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This article is interesting in the fact that the federal government prohibits its workforce from using marijuana, even though 20 states and Washington, D.C. allow the use of medical marijuana and Colorado and Washington allow it for recreational use. Do you think this is fair?
Peter Levine says immigration law must address what it means to be a citizen beyond passing a civics test.
This article is about how under current law, people wanting to become citizens must pass a U.S. Naturalization Test. This test assumes that a citizen knows some basic information about the U.S. political system. The question is whether these requirements reflect a worthy definition of citizenship. Should we insist on testing them on knowing generalized facts OR should we focus more on the skills and value of commitment of these people? What do you think?
Senate's 20 female lawmakers class on how to best handle military sexual assaults.
This article is about how female senators engaged in a political battle over how the military handles sex assault. Democratic Sens Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill differ on how to handle the issue. Gillibrand would go outside of the traditional military command structure to force change, and McCaskill's approach is to reform from within. Who do you believe has the better plan?
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The U.S. government sued Philadelphia's school district for religious discrimination on Wednesday for demanding that a veteran Muslim police officer trim his beard.The suit, filed
Washington (CNN) -- One of Washington's oddities of late is Attorney General Eric Holder's liberal social justice goals finding unity with the tea party movement's curb-big-government proposals led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee.
This article is about Attorney General Eric Holder calling for states to restore voting rights to prisoners who are disenfranchised upon conviction. Holder is pushing to overhaul the nation's criminal justice system by discarding minimum sentences for non-violent crimes and reduce costly prison spending. Eleven U.S. states completely deny voting rights to prisoners, even after they've completed sentences. Holder thinks this is unfair. Do you think these people should have the right to vote?
Federal labor leaders disappointed with Obama’s plan to raise federal employee pay by 1 percent next year.
This article is about how labor unions are disappointed in the fact that Obama plans to raise federal employee pay by 1 percent next year. His spending plan also includes 1 percent for military members. Labor unions are saying that federal employees deserve more than this amount, as do members of the military. They say 3.3 percent would be reasonable and fair. What do you think?
A man’s federal and state constitutional rights were no violated when police officers entered his home without a warrant based on concerns an injured animal or person may be inside. Police and animal control officers were called to Jonathan Carpenter’s home based on a report of four dogs fighting. When they arrived, they saw the dogs running in and out of the home through an open door. An officer captured three of the dogs and decided to enter the home to search for the fourth . . .
The police were called to a man's house based on a report of dogs fighting. When they arrived they caught three of the dogs outside and decided to enter the house to find the fourth dog. No one responded to the police when they entered and while they were searching for the dog, they found marijuana plants. The man was soon taken into custody and he then filed a motion to suppress, saying the search violated his Fourth Amendment rights. Do you think the police violated his rights?
The U.S. government issued rules on Friday for the first time allowing banks to legally provide financial services to state-licensed marijuana businesses.
This article is about the U.S. government allowing banks to use cash from legal pot dealers. Many officials say that forcing marijuana businesses to be cash businesses because they can't access banks was a public safety problem, so this is a great idea. Others on the other hand are saying that this will just arouse more problems. What do you think?
Drivers of the world, unite—because the coppers can't stop you from doing so, a federal judge in St. Louis ruled this week. It's a common custom of the road to flash your headlights at oncoming... Crime & Courts News Summaries. | New...more
This article is about a man who flashed his headlights to warn other drivers that they were about to pass a police speed trap. The police cited him for violating a city ordinance. US District Judge Henry Autrey then stated that prohibiting the headlight flash violates the First Amendment. He also stated that all this guy was doing was warning other citizens about the violation of law. Do you think this is legal? Do you think not letting people flash their headlights is against their first amendment rights?
Websites posted messages opposing NSA government surveillance on Tuesday, as activists planned live protests and other gatherings in cities all over the world.
This article is about activists trying to protest against government surveillance. They say that this secret government snooping is a violation of the first and fourth Amendment rights. In addition to individual privacy issues, surveillance programs are also damaging online businesses. Last month, President Obama reformed the way government agencies collect information both online and via telephone records. He also made other changes, but web activists said that they weren't good enough. Do you think Obama's changes were good enough or do you think he could've done more?
The White House hopes March Madness will spur new health care enrollment
This article is about the White House is targeting fans of the NCAA National Championship tournament this week during March Madness to boost health-care enrollment. This will include online videos from coaches and athletes such as LeBron James. On Wednesday, the administration will place President Obama's NCAA bracket and the ranked reasons to get insurance on the same page. Do you think this plan will encourage more young people to sign up for health insurance?
The president’s interview on “Between Two Ferns,” an online parody of celebrity interview shows, is an attempt to get young people to sign up for health insurance on the government’s website.
This article is about how President Obama attended an interview t.v. show hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis. Researchers say Obama’s immediate reason for being on the show was to urge young people to sign up for health insurance on the government’s website, healthcare.gov. Obama broke out of his serious side and showed everyone he had a humorous side to him too. Do you think Obama's appearance on the show with a funny personality is a good way to promote more people into signing up for health insurance?
(CNN) -- Just a fraction of the more than 6 million people the Obama administration has touted as being determined eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare are new enrollees, according to an independent study released Wednesday.
About 1.1 to 1.8 million people are newly enrolled in Medicaid because of the Affordable Care Act. Federal officials think that the increased Medicaid enrollment is an example of Obamacare's success. President Obama is using the combined figure as evidence of the law's effectiveness.
In an apparent first at the tradition-minded Supreme Court, an advocacy group surreptitiously recorded video of an oral argument that was interrupted by a spectator.
This article is about an advocacy group that snuck in a video camera and taped a video of an oral argument during a Supreme Court meeting. This group supports campaign finance reform, and they posted the video on YouTube as part of a protest over the issue. All spectators and members of the media are screened with magnetometers at the entrance to the courtroom, and there is still no explanation of how a video camera was smuggled past security.
It's all too easy for a public official to make the kind of online mistake that results in ridicule and embarrassment. But it's not that hard to avoid a catastrophe.
This article is about how public officials are prone to making online mistakes that result in embarrassment, but they are capable and can avoid a catastrophe. Social media can have many advantages for government officials, but how can officials protect themselves from a social media meltdown or scandal?
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.
This article is about Arizona passing a bill that allows business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers. Do you agree that anyone who owns a business can choose who they work with or who they don't work with? Is this discrimination?
The U.S. government has warned airlines to pay particular attention to the possibility of terrorists attempting to hide explosives in shoes, sources said.
This article is about the U.S. government warning airlines to pay special close attention because terrorists are attempting to hide bombs in their shoes. Information has been collected stating that terrorist groups have been working on new bomb designs. Law enforcement states that passengers may notice additional searches.
Mark Osler says two ideologies collide on whether the federal government should honor Colorado and Washington's decisions to legalize pot.
This article is about how the residents of Colorado and Washington have voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. What makes this new law interesting is that it brings into conflict the two most important political thoughts in America: federalism and moralism. Federalists urge a hands-off approach. But, federal and state efforts to limit marijuana use through prosecution simply hasn't worked. Federal prosecutors state that to be true to our best values, federalism should win out and Colorado and Washington should step back from marijuana use. Moralists on the other hand disagree. Do you think federalism should win this situation, or moralism?
The U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages as equal to traditional marriages in all federal matters,
This article is about the U.S. government expanding recognition of same-sex marriages. The government is recognizing same-sex marriage for legal purposes even in 34 states that don't allow it. Same-sex couples will have rights in U.S. bankruptcies, courts, and prison visits. I think this is a good idea because a same-sex couple could get legally married in one state and then could have a federal joint bankruptcy in another state that doesn't allow same-sex marriages. Do you think this is right?
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