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More spin than solutions as spending cuts near--Obama's the spinster&the media repeats his lies

More spin than solutions as spending cuts near--Obama's the spinster&the media repeats his lies | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama and GOP rivals rely on spin versus substance in trying to prod Congress into action to avert forced spending cuts.

Via littlebytesnews
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I think that this whole spending cut scenario is becoming pretty ridiculous. I don't understand why the officials can't just come to an agreement. It seems like they don't realize that if they don't make a decision they'll be effected by the consequences as well.  I think it's kind of strange too that Obama wants to cut more important things instead of cutting less important things, which wouldn't be so hard on the economy.  Overall, it will be nice when they finally come to an agreement.

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Brianna Moore's curator insight, February 27, 2013 6:06 PM

Two more days left until the spending cuts kick in! I think it is crazy that Government officials and Military leaders attempted to warn congress about the consequences that they would face if they did not agree on an alternative. Our economy is already in a bad spot, recovering form recession.

Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, February 27, 2013 11:09 PM
I will be so relieved when the spending cuts and what not are finally agreed upon. Unless they never agree on it, in which case, that will really stink. But at this point, nothing congress does will make the public happy, so just choose the lesser of the evils and be done with it.
Chris Grimm's comment, March 7, 2013 2:25 PM
I think its interesting that we never had any of these spending problems until Obama came into office... and it's largely because of his medicare money and other government funded programs that allow people to get away with milking the system and not having to work. Kaysee, I agree with you. It bothers me that they (congress) is so split and can't make up their mind. They just need to get it over with and come up with something.
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Singer of metal band As I Lay Dying accused of California murder-for-hire plot

Singer of metal band As I Lay Dying accused of California murder-for-hire plot | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says 32-year-old Tim Lambesis was arrested Tuesday in Oceanside.
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This article is about how the singer of the metal band, As I Lay Dying, supposed attempted to hire a hit man to kill his wife.  I find this article interesting because I'm familiar with the band, but don't know a whole lot about the members.  Hopefully, it turns out that he didn't do this, that would be a shame if he did.  There aren't a whole lot of details as of right now.  It will be interesting to see what happens.

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Jacob Carlson's comment, May 11, 2013 4:24 PM
I was very surprised when I saw this. No one saw this coming, especially since the band is a portrayed Christian band, which makes this harder to believe. So far its looking like the evidence is saying he did hire someone to kill his estranged wife. I'm interested to see what happens with the bands future.
Chris Grimm's comment, May 12, 2013 6:44 PM
wow, you guys are right. even though I've never heard of the band and don't listen to that kind of music, that is hard to believe that something like that could happen...
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Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder; death penalty possible

Jodi Arias guilty of first-degree murder; death penalty possible | Government and law current events 3c | 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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This article is about how Jodi Arias from Arizona was found guilty of first degree murder of her ex-boyfriend back in 2008.  I find this case to stand out especially because she says that she would prefer the death penalty, rather than life in prison.  She claims that death is the ultimate freedom, so she would rather get the freedom sooner than later.  The court still has to decide what the punishment will be. It will be interesting to see what happens.

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Jacob Carlson's comment, May 11, 2013 4:27 PM
I am too interested to see what they decide to do for her sentence. She seems to be a pretty psychotic person who might just be saying she wants the death penalty for attention. I personally don't care whether she gets the death penalty or life in prison.
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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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This article is about a 5 year old boy from Kentucky that accidentally shot and killed his 2 year old sister with a .22 caliber rifle that he got for his birthday.  It's too bad to hear that things like these happen.  Parents should probably think things through better before they just give their 5 year old a gun for their birthday.  

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Police: Woman charged over poisoned juice at California Starbucks store

Police: Woman charged over poisoned juice at California Starbucks store | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
A California woman who allegedly planted two bottles of tainted juice at a San Jose Starbucks has been charged with attempted murder, police said Tuesday.
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This article is about a woman who put bottles of juice that contained rubbing alcohol into a Starbucks store in California.  The woman is being charged with attempted murder.  I find this very strange that someone would even think of doing something like this.  Hopefully she receives the consequences she deserves.

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Official: Two men sought as possible suspects in Boston bombing

Official: Two men sought as possible suspects in Boston bombing | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
Investigators ask for authorities in tracking down 2 men who they consider "possible suspects," a law enforcement official said.
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This article is about how there might be two men considered possible suspects for the bombing during the Boston marathon.  I think it's a shame that things like this keep happening, and I hope that whoever did this, is caught and are pentalized for doing this.   

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House committee votes in favor of pro-business cyber security bill

House committee votes in favor of pro-business cyber security bill | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
A House panel voted overwhelmingly Wednesday in favor of a new data-sharing program that would give the federal government a broader role in helping banks, manufacturers and other businesses protect themselves against cyberattacks.
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This article is about the House committee passing a bill that will help protect businesses against cyber attacks.  I think that this is a good bill that they passed.  It is good for businesses to know that they have a larger sense of security over the internet.  Hopefully this bill helps businesses drastically.  

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Jacob Carlson's comment, April 13, 2013 6:03 PM
I agree that this is a good bill to pass. With the internet becoming more prevalent in businesses, I think its a good idea to have cyber protection for businesses. The last thing we want is to have banks get cyber attacked and cause a nationwide crisis. I'm glad to see this bill being passed.
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North Korea nears 'dangerous line,' Hagel says

North Korea nears 'dangerous line,' Hagel says | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
U.S. and South Korean officials have warned that North Korea could carry out a missile test at any point.
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This article is about North Korea making threats about missles to the US.  I think that North Korea is making a mistake by making all of these missle threats.  If they continue to make threats, I think that the US should take action and put an end to their threats.

 

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Obama: 'Peace is possible,' but see the world as Palestinians do

Obama: 'Peace is possible,' but see the world as Palestinians do | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
President Obama calls on Israelis to see the world through the eyes of Palestinians in a speech in Jerusalem.
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This article talks about Obama speaking out to the people of Jerusalem to try and help the Israelis make peace with the Palestinians.  They are currently in a stalled peace process.  

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MsHaeussinger's comment, March 24, 2013 2:00 PM
The peace process has been ongoing since Israel's creation in 1948. Hopefully the coming threat of a nuclear-armed Iran will prompt Israel to make peace with the Palestinians. If Obama brokers the peace, it will be his greatest acommplishment.
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Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio named new pope

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio named new pope | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
A plume of black smoke billowed from the Vatican on Tuesday, indicating cardinals have not yet chosen a successor for Pope Benedict XVI on the first day of conclave.
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This article is about the new Catholic Pope.  He is a 76 year old man from Argentina, and is the first pope from the Americas.  He chose the name Francis.

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Chris Grimm's curator insight, March 14, 2013 9:06 PM

I think that the new pope being named is really exciting. I think that no matter what religon you are you can find it interesting because the pope (whoever it is) provides a leadership to so many people and provides a very large influence to the world. we can now say that this situation is no long popeless for we now have a pope!

Blake Gatzke's comment, March 16, 2013 2:11 PM
I agree with Sam and Chris. I am glad that they came to a quick decision about who the new pope. I find it cool that he is the first non European Pope in 1000 years. The pope is a symbol of peace to the world, no matter what your religion is.
Jacob Carlson's comment, March 16, 2013 4:13 PM
I definitely find the choice of the pope interesting since for decades the pope has always been from Europe. I agree with Blake that the choice of an Argentine Cardinal is pretty cool and is a neat change. I'm interested to see how he will do as the new pope.
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Congress Is Quietly Abandoning The 5th Amendment

Congress Is Quietly Abandoning The 5th Amendment | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it

Congress has turned its back on safeguarding a core Constitutional protection and a centuries old requirement of Western justice.
 

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This article talks about the 5th amendment and how we are imprisoning people without pressed charges or trial.  I don't think that criminals should be put back on the streets, but I don't think that they should sit in prison for years without charges or a trial.

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Jacob Carlson's comment, March 16, 2013 4:20 PM
I think its sad that the government is simply starting to disregard the 5th amendment. We have a constitution for a reason and I think should be followed at all times unless we decide there needs to be changes. I agree with Chris that its wrong to have prisoners sit in prison waiting for a trial.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 17, 2013 4:52 PM
I think the loophole that Congress might argue is that the Bill of Rights applies only to American citizens? It is a bit of a stretch but it could be viable.
Emily Scheer's comment, March 17, 2013 10:13 PM
The constitution should probably be followed thoroughly, I mean they went through so much trouble writing it. Also, I think the fifth amendment is kind of too important to just throw away.
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U.S. says U.N. sanctions 'will bite' after North Korea threatens nuclear attack

U.S. says U.N. sanctions 'will bite' after North Korea threatens nuclear attack | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed tougher sanctions against North Korea Thursday targeting the secretive nation's nuclear program.
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This article talks about how North Korea threatens to strike a nuclear attack on the United States.  In reality, they don't have the technology now, and won't for a long time to even pull this off. I personally don't think that North Korea will go through with this.  The article says that there are talks of military survelliance near the borders to ensure things stay under control.  I think that that would be a good idea if things start to escalate more.  Realistically though, I think that North Korea is just trying to scare the United States.

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Jacob Carlson's comment, March 9, 2013 5:52 PM
I think North Korea needs to be retaliated in some way after the threat them made. I personally don't think they'll go through with the attacks, but I don't think they should be able to get away with making nuclear threats. Its good to hear that North Korea is years away from being able to make nuclear weapons, but I still think we should keep in mind the threats they made.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 10, 2013 4:49 PM
I don't know if we could do much more to sanction their actions, we have no diplomatic relations and they are not allowed to trade with most of the world. Aside from attacking them, there is not much left.
Chris Grimm's comment, March 10, 2013 8:58 PM
Ms. H I agree. maybe the whole world should just blow them up? Or maybe that's a little extreme.
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More spin than solutions as spending cuts near--Obama's the spinster&the media repeats his lies

More spin than solutions as spending cuts near--Obama's the spinster&the media repeats his lies | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama and GOP rivals rely on spin versus substance in trying to prod Congress into action to avert forced spending cuts.

Via littlebytesnews
Sam Bass's insight:

I think that this whole spending cut scenario is becoming pretty ridiculous. I don't understand why the officials can't just come to an agreement. It seems like they don't realize that if they don't make a decision they'll be effected by the consequences as well.  I think it's kind of strange too that Obama wants to cut more important things instead of cutting less important things, which wouldn't be so hard on the economy.  Overall, it will be nice when they finally come to an agreement.

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Brianna Moore's curator insight, February 27, 2013 6:06 PM

Two more days left until the spending cuts kick in! I think it is crazy that Government officials and Military leaders attempted to warn congress about the consequences that they would face if they did not agree on an alternative. Our economy is already in a bad spot, recovering form recession.

Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, February 27, 2013 11:09 PM
I will be so relieved when the spending cuts and what not are finally agreed upon. Unless they never agree on it, in which case, that will really stink. But at this point, nothing congress does will make the public happy, so just choose the lesser of the evils and be done with it.
Chris Grimm's comment, March 7, 2013 2:25 PM
I think its interesting that we never had any of these spending problems until Obama came into office... and it's largely because of his medicare money and other government funded programs that allow people to get away with milking the system and not having to work. Kaysee, I agree with you. It bothers me that they (congress) is so split and can't make up their mind. They just need to get it over with and come up with something.
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Rick Santorum Lists President Obama’s Constitutional Violations :: Minute Men News

Rick Santorum Lists President Obama’s Constitutional Violations :: Minute Men News | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
By Rick Santorum: President Obama’s announcement last week on his plans to make sweeping changes to our nation’s gun laws by presidential executive (Prepare to Take America Back
A few of you have sent links that list Obama's violation of the...
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I think that it is very strange that Obama is trying to change so many things that clearly go against the constitution.  I think that the most surprising one that he is trying to change is the ability for civilians to have firearms.  I feel that if he keeps trying to change too many things, there will be some very unhappy citizens and that people will stop supporting him so much.

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Blake Gatzke's comment, March 3, 2013 3:13 AM
I also agree with Sam. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land and it is the presidents job to defend the constitution, not change it.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 3, 2013 10:30 AM
Nice story - Obama's Constitutional violations are certainly present, as every President has been guilty of this to some extent. Consider the source's perspective - MinuteMen News tends to be very conservative, and while their info is definitely fact-based, their perspective may not be balanced. Just something to keep in mind when looking at ANY news source, whether its from the liberal or conservative end of the spectrum.
Jacob Carlson's comment, March 3, 2013 7:23 PM
I find it funny that I also read a different article that talked about Obama violating the Constitution. The gun control situation is no doubt a tough one to deal with and I feel like Obama needs to be more careful with his solutions, as well as all of the other conflicts occurring currently.
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Delaware, Continuing a Trend, Becomes the 11th State to Allow Same-Sex Unions

Delaware, Continuing a Trend, Becomes the 11th State to Allow Same-Sex Unions | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
The bill passed the State Senate by a 12-to-9 vote and the governor quickly signed it, making Delaware the 11th state to permit same-sex marriages.
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This article is about how the state of Delaware, is now the 11th state that is permitting same-sex marriages.  The bill was passed by a 12 to 9 vote Tuesday.  Gay couples will be eligible for the marriage liscense July 1st.  This has been a long lasting issue, as to whether or not gay marriage should be legal, and Delaware has made up its mind.

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North Korea reportedly sentences detained American to hard labor

North Korea reportedly sentences detained American to hard labor | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
DEVELOPING: North Korea says it has sentenced a detained American to 15 years of hard labor.
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This article is about how an American citizen was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor by Korea.  This is not the first time that a U.S. citizen has been sentenced like this during nuclear standoff.  Hopefully the government will be able to help in some way. It will be interesting to see what happens.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, May 2, 2013 10:51 AM
Interesting as to what an American citizen was doing in North Korea in the first place?!
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Tsarnaev lawyer keeps hated criminals off death row

Tsarnaev lawyer keeps hated criminals off death row | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
Judy Clarke, considered the nation's foremost experts on keeping clients off death row, joins accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense team.
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This article talks about the nation's foremost expert of defending horrible criminals, taking on the job of trying to keep the Boston Bomber off of death row.  She has worked with many clients like him and has kept them off of death row.  She sees life sentences as a victory.  It will be interesting to see what she is able to do, but I personally believe that if the death penalty is an option for him, that would be the most appropriate punishment.

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Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
An explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant Wednesday night in the area of West, Texas, sending a massive fireball into the sky and causing dozens of injuries, officials said.
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This article is about an explosion that happened in a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas.  The explosion caused a massive fireball to be shot into the sky causing a lot of injurys.  Hospitals recieved about 100 patients due to the blast.  The nearby areas were evacuated due to fear of another explosion.

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Chris Grimm's curator insight, April 18, 2013 11:49 AM

Explosion in a fertilizer plant?? That makes big boom. This article talks about the huge explosion that happened right outside Waco Texas, sending at least 100 people to the hospital and an evacuation of 2600 people.

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US Senate rejects expanded background checks on gun buyers

US Senate rejects expanded background checks on gun buyers | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
PRESIDENT Barack Obama says the Senate's opposition to a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun buyers marks a "shameful day'' in Washington.

Via Webgrrl
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This article talks about how the US Senate rejected the bill that would expand background checks on buyers of weapons.  He is very upset that this did not pass.  I don't really understand why it didn't pass, I would much rather have stricter background checks than ban guns in general.

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Webgrrl's curator insight, April 17, 2013 6:52 PM

PRESIDENT Barack Obama says the Senate's opposition to a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun buyers marks a "shameful day'' in Washington. He says a minority of senators decided ``it wasn't worth it'' to protect the nation's children.

Webgrrl's comment, April 18, 2013 4:12 AM
im shocked too! but then im shocked at a lot of things that people do and don't do :(
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Worst PC sales drop in history

Worst PC sales drop in history | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
IDC says PC shipments fell 14% worldwide last quarter, for the worst yearly decline in history.
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This article is about how the sales of PC's have dropped drastically.  It will be interesting to see what happens to some of these PC companies.

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Jacob Carlson's comment, April 13, 2013 6:08 PM
I've never really paid any attention to PC sales, so I definitely wasn't aware that PC sales have gone down that much over the last couple years. I'm also interested to see if PC companies are going to stay alive.
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NRA sues over New York gun control

NRA sues over New York gun control | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
The National Rifle Association's New York state affiliate filed a federal lawsuit contesting the constitutionality of the SAFE Act.
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This article talks about the NRA filing a law suit over New York's firearm laws.  It alters the system by making it illegal to purchase a magazine that can hold more than 7 rounds rather than ten.  I think that this is completely unnecessary and I hope that the NRA wins their case.  I don't understand why people are so set on thinking that limiting the number of rounds per magazine will supposedly reduce crime.  What's next, are people going to propose that a magazine with more than 3 rounds is too dangerous? I just don't get it.

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Jacob Carlson's comment, March 22, 2013 2:24 PM
I agree with Sam that its getting ridiculous that people are getting worked up about a gun holding ten rounds. I don't think that reducing the limit to 7 rounds is going to change a single thing. I think people are worrying about the little things about guns and not looking at the big picture; how to stop criminals and mentally ill people from getting guns.
Chris Grimm's comment, March 23, 2013 2:22 PM
So I'm sure you all know what my stand on this would be. I think this is nothing less than ridiculous. the ban didn't go through so i don't think New York should act like it did. it's been shown that areas with more people owning guns actually decreases the crime rate so I'm not really sure what NY thinks their trying to accomplish...?
Joel Denney's comment, March 23, 2013 2:25 PM
Chris, what study did you look at, I'm curious.
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Political parties must trust voters

Whenever a political party finds itself in a self-created crisis, the common diagnosis is that its ills are a product of the public losing trust in that party. This is true of the Conservatives in the 1990s, of Blair’s Labour Party in the aftermath of the Iraq invasion and the Scottish Liberal Democrats following their electoral annihilation in 2011.


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I agree that political parties must trust the voters.  If they don't trust the voters, why should the voters trust them?  The parties must give the voters a reason to trust them.  Also, being too defensive isn't a good thing.

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Joel Denney's comment, March 22, 2013 5:51 PM
After the last 16 years, with Presidential approval (along with Congressional approval) in the tank, I'm not surprised. Politicians have simply not been able to get their act together, and society does not trust them anymore. I think the problem is that there are very few influential people in the middle of the aisle; both parties are becoming more extreme--or at least, the more talkative/influential people in both parties are. A real centrist party would be great, but I feel as though it'll never gain political power.
Chris Grimm's comment, March 23, 2013 2:34 PM
I agree with Joel that I am not surprised that politicians don't trust voters despite the fact of how sad I think it is. I think that part of the problem is that voters don't trust most of what politicians say because we don't have the capability of understanding what they say is true and what is bent and twisted truth. Amazing the kind of mess America has been able to find itself in
Tanner Schatzel's comment, March 24, 2013 8:31 AM
I think that political parties need to trust voters because that is who elects them in to the positions that they are in. I understand why they might be weary, but I still think that they need to be trusted.
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9th Circuit Appeals Court: 4th Amendment Applies At The Border; Also: Password Protected Files Shouldn't Arouse Suspicion | Techdirt

9th Circuit Appeals Court: 4th Amendment Applies At The Border; Also: Password Protected Files Shouldn't Arouse Suspicion | Techdirt | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it

Here's a surprise ruling. For many years we've written about how troubling it is that Homeland Security agents are able to search the contents of electronic devices, such as computers and phones at the border, without any reason. The 4th Amendment only allows reasonable searches, usually with a warrant. But the general argument has long been that, when you're at the border, you're not in the country and the 4th Amendment doesn't apply. This rule has been stretched at times, including the ability to take your computer and devices into the country and search it there, while still considering it a "border search," for which the lower standards apply. Just about a month ago, we noted that Homeland Security saw no reason to change this policy.

Well, now they might have to.

In a somewhat surprising 9th Circuit ruling (en banc, or in front of the entire set of judges), the court ruled that the 4th Amendment does apply at the border, that agents do need to recognize there's an expectation of privacy, and cannot do a search without reason. Furthermore, they noted that merely encrypting a file with a password is not enough to trigger suspicion. This is a huge ruling in favor of privacy rights.

The ruling is pretty careful to strike the right balance on the issues. It notes that a cursory review at the border is reasonable:

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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This article discusses how the 4th amendment is used at the border.  Homeland security can search you at the border without a warrant because it is not inside of the country.  However, now this might have to be changed which would allow an automatic border search.  I think that if there is a warrent for someone, they should be searched at the border before being allowed to pass through.  

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Jacob Carlson's curator insight, March 13, 2013 5:33 PM

This article dicussed how the 4th amendment doesn't apply to you when you're at the border. Homeland Security saw no reason to change this policy but now the court ruled the 4th amendment does apply at the border. I agree that the 4th amendment should apply to you even at the border and I'm glad to see it get changed. I think that if you have a warrant and are at the border, you should automatically get searched.

Chris Grimm's comment, March 14, 2013 9:24 PM
I can definitely see how they found it okay to search places by the border without a warrant, however I personally believe that if they find something that important to be looking at then they should take the time to get a warrant.
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Bin Laden's son-in-law captured, charged in US with conspiring to kill Americans

Bin Laden's son-in-law captured, charged in US with conspiring to kill Americans | Government and law current events 3c | Scoop.it
A senior congressman says U.S. officials have captured Usama bin Laden's spokesman in Jordan. 
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This article talks about how the United States captured Bin Laden's son-in-law after he made made threats to kill Americans.  They brought him to court and are questioning him further about his threats.  He is expected to appear in court in New York on Friday to face charges.  I think that he should be punished for the threats and that the US should keep a close watch on him.

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Blake Gatzke's comment, March 10, 2013 8:54 AM
I agree with Sam that he should be punished for the threats that he has made against the U.S. I would be angry too, if a country killed someone in my family.
Chris Grimm's comment, March 10, 2013 8:51 PM
I agree with both of you. I think that if Bin Laden's son-in-law did give threats to Americans they shouldn't be taken lightly. however, like Blake said, who wouldn't be mad if some government killed a relative of yours? Even still, being that he is related to Bin Laden I think that it is defiantly something that shouldn't be taken very lightly
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Background checks, permanent records needed for all firearm transfers, not just gun sales by retailers, experts urge

Gun violence in the United States can be substantially reduced if Congress expands requirements for background checks on retail gun sales to cover firearm transfers between private parties, a new report concludes.

Via Blake Gatzke
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I think that this makes complete sense.  A great solution to this gun violence issue would be to make better background checks.  I believe that this would keep the weapons out of the hands of criminals and others that would be deemed unacceptable to own a firearm.  This article also talks about how all of this gun violence debating happened after Sandy Hook shooting.  I think that that may be a good reason to react so much over the weapon violence, but at the same time I feel like the government is taking some of the possible solutions too far.

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Blake Gatzke's curator insight, March 7, 2013 1:46 AM

Finally,  something that makes sense.  Having stricter background checks would help reduce the number of firearms that fall into the hands of criminals, because it would make sure that the person purchasing the gun can legally do so.  This article also goes on to say that Sandy Hook intensified peoples perspective of guns, even though gun violence is an everyday issue.  If Sandy hook would have never happened there wouldn't be so much talk about gun control. Coincidence?  I think not.

Chris Grimm's comment, March 7, 2013 2:18 PM
I would say that this is a good idea. More strict background checks on people buying guns would defiantly help with the shootings we are trying to cease. Taking away guns from people who should have the right to have them because they are mature enough to have them isn't right, but taking them away from those who don't deserve them is part of what I think should be done.
Jacob Carlson's comment, March 9, 2013 5:45 PM
I agree that this solution to gun control makes more sense than some of the other ideas people have come up with. I agree that background checks will definitely help keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill people, criminals, etc. This will also allow people who are mentally stable to still purchase guns.
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Attorney General Greg Abbott denounces gun-control efforts in speech to Texas State Rifle Association

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Attorney General Greg Abbott said the best way to deal with gun violence is to put more firearms in the hands of citizens.

Via littlebytesnews, Blake Gatzke
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I think that this article shows some great ways to help prevent gun violence.  I really think that our president needs to consider some of these ideas.  It seems to me that he thinks that blaming things on the weapons will help solve this problem by removing them.  I would have to disagree with that.  The criminals are the ones responsible for these crimes that are happening, not the weapons.  Realistically, I believe that if he takes away people's firearms and taking away their right to self defense, there will be more trouble than there already is.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, February 23, 2013 7:37 PM

I agree, those who are armed are better protected than those who are not. If police are armed why shouldn't we? By the time the police show up a crime has already been committed! 

Blake Gatzke's curator insight, February 27, 2013 9:09 PM

I think this article is very insightful because it gives great examples of how the president should really deal with gun control.  They should stop putting the blame on guns and start putting it on the criminals that use them.  They are using the tragedy in Connecticut to blame guns.  The topic they should really be focusing on is the country's mental health system and policies.  Guns need to stop being glorified in video games and movies.