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Court rejects early appeal of surveillance ruling - US News

Court rejects early appeal of surveillance ruling - US News | Carlos Leon's Current Events Scrapbrook | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records.
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Quarter 4, Week 1 (April 7-11)

 

The Supreme Court on Monday, April 7, declined an early review of a constitutional challenge to the NSA's bulk collection of telephone records. Lawyer Larry Klayman wanted to bypass an appeals court after convincing a federal judge in December that the collection violates the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches. U.S District Judge William Pauley ruled that there was no evidence of the NSA collecting phone data for any reason other than to investigate terrorists. Several other lawsuits are also challenging the NSA's surveillance programs. The ACLU filed a complaint in a New York federal court. Klayman says that the appeals process would be too long of a wait and that the Supreme Court should insist in not waiting out. The Obama administration has defended the NSA program but at the beginning of the year called for a halt to end government accessing phone records and advice to get a secretive courts permissions before  attempting to access the records of millions of americans. 

 

In class we covered both the civil liberties and rights of americans and the process of how the justice system works. Here we have the government being accused of accessing americans phone records through spying on them . In the defense of the government, it is for the protection of the citizens against acts of terrorism that may be planned. For the civil suit filers, they insist that the act of collecting private phone records violates there constitutional rights on the basis of the fourth amendment (Unreasonable search and seizures). Lawyer Larry Klayman has worked his way up the justice system to bring this civil case against the agency but has failed to be appealed by the U.S. Supreme Court. He did file the lawsuit in a lower court and has since convinced a judge that it violates the constitution but now fears and argues that the Supreme Court should bypass the appeal and grant him to the court, but the Supreme Court denied his bypass appeal as it 90% of the time, denies cases that could be beneficial to society. He dictates that the appeals process may take too long because of the position of government control to favor that side more than the case itself.  It will be a tough grind up the courts once again if it continues to pursue the interest of himself of others to continue to fight back. (Standing to Sue!) 

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NBC News - Breaking News & Top Stories - Latest World, US & Local News

NBC News - Breaking News & Top Stories - Latest World, US & Local News | Carlos Leon's Current Events Scrapbrook | Scoop.it
Go to NBCNews.com for breaking news, videos, and the latest top stories in world news, business, politics, health and pop culture.
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Quater 3 Week 4 Carlos Leon AZ bill allows business owners to refuse serviece for religious reasons. Arizona lawmakers have passed a bill that LGBT rights advocates say allows business owners to discriminate against gay people. Arizona lawmakers passed a bill Feb. 20th that allows business owners to refuse service for religous reasons. Supporters point out the case of a photographer who was sued for refusing to take photos for a couple's same-sex marriage wedding. The bill was passed in the house late Feb. 20th with only three Republicans voting against it. All 17 Republican state senators backed the bill the day before. Arizona is the first state to pass such legislation, which has allso been introduced in Idaho, Oklahoma, Ohio, Mississippi, South Dakota and Tennessee.
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Amid scandal, Governor Christie's New Jersey approval rating drops

Amid scandal, Governor Christie's New Jersey approval rating drops | Carlos Leon's Current Events Scrapbrook | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Support for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, which soared over his handling of Superstorm Sandy, has fallen almost 20 points since his landslide re-election in November as he faces
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Christie recieved high marks for handling of Superstorm Sandy and won a landslide victor in elections, but his raing plummeted amid a scandal involving a top aide. New Jersey Governor Chris Christies approval rating fell 20 points to 53 as he was sworn in to a second term on Jan. 21, after a scandal hit his office. Christie denies knowledge of closing a bridge to settle a political score and allegations of withholding storm recovery funds for political reasons. A NBC NEWS / WSJ poll released on June , 2013- the day Christie easily won his party's nomination to run for reelection for NJ governor showed that Christie has broad appeal in the U.S. across parties. The poll said %40 of Republicans, %43 of Democrats and %41 of independents viewed him favorable at the time. Although Christie was criticized by national Republicans for praising Obama's response to the crisis, New Jerseyans disagreed. Polls showed that 81% believed that the two showed "need cooperation and bipartisanship," compared wit %12 who thought Christie "went too far in his praise" of Obama.

 

In Chapter 10, we discussed polling and its effect. Polls were brought up in the 50's as a tool for the politicians to recieve approval ratings of their choices and actions. Here in this story, Christies ratings dropped after the public found out allegations of Christie using that aided money to fund his political campaign. Polling has its pros and cons, but unfortunetly for Governor Christie, things aren't going so well between him and his people of New Jersey.

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Attorney: Supreme Court Leaning Toward Maintaining Fed Whistleblower Rights

Attorney: Supreme Court Leaning Toward Maintaining Fed Whistleblower Rights | Carlos Leon's Current Events Scrapbrook | Scoop.it
Tuesday’s oral arguments in securities industry case called \'good day\' for federal employees.
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In a 6-3 decision the U.S. Supreme Court extended employee whistle blower protections beyond publicly traded companies. The case surrounded Jonathan Zang and Jackie Hosang Lawson, who claimed their former employer, Fidelity Investments, retaliated against them after they raise concerns of fraud in corporate filings. Zang was fired in 2005 and Lawson resigned in 2007. They say they were forced out of the company. The plaintiffs argued protections passed by Congress in the 2002 Sarbanes Oxley Act cover their whistle blower actions. The Sarbanes Oxley Act was passed in response to problems at Enron that eventually led to its collapse. The majority, led by Justic Ginsburg, said the ruling was inline with how the U.S. Department of Labor has interpreted the law over the last decade and that the law was meant to protect whistle blowers who exposed wrongdoing. In the dissent Justices Sotomayor, Alito and Kennedy said the riling was too broad, and could end up protecting household employees like babysitters. Ginsburg said Congress can fix the issue by exempting household employees.

 

In Chapter 16, of our AP government book, I read about the Federal Justice System. One of the three United States Justice Systems is the U.S. SUPREME COURT, the pinnacle of the American judicial system. This court ensures uniformity in interpreting national laws, resolves conflicts among states, and maintains national supremacy in law. It has both original jurisdiction and appellate jurisdiction.  Its most important function is to resolve conflicts among the states and maintaining national supremacy in law. Here in this article both Jonathan and Jackie, the plaintiffs, are proposing for protection under the law, the Sarbanes Oxley Act, about their employer, Fidelity Investments,  who retaliated against them after they raised concerns of fraud in corporate filings. Also, one of the descriptions of the Supreme Court is that there are 9 justices in the court; eight associates and one chief justice. What is also in the article that I found relation to the reading is the 6-3 Decision. There were times where the associates (judges) ranged from 6-10 supreme court judges and thinking today, this ruling could have gone different.

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Ed Gillespie formally announces Senate run

Ed Gillespie formally announces Senate run | Carlos Leon's Current Events Scrapbrook | Scoop.it
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie officially launched his Senate challenge to Virginia Sen. Mark Warner on Thursday, arguing that he’s the best choice to improve the state’s economy. In a YouTube video announcement, Gillespie, who also served as a counselor to former President George W. Bush, said he’s running...
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Ed Gillespie, former chair of the Republican National Committee and advisor to former President George W. Bush, announced he'd challenge Virginia Sen. Mark Warner in 2014. In a YouTube video posted Jan. 16, former RNC chair Ed Gillespie officially launched his campaign to unseat Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner in november. Gillespie, 52, served as an advisor to former President George W. Bush. The Virginia  Senate bid is Gillespie's first run for elected office. Sen. Mark Warner will be seeking his second term in November. the moderate former governor said after Gillespie's  Jan. 16 announcement that he looked forward to putting his "independent, bipartisan record up against whichever candidate the Republicans nominate at their convention in June." On the other hand, Sen. Mark Warner already spent $7.1mil on campaign funds.

 

During this past week we focused on the basics and process of the electoral college. We went into overview of how a presidential candidate is elected. Here we have a similiar story but on a lower hand level of political elections. Later in the year in November there will be elections for candidates running for Congress. Ed Gillespie is going to run for Sen. of Virginia. He has already spent money towards his campaign by buying the media (commercial/video) on YouTube. We've come across the lecture on how important it is for candidates to campaign in order to win the election. Here he will campaign against Sen. Mark Warner for a spot in Congress. 

 

 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/01/16/ed-gillespie-virginia-senate-mark-warner/4514601/ ;

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Thousands of abortion foes brave cold for March for Life

Thousands of abortion foes brave cold for March for Life | Carlos Leon's Current Events Scrapbrook | Scoop.it
Organizers say they have worked to modernize the event and make it more inclusive.
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The 41'st annual March for Life went on despite wintry weather, and will also target Obamacare's contraceptice mandate. Thousands of demonstrators showed up for the country's largest anti-abortion event on Jan. 22, though attendence was lower than usual because some trains and buses were canceled. Temperatures dipped to 10 degrees in the morning. The march route goes from the National Mall to the Supreme Court. This year's theme is adoption. Several lawsuits have been filed against the contrceptive mandate, including a few that have reached then Supreme Court.

 

Protesting has been a very effective way of getting a group or organizations message out. In the introduction of our book, the people's interest, problems, and concers are expressed through parties, elections, the media, and interest groups. This process is known as linkage institution. These organized groups of people transmit thir preferences to the policymakers in government by protesting and thus, having the media cover it. Once, this linkage is sought after by the media, it gets on the governments policy agenda. 

 

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