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Air Force Not Persecuting Christians After All - Religion Dispatches (blog)

Air Force Not Persecuting Christians After All Religion Dispatches (blog) Just under a month ago, I reported on the fishy story making the rounds on right wing news outlets that a Christian had been fired from the Army simply for defending his...

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I think this is awesome that the Air Force is not persecuting Christians. It shouldn't be a problem no matter what religion you are. If you are serving your country there should be no setback to where you should be judged. If we just have more freedom for everybody to do whatever this world would be a better place.

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Brian Weigelt's curator insight, October 11, 2013 2:08 PM

Example of how stories spin out of control.

Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, May 21, 2014 2:08 PM
Would be awesome if one day everyone could just stay to their own business. Awesome that the government is promoting staying out of each other's stuff.
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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 Austin | Scoop.it
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Locals Leaders Resolve Libya's Oil Crisis
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On Dec.

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I think it's good that we are trying to strengthen our foreign policies and help country that are hurting. It's good we helped these guys fix there oil bbecause people don't understand how important oil really is to a country and what it can do. 

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Rachel DeWaard's curator insight, May 22, 2014 12:43 AM

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.

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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Raising the minimum wage could improve public health | Economic Policy Institute

Raising the minimum wage could improve public health | Economic Policy Institute | Gov Austin | Scoop.it

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I think increasing the minimum wage could be good and bad. It will help people who have to support a family on a minimum wage budget. But it could be bad because when you raise the minus wage they are most likely going to raise the tax  so it's not even like it's increasing.

 

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Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, May 15, 2014 3:08 PM
The taxes and the overall price of goods will both inflate when the minimum wages are raised so I do not believe that this will help our economy in any ways. Other than it may cut jobs if that's what our government wants.
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UK Government Bans iPads and Smartphones from Cabinet Meetings - I4U News

UK Government Bans iPads and Smartphones from Cabinet Meetings - I4U News | Gov Austin | Scoop.it

The UK government is taking all the precautions necessary against cyber spying. That is why it is banning all smartphones and tablets from cabinet meetings. The reason is that they may come with Trojan viruses attached.
Read more at http://www.i4u.com/2013/11/56865/uk-government-bans-ipads-and-smartphones-cabinet-meetings#4V4VjtT9CC2Le34I.99


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I think this is a idea. In some of the most important meetings in our government, people can easily hack into smart devices and listen in and potentially ruin us. If there is no electronics then no secrets can be given away. It's common sense.

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Chelsie DeBus's curator insight, April 20, 2014 7:17 PM

This article is about that the United Kingdom banning any smartphone or iPad from their meetings. I think this is a great idea because the people in the meeting won't be distracted by other things while in a meeting. I think it is very rude and disrespectful of people being on there electronic devices when someone is talking and having a discussion with them. This article relates to government and law because I think that the United States should do this law as well, if they already do then that is a great thing but if not then they should really consider doing this. 

Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 24, 2014 8:22 PM
It is a great idea for the UK to ban the use of these smart devices, they might be getting a little too smart for us. I would love to see this occur in the states as well because they are such powerful tools that can do a lot of evil as well.
Katie Gilbertson's comment, April 27, 2014 4:37 PM
I don't think it's so much a matter of safety/security but it is really disrespectful. I went to a Rochester meeting that had many sitting on other electronic devices instead of paying attention to the problem at hand. I turned mine off and I was simply a visitor. Common courtesy folks. Plus I feel like they're not doing their job if they're not even paying attention.
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Taking Liberties: iPhone, YouTube and the First Amendment

Taking Liberties: iPhone, YouTube and the First Amendment | Gov Austin | Scoop.it

The youtube video show the 2009 Preakness. A woman lies bleeding on the ground inside Pimlico Race Course in Maryland after an altercation with police.

 

 


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I think it is pretty sad to see how America is getting these days that the cops think it is okay to beat somebody right out in public. Sometimes the police have a right to be a little more firm, but on a girl, it shows how all of them are cowards, I don't care who you are, I don't care if your the president of the whole earth, you don't lay a hand in a girl. Those people who were recording the incident had every right ti video tape. It's there right, it's nit the polices property, they have no say. Last time I heard the police didn't own everything. 

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Katie Gilbertson's comment, February 28, 2014 10:23 AM
My question is why are the police so worried about being videotaped? Is it because they know they are being cruel? I think we should be allowed to have what we want on our own personal device. I'd they don't want to be videotaped making an "arrest", maybe they shouldn't be beating someone in PUBLIC. That is humiliating for the poor woman.
Siobhan Chantigian's comment, February 28, 2014 7:02 PM
I want to know why he was beating that woman. If it is taking place in public, then people should be free to videotape it. It was not ok that the police deleted everything off that guy's phone; he had no right to do that!
Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 24, 2014 8:26 PM
If the police really care about people seeing what is happening on these tapes then maybe they shouldn't be doing it in the first place. Police think they can get away with doing a lot of wrong because they have that gun on their hip. Well that gun means nothing once they don't have it anymore and they will just be citizens like everyone else.
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Judges Order California Governor to Release 10,000 Inmates

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Judges Order California Governor to Release 10,000 Inmates - National News/Current Events - GOP Briefing Room

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I think this is pretty scary actually. To even come to the point where you are able to justify releasing  10,000 inmates, I mean inmates were talking about, I think it is pure insanity. How can you even come to grips with that. They are convicted fellons, why in earth are they allowed leave?

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Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 21, 2014 1:05 AM
The government seems to be a little corrupt with this whole issue. If they really think the release of the inmates is going to help anything they are out of their minds. Convicted fellons will often find themselves in this exact same place. It's kind of like a cycle and it's not a good one.
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'You've got to be kidding me': Maryland woman gets a ticket for driving 63 mph — in a 65 zone

'You've got to be kidding me': Maryland woman gets a ticket for driving 63 mph — in a 65 zone | Gov Austin | Scoop.it
A Maryland woman was shocked after she received a traffic ticket on Interstate 95 — because it wasn't for speeding. In fact, she was driving 2 mph under the speed limit.

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A woman received a traffic ticket for going two miles under the speed limit. I think that this is completely unfair and a violation of the governments laws. If somebody is going under the current speed limit they should not be penalized. This relates to government because the law of the government in that state was 65 mph and she was going under it and she was still punished. Just shows how corrupt and screwed up our governments is.

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Anna Zamzow's curator insight, March 12, 2013 7:16 PM

A woman received a ticket for driving 2 miles under the speed limit. Wind gusts were about 40 miles per hour that day, so she was just trying to drive safely. The woman will be fighting the ticket in court by filing a complaint. The  officer's side of the story was driving too slowly can impede traffic. I understand where the officer is coming from, but at the same time, it's only a 2 mile an hour difference. I think that the woman should fight the ticket in court because it is not necessary and the officer should have pulled over someone who was speeding. 

Ryan johnson's comment, March 15, 2013 6:33 PM
Like i said in my comment on Boe's post, Cops think they have all the authority. I have personally driven behind a cop going more than 2 under the speed limit, as well as behind a cop going over the speed limit. She should get her ticket taken away and have no charges.
Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 13, 2014 12:50 AM
A ticket for going that speed is unrealistic. For me police officers do not make me feel safe on the road at all. They have too much power in our society while they are truly human just like all of us. It's amazing to see how the Government thinks they are so superior to individuals in the US. I hope one day law enforcement helps me feel safe.
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Awakenings: The U.S. Constitution

Awakenings: The U.S. Constitution | Gov Austin | Scoop.it

This Day in History: September 17, 1787
U.S. Constitution signed. . .

The signing of the Constitution of the United States took place barely a decade after the Revolutionary War. Not all attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia were in favor of such a document. Many were suspicious of making the federal government stronger and as a result, it did indeed meet opposition.

The U.S. Constitution contains about 4,400 words and is the oldest and the shortest written constitution of any representative government in the world. The original document consisted of four pages and is laced with fascinating facts.


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This article relates to the government because it is discussing the constitution and important dates that followed. The title of this article says enough. We really do need to awaken our constitution because we have strayed far away from the constitution for years now. We do not follow our constitution anymore. It needs to be re awakened to set order back in  our country.

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Luke French's curator insight, February 26, 2014 8:39 PM

This article contains an info graphic which breaks down the constitution and mentions the amendments.

 

Alex Salazar's comment, February 28, 2014 3:21 PM
Wow that was a cool info graphic, I'm a big fan of them and this was a clear, one that really had good information.
Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 13, 2014 12:44 AM
I agree that the US was very strong when our goals and priorities were based solely around the Constitution. It is a document that has lead our country for so long and it is sad to see the way our current government works around it or works to change the US's values.
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What's Wrong With Promoting Religious Freedom? - By Elizabeth ...

What's Wrong With Promoting Religious Freedom? - By Elizabeth ... | Gov Austin | Scoop.it
Today the United States is expanding its official foreign affairs religion portfolio to include religious engagement abroad. Citing widespread religious ....

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I don't think there should be anything wrong with promoting religious freedom. Everyone should be able to say how they feel about a certain religion seeing we have aN ammenedment protecting religious freedom.

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Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, May 21, 2014 2:09 PM
Everyone should be able to believe in what they want and it is awesome that we as a country are spreading our belief of religious freedom.
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Illegal Immigration to US on Rise

Illegal Immigration to US on Rise | Gov Austin | Scoop.it
It has been revealed that the US is seeing a rise in the numbers of people trying to get illegal immigration visas since the country started to see a more economically stable future.

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In all honestly I believe we are  slacking on border patrol. 1.1 million illegal immigrants are in he us right now. This hurts and helps. We are look at as a weak country because we have so many illegal citizens but at the same time they help our economy run because they all work very hard.

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Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, May 15, 2014 3:03 PM
Crazy that there are so many people in our country illegally. It's great that some people actually do help our country but some illegals also hurt it as well. Our government needs to step up and figure out our immigration problem.
Andrew Beighley's comment, May 18, 2014 8:08 PM
This article is about how illegal immigration affects the US. The number of illegal immigrants is rising every year, and something needs to be done to stop it. The reason many of these people come here illegally is because they want a better future, but they don't want to have to wait for years to get it.
Mitchell Forrest Enerson's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:02 PM

There are too many people that are getting into our country illegally and it needs to be controlled. We need to lock down borders and allow easier legal immigration. We would love to and need to have immigrants in our country but they need to become immigrants legally. Our government should make this top priority. 

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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 Austin | Scoop.it
Twitter Hiring Public Policy Expert In D.C. To Fight For Your Right To Privacy

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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. 

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Molly Petersen's curator insight, March 27, 2014 12:19 AM

This article is very informal and talks about how Twitter the “microblogging giant” is now looking for a public policy expert to defend its users privacy rights. Basically recently the government has asked the company to reveal tweets and private information to authorities who want to use it as evidence to build a case. But they are now hiring someone that is qualified to stand up for their rights as a company. 

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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Broke U.S. resumes spending

Broke U.S. resumes spending | Gov Austin | Scoop.it
Limiting government growth is politically difficult, but if we don't do it, America is doomed.

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I think it is so funny how America just keeps spiraling out of control and nobody can see it. Obama spent more money in his first year in office than Busch did in his whole term. It's amazing how we can continue to spend when we don't even have a pot to pee in ourselves. We need to actually sit down and figure out a plan that will slowly but surely work.

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Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 24, 2014 8:24 PM
It would be great if the US maybe stopped spending so much and starting working a little harder to improve our country. I would love to live in a country as powerful and great as the one we originally founded.
Abigail Beinborn's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:48 AM

Government spending has led to a massive debt. I believe there are ways we can spend less to help reduce our debt, but we can't stop spending governemnt money. We have to pay for the troops that fight for our country and many other people and things to keep this country going. We need to watch our government spending more closely and cautiously. 

Lauren Heim's comment, May 18, 2014 6:41 PM
The U.S. Spending has come to an all time low or should I say high? The government has only brought us the feeling of failure and that our economy is breaking down since they've only spent their money in places/things that don't actually work. The least they could do is slow it down or fund something that's actually useful.
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Skating: Lloyd Kahn – 76-year old Skateboarder (Video)

Skating: Lloyd Kahn – 76-year old Skateboarder (Video) | Gov Austin | Scoop.it

Hope I'm still able to longboard at 76 years old


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I think that this is soooo rad haha!  This is such a fun sport or hobby to participate in. I longboard all the time in the summer and it is by no means an easy job. It takes tremendous amounts of strength to keep on going and the fact the a 76 year old is doing it is awesome! Keep on going dude!

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Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 21, 2014 1:03 AM
It's pretty cool to be doing something you love still at such a high age. I guess if you are passionate about something and are good at it you should be allowed to continue. Like if you enjoy politics and are a good leader you shouldn't be limited to a certain number of years in office.
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Remaking Federalism to Remake the American Economy

Remaking Federalism to Remake the American Economy | Gov Austin | Scoop.it

Federalism is not a gift that Washington bestows on state houses and city halls. Rather, it is a special, often dormant, vehicle for galvanizing and unleashing the talents and energies of an entrepreneurial nation. The president has an historic opportunity to usher in a new era of pragmatic, collaborative federalism that capitalizes on the economic power of metros and the policy creativity of state and local leaders. Remaking federalism is the path toward an economy that is productive, sustainable and inclusive. More broadly, it can be a vehicle for economic prosperity, fiscal solvency and political comity—if the next president is willing to take it.


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I honestly think this is a stupid idea, our economy is not going to turn around. Obama has dug us into the biggest hole ever and now we are never going to get out. He is going against the constitution on a lot of what he does. We need a new leader for our country. Federalsim has nothing to do with our economy anymore.

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Buster Meyer's comment, April 20, 2014 12:42 AM
I think it's dumb . Our economy is crap right now is only going to get worse with them making the debt cap bigger.
Lauren Heim's comment, April 20, 2014 12:51 AM
I say why not... Our economy can't get any worse can it? Maybe it could benefit us who really knows. Obama was re-elected because people of the United States believed that there w as still something he could do to change things around.
Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 20, 2014 5:12 PM
Making the debt cap bigger is only going to hurt us. I do not like this idea and I do not like the direction that Obama is leading us in.
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Tougher drunk-driving threshold proposed to reduce traffic deaths

Tougher drunk-driving threshold proposed to reduce traffic deaths | Gov Austin | 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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This article relates to the government  because it directly deals with laws on drinking and driving. I think that the government should be a lot more stern on their laws with drinking and driving. I also think that should be a lot worse punishment for drinking and driving. People obviously are not getting the severity of drinking and driving so I think the punishment should be worse.

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Anna Zamzow's curator insight, May 15, 2013 9:42 AM

The National Safety Transportation Board is stressing that all 50 states adopt a blood alcohol content cutoff of .05 instead of .08. They believe that this would save about 500 to 800 lives annually.

Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 13, 2014 12:48 AM
Truly what more can they do for drinking and driving without being unrealistic. Taking away a drivers license can change somebody's life. Now I'm not saying that drinking and driving is at all okay, but I guess I just believe that fate always has a way of punishing those who do wrong. And if we try to play fate's hand something could go wrong as well. Drinking and driving does need to be fixed and I'm glad to see officials agree.