cross continents." The Economist. Oct 17th 2011:
    "they do share a common demand: someone, somewhere, should do something to right the problems of global capitalism as currently constituted. One reason why these protests are so interesting is that their targets, those cheerleaders for globalisation, capitalism and free markets, tend to agree that the system needs fixing. This makes the 'occupy' protests, as they have come to be known in the English-speaking world, hard to argue against."
  • CON: Occupy protests lack common/coherent message. "Occupy protests need to focus on coherent demands." Student Life Staff Editorial. October 17th, 2011: "The protests have been linked and compared to the tea party movement, due to their similar grassroots nature and extreme ideological stances. However, the tea party does have a centralized message, which the “Occupy” protests lack.
    The tea party is about reducing taxes and cutting spending to make government smaller. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the tea party’s stances, it is possible to know what the entire group and all of its smaller subsidiaries are about. We believe the “Occupy” protests need to do the same thing. Define and convey their message correctly, and stick to reasonable demands that resonate with the rest of the American public. Most of the country has been seriously hurt by the financial crisis, and most of the American public wants to focus on creating a more equal and fair country. There is a lot of room for the “Occupy” protests to grow, but without a consistent message, most Americans will be turned off."
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    "The New Deal physically reshaped the country. To this day, Americans still rely on its works for transportation, electricity, flood control, housing, and community amenities. The output of one agency alone, the Works Progress Administration, represents a magnificent bequest to later generations. The WPA produced, among many other projects, 1,000 miles of new and rebuilt airport runways, 651,000 miles of highway, 124,000 bridges, 8,000 parks, and 18,000 playgrounds and athletic fields; some 84,000 miles of drainage pipes, 69,000 highway light standards, and 125,000 public buildings built, rebuilt, or expanded. Among the latter were 41,300 schools. The transformative power of this effort is inestimable."

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