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Texas Fertilizer Plant Injures 160, Kills 5-15 [VIDEO]

Texas Fertilizer Plant Injures 160, Kills 5-15 [VIDEO] | gov and law | Scoop.it
Rescue workers searched the smoldering ruins of a fertilizer plant Thursday for survivors of a monstrous explosion that leveled homes and businesses in every
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Tanner Schatzel's comment, April 20, 2013 7:51 PM
This is a very sad story. The blast was one of the biggest that I have every seen. It is also sad that it happened during the same week as the Boston Bombings. It is vary sad that people died and many are injured and missing.
Eric Olson's curator insight, May 3, 2013 9:34 AM

This could have been prevented if the state would have shut the plant down because of the previous violations they had for saftey.

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Smithsonian to close galleries due to budget cuts from Congress; park police face furloughs

Smithsonian to close galleries due to budget cuts from Congress; park police face furloughs | gov and law | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON - Budget cuts from Congress will soon reduce the number of free exhibitions on view each day at the Smithsonian Institution and will force unpaid leave for U

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Tanner Schatzel's curator insight, April 16, 2013 6:06 PM

I think that it is sad that they will have to close some exibits in the Smithsonian museums. That is the history of the United States on display. We should be taking away Congresses salary because they can not figure out how to make a balanced budget. They are the ones who should be enduring the consequences not the average American.

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Hamburg First German Ship to Deploy in U.S. Carrier Strike Group

Hamburg First German Ship to Deploy in U.S. Carrier Strike Group | gov and law | Scoop.it
The German Sachsen-class frigate Hamburg (F220) is the first German ship to fully integrate and deploy with an American
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Tanner Schatzel's comment, April 7, 2013 7:45 PM
I think it is cool that both of these countries are working together. They are some of the most powerfull countries in the world and when their navy's bond together they become even more powerful. This is the kind of news we should be hearing, not the people who died and how they did.
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Guinea-Bissau military leaders, political parties announce transitional council

Guinea-Bissau military leaders, political parties announce transitional council | gov and law | Scoop.it
Military leaders and a group of political parties in Guinea-Bissau have announced the formation of a Transitional National Council after a recent coup plunged the African country into deeper...
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Eric Olson's comment, March 21, 2013 4:07 PM
I think that it is sad that they have to assemble a whole new group of political and military people to get them out of chaos. To me it seems a little drastic and unneeded.
Noah Duncan's comment, April 14, 2013 7:11 AM
It is good that they are at least trying though. There are many poorer or more chaotic countries that won't even attempt a reform. It's nice to see an effort. No matter what it is.
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Worker Sets Fire To Submarine To Go Home Early

Worker Sets Fire To Submarine To Go Home Early | gov and law | Scoop.it
PORTLAND, Maine -- Navy investigators have determined that a civilian laborer set a fire that caused $400 million in damage to a nuclear-powered submarine because he had anxiety and wanted to get out of work early.
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so in my own opinion i think the man should spend a life time in prision... first off he shouldent be in the navy anyways if hes that messed up, second off because of the sequester they cant repair it... so now the navy is down one nucular sub... because a man dident wana go on deployment..... it just makes me mad...

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Tanner Schatzel's comment, March 21, 2013 9:20 AM
I think that it is messed up that a soldier would not want to do what he is supposed to do. Everybody else who has a job has to do their job so why shouldn't he. He should definitely be thrown in jail for along time. I don't comprehend how this act could cost 400 million dollars though. I would think that they would have more fire procedures to make the fire go out. I also don't like how it can't be prepared right now because of the sequester. Congress needs to finish what they started and figure this out.
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HIV solution from bee venom? ‘Too soon to tell’ despite Internet buzz

HIV solution from bee venom? ‘Too soon to tell’ despite Internet buzz | gov and law | Scoop.it
A study showing that a toxin in bee venom can kill HIV has set the Internet abuzz, but some veterans in the battle against HIV/AIDS caution that such early findings should always be greeted with caution.
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amazing, simply amazing.

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Tanner Schatzel's comment, March 16, 2013 8:40 PM
I think that it is to soon to tell if this will actually work. If it does work that would be awsome and it would cure so many people of this horendus disease.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 17, 2013 2:15 PM
"Too soon to tell" - can it ever be that simple?
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Guardian Decommissioned After 23 Years

Guardian Decommissioned After 23 Years | gov and law | Scoop.it
Avenger Class Mine Countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) concluded 23 years of service to the Navy during a decommis
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Noah Duncan's comment, March 9, 2013 9:28 PM
the level of respect that they had shown for this event was stunning and I felt that this is something that Americans can be proud on and define our country by.
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Rand Paul starts filibuster against CIA nominee

Rand Paul starts filibuster against CIA nominee | gov and law | Scoop.it
Senate Democrats pushed Wednesday for speedy confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director but ran into a snag after a Republican senator began a lengthy speech over the legality of potential drone strikes on U.S.
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this man is insaine... its pathetic how long he did this...

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Tanner Schatzel's comment, March 9, 2013 7:36 PM
I think that it is amazing that he spent that long of a time just trying to prove his point. Even though it seems pretty pointless, the point was to prove his point. Most people think that it is a waste of time but he was trying to prove his point.
Noah Duncan's comment, March 9, 2013 9:31 PM
Its nice that we got to experience a filibuster this early on in life. A lot of us didn't understnad what actually happens during one of these. Its nice that one person could forcibly voice their opinion so that everyone must view every side of the situation before making an important decision. Mad props to you Mr. Rand Paul
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The U.S. Constitution's Twenty-Seventh Amendment: Limiting Congressional Pay Raises - For Dummies

The U.S. Constitution's Twenty-Seventh Amendment: Limiting Congressional Pay Raises - For Dummies | gov and law | Scoop.it
A fun amendment at last! The Twenty-Seventh Amendment is of interest less for what it says than for the way it was ratified. It was proposed by Congress in 1789 but was

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SpaceX Completes Hotfire, Congress Set to Torch Commercial Crew

SpaceX Completes Hotfire, Congress Set to Torch Commercial Crew | gov and law | Scoop.it

"It may be worth recalling that in refusing to fund the Commercial Crew program anywhere near the level requested by the Administration in each of the budget requests since it began,  Congress intentionally set the stage for undercutting NASA’s Commercial Crew program  (in favor of SLS) well before sequestration became an issue.  While some have attempted to assert that there is no “fight” between the two very different components of NASA’s  human spaceflight program, Commercial Crew and SLS, there most certainly is,  which becomes obvious when considering the timeframes involved.  Setting aside for a moment the relative merits of the SLS/Orion architecture, one thing is clear, it is an open-ended program, potentially stretching on for decades.  Commercial Crew on the other hand is not, and its lifespan is tied to the International Space Station, the future of which is very uncertain after 2020.  Each time Congress elects to underfund Commercial Crew,  the schedule slides to the right and closer to 2020.  With a first flight to ISS for NASA astronauts  now looking like 2017, any further slip is likely to render the program pointless.  One variable, a possible early decision to extend the life of ISS past 2020 could change the landscape,  but it is a very safe bet than contractors with a vested interest SLS are likely to lobby heavily to end the ISS in order to assure continued funding for the big booster."

 


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yea that was pretty cool. 

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Tanner Schatzel's curator insight, March 2, 2013 8:04 PM

It is really nice that even though NASA isn't sending people to space stuff can still get to the people on he international space station. But if the government can't get this financial situation figured out NASA will not be able to fund some of these missions. That could mean that it would be a lot harder to get some supplies to the space station which is not fair to the people up there.

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USS Freedom Arrives in Singapore

USS Freedom Arrives in Singapore | gov and law | Scoop.it
The Navy's first littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) arrived in Singapore April 18, highlighting the next phase of
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Tanner Schatzel's comment, April 20, 2013 7:54 PM
I think that this is a good show of unity. It shows that the United States has great report with other countries. It would also be closer to North Korea if something went down there. So that is also another benefit.
Noah Duncan's comment, May 19, 2013 7:34 AM
I agree with Tanner's North Korea comment, that will be a very beneficial thing to have.
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Commentary: Cyberwar and the Private Sector | The National Interest

Commentary: Cyberwar and the Private Sector | The National Interest | gov and law | Scoop.it
() During a recent off-the-record meeting, a senior government official warned that cyber attacks on United States in 2013 will be worse than they were in 2012, a year during which they reached a peak.

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Tanner Schatzel's curator insight, March 20, 2013 10:53 PM

I believe with Noah saying that the government needs to spend more money protecting against a cyber attack. It will be the thing of the future. Pretty much every thing that we do involves a computer so if it gets hacked there is no saying how much we can lose. If the government gets hacked it could be extremly bad. They could get all of our personal information along with the information about the governments secret doings.

Eric Olson's comment, March 21, 2013 4:00 PM
I agree with both of you the government needs to spend money on our cyber security because now days it is the center of our money transactions and is very important to homeland security.
Eric Olson's curator insight, April 4, 2013 5:54 AM

This article proves the point that we need to spend more money on our cyber defense. This is because of all the people who know how to hack or attack systems and render them useless.

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NJ pols push anti-bullying law - Ginger Gibson

NJ pols push anti-bullying law - Ginger Gibson | gov and law | Scoop.it
In the wake of the firing of Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, two members of Congress from New Jersey are renewing their call for passage of an anti-bullying law named after a student from the same school.
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Tanner Schatzel's comment, April 7, 2013 7:46 PM
I think that it is disturbing that a coach would do these things to the people that trusted him. I think that it is nice that NJ is making a law to stop bullying but a law can only go so far and there needs to be something else to happen for bullying to stop.
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GRAPHIC PHOTOS: Over 12,500 Dead Pigs Retrieved From China's Waters

GRAPHIC PHOTOS: Over 12,500 Dead Pigs Retrieved From China's Waters | gov and law | Scoop.it
BEIJING (AP) — The number of dead pigs retrieved from waters in and near China's financial hub of Shanghai has reached 12,566.
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umm... eww? first off why would a farm dump there pigs into the water... second off thats grose....

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Tanner Schatzel's comment, March 24, 2013 5:27 AM
First I think that it is very sad that all of these pigs are dying. About 8000 in half a month, that is a ton of pigs. I am surprised that they do not know the cause of their deaths yet. I think that the farmers should not dump them in the stream but should dispose of them in another way,
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Navy Identifies Three Officers Killed in EA-6B Crash in Eastern Washington

Navy Identifies Three Officers Killed in EA-6B Crash in Eastern Washington | gov and law | Scoop.it
All three crew members aboard a Navy EA-6B Prowler jet assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 129 (VAQ-129) at Naval Air
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Exhibit A in 4th Amendment privacy cases: technology

Exhibit A in 4th Amendment privacy cases: technology | gov and law | Scoop.it

Analysis- Sunset Strip bookie Charlie Katz suspected the feds had bugged his apartment. The Fourth Amendment states Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based on probable cause. His court case then ended his conviction because of the Fourth Amendment. This is constituional because FBI agents planted a recording device without a warrant.


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Eric Olson's curator insight, March 13, 2013 2:19 PM

I agree with the bookie case he had his rights violated but for the police sargent if you are using a device paid for by the state or company you are working for they should have the right to browse through your messages.

Noah Duncan's comment, March 15, 2013 7:19 AM
The FBI shouldn't be allowed to so easily bug people without warrents, or given consent. This type of thing, I'm sure, happens all the time and goes unnoticed therefore our rights cannot be upheld. \
Tanner Schatzel's comment, March 16, 2013 8:44 PM
I don't think the government should be able to GPS track people. That is like searching where you are. You can't search any thing else so why could they search that. The government thinks that they can do anything that they want untill it makes national news and they get sued to stop it.
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Guns and the US Constitution after Newtown

Guns and the US Constitution after Newtown | gov and law | Scoop.it

The horrific Newtown school massacre has again raised the question of why effective gun control is beyond the capacity of American politicians. The question is necessary, natural and appropriate. But it also misreads the constitutional character of American politics which, for both good and ill, remain far more ideological than those of all other liberal democracies.


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i  belive people have the right to defend themselfs against the "people" that are sick and twisted in this world. the government cant change the 2nd amendment.

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Tanner Schatzel's curator insight, February 27, 2013 7:38 PM

I think that because of this tragedy the gun control debate has been thrown into the arena. It is sad that it takes bad things to happen for people to do things. I do believe that people have rights to have guns. The second admendment to the Constitution says that we have the right to bear arms and we should keep it that way.

Noah Duncan's comment, March 3, 2013 1:31 PM
I feel like it's not all a gun control issue. I believe that people should have the right to bear arms but to a certain extent. Automatic weapons aren't necessary in your household no matter what. If you need that much firepower you should reevaluate who you associate yourself with. I believe that there is a lot of family, as well as one-on-one counseling that is needed in many Americans that are either unstable or dangerous to help stop this problem
Margaret Silhasek's curator insight, February 12, 7:25 PM

The Newton shooting has sparked interest in reevaluating gun control laws (part  of the Constitution) in the United States. Although no changes have been made, the idea is still a prominent dispute in the US.

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The ObamaCare-Induced Shift to Part-Time Work, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

The ObamaCare-Induced Shift to Part-Time Work, David Henderson | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty | gov and law | Scoop.it
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i dont like this. im part time and my work will never give me any benifits...

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New Law Extends 75-Day Leave Carry Over

New Law Extends 75-Day Leave Carry Over | gov and law | Scoop.it
A 2008 law that increased annual leave carry over from 60 days to 75 days has been extended to 2013.



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Tanner Schatzel's curator insight, March 2, 2013 7:59 PM

I think that it is very nice that our government is doing some nice things for our troops. While they cant get some financial things done but the can get this done. I really hope they do more of these kinds of things in their future in Congress.

Noah Duncan's comment, March 3, 2013 1:22 PM
I found it was funny how they hadn't even heard news of this. I agree with how its nice that the government is actually doing something about it and I think that they should continue to honor the troops.