This article is about Thomas E. Donilon, who was Obama's National Security Adviser until 2013. Article talks about how Donilon was a major influence is the Presidents decision to intervene in Libya. It also, shows the importance of a man that serves in a position that many don't know exists.
This article is about how a survey found that 2/3 of Americans living outside the U.S want to give up their citizenship, which is mostly a result from the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. This relates to gov. and law because how certain laws can have a great deal of impact on a person determining if they should or should not keep their citizen rights after leaving the U.S.
ThinkProgress How Facebook's Questionable Donations Could Make It The Next Mozilla ThinkProgress Facebook shareholders called out the social network for backing politicians whose positions on public policy issues, such as Internet freedom, LGBT...
This article is about how Facebook made a number of financial contributions to politicians that were trying to change public policy issues involving internet security and environmental protection. The strange thing is that Facebook backed politicians that supported things that went against Facebook's core values and that's why stockholders are making a big deal out of this. Relates to gov. and law because of the article involving public policy issues.
This article is about the U.S government releasing certain types of data on "National Day of Civic Hacking" in hopes that hackers will help make the nation a better place. This article relates with gov. and law because it involves the White House.
This article is about how several voters in Guilford Co. would try to vote for Romney, but the ballot machine would default to Obama. Relates to gov. and law because of it being a voting issue. The most concerning part of this article is that the elections director said it happens every year.
WASHINGTON — As the Internal Revenue Service 's last two directors struggled to provide answers Tuesday about the agency's improper scrutiny of conservative groups, a lawyer for another key IRS official said she would invoke the 5th Amendment...
This article is about how directors of the IRS have had a hard time answering questions related to it's scrutiny of conservative groups. The most recent director plead the 5th and it's very concerning because this does involve a high ranking government official. This article relates to gov. and law, because it is related to the 5th amendment of the constitution.
This article talks about how a request from a non-profit group in Santa Monica, California to temporarily block bans place on unattended displays was denied, and how the ban itself was in place because of disputes over atheist and christian displays. This article related to gov. and law, because the federal action via the courts was taken to prevent this organization from getting what they wanted.
This article is about how the a federal court found that Delaware violated the Constitution holding "secret trials" . This articles relationship to gov. and law is obvious with it's direct ties to the Constitution. The first amendment is specifically being violated.
Federalism is not a gift that Washington bestows on state houses and city halls. Rather, it is a special, often dormant, vehicle for galvanizing and unleashing the talents and energies of an entrepreneurial nation. The president has an historic opportunity to usher in a new era of pragmatic, collaborative federalism that capitalizes on the economic power of metros and the policy creativity of state and local leaders. Remaking federalism is the path toward an economy that is productive, sustainable and inclusive. More broadly, it can be a vehicle for economic prosperity, fiscal solvency and political comity—if the next president is willing to take it.
This article is all about how the government needs to completely overhaul how it goes about performing federalism. The author goes a bit crazy in talking about all these ideas of innovation, and low carbon emission and how the U.S is supposed to lead the next industrial revolution. Relates to government and law because it's all about federalism and bettering the U.S economy and country as a whole.
There's a word for those who would take up arms against our government, and it's not "patriots." If you have a gun to protect yourself against someone regulating your gun, then what you love isn't America, or freedom, but your gun.
This relates to government and law, because it's all about a guy trying to say how the 2nd ammendment is pointless and questions the spelling and grammer used in it. The author expalims how the second amendment is meant to protect those that keep guns for the defense of his or hers' state, not for personal use.
This relates to government and law, because the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and this article is about how those that oppose the Constitution are misguided. The author believes that the people in our Congress are the problem and that the Congress not the Constitution is the real problem.
This article is about how extremist groups were blocking oil terminals in Libya, and how after enough urging local leaders in Libya resolved the issue. The article urges that the United Nations helps resolve these problems, because the oil crisis in Libya had global effects on oil prices. It deals with gov. and law because it demonstrates how importance of how proper foreign policy can make the world a better place.
News & Observer NC teacher pay stranded by shifts in education laws News & Observer Education actions The 2013 session of the N.C. General Assembly made these education changes.
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This article is about how North Carolina has made changes to their education laws that remove pay increases for teachers that obtain advanced degrees, like their masters. A state task force was created to try and figure out a better plan regarding pay incentives for teachers. This article relates to gov. and law because of it involving education laws.
This article is about how 3D printing has a lot of artistic capabilities, and how the manufacture of guns using 3D printing has placed a bad reputation on it. Because of this, public policy issues are occurring and some politicians are considering reforming laws concerning 3D printing.
Watch campaign ads in the 2012 presidential campaign and track campaign ad spending by candidates and interest groups.
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This article is about presidential campaign spending between Romney and Obama in the 2012 election, and more specifically spending having to deal with TV ads. A map is shown and shows where most of the ad spending occurs. Number one place is Florida, then Virginia. Article relates to gov. and law in that it deals with political campaigning.
Florida prisoner Eric Harris, 34, currently serving a life sentence for sexual battery on a child, has filed a lawsuit that claims serving soy-laden meals to inmates is a form of cruel and unusual punishment.
The 8th Amendment was violated in a Florida prison by forcing inmates to eat soy-based products. Eric Harris claims that the soy is a danger to his health and is cruel and unusual punishment. Florida has been using soy products since 2009 in an effort to cut costs. While it is an economically savy plan, it is devasting to the health of the thousands of prisoners. It is also in violation of the 8th amendment.
This article is about how a prisoner in Florida filed a lawsuit saying how soy-based meals are cruel and unusual punishment, because they give him gastrointestinal cramping and threaten the health of his thyroid and immune system. The Department of corrections claims that the cost to taxpayers would double if soy based meals were cut. This article relates to gov. and law because of it's relationship to the 8th amendment of the constitution.
This article is about how the supreme court will consider whether or not it is lawful to search a smartphone without a warrant. Article relates to government and law because 4th amendment obviously deals with the constitutions. I believe police should need a warrant. There can be a ton of information on a smartphone.
Maryland sheriff says new state gun law violates 2nd Amendment Fox News A Maryland sheriff has declared the state's new gun control law unconstitutional and is asking county officials to support selective enforcement of the measure.
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This article is about a Maryland sheriff that is fighting new state gun laws that will give Maryland some of the tightest gun restrictions in the nation. New law will require purcharserss of handguns to submit their fingerprints, ban 45 guns and limit magazine sizes to 10 bullets. There is a lot of controversy on whether 2nd amendment rights are being put in jeopardy, which is how this article relates to gov. and law.
This article relates to government and law because it's about the constitution. Specifically the article is about a group of a couple hundred organizations is trying to get an amendment rolling that denounces that "money is not speech". The aim of the group is to prevent the spending of funds by corporations on U.S elections.
Fundamental to our system of governance is the concept of federalism -- the division of power between the federal government and the states. Cemented in the Constitution, this concept provides the federal government with only certain, specific ("enumerated") powers, while the states hold all other powers of governance over the individual. This division, along with separation of the federal powers into executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, is the bedrock that secures individual liberty in the U.S.
Although federalism has eroded significantly in the last century, it faces its most serious threat via the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare. This week the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard six hours of oral arguments over three days -- the longest amount of time allotted in almost half a century -- and a record-setting 130 amicus briefs in cases consolidated under the title, Department of Health and Human Services, et al., vs. State of Florida, et al., which challenge the constitutionality of the law.
This article is about Obamacare and the strong opposition it faced for it to get through the Supreme Court. This relates to government and law, because it had to get through the supreme court and it tested the sometimes blurred line that federalism creates between the state and national government, which was displayed by the six hours of oral argument over Obabmacare.
This article is about how governmention auctions can be an exceptional place to purchase a motor vehicle. The article relates to government and law, because the government is thr one putting these auctions on, and the surplus vehicles bwing auctioned off are just one of the few ways that the government raises funds.
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