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Minnesota Senate fights over clothing tax

Minnesota Senate fights over clothing tax | Gov & Law jamie | Scoop.it
The DFL-controlled Senate will take up its $1.9 billion tax plan this afternoon in what we expect will be...

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Lauren Timm's curator insight, April 30, 2013 10:33 PM

The new idea to put tax on clothing in Minnesota was debated last night. I think that this is not actually something that is needed, and I am not just saying that from a girl's stand point. For everyone, this could be a challenge. As if there are not already people in this state that cannot afford clothing regularly, now they have to pay extra. Also, the Mall of America was build in Minnesota due to the no clothing tax. Now what's that point?

Michael Holm's curator insight, May 8, 2013 9:55 PM

I would not like having tax on clothing.  It would be a huge pain and it will make your everyday clothes more expensive.

Chelsi Rhodes's comment, May 19, 2013 11:24 AM
Although this would be an inconvenience for all of us, I think there could actually be a positive outcome... perhaps we could use the revenue to sponsor state parks, or to build a new stadium. One should always look at the positives!
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Sanford focused on Pelosi in run up to vote

Sanford focused on Pelosi in run up to vote | Gov & Law jamie | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- She's the other woman in a special congressional election in South Carolina that's captured national attention.

No. We're not talking about Maria Belen Chapur, the woman from Argentina who in 2009 was involved in an affair with Gov.
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Dartmouth cancels classes after student protest, online threats

Dartmouth College canceled classes Wednesday after a student protest sparked a threatening backlash on a campus online forum, according to a college spokesman.
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Chelsi Rhodes's comment, April 27, 2013 4:48 PM
It seems that Dartmouth has probably had an abnormal couple of weeks... with the Boston Marathon bomber being a student there and such. This seems to have gotten a little out of hand though. I can only imagine how terrified the students were that attended the open house. But I actually think it's cool that the Dartmouth students rallied and made a scene for something that they sincerely thought was an issue. It just got a little crazy afterwards.
Michael Holm's comment, April 28, 2013 12:29 AM
I think it was smart for Dartmouth to cancel the classes. You never want to take threats as a joke.
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Obama to attend memorial for victims of Texas plant explosion

Obama to attend memorial for victims of Texas plant explosion | Gov & Law jamie | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama will join the community of West, Texas, on Thursday for a memorial service for the 14 people killed in a fertilizer plant explosion.
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Justin Bieber Wishes Anne Frank Could Have Been A Belieber

Justin Bieber Wishes Anne Frank Could Have Been A Belieber | Gov & Law jamie | Scoop.it
This kind of makes us cringe. Justin Bieber stopped by the Anne Frank House on Friday (April 12), touring the Amsterdam hiding place of the young Holocaust victim and diarist.

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Justin Bieber isn't my favorite person so my opinion on this might be a little biased. I think it was kind of stupid for him to say something like that. I'm sure he was just joking and trying to have fun but that's a pretty big part of history and it wasn't a very funny joke especially because not many people like Justin Beiber anymore.

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Michael Holm's comment, April 20, 2013 8:33 PM
I don't think its that big of a deal... but he was really stupid for saying that.
Lexypries's comment, April 22, 2013 10:21 AM
I agree with sydney and Michael it's not really a big deal that he said that, and it definately did make him look pretty stupid saying it.
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's comment, April 22, 2013 6:26 PM
So, why don't you think it's a big deal? Is your opinion any more well thought out than his was? Do you know enough to make your opinion worth considering?
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Mental Health and Second Amendment Fears

Mental Health and Second Amendment Fears | Gov & Law jamie | Scoop.it
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I agree that people with certain mental disabilities should not have the right to own a gun, but it's also scary to think about people not getting help because they are scared they will get their right taken away. If they really need help, and may have a serious disability or illness it could be dangerous.

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First on CNN: King, Thompson to intro background checks in House

First on CNN: King, Thompson to intro background checks in House | Gov & Law jamie | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said he doesn't want to be "reinventing" the wheel on the gun bill in the Senate and plans to make a similar background check proposal in the House with Rep.
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Canadian teen commits suicide after alleged rape, bullying

Canadian teen commits suicide after alleged rape, bullying | Gov & Law jamie | Scoop.it
The family of a teenager who committed suicide after she was allegedly gang-raped and bullied is urging Canadian officials to reconsider filing criminal charges.
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Jamie Stimson's comment, April 11, 2013 12:01 AM
I think that even though you are entitled to your own opinion and the constitution says you have freedom of speech, that if it hurts someone's feelings you prolly shouldn't say it.
Lexypries's comment, April 12, 2013 1:14 AM
I think this is a horrible situation nobody should ever be put into. People are entitled to their own opinions and most should just be kept to themselves and then their would be less suicides with teens, people always have to get into other peoples life not knowing much about it and it leads to things like this.
Michael Holm's comment, April 13, 2013 11:12 PM
I agree, I think people should keep their opinions to themselves. If people did this, there would be less suicide in the year. I think this is a horrible situation, and if they would of just kept to their own opinions she might still be alive.
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Rep. Kennedy influences gay NBA player to come out

Rep. Kennedy influences gay NBA player to come out | Gov & Law jamie | 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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Brynne Stellner's curator insight, April 29, 2013 4:58 PM

This is a very cool story! I'm happy Kennedy and Bill Clinton issued a supportive statement for him. 

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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Pentagon Report Declares More Than Half The US Military Is Overweight

Pentagon Report Declares More Than Half The US Military Is Overweight | Gov & Law jamie | Scoop.it
But it's all muscle, really!

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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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2 fuel barges on Alabama's Mobile River explode; 3 people hurt

2 fuel barges on Alabama's Mobile River explode; 3 people hurt | Gov & Law jamie | Scoop.it
Fires burning aboard a pair of barges on Alabama's Mobile River died down early Thursday, hours after a series of explosions, a fire spokesman said.
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ACLU vs. IRS over your 4th Amendment rights

ACLU vs. IRS over your 4th Amendment rights | Gov & Law jamie | Scoop.it
I’ll bet you didn’t know it, but the IRS says it can look through your e-mails without your permission. Fortunately, the ACLU is on the case, and has successfully gotten the IRS to admit to this policy via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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I think that reading emails and text messages is too creepy especially if it's people that don't really have any reason to have the IRS spying on them. I think it could be put to good use if it was a suspect in a murder case or something serious but I don't really want other people reading my emails or any messages.

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Jillian Krier's curator insight, April 15, 2013 8:08 PM

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) is working on a case to defend email privacy of American Citizens. The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) says that it is okay to look through someone's emails without permission or a warrant. This article talks about how the ACLU thinks this violates the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and they are trying to fix this problem.

Elizabeth Bronk's comment, April 21, 2013 12:23 AM
I agree with Chelsi and Jamie. It's really creepy to think that someone could read through your texts, even when you have nothing to hide. Sure, it could be useful in investigations, but it seems that this article is implying that it's happening for very unnecessary reasons.
Lexypries's comment, April 22, 2013 10:26 AM
I agree, I would never want someone going through my personal text messages or emails. I do agree that it could be useful if they are doing an investigation but not just at random being able to go through my text messages and emails.
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Ricin scare rattles Washington

Ricin scare rattles Washington | Gov & Law jamie | Scoop.it
White House mail handlers identified a "suspicious substance" in a letter sent to President Barack Obama, authorities said Wednesday.

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It's scary to think that people can so easily poison somebody else by just sending them a letter or package.

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Michael Holm's curator insight, April 17, 2013 1:40 PM

This is a very serious matter.  A letter that was sent to President Obama was positive with the poison ricin.  This is very serious, and if the mail handlers didn't find the ricin, who knows what could of happened...

 

Chelsi Rhodes's comment, April 21, 2013 1:00 AM
Stuff like this really freaks me out. Someone more than likely put a lot of work into trying to poison the president... I can't imagine the planning process this person went through. There are too many crazy people in our society.
Lexypries's comment, April 22, 2013 10:24 AM
It's scary that people can just send him a simple letter to poison him and probably kill him if he were to open it, it's good that they caught it before getting to the president.
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Why the NRA fights background checks

John Donohue says besides criminals and the insane, it's the gun manufacturers who oppose background checks.
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Chelsi Rhodes's comment, April 13, 2013 11:28 PM
Honestly, I don't think there's anything wrong with requiring a background check before an individual can purchase a gun. I feel like the news portrays it as having a bigger opposing crowd than what it actually does... only 11% of households with guns oppose the new bill, so I guess I'm not sure why there's such a huge debate surrounding the topic.
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New Jersey police: 6-year-old dies a day after being shot -- by a 4-year-old

New Jersey police: 6-year-old dies a day after being shot -- by a 4-year-old | Gov & Law jamie | Scoop.it
A 6-year-old New Jersey boy has died after being shot in the head by a 4-year-old playmate, police say.
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Tanner Klemm's comment, April 12, 2013 12:34 PM
yea they shouldn have there guns out like that with kids around.
Michael Holm's comment, April 13, 2013 11:21 PM
I believe this was bad parenting. There should be no way that a 4 year old could be remotely close to a gun. I believe that the parents should have kept a better eye on their son, if they would have this whole situation would have never happened.
Chelsi Rhodes's comment, April 13, 2013 11:31 PM
I think it's sort of dumb that the parents weren't even within a close proximity of the children, not to mention that there were guns within reach of a 4 year old. This whole situation was 100% preventable, it's just a product of bad parenting.