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U.S. government cracking down on shoddy contractors : Business

U.S. government cracking down on shoddy contractors : Business | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
Suspensions and debarment actions have increased dramatically since 2009.
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This article discusses how various government agencies are becoming more strict when it comes to contractors.  They are trying to make sure that taxpayer dollars are not wasted, and thus they are trying to weed out only the best of the best contractors.  I fully support these actions, as building a strong infrastructure is just one of the many ways to help our country prosper.

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Kara long's comment, May 23, 2014 2:00 PM
I fully agree with what these government agencies are trying to do. It is great that they are trying to make sure taxpayer's money is not wasted. I think it is good they are trying to use only the best contractors, but what about those contractors that are just starting a business. I think there needs to be a way to give these new contractors a chance to prove themselves. Overall, I support the action of these agencies trying to improve our infrastructure and efficiently use taxpayer's money.
Kristin Blom's comment, May 23, 2014 7:02 PM
I am glad these contractors are being held more accountable. No one likes to pay taxes. The money that people to have to give to the government needs to be used for the right purposes. No one wants to work with a business that is only in it to make money. This goes for all people and our nation too.
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Supreme Court halts execution by lethal injection

Supreme Court halts execution by lethal injection | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court blocked the execution of a convicted Missouri murderer Wednesday evening rather than risk another in what has become a series of botched lethal injections.
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This article talked about how the Supreme Court recently blocked the execution of a Missouri man on death row.  They ruled this because of potential complications that could have arisen from the specific drugs that are used in the process.  This comes on the heels of other problems involving lethal injections, as there have been multiple botched executions as of late while pharmaceutical companies are beginning to refuse the supply of necessary drugs. 

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Kristin Blom's comment, May 23, 2014 5:22 PM
I support the Supreme Court's decision to block the execution of this man. It seems like executions do not have credible or necessary resources to take place anymore. Executions are suppose to be humane, and for this man as well as others in the past, it does not seem to be. Lately, I feel the death sentence is becoming an increasingly heated issue. It will be interesting to see what happens to this sentencing choice in the future.
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Washington state defies minimum wage logic

Washington state defies minimum wage logic | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
Washington state and San Francisco have the highest minimum wages in the country, and that's exactly where small businesses are adding jobs.
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This article discusses the possibility that Seattle raises its minimum wage to $15/hour.  Even though this number seems outlandish, Washington state was ranked first in number of small businesses adding jobs, and it also had the highest minimum wage of $9.35.  Seattle's mayor is looking to shake up the scene a lot, and I think that if this gets passed, we could see even lower poverty rates, although not immediately, and there will be even more people encouraged to work.

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Sen. Franken spearheads a major campaign to save net neutrality

Sen. Franken spearheads a major campaign to save net neutrality | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
In addition to taking a leading role in trying to kill the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, Senator Al Franken is also now leading a campaign to stop the Federal Communications Commission from let...
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This article talked about how Al Franken is at the forefront when it comes to net neutrality.  Net Neutrality is the policy that all sites on the internet are given equal bandwidth, and big corporations can't get "fast lane" internet to push their product even more.  With new propositions by the chairman of the FCC to effectively end net neutrality, Senator Franken is leading the campaign to help the citizens of the United States when it comes to this issue.  This a serious problem and if it is not resolved correctly, who knows what the internet will be like in a few years.  

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McCrory unveils plan to increase teacher pay, education funding

McCrory unveils plan to increase teacher pay, education funding | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
Gov. Pat McCrory announced a series of education initiatives, including increased teacher pay and funding, during his visit in Greensboro Wednesday.
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This article discussed how the governor of North Carolina is proposing massive increases to education funding.  This funding includes increasing teachers' pay, helping students start their career paths, and increasing the funding for materials.  I think that what they are trying to do is a great idea; in order to drive innovation in our country, we need the education quality from the youngest age possible.  I do think that doubling textbook funding is actually the wrong thing to do, I think they should invest in more online education.

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Businesses leading health care reform

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When people buy a car, many will first go to websites or consumer magazines to look for features, reliability and safety ratings, and price information.
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This article discussed the ever-changing healthcare system, and how the healthcare providers must band together in order to improve the ecosystem.  Joe Flower, CEO of The Change Project, talked at the BlueCross' annual healthcare forum about how businesses should strive for lower costs and higher quality.  He also said the hospitals are no longer the place for innovation, it's online tools to help shop for insurance and even mobile apps to collect heart rates and glucose levels to send to a doctor.  All of these innovations, he hopes, will drive the healthcare system forward in the future.

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Kristin Blom's comment, May 1, 2014 9:01 PM
All everyone hears about today is Obamacare, Obamacare, and more Obamacare. There is so much controversy over healthcare laws and regulations. It is refreshing to see that the government is not the only one who has a say in this issue. It is great that businesses are working together to provide better healthcare for Americans. I think coalitions such as the one described in the article will be a great power moving forward.
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Ga. governor signs 'guns everywhere' into law

Ga. governor signs 'guns everywhere' into law | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
ELLIJAY, Ga. — Georgia's governor signed a bill Wednesday that significantly expands where residents can carry firearms in the state. The new law goes into effect July 1.
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This article discusses a newly signed bill in Georgia dubbed by many the "guns everywhere" law.  In short the bill gives the ability for people to carry guns in bars, schools, churches, and government buildings.  Just that little description gives enough insight into the discussion.  In a state that is dead last in jobs created, legislators decided to focus on a bill that pretty much does nothing.  Overall I think that lawmakers need to get their head in the right place when it comes to issues like this.

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Kristin Blom's comment, April 26, 2014 11:46 PM
I am shocked that any state would put such laws in place at a time like this. The amount of tragedies occurring in schools, military bases, and other places all over the nation because of weapon violence is alarming. I feel like every time I turn on the news, there is another report about a shooting, stabbing, or other tragedy. I just hope more violence does not result from the passing of this bill. I understand the importance of the 2nd amendment, but like any other right we have, limits exist for a reason.
Kara long's comment, April 27, 2014 8:51 AM
Kristin, I agree with you that I am very surprised this bill has passed, but the schools and churches have the right to decide if they will allow firearms in their school/church. I think that most likely all of these schools will not allow it, so I don't think more violence will occur just because of this law.
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Rand Paul responds to GOP criticism of his foreign policy views

Rand Paul responds to GOP criticism of his foreign policy views | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it

(CNN) -- Sen. Rand Paul penned an op-ed for the conservative outlet National Review Online, responding to critiques of the Kentucky Republican from the very same publication and other right-leaning commentators who disagree with his non-interventionist views.

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This article discussed Rand Paul and an article that he wrote in response to criticism from his party.  Although he is very conservative, he is non-interventionist when it comes to foreign policy.  He was responding to an article written about him saying that his views about foreign affairs would be his undoing when it would come to a presidential run, as his views do no coincide with the traditional conservative beliefs.  His arguments are very strong and even though I do not agree with most of his fiscal and social views, I do think that his views on foreign affairs should be emulated between both parties.

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Almost 100 people become U.S. citizens

Almost 100 people become U.S. citizens | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
CEDAR FALLS | For one newly naturalized American, becoming a citizen is “like getting a VIP access.”
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This article also discusses how about 100 people were just made citizens in Iowa.  The article also talked about how difficult the test was, citing that not even a lot of American citizens could pass.  I remember taking the test at the beginning of class, and even though I thought it wasn't that difficult, it definitely wasn't easy, so I can't image what it would be for someone that wasn't born and raised in the US.  But I am happy that there are more people that can call themselves citizens.

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Kristin Blom's comment, April 19, 2014 3:15 PM
It is great to see the immigration and naturalization process working. While I feel illegal immigration needs to be cracked down on, all of these people clearly took the steps necessary to become US citizens. It is great to see that they have so much pride in becoming Americans. The naturalization process seems to be quite inefficient and lengthy. It shows that the people willing to go through the process truly want to become U.S. citizens.
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It's all great and dandy that people are able to come to America more easily now but there's still a huge issue with illegal immigration. I think all of them should have to take this test in order to get into the u.S. And they should have no problem with it of they really want to come here and live the American lifestyle. I realize the test is difficult but like I said if they really wanted to be here then they would make it work. Everyone here has to take difficult tests in order to get the things done that they want so I don't think it should be any different for an immigrant that wants to be a U.S. Citizen.

Abigail Beinborn's comment, May 24, 2014 8:20 PM
I think it is great people are able to become citizens, but I agree that it shouldn't be so easy. If you want to be a citizen so bad, than you should be a positive impact on the country.
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Immigration Reform Advocates Not Giving Up On Congress Yet

Immigration Reform Advocates Not Giving Up On Congress Yet | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- As some immigration activists turn to the White House with hopes for immigration reform, a coalition called the Fast for Families concluded a nationwide bus tour on Wednesday by promising it won't let up on Congress, no matter how unlik...
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This article discussed how one group isn't giving up on congress just yet when it comes to immigration reform.  Even though republicans have refused to vote on any bills, they are trying their hardest to convince them otherwise, also saying that they will simply vote them out of office is need be.  They also want President Obama to stop deportations until immigration reform legislation is passed, so those who simply want to live in America can have their chance.

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President Obama faces rising outcry over deportations as immigration reform remains stalled

President Obama faces rising outcry over deportations as immigration reform remains stalled | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Daniela Pelaez nearly became another number in the Obama administration's contentious march toward 2 million deportations.
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This article discussed immigration reform from the perspective of a victim.  A valedictorian whose parents moved with her from Columbia is one of the many taking a stand when it comes to immigration and citizenship.  Her and others want the citizenship process to be made more easy along with more open borders.  They are protesting, but not very aggressively, all they want is for President Obama to act on his promises from his 2012 campaign, even if there is political deadlock.  Overall I think that the cause they are fighting for is noble.  Although there are many who want to simply close down borders, I don't see why.  We state time and time again that we are the best country in the world, so why wouldn't we want more people coming to enjoy it?

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Kara long's comment, April 12, 2014 9:31 PM
I this was an interesting article as it was from the perspective of a victim. One of the people fighting for immigration reform was a valedictorian who came from Columbia. They want the citizenship process to be made easier and to have more open borders. I think it is great that they fight for what they believe in. I think it is okay to have more open borders, but only if illegal immigration is controlled.
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Was HB 60 Sound Public Policy, an Overreach, or a Simple Election Ploy?

Was HB 60 Sound Public Policy, an Overreach, or a Simple Election Ploy? | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
Is it "the most extreme gun bill in America," or is it "the most comprehensive pro-gun bill" in recent state history? The final day of the 2014 legislative session produced House Bill 60, the gun bill that, among other things, allows permit holders to carry in bars and churches. This morning's New York Times wonders…
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This article talked about a bill called HB 60, which allowed people with permits to carry guns in bars and churches.  It has been labeled “the most comprehensive pro-gun bill” and “the most extreme gun bill in America.”  The article also talks about if the bill overstepped its bounds and that the second amendment should not apply in these extreme situations.  For some reason I have a hard time believing that these laws can even get close to passing, but it seems that politicians only care about what the majority of their party thinks, and I don't really know what that will mean for the future.

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Kara long's comment, March 30, 2014 8:48 AM
I am really surprised that a bill was passed that allows people with permits to carry guns in bars and churches. It does seem like this bill overstepped its bounds and the second amendment should not apply, but I can understand why people want to be able to have their gun on them. Many people probably just want to carry the gun as extra protection and to make them feel safe. Just because they carry a gun, it doesn't mean they are going to shoot someone.
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Kansas, Arizona win proof-of-citizenship requirement in voting suit

Kansas, Arizona win proof-of-citizenship requirement in voting suit | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
A federal judge has ruled that Kansas and Arizona should be allowed to require voters to provide evidence of U.S. citizenship, in a case closely watched by both sides dealing with the question of voter eligibility.
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This article talked about how Kansas and Arizona now have the ability to require people to prove their citizenship when they go to vote.  Even though there is not a major problem with voter fraud, these states feel the need to implement these projects to restrict voters and elongate the voting process.  I think that these states need to lay back on the restrictions, and realize that if they want to attract voters, they shouldn't be making the process so complex.

 

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Kara long's comment, March 22, 2014 10:44 PM
I think it is a good thing that people have to prove who they are in order to vote. I don't think it is asking to much of citizens to provide a passport or birth certificate to be able to vote. These are just restrictions to make sure illegal immigrants cannot vote. It annoys me that people who have not come to this country legally still manage to vote. I agree with what Kansas and Arizona did.
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BP to Ask Supreme Court to Hear Claims Issue

BP to Ask Supreme Court to Hear Claims Issue | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
BP PLC said Wednesday it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether businesses must prove they were directly harmed by the 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect payments from a 2012 settlement. The announcement came two days after judges of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...
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This article discussed how BP is asking the Supreme Court to require businesses that claim they received damages from the 2010 gulf spill to prove that they did.  BP is claiming that many businesses involved with the 2012 settlement unfairly claimed damages, so they are going to the Supreme Court to make sure that they don't pay for things they are not responsible for.  I think that businesses should be held accountable for their claims, but I really don't think that they should need to go to the Supreme Court to do so.

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How Student Debt May Be Stunting the Economy

How Student Debt May Be Stunting the Economy | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
Evidence is mounting that rising levels of student loan debt are restraining the ability of young adults to buy homes and enter the “grown-up” economy.
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This article talks about how student loan debt might be one of the reasons for the stunting of our economy.  A decade ago, there were only $300 billion in student loans, and now there are $1.1 trillion.  These numbers are concerning, considering we are going to college next year and we will encounter this problem ourselves.  Even though I am fairly confident with my financial situation, it is concerning that it is such a big issue, which is one of the many reasons, why I think that tuition overall needs to be lowered.

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Kristin Blom's comment, May 15, 2014 12:12 PM
I believe student debt does play a factor in slow economic growth. Once out of college, all money earned through a job has to go to paying these loans. It could instead be used to invest in businesses. This would stimulate the economy. As I go to college, I am very happy I have a financial plan laid out, so hopefully I won't have to add to the rising statistic.
Kara long's comment, May 18, 2014 10:52 PM
This article was a really interesting read. I agree that student loan debt is a reason for the slow economy. All your focus is to pay off your loans and you can't invest in anything. All the people that get a college education and a good job spend all their money paying off debts. It is really sad how much getting a good education costs.
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Arkansas high court won't stay gay marriage ruling

Arkansas high court won't stay gay marriage ruling | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
High court turned down request from attorney general to halt same-sex marriage licenses.
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This article talked about the issue of gay marriage in Arkansas.  Recently a county judge had ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.  Then the attorney general went to the Arkansas supreme court to try and halt the issuing of licenses, but the court decided to not do anything and let the issuing commence.  I think this is great for the progress and marriage equality, and is a great step forward for the country, seeing as the state is not that well known for being socially revolutionary.  Also the fact that Idaho is doing pretty much the same thing is also exciting.

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Kristin Blom's comment, May 15, 2014 12:08 PM
I am glad that the court didn't stop the issuing of marriage licenses to gay couples. The ruling was already made that the ban was unconstitutional. More and more states are moving toward marriage equality. I think this is an important step in our nation. Every state's choice in this issue is important, so I am glad Arkansas is upholding their previous ruling.
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What Lies Ahead For Digital Education

What Lies Ahead For Digital Education | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
The Khan Academy, with ten million users visiting its web site every month, is at the leading edge of digital education. The Khan-SAT partnership will allow for self-paced learning and will level the playing field by providing access to those who are unable to afford proprietary preparation courses.
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This article discussed the future of digital education concerning Collegeboard and Khan Academy.  They have agreed to partner and create materials to prepare students for the SAT.  I think that this is a great idea, and a good insight as to how online courses will dominate the future of education.  I have learned a lot from Khan Academy myself, also, flipped classroom in math class has shown me that it is the superior way to learn.

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Kristin Blom's comment, May 10, 2014 12:55 PM
Our world is becoming more and more dominated by technology. I completely agree that education needs to prepare students for the future. To do so technology needs to become an integral part of learning. I am thankful to go to a school where this is the case. With flipped classroom, the iPads, and other technological resources, I feel prepared for the next stage in life. The free SAT prep offered by Khan Academy is a great idea. It will help level the playing field for students of varying socioeconmic classes.
Kara long's comment, May 11, 2014 8:40 AM
I think this is great that Collegeboard and Kahn Academy have agreed to collaborate and create study materials for students for the SAT. I agree with Kristin in that technology needs to be an integral part of learning in order to prepare students for the future. It is things like this that will help educate students and create a better future for them.
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Change the law. Make it harder for government to snoop

Change the law. Make it harder for government to snoop | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
A request from police or a government security agency is never just a request. Most businesses can’t say “no.” Especially when the government making the request is the one that licenses and regulates them. Which is why the news that, as of 2011, ...
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This opinion article talked about how to prevent government invasion of phone calls.  Even though it talked about Canada, it is evident they have a similar problem to the US, as Canadian Wireless Telecom has a request for customer information every 27 seconds, totaling to over 1.1 million per year.  Basically the article talked about how even though most of the time the phone calls are not intercepted, metadata is gathered, which can reveal just as much as the actual phone call.  The author of the article is asking for government officials to update the laws concerning warrants as soon as possible, in order to prevent government snooping.

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Kristin Blom's comment, May 1, 2014 9:09 PM
This situation in Canada sounds very similar to that of the United States. There has been a lot of controversy over the NSA and if they are invading the privacy of innocent citizens. It is frightening that the government can have such control over businesses. I believe more laws need to be made to regulate the government's powers in regards to this issue. The government needs to focus its efforts on more important things.
Kara long's comment, May 2, 2014 11:08 PM
Kristin, I totally agree with you. It scares me how much control the government has. All they have to do is "request" something and the business basically has to do it. I think we need to pass some laws to set a limit to the government's power so businesses won't feel obligated to share private information. It is scary that the same situation is occurring in Canada as in the United States. I hope this problem can be resolved in the near future.
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When It Comes To Health Care, There Are 2 Americas, And These Maps Are Proof

When It Comes To Health Care, There Are 2 Americas, And These Maps Are Proof | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
When it comes to the quality of health care, there are two Americas.

In one America, infant mortality, avoidable deaths, health-care costs and other measures are far worse than in the other America, according to a new study by the Commonwealth Fun...
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This article shows the difference in quality of healthcare between the states.  Even though I assumed that not every state has the same quality of healthcare, I was surprised to see just how different each state is.  I was also pretty proud to see that Minnesota is in the top quartile for the country.  I know that Mayo Clinic and the hospitals in the cities are excellent, but I didn't know that there was such a stark difference between Minnesota and southern states.

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Kristin Blom's comment, May 1, 2014 8:56 PM
This article was very interesting. I had no idea that healthcare inequality was so prevalent in a specific region. I previously assumed that healthcare laws varied by state but federal regulations caused resources to remain similar. I am proud to be a Minnesotan after looking at these results. While these results were alarming for America, it is important to keep in mind that our healthcare is much more advanced than many countries throughout the world.
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Russia’s Territorial Ambition and Increased Military Presence in the Arctic - Foreign Policy Journal

Russia’s Territorial Ambition and Increased Military Presence in the Arctic - Foreign Policy Journal | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
As the U.S. and E.U. keep a close eye on the situation with Russia and Ukraine, Russia is also increasing its presence and influence elsewhere: the Arctic.
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This article is about how Russia is increasing both its military and mining presence, most likely in response to the pressure from other countries to withdraw from Crimea.  Although it appears they will not leave the area, I think they will not respond to the criticism from others, so this move makes sense.  As they will continue their presence to the chagrin of others, they will need to become more independent. 

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Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It's Not a Democracy

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It's Not a Democracy | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
Scientists have proven that our government is far from what we believe.
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This interesting article, showed that a Princeton study concluded the US government is less of a Democracy and more of an Oligarchy.  An oligarchy is like a democracy in a sense, but wealth and power is confined to a certain group of individuals, and honestly it makes sense.  Nowadays the government is controlled by 2 parties, whose candidates are only worried about pushing the agenda of their parties.  Also there are not that many people making legislation and very few people in the executive branch.

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Kara long's comment, April 19, 2014 2:43 PM
This article was really interesting to read. I think it is really interesting that the Princeton study concluded that the United States government is like an oligarchy. I can see how our country is like an oligarchy, but there are still many aspects of a democracy that are upheld in our country.
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U.S. citizenship becomes family affair

FINDLAY — It took 25 years for Felisa Pagal Abubo to realize her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. For 30 minutes before taking her oath of citizenship, Mrs. Abubo did what mothers across America often find themselves doing: She watched in
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This article talked about how many people were recently made US citizens in Ohio.  Many of these people were family members, and it truly shows how much simply becoming a citizen means to people, and it shows how much we need to care about the people that want to become citizens.

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Sen. Schumer Says Republicans Want Immigration Reform – But Don't Want To Vote On It

Sen. Schumer Says Republicans Want Immigration Reform – But Don't Want To Vote On It | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat who was part of bipartisan group that drafted a comprehensive immigration reform bill last year, says that Republicans really would like to see such a measure pass in Congress, though individually they don’t want to vote on it.
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This article discusses how almost everyone in both parties of the house and senate want immigration reform, but a democratic senator says that republicans simply don't want to vote for anything.  Everyone has realized that our immigration system is flawed in many ways, but republicans are reluctant to pass a bill because they believe that President Obama will not enforce it.  To be honest I don't even know why that would be a valid reason to not pass a bill.  Unless they stated in the law that the president would have to form committees to regulate it, I feel that they should go forward with the bill.

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Kristin Blom's comment, April 12, 2014 11:31 PM
It will be interesting to see if and when this bill gets passed. I think it will because as election time rolls around, Republicans would like to advertise their support for immigration. It is being stalled right now because many have an issue that the bill is creating a way for undocumented immigrants to become legal citizens. However, this bill is supporting additional security at the border, which is something Republicans strongly agree with. This bill seems to offer enough compromise, so although it may take some time, I think this bill will eventually be passes in the House.
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: Gay marriages legally performed, but state won't recognize them

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: Gay marriages legally performed, but state won't recognize them | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
More than 300 same-sex couples were legally married this weekend in Michigan after a federal judge overturned a long-standing ban, according to Gov. Rick Snyder, but the state will not recognize those marriages pending the outcome of an appeal by Attorney General Bill Schuette.
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This article talked about how Michigan will not yet recognize the over 300 same-sex marriages that recently took place.  Recently a Michigan judge ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, but his verdict is under review as of now.  I hope that soon enough the state will recognize these marriages, as they are just as equal as all the others.  In fact, I was very proud of when Minnesota ruled in support of same-sex marriages.  Hopefully all states will follow soon. 

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The NRA directs public policy at citizens’ expense

The NRA directs public policy at citizens’ expense | Government & Law - Evan Richardson | Scoop.it
Here we go again! It’s been less than two years since the most heart-wrenching episode of my lifetime (the shootings of children and school personnel in Newtown, Conn.) and our state Legislature sees fit to propose a bill that would weaken Pennsylvania gun laws even further than they already are (“Bill Gives Clout to Firearms Groups,” March 19). House Bill 2011, which seeks to block any local requirement to report stolen and lost firearms, is designed by the National Rifle Association, endorsed by the NRA and, it seems, our elected officials are paid by the NRA. How else does one explain how such a bill could make its way toward the floor for a vote? It makes no sense to debate this bill in this space, because it is not being proposed on its supposed merits — it has none! As long as we
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This article discussed a new bill in Pennsylvania that will get rid of the requirement to report stolen our lost weapons.  This bill was directly sponsored by the NRA and endorsed by officials paid by the NRA.  To me, this bill seems unnecessary and doesn't even get anything accomplished and if bills can come to the floor simply because an organization has enough money to pay for it, I don't really know what to think of the future of our legislation.    

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Kristin Blom's comment, March 27, 2014 10:45 PM
I agree that this bill is unnecessary. Furthermore, I think that this bill is a threat to the security of citizens. There have been so many shootings lately, and although I know people have rights to bare arms, the safety of people needs to be kept in the forefront. It is so sad that legislators are more focused on what bills they can pass to get reelected rather than to improve the nation. Honestly, the way the current political system scares me for what the future will hold.