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Obama's Foreign Policy: More Second-Term Misses Than Hits

Obama's Foreign Policy: More Second-Term Misses Than Hits | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
Second-term presidents who find themselves limited by congressional constraints often see foreign policy as an arena for success. But it seems to be giving President Obama more fits than achievements.
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Entering his sixth year of presidency, Obama hasn't had much go his way, in terms of Foreign Policy, lately. The lasted of his misses has been with Russian President Vladimir Putin not taking Obama's warnings very seriously and continued with his intentions.  

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Woman waits 85 years to be U.S. citizen, joins 67 others in gaining citizenship Wednesday

Woman waits 85 years to be U.S. citizen, joins 67 others in gaining citizenship Wednesday | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
Belen Turner, 85, has lived in South Texas since 1929.
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Although you need a subscription to read this story, it goes to show that becoming a citizen can take a very long time. This is a great example of that as it took Belen Turner 85 years to gain citizenship. The government should do something about this to make it a much more efficient and quicker process. 

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tcoble22's comment, March 23, 2014 12:24 AM
I agree, I don't think that it should take this long to make someone a citizen of the US. They should be able to get citizenship within a couple years as long the citizen qualifies for everything
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70% Of U.S. Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals

70% Of U.S. Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
A record 70% of all the money the federal government spends this year will be via direct payments to individuals, according to new Obama budget figures.
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This was a very interesting article to read, who would have thought that 70% of all U.S government spending is writing checks to individuals. Most of this money comes through ObamaCare and Social Security checks, but I still wouldn't think that the covers almost 3/4's of all spending by the government. 

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March snowstorm pummels East Coast, shuts down federal government (PHOTOS)

March snowstorm pummels East Coast, shuts down federal government (PHOTOS) | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
Weather continues to cause trouble in the United States, as yet another powerful snowstorm is blanketing the mid-Atlantic region and the East Coast on Monday.
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As another major snow storm hits the east coast, the Government does it's best to keep things in order. These storms cause flight delays, school closings, power outages, and many other safety hazards. Due to the snow, even the federal government closed it doors, delaying all meetings. More than 5,000 flights have been delayed as of yesterday making it one of the worst winters in terms of flight delays. 

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Students to Highways Benefit in Obama’s Election-Year Budget

Students to Highways Benefit in Obama’s Election-Year Budget | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama’s $3.9 trillion budget proposal would benefit low-income families, college students, researchers and highway users, setting the tone for Democratic priorities in an election year. In turn, Obama is asking more from airline passengers, U.S. multinational companies and high earners who would pay a “fair share tax” to pick up the tab for the added spending. Obama’s budget plan would continue the federal government’s trend toward deficit reduction while boosting spending for education and infrastructure. The proposal includes a four-year fix to patch a gap between receipts from the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gas tax and planned spending from the Highway Trust Fund on roads, bridges and mass transit. The plan includes $60 billion over 10 years to expand the earned income tax credit for childless workers and $66 billion to support preschool programs for all children. The budget would make permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit, benefiting about 11.5 million families and students with an average of more than $1,100 to help pay college costs. Crop insurance companies and farmers who purchase crop protection against natural disasters and revenue loss would be hurt under the plan. The Defense Department’s decision not to conduct negotiations to buy more than 32 Littoral Combat Ships, compared with the 52 initially proposed, is a setback for Henderson, Australia-based Austal and Lockheed, which build separate versions of the vessel. Avoiding deep funding cuts were Florida-based GEO Group Inc. and other private-prison companies that the government increasingly relies on to lock up foreigners facing deportation. The president’s plan calls for automatic enrollment in individual retirement accounts costing $14.7 billion over a decade, and expansion of child care and dependent tax credits for $9.6 billion over 10 years. The plan would raise airline security fees by $5 billion, cap tax-preferred savings accounts like IRAs and block people who receive disability benefits from also collecting unemployment benefits. Obama is recycling a proposal from last year to limit the value of itemized deductions and other tax preferences to 28 percent for the wealthiest Americans, which in 2014 would affect the top 3 percent of families. The budget plan includes a 19 percent increase in financing for the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, to $269 million, allowing the unit to hire 300 investigators to crack down on overtime abuses.
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In Obama's latest 3.9 million budget proposal, he targets low-income families, college students, researchers, and highway users. He also asks more from airline passengers and high-earning citizens who would pay a "fair share tax". Obama thinks this plan will help create jobs, while stating it's about what we value rather than just about the numbers.

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2013 U.S. government shutdown hurt 37,000 immigrant cases

2013 U.S. government shutdown hurt 37,000 immigrant cases | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
The federal government shutdown last year delayed more than 37,000 immigration hearings by months or years for immigrants already waiting in lengthy lines to plead for asylum or green cards
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When the government shut down last summer most people didn't know the consequences it had. More than 37,000 immigrants have put their lives on hold waiting for their green card so they can continue on their lives. This prevents them from getting a job or traveling with their families, some may even have to wait a full year still.

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Group tries to slow U.S. government’s move from paper

Group tries to slow U.S. government’s move from paper | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
Consumers for Paper Options has claimed wins in the name of the old and poor but is an industry creation.
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As Obama is trying to move towards doing more business online instead of using paper, a group inside Congress is trying to slow that movement. This relates to our school because we're doing the same thing. On Tuesday, at the school board meeting they mentioned that because of the IPad's we've cut our total paper usage by 25%, a number that figures to keep rising.

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Sfitzg35's comment, February 22, 2014 10:02 PM
I think this is a good idea because it saves the government a lot of time and money, but I also think that some people should have the option of wanting paper billing because they may not have a computer, especially senior citizens.
tcoble22's comment, February 22, 2014 10:15 PM
I agree with Sarah on this it's a great idea and we would save a lot of money. Except it's tougher sometimes because people don't know how to use the technology. Especially young older people such as senior citizens. This can be a good/bad thing at the same time. Therefore I believe they should start to approach the online billing but the people who absolutely insist on the paper biling can receive that.
MsHaeussinger's comment, February 23, 2014 10:09 AM
That is a good connection, Colin! At some point, we have to move beyond tech that is outdated, even if people don't like it. We don't use the telegraph anymore because we have better tech.
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Does The First Amendment Protect Marijuana Ads?

Does The First Amendment Protect Marijuana Ads? | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
Last week High Times and Westword filed a federal lawsuit arguing that Colorado's restrictions on marijuana advertising violate the First Amendment. The complaint argues that advertising by state-licensed pot shops "constitutes protected commercial speech because it addresses lawful activity...and is not deceptive, false, or misleading." On Saturday The Denver Post editorialized in favor of the challenge, noting that "the First Amendment [...]
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I thought this was a very interesting article, because if selling marijuana is a lawful activity then ads pertaining to this matter would be legal. As Colorado has restrictions on marijuana advertising it could very well be argued that it's violates the First Amendment.

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US House votes to raise government debt ceiling until March 2015

US House votes to raise government debt ceiling until March 2015 | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
‘Clean’ debt bill to extend Treasury’s borrowing authority passes with a 221-201 majority, including votes from 28 Republicans
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The US Legislature once again passed a bill that will raise the government debt ceiling. Raising the debt ceiling is a move that will be questioned by many Americans, as it feels like our debt issue will never be resolved. 

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Sfitzg35's comment, February 13, 2014 12:58 PM
I think this article is interesting because raising the debt ceiling is just causing more and more issues because the max amount of debt the U.S. can carry just keeps getting larger. Debt has been a huge ongoing issue now so why aren't we trying to fix it and why are republicans voting yes to raising the debt ceiling?
tcoble22's comment, February 15, 2014 9:36 PM
I also think that this is a bad idea because if we keep raising the debt ceiling we are never making progress with getting out of debt. Therefore I think that we need to stop highering so our country will be able to succeed.
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US Government To Seek Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing Case - CBS Boston

US Government To Seek Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing Case - CBS Boston | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
The US Government will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the US Attorney's Office announced on Thursday.
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Anytime someone tries to commit terrorist crimes, I think that there has to be a legitimate penalty. If they prove that this man was involved and in charge of the actions, then the death penalty should definitely be taken into thought by the government.

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tcoble22's comment, February 7, 2014 11:33 AM
I think that if there is a sign of terrorism and he is killing a bunch of random people for no reason he should be given the death penalty. Especially if he is only doing it because he doesn't like our country. No terrorist should be allowed to live after killing a large amount of people and injury others severely.
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State Lawmakers Hope To Utilize Rarely-Used Constitutional Power To Amend U.S. Constitution

State Lawmakers Hope To Utilize Rarely-Used Constitutional Power To Amend U.S. Constitution | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
(WHNT) - For decades, Republican lawmakers have touted a Balanced Budget Amendment as a way to rid the nation of its ever-growing debt. However, those Congressional Republicans failed time and time...
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In order to help contain our nations ongoing debt issue, Republican lawmakers think that a Balanced Budget Amendment would help this issue become less of an issue. In order to pass it, they need 34 states to be on board, to hold a Constitutional Convention, called by 2/3 of the nation’s states. 

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Toyota Settles With U.S. Government for $1.2 Billion | Management & Strategy content from WardsAuto

Toyota Settles With U.S. Government for $1.2 Billion | Management & Strategy content from WardsAuto | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
Part of the settlement is the requirement an independent monitor will review Toyota’s safety communication policies and procedures.
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In 2010, Toyota had a recall on a certain vehicle all over the US. The problems included the gas pedal sticking and a floor mat entrapment. Toyota just now payed their part to pay off the recall which included 1.2 billion dollars. I think that Toyota should have to go through extensive safety tests before releasing vehicles as a gad pedal sticking can be very dangerous.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, March 23, 2014 6:23 PM
Interesting story, this gas pedal mishap has been a continuous problem for Toyota in the last decade. Does this mean the chapter is closing?
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Thanks to Fracking, U.S. Will Pass Saudi Arabia In Oil Production

Thanks to Fracking, U.S. Will Pass Saudi Arabia In Oil Production | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
Thanks to fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, a process used to extract oil from shale, the United States will soon pass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. by Warren Mass
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Thanks to all the new techniques of producing oil, the United States has passed Saudi Arabia in oil production making us the world's top oil producer. The main method be used is called fracking, a process used to extract oil from shale by drilling horizontally down into the ground almost a mile deep. 

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tcoble22's comment, March 15, 2014 10:24 PM
I think that this can be really good for the US they could make a lot of money money by selling oil to other countries. It could also be a hazard to our country with franking since it's not very good for the environment.
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Washington set to regulate drone surveillance use by government agencies - GeekWire

Washington set to regulate drone surveillance use by government agencies - GeekWire | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
Washington state is on the verge of passing a bill that will regulate drone surveillance use for state and local agencies.
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As we did our presentation on Drones today, part of what we talked about was limiting the use of drones for surveillance purposes. So this is the exact opposite of our plan, although it says that the use is restricted to just government and local agencies.

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tcoble22's comment, March 15, 2014 10:37 PM
I disagree with this article because I think military should only be allowed to use drones. The government shouldn't be able to spy on you.
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U.S. government sues Philadelphia schools over beard policy

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The U.S. government sued Philadelphia's school district for religious discrimination on Wednesday for demanding that a veteran Muslim police officer trim his beard.The suit, filed
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I think that the U.S government is right to sue the school district based on religious discrimination. Abu-Bakr has kept his beard for 27 years because of his beliefs while working in the district. The district has no evidence of his beard ever obstructing his work, which in my opinion makes this an unnecessary act by the school district. 

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Sfitzg35's comment, March 6, 2014 9:23 AM
I think the U.S government had all the right in the world to sue the school district. The man has the right to wear his beard how he wants it because of his religion. He has done no harm to the students around him with his beard, so i don't think the school district should have any say on his beliefs or make him trim his beard.
Ian (ACL) Whitney's comment, March 9, 2014 1:34 AM
I think this is so sad on our part! No one should discriminate like that!
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Senator calls on the US government to ban Bitcoin

Senator calls on the US government to ban Bitcoin | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) just sent a letter to federal regulators calling for a ban on the virtual currency Bitcoin. The senator says Bitcoin attracts and enables criminals even as its value to...
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The Bitcoin is a virtual currency that can be used for pretty much anything. Which brings up the issue, too many criminals are using this currency to purchase illegal things. Senator Joe Manchin believes they should ban the Bitcoin as it can be used in illegal ways, and may become virtually worthless as other countries began to ban it as well.

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Supreme Court ruling expands police authority in home searches

Supreme Court ruling expands police authority in home searches | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Police officers may enter and search a home without a warrant as long as one occupant consents, even if another resident has previously objected, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a Los Angeles case.
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This is a very interesting article as it has to do with the fourth amendment. After doing a court case that is mostly about violating the fourth amendment, I've done a lot of research regarding this matter. I agree with the Supreme Court that the officer should have been able to search the apartment the first time because there was clearly something suspicious going on. 

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The U.S. Government's Amazingly Wrong Forecast for This Winter

The U.S. Government's Amazingly Wrong Forecast for This Winter | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
It predicted "above-normal" temperatures. Oops.
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This article talks about how the Government predicted above average temperatures for the majority of the US, including southeastern Minnesota. As we know, they prediction was way off with it being below 0 degrees for the majority of the past two months. It talks about how the 7 day forecast is fairly accurate, especially within a few days, but once it gets past a week the accuracy of their predictions go way down.

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Indo-US relations in times of federalism

Indo-US relations in times of federalism | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
After reaching a peak in the last few years, India-US ties have taken a beating in recent times
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This article is about the US downgrading Indian airlines safety to category II, stating that no Indian airline can start any flights into the US. With not a whole lot of information to back up why we did this, it is thought to be a move to protect the US Airlines market share. The Indian Airlines now are at risk of being shut down for a long period of time and we have jeopardized their soon to be partnerships with Singapore Airline and AirAsia.

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Samsung recently won an order for roughly 7,000 smartphones from the U.S. Army

Samsung recently won an order for roughly 7,000 smartphones from the U.S. Army | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
Samsung is revamping its push into the U.S. enterprise and government sector, adding further pressure to the new leadership at the company that once dominated that space, BlackBerry.
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I thought this article was interesting because I have a Samsung phone. When you look around, you don't see many people with a BlackBerry. As the data shows just a few years ago BlackBerry held a 70% market share in business customers, which now has dropped all the way to 5%! As the Samsung share is growing, many former BlackBerry executives are also making the move to Samsung.

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U.S. Government Aims for 'Talking' Cars by 2017, Report Says

U.S. Government Aims for 'Talking' Cars by 2017, Report Says | Gov and Law - Colin Anderson | Scoop.it
U.S. transportation officials are working on a plan to bring cars that talk to one another to the road in the next few years.
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I think that this is a kind of a weird idea, I'm not really sure how the whole talking thing works. But car accidents and safety when driving are big health risks and can end anyone's life within seconds. So if this would make driving more safe, then I think most people would be on board, the government would just need to run test subjects before hand.

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Sfitzg35's comment, February 5, 2014 8:55 PM
I agree when you say it is kind of weird to make a "talking" car, but I think this is a great idea to stop accidents from happening. The government has already come up with a whole bunch of new technology to help keep people safer while driving, but this idea is just taking it to another level. I think the government should run tests before hand like Colin said just to make sure the new characteristics of the car doesn't distract people or freak people out more, but overall this could be a miracle waiting to happen.
tcoble22's comment, February 7, 2014 11:40 AM
I also agree with this idea because the safer you can be on the roads the safer people will feel when driving. I think a lot of people will want to jump on this idea. No one wants to go through losing someone, so people will want driving to be as safe as possible really soon. I think this is going to take a lot of work though making every car be able to talk to you. This is a great idea though.
MsHaeussinger's comment, February 9, 2014 11:42 AM
Do you think this is moving toward making computers that can think for themselves?