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Republicans Set The Constitution Ablaze While Killing One Million American Jobs - PoliticusUSA

Republicans Set The Constitution Ablaze While Killing One Million American Jobs - PoliticusUSA | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ PoliticusUSA Republicans Set The Constitution Ablaze While Killing One Million American Jobs PoliticusUSA At the beginning of each session of Congress, every member swears a straightforward oath that they will support and defend the Constitution of...”
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I can understand that in the position of the president, going through to try to make change with the rest of of the House and Senate would be difficult. Mainly because the majority is republican. We had a period of time where we had a government shutdown just because some government officials did not get what they wanted. And also, shouldn't the parties be working together, not seeing who is more right? There should be no competition yet there is so much if it. The purpose of two political parties was to find two different views on the government in order to come down to one final comprisable solution. This article also feels largely anti-republican so I'm not sure whether or not to actually trust this one.
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The Need for U.S. Constitutional Reform - The Globalist

The Need for U.S. Constitutional Reform - The Globalist | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ A country that preaches modernization to other nations does anything but that at home.”
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It is very surprising to realize exactly how far gone the United States constitution has actually gone. This article seems to touch on the unimportant hypocrisies that built the United States.
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It's Ted Cruz's Fault! - American Thinker (blog)

It's Ted Cruz's Fault! - American Thinker (blog) | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ It's Ted Cruz's Fault! American Thinker (blog) ObamaCare has been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, in contrast to what the left asserts. Justice Roberts has cleverly allowed it to be called a tax.”
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At the same time I want to hate Obamacare, it still is needed. But mainly for the elderly. Governments and presidents nowadays are getting lazier each year, I swear.
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First Amendment to US Constitution: Right to Peaceable Assembly | David J. Shestokas

First Amendment to US Constitution: Right to Peaceable Assembly | David J. Shestokas | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ The Constitution’s First Amendment contains limits on government interference with very well known unalienable rights: religion, speech and press.”
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This article showed loopholes in even the most fundamental laws of the United States. The article turns the amendment in its head and shows how Ur can be used in a wrong way.
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07-290.pdf


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This PDF just basically went over the fundamentals of a court case and how they are all carried out.
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The USA Defaults -- on Its Constitution - Huffington Post

The USA Defaults -- on Its Constitution - Huffington Post | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ The USA Defaults -- on Its Constitution Huffington Post If anyone who has sworn an oath of office to uphold the Constitution would threaten any default by the USA when the USA has a) the revenue to meet the interest obligations on its debt and b)...”
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To say that the US defaults on its own constitution is somewhat surprising yet at the same time, not really. The government has warped the laws and rules of our country so much, the constitution is left out entirely in a free-for-all on "Who is the most right?" This article could very well explain why everything is falling apart around the country.
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Five Things Were Deleted from the Original Bill of Rights

Five Things Were Deleted from the Original Bill of Rights | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ Five Things Were Deleted from the Original Bill of Rights http://t.co/OfxuDdlOPY”;
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When I first heard about the founding of our constitution and and the found of our Bill of Rights, the exact details to the Bill of Rights were glazed over and unused. Some of Madison's policies would have made all the difference today as it would help support the economy of he country. However the other amendments he proposed were rather unnecessary. He was however looking towards the betterment of the economy. And also in relation to the gun laws, that would've caused quite an dissonance between the people of our modern era.
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Siobhan Chantigian's comment, May 22, 2014 6:52 PM
I wonder what if the bill of rights was different? What would happen if any of these were not included how much it would have changed the US today.
Annie Christofferson's comment, May 23, 2014 2:06 PM
I didn't know that there were so many other options for the bill of rights. obviously I'm sure there was some controversy in the decisions being made, but I had never really thought about it.
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Supreme Court justices skeptical of affirmative-action arguments - Washington Post

Supreme Court justices skeptical of affirmative-action arguments - Washington Post | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ Washington Post Supreme Court justices skeptical of affirmative-action arguments Washington Post Supporters of affirmative action faced an uphill battle Tuesday in convincing the Supreme Court that a Michigan constitutional amendment banning the...”
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I think that this case was highly self centered in that, racism is only significant when it is no longer a joke and it becomes a harmful presence. the fact that racism is no longer is allowed and all is fine, but due to our current social and civil standing, it's being adapted into everyday life. The pains of the past still linger, so the best thing to do is to make extensively harmful racism actions illegal. Specifics can be made by the court.
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Annie Christofferson's comment, March 29, 2014 7:12 PM
This was cool to read because it was one of the cases that we did in class. Reading it and reading what each judge said was really fun!
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Rand Paul proposes constitutional amendment barring government officials from ... - RT (blog)

Rand Paul proposes constitutional amendment barring government officials from ... - RT (blog) | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ Rand Paul proposes constitutional amendment barring government officials from ... RT (blog) Tags. Health, Law, Obama, USA.”
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To the American citizen, it is a dream come true. But it still too good to be true. And to top it all off the only people standing in the way of accomplishing that goal...is the Senate and house themselves. The chances of this passing are slim to none basing off the fact that the people this amendment is aimed at is the government officials. Maybe in a time of crisis this will be possible but until then, it's all in the distant future.
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The U.S. Government's Growing Appetite for Google Users' Data

The U.S. Government's Growing Appetite for Google Users' Data | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ Government and law enforcement demands that Google share user data are growing 25 percent every six monthsU.S. government and law enforcement agencies are increasingly asking Google to hand over data on its customers to help with investigations.”
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Kalana Kasun Ranatunga's insight:
We already had the problem with the NSA. Now we already realize that Google has been mooching all our personal information. I don't know how google can do this without realizing what their fellow followers might do. It makes our own security very insecure.
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Annie Christofferson's comment, February 23, 2014 3:12 PM
This article scares me a little bit when it talks about our security and how insecure it really is. I'm still kind of confused on what exactly Google is doing, but I don't like the sound of it. If Google indeed has been mooching and sharing personal information, what else could it do?!
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Obama Administration Proposes 2,300-Page “New Constitution ...

Obama Administration Proposes 2,300-Page “New Constitution ... | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ The Obama Administration has proposed replacing the current U.S. Constitution (4,543 words, including the signatures with a 2,300-page “new Constitution” that in the words of an administration spokesperson, “clears up the ...”
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Over the top much? Rewriting the constitution would cause more harm than actual good. And I'm not too sure the new constitution will solve this debt crisis.
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Annie Christofferson's comment, February 14, 2014 12:45 PM
This is honestly ridiculous. I don't think that a new constitution is at all necessary. If we made a new one, I think it would be more based in the struggles we have now, which might not be applicable in the future.
Ben Flinchbaugh's comment, February 16, 2014 8:26 PM
Rewriting the constitution is not okay. Like both Annie and Kasun said, this is would cause more harm than good. I think Obama needs to focus on other issues rather than rewriting our constitution that has been working perfectly fine since we became a country.
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USA Vice Presidents Quiz

USA Vice Presidents Quiz | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ This fun USA Vice Presidents Quiz will test your knowledge of the 47 individuals who have held the second highest office in the country. Did you know that four United States presidents served terms without vice presidents?”
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I am very sure I would fail this quiz.
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Justices, 9-0, Bar Patenting Human Genes

Justices, 9-0, Bar Patenting Human Genes | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ The ruling will shape the course of research and testing, and it may alter the willingness of businesses to invest in understanding genetic material.”
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This sounds close to GMOs except, well, dealing with humans. And making money off of it as well. It's no wonder why the Supreme Court barred to patent human genes. It's just wrong.
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Piers Morgan: The Second Amendment was clumsily written, it’s time for a debate to rephrase it

Piers Morgan: The Second Amendment was clumsily written, it’s time for a debate to rephrase it | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ .@piersmorgan, British citizen, disagrees with both the Bible and the Constitution, therefore they must be changed. http://t.co/WRzsbUK0qG”;
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When I read the title I felt slightly offended. Hearing Morgan's reasoning though, I can agree with him. We may need to rephrase the whole constitution at this rate.
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First Amendment to the Constitution: Freedom of the Press | David J. Shestokas

First Amendment to the Constitution: Freedom of the Press | David J. Shestokas | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ Like Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech, in the United States the concept of Freedom of the Press as it developed has been uniquely American. Along (RT @Law1782: US Freedom of the Press was an exceptional, radical idea, unlike anything before:...”
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Another revision of the first amendment with loopholes. Although it feel like the article is rephrasing the amendment just a bit.
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District of Columbia v. Heller - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

District of Columbia v. Heller

District of Columbia v. Heller Argued March 18, 2008 Decided June 26, 2008 Full case name District of Columbia, et al. v. Dick Anthony Heller Docket nos. 07-290 Citations 554 U.S. 570 (more ) Prior history Provisions of the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 infringe an individual's right to bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment.


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So the Barack Obama vs. the NRA was a rerun of this event? Again I really wish presidents would learn from the past and not just disregard pieces of it which are actually very important. It would make every politician seem at least a little more decent.
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US Supreme Court to review death penalty IQ rule

US Supreme Court to review death penalty IQ rule | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ More than a decade after the Supreme Court ruled that the states that practice the death penalty should spare the mentally impaired, the justices will take up a case that may lead to a clearer defining of who falls into the category and who does not.”
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I really hate this hypocritical rule to begin with. It ensures that if you have an IQ of 70 or below, all murders or crimes that you have committed will be forgotten. Assuming you didn't know any better. I'm pretty sure that average children ages 8+ have an IQ above 60 and know the difference between life and death of a human being, presuming they don't Call of Duty or fps shooters along those lines. Common sense really plays a factor into this, everyone has it and therefore should be no excuse for letting someone go for killing someone.
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PORTSMOUTH POINT: A Light Is Extinguished: Remembering JFK

PORTSMOUTH POINT: A Light Is Extinguished: Remembering JFK | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it

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If there is one thing that I would like is why can't our current president be anywhere close to this one? Can our presidents learn from our past and set an example as JFK did? If Barack Obama follows the same plan as JFK, maybe we can just turn our gigantic national debt around for the better. In my honest opinion, he was one of the best presidents we have ever had.
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Annie Christofferson's comment, May 23, 2014 2:07 PM
I agree with you, Kasun. it seems like the presidents of the past get a lot more glory and praise and I wonder if it's because they actually did better than current ones or if it's just because they're gone and we can see the outcome of their work.
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Free Technology for Teachers: The Bill of Rights in 30 Seconds and ...

Free Technology for Teachers: The Bill of Rights in 30 Seconds and ... | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ Unlike a lot of "flipped classroom videos" Keith's videos are upbeat and engaging. After watching his Government Shutdown for Dummies video I saw one of Keith's older videos for the first time. The Bill of Rights in 30 Seconds ...”
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The video is really worth the watch. It's a good way to remember the bill of rights. I like it.
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Siobhan Chantigian's comment, April 12, 2014 6:20 PM
Wow that was a really fast way to remember the bill of rights. I think if they slowed down the video just a touch it would be better, but using the hands makes it way easier to remember. This was work the watch
Annie Christofferson's comment, April 12, 2014 9:26 PM
This was a nice refresher on the Bill of Rights. Even though we just did them in class, I had forgotten some of them, and this summed it up nicely. :)
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Amendment I to the US Constitution: An Overview | David J. Shestokas

Amendment I to the US Constitution: An Overview | David J. Shestokas | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ The US Constitution grants enumerated powers to the central government. The drafters believed enumerating the powers limited the government. During (RT @Law1782: Just 1% of Americans know the 5 Rights in 1st Amendment Do you?”
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This is basically talking about our founding first amendment. It summarizes what was going on during the time the constution was ratified and signed.
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Supreme Court To Review Case Of Mentally Challenged Man On Death Row - News One

Supreme Court To Review Case Of Mentally Challenged Man On Death Row - News One | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ New York Times Supreme Court To Review Case Of Mentally Challenged Man On Death Row News One On Monday, the Supreme Court announced it will oversee a Florida death row case involving a mentally challenged man who was convicted of killing a pregnant...”
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The fact that it took eleven years to come to that decision is truly astonishing. Mental retarded or not, murder is still murder. If the intention was to kill, whether you are retarded or Stephen Hawking, the death sentence is one that is highly applicable. It is true that there times where a person is not in their right mind. I don think it is fair to say to let someone live when they killed two beings simultaneously. The mother and the child.
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11 of the weirdest US drinking laws

11 of the weirdest US drinking laws | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ In which we discuss which US laws relating to booze are the most strange and asinine. And then tell you how to save money on your car insurance.”
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These are very strange drinking laws. Are they strictly implied or are they actual laws that society abides by. Meaning the general population of the United States.
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Bill of Rights Pt. 1 (Principles of the Constitution Series)

Bill of Rights Pt. 1 (Principles of the Constitution Series) | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
This is the fifth episode in our Principles of the Constitution Mini-Series. In this lesson we focus on the first half of the Bill of Rights, also known as t...
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Isn't the president currently in hot water because of this issue?
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US judge says NSA phone surveillance is lawful - Reuters

US judge says NSA phone surveillance is lawful - Reuters | Government and Law, Kasun Ranatunga | Scoop.it
“ Washington Post US judge says NSA phone surveillance is lawful Reuters In a 54-page decision, Pauley dismissed an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit contending that the NSA collection of "bulk telephony metadata" violated the bar against...”
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Interesting...
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