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‘Saturday Night Live’ on the Benghazi hearings (VIDEO)

‘Saturday Night Live’ on the Benghazi hearings (VIDEO) | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Not the witnesses you would expect.
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This video portrays SNL's take on the Benghazi hearings. 

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Cbaker02's comment, May 18, 2013 3:00 PM
haha super funny :) when did you hear about the attack, well i guess today ha
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Senate votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Senate votes to legalize same-sex marriage | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
ST. PAUL —A bill allowing same-sex couples to wed is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk.
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Minnesota is set to become the 12 state in the United States to legalize gay marriage! This is great news for our state.

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Pentagon Report Declares More Than Half The US Military Is Overweight

Pentagon Report Declares More Than Half The US Military Is Overweight | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
But it's all muscle, really!
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This article was very surprising to me! I didn't realize that about 51% of service members are overweight. I also found it alarming that one third of our   military reports episodes of binge drinking within the last thirty days. 

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Michael Holm's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:29 AM

I think that it's fascinating that half of military members are overweight... I don't get how they can pass the physical tests they do. 

slecy81's curator insight, May 1, 2013 12:23 PM

I was actually shocked to find out that over half of the US Military is overweright! I imagine them working out all the time and getting fit. I think that if the military can't be average weight, that is a problem for the United States and that everyone needs to get into a better shape. I am not saying that people have to be skinny, but they should be healthy.

MsHaeussinger's comment, May 2, 2013 11:11 AM
Great story, very interesting! The military has mandatory physical fitness requirements, or at least, they used to?
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Millions added by Congress for unwanted tanks highlights challenge of trimming military budget

Millions added by Congress for unwanted tanks highlights challenge of trimming military budget | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army’s hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle.
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Congress is currently requiring the army to purchase Abrams tanks even though the army would “use that money in a different way.” General Ray Odierno, the Army’s Chief of Staff said that they do not need any more tanks and would instead use money to research for the new and improved model of the tank.  However, Congress does not agree.  If the facility shut down, the community would lose 100 million dollars annually.  This is a problem; however, I think Congress should listen to military experts. 

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Republican Reactions To The Boston Bombings Expose The Party's Xenophobia

Republican Reactions To The Boston Bombings Expose The Party's Xenophobia | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
"Chechens are all over the world ;fighting with Al Qaeda.” ;
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This article was very interesting and made several valid points. It states that the path to citizenship must be "reasonable, straightforward, and fair." I agree with this statement. The author also slams the Republican Party's "xenophobia" as he implies that the "war on terror" will never end because we have stripped arrested individuals of their rights, thus implying that the Boston Bombings should have no effect on the pending immigration bill in the Senate. 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 28, 2013 11:48 AM
Interesting story! Seems the Republican party has a lot of rebuilding to do to revamp their image before the 2014 election!
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There's A Huge Court Fight Over California's Ban On Therapy To Make People Straight

There's A Huge Court Fight Over California's Ban On Therapy To Make People Straight | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
"Sexual orientation change efforts"
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Next Wednesday, federal appeals courts will hear arguments deciding whether therapists in California will be allowed to offer therapies "aimed at making gay and lesbian teenagers straight" The health professionals arguing this ban say that it infringes on their freedom of speech, religous rights, and jeopardizes their livlihoods. I'm very curious to see how this plays out as it raises questions concerning our constitutional rights. 

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Cbaker02's comment, April 20, 2013 10:05 PM
this is crazy that states would even try to do this! so weird.
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GUN CONTROL VOTE FAILS IN SENATE — Obama Lambastes The Senate In Angry Speech

GUN CONTROL VOTE FAILS IN SENATE — Obama Lambastes The Senate In Angry Speech | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Background checks fail, 54-46.
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This proposed amendment brought much heated debate and it was announced today to have failed. Only sixty votes were needed, so it was obviously a very close debate. I found it interesting that Kelly Ayotte voted against background checks and is instead advocating to perseve the Second Amendement act (which includes reforms in Criminal Background System checks). 

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TOOBIN: Obama Has Already Picked The Next Supreme Court Justice

TOOBIN: Obama Has Already Picked The Next Supreme Court Justice | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
It would be a "history-making choice."
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If Obama appoints Srinivasan it would likely reinforce that civil rights issues, such as gay marriage, would continue to be acted on by the Supreme Court--as they should--and not by independent state interpretation. Srinivasan supports this notion, as he recently argued to kill the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in March. 

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DARRELL ISSA: It's Clear That Obama Administration Officials 'See Themselves Above The Law'

DARRELL ISSA: It's Clear That Obama Administration Officials 'See Themselves Above The Law' | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
"Disturbing."
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New revelations about the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Benghazi, AP phone records, and the IRS targeting conservitive groups have left many people questioning the government and President Obama. In this article Issa, angrily states that these individuals view themselves above the law and   his plans to address the issue. 

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Cbaker02's comment, May 18, 2013 3:04 PM
super crazy that they tax some people differently because they are conservitive
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Sandra Day O'Connor: Supreme Court Probably Screwed Up On Bush V. Gore

Sandra Day O'Connor: Supreme Court Probably Screwed Up On Bush V. Gore | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
"Maybe the court should have said, 'We're not going to take it, goodbye.'"
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This article was very interesting! I'm curious as to why Sandra Day O' Connor decided to Bush v. Gore case right now. Whatever the reason, I think she is sending a strong message about how she feels about George W. Bush. 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 30, 2013 7:40 AM
It's rare that justices speak about past cases. She's well respected but her words now make you curious about her reasoning.
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Rep. Kennedy influences gay NBA player to come out

Rep. Kennedy influences gay NBA player to come out | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Rep. Joe Kennedy is proud of his Stanford roommate, Jason Collins. Collins, a 12-year-veteran of the NBA, came out as gay in Sports Illustrated cover story.
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This is a very cool story! I'm happy Kennedy and Bill Clinton issued a supportive statement for him. 

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Cbaker02's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:31 AM

super cool that he is giving his suport, i cant emagine how hard it would be to come out when you a pro athlete. so big!

Michael Holm's curator insight, May 1, 2013 11:41 AM

I think this is really cool that this guy is giving support to his old roomate to come out. 

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A Proposed Law Could Raise NYC's Legal Smoking Age To 21

A Proposed Law Could Raise NYC's Legal Smoking Age To 21 | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
To cut down on lifelong smokers.
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This is a very interesting propostion for the state of New York. I think it's good that the state is making the health of people under age 18 as a number one priority. Especially because it's very possible that the state would lose a great deal of revenue if this bill were to pass. 

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allie krings's comment, April 25, 2013 4:34 PM
It's really interesting that New York is suddenly so concerned with health, don't get me wrong, I think this is a great thing! It almost makes sense to me that this would be raised to the age of 21, since that is the legal age to drink alcohol and they seem to be two peas in a pod.
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GOP SENATORS: The Boston Bombings Are No Excuse To Stop Immigration Reform

GOP SENATORS: The Boston Bombings Are No Excuse To Stop Immigration Reform | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
"All the more reason why comprehensive immigration reform is so essential." ;
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John McCain and Lindsey Graham, two Republican Senators, released a statement urging lawmakers not to use the recent Boston Bombings as an excuse to delay an immigration bill currently pending in the Senate. 

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Cbaker02's comment, April 28, 2013 12:57 AM
im sure they will have to make some tweaks to the Immigration bill, just to make people feel safer.
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MLK Writes Incredible Letter From Alabama Jail — 50 Years Ago Today

MLK Writes Incredible Letter From Alabama Jail — 50 Years Ago Today | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
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This article written on April 16 fifty years ago illustrates the importance of the First Amendment. King gives spot on examples of the injustice present and points out that "such an ordiance become unjust when it is used to maintain segregation and to deny citizens the First Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and protest." Personally, I believe that the homosexuals are fighting the same fight African Americans did fifty years ago, and it is my hope they will be awarded the same marriage privileges as everyone else in the upcoming months. 

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Cbaker02's comment, April 20, 2013 10:08 PM
great point Brynne, they homosexuals are fighting a very similar battle!
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The Battle Over Gay Marriage May Be Over, But New Fronts Have Opened Up In The Culture Wars

The Battle Over Gay Marriage May Be Over, But New Fronts Have Opened Up In The Culture Wars | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Social conservatives have more up their sleeves. ;
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This article discusses the optimism of the same-sex marriage debate and the new doors its opening.  Stewart believes that the Republican’s increasing support is hopeful. She also describes religious liberty as one of “the newer sources of potential conflict.” When the government enforces the constitutional principle of separation of church and state allegations of violations of “religious liberty” always seem to follow. Although most people realize that these principles will be at odds with some religion somewhere, there are those who believe their religious freedoms are being infringed upon.  

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Republicans Want To Know If Beyonce And Jay-Z Had Permission To Go To Cuba

Republicans Want To Know If Beyonce And Jay-Z Had Permission To Go To Cuba | Gov & Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Havana tourism by Americans is strictly prohibited.
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This article raises many questions concerning our rights to travel to Cuba. We are all aware that we must receive government permission in order to travel to Cuba. We are also aware that visiting Cuba for “tourist” purposes is illegal. Why then were Beyonce and Jay-Z able to enter Cuba? It is constitutional to control our travel outside of the United States?

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Cbaker02's comment, April 13, 2013 10:59 AM
im glad they figured out how they got to go. This could have turned out to be stupid drama.
allie krings's comment, April 14, 2013 4:46 PM
I'm confused as to why they were so secretive about this trip, since it has come about that they had documentation. Their secrecy makes it seem more sketchy. Also, in response to your question, Brynne "Is it constitutional to conrol our travel outside of the US?", I believe that nobody should have the opportunity to go to Cuba (and why would they want to, anyway??), but no, the US should not be able to control our other travels. Saying that, I want to clarify that I am not objecting to passports and other documentation while traveling, for that is for our safety.