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What You Missed in February: State of Mississippi Finally Ratifies Constitutional Amendment Abolishing Slavery

What You Missed in February: State of Mississippi Finally Ratifies Constitutional Amendment Abolishing Slavery | Gov Law | Scoop.it

On February 7, 2013, approximately 150 years to the date when President Abraham Lincoln delivered his 'Emancipation Proclamation", the State of Mississippi at long last joined the rest of the United States..."

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It is rather interesting to note...that the movie “Lincoln”, which involved a bunch of white people sitting around discussing slavery, should inspire a state to finally see to it that they’re on the record being against slavery, whereas films depicting the actual evils of slavery on African Americans, like “Roots“, “Amistad”, or “A Woman Called Moses”, weren’t able to provoke the same reaction."


Via Community Village Sites, Shelby Strain
Crystal Nickles's insight:

It is so crazy that this had not happened earlier in time. To think that Mississippi is so behind with this amendment. Why did this not happen 150 years ago? Or even during civil rights times? How did it take until 2013 to do something that could have been done so many years ago?

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Brianna Moore's curator insight, March 7, 2013 8:08 PM

it took mississippi this long to get rid of slavery? What?

Brittany Turany's comment, March 9, 2013 6:42 PM
I cannot believe it took so long to ratify something like this. Especially when there was an amendment to the national constitution abolishing slavery. While this is surprising, it really shows how things are put off in government. I realize politicians are busy, but putting things off like this doesn't help. It just creates more work later on. Maybe if they would have done this sooner, they could be using their time to solve current problems. The one thing that confuses me though, is why there has to be state amendments abolishing slavery when there is a constitutional amendment?
Ashley Sanneman's comment, March 17, 2013 10:32 AM
This is crazy!! I understand they are a southern state, but that's no excuse for taking this long to ratify it. There was an amendment to the NATIONAL Constitution abolishing slavery. The government should have stepped in at some point.

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Food supply under assault as climate heats up - NBC News.com

Food supply under assault as climate heats up - NBC News.com | Gov Law | Scoop.it
American eaters, let’s talk about the birds and the bees: The U.S. food supply – from chickens injected with arsenic to dying bee...
Crystal Nickles's insight:

This is kind of scary to talk about. There are already so many people going hungry and with the decrease in food the costs for necessary items will increase. I love the heat but it comes with a high cost. We need to find more food sources if we are coming to an end of our known supply. Just like energy they need to come up with some alternate growing solutions.

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Shelby Strain's comment, May 16, 2013 5:13 PM
This is really sad. I love food! :(
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Teens on way to prom help rescue highway crash victims

Teens on way to prom help rescue highway crash victims | Gov Law | Scoop.it
A group of prom-bound Florida teens and their limo driver came to the aid of seven people trapped in a van that crashed and flipped on its side on an interstate.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

It is great that people of our generation stopped to help. Some people think that our generation is self centered and would never stop to help someone like this. There were two kids in the car along with five adults And I'm sure they greatly appreciate the help of the teens especially when the woman asked the teen to take her child.

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Ashley Sanneman's comment, May 19, 2013 12:14 AM
This story restores my faith in humanity. Seeing how kids our age are willing to help and be selfless, rather than just driving be and not helping. They could have left it to the adults in a following car and went on their way to prom, but instead they acted and helped save lives.
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Civil unions for gay couples begin in Colorado

Civil unions for gay couples begin in Colorado | Gov Law | Scoop.it
Gay couples in Colorado began to take advantage Wednesday of a new state law allowing civil unions.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

I feel that people should have the right to marry who they want. Colorado is hopefully a step ahead of the nation in changing other states laws.

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Adam Alexander Schoessler's curator insight, May 1, 2013 10:19 PM

I have nothing agaist gay people and i say do what you want I could care less. now that being said my only exception is if it was my kid if i could i would try to prevent him or her from being gay. i dont think its right or wrong i just think it goes aginst nature. men and women are suppost to be together and make the next generation. i know this sounds hipicritical i just have mixed feelings about it.

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The new $100 bill has a not-so-secret weapon

The new $100 bill has a not-so-secret weapon | Gov Law | Scoop.it
The new $100 bill has a not-so-secret weapon - A blue ribbon woven into the note's fabric is supposed to block overseas counterfeiters who have become very good at producing fakes. 
Crystal Nickles's insight:

I think that it is a good idea that the government keep counterfeit bills away. This is a great way of doing that. Hopefully this reduces counterfeit $100's. Plus it looks cool.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 25, 2013 9:38 AM
Our money is finally catching up to modern technology! If you look at the currency of other countries they have been in color with security features for years. Better late than never!
Shelby Strain's comment, April 25, 2013 7:51 PM
How has it took us this long to change our highest worth bill? At least something has happened. I think that this will solve a lot of counterfeit problems too!
Ashley Sanneman's comment, April 27, 2013 8:02 PM
Finally they did something!! I hope this helps with everything, we really should have done this a long time ago though. We are so technologically advanced now that this should have been one of our priorities.
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2 boys, 3 adults shot to death in Illinois town

2 boys, 3 adults shot to death in Illinois town | Gov Law | Scoop.it
Five people were found shot to death in a tiny Illinois town and a suspect was killed in a shootout with police, authorities said.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

This is another sad story about a shooting. I wish people would stop misusing guns. This makes it more important that our government find some sort of compromise to keep things like this from happening, but I know we can't prevent it all. I hope this stops happening soon or now!

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Attorney: Friends assaulted Calif. suicide victim

Attorney: Friends assaulted Calif. suicide victim | Gov Law | Scoop.it
Three 16-year-old boys are accused of sexually battering a 15-year-old girl who hanged herself after the attack.
Crystal Nickles's insight:
I think this is super sad! No one should be bullied to this point. Not that anyone should be bullied at all. This is crazy and should not happen anymore.
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Shelby Strain's comment, April 20, 2013 1:43 PM
This is really really sad! No one should ever have to feel that way and I hope this helps people understand that bullying really does hurt.
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Poll: Rubio leads tight pack for GOP in 2016

Poll: Rubio leads tight pack for GOP in 2016 | Gov Law | Scoop.it
Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, and Chris Christie are virtually tied in Quinnipiac University's early poll, showing GOP jumble in the 2016 presidential race, with Jeb Bush close behind.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

Since we are talking about politicians and campeigns this seemed very fitting. The republican party has made a list of four cantidates for the 2016 election. Included is Paul Ryan from Wisconson and Rand Paul, the man who lead the fillibuster a few weeks ago.

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Jury convicts Tenn. mother in newborn twins' deaths

Jury convicts Tenn. mother in newborn twins' deaths | Gov Law | Scoop.it
A jury found a 26-year-old Tennessee woman guilty of murder in the smothering deaths of her newborn twins, and the judge immediately sentenced her to life in prison.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

I don't understand what causes people to kill their children. Two newborn twins are killed by their own mother? This is crazy! Why would anyone do this? People may think having children may ruin their life but killing them and getting life in prison would be worse. This doesn't happen often but when it does it is really upsetting.

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Shelby Strain's comment, March 22, 2013 3:55 PM
That is just disgusting. I agree with you in that it is upsetting. I am glad that see was indeed found guilty of killing her newborns. I hope that she understands what she did was wrong. If people can't take having kids, then they shouldn't have them in the first place or put them up for adoption.
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America Needs a New Political Party

America Needs a New Political Party | Gov Law | Scoop.it
The two-party system has a long history in America, but is no longer serving the interests of our country.

Via Jacob Boe
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I feel like this author and I share a lot of similar frustrations with political parties. It is difficult for two parties so opposite to find middle ground.

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Max Zamzow's comment, March 23, 2013 11:21 AM
I don't know, it's interesting. If we made a "third" party that found the middle ground between the first two, would that just get rid of the other two parties since we're always searching for middle ground anyway? It just sounds to me like he wants to combine the two into one.
Ryan johnson's comment, April 7, 2013 7:45 PM
I was actually just thining about this the other day! I really believe taht their should be a third party, and taht this party would represent a large group of people who are unhappy with their current party!
Drew Fuchs's curator insight, April 24, 2013 11:36 AM

In this article, Obama states that we need to have a center party. A party that has both democratic and republican views as well as the same ideas about government and all other beliefs. I don't think we should have a center party because it will only add more arguments into politics (more than there already is).

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Obama on Chavez: US supports Venezuelan people

Obama on Chavez: US supports Venezuelan people | Gov Law | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama said the death of President Hugo Chavez marks a challenging time for Venezuela.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

I think that it is a good thing to keep good relations with Venezuela with the death of their President Hugo Chavez.

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Shelby Strain's comment, March 14, 2013 1:41 PM
I agree with you. Even though we haven't always got along with Venezuela and disagreed with many of their choices, we should support them in their time of grieving. This may make our relationship stronger with them.
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Two days to cuts: What's Congress doing?

Two days to cuts: What's Congress doing? | Gov Law | Scoop.it
We now have only two days left before $85 billion in widely disliked spending cuts start to take effect. So what's Congress doing about it?
Crystal Nickles's insight:

I am once again annoyed with the progress Congress has not been making. There are less than two days left and they have had so much time to figure out a solution to this avoidable problem. Now if we don't come up with a way to fix this in the next 36 hours we will be have to cut $85 billion from our budget.

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Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, March 2, 2013 12:51 PM
I like the republicans idea there are so many other ways to save money or gain reveune then taxation.
Shelby Strain's comment, March 3, 2013 11:32 AM
I agree with you. It is extremely annoying that Congress cannot decide and we are stuck with their idiotic decisions.
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US spending ax set to fall, but then what?

The predicted impact of the spending cuts could take weeks or months to materialize.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

I'm not sure why the goverment decided to push it back but the fact that they have still not come up with a perminate solution is appaling. They will have to come up with a solution. The  sequestration is going to occur and we may not have the money we need to keep our country running well.

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Ashley Sanneman's comment, February 25, 2013 8:29 PM
I agree, I can't believe that our government is so careless with the fiscal cliff and the sequestration. They can't just keep pushing back the date, and sooner or later this is going to bite us in the butt. More meetings should have taken place to negotiate and just talk about the possible consequences of the sequestration and the best ways to handle it.
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27 Shots Fired, 4 People Struck

27 Shots Fired, 4 People Struck | Gov Law | Scoop.it
A woman and three men were hospitalized after a shooting in Southwest Philadelphia Wednesday night.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

This is another terrible shooting situation. I feel that we should find some solution so things like this stop happening. This can be controlled more than it has been. It's sad when things like this happen.

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4th grader asked to take NY state test from hospital bed

4th grader asked to take NY state test from hospital bed | Gov Law | Scoop.it
The boy's parents are shocked that a teacher showed up at the hospital to administer a test, but the hospital says that the state permits students to opt out of it.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

This is crazy. This child is in a hospital bed due to seizures and they are making him take a state test. I understand it's important that students take these tests but they shouldn't make sick children awaiting possible brain surgery take them. Some schools are over agressive with testing and more exceptions should be made for kids like him.

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Shelby Strain's comment, May 9, 2013 3:28 PM
This is ridiculous. There needs to be a make up date for seriously ill children. I don't think that they really understand that maybe this test can wait just a couple of months or so, especially if he is in the hospital and needs brain surgery. What has this country come to?
Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, May 11, 2013 9:13 PM
that sucks but school is school i guess!?
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Wis. mom gets up to 10 years for baby's 1957 death

Wis. mom gets up to 10 years for baby's 1957 death | Gov Law | Scoop.it
A judge sentenced a Wisconsin woman to up to 10 years in prison for her daughter's death more than 50 years ago, despite a prosecutor's recommendation of 45 days in jail.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

I'm not sure why this is coming up now and not 56 years ago. For killing her daughter I feel that 10 years is a good time but since this is such an old case 45 days wouldn't be too unrealistic.

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Shelby Strain's comment, May 9, 2013 3:24 PM
I think that she should still have the same punishment if it happened yesterday. Ten years will be plenty, but 45 days is not enough. Why would you only go to jail for only 45 days? It makes no sense. Just don't go at all then.
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Obama threatens 'family tattoo' if daughters get their own

Obama threatens 'family tattoo' if daughters get their own | Gov Law | Scoop.it
The president said that he and the first lady would get the same tattoos as their daughters and show them off on YouTube.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

I think it's really funny that Obama doesn't want his daughters to get tattoos so he tells them he and his wife will also get them. He is the president, but it's important that he continues being a father to his daughters and this is a pretty great way of showing his love. :)

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Shelby Strain's comment, April 25, 2013 7:52 PM
I think that it would be hilarious if they rebelled and actually got tattoos. That means because he said this and its in the news, he has to get a tattoo. I hope it's an American flag.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 28, 2013 12:09 PM
Ha! Ha! Great story. I am thinking of all the nerdy tattoos the Obama family could get.
Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, April 28, 2013 5:58 PM
That would be pretty funny. im thinking he should get the presidential seal on his back.
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China says bird flu death toll rises to 13

China says bird flu death toll rises to 13 | Gov Law | Scoop.it
There is still no indication of human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 bird flu virus, which has killed 13 people in Shanghai and the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

I feel like this isn't super important but people tend to freak out when things like this happen. If the bird flu does keep spreading it could be super dangerous.

 

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Ashley Sanneman's comment, April 21, 2013 12:14 PM
I think we need to figure out why it's spreading again and start looking into immunizations and better ways to handle this disease.
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NRA School Safety Report Suggests, Yup, More Guns

NRA School Safety Report Suggests, Yup, More Guns | Gov Law | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) on Tuesday released a 225-page report on school safety funded by the National Rifle Association.

Via Shelby Strain
Crystal Nickles's insight:

I don't think that schools should have armed guards. Even though there have been shootings at schools I don't think I would feel comfortable with armed guards at our school. Also, arming teachers is not a good idea either. Having a gun in a classroom is even more dangerous than having a shooter in a school in my opinion.

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Shelby Strain's curator insight, April 2, 2013 6:11 PM

The NRA has come out with a new proposal to end school shootings by arming teachers with guns and properly training them how to use them. I'm not sure if I quite agree with allowing all of my teachers to have guns.

Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, April 3, 2013 11:50 PM
I don't think telling a teacher that they need to take a gun training class and allowing the teacher to have the gun in class is the best choice. Im not sure if this is the best idea but it is an idea.
Ashley Sanneman's comment, April 6, 2013 10:43 PM
I understand that we want to reduce the number of school shootings,but I don't think this is the best way to go about it. What if one of the students got a hold of the teacher's gun and then did the shooting? I feel like there would be way too many guns on campus and too many things could go wrong.
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Obama to return 5 percent of salary to Treasury

Obama to return 5 percent of salary to Treasury | Gov Law | Scoop.it
The president will return part of his $400,000 annual salary each month this year in recognition of civilian furloughs.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

Even though this isn't much money I believe that this shows that he realizes that cuts are being made. I think he could have made more of a cut but it's nice that the cut was made at all.

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Shelby Strain's comment, April 5, 2013 1:56 PM
I feel like this is a big step and is really thoughtful of him. In reality, he is making $400,000 a year. That is a ridiculous amount of money. I know that medical people make more, but that is more than most people in our entire country make, so he should give more or maybe decrease his salary.
Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, April 5, 2013 8:19 PM
I think its a good amount I mean he runs the country, and makes the hard decision. I am very happy with his decision to give a little.
Ashley Sanneman's comment, April 6, 2013 10:47 PM
I like that he gave money back. I know he has a big job, but it's not like he makes the decisions all on his own. These cuts from the sequester are going to be brutal and anything can help at this point.
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Fargo warned of potentially record flooding this spring

Fargo warned of potentially record flooding this spring | Gov Law | Scoop.it
The National Weather Service says Fargo, N.D., needs to prepare for one of the Red River's five biggest crests this spring.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

It's not a new thing for Fargo to flood but with all of the snow we have gotten this year I feel that a lot of places will end up with flooding. If Fargo floods as much as they expect this could affect a lot of things like crops and funding for flood efforts.

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Shelby Strain's comment, March 22, 2013 3:58 PM
That would be terrible. Everyone will feel the wrath of all of the snow even in the spring. Also, NDSU would be flooded and I would be really sad.
Ashley Sanneman's comment, March 23, 2013 1:12 AM
We definitely need to figure out ways to fix this problem. The snow isn't stopping and we need solutions for every problem that might arise.
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What You Missed in February: State of Mississippi Finally Ratifies Constitutional Amendment Abolishing Slavery

What You Missed in February: State of Mississippi Finally Ratifies Constitutional Amendment Abolishing Slavery | Gov Law | Scoop.it

On February 7, 2013, approximately 150 years to the date when President Abraham Lincoln delivered his 'Emancipation Proclamation", the State of Mississippi at long last joined the rest of the United States..."

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It is rather interesting to note...that the movie “Lincoln”, which involved a bunch of white people sitting around discussing slavery, should inspire a state to finally see to it that they’re on the record being against slavery, whereas films depicting the actual evils of slavery on African Americans, like “Roots“, “Amistad”, or “A Woman Called Moses”, weren’t able to provoke the same reaction."


Via Community Village Sites, Shelby Strain
Crystal Nickles's insight:

It is so crazy that this had not happened earlier in time. To think that Mississippi is so behind with this amendment. Why did this not happen 150 years ago? Or even during civil rights times? How did it take until 2013 to do something that could have been done so many years ago?

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Brianna Moore's curator insight, March 7, 2013 8:08 PM

it took mississippi this long to get rid of slavery? What?

Brittany Turany's comment, March 9, 2013 6:42 PM
I cannot believe it took so long to ratify something like this. Especially when there was an amendment to the national constitution abolishing slavery. While this is surprising, it really shows how things are put off in government. I realize politicians are busy, but putting things off like this doesn't help. It just creates more work later on. Maybe if they would have done this sooner, they could be using their time to solve current problems. The one thing that confuses me though, is why there has to be state amendments abolishing slavery when there is a constitutional amendment?
Ashley Sanneman's comment, March 17, 2013 10:32 AM
This is crazy!! I understand they are a southern state, but that's no excuse for taking this long to ratify it. There was an amendment to the NATIONAL Constitution abolishing slavery. The government should have stepped in at some point.
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House votes to avert shutdown as Obama looks for big deal

House votes to avert shutdown as Obama looks for big deal | Gov Law | Scoop.it
Chances for a long-term fiscal deal rose Wednesday as President Obama began a series of rare meetings with GOP leaders.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

I think it's a great idea for Obama to meet seperatly with the different political parties. This could hopefully speed up the process of getting our financial crisis back on track.

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Ashley Sanneman's comment, March 7, 2013 7:01 PM
I'm glad that something is finally happening, but it's a little too late for that? Why couldn't they have done this before our deadline was reached? I think it would be interesting to see how this idea would pan out. Bias also has to be taken into consideration though. Since Obama is a democrat clearly he would agree with more of what the democratic party has to say. Then wouldn't all the blame be put on the republicans as to why problems aren't getting solved? I see both the benefits of this, but the drawbacks as well.
Shelby Strain's comment, March 8, 2013 9:01 PM
It's good that they have something moving, but I feel like meeting with them separately would a hassle and it takes away from our "united" nation. Yeah people have different views, but they need to start making compromises and get their act But maybe this plan will work out. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, March 16, 2013 5:00 PM
Horray sounds like progress!!! kinda...
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Jack Lew confirmed by Senate as Treasury secretary in 71-26 vote

Jack Lew confirmed by Senate as Treasury secretary in 71-26 vote | Gov Law | Scoop.it
Jack Lew's confirmation as Treasury secretary was rejected by 25 Republicans and independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Crystal Nickles's insight:

Jack Lew was previously the Secutary of State for Obama and now he has been voted the Treasury Secretary. I am relating this to the constitution by pointing out the checks and balances system that the senate checks the cantidate chosen by Obama.

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