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UN Plans to Use Spy Drones Over Eastern Congo

UN Plans to Use Spy Drones Over Eastern Congo | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it
UN plans to send surveillance drones over eastern Congo to enhance intelligence gathering

 

The Security Council has approved the use of surveillance drones over eastern Congo to monitor roving militias so it can more effectively deploy U.N. peacekeepers.

A letter released Thursday from the president of the Security Council to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the council members note the robot spy planes will be used "on a case-by-case basis" and will not set a precedent for the U.N.'s general consideration of "legal, financial and technical implications of the use of unmanned aerial systems."

The letter from Pakistan U.N. Ambassador Masood Khan, who holds the rotating Security Council presidency, was released as a U.N. expert launched a special investigation into drone warfare and targeted killings, which the United States relies on as a front-line weapon in its global war against al-Qaida.

Civilian killings and injuries that result from drone strikes on suspected terrorist cells will be part of the focus of the investigation by British lawyer Ben Emmerson, the U.N. rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights. The U.N. said Emmerson will present his findings to the U.N. General Assembly later this year.


Via SASFOR
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the U.S surveillance on Congo is beneficial to war and has some negatives about it, we can watch what they do but it could start a war and ruins people's privacy and kills innocent people! The relates to gov and law because it's dealing with people and people's privacy  

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SASFOR's curator insight, February 1, 2013 11:47 PM

Though "The U.N.'s spy drones over Congo would be unarmed" it is distressing that the UN is supporting Drone warfare.

Michael Hanson's comment, May 15, 2014 5:40 PM
I believe that monitoring activity in Congo using drones is a great idea. The surveillance that drones can provide is essential to preventing threats that can lead to large losses of life from terrorist or other extremist groups.
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Why the Current Higher Education System Is Not Sustainable

Why the Current Higher Education System Is Not Sustainable | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it
Higher education has become cost-prohibitive.

Via Don Dea
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Higher education is becoming a problem and college is becoming too expensive for some people too handle! This relates to gov and law because it's a government issue that needs to be fixed!

 

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Annie Christofferson's comment, May 9, 2014 3:33 PM
Obviously people know that the cost is way too high for colleges, it just still irritates me that nothing seems to be being done about it.
Siobhan Chantigian's comment, May 10, 2014 7:54 PM
I completely agree with annie. I don't like that college is expensive because I would like to see everyone able to go and further their education. It is shocking the amount of debt one can procure quickly from college and it is terrifying to know that in several years, the loans are going to build up even more!
Michael Hanson's comment, May 15, 2014 5:45 PM
Higher education is something I firmly believe in, but prices for books and college in general have become astronomically high, and to the point where it seems like a great injustice is being performed to knowledge seeking students. To go from free high school, to expensive college just doesn't make sense.
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SNP strategists predict landslide in Nationalist support at council elections | Herald Scotland

SNP strategists predict landslide in Nationalist support at council elections | Herald Scotland | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it

The SNP is privately predicting it could double the number of councils it runs in next month's polls, ousting Labour as the traditional party of Scottish local government.


Via Peter A Bell
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This article relates to elections because its saying that SNP strategists are predicting a landslide in support for council elections, they are suppose to double in authorities.

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Michael Hanson's comment, May 11, 2014 12:24 AM
I don't really know what councils are in relation to Scotland, but this shift seems like a important step forward for the Scottish government.
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6th Amendment Protected

6th Amendment Protected | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it

Dwayne Giles wanted to reverse his sentence because he was not able to confront the witness against him. He shot and killed her, but his argument will probably hold up in court. His 6th amendment rights are being protected. 


Via Owen Levy
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this article relates to the  6th amendments because a guy  wants his rights protected because he shot and killed his ex wife. 

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Nick Sigrist's curator insight, March 6, 2014 12:00 AM

This applies to more sports fans, but I think it is very interesting how people can go to such desperate measures, such as a small miniscule aspect of his trial like in this case, to avoid fines and jail time.

Madison Blazing's comment, March 9, 2014 8:40 AM
The outcome of this trial will likely make a strong statement about the United States judicial system. While Giles is entitled to "confront" the victim under the United States Constitution, I find it kind of ridiculous that he is using this argument as his defense. Because Giles murdered her, the woman obviously is unable to testify and be confronted in a court of law, and it seems like he is just using this right to his advantage. While I am assuming there is a lot more to this case than is stated in the article, I still don't think Giles should be absolved of his crime. After reading this article, I think that this case will likely be discussed for awhile, as many arguments can be created for both sides, regardless of the outcome.
Michael Hanson's comment, May 4, 2014 3:06 PM
This is wrong on every level if this guy gets murder conviction gets reversed. The 6th amendment is being abused in this situation, and if the court doesn't see that it's gonna let a murderer back onto the streets.
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Does the Texas Transportation code (implied consent) trump the 4th amendment?

Does the Texas Transportation code (implied consent) trump the 4th amendment? | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it
If there is one thing law enforcement hates, it's the 4th Amendment's requirement to get a warrant before searching. The reason? Warrants require an officer to have probable cause, and to explain ...

Via Robert Guest
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This article relates to the 4th amendment because a cop wanted to take blood from a drunk guy . The cop shouldn't dothis unless he has probable clause on why he needs to take blood from him

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Michael Hanson's comment, May 4, 2014 3:10 PM
The officer was only doing his job and following Texas law, but the implied consent law seems wrong, especially where the constitution is concerned.
Robert Guest's comment, May 5, 2014 8:55 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone. I will say that we require prosecutors and law enforcement to swear to uphold the Constitution, which is strange considering that most Constitutional violations are committed by law enforcement, and most arguments to repeal or ignore the Constitution are made appellate prosecutors. Together, these two forces work actively against your Constitutional rights, and they use your tax dollars to litigate the repeal (via exception after exception) of the 4th Amendment.
Dana Hoffman's comment, May 5, 2014 9:50 AM
100% correct Robert, and Thank you for being one of the Good members of law that recognizes that we have a broken system.
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The Second Amendment: The Linguistics Of The Arms Debate

The Second Amendment: The Linguistics Of The Arms Debate | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it
The Second Amendment: The Linguistics Of The Arms Debate

Via Thomas Wentzel
Buster Meyer's insight:

The article relates to the second amendment by stating who should be able to have fire arms. You should be able to have a hunting license  to be able to have a gun.

 

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Ian (ACL) Whitney's comment, February 23, 2014 1:48 AM
That would be weird seeing randome people walking round with guns but it is totally leagal.
Thomas Wentzel's comment, February 23, 2014 9:58 AM
random not randome, legal not leagal.
Michael Hanson's comment, April 27, 2014 12:58 PM
The second amendment keeps our countries citizens armed, in case of emergency. The relationship with hunting and the second amendment can get confusing and the lines blurred.
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The United States Releases its Second Open Government National Action Plan | The White House

The United States Releases its Second Open Government National Action Plan | The White House | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it
The Obama Administration released the second U.S. Open Government National Action Plan, announcing 23 new or expanded open-government commitments that will advance these efforts even further.

Via estratic
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This article talks about how President Obama is trying to make the government better so everyone it applies to everyone in the U.S. I think this would be good because more people wouldn't disagree with it and would follow it. 

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cander05's comment, March 9, 2014 12:44 AM
I think it's a good idea for own communities, and it's nice to see that Obama cares about getting citizens informed and involved.
Ann Marie Rydberg's curator insight, March 12, 2014 10:00 PM

I thought that this article was very interesting, and I applaud the Obama administration for striving towards a more transparent government.  I think that it is very hard as citizens to understand everything that the government is doing and how these things affect our everyday lives.  Hopefully, plans like this one will make it easier for citizens to be more aware of what's happening in the white house.  However, I did find this article to be pretty biased.  It is a .gov site, so I obviously expected it to be very pro government, but it seemed a little too good to be true.  I do think that this National Action plan could be very good, but I'm not quite as confident in its success as the author of the article is. 

 

Michael Hanson's comment, April 20, 2014 1:25 PM
A good action plan is important, and Obama has a long road ahead of him so it's good to let the american people know what he has planned.
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The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism

The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it
The Department of Justice had a historic opportunity to say that since the people of these states had spoken, as long as what happens in Colorado stays in Colorado, they wouldn't make a federal case out of it.
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This article talks about federalism and how some states are going against it by selling medical marijuana or legalizing it. I think they should let it be, if they just legalized it the government could stop spending billions of dollars and spend it on something else.  

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Austin Robertson's comment, April 20, 2014 7:49 PM
I don't know in the first place why in the world marijuana was made legal in the first place. If something was ILLEGAL it was illegal for a reason. By legalizing this they are basically promoting the distribution of drugs and that can lead to many other problems. It can lead to cartels that result in deaths because most do, it can lead to driving under the influence and guess who's shoulders that's going to fall back on, the governments. What if teens died in a car accident in Colorado because of weed, how do you think the government would feel after that? It's just stupid a pond careless.
pdowds30's comment, April 29, 2014 6:04 PM
I personally don't think that marijuana is an issue in the United States. It has never killed anyone. Alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana and has done quite the damage to our population. The federal government is right in saying that as long as it stays in Colorado, there is no issue. Legalizing marijuana nation-wide would decrease the crime rate significantly and allow many people to return to a good state of health. Just like same-sex marriage, if you don't like it, don't do it.
Becca Zieman's comment, May 3, 2014 12:01 AM
The topic of legalizing marijuana has been a huge topic in our country yet there are bigger things going on that people completely ignore. But I do think that states should have the right to decide for themselves whether to legalize something that they are in closer quarters with then the federal government is.
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Minnesota Senate Clears Way for Same-Sex Marriage

Minnesota Senate Clears Way for Same-Sex Marriage | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it
Gov. Mark Dayton says he will sign a bill making Minnesota the 12th state to permit same-sex marriage and the first in the Midwest to do it without a court forcing it to.

Via Jacob Carlson, Chris Grimm
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The article relates to the government because peopler are trying to pass a law that you can have the same sex marriage in that state. The government finally passed a law saying that people that wanted to get married to another guy or a girl that you could and not get in trouble for it.

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Chelsie DeBus's curator insight, March 2, 2014 5:50 PM

This article talks about letting gay couples in Minnesota be able to get married if they do so desire. I think this is so great, Minnesota is the 12th state to legalize it and the 1st state in the Midwest to make it legal for gay couples to get married. This article relates to government and law because it is our own state to legalize gay marriage. 

Katie Gilbertson's comment, March 7, 2014 11:31 AM
Every era comes across a debate, an issue, something they NEED to overcome. I mean we have been through it all with slavery and our fight to equality! For women and their right to vote! Here again, we stand with yet another issue that is harming not HUMAN BEINGS, but people's pride. I think that it is good that we gave everyone the right to marry and commit themselves to someone they love. Who am I to stand in the way of someone else's beliefs?
Michael Hanson's comment, April 12, 2014 12:24 PM
I believe people should get to choose, and it wouldn't be surprising to me if all states soon enough allow same-sex marriage. It's just good to see that the governor is taking the steps himself to have the law passed, instead of having the court system force him.
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Minimum wage earners struggle to survive

Minimum wage earners struggle to survive | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it
Many barely have enough money to buy Christmas gifts.
Via Ampoch
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This article is about how people that make minimum wage are struggling to get by in life, living paycheck to paycheck. This relates to gov and law because the government needs to step in help this people in need.

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Reed Klunder 's curator insight, May 14, 2014 12:55 PM

This article has to do with government and law because it talks about the public policy if minimum wage. It talks about how families are struggling to support everyone because they are only making about $200 every two weeks. That's not enough to support a family. The government needs to start raising the minimum wages because the money these people are making isn't enough. Some of these families are losing their homes because they can't afford it. This is an easy fix, not much needs to be determined about this because people work hard for their money. 

Lakin's comment, May 15, 2014 11:53 AM
I think the minimum wage should be raised higher because not many people can support themselves or family by living off of minimum wage. The government should defiantly raise this because it's an easy fix and it would help citizens get out of poverty.
Michael Hanson's comment, May 15, 2014 5:43 PM
It's sad to see people struggle just to get by in life, but the minimum wage issue is a tough topic. Maybe it does need to be raised, but my hope is that the government does it in a way that has as minimalist impact on businesses possible. We wouldn't want employers to cut workers just because employers would be forced to pay there workers more.
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Guilford Co. voters say ballot cast for Romney came up Obama on machine

Guilford Co. voters say ballot cast for Romney came up Obama on machine | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it
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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This articles relates to voting issues when Obama and Romney were running for president that when they clicked Romney it would say they vote for Obama instead, this is bad because they would get a wrong number of votes!

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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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5 Ad Campaigns With Heart - Polygon Medical Animation

5 Ad Campaigns With Heart - Polygon Medical Animation | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it

In celebration of the American Heart Awareness month this February, we look back on some of our favourite recent healthcare campaigns relating to heart and cardiovascular diseases.

 

Read more>http://www.polygonmedical.com/5-ad-campaigns-with-heart.html


Via Polygon Medical Animation
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This article is related to campaigns because it was telling people about hear awareness month which is February 

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Polygon Medical Animation's curator insight, February 7, 2014 10:31 AM

http://www.polygonmedical.com/5-ad-campaigns-with-heart.html

Michael Hanson's comment, May 11, 2014 12:23 AM
The health of those in our nation is important, and relating that to campaign ads seems justifiable to me. I was never aware of a national heart awareness month.
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5th Amendment

President Obama wants to soften the Miranda Rights, an important and fundamental protection of our 5th Amendment.


Via HannahMadej
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This article relates to the 5th amendment by president Obama wanting to soften it! 

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Michael Hanson's comment, May 4, 2014 3:07 PM
The Miranda Rights are fine as they are now. I don't see a need to change anything about them. President Obama should be focused on more important things, like our countries debt problems.
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The U.S. Government's Growing Appetite for Google Users' Data

The U.S. Government's Growing Appetite for Google Users' Data | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it
Government and law enforcement demands that Google share user data are growing 25 percent every six monthsU.S. government and law enforcement agencies are increasingly asking Google to hand over data on its customers to help with investigations.

Via EA
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This article relates to gov and law because the government is asking google to help them try and find criminals on what they search. I think this would be good because it might stop some big disaster from happening.

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Hope Schuster's comment, April 25, 2014 10:39 AM
It is cool that the government can get so much information, but they should not be able to demand it without probable cause to obtain this data.
Margaret Silhasek's comment, April 27, 2014 4:04 AM
I don't think the government should be allowed to! it's someone's private information! just think, how is someone's document on google drive any different than a document stored on a flash drive? shouldn't have access to it unless a search warrant is issued for probable cause.
Michael Hanson's comment, April 27, 2014 12:56 PM
I feel that it's wrong for the government to acquire all this data. I know it's most likely for the sake of national security and what not, but it seems completely wrong.
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The First Amendment - what if?

The First Amendment - what if? | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it

Is it time to say "Adios" to the First amendment? From this report, one might think so.


Via Roger Gunn
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This article relates to the first amendment by colleges and universities are but in a hard spot because a lot of people have broken  the freedom of speech that might of hurt someone in some way. 

 

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naknuts37's curator insight, April 16, 2014 12:31 PM

This article talks about college students First Amendment rights possibly being basically tossed out. The U.S Department of Justice and Education have mandated that almost every college in the US put unconstitutional speech codes into practice. According to the author, there is likely no student on any campus anywhere who is not guilty of at least one of these "offenses". Any attempt to enforce this rule evenhandedly and comprehensively will be impossible. 

khedlu17's curator insight, April 17, 2014 9:19 AM

In response to naknuts37: 

The US Department of Justice and Education found that every college and university in the United States has established unconstitutional speech codes that violate the First Amendment. I was surprised that every college and university in the United States made this violation. How did the US Department of Justice and Education find this out? What are the US Department of Justice and Education solution to this violation? What are the colleges and universities punishment for this violation? 

Michael Hanson's comment, April 27, 2014 1:00 PM
The first amendment is as important as it's ever been. It should never be abolished for the sake of the liberty and freedom that our country is based on. Doing away with first amendment would be disastrous for our countries citizens.
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Broke U.S. resumes spending

Broke U.S. resumes spending | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it
Limiting government growth is politically difficult, but if we don't do it, America is doomed.

Via Less Gov. More Fun.™
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This article talks about government by how if we stop spending our government might fall. I just think if our government stopped spending money on things that didn''t matter we wouldn't have to worry about raising the debt ceiling. 

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Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 24, 2014 8:24 PM
It would be great if the US maybe stopped spending so much and starting working a little harder to improve our country. I would love to live in a country as powerful and great as the one we originally founded.
Abigail Beinborn's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:48 AM

Government spending has led to a massive debt. I believe there are ways we can spend less to help reduce our debt, but we can't stop spending governemnt money. We have to pay for the troops that fight for our country and many other people and things to keep this country going. We need to watch our government spending more closely and cautiously. 

Lauren Heim's comment, May 18, 2014 6:41 PM
The U.S. Spending has come to an all time low or should I say high? The government has only brought us the feeling of failure and that our economy is breaking down since they've only spent their money in places/things that don't actually work. The least they could do is slow it down or fund something that's actually useful.
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Supreme Court Ruling on Marijuana and Deportation

Supreme Court Ruling on Marijuana and Deportation | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it
“The social sharing of a small amount of marijuana” for no payment does not require automatic deportation, a seven-justice majority found.

Via Chris Grimm
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This article relates to government because it's illegal to have pot in America besides Colorado and Washington. If an illegal immigrant has it they usually get deported. I think it's good that they do it but if they stopped trying to stop it and legalize it the government would actually make money.  

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Joel Denney's comment, May 11, 2013 3:02 PM
I think the court made the right decision. A small crime like this shouldn't result in deportation.
Jacob Carlson's comment, May 11, 2013 4:20 PM
Yeah I agree, I don't think the possession of marijuana should result in deportation. I think they should just sentence him for a year of jail time and forget the deportation.
Michael Hanson's comment, April 12, 2014 12:21 PM
The small amount of drugs found definitely doesn't seem to warrant deportation, but I like that the deportation punishment exists, because I'm sure there are a lot of people that end up deserving it who sell drugs.
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Constitution Day 2013 | Lapin Law Offices

Constitution Day 2013 | Lapin Law Offices | Gov&Law Buster | Scoop.it
Constitution Day, which is observed every September 17, commemorates the signing of the United States Constitution.

Via Jeffrey Lapin
Buster Meyer's insight:

This article relates to gov&law because they have a special day where everyone recognizes the constitution and what it does for us even know it was made a long time ago. 

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Michael Hanson's comment, April 12, 2014 12:26 PM
Having a day just to celebrate the Constitution seems right in a country such as ours, where we hold our countries democracy and freedom to such high values. We should get out of school for this day.
Logan Felten's comment, April 12, 2014 11:13 PM
The Constitution should still be recognized today because it's what has kept our country running smoothly for so long. Having a day just to celebrate it would remind people just how lucky they are to live in America and realize all of the great things they have and opportunities they are given. The Constitution is apart of our history and should be celebrated.
Lakin's comment, April 13, 2014 1:23 AM
The Constitution is a very important document to America. It was the first document that made America's government what it is today! It helped us make sure that our country ran smoothly and orderly so know one would get hurt. I believe we should still celebrate the Constitution because it was part of America's history and stepping stone into our government.