In this [tone adjective] [noun to define type of writing] [insert author’s name] [rhetorically accurate verb] that [fill in the blank with a statement which details the entire argument and how that argument is created].

National

Citation:
Krugman, Paul. "America Isn't a Corporation - NYTimes.com." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. N.p., 12 Jan. 2012. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/the-controversy-over-kony-2012/2012/03/10/gIQAzc6M3R_blog.html>.
Precis: In this opinionated article, Paul Krugman asserts that America should not be considered a corporation by revealing the common misconceptions of certain politicians in their attitudes towards what makes one fit to be President in order to emphasize that taking on the perspective of America being run like a corporation will not produce beneficial changes to current economic policies for America.
Personal Commentary: When I read the first quote that introduced this article, I thought I had heard it somewhere before. It turns out, we actually read "Greed is Good" earlier this year. I thought it was cool how the two connected. Having read that article, I could better understand what Krugman was getting at. I completely agree with the fact that America should not be run like a corporation because an economy is not the only thing that makes a nation prosper.

International

Citation:
Gerson, Michael. "The Controversy over Kony 2012 - PostPartisan - The Washington Post." Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis. N.p., 10 Mar. 2012. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/13/opinion/krugman-america-isnt-a-corporation.html?ref=paulkrugman>.
Precis: In this urgent article, Michael Gerson reiterates the importance of bringing Kony to justice by reviewing all of Kony's past crimes that are reprehensible, but yet he also explains what critics think about the situation in order to assess the urgency of this problematic issue taking place currently in Africa.
Personal Commentary: This article particularly interested me because I actually watched the Kony 2012 video about a week ago. This was the first time I heard about what Invisible Children was fighting for, and this article further explained the opposing side to this campaign. Gerson is on my side, but I do now better understand why some people believe that this issue is being exaggerated, and our efforts should be focused elsewhere.

International

Citation:
Cohen, Richard. "The U.S. can make all the difference in Syria - The Washington Post." Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis. N.p., 26 Mar. 2012. Web. 27 Mar. 2012.< http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-can-make-all-the-difference-in-syria/2012/03/26/gIQA8wsvcS_story.html?wprss=rss_richard-cohen>.
Precis: In this persuasive article, Richard Cohen claims that aid from the United States can make all the difference in relieving turmoil that is currently taking place in Syria by emphasizing the intensity of the problems in Syria and proposing the likely benefits that would come with U.S. assistance in order to explain the urgency of attending to this issue overseas.
Personal Commentary: Honestly, I didn't know that there was anything going on in Syria right now. However, now that I am aware of this issue, I think that Obama should do something to help Syria just as much as he is trying to solve whatever issues are going on in Libya right now. Maybe I need to pay attention to what's going on in the world to know about these types of issues.

International

Citation:
Johnson, Alan. "The Specter of the "New Communism" | World Affairs Journal." World News Headlines, Essays and Opinion -- World Affairs Journal. N.p., 31 Jan. 2012. Web. 27 Mar. 2012. <http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/alan-johnson/specter-%E2%80%98new-communism%E2%80%99>.
Precis: In this factual article, Alan Johnson argues that communism could become a global alternative and would be a theoretical disaster by proposing an ideal democratic critique of "New Communism" highlighting the threatening aspects of communism in order to caution other nations of the possible dangers of this "New Communism" comeback so that they won't be influenced by this governing style.
Personal Commentary: Communism is always a possible threat to global functionality. The United States doesn't seem to have very good relationships with the current communist nations, and I think that this critique proposed in this article accurately depicts the reasons why communism is a bad idea.

International

Citation:
Pardo-Maurer, Roger. "Opinion: Mexico's problems go beyond cartels - Roger Pardo-Maurer - POLITICO.com." Politics, Political News - Election 2012 - POLITICO.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2012. <http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/37508_Page2.html
Precis: In this inquisitive article, Roger Pardo-Maurer argues that Mexico has many more problems beyond the issues with drug cartels by analyzing in depth the different topics that affect a nation's well-being and utilizing rhetorical questions in order to emphasize the fact these issues need to be resolved by major reform with the country.
Personal Commentary: I had never really known what all was wrong in Mexico, but I just knew that it had a lot of issues. Of course, America has its own set of problems, but I didn't realize how Mexico's agenda could affect our own. Maybe both countries need to get their acts together and spur change for the betterment of both countries.

International

Citation:
Chang, Gordon. "North Korean Aid and American Interests | World Affairs Journal." World News Headlines, Essays and Opinion -- World Affairs Journal. N.p., 20 Mar. 2012. Web. 3 Apr. 2012.<http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/gordon-g-chang/north-korean-aid-and-american-interests>.
Precis: In this analyzable article, Gordon Chang asserts that America should give food aid to North Korea, but only if American monitors are sent with it by analyzing different possible scenarios and benefits that would come with aiding North Korea in order to convince Americans that this gift of food that seems to strength North Korea would actually help to weaken its communist regime.
Personal Commentary: I don't know much about how society works in North Korea, but I think the U.S. should do whatever it can to weaken the current communist government. However, the U.S. needs to be smart about how they give aid to North Korea because it could easily turn into a way to strengthen the communist nation.


National

Citation:
Edmundson, Mark. "Education's Hungry Hearts - NYTimes.com." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. N.p., 31 Mar. 2012. Web. 3 Apr. 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/opinion/sunday/educations-hungry-hearts.html?ref=opinion>.
Precis: In this straight-forward article, Mark Edmundson claims that the best students and the ones who get the most out of their education are the ones who come to school with the most energy to learn by utilizing a personal anecdote of his experiences through being a teacher in order to emphasize that a student's hunger for learning, not natural born intelligence, will ultimately cause him or her to be successful.
Personal Commentary: This article gave me an interesting perspective on what makes a good student. The fact that some students just have a hunger to learn make them all the more teachable. I had never thought about the way a child is raised could determine his or her confidence and values in a school setting, so this was an interesting article for me to read.

National

Citation:
Revesz, Richard L.. "Old Power Plants Need New Rules - NYTimes.com." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. N.p., 29 Mar. 2012. Web. 7 Apr. 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/opinion/old-power-plants-need-new-rules.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss>.
Precis: In this surprising article, Richard Revesz claims that the implementing of limitations on current old, dirty factories, not the Environmental Protection Agency's plan, will reduce greenhouse emissions by juxtaposing the old plants ability to remain untouched to the minimal benefits of imposing limitations on plants that may never be built in order to emphasize where the real problem lies with the old plants, which need new regulations.
Personal Commentary: I guess you could say I'm kind of a tree-hugger, so anything dealing with the environment always interests me. I am a firm believer in global warming, and it astonishes me that people try to argue against all of the evidence. Anyways, I agree with Revesz because I think that nothing will change unless all of the current key polluters are enhanced. People are going to build better, cleaner factories if they can just as easily build an old one, probably for cheaper.

National

Citation:Brown, Dan. "My View: How to bridge racial differences in the classroom" Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs." Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs. N.p., 4 Apr. 2012. Web. 7 Apr. 2012. <http://schoolsofthought.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/04/my-view-how-to-bridge-racial-differences-in-the-classroom/?hpt=op_t1>.
Precis: In this applicable article, Dan Brown implies that racial difference can be bridged within the classroom by utilizing his own personal anecdotes and specific examples on how to make this happen in order to emphasize the importance of knowing how to deal with diversity.
Personal Commentary: Diversity is a word, I think, that many would use to describe Coppell High School. However, I think that this diversity of once minorities has become an issue in the classrooms just as Dan Brown claims. For the most part, his goals on how to bridge these racial differences seem like they could work, and Coppell High School seems to be doing a pretty good job of maintaining diversity.

National

Citation:
Petroski, Henry. "100 years after the Titanic, we're still not unsinkable - The Washington Post." Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2012. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/100-years-after-the-titanic-were-still-not-unsinkable/2012/04/06/gIQAwXqyzS_story_1.html>.
Precis: In this reminiscing article, Henry Petroski implies that all of the blame for "accidents" should be placed on the engineers behind the structure of the objects, but rather on the company's unwillingness to spend more money for safety regulations by exploring specific instances, such as the Titanic, Concordia, Challenger, and Colombia "accidents", where there was more behind the crash or explosion than most people think in order to reiterate the fact that the reliability of technology is sometimes tested after it's too late.
Personal Commentary: I found this article particularly interesting since the Titanic just came out in 3-D, and I really want to see it. Anyways, I have never really thought about the possible reasons why these ships or spaceships would have been lacking in safety features. Not all the blame should be put on the architects and engineers because they have to work with what their employers give them money wise. These kinds of accidents are not preventable, but I do think that companies should put more money into their projects to decrease the odds of having a fatal accident.