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Minnesota Bill Would Define All Marriages as Civil Unions

Minnesota Bill Would Define All Marriages as Civil Unions | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
Minnesota lawmakers are proposing a bill that would treat straight and same-sex couples equally by defining all marriages as civil unions.

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I think its great that Minnesota is proposing a bill that would treat same-sex couples as equal as straight couples. 

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slecy81's curator insight, May 1, 2013 8:29 AM

I think that it is great that Minnesota is pushing to allow gay marriage. I just do not understand all the fuse with it, why does it matter who someone loves? I do think that they should call it a marriage still instead of a civil union. Why can't people be married to who they love rather than call it a civil union?

Brian Burroughs's comment, May 1, 2013 5:07 PM
They can get married in church. Marriage is a religious/ cultural decision and has nothing to do with the government. That's why they are getting rid of it and just having both hetero and homosexual couple get civil unions.
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O.J. testifies in long-shot bid to win freedom

O.J. testifies in long-shot bid to win freedom | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
O.J. Simpson, 65, to testify in bid to overturn a prison term that could last his lifespan.

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This is a big deal if he does get a shortened sentence.  

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Reed Fujan's curator insight, May 15, 2013 9:41 AM

OJ Simpson has spent nearly five years in prison.  Now, Simpson is looking to change is sentence to a shorter period.  As of right now, the sentence states he is serving between 9 and 33 years and will not be elgible for parole until he is about 70 years old.  It will be interesting to see how this ends up.

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Minnesota Gov. Dayton signs gay marriage bill

Minnesota Gov. Dayton signs gay marriage bill | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it

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I like this alot.  I think this is a great step for Minnesota.  I totally agree with this bill, and it should be your choice on who you marry.  

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Reed Fujan's curator insight, May 15, 2013 9:37 AM

On Tuesday, Minnesota Governer, Mark Dayotn, signed a bill making gay marriage legal.  Minnesota is now the 12th state in the country to legalize gay marriage.

Chelsi Rhodes's comment, May 19, 2013 8:20 AM
Are you so proud to be a Minnesotan?:) Everyone has the right to be married. I think there's some confusion when it comes to this whole movement though. The major misconception is that this would somehow force a church to marry a same-sex couple, but that's not the case at all. Hooray, Minnesota :)
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Minnesota Senate fights over clothing tax

Minnesota Senate fights over clothing tax | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
The DFL-controlled Senate will take up its $1.9 billion tax plan this afternoon in what we expect will be...

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I would not like having tax on clothing.  It would be a huge pain and it will make your everyday clothes more expensive.

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Lauren Timm's curator insight, April 30, 2013 7:33 PM

The new idea to put tax on clothing in Minnesota was debated last night. I think that this is not actually something that is needed, and I am not just saying that from a girl's stand point. For everyone, this could be a challenge. As if there are not already people in this state that cannot afford clothing regularly, now they have to pay extra. Also, the Mall of America was build in Minnesota due to the no clothing tax. Now what's that point?

Chelsi Rhodes's comment, May 19, 2013 8:24 AM
Although this would be an inconvenience for all of us, I think there could actually be a positive outcome... perhaps we could use the revenue to sponsor state parks, or to build a new stadium. One should always look at the positives!
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Rep. Kennedy influences gay NBA player to come out

Rep. Kennedy influences gay NBA player to come out | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
Rep. Joe Kennedy is proud of his Stanford roommate, Jason Collins. Collins, a 12-year-veteran of the NBA, came out as gay in Sports Illustrated cover story.

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I think this is really cool that this guy is giving support to his old roomate to come out. 

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Brynne Stellner's curator insight, April 29, 2013 1:58 PM

This is a very cool story! I'm happy Kennedy and Bill Clinton issued a supportive statement for him. 

Cbaker02's curator insight, May 1, 2013 8:31 AM

super cool that he is giving his suport, i cant emagine how hard it would be to come out when you a pro athlete. so big!

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Pentagon Report Declares More Than Half The US Military Is Overweight

Pentagon Report Declares More Than Half The US Military Is Overweight | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
But it's all muscle, really!

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I think that it's fascinating that half of military members are overweight... I don't get how they can pass the physical tests they do. 

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Cbaker02's curator insight, May 1, 2013 8:24 AM

HAHAHAHAHA woops!!!! how do those guys pass the running test that they have?

slecy81's curator insight, May 1, 2013 9:23 AM

I was actually shocked to find out that over half of the US Military is overweright! I imagine them working out all the time and getting fit. I think that if the military can't be average weight, that is a problem for the United States and that everyone needs to get into a better shape. I am not saying that people have to be skinny, but they should be healthy.

MsHaeussinger's comment, May 2, 2013 8:11 AM
Great story, very interesting! The military has mandatory physical fitness requirements, or at least, they used to?
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Immigration, not guns, will define Republican Party

Immigration, not guns, will define Republican Party | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
Liberals are furious, but the gun issue will not significantly damage the Republican Party, writes syndicated columnist David Brooks.
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Even though the Republican party voted against the gun bill, they will not be significantly damaged by it.  

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 24, 2013 12:13 PM
Don't you think a NO to immigration and gun legislation in one session might be a big hit to their image?
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Court Rules Warrants Are Needed to Draw Blood in Drunken-Driving Cases

Court Rules Warrants Are Needed to Draw Blood in Drunken-Driving Cases | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
The fact that alcohol dissipates from the bloodstream over time does not by itself allow the police to take blood over objections, the Supreme Court ruled.

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I think you should always have to take a breath test when you get pulled over if the police suspect you of drunk driving.   Objecting shouldn't be an option, because if you are objecting you are obviously hiding something.  

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Cbaker02's curator insight, April 17, 2013 10:23 AM

If you refuse to give a breath test, you should have to give blood then. stop the drinking and driving.

allie krings's comment, April 21, 2013 4:40 PM
I don't think you should ever have the right to refuse to give a breath test. If people are so concerned with losing their reputation over having to do so, they should have been even more concerned with the potential dangers they placed in other people's lives. I see no reason why we cannot do a breathalyzer or a blood test.
Chelsi Rhodes's comment, April 27, 2013 1:51 PM
I definitely agree with everyone. It's easy enough to take a breathalyzer, and I'm sure taking a blood test isn't too hard either. So I don't know why someone would object to them. Unless they obviously were driving while under the influence of something.
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Four amendments that almost made it into the Constitution

Four amendments that almost made it into the Constitution | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
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This is very interesting.  It is amazing that the U.S was so close to allowing child labor...

 

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Chelsi Rhodes's comment, April 20, 2013 10:13 PM
I feel as though there were probably a handful of interesting amendments that never made it all the way in addition to the ones listed in this article. Times have changed, but I'm sure when these amendments were proposed, they didn't seem odd at all. Thankfully though, they were shot down!
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Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Cuba trip under fire - Video on TODAY.com

Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Cuba trip under fire - Video on TODAY.com | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
Video on Today: Despite a long-standing ban on tourist trips to Cuba, Jay-Z and Beyonce were recently spotted on the island, sparking outrage for many Cuban-Americans and prompting a letter from two Florida Republican Congressmen to the Obama...

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I think this is very fascinating that Jay-Z and Beyonce went to Cuba.  It is illegal to go to Cuba, unless you are visiting a family member or get special privleges.  It would of been alright if they were putting on a concert, but I think they just went their as tourists.  

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Lexypries's comment, April 11, 2013 10:18 PM
I think that they should be treated just like any other american citizen and get punished for what they have done and should not be able to do things that any other american citizen cannot do.
Brian Burroughs's comment, April 13, 2013 5:02 PM
Beyonce does what Beyonce pleases!!!
Jordan's comment, April 14, 2013 11:53 AM
I think that Jay-Z and Beyonce going to Cuba is kind of a slap to the face of the US Government. They should be jailed if not fined for what they did. The fact is they probably will get in minimal trouble because of who they are.
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Student Kicked Out Of School For Refusing To Wear RFID Tracking Badge Following Failed Appeal

Student Kicked Out Of School For Refusing To Wear RFID Tracking Badge Following Failed Appeal | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it

Hernandez, who has been threatened with expulsion for refusing to wear a chipless RFID tracking badge, had her request for a preliminary injunction denied by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Western District of Texas. Rutherford Institute attorneys argue the school is violating her rights under Texas' Religious Freedom Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.


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I agree, I think it is a bad idea to have badges for school.  I think that it takes up your private space and I disagree on the idea to expell her just because she won't wear it.  

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Paige Nelson's comment, April 10, 2013 8:23 PM
^^ I agree with both of you on that. It is your private life, and space. Her being expelled would be stupid I think.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 12, 2013 5:28 AM
This story is interesting but it never details how the ID badge interferes with her religious beliefs.
Jeremy Richardson's comment, April 14, 2013 6:52 AM
I agree that the id badge should not have to be for the students for school ,
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U.S. safety board proposes tougher drunk-driving threshold

U.S. safety board proposes tougher drunk-driving threshold | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
A decade-old benchmark for determining when a driver is legally intoxicated should be lowered to 0.05, federal safety officials said Tuesday.

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I think this is a great way to keep drunk drivers off the road.  

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khodge55's comment, May 14, 2013 4:58 PM
I agree with Syd. Drunk driving causes many lives to become lost and I believe that if there are more ways to stop it than those methods should be used.
allie krings's comment, May 16, 2013 8:56 AM
I support this decision to lower it. If someone chooses to drink and drive, they are not only harming themselves, but potentially other innocent people. It is only fair to lower it to help deter them from getting into a car and driving while intoxicated. This may also help raise awareness of drinking.
Drew Fuchs's comment, May 19, 2013 6:07 PM
I agree, the level is to high and they need to reduce the risk of having more drunk right now is too high and lowering it will decrease the amount of drunk drivers and people will watch how much they drink.
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Deadly giant snail found in Houston

Deadly giant snail found in Houston | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
Residents of a Houston neighborhood are being warned to stay away from giant African land snails after a woman found one in her garden and snapped a photo of it.

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I think this is quite disturbing... These snails can give you meningitis and that is not something that you want to get...

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Brian Burroughs's comment, May 12, 2013 7:16 AM
Yikes!
Drew Fuchs's comment, May 12, 2013 9:03 AM
I think it is insane how big they are and what kind of damage they can do. And for how much they reproduce is outrageous.
Anna Zamzow's comment, May 19, 2013 10:58 AM
These are disgusting. I could not handle living where there are such huge snails that carry menengitis.
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The online learning revolution - Atlanta Journal Constitution

The online learning revolution - Atlanta Journal Constitution | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
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The online learning revolution
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Alan Wells, manager of DeVry University-Atlanta's Academic Success Center, helps student Donna L. Stewart, a computer information systems major.

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I think online learning is a great way to learn, and I almost would take online learning over in class learning.  

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slecy81's curator insight, May 6, 2013 11:21 AM

I think online learning is great for people! You are able to work and go to school at the same time, and if you are a slower learner, or the classroom is not for you, you are able to go at your own pace. The only thing about online learning is that you have to motivate yourself to work and get your things done.

khodge55's comment, May 7, 2013 7:05 AM
I don't think online learning would work for me, but if it works for others than it should definitely be used. If you can get yourself to actually want to work on the computer than more power to you, but I don't think that I would not be able to get myself to be focused enough to work online.
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Minnesota Bill Would Define All Marriages as Civil Unions

Minnesota Bill Would Define All Marriages as Civil Unions | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
Minnesota lawmakers are proposing a bill that would treat straight and same-sex couples equally by defining all marriages as civil unions.

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Michael Holm's insight:

I think its great that Minnesota is proposing a bill that would treat same-sex couples as equal as straight couples. 

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slecy81's curator insight, May 1, 2013 8:29 AM

I think that it is great that Minnesota is pushing to allow gay marriage. I just do not understand all the fuse with it, why does it matter who someone loves? I do think that they should call it a marriage still instead of a civil union. Why can't people be married to who they love rather than call it a civil union?

Brian Burroughs's comment, May 1, 2013 5:07 PM
They can get married in church. Marriage is a religious/ cultural decision and has nothing to do with the government. That's why they are getting rid of it and just having both hetero and homosexual couple get civil unions.
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'Truth serum' won't reveal mind of James Holmes

'Truth serum' won't reveal mind of James Holmes | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
Arthur Caplan says no drug can shed light on Aurora suspect James Holmes' mindset, despite Hollywood's belief otherwise.

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I think that it would not reveal the mind of James Holmes.  I don't believe that any drug can reveal your mind...

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Mason Mettler's comment, May 1, 2013 3:16 PM
Being forced to take drugs to tell the truth? How is this Constitutional?
Jordan's curator insight, May 1, 2013 4:30 PM

This story brings up an interesting point. Is giving this man a "truth serum" constitional? I don't think it is because that violates his right to not encriminating himsef. Although if he's lying to the court thats another story.

Brian Burroughs's comment, May 1, 2013 4:54 PM
I agree with Mason.
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Professor who Called Republicans “Racist” is Democratic Operative

Professor who Called Republicans “Racist” is Democratic Operative | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
By Todd Starnes

A University of Southern California professor who told students that Republicans are “stupid and racist” is a longtime Democratic operative who critics say has a reputation as a political propagandist.

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I think what he is doing is wrong.  He has no right to say that about Republicans.  You don't have to like the opposing political party, but to make stuff up about them is just wrong.  

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Reed Fujan's curator insight, April 23, 2013 6:58 AM

I found this article very interesting.  A professor at USC was telling students that republicans are "stupid and racist" and "the Republican Party is increasingly the last refuge of old, angry white people who don’t like what’s going on in this country."  One of the studens in his class took a video.  The video is in this link.

bschub32's comment, April 25, 2013 7:10 AM
I could not believe this article. Even if this professor felt this way why would he rant about it to his students? This professor should not be feeding his students with his negative opinions of the opposite party.
Chelsi Rhodes's comment, April 27, 2013 1:40 PM
I think it's kind of interesting to look at this from the perspective as if a Republican operative had been doing the same thing on behalf of the GOP. People would be ticked off and annoyed. Either way, it's obnoxious and probably not the best teaching style.
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Ricin scare rattles Washington

Ricin scare rattles Washington | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
White House mail handlers identified a "suspicious substance" in a letter sent to President Barack Obama, authorities said Wednesday.

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This is a very serious matter.  A letter that was sent to President Obama was positive with the poison ricin.  This is very serious, and if the mail handlers didn't find the ricin, who knows what could of happened...

 

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Jamie Stimson's curator insight, April 17, 2013 4:26 PM

It's scary to think that people can so easily poison somebody else by just sending them a letter or package.

Chelsi Rhodes's comment, April 20, 2013 10:00 PM
Stuff like this really freaks me out. Someone more than likely put a lot of work into trying to poison the president... I can't imagine the planning process this person went through. There are too many crazy people in our society.
Lexypries's comment, April 22, 2013 7:24 AM
It's scary that people can just send him a simple letter to poison him and probably kill him if he were to open it, it's good that they caught it before getting to the president.
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Drug-Sniffing Dogs and the Fourth Amendment

Drug-Sniffing Dogs and the Fourth Amendment | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court ruling on the use of police dogs wasn’t all that surprising, but how the vote went down sure was.

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This does not surprise me, you can't search property without a warrant.  So why should a dog be able to search the property? 

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Jeremy Richardson's curator insight, April 9, 2013 4:17 PM

This refers to Gov&law by talking about the 4th amendemt, 

Dakota Swank's comment, April 14, 2013 2:51 PM
This is not exactly surprising or unreasonable to me. You can't search a persons property without a warrant so why should a dog be able to search through their property. And how hard is it really to get a search warrant if you believe a person has illegal drugs? i think this is a bit unreasonable to send a drug dug in without a warrant because of a persons right to protection of property without suspension. Well hey, I have an idea; Don't Do Drugs.
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Why you should care about Fox News' First Amendment fight

Why you should care about Fox News' First Amendment fight | Gov and Law- Michael Holm | Scoop.it
25 journalists have been jailed since 1972 for refusing to reveal a source

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I agree, if she has her sources she doesn't need to tell anyone else.  It his her fist amendement right and she doesnt't need to tell anyone but herself. 

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Chelsi Rhodes's comment, April 13, 2013 8:36 PM
In Mr. Duerr's Journalism class, you closely study the Journalists' Code of Ethics. One of the most stressed portions of the Code of Ethics is to never reveal a source if you promise them their anonymity, and she's obviously just obeying the code. Obviously James Holm murdered many people, there's no doubt about it, so whether she reveals her source shouldn't have anything to do with the verdict.
allie krings's comment, April 14, 2013 1:43 PM
In agreement with everyone else's comments, this is a curious case. Why is this such a large issue when it is apparent he is at fault, and it's not as though she is adding a new key information to the case (as they already had known this). I feel that if this becomes such an issue, then the Journalists' Code of Ethics perhaps need to be rewritten or addressed. It is not fair to violate her rights as a journalist.
Brynne Stellner's comment, April 14, 2013 9:19 PM
Well said, everyone. I don't think that it's fair for her rights as a journalist to be violated, especially because the evidence, as Allie stated, would not add new key information to the case.