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After Forming Deep Roots in US, Man Discovers He Isn't a Citizen - New York Times

After Forming Deep Roots in US, Man Discovers He Isn't a Citizen - New York Times | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ After Forming Deep Roots in US, Man Discovers He Isn't a Citizen New York Times Mario Hernandez, in his backyard in Tallahassee, Fla., came to the United States as a Cuban refugee in 1965 but only recently discovered that he never became a United...”
Via Jennifer Mendoza
Breanne Hemann's insight:
I thought this article was very intriguing because this man had thought all along he was a US citizen. The main thing I was surprised about was the fact that he worked for two state agencies and two federal agencies and no one realized he wasn't a US citizen. I also thought it was interesting that no one noticed he wasn't a citizen when he went to vote. This was a major error on the governments part and it would be interesting to see how often this happens.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, May 24, 2014 7:27 PM
This is an example that the US government should see and learn from. This should not be happening, people should not just be able to jump through loop holes like this.
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Life of a Green Card Soldier - CitizenPath

Life of a Green Card Soldier - CitizenPath | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ Green Card Soldier fuses fact with fiction to tell the story of an immigrant's escape to America and quest for citizenship through military service.”
Via Jennifer Mendoza
Breanne Hemann's insight:
I thought although this novel is partly fiction it was still interesting to see that there are many true stories of people joining the armed forces in order to gain citizenship in the U.S.. I thought this was very interesting because they are signing up to fight and risk their lives for a country they aren't even a part of yet. Lastly, should we allow people to be able to gain citizenship this way?
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, May 24, 2014 7:22 PM
I don't think we should trust people that aren't citizens of the US to join the military. Terrorism could happen a lot easier this way.
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#Budget2014 And What It Means For Young People

#Budget2014 And What It Means For Young People | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ #Budget2014 And What It Means For Young People” Tony Abbott and his Treasurer Joe Hockeylaid down one of the most shocking budgets this country has seen in quite some time. Make no mistake; this is a tough, harsh budget. There’s no two ways about it. With a scarce few key exceptions, barely anyone will be exempt from budgetary pain in the 2014 fiscal year, though predictably some people are hit much, much harder than others. And arguably no one is harder hit by this budget of cuts than young people. It is an unusually cruel, bordering on pathologically mean spirited budget for the Australia’s young generation, with education and employment services hit particularly hard. But what do all these figures and economic terms being bandied about actually mean for the well being of Australia’s youth? Let’s look at the key areas where you’re hit the hardest...
Via CommunityCouncil4Aus
Breanne Hemann's insight:
This article contains a lot of really good information on what the future holds. I think it is absolutely outrageous that the government is no longer restricting the amount of money universities can charge students in 2016. Higher Education students are already in so much debt, so why make it so colleges can charge even more? I do however think it is good that we are spending less money over seas.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, May 18, 2014 5:35 PM
I also think it is ridiculous how much people are spending on and education and how much it is expected to rise.
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Exclusive: Ohio GOP’s secret voting scheme deliberations

Exclusive: Ohio GOP’s secret voting scheme deliberations | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ When Ohio's secretary of state cut early voting, it sparked an outrage. Here's how political the process really was”
Via Daniel Mayeda
Breanne Hemann's insight:
In this article, Ohio's Secretary of State's voting scheme is discussed. Ohio Secretary of State, Jon Husted wants to close early voting. He also plans to suppress minority voting. Obviously Husted's scheme mainly affects the minority groups in the area, but it also affects all voters who won't be able to vote early. It also limits the amount of time people have to go and vote making it difficult for a lot of the population to exercise their rights to vote.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, May 11, 2014 12:25 AM
I this is unfair to everyone, especially the minority groups. I think everyone should have the same, or even regulated, voting processes.
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As European elections loom, parties struggle for attention | Reuters

As European elections loom, parties struggle for attention | Reuters | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ BRUSSELS (Reuters) - In a little over two weeks, in a vast exercise spread over four days and 28 countries, as many as 350 million Europeans will go to the polls to vote in elections to the European Parliament,”
Via Daniel Fritz
Breanne Hemann's insight:
This article talks about the upcoming elections in Europe. These elections are for the European Parliament, however there are very low numbers of people showing up to vote in recent years. The number of voters has been dropping since the past six elections. This year officials predict only 40 percent of the population will show up to vote. I was very shocked by these numbers. You would think that with the chance to vote on who gets to basically run different things in Europe they would want more of a say on who those officials are going to be.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, May 11, 2014 12:30 AM
I agree, this is very weird that these Euopeans don't want a say or even care about what is going on in their government. This is so much different from America where mostly everyone wants a say in what's going on.
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Family says execution violated inmate's 8th amendment rights

Family says execution violated inmate's 8th amendment rights | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ The family of a man executed using an untested lethal injection cocktail will file suit alleging that his constitutional rights were violated.”
Via Darcy Delaproser
Breanne Hemann's insight:
This article article deals with the 8th amendment which states that you shouldn't receive any cruel or unusual punishment with sentenced to death. However, the article talks about how an inmate may have suffered in his execution. The inmate was given a new mixture of drugs because of a current shortage in the drugs they have used in the past in executions. I think that they should know whether or not it will work without making people suffer through this. Also thought it was a little weird that the doctors in a way sort of predicted that might happen. If they had a feeling the drug mixture might cause gasping and other possibly painful or cruel punishment why wouldn't they do something that they are positive won't make those sentenced to death suffer?
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, May 2, 2014 10:55 PM
I agree that this new mixture should have been tested somehow before hand. This case definitely violates the 8th amendment.
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Police Arrest More Than 700 Protesters on Brooklyn Bridge

Police Arrest More Than 700 Protesters on Brooklyn Bridge | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it

Via Ashley Connelly
Breanne Hemann's insight:
This article relates to the first amendment and more closely the right to assemble. In this article police arrested over 700 protestors on a bridge in Brooklyn. Since these protestors did not assemble peacefully the officers had the right to arrest them because the first amendment states that they must assemble peacefully. These protestors were also blocking the roadway which was most likely the biggest cause for the arrests.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, April 27, 2014 1:24 AM
This is a case of the first amendment bring pushed too far. I think that limits in some of the rights is a good thing because it can prevent violence yet still give the people their freedoms.
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Twitter cases 'threat to freedom of speech' - Telegraph.co.uk

Twitter cases 'threat to freedom of speech' - Telegraph.co.uk | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ Telegraph.co.uk Twitter cases 'threat to freedom of speech' Telegraph.co.uk Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said too many investigations into comments on networks such as Twitter would have a “chilling effect” on free speech.”
Via CatherineFitzpatrick
Breanne Hemann's insight:
This article directly relates to amendment one, which discusses freedom of speech. I think freedom of speech is often times controversial when it comes to the internet. I think most often people don't realize just how public the internet is sometimes and use social media sites such as twitter to in a sense "speak their mind" when in reality they wouldn't say half of the stuff they say online to someone in person. I was really shocked that crimes involving twitter and Facebook had risen to a 780 percent increase in the past four years. I also was shocked that 650 people had been charged for crimes because of things they had put on twitter.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, April 27, 2014 1:20 AM
I agreee that people may use the internet a little too freely. People sometimes use it to mask their true self or even bring out their true self. People need to think about how their posts on Twitter and other sites can get them into trouble.
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Violation of 4: Erowid Drug Testing Vaults : Supreme Court : Ban Forced Drug Tests of Pregnant Women

The police wanted to test all young pregnant mothers for the use of cocaine. Even though in most occasions they turned up negative for any use. The supreme court ruled it a violation of the fourth amendment.
Via Frank Dente
Breanne Hemann's insight:
This article also discusses a violation of a Bill of Rights amendment, in particular, the fourth amendment. I had many mixed feelings about whether the hospital did the right thing in my eyes. I think that they were ultimately thinking about the child in this case because of the drug use the mothers experienced while pregnant. However, I do not think it was right for them to just take away these womens' babies. I believe that the hospital didl in fact violate these womens' rights.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, April 19, 2014 11:58 PM
This article talks about violating the 4th amendment. The hospital's actions were very controversial because some people think it is right to think of the safety of the baby. Where others look from the mother's point of view and think that the mother has the freedom to choose. I personally think that it was wrong to violate the women's rights to a certain extent. The babies were safer in the hands of the police rather than their drug using mothers, yet the women's rights were still violated.
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6 Million Americans Without a Voice

6 Million Americans Without a Voice | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ States should listen to Attorney General Holder and repeal unjust and outdated felon disenfranchisement laws.”
Via Ian Thomason
Breanne Hemann's insight:
I thought this article was very interesting that criminals are being denied the right to vote. This relates to article 4 of the Constitution which states that all should be created equal. It also deals with the 26th amendment which states that any citizen 18 years or older can vote. I thought that even though these people have broken the law they still should get a say in what goes on. Especially if they have done their time and moved on from their past crimes.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, April 11, 2014 3:28 PM
I guess I never thought about if criminals could vote or not. It was surprising to learn that they indeed could not. Even though they committed a crime, that shouldn't deny them the rights of their American citizenship. I feel that they should still have a say in the government in which they live in, just like everyone else 18 and older.
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Cortney O'Brien - Kirsten Dunst Offends Feminists by Voicing Support for Traditional Gender Roles

Cortney O'Brien - Kirsten Dunst Offends Feminists by Voicing Support for Traditional Gender Roles | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ This Hollywood actress isn't afraid to promote traditional feminism.”
Via Jack Hansen
Breanne Hemann's insight:
It was very interesting to see the differences in opinions about how women should feel about different roles. Some believe it is okay to be a stay at home mom and others feel that doing so diminishes what women have fought for for many years. This relates to the first amendment of the Constitution in that we are given the freedom of speech. According to the first amendment Kirsten should be able to voice her own opinion freely.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, April 11, 2014 3:36 PM
Yes, this article definitely relates to the 1st Amendment, freedom of speech. Dunst made a very interesting insight on gender roles. Everybody is different and have different opinions. Sure men and women should be equal in all aspects of life, especially the workplace. But that doesn't mean that woman HAVE to get a job. They have a choice in the matter and that is something that these people against Dunst do not understand.
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Department of Labor urges Obama administration to offer Green cards to foreign born US graduates

Department of Labor urges Obama administration to offer Green cards to foreign born US graduates | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ The US Department of Labor has advised Obama administration to provide green cards for foreign students from US universities.”
Via MoreVisas Immigration and Visa Services
Breanne Hemann's insight:
This article talks about how the Department of Labor wants the Obama administration to offer Green cards to foreign born US graduates. The main reason they want this is because many of these foreign graduates have great skills that they are taking back to their home country because we are not allowing them to stay here. If we allowed them to stay here we may have a more competitive edge in the workforce. However, I think of the millions of Americans who might lose their jobs to foreign workers if this were to actually happen. Would we limit the foreign born US graduates allowed to stay based on their skills?
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, May 24, 2014 7:24 PM
I think this is a good idea to issue green cards to foreign norm US students. They could help contribute skills to America.
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Welfare services in anxious wait over funding uncertainty

Welfare services in anxious wait over funding uncertainty | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ The community sector is anxiously waiting on budget information for future of welfare services.”
Via CommunityCouncil4Aus
Breanne Hemann's insight:
This article talks about people waiting to find out if their welfare service will continue to be funded. I'm curious to see if they got their results back yet. If this service is denied its funding it will have a huge impact on those who depend on the welfare service to stay afloat in today's society.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, May 18, 2014 5:37 PM
I wonder how the people who depend on welfare would fair without this assistance from the government.
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Michigan higher education budget cuts some of deepest in nation since 2008

Michigan higher education budget cuts some of deepest in nation since 2008 | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based think tank focused on state and federal budget priorities, shows that Michigan made some of the deepest cuts to higher education funding over the last six years, with 37 states making shallower reductions in spending.”
Via Jeffrey Jablonski, Ph.D.
Breanne Hemann's insight:
I think it is sad to see how much money is spent on something so simple such as trying to learn, especially when it causes many people to go into huge debts. I wasn't surprised that tuition costs had increased by 21.5 percent or over $2,000 mainly because higher education funding is most generally cut when times are tough. I also agree with the point that more funding would led to more competitiveness ultimately helping the economy.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, May 18, 2014 5:32 PM
It is shocking how much a college education costs, and how much prices are rising. I agree with the competitivness helping the economy.
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GOP Senate candidate in Iowa fires off rounds in new ad

GOP Senate candidate in Iowa fires off rounds in new ad | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ (CNN) -- Iowa GOP candidate Joni Ernst is continuing to mix things up in her Senate bid with the release of another nontraditional ad, this time showing off her motorcycle-riding and shooting skills.”
Via Ken Feltman
Breanne Hemann's insight:
This article is about Iowa GOP candidate Joni Ernst and her nontraditional campaign ads. In these ads Joni has used many different appeals and has used interesting ways to get voters attention. I think Joni is very smart to use these nontraditional ways to get others attention because it is interesting and fun ads that typically get my attention, rather than the plain boring ones. Also Joni's ads are entertaining but at the same time give factual information about her.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, May 11, 2014 12:27 AM
I think this is a really good idea to get peoples' attention. I agree that the more controversal or interesting to add is, the more people will listen.
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The 6th Amendment: Supreme Court to Hear Texas Death Row Case - US Politics Today

The 6th Amendment: Supreme Court to Hear Texas Death Row Case - US Politics Today | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ The 6th Amendment: Supreme Court to Hear Texas Death Row Case. Press release distribution provided by US Politics Today”
Via Siobhan Chantigian
Breanne Hemann's insight:
This article discusses a fault in the 6th amendment. The 6th amendment states that you have the right to counsel, but this article talks about counsel who refuse to help. These counsel don't completely refuse to help but they are doing very little to aid in proving their clients' innocence.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, May 2, 2014 10:57 PM
It is interesting that there is a fault in the 6th amendment. I feel like this needs to be changed or explained better.
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Supreme Court to rule on 4th Amendment, cellphone searches - Los Angeles Times

Supreme Court to rule on 4th Amendment, cellphone searches - Los Angeles Times | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ Supreme Court to rule on 4th Amendment, cellphone searches Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court set the stage for an important 4th Amendment ruling Friday, announcing it will decide in this term whether police may inspect a suspect's...”
Via Evemaran
Breanne Hemann's insight:
This article talks about the fourth amendment which deals with searches and seizures. This article specifically discusses whether or not police should be allowed to search through cellphones without a warrant. I personally believe it should depend on whether they believe the suspect is in danger to others or suspect them to be involved in a prior crime. For example, with the Riley v. California case they believed Riley was a part of the bloods because of the evidence they already had from the guns they found, and with the search of his cellphone they were able to prove his involvement in a recent shooting.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, May 2, 2014 10:54 PM
I think the search of the cell phone is okay if the police has a probable cause. This case is interesting because it questions whether or not the cell phone is searchable.
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The case for gay marriage is made in the freedom of religion

The case for gay marriage is made in the freedom of religion | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ Freedom of religion is a hard-won principle. In Europe, the wars of religion raged for over a century before the Peace of Westphalia solidified freedom of religion for rulers in 1648.”
Via Christopher Pearsall
Breanne Hemann's insight:
This article shows many examples of the first amendment. The first amendment can first be seen just by looking at the picture at the top of the article. In this picture, people can be seen exercising their rights to freedom of speech, both verbal and symbolic, and also are exercising their rights to assemble. The article also discusses how gay marriage can be seen as a type of religion in a way, therefore gays should have the freedom to that religion.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, April 27, 2014 1:21 AM
I think its interesting how people put being gay and religion into the same category now. I think it is a good argument to get same sex marriage legalized.
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eight amendment violated

eight amendment violated | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
Supreme court cases contemplate to this day wether or not prison isis a form of crue and unusual punishment as stated under the eight amendment. Because of the conditions of prsion and the overpopoultion occuring there it is thouht of as a form of cruel punishment to be exposed to prison life as a puishemnt.
Via alexandra geczo
Breanne Hemann's insight:
This article also talks about a violation of rights, which we have been discussing in this weeks class. This article discusses the violation of the 8th amendment which deals with cruel and unusual punishment. I can see this amendment being violated quite frequently especially in a prison setting. I thought it was very interesting to read about different examples of what is happening today as far as violations of the 8th amendment.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, April 19, 2014 11:15 PM
This article talks about rights being violated in the prison setting. It is interesting how unfairly prisoners are treated such as not being able to vote and the cruel punishment talked about in this article. The 8th amendment is violated here because it is dealing with cruel punishment. I think that all citizens of the U.S. should be treated the same even if they have committed a crime or not.
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Third Amendment Being Violated

Third Amendment Being Violated | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
This article displays a violation of the third amendment because people were forcibly removed from their homes and had to quarter troops. The thrid amendment states you will not have to do scha thing.
Via Emilia Weaver
Breanne Hemann's insight:
This article clearly shows an example of the 3rd amendment rights being violated. This relates to this weeks discussion because we have been discussing the different Bill of Rights amendments, as well as different cases of them being violated. I thought this article was very interesting because when we were learning about the different amendments I didn't think that the 3rd amendment was really that big of a deal. However, after reading this article I was able to see that the 3rd amendment can really have an impact on some peoples lives. I can't believe how badly the natives were treated by these soldiers. Just talking over their homes was bad enough but then for them to steal their personal items? This is all a great example of why the 3rd amendment rights are truly important too.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, April 19, 2014 11:01 PM
This is an interesting example of the 3rd amendment being violated. Before reading this article, I also didn't realize when this amendment actually came into play. It is horrible how the natives were treated by the American soldiers. Taking over their homes was a violation of the 3rd amendment. This whole article is an excellent example of the importance of the 3rd amendment.
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Supreme Court Hears Cases on Contraception Rule

Supreme Court Hears Cases on Contraception Rule | Gov & Law - Bre Hemann | Scoop.it
“ The justices are considering challenges to a part of the health care law from the owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, who say they try to run their businesses on religious principles.”
Via Nick Gallop
Breanne Hemann's insight:
I thought this article was very interesting because of its unique layout. The layout makes it easy to see where your questions will be answered in specific locations. This article relates to article 3 of the Constitution which talks about which cases the Supreme Court will hear, this case being one of those heard by the Supreme Court.
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Rachel DeWaard's comment, April 12, 2014 3:45 AM
This article was an interesting view of the Judicial branch. The actual case had to do with rights and understanding the constitution so I see why the Supreme Court would choose to see it. The article was easier to read with a question-answer format.