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CIA had Tsarnaev's name put in terror watchlist after being contacted by Russians

CIA had Tsarnaev's name put in terror watchlist after being contacted by Russians | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
Russian officials contacted the U.S. government at least twice in 2011 with concerns Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Chechen who two years later would carry out last week's deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon, Fox News' sources say.
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Apparently, one of the suspected bombers of the Boston bombing has been on the CIA "watchlist" for over two years after being in contact with Russians. They should have been keeping a closer eye on him.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 25, 2013 6:37 AM
I'm wondering how extensive this watchlist can be? Also, can we expect to keep tabs on everyone with suspected terrorist ties?
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This article talks all about the boston marathon bombers. It talks about their journey to the U.S. and what happened at the marathon.

Melaina Borchert's comment, April 27, 2013 7:01 PM
I'm sure its a really big list but there is a reason they were on it. So I feel like they should be taking the list seriously. If the events in Boston aren't enough proof of that.
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Phone Records of Journalists of The Associated Press Seized by U.S.

Phone Records of Journalists of The Associated Press Seized by U.S. | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
The Associated Press reported that the Justice Department had secretly obtained the phone records of its offices and journalists, calling it a “massive and unprecedented intrusion.”
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"Federal investigators secretly seized two months of phone records for reporters and editors of The Associated Press in what the news organization said Monday was a 'serious interference with A.P.’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news.'" They've obtained over thirty lines from houses of journalists and reporters.

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Joel Denney's comment, May 18, 2013 9:40 AM
Benghazi, IRS, AP...three's a crowd when it comes to government mess-ups!
Melaina Borchert's comment, May 19, 2013 6:53 PM
Isn't this against the 4th amendment that protects against unreasonable searches and seizures?
Layla Khalili's comment, May 22, 2013 4:42 PM
Yea I think so...
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Minnesota Senate Clears Way for Same-Sex Marriage

Minnesota Senate Clears Way for Same-Sex Marriage | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
Gov. Mark Dayton says he will sign a bill making Minnesota the 12th state to permit same-sex marriage and the first in the Midwest to do it without a court forcing it to.
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I know everyone keeps posting about this, but I love it and I'm gonna post it, too! Same-sex marriage will be permitted in Minnesota in August. This is will make Minnesota the 12th state to permit same-sex marriage and the first in the Midwest to take such a step outside of a court ruling. Yay!

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In Immigration Bill, Deportees See Hope for Second Chance

In Immigration Bill, Deportees See Hope for Second Chance | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
A provision in a bill before the Senate could allow immigrants who have been expelled to return to the United States.
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Awh, Immigrant deportees are hopeful to return to the U.S. for second chances and stuff cuz of the Immigration Bill.

 

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Alleged White House shooter practiced for months, prosecutors say

Alleged White House shooter practiced for months, prosecutors say | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
An Idaho man charged with attempting to assassinate President Obama by shooting at the White House practiced with his weapon for six months and may have been upset about the country's marijuana policy, prosecutors said in a newly filed court document. ...
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Well this is weird! Some man from Idaho apparently tried to assassinate President Obama! And the article also says that he had practiced with his weapon for six months? Well practice doesn't make perfect, especially when you're aiming at a building... Silly man.

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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 | Government aaaand Law | 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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This article is talking about the disabled workers who were treated badly in Iowa. The jury gave 32 of them a total of 240 million dollars for the abuse they had received. I like that the jury did this, it is just so wrong for those people to abuse them.

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CIA had Tsarnaev's name put in terror watchlist after being contacted by Russians

CIA had Tsarnaev's name put in terror watchlist after being contacted by Russians | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
Russian officials contacted the U.S. government at least twice in 2011 with concerns Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Chechen who two years later would carry out last week's deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon, Fox News' sources say.
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Apparently, one of the suspected bombers of the Boston bombing has been on the CIA "watchlist" for over two years after being in contact with Russians. They should have been keeping a closer eye on him.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 25, 2013 6:37 AM
I'm wondering how extensive this watchlist can be? Also, can we expect to keep tabs on everyone with suspected terrorist ties?
Amanda Nandory's curator insight, April 25, 2013 8:26 AM

This article talks all about the boston marathon bombers. It talks about their journey to the U.S. and what happened at the marathon.

Melaina Borchert's comment, April 27, 2013 7:01 PM
I'm sure its a really big list but there is a reason they were on it. So I feel like they should be taking the list seriously. If the events in Boston aren't enough proof of that.
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Republicans blast Obama proposal to sell Tennessee Valley Authority

Republicans blast Obama proposal to sell Tennessee Valley Authority | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
In a political role reversal, Republicans are blasting President Obama's plan to consider selling the Tennessee Valley Authority, an icon of the New Deal long targeted by conservatives as an example of government overreach. ...
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Obama wants to sell the Tennesse Valley Authority; it will reduce the by at least $25 billion. However, Republicans are angered by this because the Tennessee Valley Authority is "icon of the New Deal long targeted by conservatives as an example of government overreach."

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The Second Wave

The Second Wave | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
The meltdown of the gun control bill won’t have an overt political effect on the Republican Party. Immigration, rather, is where it’s at.
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Discusses both the gun ban and immigration bill, how it affects both parties, 

It says something about Republicans having "two wave revolutionaries".  "The first-wave revolutionaries (the party’s Congressional leaders) think of themselves as very conservative."

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Couple jailed after allegedly abducting their children, fleeing to Cuba

Couple jailed after allegedly abducting their children, fleeing to Cuba | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
Two children allegedly abducted by their parents and taken to Cuba arrived back to the United States early Wednesday, Florida authorities said.
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Florida: Two parents kidnapped their children from the children's grandparents. The father tied up the grandmother and kidnapped them, met his wife at a sailboat after stealing the grandparent's car, and sailed to Cuba. The Cuban authorities were displeased by this and contacted American government immediately and the parents are now in county jail. 

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Reanna Ostreng's comment, April 13, 2013 7:36 AM
It's too bad that there are parents out there that are willing to kidnap their own children and put their lives in danger, just to see them. Clearly, both of these parents had some issues and the children were better off not having contact with them anyway. It's a good thing that the kids are safe now.
Melaina Borchert's comment, April 14, 2013 5:37 PM
Well that's scary. There is obviously a reason the grandparents have custody of the kids. At least they kids are safe.
Amanda Nandory's comment, April 18, 2013 12:29 PM
I don't understand why parents would kidnap their children. I'm glad that their grandparents have custody because the parents don't seem like they are capable of having their kids and keeping them from harm.
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House group finalizing sweeping immigration bill

House group finalizing sweeping immigration bill | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
A group of Republicans and Democrats in the House is finalizing a sweeping immigration bill that offers work permits and the eventual prospect of citizenship to millions of people living illegally in the United States, aides say.
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The house of representatives is passing the immigration bill. It allows immigrants who have come here illegally or overstayed their visas to be offered work and the prospect of citizenship, which would take at least 15 years for many. 

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US moves on NKorea aimed at deterring new leader

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"North Korea" wants to continue producing nuclear weapons, so "The U.S. wants to discourage North Korea's young leader from starting a fight that could escalate to renewed war with South Korea." I have no strong opinion in this matter.

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Reanna Ostreng's comment, April 4, 2013 7:06 PM
In my opinion I think the US should encourage North Korea's leader to not increase the production of nuclear weapons. It's dangerous to them and many other countries.
Melaina Borchert's comment, April 7, 2013 7:56 AM
Yeah less nuclear weapons is probably a good thing. The last thing we need right now is another war. But we need to make sure while we are discouraging him he don't piss him off in the process.
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"Red line has been crossed" in Syria, Rogers says

"Red line has been crossed" in Syria, Rogers says | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
House Intelligence Committee chairman says it's time for U.S. intervention in Syria's civil war
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I agree with most of what Rogers is saying, I like the idea of training the Syrian rebels to defend themselves from all of these terrorists groups including Israeli groups, but I'm a little iffy about it, after this i think we reeeaally, rrreeaally need to leave the MidEast alone. We're a lot of the reason that the MiddleEast has become very unstable, especially when we went into Iraq. We should stop after helping the civilian Syrian rebels.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 2, 2013 10:31 AM
The U.S. has long been involved in Middle East conflicts that didn't start when we entered the situation. However, the U.S. can certainly bear some responsibility for inflaming some of the problems. At what point do we use an exit strategy in the area?
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Minnesota, 9 other states consider raising minimum wage

Minnesota, 9 other states consider raising minimum wage | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — At least 10 states, including Minnesota, are considering raising their minimum wages even as President Barack Obama's proposal to increase the federal standard is stuck in Washington's political quagmire.
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These state governers are planning on raising the minimum wage. Governer Dayton was planning to,  but was criticized so much that they decided not to.

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South Korea Proposes Border Meeting With North

South Korea Proposes Border Meeting With North | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
South Korea said it was open to discussing bringing finished goods and raw materials from an industrial park that had been jointly operated until North Korea withdrew all its workers and the South pulled its citizens.
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"South Korea proposed a border meeting with North Korea" and said "it was open to discussing bringing finished goods and raw materials from an industrail park..." North Korea has rejected these meetings a few times before. We'll see where this goes.

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Lawmakers Focus on Measures to Combat Sex Assault in Military

Lawmakers Focus on Measures to Combat Sex Assault in Military | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
Lawmakers of both parties and in both chambers of Congress are moving to introduce legislation seeking to prevent and to better prosecute abuses.
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So this article talks about how sexual assaults get let go fairly quickly, usually by the accused boss, in the military. A Pentagon survey released Tuesday estimates that 26,000 people in the armed forces were sexually assaulted last year. They are trying to find a solution to this.

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Reanna Ostreng's comment, May 11, 2013 6:36 AM
This is kind of a disturbing topic. I agree that it needs to be fixed...and soon. People who are considering to join the military may be intimidated by this problem.
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California Supreme Court wrestles with spousal rights case

California Supreme Court wrestles with spousal rights case | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
Justices appear reluctant to take away San Jose resident Nancy Cejas right to press lawsuit over late husbands workplace death at a Peninsula construction company.
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This article talks about how the supreme court is unwilling to strip the legal rights of spouses who truly believe they are married but may not have taken all the technical steps to make sure their paperwork is right under state law.

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Companies line up to drill after survey shows Dakota oil, gas fields far bigger than believed

Companies line up to drill after survey shows Dakota oil, gas fields far bigger than believed | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
Energy companies are lining up for their shot to drill in the Dakotas and Montana after a new government report reveals that a massive geological formation stretching across the states contains twice the oil and three times the amount of natural...
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This article is about oil drilling in the Dakots and Montana. The article states that the state contain "twice the oil and three times the amount of natural gas than was originally believed."

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5-year-old shoots 2-year-old sister in Kentucky with rifle he got as a gift

5-year-old shoots 2-year-old sister in Kentucky with rifle he got as a gift | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
In southern Kentucky, where children get their first guns even before they start first grade, Stephanie Sparks paid little attention as her 5-year-old son, Kristian, played with the rifle he was given last year.
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The article is about a 5 year old from Kentucky who shot his 2 yer old sister with a rifle he got. I think it's insane to give your child a gun, especially at that age and when they have an even younger sibling around!!

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US, South Korea extend nuclear agreement for 2 years

US, South Korea extend nuclear agreement for 2 years | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
The U.S. and South Korea are extending for two years their current civilian nuclear agreement and postponing a contentious decision on whether Seoul will be allowed to reprocess spent fuel as it seeks to expand its atomic energy industry.
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The US and South Korea extended their nuclear agreement for two years. "South Korea is the world's fifth-largest nuclear energy producer and is planning to expand domestic use of nuclear power and exports of nuclear reactors." The same technology could be used to make nuclear weapons. I think this article is saying that North Korea tries to get the weapons from South Korea.

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Reanna Ostreng's comment, April 26, 2013 5:11 PM
It's kind of scary to think that these countries have the ability to make all these nuclear weapons, but at the same time are asking for support from the US. I'm sure our government will be cautious when dealing with South Korea.
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China’s North Korea Envoy to Visit Washington

China’s North Korea Envoy to Visit Washington | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
The visit comes after Secretary of State John Kerry said in Beijing last week that China could play a vital role in helping rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.
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China has a "vital role in helping rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons." - John Kerry

It talks about how China can't handle the threat of North Korea on it's own, and the U.S. can't either. Which I really do disagree with.

"During his visit to Beijing last week, Mr. Kerry said the United States would be interested in talks on North Korea but he set a pre-condition – that North Korea pledge to give up its nuclear weapons. That condition has been rejected by the regime led by President Kim Jung-un."

North Korea wants us to end joint military exercises with South Korea.

So basically they just keep twisting the "negotiation table", and nothing is getting anywhere right now.

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Immigrants Weigh Possible Impact of New Legislation

Immigrants Weigh Possible Impact of New Legislation | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
With the introduction of a sweeping immigration bill in Washington this week, immigrants across the country are paying close attention to how it might change their lives.
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This article talks about how a lot of immigrants are really happy about the immigration bill passing. 

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Reanna Ostreng's comment, April 20, 2013 7:21 AM
I think it's a good thing that this immigration bill is finally being passed, but I do see the effects it could have. Along with becoming a citizen, it means you have to pay taxes, and some immigrants may struggle to pay these taxes. This could in turn just create more problems for them.
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Deal reached on background checks in Senate  

Deal reached on background checks in Senate   | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, plan to announce a bipartisan deal on background checks for gun shows and Internet sales at an 11 a.m. press conference today, CNN's Dana Bash has learned.
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This article discusses a deal on background checks in the Senate. It says that they are going to have a debate on it Thursday, and also talks about the Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.

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Reanna Ostreng's comment, April 13, 2013 7:27 AM
It's good to hear that progress is being made on this topic. I think it is a big deal for many Americans. It will be interesting to hear the results of the debate.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 14, 2013 12:52 PM
Moving forward!
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Yahoo!

Yahoo! | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
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I really don't think they are a big threat to us, and there would be no point in starting a war or attacking them.

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2013 Election

2013 Election | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
Find out who's on the ballot in the 2013 election. See who's facing challenges in the 2013 election. Discover the important dates in the 2013 election.
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This article just lists the canidates for 2013 elections

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Amanda Nandory's comment, April 4, 2013 11:12 AM
The article says all of the information about the elections for 2013 and everyone that is in it. For Gov BoB McDonnell he is prohibited from going for reelectin in 2013 even though he has many voters.
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U.S. Senate Approves Proposed Internet Sales Tax | TechCrunch

U.S. Senate Approves Proposed Internet Sales Tax | TechCrunch | Government aaaand Law | Scoop.it
An Internet Sales Tax is inching its way closer to being the law of the land: The U.S. Senate supported a non-binding vote of approval, 75-to-24, for a law that would allow cities in some circumstances to collect taxes from Internet retailers.
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I'm not sure this is too relevant, but it's interesting. I don't know what the purpose of taxing internet retailers would be, though.

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