Students are expected to watch at least 30 minutes of political news a week. Nearly any news source is acceptable, with the exception of celebrity gossip magazines (People, In Touch, The National Inquirer, etc.). Be sure to take notes during the program you watch, including the program’s name, outlet (cable, television, online, etc.), and date viewed. You will write two 1-2 paged papers, connecting current political news to the material from the textbook and lecture outlines. These two papers, along with your notes, are to be stapled together and turned in as one assignment.
Greenberg and Page, The Struggle for Democracy, Loose with access code, 11th edition. ISBN- 9780134238350
The purpose of this assignment is to strengthen your political knowledge base, which will give you a better understanding of the terms and concepts presented in the lectures and textbook. It will also assist in preparing you for the exams and in-class writing assignments. Please read carefully and closely follow the format below:
Under this heading, write 2 paragraphs summarizing the news programs you watched for this assignment. The paragraphs should be a detailed synopsis (meaning concise but not vague) of a period of political news. In your summary, include the name of the news programs you watched and the dates you viewed them.
Under this heading, write roughly 6 paragraphs connecting the terms in the textbook and lecture outlines to the political news included in your summary. As a sample:
The confidential Justice Department document about the president’s use of drones, which was recently leaked to the press, relates to numerous concepts outlined in the textbook. First, there are questions of executive authority. Article I of the Constitution states that the power to declare war belongs to Congress (A-4). While the Justice Department document does not authorize the president to declare war, it gives him unchecked power to take lethal measures. One of the reasons for the Bill of Rights is to limit the power of government. In fact, preventing government from amassing too much power was on the forefront of the framers’ minds as they drafted the new constitution (47-50). Still, presidents have historically circumvented checks on the executive branch with devices such as executive orders and signing statements (53).
All information should come from either the textbook or the class lecture outlines. Do not utilize outside books or online sources to complete this assignment. Therefore, in terms of citation, including the page number(s) where you found the information in the text is sufficient. If you reference a lecture outline, cite the title of the lecture outline utilized.
Under this heading, write 1 paragraphs expressing your personal views about the political topics you included in the summary.
You are required to write two papers. Follow this format twice, with each paper depicting different news topics and chapters from the text. Each paper is to be typed, single-spaced, and stapled together with news notes attached. I will not accept loose/unsecured papers.