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Holder Defends Justice Department in Journalists’ Records Seizure

Holder Defends Justice Department in Journalists’ Records Seizure | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said that the leak in question was among the two or three most serious leaks he had seen since the 1970s.
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

Phone records were released that shouldn't have been. There was classified information about our foiling of the Al Qaeda terrorist plot. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. defended the seizure of the phone records to protect our society. I don't know why someone would release these phone records it puts all of us in jeopardy.


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Minnesota budget deal: Tax hikes on high earners, tobacco

Minnesota budget deal: Tax hikes on high earners, tobacco | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
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Via Shelby Strain
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

I agree with Governor Dayton on raising taxes on tobacco products, but I don't agree with increasing the taxes on the wealthy even more than they already are. Instead of increasing the taxes on the wealthy we should increase the taxes on alcohol products. There will always be a high demand for these products regardless of the price that the consumer has to pay for it. 

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Shelby Strain's curator insight, May 13, 2013 10:08 PM

Gov. Dayton wants to put in place higher taxes for the wealthy and on tobacco. I think that it is great that a higher tax is being put on tobacco because it is still a problem not only in the state of Minnesota, but in the United States. However, I do not agree with having more tax on the wealthy. I believe that we should have a proportional tax of around 10-20%, that way it is equal for everyone and people can't complain.

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Report Urges More ‘Compassionate Release’ of Federal Prisoners

Report Urges More ‘Compassionate Release’ of Federal Prisoners | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
The Bureau of Prisons could save taxpayer money and reduce overcrowding if it better managed its “compassionate release” program, according to the Justice Department’s inspector general.
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The Bureau of Prisons wants to give a compassionate release to prisoners that are either dying or are in other serious circumstances. I don't think the person should be released. It is their punishment to life in prison so that's where it should end. I understand that we could save money by releasing them, but that defeats the whole purpose of giving them that sentence in the first place. 

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Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, May 11, 2013 9:17 PM
I agree mostly but it depends on how much money can be saved. its all about the money; thats what runs the world.
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Almost Half of Americans Say Budget Cuts Will Hurt Economy

Almost Half of Americans Say Budget Cuts Will Hurt Economy | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
About one-third said the automatic cuts to military and domestic programs would have no effect on the economy one way or the other, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

How do only have of Americans think that the sequestration cuts will hurt our economy? All parties including Republicans, Democrats, and Independents agreed that these cuts would hurt our economy, yet they did nothing to stop them. I find that baffling! Most people say that haven't felt the limitations of the cuts, but the worst is yet to come.

 

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Legal Aid Ordered for Mentally Disabled Immigrants

Legal Aid Ordered for Mentally Disabled Immigrants | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
The decision is the first time a court has required the government to provide legal assistance for any group of people before the nation’s immigration courts.
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

A federal judge in California orderded immigration courts in 3 states. This would provide legal representation for immigrants with mental dissabilities who may possibly be deported, these immigrants would be unable to represent themselves and that is why their would be a court representative provided for them. I understand that these immigrants may be unable to represent themselves, but they are still here illegally which would mean that regardless they should be deported. Unless it can be proven that they didn't understand what was going on or were brought here without their consent then maybe something should happen.

 

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Shelby Strain's comment, April 25, 2013 7:54 PM
I agree with you, but if they need to be here for treatment of a mental illness, they should be referred to by a doctor and get them a green card for until their treatment is over. We have better healthcare that a lot of countries, so if they need it, we should allow them to have it, if they pay for it.
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Obama Calls Marathon Bombings an ‘Act of Terrorism’

Obama Calls Marathon Bombings an ‘Act of Terrorism’ | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
President Obama labeled the Boston blasts a terrorist attack for the first time, but he said officials did not know whether it was the work of foreign or domestic groups or individuals.
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Obama referred to the bombings that occured at the Boston Marathon as an "act of terrorism". It is said that he still doesn't know much about the bombing. Obama is very careful at how he phrases things because of the happenings after Benghazi, Libya. I think it is crazy that something can happen like that in a blink of an eye. 

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Shelby Strain's comment, April 20, 2013 1:41 PM
I agree with you. I cannot believe something like this happened so quickly. Its a terrible thing and I hope they catch the other guy who did this!
Crystal Nickles's comment, April 21, 2013 7:00 AM
I also agree, this was a terrible occurrence. I'm happy he addressed the nation the way he did but it would have been better to never had happened.
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DREAM Act: Senate immigration reform bill offers 'best' version yet

DREAM Act: Senate immigration reform bill offers 'best' version yet | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
Senate's immigration reform bill includes a version of the DREAM Act that would make some young people eligible for green cards and US citizenship after five years. Immigration advocates hail the proposal.

Via Shelby Strain
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

I'm glad that something is being done to acknowledge the fact that these people are here illegally and we need to do something in order to make it okay that they are here. We can't spend money sending them back to whereever they came from so we might as well make them citizens. Making them citizens will not only benefit them but it will benefit us by reducing medical costs for them and allowing us to tax their incomes.

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Shelby Strain's curator insight, April 16, 2013 5:18 PM

A group in the Senate has created a bill that will make it easier for younger people to be available to green cards and then a US citizenship after five years. I think that this is a good idea because we are forced with so many illegal immigrants in our country and most of them want to become citizens, but can't because of bad rules. This is not saying that everyone will become a citizen, but it is doing more to give people a fair life.

Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, April 19, 2013 3:19 PM
I am pleased to hear that the immigration issue is being addressed. This is a big issue in our country... it makes me wonder if it is as big of an issue in other countries as well? If not, why is it such a big problem in our country and not others? If yes, then maybe we should pool ideas with other countries to come up with a solution.
Crystal Nickles's comment, April 21, 2013 7:04 AM
I'm happy something is happening to help immigrants. They come to this country seeking a better life and most of them deserve the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and their families.
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State Action on Gun Laws Draws Contrast With Washington

State Action on Gun Laws Draws Contrast With Washington | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
As states like Colorado have enacted tougher firearm restrictions, the arcane rules of the United States Senate have dimmed the prospects of new federal regulations.
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

Threats have been made against some lawmakers that support these bills. I understand the reasoning behind Colorado's restrictiveness on guns, but I think it is repulsive that people would threaten people because of what they support. We have the Freedom of Speech for a reason, but some people take it too far. 

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House Group’s Immigration Bill Takes Shape

House Group’s Immigration Bill Takes Shape | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
The legislation appears to contrast with a broader plan taking shape in the Senate.
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

The House is trying to make its own bill about how to get the 11 million illegal immigrants that are already in the US to become citizens. The agricultural workers that are here illegally provide crucial work for our economy. Immigrants that have either a family or have an employment relationship would be able to become citizens even though in previous times they would have to leave the country for 3-10 years before they could reapply. The remaining illegal immigrants can apply for "provisional legal status". I think it's great that we are finally trying to take care of this. I realize we are only doing this because of the sequester, but none the less it's a great move forward. 

 

 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 3, 2013 12:48 PM
Interesting how the Republican caucus wouldn't even discuss a pathway to citizenship before last November's election. Good to see there might be a viable solution - whatever the solution may be - its clear we just can't leave over 10 million people in legal limbo.
Shelby Strain's comment, April 13, 2013 2:12 PM
I had no idea that there was 11 million illegal immigrants in our country. This has obviously got out of hand and I'm glad that they are taking action.
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Cantor: $100 million from presidential campaigns should go to curing childhood diseases

Cantor: $100 million from presidential campaigns should go to curing childhood diseases | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has proposed that the nearly $100 million taxpayers spend on presidential campaigns would be better spent on fighting autism and other childhood diseases.

Via Shelby Strain
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

I agree whole hartedly with Eric Cantor. I think it is ridiculous how much we spend on campaigns. Before we had all this technology there was never even a thought of the campaigns costing that much money. By cutting the amount used on campaigns we could use it for better things such as healthcare and eduction. I don't deny that campaigning needs some money but not nearly as much as we currently are spending on it. I know many households could really use the tax cut that would come from reducing the amount of money that campaigns can use. 

 

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Shelby Strain's curator insight, April 2, 2013 5:34 PM

Many Americans believe that instead of spending so much on the presidential campaigns, we should do something with part of the money, like treating autism and helping children. This brings up a controversial topic. Are we spending too much on campaigns as a nation? And, if only rich people can afford to campaign, do we really have an "equal" country?

Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, April 5, 2013 8:05 PM
I think we have an overall equal country its just not fair that if a congress men or whatever has a lot of money they have a better chance to win a primary, election, or something.
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Daily Show: On Topic - Politicians Speak - Speeches

Daily Show: On Topic - Politicians Speak - Speeches | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
Political speeches are much more than unnatural eyelines.
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

This video has clips of many politicians speaking. We heard how even politicians don't know what they are trying to say or what they are talking about. They try to use stories and analogies to try and get people to understand, but usually they mess up and it's hilarious. 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, March 24, 2013 1:40 PM
Hilarious, yes, but it is tough to always be articulate and well-spoken when cameras and microphones are on 24/7. I certainly don't feel bad for them but I understand their predicament.
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G.O.P. Senators Add Gun Protections to Financing Bill

G.O.P. Senators Add Gun Protections to Financing Bill | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
Provisions to permanently protect some gun rights favored by Republicans were added to a bill to keep the government running through year’s end.
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

Some members of the Senate Appropriations Committee who support gun rights have added some changes to the bill that  permanently protect some gun rights. I think it's good that our gun rights are being permanently protected considering it is one of our rights to bare arms. I understand that some limitations need to be placed on this and I'm glad they are going through the proper steps to adjust to our times and situations. 


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Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, March 16, 2013 4:43 PM
I agree that some limits should be put on gun ownership. But guns arnt the problem the person shooting at other people are the problem. More laws should be made to keep them from getting their hands on guns.
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Column - Thomas J. Lucente Jr.: Fourth Amendment under attack everywhere

Column - Thomas J. Lucente Jr.: Fourth Amendment under attack everywhere | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
Rarely does a week go by without some story of some court or government agency somewhere attacking the Fourth Amendment and its proscription against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Via Shelby Strain
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

I can't believe that people that live 100 miles by the border are denied their 4th amendment rights. If they live on United States soil, I don't see why their rights get taken away? I understand a lot of bad things happen near the border, but what happened to "innocent until proven guilty". If they want to limit the jurisdiction of our rights then they should have to get a bill passed in order to do so. They can't just decide whatever they want, that's the point of checks and balances. 

 

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Shelby Strain's curator insight, March 11, 2013 6:23 PM

Our Fourth Amendment rights are slowly deteriorating. The government says that if you live within 100 miles of the border, you have no Fourth Amendment protection. Also, the FBI has been known to monitor Google searches. Now, unreasonable searches and seizures are happening everywhere. This article talks about how a police officer pulled a man over and searched his car without a warrent or anything and found cocaine. Even though there was cocaine, the police officer had no right to search his car. I think our court system needs to take another look at our Fourth Amendment rights and make some changes.

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White House releases Benghazi e-mails

White House releases Benghazi e-mails | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
The White House released more than 100 pages of e-mails on Wednesday in a bid to quell critics who say President Barack Obama and his aides played politics with national security following the deadly terror attack on the U.S.
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

The attacks in Benghazi were brushed aside and hidden during the previous elections to give Obama a better chance at being re-elected. The White House has released emails, but they have been doctored to downplay the action there and the true threat that was happening. I find it repulsive and saddening to think that our government would try to hide this. Especially considering there were Americans present and that their lives were lost because of our government, the Obama Administration, trying to look pretty to get re-elected.

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Ashley Sanneman's comment, May 15, 2013 9:59 PM
There is a video on this cite but no way to copy a link for it.
Shelby Strain's comment, May 16, 2013 5:17 PM
I find this to be very similar to Nixon. They withheld information and are finally now coming out with it over a year after he was reelected. Our lives are literally controlled by the government.
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Key issues on Obama's Mexico trip: Trade, immigration and drug war

Key issues on Obama's Mexico trip: Trade, immigration and drug war | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
Several key topics will be on the table when U.S. President Barack Obama heads to Mexico this week.
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

President Obama is going to Mexico to meet with the Mexican President. Trade and economic ties, immigration, and security and the drug war are the primary topics that will be talked about betweent the two leaders. We are having positive impacts on the economic conditions in Mexico, but we aren't benefiting from it. We are their number one trade partner while they are our third. Yes they may be good for us, but this does't mean they can just come into our country illegally. 

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Crystal Nickles's comment, May 11, 2013 6:44 PM
I think that this is great. Trade is important but immigration and drug control are key problems in this country. Immigration is difficult to control but if the countries work together they can keep both issues down. There are so many drug problems in Mexico with gangs and the transport into the US and this needs to be minimized.
Crystal Nickles's comment, May 11, 2013 6:44 PM
I think that this is great. Trade is important but immigration and drug control are key problems in this country. Immigration is difficult to control but if the countries work together they can keep both issues down. There are so many drug problems in Mexico with gangs and the transport into the US and this needs to be minimized.
Crystal Nickles's comment, May 11, 2013 6:44 PM
I think that this is great. Trade is important but immigration and drug control are key problems in this country. Immigration is difficult to control but if the countries work together they can keep both issues down. There are so many drug problems in Mexico with gangs and the transport into the US and this needs to be minimized.
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Mother gets 10 years for killing child 56 years ago

Mother gets 10 years for killing child 56 years ago | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — A woman who pleaded no contest to second-degree murder earlier this year in the 1957 death of her 9-month-old daughter was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

A mother is sentenced to 10 years in prison for murdering her child over 56 years ago. I'm glad some justice was brought to this case. The fact that it took this long for her to be punished for her crimes is unsettling. 

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Insider House Rules

Insider House Rules | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
Congress destroys its own feeble attempt to limit Congressional insider trading.
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

He talked about the perks of being in Congress. It is forbidden for anyone in America to insider trade, unless you are the one with the best information. This talks about how the Senate bank advisors use their insider information to move their stocks in banks and make an unbelievable profit. They are using information that other stock holders/traders wouldn't know. Obama passed the Stock Act which states that Senate members have to follow the same insider trading rules as everyone else. I think this is very good because it would level the playing field. They had too much information previously and I think it is good that it is being limited. 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 28, 2013 12:10 PM
This is a great story ensuring oversight of government abuses.
Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, April 28, 2013 5:55 PM
I agree i think that the stock Act was a good thing. Congress members should not be able to take advantage of that information.
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In Gun Bill Defeat, a President’s Distaste for Twisting Arms

In Gun Bill Defeat, a President’s Distaste for Twisting Arms | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
The White House defended President Obama’s efforts on gun violence, but he has long struggled to master his relationship with Congress.

Via Shelby Strain
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

I feel like Obama could have done more if he wanted the bill to pass. He should be disappointed in himself and Congress. I feel like President Obama is taking too light of an approach when disciplingin congress, he is the President and people should understand that he is our leader. This is President Obama's second term and he still hasn't mastered his relationship with Congress, come on it's part of your job for goodness sakes.

 

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Shelby Strain's curator insight, April 23, 2013 9:09 PM

President Obama is very disappointed that the Gun Bill did not pass through Congress. Many of the Democrats who did vote against it are now feeling heat from other party members who supported it. A lot of them are more disappointe in President Obama's efforts on it. They are saying he let VP Joe Biden take charge when Obama should have. They are also saying that there is such a gap between the parties because President Obama has not been good with disiciplining Congress when they rebel, which is pretty obvious. I think that President Obama is doing a farely good job considering what has gone on in the past weeks, but he needs to start focusing Congress now hard core.

Drew Fuchs's curator insight, May 1, 2013 8:39 PM

I think Obama and the rest of the nation are very upset this Bill wasn't passed. This is now threatening our nation's safety and putting a huge disappointment on our nation as a whole. This could of easily been passed if there was some kind of effort put into it.

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Cass Sunstein

Obama's former "Regulatory Czar" shares his book, "Simpler: The Future of Government."
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This is Obama's former Regulatory Affairs Administrator. He talks of what he was trying to do to help the economy. He would like to make our government much simpler. It is really difficult the job he has to do really is. He wants to create "nudges" which would report problems or warning to citizens that are doing dangerous things financially. 

 

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Seniors would see smaller Social Security checks under Obama budget due to chained CPI

Seniors would see smaller Social Security checks under Obama budget due to chained CPI | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
Obama wants to change the inflation gauge for Social Security's annual increases to chained CPI, but that would mean reductions in monthly payments to seniors.
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

Senior citizens who have already spent their whole life working are now getting their social security cut under Obama's budget system. The president's proposal would provide protections for the oldest seniors, low-income seniors and veterans, and those who are disabled. The budget cuts would reduce their social security by hundreds of dollars. I don't think that is fair to punish the people that have already worked so hard. Some people rely on their social security so I just feel awful for the senior citizens.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 10, 2013 2:24 PM
Economics in action! Interesting how the change of calculation in the CPI can have such a drastic affect on social programs.
Drew Fuchs's curator insight, April 10, 2013 9:16 PM

I think that Senior citizens have been paying citizens all their life and to change it now that are old in order to suit Obama's wants and needs to make our economy "better" is completely wrong. Changing their payments may only hurt us instead of helping us because some senior citizens are big contributors into our nation. 

Lauren Timm's comment, April 11, 2013 6:07 PM
I think this is awful! How could you cut our oldest working citizens Social Security checks? It's absolutely ridiculous that Obama thinks that this is okay.
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Kansas House of Representatives Passes Gun Control Nullification

Kansas House of Representatives Passes Gun Control Nullification | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
By a vote of 94-29, the Kansas House of Representatives approved House Bill 2199, the Second Amendment Protection Act, which would nullify any new federal restrictions on firearms, magazines, and ammunition.

Via Adam Alexander Schoessler
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

I think it is a great thing that Kansas did. Our Founding Fathers had the second amendment not being "infringed" apon which means it can't be changed. I understand that times have changed but we shouldn't go against something that made us who we are. The fact that Kansas had to make this Act was baffleing. I am glad that they passed this. 

 

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Adam Alexander Schoessler's curator insight, April 10, 2013 12:06 AM

This bill will nullify any new federal restrictions on firearms, magazines, and ammunition. Also sec. 6 says that "Any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States which violates the second amendment to the constitution of the United States is null, void and unenforceable in the state of Kansas". I agree with this Bill. I think Kansas has the right idea to say the Federal Government can't restrict our Second Amendment Rights.

Shelby Strain's comment, April 13, 2013 2:09 PM
This is amazing. I love how Kansas just went for it and said that no matter what, you are not going to take away our right to have our guns. If this doesn't send a sign, I don't know what will.
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Colbert Report: Health Care Lottery

Instead of Obamacare, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam wants to keep the state's twice-a-year lottery.
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Obamacare takes effect in 8 months. This raises the coverage of people under medicare to 30 million more americans by 2022. The Fed will be paying 100% initially and then it will drop to 90%. Tennessee is going to have a healthcare lottery. This means that residents that don't qulaify for Tenncare will be eligible for healthcare benefits. This is for one hour twice a year. It's just crazy to think that this actually happens. I mean it's better than nothing. But more of the residents in Tennessee would benefit from Obamacare. 

 

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Shelby Strain's comment, April 5, 2013 1:54 PM
I agree that healthcare is very important and should be available to everyone. It is actually terrible that people are not able to receive health care support. I can't even imagine.
Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, April 5, 2013 8:15 PM
so the government is going to be paying for my healthcare in 8 months? I think im going to jump out of a plane!!
Crystal Nickles's comment, April 6, 2013 11:55 PM
I think that even though it is expensive to give everyone health care, people who are unable to provide health care for themselves and their families need it and it's great to think that this is going to happen. I just wish it didn't have to cost so much.
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Senate Panel Weighs Privacy Concerns Over Use of Drones

Senate Panel Weighs Privacy Concerns Over Use of Drones | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
There is little in privacy law that would limit the use of drones for surveillance in the United States because the laws were not written with the aircraft in mind, witnesses said at a hearing.
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A new class of tiny aircrafts have been made that can snoop. Our existing laws do now cover these and therefore our laws need to be adjusted to our time. I agree that drones can be a good thing, used to some extent, but they can also be bad.  Think of criminals having these ultimate spy machines. How would we regulate these? Who can have them? As long as drones are used for positive results such as finding missing people then I don't think they should be used. 

 

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Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, March 22, 2013 5:45 PM
I disagree I think drones are fine. They are an advantage in war and i don't think they should be outlawed. I do think that there should be clear evidence that the target is a threat but I think we need them.
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Have political parties lost their purpose?

Have political parties lost their purpose? | Gov & Law Current Events!! | Scoop.it
Buffeted by outside forces, Democrats and Republicans alike ponder their diminished role.

Via Adam Alexander Schoessler
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

I feel as though political parties have lost a little purpose. Purpose may not be the best word to use, but they aren't as big of a deal as they used to be. For the past two years 40% of Americans have been identifying themselves as independent. Where as in previous times this was a very rare thing. Most people were democrats or republicans and very strong on their opinions and now these parties are dwindling. 

 

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Adam Alexander Schoessler's curator insight, March 20, 2013 1:55 PM

Demacrates and Republicans are very far apart on most views. This has given rise to the question, Have political parties lost their purpose? I don't think so but they do need to start doing more and get stuff done.

Crystal Nickles's comment, March 24, 2013 10:46 PM
I think political parties are there to make people happy. They have such opposite opinions that they can't get anything done.
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Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com

Watch the latest breaking news, politics, entertainment and offbeat videos everyone is talking about at CNN.com. Get informed now!
Ashley Sanneman's insight:

Obama just visited Paul Ryan for the first time ever. He is finally making progress to talk to Republicans and solve the problem. I just learned that the Republicans are so cautious because Obama has taken the stragey of demonizing the House Republicans. Even the Presidents staff is now trying to spread the good will of trying to balance the previous strategy. I'm glad Obama is trying to resolve our conflicts but it seems like its really late for him to realize this. One critic says that Obama hasn't put enough on the table in regards to entitlements in a serious manner. 

 

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Ashley Sanneman's comment, March 13, 2013 8:00 PM
http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_bn3#/video/bestoftv/2013/03/13/ac-obama-charm-offensive-panel.cnn
Shelby Strain's comment, March 14, 2013 1:37 PM
I am so glad that Obama has finally decided to take a step forward and actually start conversing with the Republicans. I do agree with you when you said it's really late. I don't understand why it took so long for them to finally get together and talk about everything that has been going on.