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Minnesota's I-35W Bridge Lit Up Like a Rainbow For Marriage Equality

Minnesota's I-35W Bridge Lit Up Like a Rainbow For Marriage Equality | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
In recognition of Minnesota's passage of marriage equality, the City of Minneapolis government lit up the I-35W bridge like a rainbow. Gorgeous.
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This would have been awesome to see!  It looks so cool, and I imagine it was a great feeling for people to see as Minnesota became the 12th state to approve gay marriage.  Definitely will be a significant event in history!

 

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Mariah Kieffer's comment, May 17, 2013 10:57 AM
Thats awesome! so cool to see People celebrating this huge historical moment for Minnesota! I wonder how long it took them to set it all up?
Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, May 17, 2013 3:11 PM
Man, that is cool! I wish I could have seen it! It's really awesome that we get to be around for such a historical event! Now, we can tell our kids "I remember when the gay marriage law was passed, I was a senior in high school.......blah blah blah" Otherwise, not a lot of really memorable events have happened in our lifetime (that we would remember).
Taylor Franklin's comment, May 19, 2013 2:57 PM
I wish I was there, It would've been really beautiful. I find it so interesting how people's ideas of freedom and societal norms have changed over the years. This would have never had a chance of passing in the 60s. In only 50 years we have really flipped our morals, I think for the better.
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Cleveland Kidnaps Suspect Will Plead Not Guilty, Lawyer Says : NPR

Cleveland Kidnaps Suspect Will Plead Not Guilty, Lawyer Says : NPR | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
"The initial portrayal by the media has been one of a 'monster' and that's not the impression that I got when I talked to him for three hours," attorney Craig Weintraub tells Cleveland's WKYC-TV.
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Alright, so for this guy to plead not guilty to the kidnapping charges is absolutely absurd and ridiculous.  Those three girls were all found in his basement, clearly unmalnourished and mistreated.  I do not understand how he or his lawyer are going to try to steer the case in the other way and say that he did not do these things.  By him pleading not guilty to a case that has so much evidence against him only adds onto the negative views on him.  Crazy guy.  I'm interested to see more of the details as it progresses.

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Taylor Franklin's comment, May 19, 2013 2:47 PM
he'd better plead insanity because that's al he's got. This will be a pretty cut and dried trial.
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New York Times/CBS News Poll: Unity on Issues Falls to Politics

New York Times/CBS News Poll: Unity on Issues Falls to Politics | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
A New York Times/CBS News Poll found broad support for background checks on gun buyers and a path to citizenship for immigrants, but discord about which party would address those issues best.
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I do not understand how the public can all favor the same solutions to the problems, but still argue with each other.  In this article it states that nearly three-fourths of Americans are not pleased with how Congress is handling their job, yet Congress is not making any changes anytime soon.  Clearly if more than half of the citizens disapprove, you're doing something wrong.  I think party politics ultimately drive us apart rather than unite us as a country as a whole.  I believe that it's fine that we all have different opinions and stuff, but when we use labels such as "Democrat" or "Republican", there are already preconceived notions about the other person.  Washington advised the founding fathers to not get into party politics, yet we did and now we can't seem to get ourselves out of it.  

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Michael Jackson's doctor was in 'desperate financial straits', jury hears

Michael Jackson's doctor was in 'desperate financial straits', jury hears | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
LA detective says Conrad Murray was in deep debt when he was employed to care for the singer before his 2009 death
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I am very interested in seeing what the verdict of this court case will be!  Shame on Michael Jackson's doctor though if he is found guilty.  That goes against the vows and promises he takes as he becomes a doctor.  You go to a doctor to get help ultimately.  You are supposed to be able to trust him, the things people do for money though.  You can never be too sure of someone's motives, and that would concern me hugely if I was a huge celebrity with lots of money.  I will definitely be following this court case as it goes through the process to hearing the end hearing!

 

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Suspected Boston Bomber Receives All-Star Defense Team

Suspected Boston Bomber Receives All-Star Defense Team | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
Dzhokhar Tsarneav, 19, who is facing the death penalty for his role in last week's terror attack, will be represented by one of the most experienced and well respected public defenders in the country, Miriam Conrad, who heads the Federal Public...
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Well.. I am not too sure if I feel too positively about this.  It disgusts me that he gets some of the most experienced lawyer without any pay.  Granted, I would feel different about it, if I thought he was innocent.  But due to recent events in the news, I am going to have to go with a no.  If he gets away with this, it'll be upsetting.  I get that it is a high priority case so maybe just not anybody should be the lawyer.  I would hate to be a lawyer!  especially one defending someone that has played some role in such a terrible event like this.

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Mariah Kieffer's comment, April 27, 2013 4:22 PM
I agree with your insight. Personally I could never work for someone that did such a terrible thing to our country. I know that its part of our constitution, but its unfair when he isn't a citizen and still gets a free lawyer and potentially be let go. This man is guilty! I dont understand how he would be innocent, unless he pulled that line of others saying hes crazy and needs help.
Taylor Franklin's comment, April 28, 2013 1:44 PM
I do believe he deserves the same right as everyone else does in this country. Every person being accused of a crime deserves the right to a defense. they are also given the opportunity to have a lawyer appointed to them, and they can also defend themselves. If he really is guilty, the facts will speak for themselves, and he will be punished. until that point, he can't be kept from these rights just because most of the nation wants to see him rot in jail.
Camille Fawcett's comment, April 28, 2013 2:20 PM
I believe he deserves a lawyer as well, just like everybody else. I just do not want to see this guy walk free of this.
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5 to 15 killed, 160 wounded in 'devastating' Texas chemical plant blast

5 to 15 killed, 160 wounded in 'devastating' Texas chemical plant blast | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
An earth-rattling explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant killed at least 5 to 15 people, wounded more than 160 and destroyed dozens of homes and businesses, including a nursing home, officials said.
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This is an awful tragedy. I sure hope that this was an accident rather than someone knew the building was unsafe and just chose to ignore it. I'm interested to see what new news might come from this case.
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Mariah Kieffer's comment, April 19, 2013 11:33 AM
I dont know if you saw the video thats going around of he actual explosion and child yelling they cant hear and to get out, but its so freaky! i can imagine being around that area and experiencing it! I wander what started this, was there chemicals that mixed with others creating a bomb. I just hope the ones that are wounded heal with in time!
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Police: Hostage taker was 'sick in bed' when he pulled gun on firefighters

Police: Hostage taker was 'sick in bed' when he pulled gun on firefighters | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
A gunman who held firefighters hostage outside Atlanta and was killed after an hours-long standoff was lying in bed when the emergency crew arrived and fooled them into thinking he was sick before.
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Reading this article really disturbed me.  This man had to be very messed up for him to think that, that was acceptable.  It disturbed me mostly because he took advantage of the firefighters.  Firefighters dedicated their lives to saving other citizens.  By calling them and pretending to be sick and then holding them hostage, that is a huge corruption in this system.  Firefighters can be very vulnerable to people like this.  How one could take advantage and be okay with it is beyond me.  In other countries, the police or firefighters aren't nearly as able as ours are today to save lives.  This is just terrible.  

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Taylor Franklin's comment, April 13, 2013 9:35 PM
WHY???? There are a lot of news stories that I've been hearing lately that just do not make sense! Taking anyone hostage is an awful, cruel thing in itself. But these people risk their lives to help keep everyone else safe, and this is how society repays them?
Meredith Boyce's comment, April 13, 2013 10:29 PM
What the heck. Can I get a big WEIRDO! Don't you think that the firefighters would be able to beat the guy though? I do agree that this is corruption of the system. People are messed up.
Mariah Kieffer's comment, April 14, 2013 3:20 PM
I heard about this... its so weird to think that people would do this. I personally think that people need to stop publisizing this so much. Each crazy story potentially leads to another crazy wanting to end up like that.
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House committee votes in favor of pro-business cyber security bill

House committee votes in favor of pro-business cyber security bill | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
A House panel voted overwhelmingly Wednesday in favor of a new data-sharing program that would give the federal government a broader role in helping banks, manufacturers and other businesses protect themselves against cyberattacks.
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I thought this article was very interesting to read about.  In it the House of Representatvie passed a bill in which would help out banks, manufacturers, and other businesses protect themselves from cyberattacks from China, or other countries.  The most intriguing part I read about this was that I never thought about how other countries try to, or successfully sometimes, hack internet bases from the United States.  I can see it happening, I just never thought about it.  I don't see why the government wouldn't pass this bill.  As far as I can see there is not really anything wrong with it, especially if it is ultimately offering stronger protection from these cyberattacks.

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North Korea: Attack on U.S. cleared - Associated Press

North Korea: Attack on U.S. cleared - Associated Press | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
Ratcheting up the rhetoric, North Korea warned early Thursday that its military has been cleared to wage an attack on the U.S. using “smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear” weapons.
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Well, this kind of concerns me. I definitely wouldn't put it past North Korea. They are crazy, well the leader is. How secretive North Korea is makes me nervous about what nuclear weapons they may have over there. It would be terrible if they attacked us! Eek!
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Taylor Franklin's comment, April 4, 2013 10:13 AM
It only takes one person or nation to start the nuclear domino effect. However, it isn't going to happen now. I don't think that North Koreans are that stupid to bomb America. They must know that we have bombs as well. They aren't going to attack us when we have such a good foothold in South Korea.
Mariah Kieffer's comment, April 4, 2013 10:48 AM
I agree with both of you. When i hear the word bomb I get nervous. For North Korea to send off a bomb to America or South Korea could start a whole war up. I think for them to take this action would be risky to their own country! America is so advanced in our weapons and we have many more allies than they do. Its a situation I hope will never actually happen!
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Medical Marijuana Case May Head Back To Court

Medical Marijuana Case May Head Back To Court | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
NEW YORK -- A medical marijuana group filed a petition on Friday with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, asking for do-over on a key ruling in the fight to reclassify the drug as safe for medical use.
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I don't know why there is all of a sudden demand for medicinal marijuana.  Does marijuana, when used medically, make a larger impact than what we are using now?  Honestly, I am not quite sure what I think about the use of marijuana as a medicine.  I am indifferent.  I am just curious what medicinal marijuana is even used for! And if it is even better than something we are using now.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 2, 2013 1:33 PM
There is a lot of research about the benefits in using it as a painkiller for chronic sufferers of serious diseases (such as cancer). But there is also much confusion about the validity of many prescriptions for the treatment. I'd suggest doing your own research on this issue but beware, there is a lot of misinformation out there!
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Obama's appeals court nominee bows out in face of Republican pressure

Obama's appeals court nominee bows out in face of Republican pressure | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
President accepts with 'deep disappointment' Caitlin Halligan's decision to withdraw as nominee for US court of appeals in DC
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This is my article dealing with the political parties.  I think that it is ridiculous that this woman has to back down after being nominated by the President, himself, all because Republicans keep holding filibusters to delay her from being in the Senate house.  In this article it also says that about 18 of his judicial nominations are still awaiting to be elected.  One thing I don't get is that the Republican and Democrats are both two parties within the same government, ultimately working towards the same goal, the protection of the citizens.  They should be acting as a team, not going against each other.  I understand both parties have different views on controversial topics, like the whole gun debate that's going on, but they need to learn how to compromise at some point.  After all of the criticisms the government gets from citizens or talk shows, they should be standing together, not against each other.  Easier said than done though, right?

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MsHaeussinger's comment, March 24, 2013 1:45 PM
It is interesting that even with a majority in the Senate, the Democrats could not force vote on her nomination. However, it does reinforce the idea of checks and balances. Only the Senate can confirm nominations made by the President.
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Homeland Security: Not Searching Your Laptop Doesn't Benefit Your Civil Liberties, So We Can Do It | Techdirt

Homeland Security: Not Searching Your Laptop Doesn't Benefit  Your Civil Liberties, So We Can Do It | Techdirt | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it

We've written many times over the years concerning the legality of Homeland Security searching your laptop at the border without reasonable suspicion. Many courts have held that, effectively, the 4th Amendment does not apply at the border, so they don't need a warrant to search your laptop. However, they've been continually pushing this ability further and further. For example, they got a court to say that this applies not just while you're at the border -- they can take your laptop off site to search it and hang onto it for a while. However, that time, they at least needed to have a "reasonable suspicion." DHS has taken a pretty firm stand that it must be able to keep doing this. While the ACLU and the EFF and others keep challenging these rules, to date the only possible crack was in a case where there's evidence that the search was politically motivated.

Late last week, a bizarre finding popped up. Back in 2009, when DHS announced its new rules for laptop searches at the border, it also promised that it would do its own "Civil Liberties Impact Assessment" within 120 days. Three years later, Homeland Security's Orwellian "Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties" has finally released a two page executive summary of the findings, which more or less says "there are no civil liberties issues" with laptop searches. What else would you expect them to say? The ACLU has filed a FOIA request for the full report, but let's just focus on the most horrifying statement in the executive summary:

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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I don't quite understand what is so special about the border that wouldn't allow the 4th Amendment rights to be applied.  If you're at the border, you are not out of the country, so I am glad that they changed that back.  I think a warrant should always be needed as long as you haven't left the country.  Although many of us wouldn't have anything to hide from the government on our computer, it's the fact that we are supposed to be given that right.  If it was so rudely taken away from us, I would be upset too.  Whether I had important things on my laptop or not.

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President Announces Choice for Budget Chief

President Announces Choice for Budget Chief | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
In selecting Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama enlisted another Clinton-era veteran for his economic team.
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This is the first article I have read on the sequester that doesn't involve either the republicans or democrats pointing fingers at eachother.  Then again, it could also have to deal with the types of news sources I have been looking at.  Well anyways, I really hope that this new woman is the key we have been missing.  I hope that with these new "Budget Chiefs" we will be able to do the proper budget cutting.  Fingers crossed. 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, March 10, 2013 4:33 PM
Nice choice, she is experienced and well-rounded -- a perfect combination for this challenge. Unfortunately, it will still take Congress to push through any budget changes.
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Vermont OKs assisted suicide bill - Kyle Cheney

Vermont OKs assisted suicide bill - Kyle Cheney | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
The approval of an assisted suicide bill in Vermont brings to a close a 10-year battle in the state over the issue and delivers the third state-level victory for advocates seeking to advance the policy nationwide.
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This is really surprising for me.  The assisted suicide bill is so controversial; I am surprised that they were able to pass this bill.  To me, the assisted-suicide bill is so wrong for many religious purposes.  

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Taylor Franklin's comment, May 19, 2013 2:44 PM
I don't know how liberal or conservative Vermont it, but you would think something like this would be pretty evenly split. I don't know how they got it to pass considering how strongly people feel both ways.
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Unemployment rates fall in 90 pct. of US cities

Unemployment rates fell in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. cities in March, though most of the declines likely occurred because more Americans stopped looking for work, rather than found jobs.
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Although I think this data can be a little skewed, I think that it is still positive!  At least some progress is being made.  Although it is only a tenth of a percent, it also happened within a month or so.  So that may be kind of promising. Fingers crossed!

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MsHaeussinger's comment, May 2, 2013 10:54 AM
Hopefully this trend continues. What do you think the job outlook will be when you graduate college?
Mariah Kieffer's comment, May 12, 2013 11:47 AM
Thats awesome! Something positive in the Economy! A tenth of a percent is still something and hopefully it can lead to better percents in the next couple months!
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Huge payout for US disabled workers

Huge payout for US disabled workers | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
A US jury awards $240m (£203m) to 32 mentally disabled men who suffered decades of abuse while working for a turkey processing company in Iowa.
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Reading about this incident and how that employer took advantage of the workers just disgusts me.  I am super glad that the jury decided to vote in favor of the workers.  They deserve all of that money to have put up with such people, and the horrible working conditions.  That is very unconstitutional!!

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Obama to attend memorial for victims of fertilizer plant explosion

Obama to attend memorial for victims of fertilizer plant explosion | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will go to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on Thursday to attend a memorial service for the victims of last week's fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, White House Press...

Via Anna Zamzow
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I think it is awesome that Obama, and his wife Michelle attended this ceremony! It goes along with the different roles that we learned in class this last week.  No where in the Constitution does it say he has to attend these kind of things, but he still does.  And as a symbol of our country, I think that is awesome for him to do this.

 

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Max Zamzow's comment, April 27, 2013 10:31 AM
agreed, i'm curious if the other presidents attended or not. It wasn't too clear on that, that'd be pretty special.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 28, 2013 12:12 PM
Great example of how the Chief of State role is fulfilled
Taylor Franklin's comment, April 28, 2013 1:30 PM
I think these kind of things are an unwritten duty of the president. He does this to show support and unity throughout the country, and these are things that need to be portrayed to other nations. we need to show that the US stands as one.
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Monsanto controls your diet

Monsanto controls your diet | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
The chemical company's influence extends across all three branches of government -- and affects our daily lives
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Reading this article really angers me.  Most Americans are unaware of this current situation.  There is so much corruption going on in the food industry, but because of ignorance we as citizens are actually endorsing it rather than fighting it.  Monsanto is a main part of that argument.  Monsanto is controlling the seed industry especially right now.   There used to be so many different varieties of crops because of all the different companies that contributed to the industry. But now, because of the genetically modifying of crops and Monsanto monopolizing the seed industry, there are only five to ten different varieties of a crop when there used to be thirty to forty.  You might not think that this is important.. buuut, genetic diversity plays a huge role in the nutrients and vitamins in food.  Things like this really anger me, and I feel like the government should intervene to some extent if it is affecting the health of Americans.

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Mariah Kieffer's comment, April 27, 2013 4:33 PM
I guess I never realized that the crops were being affected like this. Its nice to know what i am eating. Something must be done.
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Obama Takes Senate to Task for Failed Gun Control Measure - ABC News

Obama Takes Senate to Task for Failed Gun Control Measure - ABC News | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
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I think it's a little weird that Obama scolded the senate for not passing the gun ban. Is that not the whole point of checks and balances? I mean I get that he does not agree with the decision, but I don't think he should scold them for not agreeing.
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US to send $10 million in food, medical kits to Syrian rebels

US to send $10 million in food, medical kits to Syrian rebels | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
The United States will supply the Syrian rebels with up to $10 million in direct nonlethal aid in the form of food and medical supplies, the White House announced Thursday.
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Reading this made me feel a little about the United States.  I am really glad we decided as a country to help aid these Syrian people in trouble.  They are people on the other side of the country who are struggling a whole lot.  It kind of plays off the fact that being poor in United States is nothing compared to being poor in other country.  Just by living in the United States, we are in the top one percent of the world.  Crazy to think!  I am pleased with the government's decision to do so, and support it.  

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Mariah Kieffer's comment, April 14, 2013 3:26 PM
I am glad that we are generous to other countries. But at the same time I wonder where they got the $10 million dollars to give to the syrian rebels. I feel like United States gives out so much money to other countries so often. I support the act but then i dont at the same time. Our country is already so much in the whole adding a whole another 10 million is small but still a lot.
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Why President Obama's annoying campaign emails worked

Why President Obama's annoying campaign emails worked | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
The campaign's irritatingly casual subject lines got under the skin of even his most ardent supporters — but they still raised a whole lot of cash
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This was extremely smart on the strategist's part! It's so casual just to put, "Hey," in the subject line. It tricks people into opening an email that they believe is from a casual friend just catching up, but really it gets them to view the campaign ad. After so many view this ad, it has a big influence on the voters and get in their heads!
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Mariah Kieffer's comment, April 4, 2013 10:43 AM
Thats interesting. You so right! people nowadays just open emails if they see it being from a friend, they assume its something funny. After all Obama did win and maybe this trick did some effect to his win.
Taylor Franklin's comment, April 4, 2013 12:16 PM
This is really interesting just seeing how far strategic marketing can get a business. If President Obama raised $690 million dollars with a simple "hey" there a lot of doors open to the public relations career field. I can't say I'm angry about this, because of its amazing results.
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Five Extreme Republican Laws That Are Pushing States Even Further To The Right

Five Extreme Republican Laws That Are Pushing States Even Further To The Right | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
North Carolina Republicans want an "official state religion." ;
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I was surprised by this article! I thought that in general most people in our country have liberal views, and maybe that is still true. One thing that caught my eye was that North Dakota recently banned abortion, which I think is awesome. But I guess it just stuck out to me because it seems to me at least that the pro-choice side of the argument is much more widely spread. Must also deal with the location though, I guess.
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Rick Perry Blasts Madonna's Protest Against Boy Scouts' No Gay Policy

Rick Perry Blasts Madonna's Protest Against Boy Scouts' No Gay Policy | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) is upset with Madonna for her recent protest against the Boy Scouts' ban on gay members and leaders, calling her comments a “gratuitous shot” at the organization, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday.
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I never thought I would say this, but I would have to agree with Madonna's protest agains the Boy Scouts' ban on gay members.  I think that it's ridiculous.  If it was a religous organization, I could see that as maybe a problem if the organization's views were against that.  Seeing that it is not though, I don't think they have the right to do that just because of their sexual orientation.  I think it's acutally a disgrace on the Boy Scouts program.

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Mariah Kieffer's comment, March 24, 2013 9:16 AM
I agree with you. Its sad to see once again another organization go against gays. Everyone deserves a right to do what they want in this country. Boy Scouts can be affiliated with religious background but not all. This is a change in our world just like how women got the right to vote and africans got equal rights as whites. Its time for people to understand that this is a part of our world. Boy Scouts have a lot to deal with.
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Sources: NRA won't oppose background check deal – if Democrats cede tough records fight

Sources: NRA won't oppose background check deal – if Democrats cede tough records fight | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
Senators negotiating a bill mandating background checks for all gun buyers are privately expecting the National Rifle Association not to fight the measure -- provided the legislation does not require private gun sellers to maintain records of the...
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I really hope that the NRA and them are able to find a compromise dealing with guns.  This idea of having more intensive background checks is the first legitimate compromise since the Newton shooting.  Overall, I believe that more intensive background checks would prevent more shootings from happening.  I believe that this is because it would be able to separate some people who shouldn't have a gun from the rest, unlike before when they passed the background check.  I understand that there are faults as far as background checks go, but I think that it's the worth the effort if it means saving some American lives in the future.

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Meredith Boyce's comment, March 15, 2013 9:09 AM
Definitely, they need to compromise and get along. I agree that back ground checks should be done and its a given that there will be flaws. I don't think that they should have extremely strict laws on the guns. I think that we have to realize that no matter how many laws we make people have the choice to obey them or not.
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Senate Democrats offer budget plan with tax increases and spending cuts

Senate Democrats offer budget plan with tax increases and spending cuts | Current Events- gov & law | Scoop.it
In an opening bid for possible negotiations with House Republicans that might lead to a compromise budget resolution this summer, Senate Democrats on Wednesday formally unveiled their budget blueprint for the new fiscal year that starts Oct.
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Seeing this heading made me relieved.  Finally, a plan has been thought up!  Maybe it's not the best plan for us right now, but I am glad that at least a plan has thought up.  It is nearly impossible for us to trim our debt in a short period, so I think that this slower approach and cutting only 2% each year is a wise decision.  As much as I would like us to just to be out of debt already, I know that doing such a drastic change would hurt us economically in a huge way.  They voted on this plan today, and I'm anxious to hear the outcome!

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