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Americans Turn in their U.S. Citizenship to Avoid Taxes

Americans Turn in their U.S. Citizenship to Avoid Taxes | Gov & Law |
Many wealthy Americans are dropping their U.S. citizenship to avoid continued taxes from the U.S. while they live abroad.

Via Leicester Worker
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Many wealthy Americans who are living over seas , or haven't lived in the US for a while, or store money in over seas accounts are dropping their US citizenship to avoid paying high taxes. That number in 2008 was about 250 and in 2013 it went up to almost 2,000 people. 

Joe Smith's comment, May 25, 2014 3:42 AM
This is getting out of hand. Americans shouldn't have to want to get rid of their citizenship to avoid paying taxes. That tells us that taxes are to much.
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Obama, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Failed U.S. Foreign Policy « Tammy Bruce

Obama, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Failed U.S. Foreign Policy « Tammy Bruce | Gov & Law |
Obama, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Failed U.S. Foreign Policy #tbrs

Via Grace Christian Kisame K
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This article talks about how John Kerry is focusing on trying to fix the tension between Isreal and Palistine, but what he should really be focusing on is Egypt, Lybia, Turkey, and China. 

Joe Smith's comment, May 25, 2014 3:47 AM
This is a very important issue because it's important to keep peace between countries.
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STEM Education: An Update and Overview of Policy Discussions

Programs and information to enable and inform scientists about public policy issues, science funding

Via Anne Jolly
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The President is having more teachers trained as STEM teacher which will increase the number of graduate students. The students do more hands on activities in their first two years of college. The STEM teachers make it easier for the college kids to learn. 

Alyssa Serrano's comment, March 29, 2014 11:17 PM
I am not sure if I would like this but I do think it's a good idea. I sgree with Katie in saying that it would not be used much in the real world
Joe Smith's comment, May 18, 2014 1:46 AM
I don't know how the students will react to these classes, but I'm sure it will be helpful to them in their future.
Logan Felten's curator insight, May 27, 2014 9:37 AM

This article talks about how to improve education. The way they're discussing is what i believe we have at the middle school. A lot of kids talk about how they don't like it, I think it could be useful but I don't know how useful in their future learning.

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6th amendment violation

6th amendment violation | Gov & Law |

This article discusses the trial of a man charged with sexual assault, and was denied his 6th amendment right.  It took the state court six and a half years to charge him, which the supreme court ruled a violation of his 6th amendment rights.  The 6th amendment allows all citizens to have a speedy trial, which this obviously was not.  The supreme court removed his sentence because of the violation of his right.

Via Christopher Beck, naknuts37
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This article is about a man whose 6th amendment rights were denied when it took the court 6 and half years to charge him. The 6th amendment allows citizens to have a speedy and quick trial.  The supreme court removed his sentence because of the violation of his right. 

naknuts37's curator insight, April 29, 2014 3:44 PM

This article talks about how a Delaware man's Sixth Amendment rights were violated. Why it relates to gov and law is because the Sixth Amendment is a part of the Constitution. The article tells how the Delaware Supreme Court dismissed a man's sexual assault charges because the lower court tool six and half years to sentence him. The Supreme Court found that his right to a speedy trial had been violated. 

khedlu17's curator insight, May 1, 2014 4:55 PM

This article talks about the 6th amendment and a case that violated this amendment. Why did it take six and a half years to sentences a man of sexual assault charges? Why did the Supreme Court feel like the man's rights were being violated? 

Joe Smith's comment, May 3, 2014 11:44 AM
I thought this article is important because he got away with sexual assault all because they took to long to sentence him. That isn't safe letting someone like that go.
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This Week's Senate Scandal: Scorn for the 4th Amendment

This Week's Senate Scandal: Scorn for the 4th Amendment | Gov & Law |
Crucial attempts to rein in government spying failed Thursday, guaranteeing that the privacy of more innocent Americans will be violated.

Via Kevin Glantzberg
lmortl78's insight:

This article is about the 4th amendment rights.  It talks about how you need a warrant to tap a phone call or read you mail from a mail box, but you do not need one for reading text messages and emails.   

Kevin Glantzberg's curator insight, January 16, 2013 1:52 PM

     Senator Dianne Feinstein, didn,t know much about the 4th amendment, which is weird because she should know considering the fact that she is a senator and her age but i dont know much about it either so i am shuting up. So what she said was "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated," it states in plain English, "and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
So we have this right in all ways.

Joe Smith's comment, May 3, 2014 11:53 AM
This article doesn't make sense, all those items shouldn need a warrant to look through. Looking through someones texts and emails is taking their privacy away just as much as phone calls and mail.
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Is Anything Left of US Constitution Privacy Rights?

Is Anything Left of US Constitution Privacy Rights? | Gov & Law |
franklin lamb-Is Anything Left of US Constitution Privacy Rights
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This article talks about the question "Is Anything Left of US Constitution Privacy Rights?" The author of this article says no. The government is searching more and more places without warrants. 

Joe Smith's comment, April 12, 2014 12:37 PM
This is kind of scary that the government can spy on us so easy and are able to without any warrants. I understand how it can be helpful to them in finding criminals easier and stuff like that but it's hard to know they won't abuse this power.
khedlu17's curator insight, April 12, 2014 10:48 PM

In response to naknuts37:

My reaction to this article was that I was surprised that Americans wanted more protection towards their privacy. I didn't know that Americans cared about their privacy so much. Americans want protection against governmental intrusions, home and office intrusions from police officers. Why do police officers have the right to invade people's privacy? The article also talked about Judge Leon of the US District Court ruling that the NSA"s collection of cell phones was invading people's privacy. Cell phones contain a wide variety of personal information which is why Americans expect to have privacy on their phones. How do Americans expect to have privacy when they post things on social media sites which can be seen by anyone? 

Austin Robertson's comment, April 13, 2014 2:34 AM
I agree with Mitchell on this one. It's sad to see how obama does not even. Are about what our fire fathers told us about how America was suppose to be run. He is going against everything America was founded on and not caring a bit. His want for martial is completely outrageous, his health. Are bill is a disaster, and the house is mess. Yet Americas love him. Sad to see how brainwashed America really is. People need to open their eyes and see we are not living in free America anymore, it's a communist wasteland.
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Activist Post: Pentagon training states that a person unhappy with U.S. foreign policy may be a ‘high threat’

Activist Post: Pentagon training states that a person unhappy with U.S. foreign policy may be a ‘high threat’ | Gov & Law |

#TRUTHTELLER NEWS Pentagon training states that a person unhappy with U.S. foreign policy ma... #SOCIALMEDIA #NWO

Via Iam Legion
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The Pentagon is saying that if someone is unhappy with the foreign policy and speak publicly about it and they visit their home country often that they are considered a "threat". 

Joe Smith's comment, May 25, 2014 3:46 AM
I don't understand how speaking out to how you feel about something can be a threat. That violates the first amendment.
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Drones (autonomous flying vehicles), are becoming very routine equipment in warfare. They are also making market impacts in policing and sports. I first encountered them in 1981 when I started work in missile design.

It was obvious even back then that we couldn't go on using planes with people on board, if only because they are so easy to shoot down. People can't withstand very high G forces so planes can't be as agile as missiles. However, most of the drones used in war so far are not especially agile.

This is mainly possible because the enemies they are used against are technologically relatively primitive. Against an enemy with a decent defence system, such as Russians or Chinese, or in another European war, they wouldn't last so long.

Drones come in many shapes and sizes - large insects, model airplanes, and full size planes. Large ones can carry big missiles and lots of sensors. Small ones can evade detection more easily but can still carry cameras. As miniaturisation continues, we will see some that take the shape of clouds, too.

A swarm of tiny drones could use swarming algorithms to stay together and use very short range comms to act as a single autonomous entity. Rapid dispersal mechanisms could make clouds almost immune to current defence systems too.

Tiny drones can't carry large payloads, but they can carry detectors to identify potential targets, processors to analyse data and comms devices to communicate with remote controllers, and lasers that can mark out confirmed targets for larger drones or missiles so can still be part of a powerful weapon system.

The ethics of using remote machines to wage war are finally being discussed at length and in some depth. Personally, I have fewer problems with that than many people. I see it as a natural progression from the first use of a bone or stick to hit someone.

A drone isn't so different from throwing stones. Nobody yet expects machines to be used up to the point of annihilation of an enemy. Once the machines have run their course, people will still end up in face to face combat with each other before surrender comes.

The large military drones carrying missiles may be purely battlefield technology, but we shouldn't underestimate what could be done with tiny drones. Tiny drones can be very cheap, so there could be a lot of them. Think about it. We have all experienced barbecues ruined by wasps. Wasp sized drones that carry stings or other chemical or biological warfare delivery would be just as irritating and potentially much more lethal, and if they have cloud based image recognition and navigation, there is much that could be done using swarms of them.

With self organisation, insect-sized drones could come at a target from lots of directions, making detection almost impossible until the last second. This could become a perfect technology for strategic assassination and terrorism, as well as gang warfare. Tiny drones could eventually be a more dangerous prospect than the large ones making headlines now.

In the UK, non-military drones are being licensed, too. The emergency services, utilities and some sport clubs are among the first given licenses. There will be many more. Many companies will want to use them for all sort of reasons. Our skies will soon always have a drone somewhere in the field of view, probably lots eventually.

If we were confident that they would only ever be used for the purpose registered, and that the registration authorities would be supremely competent and informed about risks, then objections would be more about potential noise than invasiveness, but we can be certain that there will be gaping holes in registration competence and misuse of drones once registered. There will also inevitably be illegal use of unregistered drones.

This raises strong concerns about privacy, corporate, local government and state surveillance, criminality, heavy handed policing and even state oppression. During the day, you could be being filmed or photographed by lots of airborne cameras and during the night by others using infrared cameras or millimetre wave imaging.

Correlation of images with signals from mobile phones and tablets or often even face recognition could tell the viewers who is who, and the pictures could sometimes be cross referenced with those from ground based cameras to provide a full 3D view.

The potential use of drones in crime detection is obvious, but so is the potential for misuse. We recently heard disturbing figures from police chiefs about the levels of misuse of the police uniform, data and equipment, even links to criminal gangs.

Amplifying the power available to police without cracking down on misuse would be unhelpful. The last thing we need is criminal gangs with under-the-table access to police quality surveillance drones! But even the drones owned by utilities will need good cameras, and some will have other kinds of sensors. Most will have more power than they need to fly so will be able to carry additional sensor equipment that may have been added without authority.

Some abuses are inevitable. Privacy is being undermined from other directions already, of course, so perhaps this doesn't make much difference, just adding another layer of privacy erosion on several that are already established. But there is something about extra video surveillance from the sky that makes it more intrusive. It makes it much harder to hide, and the smaller the drones become, the harder it will get.

The fly on the wall could be a spy. The argument that if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear holds no merit at all. Drones are already making headlines, but so far we have only seen their very earliest manifestations. Future headlines will get far scarier.

lmortl78's insight:

This is talking about how the government can make different size and looking drones to Spy. They can have ones that look like insects, birds, or even clouds. A good tactic to use in warfare is making millions of little drones that look like wasps and have a stinger on them to take out certain targets which would be easier, cheaper, and no innocent lives would be taken. 

SASFOR's curator insight, February 1, 2013 11:10 PM

Nlevy14's curator insight, March 12, 2014 11:54 PM

This article is about the coming of drones to America. Ever since the 1980s America has been doing lots of research on drones. This is not only going on in America, all over the world there has been lots of research going on about drones. This article is also about the types of drones that are being processed, and the uses for each one. The author talkes about the drones coming to America, and how if you have nothing to hide, then there is nothing to be worried about. Do you think that drones are okay? Do you think that peoples privacy will be taken away?

Joe Smith's comment, May 18, 2014 1:44 AM
It's crazy to think these inventions are going to be used in the world today. Although the use of drones to spy is a touchy subject with the public, I agree with Lance that they would be useful in warfare.
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TOR Robotics Q-4 Drone takes autonomous aerial surveillance to the next level

TOR Robotics Q-4 Drone takes autonomous aerial surveillance to the next level | Gov & Law |
. TOR Robotics Q-4 Drone is perfect for flying missions in hard to reach locations for autonomous patrolling, surveillance and inspection on building rooftops, pipelines, electrical grids, boarders, recreational areas etc.

Via Yash Sharma
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This drone is made for discrete surveillance and it is very good at it. It flies at about 45 km and when the battery becomes low or it's objective is done it flies back to its starting point on its own. If the drone sees a target it can make a tactical decision and fly farther away or closer to it. 

Joe Smith's comment, May 18, 2014 1:51 AM
It's impressive to know the drones can make their own practical decisions on their own when they see a target.
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Sounds Of Silence: SCOTUS Rules 5th Amendment Protections Only Apply If Demanded Out Loud -

Sounds Of Silence: SCOTUS Rules 5th Amendment Protections Only Apply If Demanded Out Loud - | Gov & Law |
In a bizarre and potentially punitive twist on the spirt of the 5th Amendment, the Supreme Court decides silence only protects you if you're not silent.
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A man was brought to court and was asked if they could match his shotgun to the bullets used to kill two men.  He remained silent but his 5th amendment rights did not come into play because he was not arrested and was not read his Miranda rights.  He needed to say "I'm invoking my 5th amendment rights."

Joe Smith's comment, May 3, 2014 11:50 AM
This is a little twisted. A man shouldn't have to say what amendment he is invoking. That is unconstitional what they did to him.
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US government invites hackers to work on '... - CNET

US government invites hackers to work on '... - CNET | Gov & Law |
US government invites hackers to work on '...

Via Amine Elhachimy
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On June 1 and  2 the US government are inviting hackers and code makers from all over the country to join together to try and fix problems in towns all over the U.S. The government says they are trying to make America a better place by using the hackers skills. 

Lauren Heim's comment, May 4, 2014 8:27 PM
I think it's all cool and all for everyone to show their best with their technological knowledge but I also believe this could become a huge issue and only end up a mess instead of an advantage. Don't you think there would be more disadvantages to this idea than there would be advantages?
Michael Hanson's curator insight, May 7, 2014 7:12 PM

This article is about the U.S government releasing certain types of data on "National Day of Civic Hacking" in hopes that hackers will help make the nation a better place. This article relates with gov. and law because it involves the White House.

Buster Meyer's comment, May 10, 2014 11:01 PM
I think it would be cool if they did that, but in the end I think that it might create a lot of problems with it!
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Vets on the March for the US Constitution

Vets on the March for the US Constitution | Gov & Law |
Vets on the March for the US Constitution

Via #BBBundyBlog #NOMORELIES Tom Woods #Activist Award #Scoopiteer >20,000 Sources >250K Connections
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Two men are supporting the US Constitution by walking across the U.S. coast to coast handing out copies of the Constitution. They are currently in Texas and plan on making it D.C. in December. 

Logan Felten's comment, April 19, 2014 8:25 PM
I thought this was a pretty amazing story that these 2 men are so dedicated to the US they are willing to walk across America to share the Constitution with other fellow Americans around them. These two men live the constitution in their everyday lives and normally it just affects people in a government based class in school. They are helping spread knowledge with others around them and educated them on the constitution and the rights that everyone has.
Andrew Beighley's comment, April 20, 2014 8:21 PM
This article relates to government because it is about 2 veterans who are trying to raise awareness about the constitution. Their goal is to make it across the country while walking. On the way, they hand out copies of the constitution to people they meet.
Brian Bertram's comment, May 11, 2014 8:02 AM
I think that it is,cool that these veterans are trying to help people learn about the constitution. As a country I feel a lot of people have no idea what is even on it. I think it would be cool if they came by our school. I wonder if they have even came through Minnesota.