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Baffling Rise in Suicides Plagues U.S. Military

Baffling Rise in Suicides Plagues U.S. Military | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
Of the crises facing American troops today, suicide ranks among the most emotionally wrenching — and baffling.
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I understand that this is not a new thing, but the fact that it's increasing is upsetting. These soldiers risk their lives for ours and they feel the need to commit suicide? It's so sad. I know PTSD is a major factor, but soldiers should always feel they have a place on this earth, especially in the US.
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Protect the 10,000 Lakes

Protect the 10,000 Lakes | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
At risk: Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes Right now, more than half of Minnesota’a streams and hundreds of acres of wetlands may be vulnerable to pollution and development. Polluters can dump garbage into
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I haven't really even though about pollution as an issue for Minnesota. I mean really it's an issue everywhere, and society, as a whole. isn't doing much to help pollution, or to protect the environment. This is our earth, we should try to keep is alive for a little longer...
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Justice Breyer Has Shoulder Surgery After Bike Crash

Justice Breyer Has Shoulder Surgery After Bike Crash | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
Justice Stephen Breyer was in a Washington hospital after shoulder replacement surgery following a bicycle accident.
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I didn't realize this was such big news... I guess Supreme Court justices really are important. Hopefully he gets better and this doesn't interfere with anything.
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Toomey on gun laws: GOP didn't want to be seen helping Obama

Toomey on gun laws: GOP didn't want to be seen helping Obama | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
(CNN) - Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania blamed political polarization for the failure of last month's background check compromise he reached with Democratic Sen.
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It's nice to know not just republicans wanted the background check law to pass. It makes perfect sense that he wouldn't want his followers to know he supported it. He didn't want to make them turn against him; you can't have the best if both worlds.
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Tsarnaev lawyer keeps hated criminals off death row

Tsarnaev lawyer keeps hated criminals off death row | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
Judy Clarke, considered the nation's foremost experts on keeping clients off death row, joins accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense team.
Emily Scheer's insight:
This woman must be an amazing lawyer judging by the people she's kept off death row. Bombers, murderers, and now possibly terrorists? Rather outstanding. I don't know how I feel about Tsarnaev receiving or not receiving the death penalty, but kudos to Judy Clarke for her ability.
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Ryan johnson's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:47 PM

This looks like it could be quite the case coming up.  Personally, i dont believe he deserves death row. 

 

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Sources: Bombing suspect had no guns when captured in boat

Sources: Bombing suspect had no guns when captured in boat | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apparently was unarmed when he was wounded in a barrage of gunfire that ended with his capture after a tense standoff.
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Obviously they're mother doesn't want to believe they did it. They wouldn't have run and engaged in a shoot out if they weren't guilty. No mother wants to believe her sons bombed a city like that, but it happened.
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Mason Mettler's comment, May 1, 2013 9:56 PM
I am no surprised that the mother would be in shock that her children would perform a act like that.
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Obama honors bombing victims at Boston service, says 'we will finish the race'

Obama honors bombing victims at Boston service, says 'we will finish the race' | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
President Obama on Thursday will pay tribute to those killed and gravely wounded in what he called an act of terror at the Boston Marathon. 
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It is really touching that Obama is there to console everyone in Boston who was affected by the bombing. Although many people do not like Obama, he does really know how to come through for his people in time of need. I also think it is touching that he is determined to have them finish the race. 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 22, 2013 7:31 AM
The job of the President is very vague according to the Constitution. One of his unofficial duties is to be the face of the nation, which means he needs to appear at ceremonies and funerals of national importance.
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The Senate Acts

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People who say the Sentate can't accomplish anything are apparently wrong. In the case of Jack Johnson, the Senate cleared his good name of the bad things he was accused of. Good job, Senate.

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In House of Representatives, an Arithmetic Problem

In House of Representatives, an Arithmetic Problem | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
With the failure of his tax plan, the difficulty for Speaker John A. Boehner is in finding any winning coalition of votes in the House.
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Boehner knows needing a certain amount of votes to pass a tax plan makes things difficult. Many times the republicans and democrats will disagree, no surprise there.
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Stephen Colbert to host more fundraisers for sister

Stephen Colbert to host more fundraisers for sister | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
(CNN) - Comedian Stephen Colbert will host a pair of high dollar fundraisers this month for his sister Elizabeth, who is vying for South Carolina's vacant seat in the U.S. Congress.
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Elizabeth Colbert Busch is running for the South Carolina Congress seat, and Stephen Colbert is willing to help her out a lot. He has helped her by doing fundraisers before, and wants to continue because he has a lot of faith in his sister and obviously cares a lot; he says, "Lulu and I have been through a lot together, and I know she is a bright, competent, caring woman who will work hard on behalf of all the citizens of South Carolina's 1st Congressional District."

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 7, 2013 12:45 PM
Not sure how much she likes the connection between herself and her controversial and outspoken brother. But, he does bring in the big bucks!
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Political parties must trust voters « Better Nation

Political parties must trust voters « Better Nation | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
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Political parties basically just come up with any reason not to take the blame. When, let's be honest, they are typically to blame. We don't trust political parties, political parties don't trust us. It's really just a big circle of distrust... 

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Arkansas Adopts Restrictive Abortion Law

Arkansas Adopts Restrictive Abortion Law | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
A law enacted Wednesday contradicts the 24-week limit established by the Supreme Court, and abortion rights groups have promised a suit to block the ban before it goes into effect.
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This doesn't seem right to me. I understand the reasons for the law, and I respect the views of people who are prolife, but there are many factors to take in rather than just "you are killing a human." 12 weeks is a very minimal amount of time to make a huge decision. Abortion rights groups are quick to counteract the law. As stated in the article, "Even some anti-abortion leaders called the measure a futile gesture." It is just not a very plausible law. 

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What’s Happening with the Sequester? ‘Nothing,’ Blunt Says

What’s Happening with the Sequester? ‘Nothing,’ Blunt Says | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
Robert Costa writes on NRO: It looks like sequestration is coming.In an interview, Senator Roy Blunt predicts “nothing” will happen when congressional leaders huddle with President Obama at the White House on Friday to discuss potential...
Emily Scheer's insight:

Senator Roy Blunt does not think anything will happen on Friday. The Sequester is going to happen and Obama can't stop it, it's too late for that. If the White House meeting makes little progress, Blunt has little faith in the meeting changing anything. 

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Mason Mettler's curator insight, March 3, 2013 6:52 PM

The government has been procrastinating for far too long.  But even if this country begins to go into another recession, I am sure we will learn from our mistakes and figure it out.  God Bless America.

Mason Mettler's curator insight, March 7, 2013 7:05 PM

Once again we see the government procrastinating and pushing the "deadline" back again.  When will D.C. put politics aside and focus on an agreement that can make everyone happy? 

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Same-sex marriage and the beginning and end of Minnesota politics: A tale of four circles

Same-sex marriage and the beginning and end of Minnesota politics: A tale of four circles | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
The best thing that could happen to the Republican Party of Minnesota (RPM) if not the national Republican Party, is for same-sex marriage to be legalized.
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If not allowing same-sex marriage was such a big issue for republicans, maybe they should've taken care of it before... I'm very happy the argument is finally over. Now politicians can focus on things that actually effect our government and our state.
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$8 Million Bail for Cleveland Kidnapping Suspect

$8 Million Bail for Cleveland Kidnapping Suspect | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
Ariel Castro, who is accused of holding three women captive for a decade, kept his head down during his first court appearance on Thursday.
Emily Scheer's insight:
This man is a disgrace and should be charged with more than what he is getting. These stories sicken me. Like, these poor girls were locked up for so long and functioning will probably be hard. I mean after that no one can really go live a normal life. Also the fact that he has a daughter makes it even worse. What a horrible human being he is.
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Ryan johnson's curator insight, May 15, 2013 11:04 PM

$8,000,000 is so much money! I don't believe he deserves to be out on bail though.  The things he did were ridiculous. Keep him locked up. 

 

Max Zamzow's comment, May 16, 2013 1:36 PM
That miscarriage stuff is just disgusting, that's terrible.
Anna Zamzow's comment, May 19, 2013 1:55 PM
This is such a horrific story. He should definitely be sentenced to the death for the things he did.
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And Then There Were Ten

Rhode Island’s Senate just passed a same-sex marriage bill. But momentum in no way obviates the need for Supreme Court action.
Emily Scheer's insight:
I'm glad to see same-sex marriage laws moving along in Rhode Island, but now we just need to move that to other states or all states, preferably. There just shouldn't be a ban on marriage, and Supreme Court could put an end to it.
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5-year-old Kentucky boy fatally shoots 2-year-old sister

A Kentucky boy accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister with the .22-caliber rifle he got for his birthday, state officials said.
Emily Scheer's insight:
Give a five year old a gun and something bad will happen. It's horrible it had to be his little sisters life being taken away. Honestly though, what five year old should be allowed to handle a gun? THEY'RE NOT EVEN IN KINDERGARTEN. HAVE SOME RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMON SENSE. UGH.
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Court case of woman accused of hurting autistic girl continued

Court case of woman accused of hurting autistic girl continued | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
According to police, on at least three occasions last April and May, Davila, a monitor on a bus for special needs children for the First Student Bus Co., abused the little girl.
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What this woman had done is awful. She is charged with three counts of risk of injury to a child and three counts of third-degree assault on a disabled person. Probably not enough for this horrible woman. I feel she shouldn't have been allowed to watch special needs children with a criminal record.
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George Bush to Jeb: Run for president - Philly.com - Philly.com

George Bush to Jeb: Run for president - Philly.com - Philly.com | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
Philly.com George Bush to Jeb: Run for president - Philly.com Philly.com George W. Bush, president turned artist, wants his younger brother, Jeb, to run for the Oval Office. Their mother, Barbara, though, doesn't like the idea.
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Bush really wants his younger brother to run for president. I just saw something on the news about how Bush was actually a good president contrary to popular opinion. So maybe it would be a good idea to have his brother run.
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Supreme Court Struggles With Gay Marriage Case

Supreme Court Struggles With Gay Marriage Case | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
Six justices questioned whether the case was properly before the court and hinted they might vote to dismiss it.
Emily Scheer's insight:

This should not still be an issue. Yes, letting states experiment is good, but it's time to end this issue once and for all. Stop denying people their right to marry whomever they choose. Justice Kennedy asked how it was unconstitutional to deny gay couples the right to marry? Maybe because marriage should be something everyone can partake in. I am strongly for allowing same-sex marriage in the US, preferable now.

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Democrats Unlikely to Regain House in 2014

Democrats Unlikely to Regain House in 2014 | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
Although 17 seats is not an extraordinary number, both historical precedent in midterm election years and a deeper examination of this year’s results would argue strongly against Democrats being able to gain that many seats.
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I think things would be easier and more fair if the seats were equivalent to the parties.
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North Korea warns 'moment of explosion' nears

North Korea warns 'moment of explosion' nears | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
North Korea is blocking hundreds of South Korean workers from entering a joint industrial complex.
Emily Scheer's insight:

This is really rather frightening. Although, everyone says it's not going to happen, it's still awful that they feel the need to bomb us. I feel North Korea is a little hostile and reckless... North Korea is running a horrible system over there, obviously. I'm just hoping we don't get bombed. That would suck. 

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Ryan johnson's curator insight, April 7, 2013 7:36 PM

Personally, this is super scary! I have never trusted North Korea, and the fact that they threatened us in nucler warfare? Not okay.  And then seeing Obama out having a playday the next day? That isn't okay either.

Mason Mettler's comment, April 18, 2013 6:35 PM
The instability of Kim Jung-Un and the fact that North Korea has nuclear warheads in very frightening. Let's hope a solution is achieved.
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Hillary Clinton's small steps fuel big hopes among fans eyeing the 2016 presidential race

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Hillary Clinton is already setting things up for her campaign in the 2016 presidential race. She has been in politics for a long time and has "unwavering faith in the untapped potential of women and girls." She is very much for women's rights and that will help her get many women to vote for her. So far many people are in her favor, hopefully to stay on her side when the election rolls around. 

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Sources: NRA won't oppose background check deal – if Democrats cede tough records fight

Sources: NRA won't oppose background check deal – if Democrats cede tough records fight | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it
Senators negotiating a bill mandating background checks for all gun buyers are privately expecting the National Rifle Association not to fight the measure -- provided the legislation does not require private gun sellers to maintain records of the...
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The NRA seriously need to make a compromise. I think more action needs to taken, but I don't think guns need to be completely banned. They just really need to get a handle on this. 

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Google Is Faulted for Impeding U.S. Inquiry on Data Collection | NYTimes.com

Google Is Faulted for Impeding U.S. Inquiry on Data Collection | NYTimes.com | Gov and Law Current Events - Emily | Scoop.it

When Google first revealed in 2010 that cars it was using to map streets were also sweeping up sensitive personal information from wireless home networks, it called the data collection a mistake. On Saturday, federal regulators charged that Google had “deliberately impeded and delayed” an investigation into the data collection and ordered a $25,000 fine on the search giant.

 

The finding, by the Federal Communications Commission, and the exasperated tone of the report were in marked contrast to the resolution of a separate inquiry two years ago. That investigation, by the Federal Trade Commission, accepted Google’s explanation that it was “mortified by what happened” while collecting information for its Street View project, and its promise to impose internal controls.

 

But since then, the F.C.C. said, Google repeatedly failed to respond to requests for e-mails and other information and refused to identify the employees involved.

 

“Although a world leader in digital search capability, Google took the position that searching its employees’ e-mail ‘would be a time-consuming and burdensome task,’ ” the report said. The commission also noted that Google stymied its efforts to learn more about the data collection because its main architect, an engineer who was not identified, had invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Emily Scheer's insight:

I think Google is going too far with all their data collection. I feel like the fifth amendment is just a cheap way out of getting into trouble. You can't lie in court so if you are testifying you have to tell the truth, so to avoid getting in trouble they plead the fifth, a lot. 

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Caitlin Moen's comment, March 15, 2013 11:28 AM
This stuff just gives me the heeby jeebies. Especially with that line from the article "you are not their client, you are their product." That takes using the internet from just fun and google-y to creepy and unsettling. I knew they already took our information for things like ads, but this is just too much. No bueno.
Mason Mettler's comment, March 17, 2013 1:36 PM
Google, like many major commercial names, do some pretty scary or unfair things to gain attention or get money.