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Why the NRA opposes president's pick for surgeon general

Dr. Vivek Murthy stance on gun rights under fire

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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

I don't think these people should have so much say in this pick. What do you think?

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MsHaeussinger's curator insight, March 13, 2014 7:33 AM

The NRA doesn't have an official vote on the nominee, so why do they have so much to say?

Katie Witt's curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:23 AM

I think they should have some say in who the president can pick. He is the president but other people should have a say in what he does.

Tasha Freeman's curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:25 AM

I don't know that they should get so much of an opinion on it. Do you?

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ABC World News Now - President Obama and Zach Galifianakis: 'Between Two Ferns'

Obama trades jabs with the comedian over pardoned turkeys and "The Hangover." *MORE: http://abcn.ws/1ibyXer.

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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

This is interesting because this is appealing to a younger crowd by having a young comedian and the president talk. I enjoyed it.

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Isaac Mettler's curator insight, March 13, 2014 12:27 AM

This is interesting to me because you don't usually see the president joking around too much.  It was very funny and is a good way to appeal to the younger population and promote healthcare.

Tasha Freeman's comment, March 13, 2014 9:28 AM
I agree. It is nice to see him joke around a little and get the word to the younger viewers.
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CHARLES: Banks must just say no to drug money

CHARLES: Banks must just say no to drug money | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it

“ The Obama administration recently released departmental “guidance” saying banks may “provide financial services to marijuana-related businesses operating legally under state law.””


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How do we know which business is using money for marijuana and who isn't? We could say that any person pulling or putting money in the back is using it for illegal substances. what do you think?

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Isaac Mettler's curator insight, March 6, 2014 12:16 AM
I found this article interesting because I don't understand how they can tell drug money apart from normal deposits. I can see if someone puts in a ton of cash and has no job it looks suspicious but other than that it would be hard to tell. And if they confiscate drug money, where does it go ?
Spencer Tomlinson's comment, March 6, 2014 12:49 PM
I agree with Isaac in how do they know what money is drug money and what money isn't? If these businesses are taxed the way they are and need all the licensing then should have the same rights as other businesses with using banks.
Tasha Freeman's comment, March 13, 2014 9:29 AM
I agree. There is no sure way to decide that something is drug money rather than normal money. You can't question where someone gets it. Isaac made a good point, where does it go.
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The 2014 Senate Landscape

The 2014 Senate Landscape | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it
Dozens of states will hold Senate primaries this year, beginning with Texas on Tuesday. Here is a look at the key races in every state

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The senate is getting ready to get new seats. Wonder if their will be more republicans or democrats. Opinions?

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Nathan bahr's comment, March 5, 2014 2:08 PM
I think they should fill it with mostly republican people.
Maureen Disque's curator insight, March 5, 2014 10:14 PM

I cans see the majority being republican. How do you think this will go considering our president is democrat?

Madisen Schimek's comment, March 6, 2014 3:26 PM
I think that it will be filled mostly with republicans.
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High School Bans Social Media Politicking

High School Bans Social Media Politicking | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it
Student government elections in a San Francisco Bay Area high school must be won the old-fashioned way.

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This article is talking about a school banning social media campaigning because they said whenever someone would campaign they would be rude to another person. The students felt this is wrong and are going to try to take a stand for it to be available again. 

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Man pleads guilty to sending poison-laced letters to Obama

Man pleads guilty to sending poison-laced letters to Obama | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it

“A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials.”


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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

This is really interesting. You would have thought you would hear something like this on the news, but I haven't heard anything. My family is really big on the president politics too, so I know if they would've heard about it I would have too. :)

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Colin Smith's comment, February 23, 2014 8:41 PM
that's so dumb! do people really hate him that much to do something like that?
Tasha Freeman's comment, February 24, 2014 5:03 AM
I agree that anassasination on the president is news worthy, and i also never heard anything about it. You would think that people would have more respect than that, and enough common sense to know that he has a lot of body guards.
Kirsten Cunningham's comment, February 27, 2014 9:58 AM
This is crazy that none of us have heard of this. This is important news, but I wonder why they don't want us to know.
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Source: Justin Bieber, dad ignored pilot's demand to put pot away

Source: Justin Bieber, dad ignored pilot's demand to put pot away | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it
Source: Justin Bieber and his father allegedly refused a pilot's warning to stop smoking pot during a flight from Canada to New Jersey on Friday.

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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

This has been such a big deal by the new lately and I don't know how to feel or talk about it. I personally don't like justin bieber, and the choices he has made but I guess there is nothing you can do about it. 

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Tasha Freeman's comment, February 24, 2014 5:05 AM
I agree that he should be a better role model to all of his young fans. If someone asks you not to smoke around them or especially on a plane, I think you should respect their wishes.
Isaac Mettler's comment, March 3, 2014 12:26 AM
I agree that he's going down a bad path and losing lots of his young supporters. He needs some sort of discipline in his life, but if your rich and famous I guess you can just do what you want.
Madisen Schimek's comment, March 6, 2014 3:57 PM
I am a fan of Justin Bieber, but I agree that he is having some problems. He needs to start straighten up for all of his young fans.
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San Diego County gun law violates 2nd Amendment, appeals court rules

San Diego County gun law violates 2nd Amendment, appeals court rules | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court decided Thursday that a San Diego restriction on carrying concealed guns in public for self defense infringes on citizens' 2nd Amendment rights.

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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

I agree with the decision that was made. Guns can be good but they are bad used in the wrong way!

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Darby Dodds's comment, February 22, 2014 11:34 PM
If you are in serious need of a gun then you can carry one. But you shouldn't carry a gun for the heck of it.
Isaac Mettler's comment, February 23, 2014 10:48 PM
If you are a responsible citizen and apply for the permit to carry a gun, then you should be able to. They may be able to save their own life or someone else's.
Justin kettner's comment, February 27, 2014 12:41 PM
If you can pass the background checks and can pass a conceal & carry class there should be no questions asked upon why you are carrying a firearm. Public places carry fire extinguishers not expecting a fire but when one happens there a way to try and put the fire out. Same thing comes to a firearm for carrying purposes you never know when something might happen and something bad may never happen in order for you to need a weapon but would you rather be prepared or wish you were?
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The Government Lied, And This Law-Abiding Father Got 80 Years In Prison

The Government Lied, And This Law-Abiding Father Got 80 Years In Prison | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it
WTF doesn't even begin to cover it.
Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

This is a really interesting video. This guy grew medical marijuana and even the cops knew and had toured his placed, but later on they raced his place and arrested him and now he is not safe and is considered dangerous for growing. You have to watch the video to understand. But do you agree that this was right? I think that this was unfair and wrong of them to do. 

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Lawmakers say change is needed after hearing benefits of e-cigarettes

Lawmakers say change is needed after hearing benefits of e-cigarettes | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it

“ OKLAHOMA CITY - In 2012, Oklahoma ranked 47th out of the 50 states for adults who smoke. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, that ranking had changed to 39th in the nation by 201...”


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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

I found this article interesting because I know people that smoke e-cigs and they do say that it helped them kick their habit. They may not be as safe as just quitting alltogether but they are much better than cigarettes  because they are mostly water vapor. What do you think about e-cigs?

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Rachel Sigrist's curator insight, February 21, 2014 5:27 PM

They should make buying cigars illegal

Alyssa Serrano's comment, February 22, 2014 7:18 PM
I don't think they should ban them because they have helped some people smoke. They are not as harmful and they do not cause as much damage to people, plus there is no second hand smoke.
Katie Gilbertson's comment, February 22, 2014 11:20 PM
I think it is a much healthier alternative to smoking. However, I find that sometimes they rely on the e-cig too much when trying to quit. I think it's a good idea for those trying to quit for themselves and those around them because it is less harmful.
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Constitution means the people get to decide - Auburn Citizen

Constitution means the people get to decide - Auburn Citizen | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it
Constitution means the people get to decide
Auburn Citizen
My name is Christina Besecker, and I'm 12 years old. I have been doing some research on the Constitution. The Constitution is the Bill of Rights.
Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

I found this article to be interesting because the girl who wrote this is only 12 years old. I agree with what she is saying about prices going up and we have no control over them, it is all the government. I agree when she says that we should still have some control. 

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Tasha Freeman's comment, February 10, 2014 9:15 AM
I agree that it wAs interesting because the girl writing it was so young. She made good points but if the people decided then they would lose all profit.
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McAuliffe announces reform, pushes for Medicaid expansion

McAuliffe announces reform, pushes for Medicaid expansion | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a major reform to the state's Medicare and Medicaid program Thursday, as he continued to make the case for extending health insurance benefits to 400-thousand low-income Virginians.

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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

This article is talking about combining Medicaid and medicare. I did my public policy on this and I think it would be a good idea to combine them. There is obviously perks to both having them combined and having them be on their own still.

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Sfitzg35's comment, March 13, 2014 11:33 AM
I think this is a great idea because if the outcome of combining these two healthcare systems is increased medical characteristics that will make the program more efficient with also the saving of money, then why not? It's not hurting anybody and it will save the government tons of money in the long run.
Tasha Freeman's curator insight, March 20, 2014 9:10 AM

We did our project on this so  I thought this was interesting.

Tasha Freeman's comment, March 21, 2014 2:00 PM
Inagree. It would be helpful and beneficial to combine them
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Judge finds probable cause in St. Elmo child death

Judge finds probable cause in St. Elmo child death | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it

“ A judge found probable cause to try the mother in the death of 1-year-old Addison Scott. In Fayette County Court Friday, Judge Douglas L. Jarman foun”


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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

This is a scary and crazy story. I can't belieVe something like this happened. But why was the little one in the bath tub anyway? I don't think the mom intentionally did this but that is still a horrible thing to do. 

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Hope Schuster's curator insight, March 10, 2014 11:49 AM
I don't think the mother intentionally thought that she was endangering her child, but she needed to be watching her child instead of sleeping. A three year old cannot successfully watch a 1 year old. My question is how did the 1 year old end up in the tub?
Tasha Freeman's curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:27 AM

I think they have a complete legit reason to try her for it. She should have been watching her kids better. 

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Voter ID laws to get big test in primaries

Voter ID laws to get big test in primaries | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it
– In elections that begin this week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots – the first major test of voter ID

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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

What is your in sight on this? Should you be required to show Id to vote? 

 

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Katie Witt's curator insight, March 6, 2014 10:28 AM

I think it is a good dea to photo ID people so people with fake IDs can't vote underage. Hat do you think?

Darby Dodds's comment, March 6, 2014 3:22 PM
I think it is a good idea to make people show an ID if they want to vote. I think it will cause a lot less problems.
Wyatt Nelson's comment, March 9, 2014 12:55 AM
I think a photo ID should be required. It shows you are a citizen and live in that state.
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Broke U.S. resumes spending

Broke U.S. resumes spending | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it
Limiting government growth is politically difficult, but if we don't do it, America is doomed.

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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

This is telling is that we are spending way too much money grown we currently have. I believe something should be done about the debt in this world. What do you think?

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Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 24, 2014 8:24 PM
It would be great if the US maybe stopped spending so much and starting working a little harder to improve our country. I would love to live in a country as powerful and great as the one we originally founded.
Abigail Beinborn's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:48 AM

Government spending has led to a massive debt. I believe there are ways we can spend less to help reduce our debt, but we can't stop spending governemnt money. We have to pay for the troops that fight for our country and many other people and things to keep this country going. We need to watch our government spending more closely and cautiously. 

Lauren Heim's comment, May 18, 2014 6:41 PM
The U.S. Spending has come to an all time low or should I say high? The government has only brought us the feeling of failure and that our economy is breaking down since they've only spent their money in places/things that don't actually work. The least they could do is slow it down or fund something that's actually useful.
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Arizona lawmakers pass controversial anti-gay bill

Arizona lawmakers pass controversial anti-gay bill | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it
Arizona's Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gays.

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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

I think that this is so wrong! No one should be denied because they are gay. Everyone has their own beliefs and shouldn't be punished for it. What do you think?

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Wyatt Nelson's comment, March 2, 2014 1:46 AM
I think this is so wrong! You should not discriminate because people are gay! They should except everyone!
Chelsie DeBus's curator insight, March 17, 2014 7:23 AM

This article is about Arizona passing a law that states that they don't have to give business to people who are lesbians or gay.  I don't think it is right at all. Why shouldn't all people have the same rights as each other.  Do you think it is right?? This article relates to government and law because it is our own state that is passing a law like this. I can't believe how mean people can be. 

Katie Gilbertson's comment, March 21, 2014 11:39 AM
What happened to America being the symbol of freedom? The more stupid stunts like this people pull, the less "freedom" America has. People come here for better lives, and here are people just trying to bring them down because of their beliefs? This is wrong and could end very badly if it continued.
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Family of executed Ohio inmate sues state, drug makers, alleging cruel and unusual punishment

Family of executed Ohio inmate sues state, drug makers, alleging cruel and unusual punishment | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it
The prolonged execution of an inmate during which he repeatedly gasped and snorted amounted to cruel and unusual punishment which should not be allowed to happen again, the inmate's family said ...

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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

I think this was cruel and unusual punishment. I believe that nobody should have to die, no matter what crime they committed. I just don't believe in that. 

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Tasha Freeman's curator insight, February 24, 2014 12:13 PM

Do you think they were right in suing them? Do you think that it was really cruel or unusual punishment?

Caseya2014's comment, February 25, 2014 12:36 PM
I think this is definitely cruel and unusual punishment. He did not deserve to die the way he did. I think the founding fathers would agree that this is cruel and unusual punishment.
Justin kettner's comment, February 27, 2014 12:35 PM
This kind of cruel and unusual punishment should not have been aloud. There are prescriptions for a reason and they were not prescribed. People may deserve to die for their actions and crimes but not in this way
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MAP: How the GDP of US States Compares to Countries Around the World - Slate Magazine (blog)

MAP: How the GDP of US States Compares to Countries Around the World - Slate Magazine (blog) | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it
Slate Magazine (blog)
MAP: How the GDP of US States Compares to Countries Around the World
Slate Magazine (blog)
This post originally appeared in Business Insider.

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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

It's interesting to actually get to see a visual picture of the GDP in the states and the countries. 

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Maureen Disque's curator insight, February 13, 2014 9:03 AM

The map is very interesting to see where the countries match with each U.S. state.

Kelsey Von Berge's comment, February 16, 2014 1:47 AM
I think this map is extremely interesting because we usually don't compare each state with countries. It's crazy to think that a single state's GDP could relate to a whole country's GDP.
MsHaeussinger's comment, February 18, 2014 9:51 AM
What a cool map! MN is like Nigeria - an African nation rich in oil and other minerals whose economy is booming.
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School Bans Student From Flying Confederate Flag On Truck - CBS Las Vegas

School Bans Student From Flying Confederate Flag On Truck - CBS Las Vegas | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it
A student has been banned from displaying the Confederate flag on his truck while on school grounds.

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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

Thought this was interesting because I don't know if I agree with the decision or if I don't agree with the decision. This is something that is hard to decide and agree on. 

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Wyatt Nelson's comment, February 9, 2014 4:39 PM
The school has no right to tell him what he can or cannot have on his car. He has the right to put whatever he wants on it. The school shouldn't have anything to do with it.
Maureen Disque's comment, February 9, 2014 11:29 PM
He has the right to put what ever he wants on his car. As long as it doesn't affect any one else's car he is fine.
Katie Witt's curator insight, February 19, 2014 11:57 AM

this is not okay because it's heritage not hate.

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How’s This Federalism Thing Work Again?

How’s This Federalism Thing Work Again? | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it

by NOAH MILLMAN

 

Same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization won a series of referenda on Tuesday, and good partisans of Federalism should, presumably, cheer. Where does the Constitution say that the Federal Government should have any opinion about personal status law? Where does the Constitution say that the Federal Government should have any opinion about control of mind-altering substances?

 

Except . . . it’s very hard for me to see how the Federal Government can avoid getting involved.

 

Federal law contains a variety of preferences for people in a state of matrimony. Refusing to recognize a duly solemnized and legal marriage in Maine or Washington is plainly to have an opinion about personal status – and one that conflicts with the states in question. Recognizing such marriages means giving them national legitimacy – again, that’s the Federal Government offering an opinion.

 

Advocates for marijuana legalization are fretting now about the DEA disregarding the opinion of the voters in Colorado and Washington – with good reason given the behavior of the Obama DEA in response to much more limited medical marijuana laws in states like California. But the alternative would be something akin to national decriminalization. There’s no customs post in Nebraska to inspect the luggage of visitors to Colorado, after all.

 

I happen to support national recognition of same-sex marriages, because I think the states should be allowed to innovate in this manner, and the Federal Government should not register a contrary opinion. (For that matter, I also favored the same-sex marriage law in my state, New York.) But I’m not deluded that this formal neutrality isn’t a substantive endorsement. I also happen to support marijuana decriminalization. But, again, I’m not deluded into thinking that legalization in one state won’t make it difficult to impossible to enforce prohibition in a neighboring state. In such a way, a handful of states, if their sovereignty is taken seriously, can change national policy.

 

Tricky thing, this Federal system of ours.


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Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

This article is talking about same sex marriage and legalization of marijuana in states and how that plays apart in the constitution and how the federalism can control that and how they play a role in that. What do you think about that? How do they play a role in this?

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Ann Marie Rydberg's curator insight, February 19, 2014 2:14 PM

This article is interesting and related to federalism because it discusses a couple the current day issues that involve federalism.  The issues of same-sex marriage and the legalization of marijuana are problems of state vs national government because if the federal government endorses laws made by the states then they are giving them national legitimacy which infringes on the laws made by other states.  However, if the federal government doesn't recognize these laws then they violate the states' rights.  While Federalism is a great form of government that prevents any one level from acquiring too much power, it can also create problems as to which level of government should deal with making new laws. 

Benton Blank's comment, February 22, 2014 9:15 PM
I think that this article makes a good point, federalism is a great way to prevent a single group from having too much power, but where do you draw the line between these jurisdictions. Isn't part of the idea to allow the states the freedom to "pilot" laws, and if they work well to be adopted by the rest? In such a case as the decriminalization of marijuana, that is exactly what Colorado and Washington are doing. With that being said, I see the reason that the national government would have issues with this, as allowing marijuana in one state will inevitably cause an increase in the surrounding states, which would become problematic. I think this seems to be an issue that would have to be agreed upon and implemented simultaneously to avoid issues between states.
Haley Abrams's comment, February 23, 2014 12:09 AM
I think that this article does a great job of showing two very real examples of what is happening and how it relates to federalism. This is a very thin line with national and state powers for example if marijuana was legalized I one state it would be harder to control in the surrounding states. So the legalization does not just affect that one state it affects the slurring states as well which makes it a bigger concern to the Federal Government. But how can the Federal Government interact without over stepping its boundaries? This is a very difficult problem that should be solved at a larger scale no just within the states but with its neighbors also.
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Obamacare will shrink workforce by 2 million, report says

Obamacare will shrink workforce by 2 million, report says | Gov & Law- Kirsten Cunningham | Scoop.it
Nonpartisan congressional analysts say people will choose to work less in the coming years because of the new incentives from the health care law
Kirsten Cunningham's insight:

I found this article to be interesting because I honestly don't like Obama and this talks about the effect of obamacare. In this article it says that the work force will  shrink and hit 2 million by 2017. Is article also said that there will be 2 million fewer jobs and will hurt the economic growth of the us.  What do you think about there being fewer jobs?

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MsHaeussinger's comment, February 9, 2014 11:49 AM
Please note: 2 million fewer FULL TIME jobs. Although its certainly harmful, its not as bad as losing the entire job. But losing benefits can be extremely difficult for families needing coverage. Its a tragedy that a law meant to do so much good is ending up so troublesome.
Tasha Freeman's comment, February 10, 2014 9:11 AM
I think that with fewer jobs more people will struggle. If more families struggle then more people will use government money to live.