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].
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Banks, Sandy. "Too much health information enough to make you sick - latimes.com." Los Angeles Times - California, national and world news - latimes.com. N.p., 7 Apr. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2012. <http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-banks-20120407,0,6803031,full.column>.
Precis: In this critical article, Sandy Banks indicates that too much health information caused by the increase in scientific and technological advances can do more harm than good, especially to the elderly, by using a personal anecdote describing all of the negative effects from superfluous medical treatments in order to pose the idea that patients wouldn't ask for so many tests if researchers stop spinning out so many studies.
Personal Commentary: Being fortunate enough to be a healthy teenager, I don't have to worry about serious health issues. However, both sets of my grandparents have bad health, so I know how much my mom has to do for scheduling all of their doctors appointments and tests, as well as how many pills they take on a daily basis. I agree with Banks that too much information can make people worry too much about preventing or slowing down the time of death.

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Robinson, Jeffrey. "Secret Service still the best and the brightest - CNN.com." CNN.com - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News. N.p., 20 Apr. 2012. Web. 26 Apr. 2012. <http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/20/opinion/robinson-secret-service/index.html?hpt=op_bn6>.
Precis: In this forgiving article, Jeffrey Robinson deems the Secret Service unworthy of all of the criticism for some of its members mistakes by sarcastically exaggerating the effects of the eleven members' wrongdoings, as well as by focusing on the actual job that is required of secret service members in order to not only admit to the members' actions as stupid but to reiterate to the public that the Secret Service still gets it job done, regardless of its personal activities.
Personal Commentary: I feel like the Secret Service members should be smart enough to know better than to get involved in dirty activities. To uphold that high of a position for the protection of our president and nation, they shouldn't be caught in any scandals. However, we are all human, and we all make mistakes, so I think the public should be forgiving and let the agency handle the consequences for the members privately.

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Rodin, Judith. "To prepare for disasters, have a Plan B - CNN.com." CNN.com - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News. N.p., 20 <http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/20/opinion/rodin-plan-b-world/index.html?hpt=op_bn5>.
Precis: In this urgent article, Judith Rodin emphasizes the importance of having a Plan B in preparation for capricious events by not only discussing the previous consequences that came with having a lack of a Plan B, but also by providing specific situations where a Plan B would be beneficial in order to introduce the broader idea of global interconnections through having a Plan B when disaster strikes for a better supported society.
Personal Commentary: Being a planner, I completely agree with Rodin that nations around the world need to have a Plan B for different situations in case of emergency. However, that is easier said than done, so I hope the meeting in Washington this week that Rodin mentioned in her article will provide some interest in the concept of being better prepared for when disaster threatens the security of nations.

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Keen, Andrew. "Does the internet breed killers? - CNN.com." CNN.com - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News. N.p., 19 Apr. 2012. Web. 30 Apr. 2012. <http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/19/opinion/keen-breivik-internet/index.html?hpt=op_bn5>.
Precis: In this alarming article, Andrew Keen argues that the Internet plays a major role in the development of violence by juxtaposition of how it would be equally irresponsible to blame this mass murder on social media as it would be to make no connection between the two in order to warn others about how digital media can corrupt one's grasp on reality, which could then lead to more than virtual violence.
Personal Commentary: The Internet can be both a curse and a blessing. It's one of those things that has good intentions, but then it's taken the wrong way. I'm not accustomed to it, but there is so much virtual violence thanks to the overwhelming use of social media. This article was interesting because I didn't know the severity of how big of a role social media could have on a serious case of violence.

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Donehue, Wesley. "The danger of Twitter, Facebook politics - CNN.com." CNN.com - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News. N.p., 24 Apr. 2012. Web. 30 Apr. 2012. <http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/24/opinion/donehue-social-media-politics/index.html?hpt=op_t1>.
Precis: In this critical article, Wesley Donehue emphasizes the danger that comes with Twitter and Facebook being used for promoting political ideas through the use of specific examples of how these social media websites are being used, rhetorical questions, and analogies in order to express the idea that social media is not the reason for these controversial politics, but rather it has expedited the public's view on the current political system in the United States and needs to be used for good instead of bad.
Personal Commentary: Similar to the previous article, social media can be used in a negative way in politics. The politicians must know the impact that these sites can have on influencing the public, but in many cases, social media is harming the public's view towards their policies. I had a twitter at one point, so I am aware of all of the tweets from random people that anyone can see. People can follow you without you knowing or following them back, so many people can see politicians' tweets.

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Censky, Annalyn. "China's economic growing pains - Apr. 23, 2012." CNNMoney - Business, financial and personal finance news. N.p., 26 Apr. 2012. Web. 30 Apr. 2012. <http://money.cnn.com/2012/04/23/news/economy/china-economy/?npt=NP1>.
Precis: In this shocking article, Annalyn Censky claims that China has economic "growing pains" contrary to popular belief by presenting statistics behind how China's income is divided up and by comparing China's economic growth impact to those of other countries, including the United States, in order to predict when the economy will be fully developed to where all citizens will reap the benefits.
Personal Commentary: Most people, including myself, do not realize that even though China makes almost all of the products we use here in the United States, it has so many people that the GDP divided among the population is a minimal amount. According to the predictions presented in this article, it is better for me that China's point at which it surpasses the United States as the economic powerhouse is delayed.

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Avlon, John. "Where's the outrage over Republican's 'communist' claim? - CNN.com." CNN.com - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News. N.p., 16 Apr. 2012. Web. 30 Apr. 2012.<http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/15/opinion/avlon-west-communists/index.html?npt=NP1>.
Precis: In this berating article, John Avlon asserts that any sense of perspective in American politics will be lost if American don't start condemning members of their own party when extreme comments are made by explaining how the illogical politicians have exaggerated situations and have caused polarization within the government in order to reiterate the fact that politicians can't go around accusing others of being a part of a communist, fascist, or socialist party.
Personal Commentary: I found this article to be interesting because of how it directly referenced McCarthy's accusation because I just so happened to learn about this in history the other day. I think it's kind of ridiculous to accuse American politicians of being communists. I don't think communist ideas are in the government here in the U.S., but rather some conservatives just strongly disagree with liberals.

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Board, Editorial. "Mr. Obama needs to show he's serious about climate change - The Washington Post." Washington Post: Breaking News, World, US, DC News & Analysis. N.p., 25 Apr. 2012. Web. 30 Apr. 2012. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mr-obama-needs-to-show-hes-serious-about-climate-change/2012/04/25/gIQASGlkhT_story.html>.
Precis: In this logical article, the Editorial Board of the Washington Post avers that President Obama needs to take a serious stance on making the environment an important issue in the upcoming election by utilizing personal quotes from the President and by presenting the lack of action that has taken place in his first term in order to reiterate that actions speak louder than words when it comes to making strides to controlling climate change.
Personal Commentary: I am quite passionate about saving the planet and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, so these types of articles always intrigue me. I don't think any government around the world has done enough to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. There is so much proof of global warming that President Obama better get serious about making some changes concerning climate change if he gets reelected.

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Weissmann, Jordan. "53% of Recent College Grads Are Jobless or Underemployed, How?" - Jordan Weissmann - Business - The Atlantic." The Atlantic News and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international, and life TheAtlantic.com. N.p., 23 Apr. 2012. Web. 30 Apr. 2012. <http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/04/53-of-recent-college-grads-are-jobless-or-underemployed-how/256237/>.
Precis: In this controversial article, Jordan Weissmann argues that many people are under the wrong impression that a college education will ensure a job with one's specific degree by providing a plethora of statistics as well as examples of certain degrees that are more likely to lead to employment in order to introduce the idea that "skills for all" could eliminate the problems for unemployed college graduates.
Personal Commentary: This article is pretty applicable to my life- not to mention terrifying. I don't want to work so hard all throughout high school and college to only leave unemployed. However, if that happens, I know that the Lord has a plan for me and that I will be able to live how He wants me to live no matter what.

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Warren, James. "How Can We Fix Transportation in America? Ask a 9-Year-Old - James Warren - National - The Atlantic." The Atlantic News and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international, and life TheAtlantic.com. N.p., 24 Apr. 2012. Web. 30 Apr. 2012. <http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/04/how-can-we-fix-transportation-in-america-ask-a-nine-year-old/256268/>.
Precis: In this thought-provoking article, James Warren indicates that thinking simplistically like a nine year old will help solve the transportation problems present in America today by presenting all of the issues with a response that many adults wouldn't dare to come up with as well as by presenting percentages of what the public would be supportive of when increasing taxes in order to demonstrate the difficulties that will be faced in this process of fixing transportation system unless the people take on a different perspective on the solutions to the problems.
Personal Commentary: I would hate to have even more tolls, so I think the best solution would to make only energy efficient vehicles. Then go ahead and charge a carbon tax; they wouldn't get much money that way. Mass transit systems are only effective in certain cities in the United States, so I think that the government should focus on finding a solution to the root of the problem instead of trying to get around it by coming up with lousy solutions elsewhere.