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Sold into sex slavery: Lawmakers work to end underground sex trafficking

Sold into sex slavery: Lawmakers work to end underground sex trafficking | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
A 17-year-old girl was lured in by a pimp and forced to have sex for money. When he sold her to another pimp, she told her mother, "You can give up on me."
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Wow. This is just too much for words. The fact that sex trafficking is still this active in the US is a scary thought. I knew it was still a thing, but I never knew it was this big. I think its good that the government is starting to stop this ordeal with new laws and bringing it to light. 

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Margaret Silhasek's comment, May 24, 2014 2:20 PM
This is so scary... I don't even know what I would do if I were the mother. And although they are limiting the sex trafficking, I don't know if it will ever totally be gone in the United States.
Hope Schuster's comment, May 25, 2014 5:10 PM
This is really scary to think about. There are so many people involved in this. I feel so bad for the people who are impacted the most by this issue.
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Supreme Court to Consider New Obamacare Case

Supreme Court to Consider New Obamacare Case | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
“ Obamacare is before the U.S. Supreme Court again.”
Via Katie Biggs
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This article discusses the topic of the New Supreme Court case regarding Obama care. It is the religious debate with the Obama Care's abortion issue and whether or not it is constitutional to force some people to go against their beliefs.
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Alyssa Serrano's curator insight, May 21, 2014 3:44 PM

This is about abortion related insurances And how religion can affect this 

Hope Schuster's comment, May 25, 2014 5:13 PM
I thought it was really interesting of all the questions that have come up with abortion. There are so many different views based on moral integrity and religion.
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Economists disagree on whether the minimum wage kills jobs. Why?

Economists disagree on whether the minimum wage kills jobs. Why? | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
“ Basic economic theory says a hike in the minimum wage should kill jobs. But it's often hard to find evidence of that in the real world. Here's a rundown of reasons why.”
Via Joel Leagans, Kyle Kohn
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This article is about government because it talks about minimum wage. It discuss the fact that minimum wage might "kill jobs" meaning in theory minimum wage is a good idea, but doesn't it just make companies cut back on other benefits?
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Margaret Silhasek's comment, May 17, 2014 2:48 AM
I definitely think that the whole cutting back on benefits and hours would be counterproductive. Isn't the point of hiking up the minimum wage is so lower paid workers can live at the standard of living? but if they don't have these benefits or they have less hours (which means making less) how would it really help?
Hope Schuster's comment, May 18, 2014 3:19 PM
I thought that it was a really interesting topic with all the different viewpoints that this article looked at.
Kyle Kohn's comment, May 23, 2014 10:47 AM
I thought it was intresting with all the view points about talking about cutting back on benefits and hours. Would it really help if people people got paid more?
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Senator calls for U.S. special forces to rescue Nigerian girls

Senator calls for U.S. special forces to rescue Nigerian girls | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
Washington (CNN) – Sen. Susan Collins told CNN in an interview that she wants the U.S. military to help rescue more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria.

“More can be done by this administration. I would like to see Special Forces deployed to help rescue these young girls.
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I think this is amazing. Sen. Susan Collins along with all of the other female senators speak out about the Nigerian girls. They believe the government should be doing more to help. The fact that they all signed the letter in a heartbeat, just makes me really happy to be a girl. They are all standing together. 

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Hope Schuster's comment, May 11, 2014 9:32 AM
I thought that it was amazing for this woman to stand up and say what everyone else is thinking. The government could be doing more to help find those poor girls.
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Has Education arrived in the 21st Century yet?

Has Education arrived in the 21st Century yet? | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it

This interesting table, comparing 20th and 21st Century learning, was conceived by William Rankin, a well credentialed doctor of Education from ACU, Texas.

 

This graphic, which I found on Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, was originally published on iThinkEd in 2007, where you can read Rankin’s full thoughts that led to his creation of this table.

 

What’s fascinating for me is the fact this was written 7 years ago. It doesn’t date the message. It challenges us as educators to reflect on how far we have actually progressed.

 

I started hearing the talk about 21st Century Learning back in the 90s and here we are in 2013 and, looking at this chart from Rankin, we have to ask ourselves; for all the talk and planning, have we really moved out of the 20th Century and embraced what this nebulous concept of 21st Century is really about?

 


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This article discusses the public schools and whether or not they have "arrived" in the 21st century. They compare teaching techniques and stressed focuses from the 20th century and the 21st century. This is related to Gov because it has to do with public schools.

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Chelsie DeBus's comment, May 8, 2014 4:35 PM
I do agree with Katie that is it scary that education as we know it is going to start changing. It is really scary to think that the American people don't like change but it is happening all the time with education. There are pros about this education change and there are cons. Let's take the cons and turn them into pros.
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This is an article about whether education has made it online.

Fiona Free's curator insight, June 16, 2014 6:49 AM

might be interesting 'work' to get staff to do the research and come up with their own table and add a third colunm.....what they do or could do...

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Why Healthcare Organizations Should Add Google+ to their Social Media Mix #hcsm

Why Healthcare Organizations Should Add Google+ to their Social Media Mix #hcsm | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it

If you’re diligently updating Facebook and Twitter, you may feel like your healthcare organization’s social media is under control. But, if you’re not updating Google+, you’re missing out on a social-search powerhouse.

 

Google+ may not seem as popular as Facebook, which has more than 1 billion monthly users, but the social network still boasts 300 million active users. And, then there’s search—the word Google has become a verb for good reason. Google handles 100 billion searches every month.

 

So, what’s the connection between search and social?

Think about how your news spreads on Facebook. You post something. Your followers see it and some like or share it, adding to the likelihood that more people will see the information. The system relies on you to build your base or pay for ads.

 

The cool thing about Google+ is it does some of the work for you. Content spreads out like a web of expanding interconnections. When you post content on Google+, it spreads beyond your page to your followers’ pages so that their followers can see your content as well. And because of the integration of Google+ with Google search, this could lead to higher search rankings.

 

If your organization has a Google+ account linked to its key landing pages and blog posts, it will show up on the right-hand side of the Google search results page when people look you up. When it comes to search engines, it’s all about visibility. The second someone searches for you, they have the chance to interact with your content and start following your activity.

 

Web developers call this “rel=author.” In English, this means content is related to a specific author through their Google+ page. Here’s Matt Cutts, head of Google web spam, talking about how this will impact search rankings.

 

Read more: http://blog.carecontent.com/why-healthcare-organizations-should-add-google-to-their-social-media-mix/


Via Parag Vora
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This article talks about the reasons healthcare organizations should use Google+ as a means to advertise. This relates to gov&law because it is about healthcare, which is the topic this week. 

 

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Michael Sigrist's curator insight, April 28, 2014 12:53 PM

I feel like this would be huge for healthcare organizations to join google+ because of how many are involved with google.

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8 not-so-great government shutdown effects

8 not-so-great government shutdown effects | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it

Via University of San Francisco
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This article just discusses a few effects of the government shutdown. Including National Parks closing, Food and Drug Safety halts, etc...

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Annie Christofferson's curator insight, April 29, 2014 9:08 PM

Throwback to when the government shut down! But really, that's actually what this article talks about. It just talks about a lot of the stuff that happens when the government running. This can include passport and visa delays, no government jobs being paid, parks closing...

 

Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, May 2, 2014 2:29 PM
I remember when this actually happened! I didn't realize how many things got shut down and delayed. This was very interesting.
Siobhan Chantigian's comment, May 2, 2014 9:05 PM
I really didn't quite know to the extent in which the government affects things. I had no idea that the shutdown would affect loans because I hadn't really thought about it before.
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Senate candidate suspends Twitter account: "It was never my intention to offend anybody" -

Senate candidate suspends Twitter account: "It was never my intention to offend anybody" - | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
“ State Senate candidate Jim Coughlan said today he has suspended a personal Twitter account because some of his retweets were considered inappropriate. Coughlan, who is the Dutchess County comptroller, said he has a personal Twitter account (which was @jlcoughlan) as well as a work account and a campaign account. He... Read More →”
Via Walter Neary
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This just made my day. After reading his tweets I can see why he should get rid of it for the campaign, but man, if I would have known about his private twitter account I would have followed it. Too late I guess. Like I said though, I think it's probably best that he got rid of it... On the flip side though, people need to learn how to relax. Clearly this is his personal account and he should be able to tweet what he wants. If people don't want to follow him they don't have to.
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Margaret Silhasek's comment, April 19, 2014 4:28 AM
Haha this is pretty funny! I agree that people need to relax, but social media will definitely be a huge kicker in upcoming political races! I can definitely see people using anything and everything to get at an opposing candidate, so it was probably best Couglan got rid of his personal account.
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Can You Become A U.S. Citizen Through A Grandparent?

Can You Become A U.S. Citizen Through A Grandparent? | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
Is It Possible For An Immigrant To Become A U.S. Citizen Through A Grandparent?
Via Carlos Batara
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This is interesting question. I never would have thought you could! But apparently you can. This relates to gov and law because it discusses the topic of citizenship
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Committee approves bill naming 'Mount Reagan' in Nevada

Committee approves bill naming 'Mount Reagan' in Nevada | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
A Republican congressman got a step closer to naming a Nevada peak after the late President Ronald Reagan, after a House committee approved the idea on Wednesday.
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I find this interesting that they are having such a debate about this. I would never had thought the government would consider this idea with so many different opinions. I mean really, who cares whether or not it's named after a President? It would be cool if it was, but if it didn't happen, oh well. 

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Hope Schuster's comment, April 13, 2014 9:42 AM
I thought it was interesting how there was so much speculation on the name of a bill. It just seems a little crazy.
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Chris Christie: Marijuana is a 'gateway drug' that I will never legalize in New Jersey | WashingtonExaminer.com

Chris Christie: Marijuana is a 'gateway drug' that I will never legalize in New Jersey | WashingtonExaminer.com | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it

 PersonalDuring New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Ask the Governor program on New Jersey radio station 101.5 FM, he was asked by a caller whether the governor would consider legalizing marijuana to bring in more tax revenue into the state.
Mike, I love you baby, but it ain't happening, not while I'm governor, Christie said to the caller.
Christie said that he understood the argument for more revenue, but said that it was wasn't an even exchange.
I don't believe that legalizing an illegal drug for purposes of governmental profit is something that we should be doing. I believe that this is a gateway drug into other more serious drugs, I think it sends a wrong message to our kids and I don't think it makes anybody a better or more productive person, he said.

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In this article Chris Christie says that Marijuana will never be legalized in New Jersey while he is in office. Personally, I think marijuana shouldn't be legalized and I like that he is standing firm with his belief

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Dems push for minimum wage increase for tipped workers -- but will it backfire?

Dems push for minimum wage increase for tipped workers -- but will it backfire? | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it

Public Policy Issues and thegovernnment because Obama is trying to push this whole new "minimum wage bill" downAs the debate over raising the federal minimum wage chugs along in Congress, hourly workers who rely on tips for a living are finding themselves frozen out of the national conversation.


Via Margaret Silhasek
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Minimum wage increase is a huge public policy issue. It's trying to go through congress to raise the minimum wage, this would change the standard of living all across the USA. 

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Margaret Silhasek's curator insight, March 27, 2014 1:38 AM

This relates to Public Policy because it is about the new minimum wage requirement that Obama is trying to push through Congress. Overall, this is  huge public issue when it comes to equality of standard of livng. 

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Government shutdown didn't save money. It cost $2 billion, report says.

Government shutdown didn't save money. It cost $2 billion, report says. | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
From a budgetary perspective, the government shutdown was a lose-lose scenario, with federal employees sitting at home getting no work done but then later getting paid for it.

Via InfoBlaze
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This article discusses the copious amounts of money the government didn't save with the shutdown. If fact the shut down cost much more that what people expected. $2 billion is just the up front number, but really it was much more than that.

 

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Kelsey Von Berge's curator insight, February 6, 2014 8:59 AM

The government shutdown was a huge problem for awhile last year.  so many things were delayed and closed and so much money was lost. I think government officials really need to work out their problems together.  Yes, little kids can argue and disagree and it will only ruin their friendship , but these  people of the government are representing the people of all 50 states. That is a lot of people. I think if you are running to be a government official, you should know there will be arguing and know how to deal with it without affecting everyone else in America. 

Madisen Schimek's comment, February 10, 2014 12:47 AM
I feel like the government shut down was not a good choice. They could have figured it out some way, they just wasted over 2 billion dollars. That just puts us back at where we started.
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Stream of al Qaeda threats has U.S. intelligence concerned

Stream of al Qaeda threats has U.S. intelligence concerned | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
A series of al Qaeda threats to attack Western targets is worrying the U.S. intelligence community.
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This article has to do with government because it discusses our country officials trying to deal with al Qaeda threats. I think this is kinda disturbing to think that they may try to attack our "homeland." 

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Trickle Down: Counties Say Oil Money for Roads Not Enough

Trickle Down: Counties Say Oil Money for Roads Not Enough | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
“In what were some of the poorer counties in Texas, a surge in oil & gas drilling has set local economies on fire. But at the same time, officials have made dire pleas for help, saying the drilling boom is destroying roads and leading to deadly crashes.The Associated Press found that while”
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This article talks about the local government in Texas wanting to put more money into the roads because the oil boom is damaging roads
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The perfect minimum wage job

The perfect minimum wage job | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
“ People rarely fight for minimum wage jobs. Try to find out the perks that help you save the most, depending on your lifestyle and how to find a perfect minimum wage job.”
Via Pauline @ Reach Financial Independence
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This talks about how minimum wage jobs might not be as bad as they sound. Yes, it's a low end job, but it doesn't have all the "political" issues that corporate jobs have..
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Michelle Obama Tweets Message of Support for Missing Nigerian Girls - NBC News

Michelle Obama Tweets Message of Support for Missing Nigerian Girls - NBC News | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
First lady Michelle Obama tweeted a message in support of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls on Wednesday.Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage activist wh...
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This article is about Michelle Obama supporting the Nigerian Girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram and threatened to be sold. This relates to government because Michelle Obama is the First Lady.

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Margaret Silhasek's comment, May 9, 2014 3:08 PM
I think that it's great that America is showing support for these Nigerian girls and that we are trying to get them back to their family. I can't imagine what these girls' families are going through. I also find it shocking the the was able to take 300 girls!! that just seems like such a large number to take through a forest and to try to hide.
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Sarah Palin Out for 'Mama Grizzly,' Doubles Down on Terrorist Remark - NBC News

Sarah Palin Out for 'Mama Grizzly,' Doubles Down on Terrorist Remark - NBC News | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
Sarah Palin campaigned Sunday for Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst, declaring her a fellow "mama grizzly.""Watch out Washington - Joni Ernst, ...
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This article is about Sarah Palin's campaigning for Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst. She discusses matters like Terrorism and Jeb Bush's act of love comments. 

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Hope Schuster's comment, May 1, 2014 10:06 AM
I thought that this article was interesting in the way that Sarah Palin handled discussing these issues.
Margaret Silhasek's comment, May 2, 2014 2:22 PM
I love Sarah Palin!! I also like the fact that she is backing up a woman in her attempt to make it to Washington. I definitely agree with her view on what Jeb Bush said. it may be an act of love, but it IS still illegal!
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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 -Kenna Johnson | 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 relates to government because it talks about how the government is demanding Google to hand over data to help with investigations.

 

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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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US troops arrive in Poland for exercises across Eastern Europe amid Ukraine crisis

US troops arrive in Poland for exercises across Eastern Europe amid Ukraine crisis | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm.

Via Margaret Silhasek
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This article is about the US troops and allies who are trying to ease tension in Ukraine. This article clearly has to do with foreign affairs.

 

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Margaret Silhasek's curator insight, April 24, 2014 12:32 AM

This relates to foreign agains because it is about the US's actions in relation to the affair  between Russia and Ukraine

Hope Schuster's comment, April 27, 2014 8:41 AM
It is crazy to think about all the conflict that is going on in ukraine.
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Support for gay marriage up among black Protestants in last year, flat among white evangelicals

Support for gay marriage up among black Protestants in last year, flat among white evangelicals | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
“ New Pew Research Center data from 2014 show that within the past year, growing shares of some Christian groups favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.”
Via Teresa Herrin
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This article relates to gov and law because it talks about the rising number of people who support gay marriage.
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Hope Schuster's comment, April 20, 2014 2:05 PM
That's article was really interesting. I learned a lot of things I didn't know before
Michael Sigrist's comment, April 21, 2014 11:43 PM
I feel like this is good because people are starting to open up about it and people are now being less fearful about showing the world how they really feel.
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Should People Be Allowed to Volunteer for Jury Duty?

Should People Be Allowed to Volunteer for Jury Duty? | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
Assemblyman Craig Coughlin recently introduced a bill (A2949) that would create a new pool of potential jurors from volunteers.
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This was a really fascinating article. I've  never thought about being able to  volunteer for Jury Duty. I don't know if I like the idea either. It could end up being an 'unfair" trial if you volunteer. I don't know.. It could be nice to be able to volunteer too.

 

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Annie Christofferson's curator insight, April 29, 2014 9:09 PM

I thought this article was very interesting. It talks about people wanting to do civic duty and volunteer for jury duty. I think that would be okay if the person didn't know what trial they were volunteering for. If the person knew, then the trial could/would be unfair and that would be bad. The volunteers should just compile a list and then the judge can pick randomly from the list for each trial. 

 

Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, May 2, 2014 2:22 PM
I definitely agree that Jury duty should be a random person and to a volunteer. This is will make sure all trials are fair and not biased.
Siobhan Chantigian's comment, May 2, 2014 8:39 PM
I feel like if you would volunteer, then you would be able to do it more according to your schedule. However it could very well throw the votes also. I don't really know how they do jury duty now, but I think they should try to blend the kinds of people if they do implement the volunteer rule between volunteers and normal usage.
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US Immigration Service set to introduce fingerprint checks

US Immigration Service set to introduce fingerprint checks | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
US immigration department will be introducing new measures designed to tackle identity fraud.

Via John Carter
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I think this is an interesting idea. Actually, it kinda makes me wonder why they hadn't thought of this any sooner. Although, like any new ways to "tackle" something, someone always comes up with ways to get around it. How long until they get around this?

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Michael Sigrist's curator insight, April 10, 2014 8:56 AM

I feel like this could be big for the US knowing that illegal immigrant numbers are rising as of late.

Margaret Silhasek's comment, April 13, 2014 2:25 AM
I think this is a great first step in the US controlling immigration, but I want to know what they plan to do about all of the illegal immigrants living in America who won't be scanned for fingerprints or anything...
Hope Schuster's comment, April 20, 2014 2:07 PM
I thought that this is a great thing to implement into today's society. it is a good first step
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Obama holds 52-minute meeting with Pope Francis

Obama holds 52-minute meeting with Pope Francis | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
President Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday amid a complex backdrop of conflict over contraception, concern for the plight of the poor, and the pontiff's emergence as a powerful persona on the world stage. 
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The President met with Pope Francis to talk about contraception, and whether or not it should be used. This has to do with politics because it's the president of the united states.

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Hope Schuster's comment, March 28, 2014 11:48 AM
I thought it was really interesting how the President met with the head of the Catholic Church to talk about contraception. I believe that is a good step because it may affect the decision of the President because he will think of the other religious organizations when making his decision.
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Obama Reveals His Full Tourney Picks

Obama Reveals His Full Tourney Picks | Gov & Law -Kenna Johnson | Scoop.it
In what has become an annual tradition throughout his presidency, President Barack Obama revealed his bracket for the 2014 NCAA tournament in an ESPN SportsCenter segment entitled "Barack-etology" on Wednesday morning...
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Yeah, that's right. This is President Obamas March Madness bracket. Honestly, the only way this is related to government is that he is the President, duh. But seriously, who's bracket is better: yours or his?

 

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Hope Schuster's comment, March 20, 2014 11:12 AM
I think that it's great that the President has his bracket picked out for March Madness, but shouldn't he be worried about other things?
Margaret Silhasek's comment, March 21, 2014 1:35 PM
I think this is ridiculous. Our President should not be taking the time to fill out a March Madness Bracket. He should be focused on actually maybe making his Affordable Care Act actually be worthwhile, or how about the growing problems over in Russia and Ukraine. Seriously, so ridiculous. I know he needs to be down to earth and relate to the population, but there comes a time when fun and games is not the answer.
Michael Sigrist's comment, March 23, 2014 9:48 AM
I feel like as the president of the United States, the is allowed to have fun and interact with people in different ways. And i feel like this is appropriate for him. but right now, its a waste of his time, mainly because my bracket is doing better than he is.