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-*'''<big>[[Debate: Keystone XL US-Canada oil pipeline]]</big>''' - September 2nd, 2011. +*'''<big>[[Debate: Occupy protests]]</big>'''
'''Featured pro and con arguments from this article:''' '''Featured pro and con arguments from this article:'''
 +*'''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."
-*'''PRO: US pipeline strategically taps huge Canadian oil reserves.'''[[Image:Keystone XL map.jpg|right|140px]] Brad Carson, the director of the National Energy Policy Institute, said to Living on Earth in June of 2011: "It is now estimated that Canada has the world’s second largest oil reserves, only after Saudi Arabia. So, from purely the perspective of the oil market, Canada’s role and the United States’ interests in those tar sands is a very important one - a very important public policy issue for this nation."[http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=11-P13-00023&segmentID=4]+*'''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: Keystone XL will significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions| Keystone XL will significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions]]''' [http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-a-environment/171321-the-proposed-keystone-xl-pipeline-will-be-built-responsibly?page=2 Russell K. Girling, TransCanada Corporation. "The proposed Keystone XL pipeline will be built responsibly." The Hill. July 13th, 2011]: "The Canadian government insists that it has found ways to reduce those emissions. But a new report from Canada’s environmental ministry shows how great the impact of the tar sands will be in the coming years, even with cleaner production methods. It projects that Canada will double its current tar sands production over the next decade to more than 1.8 million barrels a day. That rate will mean cutting down some 740,000 acres of boreal forest — a natural carbon reservoir. Extracting oil from tar sands is also much more complicated than pumping conventional crude oil out of the ground. It requires steam-heating the sands to produce a petroleum slurry, then further dilution. One result of this process, the ministry says, is that greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector as a whole will rise by nearly one-third from 2005 to 2020 — even as other sectors are reducing emissions."+
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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: Teacher-student friendships on Facebook| Teacher-student friendships on Facebook]]''' - September 2nd, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Law school| Law school]]''' - August 29th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Law school| Law school]]''' - August 29th, 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. 
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-*'''[[Debate: US sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan]]''' [http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110912-713063.html "WSJ: Senators: Selling F-16s To Taiwan Would Provide Jobs." Wall Street Journal. September 12th, 2011]+*'''[[Climate change and clean energy portal]]''' Probably one of Debatepedia's best resources, this portal is always timely.
-*'''[[Debate: Abortion]]''' [http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/94470/personhood-abortion-mississippi-roe-wade Simon Van Zuylen. "A Radical New Ploy to Destroy Roe v. Wade—Which Just Might Work." The New Republic. September 2nd, 2011]+*'''[[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: Legalization of Marijuana]]''' [http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2011/0903/California-marijuana-street-fair-fuels-debate-over-legalization "California marijuana street fair fuels debate over legalization." Christian Science Monitor. September 3rd, 2011]+*'''[[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: Death penalty]]''' Republican US presidential candidate Rick Perry executed 234 convicts during his ten years as governor of Texas [more than any other governor in modern history], reinvigorating a national debate on the practice.[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/rick-perry-holds-the-record-on-executions/2011/08/17/gIQAMvNwYJ_story.html?hpid=z9][[Image:Newstand.jpg|right|200px]] +*'''[[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.
-*'''[[Debate: US intervention in Libya]]''' As Libyan rebels took control of Tripoli, many came back to the question of whether US and NATO interventions were worth it, with many now conceding that the mission was worthwhile.[http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/libyan-rebels-converging-on-tripoli/2011/08/21/gIQAbF3RUJ_story.html?hpid=z1] +
-*'''[[Debate: Polygamy]]''' This issue briefly peaked back into the news when Warren Jeffs, a notorious polygamist, was sentenced to life in prison on August 9th, 2011.[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14468085]+
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-*'''[[Debate: Does Obama deserve a second term?]]''' is up next for the Debate Digest.+*'''[[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."
-*'''Founder Brooks Lindsay''' is developing [[Debate: Keystone XL US-Canada oil pipeline]] for the Debate Digest. - August 31st.+
-*'''Myclob''' is experimenting with a new way of organizing argument pages, so that they are structured like main debate pages - in a pro/con structure with reasons to agree and disagree. See [[Argument: Polygamy leaves some men with no women to marry; socially destabilizing]]. A debate on the value of this kind of approach is occurring on [http://www.facebook.com/groups/19125768640/ Debatepedia's Facebook group]. - August 26th.+
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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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  • New Deal created historic public works and infrastructure. Michael Hiltzik. "What the new deal accomplished." Slate. Oct 13th, 2011:
    "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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