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Feds used donations intended for poor for massages, luxuries for themselves

Feds used donations intended for poor for massages, luxuries for themselves | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
Federal employees and a contractor diverted more than $1 million of charitable contributions to spending on themselves for in-office massages, meals at every meeting and other luxuries and unnecessary expenses, a government audit found.
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This relates to government because it is federal employees. This just makes me so angry that these people used charity funds for their own use--they thought they were entitled to room service and massages for doing all this charity work, yet they don't realize that the people who actually need the charity will never get that stuff and they are being so selfish
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Kenna Johnson's comment, May 23, 2014 10:27 AM
I don't like this. I don't like it one bit. To think that people all of the country, let alone the world, need help, but our government is just spending it on themselves. Its just messed up.
Hope Schuster's comment, May 25, 2014 5:12 PM
This really angers me. The poor need those donations more and what morals are left in those people? It is amazing how greedy some people have become that they do not have basic human empathy.
Hope Schuster's comment, May 25, 2014 5:12 PM
This really angers me. The poor need those donations more and what morals are left in those people? It is amazing how greedy some people have become that they do not have basic human empathy.
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Supreme Court Takes up Case of Fired Air Marshal

Supreme Court Takes up Case of Fired Air Marshal | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider the case of a federal air marshal who was fired after leaking information to the press about aviation security plans.
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The Supreme Court will be hearing a case about an Air Marshall and how he leaked information about the TSA's plan to cut back on overnight air Marshall's on flights. I personally think that he was wrongly accused because if it was information that should Have been private they should have said it should be kept private and also not texted by cell phone on an unsecured network.
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American drones scour Nigeria for kidnapped schoolgirls, but US law makes search difficult

American drones scour Nigeria for kidnapped schoolgirls, but US law makes search difficult | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
A Nigerian government official said all options were open — including negotiations or a possible military operation with foreign help — in the effort to free the girls.
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After reading this article I am definitely split on whether I support American military helping or not. It is interesting that we actually have a law on who we can help I times of crisis and such. I'm happy that our military is taking huge precautions as to how they go about this situation. It is such a terrible thing and I hope these girls make it home safe and sound!
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Kenna Johnson's comment, May 17, 2014 10:43 PM
I'm usually against the US military invading other countries matters, however, because this is a unusual case and Nigeria is open to the help I think we need to step in and help. I agree we need to be smart when choosing which countries we do/do not help, but I don't like the fact that there is a law for it.
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In Iowa, a license plate frame gets drivers tagged by police

In Iowa, a license plate frame gets drivers tagged by police | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
It might be time to reconsider that license plate frame boasting your allegiance to your favorite team or alma mater, especially if you’re driving in The Hawkeye State.
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This relates to government because it talks about traffic laws and a new ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court that your entire license plate has to be visible
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Hope Schuster's comment, May 11, 2014 9:31 AM
I thought this article was really interesting because in Iowa they want your entire plate to be visible.
Kenna Johnson's comment, May 11, 2014 1:13 PM
I find this interesting for the simple fact that other states don't have this rule. I mean, it doesn't seem like its that big of a deal to make sure it is showing....
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Tech leaders want more computer education in California schools | PCWorld

Tech leaders want more computer education in California schools | PCWorld | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
There is currently a large mismatch between demand and supply of computer science graduates, the industry said
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This relates to education because it talks about implementing more computer science courses in California is schools. I find this really interesting considering our school has recently implemented iPads. I kind of wish our schools would implement more programs like this too because computer science is such a great profession and not many kids know about it!
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Kenna Johnson's comment, May 11, 2014 1:11 PM
I think this is a good step in the right direction. With everything leaning towards computers and the future, I think students should have to take more of these classes to prepare themselves
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French woman whose name sounds like Al Qaeda stopped from flying to U.S.

French woman whose name sounds like Al Qaeda stopped from flying to U.S. | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
A French woman traveling with her husband and two small children was not allowed to board a flight to New York last week, possibly because her name sounds too close to Al Qaeda.
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This is just so sad that an American conflict with a terror group got in the way of a family vacation! I understand the US's security measures, but just banning someone from the United States just because the name on their passport looks like it is pronounced like Al Qaeda is ridiculous.
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Obamacare will likely help Republicans in 2014. But, 2016 is a different deal.

Obamacare will likely help Republicans in 2014. But, 2016 is a different deal. | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
If you narrow your platform to only let in the party faithful, it isn't doing much to expand your brand.
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This article goes over how prominent Obamacare is in government today, and the impact it will have on future elections. It's interesting to see who approved of this or even how much they think this matters when I comes to casting their vote!
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Jeb Bush: ‘I’m thinking about running for president’

Jeb Bush: ‘I’m thinking about running for president’ | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
Jeb Bush said Wednesday he's thinking about running for president, in his most direct statement yet about a possible 2016 run.
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This relates to government because it is discussing the upcoming 2016 presidential election and possible candidates. 

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Teen punished for recording alleged bullying to sue school district

Teen punished for recording alleged bullying to sue school district | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
Teen punished for recording alleged bullying to sue school district
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This relates to government because in the past year or so there has been an increased number of bullying cases and parents pressing charges against bullies.
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Teen punished for recording alleged bullying to sue school district

Teen punished for recording alleged bullying to sue school district | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
Teen punished for recording alleged bullying to sue school district
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This relates to government because in the past year or so there has been an increased number of bullying cases and parents pressing charges against bullies.
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Kenna Johnson's comment, April 20, 2014 10:07 AM
It bothers me that someone would be punished for trying to do, what moat would consider, the right thing.
Hope Schuster's comment, April 20, 2014 2:06 PM
This article really bothered me in the way that no one is really trying too hard to combat this problem
Michael Sigrist's comment, April 21, 2014 11:37 PM
This is not right. I feel like they should be helping the kid out rather than making it worse for him.
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Kansas gets extra time in voter citizenship case - KansasCity.com

Kansas and Arizona will get more time to respond to the request by federal election officials for a stay in his ruling requiring them to enforce state laws requiring new voters to document their U.S. citizenship.
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This article relates to citizenship because it is about an ongoing appeals case with Kansas and Arizona and how they are being required to have voters verify their citizenship when they go to vote. They think this suppresses turnout, but I think this is a great idea because only citizens are allowed to vote, so verifying citizenship really shouldn't be a huge problem unless people have something to hide.
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'Their passing shakes our soul': Obama, military leaders honor Fort Hood shooting victims

'Their passing shakes our soul': Obama, military leaders honor Fort Hood shooting victims | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
As Obama returns to Fort Hood, he brings little in the way of solutions to offer a society that has been confounded by the frequency of events that have jolted Americans out of their sense of security.
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This relates to our government because it includes our President, our military, and covers an issue in relation to gun control. This article is about Obama and his visit to a ceremony for those killed in the recent shooting at Fort Hood. This incident has sparked an initiative to secure our military bases and perhaps provide more funding for this to be possible, something our government may have to visit. It also touches on the ever-present issue of gun control.

 

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Bin Laden's son-in-law convicted at NYC terror trial

Bin Laden's son-in-law convicted at NYC terror trial | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
Usama bin Laden's son-in-law has been convicted in New York of conspiring to kill Americans by serving as Al Qaeda's spokesman after the Sept.
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This article relates to the government because it outlines and talks about the trial of Kuwaiti imam Sulaiman Abu Ghaith and the attack of 9/11. This trial, according to the US Attorney, will hopefully bring some comfort and closure to the victim of Al Qaeda and 9/11. 

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Kenna Johnson's comment, March 27, 2014 12:03 PM
It's crazy that this is happening this many years later. Although, I'm glad its happening. I agree with you, Margaret, that hopefully it will bring comfort to the Al Qaeda victims.\
Hope Schuster's comment, March 28, 2014 11:50 AM
I hope this conviction will bring comfort to the families of the victims. I am really glad it is happening but if only it could have happened a lot sooner.
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Search called off for 4 Britons on 40-foot yacht missing in mid-Atlantic

Search called off for 4 Britons on 40-foot yacht missing in mid-Atlantic | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
A search for four Britons missing at sea after their yacht apparently capsized in the Atlantic Ocean has been called off, officials say.
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This relates to the government because it is the US Coast Guard. This is really unfortunate that the Guard had to make the hard decision to call of the search for the sailors. One of the many hard things they must have to do as part of the Coast Guard.
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Kenna Johnson's comment, May 23, 2014 10:25 AM
I think this is why I could never do this job. The thought of calling off a search, giving up on the people would be an awful feeling. I give a lot of credit to the Coast Guard for making this decision.
Kyle Kohn's comment, May 23, 2014 10:45 AM
I would never be able to do something like this. If I could t find a person I wouldn't call off a search I would look for them till I found them I give them credit for trying and making this hard decision.
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Iran's 'drone clone' latest in long line of fakes, experts say

Iran's 'drone clone' latest in long line of fakes, experts say | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
Iran's claim to have reverse-engineered an American drone is just the latest in a long line of similar bogus claims by the Islamic Republic, according to a new report.
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This relates to our government and their military uses and competition. It is funny that two militaries get so riled up about their drones and wanting them back. It's crazy, but drones are definitely going to be a huge part of our military in the years to come!
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Kenna Johnson's comment, May 17, 2014 10:55 PM
This just kinda makes me chuckle simply because these two militaries are so concerned about this. I know that drones are going to be the future sooner than we imagine, but for some reason I still find it a little amusing how worked up they are.
Hope Schuster's comment, May 18, 2014 3:21 PM
I thought that this article was pretty amusing just because people are making a big deal about this issue.
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Washington state defies minimum wage logic

Washington state defies minimum wage logic | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
Washington state and San Francisco have the highest minimum wages in the country, and that's exactly where small businesses are adding jobs.
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This is an interesting article on minimum wage. I describes how some critics may be wrong in thinking that raising the minimum wage would cause economic catastrophe because of two cities, Seattle and San Fran, that have actually had success with a higher minimum wage.
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Kyle Kohn's comment, May 23, 2014 10:49 AM
There are something that are bad about raising the minimum wage stuff is gunna start being more expensive. There only two places that has success with the higher wages.
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Boko Haram terrorists, kidnap victims believed hiding in vast and treacherous forest

Boko Haram terrorists, kidnap victims believed hiding in vast and treacherous forest | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
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This relates to the government because the US has agreed to send military personnel to help find the girls who were kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorists. It's scary that such a smart man who is so set in his beliefs would hurt, sell, or kill almost 300 teenage girls.
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French woman whose name sounds like Al Qaeda stopped from flying to U.S.

French woman whose name sounds like Al Qaeda stopped from flying to U.S. | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
A French woman traveling with her husband and two small children was not allowed to board a flight to New York last week, possibly because her name sounds too close to Al Qaeda.
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This is just so sad that an American conflict with a terror group got in the way of a family vacation! I understand the US's security measures, but just banning someone from the United States just because the name on their passport looks like it is pronounced like Al Qaeda is ridiculous.
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Hope Schuster's comment, May 1, 2014 10:08 AM
I thought that this was really sad this woman had to deal with this on her vacation. I understand that the US has to use these security protocols, but it is just really upsetting for this woman to not be allowed to vacation in our country.
Kenna Johnson's comment, May 2, 2014 10:58 PM
And this is why people don't like America... I understand we have security measures, however, this was just ridiculous.
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Judge OKs decision to sell widow's home over $6.30 debt

Judge OKs decision to sell widow's home over $6.30 debt | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
A widow was given ample notice before her $280,000 house was sold at a tax auction three years ago over $6.30 in unpaid interest, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled.
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This article relates to government because it is about taxes and court appeals. A lady lost her house over an unpaid tax of $6.30. It's kind of sad, but she didn't pay her taxes and didn't abide by the law.
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Oklahoma court says death row inmates not entitled to know source of execution drugs

Oklahoma court says death row inmates not entitled to know source of execution drugs | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that two death row inmates are not entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them, putting them back on track to be executed as early as next week.
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This article was very interesting. It discussed Oklahoma Supreme Court and their ruling on whether inmates on death row should be allowed to know the source of their lethal injection and if not being told violates their constitutional rights. 

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Hope Schuster's comment, April 25, 2014 10:42 AM
I thought the different points of view on this issue were very interesting. This sparks a lot of controversy, and it is not clear whether or not they should know or not know which execution drugs they will die by.
Kenna Johnson's comment, April 27, 2014 9:20 AM
Yeah, I would agree with both of you. This is a very interesting article. My personal opinion would be that they are allowed to know. I mean, considering they are going to die, what is the point of not telling them?
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US troops arrive in Poland for exercises across Eastern Europe amid Ukraine crisis

US troops arrive in Poland for exercises across Eastern Europe amid Ukraine crisis | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm.
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This relates to foreign agains because it is about the US's actions in relation to the affair  between Russia and Ukraine

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Kenna Johnson's curator insight, April 24, 2014 10:30 PM

This article is about the US troops and allies who are trying to ease tension in Ukraine. This article clearly has to do with foreign affairs.

 

Hope Schuster's comment, April 27, 2014 8:41 AM
It is crazy to think about all the conflict that is going on in ukraine.
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Teen punished for recording alleged bullying to sue school district

Teen punished for recording alleged bullying to sue school district | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
Teen punished for recording alleged bullying to sue school district
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This relates to government because in the past year or so there has been an increased number of bullying cases and parents pressing charges against bullies.
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‘Not over’? Feds coy over next move in Nevada rancher standoff

‘Not over’? Feds coy over next move in Nevada rancher standoff | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
Tensions continue to simmer in the battle between federal land managers and a Nevada rancher, but the feds are being coy about how far they'll go to pursue Cliven Bundy as both sides regroup.
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This was a very interesting article about the federal government and a Nevada rancher. The one thing that made me laugh about this article was how the Feds are trying to say that this man owes "American taxpayers an excess of $1 million"..... Pretty sure half the taxpayers in America aren't missing that money, nor would we ever see that money anyway.
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Enforcement ‘Crisis’? Documents show 68,000 ‘criminal aliens’ released last year

Enforcement ‘Crisis’? Documents show 68,000 ‘criminal aliens’ released last year | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
Immigration and Customs Enforcement released 68,000 foreign nationals who had criminal convictions last year instead of pursuing deportation, according to newly uncovered documents -- a statistic one senator said represents an enforcement crisis.
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I found the content of this article to be absolutely ridiculous. It relates to illegal criminal immigrants in our country who were released by the government instead of deported. I think this is incredibly wrong considering they are illegal and to live in America you have to be a citizen or have appropriate papers to show someone is allowed to be there. I think that America is worse off by releasing these people because they could be dangerous and just cause more harm than good. Plus our government should be the first ones to enforce rules, which they clearly did not. 

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Kenna Johnson's comment, April 12, 2014 9:43 AM
I don't know how I feel about this. I would definitely agree with you, Margaret, that I think the government should really be the ones enforcing the rules they have made. I also think they should not stay, however, I don't think it is exactly harming us. I know they take jobs from us and aren't good for the work/political part of the country, but that doesn't mean they aren't good people or that they are dangerous.
Hope Schuster's comment, April 13, 2014 9:44 AM
I agree with you Margaret. It just seems very ridiculous. Our government should make more of an effort to enforce immigration laws rather than just let it slide.
Michael Sigrist's comment, April 13, 2014 11:48 PM
That is crazy that almost 70,000 illegal aliens were real eased, and it shocks me to hear that almost all of them had a criminal record to go along with that.
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Nebraska city ready to enforce immigration rules

Nebraska city ready to enforce immigration rules | Gov&Law-Margaret Silhasek | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, nearly 60 percent of voters in the conservative city of about 26,000 again backed the housing restrictions that require renters to swear they have legal permission to live in the United States and prohibit landlords from renting to anyone without a city permit. The civil rights groups that challenged Fremont's immigration ordinance in court have asked the nation's high court to evaluate the appeals court ruling that upheld it. Attorney Alonzo Rivas, with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said he expects the Supreme Court to decide this spring whether to hear the case after both sides finish submitting briefs this month. Most other cities that have tried to restrict illegal immigration â€" including Hazelton, Pa., and Farmers Branch, Texas â€" have wound up mired in costly court battles. According to census figures, the town is home to 1,150 noncitizens.
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This article is about Fremont, Nebraska, and its efforts to decrease the number of illegal immigrants who live in the city. They are in the process of implementing an ordinance that would require someone moving into the city to buy a $5 permit. The process of buying this permit includes them swearing they are in fact a citizen of the United States and if they are not they can be in legal trouble. 

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Kenna Johnson's comment, April 12, 2014 9:53 AM
This I think could be a very smart plan on the cities part. However, what back round checks are they performing or are they just taking the citizens word for it?