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Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi claims victory as India's next prime minister

Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi claims victory as India's next prime minister | Jaylen Purnell Current Events | Scoop.it
Narendra Modi, the leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, claimed victory as India's next prime minister Friday, bringing to power a man whose controversial past at one point led the United States to deny him a visa.
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Narenda will be India's next prime minister. In 2002, Gujarat was wracked with anti-Muslim violence, in which more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed. Modi was criticized for not doing enough to halt the violence, but a Supreme Court-ordered investigation absolved him of blame last year. Although Narenda has had a controversial past, his arrival in India's top office will bring a marked change in direction for the world's most populous democracy, a nation whose modern character has been defined by the defeated Indian National Congress Party, which has been dominant since the country's independence in 1947.

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Megan Brooks's comment, May 16, 2014 5:22 PM
You gave a good summary. It explained the article very well and you used political savvy words. You didn't relate it to class however which would have been easy to do. :)
Jacqueline Dolce's comment, May 19, 2014 1:44 PM
I agree with Megan. How will this affect the United States. You could make a connection between the article and the President as Chief Diplomat.
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Federal judge declares Idaho's gay marriage ban unconstitutional

Federal judge declares Idaho's gay marriage ban unconstitutional | Jaylen Purnell Current Events | Scoop.it
Idaho became the latest state Tuesday in which a federal judge declared its ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional.
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Idaho recently lifted it's ban on gay marriage. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Wagahoff Dale issued her sweeping opinion knocking down Idaho state laws and a state constitutional amendment, passed in 2006, as failing to live up to the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment guarantee no "state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

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Gabriel Lett's curator insight, May 16, 2014 10:23 AM

Gabriel Nathaniel Richardson Lett III's insight:

Recently Idaho has decided that the ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional according to the 14th Amendment. The state does not have the right to deprive the citizens of their Amendable rights, therefor gay marriage became legal. 

Ashlee Salazar's comment, May 16, 2014 4:49 PM
The Amendment that the Judge uses is, I believe, quite an obvious one. The 14th Amendment seems to be something that everyone knows, but will rarely use it. This Amendment could have been applied the second that there was a true controversy of gay marriage. I think that people only use things to certain advantages. This amendment will be applied to Idaho's ban, but will it be to all others who still ban gay marriage?
Chris Stevenson's comment, May 19, 2014 11:18 AM
We can obviously see that more and more states are lifting the ban based on the Fourteenth Amendment. Idaho recognized that it was unconstitutional for a state to deprive any person of life, liberty, or property. Banning gay marriage does raise a flag. Idaho is just another state to lift it's man. We can assume that more states will look at this and lift their bans also, however, there will still be states that will fight despite the 14th amendment because everyone does have their own interpretation of the amendment when it comes to this issue.
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Grand Rapids area has positive jobs outlook

Grand Rapids area has positive jobs outlook | Jaylen Purnell Current Events | Scoop.it
The economic outlook for West Michigan is bright, a national study says -- and so does local economic development agency The Right Place.
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Are Marijuana Dispensaries Selling Out?

Are Marijuana Dispensaries Selling Out? | Jaylen Purnell Current Events | Scoop.it
An overwhelmingly high demand for recreational marijuana in Colorado sparked rumors last week that pot shops were starting to sell out of weed -- a problem that could prompt some people to return to the black market.
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Gabriel Lett's curator insight, May 16, 2014 10:52 AM

Marijuana dispensaries in Colorado say that their supply and demand is insufficient and are running out of product. This article proclaims that buyers are retorting back to the black market to get marijuana.

 

Dispensary businesses have a high supply and demand, if their supply is low, the demand will indeed decrease causing citizens to fall back onto the black market.

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Republicans Expect To Lose Fight Over Gay Marriage, Legal Weed

Republicans Expect To Lose Fight Over Gay Marriage, Legal Weed | Jaylen Purnell Current Events | Scoop.it
Americans of all stripes predict more states will allow same-sex marriage and recreational marijuana by the end of 2014, a HuffPost/YouGov poll finds, even though other surveys have shown Republicans still oppose permitting either.
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How Marijuana May Influence The 2016 Election

How Marijuana May Influence The 2016 Election | Jaylen Purnell Current Events | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama made waves on Sunday when he admitted what for millions of Americans counts as the obvious: That marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. Obama's remarks were step in his apparent "evolution" on marijuana.

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Tina Phan's curator insight, February 7, 2014 3:51 PM

(Quarter 3, Week 3, February 2-8)I wanted to follow up on the effect of medical marijuana in the 2016 election. According to this article, the candidates might support it due to the fact that they would get more votes from the younger age group due to the fact that about 65% of people from 18-34 approve and 31% in the 65+ age group. Also, democrats are more likely to support than republicans and in class we learned that the older people get, the more attached and involved with their party so the 31% of the 65+ might be democratic whereas the 69% would more likely be republican. I also wonder if the GENDER GAP would play a role in this election due to the fact that women are more likely to support democrats however, some are mothers and they could not want their children to think that because one drug is legal it allows them to try them all. This election would be very interesting because more people might oppose of marijuana in red states such as Texas and Arizona would oppose but California and New York would approve. The thing is that people in New York are less likely to vote so if people really oppose of marijuana there, they would more than likely vote against it. I think it is pretty interesting because knowing about the likeliness of voting in certain areas and about the electoral college and red and blue states makes me feel more knowledgeable about how the 2016 election. 

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Rep. Radel resigns, following cocaine charges

Rep. Radel resigns, following cocaine charges | Jaylen Purnell Current Events | Scoop.it
Republican Rep.
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Radel had pleaded guilty in November to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession and was sentenced to a year of probation. He admitted to purchasing 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover officer in Washington on Oct. 29

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Democrats unveil agenda aimed at keeping Senate

Democrats unveil agenda aimed at keeping Senate | Jaylen Purnell Current Events | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Democrats in jeopardy of losing control of the Senate this year unveiled a 2014 agenda on Wednesday filled with carefully crafted language and messaging aimed at middle class voters they believe will decide many key races.
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Democrats currently hold the in the senate with 55/45. They just revealed their plan to keep the majority by appealing to middle class voters in the upcoming re-election.

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Gabriel Lett's comment, May 16, 2014 10:42 AM
Gabriel Nathaniel Richardson Lett III's insight: It's agreeable that the Senate needs to appeal to the public , but not the middle class. The middle class is the smallest social class in America, the class that should be focused on is the lower class so that the middle class can be reconstructed.
Jacqueline Dolce's comment, May 19, 2014 1:46 PM
Gabe - you make a good point.
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Spectrum doctor: Firing over patient’s photo unfair

Spectrum doctor: Firing over patient’s photo unfair | Jaylen Purnell Current Events | Scoop.it
An emergency room doctor has sued Spectrum Health Hospitals, saying it wrongfully eliminated her job over her Facebook post about a photo of the backside of a woman.
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Legal Weed Shops Rake In Pile Of Green In First Week

Legal Weed Shops Rake In Pile Of Green In First Week | Jaylen Purnell Current Events | Scoop.it
Colorado marijuana dispensaries made huge sales in the first week of legal recreational marijuana.
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This State Could Be The Next To Legalize Medical Marijuana

This State Could Be The Next To Legalize Medical Marijuana | Jaylen Purnell Current Events | Scoop.it
Tennessee could become the 21st state in the country to legalize medical marijuana.

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Tina Phan's curator insight, January 30, 2014 4:41 PM

(Quarter 3, Week 2, January 26-February 1)

This article talks about how Tennessee could be the next state to legalize medical marijuana. This would be a big deal because that would mean almost half of the country would legalize medical marijuana but it conflicts with the federal law. The federal law states that possession of drugs is illegal but if a state law says that it is, citizens won't know which law to follow. I think this is interesting because I thought the government would have intervene by now but they haven't so I'm just waiting to see if something will. I feel like this would end up like prohibition in the 1920's where alcohol was illegal but then became legal later. It could also be related to the CULTURE WAR because the progressives think that possession of drugs should at least be decriminalized while the orthodox beliefs say that it should stay illegal. This is something I find interesting because of how the state and federal laws clash so I might follow up later on about how drugs will effect the 2016 election.