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Senate Democrats, White House Revive Media Shield Law

ABC News’ Mary Bruce, Sunlen Miller and Steven Portnoy report: Faced with blowback after it was revealed this week the Department of Justice secretly obtained Associated Press phone records, the White House and Senate Democrats are reviving...
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Senator Chuck Schumer reintroduced the media shield bill act which is the free flow of information act of 2013.This would aim to protect journalists from having to reveal information including source identities as well ast legal framework for determining weather this can be used in court. I feel this would be a great act to have becuase of what happened to that one journalist who would not reveal her source.

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Christianity Outlawed in Minnesota, sodomy overwhelms traditional marriage

Christianity Outlawed in Minnesota, sodomy overwhelms traditional marriage | Gov & Law (Austin Briske) | Scoop.it
Minnesota voted to join eleven states and the District of Columbia on Monday in allowing gay couples to marry, making it the first state in the Midwest to pass legislation legalizing marriage equality.

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I am glad to see they are finally legallized gay marriage and the vote ended with a 37 to 30 so they won by a good amount. After the voting was over there were hundred supporters out side of the capital.

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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, May 19, 2013 8:08 PM
I'm also glad that this issue has finally been settled in our state. It will be interesting to see if it leads to other states taking up the same argument in the near future.
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Pentagon steps up planning for potential military intervention in Syria

Pentagon steps up planning for potential military intervention in Syria | Gov & Law (Austin Briske) | Scoop.it
By Barbara Starr

The Pentagon has in recent days stepped up planning for potential military intervention in the Syrian civil war, specifically because of growing evidence the regime may have used chemical weapons, CNN has learned.

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I agree we probably shouldn't go to war and besides obama is already sending weapons over there we shouldn't have to send troops to. Unless something really bad happens to them that could effect use there should be no reason to go over there.

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chjell54's curator insight, May 1, 2013 9:29 PM

I don't know how I feel about this one. I feel like we are just getting finished with the war in Iraq and there is no need to get into another one. Its hard to decide if we should intervein with our military because we do not want another war but we do not make allies by just standing by as well. This is a difficult and touchy subject but I think that we should definetley consider not going to war.

Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, May 12, 2013 1:30 PM
I feel that it is good that we are at least helping Syria by sending them weapons. But as everyone else said, with just gettting out if Iraq do we need to jump into another war? I understand that we need allies, but do we need to step in to ever problem or can we sit some out and still have allies? It is a touchy subject
mconti38's comment, May 15, 2013 12:38 AM
I agree that aiding other countries strengthens our political relationship. However, in agreement with everyone else, a line must be drawn. We have to keep in mind that we are getting out of a war. In addition to our presence in other countries. I think stepping in is only necessary if there is immediate danger to the U.S.
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8th Grader Suspended Then Arrested For Wearing T-Shirt With Image Of Gun - ConservativeVideos.com

8th Grader Suspended Then Arrested For Wearing T-Shirt With Image Of Gun - ConservativeVideos.com | Gov & Law (Austin Briske) | Scoop.it
When 8th grade Jared Marcum got dressed for school this morning he says he had no idea that his pro-Second Amendment shirt would initiate what he calls

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Alright this is just rediculous how a kid can get suspended then arrested for a t-shirt of the second amendment on it. I am woundering on what grounds the police had to arrest him when they got there. There is nothing offending or violent about that shirt at all. 

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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, April 28, 2013 10:03 AM
Yes it is a school rule that you can't wear a shirt with a gun on it at school, but I don't think they needed to go as far as arresting him because of it. Send a letter home to his parents or something. I totally agree with hunter on the government has bigger things to worry about then this boy's shirt.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 28, 2013 10:58 AM
This seems to be the hottest story of the week!
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Cole, I think youre totally right. Our Constitution is a momentous accomplishment, we must support. Any rule in violation of it, in my opinion, is illegal.
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New York State Rep. Greg Ball Defends Controversial Tweet Suggesting Torture for Boston Bombing Suspect

New York State Rep. Greg Ball Defends Controversial Tweet Suggesting Torture for Boston Bombing Suspect | Gov & Law (Austin Briske) | Scoop.it
New York State Sen. Greg Ball (R) took some heat on Twitter after calling for authorities to use torture on 19-year-old Boston bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev.
 

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Im glad we cause the bomber and everything but I believe torture is inhuman   and tweeting about it like it was nothing. I don't think anyone should be tortured for any reason.

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Matthew Nava's comment, April 28, 2013 4:11 PM
We should try to get information, but we shouldn't use torture. It's pretty surprising that he could openly put that on twitter, and I wonder what will happen to this Senator.
dillon von berge's comment, April 29, 2013 8:37 AM
I think that we definitely need to find out more information but I think we can do so without the use of torture.
bschub32's curator insight, May 1, 2013 3:34 PM

It is amazing the dumb stuff political figures will put on social media sites.  It seems they don't realize that other people will see it.  Even if he did think this why not just keep it to himself?  Torture may be the only way to get him to talk but that doesn't mean that you have to tweet about it.

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Explosions rock Boston Marathon finish line; dozens injured - The Boston Globe

Explosions rock Boston Marathon finish line; dozens injured - The Boston Globe | Gov & Law (Austin Briske) | Scoop.it
Two people were killed and dozens were injured this afternoon as two powerful explosions detonated in quick succession near the Boston Marathon finish line in Boston’s Back Bay section, turning a scene of athletic celebration into bloody chaos.

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mconti38's curator insight, April 15, 2013 8:59 PM

Its still unknown who was responsible for this horrific act of terror. Currently, Obama has assured "every single federal resource necessary" to investigate the blast. Though currently many are being questioned, the fact that there were so many people present makes the investigation increasingly difficult. 

Austin Briske's comment, April 17, 2013 9:29 PM
I can't believe this happened in Boston but knowing our government there will be some kind of retaliation one we find out who did it. The fact that there are thousands of people there it is going to be very hard for the people investing on who and how it was done.
chjell54's comment, April 21, 2013 2:49 PM
This is a terrible tragedy in deed. Its sad to know that people could do this to one another. My prayers go out to the victims and the families of the victims for a fast heal.
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North Korea News - North Korean army 'split' over Kim Jong-un

North Korea News - North Korean army 'split' over Kim Jong-un | Gov & Law (Austin Briske) | Scoop.it
North Korea's army was deeply split over whether to accept the command of Kim ...

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Austin Briske's comment, April 10, 2013 9:44 PM
I find that interesting that the are factions of military members in North Korea that do not support Kim Jong-un. If enough factions of the military get together and start a rebellion I don't know if our US government would do anything about it like help or just stay out of it.
Henry Hartzler's comment, April 11, 2013 1:17 AM
I doesn't surprise me that some people in Kim-Jong-un's circle do not agree with him completely. His current threats seem very unreasonable, as if he could expect to wage war on a country that is an ally of the US. With current technology, the war would be over very quickly, and North Korea isn't that geographically large.
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mass starvation and suffering in NK, could be more moderate factions join together
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NRA-ILA | Survey Finds Law Enforcement United Against Gun Control

NRA-ILA | Survey Finds Law Enforcement United Against Gun Control | Gov & Law (Austin Briske) | Scoop.it
FAIRFAX, Va. – PoliceOne.com released today the results of an extensive survey of about 15,000 active and retired law enforcement officers of all ranks and from departments ranging in size from less than 25 to more than 1,000.

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RockPrincess's comment, April 10, 2013 9:55 PM
I agree! When I read this, I was thinking this is not going to go over well
mconti38's comment, April 12, 2013 12:13 PM
It surprises me how many people think that simply banning "assault weapons" will prevent mass shootings. I think the answer lies in how weapons are acquired (ex. strict background checks and tight acquisition policies) while still upholding the second amendment. In the end, there really isn't anything preventing someone from getting their hands on a weapon with malicious intentions.
chjell54's comment, April 14, 2013 10:40 PM
Just because a law is passed doesn't mean that criminals are going to follow them. That is why we have criminals because they break the law. If the laws were followed then their wouldn't be any criminals in this nation but there is. Banning guns won't fix anything. If America did go through with gun control their would be a civil war all over again.
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Judiciary Asks White House for Emergency Funds

Judiciary Asks White House for Emergency Funds | Gov & Law (Austin Briske) | Scoop.it
The federal judiciary has requested emergency funds from the White House that court officials say are needed to avoid debilitating staff cuts and to cover the legal defense of the Boston Marathon bombings suspect, among others.
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They are requesting emergency funds to save jobs and to cover the legal defence of the boston bomber suspect and otherthings. They were requesting 73 million dollars the amounts were $31.5 million in court salories and expences. 27.7 million on atternies that will try defending him and the rest are used on staff jobs and otherthings.

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mconti38's comment, May 17, 2013 12:02 PM
I didn't realize the monetary implications of the Boston bombings. 27.7 million is a lot, especially if the judiciary is asking for emergency funds.
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AIA to Congress: Don't Gut Energy Conservation Requirements

AIA to Congress: Don't Gut Energy Conservation Requirements | Gov & Law (Austin Briske) | Scoop.it
In a letter to Congress, more than 350 associations and companies voiced opposition to special interest efforts to gut energy conservation requirements for federal buildings.

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So congress want to repeal Section 433 of the Energy Independence and security act of 2007. The act states that federal agencies are not a loud to use greenhouse gas-emitting sources in new our renovated federal buildings so they can conserve energy but now congress wants to get rid of that bill which is kind of dumb because what is the point in getting rid of this act it isn't hurting but help the envirnment.

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Dakota Swank's curator insight, May 2, 2013 10:25 PM

The energy independence and security act was meant to help us move forward into newer and more efficient forms of energy.  The beef in congress with that is the cost of these new forms of energy and the profit they could be making of the original, potentially harmful, sources.  I think even though it is the hard thing to do and we are most likely spending a lot of money at first on these new forms of energy; but, I can almost garuntee that if the United States is the first to discover a new form of efficient energy, we will make so much off of it and the both problems willl cease to exist. 

mconti38's comment, May 15, 2013 12:33 AM
I agree with Dakota. It seems that our original energy sources were ultimately more cost effective, especially in terms of establishment. I don't believe that energy conservation is a top priority for our government. Greenhouse gasses are bad and measures should be taken to reduce emissions but in the long run, we will end up doing what is easiest, not necessarily best.
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ayatollah obama bypasses congress AGAIN to send taliban more weapons

ayatollah obama bypasses congress AGAIN to send taliban more weapons | Gov & Law (Austin Briske) | Scoop.it
RT News US President Barack Obama is reportedly considering supplying weapons for Syrian forces fighting to oust President Bashar Assad and his government. It comes days after Obama said his admini...

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I can't believe obama would bypass congress and send Syrian forces weapons. He should talk with congress about this instead of just sending weapons where he feels they should be.

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mconti38's comment, May 13, 2013 1:25 AM
Besides the use of chemical weapons its unclear why we are aiding Syrian forces. Until there is legitimate reason or danger to the U.S, I think we need to stay out.
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Holy Washington rejects N. Korea’s demands to be recognized as a nuclear arms state |

Holy Washington rejects N. Korea’s demands to be recognized as a nuclear arms state | | Gov & Law (Austin Briske) | Scoop.it
Washington has refused to recognize North Korea as a nuclear-armed state, effectively closing the door on negotiations with Pyongyang.

The conditions were decried as unacceptable by North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper on Tuesday.
“If the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK] sits at a table with the US, it has to be a dialogue between nuclear weapons states, not one side forcing the other to dismantle nuclear weapons,” the newspaper said.

On Thursday, Pyongyang issued conditions to the US and its southern opponents, hinting that the conflict may be coming to an end. They asked for the withdrawal of US troops from the South an end to military drills on the Korean Peninsula.


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So North Korea wants to be recongnized as a Nucleararmed state and since we just told them that we won't recongnize them that just kinda closed nagotiations and they hinted they will back down if we leave south korea completely and end military drills there. I seariously doubt we will leave south Korea because we wont recognize them as a nucleararmed.

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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, April 28, 2013 10:08 AM
I think this entire thing with North Korea is a little funny. They have made so many empty threats in the past month or so. Their new leader is just trying to flex his muscles a bit, but he hasn't followed through on any of his threats (thankfully). Hopefully this all will just blow over like it has in the past with North Korea trying to gain some attention.
mconti38's comment, April 28, 2013 10:43 PM
I agree with Ashley, North Korea is pretending to be something its not. I think, at this point, it would be foolish for the U.S to leave South Korea. There are certainly other ways North Korea could attack and our presence in South Korea is the safest scenario, just in case.
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Updates:Several injured in Texas plant explosion;some reports up to 60 dead and 100s injured #prayforWest

Updates:Several injured in Texas plant explosion;some reports up to 60 dead and 100s injured #prayforWest | Gov & Law (Austin Briske) | Scoop.it
Several injured in Texas plant explosion. 9NEWS at 9 p.m. 04/17/13.

WACO, Texas (AP) -- An explosion Wednesday night at a fertilizer plant near Waco sent flames shooting high into the night sky, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin, causing major damage to nearby buildings and injuring numerous people.

The blast at the plant in West, a community north of Waco, happened shortly before 8 p.m. and could be heard as far away as Waxahachie, 45 miles north of West.

Debby Marak told The Associated Press that when she finished teaching her religion class Wednesday night, she noticed a lot of smoke coming from the area across town near the plant, which is near a nursing home. She said she drove over to see what was happening, and that when she got out of her car two boys ran toward her screaming that the authorities told them to leave because the plant was going to explode. She said she drove about a block before the blast happened.

"It was like being in a tornado," the 58-year-old said by phone. "Stuff was flying everywhere. It blew out my windshield."

"It was like the whole earth shook."

She drove 10 blocks and called her husband and asked him to come get her. When they got to their home about 2 miles south of town, her husband told her what he'd seen: a huge fireball that rose like "a mushroom cloud."

More than two hours after the blast, there were still fires smoldering in what was left of the plant and others burning in nearby buildings. In aerial footage from Dallas' NBC affiliate, WDFW, dozens of emergency vehicles could be seen amassed at the scene. Entry into West was slow-going, as the roads were jammed with emergency vehicles rushing in to help out.

Authorities set up a staging area on the local high school's football field, which was lit up with floodlights. Ambulances and several dozen injured people could be seen being taken away or seated in wheelchairs as they are treated and await transport.

Department of Public Safety troopers were using their squad cars to transport those injured by the blast and fire at the plant in West, a community north of Waco, Gayle Scarbrough, a spokeswoman for the department's Waco office, told television station KWTX. She said six helicopters were also en route to help out.

 

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Lydia Zimmerman, told KWTX that she, her husband and daughter were in their garden in Bynum, 13 miles from West, when they heard multiple blasts.

"It sounded like three bombs going off very close to us," she said.

In 2001, an explosion at a chemical plant killed 31 people and injured more than 2,000 in Toulouse, France. The blast occurred in a hangar containing 300 tons of ammonium nitrate, which can be used for both fertilizer and explosives. The explosion came 10 days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S., and raised fears at the time it was linked. A 2006 report blamed the blast on negligence.

 


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Austin Briske's comment, April 18, 2013 8:05 AM
I can't believe that a fertilizer plant actually exploaded and that stuff can be very poisones too. Also when the initial fire broke out alot of firefighters and volunteer ones from other towns came to help but only a half an hour later an explosion with a 5 block radius happened and many were killed or injured.
Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, April 19, 2013 12:27 PM
I feel like this was just a very unlucky week for many in our country. Hopefully after everything that has happened we can settle down and everything can stay safe for a while.
mconti38's comment, April 22, 2013 1:47 AM
I agree, this has been a really unfortunate week for our country. When the explosions happened, many wondered if they were related to the bombings... Fortunately they were not, but in some ways, I wonder if this tragedy wasn't slightly overlooked in light of the bombings. I think its time now to keep those in mind who lost lives or were hurt by either tragedy... and stay safe for a long while.
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The Politics of the 14th Amendment and the Debt Limit

The Politics of the 14th Amendment and the Debt Limit | Gov & Law (Austin Briske) | Scoop.it
The reasoning behind the 14th Amendment provision that addressed Civil War debt should be applied today, an economist writes.

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Matthew Nava's curator insight, April 17, 2013 8:22 PM

I beleive that this amendment is still talking about our debt, even though times have changed drastically. Our country is in big time debt, and I think this is discussing just how large that debt limit is.

Austin Briske's comment, April 17, 2013 9:13 PM
This amendment should still pertain to our debt even though the year is different the circumstances are the same debt is debt no matter how you look at it. Even though it was passed during the civil war and after no one got rid of the amendment it should still apply since it is still in the constitution.
Dakota Swank's comment, April 18, 2013 11:18 AM
I think the ammendment is a bit out dated in the fact that we are spending money on new technologies and investments that will most likely affect the debt limit this bill states. But also, this bill somewhat signifies the ability to abolish the debt we possess in the turn of a new or overpowering government, or in a time of war. I would just be curious what the repercussions would be to China if we just say, yea this debt we owe you, in the trillions? yea id doesn't exist anymore, suck it. yea guessing that doesn't exactly make them to exited.
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Why you should care about Fox News' First Amendment fight

Why you should care about Fox News' First Amendment fight | Gov & Law (Austin Briske) | Scoop.it
25 journalists have been jailed since 1972 for refusing to reveal a source

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Chelsi Rhodes's comment, April 13, 2013 11:36 PM
In Mr. Duerr's Journalism class, you closely study the Journalists' Code of Ethics. One of the most stressed portions of the Code of Ethics is to never reveal a source if you promise them their anonymity, and she's obviously just obeying the code. Obviously James Holm murdered many people, there's no doubt about it, so whether she reveals her source shouldn't have anything to do with the verdict.
allie krings's comment, April 14, 2013 4:43 PM
In agreement with everyone else's comments, this is a curious case. Why is this such a large issue when it is apparent he is at fault, and it's not as though she is adding a new key information to the case (as they already had known this). I feel that if this becomes such an issue, then the Journalists' Code of Ethics perhaps need to be rewritten or addressed. It is not fair to violate her rights as a journalist.
Brynne Stellner's comment, April 15, 2013 12:19 AM
Well said, everyone. I don't think that it's fair for her rights as a journalist to be violated, especially because the evidence, as Allie stated, would not add new key information to the case.