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Supreme Court Defends Wealthy's Right to Own Government

Supreme Court Defends Wealthy's Right to Own Government | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court today defended the right of the wealthiest Americans to own the United States government.

Via Dave Cottrell
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I believe this is crazy how they can put it simply like this; that the wealthiest Americans are allowed to own parts of the government. In a way I suppose it is true, but to put it in simple words saying this is a bit dangerous, and can bring a lot of controversy to our higher powers. There is often doubt brought up with the trust of our government and the validity of it, but this only fortifies our beliefs in our government and makes Americans trust them even less. 

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Madison Blazing's comment, May 22, 2014 10:14 PM
Allowing Americans with high monetary power to essentially buy a part of the government seems like a really bad idea. I agree that this concept will likely lead to many problems and controversy surrounding the fairness of the government. One of the justices commented that allowing the wealthy to own the government is upholding our democratic ideals, which I find very hard to believe as it instead seems to be giving extra privileges to the already privileged.
Michael Watts's comment, May 25, 2014 2:51 AM
Letting the rich own parts of the government is a terrible idea. Just because one has money, doesn't mean they are qualified to be a politician. All it does is giving more problems to everyone.
Dave Cottrell's comment, May 26, 2014 7:34 PM
I am constantly amazed by how few people actually read articles before commenting on them. A case in point is this SATIRICAL article that no one seems to be recognizing as satire...
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Supreme Court to Consider New Obamacare Case

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ThiObamacare is before the U.S. Supreme Court again.


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In this article, they discuss the constant showing of the ObamaCare idea in the Supreme Court, and how often it is fought and argued over. It shows very often at this level, and with such a large amount of people opposing the passing of this, protests and arguments are constantly brought up around the country at all levels. This has an effect on our government because it is such an impacting idea on all Americans, and is a huge topic for controversy. 

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Katie Biggs's curator insight, September 19, 2013 6:50 PM

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The first sentence of this article confirms that Obamacare is on trial in the Supreme Court again. Again? AGAIN? Does not bother anyone else just how much this act is put before a jury? It bothers me. So does the issue it is on trial for. It really hits home for me as I am currently a student attending a Catholic High School. We are actually discussing the morality of abortions this week in my theology class. I might just bring this court case up. 

 

There have been over 60 lawsuits filed across the nation against Section 1001 of the Affordable Care Acts to be removed or changed. The section states that large employers must offer what they are calling "preventive services" to their employees. "Preventive service" is the politically correct name for birth control and, in this case, that includes those that invovle abortions after conception. This has angered the employers with religious beliefs, like Hobby Lobby, and the religion-oriented businesses, such as the University of Notre Dame. These organizations do not apply to the regulation issued by the United States Department of Health for Human Services. I agree with ADF Vice President David Cortman. He believes that "All Americans, including family business owners, should be free to live and do business according to their faith." He also expresses the fear that with the governments violation freedom, the government could do the same or worse to others.


The fact that this is added to the Affordable Care Acts is outrageous. Emplyers should be able to provide health care to their employees that corresponds with their religious beliefs. By adding this section to Obamacare the government is effectively violationing First Amendment of the Constitution which guarentees American citizens the right to freedom of religion. That makes this Act unconstitutional and therefore null and void. This makes me so mad. Not only are they taking away some of the employers' liberties but they are also forcing them to go against what they believe. It blatantly violates the Catholic Social Teaching of the Natural Right to Life. The Obama administration only has thirty days to try to explain their way out of this one. 

Kyle Kohn's curator insight, May 20, 2014 12:53 PM

Does not bother anyone else just how much this act is put before a jury? It bothers me. So does the issue it is on trial for. It really hits home for me as I am currently a student attending a Catholic High School. 

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Hidden costs of minimum wage increases

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Exempt employee salary increases, compliance costs, seniority costs, payroll taxes and competition costs are among the expected impacts of a minimum wage increase.


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Here is information on what we don't see when we simply look at the headlines trying to advertise minimum wage increase. This goes to show that there are also hidden costs, and that we need to really investigate instead of simply observing. This can apply to anybody working in a minimum wage job, and even to other people and the business they work for. I believe it has to happen with the hiked wages, but it should be made more obvious to the common people. 

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Madison Blazing's comment, May 15, 2014 12:13 PM
This article did a good job of discussing some of the drawbacks of raising minimum wage that many people may not initially consider. Although some of these costs may be relatively large, I think that they will be outweighed by the positives associated with a higher minimum wage. I also agree that it would be good if some of the lesser known aspects of this raise were more openly advertised to the public, such as the morale costs, so everyone understands the complete picture better.
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Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age

Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it

Is the one-size-fits-all, top-down classroom a misfit for the Digital Age? 

 

Standards-based education is ruining the way educators teach and children learn. Education should not be about teaching to the next level in education and vocation and yet, that is exactly what our current school system is designed to do.

 

Our goal should be to foster a love of learning for learning sake. Learning is not something that we should force onto our children to ensure they go to college and get a good job. True learning is intrinsically motivated and the reward is knowledge.

 


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Leaning towards the digital age is very important for education, because students have recently begun to center their lives around such devices like iPads, computers, and phones. This article explains the slow advances towards the use of computers and other devices that not only make our lives easier through communication, but can also do so very well through education.

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Amirah Tucker's curator insight, March 10, 2014 8:54 PM

I agree that the school systems should foster a love of learning for learning sake. Learning shouldn't be forced onto our children to ensure they go to college and get a good job, but this is what society and the school system has created for such a long period of time. Today, we are taught that a bachelor's degree is the new high school diploma, and that most employers will look for candidates who have a master's degree or higher. This puts so much pressure on children even at early ages that in the back of their minds, they don't get the chance to love learning or even explore their passions, yet they are forced to choose a career that will help them succeed and pay them well.

Bianca Partyka's curator insight, March 31, 2014 2:39 PM

I also think there is no limit to using technology in the classroom. I think every student learns differently and integrating technology in the classroom can help students find new means of studying that works well for them. I agree that teaching students to test them all the the same level is not the way to go about it. I think that it is "destroying our youth" and causing them to be high anxiety. 

ykn.espresso's curator insight, April 19, 2014 8:22 PM

Owning the experience of discovery, especially as it pertains to learning about a situation or topic, results in a deeper understanding of the situation. 

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Online Degrees in Education

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Find online education and adult learning opportunities that meet your needs. Compare college, graduate and certificate programs available online.


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This article explains how education is jumping towards technology, even at the college level, and how parents and busy individuals can live their busy lives while also earning the degree they need without taking 8 hours out of their day to do so. 

 

I believe this is a step in the right direction, because this will help anybody that is searching for a college degree without the college expenses and time investment. 

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Luke French's comment, May 11, 2014 9:04 PM
I think the idea of a completely online degree is a great one. It saves time and money for everyone involved, but, on the flip side, the education received online may, in some cases, be lacking.
Alex Salazar's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:08 AM

An advertisement for online degrees in education.

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Nurse In Los Angeles Sees Education As Key To Improving Health Care - CBS Los Angeles

Nurse In Los Angeles Sees Education As Key To Improving Health Care - CBS Los Angeles | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it
Health Care Advocate Michelle Katz sheds light on the importance of education in quality health care.

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This is a great reinforcement of how important education can be in the future of our society, and truly represents our medical field as a largely educated group of individuals that make a massive difference in our country and many people's lives.

 

Education is very vital for the future of our entire country, and so far it has proved to only advance our causes and provide us with a higher quality of living. To continue our successful health care system, education is truly important.

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healthcareforless's curator insight, August 5, 2013 1:11 PM

To be a successful healthcare advocate, one needs to constantly be keeping up with the #health care changes occuring daily.

Katie Gilbertson's curator insight, April 29, 2014 11:19 AM

This is about a healthcare advocate that mentions that the key is knowledge. you must be educated to get a good overview on what health care is really about and the financial stresses it may cause.  This is an option for both patients and those pursuing a career in healthcare...to be educated on the subject at hand and not rely on your own personal opinions

Madison Blazing's comment, May 3, 2014 12:38 AM
I agree that this article is a great reminder of the importance of education. Properly educating and informing patients and health care professionals is necessary to ensure future success. I think the direct examples this article provided also helped prove that the knowledge gained through education is applicable in many life situations.
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Crafting Animals From Toilet Paper Rolls

Crafting Animals From Toilet Paper Rolls | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it

We all probably know a crafty sort of person who can make something from nothing. Give them a piece of paper and half an hour, and they’ll build an authentic replica of a castle. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. That’s why I look for simple crafts that use everyday objects. These toilet paper tube animal ideas require very little artistic skill, and you’ll end up with a sweet menagerie of homemade animals!


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I found this to be one of the more creative, intriguing articles on this website. I have a certain knack for crafts, and this is a very lovely, colorful way of having a fun time with friends and family without having to buy expensive craft supplies from Hobby Lobby or Michael's craft store. :)

 

This article applies to our government in the way that we, the crafty people creating these works of art, are working to recycle and use these cardboard tubes that otherwise would possibly be thrown and wasted in the garbage. It helps our economy because these crafts are purchased from local stores, aiding in their franchises and balancing of the economy in the craft industry. Our crafts are truly important to our economy and make a difference just as anything else is, and I hope everybody can pick up this economically-friendly way of creating fun, beautiful art. 

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Manda Pahl's comment, April 11, 2014 2:25 PM
This is a cool and interesting way to relate to the government. There are many ways that we can help the economy, as little as making economically-friendly crafts.
Madison Blazing's comment, April 13, 2014 9:01 PM
I agree with Manda, I thought this was very interesting and had a lot of great ideas. It also cool how this website gives ideas of how to turn otherwise useless household items into usable and recycleable materials for fun crafts and projects. It was very cool the way Nick related these projects to the government, and I agree that crafts and other means of creatively recycling everyday items into fun projects is a great way to support our economy and utilize the resources that are readily available to us.
MJ's curator insight, May 1, 2014 3:20 AM

Keeping it simple for the kids.

 

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Westboro Baptist Church Plans to Picket Boston Funerals - U.S. News & World Report

Westboro Baptist Church Plans to Picket Boston Funerals - U.S. News & World Report | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it
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I honestly believe these are very heartless people. I think they should realize what they're doing and follow suit, not stick out and cause such an immense amount of pain to others SIMPLY to express their own personal views on religion. 

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Maggie Byrd's curator insight, April 17, 2013 12:39 AM

Unfortunately, this is not the first time the Westboro Baptist Church threatened to picket the funerals of those killed in mass acts of violence, as you can read in this article. Is it just me, or does saying that these shootings are punishment for homosexuality resemble the basic idea of karma? Which, in itself, isn't a wholly Christian theme now, is it? Of course, Westboro Baptist is likely trying to compare current tragedies with the Old Testament. But this isn't the 4th century BC. People, society, and political structures have changed dramatically over time, but somehow the Westboro Baptist Church managed to avoid adaptation in any form. This does not indicate timelessness. It indicates ignorance, bigotry, and, perhaps above all else, fear.  

Madison Blazing's comment, March 28, 2014 9:52 AM
This article was very upsetting to me. I think that the Westboro Baptist Church is very wrong to do what they are doing, and that this goes way beyond simply their rights to the freedom of speech. Picketing the funerals of these innocent people who were victims to this horrible violence seems very disrespectful and insensitive towards the families and friends of these victims. I disagree very strongly with what the Westboro Church believes and how they express themselves, and I hope that something is done to prohibit them from further upsetting the familes of these victims.
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2012 Voting Machines Altering Votes in Pennsylvania

My wife and I went to the voting booths this morning before work....

 

I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney. Being a software developer, I immediately went into troubleshoot mode...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdpGd74DrBM&feature=plcp


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This article is very interesting, and I have a hard time distrusting this man, considering he is a registered software developer. He makes a great point in the video, and makes it very obvious what the state is attempting to do with these machines. This applies to Gov & Law simply by the fact that this could very well have a large effect on the overall number of votes in an election that utilizes electronic voting systems, and that this country needs to change it's ways if this is what it is turning to. 

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Madison Blazing's comment, March 28, 2014 10:12 AM
This was very interesting and also kind of concerning. Hopefully the government fixes the issues with these machines so that there are not future problems with the polls. I agree with Nick that this man seems to know what he is discussing because of his credentials in the software industry. This is definitely an issue if people are unable to register their votes correctly, and if this occurs on a large scale, elections could be drastically altered. This problem seems like one that needs to be addressed and fixed before it inhibits any more people from casting the correct vote.
Rachel DeWaard's curator insight, May 7, 2014 9:06 PM

This video shows how a voting poll could be changed due to software malfunctions. During the 2012 election, a voting machine in Pennsylvania highlighted Mitt Romney when the voter clicked on Obama. To me, things like this are bound to happen as voting techniques become more advanced. This shows how a election may not be accurate due to technological malfunctions. 

Breanne Hemann's comment, May 11, 2014 12:02 AM
I agree that this is a major issue that could have negative effects. I think that voting machines can be very effective, however if there are significant flaws they may not be the best to use until they are fixed.
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The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism

The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it
The Department of Justice had a historic opportunity to say that since the people of these states had spoken, as long as what happens in Colorado stays in Colorado, they wouldn't make a federal case out of it.

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This article brings up a great point on the federalism aspect of the legalization of marijuana, deciding whether there is shame behind the legalization, and also considering the fact that the states that HAVE already legalized it have been relieved from a large percentage of their debt through taxation. 

 

I personally believe that legalizing the drug will help the nation, as the effects of the drug on humans are very minimal. Through taxation, I believe the government can allow the sale and use of marijuana to dig out of our economic hole.

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Austin Robertson's comment, April 20, 2014 7:49 PM
I don't know in the first place why in the world marijuana was made legal in the first place. If something was ILLEGAL it was illegal for a reason. By legalizing this they are basically promoting the distribution of drugs and that can lead to many other problems. It can lead to cartels that result in deaths because most do, it can lead to driving under the influence and guess who's shoulders that's going to fall back on, the governments. What if teens died in a car accident in Colorado because of weed, how do you think the government would feel after that? It's just stupid a pond careless.
pdowds30's comment, April 29, 2014 6:04 PM
I personally don't think that marijuana is an issue in the United States. It has never killed anyone. Alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana and has done quite the damage to our population. The federal government is right in saying that as long as it stays in Colorado, there is no issue. Legalizing marijuana nation-wide would decrease the crime rate significantly and allow many people to return to a good state of health. Just like same-sex marriage, if you don't like it, don't do it.
Becca Zieman's comment, May 3, 2014 12:01 AM
The topic of legalizing marijuana has been a huge topic in our country yet there are bigger things going on that people completely ignore. But I do think that states should have the right to decide for themselves whether to legalize something that they are in closer quarters with then the federal government is.
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The Un-American Anti-Koch Campaign

The Un-American Anti-Koch Campaign | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has high standards for American-ness. That’s why it carried such weight when Reid described the Koch brothers in a speech on the Senate floor as “about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine.” Coming from a typical Democratic politician lacking Reid’s powers of patriotic discernment, this...
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In this article, it explains the accusations against the Koch brothers, two men with a common interest in going against the ways of President Obama, especially concerning his ideas about healthcare. This relates to Gov & Law by the fact that these campaigns held by the brothers hold the 1st amendment of freedom of speech and act as almost unconstitutionally as possible, but yet staying within the limits of the law. 

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Madison Blazing's comment, March 16, 2014 8:31 AM
This is an interesting article, and it seems like there could be a large amount of controversy over this topic. The Koch brothers seem like they feel very strongly about their political views, and want to voice them in the hopes that others will adopt similar views. I guess that it is good that these men remain within the confines of the Constitution when voicing their views. Previous to reading this article, I didn't really know very much information about the Koch brothers, and now I hope that they continue to keep their protesting peaceful and within the limits of the law.
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The U.S. government wants to ignore the 4th Amendment. Let's make that impossible.

The U.S. government wants to ignore the 4th Amendment. Let's make that impossible. | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it
This 4th of July the internet will stand up for the 4th Amendment. Help us make it go viral to stop NSA surveillance.

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I thought this was interesting, people are coming together to go against the government and their, what many people see as unlawful, surveillance over the public via modern technology and internet.

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Kelsey Von Berge's curator insight, February 27, 2014 8:37 AM

NSA surveillance has been quite the topic among the government and Americans. People are very "creeped out" in a way that they are listening and watching us.  I think that although it can be a public safety protection issue with some people in the US, most human beings aren't of any trouble or harm towards the public. 

Madison Blazing's comment, March 9, 2014 8:27 AM
I'm not very surprised by people's reactions towards the NSA. Many people are relatively upset and unsettled by the almost unrestrained freedom that the organization has with monitoring phone lines and surveillance. I understand that some of this is necessary for the purpose of protecting national security, but I do think there is a line that might be being crossed. The ability to protest the NSA and their actions is a Constitutional right to citizens, and hopefully it remains peaceful and within the constraints of the law.
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Supreme Court Ejects Foreign Suits from U.S. Courts

Supreme Court Ejects Foreign Suits from U.S.

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Reading this article, I was surprised that the United States would ban foreign cases, even if they DO have an impact on us. Over the last 30 years, the United States has welcomed foreign suits into our government's judiciary, but recently they have started to ban and ignore foreigners and their problems with their properties owned within our boundaries, and send them off to bring their cases to their own sovereign government instead of taking our time to resolve their problems. 

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Kole Carpenter's curator insight, May 7, 2013 3:35 PM

I think we should not waste are time with court suits that dont matter to us. We should not be spending are court sytems time with suits that have nothing to do with anyone in the US.

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China's economy to overtake US in next four years, says OECD

China's economy to overtake US in next four years, says OECD | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it
China's economy will be biggest in world by end of 2016, says leading international thinktank...

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This article explains the likelihood of China's government becoming superior and worth more than the United States' within the next four years. It is very surprising with all of our technology, but at the same time, China's pure size and large population makes this seem reasonable and rational. So I am not one to disagree, although I may be slightly doubtful, that with our current innovation and such, that they will truly overtake our economy. 

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Madison Blazing's comment, May 15, 2014 12:05 PM
This article was a little alarming to me. Although the United States is a relatively strong nation, the recently rising power of larger countries like China is concerning to the welfare of the U.S. While I was aware that China has become very innovative recently, I didn't realize the extent to which their developments have grown. Hopefully the United States is able to keep pace and grow with the age of technology as well so we don't fall behind compared to other nations.
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Why even minimum wage haters should be excited for Seattle’s $15 minimum wage

Why even minimum wage haters should be excited for Seattle’s $15 minimum wage | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it
We can learn a lot from a high minimum wage.

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This article explains the example that Washington is trying to prove; that minimum wage can benefit everybody, and that the nation should follow in their footsteps after this becomes a successful raise. 

It applies to our government mainly towards the economy, but also affects the laws put into effect. I believe minimum wage increases will balance our economy better, as most people earning minimum wage are teenagers who will tend to buy clothes, food, etc. that will aid many businesses in our economy. I hope to see Washington do well with this increase, and also hope to see the rest of the nation follow suit.

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Katie Gilbertson's comment, May 18, 2014 2:11 AM
Titis has the potential to either make or break their economy. If wages increase, prices increas which could be a problem. Or perhaps more people will be still making more than the cost of living. It's worth a try.
Michael Watts's curator insight, May 19, 2014 5:58 AM

This shows that some places are really trying to do the economy a favor and help the people out with the minimum wage raising. This will hopefully fluctuate the economy and I hope other states take into mind this and do the same. 

Michael Watts's comment, May 19, 2014 6:09 AM
This shows that some places are really trying to do the economy a favor and help the people out with the minimum wage raising. This will hopefully fluctuate the economy and I hope other states take into mind this and do the same.
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Obama's Budget Boosts Preschool, But Freezes Major Education Programs

Obama's Budget Boosts Preschool, But Freezes Major Education Programs | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama's 2015 budget request increases education funding 2 percent over the previous year, cheering many education advocates, and proposes a revamped Race to the Top competition that focuses on opportunity for all students and a tobac...
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Obama is continuing to focus investments on education, which is very important. But having an even bigger focus on PRE-education is not what we need, necessarily. We should be focused on relieving the debts of college graduates, and aiding in the funding of high school educations, which can have a much bigger impact on students quality-wise than an early childhood education can. 

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Taylor Knesel's curator insight, May 7, 2014 11:47 PM

This article talks about Obama's budget for 2015 in schools.  It states how the budget is going to increase 2 percent.  The problem with this is that it could pause the funding for some education programs because the budget will be used for preschool.  This relates to gov and law because it talks about Obama's budget.  

Chelsie DeBus's comment, May 8, 2014 4:45 PM
I think it is a wonderful idea when Obama came up with a new plan for preschool education. The thing that is concerning to me are all the aspects might change and that might not be for the good.
Jacob Ostreng's comment, May 8, 2014 5:28 PM
I think that it is good that Obama is investing in education, but I think that he should also try to decrease tuition costs at universities.
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Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama’s health care law | Natural Health Care Supplements

Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama’s health care law | Natural Health Care Supplements | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it
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Many people struggle with tobacco addiction, and not allowing them a chance at health care will be a very disputable topic. Giving up addiction is much easier said than done, and denying them their right to care is not right.

 

I believe that this is morally wrong and is not fair to people that have problems that are hardly under their control. Through aiding these people, they can continue to receive health care supplement. While working to medically treat their addiction, and that would be our best solution to curing this addiction that is widespread throughout the United States.

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Madison Blazing's comment, May 3, 2014 1:00 AM
While I understand why health care companies would want to increase premium costs due to the extra risks associated with tobacco use, I also understand how this could be a major problem. People who are addicted likely are unable to quit, and although the higher costs would be an added incentive to give up the unhealthy habit, many people could be unable to afford any form of adequate health care due to the raised costs. It may be helpful to also invest in extra means of assisting these people in overcoming their addiction to improve their health and also allow costs to stay reasonable.
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Technology Offers Wow Factor to Health Care Organizations

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Technology and health care are perfect match. It provides better changes that will turn health care organizations in great shape.

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This is an article that more or less states the obvious, but also reinforces it. It explains many if the different pays that technology can impact our government's health care system.

 

I knew most of what is discussed in this article, but it makes me realize what a difference robots and general medical technology has done for our society and health system.

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Benton Blank's comment, May 2, 2014 3:50 PM
I agree with Ann Marie,. I think that this article does a great job of narrating how technology use is neither inherently good or evil. The effect technology has on a business/industry depends on how it is implemented and regulated. The addition of technology in the healthcare field can creat some great improvements in efficiency.
Alyssa Serrano's comment, May 2, 2014 11:14 PM
I agree with chelsie and Katie. They need to focus mainly on the pros not the cons. It just needs work and then it would be a very good systwr
Madison Blazing's comment, May 3, 2014 12:27 AM
This article was very thought provoking. I agree that technology has the potential to be extremely beneficial, especially in medical situations due to recent innovations. If technology is not properly monitored, the article also made it clear that it can develop into a problem if employees are using their electronic devices too frequently and being distracted from their work.
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Illegal Immigration to US on Rise

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It has been revealed that the US is seeing a rise in the numbers of people trying to get illegal immigration visas since the country started to see a more economically stable future.

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Nick Sigrist's insight:

I found this interesting, but not all too surprising. I think it will have a minimal impact on our area, being in Minnesota, but overall it does have an impact on job availability around the United States. 

 

It does relate to Gov & Law in the way that it can have an impact on job availability for US citizens, because their jobs are being taken and occupied by illegal immigrants that don't officially belong to this country. 

 

I believe it's a smart idea for them to take part in, as our economy and environment/communities are, in a lot of ways, safer and cleaner. Many other, poorer countries suffer from immense poverty and inhuman living conditions due to government instability and tyranny. 

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Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, May 15, 2014 3:03 PM
Crazy that there are so many people in our country illegally. It's great that some people actually do help our country but some illegals also hurt it as well. Our government needs to step up and figure out our immigration problem.
Andrew Beighley's comment, May 18, 2014 8:08 PM
This article is about how illegal immigration affects the US. The number of illegal immigrants is rising every year, and something needs to be done to stop it. The reason many of these people come here illegally is because they want a better future, but they don't want to have to wait for years to get it.
Mitchell Forrest Enerson's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:02 PM

There are too many people that are getting into our country illegally and it needs to be controlled. We need to lock down borders and allow easier legal immigration. We would love to and need to have immigrants in our country but they need to become immigrants legally. Our government should make this top priority. 

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Islamists in Syrian city offer Christians safety -- at a heavy price

Islamists in Syrian city offer Christians safety -- at a heavy price | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it
Islamist militants have told Christians in northern Syrian city that they will guarantee their safety. But there's a catch. Make that a lot of catches.

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Nick Sigrist's insight:

I thought this article was very interesting, how these men are using their power to take control of the safety and security of a religious group and hold them against their will. I believe it's very morally wrong, and not right to the people who have done nothing to harm the Islamists, I hope things change for the better and these people can be returned to safety. 

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Madison Blazing's comment, March 28, 2014 10:05 AM
I agree with Nick's opinion on this article. It is interesting to see the interactions between different religious groups, and the ways that some are able to use power to their advantage to not only better themselves, but to also restrict the freedoms of groups with beliefs that are different from their own. After reading this article, I feel very fortunate to live in a place where freedom is a right entitlted to people and groups of all denominations and beliefs. Hopefully these people are able to safely get home and all the different groups become more tolerant towards each other's religons and beliefs.
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1st Amendment- Honking: Free Speech or Just Noise Pollution?

1st Amendment- Honking: Free Speech or Just Noise Pollution? | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it

Police in Seattle and Denver debate with citizens on whether honking your car horns excesively is a form of Freedom of Speech, based on the intentions and the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.


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The extents of the 1st amendment are constantly debated and talked about,  as new technology and such is being discovered and invented that can produce noise, such as car horns. The debate is whether or not the 1st amendment covers consistent car honking. 

 

I believe eve that it should be covered to a certain extent, just as yelling and chanting can be. Until it gets to the point of violence, or violates the peace of a town or city, it should be covered under the 1st amendment and thought of as a freedom of speech and expression.

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Joe Smith's curator insight, April 22, 2014 9:40 PM

This article is about whether honking your car is a form of freedom of speech or a noise ordinance. when some one honks it can mean they are trying to get their attention or because they are ,mad. if you are driving by protestors honking can be used in a mean to disrespect them. So they are wondering if free speech can be illegal at times.

Mitchell Forrest Enerson's curator insight, April 23, 2014 9:37 PM

If you really believe that honking your horn is that annoying maybe you should learn to drive so people don't feel the need to honk at you. Honking also is not a freedom of speech that should be protected. Obviously honking is a key part of driving and for the safety of drivers but if being used in excess there could be consequences. A easy way to take car of the issue is to take the people excessively honking right off the road.

 

Austin Robertson's comment, April 27, 2014 6:09 PM
This is just another person trying to make up in their own mind what the first amendment really means. Honking your horn is not a form of free speech, it's form of being an idiot. Granted people need to learn how to drive, they only need to be honked at once not excessively.
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Feinstein Says CIA May Have Violated Constitution By Spying on Congress

Feinstein Says CIA May Have Violated Constitution By Spying on Congress | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it
Nick Sigrist's insight:

This is pretty shocking, that there is a possibility that a government agency could have potentially violated the constitution by using surveillance on another district of the government. One lady is willing to stand up and declare that this happened, and that brings up her rights as a citizen, and how she will enact on her rights to any extent to see that this government organization is punished for their invasiveness. 

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Madison Blazing's comment, March 16, 2014 8:37 AM
I agree with Nick that this article seems pretty scary. If the government actually did what they are accused of, that is very disappointing. Considering the fact that the CIA is a government organization, I would hope they would abide by the Constitution and follow its policies. After considering the many important and confidential things that occur in Congress, I am assuming the national government would want to fully investigate this claim and eventually prosecute the people responsible for the spying.
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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. 


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This applies to more sports fans, but I think it is very interesting how people can go to such desperate measures, such as a small miniscule aspect of his trial like in this case, to avoid fines and jail time.

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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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Does the Texas Transportation code (implied consent) trump the 4th amendment?

Does the Texas Transportation code (implied consent) trump the 4th amendment? | Gov & Law -- Nick Sigrist | Scoop.it
If there is one thing law enforcement hates, it's the 4th Amendment's requirement to get a warrant before searching. The reason? Warrants require an officer to have probable cause, and to explain ...

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This man was unlawfully searched of his car for simply driving while intoxicated for the third time while refusing to take a blood test. The dilemma is whether or not the Texas Transportation Code put into place, allowing police to search ANYBODY'S car who is currently driving, because they agree to this code when applying for a driver's license. I believe it's not right, and that the 4th amendment stands above all other law as being part of the US Constitution. This relates to many other cases and Gov & Law because of the constant fight between state law and constitutional laws.

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Michael Hanson's comment, May 4, 2014 3:10 PM
The officer was only doing his job and following Texas law, but the implied consent law seems wrong, especially where the constitution is concerned.
Robert Guest's comment, May 5, 2014 8:55 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone. I will say that we require prosecutors and law enforcement to swear to uphold the Constitution, which is strange considering that most Constitutional violations are committed by law enforcement, and most arguments to repeal or ignore the Constitution are made appellate prosecutors. Together, these two forces work actively against your Constitutional rights, and they use your tax dollars to litigate the repeal (via exception after exception) of the 4th Amendment.
Dana Hoffman's comment, May 5, 2014 9:50 AM
100% correct Robert, and Thank you for being one of the Good members of law that recognizes that we have a broken system.