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Do We Need This Government Agency? 'Let Me Google That'

Do We Need This Government Agency? 'Let Me Google That' | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
Why would anyone pay for something when the exact same thing is available for free? That's the question asked of an obscure federal agency pursuing a Cold War mission in the age of the search engine.
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This article is about whether or not certain federal agencies are necessary anymore. It specifically talks about one, the National Technical Information Service. They catalog credible research that relates to government issue. The Government Accountability Office found that 74% of recently archived NTIS reports are available elsewhere. Furthermore, 95% of those can be found for free on the Internet. While this agency may have been important before the Internet and search engines became available, I don't think the work they are doing is needed anymore. Taxpayers are wasting money on an agency that doesn't do much. Clearly, our nation could put this to money to use in a much better way.

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Kara long's comment, May 23, 2014 1:55 PM
Kristin, I agree with your opinion on this article. Because of the internet and free search engines, I don't think we need this agency. I agree with Kristin's opinion that taxpayers are wasting their money on an agency that doesn't do much. As our nation is in a lot of debt, we should not waste taxpayers money like this.
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Taser Death in La. Could Get Supreme Court Review

Taser Death in La. Could Get Supreme Court Review | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Handcuffed but not obeying police commands, the 21-year-old suspect absorbed the first shot from a 50,000-volt stun gun as he lay on the ground.
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This article is about the process of Supreme Court review. A man was killed by police after they shot him with a Taser gun at least eight times. The aspects that make this case so difficult are how many times the man was tased and the fact that the man was already in handcuffs when police used the Taser. The Supreme Court has never taken on a case involving Taser guns and police forces. It will be interesting to see if they take this case on and if so, what the decision will be.

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Evan Richardson's comment, May 26, 2014 2:52 AM
The whole circumstances of this case are very odd. Why would police ever need at least 8 tasers to apprehend one suspect. On the surface it seems like they went very overkill but there could be other information we just don't know about. It will be interesting to see what they decide.
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Texas officials fire cop who shot to death 93-year-old woman 

Texas officials fire cop who shot to death 93-year-old woman  | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
City officials in the small Texas town of Hearne voted Saturday to fire a cop who fired five rounds at a 93-year-old woman, killing her.
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This article discusses the decision of a local form of government to remove a police officer. The city council members of a small town in Texas decided to remove him in a closed session. The police officer, Stephen Stem, shot five times at a 93 year old woman. The woman's nephew called police after she became upset when he would not return her driver's license to her. Stem reported to the scene, the woman shot into the ground twice with her gun, and the officer responded with five shots from his gun. This ultimately killed her. He also killed another man in his two years of service at the police department. It seems like the officer responds too forcefully in situations, and he is not fit to be involved in such situations. I understand the council's decision.

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Evan Richardson's comment, May 18, 2014 8:52 PM
This article was pretty weird, and I agree that he overstepped his bounds. Although I do agree with the choice, I think they also should have done a psychological analysis, because this whole situation seems weird. It may have seemed like a life or death scenario, but then again the situation could have been just a bad call on his part.
Kara long's comment, May 18, 2014 10:50 PM
Evan, I agree with you that this article was pretty weird. He definitely overstepped his bounds. Yes, the woman fired her gun, but only into the ground. I don't think this warranted his shooting his gun five times. I agree with Kristin that the council's decision is understandable.
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US 'outrage' at Nigeria abductions

US 'outrage' at Nigeria abductions | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
The White House says it considers the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by Islamist militants "an outrage".
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This article is about  US involvement with a current crisis in Nigeria. I had not previously heard about the abduction of these 200 school girls. The have been missing for a few weeks now. I don't feel that the Nigerian government is doing enough to find them, and I am glad we are stepping in. I hope we get to them before the radical abductors sell them off. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be one of those girls or their family members. 

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Kara long's comment, May 11, 2014 8:34 AM
Kristin, I had heard about this and I was very worried that nothing was going to be done about it. At first, it seemed like no one would do anything to help. I am glad that the US government is going to step in and help. It makes me made that the Nigerian government won't help their own people.
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Federal Reserve: College Education Worth $830,000 More Than High School Diploma

Federal Reserve: College Education Worth $830,000 More Than High School Diploma | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
A Federal Reserve report concludes that a college education is worth $830,000 more than just a high school education, but how much you actually pay for college, and how you pay for it can move that value up or down compared to national averages.
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This article is about the value of education.  Research conducted by the Federal Reserve  found that people who get a college degree make over $800,000 more than those who only get a high school diploma. I assumed that a college education was very valuable. There is definitely a push by society in general to become college educated. It makes sense because the jobs that are going to be available, especially in the future, will require advanced degrees.

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Evan Richardson's comment, May 11, 2014 9:06 PM
Looking at these numbers is truly eye-opening, something that I think even more people should realize. Even though it seems like the norm for people to go to college after high school, we need even more people to go and pursue the careers that will further help our economy in the future, such as technology and various types of innovation. I think if more people realized these numbers and college was overall made more affordable that the we could stimulate the economy and lead the country into the future.
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Girl Expelled After A Pocket Knife Was Found In Her Locker - CBS Minnesota

Girl Expelled After A Pocket Knife Was Found In Her Locker - CBS Minnesota | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
A small southern Minnesota community is in an uproar after a popular student learned she can't return to school for having a pocket knife in her locker.
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This article is about a more local form of government, a school board, and their decision to expel a high school junior. There was a lot of controversy after a pocket knife was found in a girl's purse in her locker. The superintendent wanted to expel her for 12 months for having a weapon. She said it was just a mistake, and she didn't realize she had it with her. The school board decided to expel her for the remainder of her junior year. I think this punishment was much too harsh knowing her history as a good student, her explanation, and because the knife was not with her but in her locker. now the town is in uproar And the family is going to go through a legal process to fight the decision.

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Kara long's comment, May 2, 2014 11:02 PM
I think the way the school reacted to this incident was way to harsh. You have to take into consideration why she had the knife in her locker, and what her personality is like. Since she was a good student and have a good explanation for why she had the pocket knife in her locker I think her punishment should have been way less harsh. I hope the family is able to successfully fight the decision made by the school board.
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Should Supreme Court Justices Play Politics With Retirement?

Should Supreme Court Justices Play Politics With Retirement? | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
Former Justice John Paul Stevens said it was “appropriate” to consider who one’s successor might be.
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This article is about Supreme Court justices. A former justice is writing a book and recently was interviewed. He brought up an interesting issue about retirement for justices. The issue was regarding if justices consider politics in who might come after them before retiring. He said that no justice would admit to doing so, but it is something that runs through their minds.

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Evan Richardson's comment, April 27, 2014 4:03 PM
I think that Justice Stevens' points were interesting, but I think that a successor should not matter. As he said, Supreme Court Justices need to be neutral arbiters of the law, so one's political views should have nothing to do with any decision justice makes, it should be based purely on their view of the constitution, no matter what they believe about the subject personally.
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U.S. and Russia Agree on Pact to Defuse Ukraine Crisis

U.S. and Russia Agree on Pact to Defuse Ukraine Crisis | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
The foreign ministers of the United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union reached an agreement in Geneva after more than five hours of talks.
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This article discusses foreign affairs  between the United States and Russia. They are trying to come to a compromise over the takeover of Ukraine. They recently came to a diplomatic agreement. Russia said they would give back the government buildings they seized from Ukraine. There is a lot of skepticism over whether this will work or not.   At least they are starting to move in the right direction. 

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Kara long's comment, April 27, 2014 8:45 AM
I think it is great that they are trying to compromise about the takeover in Ukraine. I think it is good that they are trying to solve the problem with diplomacy first. I think it is not very likely that it will work, but at least they are trying. It will be interesting to see if Russia actually will give back the government buildings that they seized from Ukraine.
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Hot Dish politics: Felons' rights all over the map

Hot Dish politics: Felons' rights all over the map | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
“Felon voting” sounds ominous, like an attempt by burglars and rapists to hijack an election
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This article caught my interest because it is discussing Minnesota law. I did not know before reading this article that felons' right to vote is removed. They only gain the right back once they are released from jail, gone through probation, and completed any other supervised programs. Many felons are getting away with voting in Minnesota even though this law is in place. I personally think this law is too harsh. They served their time in prison, but they are still a citizen, and deserve the basic rights guaranteed by the US Constitution.

 

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Evan Richardson's comment, April 21, 2014 3:24 AM
This article was interesting and I agree with you Kristin. The right to vote should be a right of all citizens, even if they have committed a crime. It seems as though lawmakers are afraid of a way that these felons will vote, even though I feel like a prison sentence wouldn't really change anyone's views.
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All Is Not Lost: How to Win Money-in-Politics Reform

All Is Not Lost: How to Win Money-in-Politics Reform | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
If you have a heartbeat, you are one of the vast majority of Americans thoroughly disgusted by this week's McCutcheon Supreme Court decision. It allows one donor to write a $3.6 million check to buy political influence, providing us all with yet anot...
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This is about government and law because it focuses on the issue that money is beginning to play a huge role in politics. This is a problem because focus is shifting from the platforms candidates run on. This issue has recently been discussed because of a Supreme Court case that was recently decided. The vote was for McCutcheon, which now allows donors to write checks for millions of dollars, ultimately "to buy political influence." As our nation moves forward, it will be interesting to see how money plays a role in the future government.

 

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Kara long's comment, April 12, 2014 9:19 PM
I agree that money is playing a major role in politics. You see the use of money all the time, including ads and other things. I think that this money is influencing political candidates in a bad way. I don't think that people who have money to spare should be able to influence candidates by basically buying them.
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New GOP push for immigration reform blocked

New GOP push for immigration reform blocked | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
Committee chairman says he’ll keep GOP-written proposals out of a must-pass defense policy bill.
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This article is about immigration reform. Bills were just shot down in the house by a committee chairman. This is going to be an issue for the Republicans who represent a the Latino communities. Republicans are starting to propose some ideas to support immigration although they are known for not supporting it. It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming years with this issue.

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Evan Richardson's comment, April 13, 2014 10:20 PM
Especially with the upcoming elections I think that these immigration issues will make it to the forefront, much more that previously. It will be interesting to see just who gets control of the house and senate again, but if even GOP members want to go forth with these types of laws, I believe that the future of our country's immigration policies will be vastly improved.
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Obama is meeting with a tech CEOs to discuss their complaints about government snooping.

Obama is meeting with a tech CEOs to discuss their complaints about government snooping. | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
Obama is meeting with a handful of CEOs from technology companies, with their complaints about the administration's handling of privacy issues and government surveillance at the top of the agenda.
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This article relates to government because the topic is a meeting that Obama had which top technology CEOs to discuss the NSA and cyber security issues. Some of the CEOS there represented Facebook, Netflix, and Drop Box among others. Mark Zuckerberg expressed his concern over the lack of security on the Internet. Obama is trying to figure out a plan to ease concerns like this yet protect the country at the same time. He has to come up with a plan and regulations for the NSA soon, and it will be interesting to see what he decides to do.

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Kara long's comment, March 30, 2014 8:41 AM
This is awesome that Obama is meeting with top technology CEOs to figure out cyber security issues. There is not very good security on the internet, and I think it scares many people. I'm glad Obama is discussing this problem with many of the companies such as Faceook, Netflix, and Drop Box. I hope Obama is able to come up with a plan for NSA soon that will be able to still protect our country, but also protect the rights of the citizens.
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IBM says it has not given client data to the U.S. government

IBM says it has not given client data to the U.S. government | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp has not relinquished its customers' data to the U.S. government and would challenge any orders to do so, the company said in a blog post on Friday.The
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This article is about government because it focuses on the National Security Agency and the claims that they have been unlawfully spying. Specifically, this article focuses on IBM's involvement with the NSA, to which IBM says they have had no involvement in leaking information for government use. However, this threat is frightening many of IBM's customers. For example, sales to China dropped by 20% in the second half of last year. I didn't realize that the leaking of NSA information could have an impact on me personally, but with a parent working at IBM, it is disappointing to see how this affects not just the government, but also businesses in the United States. I am not blaming all of IBM's problems on the government, but the government's role is not to add to them either.

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Kara long's comment, March 22, 2014 10:32 PM
This is really scary. With scandals like this one, it is hard to tell who is telling the truth. How much is the government really spying on us? We may never know, but I appreciate businesses like IBM that try to protect their customers. It is sad that sales are dropping as a result of this scandal. Kristin, I agree with you that the government should not be adding to the problems of IBM.
Evan Richardson's comment, March 23, 2014 11:26 PM
Even though this article seems positive, you have to remember that even though IBM never directly gave information to the NSA, they probably have still collected data. Considering that IBM mostly now makes hardware for large corporations, it is nice to know that they aren't selling out the people whose data will be stored on those servers, but there is no reason that the NSA couldn't have written scripts to infiltrate the data systems if they needed to. Considering that they have been able to tap all cell phones without a backdoor already installed on the device is a cause for concern enough.
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Supreme Court puts its legitimacy at risk

Supreme Court puts its legitimacy at risk | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
Eric Segall says justices are increasingly seen as politically motivated; it's time to end lifetime tenure and televise the court.
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This article discusses public opinion of the Supreme Court. Many people think the members need to have more regulations. Currently, the justices do not even have to abide by the judicial code of ethics that other federal judges do. One survey found that the public supports many changes to the way the Supreme Court is set up now. Some of these changes include fixed terms, television cameras in the court room, and a strict code of ethics for justices. I agree that the Supreme Court justices have some powers that need to be regulated.

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Kara long's comment, May 23, 2014 1:52 PM
Wow! I didn't realize how relaxed the rules were for justices on the Supreme Court. I think it is terrible that they don't even have to abide by the judicial code of ethics that other federal judges do. I think they need to have more regulations for the justices. I don't agree that they should add television cameras in the court room. This could distract from the proceedings of the court room.
Evan Richardson's comment, May 26, 2014 2:50 AM
I agree with you Kristin simply because the Supreme Court is perhaps the strictest thing in the country. Since their judgments are based solely on the constitution, the should be the most classical court in the country, and even set examples for other courts.
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Voices: Fence on Mexican border not enough

Voices: Fence on Mexican border not enough | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
ALONG THE MEXICAN BORDER IN SOUTH TEXAS – The drive between Brownsville and McAllen on U.S. Highway 281 is a pastoral stretch studded with corn fields, palm groves, taquerias and small, well-kept homes. The
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I thought this article was interesting because I just presented about immigration for my public policy project. I did not realize illegal immigration had increased in just one sector by 50,000 people. This is a huge jump for a single year. It is important for the government to do something about illegal immigration like this as well as illegal immigrants already in the US. If nothing is decided about illegal immigrants already here, illegal immigration will continue at extremely high rates.

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Split appears in GOP as more call for raising federal minimum wage

Split appears in GOP as more call for raising federal minimum wage | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
Republicans outside Congress say the party needs to better connect with the working class, while legislators are instead focusing on dismantling President Obama’s agenda.
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This article discusses the issue of minimum wage. As more conservatives are starting to support increases in minimum wage, a divide is being formed in the Republican party. Some notable Republicans are supporting the increases including Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty. They believe minimum wage needs to increase as the rates of inflation continue to do so. Opposition notes that while the concept sounds good, it will eliminate many jobs. They also worry by increasing minimum wage, staunch Republicans will stop supporting them when election time rolls around.

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Evan Richardson's comment, May 18, 2014 8:19 PM
I think that Republicans actually going against what their tradition views are on this topic are an overall good thing. Minimum wage is one of those things that people don't really like to talk about, because it kind of goes against the whole "american dream" cliche, but it is a real issue that must be addressed quickly. They may be opposed to it because they think it will destroy jobs, but studies have shown that it is a real non-issue, and that raising the minimum wage would greatly help families in need, maybe even get them off the food stamps that Republicans hate so much.
Kara long's comment, May 18, 2014 10:47 PM
I think that minimum wage should be a stepping stone to a better paying job. I don't think someone should work a minimum wage job their entire life. I feel like minimum wage should be more for high school students or those just getting their first jobs. If this did happen, there would be no reason to raise minimum wage. I think minimum wage jobs are to earn experience and not necessarily money. I don't think minimum wage was intended for families to live off of it.
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Breaking — Supreme Court upholds legislative prayer in Town of Greece v. Galloway

Breaking — Supreme Court upholds legislative prayer in Town of Greece v. Galloway | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
A divided court upholds legislative prayer in Town of Greece v. Galloway case.
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This article is about the recent Supreme Court decision to allow prayer before town government meetings. It was decided in a close vote of 5-4. I remember being a justice for this case in class and having a hard time choosing. If I remember correctly we decided in favor of Galloway by a vote of 7-2. Personally, I am happy tradition was upheld, but I understand the opposition in this case.

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Kara long's comment, May 11, 2014 8:36 AM
I remember participating in this case too. It was really hard to decide. Both sides had very good arguments, but I am glad that Galloway won. I think people should be able to pray before the meetings, it just shouldn't be forced on people to participate.
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Tufts University And Federal Government In Standoff Over Sexual Assault Policies

Tufts University And Federal Government In Standoff Over Sexual Assault Policies | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
The Massachusetts school failed to comply with Title IX, the Department of Education said Monday. UPDATED.
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This article is about how the government might pull funding from Tufts University because they did not comply with sexual assault laws defined for colleges. I think their policy regarding sexual assault needs to be appropriately monitored and revised to help those who are victims. Sexual assault is a serious issue. However, I don't think that the government should necessarily pull funding right away. This will only end up hurting the students who attend the school. It will create a lose-lose situation for students with sexual assault policy and available resources.

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Kara long's comment, May 2, 2014 11:04 PM
Kristin, I agree with you that if the government pulls funding right away, it will only hurt the students attending the school. The students are the ones who should benefit from the sexual assault policy, not be hurt by it. It makes sense that the University needs to face some sort of punishment for not complying with the laws, but it needs to be something that will not hurt the students attending the University.
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What health care really needs is a full-meal deal | 2014-04-28 | Indianapolis Business Journal | IBJ.com

On a daily basis, millions of Americans go into restaurants of all types and order package deals on food. “Do you want fries with that?” has become so common it’s a cliché. But it’s also a poignant symbol of how business works throughout our society—if you bundle multiple items together into a package, you get a deal on it. It’s true in fast food, grocery stores, cable-Internet-telephone services, and innumerable other things. But not in health care. The health insurers and third-party administrators that handle employer’s health benefits are, in many cases, incapable of processing package deals for their clients. And doing bundled payments with the federal Medicare program was flatly illegal—until just recently.
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I found this article interesting because it introduced healthcare in a new way. The idea that services could be packaged together seems like a great cost saving method for patients and the government to consider. However, health insurance companies are not covering these package deals, so they are not very common today. Many examples were given that prove this method could be a great advancement to healthcare in the future. The article compares this package deal to meal deals fast food restaurants offer everyday. It seems like this could be a common sense option that should be strongly considered to save money.

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Evan Richardson's comment, May 4, 2014 9:45 PM
This article was interesting and is a reason I support centralized health care. Why should anyone have to pay extra just because a company thinks they can sucker them out of a few dollars. In all honesty it should be an all or nothing scenario so that all citizens can get the same treatment.
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Australian man asks US government to reopen green card case after his American husband dies

Australian man asks US government to reopen green card case after his American husband dies | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
A 72-year-old Australian man widowed by his American husband of more than three decades is renewing his pitch for a green card since the Obama administration eased policies on gay marriage.
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This article discusses immigration issues and gay rights issues. An Australian man is asking the US government to let him stay in the US after his husband died. I think he should be allowed to stay because of the Supreme Court ruling that allowed issuing green cards to married gay couples. He has lived here for many years without any trouble, so I don't think that should stop now. Hopefully they will make the right decision and this will set a precedent for the future.

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Kara long's comment, April 27, 2014 8:41 AM
Kristin, I definitely agree with you. This Australian man should be able to stay in the US because he was married. What type of marriage you have shouldn't affect your ability to get a green card. Also since the Supreme Court has already ruled that you can issue green cards to married gay couples, he should be able to stay.
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Mike Huckabee Calls Out Obama's 'Christian Convictions' On Gay Marriage

Mike Huckabee Calls Out Obama's 'Christian Convictions' On Gay Marriage | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) went after President Barack Obama's views on gay marriage Friday, questioning the commander-in-chief's changes in his "Christian convictions."

In an interview with Fox News' "The O'Reilly Facto...
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This article discusses Obama and the heated issue of gay marriage. I did not realize that Obama had been against gay marriage previously. I understand that people have evolving opinions. However, I think it was very convenient timing for Obama to change his opinion about gay marriage. It seems as though he was willing to give up  his own morals to meet the expectations of his political party.

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Kara long's comment, April 19, 2014 2:40 PM
I was really surprised by this article. I had no idea that Obama had previously been against gay marriage. I agree with Huckabee in that if you have "Christian convictions," they don't change when the culture does. I agree with Kristin in that it seems very convenient for him to have changed his opinion.
Evan Richardson's comment, April 21, 2014 3:10 AM
I think what Huckabee said was pointless. I don't really see why Obama changing his mid about something so relevant brings about so much controversy. Frankly I'm happy that the President supports this issue that will certainly come about in the future, no matter what the timing was.
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Citizenship classes offer immigrants a way to stay

Citizenship classes offer immigrants a way to stay | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
FITCHBURG — For 50 years Celita S. Kwan faithfully participated in elections in her native Brazil, but since moving to the U.S. in 2001, she is not eligible for that same right.
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This article is about citizenship requirements. It discusses a class that is offered to help immigrants prepare for the citizenship test they have to pass to officially become a US citizen. The test can only be taken by immigrants who have gone through a legal process to enter the United States. The irony of the specific course discussed in the article is that the teacher cannot take the citizenship test because she was brought to America illegally by her parents at a young age.

 

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Kara long's comment, April 19, 2014 2:36 PM
I thought that this was a really intriguing article. The irony within the article was really funny. It surprises me that they let an illegal immigrant teach courses that prepare you for the citizenship test. I am glad that in order to take the test you have to have gone through a legal process to enter the United States. I think citizenship should only be rewarded to those who went through the right channels to come to the United States.
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US leads praise for 'courageous' Afghans in landmark vote

US leads praise for 'courageous' Afghans in landmark vote | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it

http://news.yahoo.com/polls-open-afghan-elections-024605014.html

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This article is about the changing government of Afghanistan. People recently went against threats by the Taliban to vote for a new President. This is an exciting time for the country because they are shifting towards a democracy. There were no major attacks at any voting sites. US officials are happy about their progress to a new, uncorrupted government.

 

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Kara long's comment, April 12, 2014 9:22 PM
I think this is great that the citizens of Afghanistan have braved the threat from the Taliban and voted for a new President. It will be very exciting to see what happens to the government in this country. I am very glad that there were no major attacks at any of the voting sites.
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Religion run amok? Hobby Lobby's case comes to the Supreme Court

Religion run amok? Hobby Lobby's case comes to the Supreme Court | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to hear 90 minutes of oral arguments in a case that will determine whether bosses who have religious objections to birth control can deny their female employees the contraceptive coverage to which they are entitled under federal law.
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This article is about law because it talks about a Supreme Court case being heard. It is about Hobby Lobby's boss denying women to have birth control under their medical insurance plans. It is not all types of birth control, however, just the ones that prevent the implantation of an already fertilized egg. The reason the bosses are denying such coverage is because of their religious beliefs. in the past, it seems like imposing your religious beliefs hasn't gotten much support in the Supreme Court, but it will be interesting to see what happens with this decision. 

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Kara long's comment, March 30, 2014 8:38 AM
Kristin, I definitely agree with you that it will be really interesting to see what happens with this decision. Some of the people quoted in the article were saying that by denying employees this birth control because of religious beliefs, they are harming the employees. I don't think this technically harms employees, they would just have to use other kinds of birth control. I think it is great that Hobby Lobby's boss is fighting for his religion and what he believes in regardless of my opinion on birth control
Evan Richardson's comment, March 30, 2014 11:20 PM
This article was an interesting read, even humorous at some points. As for the question at hand, I think that Hobby Lobby should in no way be able to prevent their employees insurance plans from containing all types of birth control. Sure we as a country care about religious freedom, but doesn't the executive's beliefs impede on others? I think that in a way the company is punishing those that use or need to use birth control simply because they are employed there. The article is made even more hilarious by the wacky claims of the company, they make for a good read.
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HUNTER: The American welfare state leaves misery in its wake

HUNTER: The American welfare state leaves misery in its wake | Gov & Law- Kristin | Scoop.it
The modern American welfare state resembles a kleptocracy in which everyone is stealing from everyone else under the color of law using the income tax and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as the bagman.
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This article is about public policy because it discusses economic affairs and social welfare. The author of this article talks about how the government has a huge role in income redistribution through the IRS and tax credits. According to one source, the government has become a "massive money-transfer machine." I know income redistribution is important when you look at the 5 different income brackets in the US, but the government seems to be taking it to extreme levels. 

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Evan Richardson's comment, March 30, 2014 11:34 PM
When people look at the income distribution in the US today, they probably wouldn't think it's true. If you've ever looked at an actual graph of just how much money each percent of the people have in the country, you would wonder why those rich make so much. I think that income redistribution is something that the country needs, and that includes taxing higher income families. I think the main problem with the US tax system is that it thinks of money earned in different ways: Inheritance, Ordinary income, and Capital gains (stock market). People that participate in capital gains only have to pay a flat 15% tax rate, where people with ordinary income pay much higher scaling tax rates. And it turns out most really really rich people get there through capital gains. If we want to seriously balance the income in America, we really need to rethink that aspect of taxes themselves.