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Parents sue South Carolina for surgically making child female

Parents sue South Carolina for surgically making child female | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
The adoptive parents of a child born with male and female organs say South Carolina mutilated their son by choosing a gender and removing his male genitalia.
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This story may be weird, but I find it interesting because it was talked about in my Sociology class. In cases that were brought up in that class that were similar to this, the children felt a different way than the sex that the doctors (and sometimes parents) chose for them. I do feel bad for people that have to be put into this situation. It is an unfortunate event for all parties involved.

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Kailee Barnes's comment, May 16, 2013 9:27 AM
I agree with Sydney because, in our sociology class, we learned that the sex that the child feels they are isn't always what the doctors and parents decide they are going to be in these cases. It's sad because it can cause depression and suicide.
Brian Burroughs's comment, May 19, 2013 10:57 AM
This is very unfortunate, but I don't think it is fair to sue. The doctors and social workers were just doing what they thought was best fro the child. They did not violate any laws or protocols because there aren't any for these rare cases. As we learn more about these types of situations they should put some type of protocol in as to handle this so this doesn't happen again.
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Minnesota House approves gay marriage bill after two-hour debate

Minnesota House approves gay marriage bill after two-hour debate | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
A pivotal vote Thursday in the Minnesota House positioned that state to become the 12th in the country to allow gay marriages and the first in the Midwest to pass such a law out of its Legislature

Via Reanna Ostreng
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This is an important event in Minnesota that will be taken down in the history books. I think that this is a very important article, because approving the bill has become a big step to the people that live in Minnesota and the surrounding states. This issue has been debatable for a while and I think that the Minnesota House made a great desicion by approving this bill.

 

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Reanna Ostreng's curator insight, May 15, 2013 8:42 PM

So this is pretty big news that Minnesota passed the gay marriage bill. MN is the 12th state to allow gay marriage. It passed with a vote of 75-59.

Mariah Zamzow's comment, May 19, 2013 2:01 PM
I am so excited for this! It is great to be apart of a state that is moving to where the civil rights movement needs to go!
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Study: Gun homicides, violence down sharply in past 20 years

Study: Gun homicides, violence down sharply in past 20 years | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
Gun-related homicides and crime are "strikingly" down from 20 years ago, despite the American public's belief that firearm crime is higher, a study found.
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Although we have discussed guns a lot already, I think that this article is very interesting about its subject. Depsite all of the recent news about gun violence and the new bills that have been proposed, gun violence is actually down. So why are they making guns such a big deal if gun violence is down?

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Kailee Barnes's comment, May 12, 2013 10:05 PM
This is a good point. It's an interesting thing to think about.
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5-year-old Kentucky boy fatally shoots 2-year-old sister

A Kentucky boy accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister with the .22-caliber rifle he got for his birthday, state officials said.
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First off, what I don't understand is the fact that these parents gave their 5 year old son a rifle for his birthday. He is 5 years old. Not only that, but after giving it to him they leave him alone with his younger sister! I think that it is the parents fault for what happened to their daughter. They should not have given their son a LOADED gun for his birthday. He shouldn't even have a gun at all. This article just infuriated me because of the un-parently actions that happened. Why on Earth would you give your five year old a gun? Why?

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MsHaeussinger's comment, May 2, 2013 10:52 AM
Giving your child a gun for their birthday is one thing but a loaded gun sitting in the corner of your living room, hmmm....
Brian Burroughs's comment, May 12, 2013 10:33 AM
Bad parenting is at the root of all society's problems. It's too bad we can't make it illegal for stupid people to have children. That would fix all of the world's problems.
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Segregated prom tradition yields to unity

Segregated prom tradition yields to unity | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
Students at Wilcox County High School in Georgia bucked 40 years of tradition by hosting their own racially integrated prom.
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I saw this story earlier this week and thought that what this High School did was very inspirational. Even though most schools have already integrated their proms, this small school in Georgia has made a big step in their town. It is nice to know that students of today want to keep improving their lives and making it a better and safer place for everyone.

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Caitlin Moen's curator insight, May 1, 2013 10:50 PM

It's crazy to see how many people are stuck in the past, but it's nice to know that the following generation isn't as closed-minded. I guess it can be the kids that think for themselves, not the parents. 

Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, May 12, 2013 1:40 PM
It is great to see how people have stepped up to change rules of the past 40 years. It just shows what a group of people can do when they work together, even if they are young.
Mason Mettler's comment, May 15, 2013 1:51 PM
Don't judge because of skin color or race. God made us equal, so let us all realize that.
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Flooding threatens already drenched Midwest, South

Flooding threatens already drenched Midwest, South | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
A powerful spring cold snap brings more rain and snow to an already soggy U.S. heartland on Wednesday, putting more pressure on riverside communities.
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Even though we are getting all of this rain, I never thought that there would be severe flooding like this because of all of the droughts that have been popular throughout the country. Hopefully the flooding in these areas (which does inlcude Minnesota) doesn't become to out of control and hopefully people can get things out in time before severe damage can be done. I would like to point out that maybe all of this rain is a good things, because of all of the droughts the we have been experiencing in the recent years.

 

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Mariah Zamzow's comment, April 28, 2013 12:57 AM
It has been one crazy year for weather. It is scary how something completely out of our control can do so much damage. It is a natural disaster!
Brian Burroughs's comment, April 28, 2013 1:21 PM
The US has been hammered with terrible weather this year. Hopefully it is a freak thing and not something that will keep reoccurring. It makes you wonder if global warming has anything to do with it.
Kailee Barnes's comment, April 29, 2013 10:14 AM
This is kind of crazy. The weather has been really weird this year.
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CNN Political Ticker

CNN Political Ticker | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
The CNN Political Ticker is the hottest destination for the latest political news with dispatches, behind-the-scenes reports, and expert commentary, 24-7. For the latest political news from CNN's Best Political Team, with campaign coverage, 24-7.
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I think that this article is very interesting, because it talks about the change in people's opinions of President Bush since he had left office. Right when Bush left office 68% of people thought that Bush's time as a president was a failure, but now only 55% of people surveyed by CNN think that. I think as time will go on this percentage will decrease and people will begin to see more of the positives that came out of Bush's time as President.

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Breaking: Obama going to Boston

Breaking: Obama going to Boston | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- President Barack Obama will travel to Boston Thursday to speak at an interfaith service dedicated to victims of Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon, the White House announced in a statement.
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I think that by going to Boston, Obama is showing a lot of respect for his fellow Americans. Even though it is probably expected of him to do it, he still takes time out of many other issues (North Korea threats, gun debates) to go out and comfort people who have witnessed and were part of a horrible incident. I think Obama has stepped up a lot in these past few months and has shown the American people what a respectable man he is.

 

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Mariah Zamzow's comment, April 21, 2013 1:46 PM
I really liked seeing this from Obama because I think it is important that he is there for Boston. It would mean a lot to me if the president was there to comfort my city In a time of need.
Mariah Zamzow's comment, April 21, 2013 1:46 PM
I really liked seeing this from Obama because I think it is important that he is there for Boston. It would mean a lot to me if the president was there to comfort my city In a time of need.
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Cheney to GOP leaders: ‘We’re in deep doo doo’ on North Korea

Cheney to GOP leaders: ‘We’re in deep doo doo’ on North Korea | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
(CNN) - Republican leaders in Congress received a dire warning on Tuesday from former Vice President Dick Cheney on the ongoing crisis in North Korea.

“We’re in deep doo doo,” Cheney told lawmakers, according to a GOP leadership aide.
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I know this is another scoop on North Korea, but the majority of news is either on North Korea or Gun laws and I picked the more interesting of the two. I would like to say that Cheney worded his thoughts right in saying that we are in "deep doo doo". America needs to act on these threats before it is too late. North Korea has threatened several countries with bomb threats and I don't understand why someone won't do something about it. Its just annoying that decisions with our governemt take so long.

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Brian Burroughs's comment, April 13, 2013 8:14 PM
North Korea is full of crap and we should just call their bluff. If they decide to attack anybody, yes they will do a lot of damage, but in the end there would be no North Korea left and I think they know this. But, if they do attack we'll be fine. South Korea on the other hand not so much. North Korea has the 4th largest army in the world ready to squash Soul. Yikes!
Mariah Zamzow's comment, April 13, 2013 10:06 PM
I think that North Korea is way to small to take down any country, and they have very few alliances. I think that it is important to take precaution, but I think that more people would help the fight against North Korea.
Kailee Barnes's comment, April 14, 2013 12:43 AM
I find it kind of hilarious that, if they aren't just "shaking the ever-predictable foreign aid tree", they think they even have a chance. Anyone with a semi-functioning brain can see that we could completely annihilate them if they decided to attack.
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House Group’s Immigration Bill Takes Shape

House Group’s Immigration Bill Takes Shape | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
The legislation appears to contrast with a broader plan taking shape in the Senate.
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This article is about how the House of Representatives is designing new paths in order to get immigrants into being citizens of the United States. Its verying interesting that Democrats and Republicans still have contrasting ideas with this one topic, but they usually don't agree on many things. One difficult path out of the three that this article depicts from the proposal by the House is that immigrants would have to go back to their own country and apply to become a citizen of the US. They would also have to pay fines, taxes, and learn English. The learning of English would be a nice thing to have in the fact that these immigrants do want to come to America where the majority of the population speaks English.

 

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Campaign Has Smokers Listening to Smoking's Victims

Campaign Has Smokers Listening to Smoking's Victims | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
CDC's graphic ads featuring ex-smokers appear to be getting people's attention
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Although this article isn't about a presidential campaign, it still is a campaign that has affected many people/Americans. This article sums up the fact that by watching people who use the drugs that you use and what they suffer now, it will cause a reaction. In this case it shows that smokers do react to this type of campaign and doctors are now stating that more smokers are trying to quite after seeing these graphic commercials. I, myself, don't necessarily enjoy these commercials, but if it his helping people get over their addiction the government should keep playing this commercials.

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Kailee Barnes's comment, April 7, 2013 9:18 PM
I agree that they should keep showing the commercials. Smoking is a very big problem worldwide and if you can convince a few people to quit why not try?
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US to revise cigarette warning labels

US to revise cigarette warning labels | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
The U.S. government won't appeal a court decision blocking it from requiring tobacco companies to put large graphic health warnings on cigarette packages.
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I think that the government has the right to force cigarette companies into putting pictures of what smoking can do to someone over a period of time. In this article, cigarette companies argue that forcing their company to put graphic pictures instead of just labels on their cigarette boxes is against the  1st Amendment. I think that companies have a right to want to oppose this, but their product does do damaging things to everyone who uses it and even to people who are around secondhand smoke. I think that the pictures on the boxes should stay, because it does force smokers to face some of the harmful things that could happen to them if they keep smoking.

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Brian Burroughs's comment, March 23, 2013 5:19 PM
I agree with Sydney the pictures should stay. But, maybe a good compromise would be if the cigarette companies don't want the pictures they can pay a very large fee to be exempt. Because I think cigarettes being more expensive will be even more of a reason not to smoke than the pictures.
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Why House tax vote is really about drawing battle lines for the fall

Why House tax vote is really about drawing battle lines for the fall | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a vote this week on a House Republican bill to extend all the current tax cuts, but the debate is really aimed at the vote that comes less than 100 days from now.
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Once again the political parties within the US cannot get along to better the government. In this article, it is obvious that Democrats and Republicans don't even want to try to make an arrangement together which is pretty pathetic. It even says in this article that "the Democrats are ready for a fight- and this time the welcome it". Really? You parties are already just thinking about fighting like a bunch of school boys? Get your acts together. If I was Obama I would want to throw all of these "men" out of their positions and get some that are willingly and smart enough to figure out a solution that will please a greater part of the population.

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2 Alaska volcanoes on alert as lava flows

2 Alaska volcanoes on alert as lava flows | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
Lava flowed Tuesday from two Alaskan volcanoes, with authorities placing both on the second-highest alert levels.
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I think that this article is interesting due to the fact that not only does Alaska have volcanoes, but now they have volcanoes with lava flowing out of them! I think it's really cool that Alaska has volcanoes due to the cold climate, but it is a very scary situation at the same time due to the harm it could cause to surrounding areas.

 

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Kailee Barnes's comment, May 17, 2013 12:03 PM
This is really interesting! I've never heard of volcanoes in Alaska.
Brian Burroughs's comment, May 19, 2013 11:02 AM
How big of an eruption would this be? There is nothing in Alaska so It would have to be a pretty gigantic eruption for it to do any damage to surrounding areas.
Mariah Zamzow's comment, May 19, 2013 1:59 PM
I didn't know they had active volcanos in Alaska! We could evacuate everyone out of there, but we don't have to tell Sarah Palin.
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Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder; death penalty possible

Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder; death penalty possible | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
An Arizona jury Wednesday found Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder for killing Travis Alexander in June 2008.
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I think it is interesting about how someone can go murder someone, but then be all emotional about the consiquences. For instance, this young woman "doesn't want to spend life in prison". Of course she doesn't, but that is what you get for killing your boyfriend. Maybe before killing someone, you should think of the negative consequences and the fact that you shouldn't kill someone.

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Joel Denney's comment, May 11, 2013 2:51 PM
I hope she doesn't get the death penalty simply so she has the chance to realize the seriousness of what she has done. Killing her won't solve any problems.
Kailee Barnes's comment, May 12, 2013 10:01 PM
I agree with Sydney and Joel. She can't just feel sorry for herself because she doesn't want to spend the rest of her life in prison, I mean she brutally murdered someone. And the killing her would just "set her free" like she had stated earlier.
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Supreme Court News and Video - FOX News Topics - FOXNews.com

Supreme Court News and Video - FOX News Topics - FOXNews.com | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
Watch breaking news videos and read news updates about Supreme Court on FOXNews.com.
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I kind of get annoyed about how the Supreme Court delays so many things for so long. Expecially something that happened in 1992. If the man murdered two people and was set to be executed then why delay it? He knows its going to come, so why make him wait more? Why use our tax dollars on this man to be held in a prison? I just don't understand their point in delaying so many things.

 

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Brian Burroughs's comment, May 12, 2013 10:28 AM
You are wrong. It is much more expensive to execute somebody than it is to put them in prison for life. They are taking the life of a human being. It should take as much time as necessary. It is not something that can be rushed. If you want to get rid of the delay and save money you have to get rid of the death penalty.
scoste26's comment, May 16, 2013 12:20 AM
Even if the person murdered two innocent people? Hmmm....
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Pentagon steps up planning for potential military intervention in Syria

Pentagon steps up planning for potential military intervention in Syria | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
By Barbara Starr

The Pentagon has in recent days stepped up planning for potential military intervention in the Syrian civil war, specifically because of growing evidence the regime may have used chemical weapons, CNN has learned.
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In my opinion, I do not want US military going to Syria, because of their suspection with chemicals. Obama already stated that he was going to pull troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, but now he is going to place troops in Syria. I think that no matter what happens, there is always going to be another war that needs to be faught and the US will never be at peace with every country. Do you think that military should be sent to Syria?

 

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Austin Briske's curator insight, May 2, 2013 8:15 AM

I agree we probably shouldn't go to war and besides obama is already sending weapons over there we shouldn't have to send troops to. Unless something really bad happens to them that could effect use there should be no reason to go over there.

Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, May 12, 2013 1:30 PM
I feel that it is good that we are at least helping Syria by sending them weapons. But as everyone else said, with just gettting out if Iraq do we need to jump into another war? I understand that we need allies, but do we need to step in to ever problem or can we sit some out and still have allies? It is a touchy subject
mconti38's comment, May 15, 2013 12:38 AM
I agree that aiding other countries strengthens our political relationship. However, in agreement with everyone else, a line must be drawn. We have to keep in mind that we are getting out of a war. In addition to our presence in other countries. I think stepping in is only necessary if there is immediate danger to the U.S.
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No verdict yet in Philadelphia abortion doctor case

No verdict yet in Philadelphia abortion doctor case | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
Jurors in the murder trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell ended their first day of deliberations, Tuesday without a verdict.
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I think that this article is completely disgusting. First, the so called "doctor" did horrible things to these infants and got away with at least seven known victims. I want to bring to point that the mothers were having an abortion, but this man did not need to "cut their spinal cords". This story is horrific, and it is nice to know that this man has been found guilty for first-degree murder and may be sentenced to death.

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Mariah Kieffer's curator insight, May 1, 2013 10:38 AM

Wow this frightens me a bit! I discusses me that someone could actualy do this to girls. Its good that he is being put away! Its like a crinimal minds case! He deserves some serious jail time!

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Tattoo parenting, Obama-style

Tattoo parenting, Obama-style | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- President Barack Obama says he and the first lady have a good strategy to prevent their daughters from getting tattoos.
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I just thought that this article was very uplifting compared to many other news articles of this week. This shows us how Michelle and Barack Obama convince their two daughters into not getting tattoos. They simple say, "If you a tattoo, we get a tattoo!". If I was thinking about getting a tattoo and my parents said that to me, I would seriously reconsider!

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Kailee Barnes's comment, April 29, 2013 10:19 AM
This is funny. It's nice to know they have a sense of humor.
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Man allegedly tries to free animals from wildlife park - Video on NBCNews.com

Man allegedly tries to free animals from wildlife park - Video on NBCNews.com | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: Man creates a dangerous situation after opening cages at a Florida wildlife park before being tackled by employee. WBBH's Steve Campion reports.
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I get that the man thinks that wildlife should belong in the wild, but opening up cages of wild animals can be very dangerous to the people and animals involved. At the end of the video, the man is identified to be drunk which could explain why he was setting the animals free. I am glad that the man was caught and that no animals/humans got injured.

 

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Brian Burroughs's comment, April 20, 2013 8:15 PM
It is impressive that that little guy tackled that big fat guy. This is a very interesting and entertaining story. Just goes to show the mother of idiots is always pregnant.
Mariah Zamzow's comment, April 21, 2013 1:39 PM
This was a very dangerous situation. It is lucky that the park guy was fast enough to catch him. People can be so dumb.
Kailee Barnes's comment, April 21, 2013 10:31 PM
That was a really dumb idea. That could have caused a lot of problems.
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Senate immigration plan would stiffen border security, increase surveillance

Senate immigration plan would stiffen border security, increase surveillance | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
A bipartisan group of senators finalizing a landmark immigration bill has agreed to require greatly increased surveillance of the border and apprehensions of people trying to cross it, a person familiar with the proposals said Wednesday.
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This is an interesting artivle about immigration and the Senate. It basically states how that Senates plan to control immigration would involve more security and surveillance around the borders. I think that since Senate wants more control around the border that this will be an effective tactic to make this new control a reality. It would also help illegal immigration rates go down. In 2011, 64% of immigrants that tried to pass the border were caught and sent back. By increasing security and surveillance, the percent of illegal immigrants caught would increase. I think that the Senate is making the right choice by increasing security around the borders.

 

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Breaking: Arrest made over White House bomb threat

Breaking: Arrest made over White House bomb threat | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- A man has been arrested on suspicion of making a bomb threat Wednesday morning near a park that is across the street from the White House, according to a Secret Service spokesman.
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Well, this article is very interesting because I didn't even know that there was a bomb threat on the White House. Um...North Korea and now some random bomb threat? American needs to get its ideas together and figure out what they are going to do. I don't know about you, but I don't appreciate getting bomb threats from other countries. It's not the safest to have. I think that government officials should step up and figure out a plan in order for America to not get bombed.

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Obama will give up portion of his salary

Obama will give up portion of his salary | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- President Barack Obama will put 5% of his paycheck back into the federal government's coffers in a show of unity with furloughed federal workers, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.
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I think that Obama is showing his true colors by giving 5% of his salary back to the treasure. To me, it proves that he is not just a man who wants money, but a man who wants to help people. It displays his true feelings on the government cuts and shows Americans that he does take responsibily for things occurring in the government. Right now, I am very impressed with Obama's recent actions.

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Brian Burroughs's comment, April 6, 2013 5:48 PM
I think it is a smart thing to do. Hopefully it will calm people down a little bit. But people are still gonna continue to complain about the cuts because that's what people do. Way to go Obama though!
Mariah Zamzow's comment, April 6, 2013 11:25 PM
I really think that this says a lot about him as a president. It is good for the people to know this about him. I personally think that it sets him apart, it is definitely not anything we would see from a republican.
Kailee Barnes's comment, April 7, 2013 9:12 PM
It's refreshing to see that the president cares enough to give away his personal money to benefit others. I agree with Brian that people will still complain, but at least we can see that he is trying.
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Why Republicans should have won the election (and why they didn’t)

Why Republicans should have won the election (and why they didn’t) | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
How the shifting demographics in the country left Republicans fighting the last political war in 2012.
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Although I would not have voted for Romney, I do find this article very interesting in the fact that Romney had some instances where he should have one the 2012 Presidencial Election. One thing that I found interseting was the fact that one reason that Romney lost was because there was a higher percent of Democrats that voted compared to Republicans. I do think that it is a little weird that the article pointed this out, because the true Democrats were obviously going to vot for Obama (who won the election). Another reason why Romney lost was the fact that Republicans don't appeal very well to hispanics which are a growing population throughout the US.

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Ohio school shooter shows contempt, no remorse during sentencing

Ohio school shooter shows contempt, no remorse during sentencing | Gov & Law Skinny2013 | Scoop.it
Ohio school shooter T.J. Lane will spend the rest of his life in prison for the deaths of three students last year, a judge ruled Tuesday.
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This 18 year old students shot at, wounded, and killed multiple people at his Ohio school last year. I think that he got what he deserved: a life spent in prison. When people, no matter what age, go corrupt with a gun and act out on other people, they deserved to be punished. The only reason that this boy did not get a death sentence was that he was under the age of 18 at the time. Some of the families that were affected by this student and his horrible rampage called him a monster. Some others felt sorry for him, but I wouldn't feel sorry for him at all. It was his choice to take that gun to school and it was his choice to shoot those innocent students. People should not feel any type of sympathy toward someone who does this crimanl act.

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Brian Burroughs's comment, March 23, 2013 5:33 PM
I'm not disputing that this guy doesn't deserve life in prison, but obviously he was pretty messed up. I do age should be a consideration in sentencing but not in this case, he is just as responsible for what he did as any adult would be. But, I do think that the death penalty is wrong and not ethical for any crime at any age. Apart from that, executing somebody wastes marginally more money and time than sentencing somebody to prison for life.
Mariah Zamzow's comment, March 24, 2013 8:15 AM
I think that how he reacted during the situation was why he deserves such a long sentence. If he would have realized what he had done was so wrong and we had hope that in many years he would be able to live in society again it may have been different. But, clearly he has something very wrong with him, and he is a very corrupt kid.