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5th signal detected 'not likely' from MH370 black boxes, officials say

5th signal detected 'not likely' from MH370 black boxes, officials say | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Elevated hopes that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 might soon be found were tempered when a search agency said the latest signal probably isn't from the plane.
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2014- Week 14

 

Hopes that the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was found were crushed when the search agency said that the latest signal probably wasn't from the plane. The signal detected was decided to be very unlikely to be related to the aircraft black boxes. The Australian chief search coordinator said that there has been no breakthrough in the search from the plane. Malaysian government officials discovered new information about the flight that leads aviation analysts to believe that someone in the cockpit was directing the plane away from land. Australian officials say that the signal detected was not consistent with those produced by the planes and was most likely created by something manmade. The search party has narrowed down the search area for the plane to about a few hundred square miles in the Indian Ocean.

 

I think that the disappearance of the airline is tragic and very odd. It baffles me that an entire jet full of people can vanish without a trace. I think the signals detected could potentially be a start in finding the location of the plane and giving peace of mind to the families of those on board. I can only hope that the search is successful soon before the pinger batteries die and there is no more signal emitted by the flight recorders locator.

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Ukrainian forces pull out of Crimea

Ukrainian forces pull out of Crimea | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
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2014- Week 12


Ukrainian troops are leaving Crimea after Russian forces reportedly stormed a Ukrainian naval ship in Western Crimea. Ukraine's interim president ordered the military pullout due to the Russian threats to the lives of military staff and their families. Nato's military commander warned that Russian forces on Ukraine's eastern borders were capable of mounting an operation all the way to Moldova. Russia's annexation of Crimea on March 16th came after protesters overthrew pro-Kremlin President Viktor Yanukovych. Russia claims that it acted to protect its compatriots in Crimea from fascists moving in from mainland Ukraine. The United States and the European Union have responded with a series of sanctions that target individuals who the believe to be involved in the annexation of Crimea.


I think pulling out Ukrainian troops in Crimea was the best thing to do in order to prevent unnecessary harm caused by the Russians. The annexation of Crimea sets a bad precedent for Russia. I find the whole Russia/Crimea issue to be extremely confusing but it seems to me like it is like the USSR happening all over again.


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DC Council Votes to Eliminate Jail Time for Marijuana Possession

DC Council Votes to Eliminate Jail Time for Marijuana Possession | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
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2014- Week 10

 

   Washington, D.C. is taking steps toward the decriminalization of marijuana. The mayor of D.C. is going to sign a bill, which would partially decriminalize marijuana by imposing fines rather than jail time. The District is following after 17 states that are taking similar actions. The District stopped short of legalizing marijuana due to the input of parents and police officials who raised concerns. Even with D.C.’s different rules of governance, it is not believed that federal lawmakers will intervene with the passage of the bill. It is unclear how the overlap of local and federal government will effect enforcement, especially in public parks like the National Mall. Decriminalization efforts have been popular primarily because they are an expansion of civil liberties. Proponents of the bill realize that when it is abused, Marijuana can be harmful. More importantly they realize the affect a marijuana related arrest could have on the life of a young person. The Elections Board could decide as early as Wednesday on the bill, which would allow people 21 or older to possess as much as two ounces of marijuana for personal use and grow up to three plants at home.

   I think D.C. is definitely taking good steps towards the decriminalization of marijuana. If such an important area of the country takes forward moving actions, it is very possible that other states will follow suit. One drug charge as a young person can essentially ruin your entire future. Switching from jail time to just civil fines could be very beneficial to those who are caught with marijuana. Rather than ruining their lives they will just be given a brief punishment. I am very interested to see how the enforcement of this bill goes. The fact that marijuana will be legal under D.C. law but not federal law could be very tricky, especially since the federal government owns so much of D.C. Overall I think that the legalization of marijuana would be beneficial for tax purposes and many other things.

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Egypt cabinet resigns unexpectedly

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2014- Week 8


  The interim Prime Minister Hazam Beblawi announced that his current government would be resigning due to a series of strikes in Egypt. Beblawi was appointed as prime minister after the military overthrow of the former presided Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood group. Although Beblawi gave no definite reason for the resignation of his cabinet, he did say that no government in the world could have addressed the needs of the people of Egypt in such a short amount of time. Beblawi made it clear that Egypt will still progress even with the resignation of his government. It is said that Mr. Beblawi will remain at his post until a replacement is appointed.

   Egypt has been going through constant turmoil in the past year or two, especially since the overthrow of Morsi. I can only hope that Hazam Beblawi resigning his post will benefit Egypt, not continue to hinder it. It is important that the country continue to make progress in order to stop the strikes and get Egypt back on track. The new Prime Minister has a big job ahead of him, that’s for sure! 

 

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LGBT activists hope to make the Sochi Olympics the Gay Rights Games

LGBT activists hope to make the Sochi Olympics the Gay Rights Games | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
In the final sprint before the Sochi winter Olympics begin, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned sexual discrimination and attacks on homosexuals in comments that echo concerns over…
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2014- Week 6

 

Leading up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi many high profile people have commented on Russia's gay propaganda laws. President Putin has assured that there will be no discrimination based off of sexual orientation and the Olympic Committee will be very vigilante in enforcing this. Many large companies have publicly opposed the Russian governments attitude to gay rights. The NGO stated that it  “believes the current approach by the Russian authorities is incompatible with principle 6 of the Olympic Charter, which states that any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person (…) is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.” Some athletes are planning to openly criticize the anti gay propaganda law by holding hands with other athletes of the same sex and wearing things that represent the rainbow flag even though it will go against the Olympic charter


The Olympics being held in Russia seems to be causing many problems, among them would be the fact that anything that can be perceived to be gay propaganda is illegal. Although Putin says that during the Olympics no one will be discriminated against, it should not end there. The protests from not only the athletes but also important figures throughout the world should be enough to make Russia realize that they are doing something wrong.

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Deal or no deal?

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IN HIS big annual speech to Congress, Barack Obama made several promises. He pledged to raise the minimum wage for those contracted to the federal government, to...
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2014- Week 5

 

The President made his annual State of the Union address and with it came many promises. Obama promised to raise minimum wage for federal government employees, to create a new tax-free savings bond, to work to close Guantanamo Bay, and to push for immigration reform. The most shocking of his promises was his promise to bypass legislature whenever possible. After a very dysfunctional year for the US government this speech seems to be a sign that things will be getting better. After the government shutdown it is likely that there will be more cooperation between various parts of the government in order to keep that from happening again. 

 

I hope to see President follow through with his promises in 2014. The government shutdown seemed to be an eye opener and will hopefully lead to more government cooperation. It is crucial that the United States government work together to get the country back on track.

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Chelsie DeBus's curator insight, March 23, 2014 6:11 PM

This article was about President Obama making all these different promises. Then it talked about when the government shutdown and if this was an eye-opener to the government.  This relates to government and law because this is our own government that has made so many promises. Will he ever make any of his promises come true?? 

Katie Gilbertson's comment, March 29, 2014 4:17 PM
I believe he should follow through with his plans but I think people forget he's not the only one that runs this country. There are many roadblocks and obstacles to overcome. Don't make promises you can't keep but don't hold this country's problems on one person! There are so many people who are able to make a change and do you see them stepping up to the plate? The answer is no.
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U.S. Supreme Court puts gay marriage in Utah on hold

U.S. Supreme Court puts gay marriage in Utah on hold | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court put a temporary stop to gay marriages in Utah on Monday while the state appeals a decision that had allowed more than 900 couples to tie the knot.
Utah had asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who oversees the region, for an emergency order blocking new same-sex …
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2014- Week 2

 

On December 20, 2013 the state of Utah finally legalized gay marriage. In the two weeks following this decision more than 900 same-sex couples were married. Shortly after, the US Supreme Court issued a stay blocking any same sex marriage until the case is heard later this winter. It is not clear what will happen to those 900 couples that were already married and for now they are in a state of limbo. Many couples were confident that the stay would not happen and are now being forced to reevaluate their plans for the future.

 

I find it hard to believe that same sex marriage still isn’t legal across the entire country. It seems extremely unfair and almost cruel to put these couples in such a tricky situation. They allowed over 900 couples to get married and then almost immediately after they were told that their marriages are no longer legitimate until the case is heard for a second time. I am interested to see what the state of Utah will do in the next few months with this case. If they decide to make gay marriage illegal again after allowing all of these couples to get married I feel like there is potential for an uprising.

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Chelsie DeBus's curator insight, March 23, 2014 6:14 PM

This article talks about Utah making same sex marriage legal. They had over 900 different couples get married and shortly after they are telling the couples if they will be able to stay being in a gay marriage. This article relates to government  and law because it is our own Supreme Court that has to make the 2nd  final answer to if Utah will keep same sex marriage legal in their state. 

Rachel Sigrist's curator insight, March 27, 2014 1:15 PM

Why do they put it on hold?

Katie Gilbertson's comment, March 29, 2014 4:14 PM
Okay you shouldn't just change your mind because it turns out there were more homosexual people living in your state and wanting to get married. Who wouldn't want to get married after it was legalized they've been waiting forever to tie the knot and now you're questioning yourselves? They should have thought about all options and therefore consequences before they made it legal.
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Toronto mayor apologizes for lewd remark, gets TV show

Toronto mayor apologizes for lewd remark, gets TV show | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he is taking legal action against former staffers who made misconduct allegations against him.
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Not shockingly, Toronto's mayor Tom Ford made some more ridiculous comments. It started off with his admission of smoking crack cocaine whilst drunk. Ford denied new alligations by using shocking language. Later on he appologised and stated that he only made these ridiculous remarks because he was under great stress and called the alligations made against him complete lies.  The Toronto City Council voted that Ford take a leave of absence and hopefully will strip him of his duties. It was recently announced that Ford and his brother Doug will begin hosting a television show. Ford is threatening legal actiona gainst those who made alligations against him.

 

I think it is insane that he became mayor in the first place. He needs to be relieved of office as soon as possible. The things he said on television are so awful it almost seems like it is all a big publicity stunt. Hopefully Toronto will move past this and get to a better place without Ford.

 

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Man poised to lead India barred from entering US

Man poised to lead India barred from entering US | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
The man poised to lead India -- one of America's staunchest allies in Asia and a nation of more than a billion people -- cannot even legally enter the United States.
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Week #16

 

The United States is banning the future prime minister of India from entering the country. Years ago when Modi was the chief minister of the state of Gujarat some of the deadliest ethnic riots in the history of India took place. Modi was accused of doing nothing to stop the violence and was denied a visa by the State Department. Today has been very successful in Indian politics and is very likely to be the next Prime Minister of India. It would be very difficult for the State Department to change their stance on Modi's visa, even though India is one of our most important allies.

 

I think that it is a major bummer that there was a previous issue with his visa because not allowing the Prime Minister of India into the country could cause tons of issues. This situation puts the State Department in a tough position. The decision they make on this could have big reprocussions. I am interested to see how this develops.

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Syria Could Avoid Attack, Obama Says

Syria Could Avoid Attack, Obama Says | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
President Obama said today that if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gave up his chemical weapons, a military strike would "absolutely" be on pause.
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Week 7

 

President Obama stated that if the President of Syria, bashar al-Assad gives up all of his chemical weapons, a military strike by American forces would be put on pause. Syria can avoid all U.S. attacks by turning over its weapons to international control to be destrouyed. John Kerry talked with Syria's ally Russia about this idea. Obama has been working nonstop to build support in favor of striking against Syria in case anything does happen. Growing numbers of congress and American citizens are opposed to military action in Syria.

 

I think it would be in the best interest of Syria to take this option. It will be very beneficial to the U.S. because it will show that we are not weak, but we also will not quit if it comes to the safety of our people. Many people worry that this will buy the Syrian government more time to attack us which is problematic. In a perfect world, this situation helps not only us but also the Syrians.

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Syria 'toxic attacks kill hundreds'

Syria 'toxic attacks kill hundreds' | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Attacks using chemical weapons have killed hundreds of people near the Syrian capital, Damascus, the opposition alliance says.
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The Syrian government released chemical weapons that have killed more than 1,000 Syrian citizens. Videos have been seen that show hundreds of bodies, including small children, death with no visible signs of injury. The US and other nations are requessting that the United Nations investigate these attacks. The attack took place in the citiy of Damascus and the region surrounding as a way for the government to drive out rebel forces. Some believe that the videos of this attack are staged and that there was no chemical weapon used. 

 

The first instant I heard of this attack I was appaled. It is so terribly sad that so many people could be killed by their government. If it was a staging I have no clue why they would go through such extreme lengths to make it public. Everything about the Syria situation is insane and I sincerly hope it is resolved.

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US embassies to reopen after alert

US embassies to reopen after alert | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
The US is to reopen 18 of 19 embassies and consulates it closed due to a terror alert, with only the Yemen mission to stay shut.
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Almost all of the US embassies that closed in the Middle East and Africa due to terriost attacks are being reopend. The government will continue to monitor the threats before reopening the final embassies again. At least 14 members of al-Quaeda were killed in drone strinkes by the United States. Employees of the embassy in Sanna in the Yemen area were evacuated and had to leave the country. Since July, around 30 suspected al-Quaeda millitants have been killed.

 

It is good that the embassies have re opened but I think it is crucial that the govenernment be very cautious in case of further threat. I believe that before opening the embassy in Sanna again, they need to make sure the threat in Yemen has been completely eliminated. Althought it is never really possible to know definitely what will happen with terrorists, it is best to be safe and not risk the lives of the Americans in the embassies.

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US issues worldwide travel alert

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The US state department issues a global travel alert over fears of an al-Qaeda attack, with the risk high in the Middle East and North Africa.
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The United States state department has issued a global travel alert becaus of intercepted electronic communications between the senior members of al-Quaeda. The alert is due to expire at the end of August and is strongest in the Middle East and North Africa. The White House takes this as a serious threat and is taking all stebs necesarry to protect from the possibility of an attack. All US and some UK embassies in this area have been shut down for procautionary measures. It is said that these attacks may be related to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

 

After the experiences we have had in the past with al-Quaeda, I think it is a very good idea that travelers be wary of going into areas with prominent Islamic populations. American embassies have been the target of protesters and even terrorists in the past, last year for people were killed in Benghazi. I think that rather than risking the lives of the ambassadors, shutting down the embassies is the right choice.

 

 

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'Extremely Disappointing': Scouts Boot Openly Gay Troop Leader - NBC News

'Extremely Disappointing': Scouts Boot Openly Gay Troop Leader - NBC News | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
SEATTLE—The Boy Scouts of America on Monday banned an openly gay Scoutmaster from the organization, saying its national policy barred gay adults from members...
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2014- Week 13

 

Geoff McGrath, an openly gay Boy Scout Scoutmaster was banned due to its national policy barring gay adults from membership of the organization. The BSA complains that McGrath being an openly gay man is a distraction to scouting. McGrath won approval last fall to run a troupe despite the organizations ban against gay adults. He claims to have never hid his sexual orientation but the BSA officials claim to never have known he was gay. McGrath's goal was to work from the inside to continue the conversation about gay's in the boy scouts. Some parents and their boys gathered at the weekly Boy Scouts’ meeting and said they had no problem with McGrath’s sexual orientation. The Boy Scouts have experienced declining membership in the last decade and many say that talk of sexuality should have no place in organizations like scouting. 

 

I find it extremely sad that Geoff McGrath was banned from the Boy Scouts due to his sexuality. The BSA made positive steps by allowing gay Scouts to be in troupes but I find it ridiculous that they couldn't extend that to Scoutmasters. I hope that McGrath will eventually be reinstated to the Boy Scouts and continue to lead his troupe in Seattle. This could possibly lead to talk about allowing gay members to be in the Boy Scouts which would be a good thing. Who knows, McGrath's actions may lead to the BSA rethinking their ban.

 

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US to give up net oversight powers

US to give up net oversight powers | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
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2014- Week 11

 

   The United States Government has announced its decision to hand over control of the internet to the wider net community. Icann currently oversees the internet under the control of the United States government. The US Commerce Department is looking for ways to shift control of the Internet to an alternative body composed of private companies and government representatives. The Internet came about under US control and in 1998 they began releasing control with the creation of Icann. Now they hope to release all control by letting Icann run the Internet without any government interference. Ever since the issues with Edward Snowden there have been increased calls for the US to have less control over the internet. Commissioner of telecommunications policy for the European Union says that US oversight of the internet has to end.

   In all honesty I had no clue that there was a specific country that is actually in charge of the Internet. I always saw it as something that was controlled by everyone, perhaps United Nations. After having read this article I do think that it may be beneficial for the US to give up control of the Internet to outside parties. 

 

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Native American tribes adopt Bitcoin-like currency, prepare to battle US government

Native American tribes adopt Bitcoin-like currency, prepare to battle US government | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
The programmer and Native American activist Payu Harris raised a gavel Monday night and vigorously banged the bell to open trading at The Bitcoin Center, a meeting space for virtual currency geeks...
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2014- Week 9

 

            Programmer and Native American activist Payu Harris introduced MazaCoin at The Bitcoin Center. MazaCoin is similar to Bitcoin and is now the official currency of the Lakota nation. Anyone can buy or sell MazaCoin but the Lakota Indians are keeping half of it in reserve. Harris has had members of other tribes inquire about using MazaCoin or starting their own version. The hope is that MazaCoin will improve the economy of the Lakota tribes. For example, it will be easier to spend MazaCoin at a local general store than to have it changed into cash to spend at a large chain.  MazaCoin will give the Lakota people a sense of independence and unity that they have not had previously. Around $220 million flows through Lakota reservations but it is estimated that less than $45 million stays in the economy. With the use of MazaCoin tribes hope that the money will stay on the reservation rather than flowing back out to surrounding areas. Harris is hoping to avoid all legal issues with MazaCoin. Federal laws granting Native Americans special legal status provide an argument for a currency totally independent of the US dollar.

            I found this article to be completely fascinating. Although I knew previously that Native Americans had separate guidelines to live by than the rest of the United States, I never considered the steps that they would take in order to become even more independent. The use of a new currency could be extremely beneficial for the Lakota people. The fact that they retain less than a fourth of their national income is insane. Boosting the economy through the use of MazaCoin can help greatly with the advancement of the Lakota people and is a great idea.

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Petition to Split California Into Six States Gets Green Light

Petition to Split California Into Six States Gets Green Light | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
A venture capitalist who feels colossal California is too unwieldy to govern is proposing to split it into six separate states, and Secretary of State Debra Bowen has given him the green light to start collecting petition signatures. Tim Draper filed a ballot initiative in December stating that because of recent social and economic changes California has become “nearly ungovernable.” He proposed dividing California into six states. San Diego and Orange County would make up “South California.” “West California” would include Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, while Bakersfield, Fresno and Stockton would make up the larger “Central California.” San Francisco…
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2014- Week 7

 

A man named Tim Draper who believes that the state of California is "nearly ungovernable"  due to its size has been given the green light to stat a petition that will split California into 6 separate states. The state would be divided into South California, West California, Central California, Silicon Valley, North California, and Jefferson. This plan would cause many issues with things like water policy, agricultural policy, and even the  electoral college. Experts say that splitting California into six states would raise all sorts of concerns about the partisan balance of the senate and it is unlikely that it will go anywhere. Draper aims to settle California's financial issues and will divide the state debts based off of the newly created states populations.

 

I think it is completely ridiculous that one guy thinks that he can cause the state of California to split into 6 smaller states. The splitting of California would mean the entire electoral college would have to be reworked. Not to mention that there would now be 55 states, what would happen to the flags? I think this is going to end up like all of the similar efforts ("secede Florida" hah!) have and will go nowhere. I actually laughed a little when I first saw this headline. 

 

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Heer Patel's curator insight, October 27, 2015 7:42 PM

I think I won't be wise to split an entire state into six other states just because one man wishes to do so. Doing this might mess up the whole system and also would affect our flag. It is also insane that the Secretary of State has given him permission to do so. 

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Holder: Clemency for Snowden 'too far,' but open to resolution

Holder: Clemency for Snowden 'too far,' but open to resolution | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Attorney General Eric Holder says the U.S. “would engage in conversation” about a resolution with Edward Snowden if the former government contractor accepted responsibility for leaking government secrets but said granting clemency
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2014- Week 4

 

Attorney General Eric Holder stated that the US would consider a resolution with Edward Snowden if he admitted leaking government secrets. Although Holder said that granting Snowden clemency would be going too far. The possibility of clemency will not be considered although if Snowden were to come up with a plea, the US would engage with his lawyers. President Obama has said repeatedly that Snowden should stand trial in the US  but continues to avoid the question of him being eligible for clemency. The Snowden case led to NSA reforms in order to protect the people of the United States. The ability of a displeased individual to disclose such classified information makes it impossible to keep people safe and conduct foreign policy. This leak could impact United States operations for years to come. 61% of Americans believe that Snowden should stand trial in the United States and very few support any sort of amnesty for him. When asked about claims saying Snowden is a Russian spy, Holder said he could not discuss any aspect of the case.

 

I think that it is wise of the US government to refuse to grant Snowden clemency. If an individual releases confidential information that can be detrimental to the safety of the United States and is granted clemency that will set a very bad example. Hopefully his trial is held in the United States and Snowden is brought to justice.

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Pushing past partisanship, Congressional leaders back $1 trillion spending bill

Pushing past partisanship, Congressional leaders back $1 trillion spending bill | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Congressional leaders say they have agreed on a roughly $1 trillion spending bill that will fund the U.S. government through the end of September.
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2014- Week 3

 

After three years of a freeze between parties, Republicans and Democrats unveiled a bill for more then $1 trillion in federal spending. This bill will end some spending cuts, raise federal pay, and increase funding for many federal programs. It is likely that this will be the largest policy decision Congress makes this year. Both federal workers and military personnel will have a 1% paycheck increase because of this bill. This bill will benefit both the Democrats and the Republicans. Quite a bit of this bill will be aimed at air travel and airport related policy. The bill will also effect lighting options, healthcare, and numerous smaller issues.

 

The Democrat and Republican parties coming together after years of not working together is a great thing, especially because the bill they passed will have such a large impact. Not only will this bill help big federal issues it will also positively effect the lives of many federal workers.  I hope that this money is put to good use over the next year.

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India elections 2014: A look forward

India elections 2014: A look forward | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
CNN's Sumnima Udas in Delhi lists five factors to influence the upcoming Indian national elections.
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2014- Week 1


An election is coming up in India this year and it is estimated that there will be 788 million people eligible to vote, more than twice the size of the United States. It is likely that the current ruling group the Indian National Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party will be battling it out for the position. There are five very crucial factors that will influence the voters in 2014. The first is corruption. Corruption is very common in India so a new party founded on anti-corruption policies could be very influential. The second is the fact that first time voters will account for 1/3 of the votes. The influence the current economy has on the political views of the youth in India is unclear so the outcome of the election is unpredictable. The third is the serious religious violence in India that can be used as a political tactic. The fourth is the severe inflation. Lastly the election can be impacted by the rise of states and regional parties.


I think that holding an election with so many eligible voters is fascinating. Elections must be far more competitive in a country with such a large population. The fact that 1/3 of the voters are young means that the fate of India for the next 5 years could be decided by teenagers. There are not many countries with such a large population. It would be very interesting to follow this election because all of the important factors would make it quite the competitive political election.

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The last thing the world needs is Congress thwarting historic US-Iran nuclear deal

The last thing the world needs is Congress thwarting historic US-Iran nuclear deal | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Lawrence Wilkerson and Kate Gould: It would be foolish for Congress to jeopardize a good deal with Iran that addresses the most urgent proliferation concerns
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The US has a very long history of making negotiations with enemies. Recent talks with Iran could lead to a deal that will stop the development of nuclear arms. Foreign relations experts are promoting the deal and doing everything they can in order to prevent congress from compromising the deal. Senator of Tennesee plans to propose a congressional effort to interfere with the deal with Iran.

 

I think that the follow through of this deal could be very beneficial to the United States and Iran. An agreement between the two countries shows great progress in global relations between the US and Iran. I really hope that the deal is passed and that it successfully goes through Congress.

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Open season on Duck Dynasty?

Open season on Duck Dynasty? | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
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Week #18

 

This article talks about the big controversey surrounding Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson's comments about homosexuals, religion, and southern segregation. Robertson was suspended from the show for his comments, making this an issue about freedom of speech and the First Amendment. Dylan Matthews states that since Robertson being fired has nothing to do with the government, then it is just an issue of public perception and the choices made by a private government. The comments made are an issue of societys perception of what is acceptable and what is not.

 

I think the fact that the comments a guy on a reality tv show made have become such a big deal is ridiculous. I completely disagree with what he said and I believe that Robertson's suspension was a very acceptable choice for the network to make. Many businesses have a code of conduct that their employees must uphold and a television network is no different. I understand that people disagree with the actions taken against Robertson, but there is no argument for them being in violation of the first amendment.

 

 

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Manning given 35 years for leaks

Manning given 35 years for leaks | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
The US soldier convicted of handing a trove of secret government documents to anti-secrecy website Wikileaks is sentenced to 35 years in prison.
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The US soldier who was convicted of giving many secret government documents to website wikileaks was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Originally prosecuters asked for a 60 year sentence to provide an example to future potential leakers. In addition to his sentence he will be demoted to privat and be dishonourably discharged from the army. Manning says he leaked the files in hopes that it would spark a debate about US foreign policy and the military. Manning says that he made the decision to leak these documents out of love for his country and a sense of duty for others. 

 

I find it kind of sad that he was sentenced for such a long time for what he did. There are many people who commit much worse crimes and are given no where near as much time. What he did may not have been right but he did it for reasons he thougt were good. The US Government is ashamed of him but maybe they should be ashamed that they let such things occur at all.

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Cairo offices torched as deaths rise

Cairo offices torched as deaths rise | AP United States Government Current Events | Scoop.it
Muslim Brotherhood supporters storm a government building near Cairo, a day after some 500 people died in violence across Egypt.
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This article talks about the deaths resulting from the Muslim Brotherhood's protests on the Egyptian capital in Cairo. The Egyptian Government says that an estimated 525 people died across the country, although many of the bodies were not identified. The protesters attempted to storm the the building that housed the local government in Giza but were repelled by the state police. The Muslim Brotherhood claims that more than 2,000 people were killed in the attatck. These deaths point to an excessive abuse of force by the Egyptian Government. The Government claims that this force is necessary to restore peace in the nation.

 

I think it is horrible what is happening in Egypt. The protests are getting way out of hand and the amount of force the government is acting out on its own people is ridiculous. There have been far too many deaths that were caused by a government, especially when the government is intended to protect the people. It appears to me that Egypt is on it's way to becoming the next Syria.

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Egypt delays Morsi camps crackdown

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The Egyptian authorities postpone plans to disperse two sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, officials say.
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After a judge in Cairo extended President Morsi's detention by 15 days, the Egyptian governmet decided to postpone their plans to disperse two peaceful protests. Morsi is being held over accusations that he was planning attacks on jails and jailbreaks in 2011. Almost 300 people have been killed in protests with the millitary. Rather than using force like they had previously, the Egyptian forces decided to make it a gradual process. Protesters are prepared to fight back if necessary.

 

I am glad that they Egyptian government decided to not take force against the protesters. After what had happened previously with protesters dying and being injured I don't think it would be good if it happned again. I do believe that it is good for the protesters to be prepared to fight back based off of the track record of the Egyptian Military previously.

 

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