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Abused but alive: Lessons for Cleveland's survivors

Abused but alive: Lessons for Cleveland's survivors | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
They've been to hell and back, but a fulfilling life is within reach for the three Cleveland abduction survivors: just look at Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard.
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This article & video is from the other side of the spectrum of the abduction in Cleveland. In the video, there is an interview with abduction survivor, Elizabeth Smart. She was only missing for nine months at age 14, but she gives her advice for recovery to the three Cleveland girls. She says it's best to take it day by day and simply be happy. 

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Minnesota governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law

Minnesota governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriages Tuesday after Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, signed a bill giving same-sex couples the right to marry.
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Minnesota became to 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Democratic Governer, Mark Dayton, signed the bill yesterday, making an amendment to our state constitution. Delaware became the 11th state to do so just last week. 

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Reed Fujan's comment, May 16, 2013 8:45 AM
I believe this is just the start. I think it is only a matter of time before the whole country legalizes same-sex marriage. I know Minnesota has been at this for awhile, and it is nice to see some resolution.
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3 women go undetected for decade in Ohio home, authorities say

3 women go undetected for decade in Ohio home, authorities say | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
Cheering crowds gathered Monday night on the street near the home where police said Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were found earlier in the day.
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This article from Fox News talks about the three abducted women that went missing 10 years ago. It talks about each of the girls' stories. They also found a 6 year old who is said to belong to Berry. Ariel Castro, 52, was arrested. The girls were taken to a hospital and had a good meal after the police found them. Amazing story!

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Reed Fujan's comment, May 10, 2013 10:16 AM
This story is amazing! I heard on the radio today about people criticizing fortune tellers. Apparently, right when the kids went missing, the mother of one of the girls publicly went to a fortune teller and asked if she would ever see her child again. The fortune teller told her that she was "gone". Now we know the kid is alive, but unfortunately, the mother died within the 10 years and died believing her daughter is dead.
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Daughter of Newtown victim confronts senator

Daughter of Newtown victim confronts senator | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- When Sen. Kelly Ayotte was defending her vote on Tuesday on a recent gun control proposal, she was confronted by the daughter of a victim in the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school massacre.
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This article is about Erica Lafferty, daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School principal who died in the shooting, and how she is trying to do something about gun control laws. She took a trip to Washington and is hoping our government will pass a law to have background checks when it comes to purchasing a gun, or at least for the mentally handicap's case.

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FDA: Morning-after pill to move over-the-counter

FDA: Morning-after pill to move over-the-counter | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
The Plan B morning-after pill is moving over-the-counter, a decision announced by the Food and Drug Administration just days before a court-imposed deadline.
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The government has recently had debates about morning-after pills. The FDA is approving to allow stores to shelf "PlanB One-Step" and sell to females as young as age 15. There has been lots of controversy as to if this is the right decision, but it will most likely be put into place.

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New York Proposes Raising Minimum Age for Cigarette Purchases

New York Proposes Raising Minimum Age for Cigarette Purchases | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
The age to legally buy cigarettes would rise to 21 from 18 under a proposal that officials unveiled on Monday, a measure that would give New York the strictest limits of any major American city.
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I found this article to be very interesting and informative. New York is planning on raising the minimum age for cigarette purchases. It is currently at 18, like most states, but they are proposing to raise it to 21. Some are saying that no matter if they move it or not, kids that want cigarettes will find a way of getting them from someone who is of legal purchasing age. New York officials estimated that raising the age to 21 would reduce the smoking rate among 18 to 20-year-olds by 55%, and by two-thirds among 14 to 17-year-olds. 

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Elizabeth Bronk's comment, April 27, 2013 11:22 PM
Although this plan has good intentions, I don't believe that it is the answer. It will only give teens more of a challenge to illegally get the tobacco.
Reed Fujan's comment, April 28, 2013 10:39 PM
This is a very interesting article! In theory, it is smart to do this. Raise minimum age for cigarettes to lower smoking rates. But I find it hard to believe that people won't find ways to get a hold of cigarettes.
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Understanding Republicans' Millenials problem

Understanding Republicans' Millenials problem | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
By Global Public Square staff

As the Supreme Court ponders the legality of gay marriage in the United States, everyone is talking about the political divide, where twice as many Democrats support gay marriage as Republicans.
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This story is very interesting! I reccommend watching the video because you get a good visual of the division of the two pollitical parties. The data shows that most Millenials (born 1981 or later) are turning towards the Democatic party. It also points out that twice as many Democrats support gay marriage that Republicans do. 

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ACLU vs. IRS over your 4th Amendment rights

ACLU vs. IRS over your 4th Amendment rights | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | 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).

Via littlebytesnews
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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.

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Jamie Stimson's curator insight, April 17, 2013 7:32 PM

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.

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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Obama to propose changes to Medicare and Social Security in new budget

Obama to propose changes to Medicare and Social Security in new budget | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama's upcoming budget will include proposed changes to Social Security and Medicare.
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This article and video talk about how President Obama is cutting government spending. Our country is in a lot of debt and this new budget can potentially lead to $1.8 trillion in savings within the next ten years. It could fix a lot of debt!

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Rewrite the Second Amendment

Rewrite the Second Amendment | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
The violent rhetoric around gun ownership may drown out a quiet consensus.
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This article discusses the potential rewriting of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The author, Zachary Elkins, points out the fact that only 15 Constitutions (in nine different countries) ever mentioned the right to bear arms. He also states that the gun laws were important back in th 19th and 20th centuries when the Constitution was written, but hold no relevance to this period in time. It is the government's responsibility to adapt with time and culture, and make adjustments to the U.S. Constitution. One last interesting thing I learned from this article, is that even if they were to make adjustments to the Constitution, it would take several years to do so. The last amendment debate took 10 whole years to come to a consensus. 

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bschub32's comment, April 12, 2013 2:11 PM
This article is very interesting because the debate over guns is a major issue right now after the shooting in Connecticut. I think in the near future there will be a change in the gun laws to some extent. However, I do not think that new gun regulations will keep major shootings from happening. No matter the laws, if someone wants a gun they will get one. It's just like drugs, the laws definitely help minimize the use but they are still out there.
Reed Fujan's comment, April 14, 2013 12:58 PM
I really enjoyed reading this article. The shooting in New Town, CT really opened everyone's eyes with the right to carry guns. There is a lot of talk of changing the second amendment, and I think it is only a matter of time before something happens. This article is a good way to educate yourself with how our right to bear arms is changing.
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Lawyers question if 12-year-old is mature enough to help in his defense

Lawyers question if 12-year-old is mature enough to help in his defense | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
A 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his 8-year-old sister in their Central California home has appeared in closed juvenile court proceedings to hear charges against him.
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This is a crazy article about a twelve year old boy who was accused of murdering his eight year old sister while they were home alone. The boy claimed there was an intruder who stabbed his sister, but attorneys think he could be making the whole thing up. Is he mature enough to defend himself? He's only twelve!

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bschub32's comment, May 16, 2013 7:46 PM
I believe if the kid wants to defend himself he should be allowed to. What is the harm in letting him defend himself? If he is telling the truth he should be able to stand up for himself and if he is lying he will probably slip up and the truth will come out. It is a very messy situation so regardless of what the outcome is hopefully it goes somewhat smoothly.
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Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder; death penalty possible

Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder; death penalty possible | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
An Arizona jury Wednesday found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder for killing Travis Alexander in June 2008.
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This article is about the trial of Jodi Arias, who was found guilty of murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander in June of 2008. Instead of a life in prison, Arias claims she would rather die. She says "I would much rather die sooner than later."

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Florida court rules cellphone search without a warrant is unconstitutional

Florida court rules cellphone search without a warrant is unconstitutional | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a police search of an arrested person's mobile phone without a warrant is unconstitutional.
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This article is about how the Florida police searched an arrested man's phone without a warrant. The victim pleaded the 4th Amendment which goes against unreasonable search and seizure. The cops ended up taking the man's cellphone while he was in the cop car and they found photos of him holding bundles of money and a handgun (evidence of a robbery). "The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that searches at the time of arrest are OK without a warrant, 'even if it is unlikely that the arrestee has a weapon or evidence related to the crime on his person,' the court said."


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Texas Senate approves bill allowing guns in locked cars on college campuses

Texas Senate approves bill allowing guns in locked cars on college campuses | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
A bill that would allow Texas college students to carry handguns locked in their cars on college campus parking lots easily passed the state Senate Tuesday.
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A new bill was passed by the Texas state Senate that would allow college students in Texas to have handguns locked in their cars on college campuses. This seems like a very bad idea to me, especially with today's crime rates. I think allowing this to pass will only add to the crimes across the country. The bill is being brought to the House on Saturday and will most likely be passed. 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, May 5, 2013 6:06 PM
Will this increase car break-ins?
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Sequester cuts hurting our kids, elderly

Sequester cuts hurting our kids, elderly | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
Sure, Congress rolled back cuts affecting flight delays; unfortunately, kids losing a school bus to budget cuts can't fly to class. Head Start and Meals on Wheels also hit.
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As you may have heard, Congress is taking some action in spending cuts throughout the country. It started last week with the thousands of flight delays, and now it is taking effect on children and the elderly. Congress is turning kids away from early childhood education programs such as Head Start. They are also taking Meals on Wheels away from senior citizens. This could get out of hand!

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Police: Domestic dispute starts shootout that kills 5 near Seattle

Police: Domestic dispute starts shootout that kills 5 near Seattle | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
Five people died late Sunday in shootings at an apartment complex near Seattle, Washington.
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This article talks about a shooting near Seattle on Sunday night (April 21). A guy first killed the women he shared his apartment with, then proceeded to the parking lot where he shot two other men passing by. Then, he went back to his apartment and shot a random neighbor that was curious about the gun shots. Finally, the cops came and demanded the man to put down his weapons and he refused so they shot him. He didn't die and proceeded to get another gun, so the cops shot and killed that man. This shows how corrupt some people can be! It's scary to think about; you never know who you could come across. 

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bschub32's comment, April 28, 2013 12:00 AM
This article is crazy! This is such a creepy story because this could happen to anyone. The neighbor did the right thing by coming to check out what was going on and he was shot because of it. There are a lot of crazy people out there.
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Tax day: Where did the money go in 2012?

Tax day: Where did the money go in 2012? | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
Monday is tax day, and in case you're wondering where your money went last year, President Barack Obama is eager to let you know.
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This article discusses tax money and how it is used in our federal government. A big bulk of the money is going towards health care programs and military. "The $3.8 trillion proposal aims to cut deficits by $1.8 trillion over the next decade."

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bschub32's comment, April 20, 2013 8:33 PM
This article is very interesting because taxes are constantly being talked about in politics. I had no idea that they show how the tax dollars were spent on their website. Last year, a good portion of the money was spent on healthcare and military programs.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 21, 2013 12:12 PM
We always complain about taxes but often don't understand where the money goes!
Reed Fujan's comment, April 21, 2013 8:03 PM
This article is very informative. It is interesting to see where our tax money is ending up. Taxes are a large part in our economy. This article is a good one for people to read to get the understanding of where our tax money goes.
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2 killed, dozens injured in Boston Marathon bombing

2 killed, dozens injured in Boston Marathon bombing | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
Two killed in bomb blasts near finish line of Boston Marathon, Boston police say. Area hospitals say at least 90 are injured; Boston Globe reports more than 100 injured.
Two explosions happened at about 2:50 p.m.
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This series of articles consists of several updates of the bombing during the Boston Marathon. The explosions went off around 2:45 PM on April 15th, 2013 near the finish line of the Marathon. This tragedy happened about an hour after the first place finishers crossed the finish. Victims were rushed to local hospitals immediately.President Obama at the White House justifies that they WILL find out who did this crime and why they did it. There are two reported deaths at this time, and over 100 injured. 

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With No Mention of Korea, China Warns of ‘Chaos’

With No Mention of Korea, China Warns of ‘Chaos’ | Gov & Law - Jillian Krier | Scoop.it
As North Korea’s ally, China has been discomfited by the behavior of the North Korean leader but has refrained from signaling any course of action.
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I guess this article was a little reassuring for me, in some ways. I haven't been too concerned about the whole attacking of North Korea, but I was a little worried about what is actually going on. This article basically says that even though China is an ally with North Korea, they are still concerned about their actions. It seems as though China is trying to avoid attacking and getting involved at all costs. The part of this artile that did worry me though, is the fact that although North Korea is probably unable to physically hit the United States land with a missle, they can still hit American bases in South Korea, Japan, and even Guam. A family from my church is currently living in Guam, because the father was deported there. I am hoping North Korea decides not to take any action.

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