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NATO concerned over Russian army buildup on Ukraine border

NATO concerned over Russian army buildup on Ukraine border | Government & Law | Scoop.it
NATO's top military commander expressed concern Sunday about the buildup of Russian forces on Ukraine's border.
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It is difficult to tell whether the media or the reality is getting more intense in reference to the crisis building in Ukraine. What do you think about the U.S. reaction to Putin's policies?

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Immigration Polling Roundup: Americans of All Political Stripes Want Congress to Pass Immigration Reform

Immigration Polling Roundup: Americans of All Political Stripes Want Congress to Pass Immigration Reform | Government & Law | Scoop.it
Five recent polls illustrate Americans’ broad support for immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
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A collection of polls shows how Americans generally feel about immigration yet Congress seems unable to move forward despite public support. What do you think?

 

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Reed Klunder 's curator insight, April 8, 2014 7:20 PM

In this article it talks about the government making illegal immigrants who pay taxes and follow laws, an American citizen. About two- thirds of the people think they should be legalized but not be able to get their American citizenship. They are also debating on whether to tighten the border and make it less easy for those to cross over and so they wouldn't have this problem. 

Lakin's comment, April 13, 2014 1:04 AM
I think that the immigration polls are to strict and they should make it easier for immigrants to come over and become American Citizens. I think this would help stop illegal immigrations. It would also, help the dispute simmer out if we make it easier for immigration and if we allow this will it help people have a chance at a better opportunity?
Reed Klunder 's curator insight, April 16, 2014 1:53 PM

The government is trying to decide whether or not to legalize o

all of these immigrants who don't have their citizenship yet or to control the border. The government has a huge decision to make because the polls were so close that it's almost impossible to ignore one or the other. The polls have definitely gone up because in the past years people didn't want the immigrants legalized but now it's becoming more of an issue. 

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Why the NRA opposes president's pick for surgeon general

Dr. Vivek Murthy stance on gun rights under fire
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The NRA doesn't have an official vote on the nominee, so why do they have so much to say?

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Katie Witt's curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:23 AM

I think they should have some say in who the president can pick. He is the president but other people should have a say in what he does.

Tasha Freeman's curator insight, March 13, 2014 9:25 AM

I don't know that they should get so much of an opinion on it. Do you?

Kirsten Cunningham's curator insight, March 15, 2014 10:50 PM

I don't think these people should have so much say in this pick. What do you think?

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McAuliffe announces reform, pushes for Medicaid expansion

McAuliffe announces reform, pushes for Medicaid expansion | Government & Law | Scoop.it
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a major reform to the state's Medicare and Medicaid program Thursday, as he continued to make the case for extending health insurance benefits to 400-thousand low-income Virginians.
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The state of VA has recognized the inefficiency of running two healthcare systems: Medicaid (for the poor) and Medicare (for the elderly). They are going to combine the 2 in a few areas of their state to attempt to increase efficiency, save money, and increase outcomes for patients. What do you think?

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Kirsten Cunningham's curator insight, March 15, 2014 10:49 PM

This article is talking about combining Medicaid and medicare. I did my public policy on this and I think it would be a good idea to combine them. There is obviously perks to both having them combined and having them be on their own still.

Tasha Freeman's curator insight, March 20, 2014 9:10 AM

We did our project on this so  I thought this was interesting.

Tasha Freeman's comment, March 21, 2014 2:00 PM
Inagree. It would be helpful and beneficial to combine them
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Voter ID laws to get big test in primaries

Voter ID laws to get big test in primaries | Government & Law | Scoop.it
– In elections that begin this week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots – the first major test of voter ID
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Requiring a photo ID to vote has long been a push by conservatives. Primary elections in 10 states this year will test the laws in those states. Do you think every voter should be required to show photo ID when voting?

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Darby Dodds's comment, March 6, 2014 3:22 PM
I think it is a good idea to make people show an ID if they want to vote. I think it will cause a lot less problems.
Wyatt Nelson's comment, March 9, 2014 12:55 AM
I think a photo ID should be required. It shows you are a citizen and live in that state.
Kirsten Cunningham's curator insight, March 10, 2014 3:25 PM

What is your in sight on this? Should you be required to show Id to vote? 

 

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Family of executed Ohio inmate sues state, drug makers, alleging cruel and unusual punishment

Family of executed Ohio inmate sues state, drug makers, alleging cruel and unusual punishment | Government & Law | Scoop.it
The prolonged execution of an inmate during which he repeatedly gasped and snorted amounted to cruel and unusual punishment which should not be allowed to happen again, the inmate's family said ...
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What would the Founding Fathers think? When writing "cruel and unusual" punishment did they mean the right against a "prolonged" death as implemented by a court of law?

 

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Caseya2014's comment, February 25, 2014 12:36 PM
I think this is definitely cruel and unusual punishment. He did not deserve to die the way he did. I think the founding fathers would agree that this is cruel and unusual punishment.
Kirsten Cunningham's curator insight, February 26, 2014 9:14 PM

I think this was cruel and unusual punishment. I believe that nobody should have to die, no matter what crime they committed. I just don't believe in that. 

Justin kettner's comment, February 27, 2014 12:35 PM
This kind of cruel and unusual punishment should not have been aloud. There are prescriptions for a reason and they were not prescribed. People may deserve to die for their actions and crimes but not in this way
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San Diego County gun law violates 2nd Amendment, appeals court rules

San Diego County gun law violates 2nd Amendment, appeals court rules | Government & Law | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court decided Thursday that a San Diego restriction on carrying concealed guns in public for self defense infringes on citizens' 2nd Amendment rights.
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Do you think the court of appeals was correct in ruling against San Diego's ban? Why would the city want to ban conceal and carry?

 

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Darby Dodds's comment, February 22, 2014 11:34 PM
If you are in serious need of a gun then you can carry one. But you shouldn't carry a gun for the heck of it.
Isaac Mettler's comment, February 23, 2014 10:48 PM
If you are a responsible citizen and apply for the permit to carry a gun, then you should be able to. They may be able to save their own life or someone else's.
Justin kettner's comment, February 27, 2014 12:41 PM
If you can pass the background checks and can pass a conceal & carry class there should be no questions asked upon why you are carrying a firearm. Public places carry fire extinguishers not expecting a fire but when one happens there a way to try and put the fire out. Same thing comes to a firearm for carrying purposes you never know when something might happen and something bad may never happen in order for you to need a weapon but would you rather be prepared or wish you were?
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Minnesota becomes fifth state to offer enhanced driver's licenses and ID cards

Minnesota becomes fifth state to offer enhanced driver's licenses and ID cards | Government & Law | Scoop.it
Starting Monday, Minnesota residents can apply for an enhanced driver's license or identification card that will allow them to re-enter the United States from Canada,...
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Very cool for those who travel to Canada/Mexico/Caribbean often!

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Madisen Schimek's comment, February 18, 2014 12:10 AM
I think this is great for people who travel a bunch and just even something that would be more quick and affordable.
Kirsten Cunningham's comment, February 18, 2014 10:19 AM
This will be very useful for people who like to travel a lot! I want to get one. :)
Kirsten Cunningham's comment, February 18, 2014 10:19 AM
This will be very useful for people who like to travel a lot! I want to get one. :)
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6 Million Americans Without a Voice

6 Million Americans Without a Voice | Government & Law | Scoop.it
States should listen to Attorney General Holder and repeal unjust and outdated felon disenfranchisement laws.
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As a convicted felon, should you lose your right to vote for the rest of your life? The lead attorney for the nation, Eric Holder, thinks not. What do you think?

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Tasha Freeman's curator insight, February 13, 2014 2:32 AM

i do not think that convicted felons should lose their voting rights for life. Some convicted felons are falsely convicted and others for minor reasons. do you think they should lose their rights for life?

Isaac Mettler's comment, February 17, 2014 9:50 PM
I agree with Tasha. If someone commits a felony when they are young and serves their punishment, they are still a citizen and should have the right to vote.
Madisen Schimek's curator insight, February 26, 2014 9:42 PM

Yes I do think that the criminals did something wrong. When it comes to long term they should be able to vote. Everyone makes mistakes and taking their right to vote for the rest of their lives isn't right. 

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School Bans Student From Flying Confederate Flag On Truck - CBS Las Vegas

School Bans Student From Flying Confederate Flag On Truck - CBS Las Vegas | Government & Law | Scoop.it
A student has been banned from displaying the Confederate flag on his truck while on school grounds.
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Can they? Can't they? Where is the legal or even Constitutional basis for the school's actions?

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Maureen Disque's comment, February 9, 2014 11:29 PM
He has the right to put what ever he wants on his car. As long as it doesn't affect any one else's car he is fine.
Kirsten Cunningham's curator insight, February 15, 2014 7:14 PM

Thought this was interesting because I don't know if I agree with the decision or if I don't agree with the decision. This is something that is hard to decide and agree on. 

Katie Witt's curator insight, February 19, 2014 11:57 AM

this is not okay because it's heritage not hate.

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Facts of the Union

Facts of the Union | Government & Law | Scoop.it
We found a few overstatements and cherry-picked numbers among the applause lines and proposals in President Obama's State of the Union address.
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Obama, and all Presidents before him, use statistics to make their address seem like a list of accomplishments for them and their party. Behind the stats, non-partisan organizations like Fact Check try to find the truth!
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Justin kettner's curator insight, February 5, 2014 5:08 PM

Presidents always use statistics in order  to make things seem better and prove their point. Obama has offered so many thing to the united. States but has only done more damage than good.  Now just trien to get everyone back on his side again. Will it happen ? 

Katie Witt's curator insight, February 6, 2014 9:08 AM

Not everything should be based off of statistics. I think there should be individual votes. What do you think?

Isaac Mettler's comment, March 9, 2014 11:51 PM
Statistics can be used to to sway the reader in the direction they want so it's hard to know what to take away from them.
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Weak Governance and Rapid Urbanization | Urbanization Project

Weak Governance and Rapid Urbanization | Urbanization Project | Government & Law | Scoop.it

Via UCLG
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A fascinating look at how globalization has changed urbanization. This wouldn't have been possible before international governmental cooperation, like the UN.
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Articles: Lessons for Federalism from Colorado's Pot Legalization

Articles: Lessons for Federalism from Colorado's Pot Legalization | Government & Law | Scoop.it
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When Colorado voted to decriminalize marijunana they violated a federal law banning the plant for recreational use. What a great example of federalism! The division of state and federal power and the conflicts it can cause are clear in this example. 

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Isaac Mettler's comment, February 9, 2014 12:27 AM
I don't think they would I ride the law considering how much tax money it brings into government.
Isaac Mettler's comment, February 9, 2014 12:27 AM
override*
Shemar Odell's curator insight, February 13, 2014 7:17 PM

That's an interesting thought, if you were to get pulled over in the state of Colorado with pot by state police officers you wouldn't get in trouble if you met there requirements but if you got pulled over by a federal police officers you would still be breaking the law. I guess that is a temporary win.

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Calculating a U.S. response to Russia's claim in Crimea

Calculating a U.S. response to Russia's claim in Crimea | Government & Law | Scoop.it
What does Russia’s swift claiming of Crimea portend for the region and Russian ambitions? How should the U.S. and the international community respond?
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The Russian government has moved to annex Crimea (a region of the Ukraine) after a voter referendum decided for Crimea to declare its independence. This entire process has been quick, controversial, and marred with political maneuvering. What do you think of the U.S. options in response to this claim?

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Dane Austin's comment, March 22, 2014 2:40 AM
The international law states that no country will invade another's borders or attempt to change one boarder. This was established after WWII. They will be breaking international law if they follow through with it.
Ian Thomason's comment, March 22, 2014 8:15 AM
I believe that The reason Russia is doing this is because they are trying to get something out of it, but what I don't know
Darby Dodds's comment, March 23, 2014 2:37 PM
I feel like Russia is trying to get back at something and they think this will solve it. I don't really understand this whole thing and think this is a dumb thing for Russia to do.
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How the Ukraine crisis ends

How the Ukraine crisis ends | Government & Law | Scoop.it
There are four steps the U.S. should keep in mind, the former secretary of state writes.
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Don't understand what all the fuss is about Ukraine? This submission by former Sec. of State Henry Kissinger, clarifies the history of the conflict and suggests steps the U.S. should take in reconciling the conflict in Ukraine. This is foreign policy in real time and the consequences for the U.S. could be steep as the Dept. of State acts, or rather, reacts, to Russian action in the region. 

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Why Republicans should embrace immigration reform, in one chart

Why Republicans should embrace immigration reform, in one chart | Government & Law | Scoop.it
A new analysis finds the Latino share of the vote is going up in multiple key swing states.
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The increase of Latino voters in southern states is set to influence elections in a major way. Republicans have typically stalled immigration reform, according to this article, should they change their tune?

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Darby Dodds's comment, March 14, 2014 9:40 AM
I think Republicans should be able embrace the opportunity for possible increase in their votes among the non-white population in major states. It might not be necessary now, but could be true in 2016.
Isaac Mettler's comment, March 17, 2014 11:41 AM
If republicans embrace the immigration reform they will have a lot more votes to swing the election.
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Lobbyists, Corporations, or Banks: Who has Too Much Power? - YouTube

"Lobbyists, major corporations, banks, and the federal government all have too much power, according to Americans. By contrast, the public largely believes s...
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What do you think? Is this view of lobbyists conservative or liberal?

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Ian Thomason's comment, March 9, 2014 12:24 AM
I believe that they are independent because while they maybe looking out for others they are speaking in their own words
Isaac Mettler's comment, March 9, 2014 11:41 PM
I believe it's more of a democratic view to believe lobbyists have too much power.
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The 2014 Senate Landscape

The 2014 Senate Landscape | Government & Law | Scoop.it
Dozens of states will hold Senate primaries this year, beginning with Texas on Tuesday. Here is a look at the key races in every state
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Every two years, 1/3 of the Senate (33 seats) are up for re-election. The NYTimes outlines what the election cycle will look like in 2014. Primaries are elections to narrow down a field of candidates, they begin this Tuesday. Currently, the Democrats hold a majority in the Senate. Do you think they'll hold onto it? Why or why not?

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Nathan bahr's comment, March 5, 2014 2:08 PM
I think they should fill it with mostly republican people.
Maureen Disque's curator insight, March 5, 2014 10:14 PM

I cans see the majority being republican. How do you think this will go considering our president is democrat?

Madisen Schimek's comment, March 6, 2014 3:26 PM
I think that it will be filled mostly with republicans.
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Judge finds probable cause in St. Elmo child death

Judge finds probable cause in St. Elmo child death | Government & Law | Scoop.it
A judge found probable cause to try the mother in the death of 1-year-old Addison Scott. In Fayette County Court Friday, Judge Douglas L. Jarman foun
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Do you think the judge is right in this case?

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Caseya2014's comment, February 25, 2014 12:39 PM
I think the judge was right in this case. The kid was probably smart enough to know how to take a bath without drowning.
Darby Dodds's comment, February 28, 2014 1:43 PM
Think the judge is slightly right. The mother was not watching her child, who knows she could of been high and putting her children in danger. I think the judge did what he thought was right and that's a good thing.
Wyatt Nelson's comment, March 2, 2014 1:51 AM
I think the judge is right. The lady should not have went back to bed especially with such young children. She should be charged.
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License-plate reader firm says new Utah law curbs free speech

License-plate reader firm says new Utah law curbs free speech | Government & Law | Scoop.it
The surveillance industry is fighting back. A company that makes automated license-plate readers sued Utah's government last week over a new law intended to protect drivers' privacy.
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It is appropriate for law enforcement to have these devices to scan license plates. But, why do private companies need to scan license plates? What do you think? Should the companies be allowed to collect data on drivers or is the state of Utah right?

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Caseya2014's comment, February 25, 2014 12:30 PM
I think the government and law enforcement should be the only ones that can use this technology. Private companies don't need this technology. What are they going to do with the information they collect? it is definitely an infringement of privacy.
Sfitzg35's comment, February 27, 2014 12:15 PM
I think that law enforcement should be the only ones allowed to scan license plates, but I don't understand the point of private companies needing to scan them too. The police actually have a reason to scan these plates but the companies don't have the right at all and I think they are invading many peoples privacy.
Justin kettner's comment, February 27, 2014 12:38 PM
Law in forcemeat should be able to but the only ones who should be using this technology. What and why do others need this kind of information there is no reason. What would they say when and if I had there information?
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Fox News Video

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The Republicans vote to raise the debt ceiling - the max amount of debt the U.S. can carry - this seems to go against every ideal of conservative ideals -- so why did they vote yes?

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Drug policy debate should focus on federalism | United Liberty | Free Market - Individual Liberty - Limited Government

Drug policy debate should focus on federalism | United Liberty | Free Market - Individual Liberty - Limited Government | Government & Law | Scoop.it
Ted Cruz In a speech last month at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued that, rather than ignoring certain laws, President Barack Obama should go to Congress to start “a real conversation” about federal drug
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Cruz is a conservative republican. What does he have to say about who should be making drug policy in the United States? 

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Isaac Mettler's curator insight, February 12, 2014 10:56 PM

This article seemed very biased and made it sound like president Obama is completely ignoring ilegal drug policies in the US.  I don't think this is true but Obama seems to be bypassing congress to make new policies and laws which is bringing him a lot of heat.

 

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Executive Order May Be Only Option, but It Comes With Limits

Executive Order May Be Only Option, but It Comes With Limits | Government & Law | Scoop.it
President Obama’s moves to pursue executive orders may be the only route available given deep hostility in Congress, but only so much can be delivered if legislation is not passed.
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Is it Constitutional? In his State of the Union speech. Obama said he would act without Congressional approval using his power of Executive Order. Does the Constitution grant him this right? What are the limits of its use?
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Mrs. Dunken's comment, January 30, 2014 2:13 PM
Very interesting.
Ian Thomason's comment, February 5, 2014 10:00 PM
President Obama doesn't have the power to go off by himself because I feel that if he does try this then he starts to become a dictator that makes the decision that he sees fit for all of us but ultimately I believe he does it because he sees it best fit for him.
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Lawmakers say change is needed after hearing benefits of e-cigarettes

Lawmakers say change is needed after hearing benefits of e-cigarettes | Government & Law | Scoop.it
“ OKLAHOMA CITY - In 2012, Oklahoma ranked 47th out of the 50 states for adults who smoke. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, that ranking had changed to 39th in the nation by 201...”
Via SteveVape, PositiveEnerG
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Technology changes government's laws all the time! Some of the externalities associated with cigarette smoking are alleviated by e-cigarettes, but are all of them?
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Rachel Sigrist's curator insight, February 21, 2014 5:27 PM

They should make buying cigars illegal

Alyssa Serrano's comment, February 22, 2014 7:18 PM
I don't think they should ban them because they have helped some people smoke. They are not as harmful and they do not cause as much damage to people, plus there is no second hand smoke.
Katie Gilbertson's comment, February 22, 2014 11:20 PM
I think it is a much healthier alternative to smoking. However, I find that sometimes they rely on the e-cig too much when trying to quit. I think it's a good idea for those trying to quit for themselves and those around them because it is less harmful.
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Watchdog Report Says N.S.A. Program Is Illegal and Should End

Watchdog Report Says N.S.A. Program Is Illegal and Should End | Government & Law | Scoop.it
“ The 238-page report is likely to inject a significant new voice into the debate over surveillance, underscoring that the issue was not settled by a speech President Obama gave last week.”
Via Steve Cothran
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Does this program violate our Constitutional rights?
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Isaac Mettler's comment, February 17, 2014 9:54 PM
The NSA would only be unconstitutional if they had every phone tapped and read all messages. This would be a waste of there time and should only listen in if there is suspicion to do so. If it does stop a terrorist attack than it would have benefited the US
Rachel Sigrist's curator insight, February 28, 2014 12:00 PM

what did they do so they think it should end?