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US secretary of state John Kerry congratulates BJP, will 'echo Obama's invitation' to Modi - Hindustan Times

US secretary of state John Kerry congratulates BJP, will 'echo Obama's invitation' to Modi - Hindustan Times | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
Live coverage of Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 on Hindustan Times. Track live news updates of Counting Day, Key Candidates, In-depth Analysis, Photos, Videos, Cartoons and more on General Election Results on Hindustan Times
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This article covers John Kerry's and President Obama's reaction to the election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister of India.  Both Kerry and Obama sent congratulatory messages to Modi along with an invitation to visit the US at the soonest convenient time.  These interactions are a key part of foreign policy as relationships with other countries are essential to our country's continuity.

 

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U.S. Supreme Court rules Drug Companies exempt from Lawsuits for generic drugs

U.S. Supreme Court rules Drug Companies exempt from Lawsuits for generic drugs | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it

In a 5-4 vote, the US Supreme Court struck down a lower court’s ruling and award for the victim of a pharmaceutical drug’s adverse reaction. According to the victim and the state courts, the drug caused a flesh-eating side effect that left the patient permanently disfigured over most of her body.

 

The adverse reaction was hidden by the drug maker and later forced to be included on all warning labels. But the highest court in the land ruled that the victim had no legal grounds to sue the corporation because its drugs are exempt from lawsuits.

 

Justices cited the fact that all generic drugs and their manufacturers, some 80% of all drugs consumed in the United States, are exempt from liability for side effects, mislabeling or virtually any other negative reactions caused by their drugs.

 

In short, the Court ruled that the FDA has ultimate authority over pharmaceuticals in the US. And if the FDA says a drug is safe, that takes precedence over actual facts, real victims and any and all adverse reactions.


Via Sepp Hasslberger, smorningwhs
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This article covers the Supreme Court's ruling in a case of whether or not a  drug company should be held liable for adverse reactions caused by their drugs.  Surprisingly, it was ruled that the drug company was not responsible for the side effects, even if they were not properly labeled on the bottle.  They ruled that the FDA has ultimate authority over pharmaceuticals and, therefore, the drug companies are not responsible.

 

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Haley Abrams's comment, May 23, 2014 2:17 PM
I thought that this was a interesting choice on the Supreme Courts half. while
Haley Abrams's comment, May 23, 2014 2:20 PM
I thought that this was an interesting choice on the Supreme Courts half. While I do think that the FDA is in charge of regulating this process I think that the companies should be held liable. Mislabeling is a huge deal and should not be tolerated it has caused many horrible problems. These companies should be held liable for mislabeling.
Magdalena Ferran's curator insight, September 2, 2015 11:29 AM

This article details the Supreme Court case which ruled that generic drugs and their manufacturers may not be sued for side effects or mislabeling as long as the chemical makeup of their drug and its label is identical to that of the name brand drug. In the court case, a woman was suing the manufacturer of a generic drug due to a negative side effect she experienced while taking the drug, that was not printed on its label. This article argues against the courts ruling in a logical manner due to the fact that 80% of drug consumed in the US were generic, thus one might conclude this ruling will result in a large number of unprotected citizens. This relates to all US citizens personally as most of us have and will take medication and for 80% of us it will be generic. I am unsure of how I feel on the ruling because I can understand both sides of the argument, however it is concerning how little protection I receive from my government when it comes to the medication I am taking. This article was extremely biased though expressing their complete disagreement with the views of the court.

 

"Supreme Court Rules Drug Companies Exempt from Lawsuits." - La Leva Di Archimede (ENG). La Leva, 07 July 2013. Web. 02 Sept. 2015.

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Poplawski asks for info on drugs for execution

Poplawski asks for info on drugs for execution | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania hasn't put anyone to death since 1999, but should the state proceed with the execution of Richard Poplawski, the Stanton Heights man sentenced to death in 2011 for the murder of three Pittsburgh police officers, he wants to know what drugs will be used. Poplawski, an inmate at the State Correctional Institution Graterford, Montgomery County, filed a request under the state's Right to Know Law on Jan. 21, asking the Department of Corrections for "procedures and protocols for conducting executions, including types of drugs [and] chemicals, current inventory, expiration dates, and suppliers [and] providers." His request came five days after the botched Jan. 16 execution of Ohio death row inmate Dennis McGuire, who reportedly gasped and convulsed -- and took more
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Ann Marie Rydberg's comment, May 14, 2014 11:16 PM
This article discusses the execution of Richard Poplawski and his request to know what drugs will be used for his lethal injection. Richard Poplawski was sentenced to death in 2011 for killing three police officers. In Gov & Law, we covered the botched execution in Ohio, which Poplawski is citing as his reason for concern. Personally, I feel that he should have the right to know what drugs are being used, but his execution should not be postponed unless evidence that the drugs being used are flawed.
Ann Marie Rydberg's curator insight, May 14, 2014 11:16 PM

This article discusses the execution of Richard Poplawski and his request to know what drugs will be used for his lethal injection. Richard Poplawski was sentenced to death in 2011 for killing three police officers. In Gov & Law, we covered the botched execution in Ohio, which Poplawski is citing as his reason for concern. Personally, I feel that he should have the right to know what drugs are being used, but his execution should not be postponed unless evidence that the drugs being used are flawed.

Haley Abrams's comment, May 18, 2014 12:25 AM
I have mixed feelings on this article while people should have the right to know he put himself in this situation. I do not think that he should have the right to know because he gave up that right when he committed his crime of killing three police officers.
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Why even minimum wage haters should be excited for Seattle’s $15 minimum wage

Why even minimum wage haters should be excited for Seattle’s $15 minimum wage | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
We can learn a lot from a high minimum wage.

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This article discusses Seattle's plan to increase their minimum wage to $15 over the next six years.  This will serve as a prototype/ tester for future national minimum wage increases.  If the increase is largely successful, national legislation may follow.  If, on the other hand, this change increases unemployment and/or greatly raises inflation, it will be an indicator that raising minimum wage too much too fast is a bad thing.  Hopefully, Seattle will serve as a good model for lawmakers regardless of what happens.

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Katie Gilbertson's comment, May 18, 2014 2:11 AM
Titis has the potential to either make or break their economy. If wages increase, prices increas which could be a problem. Or perhaps more people will be still making more than the cost of living. It's worth a try.
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This shows that some places are really trying to do the economy a favor and help the people out with the minimum wage raising. This will hopefully fluctuate the economy and I hope other states take into mind this and do the same. 

Michael Watts's comment, May 19, 2014 6:09 AM
This shows that some places are really trying to do the economy a favor and help the people out with the minimum wage raising. This will hopefully fluctuate the economy and I hope other states take into mind this and do the same.
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Obama visits tornado-ravaged Arkansas town

Obama visits tornado-ravaged Arkansas town | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
The president stops in Vilonia, Ark., where a tornado last month killed 16 and leveled much of the town.
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I thought that this was very good of President Obama to visits some of the towns affected by tornados.  He visited many sites and spoke with many of the survivors before giving a formal statement.  I think that it really shows commitment to citizens when a leader visits an area that has experienced some type of crisis.  This is also a good political move because shows the president as a caring leader who is truly concerned about the welfare of the American people.

 

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Haley Abrams's comment, May 10, 2014 11:00 PM
I also think that this was a very wise move on the Presidents part. This is very good for the people affected by these tornadoes to see that the leader of our country does care. This I am sure is a very welcoming sight among the destruction the tornado left. This was a great move in both the political word and the real one.
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Court upholds EPA rule on cross-state pollution

Court upholds EPA rule on cross-state pollution | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
In a major anti-pollution ruling, the Supreme Court on Tuesday backed federally imposed limits on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and burden downwind areas with bad air from power plants they can't control.
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This article discusses a recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency.  They backed federally imposed limits of smoke emissions that cross state lines and pollute downwind areas.  This ruling removed some of the states' power, but I feel that it was necessary to protect other states and the environment.

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Haley Abrams's comment, May 2, 2014 11:07 PM
I agree with Ann Marie on the ruling of this court case. I think that even though some of the power was taken away from the state government it was right because on the need to protect the environment. This has become a big issue with bigger corporations not wanting to use these environmental regulations. I think that this is a step in the right direction.
Benton Blank's comment, May 2, 2014 11:51 PM
I also have to agree with Haley and Ann Marie. Although I honk that some of the states make a good case that the EPA has taken away some of their power, I think this was a necessary course of action. Atmospheric clean up cannot happen on a state-by-state basis. The only way anything could effectively be done is if an outside body creatures rules for them to follow.
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Technology Offers Wow Factor to Health Care Organizations

Technology Offers Wow Factor to Health Care Organizations | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it

Technology and health care are perfect match. It provides better changes that will turn health care organizations in great shape.


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This article briefly discusses how technology could be used in a positive way to affect health care.  It explained the process of turning something from a "pow" (a negative effect) into a "wow" (a positive effect).  Technology is a perfect example of this as too much technology can be a problem in the health care industry, but properly applied technology can have huge benefits.

 

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Benton Blank's comment, May 2, 2014 3:50 PM
I agree with Ann Marie,. I think that this article does a great job of narrating how technology use is neither inherently good or evil. The effect technology has on a business/industry depends on how it is implemented and regulated. The addition of technology in the healthcare field can creat some great improvements in efficiency.
Alyssa Serrano's comment, May 2, 2014 11:14 PM
I agree with chelsie and Katie. They need to focus mainly on the pros not the cons. It just needs work and then it would be a very good systwr
Madison Blazing's comment, May 3, 2014 12:27 AM
This article was very thought provoking. I agree that technology has the potential to be extremely beneficial, especially in medical situations due to recent innovations. If technology is not properly monitored, the article also made it clear that it can develop into a problem if employees are using their electronic devices too frequently and being distracted from their work.
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UN says it sheltered thousands from Sudan killings

UN says it sheltered thousands from Sudan killings | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
In statement, the United Nations said South Sudan Minister of Information Michael Lueth was wrong to tell a news conference earlier Wednesday that residents seeking protection were barred from entering a U.N. base in the contested city of Bentiu. The violence is only one part of a dual crisis in South Sudan, a landlocked country that gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Because of the fighting, more than 1 million people have fled their homes, and few residents are tending crops.
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This article covers the United Nations' actions in regard to the most recent killings in South Sudan.  Apparently, a Sudanese leader stated that the UN refused to shelter refugees, while the UN claims that it in fact sheltered thousands in the wake of the latest massacre.   I find the violence and hatred demonstrated in these brutal killings unbelievably horrifying. Hopefully some sort of peace can eventually  be reached, and in the meantime, I applaud the United Nations and other organizations that are helping those affected by this violence.

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Haley Abrams's comment, April 27, 2014 1:09 AM
I completely agree with Ann Marie on this article the action of these origination's is truly applauding. These horrible deaths need to be prevented no one should have to fear this. We should be protecting them and trying to find a way to solve this problem and find grounds of peace. This is a very pressing problem that you not be forgotten but should be dealt with right away.
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The U.S. Government Wants 6,000 New 'Cyber Warriors' by 2016

The U.S. Government Wants 6,000 New 'Cyber Warriors' by 2016 | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
Salaries for that kind of talent are much higher in the private sector
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I found this article very interesting.  It discusses the measures that the government is taking to increase the number of computer experts that it employs.  They are planning to hire 6,000 "cyber warriors" in the next two years, which would triple their current staff.  However, it is very difficult for the government to compete with the private sector in hiring these computer experts, especially because they can only hire US citizens.  One of the ways that the government has been able to do this is through large scholarships to qualified students, called CyberCorps or Scholarships for Service.  These programs have been somewhat successful, but it still is very difficult for government to grab top talent students.

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Benton Blank's comment, April 19, 2014 5:07 PM
I found it really surprising that the government wasn't the only party having a hard time filling computer security positions. I understand why it is hard for the government to compete with the private sector, but everything is made worse by the fact that there are not many people out there to fill the positions. Considering how focused the world is on technology, I really would have figured there would be more of an abundance of technical people to fill these and many other computer related positions.
Haley Abrams's comment, April 21, 2014 1:37 AM
I do not find it hard to believe that the government is trying to increase there computer experts. Since technogly is growing at such a rapid rate you would think that there would be people ready for those jobs. I find it weird how they are having to give scholarships to find and increase the amount of students for hire.
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New drive launched to raise number of US citizenship applicants - Inquirer.net

New drive launched to raise number of US citizenship applicants - Inquirer.net | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
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One of the main reasons why permanent residents do not apply for citizenship is the huge fee.

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I though this article was very exciting and that the topic discussed- attempting to raise the number of US citizenship applicants- is definitely a step in the right direction.  I couldn't believe that only 8% of eligible applicants apply for citizenship.  Some of the reasons listed for this are inability to pay the fee, not wanting to lose ties to home, etc.  While I understand that these barriers can be problems, I think that it would be very beneficial for illegal immigrants to get fun citizenship both for them and for the country as a whole.

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Katie Gilbertson's curator insight, April 17, 2014 8:23 AM

This article is about how there are plenty of barriers blocking immigrants from applying for citizenship. They are trying to come up with ways to increase the amount of people who want US citizenship, since only 8% of eligible immigrants apply each year.

Chelsie DeBus's comment, April 17, 2014 9:32 AM
I think they should be a lot of different barriers blocking the immigrants from trying to get the United States Citizenship. I don't know if they need to increase the amount of people who want to apply for citizenship. I just think it is a good idea for our government to keep a good handle on the immigration citizenship.
Haley Abrams's comment, April 21, 2014 1:40 AM
I find this interesting who these illegal immigrants are not becoming legal. while I do understand that there can be many variables in the way of this I would think that they would want to stay here leagly and risk deportation. But there are many barriers for some people to become citizens. I do hope that more will be able to become legal citizens to benefit both them and our country.
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Most Powerful Businessmen Who Influence Politics

Most Powerful Businessmen Who Influence Politics | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
Money and politics go hand-in-hand.(#noodlefood Interesting >> Top 8 Most Powerful Businessmen Influencing Politics - ABC News http://t.co/rNOB0cQu...)...

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This article covers how the extremely rich can use their wealth to affect politics.  I hadn't really considered how much a presidential or congressional race relies on funding.  If a candidate has a lot of backing from wealthy donors, he or she will have a decided advantage over their competition.  I think that this influence based on wealth is a problem, but I don't see any way that this problem can be remedied. 

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Benton Blank's comment, April 12, 2014 10:34 PM
I found this article extremely eye opening. Much like Ann Marie, I knew that political campaigns relied heavily on private donors, but hadn't an idea as to the scope of the influence of those donors. I don't think there is anything wrong with campaigns being backed by private supporters, often times obtaining these supporters is the entire purpose of the campaign. However, I think there should be some sort of regulation to this support, so we do not have foreign bodies throwing around money for their own agendas.
Haley Abrams's comment, April 13, 2014 2:55 AM
I agree with both Ann Marie and Benton on this article, I knew that candidates relied on money form private donors but I did not realize how wide the scope was. Like Ann Marie I do not see how this can be changed becasue the funding for these campaigns should not come out the governments pockets. However these private investors should not have as big of a say as they do.
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Right-Wing Media Indignant Over President Obama's Funny Or Die Interview - Media Matters for America

Right-Wing Media Indignant Over President Obama's Funny Or Die Interview - Media Matters for America | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
Right-Wing Media Indignant Over President Obama's Funny Or Die Interview
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This article covers lots of different right-wing news outlet's opinions about President Obama's Between Two Ferns interview with Zach Galifianakis.  Some news stations were completely outraged by the interview, calling it ""so inappropriate" and "pretty tragic."  Others thought that it was "going so well" until health care reform was mentioned.  Personally, I didn't find the interview offensive, but I thought that it was kind of awkward and not incredibly funny.  I guess that the point was to reach young people, but it seemed too scripted and pushy to convince me of anything.

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Haley Abrams's comment, March 29, 2014 11:52 PM
I agree with Ann Marie on this article, the show itself felt weird and not funny. I do understand that the president was trying to reach a younger audience and it did work reaching millions of views but I felt like the show it self was not what it was meant to be. The Preseint was pushing to hard for his policy which which in turn took away the humor of the show. But I do not feel that it was inappropriate for a President to go on a show like that.
Haley Abrams's comment, March 29, 2014 11:52 PM
I agree with Ann Marie on this article, the show itself felt weird and not funny. I do understand that the president was trying to reach a younger audience and it did work reaching millions of views but I felt like the show it self was not what it was meant to be. The Preseint was pushing to hard for his policy which which in turn took away the humor of the show. But I do not feel that it was inappropriate for a President to go on a show like that.
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The thrills of public policy (a non-ironic point of view) - The Connecticut Mirror

The thrills of public policy (a non-ironic point of view) - The Connecticut Mirror | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
The thrills of public policy (a non-ironic point of view)
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This article provides a very brief insight into how important public policy actually is.  It mentions that despite how dull public policy issues can seem, they are actually very relevant to our lives.  They include things like raising minimum wage, writing a bill of rights for domestic workers, and increasing public assistance to grandparents and other relatives raising children.  I definitely agree with the point of the article that most people don't understand how close these issues are to their lives.  While I, personally, would not want to have a job dealing in public policy, I understand that it is essential to have a good understanding of what is actually happening in public policy.

 

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Shemar Odell's curator insight, March 20, 2014 9:13 AM

Basically just an article drawing attention to the big discussion points that politicians are talking about, in relation to public policy, and how it might affect you.

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Federal judge rules same-sex marriage ban in Pennsylvania unconstitutional

Federal judge rules same-sex marriage ban in Pennsylvania unconstitutional | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
A federal judge Tuesday struck down Pennsylvania's law prohibiting same-sex marriage, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution.
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This article discusses the ruling of a federal judge in Pennsylvania that makes same sex marriage legal in the state.  This ruling also means that all previous same sex marriages in Pennsylvania are required to be legally recognized.  This is relevant to Gov & Law because it shows the division between state and federal power as well as judicial review and the court system.

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Poplawski asks for info on drugs for execution

Poplawski asks for info on drugs for execution | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
HARRISBURG -- Pennsylvania hasn't put anyone to death since 1999, but should the state proceed with the execution of Richard Poplawski, the Stanton Heights man sentenced to death in 2011 for the murder of three Pittsburgh police officers, he wants to know what drugs will be used. Poplawski, an inmate at the State Correctional Institution Graterford, Montgomery County, filed a request under the state's Right to Know Law on Jan. 21, asking the Department of Corrections for "procedures and protocols for conducting executions, including types of drugs [and] chemicals, current inventory, expiration dates, and suppliers [and] providers." His request came five days after the botched Jan. 16 execution of Ohio death row inmate Dennis McGuire, who reportedly gasped and convulsed -- and took more
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This article discusses the execution of Richard Poplawski and his request to know what drugs will be used for his lethal injection. Richard Poplawski was sentenced to death in 2011 for killing three police officers. In Gov & Law, we covered the botched execution in Ohio, which Poplawski is citing as his reason for concern. Personally, I feel that he should have the right to know what drugs are being used, but his execution should not be postponed unless evidence that the drugs being used are flawed.

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Ann Marie Rydberg's comment, May 14, 2014 11:16 PM
This article discusses the execution of Richard Poplawski and his request to know what drugs will be used for his lethal injection. Richard Poplawski was sentenced to death in 2011 for killing three police officers. In Gov & Law, we covered the botched execution in Ohio, which Poplawski is citing as his reason for concern. Personally, I feel that he should have the right to know what drugs are being used, but his execution should not be postponed unless evidence that the drugs being used are flawed.
Haley Abrams's comment, May 18, 2014 12:25 AM
I have mixed feelings on this article while people should have the right to know he put himself in this situation. I do not think that he should have the right to know because he gave up that right when he committed his crime of killing three police officers.
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Minimum wage hike: Plan your strategy now

Minimum wage hike: Plan your strategy now | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
Is there a good way for restaurants to embrace what seems to be an inevitable increase in minimum wage?
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This article is interesting because it provides a restaurant owner''s perspective on the potential minimum wedge increase to $10.10.  This increase could be very difficult for smaller restaurants that rely on low prices to attract customers.  If minimum wage is increased nearly $3, prices will have to go up to compensate for higher employee pay.  Personally, I am in favor of a slow, gradual increase in in minimum wage.  If minimum wage is slowly increased, businesses and customers alike will have time to adjust to higher prices, and employees will still receive a wage increase.

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Steph Bellrichard's comment, May 15, 2014 9:16 AM
This article does a good job showing how a specific industry would be affected by a raise in minimum wage. It is also interesting to hear that businesses need time before the raise in order to adapt to the new wages of their employees.
Benton Blank's comment, May 17, 2014 9:33 PM
I agree with Ann Marie that this article provides an interesting prospective on the potential wage increase. This article does a good job of showing that different industries will be affected to varying degrees by such a dramatic minimum wage change. I also believe that it will be easier on employers if this change is made gradually, so as to allow businesses to adapt their current operations to best fit the new wage requirements.
Haley Abrams's comment, May 18, 2014 12:27 AM
I agree with Ann Marie on this article. If we are going to have a minimum wage increase it should be over time to allow for adjusting. If not a lot of people and stores will be hurt by this act.
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House approves bill for US women's history museum

House approves bill for US women's history museum | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
Citing history textbooks, national parks and landmarks that mostly leave women out, lawmakers on Wednesday revived a long-stalled effort to create a National Women’s History Museum in the nation’s capital.
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I really liked this article. It discusses that the House voted to approve the addition of the National Women's History Museum to the Smithsonian.  I think that this is very cool; the Women's Rights Movement was a very important part of our country's history.  I'm surprised that it took this long for the bill to pass, but I'm very glad that they are moving forward now.

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Haley Abrams's comment, May 10, 2014 10:57 PM
I agree with Ann Marie on this on this article. I thought that is very cool that this addition was added. I think that this has been a strong part of our history as a country and it is very important to see that.
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State claims education reforms do not work

State claims education reforms do not work | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
State claims education reforms do not work...

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This article is interesting because it examines many flaws in the current system of putting forth educational reforms.  One of the major problems is that there aren't many good ways to directly test if reforms are actually improving students' overall education or just helping them pass a test the reform is specifically targeted towards.  It also discussed the fact that what works in one area may not work in another, so sometimes state education reforms are more effective than national education reforms.  I think that these points definitely need to be taken into consideration when reforms are being designed.

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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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Why were the two inmates in Oklahoma on death row in the first place?

Why were the two inmates in Oklahoma on death row in the first place? | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
A look at the crimes that left Lockett and Warner on death row.
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This article discusses the details of the crime that resulted in the botched execution that we discussed in Gov & Law.  These men kidnapped, sexually assaulted, beat, and shot an 18 year old girl before they dug her grave while she was still alive.  The man that was scheduled to be executed after Lockett, Charles Warner, has his execution delayed.  He is on death row for raping and murdering an 11-month-old child.  While I think that execution should be carried out in the most humane way possible, I also feel that it is important to keep in mind the crimes that these men committed. 

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Annie Christofferson's comment, May 2, 2014 6:08 PM
That is honestly just disturbing. Why in the world would anyone ever do that? It makes me sick. I still feel bad about the execution mess up, but it's definitely hard knowing what t hey did.
Haley Abrams's comment, May 2, 2014 11:10 PM
I have mixed felling on this article, while I do think that exacution should be cariied out humanily. I did not feel bad for this mans execution, he committed a horrible crime to a girl only a year older than myself. That is terrifying to think of I do believe that he deserved his punishment.
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What new changes is the Obama administration making to prison sentences?

What new changes is the Obama administration making to prison sentences? | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
Understand the News
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This article discusses a new idea being implemented by the Obama administration to offer commutations which will allow a few prisoners early release if their sentences are deemed overly harsh.  I think that this could be a good thing if it only affects prisoners who truly were given unfair sentences, but I hope that it is not misused to allow people free who really shouldn't be.

 

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Benton Blank's comment, April 26, 2014 10:36 PM
I agree with Ann Marie on this one. It seems that all you hear about on the news are offenders getting unbelievably long prison sentences for their offense. While I am sure than some of these sentences are perfectly justified, many of them also seem to be overkill. I think that it is a good thing that they are trying to make the commutation application process easier and more accessable. My only hope is that they do not make overly easy to apply and have a commutation granted, as this may become abused by prisoners, especially those who should not be released early.
Haley Abrams's comment, April 27, 2014 1:06 AM
I agree with both Ann Marie and Benton on this article. This could be a very good thing if used right. For those who receive a unfair punishment this could be a great thing. Bu this could be over used and then turn out to not such a great idea. I do believe that if it is used in a strict manner being looked over carefully this could be very good if not we could be letting out people who should not be let out.
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Ukraine Imbroglio, Ukraine Crisis, Ukraine Revolution, Ukraine News 2014

Ukraine Imbroglio, Ukraine Crisis, Ukraine Revolution, Ukraine News 2014 | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it

Read new general awareness topic "Ukraine Imbroglio" - In this article you will read about disputed points between russian and ukraine, why russia indulge in ukraine? 

 


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This article provides a brief overview of the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.  I found the article to be very informative, as I had heard a lot about what was going on, but I hadn't fully understood what started the crisis.  I think that what's going on in Ukraine is horrible, and I hope that some kind of agreement can be reached before the situation escalates to war.  This is an example of foreign affairs that the US government may or may not choose to become involved in.  

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Haley Abrams's comment, April 27, 2014 1:13 AM
I also found this article interesting due to the affect it is currently having on the world. This is another pressing problem that is occurring today and this one has been going on for a while. I do hope that soon common ground can be meet and a sloution can come to this probelm. While I may not be able to fully understand what these people are going through I hope that they can find a peaceful solution that they have all been fighting for.
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Foreign ministers from U.S., EU, Russia are working on a joint statement about Ukraine crisis

Foreign ministers from U.S., EU, Russia are working on a joint statement about Ukraine crisis | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
Foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and EU gathered in Geneva Thursday in the biggest diplomatic effort so far to ease tensions between Kiev and Moscow.
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I think that this meeting between US and Russian governments is definitely a step in the right direction.  The article discusses that negotiations are being made, that while still imperfect, will hopefully lower tensions in Ukraine and eventually bring about peace to the area.  This is relevant to Gov & Law because it shows how the government is involved in crises worldwide, and how peaceful negotiations can bring about a major change.

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Haley Abrams's comment, April 21, 2014 1:43 AM
I agree with Ann Marie on this article that it is very important to release tension between US and Russia over the Ukraine crisis. These talks will take a while for both sides to work things out but this is definitely a good step. This is a huge problem right now and needs to be solved these talks are on the road to solving this problem.
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Environmentalists urge APA delay in new rules on clearcutting

Environmentalists urge APA delay in new rules on clearcutting | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it

New rules on potential clear-cutting of Adirondack forests are on the verge of being adopted by the Adirondack Park Agency, with environmental groups warning changes could fuel much more logging.

 

On Tuesday, an environmental coalition urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to put the brakes on Thursday's planned vote by the park agency, while a spokesman for the timber industry said fears of rampant clear-cutting are unfounded.

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Under existing rules, the APA conducts an environmental review before its commissioners consider permits to clear-cut 25 acres or more. Permits are rare, with only three sought and then issued in the last two decades.

 

Under the changes, which could affect hundreds of thousand of acres of privately owned forests, logging permits for clear-cuts of any size would be granted routinely to forest owners whose property was certified as environmentally sustainable by either of two outside not-for-profit groups — the Forest Stewardship Council or the Sustainable Forest Initiative.

 

Existing requirements for public notice and comment prior to a permit being issued would be discontinued, and a vote by park commissioners would no longer be required before permits were issued.

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Opponents likened that to the APA outsourcing authority over logging in the Adirondacks to the two certification programs, while also leaving the public uninformed about potential clear-cuts until after logging had already started.

"Any debate over clear-cutting as a tool is not the point. It can do some good in some habitats," said Dan Plumley, a partner with Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve, a Niskayuna-based environmental group. "The point is public transparency and maintaining the authority and role of the park agency. People want to know that the agency is still watching."

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Keith McKeever, a spokesman for the park agency, said changes would give loggers a "greater sense of predictability" and encourage more property owners to join two certification program that have "the highest forestry standards in the world." He said the changes would mean "healthier forests and longer-term investments in the region's forest product industry."


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This article discusses the struggle between environmentalists and the New York state government as well as the APA (Adirondack Park Agency) over potential clear-cutting of forest.  The APA is pushing forward new rules hat would allow people to clear-cut sections of the forest that they owned unless that sections was specifically protected.  The environmentalists have petitioned the state government, governor Andrew Cuomo in particular to prevent these laws from being put in place.  This dispute shows the impact that a state's government can have on the environment and its economy. 

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Haley Abrams's comment, April 13, 2014 2:44 AM
I agree with Ann Marie that this article show
Haley Abrams's comment, April 13, 2014 2:44 AM
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Haley Abrams's comment, April 13, 2014 2:48 AM
I agree with Ann Marie on how this article shows the struggles that the government faces with outside groups. These struggles are an important of our government so that one group does not gain so much power. And these struggles will hopefully allow that best discussions to be made.
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US immigration system 'completely backwards': Bobby Jindal

US immigration system 'completely backwards': Bobby Jindal | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it
Describing the current US immigration system as "completely backwards", Bobby Jindal said the country needs a system of "high walls and a broad gate".

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This interesting article expresses Bobby Jindal's, the Republican governor of Louisiana, opinion about the US immigration system.  He ways that the US should strive to have "high walls and a broad gate", but we currently have "low walls and a narrow gate".  What he means is that it is very difficult for immigrants to come legally to America (narrow gate), but it is relatively easy for people to come to America illegally (low walls).  Jindal says that the US government should make it easier for people to legally become citizens, while simultaneously putting new safeguards in place to prevent illegal immigration.  I completely agree with this because illegal immigration to our country is certainly a problem, but oftentimes these illegal immigrants would have been more than willing to apply for citizenship if they had they opportunity.

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Haley Abrams's comment, April 13, 2014 3:00 AM
I do agree with Ann Marie and Bobby Jindal on this topic. I believe that it should be harder to become an illegal immigrant by raising the walls. But it should be easier to become a legal citizen by broadening the gates. We are losing money to these illegal immigrants who if citizens then could become can help the US economy in more way then one.
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WSJ Wants The Supreme Court To Put Women's Lives At Risk

WSJ Wants The Supreme Court To Put Women's Lives At Risk | Gov & Law Ann Marie | Scoop.it

by ELLIE SANDMEYER, Media Matters

 

Just before the Supreme Court heard oral arguments over a law designed to protect workers and patients at women's health clinics, the Wall Street Journal ignored the history of murder and violence women have faced at the hands of anti-choice activists, instead claiming that the law's "sole purpose" was to criminalize "peaceful" protests.

 

On January 15, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in McCullen v. Coakley, a challenge which could invalidate a 2007 Massachusetts law that created 35-foot "buffer zones" around local reproductive health center entrances. The law was designed as a response to public safety concerns after patients and staff at Massachusetts clinics faced a pattern of intimidation, harassment, and extreme violence from protestors -- including a fatal shooting of two women.


The Wall Street Journal editorial board's January 14 preview of the Supreme Court arguments did not mention violence once. Instead, the editorial repeatedly characterized anti-choice protesters as "peaceful," framing the law as simply a "chance to advance free speech" and ignored the events leading up to the law's passage to claim that the "real purpose of the state's abortion buffer zones is to limit, and criminalize, peaceful political speech."

 

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This article was very interesting to me because it's about the Supreme Court case that Kara and I argued.  It is written with a bias toward keeping the buffer zone (in favor of Coakley, what we argued for too).  I do agree with what the article was saying about how violence could occur if the buffer zones are ruled unconstitutional.  I understand that most protesters would not be aggressive, but it is impossible to say which ones would.  However, it is a incredibly hard case because these laws do limit people's freedom of speech.  Overall, I side with Coakley (the state of Massachusetts), but I understand that it is a very difficult decision.    

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Haley Abrams's comment, March 29, 2014 11:56 PM
I also found this article interesting because this too was my court case I was just on the opposite side( for McCullen). This is a very hard choice to make weather to limit freedom of speech or to risk the safety of women entering these clinics. The main part of this that I disagree with is that it only applies to RHFCs not all health care facilities. I belive that this buffer zone should apply to all and not single out RHFCs.