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Romney dispenses life advice

Romney dispenses life advice | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
Marriage and children are the keys to what it’s all about, he tells graduates.
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I have so much to say about this, but yet so little.  I am disgusted that he could be so ignorant. Yes I am sure there are joys in marriage and having kids, but that doesn't mean that you won't experience those same things by waiting to get married.  Isn't there more valuable advice he could give during a commencement speech?? 

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Breaking: 3 more suspects in Boston Marathon bombings case taken into custody

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Seeing this makes me slightly more nervous for college next year. It just goes to show you never know what your friend/roommate might be doing.  I am botherd by thow the boys took the initial thought of their friend being the bomber. They joked that it looked like him. If a suspect looks like a friend, it isn't something to joke about.  They were put in a sticky situation regarding his belongings. If I were them, I would have left things as they were. 

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Brittany Turany's comment, May 18, 2013 12:59 PM
It is scary to realize how you may never truly to know someone. Especially someone you spend so much time with. To me, it really reflects negatively on humankind seeing as how someone may only appear nice and genuine.
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Indian police arrest second suspect in rape of 5-year-old

Indian police arrest second suspect in rape of 5-year-old | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
Indian police have arrested a second man in connection with the rape of a 5-year-old girl in New Delhi, a police spokesman said Monday.
Samantha Iversen's insight:

There have been numerous rapes lately in India, including one 5 year old girl.  That poor girl.  I am disgusted.  Who would rape a person let a lone a little girl.  She couldn't have understood what was happening which will impact the rest of her life.  These men deserve the worst.  I understand that Indian culture has a different view of women than America, but more needs to be done to respect them.  

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Brittany Turany's comment, April 27, 2013 4:15 PM
I agree with Sam. Regardless of how women are veiwed, no human beings deserved to be forced into something like that.
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Obama threatens "family tattoo" if daughters get their own

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His idea is definitely an interesting, and probably successful, way of keeping his daughters from getting tattoos.  But at their age, I don't think it is reasonable for either of them to consider getting a tattoo.  It is good to teach them that the tattoo should mean something and be appropriate.  At a later age if they choose to get one, I don't think it will be of anything that they regret.  I wonder how many other parents will use that threat. 

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Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, April 28, 2013 4:50 PM
This is interesting only because it reminds us how 'normal' the president's family really is. Sometimes we put them up on a pedestal like royalty, but really their not so special.
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Minn. prosecutors appeal `advising' suicide ruling - KansasCity.com

Minnesota prosecutors said Thursday that they are appealing a judge's decision that the state's law against "advising" suicide is unconstitutional.
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Why anyone would encourage another person to commit suicide is something that I don't understand. I agree that making it illegal to do so is unconstitutional as it is simply speech and in the end, it is that person's decision, but actually encouraging a person to do such a thing is very immoral. It should definitely be illegal to help a person commit suicide. 

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Could a government shutdown doom the White House Easter Egg Roll?

Could a government shutdown doom the White House Easter Egg Roll? | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
Sequestration may end up dooming the Easter Egg Roll this year--but probably not.
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After 134 years, the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll may be cut due to lack of funding. From what I understand, this is a government funded event.  Why should money be taken from solving our debt to do this? If it is an event that the white house wants to put on, shouldn't they have to pay for it through personal funds? The fact that the sequester could be affecting the event makes me wonder what other fun activities put on take money that could be used for more productive things. 

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Brittany Turany's comment, March 23, 2013 1:26 PM
I don't understand why it's such a big deal that an egg roll is being cancelled. Especially since a government shutdown would affect mnay more things that have an impact on the country as a whole. I also feel that the government should not fund this event. Our country has a huge debt and this is truely an unnecessary expense.
Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, March 24, 2013 2:05 PM
Just as Sam mentioned, this also makes me wonder how many events such as the Easter Egg Roll, are funded by the government. This makes me very angry because our country has a serious debt issue and the government is spending it's time and money to put together an Easter Egg Roll? Unacceptable. What a nice, lavish lifestyle for President Snow.
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Have political parties lost their purpose?

Have political parties lost their purpose? | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
Buffeted by outside forces, America’s two main political parties ponder their diminished role.

Via Brittany Turany
Samantha Iversen's insight:

Pilitical parties, in my opinion, aren't losing their purpose, but they are changing.  Many people say that they belong to a certain political party, but their beliefs don't match perfectly, and that is okay. Less people vote for a person just because they are the same political party as them. In many cases people vote for the candidate that they feel is best whether or not they belong to the same party. 

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Brittany Turany's curator insight, March 18, 2013 5:46 PM

I find this article refreshing in that it shows people are willing to think independently despite politcal party stereotypes. I feel sometimes people get too caught up on "democrate" or "republican" and don't think about each politican as an individual with their own ideas. I feel personally that it shouldn't be about what political party the person in office is from; rather it should be about if they themselves have a good plan to govern.

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Arkansas Adopts Restrictive Abortion Law

Arkansas Adopts Restrictive Abortion Law | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
Legal experts said a ban on abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy, adopted on Wednesday, so sharply contradicted existing constitutional doctrine that it should quickly be voided.
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The never ending argument on abortion is once again heating up. Arkansas recently passed a law banning abortion after 12 weeks. This is the most strict anti-abortion law in the United States. Many argue that this new law is going against other laws already put in place and say it will soon be taken out. It will be interesting to see if this law stays in place and how other states react. 

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Brianna Moore's comment, March 14, 2013 6:09 PM
You would think they would just stay clear of this. By doing this, I feel like they may be causing a lot of unneeded trouble ahead! Like they say In the article, It goes against so many constitutional doctrines that this law may be quickly voided.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 17, 2013 5:08 PM
There have been endless challenges to Roe v. Wade since the decision was handed down. What will stop anyone seeking an abortion after 12 weeks from traveling to a neighboring state? Is this really going to limit abortion overall or just in Arkansas?
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Prominent Republicans Sign Brief in Support of Gay Marriage

Prominent Republicans Sign Brief in Support of Gay Marriage | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
Dozens of prominent Republicans signed an amicus brief that will be submitted to the Supreme Court ahead of arguments in two cases next month.
Samantha Iversen's insight:

Republicans tend to be against same sex marriage, so having such prominent Republicans publicly support it, is a huge step. The topic of same sex marriage has been a big in the last year. I personally support it. If celebrities can have 55 hour marriages, why can't two men or two women happily marry? Constitutionally, there is nothing said about marriage being between one man and one women. Many argue that it should be illegal becuase it is a sin. A right in our country is the freedom of religion. Therefore, the government cannot ban it on those grounds. I think it should be legal, but churches can decide as a congregation whether or not they want to perform such ceremonies in their church. 

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Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, February 27, 2013 10:52 PM
This is definitely something that I find interesting. It's almost refreshing to see Republicans supporting something that they stereotypically would not. I know that politicians rarely see eye to eye and agree on anything, but if more of them could be open minded, things would go much smoother.
Brittany Turany's comment, March 16, 2013 11:31 AM
I also agree that this is refreshing to see. I really goes to show that whatever political party you are in does not mean you strictly have what would stereotypically be your beliefs. It also shows that we should be able to get past the labels of Republican or Democrat and agree.
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Georgia Reps: Time to Revoke 17th Amendment

Georgia Reps: Time to Revoke 17th Amendment | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
GOP state representatives in Georgia say it's time to end direct elections of national senators, the Douglas County Sentinel reports. Instead, state assemblies should pick senators, as it was... Politics News Summaries.
Samantha Iversen's insight:

This article is about Georgia's intent to revoke the 17th Amendment. The 17th Amendment, introduced in 1913, changed how senators were elected. Orgininally they were selected by the state legislator. After the amendment, they are now chosen by popular vote of the state. Some argue that America should go back to the election by the state legislature. This idea was popularized by the Tea Party. Personally, I believe that people's rights should not be taken away. 

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Brittany Turany's comment, March 2, 2013 6:19 PM
I find this article interesting. I don't understand what would lead to a change like this. Especially since we are run by the people. Thus, the government should be chosen by the people. Also, it kind of confuses me how Georgia could do this. Are state even allowed to change the consitution because it is the supreme law of the land? Or is this sort of issue discussed in state constitutions?
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Ricin suspect’s dust mask tests positive for toxin

Ricin suspect’s dust mask tests positive for toxin | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
Affidavit details items found at his home and near his former martial arts studio.
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With the evidence that they have agianst him, I don't understand why he continues to lie. He isn't helping himself at all. 

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Brittany Turany's comment, May 12, 2013 6:23 PM
I agree with Sam. Why lie when there is so much evidence against. It just makes him look even worse.
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5-year-old boy shoots 2-year-old sister in Ky.

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First off, why would you give a 5 year old a gun in any circumstance? A rifle as a gift seems completely insane, especially for a little kid, whether or not it is a "kid's rifle" which is also a stupid concept.  And the article said "he is used to shooting". Why is this? I can understand maybe a nerf gun, but no little kid should be used to shooting a real gun. 

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Obama’s Delicate Task at Bush Library Dedication

Obama’s Delicate Task at Bush Library Dedication | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
As President Obama prepares to help dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Thursday, he embarks on an awkward ritual.
Samantha Iversen's insight:

Having to dedicate something for a person that you aren't the biggest fan of would be super awkward.  Personally, I know my speech wouldn't be very good because I wouldn't be motivated to write it until the last minute. Good thing he has someone that will write his speech for him. I wonder who came up with this tradition.  Having the current president dedicate the predicessor's library is a nice idea, but could bring in awkwardness.  However, considering they are mature adults and leading our country, they should be able to get over their personal feelings and act in a provessioinal manner. 

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Georgia high school seniors fight racial segregation with first integrated prom

Georgia high school seniors fight racial segregation with first integrated prom | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
Students at one Georgia high school are still fighting racial segregation.
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It is 2013 and they are having their first integrated prom?!?! I knew things were still different in the south for people of color, but I had no idea it was to this extreme. It is appalling that the young people there are still caught up in the views of their parents and grandparents. They need to get out and experience the world for themselves and learn how false these racial stereotypes are! 

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Brittany Turany's comment, April 7, 2013 1:04 PM
Wow. I am suprised as well. I had no idea things were this extreme in the south. You would think people would be past this type of prejudice. It definately goes to show change in attitude takes a very long time regardless of laws.
Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, April 9, 2013 9:59 PM
I remember hearing this on the radio one morning. The radio host made a very good point in saying that the administration and school board needs to be totally wiped out with new members to replace them with open minds because it is the adults who are keeping these kids from having an integrated high school prom. I"m just very glad to see the students are standing up for what they believe and taking the initiative to organize their own prom. It makes me proud of our generation and I hope if the same thing were to happen at Byron, that my fellow classmates and I would take the same initiative.
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Iran facing colliding challenges as election looms

Iran facing colliding challenges as election looms | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
Along with nuclear talks and a struggling economy, Iran faces volatile presidential election.
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Iran is set to have a presidential election on June 14. This is more activity than has been happening recently as they have been celebrating the new year. Talks of starting a nuclear program is also in the works and will likely be decided by whomever is elected president. Since there is currently a nuclear threat with North Korea, this timing is critical. 

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Steubenville, the media and ‘rape, essentially’

Steubenville, the media and ‘rape, essentially’ | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
After two high school football players were found guilty of raping an unconscious 16-year-old, some TV anchors all but wept right along with the students.
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Media in trials can be both good and bad. In this case, I feel that it is both. Without the video on social media websites, these men may have escaped without punishment. At the same time, the video circulated and ruined the reputation of the victim. It would be humiliating to have that going around the internet.  I am disgusted at the line "and judging by the response it got, widely enjoyed". Why would people enjoy watching a video of a woman being violated in this way. How would you feel if you were her? This entire case is out of hand in my opinion. Some things should stay private. The media covering this event so intensely is not helping anyone. 

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Brianna Moore's comment, March 24, 2013 1:30 AM
Wow. This just makes me sick. That poor girl. I guess it is up to her how she feels about this. With a lot of rape cases, some girls like to get closure and that involves there attacker having punishment and being guilty. But than again, I feel like this was a total violation of her space...
Brittany Turany's comment, April 20, 2013 9:10 PM
The media definately is both good and bad. It was useful in that it allowed for these men to be caught. But the sad thing is, once something is one the internet, it rarely ever is completely earsed from the internet. This poor girl has had so many watch what was probably one of the most horrifying moments of her life, and it is sad to know that more people may see it.
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New TSA rules on knives draw fire from 9/11 kin

New TSA rules on knives draw fire from 9/11 kin | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) — Some family members of victims killed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks said Wednesday that they are outraged by the Transportation Security Administration's decision to let passengers carry pocketknives on planes.
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I personally think this is just asking for trouble. Why you would need a knife of any size on an airplane is against me. Although it is arguable how much damage a knife of this size can do, it is enough to make many people feel uneasy. Golf clubs and souvenir baseball bats are a little more understandable, but I see knives as being very unnecessary and more of a risk than a benefit. 

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Brittany Turany's comment, March 9, 2013 6:51 PM
Personally, the idea of somebody carrying a pocket knife makes me uneasy. I feel that is something that can be packed in someone's luggage that gets checked in and nobody has access to. There is no reason someone needs a pocket knife on a plane ride. If they need it at their destination they can just unpack it. I agree with Sam about the baseball bats and golf clubs. It's a little more understandable considering they are harder to pack and less likely to be used as a weapon. In all, this law really is just asking for trouble.
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Indiana blogger at center of free speech fight | First Amendment Center – news, commentary, analysis on free speech, press, religion, assembly, petition

Indiana blogger at center of free speech fight | First Amendment Center – news, commentary, analysis on free speech, press, religion, assembly, petition | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
An Indiana man imprisoned for online rants against the judge who handled his divorce is at the center of a legal debate over whether his blog went beyond the limits of protected free speech.
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This story relates to exactly what we talked about in class today. The first amendment does protect our freedom of speech, but there is a lot of grey area. Threats fall under that grey area. In this case, many argue that the threats he made are taken out of context and were never meant to be taken seriously. One could also argue that the man's blog is injuring the reputation of the judge, something not protected under the first amendment. 

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Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, March 7, 2013 1:21 AM
I found this article too! I also thought it was a good example of abusing the first amendment rights. Brewington also did not help his own case in possibly getting partial custody of his child... now I'm sure that's not going to happen. Perhaps now he has learned that his actions, if not controlled, have consequences.
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Rosa Parks Statue Is Unveiled at the Capitol

Rosa Parks Statue Is Unveiled at the Capitol | Gov and Law skinny | Scoop.it
Dozens of Rosa Parks’s relatives attended a dedication ceremony on Wednesday as she became the first black woman to be honored with a life-size statue in the Capitol.
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After more than 50 years, Rosa Parks is finally being honored in the capitol by a statue. It features her seated, waiting to be arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat. This is another way of making sure that she is never forgotten. She was a prominent figure in the Civil Right movement, especially for women. 

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Brianna Moore's comment, March 2, 2013 3:11 PM
This is so cool! I think it is just an encouraging thing for us woman out there. I think in our society woman are "down graded" and looked down on. Having a reminder of what Rosa did is awesome!