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Charlotte Dupasquier's immigration story

Charlotte Dupasquier's immigration story | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it
My friend Charlotte Dupasquier is from Brazil. Read their unique story about immigrating to America, and make sure to share it with your Congress member to support immigration reform.

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This article is about an international student who became a citizen but is having a very hard time finding a job because of this.  Many companies aren't willing to support these foreigners' visas. This woman was educated in the United States but  does not have the equal opportunities as her peers. Its interesting that people who work to become a citizen still don't have all of the opportunities offered by the US. I think this is very unfair. 

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Breanne Hemann's comment, May 23, 2014 9:41 PM
I also think it isn't fair that she doesn't have the same opportunities as others when it comes to finding a job. I think it would be hard to be here and have to pay for all of your schooling without being able to work. Something should definitely be done about this in the future.m
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Locals Leaders Resolve Libya's Oil Crisis - Foreign Policy (blog)

Locals Leaders Resolve Libya's Oil Crisis - Foreign Policy (blog) | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it
Foreign Policy (blog)
Locals Leaders Resolve Libya's Oil Crisis
Foreign Policy (blog)
On Dec.

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Whether or not the U.S. should have gotten involved with this Libyan oil crisis or other foreign affairs across the globe is a matter of foreign  policy. In this case, I feel like the US did not have to become involved. I think the US should weigh which foreign affair is really our business and which we should help in.

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Michael Hanson's curator insight, May 21, 2014 8:28 PM

This article is about how extremist groups were blocking oil terminals in Libya, and how after enough urging local leaders in Libya resolved the issue. The article urges that the United Nations helps resolve these problems, because the oil crisis in Libya had global effects on oil prices. It deals with gov. and law because it demonstrates how importance of how proper foreign policy can make the world a better place.

Breanne Hemann's comment, May 23, 2014 10:29 AM
I think that it was good that we were able to help out Libya without any acts of violence. Not only did this help our country, because oil prices with be reduced but it also helped Libya. I think that in dealing with foreign affairs we should be more careful not to involve ourselves in battles that aren't necessary, but in things like this we should help out more.
Reed Klunder 's comment, May 23, 2014 1:46 PM
I think that we should do things like this more often, we need to help those who need it but not fight their battles. It not only help benefit them but it also benefitted us. This is what the government needs to lean towards. Why try and fight when you can make peace?
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Paying for College

Paying for College | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it
Paying for college can be one of the toughest parts of earning your degree—but it doesn’t have to be. Use our tips, tools, and articles to stay up to date on the best ways to pay for college, including scholarships, savings, grants, loans, and more.

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The costs of higher education is a public policy because many people can't afford college because of the high costs or are in major debt because of student loans. This article talks about different ways to save on your college education. Some ways include taking classes online or renting textbooks. This article is very helpful to many people, myself included, because of the tips this article offers, the costs of college could be a whole lot less.

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Breanne Hemann's comment, May 18, 2014 1:17 AM
I think many students don't know about all the many ways they can save money when it comes to college. Personally, I think schools should discuss the different ways students could save with their students. Although these tips will help some, college is still very expensive. Its ridiculous how much students are having to pay for higher education these days.
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Former Colville Police Officer arrested on child rape charges

Former Colville Police Officer arrested on child rape charges | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it
A former Colville Police Officer has been arrested in Chelan County and charged with Rape of a Child in the First Degree. Scott L. Arms was booked into the Chelan County jail, his bail set at $25,000. As of Wednesday morning, he had been released.

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This is very interesting because it is rare for a police officer to be committing the crime. Officer Arms was charged with rape of the child. To me this is even worse than a normal crime because the girl trusted Arms because he was a police officer. It goes to show that not everyone is what they seem. It's awful to think that our protectors, the police force, could be on the other side of a crime. 

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Breanne Hemann's comment, May 11, 2014 12:06 AM
I agree that it is terrible to think that the people we trust may not always be that trustworthy. I also think that people like this might ruin peoples trust in police officers.
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2012 Voting Machines Altering Votes in Pennsylvania

My wife and I went to the voting booths this morning before work....

 

I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney. Being a software developer, I immediately went into troubleshoot mode...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdpGd74DrBM&feature=plcp


Via Nick
Rachel DeWaard's insight:

This video shows how a voting poll could be changed due to software malfunctions. During the 2012 election, a voting machine in Pennsylvania highlighted Mitt Romney when the voter clicked on Obama. To me, things like this are bound to happen as voting techniques become more advanced. This shows how a election may not be accurate due to technological malfunctions. 

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Nick Sigrist's curator insight, March 23, 2014 11:36 PM

This article is very interesting, and I have a hard time distrusting this man, considering he is a registered software developer. He makes a great point in the video, and makes it very obvious what the state is attempting to do with these machines. This applies to Gov & Law simply by the fact that this could very well have a large effect on the overall number of votes in an election that utilizes electronic voting systems, and that this country needs to change it's ways if this is what it is turning to. 

Madison Blazing's comment, March 28, 2014 10:12 AM
This was very interesting and also kind of concerning. Hopefully the government fixes the issues with these machines so that there are not future problems with the polls. I agree with Nick that this man seems to know what he is discussing because of his credentials in the software industry. This is definitely an issue if people are unable to register their votes correctly, and if this occurs on a large scale, elections could be drastically altered. This problem seems like one that needs to be addressed and fixed before it inhibits any more people from casting the correct vote.
Breanne Hemann's comment, May 11, 2014 12:02 AM
I agree that this is a major issue that could have negative effects. I think that voting machines can be very effective, however if there are significant flaws they may not be the best to use until they are fixed.
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Edward Lee Elmore, After 30 Years, SC Ex-Death Row ... - News One

Edward Lee Elmore, After 30 Years, SC Ex-Death Row ... - News One | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it
Edward Lee Elmore glanced at the ceiling when a judge asked him if he was sure he wanted to plead guilty to the murder he has spent decades denying. He whispered to his lawyer, who had told him freedom is justice, and ...

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A man just got out of prison after serving 30 years for the murder of a 75 year old woman. After thirty years of denial, Elmore confessed to the crime, saying that he may have blacked out during the crime. He had spent most of those years on death row. Even though Elmore didn't remember commiting the crime, I still think it is low for him to confess 30 years later. The victim's family deserved closure and he could have delivered it to them.

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Margaret Silhasek's comment, March 14, 2014 1:32 AM
One thing that concerns me is the fact that this went on for 30 years. Is there a maximum number of times a case can be appealed before the verdict just stands? I feel like if appeals keep happening people will never get peace or closure.
Logan Felten's comment, April 19, 2014 8:29 PM
How did this go on for such a long time? I don't think a case should be able to be appealed that many times. I also think its amazing how a person can be on death row but still be allowed to live life just guilty under law.
Breanne Hemann's comment, May 2, 2014 11:55 PM
I think it is wrong for this man to be freed after 30 years after killing an innocent woman. I feel that in no way should he get the freedom of living a free life after taking someone else's life. I agree with Rachel's statement that it was low of him to confess after all that time.
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The Westboro Baptist Church Is About To Get The Shock Of Its Life

The Westboro Baptist Church Is About To Get The Shock Of Its Life | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it
The Westboro Baptist Church is about to get a big surprise in the form of a new neighbor who plans to give the notoriously anti-gay group a taste of its own medicine.

Via Maggie Byrd, Ann Marie Rydberg
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The notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church is in for a big surprise. The founder of Planting Peace, Aaron Jackson, has purchased a house across the street from the church. He plans to paint the house rainbow to look like the gay pride flag to protest against the anti-gay church. I think this is a great way to protest what you believe in. I love how it is a peaceful, symbolic way of excising the first amendment. 

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Madison Blazing's comment, March 22, 2014 6:54 PM
This was a very fun article to read. Personally, I think it is great that Aaron Jackson and the Planting Peace organization are clearly opposing the Westboro Baptist Church and its teachings, and doing so in a peaceful way. Painting the house directly across the street from this anti-gay group all the colors of the flag representing gay pride seems like a great way to make a statement against the church and its discriminatory teachings. I am interested to hear updates on this whole situation and how the Westboro Church will react.
Benton Blank's comment, March 22, 2014 10:14 PM
I really liked this article. The fact that the Planting Peace Organization is, in a way, protesting the protesters, in a less obtrusive way is awesome. I think that Planting Peace is doing a great thing in trying to bring equality to the LGBT community, and reduce bulling in society is great, it just icing on the cake that they have the opportunity to poke at the Westboro Baptist Church as well. I think their actions and the cause behind them are great and will be very interested to see how their movement turns out.
Breanne Hemann's comment, April 27, 2014 12:10 AM
I thought this article was great. I love how Aaron was able to in a sense protest back at the protesters. I think the best thing about this is that he was able to accomplish this in such a peaceful way as well.
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Protecting the Second Amendment

Protecting the Second Amendment | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it
'A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.' That is how the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights reads, but there is a movement afoot to...

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The second amendment and gun control have been hot topics in recent news. With the many shootings lately, people have come to question the second amendment, the right to bare arms. More restrictions on fire arms would mean a safer country overall yet the people's freedoms on this topic would be limited. I am in favor of gun control, and new laws that limit the use of guns. I think that everyone wanting to buy a gun needs to have a serious background check before given said gun. This way it would keep guns out of the wrong hands but still follow the second amendment.

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Ben Flinchbaugh's curator insight, February 26, 2014 8:47 PM

This article  directly deals with government and law because it is talking about the 2nd amendment. The 2nd amendment is the right to bear arms which is a very important right. The article states that Obama is passing laws that go against this amendment.

Alyssa Serrano's curator insight, February 26, 2014 9:48 PM

This article is about the second amendment, the right to bear arms. The article is saying how President Obama wants to control the gun use in America. This article is interesting because most people are upset by the treaties he is passing, but they are also upset about how easy it is for criminals to obtain guns 

Breanne Hemann's comment, April 27, 2014 12:05 AM
I agree that the amount of people with guns should be limited. However, how are we supposed to control who does and doesn't get guns? There are many people that are fine and then end up in a downward spiral before anyone could anticipate it. So how do we stop these people from endangering peoples' lives in the future if they have a clean background?
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Everything you need to know about 2013 US Government shutdown and Obamacare

Everything you need to know about 2013 US Government shutdown and Obamacare | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it
“ In depth: What caused 2013 US Government Shutdown?”
Rachel DeWaard's insight:
The government shut down related directly to the separation of powers instilled by the constitution. Budget is determined before each fiscal period and both houses and the president have to agree. With the past shutdown, the cause was partially because of Obamacare. The healthcare took money out of the budget. The republicans and the democrats couldn't agree. I think that the government should do whatever they can to keep this from happening again. The article even said that it cost the government a lot of money to shutdown and that is contradicting the cause of the shutdown, budget. The two parties need to learn how to find a middle ground when they don't agree in the future.
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Breanne Hemann's comment, April 19, 2014 11:01 PM
In this article, the main thing that caught my eye was the picture with a woman holding a sign saying "shutdown the shutdown." This directly relates to what we were talking about this week in class. This woman was displaying her symbolic freedom of speech with the sign she held up. She also displayed her rights as a citizen to protest the government.
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New Laws: Is it Really Up to the Government to Protect Your Kid Online?

New Laws: Is it Really Up to the Government to Protect Your Kid Online? | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it

A focus on child safety is among the top state laws taking effect at the start of 2013. In many states, new laws take effect on Jan. 1, 2013

 

Now It’s Your Turn

 

With all this new legislation, it should be a reminder that if the government is concerned about the safety of your kids online, you should be concerned too.

 

===> It is ultimately the parents’ responsibility to protect their children both off line and online. <===

 


Via Gust MEES, Ann Marie Rydberg
Rachel DeWaard's insight:

This article talks about the rights of children vs. their safety. There are new laws being put in place on protecting children online. There are some state laws already but national laws are in legislation. It is a good start to ending cyber bullying, but these might be pushing some freedoms. There is a certain point where the government pushes too far into the rights and freedoms of the citizens.

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Breanne Hemann's comment, April 12, 2014 10:12 PM
I agree that some measures are needed to protect children from the harms that can come with the internet. However, I do believe there is only so much that the government can do before it begins to affect citizens freedom. How will these new laws affect internet users? Will it be a positive move on the governments part?
Lauren Heim's curator insight, May 7, 2014 10:58 PM

I think this is a good and bad idea. I think it's by far an invasion of privacy but i also believe that it will save a lot of lives and that overrules invasion of privacy. So it's probably not a bad idea considering cyber bullying has only gotten worse.  

Abigail Beinborn's comment, May 8, 2014 1:28 PM
I agree that this is a good idea for the government to keep children safe on the internet. People are becoming more violent and violating a lot of people's personal business on the internet. I believe that the internet is becoming more unsafe.
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America's Amoral Constitution - Huffington Post

America's Amoral Constitution Huffington Post Former British Prime Minister William Gladstone once called it "the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man." For historian George Billias, the United States...

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It is very interesting how America"s constitution was the first of it's kind (and the longest standing) yet some countries adopt, and change it for their own. This relates directly to when the Constitution was made from scratch to replace the Articles of Confederation. Depending on what type of government a country wants (how much national and state control) will determine how they will edit the constituion for their own.

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Breanne Hemann's comment, April 12, 2014 10:19 PM
I think it is amazing how our country still uses the Constitution when it was originally created none of the men thought it would last that long. I also think it is very interesting how some countries are influenced by our Constitution.
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NSA-Spy Proof Emails Coming to Your Computer Soon

NSA-Spy Proof Emails Coming to Your Computer Soon | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it
After the initiative to put bulk surveillance on emails etc.… READ MORE
The post NSA-Spy Proof Emails Coming to Your Computer Soon appeared first on The Free Patriot.

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Rachel DeWaard's insight:

This article is about a new email service that is claimed to be "spy proof" which means the government won't be able to look at personal emails so easily. My concern are the people who may use this email to make plans to go against the government or commit a crime. Do these people have something to hide?

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Breanne Hemann's comment, May 23, 2014 10:24 AM
I also agree that this could pose a problem for our future. Although it would be nice to have complete privacy how would the government stop those that are a threat to the safety of the public? Also, it isn't like the government is continually checking everybody's emails, they would only be accessing that "private" information if you posed a threat to others.
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National Immigrant Youth Alliance affirms 2013 immigration reform specifics

National Immigrant Youth Alliance affirms 2013 immigration reform specifics | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it

The National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA) issued an emphatic statement yesterday defining their position on comprehensive immigration reform. Do you believe we need immigration reform?What do YOU think immigration reform needs to include?


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Illegal immigration is a hot topic and a major public policy issue.  How to stop this immigrants is the question this article is trying to answer. This article suggests that deporting these immigrants is not a good idea. It also talks about the punishments for illegal immigration. I think this article is very interesting and has many good ideas on how to make illegal immigration less of an issue.

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Margaret Silhasek's comment, April 13, 2014 2:31 AM
This is such a heated argument. I find it interesting that they are making such a big deal about how Obama has deported more illegal immigrants in his term than any other president...good! I don't think illegals should get much say in what they do or anything.
Brian Bertram's curator insight, May 15, 2014 8:18 AM

This article is about us immigration reform, a public policy issue.  These youths want to make immigration less stressful and safer for the immigrants.  Deportation should still be civil.  They are try to prevent unjust deportation.  I think that it doesn't matter. Un just deportation could be a deterrant from traveling illegally to this country again.  If you don't like how you are going to be treated, don't come here.

Breanne Hemann's comment, May 18, 2014 1:13 AM
I also agree that the topic of illegal immigrants is very controversial. I also think that they shouldn't get much say in what we decide to do as a country because technically they are not apart of our country due to the fact that they are illegal.
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The perfect minimum wage job

The perfect minimum wage job | Gov and Law Rachel D | 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.

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This article talked about the perks of a minimum wage job. This relates to government because many workers are fighting for the minimum wage to be raised which is a public policy. This article talked about commuting to a regular job would pay about the same as walking to a minimum wage job because of the expenses of driving the distance. This is very interesting how many benefits there are with minimum wage jobs such as punching in and out, and the simplicity.

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Sam Burich's comment, May 19, 2014 12:54 AM
This is an interesting way to look at minimum wage jobs.
Luke French's comment, May 21, 2014 10:14 PM
I think this is a great resource if you're going to be working a minimum wage job. If you're going to work at one, you might as well get the one tailored to you.
Lauren Heim's comment, May 25, 2014 7:57 PM
I personally don't feel horribly affected by all of this minimum wage stuff yet considering I don't have a lot to be responsible for but having a higher paid job could help with that so I do see a lot of the downsides as well. I don't know this is just a big issue that needs more information on to be fixed.
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ACLU: Legal Marijuana Means Police Can Focus On Real Crime

ACLU: Legal Marijuana Means Police Can Focus On Real Crime | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it
With the advent of legalized marijuana in Washington State, it seems that law enforcement officers have become somewhat perplexed by the idea of no longer busting the average citizen for measly pot possession.

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The recent legalization of marijuana has opened up police officers' time to focus on larger crimes. This legalization has recently been a hot topic in all levels of government. This article shows one pro of legalizing marijuana. I personally don't think that marijuana should be legal but this is an interesting argument where cops can now focus on more serious crimes.

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Breanne Hemann's comment, May 11, 2014 12:13 AM
I think that there are many positives to legalizing marijuana. Not only would police be able to focus on more serious crimes, but the government could also put a tax on the marijuana. Overall, I think that the people that want use marijuana are going to use it whether or not it is legal.
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Supreme Court Takes On Warrantless Cell Phone Searches

Supreme Court Takes On Warrantless Cell Phone Searches | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (WJZ)–Would you want police to go through your cell phone? That’s more than a personal issue.  Alex DeMetrick reports it’s now a question being weighed by the Supreme Court.


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The Supreme Court has been taking on cases that have to do with warrantless cell phone searches. Police have the right to seize and search anything on the arrested person, including cell phones. Cell phones has counted as objects able to be examined for a long time. I think it is a right of the police force to search cell phones. I don't  think police should need a warrant to search cell phones, as long as they have a probable cause.

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Breanne Hemann's comment, May 2, 2014 11:52 PM
I also think that police should have the right to search cell phones if they have probable cause. Yes some people may see their cell phone as private information, but in many cases cell phones can help by providing edivence.
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Steroid Tests Ignore the 4th Amendment - New York Times

Steroid Tests Ignore the 4th Amendment - New York Times | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it

Congress might be too busy to pause in its rush to rid the country of steroids, but perhaps its members should take a remedial course in the U.S. Constitution.

 

i dont agree with this because it goes against the 4th amendment even though they did it for the sake of the sport, they dont deserve to go through peoples things.


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Rachel DeWaard's insight:

This article talks about how random steroid testing violates the 4th amendment. Unless there is a probable cause, government officials are not allowed to do a drug test. It is within states' and the sports teams rules on whether or not to do random drug testing. I think no matter what the rule is, random drug testing is against the 4th amendment and the constitution.  Without a probable cause I don't see any reason why someone should get a drug test.

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Darby Dodds's curator insight, February 26, 2014 7:44 PM

I think in the pro leagues, this should be a requirment, not so much in high schools. 

Do you think sports teams should have to test their players for drug abuse, such as steroids? 

Breanne Hemann's comment, May 2, 2014 11:49 PM
I agree that random drug testing violates the 4th amendment. However, I feel like since it is because of sports they should be allowed to do random drug testing because otherwise you wouldn't know if players are using illegal drugs to enhance their performance.
lmortl78's comment, May 3, 2014 7:52 PM
This article is bringing the government and baseball together. The government wants to get rid of steroids in America all together and they believe baseball are not giving harsh enough punishments. They want first time offenders to have a 2 year suspension and 2nd time offenders a lifetime suspension.
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Texas man can be tried as adult in childhood crime, judge rules

Texas man can be tried as adult in childhood crime, judge rules | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it
A judge says a Texas man can be tried as an adult for an alleged childhood attack on a boy who died nearly 13 years later.

Via Margaret Silhasek
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This is a very interesting situation where man is being tried as an adult for a crime he committed when he was a child. I think this is unfair because the criminal already did time in juvenile prison. The criminal was only 13 when he committed the crime, I might see this a little differently if he was 17, almost an adult. There is a reason that minors are not tried as adults in the first place, why would this case change that? I don't think this man should be tried.

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Hope Schuster's comment, March 6, 2014 1:30 PM
I don't think that he should be tried as an adult if the act happened when he was 13.
Kenna Johnson's comment, March 9, 2014 12:39 PM
I understand that he is an adult now, but because it happened when he was 13 he shouldn't be tried as an adult
Breanne Hemann's comment, April 27, 2014 12:19 AM
This was a very interesting article and although I feel sincerely bad for the Middleton family, I don't think it is right for Collins to be tried as an adult for something he did when he was a child even if it was something terrible. Collins was just a kid and maybe didn't think about the consequences or what might happen. I also thought it wasn't legal to try someone for the same trial twice. is it different because before he was in the juvenile court?
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NY High School Students Suspended for Showing Up with Confederate Flag | Mediaite

NY High School Students Suspended for Showing Up with Confederate Flag | Mediaite | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it
“ Two Long Island high school students were suspended indefinitely for bringing a Confederate flag to school to the shock of classmates and faculty members. According to the principal, the students walked in with a large Confederate flag draped on their shoulders and were sent home immediately.”
Via Teresa Herrin
Rachel DeWaard's insight:
This article was very contradictory. It pushes the limit of what is freedom of speech and what is disrespectful. Two kids brought a confederate flag into school one day draped around their shoulders. They were suspended for the offensive behavior. I am all for freedom of speech but this may be pushing it. I feel like this kids were insulting America. I feel like it was right to suspend them but I also get why these kids have the freedom to do this.
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Breanne Hemann's comment, April 19, 2014 10:56 PM
I was shocked when I first read this article as I'm sure many people were. Bringing a Confederate flag into school can be very offensive to many people. I do however agree that this is a case of symbolic freedom of speech. Although it was very disrespectful, I guess these students did have the right to have their own beliefs.
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New Statesman - Why federalism won’t save the Union

New Statesman - Why federalism won’t save the Union | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it
how anThe reality is that most Scots support greater fiscal autonomy and, so far, attempts to draw a line in the sand at the status quo - or, worse still, the Scotland Bill - have only played into the hands of the SNP. It makes sense, then, for unionists to seize the initiative by embracing federalism - or some variant of it - and handing Scots responsibility over the bulk of their financial and economic affairs. This would undermine the drive toward separation by sating the Scottish appetite for more self-government. “ But would it?”
Rachel DeWaard's insight:
This is a very interesting article. It talks about the struggles Scotland is having by being such a small world power. They are trying to think of ways to make the relationship between Scotland and the UK stronger. Federalism was suggested where Scotland would be sort of like a state of the UK and and the power would be shared between the national government and the Scottish government. They said this would not work because of Scotland's wishes to be independent. I think that federalism is worth a shot because it worked for so long with the US, but then again, the US has many more "states" and their land is larger so federalism was a must. It may not work with the UK and Scotland so they need to find a better alternative.
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Breanne Hemann's comment, April 19, 2014 11:06 PM
I agree with your point that federalism is worth a shot. Clearly their current government is not working so why not try something that has had success else where? What other alternatives might be more effective?
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The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism

The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism | Gov and Law Rachel D | Scoop.it

The Department of Justice had a historic opportunity to say that since the people of these states had spoken, as long as what happens in Colorado stays in Colorado, they wouldn't make a federal case out of it. Instead, they issued a mealy-mouth statement about their ability to come in like a ton of bricks if their priorities aren't met.


Via Madison Blazing
Rachel DeWaard's insight:

This article is an example of the hazzy lines between national and state governments. The recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington is a condradiction to the federal law of how marijuana use is illegal. The question is whether the Department of Justice will do anything about this. But if there aren't strong regulations at the federal level there is really nothing they can do about it.

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Madison Blazing's curator insight, February 20, 2014 3:20 AM

The focus behind this article is the present debate over the legalization of marijuana. In states such as Washington and Colorado, this drug is being legalized primarily for the benefits associated with its medicinal purposes. Despite the legalization of marijuana in these states, it still remains an illegal substance under federal law. This is a great example of some conflicting powers within the system of federalism. Although the national government is able to instate laws that affect the entire nation, smaller power systems such as state governments are able to create individualized laws. When there is a discrepancy between the two, the balance between the two can conflict and cause confusion within the nation. The government needs to better define how to address the legalization of marijuana, but still allow for differences between the state and federal level.

Breanne Hemann's comment, April 12, 2014 10:25 PM
I agree with the point that this article shows the hazzy lines between national and state governments. I do think that it would be beneficial for the government to make marijuana legal for medical reasons and possibly legal for all citizens simply because the government could tax it just like cigarettes. Also I believe that people are going to use marijuana if they really want to whether it is legal or not so this way at least our country can make some money off of it.