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America's Foolhardy Ban on Natural Gas Exports

America's Foolhardy Ban on Natural Gas Exports | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
Like other products, U.S. natural gas should be made available to those most willing to pay for it.
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I think it would make sense to sell our oil to those willing to pay the most. Our country has a lot of debt and although selling it won't get rid of the debt, it could definately help. I feel we could the money.

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Sexual abuse cases put Pentagon under fire - Welcome to Charter.net

Sexual abuse cases put Pentagon under fire - Welcome to Charter.net | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
Pentagon faces outrage over string of sexual assault cases, but with few solutions in sight - Welcome to Charter.net
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I think it's sad that sexual abuse is such a huge issue in the military. Sexual abuse is horrible and nobody deserves it, but it is especially sad to see people risking thier lives for our safety be abused in this way. I really hope an effective solution is found.

 

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Weighty Politics: Why Haven't We Seen Heavier Presidents?

Weighty Politics: Why Haven't We Seen Heavier Presidents? | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
Overweight politicians haven\'t made it to the White House for a long time.
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This article goes into how image and looks affect a politican. While I understand some people are concerned about the health of a politician, I think it is sad when attack ads use their opponent's weight. I get the point of taking care of yourself, but to attack someone's weight is just mean.

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CNN/Time Poll: Cutback civil liberties to fight terror?

CNN/Time Poll: Cutback civil liberties to fight terror? | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
Washington (CNN) -- Although worries about terrorism have edged up following the Boston Marathon bombings, a new national poll indicates only four in ten Americans say they are willing to give up some civil liberties to fight terrorism.
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This article discusses the change in how people veiw terrorism and civil liberities since 1995. There is evidence that more people are willing to give up some of their civil liberties in order to fight terrorism. To mem, this trend only seems logical due to the terrorism that has occured in the past 20 years or so.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, May 2, 2013 11:09 AM
A delicate balance to say the least.
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Supreme Court Ruling on Sentencing Yields Split Interpretations

Supreme Court Ruling on Sentencing Yields Split Interpretations | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
Youths not involved in murders should not be sentenced to die in prison, the justices ruled in 2010, but does a 100-year term violate that decision?
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What really caught my attention in this article is the fact that there are so many ways around a court's decision. Even though life sentences for youth are not allowed, some courts have intepreted this ruling as meaning "life without parole." It really shows me how many of the laws and rulings are up for interpretation, and how that creates a lot of conflict within the legal system.

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Poll: Less than half of Americans upset about Senate gun vote

Poll: Less than half of Americans upset about Senate gun vote | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Heading into last week's gun control vote, polls showed that nearly nine in 10 Americans favored background checks not currently required by law for gun sales--a rarely seen, overwhelming amount of support for a piece of legislation in...
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I find it surprising that something with bipartisan support would not pass seeing as how most Congressmen are either Democrat or Republican. It also surprises how so many people supported it. Since so many citizens supported these background checks, why didn't it pass? I also don't understand why more people weren't upset seeing as they supported it. It makes me wonder how truely representative Congress is. This article left me with more questions than answers.

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Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, April 28, 2013 4:54 PM
You made a very good point wondering 'how truly representative Congress is' of the citizens. Sometimes I feel as though it's very unfair, but other times I think Congress might have good reasons? I don't know. There's still so much I don't know about Congress... which is bad... considering it's my own government... wow.
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Killing terrorists, then and now

Killing terrorists, then and now | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
An unsigned and undated Justice Department white paper, obtained by NBC News, reports The New York Times, "... is the most detailed analysis yet to come into public view regarding the Obama legal...
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This article disscusses the ability for the executive to kill a terrorist that is a direct threat to the U.S. without any trial. Both the Obama Administrtaion and Bush Adminstration have done this. There just seems to be so much gray area which makes this power kind of scary because what if they were wrong about that person?

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Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, April 28, 2013 4:47 PM
I also find this scary because it is, if the 'terrorist' is a citizen, it violates our right to a trial with a fair jury. Seeing how the government sometimes takes so much into their own hands, it makes me wonder what they are not telling us.. about anything... The.Hunger. Games.
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Good Samaritans take in Boston marathoners: 'You're not in it alone'

Good Samaritans take in Boston marathoners: 'You're not in it alone' | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
As runners and their loved ones fled bomb blasts that tore apart the finish of the Boston Marathon on Monday, many were taken in by locals who offered them shelter, food and a comforting hand.
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I think it is terrible someone would harm so many people. It is good to see that there is still some good in the world.

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Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, April 19, 2013 3:13 PM
I agree. I think it is wonderful that the news is showing the good deeds as well as the disaster because it helps to bring reassurance to the people. That even though something terrible happened, there are still very giving, kind, helpful people in the world to counteract the bad. :)
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Obama budget: Spending cuts, higher smokers' taxes - Welcome to Charter.net

Obama budget: Spending cuts, higher smokers' taxes - Welcome to Charter.net | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
Obama's budget: Trim Social Security benefits, raise smokers' taxes to trim federal deficits - Welcome to Charter.net
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Focusing on just one aspect of this proposal, I feel raising smokers' taxes would be beneficially. Not only would it help raise revenue, but it will hopefully deter people from smoking or create an incentive to quit. This way people's health will benefit as well.

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House committee approves pro-business cyber bill | Boston Herald

House committee approves pro-business cyber bill | Boston Herald | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — A House panel voted overwhelmingly Wednesday in favor of a new data-sharing program that would give the federal government a broader
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I continually find it interesting how laws keep having to adapt to techonological advances. Those who set up our government could never have guessed at the advances that have been made. However, the beauty of the way they set up our government allows us to make these adaptations and laws that apply to new advances and ideas. I just find it amazing how they set it up like this!

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Judge to retire after sending racist Obama email - Welcome to Charter.net

Judge to retire after sending racist Obama email - Welcome to Charter.net | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
Montana federal judge to retire following investigation into racist Obama email - Welcome to Charter.net
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I think it's sad that someone in this type of professional position would do something like this. It is very unprofessional and offensive to makes jokes about someone based on their race. I understand why he would fully retire; it would be hard to gain respect back considering he was in a high position and should have known better.

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Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, April 9, 2013 10:16 PM
I agree that it is sad to see someone in such a high position acting this way. Officials are supposed to be respectful and set examples for us.
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Obama picks Perez to head Labor Department

Obama picks Perez to head Labor Department | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
President Obama picks longtime civil rights attorney Thomas Perez to head Labor.
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The biggest thing I learned from this article is that positions appointed by the president must be approved by Congress. Sometimes this may be difficult, and it definately made me realize that in politics, one's past can play a huge deal, as this article gives extensive background on Perez.

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Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, March 24, 2013 1:59 PM
I think it's very important for the President appointed positions to have to be approved by Congress because it limits the power of the president and works with checks and balances in which we learned about previously.
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Have political parties lost their purpose?

Have political parties lost their purpose? | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
Buffeted by outside forces, America’s two main political parties ponder their diminished role.
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I find this article refreshing in that it shows people are willing to think independently despite politcal party stereotypes. I feel sometimes people get too caught up on "democrate" or "republican" and don't think about each politican as an individual with their own ideas. I feel personally that it shouldn't be about what political party the person in office is from; rather it should be about if they themselves have a good plan to govern.

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Samantha Iversen's curator insight, March 21, 2013 9:26 AM

Pilitical parties, in my opinion, aren't losing their purpose, but they are changing.  Many people say that they belong to a certain political party, but their beliefs don't match perfectly, and that is okay. Less people vote for a person just because they are the same political party as them. In many cases people vote for the candidate that they feel is best whether or not they belong to the same party. 

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Minn. Taxpayers Covering Rising Prisoner Health Care Costs

Minn. Taxpayers Covering Rising Prisoner Health Care Costs | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
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I'm not sure what to think of this. People should have the resources to take care of themselves and their bodies. But at the same time, is it the public's responisibility to take care of an individual who cannot abide by the public's rules? It would nice to have a better solution for this issue as it is inhuman to neglect a sick person.

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Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, May 17, 2013 3:03 PM
I also do not know what to think of this. Is it fair for prisoners to get free health care for being in jail? What about the cases in which prisoners swallow razors or other foreign objects, like we learned about in Anatomy? Do we provide for them to get medical care in that situation? I'm assuming so. That doesn't seem right in my mind. But as Brittany said, it is inhumane to neglect a sick person... I just don't like thinking about this.
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TSA officers, air marshals file legal warning over knives

TSA officers, air marshals file legal warning over knives | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
Nine groups of airline workers and travelers filed a legal challenge Monday urging the Transportation Security Administration against allowing passengers to carry small knives on planes.
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Personally, the thoughts of knive, golf clubs, and such on a plane scares me. I see no reason why those items cannot be stored in a checked bag. I understand these items are small, but they can create much fear and that would work to someone's advantage if they wanted to do harm. I would like to trust that people would not use these items for bad, but I don't.

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Cheers, tears at Arias 1st-degree murder verdict - Welcome to Charter.net

Cheers, tears at Arias 1st-degree murder verdict - Welcome to Charter.net | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
Cheers outside courthouse, Arias fights back tears as jury convicts her of 1st-degree murder - Welcome to Charter.net
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I am glad to see that she has been found guilty. Considering she has claimed various things have happend, it is pretty obvious she is guilty. It is comforting to see actual justice being carried out.

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Jury awards $240 million to 32 mentally disabled Iowa turkey plant workers for years of abuse

Jury awards $240 million to 32 mentally disabled Iowa turkey plant workers for years of abuse | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
For decades, the lives of 32 mentally disabled Iowa turkey processing plant workers were controlled by their Texas-based employer, which profited handsomely by hiring them out.
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I think this type is terrible. These workers were being taken advantage of because they had a mental illness which disgusts me. I am glad to see there was some sort of legal consequences. However, I feel like no amount of money can "fix" abuse.

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3 Charged With Hindering Inquiry Into Boston Attack

3 Charged With Hindering Inquiry Into Boston Attack | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
Two men, both citizens of Kazakhstan in the United States on student visas were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice and destroy evidence. A third man was charged with lying to law enforcement officials.
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I find comfort in the fact that this is being investigated so in depth. I now understand why we have laws against obstructing justice. If citizens could do so, it would be much harder to convict criminals.

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Fox News Poll: 49% of Voters Have Favorable View of Bush, 52% of Obama

Fox News Poll: 49% of Voters Have Favorable View of Bush, 52% of Obama | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
About half of American voters have a positive opinion of President Barack Obama -- and about the same number think positively about his predecessor, George W. Bush.
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This article proves to be very interesting. It goes through a list of statistical analysis of the current and past president. It also rates them based on past presidents' ratings. The reservation I have about these statistics, however, is that one cannot know how the questions were worded and how biased they were overall. It would be interesting to find that out as well.  

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Will North Korea's young leader sit up and listen to China?

Will North Korea's young leader sit up and listen to China? | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
If the latest U.S. intelligence reports are true then North Korea is planning to test-fire not one but multiple missiles, the latest provocative act by its unpredictable young leader.
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This article really brought some things to light. I never realized that China had this amount of political leverage. I also thought they were just a big economic player, but I guess that gives them political power as well. Intersting.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 21, 2013 1:41 PM
China seems to be the only ally North Korea poses and therefore the best chance and talking some reason into the rogue leader.
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Details of sweeping Senate immigration plan revealed

Details of sweeping Senate immigration plan revealed | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
After months of negotiations, a bipartisan Senate group on Tuesday will unveil sweeping legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, an effort that has been a major focus of President Barack Obama’s second term agenda and one that some...
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I am glad to see that Congress is adressing the issue of illegal immigration. In my opinion, I don't see the problem with making immigrants citizens. They come here illegally anyway, and it is impossible to find all of them and deport them. Plus, if they are made citizens they will be taxed which can only helpt with our debt situation.

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Sheriff: Knife attack at Texas college was random - Welcome to Charter.net

Sheriff: Knife attack at Texas college was random - Welcome to Charter.net | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
Sheriff says man accused in Texas college campus knife attack randomly stabbed victims - Welcome to Charter.net
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It is terrible that something like this would happen. However, it goes to show that there is a general violence problem in this country and it doesn't revolve only around guns. I think we should focus on making schools and public areas safe from all types of violence, rather than just focusing on one type of weapon.

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US missile defense shield to counter NKorea threat - Welcome to Charter.net

US missile defense shield to counter NKorea threat - Welcome to Charter.net | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
US missile defense shield going to Guam to help counter threat of possible North Korean attack - Welcome to Charter.net
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As much as I would hate to see another world conflict, I am glad we are taking percausions when it comes to these threats. North Korea does not like us, so an attack would not be improbable. Also the need for thier new leader to gain support could influence an attack. I really hope things are worked out and this threat passes like it has so many times before, but it won't hurt to be prepared.

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Obama launches fund-raising blitz to help Democrats in Congress

Obama launches fund-raising blitz to help Democrats in Congress | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
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I think this article is a good demonstration of how money is raised for campaigns. It goes to show that these campaigns take a lot of money, time, and thought.

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Five myths about a government shutdown

Five myths about a government shutdown | Gov & Law-Skinny | Scoop.it
It won’t happen this time, right?
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I found this article interesting because it explained to me in depth common myths about government shutdowns which is something I have never full understood. It is good to know what a federal shutdown would involve.

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Brianna Moore's comment, March 24, 2013 1:32 AM
This article was an eye opener and really helped me understand what it was. I thought that the "the federal shut downs have little impact on the public" part of this article rather interesting.