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Analysis: Putin Tests Obama's Foreign Policy - ABC News

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Washington Post Analysis: Putin Tests Obama's Foreign Policy ABC News For President Barack Obama, Russia's aggressive annexation of Crimea is testing central tenets of his foreign policy philosophy: his belief in the power of direct diplomacy, his...
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Of course it's a test, but hasn't Obama figured that out yet! Honestly Obama needs to stop playing tic tac toe with Putin and just deal with the problem.

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Tit for Tat: Russia hits US officials with sanctions, as Obama expands penalties - Fox News

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Tit for Tat: Russia hits US officials with sanctions, as Obama expands penalties
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The Russian government slapped sanctions on top U.S.
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We'll that did a lot, oh no six people can't go to Russia! But getting back to the main topic will any of this affect what Russia has done or will do in Crimea.

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March 6 Seminar to Examine Military Rape and Public Policy - UC Riverside

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UC Riverside March 6 Seminar to Examine Military Rape and Public Policy UC Riverside Two leaders in the national movement pressing for reforms concerning military rape and sexual assault will discuss policy changes they believe are essential in a...
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Cool there is a seminar in Riverside pertaining to military rape and public policy,  too bad this article gives there personal background instead of the specifics regarding the seminar

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United States Government takes action over Icelandic whaling ...

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The US Government today announced it is invoking the Pelly Amendment which certifies Iceland for undermining the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) over its continued slaughter of whales ...
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Well that was smart! Keep hunting the animal that is already an endangered species! Should have seen this one coming.

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Lucas DeCook's comment, March 6, 2014 3:25 PM
I think that it is good that they stopped hunting and started watching these endangered wales. Interesting scoop Shemar!
Sean Prouty's comment, March 8, 2014 9:05 PM
I agree. I feel that if any animal is endangered that we should be watching them and help them not kill them.
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Texas man turned away from voting booth over pro-gun Second Amendment T ... - Fox News

Texas man turned away from voting booth over pro-gun Second Amendment T ... - Fox News | Gov & Law | Scoop.it
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Texas man turned away from voting booth over pro-gun Second Amendment T ...
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I'm glad the man wasn't to upset about it. I do suppose they had the right to toss him out because it could affect people's vote in the ballots.

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Obama urges Democrats to wake up ahead of tough midterm elections - Reuters

Obama urges Democrats to wake up ahead of tough midterm elections - Reuters | Gov & Law | Scoop.it
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Obama urges Democrats to wake up ahead of tough midterm elections
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A third of the 100-member Senate is up for grabs in November elections as well as all 435 seats in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
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Obama has a point here, even with unsure motives. The Democrats can not afford to miss this opportunity,  because I'd they do they could lose a lot of the control in the government.  

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The Plot From Solitary - New York Magazine

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New York Magazine The Plot From Solitary New York Magazine The strike's leaders had challenged the SHU's constitutionality in court, arguing that the limits it placed on social interaction violated the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and...
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Well this is an interesting case but I don't know what's more odd about it, the idea that there trying to say that there imprisonment (solitary confinement) is violating the 8th Amendment. Or the fact that they are showing the still have a right to the 1st Amendment, the right to petition.

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Sky Erickson case brings Wedebrand back to court - Dickinson County News

Dickinson County News Sky Erickson case brings Wedebrand back to court Dickinson County News "They held that it was unconstitutional because it was cruel, unusual punishment under the 8th Amendment to have mandatory life sentences without parole...
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This is definitely a case of violating the 8th Amendment, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole at the age of 16! That's really over doing it, for a crime he committed back when he was still an adolescent. Yes he did something terrible but he does not deserve that.

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Tenn. House panel advances bill requiring schools to teach Constitution - Kingsport Times News

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Tenn. House panel advances bill requiring schools to teach Constitution
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NASHVILLE — Amended legislation requiring Tennessee's public schools to teach the U.S.
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I could see how this would be a good idea, actually why isn't this a federal law and enforced in all schools?

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MsHaeussinger's comment, February 16, 2014 9:56 AM
Each state is allowed to write their own curriculum (decide WHAT is taught). Looks like Tennessee has been lacking the Constitution in its curriculum? The federal government does not have the power to require each state to teach the Constitution specifically, although it can issue firm guidelines, which it has in the past.
Lucas DeCook's comment, February 23, 2014 2:35 PM
The constitution is definatly something that should be taught more throughly. That is something that the founding fathers wanted us all to know, understand, and follow. If each state is allowed to decide what they teach then they should make this a state law.
Sean Prouty's comment, February 23, 2014 9:36 PM
I didnt even though that not every school had to learn the constutution. I just thought everyone had to learn it. I do feel that everyone should learn it and i dont just mean students. I feel that everyone that comes in this country should have to learn our constitution.
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Drug policy debate should focus on federalism - United Liberty

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Drug policy debate should focus on federalism
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Now, Cruz is a supporter of federalism on issues like gay marriage and abortion.
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I understand what Cruz is saying here and I partially agree with it. Yes people like Obama should stop "ignoring" the drug policy debate and actually try to make possible changes. However I disagree with Cruz's idea of taking it to the federal level, I think it should stay at the state mainly because there are already state's with there own specific drug policies. Like Colorado, which coincidentally was mentioned in this article. 

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Lucas DeCook's comment, February 7, 2014 3:43 PM
Good scoop shemar! I think that your right about Obama ignoring drug policies. He should defiantly be doing something about the current drug problem that his country is going through.
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Does the Constitution address Income Inequality? - Philly.com

Does the Constitution address Income Inequality? - Philly.com | Gov & Law | Scoop.it
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Does the Constitution address Income Inequality?
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I don't think that they (the people discussing this topic ) did it any justice.  They did not talk about the fine print of the constitution or even what it may suggest. All they seemed to discuss was whether or not the founding fathers would have intended for something like this to happen and if this idea of inequality would have been considered okay back in the 1900's.

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Sean Prouty's comment, February 23, 2014 9:52 PM
i agree with you shemar. They article is kinda weavy. I agree its not a very good. they need to discuss the constitution better and not the founding fathers.
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Obama's Foreign Policy Obsession With Global Warming Emboldens Putin - Forbes

Obama's Foreign Policy Obsession With Global Warming Emboldens Putin - Forbes | Gov & Law | Scoop.it
Forbes Obama's Foreign Policy Obsession With Global Warming Emboldens Putin Forbes If Vladimir Putin had any misgivings about the consequences of invading Ukraine and taking the Crimea, the Obama foreign policy team gave Putin every reason to...
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Yea, I'm going to blame Obama and Kerry on this one. The should have gone to Crimea and focused on the Ukraine crisis not there foreign policy on global warming. I still don't understand why Obama hasn't done more to stop/punish Russia.

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Sean Prouty's comment, March 23, 2014 12:11 AM
I'm going to agree with you on this one Shemar. Obama needs to get this whole Russia thing taken care of.
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The thrills of public policy (a non-ironic point of view) - The Connecticut Mirror

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The thrills of public policy (a non-ironic point of view)
The Connecticut Mirror
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Basically just an article drawing attention to the big discussion points that politicians are talking about, in relation to public policy, and how it might affect you.

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Ann Marie Rydberg's curator insight, March 26, 2014 3:00 PM

This article provides a very brief insight into how important public policy actually is.  It mentions that despite how dull public policy issues can seem, they are actually very relevant to our lives.  They include things like raising minimum wage, writing a bill of rights for domestic workers, and increasing public assistance to grandparents and other relatives raising children.  I definitely agree with the point of the article that most people don't understand how close these issues are to their lives.  While I, personally, would not want to have a job dealing in public policy, I understand that it is essential to have a good understanding of what is actually happening in public policy.

 

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Non-Christians Given 'Special Consideration' In Union Teacher Contract - Michigan Capitol Confidential

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Non-Christians Given 'Special Consideration' In Union Teacher Contract Michigan Capitol Confidential A recent study from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy showed that about 60 percent of public school union contracts in Michigan had illegal...
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According to the article I don't believe that the school district has done anything, they are simply giving more consideration to non-Christians, not giving less consideration to Christians. Besides the school probably has a really good reason to do this.

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5-year-old boy accidentally Second Amendments his father in an ...

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5-year-old boy accidentally Second Amendments his father in an Oklahoma store. March 3, 2014. By Anomaly. A 5-year-old boy in Oklahoma accidentally shot his father inside Bass Pro Shops while Dad was trying on a new holster, police ...
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I could see how that was a complete accident. It would be sad if they (the government agency) took the boy away from the father because he left him unattended for a seconds, for just an accident.

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Lucas DeCook's comment, March 6, 2014 3:35 PM
I think this is an honest accident and it should be disregarded and should not be a big deal.
Sean Prouty's comment, March 8, 2014 8:59 PM
I agree that it is an accident but the dad should not leave a fully loaded gun next to a 5 year old kid.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 9, 2014 10:42 AM
This is an interesting occurrence that I am sure pro-gun and anti-gun supporters alike had a hey-day with!
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US government, Sprint to fight in court over wiretap expenses - Chicago Tribune

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US government, Sprint to fight in court over wiretap expenses
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sprint Corp and the U.S.
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I didn't even know the government had to pay for these services let alone sew for fraudulent activity. It's kind of weird to think about the government sewing for something that many would agree violates there privacy. Interesting.

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Sean Prouty's comment, March 16, 2014 1:02 AM
your right Shemar that is weird. I didn't know the government had to file a suit or anything
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Texas Elections Mark Start of State Balloting With ID Laws - Bloomberg

Texas Elections Mark Start of State Balloting With ID Laws - Bloomberg | Gov & Law | Scoop.it
Boston Globe Texas Elections Mark Start of State Balloting With ID Laws Bloomberg The effects may be sweeping: In Dallas County alone, the elections department mailed letters in January to warn almost 200,000 people of discrepancies between voter...
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I'm not entirely sure if this law is a good thing or a bad thing, you could argue that it would take a voice way from the poor but you could also argue that it would prevent cheating in the ballots. Which coincidentally can't be proven. What I want to know is what is the underlying motive for a law like this, who is it actually going to benefit.

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Missouri executed Michael Taylor shortly after midnight - Pitch Weekly

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Washington Post Missouri executed Michael Taylor shortly after midnight Pitch Weekly Without that information, Bye argued, it's impossible to know whether the execution would take place within the boundaries of Eighth Amendment protections against...
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This one brings up a lot of uneasy questions like, why was his execution delayed 25 years in the first place; where did Missouri get the drugs from; would this be violating the 8th Amendment; and will Missouri have to pay for it's actions?

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Pierce Logan's comment, March 3, 2014 12:36 PM
Great scoop Shemar! I do agree with you questions on why his was execution was delayed for so long and if it would violate 8th amendment or not. I feel this article should be more investigated on then how it was.
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How the US government spends millions to get people to eat more pizza - Washington Post (blog)

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Chicago Sun-Times
How the US government spends millions to get people to eat more pizza
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"In recent years, [the USDA] has spent many millions of dollars to increase pizza consumption among U.S.
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Interesting article but I think that it's sort of misleading. The title says "How the U.S. government spends -", but in the article the USDA raises money from others to then promote cheese and milk products, which results in being pizza. This article really needs to get specific because there are a number of people ranting in the comments section about where specifically the money is coming from.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, February 16, 2014 9:54 AM
Wow, what a great story Shemar! Following the cash often leads to interesting places. DMI is a private firm funded by the government that then promotes a private firm like Domino's? This would likely be less problematic IF the money was being used to fund healthier food choices, don't you think?
Lucas DeCook's comment, February 23, 2014 2:32 PM
I think that the promotion of cheese and milk is fine but it would probably be better if they also supported other food groups that are healthier.
Sean Prouty's comment, March 1, 2014 11:40 PM
hey that's interesting. I didn't know that the government funds places like Domino's. i understand y they find pizza though and not health food because if this funded healthy food they would go broke. everyone likes pizza
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Articles: Lessons for Federalism from Colorado's Pot Legalization

Articles: Lessons for Federalism from Colorado's Pot Legalization | Gov & Law | Scoop.it

Via MsHaeussinger
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That's an interesting thought, if you were to get pulled over in the state of Colorado with pot by state police officers you wouldn't get in trouble if you met there requirements but if you got pulled over by a federal police officers you would still be breaking the law. I guess that is a temporary win.

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Kirsten Cunningham's comment, February 8, 2014 10:24 AM
I wonder if the us will make this a law! Any thoughts about that?
Isaac Mettler's comment, February 9, 2014 12:27 AM
I don't think they would I ride the law considering how much tax money it brings into government.
Isaac Mettler's comment, February 9, 2014 12:27 AM
override*
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Ingraham: Justice Sotomayor Cares More About 'Her Immigrant Family ... - Mediaite

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Ingraham: Justice Sotomayor Cares More About 'Her Immigrant Family ...
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I don't really understand what's the big deal, she really shouldn't take offense to the words illegal immigrant, just because she has Puerto Rican background. Now Ingraham on the other hand is blowing this whole thing out of proportion.  This has nothing to do with being a justice, Sotomayor simply said she takes offense to people being referred to as that.

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