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18th-Century Law at Heart of Apple’s Dispute With F.B.I.

18th-Century Law at Heart of Apple’s Dispute With F.B.I. | American Government | Scoop.it
An act from the 18th century helped the Justice Department in its push to make Apple help write software to disable privacy defenses in its phones.
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America the Unfair?

America the Unfair? | American Government | Scoop.it
We need to leverage populist frustration into constructive postelection policy. It’s been done before.
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The Supreme Court, the Nativists and Immigrants

The Supreme Court, the Nativists and Immigrants | American Government | Scoop.it
President Obama’s action to protect undocumented parents from deportation was well within his authority.
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Tearful Obama, Announcing Gun Control Steps, Condemns Shootings

Tearful Obama, Announcing Gun Control Steps, Condemns Shootings | American Government | Scoop.it
“Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad,” the president said, discussing the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
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Supreme Court Revisits Case That May Alter Affirmative Action

Supreme Court Revisits Case That May Alter Affirmative Action | American Government | Scoop.it
In 2013, the court avoided giving a direct answer about the constitutionality of the program used by the University of Texas at Austin.
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Ex-US Intelligence Chief on Islamic State's Rise: 'We Were Too Dumb' - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Ex-US Intelligence Chief on Islamic State's Rise: 'We Were Too Dumb' - SPIEGEL ONLINE | American Government | Scoop.it
Without the Iraq war, Islamic State wouldn't exist today, former US special forces chief Mike Flynn openly admits. In an interview, he explains IS' rise to become a professional force and how the Americans allowed its future leader to slip out of their hands.
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The Supreme Court Debates When the Government Can Freeze Your Assets - Slate Magazine

The Supreme Court Debates When the Government Can Freeze Your Assets - Slate Magazine | American Government | Scoop.it
Sila Luis wants a good lawyer. Charged with defrauding Medicare for millions of dollars through kickbacks and overbilling, Luis faces a three-week criminal
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Study Finds Local Taxes Hit Lower Wage Earners Harder

Study Finds Local Taxes Hit Lower Wage Earners Harder | American Government | Scoop.it
An analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy ranked states by tax burden and concluded that the poorest have the biggest burden in local taxes.
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How people are  taxed depends on which type of economic system?

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VIDEO: Why Is Health Care Spending Growth Slowing Down?

VIDEO: Why Is Health Care Spending Growth Slowing Down? | American Government | Scoop.it
In this video Senior Fellow Louise Sheiner, policy director for the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy, looks at possible reasons for the recent slowdown in the growth of health care spending in the United States.
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The Growing Shadow of Political Money

The Growing Shadow of Political Money | American Government | Scoop.it
Toxic campaign spending has been on the rise, and not only because of Citizens United. But needed reforms are going nowhere.
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In State of the Union Speech, Obama to Urge a Skeptical Congress to Back Initiatives

In State of the Union Speech, Obama to Urge a Skeptical Congress to Back Initiatives | American Government | Scoop.it
President Obama is expected to call on Republicans to work with him on potential areas of consensus as he lays out a vision for his final two years in office.
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The State of the Union is a requirement in the US Constitution.

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Billboards and the Bill of Rights

Billboards and the Bill of Rights | American Government | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court is slowly changing the meaning of words in free-speech law—and not for the better.
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Teachers Know Best

Teachers Know Best | American Government | Scoop.it
In 2013, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation talked to 3,000 teachers and 1,200 students to understand what they need from digital instructional tools.
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What If?

What If? | American Government | Scoop.it
What if the eras of the E.U., high growth in China, expensive oil and newly independent nations’ economic foundations are all over?
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The 62 Richest People On Earth Now Hold As Much Wealth As The Poorest 3.5 Billion

The 62 Richest People On Earth Now Hold As Much Wealth As The Poorest 3.5 Billion | American Government | Scoop.it
"No one credible will say this is good for the world or good for the economy."
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Rich Children and Poor Ones Are Raised Very Differently

Rich Children and Poor Ones Are Raised Very Differently | American Government | Scoop.it
Children grow up learning the skills to succeed in their socioeconomic stratum, but not necessarily others, which can deepen class divisions.
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A Congress That Doesn’t Want to Weigh In on War - The New York Times

A Congress That Doesn’t Want to Weigh In on War - The New York Times | American Government | Scoop.it
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The West's Dilemma: Why Assad Is Uninterested in Defeating Islamic State - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The West's Dilemma: Why Assad Is Uninterested in Defeating Islamic State - SPIEGEL ONLINE | American Government | Scoop.it
In the fight against Islamic State, the West is considering cooperating with the Syrian army. There's a hitch though: Assad's troops aren't just too weak to defeat IS -- they also have no interest in doing so.
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Salaries of Private College Presidents Continue to Rise, Survey Finds

Salaries of Private College Presidents Continue to Rise, Survey Finds | American Government | Scoop.it
In all, 32 presidents received $1 million or more in compensation in 2013, the latest figures available, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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Could this be one of many factors contributing to the high cost of college?

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States Consider Increasing Taxes for the Poor and Cutting Them for the Affluent

States Consider Increasing Taxes for the Poor and Cutting Them for the Affluent | American Government | Scoop.it
Some G.O.P.-led states may raise consumption taxes, which hit the poor harder, and cut income taxes, which hit the affluent harder.
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A Guide to Minimum Wage Increases at the State Level

A Guide to Minimum Wage Increases at the State Level | American Government | Scoop.it
By Jan. 1, 29 states and the District of Columbia will have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage of $7.25.
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Minimum wage is a characteristic of what kind of economic system?

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Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up

Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up | American Government | Scoop.it
Since 2000, the middle-class share of households has narrowed as more have fallen to the bottom of the economic ladder.
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Justice Ginsburg Explains Everything You Need To Know About Religious Liberty In Two Sentences

Justice Ginsburg Explains Everything You Need To Know About Religious Liberty In Two Sentences | American Government | Scoop.it
Notorious.
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Systems of Government by Country

Systems of Government by Country | American Government | Scoop.it
This map shows Systems of Government in the World. A systems of government or form of state governance, refers to the set of political institutions by which a government of a state is organized in order to exert its powers over a house in the congress bod
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