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What's new on Mars: 78,000 apply to go

What's new on Mars: 78,000 apply to go | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

Leave it all behind and start anew on a planet no humans have occupied -- how does that sound?
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This whole concept really freaks me out! 78,000 people have signed up to go to Mars, and they're not coming home! Am I the only one who gets uncomfortable when I hear about this? It's great that science is working on developing life on other planets, but come 2023 there will be thousands of people boarding and leaving to never return home. Strange, right?

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Minnesota governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law

Minnesota governor signs same-sex marriage bill into law | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriages Tuesday after Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, signed a bill giving same-sex couples the right to marry.
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Way to go, Minnesota! After being the second state in the past week, along with Deleware, to legalize gay marriage, I'm proud to be living in Minnesota. 

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Face transplant recipient's goal: A kiss

Face transplant recipient's goal: A kiss | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
Carmen Tarleton received a full-face transplant in February, years after a 2007 lye attack left her disfigured.
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This one is pretty random but really cool, and really inspiring. This woman had some serious burns after her husband poured lye on her (he went to jail after a court case so hey, I guess that's relevant, right?) and it left her seriously injured. Recently she underwent a face transplant, only the 5th in history, and things are now looking up! She even has a boyfriend. :) How cute!

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Amanda Knox concedes being 'tone-deaf' in days after roommate's murder

Amanda Knox concedes being 'tone-deaf' in days after roommate's murder | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
Amanda Knox describes her strange actions after her roommate's murder as the behavior of a "tone-deaf girl in a trauma."
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After all the Amanda Knox hoopla from 2007-2009, we may have though there would be an end to all of this, unfortunately she may be up for retrial. Whether or not that'd be in the states, or in Italy, is all up to the courts. I guess that whole fifth amendment thing doesn't apply in Italy. Too bad. :( 

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Meet your new $100 bill

Meet your new $100 bill | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
For only the fourth time in history, there will be a new $100 on Oct. 8. The note has several features aimed at combating counterfeiters.
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I know this one's a bit off, but I just think it's really cool! There's a new $100 bill which will be circulating as of October 8, there are some serious changes! Mostly so it'll be nearly impossible to replicate. This is actually the 4th time in the last 20 years that the $100 bill has been changed. The more you know! (Too bad I won't get to hold in my hands) :(

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CNN video on Facebook - CNN.com Video

CNN video on Facebook - CNN.com Video
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The video summarizes how a war with North Korea would probably play out, and it doesn't look too awesome. A whole lot of work for the US and it seems we'd have to worry about making sure their citizens are safe because they are so populated around nuclear plants, it would take nearly 1/3 of our military to even try to compete with the million they have over there. Woah.

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Mason Mettler's comment, April 18, 2013 6:33 PM
I think we should just weaken North Korea's army by taking out their evil leader. Without a leader, a military can't stay together.
Emily Scheer's comment, April 21, 2013 7:42 PM
I really hope no war will be happening because it's pretty pointless. If only North Korea didn't have a crazy leader.
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House approves government funding bill

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(CNN) -- The House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday funding the government through the end of September and avoiding a partial federal shutdown, while also softening the blow of forced spending cuts.
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There's not much to this article, it's just saying they've passed another bill to get the government more money to hold them over so they don't shut down. It just needs to get signed in by Obama and then again, we wait.

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Not only Democrats are ready for Clinton - Republicans are, too

Not only Democrats are ready for Clinton - Republicans are, too | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
Washington (CNN) -- Just two months have gone by since Hillary Clinton became a private citizen and stepped out of the spotlight for the first time in decades, but already the political world is watching every move she makes in preparation for the...
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According to the article, Clinton is gearing up for the 2016 election. With the team behind her, such as the America Rising super PAC (lead by Romney's former campaign manager), she's ready to work towards the White House. This is the earliest sustained efforts in planning a campaign. Now it's all up to her whether she's planning to run or not. In other words, she's putting a platform together that will be ready for a launch if she chooses to run. Who knows, maybe we can be ready for a woman President?

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Republicans and Democrats begin budget duel universes apart (+video)

Republicans and Democrats begin budget duel universes apart (+video) | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it

by DAVID GRANT (Christian Science Monitor)

 

The Republican budget would slash health care and save the Pentagon; the Democratic plan would trim the Pentagon and add tax revenue. But Washington is still hopeful a deal can be done.

 

Republicans tore into President Obama’s health-care reform law and shielded the Pentagon from planned cuts, while Democrats will propose adding tax revenue and cutting defense spending, according to a source.

 

And this is how Mr. Obama and party leaders hope to solve the nation’s long-running battle over its financial future?  MORE


Via Michael Charney, Mason Mettler
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The differing opinions of the Democrats and Republicans is really letting the country suffer when it comes to the debt crisis and government spending. While the article mentions some serious spending cuts that could really benefit us in the long run, they are so inbetween whether they want to cut things like defense or healthcare reforms. It seems naive but maybe they can meet somewhere in the middle? Then again these are Democrats and Republicans we're talking about.

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Mason Mettler's curator insight, March 18, 2013 9:53 PM

Democrats and Republicans are very far apart on their budget idea's.  I would prefer not to cut military spending and instead cut some of the cost of the healthcare reforms.  We can't afford a weakened military due to possible retaliation from Al Queda.

MsHaeussinger's comment, March 22, 2013 12:02 PM
Fantastic story referencing the gridlock that political parties can cause!
Joel Denney's comment, March 22, 2013 5:53 PM
Although I don't want our military weakened, i do think it needs to be shrunk. We have operations in places of no threat (i.e. Germany). The military shouldn't take up such a large portion of our budget; it needs to be more efficient.
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GOP looks to red states' successes for answers

GOP looks to red states' successes for answers | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
While Republican Party leaders are knee-deep in mea culpas and issuing public floggings over election-year losses, they are heaping hosannas on the governors and statehouses out in the red states of middle America and the South.
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Although Obama won the 2012 election Rebublicans are already looking forward to 2016 with promises of a win. The article discusses plans and other promises the Republicans are hoping to use to gain the votes in the next election. The article also mentioned who may be running for the election and what they have to give to the country. As well as mentioning that Republicans are still involved in trying to decrease government involvement. I guess we'll see how that goes considering Obama did win over a few states with Republican governors. 

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DC Can Be Bipartisan —to Trash 4th Amendment

DC Can Be Bipartisan —to Trash 4th Amendment | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
Democrats and Republicans cannot agree on a budget, how to avoid the fiscal cliff, gun control, or much of anything, but there's apparently one thing they can agree on—trashing the Fourth Amendment....
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So what I'm getting from this article is that Republicans and Democrats can actually agree on something? But it's certainly not for the benefit of Americans. According to the article, the government passed reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act which allows for the government to continue to spy on people, and apparently that means the whole tapped phones, emails, facebook kind of thing. This sort of stuff really creeps me out, you know?

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Emily Scheer's comment, March 17, 2013 10:14 PM
I want the government to stay out of my things man! I don't think it's right for them to do that at all. I mean, I guess I understand, but still, I demand my privacy!
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Father of Newtown Victim: Ban Assault Weapons

Father of Newtown Victim: Ban Assault Weapons | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
Fighting tears, the father of one of the first graders slain in the Newtown, Conn. mass shooting is begging the Senate Judiciary Committee to ban assault weapons. A ban is not expected to pass Congress.
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While I know the gun ban would violate their second amendment rights, like the man said, guns used to be more for sport and less for assault unlike they are today. It's nice that he has an open mind about those who would like to continue their use for sport, but prefer an assault weapon ban to anything else. If that were me, I'd rather ban guns entirely, but at least he's keeping an open mind for those people who actually aren't lunatics.

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Mason Mettler's curator insight, March 3, 2013 6:37 PM

You are right, weapons should be used for sport, law enforcement, and the armed forces only.  Also people with a history of mental instability should not be allowed toown any kind of weapon

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University of Colorado allows students to carry guns — RT USA

University of Colorado allows students to carry guns — RT USA | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
The University of Colorado is allowing its students to carry concealed guns with them on campus.
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It seems a bit too far to me that students feel the need to carry guns around them on a school campus. I get given recent situations that it seems safe to carry a gun, to protect from any future harm. But who's to say that some nut-job won't take this too far too? I know taking guns away entirely is against their second amendment right, and the vice chancellor for student affairs did state that they need to be trained in use of their guns and this will lessen the chance of someone using their gun incorrectly, but it just all seems a little too much for me. 

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Emily Scheer's comment, March 3, 2013 9:18 PM
I understand their reasons to feel unsafe, but I do not think that carrying a concealed weapon around is the answer. I would feel more unsafe knowing my fellow classmates have guns with them. I feel like college students and guns shouldn't go together... Some people aren't quite smart or mature enough to handle weapons appropriately, and it really shouldn't be allowed.
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Minnesota hiker falls from cliff to his death near Yosemite waterfall

Minnesota hiker falls from cliff to his death near Yosemite waterfall | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
Rangers at Yosemite National Park in California recovered the body of a Minnesota man who fell to his death from a cliff near a waterfall, park officials said Tuesday in a news release.
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I know this isn't in Minnesota, but it's about a man from Minnesota so that's just as good! 73 year old Kenneth Stensby was found dead at the bottom of Vernal fall, quite similar to a case of three hikers who were also swept over the falls and found dead in 2011. I just want to say, don't get close to 317 foot waterfalls! 

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Segregated prom tradition yields to unity

Segregated prom tradition yields to unity | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
Students at Wilcox County High School in Georgia bucked 40 years of tradition by hosting their own racially integrated prom.

Via scoste26
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It's crazy to see how many people are stuck in the past, but it's nice to know that the following generation isn't as closed-minded. I guess it can be the kids that think for themselves, not the parents. 

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chjell54's curator insight, May 1, 2013 9:56 PM

I think that its a little sad to know that this tradition was recently still continuing after all these years but I am glad that the students took the step  integrate their prom. With a new generation new traditions begin and I think it is important for the students to take this step on their own.They have made the decision for themselves that they are all equal and should treat one another as equals. Its good to see that the young generation, which is our future, can still achieve great things. We are young but we are able.

Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, May 12, 2013 1:40 PM
It is great to see how people have stepped up to change rules of the past 40 years. It just shows what a group of people can do when they work together, even if they are young.
Mason Mettler's comment, May 15, 2013 1:51 PM
Don't judge because of skin color or race. God made us equal, so let us all realize that.
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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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I didn't have to read any farther than the first sentence to know this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read in my entire life. A 5 YEAR OLD GETS A RIFLE FOR HIS BIRTHDAY!? What kind of parents give their kids a gun at 5 years old, and then leaves them unattended? Oh my...

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Mason Mettler's comment, May 1, 2013 9:59 PM
What kind of parents buy guns FOR THEIR LITTLE KIDS? White trash and stupid "role models."
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Weiner 'can't say' if more photos exist

Weiner 'can't say' if more photos exist | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
(CNN) - Anthony Weiner, looking to re-enter politics after resigning in shame after a sexting scandal, couldn't say for sure Wednesday whether more lewd photos of him are poised to be released.
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You guys remember Anthony Weiner, right? The guy who sent some pretty crazy photos to a girl he'd never met, but chatted with on Facebook and Twitter? Well, he's back in the spotlight again! Not for more nudy pics, but because he's looking to get back into politics! Unfortunately there may be a bit of a set back, more pictures! He states he doesn't know whether or not there may be photos traveling around in the interweb right now. That seems a bit scary, hopefully he learned his lesson! (Don't be gross!)

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 25, 2013 9:41 AM
He's back! Thank you, Mr. Weiner for providing more fodder for what not to do as a U.S. House member.
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Presidents should share secrets with Congress

Presidents should share secrets with Congress | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
Information is power, writes Elizabeth MacKenzie Biedell, and the branch with the most secret information wins
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For many of us in this country, we feel like we aren't getting all the information we need. This is quite true, there are many things the government does hold back from us. The President tells us brief things about certain events and most of us trail off from there. With recent events like the threat of North Korea attacking, American's instantly think we are actually being threatened with their attack. Thankfully, this article discusses that things are usually blown out of proportion one way or the other. And no matter what tid bits of information we may recieve from the President, there are other people who know more, and won't share it.

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New Jersey police: 6-year-old dies a day after being shot -- by a 4-year-old

New Jersey police: 6-year-old dies a day after being shot -- by a 4-year-old | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
A 6-year-old New Jersey boy has died after being shot in the head by a 4-year-old playmate, police say.
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The title says it all, two kids playing, one gets a gun, the rest is history. I can't believe the carelessness of the parents who could somehow leave a gun out for a 4 year old to get to. It's absolutely insane. Normally I'd be furious because the parents had a gun possibly around a kid, but to leave it unattended? It's absolutely ridiculous.

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Poll: Early look at 2016 shows 5-way race for GOP nomination

Poll: Early look at 2016 shows 5-way race for GOP nomination | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- With more than two and a half years to go until the start of the next primary and caucus calendar, there's no front-runner in the battle for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
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After taking a poll by Qunnipiac University, most GOP voters would prefer a President who has served as a governor rather than a senator. According to the article, "19% of Republicans and voters who lean towards the GOP say that if their party's primary for president was held today, they'd back Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, with Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, last year's Republican vice presidential nominee, at 17%." (Steinhauser). The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted March 26-April 1, with 1,711 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. Currently the favor is being held in the Democrats hands, but we may see a change in that during the mid-term elections in 2014. It's harder to compete with someone running on the platform of same-sex marriage and open immigration ideas, given it is the 2010's.

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Mark Sanford has a woman problem

Mark Sanford has a woman problem | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
Mark Sanford's primary runoff victory was overshadowed by the appearance of his former mistress, now his fiancée.
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So, this is Mark Sanford. He's running for congress (R). He was the former governor. Things would be going pretty well for him if he hadn't spent taxpayer money on a trip to see his mistress when he was in office when he was SC governor. Even if he did get a divorce from his wife and become engaged with his former mistress, his chances are still very slim. Guess the scandals aren't just left to the celebrities. 

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Emily Scheer's comment, April 3, 2013 10:32 PM
He messed up his chance himself. It was very wrong for him to spend taxpayers money on a trip to see his mistress. COME ON. What is wrong with society? I think a trustworthy, mature person should have the Congress seat.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 7, 2013 12:44 PM
Actually, he won the Republican primary in his state. Looks like he is a viable candidate!
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Democrats Rally in a G.O.P. Stronghold

Democrats Rally in a G.O.P. Stronghold | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
Sick of Republican dominance, Democrats are trying to get off the ground, with efforts like Battleground Texas, started by operatives from the Obama campaign.
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Basically, Democrats are set and determined to get Texas to turn itself into a blue state. They're focusing a lot of time and energy to get things going at this point. I think it's a bit much, if you have a good campaign you're going to get the electoral college vote stop worrying about one state. Yeah, they're worth quite a few votes but it's just ridiculous. 

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Man invokes 5th Amendment in questions about online posting

Man invokes 5th Amendment in questions about online posting | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
The attorney for a murder defendant whose trial ended in a hung jury asked a man Thursday in court whether he was a juror in the trial and made online posts linked to news stories about the case."I assert my Fifth Amendment right," James Reeder...
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Why would anyone put the information they've been recieving from this court case online in the first place? Jury members certainly are not allowed to do that, and I think it's just common sense. I don't even see how the 5th Amendment would continue to work for him when they did find his articles online anyways. Shouldn't the jury members be unbiased and not discuss the trial outside of the courtroom too? Or maybe I've been watching too much Law & Order who knows, it just seems a bit much to me.

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Mason Mettler's comment, March 17, 2013 1:34 PM
Yeah, why would someone give the info they have seen? And you're right, the jury is not allowed to do that.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 17, 2013 4:50 PM
It seems the lawyer has fair purpose in asking for a new trial because of juror interference!
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Daily Show: Daily/Colbert: 5th Amendment

Daily Show: Daily/Colbert: 5th Amendment | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
Stephen pleads the 5th on talking up his own show.
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I know this isn't really an article, BUT it's a nearly perfect example of how the 5th Amendment can really be used! It helps when there's humor involved, right?

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Tyler Welhaven's comment, March 14, 2013 12:01 PM
I just found this one too!!! small world. I really liked it.
Caitlin Moen's comment, March 15, 2013 11:16 AM
Amen brother! It's just a solid example and it's a good laugh.
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White House Brief Foreshadows Supreme Court Arguments on Gay Marriage

White House Brief Foreshadows Supreme Court Arguments on Gay Marriage | Government And Law Scoops | Scoop.it
The White House has asked the Supreme Court to strike down a main provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, but in the legal paper filed with the judiciary it may have signaled a wider push for same-sex marriage as a constitutional right on the...
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It's nice to see there are advancements when it comes to the rights of the gay community, and the fact that they're actually being kind of fair in this process makes me even happier knowing something can be done. To quote the article, “Gays and lesbians are one of the most influential, best-connected, best-funded, and best-organized interest groups in modern politics, and have attained more legislative victories, political power, and popular favor in less time than virtually any other group in American history,” which makes me really happy to know that they are being recognized for something other than just being gay, and wanting their own rights. :)

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MsHaeussinger's comment, March 3, 2013 10:03 AM
You have GREAT stories! Find your other group members and comment on their stories, too!