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Minnesota governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law

Minnesota governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriages Tuesday after Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, signed a bill giving same-sex couples the right to marry.
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Minnesota approved the same-sex marraige bill! Minnesota is the twelth state to approve, trailing after Delaware who signed last week. This is a milestone in our country. It should be interesting to see what other states sign, and how long it takes them.

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Cbaker02's comment, May 16, 2013 1:14 PM
super cool that Minnesota did this. Like you said Allie it will be nice to see who else does.
Brynne Stellner's comment, May 18, 2013 1:57 PM
I'm very happy that MN now approves same-sex marriage. I'm very curious for the Supreme Court's upcoming decision regarding DOMA.
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Gosnell sentenced to life in third baby's death

Gosnell sentenced to life in third baby's death | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
Abortion provider Kermit Gosnell was sentenced to life with no parole in the death of a third baby.
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Well, justice is served. Gosnell, who used unconventional methods of aborting babies. Actually, it has been determined that he didn't "abort" the babies, he murdered them. He cut many babies' spinal cords with a pair of scissors. He has been sentences life in prison. One attorney said, "We have shown mercy, where he has shown none." Personally, I think he deserves a harsher punishment. This is disgusting, but I am so thrilled that he is not in any way getting away with his heinous crimes.

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Shots fired from world's first 3D-printed gun

The world's first 3D-printed handgun has been successfully fired in Texas, according to its creator Defense Distributed.

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It will be very interesting to see how this gun affects people. After the Sandy Hoil incident guns have become a touchy subject, so I am very curious to see what everyone will have to say. 

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Cbaker02's curator insight, May 6, 2013 7:26 PM

this is super crazy, will not go off in a metel detector, is not managed by government. whats going to happen now????

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No verdict yet in Philadelphia abortion doctor case

No verdict yet in Philadelphia abortion doctor case | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
Jurors in the murder trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell ended their first day of deliberations, Tuesday without a verdict.
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This case seems absolutely rediculous to me. Gosnell is going to court for x amount of abortions as well as many other bad doctor deeds. The abortions he has performed have NOT been in the first trimester, nor were they for reasons that harmed the mother and or unborn child. These abortions were second and third trimesters, and it is argued that several were even born alive. He allegedly snappd the babies spinal cords with a scissors. He allegedly has worked in filthy conditions, and allowed untrained people to help administer drugs. His attorney seems to be working the racist angle. Come on, we have an African American President. This man may be awarded the death penalty if proven guilty. If they can prove him guilty, I see not reason why he should be awarded otherwise; this is pretty grotesque. 

 

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Cbaker02's curator insight, May 6, 2013 1:26 PM

my mom was talking about this guy a week ago, this is very sick and wrong. one lady that was working with him, said that she could here some of the babies cry. makes me sick to my stomach.

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Gun vote follows senators home

Gun vote follows senators home | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
(CNN) - It was a tense moment on an emotionally charged topic: the daughter of the slain principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School asking Sen. Kelly Ayotte why, in mid-April, she voted against bolstering background checks on gun sales.
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This is a very interesting article/video. After the gun bill was not passed, President Obama went after the senators who voted against it. As well, the daught of the Principal of Sandy Hook Elementary confronted one republican at a public conference. This is very interesting, and really, I feel that it is stupid it wasn't passed. This one senator felt that these background checks were a "burden" to gun suppliers. Please. If anything can make our country more safe and a better place, I feel that we can hardly call it a burden. This is also my tie-in to the Congress post, since Obama went after the senate. 

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'A train has been lifted off my shoulders,' former suspect in ricin case says

'A train has been lifted off my shoulders,' former suspect in ricin case says | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
Charges against the Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and other officials were dropped, a U.S. attorney said.
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This is very interesting. Remember the letters contaniing ricin that were sent to the President as well as other officials? They caught the guy, only to realize he isn't the right man. Kevin Curtis, and Elvis impersonator, was framed. The person who wrote the letters used lines he often used, and signed with his anicials, as well as using postage from Curtis' hometown. Curtis felt that this experience of being arrested was a real eye opener, because there are so many people in jail only their on circumstantial evidence. Luckily, he has a happy ending, and can now go home to his kids. 

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Brynne Stellner's comment, April 25, 2013 8:02 PM
Wow that's crazy! I would be freaking out if I was accused of trying to send ricin to the president. I'm glad they figured everything out and didn't get the wrong guy.
Cbaker02's comment, April 28, 2013 12:49 AM
he is a very lucky man that they put together the puzzle and realized that he was not the guy! Happy Post!
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Tsarnaev case raises questions about post 9/11 intelligence reforms

Tsarnaev case raises questions about post 9/11 intelligence reforms | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
Boston bomb suspect's history indicates continuing problems with sharing intelligence between federal agencies.
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This is a very interesting story dealing with the bombers of the Boston Marathon. It is found that the FBI had had the Tsarnaev brothers on their radar since 2011. Why is it that they were not keeping a closer eye? Republicans (POLITICAL PARTY TIE IN) are outraged, and feel that the intelligence agencies may have been "stovepiping" (keeping information to themselves, rather than sharing amidst the other agencies). Something here is clearly awry. If we had known these men were dangerous, or at least potentially dangerous, why wasn't this plainly noted, and why weren't they being kept a closer watch on? 

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Obama has learned tough lessons on using the word 'terror'

Obama has learned tough lessons on using the word 'terror' | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
When President Barack Obama addressed the nation in the hours following Monday's Boston Marathon bombing, he did not use the word "terror," immediately raising questions.

 

 

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allie krings's comment, April 16, 2013 8:53 PM
I find this very interesting. We have the first amendment of free speech, but people are disappointed that Obama did not initial use the word "terror". I feel it was appropriate for him to wait to use such a strong word because there was so little information known.
allie krings's comment, April 17, 2013 10:36 PM
^^^INSIGHT. Adding, that the people who are exercising their freedom of speech are those complaining of the words President Obama used. In other countries, you would not be able to complain about such things.
Brynne Stellner's comment, April 21, 2013 3:03 PM
Al, I agree with your statement that it was appropriate for President Obama to wait to use the word "terror." I realize that many Americans assumed this was a terrorist attack and wanted some sort of confirmation, however, I'm glad officials and police investigated further before coming out and saying yes this was a terrorist attack or no it wasn't.
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Treasury says Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s trip was approved

Treasury says Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s trip was approved | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
(CNN) - Beyoncé and Jay-Z's recent controversial trip to Cuba was approved by the Treasury Department in advance of their travel, new documents show.
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allie krings's comment, April 10, 2013 7:32 PM
This article talks about the trip that Jay-Z and Beyonce took to Cuba. Since it is illegal to travel to Cuba (for leisure purposes), this sparked strong controversy in the States. They have now pulled documents from the Treasury Department of the United States which have approved this trip. Many people thought this was just to celebrate their wedding aniversary, but a local Havana newspaper said that the couple met with children's dance and theater groups and an art institute which suggests that there may have been an educational and cultural reason for the trip.
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Compromise sets up likely Senate debate on gun laws

Compromise sets up likely Senate debate on gun laws | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
A Republican and Democratic senator announce a compromise on expanding background checks of gun buyers.
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allie krings's comment, April 10, 2013 7:22 PM
This is a super cool article. It talks about a Democrat and Republican who have agreed that there should be more extensive background checks in order for anyone to buy a gun. Especially after Sandyhook, this topic has become so heated that I feel expanding the background checks will make many people feel safer. This does not however infringe upon our right to bear arms.
Cbaker02's comment, April 13, 2013 11:03 AM
i agree that there should be more strict laws on how you get your guns, you should have to take a full back ground check. Great point Allie, i feel like people will feel safer too!
Brynne Stellner's comment, April 15, 2013 12:14 AM
I agree with both of you! I think it's common sense that we have a full background check for those wishing to purchase guns. I think everyone will be more comfortable with the issue if this were to happen.
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Drug crimes, prostitution alleged at New Jersey senior citizen building

Residents of a New Jersey senior citizen building have been accused of prostitution and drug-related crimes.
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Huh. I always thought Nursing Homes, Assisted Livings, Senior Citizen Buildings, WHATEVER would be great homes for my loves ones some day. But after reading this article, I am seriously concerned. At a senior citizen building in New Jersey, there have been drug crimes and also prostitution. Early fifties to late seventies are the main users of these things. The drug of choice is crack cocaine. Apparently, due to the lack of security at the doors, the trafficking was easily done. There were condoms found in activity rooms. Yuck. Seriously. You'd think if you find a condom in a facility like this, a red flag would go up.

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Brynne Stellner's comment, May 18, 2013 2:08 PM
I agree, Allie. It is very sickening to think that many of the residents were too scared to leave their rooms. Nursing homes should be safe facilities and their protection should be the number one priority.
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Alabama Supreme Court to Hear Sheriff Joe Evidence Against Obama Birth Certificate - Minute Men News

Alabama Supreme Court to Hear Sheriff Joe Evidence Against Obama Birth Certificate - Minute Men News | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
Alabama Supreme Court to Hear Sheriff Joe Evidence Against Obama Birth Certificate

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This is a super interesting read. Do you think it's fair that Obama is STILL being judged off of his birth certificate? I find this strange. Why are some people so convinced he is not a born in citizen? It should be interesting to see their decision! 

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Dakota Swank's curator insight, May 9, 2013 9:47 AM

.... I really wish I could have a convorsation with these radical Obama haters.  No matter how you feel someone is running their office, if it is concluded that he was born in Hawaii and he hasn't burned the country to the ground yet, then what is your beef? Its not as much frusterating as annoying anymore.  It's like the more radical republicans are bitter about loosing the race and having a democrat in office that their goal is to dig up or create some scandal to get him out of office.  It's kind of pathetic actually.  Instead of worrying about his background (which has been all but "ruled" legitamate) why don't you do what people elected you for and start doing something for our country.  Another interesting thing is, if he, by some fat chance, is not who he says he is, then 2 of your top candidates were beaten by a "muslim" or whatever your calling him now.  So if that goes down, your looking at the conclusion that people would rather have a "muslim" in office, than a republican.  Truth bomb.

Kole Carpenter's comment, May 9, 2013 12:05 PM
I think its point less to keep looking in to this. Something would have shown up by now if he wasn't a citizen. Just drop it.
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911 call -- 'I've been kidnapped!' -- cops find 3 women missing for years

911 call -- 'I've been kidnapped!' -- cops find 3 women missing for years | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
Amanda Berry was last seen after finishing her shift at a Burger King in Cleveland in 2003. It was the eve of her 17th birthday.

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allie krings's insight:

This I such a good story. With all the negative news, this really brightens my perspective as well as restores hope. 

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Shelby Ann123's comment, February 6, 2014 12:09 PM
I don't know how people didn't notice anything suspicious. Its amazing that they survived and didn't give up hope and its sick of that man to do such a thing. It truly a great story with such a happy ending.
Kirsten Cunningham's comment, February 18, 2014 10:18 AM
This is really interesting! I am happy that they were found but that is horrible they had to be missing for such a long time. People in the world are so sick.
Kirsten Cunningham's comment, February 18, 2014 10:18 AM
This is really interesting! I am happy that they were found but that is horrible they had to be missing for such a long time. People in the world are so sick.
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U.S. affidavit in ricin case offers twists and turns but no motive

U.S. affidavit in ricin case offers twists and turns but no motive | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
A dust mask linked to James Everett Dutschke tested positive for ricin, according to an affidavit.
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The ricin case is pretty crazy. First they thought it was the elvis impresonator, but now they have decieded it is a man named James Everett Dutschke (well, he's the suspect). It was found outside of his apartment that there were letters (the same that were sent to the President and the Senators) and also, after being tested, they were found with traces of Ricin. Dutschke has lied a lot to the police also, seeming to forget and remember things when convenient to him. Who knows how this will turn out. 

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Bomb suspect's buddies covered for him, feds say

Bomb suspect's buddies covered for him, feds say | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
Two classmates of Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and a third person face federal charges in connection with the April 15 attack, sources said.
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This is pretty weird. So, one of Tsarnaev friends texted him saying, "you look like the bomb suspect!" and Tsarnaev replied, "lol" and another text saying, "take anything you want out of my dorm."
Well, if any of my friends invited me to have things from their room, I'm not so sure I would take anything, because it's such a strange request. I definitely would not take a jar of vaseline... Also taken was a laptop and some fireworks. The friends that took the items are complying with the FBI, but still. Sketchy. What do you think? 

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Biden says 'knock-off jihadis' can't break American spirit

Biden says 'knock-off jihadis' can't break American spirit | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
(CNN) - The brothers accused of planting bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and later murdering a police officer in Cambridge, are "twisted, perverted, cowardly knock-off jihadis" who failed to instill fear in the American people,...
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Joe Biden spoke at the fallen officer's funeral. He spoke of how pathetic the bombers were, in that they haven't truly instilled a strong fear in anyone. His comments sounded much like a pep-talk, in my opinion, that the American people will not be broken! 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 28, 2013 11:46 AM
In referring to the bombers as "knock-off jihadis" it seems like he might be poking at the "real jihadis"?
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Feds: Mississippi man arrested in ricin scare

Feds: Mississippi man arrested in ricin scare | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
Two officials: An arrest has been made in connection with letters sent to the president and a senator that are being testing to determine if they contain ricin.
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allie krings's comment, April 17, 2013 10:45 PM
INSIGHT: Here is the followup on the post I made yesterday. Someone has been arrested for sending that weird letter to Senator Wicker. It turns out he has sent these questionable letters to many people of authority including judges and President Obama. If you didn't know, Ricin is a highly toxic substance. As little as 500 micrograms (the size of a pinhead) can kill an adult. There is no specific test for exposure and no antidote once exposed, which is why it is important, necesary, and wonderful that there is a mail service that checks this in the capitol.
Cbaker02's comment, April 20, 2013 9:57 PM
this is great that they got this guy, hearing about this just scares me that people can make and use this so easily.
Brynne Stellner's comment, April 21, 2013 2:52 PM
I agree Christian, it's super freaky! We're very fortunate to be have a mail service that is able to check for such toxic substances.
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Envelope tests positive for ricin at Washington mail facility

Envelope tests positive for ricin at Washington mail facility | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it
An envelope that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin was intercepted Tuesday afternoon at a mail facility in Washington, sources tell CNN.
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allie krings's comment, April 16, 2013 8:42 PM
This is pretty scary! Someone sent a letter to Senator Roger Wicker (of Mississippi). It's sad that though we rarely think of other political figures in near constant danger other than the President. Perhaps this is a call for stricter security through the mail services.
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And then there were three: Tim Johnson backs same-sex marriage

And then there were three: Tim Johnson backs same-sex marriage | Gov & Law -- Allie Krings | Scoop.it

(CNN) -- Sen. Tim Johnson, D-South Dakota, on Monday joined the wave of senators from his party who are endorsing same-sex marriage for the first time." 

 

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Cbaker02's comment, April 13, 2013 11:05 AM
I think this is a great way to handle such a touchy subject. He has nothing to lose since he is not running again.
Brynne Stellner's comment, April 13, 2013 8:55 PM
It makes me really happy to see people in favor of marriage equality. I also do not envy Senator Landrieu's position. I think that she makes several good points saying that she needs to stand by her state because she was not only elected by them, but represents their beliefs. Personally, I would struggle to do this if I did not agree with the consensus of the state.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 14, 2013 3:25 PM
Marriage may not be a government issue but to gain benefits you must file paperwork with the government. This issue has a lot of gray area which needs to be clarified. After 20 years of argument, hopefully the Supreme Court decision, regardless of what that is, will end some argument.