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Texas Supreme Court denies election petition regarding TRWD

“ Texas Supreme Court denies electio”
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This article is about the Texas Supreme Court not accepting a petition that would force Tarrant Regional Water District hold an election to fill two seats on the district’s board of directors. This relates to gov and law because it deals with a decision made by the Texas Supreme Court.
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Alyssa Serrano's curator insight, May 21, 2014 3:42 PM

They wanted to fill two seats on the districts board but they ignored the petition

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Supreme Court to Consider New Obamacare Case

Supreme Court to Consider New Obamacare Case | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“ Obamacare is before the U.S. Supreme Court again.”
Via Katie Biggs
Jacob Ostreng's insight:
This article is about the Supreme Court and Obamacare. It talks about the part of Obamacare that deals with large companies requirement to provide abortion related insurance. The problem deals with religions that oppose abortion. This relates to gov and law because it deals with the Supreme Court.
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Alex Salazar's curator insight, May 20, 2014 2:15 PM

The us Supreme Court takes a look at obamas health care act.

Luke French's comment, May 21, 2014 10:17 PM
This article is fairly dated (Sept 2013), but it's interesting reading about this court case now that the outcome has been decided.
Sam Burich's comment, May 26, 2014 9:21 PM
Interesting article
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President Obama Raises the Minimum Wage for Government Contractors, Waits ... - Slate Magazine (blog)

President Obama Raises the Minimum Wage for Government Contractors, Waits ... - Slate Magazine (blog) | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“ President Obama Raises the Minimum Wage for Government Contractors, Waits ... Slate Magazine (blog) President Obama Raises the Minimum Wage for Government Contractors, Waits for Republicans to Explode.”
Via Brian S. Smith, CIC, ARM
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This article is about Obama raising the minimum wage for a lot of government contractors, and some reactions that people had to this action. This relates to gov and law because it deals with the minimum wage.
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High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting

High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
Supreme Court upheld prayers at the start of local council meetings on Monday, declaring them in line with long national traditions though the country has grown more religiously diverse.
Jacob Ostreng's insight:
This article is about the conclusion of a court case that someone in our class presented on. The court ruled in favor of allowing a prayer to be said before a council meeting. This relates to gov and law because it deals with the Supreme Court.
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U.S. Tests Teens A Lot, But Worldwide, Exam Stakes Are Higher

U.S. Tests Teens A Lot, But Worldwide, Exam Stakes Are Higher | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
by Cory Turner, NPR American students take an alphabet soup of mandatory and voluntary exams: SAT, PISA, AP. Sure it's a lot, but in places like Japan and England, tests are incredibly high-stress and life-defining.
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This article is about how our government standardized tests stack up against other countries tests. For the most part other countries seem to have less tests, but the tests that they take have the potential to either destroy or create their dreams for future education. This relates to gov and law because it talks about government testing.
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Molly Petersen's comment, May 10, 2014 1:26 PM
this article was very interesting I never knew how we compared to other countries scores on standardized tests but I think that these tests don't always accurately portray everything we have learned.
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One fifth of China soil contaminated

One fifth of China soil contaminated | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“ Almost a fifth of China's soil is contaminated, an official study released by the government has shown.”
Via Benjamin Ginsberg
Jacob Ostreng's insight:
This article is about how one fifth of China's soil is contaminated by pollutants such as: cadmium, nickel, and arsenic. This is major health concern. This relates to gov and law because the Chinese government needs to use strict pollution policies to help protect its citizens and the environment.
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Steph Bellrichard's comment, May 1, 2014 9:33 AM
I think the Chinese government definitely needs to change their laws if pollution is this bad. If they make no changes, the damage to their environment will just get worse.
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Goodbye, Afghanistan — hello, Africa: Air Force to shift as US exits Middle East - Washington Times

Goodbye, Afghanistan — hello, Africa: Air Force to shift as US exits Middle East - Washington Times | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“Goodbye, Afghanistan — hello, Africa: Air Force to shift as US exits Middle EastWashington Times... happening. “Our presence here in Djibouti is enduring and I think it is growing,” Col. Passmore told Stars and Stripes.”
Via Brian S. Smith, CIC, ARM
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This article is about where the US will focus its Air Force after we exit the Middle East. The article suggests that the focus will shift to Africa. This relates to gov and law because it is dealing with our military support.
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Steph Bellrichard's comment, April 26, 2014 1:35 PM
This article is very interesting to hear about how our military will change focuses in the future. I did not know that they are planning to go to Africa after they leave the Middle East
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10 Fastest Emerging Global Cities

10 Fastest Emerging Global Cities | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
Cities in lower-income countries are rapidly catching up with the world's top business capitals, according to a new report.
Via Seth Dixon
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This article talks about ten cities that are starting to emerge on a global level. This relates to gov and law because it deals with foreign affairs. As these cities continue to grow we, as a country, will have to determine how we want to communicate and trade with the people who live in the cities.
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Molly Petersen's comment, April 27, 2014 10:36 AM
this article was interesting it surprised me that some of these countries looked like they were suffering from poverty problems but they are growing very fast business wise. I agree with the fact that our government will need to learn to trade and communicate with these cities otherwise it could lead to another war.
Taylor Knesel's comment, April 28, 2014 1:27 AM
I find it surprising that some of the lower income are getting to the top of the worlds top business capitals but it makes sense when you see how fast their businesses are growing.
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Federal Court: Citizens Can Record Cops

Federal Court: Citizens Can Record Cops | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“ Remember that nutcase cop who arrested a bystander for recording a public crime scene? Yeah, that was a violation of the First Amendment, according to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston.”
Via Melissa Wall, Kyle Kohn
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This article is about how we as citizens are allowed to record cops. There was a case where someone got arrested for filming cops, this was later overturned. It is a violation of your first amendment right according to the us court of appeals. This relates to gov and law because it deals with the first amendment.
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Steph Bellrichard's comment, April 19, 2014 11:09 PM
It is good to know what rights we have citizens have when dealing with the police which makes this article interesting to read about.
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Should People Be Allowed to Volunteer for Jury Duty?

Should People Be Allowed to Volunteer for Jury Duty? | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
Being selected as a juror, that most basic of civic duties, is more often greeted with dread than enthusiasm.But there are New Jersey residents who would jump at the chance to serve on a jury, and one state lawmaker wants to let them have their way.
Jacob Ostreng's insight:
This article is about if people should be allowed to volunteer to serve on a jury. Personally I do not think that they should be able to volunteer. This relates to our class because it deals with the judicial branch of the government.
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Steph Bellrichard's comment, April 13, 2014 10:49 AM
This article creates an interesting discussion about jury duty and how it should be decided. I agree that people should not be allowed to volunteer for it. Having people chosen keeps it more random and fair.
Molly Petersen's comment, April 13, 2014 11:18 AM
I have to agree with my other classmates because I believe that jury members should not be able to volunteer because they might have a strong opinion about the case making the decision possibly unfair which goes against what we want our judicial to stand for.
Gunnar Burkhardt's comment, April 19, 2014 4:06 PM
i think that they should be allowed, but depending on motives and background they can be denied
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Some key Benefits of Canada Immigration

Canada is one of the richest and the most developed countries in the world. Most of the immigration inspired people, from across the globe, leave no chance to visit this exotic immigration destination. Since the national economy of the Maple Leaf Country is robust, and jobs plenty therein, several ambitious persons believe that they ought to visit the nation.
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Jacob Ostreng's insight:
This article is about why you should live in Canada. They have a lot of benefits for people who immigrate to their country. This relates to our class because it talks about the benefits for immigrants in a country and what that country has to offer.
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Steph Bellrichard's comment, April 13, 2014 10:59 AM
It is interesting to read about why immigrants are going to other countries because the news only ever talks about immigration to the US.
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Law Enforcement Association Urging Sheriffs Not to Enforce Gun Control

Law Enforcement Association Urging Sheriffs Not to Enforce Gun Control | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“Constitutional Sheriffs and Police Officers Association (CSPOA) president Richard Mack is calling on Vermont Sheriffs to refuse to enforce new gun control measures passed earlier in the month.”
Jacob Ostreng's insight:
This article is about how Vermont recently passed new gun laws and protest groups are asking sheriffs to not enforce it. The new law bans people from having a concealed hand gun in bars and restaurants. This relates to gov and law because it deals with peaceful protest.
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Steph Bellrichard's comment, March 27, 2014 6:29 PM
This article is interesting to hear about how different people view gun laws. while the government believes these laws are necessary, many citizens feel that these laws should not be upheld.
Molly Petersen's comment, March 30, 2014 1:34 PM
I like how these people choose to protest I believe that this is best form of protest but I don't know if government is really going to list to there message.
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E-cigarettes popularity running well ahead of government regulation - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

E-cigarettes popularity running well ahead of government regulation - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“ E-cigarettes popularity running well ahead of government regulation Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier Use an electronic cigarette in any of those places, and there's no problem. Stories about the booming e-cigarette market pepper news outlets.”
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This article is about how Iowa is going to deal with e-cigarettes and regulate them. They have a smoke free act that was made before e-cigarettes existed, so the regulation does not currently cover them. Along with the smoke free act they have a higher tax on normal cigarettes and are thinking about expanding that tax to cover e-cigarettes as well. This relates to our class because it talks about changing a government regulation and tax.
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Supreme Court Defends Wealthy's Right to Own Government

Supreme Court Defends Wealthy's Right to Own Government | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“ The Supreme Court today defended the right of the wealthiest Americans to own the United States government.”
Via Dave Cottrell
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This article is about how the Supreme Court removed the remaining barriers that protect the government from being owned by e wealthiest Americans. This relates to gov and law because it deals with a Supreme Court decision.
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Molly Petersen's comment, May 24, 2014 7:02 PM
This article was very interesting because it gave direct quotes from the justices and their opinions were very shocking.
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The perfect minimum wage job

The perfect minimum wage job | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“ People rarely fight for minimum wage jobs. Try to find out the perks that help you save the most, depending on your lifestyle and how to find a perfect minimum wage job.”
Via Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence
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This article aid about the benefits of a minimum wage job that most people overlook. They talk about factors such as: little competition, little responsibility, and high turnover. This relates to gov and law because it deals with the citizens and how they make a living for themselves.
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Taylor Knesel's comment, May 18, 2014 4:22 PM
It is interesting to see all of the benefits you can get from a minimum wage job that you don't get from another job.
Molly Petersen's comment, May 19, 2014 1:30 PM
This article was interesting because normally people aspire to have a career that makes a lot of money but there are a lot of benefits that only minimum wage jobs can give you
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Can free community college save the US economy? - Fortune (blog)

Can free community college save the US economy? - Fortune (blog) | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
NPR Can free community college save the US economy?
Via Gorka Jakobe Palazio
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This article is about if free community college could save the us economy. They talk about a lot of different aspects of how higher education affects personal income and how that can help the economy. This article relates to gov and law because it talks about government spending money on education, and the economy.
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Taylor Knesel's comment, May 18, 2014 4:33 PM
I think it's interesting that having community college be free could save the economy.
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Ten Economic Facts about Crime and Incarceration in the United States

Ten Economic Facts about Crime and Incarceration in the United States | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
This Hamilton Project policy memo provides ten economic facts highlighting recent trends in crime and incarceration in the United States.
Via Teresa Herrin
Jacob Ostreng's insight:
This article talks about crime and incarceration in the US and talks a little about the economic cost of these two things. This relates to gov and law because it deals with a punishment from the judicial branch.
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Steph Bellrichard's comment, May 8, 2014 3:22 PM
I think it is interesting to see how incarceration affects the economy because most people may not see a connection between the two.
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Police photographed choking college student until he passes out

Police photographed choking college student until he passes out | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“ Frank Phillips, 47, was been found 'unsuitable for continued employment,' according to a termination notice posted Sunday night on the Knox County Sheriff's Office's website.”
Via Sieg Holle
Jacob Ostreng's insight:
This article is about how a cop choked a college student till he passed out. The cop said he did this because the student was resisting arrest, but in the pictures that other students took it does not look like he is resisting at all. This relates to gov and law because it deals with law enforcement.
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Gunnar Burkhardt's comment, May 11, 2014 12:01 PM
the student is handcuffed with two officers holding him, HE IS NOT RESISTING ARREST!
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Dems want government health care for all — no matter the cost - New York Post

Dems want government health care for all — no matter the cost - New York Post | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“ Dems want government health care for all — no matter the cost New York Post (Virtually all of the remaining 37% is paid for through insurance, much of which is also subsidized, directly or indirectly, by the government).”
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This article is about how the democrats want every American citizen to have health care. They don't really care what this will cost the nation and see it as a right as an American citizen. This relates to gov and law because it deals with government health care.
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Planning for Withdrawal in Afghanistan? Smart, But Not Wise - Defense One

Planning for Withdrawal in Afghanistan? Smart, But Not Wise - Defense One | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“Defense OnePlanning for Withdrawal in Afghanistan? Smart, But Not WiseDefense OneVotes are still being counted in Afghanistan's presidential election, but preliminary results suggest that no candidate won a majority.”
Via Brian S. Smith, CIC, ARM
Jacob Ostreng's insight:
This article is about how NATO forces are thinking of removing all of its troops at once if the BSA is not signed. This article talks about the possible consequences of such a harsh action. This relates to gov and law because it relates to military and foreign affairs.
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America Sends Missile-Destroying Warship Into Russian Waters. President Putin Presumably Not Pleased.

America Sends Missile-Destroying Warship Into Russian Waters. President Putin Presumably Not Pleased. | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it

Via Brian S. Smith, CIC, ARM
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This article is about how Putin responded to the us sending 3 destroyers to the Spanish coast. This relates to gov and law because it deals with national defense.
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Gunnar Burkhardt's comment, April 19, 2014 4:04 PM
I still think that this will end up in a third world war
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Why digital citizenship should be on the minds of educators

Why digital citizenship should be on the minds of educators | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“ Digital citizenship should be at the forefront of every school leader's mind, said Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership's Jason Borgen at the National School Boards Association's recent annual conference.”
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This article is about how our digital citizenship needs to be on the minds of our educators. I think that it necessary to be aware of how we are presented online. This deals with gov and law because it deals with what teachers should be teaching students.
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Molly Petersen's comment, April 20, 2014 8:54 AM
this article was very interesting I didn't even know transferring citizenship to technology was an option and it would be handy to teach students that way because we are always online and we can easily access it.
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How much does Obamacare cost the government?

How much does Obamacare cost the government? | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“Understand the News ("...Obamacare's hefty tax increases and Medicare cuts means the law, as a whole, actually saves money..." http://t.co/VyUUcm72xL)...”
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This article is about how much Obomacare is going to cost and how much money it will save. This relates to our class because it deals with the national budget.
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Government regulations concern young farmers - Farm and Ranch Guide

Government regulations concern young farmers - Farm and Ranch Guide | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it
“Government regulations concern young farmersFarm and Ranch GuideWASHINGTON, DC, March 8, 2012 – The latest survey of participants in the American Farm Bureau Federation's Young Farmers & Ranchers program shows an even split when it comes to concerns...”
Via Bill Palladino - MLUI
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This article is about a survey that was sent out to young farmers and asked many questions dealing with communication and concerns. One of the questions was about what the government should do to help them out. This reflate to gov and law because it talks about what would be the best policy to put into place for young farmers.
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Constitution Check: How free are students to comment on public policy issues?

Constitution Check: How free are students to comment on public policy issues? | Gov and Law, Jacob Ostreng | Scoop.it

Via Mackenzie Horn
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This article is about someone looking back at a recent Supreme Court case and taking into account freedom of speech and public policy. They think that every situation is different and should be treated so. This relates to gov and law because it talks about public policy and first amendment rights.
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