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Brazil's 'Constitution Of The Internet' Puts Net Neutrality In The Spotlight - TechCrunch

Brazil's 'Constitution Of The Internet' Puts Net Neutrality In The Spotlight - TechCrunch | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“Brazil's 'Constitution Of The Internet' Puts Net Neutrality In The Spotlight TechCrunch Brazil's Congress is days away from voting on Marco Civil, the country's first major Internet legislation, and the big issue at stake is net neutrality.”
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This seems a little extreme. The internet is already a safe haven for people to express themselves freely and creatively. Why do they now think they need to regulate that when it isn't necessary? It's a corrupted idea that shouldn't happen.
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Megan O'Leary's comment, March 20, 2014 4:40 PM
This appears like it would be a very big change. I think that the internet does not need so many regulations.
Ian Thomason's comment, March 22, 2014 8:18 AM
The internment can be both a good thing and a bad thing but if the government is going to regulate the Internet then they show take down the sites they don't want people to visit
Jay Puffer's comment, March 22, 2014 11:37 PM
I think that the Brazilian government is resorting to regulating the Internet out of fear from Edward Snowden's revelations of the NSA spying on the Brazilian government. I'm not sure if they realize how important the Internet is to some people and that it is a place where people have the freedom to express their ideas. We will see how Brazil's Congress votes on this issue and how the people of Brazil react to that decision.
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Kansas, Arizona Prevail in Voter Citizenship Suit - ABC News

Kansas, Arizona Prevail in Voter Citizenship Suit - ABC News | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“Kansas, Arizona Prevail in Voter Citizenship Suit ABC News Federal officials must help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to document their U.S.”
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Even though I consider myself a liberal, I somewhat for this very conservative idea. I think that you should bring a passport or birth certificate with you when you vote for the first time. Since illegal immigration has become a serious problem, these laws are actually a very smart decision.
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The Irrelevance of Ukraine's Constitution - Town Hall

The Irrelevance of Ukraine's Constitution - Town Hall | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“Town Hall The Irrelevance of Ukraine's Constitution Town Hall Next Sunday the people of Crimea are scheduled to vote on whether to secede from Ukraine and become part of Russia.”
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Much of the conflict coming from this is because Crimea is under a constitution that is very dubious. While I don't agree with Obama thinking that they should have a government like ours, I do believe their constitution needs some fixing up.
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MsHaeussinger's comment, March 16, 2014 3:01 PM
A Constitution is only as strong as those committed to following its tenets. The Ukraine has not governed itself for very long so there is little tradition with democratic principles.
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Government demands answers from GM about a deadly defect - CBS News

Government demands answers from GM about a deadly defect - CBS News | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“Government demands answers from GM about a deadly defect CBS News Thirteen people died in car crashes linked to a defect in General Motors vehicles - and now, the government is demanding answers. Chief among them: When did GM know about the defect?”
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In my opinion, if any problem gets involved with the government, then it is obviously a very concerning and prominent issue. I hope GM fixes this problem soon.
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Ian Thomason's comment, March 9, 2014 12:23 AM
I agree that when something is regulated by the government and something is causing damage to people, the government should intervene.
Jay Puffer's comment, March 9, 2014 12:34 AM
As soon as the government learned that GM had not recalled vehicles with these defects, and that the problem was discovered ten years ago, the government had to intervene in order to protect its citizens. GM should have a better way to check for defects and I think deserves a larger fine than $35 million, based on the fact that they didn't recall all the cars until 10 years later.
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7 Ways to Lose An Election - TIME (blog)

7 Ways to Lose An Election - TIME (blog) | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“San Francisco Chronicle 7 Ways to Lose An Election TIME (blog) Tuesday marks the official beginning of the midterm elections, as Texas voters head to the polls to cast the first ballots of the 2014 primary campaigns.”
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I don't quite understand the purpose of writing this. Most of these ways of losing an election are ways that any Average Joe could come up with on their own.
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Megan O'Leary's comment, March 6, 2014 3:52 PM
These ways to lose an election seem to me to be common sense. Not campaigning, lying, and making dark decisions are not smart ideas for anyone running in an election.
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Judge finds Dexter man guilty of child molestation - KFVS

Judge finds Dexter man guilty of child molestation - KFVS | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“Judge finds Dexter man guilty of child molestation KFVS However, Mann's lawyer was given opportunity to cross-examine the child victim to satisfy and protect the Defendant's 6th Amendment Confrontation rights.”
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Everything that happened here was perfectly acceptable. This is how government should solve, except possibly a little bit faster.
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Jay Puffer's comment, March 2, 2014 2:48 AM
I think that this whole process went very smoothly. The defendant's lawyer was able to cross-examine the victim which satisfied the rights of the defendant from the 6th Amendment. It's also good that this man will seek treatment for his actions.
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The US Government's Amazingly Wrong Forecast for This Winter - The Atlantic

The US Government's Amazingly Wrong Forecast for This Winter - The Atlantic | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“The US Government's Amazingly Wrong Forecast for This Winter The Atlantic One of the many responsibilities of the U.S. federal government is to play the role of American Oracle.”
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With global warming becoming more of a problem, season changes are much quicker and the weather has never been this unpredictable. I always feel like meteorologists should be cut a little slack in this day in age, and we have to keep in mind that they are predictions, not facts.
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Jay Puffer's comment, February 22, 2014 10:45 PM
Like you said Sam, these are weather "predictions", not facts. Trying to predict what the weather is going to be like in a week is hard enough, so it's no surprise that the current weather patterns didn't fit the model that was made three months ago.
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Obama's war on 1st Amendment - Manteca Bulletin

Obama's war on 1st Amendment - Manteca Bulletin | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | 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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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.
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Madisen Schimek's comment, February 26, 2014 10:10 PM
Very interesting.
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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore: Gay Marriage Threatens the U.S. Constitution ... - Towleroad

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore: Gay Marriage Threatens the U.S. Constitution ... - Towleroad | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“Advocate.com Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore: Gay Marriage Threatens the U.S. Constitution ...”
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I don't find this news article very surprising because the GOP generally hasn't been pro-gay marriage.
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MsHaeussinger's comment, February 16, 2014 9:34 AM
Do you think, at this point, the marriage debate has become less about homosexuality and more about equality>
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Constitution Revision Commission proposals reach committee, and draw criticism - Montgomery Advertiser

Constitution Revision Commission proposals reach committee, and draw criticism - Montgomery Advertiser | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“Constitution Revision Commission proposals reach committee, and draw criticism Montgomery Advertiser The Constitution Commission Commission's mandate was fairly limited: Look at just 11 of the state Constitution's 16 articles, and don't touch the...”
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It seems a little extreme that these local problems need a statewide vote, but I don't think the constitution is to blame.
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Blatant violation of Constitution - Daily Inter Lake

Blatant violation of Constitution - Daily Inter Lake | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“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...”
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I completely agree. This violates their first amendment rights on so many levels.
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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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'Halbig v. Sebelius': The AHA's 'Amicus' Brief Calls The Constitution A 'Technicality' That Could Hurt Hospitals

'Halbig v. Sebelius': The AHA's 'Amicus' Brief Calls The Constitution A 'Technicality' That Could Hurt Hospitals | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
The hospital lobby asserts Congress did not mean to withhold $21 billion in Exchange subsidies in uncooperative states because that would hurt hospitals.
Samuel Haefner's insight:
If the AHA was a movie, then they just jumped the shark. In no way does is the constitution a technicality of any sorts, nor does it specifically infringe hospitals. Furthermore, it seems like the AHA didn't complain about until ObamaCare came along. It's also a silly idea to think that they thought the constitution was perfectly okay for the past 200 years and now, coincidentally, the AHA has a huge problem with it. The AHA is having a problem with ObamaCare, not the Constitution.
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear “I (Heart) Boobies!” Case - Patch.com

“U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear “I (Heart) Boobies!” Case Patch.com Briana Hawk and Kayla Martinez were in eighth and seventh grades, respectively, when they were suspended by their school.”
Samuel Haefner's insight:
I'm incredibly glad the students won this case. Having a mother who used to have breast cancer, I'm happy when I see anyone with these bracelets. However, the fact that the Supreme Court declined to hear the case is incredibly questionable, and violates both sides rights.
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Megan O'Leary's comment, March 13, 2014 11:35 AM
I agree that the students should be allowed to wear the bracelets. They are not inappropriate, and they support breast cancer awareness. It also violates their freedom of speech right.
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The Spread of Private Policing - Public Policy and Governance Review

The Spread of Private Policing - Public Policy and Governance Review | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“Sopana Selvachandran. The proliferation of private policing does not offer a fair and impartial means of crime regulation because participation in private security markets like CCTV, DNA, home drug tests and nanny cams are ...”
Samuel Haefner's insight:
It seems like public policy seems like the better option. With all of the problems with private policy mentioned in this article, I'm surprised that private policy is spreading so widely.
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Jay Puffer's comment, March 15, 2014 11:17 PM
It doesn't seem fair to the public as a whole that these private policing can only be utilized by the people that can afford them. It also appears that the lower class is being targeted more often than the middle or upper classes as the cause of crime, which is definitely not fair at all.
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Half of Americans think gay marriage is in the Constitution - Daily Caller

Half of Americans think gay marriage is in the Constitution - Daily Caller | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“Half of Americans think gay marriage is in the Constitution Daily Caller Half of all Americans believe that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll in which a large majority also...”
Samuel Haefner's insight:
While I'm not one to say if gay marriage is ethically correct or not, it's ridiculous that some people actually think this somewhat new idea is in an over 200 year old document.
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hlivin31's comment, March 7, 2014 4:57 PM
I have no right to say whether or not gay marriage is right or wrong. I do find it interesting however that people are bringing the Constitution into this. The time when the Constitution was written was very conservative and there is no way that the founding fathers put a clause about gay marriage in.
Jay Puffer's comment, March 9, 2014 12:28 AM
The reason why all the clauses in the Constitution are so vague is that so they can be amended and changed because of how much society changes. I wouldn't be surprised if an amendment was suggested to give homosexuals the Constitutional right to marry.
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California college student teaches school $50000 lesson on Constitution - Fox News

California college student teaches school $50000 lesson on Constitution - Fox News | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“TheBlaze.com California college student teaches school $50000 lesson on Constitution Fox News A California college student who was blocked last year from handing out copies of the Constitution gave his school a lesson in civics and the law, winning...”
Samuel Haefner's insight:
To me, this seems incredibly quirky. How on earth does a college in the United States not let a student hand out copies of the Constitution? Not only is whoever stopped him completely idiotic, but the concept of not letting this happen is bizarre.
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Megan O'Leary's comment, February 27, 2014 3:39 PM
I do not understand why it was a problem to hand out copies of our nation's Constitution at a college.
Ian Thomason's comment, March 2, 2014 1:43 AM
I don't understand why there had to be a law suit about handing the Constitution on like national constitution day but it even says in the constitution that people are allowed to say and hand out things unless it is a direct threat to people and this person wasn't doing any of that
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 3, 2014 9:06 AM
I'm guessing the person who forbid it didn't take the time to read what he was passing out. Costly mistake!
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Maine court upholds conviction in 1980 murder - Press Herald

Maine court upholds conviction in 1980 murder - Press Herald | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“Press Herald Maine court upholds conviction in 1980 murder Press Herald Tzovarras argued that because Henry Ryan, the medical examiner at the time of the killing, was unavailable for the trial, Mercier was deprived of his Sixth Amendment right to...”
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This case breaks Herald Tzovarras' rights, especially his 4th amendment rights. I doubt that "reasonable search" actually includes driving the evidence to a disclosed location so it can be examined. Not only that, but I feel that after over 30 since the murder occurred, the case shouldn't even still have an investigation.
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New Bill Would Limit How Long Government Keeps Surveillance Video -

New Bill Would Limit How Long Government Keeps Surveillance Video - | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“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.”
Samuel Haefner's insight:
I don't quite see the point in doing this. I feel if this archived surveillance footage is meant to keep the public from being in danger, then I don't see much of a point in not keeping it, even if only for posterity.
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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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Georgia Rep. Paul Broun Supports the Bible, Not the Constitution - PoliticusUSA

Georgia Rep. Paul Broun Supports the Bible, Not the Constitution - PoliticusUSA | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“Yes! Weekly Georgia Rep. Paul Broun Supports the Bible, Not the Constitution PoliticusUSA Paul Broun Constitution The absurdity of Republican attacks on both President Barack Obama and on liberalism itself escalate daily, from Liberty Counsel's...”
Samuel Haefner's insight:
While I'm all for United States government and Paul Brown practicing his religion, he needs to be reminded that he is still a politician, so he should probably find an in between rather than one or the other.
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Ian Thomason's comment, February 15, 2014 8:47 PM
Our government is going down the drain people are making assertions that the republics hate the president, that's not the point the problem is that the people just disagree with the choices that they don't like
Jay Puffer's comment, February 16, 2014 1:38 AM
Besides the fact that this article is so liberal to the point where I just lost it at "uppity black men", it does present a very scary and very possible idea; that the Bible is slowly starting to replace the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Senators like Paul Broun need to put the Constitution first when deciding for or against laws instead of their own religious beliefs. The Constitution is not meant to follow any one religion,
MsHaeussinger's comment, February 16, 2014 9:33 AM
Or, perhaps he is being the perfect politician in supporting his constituent's views?
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Federal budget is 'predatory federalism': Marois - Montreal Gazette

Federal budget is 'predatory federalism': Marois - Montreal Gazette | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“Montreal Gazette Federal budget is 'predatory federalism': Marois Montreal Gazette QUEBEC — Premier Pauline Marois is “outraged” by the “predatory federalism” displayed in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's budget, which ignores Quebec's priorities...”
Samuel Haefner's insight:
It's interesting to see how violent the term "predatory federalism" is. I don't actually think these budget changes are outrageous or arbitrary, and it's moreso of the finance minister sticking to her French roots.
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Jay Puffer's comment, February 16, 2014 1:14 AM
I think these Canadian politicians may be blowing this situation a little bit out of proportion. Yes it isn't fair for Ottawa to not answer the requests of Quebec, but I don't believe that the topic of Quebec's independence needs to be brought under consideration.
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Standing Between U.S. Olympians and Their Greek Yogurt: Russia’s Government

Standing Between U.S. Olympians and Their Greek Yogurt: Russia’s Government | Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner | Scoop.it
“The Russian government has blocked a shipment of Chobani yogurt that had been bound for the United States Olympic team, prompting protests from yogurt-promoting politicians in New York and in Washington, who express outrage that American athletes...”
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I'm glad American government doesn't deal with things as silly as this on a regular basis...
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Jay Puffer's comment, February 9, 2014 1:31 AM
Besides the fact that this is a HUGE advertisement for Chobani, I could not help but laugh my head off at this article. Is one cup of Greek yogurt really going to give an athlete a better chance at a gold medal? I certainly don't think so. American politicians need to take a step back and reconsider the gravity of this situation and whether or not it is necessary to start another Cold War, this time over something as ridiculous as a few dairy products. There are definitely more important things we should be focusing on right now, like elections!!! (haha no just kidding that's not really that important when you think about it)