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Writing Assignment - $ POLS 1101 Intro to American...

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& $ % POLS 1101: Intro to American Government - WRITING ASSIGNMENT - INSTRUCTIONS : You are to select one of the three branches of government— i.e. , exec- utive, legislative, or judiciary—and examine it in the context of a contemporary event. So, for example: President Obama’s executive order to close the military detainment facilities in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Congress’s recent passage of the 2010 A ordable Health Care Act. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to loosen restrictions on corporate political campaign donations. The purpose of this assignment is multifold: (1) to become active and discerning readers of political news; (2) to be able to make informed criticisms about current events; and (3) to gain a better understanding of how various actors in American politics carry out their duties or, as it often happens, their self-interests. To that end, your paper should address the following: 1. Describe the event you have chosen to write about and explain why you believe it is politically important. What were the surrounding circumstances? Is it espe-
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