Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood
38 views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has become tech-savvy and more responsive to the public's needs  

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has become tech-savvy and more responsive to the public's needs    | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
In recent years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has seen a remarkable improvement in efficiency and service. Some customers (as USCIS calls those seeking immigration benefits) undoubtedly still have legitimate complaints about delays and errors.
hlivin31's insight:

I think that it is about time the immigration service updates and improves. Compared to the old days when immigration was terrifying and uncertain the United States has made some giant strides. I do think we still have a LONG way to go!

more...
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 16, 2014 2:59 PM
There are a lot of improvements to be made to the system. Good to hear they are finally stepping into the 21st century.
Jay Puffer's comment, March 22, 2014 11:21 PM
These improvements, although small right now, are in fact a huge step forward into making it easier to become naturalized. This is a fast and efficient way to get vital information to people and the whole process has become easier and friendlier.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

Under Pressure, Obama Vows to Examine Deportations

Under Pressure, Obama Vows to Examine Deportations | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
Republicans are warning that any steps President Barack Obama takes to bypass Congress to ease deportations of immigrants illegally in the United States would severely hurt chances of overhauling the nation's immigration laws. The White House announced late Thursday that Obama was directing...
hlivin31's insight:

I can not decide what is right when it comes to deportations. This article was very interesting and covered both sides well. I believe that the immigrants who are in the United States illegally should be deported, but we need a more "humane" way of doing it. Also I can see where the immigrants are coming from by being here illegally. It is bad when the United States citizenship process is so messed up that people would prefer to be here illegally, versus going through the system. I really have no idea what the right answer is, but I do know that the US is wasting millions of dollars on a citizenship program that doesn't work.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

Could U.S. government claim $10 million in gold coins discovered in California couple's back yard?

Could U.S. government claim $10 million in gold coins discovered in California couple's back yard? | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
New evidence suggests the coins could have been stolen from the San Francisco Mint in the year 1900.
hlivin31's insight:
I think that the government has no right to claim these coins. They have no proof or anything that even suggests that the coins were the same coins taken in the heist. I believe the couple who found the coins should be able to do as they please with them and thank The Lord they went on that walk!
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

The Terrible Supreme Court Decision That Lets the Government Take All Your Assets Before You Even Go to Trial

The Terrible Supreme Court Decision That Lets the Government Take All Your Assets Before You Even Go to Trial | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
Justice for Kerri and Brian Kaley, the Supreme Court held Tuesday, is of the Alice in Wonderland variety: First comes the punishment—the seizure of all their assets—then the trial, and the crime last of all.* “But suppose they never committed the crime?” Alice asks. “It doesn’t matter,” comes the court’s...
hlivin31's insight:

This case was very unfair for the Kaley's! I believe that by freezing their assests the government violated their 6th amendment rights, because they were going to use that money for a lawyer. I believe the court made the wrong desicion about everything in this case. If the equipment Kerri took was outdated and unused then there was no reason the hospitals should be upset. Overall I think this was a rather ridiculous case that went terribly wrong for the Kaley's!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

Activist: Strengthen US voting rights, education

Activist: Strengthen US voting rights, education | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Longtime civil rights activist Bob Moses says the United States needs a firmer commitment to voting rights and education, and he's challenging young people to embrace those issues today to strengthen the society they'll lead in a generation. Moses spoke Wednesday at an event commemorating Freedom Summer, the 1964 project he directed. Hundreds of volunteers, mostly college students, came to Mississippi 50 years ago to challenge segregation by pushing to register black voters. Some of them were killed or beaten. Moses said U.S. history moves in cycles of expanding rights, then trying to limit them.
hlivin31's insight:

This is actually really interesting, come to think of it history does repeat itself and the youth of today (us!) are going to have to stand up and protect our rights! I think Moses is right on, that education and voting is not encouraged enough, and people should really pay attention to it! It is a scary thought to have so many younger people unsure about whether or not they can vote, or even if they want to. Every American has their rights, they just need to be able to defend them in the future!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

Another Test of Precedent (No, Not Thomas’s Silence)

Another Test of Precedent (No, Not Thomas’s Silence) | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
Expect Justice Clarence Thomas to have more to say in writing than in arguments next week when the Supreme Court considers overruling a 1988 securities-fraud decision.
hlivin31's insight:

I think that it is important that the people of the United States respect the Supreme Courts decisions. Yes, they may make mistakes from time to time, but they do extensive research and they have a strong backing for all their decisions. I think what Justice Thomas was trying to say was, their job is difficult and they try to do it fairly and constitutionally.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

What next for the Second Amendment and the right to carry guns?

What next for the Second Amendment and the right to carry guns? | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
Will the Ninth Circuit rehear the case en banc? Will the Supreme Court step in?
hlivin31's insight:

I find it interesting that this is still such a major issue. I do not believe it is right to take away peoples right to carry guns, but I also do not think people should be able to just have one on them at all time. It is a tricky topic, for some people it makes them feel unsafe, for others it is their security. I think that only law enforcement people should be allowed to carry a gun in public. It is just an easier way to make sure everyone is safe. 

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by hlivin31 from Chapter 5 Bill of Rights mini project beck
Scoop.it!

1st amendment right being violated

A minister from Michigan felt that his 1st amendment rights were being violated after telling a judge that he could be tortured by God. The minister was charged with threatening the judge, even though all he was doing was expressing his feelings. This is a violation of his rights because he was not allowed to speak what he wanted to.
Via Christopher Beck
hlivin31's insight:
I think that the pastor rights were not violated. He had threatened judges on many occasions. Although he has the freedom of speech and religion, this is pushing the boundaries a bit. If the judge felt his life was in danger he had the right to protect himself. If the pastor had just stated his opinion versus directing it at the judge the story would be different.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by hlivin31 from American Government
Scoop.it!

Madison’s Privacy Blind Spot

Madison’s Privacy Blind Spot | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it

“ His brand of libertarianism is inadequate in an age of corporate surveillance.”


Via Wendy Thompson
hlivin31's insight:

The interesting part of this article is the point of view. It is unlike anything I have ever read before and it made me think. Is it okay that our phone companies and internet providers know more about us than the government. It is kind of scary to think that they know where I am at all times. James Madison was afraid that the government would be the ones abusing the privacy of the people. The companies say that it is not breaking the Constitution because the people agree to the terms and contracts. I think it is over stepping quite a few boundaries!

more...
MsHaeussinger's comment, February 16, 2014 9:31 AM
Its true, once you sign the terms of agreement you are waiving many of your privacy rights. While we should stop and read those agreements the length, legal jargon, and sheer multitude of components makes anyone scan and sign away.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

US Government To Seek Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing Case - CBS Boston

US Government To Seek Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing Case - CBS Boston | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
“ The US Government will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the US Attorney's Office announced on Thursday.”
hlivin31's insight:
I believe that this is the right move for the United States government. Dzhokar Tsarnaev should pay for the pain and loss he has caused and the many lives he took. This act of terrorism should not go unpunished, especially with the charges he is facing.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

Dissent, Guns & Ammo

Dissent, Guns & Ammo | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it

A respected columnist was dismissed from the magazine after he wrote that the right to bear arms needs to be subjected to legitimate regulation.

hlivin31's insight:

There was no reason for this journalist to loose his job. He was stating his opinion on the matter. It may have gone against what the magazine thought but his opinion is legimate. Freedom of Speech!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

Immigration change gives legal status to undocumented relatives of US military

Immigration change gives legal status to undocumented relatives of US military | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
Immigration reform may be stalled in Congress, but a new Obama administration policy is extending legal status and military benefits to thousands of illegal immigrants who are the spouses, parents and children of American military members.
hlivin31's insight:

I believe that this is a brillant idea! I am usually not for the illegal immigrants staying in the United States, but I think this is a worthy exceptions. The soldiers who are fighting for our freedom and safety should not have to wonder if their loved ones will be there when they arrive home!

 

more...
Jay Puffer's comment, March 15, 2014 11:23 PM
I agree. Members of the US military already have enought to
Jay Puffer's comment, March 15, 2014 11:26 PM
worry about by putting their lives on the line for their country. These men and women are away from their families for a long time while serving in the military and their spouses are left to take care of the family while being threatened to be deported.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

U.S. expands legal benefits, services for same-sex marriages

U.S. expands legal benefits, services for same-sex marriages | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
The U.S. government will recognize same-sex marriages as equal to traditional marriages in all federal matters,
hlivin31's insight:
Add Your Insight...personally agree with gay marriage I found this article very interesting. I think it is stupid that these people do not receive the same rights as straight couples, they are people to. I think that if they are married and living in a state where gay marriage is legal, then they should have all the same rights as the other married couples in that state.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

Caregiving in America: Heading toward a crisis

Caregiving in America: Heading toward a crisis | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Perhaps the most memorable moment of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address in January was when he introduced Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg.
hlivin31's insight:
I never really gave any thought to the obstacles that went along with being a care taker. Being a care taker is a full time job, and it is often made harder because of lack of time, benefits, or money. I believe that there should be some sort of system that gives a little bit of extra help to the "humble heroes" the everyday car takers.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

March snowstorm pummels East Coast, shuts down federal government (PHOTOS)

March snowstorm pummels East Coast, shuts down federal government (PHOTOS) | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
Weather continues to cause trouble in the United States, as yet another powerful snowstorm is blanketing the mid-Atlantic region and the East Coast on Monday.
hlivin31's insight:

I find this rather funny that the federal government has shut its doors just because of 10 inches of snow. It said in the article that Congress had pushed back voting, but the Supreme Court is staying on schedule...Why isn't Congress? I think that the schools should be closed of course, but as for the government I think they are being a little ridiculous!

more...
Jay Puffer's comment, March 9, 2014 12:42 AM
This certainly isn't the worst winter that the Northeast has seen. You would think with all the experience with bad snowstorms and blizzards they would be able to shrug off a few inches of snow. But I guess it's worse than I think it is, and I think they're just trying to say that they have it the worst, which probably isn't true.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

2013 U.S. government shutdown hurt 37,000 immigrant cases

2013 U.S. government shutdown hurt 37,000 immigrant cases | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
The federal government shutdown last year delayed more than 37,000 immigration hearings by months or years for immigrants already waiting in lengthy lines to plead for asylum or green cards
hlivin31's insight:

This is not right, there is no reason that these people have to suffer for a longer amount of time. The immigration process in America is grueling and 37,000 people should not have to suffer longer because the government couldn't get their act together. I understand there are probably several procedures in order to become an immigrant, but most of these people have been waiting for years already. This is especially damaging for the people in dire need of citizenship. I say the courts should have to work overtime to put atleast a fraction of that 37,000 people out of their misery.

more...
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 3, 2014 9:05 AM
Many Americans don't think we need immigration reform, but I think this article indicates why we need it so badly. The system is broken!
Rescooped by hlivin31 from Best Future Lawyers
Scoop.it!

Supreme Court to rule on 4th Amendment, cellphone searches - Los Angeles Times

Supreme Court to rule on 4th Amendment, cellphone searches - Los Angeles Times | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
Supreme Court to rule on 4th Amendment, cellphone searches Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court set the stage for an important 4th Amendment ruling Friday, announcing it will decide in this term whether police may inspect a suspect's...

Via Evemaran
hlivin31's insight:

I believe that searching through the car and the possesions in the car is alright even if they do not have a search warrant. I do not think that this should give them the right to search the persons cell phone. Most people do a lot of different things other than phone calls and texting on their phone. There may be emails or even documents for their work place. I believe that the police should be required to have a warrant in order to search the cell phone of the person.

 

more...
Lakin's comment, May 1, 2014 3:38 PM
This violates the 4th amendment and I believe we should more privacy rights. Its not fair to us how our lives are almost becoming a reality show n
Lakin's comment, May 1, 2014 3:38 PM
because we have no privacy and everyone seems to know everything.
Brian Bertram's comment, May 3, 2014 10:05 AM
True, random searches may violate some rights, but in the long run they could actually be saving lives. They might discover a bomb that the sensors didn't detect or some illegal drug that could kill someone. In the end, the safety of the public is more important to me.
Rescooped by hlivin31 from The latest and greatest in IT Security, the Cloud and Big Data
Scoop.it!

US government invites hackers to work on '... - CNET

US government invites hackers to work on '... - CNET | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
“ US government invites hackers to work on '...”
Via Amine Elhachimy
hlivin31's insight:
I think this is an interesting idea and may work. I do find it a bit unsettling that the government has given hackers the ok to search through the peoples information. This hacking day will either be a big success and help the U.S. in the long run.p, or it will be a disaster.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by hlivin31 from American Government Today
Scoop.it!

Justices Seem Split on Buffer Zones at Abortion Clinics

Justices Seem Split on Buffer Zones at Abortion Clinics | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it

“ The Supreme Court heard arguments in a challenge to a Massachusetts law, but Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who almost certainly holds the crucial vote, asked no questions.”


Via Steve Cothran
hlivin31's insight:

This is a problem that I have never really given any thought to. I suppose both sides have the right to what they are fighting for. The patients have a right to feel safe and the protestors have a right to state their mind. I think that 100 feet is to far, even 35 feet may be pushing it. The distance in which the patient feels safe depends on the person. This is a difficult desicion that may take awhile to decide. Personally, if the protestors aren't harming the patients I do not think their should be a buffer zone at all.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

Obama Should Leave The Minimum Wage Issue To States And Cities

Obama Should Leave The Minimum Wage Issue To States And Cities | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
President Obama wants the federal government to raise the minimum wage; but he should leave that issue to the states and cities, which can set a level more appropriate, and less damaging, for their economies.
hlivin31's insight:
I do not believe that the president should have the power to set the minimum wage. Each state should have the ability to set their own minimum wage. The governments in each state and city understand the needs of the population if Obama set the minimum wage equal in all states many businesses will struggle to stay afloat. Setting the minimum wage equally has the potential to hurt the American economy and people more than help.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by hlivin31
Scoop.it!

Americans Offended By the American Flag?

Americans Offended By the American Flag? | Government and Law Weekly Scoop It- Heather Livingood | Scoop.it
If the American flag offends people in America, they should take the next flight to where they fly a flag they like better
hlivin31's insight:
This is just so sad...yes the pledge says "one nation under God" but this is a belief it does not imply that the American Flag is a symbol of Christianity. It is a symbol of a prosperous nation and it should be respected by all Americans.
more...
No comment yet.