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Imprisoned O.J. Simpson testifies in bid for new trial

Imprisoned O.J. Simpson testifies in bid for new trial | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
O.J. Simpson is testifying Wednesday in his effort to get a new trial on robbery, assault and kidnapping charges.
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The infamous OJ Simpson is now trying to get a new trial on his armed robbery case that landed him in prison saying that his last lawyer, "didn't represent him adequetely". He has recently spent 4 years in the Las Vegas prison system and is to spend an additional 33 years with parole coming up in 2017. It will be interesting to see what court handles this case and who represents him this time around.

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dillon von berge's comment, May 17, 2013 12:27 PM
I think that someone needs to just serve his punishment and get over it . I don't see why he thinks he can just keep making excuses.
Matthew Nava's comment, May 19, 2013 8:40 PM
I think he should just serve his time already. He has parole in 4 years, so he might get out of it early anyway.
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Minn. Senate approves same-sex marriage; sends to Dayton

Minn. Senate approves same-sex marriage; sends to Dayton | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
The Minnesota Senate Monday voted to legalize same-sex marriage, sending the measure to Gov. Mark Dayton, who plans to sign it into law in a ceremony Tuesday evening.
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I personally think it's fantastic that we are allowing same-sex couples to claim the same rights and tax breaks that heterosexual couples already have. It was a close vote though, 37-30. This law would never have been passed last year in the GOP controlled house and senate, so this just goes to show how important our votes are in making a difference in our gov't even at the state level.

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Tanner Klemm's curator insight, May 14, 2013 10:02 AM

i knew that this was going to happen sometime and i bet it will become legal in other states in the future.

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Charles Ramsey: ‘Take that reward and give it to’ the kidnap victims | The Raw Story

Charles Ramsey: ‘Take that reward and give it to’ the kidnap victims | The Raw Story | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
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This guy is so genuine. It's great that he helped the girls out and didn't expect any sort of reward for it. He just helped because he thought it was the right thing to do. He even told Anderson Cooper to "take the reward money and give it to the victims because he has a job and gets a paycheck". Watch the video on the link below for the interview.

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Jacob Rabe's comment, May 13, 2013 12:36 AM
You dont see people like that too often now adays. everything is about gettin a paycheck. this guy keeps it real
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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 Henry Hartzler | 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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Can they really take anything he would say under this serum as the "full truth and nothing but the truth" if he is babbling without inhibitions while under the influence of this drug? Additionaly, this does seem to take away 5th amendment rights against self-incrimination. Have they ever attempted to use this serum in previous cases?

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MsHaeussinger's comment, May 2, 2013 11:02 AM
So its not really truth serum its just a way to make a person to talk but not necessarily about the truth.
Jacob Rabe's curator insight, May 3, 2013 12:27 PM

This seems like a total violation of this man's rights. It sounds like it is just a drug that makes people talk a lot, and hopefully while they are talking like crazy they spit something out that is actually useful information. But can you take it seriously? probably not because they are under the influence

 

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Judge Pirro to Tsarnaev mother: ‘We should not be required to breathe the same air as you’

Judge Pirro to Tsarnaev mother: ‘We should not be required to breathe the same air as you’ | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
Judge Jeanine Pirro didn’t hold back during her opening statement Saturday night when she lashed into Zubeidat Tsarnaev — the mother of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
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As we discussed in class, he does still have the Constitutional rights that "Obama and his men swept in and showered him with" because he is an American citizen. Furthermore, it did not matter what religion they practiced because terrorists are terrorists, and they come from every part of the world and believe many different things. After watching this video, it did come off very negative towards the Islam religion.

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New York State Rep. Greg Ball Defends Controversial Tweet Suggesting Torture for Boston Bombing Suspect

New York State Rep. Greg Ball Defends Controversial Tweet Suggesting Torture for Boston Bombing Suspect | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
New York State Sen. Greg Ball (R) took some heat on Twitter after calling for authorities to use torture on 19-year-old Boston bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev.
 

Via MsHaeussinger
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There in no justification in supporting torture of any kind, no matter who on. The fact that a US Senator openly tweeted in favor of this appalls me. You'd think people would be more careful and sensitive of this subject, especially after Guantanamo Bay. It will be interesting to see how the rest of his term plays out and the future re-election.

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Matthew Nava's comment, April 28, 2013 4:11 PM
We should try to get information, but we shouldn't use torture. It's pretty surprising that he could openly put that on twitter, and I wonder what will happen to this Senator.
dillon von berge's comment, April 29, 2013 8:37 AM
I think that we definitely need to find out more information but I think we can do so without the use of torture.
bschub32's curator insight, May 1, 2013 3:34 PM

It is amazing the dumb stuff political figures will put on social media sites.  It seems they don't realize that other people will see it.  Even if he did think this why not just keep it to himself?  Torture may be the only way to get him to talk but that doesn't mean that you have to tweet about it.

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Tablets Will Transform the Classroom [OPINION]

Tablets Will Transform the Classroom [OPINION] | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
The advancements in tablet technology necessitate a shift in education toward digital content and improved engagement.

Via John Evans, Jacob Rabe
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There have even been studies saying that this new use of technology is making active parts of our brain that was not present before. I agree, this use of tablets could definately further the interaction and creativity of the students. It does beat reading out-of-date info from a book made in the 1970's. Ideas and education are evolving so quickly that this tablet movement may just keep up with it.

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Jacob Rabe's comment, April 18, 2013 9:39 AM
Insight: These tablets are increasing student interaction in the classroom, sparking the minds and imaginations of the young people, and helping kids learn across the world. From seeing these tablets in action i can say that they need a lot more work. They are simply not advanced enough yet to be used to their full potential. In 5 years I'm sure everyone will be using tablets in the classroom
Matthew Nava's comment, April 21, 2013 10:39 PM
Well I'm sure glad I don't have to use one, i hate doing projects on the iPad. I guess times are changing, so it might be better in the future.
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Senate rejects expanded gun background checks

Senate rejects expanded gun background checks | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
The Senate defeats key components of President Obama's package of gun laws, putting the measure in jeopardy.
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I find the comment by President Obama interesting when he asked who the Senate was representing. According to the story, 86% of Americans said that they would accept further background checks, and if you have nothing to hide, I do not see how it would be a problem. It will be interesting to see how further gun control law propositions in the future will be handled after this.

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Bad News For Bobby Jindal

Bad News For Bobby Jindal | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
By Stephanie Grace NEW ORLEANS, April 7 (Reuters) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, one of the nation's most prominent Republicans and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, has fallen out of favor with local voters, and his...

Via MsHaeussinger
Henry Hartzler's insight:

No income tax for families or corporations, but raise the sales tax in the state by 56%? Anyone can see that is off. Currenty, Louisiana taxes individuals for a higher percent when they make more than a certain amount of money. Giving those married couples who make $100,000+ jointly back their 6% of taxes will give them plenty of money to meet the 56% sales tax increase, where as the married couples who make up to $25,000 jointly back their 2% still won't do very much. http://revenue.louisiana.gov/sections/individual/indincome.aspx

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MsHaeussinger's curator insight, April 8, 2013 8:47 AM

This is NOT good news for the brightest star on the GOP's sky. 

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John Brennan sworn in on first draft of constitution – without the bill of rights

John Brennan sworn in on first draft of constitution – without the bill of rights | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
Early version of the constitution used to swear-in new CIA director lacks the part about due process before the law. Oops
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I do not believe the symbolism he was trying for had to do with the lack of the Bill of Rights. With the recent scandals such as General David Petraeus's enthusiasm for drone bombing and such, I believe he was trying to convey that as the new leader of the CIA he will turn back to some of the core values this country was founded on. Either way, it shouldn't be a shock to the CIA's press team that this swear-in without the main part that protects the rights of this country's citizens.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 10, 2013 10:11 AM
Good point, Henry. This seems a little bit of a waste of news resources. I doubt his swearing in is commentary on a proverbial repeal of the bill of rights
Jacob Rabe's comment, April 13, 2013 12:48 PM
You're right henry. We should be going back to the roots of 'merica.
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WATCH: Jon Stewart Calls Out O'Reilly

WATCH: Jon Stewart Calls Out O'Reilly | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
On Monday's "Daily Show," host Jon Stewart said he "caught a little flack" last week from his "TV husband and weekend squash partner Bill O'Reilly." O'Reilly called out the Comedy Central host for citing a University of Maryland study that found...
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When you have two satirists, one generally left leaning and the other generally right leaning, you're going to run into some controversy somewhere. It did beg to question where these kind of shows obtain their information and facts from and the credibility of these sources.

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Mark Sanford wins special election for Congress

Mark Sanford wins special election for Congress | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
Disgraced ex-South Carolina Mark Sanford defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch to win a vacant seat in the U.S. House. Sanford admitted an extramarital affair in 2009.
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Mark Stanford won the special election to occupy the vacant seat in the Senate for SC even though he admitted to an extramarital affair in 2009. SC is very Republican, so it does not surprise me that he defeated his Democratic opponet, but it isn't often that you see a politician come back from a marriage scandal. He stated that "one event does not define your life" and I hope that he will make better decisions while in office this term.

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dakota dodds's comment, May 11, 2013 11:08 PM
It's nice to see that the final seat has been taken. Took awhile and now they can finally get to work.
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Elizabeth Warren: Give Students Same Loan Rate As Big Banks

Elizabeth Warren: Give Students Same Loan Rate As Big Banks | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) unveiled her first bill Wednesday, designed to set student loan interest rates at the same level the Federal Reserve offers to big banks.
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I hope Congress backs Elizabeth Warren's bill and passes it. The idea that students going to college (who are broke already) will have to pay 6.8% on loans they borrow appalls me. Trust-fund kids wouldn't have to worry about this problem because they won't need to take out loans in the first place, so the government is just making billions off middle to lower-class college kids. If the banks can borrow money at such a low rate, than we should be able to as well.

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? - Boots On the Ground

Amid reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, Senator Lindsey Graham urges the start of two additional wars to go along with the pair America already owns. ...
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The comments about Rowanda, Dar-4, and Bosnia were interesting. The US has definately been acting as an international police. But do we really need to be fighting these wars? Are there other options to approaching this situation in Syria, or is war really the only option?

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Jon Stewart SLAMS Congress For Fixing Flight Delays For Themselves (Video)

Jon Stewart SLAMS Congress For Fixing Flight Delays For Themselves (Video) | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
On The Daily Show Monday night, host Jon Stewart slammed Congress for working at warp speed to fix travel delays caused by the sequester cuts because they would
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They wrote part of it in pen? Well it is good to hear that Congress can pass something quickly if they really feel the pressing need, but the FAA situtation is still a small fix in the entire Sequestrian Cuts. 

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Minnesota House Passes Education Budget - CBS Minnesota

Minnesota House Passes Education Budget - CBS Minnesota | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
Every school district in Minnesota would get state funding for all-day kindergarten under an education finance bill that was approved late Tuesday by the state House.

Via MsHaeussinger
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Democrats are usually more in favor of government spending to benifit the masses. With a Democratically controlled House, Senate, and Govenor, this new bill should hopefully pass with ease. We've all heard that education doesn't recieve the funding it needs to stay up-to-date and current, so I believe that this investment will be well spent! The all-day kindergarten will help improve retension. Also, as someone planning to major in Elementary Education, this is fantastic news as it means that school will most likely be in need of hiring more teachers.

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Drew Fuchs's comment, April 28, 2013 12:57 PM
I think all day, every day kindergarten will be good for our school district and for others around the state. I also like this because I am going to school in Minnesota, so this is pretty good to see for me. This is a good step to improving education through the younger generations and continuing it all the way through higher education such as college.
Jack T. Nelson's comment, April 29, 2013 8:25 AM
I'm kinda ticked that this is just passed! I want te same benifits that future students will get!
bschub32's curator insight, May 1, 2013 3:28 PM

I think this will be an excellent bill for our state.  I feel our country is falling behind in education and this is a good step to getting back to the top.  The all day kindergarten will be essential in developing students at younger ages.  Education is very important and it is good to see our state is taking it very seriously.

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Jon Stewart Eviscerates Rand Paul's Speech To African-American Students

Jon Stewart Eviscerates Rand Paul's Speech To African-American Students | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
"Republicans left black — now they want to go back."
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Republicans using the term "n*****head ranch" in Rick Perry's speech, following the "Southern Stradegy", and other like things has not made them very popular with the African-American population. In this past election, they only received 7% of the African-American vote. Rand Paul's speech did come off a bit condescending as well, and many of the students found it awkward when he asked if they knew the Republican party founded the NAACP... which they did.

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Matthew Nava's comment, April 21, 2013 10:40 PM
This guy sounds really racist. No wonder no body votes for him!
Jacob Rabe's comment, April 22, 2013 8:32 AM
I'm suprised you can still say stuff like that on tv
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2 killed, dozens injured in Boston Marathon bombing

2 killed, dozens injured in Boston Marathon bombing | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
Two killed in bomb blasts near finish line of Boston Marathon, Boston police say. Area hospitals say at least 69 are injured; Boston Globe reports more than 100 injured.
Two explosions happened at about 2:50 p.m.
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The Boston Marathon is a world-wide spectated event... qualifying for this race is an honor in itself. Since the marathon is 26.2 miles long, it would be difficult to enforce strict policies on spectators. To think that someone would set off explosions amist spectators and runners just numbs me.

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Jon Stewart: Stacey Campfield ‘Wants To Turn Tenn. Education Into The Actual Hunger Games’ | The New Civil Rights Movement

Jon Stewart: Stacey Campfield ‘Wants To Turn Tenn. Education Into The Actual Hunger Games’ | The New Civil Rights Movement | Gov and law Henry Hartzler | Scoop.it
Jon Stewart mocks Tenn. senator Stacey Campfield’s bill that would penalize families on welfare if their kids don’t get good grades, by reducing welfare benefits.
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This makes absolutely no sense to me. If a child is struggling in school, cutting any funding in such a way has no logical way of helping him. As Jon Stewart put, cutting a child's family on welfare's pay by 30% a month will make them "colder and hungier". Not the good nights rest and filling breakfast we were all taught about to help us succeed in school. Also, placing that enormous amount of pressure on a school-age child is ridiculous.

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