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Hillary Clinton has begun laying out foreign-policy positions that sound more hard-line than Obama's

Hillary Clinton has begun laying out foreign-policy positions that sound  more hard-line than Obama's | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
Hillary Clinton has begun laying out foreign-policy positions that sound a more hard-line note on Iran, Russia and other global trouble spots than is coming from President Barack Obama.
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I think she has the right idea with developing things more and getting more peoples into what is happening with other countries.

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Flashback: Obama’s debate zinger on Romney’s ’1980s’ foreign policy (video)

Flashback: Obama’s debate zinger on Romney’s ’1980s’ foreign policy (video) | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
During the debates, Obama accused Mitt Romney of a '1980s' foreign policy even though the Cold War is 'over'
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I don't think that Obama should have been conversing with An enemy like Russia.

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Why the NRA opposes president's pick for surgeon general

Dr. Vivek Murthy stance on gun rights under fire

Via MsHaeussinger
Katie Witt's insight:

I think they should have some say in who the president can pick. He is the president but other people should have a say in what he does.

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MsHaeussinger's curator insight, March 13, 2014 7:33 AM

The NRA doesn't have an official vote on the nominee, so why do they have so much to say?

Tasha Freeman's curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:25 AM

I don't know that they should get so much of an opinion on it. Do you?

Kirsten Cunningham's curator insight, March 15, 2014 10:50 PM

I don't think these people should have so much say in this pick. What do you think?

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Big Cannabis: will legal weed grow to be America's next corporate titan? - The Guardian

Big Cannabis: will legal weed grow to be America's next corporate titan? - The Guardian | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
“ The Guardian Big Cannabis: will legal weed grow to be America's next corporate titan?”
Via Julian Buchanan, Nathalie Simz, Raquel Adamson
Katie Witt's insight:

I do think that it will. If the government starts to legally sell these they will make a lot more money because that fact is that people will buy it. It will give our government and economy more money. 

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Raquel Adamson's curator insight, March 5, 2014 2:20 PM
I believe it will be. People will buy it, and the government would be able to make so much money off taxes and regulations of the product. The sooner it becomes legal, the sooner the government can stop worrying about it and collect their money from it.
Shelby Ann123's comment, March 6, 2014 11:53 AM
It is good that it becomes legalized because it would help lower drug trafficking and the government can make money off it but they need strict rules on in. No one under 18 can use it, can't use it while driving stuff like that, so people can be responsible and safe about it.
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Voter ID laws to get big test in primaries

Voter ID laws to get big test in primaries | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
– In elections that begin this week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots – the first major test of voter ID

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I think it is a good dea to photo ID people so people with fake IDs can't vote underage. Hat do you think?

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Darby Dodds's comment, March 6, 2014 3:22 PM
I think it is a good idea to make people show an ID if they want to vote. I think it will cause a lot less problems.
Wyatt Nelson's comment, March 9, 2014 12:55 AM
I think a photo ID should be required. It shows you are a citizen and live in that state.
Kirsten Cunningham's curator insight, March 10, 2014 3:25 PM

What is your in sight on this? Should you be required to show Id to vote? 

 

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License-plate reader firm says new Utah law curbs free speech

License-plate reader firm says new Utah law curbs free speech | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
The surveillance industry is fighting back. A company that makes automated license-plate readers sued Utah's government last week over a new law intended to protect drivers' privacy.

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It is someone's right to have privacy. I dont understand why this company needs this technology. How would you like to have this done to you? 

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Caseya2014's comment, February 25, 2014 12:30 PM
I think the government and law enforcement should be the only ones that can use this technology. Private companies don't need this technology. What are they going to do with the information they collect? it is definitely an infringement of privacy.
Sfitzg35's comment, February 27, 2014 12:15 PM
I think that law enforcement should be the only ones allowed to scan license plates, but I don't understand the point of private companies needing to scan them too. The police actually have a reason to scan these plates but the companies don't have the right at all and I think they are invading many peoples privacy.
Justin kettner's comment, February 27, 2014 12:38 PM
Law in forcemeat should be able to but the only ones who should be using this technology. What and why do others need this kind of information there is no reason. What would they say when and if I had there information?
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San Diego County gun law violates 2nd Amendment, appeals court rules

San Diego County gun law violates 2nd Amendment, appeals court rules | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court decided Thursday that a San Diego restriction on carrying concealed guns in public for self defense infringes on citizens' 2nd Amendment rights.

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I think this is very unfair. If you are 21 and qualify for conceal and carry you should be able to do it. Especially when you have family to protect  or protect yourself.

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Darby Dodds's comment, February 22, 2014 11:34 PM
If you are in serious need of a gun then you can carry one. But you shouldn't carry a gun for the heck of it.
Isaac Mettler's comment, February 23, 2014 10:48 PM
If you are a responsible citizen and apply for the permit to carry a gun, then you should be able to. They may be able to save their own life or someone else's.
Justin kettner's comment, February 27, 2014 12:41 PM
If you can pass the background checks and can pass a conceal & carry class there should be no questions asked upon why you are carrying a firearm. Public places carry fire extinguishers not expecting a fire but when one happens there a way to try and put the fire out. Same thing comes to a firearm for carrying purposes you never know when something might happen and something bad may never happen in order for you to need a weapon but would you rather be prepared or wish you were?
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Can the government really get us to save more for retirement?

Can the government really get us to save more for retirement? | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
Millions of Americans aren't saving enough for retirement, prompting Congress and even the President to propose ways to help workers save. But can the government really help us save more?
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I don't think that people wll go for this. If they want to save monet they will d. It on their own. 

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The rise of a new US federalism - FT.com

The rise of a new US federalism - FT.com | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
Barack Obama will deliver his sixth annual State of the Union to Congress next week. He will beseech lawmakers to enact many things, few of which will happen. The same will probably be true of his seventh and eighth. Meanwhile, for good or for ill,
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They point out that  not every urban trend is positive for us. What do you think?

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Obama laments entrenched power at Ohio State commencement

Obama laments entrenched power at Ohio State commencement | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama is the most powerful man in the world, but he still laments that there is so much still out of his control.

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Katie Witt's insight:

It's good to see he does not have 100% power over everything. its just like the laws we are suppose to follow them but many people break them and go their own way.

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MsHaeussinger's curator insight, May 6, 2013 7:49 AM

The Chief Executive talks about his power as he exercises another presidential role, Chief of State at the Ohio State graduation. What do you think of his reflections?

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Lawmakers say change is needed after hearing benefits of e-cigarettes

Lawmakers say change is needed after hearing benefits of e-cigarettes | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it

“ OKLAHOMA CITY - In 2012, Oklahoma ranked 47th out of the 50 states for adults who smoke. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, that ranking had changed to 39th in the nation by 201...”


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Rachel Sigrist's curator insight, February 21, 2014 5:27 PM

They should make buying cigars illegal

Alyssa Serrano's comment, February 22, 2014 7:18 PM
I don't think they should ban them because they have helped some people smoke. They are not as harmful and they do not cause as much damage to people, plus there is no second hand smoke.
Katie Gilbertson's comment, February 22, 2014 11:20 PM
I think it is a much healthier alternative to smoking. However, I find that sometimes they rely on the e-cig too much when trying to quit. I think it's a good idea for those trying to quit for themselves and those around them because it is less harmful.
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Confirmed: US government records ALL private telephone calls

Confirmed: US government records ALL private telephone calls | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
Confirmed: US government records ALL private telephone calls

Via Skip Stein, Raquel Adamson
Katie Witt's insight:

The government should not be able to listen to phone calls especially if they are private.  It isn't their business.

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naknuts37's curator insight, May 8, 2014 12:21 PM

In response to khedlu17:

This article talks about how the US government records all private telephone calls. When did the gov't start recording phone calls? How is this not violating the fourth amendment? 

Joe Smith's comment, May 12, 2014 3:07 PM
The government should have a limit to how much they can monitor or phone calls. It' can help them in their work but sometimes it violates our privacy. It violates the 4th amendment
pdowds30's comment, May 15, 2014 3:16 PM
This relates to government because it is the government. They are violating the fourth amendment and disrespecting every citizen on a personal level. It doesn't make sense to have a constitution if the people implementing it can't even follow it.
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5 Ways The Government Keeps Native Americans In Poverty

5 Ways The Government Keeps Native Americans In Poverty | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
As long as tribes are denied the right to control their own resources, they will remain locked in poverty and dependence.
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It ridiculous that they say that tribes are not cabbage of owning their own land. The government should not be trying to control their land and what they are doing on it. They can hardly open a business because they don't own anything and it's hard for them to get ths right to build a business on the land.

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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 Katie Witt | Scoop.it
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I think that kids of all ages to some extent should be able to say what they want. I know for elementary school kids they should have more censoring but I think that middle schoolers since they are getting ready for high school and the World should have more say in things as they get older.

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Obama Issues Furious Statement After Senate Democrats Vote Down His Controversial Nominee

Obama Issues Furious Statement After Senate Democrats Vote Down His Controversial Nominee | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
Debo Adegbile is the first post-nuclear option nominee to fail to pass through the Senate.
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Obama did not need to get mad that something was shot down. It isn't the first time something he wants has gotten shot down. It isn't all about him. 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, March 9, 2014 10:31 AM
Interesting! Historically, democrats have towed the party line and supported any nominee the President has put forward.
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Knife found in dad's car may get teen banned from graduation, family says

Knife found in dad's car may get teen banned from graduation, family says | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
A Tennessee high school student may not be walk at graduation after administrators found a knife inside his father’s car and slapped him with a 10-day suspension.
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I don't think that the teen should be in trouble for something that was in a vehicle he didn't thoroughly search down before he drove it. He obviously had no intent to harm anyone and did not try to keep them out of his car. What do you think?

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Shelby Ann123's comment, February 26, 2014 12:51 PM
He should not of had that bad of a punishment. He wasn't doing anyone harm and it was his fathers not his. They took the punishment to far, suspension would be okay because it is against the rules to have a weapon on school grounds but to be getting changed by the police and not being able to graduate is to much.
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US high court declines to hear death row appeal

US high court declines to hear death row appeal | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
(AP) â€" The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a Mississippi death row inmate who argued there was an alleged constitutional error in his trial for the slaying of a junior college student. Crawford told authorities he did not remember the incident but later led them to the body buried in leaves in a wooded area.
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I think it is with his rights that he was not killed. he defiantly deserves the jail time. What do you think?

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School Bans Student From Flying Confederate Flag On Truck - CBS Las Vegas

School Bans Student From Flying Confederate Flag On Truck - CBS Las Vegas | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
A student has been banned from displaying the Confederate flag on his truck while on school grounds.

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this is not okay because it's heritage not hate.

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Wyatt Nelson's comment, February 9, 2014 4:39 PM
The school has no right to tell him what he can or cannot have on his car. He has the right to put whatever he wants on it. The school shouldn't have anything to do with it.
Maureen Disque's comment, February 9, 2014 11:29 PM
He has the right to put what ever he wants on his car. As long as it doesn't affect any one else's car he is fine.
Kirsten Cunningham's curator insight, February 15, 2014 7:14 PM

Thought this was interesting because I don't know if I agree with the decision or if I don't agree with the decision. This is something that is hard to decide and agree on. 

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The US federal government is helping illegal pot producers destroy California’s water supply

The US federal government is helping illegal pot producers destroy California’s water supply | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
Heavy rains in California in recent days have partly alleviated the drought that parched the state in January. The dry spell is merely exacerbating a long-developing problem in northern California, however: The huge volumes of water used to grow marijuana, as well as the noxious fertilizers and pesticides gushing into streams, are pushing local watersheds to...
Katie Witt's insight:

I didn't know pot was a water guzzling plant. it's weird and stupid th government won't let them regulate water use, and kill fish

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Shelby Ann123's comment, February 13, 2014 10:39 AM
They need to start regulating the water supply. The environment shouldn't be punished for the governments greed. Growing pot I don't think is worth killing the environment for.
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Senate OKs higher ed bill to tackle tuition rates

Senate OKs higher ed bill to tackle tuition rates | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
ST. PAUL — The Senate passed its higher education budget on Wednesday, a $2.8 billion package that aims to hold down tuition and make public universities and colleges more accountable to the state.

Via Taylor Franklin, MsHaeussinger
Katie Witt's insight:

we are going to college next year and to see that they are doing this is great!

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Jordan's comment, April 22, 2013 8:32 AM
Reading this makes me wish I would have picked a college in the state!!!
Shelby Ann123's comment, February 6, 2014 11:53 AM
This would be great for college students in the state, it would make it easier to afford going to college. The less debts I have to worry about with going to college the better i feel about going.
MsHaeussinger's comment, February 9, 2014 11:37 AM
Great story, but very outdated! You need to find more recent stories
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Facts of the Union

Facts of the Union | Gov and law Katie Witt | Scoop.it
We found a few overstatements and cherry-picked numbers among the applause lines and proposals in President Obama's State of the Union address.
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Katie Witt's insight:

Not everything should be based off of statistics. I think there should be individual votes. What do you think?

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MsHaeussinger's curator insight, January 29, 2014 7:48 AM
Obama, and all Presidents before him, use statistics to make their address seem like a list of accomplishments for them and their party. Behind the stats, non-partisan organizations like Fact Check try to find the truth!
Justin kettner's curator insight, February 5, 2014 5:08 PM

Presidents always use statistics in order  to make things seem better and prove their point. Obama has offered so many thing to the united. States but has only done more damage than good.  Now just trien to get everyone back on his side again. Will it happen ? 

Isaac Mettler's comment, March 9, 2014 11:51 PM
Statistics can be used to to sway the reader in the direction they want so it's hard to know what to take away from them.