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Conrad Murray from jail: 'I was in the wrong place at the wrong time'

Conrad Murray from jail: 'I was in the wrong place at the wrong time' | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
The doctor convicted in Michael Jackson's death serenaded CNN's Anderson Cooper with a song that he said "tells my story."
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I just have to feel sorry for this man, being Michael Jackson's doctor all fingers must have pointed to him right away.  Just think of how much pressure that would be on you! Michael Jackson was so famous and you were his doctor providing him with medication.  Man, I can't even imagine.  

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Ryan johnson's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:49 PM

I feel so bad for this man.  The way he ended up in jail for all of this? Like it says, "Wrong play wrong time"

Anna Zamzow's comment, May 12, 2013 9:01 AM
I agree, being a doctor for a celebrity brings huge responsibilities.

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Scaled-back gun bill headed for MN Senate vote

Scaled-back gun bill headed for MN Senate vote | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
A significantly scaled back bill to revise Minnesota's gun laws is
headed for a vote in the state Senate, with the blessing of a vocal
gun-rights group.
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I wonder how long this gun control issue will be so popular.  I expect it will slowly die away until (hoping this doesn't happen) a mass shooting occurs.    It's impressive how persistant this bill is being pushed.

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Shelby Strain's comment, May 16, 2013 5:15 PM
I really don't think that we need this in Minnesota.We are very outdoorsy here and keeping our guns is almost apart of our culture. I believe that this issue has gone on for too long and is blown out of proportion.
Brittany Turany's comment, May 18, 2013 12:55 PM
I also am surprised at how diligent these types of bills have been. The thought of gun control was no longer center stage in light of everything else that has happened.
Taylor Franklin's comment, May 19, 2013 2:55 PM
When these bills became very public, some people didn't really have an opinion, including myself, and it was still a valid question that people would consider with an open mind. Now everyone has developed their opinions on the matter, and we've driven these ideas pretty well into the ground.
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2 Minn. men each sentenced to 3 years in prison for briefly joining Somali terror group

2 Minn. men each sentenced to 3 years in prison for briefly joining Somali terror group | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
A man has been sentenced to three years in prison after he admitted helping raise money so others could travel from Minnesota to Somalia to join a terror group.
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Wow, I didn't know this type of crime was happening with people from Minnesota.  For me, I usually hear this kind of think concerning people from bigger states.  Just goes to show that Minnesota isn't always as safe and isolated as I might think it is.

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Brittany Turany's comment, May 18, 2013 12:56 PM
I was surpsed as well. I actually saw a similar article in the Post Bulletin about two women getting prison time for raising money and sending it to a Somali terror group. It amazing the things that happen with out you knowing.
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After officer charged in sex assault, military faces questions

After officer charged in sex assault, military faces questions | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
An officer heading a unit of the Air Force sexual assault prevention office has been arrested and charged with sexual battery, police in Virginia said.
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"Welsh said asking for jurisdiction in a case involving a service member and a civilian was "standard practice in cases like these."

I embeded this quote into my insight because it mentions a vocab word that we recently learned, "jurisdiction".  I did not know that a case involving a service member took place before a civilian cause, but it does make sense.

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Conrad Murray from jail: 'I was in the wrong place at the wrong time'

Conrad Murray from jail: 'I was in the wrong place at the wrong time' | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
The doctor convicted in Michael Jackson's death serenaded CNN's Anderson Cooper with a song that he said "tells my story."
Kaysee Beckstrom's insight:

I just have to feel sorry for this man, being Michael Jackson's doctor all fingers must have pointed to him right away.  Just think of how much pressure that would be on you! Michael Jackson was so famous and you were his doctor providing him with medication.  Man, I can't even imagine.  

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Ryan johnson's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:49 PM

I feel so bad for this man.  The way he ended up in jail for all of this? Like it says, "Wrong play wrong time"

Anna Zamzow's comment, May 12, 2013 9:01 AM
I agree, being a doctor for a celebrity brings huge responsibilities.
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Kosovo court jails 3 in organ trafficking case, 2 out on parole and 2 cleared of charges

Kosovo court jails 3 in organ trafficking case, 2 out on parole and 2 cleared of charges | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
A Kosovo court has found two ethnic Albanians guilty of human trafficking and organized crime in a highly publicized trial against seven people suspected of running an international organ trafficking ring.
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This story helps me to understand why we make other laws separate from the Constitution reguarding punishment for crimes because I'm sure our Founding Fathers did not anticipate organ trafficking to take place in the future.

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Mississippi man released after arrest in ricin-letter probe

Mississippi man released after arrest in ricin-letter probe | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
The Mississippi man originally charged with sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama has been released, as the FBI looks into whether he might have been framed as part of a grudge against him from someone in his neighborhood. ...
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This man was charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the President. But now, it is believed that he may have been framed. His atorney also says that he has bipolar disorder and is incapable of doing something like this.  

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Brittany Turany's comment, April 27, 2013 4:17 PM
I also feel mental illness is being overused in court. I do hope, however, if this man was truely framed that it won't impact the rest of his life, which could very well happen.
Ashley Sanneman's comment, April 27, 2013 8:04 PM
I agree with Brittany I also believe that mental illness or pleading insanity is being overused. I understand that many people do have these illnesses, but they always seem so convenient when the person goes to court.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 28, 2013 12:03 PM
He was framed! Thankfully the right man has now been apprehended!
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Obama, our P.C. president, wants to fight terrorist thugs with hugs

Obama, our P.C. president, wants to fight terrorist thugs with hugs | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
President Obama’s not fooling anybody except himself.
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This article mention's Obama's speech about the Boston bombing.  The journalist, however, thinks that the president is in denial about the bombing.  Obama says, "“One of the things that makes America the greatest nation on Earth . . . is that we welcome people from all around the world — people of every faith, every ethnicity, from every corner of the globe. So as we continue to learn more about why and how this tragedy happened, let’s make sure that we sustain that spirit.” which I fully agree with. We can't give stereotypes to certain ethnicities.  But the journalist also says that we have to acknowledge that it could be terrorism... I think he says this because Obama decided not to charge the offender with a 'combatant status'... Both may be right.

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Washington Has Already Failed on Newtown

Washington Has Already Failed on Newtown | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
How did legislation intended to honor victims of a school shooting become legislation that would have done nothing to prevent that school shooting?
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The heading for this article is very misleading... Washington has not "failed" Newtown.  Nothing in the government's power, in my opinion, could have prevented the shooting, and that is what this article pretty much supports.  It makes lots of very good points on the gun control issue.      

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 21, 2013 1:40 PM
Perhaps they mean it to be interpreted that the government is failing to appropriately honor the victims of Newtown by not passing stricter gun control legislation?
Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, April 23, 2013 3:26 PM
That's what I thought too, and that's what I meant in my insight.
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Survey of law officers finds majority doesn't agree with Obama's gun control plan

Survey of law officers finds majority doesn't agree with Obama's gun control plan | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
An overwhelming majority of law enforcement officers say a federal ban on assault weapons would not reduce the risk of violent crime, according to a recently-released national survey of active duty and retired law enforcement officers.
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Banning guns will not solve the problem because people will still kill people.  If we want to do something to prevent another tragedy like the Sandy Hook Shooting, I think it would be more beneficial to put more police officers in the schools for protection. 

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Ryan johnson's curator insight, April 10, 2013 11:08 PM

Very interesting.  The fact that so many people disagree with his plan just proves the flaws we have in our government.  He has way too much power, and is given too much credit.  I believe that the gun control is a lost cause, and that at this time people are acting in anger of previous situations than in a logical mindset.  

Shelby Strain's comment, April 13, 2013 2:06 PM
I agree with you Kaysee. I think that banning guns will make the demand for guns rise and people will be able to find them no matter what our law is.
Anna Zamzow's comment, April 13, 2013 3:47 PM
I agree with you both. They are also saying more and more people want school teachers and administrations to have weapons located in their classrooms. I don't know how I feel about that because that sounds a little dangerous.
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House Approves Funding Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

House Approves Funding Bill to Avert Government Shutdown | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
The House of Representatives approved a funding bill to avert a government shutdown on March 27 and funds federal agencies and programs through Sept 30.
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The House of Representatives was able to pass this on March 21st, averting a government shutdown on March 27th.  It just can't be stressed enough the irresponsibility of Congress with making decisions at the last minute.  In my opinion, their problem-solving skills are lacking and although they did make the deadline on this one, it is a rare occasion in which they are actually able to do this.  

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Obama criticized for using dated, disputed gun stat to sell background checks

Obama criticized for using dated, disputed gun stat to sell background checks | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
As President Obama prepares to head to Colorado on Wednesday to push gun control legislation, some are calling into question the validity of a key statistic he’s using to tout his message on near-universal background checks.
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A personal annoyance of mine is when people make accusations or try to back up their argument with false information or statistics.  This is what Obama did concerning background checks when buying guns.  If he doesn't have the right information, his entire argument is invalid.  Get your stuff straight. 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 7, 2013 12:53 PM
Very true! In a world of immediate fact-checking, this oversight by the Obama administration seems quite egregious and certainly takes away from his argument.
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Cruz, Feinstein tangle over 2nd Amendment as panel approves assault-weapons ban

Cruz, Feinstein tangle over 2nd Amendment as panel approves assault-weapons ban | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
Sen.
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Cruz makes some very valid points in this article about the constitution and how the first amendment doesn't ban certain books, etc. therefore, some guns should also not be banned.

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Brianna Moore's comment, March 24, 2013 1:26 AM
I really enjoyed this article. I thought that cruz made some very good points while talking about this. This definitely opened my eyes to the second amendment and why I am so against it in the first place.
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Conservative scholar denied new trial in lawsuit against law school

Conservative scholar denied new trial in lawsuit against law school | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
A conservative scholar who sued a University of Iowa law school dean, saying she was denied promotions because of her political orientation, will not get a new trial.
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This case is about a woman who was denied promotions and later replaced from her position by someone less qualified because she was a Republican. The rest of the teachers were Democrats.  This is completely absurd.  She kept fighting it, though, one of her supporting arguments was that the court violated her of her due process rights.  I don't fully understand what due process means, but this article helped me to understand it better.

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Brianna Moore's comment, March 14, 2013 6:13 PM
I can't believe the nerve some people have to even do this. This is crazy. But I'm glad she kept fighting her rights and trial.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 17, 2013 5:03 PM
I'm not sure why a judge would even allow a hearing on whether or not she should get a new trial. It seems fairly clear that the jury came to the conclusion that the dean wasn't personally responsible. Even if the jury is split I think its a stretch to say that her 5th and 14th Amendment rights were violated.
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Minnesota same-sex marriage: Businesses might get busier

Minnesota same-sex marriage: Businesses might get busier | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Same sex marriage in Minnesota likely means plenty of professionals in Minnesota could get busier -- wedding planners, florists -- even human resources professionals. After
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I am very glad same sex marriage is now legal in Minnesota, but I certainly did not think about the economic impact it would have in the state.  Especially for wedding planners and florists, business will definitely go up quickly, I expect.  

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Nick Bohrer's comment, August 11, 2013 11:14 PM
Hey Kaysee, this is Nick from the Packer game! Sam and I tried to search you on Facebook but couldn't find you. But we found you here! Look us up on fb.
Nick Bohrer's comment, August 11, 2013 11:15 PM
P.S. we're also glad marriage is now a universal right in MN! Equality rocks!!!
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Attorneys: Holmes plans insanity plea in Aurora shootings

Attorneys: Holmes plans insanity plea in Aurora shootings | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
Attorneys for Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes file intent to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity on behalf of their client.
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I have not been paying attention to this particular case because I thought it would end quickly, but it seems as though it hasn't even started yet.  This happened almost a year ago.  Why hasn't this man been put in jail yet? He's pleading not guilty by reason of insanity? No. I think the "reason of insanity" is being overused.  Send him to jail.

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Mariah Kieffer's comment, May 12, 2013 11:44 AM
Thats crazy how long its been and now his trial is being brought up. I agree with Kaysee, he needs to be sent to jail. Yes this man is crazy, but he also is guilty. I dont think crazys should be treated better in jail and court. Either way this man deserves life in jail!
Camille Fawcett's comment, May 12, 2013 4:04 PM
This goes back to our debate we had about when people plead the insanity case. If they plead insanity, are they required to go through counseling and other stuff as well?
Brittany Turany's comment, May 12, 2013 6:22 PM
I also agree that the insanity plea is being overused. I feel in order to commit a crime like this you have to be somewhat insane, but I feel that doesn't excuse it. You can still be insane and know right from wrong. However, I would hope that prison would offer some sort of treatment for criminals.
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Jury finds Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder

Jury finds Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
An Arizona jury Wednesday found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder for killing Travis Alexander in June 2008.
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This case took so long that it attracted people from all over to have daily seats in the court room. I also saw on the news how for some people, court cases are similar to reality tv shows, it's where they get their entertainment.  When the verdict was read in this case, the courtroom cheered.  I feel this is very unprofessional.

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Answers sought over Tsarnaev questioning, court appearance

Answers sought over Tsarnaev questioning, court appearance | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
The Justice Department faces questions over whether it prematurely ended interrogation of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev.
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This articles describes the interrogation of the Boston bomber while he was still in his hospital bed.  At first, they read him his Miranda Rights, but he was not giving them enough information about the bombing, so they were able to take away his Miranda Rights due to the "public safety exception" and began questioning him without those rights.  I did not know that the could do that.

 

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Shelby Strain's curator insight, May 1, 2013 4:54 PM

This is rather confusing. If they would take away his miranda rights, is that against the law? And couldn't he plead the 5th?

Brittany Turany's comment, May 12, 2013 6:26 PM
I don't get how just taking away his miranda rights wouldg get him to talk. If he already broke the law, what would make him talk just because his miranda rights were taken away?
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Surrender your digital privacy or face a fine

Surrender your digital privacy or face a fine | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
Feds could penalize companies that resist online wiretaps
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Legislature has a bill, wiretaps on internet sites, that still needs to be okay-ed by the judgical branch. According to the 4th amendment, the FBI has to ask the site permission to search for information regarding a person.  But with this, the FBI will not have to ask for permission, they will just have immediate access. The judicial analyst on the video asks how much of our liberties are we willing to give up for safety? That's saying that this will make us safer.

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Lawmakers warn cost of federal free phone program spinning out of control

Lawmakers warn cost of federal free phone program spinning out of control | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
It was intended to help poor people in rural areas have a phone in cases of emergency, but some lawmakers say the program now is out of control.
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'"The cost has gone from $143 million a few years ago to $2.2 billion today," Republican Louisiana Sen. David Vitter said, noting that today's cost is 15 times what it was.'
The program is definitely being abused.  In the article, it even said that these phones are being sold on the black market and found at crime scenes because drug dealers are buying the phones since they cannot be traced.  This is an issue, among many others, that definitely needs to be addressed because my tax money is ultimately paying, somewhat, to benefit criminals. Which is a waste of everyone's money.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 28, 2013 12:06 PM
Sometimes the government puts plans into place that are intended to be helpful but end up wasteful.
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Senate rejects expanded gun background checks

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The Senate prepared to vote on amendments to tougher gun proposals in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre.
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This was one of the issues I discussed in my senatorial staffer letter.  It's interesting to hear how it was voted.  But to me, it's wrong to say that it would have prevented the Newtown massacre, because the bully who did it used his mother's gun, he did not own it.  

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Senate Dems allow extra hearing on immigration bill in bid to ease opposition

Senate Dems allow extra hearing on immigration bill in bid to ease opposition | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
Senate Democrats are making last-minute changes to the hearing schedule for a soon-to-be released immigration overhaul, in an apparent bid to address Republican complaints that they're not being given enough time to review the major legislation. ...
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The Senate is soon going to vote on a bill concerning the immigration system and will have a huge impact on us. It is a bill that is only going to be debated for a short time. Chairman Leahy said "We are talking about legislation that will impact virtually every aspect of our society, reshape our entire immigration system, introduce at least 30 million new foreign workers into the economy, and directly impact every single American worker and taxpayer. ... Something is truly broken in Washington when the people, the law enforcement officers who protect them, and the people's representatives, have less time to review the bill than the special interests who helped write it." 

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Shelby Strain's comment, April 20, 2013 1:46 PM
I'm glad that they are doing something to help all the illegal immigrants to become citizens in a better way, but they truly need to spend more time on it because it will change our society.
Brittany Turany's comment, April 20, 2013 9:12 PM
I agree that this is definately an issue that needs to be addressed because whatever boarder control/immigrant system we currently have in place isn't working. It is sad to see that there isn't enough time to give this bill the full attention it needs.
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15-Year-Old Leaves Gun Control Advocates Speechless

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It is encouraging to see young people being heard in politics when sometimes it seems we have no voice.  This 15 year old girl speaks against gun control, clearly being very educated on the subject.  It's great that she is able to use her first amendment to help protect her second amendment.

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Hagel calls North Korea's nuclear ambitions a 'growing threat'

Hagel calls North Korea's nuclear ambitions a 'growing threat' | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday called North Korea's development of nuclear weapons a growing threat to the U.S. and its allies.
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I'm really scared of dying from nuclear bombs. This is a life-threatening problem and I really hope something can be done about it.  It's scary knowing that one country has so much power over all the rest of us now.

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Joel Denney's comment, April 4, 2013 5:58 PM
Hmm. I'm normally dismissive of North Korea's jingoist rhetoric, but they're being abnormally aggressive, even for them. I really hope China tells them to knock it off, else I don't see good things in anyone's future, particularly Kim Jong Un's. Hopefully when North Korea realize that no one is one their side--not even China--they'll back off.
Brittany Turany's comment, April 7, 2013 1:00 PM
I was surprised to hear China wasn't backing North Korea as they have often been on the same side. I hope North Korea realizes this and backs off because I don't know why you would start a conflict without any support. I really hope this can conflict can be peaceful resolved. The world doesn't need any more strife.
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Hamas confirms leader Khaled Mashaal's re-election

Hamas confirms leader Khaled Mashaal's re-election | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
Palestinian militant group Hamas has confirmed the re-election of longtime leader Khaled Mashaal in a vote held in Cairo.
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It's very interesting to learn about other countries and how their governments differ from ours.  Our country believes it is not a good idea to have a president serve too many terms, but the leader in Cairo has been leading since 1996.  I suppose you don't have to fix something that isn't broken!

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Yemen's parties, social and religious groups meet for 1st time to discuss new political system

Yemen's parties, social and religious groups meet for 1st time to discuss new political system | Gov and Law Current Events. | Scoop.it
Yemen's politicians, youth, women and intellectuals opened a landmark national dialogue Monday on the future of the transition to democracy, and high on the agenda is debate over a dramatic redr...
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Yemen is a poor nation in the Arab world and is just recently able to switch to a democracy. It is interesting to learn about how government systems are changed and also how they differ.  We have a deocracy, but I'm sure our government and their government will act quite differently, it will be interesting to see the differences in the way each works.

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Brittany Turany's comment, March 23, 2013 1:36 PM
I agree it will be interesting to see the differences between our democracy and theirs. Espeically since ours has been around for over 200 years and theirs has just developed. Hopefully their democracy lasts as many times new governments are overthrown.