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Northwestern Minnesota wildfire destroys several structures, claims 7,100 acres

Northwestern Minnesota wildfire destroys several structures, claims 7,100 acres | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
MENAHGA, Minn. - Firefighters were getting the upper hand Wednesday on a wildfire that destroyed several structures as it scorched about 7,100 acres in northwestern Minnesota.
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Firefighters now have the upper hand on this fire. They have it contained and said that it the last day it did not spread, it just continuted to burn. The amazing part of this story is one of the building that burned down. A man made his house with steel sides and a steel roof, yet it still burned down into a pile of metal scraps. I would have thought that a steel house would be fireproof.

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chjell54's comment, May 22, 2013 6:27 PM
Its good to hear that they have the fire under control. Yeah if a fire gets hot enough it can burn metal right to the ground and with the intensity of a forest fire those temperatures would easily get hot enough in order to burn the metal.
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2 Minnesota women to be sentenced for raising money for terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia

2 Minnesota women to be sentenced for raising money for terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
Two Minnesota women convicted of conspiring to send money to the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia are to be sentenced in federal court.
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I hate to see people like this who cheat the system. There were good people that had honest intentions of donating to a cherity but were lied to and their money used for other things. This makes people question all sorts of donations and can make people not want to donate anymore.

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Federal jury finds 83-year-old nun, 2 others guilty of intrusion into nuclear weapons facility

Federal jury finds 83-year-old nun, 2 others guilty of intrusion into nuclear weapons facility | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
KNOXVILLE, Tenn
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Any story about an 83 year old woman going to jail for defacing federal property is going to be a little bit funny, but this one gets better because this woman is a nun.  It is a good thing that nobody got hurt because these three people were in a section of the plant where guards can use lethal force if necessary.  However, the security must not be the best when these people got into such a "high security" area of the building. The nuclear weapons facility has sense increased its security.

 

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Woman Swallows $5,000 Diamond At Charity Event

Woman Swallows $5,000 Diamond At Charity Event | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
An elderly woman swallowed a $5000 diamond this weekend at a charity event in Tampa, Florida. According to Wgal, a local jeweler donated a $5000 diamond to the Tampa Women’s Club for a charity event.
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Ok, why do you think it is a good idea to put a $5000 diamond in a glass of champaign in order to give it away? Maybe pass out small gift boxes to everyone attending and one lucky person gets the diamond. I think that they are lucky that the elderly woman didn't choke on it. I wonder what the doctors thought that did the colonoscopy?

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mconti38's comment, May 13, 2013 1:38 AM
Interesting article... what a terrible way to give out something so valuable, especially since swallowing it was almost inevitable. That was one very expensive glass of champaign.
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Army Doesn’t Want Tanks, So Congress Spends $436m On Tanks

Army Doesn’t Want Tanks, So Congress Spends $436m On Tanks | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
The US Army doesn’t want tanks, but that hasn’t stopped Congress spending $436 million in two years on … yep, tanks!
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Leave it to Congress to pay nearly half a billion dollars on tanks when Congress has specifically been told that tanks aren't wanted. What this comes down to is neither the republicans or the democrats want to be behind the layoffs of the workers at the Abrams Tank Plant in Ohio, because they would then lose a lot of Ohio's votes. However, neither party will admit to this; they claim it is for the national defense of our country. The only question I have is if the Army doesn't want the tanks, then how would they like to use the money?

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DA looks for links between bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and 2011 triple murder

DA looks for links between bomb suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and 2011 triple murder | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
Investigators in a Boston suburb are looking into whether there are links between a suspect in last week's Boston Marathon bombing and an unsolved 2011 triple murder.
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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, April 23, 2013 10:09 AM
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I think that this is going a little bit too far. Yes this man did a horrible thing when he attacked the Boston Marathon, but then to go and try to link him to this murder just because he knew the man is pushing it. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a boxer. He went to this boxing place that his friend also went to. Tsarnaev stopped going to this boxing ring for months, his friend was murdered, then he came back to the same ring one day and was acting 'rude' to people there so something must have been wrong is what the investigators are saying. I know that they have to do their job and should follow up any leads, but just because he did the bombing doesn't mean he murdered his friend and two other people.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 28, 2013 10:56 AM
It does seem a little to convenient
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Senate bill jeopardizes tax-free online shopping

Senate bill jeopardizes tax-free online shopping | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
States could force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes under a bill that overwhelmingly passed a test vote in the Senate Monday.
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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, April 23, 2013 9:43 AM
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This bill that is trying to be passed through the senate would inforce taxes on online shopping. The Senate voted 74 to 20 to begin debate on this topic. Since this has so much support already, it is believed that this bill could be passed later this week. Obama and many of the democratic senators support this bill, but some republicans are still opposed to it since it is a tax increase. However, there isn't enough opposition by the republicans that this bill should be stopped. For years the two parties have both been trying to get online shopping taxed because it will help increase the state tax revenue.
Austin Briske's comment, April 28, 2013 2:26 AM
Being taxed when online shopping doesn't sound like a great idea. We get taxed on almost everything and now they want to tax our tax-free online shopping. I do agree I believe after all they votes just to discuss the topic means it will probably pass soon.
mconti38's comment, April 28, 2013 10:49 PM
Enforcing tax could really impact the online shopping market. It puts online retailers in an inconvenient situation, especially since taxes vary upon item and state. I think that there are other implications to this bill and in the end, consumers wont be happy.
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True Heroes at Boston Marathon Provide Kindness for a Broken City

True Heroes at Boston Marathon Provide Kindness for a Broken City | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
It will take a long time for the horror of what happened at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon to settle in. The two bomb blas...
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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, April 17, 2013 8:21 PM
This article shows all of the people that so eagerly helped others in this extreme time of need. I don't know if I would be able to open up my home to strangers knowing that the bomber hadn't been caught yet. The story is truly touching. Now that this has been declared an act of terror, I wonder how long it will take to find who did this.
chjell54's comment, April 21, 2013 2:46 PM
I agree with Ashley that it would be hard to open up my home knowing that the bombers had not been caught yet but it truly is a courageous gesture on their part to do such a thing. Its good to see that we still have good people in this nation
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Michelle Obama makes emotional entrance into gun debate

Michelle Obama makes emotional entrance into gun debate | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Returning to her hometown of Chicago Wednesday, Michelle Obama wove a deeply personal story of her upbringing in the city that also delved into the latest subject dividing Washington lawmakers - the battle over gun control.
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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, April 11, 2013 6:18 AM
Michelle Obama, who has spoken out about nutrition and rights for military veterans, is no also helping to advocate for gun control. She uses stories from growing up in Chicago to help show students that she is not very different from them at all. She wants to be able to give more kids opportuinites. This may help to gain more support for a current bill trying to be passed through Congress about inforcing background checks for gun purchases.
mconti38's comment, April 13, 2013 11:37 PM
By speaking out, it gives students a sense of hope and opportunity for progress relating to gun control. Michelle Obama's ability to empathize with students brings things to a more personal level which will ultimately gain her more support.
chjell54's comment, April 14, 2013 10:36 PM
I think that Michelle is making a good decision in relating herself to the students. It helps to make the people to feel as though they are not alone and that someone understands them. I do think that the background checks should be pushed and by having the debate brought down to a personal level will help the bill be passed.
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South Korea raises alert level

South Korea raises alert level | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
South Korea raises its alert level to "vital threat" amid indications that North Korea is preparing for a medium-range missile test.
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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, April 10, 2013 12:21 PM
This news story relates to government because of the thought of war. If North Korea goes to war against South Korea, we will be thrown into a war. If South Korea is raising alert levels, they may move against North Korea too soon, which could initiate a war. North Korea also could strike our bases in Japan. However, it seems that North Korea's new leader is just trying to show his people the amount of power he has because he is a very young leader. If he decided to go to war he knows it would not end very well.
Austin Briske's comment, April 14, 2013 2:44 AM
I agree if South Korea and North Korea were to go to war at all we will be dragged into it as well. The fact that both countries are on high alert and are very close to fighting North Korea couldn't have picked a worse time to do a Missile Test. I believe that South Korea is right to be on high alert because we won't know what will happen until it does.
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Minnesota Senate OKs unions for child, personal care workers

Minnesota Senate OKs unions for child, personal care workers | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
The Minnesota Senates 17-hour debate over a bill that would let unions try to organize personal care workers and child care providers highlights a growing partisan rancor and offers a preview of whats to come in the waning days of the legislative...
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Minnesota Congress is trying to get through several bills before they are supposed to end their session, and this is one of them. I think this is going to really change how child care is provided in our future. It's interesting to see how long it has taken child care providers to be able to have unions when there are so many other unions in our nation.

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Cleveland kidnapping: police hint at what three women's lives were like (+video)

Cleveland kidnapping: police hint at what three women's lives were like (+video) | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
Cleveland law enforcement officials charged Ariel Castro with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape Wednesday and offered tiny glimpses into the captives' lives.
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I can't even begin to imagine what these families went though as they thought their loved ones were kidnapped and out of their lives for 10 years. How do you ever get over that. What a relief that they made it back home and all three of them are safe. The only sad part about this story is how much hope it is going to bring to other families that won't be as fortunate to see their loved ones come home.

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Mississippi Supreme Court Issues Stay of Execution of Willie Jerome Manning

Mississippi Supreme Court Issues Stay of Execution of Willie Jerome Manning | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
The Mississippi Supreme Court has blocked the execution of Willie Jerome Manning just hours before he was scheduled to die.
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Wow. I can't believe that the Supreme Court of Mississippi reached this decision just hours before he was scheduled to execution. I feel that this case is going to really help the fight against the death penalty. The FBI admitted to faults in the ballistics and hair evidence, but since it still hasn't been tested we still are not sure if he will be found innocent.

 

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Moose Leads Police To Pot-Growing Operation

Moose Leads Police To Pot-Growing Operation | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
Vermont police officers who were chasing a moose were inadvertently led to a pot-growing operation. The animal first showed up in the parking lot of an area business on Saturday.
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I bet Joshua Brunelle never dreamed of a moose bringing down his illegal pot growing business. So here's what happened. A moose was in an urban area, so some police and wildlife guides tried to get it back into the wilderness. As they are guiding the moose, they find an old shed, smell the pot, obtain a warrant, and find anywhere from up to 35 pot plants. Brunelle is on his way to jai and the moose is back in the wilderness.

 

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mconti38's comment, May 13, 2013 1:41 AM
News flash. Police now consider replacing drug sniffing dogs with none other than pot sniffing moose.
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Judge Pirro Slams Boston Bombers Mom [Video]

Judge Pirro Slams Boston Bombers Mom [Video] | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
Judge Jeanine Pirro exposes the facts that are being brought to light behind the terrorist attack in the Boston Marathon.
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Wow. This is quite an intense video. Obviouly she is very opinionated about this topic. I would like to see the entire video with the mom to see how much cutting and playing information skewed what the mother really had to say. Even though what her son did was a terrible thing, that does not make everyone with the same religion a terrorist. Other terrorist attacks have been tried in civilian court and been found guilty with the death penalty, so I don't understand why this case should be treaed any differently. This act against our country was savage, but that does not mean we need to respond the same way. America has alwasy stood for the rights of the people, so taking them away would show that he is above everything we stand for, which is not true.

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Florida lawmakers move to end permanent alimony, as governor weighs legislation

Florida lawmakers move to end permanent alimony, as governor weighs legislation | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
Florida could become one of the first states in the country to overhaul the alimony system by ending life-long payments and allowing judges to change existing deals -- if Gov.
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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, April 23, 2013 9:57 AM
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If Governor Rick Scott signs this bill, Florida will no longer enforce alimony payments for life. The new law states that you can not pay alimony for more than half of the time you were married. If you were married for a long time, the alimony payments would stop when you retire. It will put new caps on how much payments would be based on salary. Since this would change, Florida court systems would be able to change people's current alimony payments to go with this law. This will be a huge problem for single parents that need alimony checks, but also a huge relief on the parents paying alimony, so this is a very controversial topic.
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Obama Throws Tantrum over Gun Control Defeat

Obama Throws Tantrum over Gun Control Defeat | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama lashed out defiantly and viciously at political opponents who defeated his efforts to expand federal gun regulations today.
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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, April 17, 2013 8:43 PM
Well with an article about the president throwing a tantrum, I couldn't pass this one up. After reading it, though, I'm not sure how I feel about it. Obama should not be calling his opponents liars if he himself is lying with his facts and statistics. The fact that his statistics are wrong would make me a little hesitant about his true intentions for the bill being passed. I also do agree that if there was 90% of the population favoring this bill then Obama should have been able to find a way to get more of Congress on board with it. I feel that it was very childish of him to lash out at his apponents. They didn't pass the bill because they didn't believe it was right. He should have found better was to change their opinions, but since he couldn't I think he did fail too. However, this article does seem biased against Obama, so I'm not sure how much of it I want to believe either. Side note- this all links back to the amendments since it is a debate over the right to bare arms.
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Alaskan soldier caught selling secrets to 'Russian spy'

Alaskan soldier caught selling secrets to 'Russian spy' | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — An Alaska-based military policeman will serve 16 years in prison and will be dishonorably discharged for selling secrets to an FBI undercover agent who he
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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, April 17, 2013 8:29 PM
We are very lucky that this soldier messed up and sold secrets to an undercover agent instead of to an actual Russian spy. Hopefully we can figure out why this man got so sick of the military and turned to hate our country so much so we can stop this from happening again. I am surprised that he only gets 16 years because we could have been in a lot of trouble if it was sold to the Russians instead. He believed he was selling our secrets, so I don't think they should lesson the penalty because it was an undercover agent.
mconti38's comment, April 22, 2013 1:58 AM
Clearly this individual had no respect, even for the lives of his fellow soldiers and the wellbeing of his country. For whatever reason, he was fed up, acted on it and is now reaping the benefits. I agree, his penalties should be the same as if he sold secretes to real spies. Hopefully he sets an example to any soldier thinking of doing the same. Perhaps they'll consider the consequences before selling off their info.
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Obama Takes Gun Control to Conn.

Obama Takes Gun Control to Conn. | Gov and Law Ashley | Scoop.it
President Obama takes his gun control push to Connecticut today, speaking just 50 miles north of the site where 20 children and six educators were murdered last year.
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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, April 10, 2013 12:21 PM
President Obama is pushing for more gun control. This relates to government because he is trying to pursuade Congress to create new laws about gun control. Currently there is not enough people in Congress supporting this idea in order to pass a bill. They are trying to make compromise in order to get at least some more regulations to be law. They are wanting to make background checks inforced for everyone buying guns, but hoping to compromise with at gun sales. This also relates to the Constitution because we are trying to change the right to have weapons, which is an amendment of the Constitution.