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Medical marijuana bill clears Illinois Senate committee

SPRINGFIELD --- A key panel of Senate lawmakers advanced legislation Wednesday that would allow patients with certain illnesses to use marijuana to ease their symptoms.
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I just hope people realize the difference between just using it medically, and smoking it in the streets near your friendly neighborhood police department.

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Joel Denney's comment, May 11, 2013 2:47 PM
Hopefully the bill only allows the sale of prescription THC and not the whole plant. That would make it a lot easier to regulate.
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Kidnapped women return home in Cleveland

Kidnapped women return home in Cleveland | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Ropes and chains found in home where 3 women were held for years, Cleveland officials say. (#IWantActus USA At last, they're home - Two of three women rescued from years of captivity in a house in Cleveland...
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I can hardly imagine being stuck inside for ten years with no contact with the outside world.  With a rapist.

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Illinois Lawmaker Explodes Over Dems’ Attempt to Sneak Significant Amendment Into Concealed Carry Bill: ‘Keep Playing Games!’ | Video | TheBlaze.com

Illinois Lawmaker Explodes Over Dems’ Attempt to Sneak Significant Amendment Into Concealed Carry Bill: ‘Keep Playing Games!’ | Video | TheBlaze.com | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) launched into a fiery tirade on the Illinois House floor after Democratic lawmakers attempted to sneak in what he considered to be a significant floor amendment to a proposed concealed carry bill.
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Right.  So he probably shouldn't have started yelling and stuff, but what was even worse was when the person with the floor stated "We don't what people like THAT carrying concealed weapons."  The second outburst was completely okay in my view.  A personal attack?  And for what?  Being vocal about having an opinion different from yours?  From that logic, no one should be able to conceal carry.  And judging from the bill, that was the idea.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, May 5, 2013 6:36 PM
An Illinois lawmaker getting angry? No!
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Former GOP Senator: Nothing Unreasonable About Background Checks

Former GOP Senator: Nothing Unreasonable About Background Checks | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) said Thursday she would have supported legislation to expand background checks for firearm purchases if she were still in the Senate.
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Agreement!  I find nothing unreasonable about background checks either.

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Long-Term Unemployment Is The Biggest Crisis In America — This Photo Shows How Much Politicians Care

Long-Term Unemployment Is The Biggest Crisis In America — This Photo Shows How Much Politicians Care | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
And now you see why nothing gets done. (RT @StrikeDebt: Hearing on long-term unemployment and only one member of congress bothers to show up.
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Eh, it could be staged or fake in some way.  Anyway, what happens if there's only one guy?  Do they just do whatever they want, or can they do nothing as there is no one to say "second"?

P.S.  If it isn't staged or faked in some way, they should be sacked for shirking their duties.  Then they can see the other side of the story for themselves.  Muahaha.

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David Nickel's comment, April 24, 2013 8:51 PM
Whaddaya know. The one senator was Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
Joel Denney's comment, April 27, 2013 3:10 PM
Figures. I don't think she's going to face electoral competition for a long time.
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Did Kermit Gosnell Case Elicit Rare Unanimous Support for House Abortion Bill? | Sunshine State News

RT @BBachsBeat: Florida House of Representatives unanimously approves pro-life bill! http://t.co/uyZKewNk8r @StevenErtelt @wbdnewton @scottymastel @fatherz
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Ah.  This case.  You do not want to know what this guy did.  Don't click that link.  I've heard there's been a bit of a media embargo on this case.  Doesn't surprise much, I guess.  Or does it?  Probably depends on your position on the sliding scale of idealism and cynicism.  You clicked that link, didn't you?  Shame on you.  Okay, okay, it's not worse than many recent things.  But, I can't believe that there IS a media embargo on this.  It's the sort of thing that, you know, is newsworthy?  Why haven't we heard of this?  Why am I stringing only slightly coherent sentences together?

The world may never know.

If you failed to heed my warning, what is your take on this?  Why have people responded, or failed to, the way they did?

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Paul Fiesel's comment, April 18, 2013 9:28 PM
wow that's terrible. beheading babies is pretty gruesome stuff. Also representative pigman? odd last name there
Riley Ellis's comment, April 20, 2013 12:25 PM
I read an article about that last week, it's pretty terrible stuff. I'm very surprised that this was never all over the news. This is like a real life horror movie.
Joel Denney's comment, April 20, 2013 2:52 PM
It's a shame that he can only be tried for the murder of the seven babies born alive. Roe v. Wade protects him from prosecution for his other murders. Worst court decision ever.
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You can't understand what's happened to the Senate without these two graphs - Washington Post (blog)

You can't understand what's happened to the Senate without these two graphs - Washington Post (blog) | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
You can't understand what's happened to the Senate without these two graphs
Washington Post (blog)
The Senate has always disproportionately represented small states, but the bias hasn't always been extreme.
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Very interesting.  It kind of works like Riley was saying about prez election.  Of course, while under 20% represented population can agree and pass a bill, what truly are the chances of the exact senators voting like that?  Then again, I suppose a minority percentage has most likely passed a bill in the past.

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Interactive: Ranking Who's Left, Center, and Right in the House of Representatives

Interactive: Ranking Who's Left, Center, and Right in the House of Representatives | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Sort all the 2012 members of the House below by partisan leanings and demographics (Who is left, center & right in House of Reps?
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This interactive has some really interesting things.  You can see the Democrats that are more conservative than Republicans, for example.

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White House tracking bird flu outbreak in China - Reuters

White House tracking bird flu outbreak in China
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WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) - The White House is keeping a close eye on the outbreak of a new strain of bird flu in China, a spokeswoman said on Thursday, noting that the U.S.
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No.  We do not want another craze.  I hope this strain dies early in it's life.

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Joel Denney's comment, April 5, 2013 5:12 PM
Oh, yay, another flu scare. I know that we're overdue for the next flu pandemic, but sometimes normal caution seems to escalate into craziness, like with the bird flu. So far, this one doesn't look any different than previous outbreaks; hopefully it is just another regular strain of flu.
Riley Ellis's comment, April 6, 2013 6:56 PM
Dangit flu, stop trying to make an outbreak happen, it's not going to happen! (I hope)
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 7, 2013 1:14 PM
Don't we always need an impending health crisis to keep us on our toes?
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Municipal Election Ballots Still In Review Process - KTUU.com

Municipal Election Ballots Still In Review Process - KTUU.com | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Municipal Election Ballots Still In Review Process
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The voting may be over, but it could be awhile before Anchorage residents see the final results of the 2013 municipal election.
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Counting ballots doesn't sound like a lot of fun, but it's necessary.  Let's give a hand to the honest people who don't mess with our votes.

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Congressional Science Committee Takes On Asteroid Threat

Congressional Science Committee Takes On Asteroid Threat | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
The end might not be upon us, but Congress wants to plan ahead, just in case.
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Ah.  Armageddon protection.  It's very interesting how I've never heard of large space objects striking the Earth before the Russian one, and now the world's planning for the hypothetical next one.

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Acting Venezuelan President: Hugo Chavez May Have Influenced Jesus To Pick A South American Pope | Mediaite

Acting Venezuelan President: Hugo Chavez May Have Influenced Jesus To Pick A South American Pope | Mediaite | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
If you were looking for a truly unique take on the selection of a new Pope, look no further than Venezuela, where acting president Nicolas Maduro, who said today at a book fair that Hugo Chavez, the late Venezuelan leader who died last week, may...
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I don't think it works like that...

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Joel Denney's comment, March 15, 2013 6:01 PM
Ha ha. Maduro also said that Chavez would convene a heavenly "Constitutional Convention." You'd think he would get the idea of heaven being the good side of absolute hereditary theocracy. I think someone failed Sunday school.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 17, 2013 5:29 PM
What a great find and witty comments! We aren't Venezuelan so we will never be able to understand the love people have for Chavez but I think we are cynical enough to see that humans are not demi-Gods!
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Senate committee poised to approve assault weapons ban - Fox News

Senate committee poised to approve assault weapons ban - Fox News | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
MiamiHerald.com Senate committee poised to approve assault weapons ban Fox News WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats are poised to pass a renewed and strengthened assault-weapons ban out of committee Thursday as part of a package of measures advancing to...
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Both sides have some pretty good points, but I'm going to have to go with the ban.  The best arguments against are that these types of guns aren't used in many shootings (better be safe than sorry, I think.  You can prevent some deaths.) and that there are "situations" where more than ten bullets would be needed for self defense.  So get two handguns!  Everyone's happy now, right?

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Riley Ellis's comment, March 16, 2013 6:37 PM
I'm no gun expert, but I'm pretty darn sure you don't need to own an assault rifle or other guns in that category. You don't need one to hunt, and there's really no reason to have one. This is just an opinion from someone who's shot a gun once, ever.
Joel Denney's comment, March 16, 2013 11:30 PM
I would tend to agree with the ban. Some of the optional traits of an assault weapon (huge magazine, flash supressor) are simply not something civilians should have.
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California Supreme Court wrestles with spousal rights case - San Jose Mercury News

California Supreme Court wrestles with spousal rights case - San Jose Mercury News | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
California Supreme Court wrestles with spousal rights case San Jose Mercury News SAN FRANCISCO -- Confronting a Silicon Valley woman's unusual legal plight, the California Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared reluctant to strip legal rights from...
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Sometimes its hard to tell whether you should follow the law, or do what feels right.  Failing to compansate someone on a technicality is pretty cruel.

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Casper Moonlight Liquor armed robbery cases move to District Court

Casper Moonlight Liquor armed robbery cases move to District Court | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
The two men police say robbed Moonlight Liquors at gunpoint waived their preliminary hearings and will soon face District Court. Their alleged accomplice put up more of a fight.
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If you are involved in a robbery, do not admit knowing details about it before those details are reported.

Some people can be so absent-minded.

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What's the Point of the Second Amendment?

What's the Point of the Second Amendment? | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
There's a word for those who would take up arms against our government, and it's not "patriots." If you have a gun to protect yourself against someone regulating your gun, then what you love isn't America, or freedom, but your gun.
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Disagreement!  This guy spends way too much time worrying about the syntax and semantics of the writing than what's written.  The constitution is open to interpretation, after all.  If he's going to read it his way, he should respect the ways other people read it.

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Michael Hanson's curator insight, April 8, 2014 3:51 PM

This relates to government and law, because it's all about a guy trying to say how the 2nd ammendment is pointless and questions the spelling and grammer used in it. The author expalims how the second amendment is meant to protect those that keep guns for the defense of his or hers' state, not for personal use. 

Buster Meyer's comment, April 13, 2014 1:15 AM
I think if you have a gun you should only be able to have it for safety use or if you're hunting. I wouldn't say the second amendment is pointless.
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Fifth Amendment shields child porn suspect from decrypting hard drives

Fifth Amendment shields child porn suspect from decrypting hard drives | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Judge says forcing man to unlock files would amount to self-incrimination.
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Well that sucks.  But it is totally in his rights.  Naturally, of course, his evasion of self-crimination leads me, and most likely all people, to believe he is guilty, so he will most likely be a social outcast forever.  Or at least until an abused child's parent takes matters into his/her own hands.

 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 25, 2013 9:43 AM
Interesting! I find it hard to believe that there isn't a programmer around who can unlock the files without the creator.
Riley Ellis's comment, April 26, 2013 6:40 PM
You'd need a large team of programmers (or several powerful computers) to figure it out. There's quite a few ways to encrypt information: http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cavp/documents/aes/aesval.html
Joel Denney's comment, April 27, 2013 3:04 PM
Can't they just hook the computer up to a random number/letter generator and let the computer spit out alphanumeric codes until one works?
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President Obama Honors the 2013 National Teacher of the Year | ED.gov Blog

President Obama Honors the 2013 National Teacher of the Year | ED.gov Blog | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
“@usedgov: “Teaching is a profession and it should be treated like one.” - President Obama http://t.co/FkNqylOKm7"
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I think it's a bit unfair to label one person as the nation's teacher of the year.  I mean, look at us!  Intel award for Math!  I'm pretty sure plenty of other epic teachers across the nation also got shafted from both state and national levels.  But, I suppose that's how awards and recognition just has to happen.  Hitchcock and Van Gogh got no recognition.

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Riley Ellis's comment, April 28, 2013 3:00 PM
There are over 7 million teachers in the US, how did we manage to pick ONE?
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CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Passes the House

CISPA Cybersecurity Bill Passes the House | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, once again passed the House of Representatives.
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But I like my internet privacy!  I don't want people to see the weird shenanigans I get up to!  Anyway, I checked some information on this, and while it is no SOPA, it still has a grim outlook for people who aren't government or private business.  It allows them to snoop on your private stuffs and you can't take legal legal action (redundancy intended), even if bad things happen because of it.

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Riley Ellis's comment, April 20, 2013 12:36 PM
Basically big companies that are tracking your every internet move (Google, Apple, Facebook etc...) have the right to go through all your information and report suspicious activity to the government without your consent. Awesome. Luckily there are programs and add-ons that will help keep your internet life private. Like DoNotTrackMe from Abine. It keeps companies from tracking you and selling your information to ad companies and whatnot. Available for all major browsers.
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White House on Jay-Z’s New Song: ‘Nothing Rhymes with Treasury’

White House on Jay-Z’s New Song: ‘Nothing Rhymes with Treasury’ | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Jay-Z says in his new song “Open Letter” that he got “White House clearance” for a trip to Cuba last week with wife Beyoncé, but White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday that President Obama had nothing to do with it.
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Pretty interesting to see how much people believe in the stuff the entertainment industry spews out.  If the White House has to say explicitly that they had nothing to do with it, then that says a lot about what people do believe.

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Joel Denney's comment, April 13, 2013 2:43 PM
This sounds like an elementary school argument. "He said"..."she said"...why would the White House give clearance for a trip to Cuba but not publicize it? Seems like it would be a feather in the DFL's hat to say that they attempted to establish cultural diplomacy with Cuba. Of course, celebrities are not that reliable...
Riley Ellis's comment, April 13, 2013 6:57 PM
"But Jay-Z put it in a song, so it must be true!" said a small but significant portion of the people who vote for our presidents.
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Obama Says North Korea Must End Its ‘Belligerent’ Tone

Obama Says North Korea Must End Its ‘Belligerent’ Tone | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama said the time has come for North Korea to end its “belligerent approach” and vowed the U.S. would defend its interests and those of its allies in the region.
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I'm slightly worried about North Korea and thier brains.  Especially Kim Jun Un.  They really should realize the age of their technology, and cool off.  We'd really "hate" to have to wipe them off the map.

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Statement by the President on the Passing of Roger Ebert | The White House

Statement by the President on the Passing of Roger Ebert | The White House | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
RT @whitehouse: Statement by President Obama on the Passing of Roger #Ebert: http://t.co/59Pzfd6cge
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Oh, wow.  Really?  He's one of those guys who is just around.  Kind of like what Michael Jackson and Elvis were.  He was a good movie critic, too.

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Senate Democrats Drop Assault Weapons Ban from Gun Bill

Senate Democrats Drop Assault Weapons Ban from Gun Bill | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Susan Walsh/AP Photo Senate Democrats today dropped a controversial proposal to ban assault weapons from a gun control bill they plan to introduce on the floor of the Senate in April.
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What I understand of this is that the Democrats are pulling the ban in order to reword it properly so that more senators will vote on it.  It will be interesting to see what comes next.

 

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Joel Denney's comment, March 22, 2013 5:48 PM
Hopefully at least a more thorough background check system with no loopholes. Seeing Paul's scoop, though, i don't know if that's going to happen. Shame, that's one part of the bill I do support strongly.
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Uncle Sam's Unlimited Plan: How the Government's Cell Phone Giveaway Is Costing You Billions | Congressman Tim Griffin

Uncle Sam's Unlimited Plan: How the Government's Cell Phone Giveaway Is Costing You Billions | Congressman Tim Griffin | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
@repcorygardner Thx 4 working with @RepTimGriffin to end free govt cell phones! #HR176 http://t.co/WNcDdZnP4T #PJNET http://t.co/kAhpJpI0Xb
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If dead people are getting free cell phones, it sounds like a bad deal to me.

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Does the Fourth Amendment cover 'the cloud'?

Does the Fourth Amendment cover 'the cloud'? | Government and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
A University of Minnesota law student has written what may be a seminal paper laying out a clear and workable framework for applying the Fourth Amendment to the data stored and manipulated in 'the cloud.' Read this article by James Urquhart on...

Via Troy Mccomas (troy48)
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Very interesting read.  I -have- wondered about searching through peoples stuff on the internet works before.

Because the founding fathers didn't have the internet.  So they couldn't put anything in the Constitution.

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Joel Denney's comment, March 15, 2013 6:18 PM
Elastic clause. Nuff said
Joel Denney's comment, March 16, 2013 11:32 PM
I would think that the Cloud would also be considered corporate property. I would think that the govt would have to subpoena Google before accessing my Google Drive. Otherwise it's just like rummaging through my parents' filing cabinet.