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An Updated Bill of Rights

An Updated Bill of Rights | Government and Law news articles | Scoop.it
The right of the people to consume alarmingly large sandwiches washed down by 16 fluid ounces of soda shall not be infringed.
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Funny, but rather alarming as well

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Joel Denney's comment, February 28, 2013 6:37 PM
Ha ha. I think Michael Bloomberg might have a problem with this one.
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Federal Judge Denies Request to Block Nativity Ban

Federal Judge Denies Request to Block Nativity Ban | Government and Law news articles | Scoop.it
A federal judge on Monday denied a request from a nonprofit group to temporarily block a ban on unattended displays in Santa Monica, Calif.
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This article is about the “fight” between the small atheist and Christian groups of Santa Monica, California. The city decided to ban most public displays in a local park, which included the traditional Christmas nativity. Funny how a small group of organized people can get their views across in this country.  

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Abby Bisgard's comment, February 24, 2013 7:17 PM
This is a very interesting article! It is crazy how a group of people can come together and get what they want
Michael Hanson's curator insight, April 23, 2014 10:49 PM

This article talks about  how a request from a non-profit group in Santa Monica, California to temporarily block bans place on unattended displays was denied, and how the ban itself was in place because of disputes over atheist and christian displays. This article related to gov. and law, because the federal action via the courts was taken to prevent this organization from getting what they wanted. 

Buster Meyer's comment, April 27, 2014 5:07 PM
This a intresting article, I don't like that a group of people can come together and get what they want! Anyone can do that!
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Constitutional Amendment: Money Is Not Speech

Constitutional Amendment: Money Is Not Speech | Government and Law news articles | Scoop.it
Corporations, like people, have a constitutional right to spend money on U.S. elections. That's what the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010.
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This story is about a political/ activist group is trying to lobby in Washington for a constitutional amendment to block/ or end direct or indirect cooperate spending on political campaigns.     

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MsHaeussinger's comment, February 14, 2013 11:15 AM
Good summary! Do you think its right for corporations to support a campaign?
Michael Hanson's curator insight, April 15, 2014 9:19 PM

This article relates to government and law because it's about the constitution. Specifically the article is about a group of a couple hundred organizations is trying to get an amendment rolling that denounces that "money is not speech". The aim of the group is to prevent the spending of funds by corporations on U.S elections.

 

Buster Meyer's comment, April 20, 2014 12:41 AM
I think it's stupid that group is trying to block direct or indirect spending.
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Bring drones out of the shadows

Bring drones out of the shadows | Government and Law news articles | Scoop.it
Sarah Holewinski says the confirmation hearings for CIA director nominee John Brennan are a chance to raise key questions about drones' impact on civilians.
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Basically, the right to freedom of the press, and for the press to even pressure the government to show private information.

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US Postal Service to cut Saturday service

US Postal Service to cut Saturday service | Government and Law news articles | Scoop.it
Steve Centanni reports from Washington, D.C.
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This video talks about the U.S. postal service, and how they will suspend Saturday deliveries due to financial cuts. The U.S. postal service is one of the remarkably few government agencies explicitly written in the constitution. The founding fathers knew that communications are one of the most critical components of basic society and government. 

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Abby Bisgard's comment, February 10, 2013 9:49 PM
I do agree that communication is very important to our country. But in order to not cut Saturday service, we need to find a way to provide financially to the Postal Service.
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Freedom Of Speech At Center Of Supreme Court Challenge On Campaign Finance Limits | Daily Ledes

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The fight over who can give money on a political campaign. The idea is that the rich get an unequal say in government because they have deeper pockets, which can easily get the attention of politicians.

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Kaysee Beckstrom's curator insight, February 27, 2013 10:44 PM

This article discusses how much money people or corporations are able to invest in political campaigns and at what point is our right to freedom of speech being severely restricted. I support freedom of speech, but I think the money being spent on campaigns could be spent on something more productive and useful.

Chelsie DeBus's curator insight, March 9, 2014 6:05 PM

This article talks about how much money corporations and normal people can spend on campaigns. It also talks about at what point is freedom  of speech being restricted, especially for campaigns. This relates to government and law because it is our own government that is talking about the restrictions that are put on our freedom of speech when it comes to politcal campaigns. 

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GOP Backs Strict Abortion Stance: No Exceptions

GOP Backs Strict Abortion Stance: No Exceptions | Government and Law news articles | Scoop.it
The Republican Party platform is set to support a Constitutional amendment banning abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest cases. Republican leaders ratified the party stance at a meeting today...
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This is just another campaign article about the rather insignificant “problem” about abortion, and the ever famous GOP. Since people seem so divided on an issue that is mostly based on deep personal beliefs, people get rather adamant about this. So it is always used to fight or support one party or another.  

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Nick Iversen's comment, February 17, 2013 4:13 PM
I feel like the decision should remain personal. Im not saying I agree with it, I am just saying there should not be a law that takes that decision away from you, especially in the case of rape or incest
Abby Bisgard's comment, February 18, 2013 1:02 AM
I believe that everyone should have the right to make a choice. Some may not agree with it, but I think women should have the opportunity to what they think is best.
Joel Denney's comment, February 28, 2013 5:59 PM
The government outlaws the murder of human beings. An infant is a human being. By current statutes, a fetus is not. Nor, for the matter, is a baby five seconds before it is born. Nothing changes biologically during birth; the baby is physiologically the same before and after. When does a fetus gain the legal right not to be killed? Scientifically speaking, the moment the mother and father's DNA fuses together in conception, a new organism is formed. Does a fetus somehow gain a soul sometime during pregnancy? That's referred to as "quickening" the fetus, and was a popular scientific theory...in the Middle Ages. You've all seen ultrasounds; there's more there than just a blob of tissue. What about mothers who've lost children in a miscarriage? By current legal definitions of biology, they didn't lose anything. Amazing how antiquated our legal interpretation of biology is.
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Votes Expected On Constitutional Amendments

The state Senate is expected to vote on two constitutional amendments on Thursday. Both measures are sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown.
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In Tennessee the state senate is working on two new amendments to the state constitution. They are about state payroll taxes, and the right for the governor to appoint judges, with legislative consent of course.   

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Communists Cheer On Obama’s Gun Grab

Communists Cheer On Obama’s Gun Grab | Government and Law news articles | Scoop.it
No surprise that the Communist Party USA, plus official voices from Communist China and Russia, endorse Obama's latest attacks on the 2nd Amendment. By William F. Jasper
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The first amendment protects the right to assemble and freedom of speech. Also the article tries to make the connection between communism and gun control (second amendment). The article largely just goes on and on about the “evils” of communism. 

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Nick Iversen's comment, February 10, 2013 2:47 PM
I guess I really didnt know the private ownership of guns was prohibited in communism, but that makes sense. Knowing that information, it makes sense that they would support this plan