Two cheers for the president's centrist foreign policy.
This article talks about Obama's foreign policy approach. Why it relates to gov and law is because foreign policy is a part of the government. The author discusses people who are displeased with Obama's foreign policy approach.
This article talks about gun control. It shows what some of the myths and truths are with the debate surrounding gun control. Why does the article believe that "guns don't kill, people kill" is a bad argument? Did the 1976 handgun ban in Washington DC cause an increase in crime? Why or why not?
This article talks about the perfect minimum wage job. Why it relates to gov and law is because minimum wage is currently a public policy issue. The author is trying to convince people that McDonalds is one of the better jobs with minimum wage, and they make some good points.
"We gathered a list of the best election-related Web sites for teachers and organized them by category. Have your students play fantasy election games or find pen pals in a different part of the country to exchange ideas about important issues."
This article talks about different web-sites that teachers can use to help their students better understand the election process. Why it relates to gov and law is because unit 3 discusses elections and voting. The article provides numerous useful sites for educators to use.
This article talked about the 8th Amendment which protects the accused against cruel or unusual punishment. What would happen if an accused person was given a death penalty and cruel or unusual punishment happened during?
This article discusses a case in which a woman's house was searched for her foster son's gun which was used in a domestic assault. Instead, they found her gun, which was legally owned. This was taken, and was violating her 4th amendment right, because the police had a warrant for her foster son's gun, not hers. Protecting this right, the court declared this a violation of the 4th amendment and she was granted her gun back.
This article talked about how a woman's 4th amendment rights were violated. Police searched her house and seized a gun without a warrant. What are the steps that must be gone through to obtain a search warrant?
In this case, the judge found that police had illegally questioned someone about a crime they commited. The woman being questioned was denied her right to having a lawyer present and she never consented to the questioning. Also, the police made an effort to downplay the importance of her 5th amendment rights. All of these things are a clear violation of the 5th amendment.
This article talks about the 5th Amendment. Why it relates to gov and law is because the 5th allows the right to remain silent. The article talks about a case where the judge found police had illegally questioned someone about a crime that they committed.
As social media continues its tsunami of teenage emotions, unfiltered comments and inappropriate pictures, I hope more of us are ready to engage in our children’s digital lives. (Can Cyber-citizenship Tame the Digital 'Wild West'?
This article discusses whether "cyber-citizenship" can tame the digital age. Why this relates to gov and law is because citizenship is discussed in unit four. This article is very interesting. I was surprised to learn that Facebook has a team of 10 people who go through 2 million reports of abuse on the social network.
This article talks about digital citizenship. Why it relates to gov and law is because citizenship refers to being here legally and also the manner in which citizens conduct themselves. The article is set up to help teachers teach their students about etiquette, safety, and communication digitally.
This article is about how the Affordable Care Act requires states to provide Medicaid coverage to former foster care kids until the age of 26. Why does income not play a factor for those receiving Medicaid? According to the article, how many young adults leave foster care without permanent homes?
An environmental committee at Massachusetts Statehouse has approved a bill, imposing a 10-year ban on fracking for natural gas. The move comes as a wave of earthquakes in Texas has raised new concerns over the controversial drilling technique.
This article talks about how a committee in a Massachusetts statehouse approved a bill that would put a 10-year ban on fracking for natural gas. Why this relates to gov and law is because fracking is one of the public policies. The bill is meant to protect the drinking water from contamination that happens during fracking.
This article talks about how Michigan wants to expand Medicaid with three different plans. Why it relates to gov and law is because Medicaid is a public policy issue. According to the author, Governor Rick Snyder said "this is an opportunity that we can’t pass up. Too many Michigan lives depend on it."
This article talks about whether US elections are free or fair. Why would OSCE personnel be arrested if they came within 100 feet of polling locations? By what percent have voting rates in the United States declined since 1980?
This article talks about how voters would cast their vote for one candidate, but the other one's name would come up instead. Why this relates to gov and law is because voting issues can happen frequently in the US. According to the author, this problem can be solved by getting the machine re-calibrates by poll workers.
In this week's episode, Bill talks with two fair elections advocates working to get big money out of political campaigns. One approach they support is public (Yes! MT @MoyersStaff: Should tax $$ instead of large donors pay for political campaigns?
This article talks about whether taxpayers should fund political campaigns. Why it relates to gov and law is because campaigns are a large part of politics. This article also allows you to take a poll if you want to support taxpayers funding political campaigns.
This article is about how a federal appeals court in Manhattan struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. Most of the Supreme Court Justices decided that it was for the American people to decide on. To what extent does Equal Protection protect?
This article discusses the trial of a man charged with sexual assault, and was denied his 6th amendment right. It took the state court six and a half years to charge him, which the supreme court ruled a violation of his 6th amendment rights. The 6th amendment allows all citizens to have a speedy trial, which this obviously was not. The supreme court removed his sentence because of the violation of his right.
This article talks about how a Delaware man's Sixth Amendment rights were violated. Why it relates to gov and law is because the Sixth Amendment is a part of the Constitution. The article tells how the Delaware Supreme Court dismissed a man's sexual assault charges because the lower court tool six and half years to sentence him. The Supreme Court found that his right to a speedy trial had been violated.
This article is about the NSA spying on American's telephone records. Why this relates to gov and law is because the 4th Amendment is supposed to protect against unreasonable searches and seizures. The case was brought by a conservative lawyer and the father of a cryptologist who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011. His son worked for the NSA.
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