Notice News for Monday, 2/16

Monday, February 16, 2020

ON THIS EPISODE OF NOTICE NEWS: Angie breaks down the big issues facing the Democratic candidates for president after the first two contests, the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Also, the steps Instagram is taking to prevent the spread of misinformation on the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Race for the Democratic Nomination
Instagram Fights Misinformation
Trump Pardons
Race for the Democratic Nomination

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Instagram Fights Misinformation

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Trump Pardons

President Trump issues pardons and commutations:

Frequently asked: What's the difference between a commutation and a pardon? The Department of Justice says this: "A commutation of sentence reduces a sentence, either totally or partially, that is then being served, but it does not change the fact of conviction, imply innocence, or remove civil disabilities – e.g., restrictions on the right to vote, hold state or local office, or sit on a jury – that apply to the convicted person as a result of the criminal conviction... A pardon is an expression of the President’s forgiveness and ordinarily is granted in recognition of the applicant’s acceptance of responsibility for the crime and established good conduct for a significant period of time after conviction or completion of sentence. It does not signify innocence. It does, however, remove civil disabilities imposed because of the conviction for which pardon is sought, and should lessen the stigma arising from the conviction." (Link)

Take the Quiz:

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The Coronavirus has spread in China mainly through eating exotic animals like bats.

2 / 5

Two candidates virtually tied for first place in the Iowa Democratic Caucuses last week. Which two?

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Who is the richest man in the world, currently valued at over $130 billion?

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Black voters made up what percentage of voters for the Democratic nomination in 2016?

5 / 5

President Trump pardoned former Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich last week. He was in the 11th year of his 14 year sentence for doing what?

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Thought Starters:

After watching the episode, consider discussing the following questions.

  • Why would “free college” and “free health care for all” be considered more liberal policies that centrists would not favor?
  • Why would centrist democrats be so concerned that their supporters are split between four candidates, while the rest of the party is “coalescing” or gathering around Bernie Sanders?
  • For those concerned that Iowa and New Hampshire aren’t diverse enough, what would be the issue then with those contests coming first in the voting process?
  • What could be some possible consequences of candidates not getting enough voter support at this point in the voting process?
  • How could a single Instagram post with misinformation influence people’s thoughts, feelings, or knowledge about the Coronavirus?
  • Was it right or wrong for Instagram to step in and attempt to control people’s searching for “Coronavirus” by posting a warning that viewers should go to the CDC site for accurate information?  Explain your reasoning.

Read the Transcript:

Pete Buttigieg won – narrowly – in Iowa. And Bernie Sanders won in New Hampshire – but both of them are a long way off from winning the nomination. What happens next? I’m gonna break it down for you. Plus the new warning about the Coronavirus you need to hear… And a recap of the week’s big stories. This is Notice. Read the full transcript.

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