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Alaska Sues U.S. Government For Not Letting It Look For Oil In Polar Bear Habitat - ThinkProgress

Alaska Sues U.S. Government For Not Letting It Look For Oil In Polar Bear Habitat - ThinkProgress | Gov & Law - Maureen | Scoop.it
Alaska Sues U.S. Government For Not Letting It Look For Oil In Polar Bear Habitat
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The application rejected by the U.S. government was not for actual drilling.
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The thought of polar bears habitats' being invaded for human purposes isn't surprising, but that doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. I also don't think that this is a reason to sue the government. 

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Kelsey Von Berge's comment, March 23, 2014 9:00 AM
Polar bears already have had issues with global warming, I don't know why Alaska would want to cause even more destruction with polar bears.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 23, 2014 6:30 PM
Alaska is seeking to cash in on the vast resources held on federal land within their state. This issue is just another in a long list of federalism gray-areas.
Madisen Schimek's comment, March 24, 2014 12:08 AM
I think this is awful. The polar bears, I feel like already have so much other stuff going on, you can't taken away their living space.
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Voters, Candidates Report Polling Place Problems

Voters, Candidates Report Polling Place Problems | Gov & Law - Maureen | Scoop.it
Closed polling places, missing poll workers and problems with machines reported.

Via Madison Blazing
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In Chicago there were limited voting polls open due to lack of workers and problems with machines. This resulted in people being turned away when voting and being told to come later.
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Madison Blazing's curator insight, March 19, 2014 11:40 PM

This article focused on some problems at multiple voting stations in Chicago. Quite a few people had to be turned away by government workers and directed to return at a later time. This was a major issue for people who had limited accessibility or tight schedules. Also, due to malfunctioning machines, limited numbers of voting stations, and a lack of adequate workers, there was a large delay and many complications associated with the Chicago polling stations. In general, I think that any kinds of problems like this seem like they would cause many issues with the election process. Hopefully this issue was properly addressed and will be corrected to limit or prevent future difficulties from occurring in order to ensure that everyone is able to cast their vote in a timely fashion.

 

Nick Sigrist's comment, March 23, 2014 11:46 PM
My article was very much related to this one, about how the issues keep coming up about the many ways that the "private" voting polls are being changed, and how a person is required to wait in line, or face other obstacles that could keep them from wanting, or being able, to vote again in an election.
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70% Of US Spending On Writing Checks To Individuals - Investor's Business Daily

70% Of US Spending On Writing Checks To Individuals - Investor's Business Daily | Gov & Law - Maureen | Scoop.it
70% Of US Spending On Writing Checks To Individuals Investor's Business Daily Buried deep in a section of President Obama's budget, released this week, is an eye-opening fact: This year, 70% of all the money the federal government spends will be in...
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This past year the government spent 70% of their money writing checks to individuals. This has shot up 29% while under Obama. This was very interesting to read, and I was surprised to know most of our money is taken in and given away to individuals alone. Not surprising, 38% goes to pay health care bills, most through ObamaCare. 

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The 2014 Senate Landscape

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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

Via MsHaeussinger, Kirsten Cunningham, Tasha Freeman
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I cans see the majority being republican. How do you think this will go considering our president is democrat?

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Justin kettner's curator insight, March 3, 2014 12:30 PM

The senate has a huge chance at the moment depending on people to fill the house with the majority being republican. This could be a good and  a bad thing being that our president Barack Obama is a full fledge democrat. This could resolve or make problems worse what do you think?

Nathan bahr's comment, March 5, 2014 2:08 PM
I think they should fill it with mostly republican people.
Madisen Schimek's comment, March 6, 2014 3:26 PM
I think that it will be filled mostly with republicans.
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Voter ID laws to get big test in primaries

Voter ID laws to get big test in primaries | Gov & Law - Maureen | 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

Via MsHaeussinger
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Requiring Americans to show an ID when voting will protect against fraud voting. Being that this is already required in 10 states, I'm eager to see what states will adopt this requirement for future voting. 

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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.
Kirsten Cunningham's curator insight, March 10, 2014 3:25 PM

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

 

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6th Amendment Protected

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Dwayne Giles wanted to reverse his sentence because he was not able to confront the witness against him. He shot and killed her, but his argument will probably hold up in court. His 6th amendment rights are being protected. 


Via Owen Levy, Darby Dodds
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I don't think it is right that he wasn't able to confront her in court. But I don't think he should be free after what he did.

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Madison Blazing's comment, March 9, 2014 8:40 AM
The outcome of this trial will likely make a strong statement about the United States judicial system. While Giles is entitled to "confront" the victim under the United States Constitution, I find it kind of ridiculous that he is using this argument as his defense. Because Giles murdered her, the woman obviously is unable to testify and be confronted in a court of law, and it seems like he is just using this right to his advantage. While I am assuming there is a lot more to this case than is stated in the article, I still don't think Giles should be absolved of his crime. After reading this article, I think that this case will likely be discussed for awhile, as many arguments can be created for both sides, regardless of the outcome.
Buster Meyer's curator insight, May 1, 2014 3:56 PM

this article relates to the  6th amendments because a guy  wants his rights protected because he shot and killed his ex wife. 

Michael Hanson's comment, May 4, 2014 3:06 PM
This is wrong on every level if this guy gets murder conviction gets reversed. The 6th amendment is being abused in this situation, and if the court doesn't see that it's gonna let a murderer back onto the streets.
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6 Million Americans Without a Voice

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“ States should listen to Attorney General Holder and repeal unjust and outdated felon disenfranchisement laws.”


Via MsHaeussinger, Jay Puffer
Maureen Disque's insight:

It's surprising how many people aren't given the right to vote due to other factors. They should have the right to vote 

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Jay Puffer's curator insight, February 13, 2014 12:10 AM
I agree with this push to give people who have been incarcerated for their crimes their right to vote. This is a basic right of people living in the United States and should not be denied just because someone is serving time.
Megan O'Leary's comment, February 15, 2014 10:46 PM
I agree that after serving one's time, he should be allowed to vote. This number of Americans not allowed to vote is very large.
Kirsten Cunningham's comment, February 22, 2014 9:31 PM
I agree, he should be allowed to vote!
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New Bill Would Limit How Long Government Keeps Surveillance Video -

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“New Bill Would Limit How Long Government Keeps Surveillance Video DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado lawmakers are behind an effort to set restrictions on how long the government can keep surveillance footage.”


Via Samuel Haefner
Maureen Disque's insight:

I think it's pointless to make this bill, surveillance footage is used for security reasons and shouldn't be just thrown away.

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Megan O'Leary's comment, February 22, 2014 7:08 PM
I agree that the government should not keep footage forever, but if it is keeping the public safe, then it is not necessary to create a law that destroys evidence.
Jay Puffer's comment, February 22, 2014 11:26 PM
I agree with Garner in that the issue should be about how the information is used, not how long it's kept around. That information could be called up at any time to help with an investigation.
Kelsey Von Berge's comment, February 24, 2014 12:54 PM
I think that the government should only keep survellience on things that would arise a concern of public safety. People should be able to live their lives in a private way.
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Minnesota becomes fifth state to offer enhanced driver's licenses and ID cards

Minnesota becomes fifth state to offer enhanced driver's licenses and ID cards | Gov & Law - Maureen | Scoop.it
Starting Monday, Minnesota residents can apply for an enhanced driver's license or identification card that will allow them to re-enter the United States from Canada,...

Via MsHaeussinger
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Very interesting read!

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Madisen Schimek's comment, February 18, 2014 12:10 AM
I think this is great for people who travel a bunch and just even something that would be more quick and affordable.
Kirsten Cunningham's comment, February 18, 2014 10:19 AM
This will be very useful for people who like to travel a lot! I want to get one. :)
Kirsten Cunningham's comment, February 18, 2014 10:19 AM
This will be very useful for people who like to travel a lot! I want to get one. :)
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Blatant violation of Constitution - Daily Inter Lake

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“Constitution Daily Blatant violation of Constitution Daily Inter Lake The Constitution's protection of political speech is not ambiguous. The First Amendment provides that government “shall make no law...”


Via Samuel Haefner
Maureen Disque's insight:

This goes against the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech. This is an outrageous violation of the U.S. Constitution, and our rights as an American. 

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Megan O'Leary's comment, February 7, 2014 11:49 AM
I agree that this violates the rights given by the United States Constitution.
Jay Puffer's comment, February 9, 2014 1:05 AM
I agree that it is a little unfair to disregard people's rights expressed in the First Amendment. If they want to successfully enforce a law like that, they should propose a change to the First Amendment.
Kelsey Von Berge's comment, February 16, 2014 1:52 AM
I think that while Montana's law looks as if it is protecting the judges, it goes against the first amendment with freedom of speech. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of people and have a right to share their thoughts.
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State of the Union: A speech rooted in the Constitution

State of the Union: A speech rooted in the Constitution | Gov & Law - Maureen | Scoop.it
Amazing how one little constitutional requirement has become such a multimedia extravaganza. President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union Address Tuesday to a joint session of Congress.

Via Micah David Nichols
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This article summarizes what President Obama stated in his State of the Union Address just this past week. In 2013 Obama's polls dropped once he introduced his health care plan. Do you think Obama's plans for 2014 will be seen as a positive outlook among American citizens?

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MsHaeussinger's comment, February 3, 2014 2:55 PM
Great story, Micah!
Haylie Harveland's comment, February 5, 2014 11:54 PM
President Obama has to do a state of the union address. After making a few adjustments I don't thing the people are agreeing with what he is doing
Kelsey Von Berge's comment, February 9, 2014 7:36 PM
I think the way he puts his plans out there during the state of the union can get a lot of people's attention.. good and bad. Everyone has their own opinion on the topics discussed by Obama, but I think he will certainly gain some support.
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The United States spent $5 billion on Ukraine anti-government riots - PolitiFact

The United States spent $5 billion on Ukraine anti-government riots
PolitiFact
While President Barack Obama publicly said Ukrainians have the right to determine their own future, the U.S.
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It amazes me how much money the US spends. The Ukraine problem isn't over so it wouldn't surprise me if the US government spends even more money in the future. 

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Kelsey Von Berge's comment, March 23, 2014 9:04 AM
I do understand foreign relations and how they are needed to help one another out, but there comes a stopping point. We are already in enough debt and I don't think we should be blowing all of this money away for some other country's situation.
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The US now has the fewest government workers since 2001 - The Week Magazine

The US now has the fewest government workers since 2001 - The Week Magazine | Gov & Law - Maureen | Scoop.it
The US now has the fewest government workers since 2001
The Week Magazine
The good news (if you want people to be working) or bad news (if you hate the government) is that this string may finally be nearing an end.
Maureen Disque's insight:

Only 15.9% of all Americans work for the government. This is the lowest since 2001, surprising considering Obama is trying so hard to raise the minimum wage and decrease unemployment in America. 

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Kelsey Von Berge's comment, March 16, 2014 4:25 AM
I think we get blind sided a lot by what we THINK is happening in our country and miss what is actually going on. We have been trying to decrease unemployment but yet are finding that we are losing more jobs than ever. Hopefully we can improve and get back to where we need to be.
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Parents are warned to steer clear of sugar-filled 'healthy' drinks

Parents are warned to steer clear of sugar-filled 'healthy' drinks | Gov & Law - Maureen | Scoop.it
Parents' efforts on healthy eating 'undermined' by marketing campaigns and lack of government interest

Via Madison Blazing
Maureen Disque's insight:

I recently did my Public Policy project on GMO's, and how it's not required to label products that contains them. This article was interesting to read because something that is healthy, contains high fructose corn syrup. 

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Madison Blazing's curator insight, March 12, 2014 12:36 AM

This article discusses a recent health campaign that revolves around the high and growing obesity rates in the United States. A health group called "Sustain" feels like the government is neglecting the health concerns of the nation, specifically referring to the concerning diabetes and obesity epidemic in children as "diabesity". As a seemingly healthy alternative to pop, many adults are giving children fruity juice drinks. However, the healthy reputations of these drinks are deceitful as hidden high levels of fructose may in actuality cause some juice drinks to contribute to the growing "diabesity" problem in children. Many health conscious groups and nutritional specialists are campaigning these drinks to spread awareness of the health effects of the high sugar levels present in these drinks, and also to hopefully ease some of the ever present health concerns of our country.

Manda Pahl's comment, March 16, 2014 12:33 AM
As an alternative to soda, you'd think that fruity juice would much healthier. It was interesting to see that it's not actually the case.
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UT Student Government campaigns aim for victory via student organization connections - The Daily Texan

UT Student Government campaigns aim for victory via student organization connections - The Daily Texan | Gov & Law - Maureen | Scoop.it
With Student Government elections yielding low turnout in recent years — 14.9 percent of the student body voted in 2013 — campaigns often vie for endorsements from voting blocks to maximize their reach. An in-depth look at the organizational connections of the students registered to each executive alliance campaign this year help shows an identical path candidates are taking towards what they hope will be victory.
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I think it's important for colleges to provide voting places during campaigns and elections.  Hopefully the new ideas will increase the voting percentage.

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Big Cannabis: will legal weed grow to be America's next corporate titan? - The Guardian

Big Cannabis: will legal weed grow to be America's next corporate titan? - The Guardian | Gov & Law - Maureen | Scoop.it
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Big Cannabis: will legal weed grow to be America's next corporate titan?

Via Julian Buchanan, Nathalie Simz
Maureen Disque's insight:

The legalization of weed in Colorado and Washington has started a big movement. Critics believe it could become the next corporate Titan, similar to tobacco. What do you think? 

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Kelsey Von Berge's comment, March 2, 2014 12:09 AM
I think that just like decreasing the drinking age, the legalization of marijuana might actually decrease crime and other such bad things. There could be more education about it rather than just don't do it.
Madisen Schimek's comment, March 3, 2014 8:49 AM
I agree with Kelsey. And if anything happens I think it won't happen for a while.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 3, 2014 9:15 AM
This story could have a point -- if marijuana does become legal across the U.S. it makes sense for big tobacco to produce it and sell it, considering they already have a similar product.
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Arizona lawmakers pass controversial anti-gay bill

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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.

Via Sfitzg35, Ian (ACL) Whitney
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I don't think this is fair at all. We should give equal rights to everyone no matter what their religion, sex, color, or race is. 

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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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Obama's war on 1st Amendment - Manteca Bulletin

Obama's war on 1st Amendment - Manteca Bulletin | Gov & Law - Maureen | Scoop.it
“Obama's war on 1st Amendment Manteca Bulletin When President Barack Obama said he planned to “fundamentally transform” the United States, he wasn't referring only to spreading the wealth around or even to conforming our foreign-trade regulations to...”
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Samuel Haefner's curator insight, February 19, 2014 11:55 AM
This article is incredibly biased, but also quite interesting. I don't think President Obama really wants us to practice our religion behind closed doors like the Manteca Bulletin said.
Madisen Schimek's comment, February 26, 2014 10:10 PM
Very interesting.
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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 - Maureen | Scoop.it
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MAP: How the GDP of US States Compares to Countries Around the World
Slate Magazine (blog)
This post originally appeared in Business Insider.

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

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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.
Kirsten Cunningham's curator insight, February 19, 2014 12:40 PM

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

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Drug policy debate should focus on federalism | United Liberty | Free Market - Individual Liberty - Limited Government

Drug policy debate should focus on federalism | United Liberty | Free Market - Individual Liberty - Limited Government | Gov & Law - Maureen | Scoop.it

“ Ted Cruz In a speech last month at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued that, rather than ignoring certain laws, President Barack Obama should go to Congress to start “a real conversation” about federal drug”


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Federalism gives the power to enact drug laws to the state government. Should only the state government have the power to do this, or should our national government decide?

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Jay Puffer's curator insight, February 12, 2014 11:32 PM
While Ted Cruz makes a good point about Obama taking matters into his own hands, the topic of a federal drug law does not seem like a very big priority right now. Yes Obama is refusing to work with Congress on certain issues, but it is the fact that Congress is so unable to make progress on anything that has caused the President to take action. The power to enact drug policies should be reserved for the states according to the federalist government that runs this country.
Yesenia Gibson's comment, February 17, 2014 1:26 PM
There's a good point made in this article and although Federalism enables that power I think drug laws should be made by the national government unless the
Yesenia Gibson's comment, February 17, 2014 1:26 PM
states are making sure it's handled right.
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Time to stop Obamacare, protect 4th Amendment - Jackson Clarion Ledger

Time to stop Obamacare, protect 4th Amendment
Jackson Clarion Ledger
It would also end Mississippi State University's formal relationship with the spy agency.
Maureen Disque's insight:

Should it be legal for Mississippi residents to have their own health care plan, and not Obama Care?

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MsHaeussinger's comment, February 9, 2014 12:00 PM
This is a great story about the muddiness of federalism. Who truly has the authority to dictate healthcare since it is not discussed in the Constitution?
Madisen Schimek's comment, February 10, 2014 12:51 AM
Since this subject isn't in the constitution, then who is able to make decisions about it? But the Mississippi residents do have heir own rights, and choose what route they want towards healthcare.