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Despite Supreme Court Decision, Obama Administration Insists GPS Tracking Doesn’t Require Warrant

Despite Supreme Court Decision, Obama Administration Insists GPS Tracking Doesn’t Require Warrant | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
In arguing that GPS vehicle tracking be a warrant-free tool of law enforcement, the Obama administration is claiming that the prevention of terrorism in the U.S.—in addition to fighting conventional crime and drug trafficking—is a...

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Woah.  It is a strange thought that Obama thinks that police officers can put gps on a car without a licenselicense

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Annie Christofferson's comment, May 23, 2014 2:08 PM
it seems a little odd that someone should be able to put a tracker on just anyone. I'm not sure how I feel about that!
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Alabama Supreme Court Rules “Child” Applies to Preborn

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The Alabama supreme court ruled that in abortion cases a preborn child is considered a person and has rights.  This relates to gov. And law because their Supreme Court has added to a law.

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Katie Gilbertson's curator insight, May 19, 2014 12:44 PM

This is related to gov and law because it discusses a decision made by Alabamans Supreme Court that unborn children are indeed CHILDREN.  It also mentions how chemicals, such as illegal drugs, can affect the unborn child which is why they made the final decision. I agree with their decision because it's not fair to the child who doesn't have a say in whether or not the mother should be taking these chemicals.

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Pros and cons of raising the federal minimum wage

Pros and cons of raising the federal minimum wage | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
Like most Americans, I love nothing more than curling up in my favorite chair with a warm cup of coffee and a copy of the latest Congressional Budget Office report. That's just what I did when I got...
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This article is about how raising the minimum wage is both helpful and hurtful to our economy. Some of the reasons listed are that it takes away jobs and that it will help with income inequality.

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Obama's DEA Chief Refuses To Support Drug Sentencing Reforms

Obama's DEA Chief Refuses To Support Drug Sentencing Reforms | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is refusing to support a bill backed by the Obama administration that would lower the length of mandatory minimum sentences for federal drug crimes, putting her at odds with her boss Attor...

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The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration doesn't like obama's idea of reducing the sentences of prisoners because of drugs.  

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Sara Conrad's curator insight, May 5, 2014 7:58 PM

Calling on President Barack Obama to fire Michele Leonhart. She is not only at ods with her boss, but with the American public. Out she goes. 

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FIRE HER IMMEDIATELY ATTORNEY GENERAL. WE LIVE IN THE NEW WORLD OF MARIJUANA ACCEPTANCE.  OVER HALF OF PEOPLE POLL IN AMERICAN SUPPORT MEDICAL MARIJUANA. SHE IS OBVIOUSLY STILL  WAGING THE FAILED 'WAR ON DRUGS'. SEND A MESSAGE BY FIRING HER THAT AMERICA IS  AGAINST PROHIBITION OF MARIJUANA.

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State claims education reforms do not work

State claims education reforms do not work | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
State claims education reforms do not work...

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This talks about how many reforms for education don't work and why.  This relates to gov and law because the government is the one reforming the schools.

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Benton Blank's comment, May 10, 2014 10:40 PM
I have to agree with Ann Marie, that problems are never universal, so it is not likely that a single reform will fix everybody's problems. I think that it is a good thing that people are starting to acknowledge that smaller case by case solutions may be more effective in solving problems and improving conditions than large scale, "cookie cutter" reforms. It is especially important to keep these facts in mind when you are designing policies that affect kids educations.
Haley Abrams's comment, May 10, 2014 11:02 PM
I agree here with all the these reforms you do not really know if they are really working or not. More and more school are starting to teach for these tests so that students do not know what to do without a test in the real word. With all of the tests linked to federal money the schools want to get higher scores so they focus more on teaching how the test works and not what we really need to be learning.
Haley Abrams's comment, May 10, 2014 11:02 PM
I agree here with all the these reforms you do not really know if they are really working or not. More and more school are starting to teach for these tests so that students do not know what to do without a test in the real word. With all of the tests linked to federal money the schools want to get higher scores so they focus more on teaching how the test works and not what we really need to be learning.
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Telemedicine services launched in remote areas in India | Articles | FutureGov - Transforming Government | Education | Healthcare

Telemedicine services launched in remote areas in India | Articles | FutureGov - Transforming Government | Education | Healthcare | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
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This article talks about the possibilities of skyping with doctors and how this is being implemented in India.

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The Political Geography of Gasoline Prices

The Political Geography of Gasoline Prices | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
Rising gas prices make people unhappy, but the pain is felt most acutely in states where it is unlikely to make an electoral difference.

 

There are numerous geographic themes that make this article a worthwhile read.  The evidence suggests that states the vote more solidly Republican are being hit hardest at the pump.  Gasoline expenditures as a share of personal income are higher in pro-Republican states than pro-Democrat states.  Understanding the demographic base of each party as well as population density explains much of this issue: states that are very rural drive greater distances with less public transit option, spending more per capita on gasoline.  Also, since the most affluent urban centers are Democrat-leaning, they spend a less sizeable portion of their income on gasoline.  This article would be a nice resource for a classroom/small group discussion.  


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This is an interesting article about how rising gas prices and how people are going to vote.  

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Annie Christofferson's comment, April 27, 2014 6:06 PM
I thought this it was interesting how it said that the states that it really makes a difference in are the ones that don't have as big an impact on the electoral college. It doesn't seem quite fair.
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Florida Moves To Manage Health Care For Foster Kids - Kaiser Health News

Florida Moves To Manage Health Care For Foster Kids - Kaiser Health News | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
Kaiser Health News Florida Moves To Manage Health Care For Foster Kids Kaiser Health News Those difficulties are not unusual for the nation's nearly 400,000 foster children, whose health care can be complicated by cycling from one placement to...

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This article is talking about how healthcare is difficult for those in foster home after foster home and the complications.  

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Annie Christofferson's comment, April 27, 2014 6:08 PM
It makes me sad knowing that of all the difficult things that foster kids go through, healthcare is one of them. They already have enough to get through, can't the government take this burden from them?
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Three biological, five adopted out of foster care and two foster children -- all under one roof on the outskirts of Orlando, Fla. foster children in different health care plans

Those difficulties are not unusual for the nation’s nearly 400,000 foster children, whose health care can be complicated by cycling from one placement to another, undiagnosed childhood trauma.

Margaret Silhasek's comment, May 2, 2014 2:42 PM
I would definitely back the government and a foster kid Medicare system. it's definitely not the kids fault that they don't have parents who can support and provide these things for them.
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The Hill: International Food Aid Needs Reform | House Committee on Foreign Affairs - Ed Royce, Chairman

The Hill: International Food Aid Needs Reform | House Committee on Foreign Affairs - Ed Royce, Chairman | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
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I was unaware of the government's food aid. This article talks about that food aid is and why our country's food aid definitely needs reform.

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Annie Christofferson's comment, April 21, 2014 11:48 AM
The first line really struck me when it said "Food aid often gets there when everyone is dead". Even just that line alone proves that there needs to be some sort of reform. I think that we as a country need to look at what needs to be done and fix it.
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Supreme Court Hears Cases on Drug-Sniffing Dogs and Privacy

The Supreme Court heard two cases on police use of drug-sniffing dogs for criminal searches.


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This video talks about drug-sniffing dogs in the supreme court.  This video brings up if you say that a drug-sniffing dog is probable cause, then you can go door to door having the dog sniff, then getting search warrants.  

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Annie Christofferson's comment, April 12, 2014 9:18 PM
I think this is interesting, considering we just did a mock trial on this in class. It brings up a good point, but I still am not sure what I think of it. I think it should be enough probably cause, but I don't think that the police should just be able to, say, walk their dog and all of a sudden find drugs.
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AP Exclusive: California Immigration Holds Drop

AP Exclusive: California Immigration Holds Drop | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
Far fewer immigrants arrested by California law enforcement are being turned over to federal authorities for deportation since a new state law went into effect in January. The law was pushed by immigrant advocates and directs law enforcement agencies to more quickly release those without...
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Has california taken immigration laws too seriously? California accounts for a third of the deportations in the US.  A new law was enacted to reduce the holding time of people with minor infractions of the law and protecting those from being deported.

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Twitter Hiring Public Policy Expert In D.C. To Fight For Your Right To Privacy - AllTwitter

Twitter Hiring Public Policy Expert In D.C. To Fight For Your Right To Privacy - AllTwitter | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
Twitter Hiring Public Policy Expert In D.C. To Fight For Your Right To Privacy

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This article is about twitter wanting to hire a public policy expert and why they are trying to do that.  It touches on privacy rights and laws of free speech.  

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Austin Robertson's curator insight, May 14, 2014 9:43 AM

I think this is good that they are finally  taking a stand for people's rights and privacy. In this country we don't have a lot of privacy anymore. We are being taken over by the government because everyone wants control. 

Mitchell Forrest Enerson's curator insight, May 14, 2014 3:59 PM

Cool to see that a corporation is sticking up for the people that use it's services. Twitter is a great social media site and this just shows how willing they are to keep it up and running. There is no reason you shouldn't be able to keep your things private online and twitter is a great example for social media in the future. Everybody should follow in twitters footsteps as they lead the internet world in protecting their privacy. 

Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, May 15, 2014 3:06 PM
As I said when I rescooped this twitter is a great company and it is great to see it stick up for its users. Would be great to see other companies follow it's lead.
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Elections Officials See Few Voter ID Issues During Early Voting, by Julián Aguilar

Elections Officials See Few Voter ID Issues During Early Voting, by Julián Aguilar | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
Elections officials across the state said that voter ID was hardly an issue during the 11-day early voting period that led up to Tuesday’s primary. But opponents say the law has already disenfranchised voters.
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This article talks about how early voting and voting Id have been a topic of controversy.  Texas has made that showing a photo id necessary for voting.  Many people said that this has caused the voting process to speed up.  Those who don't have a photo id can be registered and given a special id just for the election.

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Annie Christofferson's comment, March 23, 2014 4:11 PM
I think that it would actually be a smart idea to have photo ids. You would only have to register once, and once you are given the special card, it's just like your license. You just have to show it and verify identification and you're good.
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Supreme Court rules that child may have different habitual residence from parent

Supreme Court rules that child may have different habitual residence from parent | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
Supreme Court rules that child may have different habitual residence from parent (Supreme Court rules that child may have different habitual residence from parent: The Supreme Court...

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This article talks about if two parents are living in two different countries and where the children consider their home.  This relates to gov and law because this case got to the supreme court.  I never have thought about how important the kids views were on court cases, but now I have given it a little more thought, why should the parents decide everything? what laws does the government give parents over their children?

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National Minimum Wage rates - GOV.UK

National Minimum Wage rates - GOV.UK | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
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This article is about the national minimum wages of Britain through the years.  I found it interesting that they have a category for apprenticeship. 

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Is China really about to overtake the U.S.?

Is China really about to overtake the U.S.? | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
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This month, headlines declared that China could eclipse the United States as the world's biggest economy by as early as this year.
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This article is about how China's economy will surpass the US in upcoming years.  

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Barack Obama wants to end NSA Wiretapping

Barack Obama wants to end NSA Wiretapping | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it

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This article is about how barack obama wants to end wiretapping y the NSA.  I think this is interesting because the NSA is used to protect america, and it is govermentally run.

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Brian Bertram's curator insight, April 10, 2014 8:15 AM

I believe that this is against the constitution. The government cannot listen in on my private phone calls without a court order saying it is ok.  I am glad that Obama is deciding to try and end it.  Despite his efforts, it might never happen because  congress or the judicial branch could disagree with the president. If that is the case then that will never happen.  

Andrew Beighley's curator insight, April 16, 2014 4:43 PM

This article. Is interesting because  the president now wants to end something that he was using to help fight against terrorists. The government started recording phone calls so they could use them in investigations, and now Obama wants to end this. I think it is good, because the article said that they want to make it so that conversation are available for investigations, but they can't just use any of them.

Annie Christofferson's comment, May 9, 2014 3:39 PM
I think this is interesting because as much as this probably does seem to violate people's rights, it is for a safety precaution.
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Medical Billing Software & Healthcare Solution - USA Healthcare Software challenge events offer Innovation and Exposure

Medical Billing Software & Healthcare Solution - USA Healthcare Software challenge events offer Innovation and Exposure | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it

USA Healthcare systems have recently organized a new technique to spark innovation. This is a “healthcare software challenge” that would promise excellent exposure and cash rewards to medical software developers who are interested in the event. From the last few years, commercial and government USA Healthcare System are facing coding challenges in the market.

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This article is a call from the government to programmers.  It is interesting to see the government realize that their healthcare plan needs to be better, and that they are willing to let people know that so that they can have the best medical technology applications possible.  

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Annie Christofferson's comment, May 2, 2014 6:05 PM
This is definitely interesting, especially with all of the contradictions going on and everyone fighting over if it is good or not. I think the government is taking a step in the right direction in meeting everyone's needs.
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Top mistakes governments make around cyber security | Articles | FutureGov - Transforming Government | Education | Healthcare

Top mistakes governments make around cyber security | Articles | FutureGov - Transforming Government | Education | Healthcare | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
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This article talks about the government's mistakes and the top 6 cyber security missions.

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Taxpayer dollars used by U.S. government to promote GMOs in other countries

Taxpayer dollars used by U.S. government to promote GMOs in other countries | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
Taxpayer dollars used by U.S. government to promote GMOs in other countries

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I will continue to be amazed at what the government spends money on.  This article talks about benefits and costs of gmos in addition to what the government is promoting them for.

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Ten Reforms That Will Save America

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This is an interesting view of what one person believes is the ten reforms that the government needs.  The first one is they feel that the judicial dictatorship should end.  If this person knew about checks and balances, I wonder then if they would change their views

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Annie Christofferson's comment, April 21, 2014 11:43 AM
You brought up a good point with the whole checks and balances thing. I think that their idea of government reforms didn't take into account a lot of the things that help our government work.
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Fairtrade gets backing from Foreign Affairs - The Co-operative

Fairtrade gets backing from Foreign Affairs - The Co-operative | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it

Fairtrade gets backing from Foreign AffairsThe Co-operativeThe NGO Green Movement and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Estonia have today announced plans to promote fairtrade.


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This article is talking about how Estonia government is promoting fairtrade products.

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Vindy.com - Pros and cons of Ohio marijuana Constitutional amendment debated

Vindy.com - Pros and cons of Ohio marijuana Constitutional amendment debated | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
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Ohio is apparently thinking about making medical marijuana legal.  This article also mentions that marijuana is a gateway drug and that blood tests for marijuana use while driving aren't smart because the chemicals from marijuana stay in the bloodstream for weeks after its use.

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How to Avoid Strange Laws

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These are strange driving laws in the various states of the United States.  

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“Poor public policy”: Retailers, makers of plastic bags go on the offensive ... - Dallas Morning News (blog)

“Poor public policy”: Retailers, makers of plastic bags go on the offensive ... - Dallas Morning News (blog) | Gov and law Siobhan Chantigian | Scoop.it
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“Poor public policy”: Retailers, makers of plastic bags go on the offensive ...

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This is about the public policy of enacting a plastic bag ban in Texas.  This talks mainly from the view of people against this bag ban.  This is interesting because I didn't realize how much people like plastic bags and how often I use them after getting them from the store.  Enacting this ban would also make shopping more difficult from having to remember your reusable bags to only being able to fill up the ones you bring.

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This article discusses the public policy involved in the potential plastic and paper bag ban in Dallas Texas.  The city council is considering banning all bags that are non-reusable from commercial outlets.  This has made many people- particularly bag manufactures- very upset.  they have gone on the offensive, making a large petition and addressing city council.  A big part of this conflict is how the public views the bag ban.  If they feel more strongly that plastic bags have a lasting destructive impact on the environment they will likely support the ban; if they feel more strongly that this ban would be very expensive and cost many people their jobs, they will likely vote no.  I, personally, feel that moving toward reusable bags is a very good thing, but it would be a very hard thing to do all at once.

 

Madison Blazing's comment, March 22, 2014 7:12 PM
This article proposed some interesting ideas about the future of paper and plastic bags. Personally, I think that reusable bags are a good alternative as they tend to produce less waste products and can be utilized for many multipurpose uses. I agree with Ann Marie that it may not be the best idea to try and immediately implement a ban on all other types of bags as that would likely cause problems and invoke quite a bit of opposition. It seems like it would be a good idea to just offer incentives for people to use reusable bags, or discourage people from using plastic bags by charging them a small fee as the article mentioned.
Benton Blank's comment, March 22, 2014 10:49 PM
Ann Marie makes a really good point about the sides the public can take on this ban. Although I think that the move to reusable bags would be a beneficial thing as far as shopping is concerned, i believer would lose out on those plastic bags, ultimately buying them separately. As far as I seem the issue of whether or not to ban the use of single-use plastic bags is one of those things which will cause just as many issues as it solves. There is obviously no clear-cut solution to this issue and it will be very interesting to see what the Dallas city council decides.