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Transcript of the Constitution of the United States - Official Text

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


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This is the actual text of the constitution. It represents what the laws of our country are based on. Currently it has been around longer than any other constitution in history.  It was created by the founding fathers. They did such a great job hundreds of years ago that other countries now a days base their constitutions on it.  That is very impressive since at the time no other government in the world was like the one that the founding fathers created.

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, October 1, 2013 2:51 AM

For those who have never read the Constitution -- and for we who may need a refresher (it being a long time since school days), here is a link to a transcript of the Constitution by which ALL Americans are all sworn to abide.

 

Regardless of party. Regardless of whether or not we like the President. We are a nation of laws, not extortion. 

 

We are all supposed to care about this country. We can disagree, but holding the government to get your way is wrong. Unethical, immoral and unpatriotic. Maybe worse.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, October 2, 2013 11:29 PM

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'Hope is Not a Strategy': Mitt Romney's Foreign Policy Address

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'Hope is Not a Strategy': Mitt Romney's Foreign Policy Address (Transcript: Mitt Romney's Foreign Policy Address at VMI - ABC News http://t.co/OZe31yFy (via @ABC)...)...

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I dont agree with Romney.  I think we should stay out of other countries business.  If an American citizen gets murdered then it is not our governments job to enforce our laws over sees. Leave it to the government in the country where it took place

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Critique of Obama's Foreign Policy Catches On - Fred Hiatt, WaPo

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Obama’s foreign policy caution misses openings.

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I find nothing wrong with Obama's foreign policy.  I think we should stay out of other countries business. It is just a waste of money.  People and other countries can do what they want.  We should not try to govern the entire world. We should only enforce what goes on inside our boarders.

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Three state Medicaid expansion plans move out of committee to full Senate

A Michigan Senate committee has moved to the full Senate not one, but three different plans, to expand Medicaid to an additional 470,000 low-income residents. The full Senate still must vote.

Via Human Arc, naknuts37
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This article is about the expansion of Medicaid in the state of michigan. Medicaid is one of the ten public policy issues.   The plan is to give the state more flexibility with Medicaid and make sure those who need it actually receive the help.  I think this is good, some people cant afford to pay medical bills, this is just another way that our government is actually helping people.

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Human Arc's curator insight, August 22, 2013 9:42 AM

There is a chance Michigan could still expand Medicaid to provide coverage for more of their low-income residents.

naknuts37's curator insight, May 14, 2014 12:46 PM

This article talks about how Michigan wants to expand Medicaid with three different plans. Why it relates to gov and law is because Medicaid is a public policy issue. According to the author, Governor Rick Snyder said "this is an opportunity that we can’t pass up. Too many Michigan lives depend on it." 

khedlu17's curator insight, May 15, 2014 9:08 AM

In response to naknuts37:

This article talks about three different plans which will expand Medicaid in Michigan. The bill gives more flexibility to the state. Will these three plans be considered in all the other states? What are the cons of these three plans? 

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Central Texas introduces new voting procedures

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CORYELL COUNTY – Two Central Texas counties introduce new way of voting that could alleviate several Election Day issues.
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This article is about Texas changing the way in which it's citizens vote.  They can now vote anywhere instead of at their registered precinct.  This is a great idea because if you are on a business trip and can't makes it back for election day, you should be able to still vote. With Texas' new way, you could vote from anywhere in the United States

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Ann Marie Rydberg's comment, March 23, 2014 12:11 AM
I agree with Haley that this new innovation in voting could be really nice. It will be much more convenient for many people aren't located near their voting precinct to vote on important issues. However, I think that they will have to be very careful to implement tough security measures to avoid any possible hacking.
Rachel Sigrist's curator insight, March 27, 2014 1:16 PM

Why do they introduce new voting issues?

Chelsie DeBus's curator insight, April 7, 2014 8:33 AM

This articles states that in Texas they have opened a lot more voting stations and centers for Americans to vote. I think this is going to be a better thing to do because  a lot more people are going to participate in elections because it will be closer and easier to get to.  This article relates to government and law because it is going to open a lot more opportunity for people to vote.  

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Voter ID, early voting, redistricting: GOP suffers tough week in court in Texas, Ohio, Florida

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A big week for voting issues in the courts, and as Ari Berman notes, none of these broke Republicans' way.

Via John Cashon, Alex Salazar, khedlu17
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This article outline some voting issues around the country.  I think that an id should not be require since it is supposed to be anonymous. I think that people should have to get their picture taken. If their picture matches the picture of someone who had already voted(the person at an earlier time) then they are not allowed to vote again.  This should be adopted by all states to make it fair for everyone.

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khedlu17's curator insight, May 7, 2014 6:26 PM

This article talks about voting issues that happened in different states in the US. Why this relates to government and law is that people have the ability to vote who they want to run our country. People vote on who they think will be able to change the economy, decrease the unemployment rate, and other issues. Some voting issues would be a Texas law required voters to show picture ID at the poll. In Florida, a new law restricted voters registration drives conducted by individuals/third party group. People thought this law was discriminating against minorities and young people who tend to vote Democrat.

naknuts37's curator insight, May 8, 2014 12:11 PM

In response to khedlu17: 

This article talks about various voting issues in states. What is the most common issue that voters face while voting? Why did Texas strike down the law that required people to show ID. 

Logan Felten's curator insight, May 27, 2014 9:33 AM

This article discusses and talks about voting rights in different states and how that applies to the government. I don't think and ID should be necessary because voting is supposed to be annonymous, they should use a system that identifies someone but not who they are, maybe like a picture. Take a picture and if the picture goes through the process twice or more than once you know,

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Federal Court: No 5th Amendment Protection for passwords/encryption keys

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Talks about a bunch of different cases where the 5th amendment is protect for various different reasons.


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I agree with the ruling in this case. The 5th amendment does not apply when decrypting a computer in a child pornography case.  it is really wrong to watch child pornography and definitely should be illegal.  people who watch it should be taken off the street because they could eventually become petafiles.  The government is trying to protect the public which they are supposed to do.

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Logan Felten's curator insight, May 27, 2014 9:29 AM

I agree with the ruling of this case. People who watch child pornography should be taken off the street in the case that eventually they could cause harm and danger to the public if taken the wrong way. They could end up a pedofile and be a danger to everyone around them.

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Is Obama Exploiting Trayvon Martin Death to Trash 2nd Amendment?

Is Obama Exploiting Trayvon Martin Death to Trash 2nd Amendment?

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This article was interesting to me. Obama has no right to exploit some kids death in order to help get rid of the second amendment.  By fitting rid of the second amendment. The good people would get rid of their guns but the criminals would still use guns.  This would take the security away from the good people.  The second amendment was written by our founding fathers. I think that it should still stand today.

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Tom Hauck's curator insight, July 16, 2013 1:47 AM

Same to same...big surprise...

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Abortion clinic 'bubble zones' trump 1st Amendment? - WND.com

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Abortion clinic 'bubble zones' trump 1st Amendment?

Via James Stone
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This article was very interesting. It was discussing wether or not to have "bubble" zones around abortion clinics. These zones would restrict first amendment rights for pro-life people around the clinics. They are starting to eliminate these zones because it is against the constitution. These zones are supposed to make it easier for people who want to have an abortion but in stead these people are getting shout at by the pro-lifers on the outside of the zones. The idea would be that they could talk to the pro-abortion people with a more calm voice to try and convince them to change.

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Austin Robertson's comment, April 27, 2014 6:12 PM
The freedom of protesting should be protected. If someone is doing something that is going to help their life because they can't take care if a baby or because they were raped, they can do what they want. But protesting should be allowed.
Abigail Beinborn's curator insight, May 21, 2014 12:03 PM

This goes against the first amendment. People have a freedom of speech and to petition.  Making a boundary around the abortion clinics would be limiting their freedom to petition in the U.S. Constitution. 

Lauren Heim's comment, May 25, 2014 7:47 PM
This is definitely violating the first amendment. They have the right to petition even if it is a nuisance. If they took it to court they would definitely lose. This is ridiculous.
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In U.S., Trust in State, Local Governments Up

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Sixty-five percent of Americans trust their state government to handle state problems and 74% trust their local government to handle local problems. Both figures are up from last year, and are at or near the highs for the last decade.


Via Teresa Herrin
Brian Bertram's insight:

This article is about trust in the government.  It said that trust is on the rise for our local and state government.  This is good since it means that people are happy with how things are going.  They should be trusting in the government since they are the ones that elected the officials to run it.  

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Wyatt Nelson's curator insight, February 11, 2014 10:46 PM

It makes sense that more people trust the state government more than the local government because the state government makes bigger laws and can over rule the local government. 

Ian (ACL) Whitney's comment, February 16, 2014 12:02 PM
It makes sense, I trust the state government more than the lacal government. Mainly because I don't keep up with the local government as much so I never know what's going on.
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Barack Obama wants to end NSA Wiretapping

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Barack Obama wants to end NSA Wiretapping http://technwall.com/barack-obama-wants-to-end-nsa-wiretapping/ http://technwall.com/barack-obama-wants-to-end-nsa-wiretapping/ http://technwall.com/barack-obama-wants-to-end-nsa-wiretapping/ http://technwall.com/barack-obama-wants-to-end-nsa-wiretapping/


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I believe that this is against the constitution. The government cannot listen in on my private phone calls without a court order saying it is ok.  I am glad that Obama is deciding to try and end it.  Despite his efforts, it might never happen because  congress or the judicial branch could disagree with the president. If that is the case then that will never happen.  

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Andrew Beighley's curator insight, April 16, 2014 4:43 PM

This article. Is interesting because  the president now wants to end something that he was using to help fight against terrorists. The government started recording phone calls so they could use them in investigations, and now Obama wants to end this. I think it is good, because the article said that they want to make it so that conversation are available for investigations, but they can't just use any of them.

Siobhan Chantigian's curator insight, May 8, 2014 8:46 AM

This article is about how barack obama wants to end wiretapping y the NSA.  I think this is interesting because the NSA is used to protect america, and it is govermentally run.

Annie Christofferson's comment, May 9, 2014 3:39 PM
I think this is interesting because as much as this probably does seem to violate people's rights, it is for a safety precaution.
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Transcript of the Constitution of the United States - Official Text

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


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Brian Bertram's insight:

This is the actual text of the constitution. It represents what the laws of our country are based on. Currently it has been around longer than any other constitution in history.  It was created by the founding fathers. They did such a great job hundreds of years ago that other countries now a days base their constitutions on it.  That is very impressive since at the time no other government in the world was like the one that the founding fathers created.

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, October 1, 2013 2:51 AM

For those who have never read the Constitution -- and for we who may need a refresher (it being a long time since school days), here is a link to a transcript of the Constitution by which ALL Americans are all sworn to abide.

 

Regardless of party. Regardless of whether or not we like the President. We are a nation of laws, not extortion. 

 

We are all supposed to care about this country. We can disagree, but holding the government to get your way is wrong. Unethical, immoral and unpatriotic. Maybe worse.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, October 2, 2013 11:29 PM

Also visit Awakenings for information on the signing of The Constiturion of the United States and check your knowledge behind We the People: http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-us-constitution.html

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America Is Not Isolationist in the Pacific - Foreign Policy (blog)

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America Is Not Isolationist in the Pacific
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... war-weariness and neo-isolationism -- a thesis unhelpfully advanced by the administration's own defensive description of its foreign policy.

Via Grace Christian Kisame K
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I really do not agree with our governments foreign policy durring World War two.  We should have stayed out of that war.  Personally I think we should not help south Korea or Japan.  Let them go back to how they were.  it is not our responsibility to protect them.

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National Immigrant Youth Alliance affirms 2013 immigration reform specifics

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The National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA) issued an emphatic statement yesterday defining their position on comprehensive immigration reform. Do you believe we need immigration reform?What do YOU think immigration reform needs to include?


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This article is about us immigration reform, a public policy issue.  These youths want to make immigration less stressful and safer for the immigrants.  Deportation should still be civil.  They are try to prevent unjust deportation.  I think that it doesn't matter. Un just deportation could be a deterrant from traveling illegally to this country again.  If you don't like how you are going to be treated, don't come here.

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Margaret Silhasek's comment, April 13, 2014 2:31 AM
This is such a heated argument. I find it interesting that they are making such a big deal about how Obama has deported more illegal immigrants in his term than any other president...good! I don't think illegals should get much say in what they do or anything.
Rachel DeWaard's curator insight, May 15, 2014 12:14 PM

Illegal immigration is a hot topic and a major public policy issue.  How to stop this immigrants is the question this article is trying to answer. This article suggests that deporting these immigrants is not a good idea. It also talks about the punishments for illegal immigration. I think this article is very interesting and has many good ideas on how to make illegal immigration less of an issue.

Breanne Hemann's comment, May 18, 2014 1:13 AM
I also agree that the topic of illegal immigrants is very controversial. I also think that they shouldn't get much say in what we decide to do as a country because technically they are not apart of our country due to the fact that they are illegal.
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President Obama Raises the Minimum Wage for Government Contractors, Waits ... - Slate Magazine (blog)

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President Obama Raises the Minimum Wage for Government Contractors, Waits ...
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President Obama Raises the Minimum Wage for Government Contractors, Waits for Republicans to Explode.

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I think it is a good and a bad thing that Obama is raising the minimum wage for government contractors( public policy issue).  On the good side he is making the economy better by giving people more money to spend.  It makes it worse since the companies that hire these people now have to pay people more and can't afford to pay as many people. As a result, more people might get fired.

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Brian S. Smith, CIC, ARM's curator insight, January 28, 2014 8:52 PM

Minimum wage for Government Contractors to be set to $10.10.

Michael Watts's curator insight, May 14, 2014 11:49 AM

Relates to government because with the new minimum wage, people have more money to buy things , so they can help the economy flowing 

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Guilford Co. voters say ballot cast for Romney came up Obama on machine

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GREENSBORO, N.C. –The presidential election is just around the corner and voting issues have already become a problem in Guilford...

Via Skip Stein
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The article talks about some glitches in the voting machines. As a legal voter now, this makes me worry. Has there been times in the past where these glitches have occurred but nobody realized it.  I think that votes should not be caste electronically. Electronics could be hacked in order to win an election. This would not be good if the person who one was going to lead our country.

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khedlu17's curator insight, May 8, 2014 11:01 AM

In response to naknuts37:

This article talks about when voters would cast their votes for one candidate the opposing candidate's name would come up. An example would be a lady chose Romney but Obama came up instead. This created a vote that voters didn't want. Many voters were upset and thought it was some type of conspiracy. It was just a machine error. Were there a lot of machines that were malfunctioning? How long did it take to fix the machines? How many people had a machine that was malfunctioning while casting their votes? Were voters with a machine that wasn't working properly able to recast their vote? 

Lakin's comment, May 9, 2014 12:33 PM
I believe voting should be done by paper cause with technology there always comes glitches. Voting on paper is more efficient because you won't run in with a problem even though it may take longer to do so.
Michael Hanson's comment, May 11, 2014 12:27 AM
Voting issues are very concerning especially when the presidential election is involved. You would think issues like this would be nonexistent with proper preparation and testing?
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8th Amendment protects man from death penalty

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Romell Broom's death penalty sentence was overturned when executioners failed to find appropiate use for the death penalty. This would be considered "cruel and unusual punishment," violating Broom's 8th Amendment rights. 


Via Krista DiSalvo
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This article is about the death penalty. The man claimed that it was a violation of his 8th amendment rights to have an execution twice.  in this case though, they never actually administered the drugs required to kill him. I think that the execution should happen again in this case.  I agree with the courts ruling of it was not a violation.   

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Matthew Sigrist's curator insight, March 6, 2014 6:45 PM

This article brings up a very good point, one that could, in the future, even be used to get rid of the death penalty entirely. By deeming Broom's execution a violation of his rights under the eighth amendment, he was allowed to live. 

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SIGNIFICANT FOURTH AMENDMENT CASES BEFORE U.S. SUPREME COURT

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases—one from Missouri, the other from Florida—that will have a significant impact on nation’s criminal justice system, regardless of how the court ultimately decides the cases.

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In this article the Supreme Court takes on two cases that have to do with searches. The first one is whether or not it is ok to use a blood sample that was taken without consent or a warrant  as a means for arrest.  The other one deals with dog searches and whether or not they require a warrant.  I think the blood one should not require a warrant because that keeps other people safe by taking a drunk driver off the road.  Also, I think that searching a persons property with a dog without a warrant is not ok.  That should require a warrant because otherwise they are trespassing on someone's property.

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August Pittius's curator insight, January 10, 2013 12:47 PM

This article is about an arresting officer pursuing a drunk or a DWI.  The defendent, Mr.Mcneely, was driving in california a 2 am and was pulled over by an officer for a routine check.  The officer assumed the driver was intoxicated when he had bloodshot eyes, slurred voice and the smell of alcohol.  The officer took Mcneely to a local hospital to check for intoxication after he refused to a breathilizer test.  The doctor taking care of Mcneely was ordered for a blood draw to test for alcohol which was exceeding the limit.  Mcneely claimed to be violated of his fourth amendment rights but what quickly reminded of the implied consent law.

Austin Robertson's comment, April 29, 2014 11:00 PM
I believe the officer had very right to pull this man over. Even though the man is going to argue that his fourth ammendment rights were being violated, they weren't. The officer had probable cause to take the man into the hospital to get him tested. He is doing his job.
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School: No 1st Amendment here!

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WND.comSchool: No 1st Amendment here! When “Survivors,” as they refer to themselves, fan out across the country, making stops at over 200 public high schools each year, they are trained to know their First Amendment rights, and how to obey the...


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The cops in this article were not doing there jobs correctly.  They were arresting protester on a public sidewalk. These protesters were protected under the first amendment.  The cops ignored these laws and arrested them anyways because people were complaining.  One cop said that he was making an arrest based off of no laws. He said the broke "my law".

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Katelynn Krook's comment, February 25, 2014 12:15 AM
I really don't think it was necessary for them to get arrested, sidewalks are public and everyone has the right to be on them! I agree with Isaac I think the girl really just overreacted and it took it to far.
pdowds30's curator insight, April 28, 2014 1:54 PM

This article displays the ignorance of some police officers today. The rights offered to citizens by the first amendment are a required study for a police officer to become a police officer. I'm baffled that many are not aware of the constitution 

Logan Felten's comment, May 27, 2014 9:18 AM
The cops are doing their job correctly by arresting on a public sidewalk. The protesters are protected under the first amendment so the cops are going against the 1st amendment and the protesters rights to freedom of speech. The arresting part of it might not have been needed, maybe a warning but even then, they're protected under the 1st amendment.
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Freedom, Federalism and the 1st amendment

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A proper application of federalism could save the values of the First Amendment and the freedom of Jana Winter.

Via Joe Russo
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This article talks about federelism in the United States.  It made a great point about how the government did not create the states, the states created the government.  This is true since the first 13 states got together and wrote the constitution. This document set up the foundation for the government we know today.

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Michael Sigrist's curator insight, February 27, 2014 12:10 AM

This was a very good article and it was very interesting! I don't know which side I agree with, but it is crazy how differently people think when it comes down to having state governments having their own regulations or not.

naknuts37's curator insight, April 16, 2014 11:59 AM

This article talks about federalism and freedom under the First Amendment. Why this article relates to Gov and Law is because our government is a federalist government. The article talks about a news reporter from New York who was to be tried for supposedly breaking a law in Colorado having to do with a murder case. The author believes that a proper application of federalism could save the values of the First Amendment and the freedom of the writer. 

khedlu17's curator insight, April 17, 2014 9:15 AM

In response to naknuts37:

Federalism is defined as the constitutional recognition of the legal origins of the US as a union of independent states. How does federalism save the value of the First Amendment? How is our government like a federalist government? 

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Yemen parties agree on federalism

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Participants in Yemen's national reconciliation talks have agreed on the principle of changing the A

Via Teresa Herrin
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This is an interesting article.  The people of Yemen think that federalism is a good government for their country.  I agree because it has worked well for the United States of America.  We have become one of the strongest nations in the world with federalism as our government. Although some of the people may disagee, Yemen should become a federalist nation.

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Lauren Heim's curator insight, April 16, 2014 10:19 PM

This article deals with our new topic of federalism by the fact that they're talking about making their government into a federalist-like government. They are considering changing their constitution even so they can pick up a more federal like government. 

Abigail Beinborn's comment, April 19, 2014 5:33 PM
I think this would be a difficult adjustment. I don't know which would be more beneficial for them, but changing might not be easy.
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How America is rigged for the rich

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Eric Liu says Paul Ryan gets it very wrong: The U.S.'s problem is not a culture of poverty, it is a culture of wealth destroying the value linking work to reward

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This is a very true article. The rich in the United States are getting richer. This is because our government is not creating taxes and laws to more evenly distribute the wealth of this country.  Congress could pass a rich person tax where the money received would go towards helping the poor.  These rich people often think that the law does not apply to them but that is false. The supreme law of the land ( the constitution) applies to everyone.

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