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'Tragic day' leaves 2 dead, 2 Minneapolis officers hurt

'Tragic day' leaves 2 dead, 2 Minneapolis officers hurt | Gov & Law- chjell54 | Scoop.it
A Minneapolis police chase erupted in gunfire Friday afternoon, leaving the suspect dead, two officers wounded and authorities investigating the details of the shooting and how a police vehicle speeding to the scene collided with a motorcycle, killing...
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This is truly a tragedy. It is awful enough that two officers are injured and the suspect is dead but it is also very terrible that an innocent bistander was killed when a police vehicle collided with his motorcycle. I couldn,t imagine the pain and that the family of the man must have but also how the officer driving the squad car must feel. I just hope that the injured will heal quick and that the pain will not las forever.

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Minnesota passes same-sex marriage

Minnesota passes same-sex marriage | Gov & Law- chjell54 | Scoop.it
By Kathleen Osborn
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Its official, Minnesota has legalized same sex marriage. This makes Minnesota the first midwest state to do so and the 12 state of the nation. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion when it comes to this topic but I think that it is a big step in our states history. This will open up the many doors and minds towards the new generations and the way of life.

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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, May 19, 2013 8:16 PM
I agree that this is a huge step in our history. Whatever your opinions are on same sex marriage, this vote did give more rights to people who previously didn't have them, which means we are moving towards a more equal country.
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Segregated prom tradition yields to unity

Segregated prom tradition yields to unity | Gov & Law- chjell54 | Scoop.it
Students at Wilcox County High School in Georgia bucked 40 years of tradition by hosting their own racially integrated prom.

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I think that its a little sad to know that this tradition was recently still continuing after all these years but I am glad that the students took the step  integrate their prom. With a new generation new traditions begin and I think it is important for the students to take this step on their own.They have made the decision for themselves that they are all equal and should treat one another as equals. Its good to see that the young generation, which is our future, can still achieve great things. We are young but we are able.

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Caitlin Moen's curator insight, May 1, 2013 10:50 PM

It's crazy to see how many people are stuck in the past, but it's nice to know that the following generation isn't as closed-minded. I guess it can be the kids that think for themselves, not the parents. 

Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, May 12, 2013 1:40 PM
It is great to see how people have stepped up to change rules of the past 40 years. It just shows what a group of people can do when they work together, even if they are young.
Mason Mettler's comment, May 15, 2013 1:51 PM
Don't judge because of skin color or race. God made us equal, so let us all realize that.
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Pentagon steps up planning for potential military intervention in Syria

Pentagon steps up planning for potential military intervention in Syria | Gov & Law- chjell54 | Scoop.it
By Barbara Starr

The Pentagon has in recent days stepped up planning for potential military intervention in the Syrian civil war, specifically because of growing evidence the regime may have used chemical weapons, CNN has learned.

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I don't know how I feel about this one. I feel like we are just getting finished with the war in Iraq and there is no need to get into another one. Its hard to decide if we should intervein with our military because we do not want another war but we do not make allies by just standing by as well. This is a difficult and touchy subject but I think that we should definetley consider not going to war.

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Austin Briske's curator insight, May 2, 2013 8:15 AM

I agree we probably shouldn't go to war and besides obama is already sending weapons over there we shouldn't have to send troops to. Unless something really bad happens to them that could effect use there should be no reason to go over there.

Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, May 12, 2013 1:30 PM
I feel that it is good that we are at least helping Syria by sending them weapons. But as everyone else said, with just gettting out if Iraq do we need to jump into another war? I understand that we need allies, but do we need to step in to ever problem or can we sit some out and still have allies? It is a touchy subject
mconti38's comment, May 15, 2013 12:38 AM
I agree that aiding other countries strengthens our political relationship. However, in agreement with everyone else, a line must be drawn. We have to keep in mind that we are getting out of a war. In addition to our presence in other countries. I think stepping in is only necessary if there is immediate danger to the U.S.
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Rewrite the Second Amendment

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The violent rhetoric around gun ownership may drown out a quiet consensus.
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I don't think that the second ammendment should be rewritten. I feel as though people are entitled to bear arms for their protection. If someone were to break into my house I would like to be able to protect my own family and the first thing that a person, who doesn,t have their own protection, will do is call someone who has a gun and hope they get there in time.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 18, 2013 9:28 AM
Perhaps it doesn't need to be written, but unfortunately, the language is fairly vague and open to different interpretations. Wouldn't you agree that something, whether its gun laws or a different topic, needs to change?
mconti38's comment, April 28, 2013 10:58 PM
As society advances, our rights and freedoms conform to the times. Though guns have changed, fundamentally, the principle is still the same... As citizens we have a right to own a weapon, regardless if its classified as an "assault" weapon or not. I agree that perhaps the language is a bit vague, so refining it may be necessary. However, this would only be bad if in the process, our rights changed.
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Boston Marathon explosion: Two blasts at finish line kill three, injure over 175

Boston Marathon explosion: Two blasts at finish line kill three, injure over 175 | Gov & Law- chjell54 | Scoop.it
Two explosions ripped through the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. The euphoria of crossing the finish line turned into bloody chaos as two blasts rocked the end of the 26.2-mile trek.
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I pray for the victims and the families of the victims in the explosion. I pray for those in need of physical and emotional healing. This is a terrible tragedy. 

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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, April 19, 2013 12:30 PM
Seeing such a horrible thing happen at an event like this makes you wonder if any big, outdoor events are safe anymore. I'm glad that one of the suspects has been caught and another has been identified. Today the city of Boston and a few surrounding cities have been shut down while the police search for the next suspect. Hopefully they find him so all of this can finally be over.
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Gun Control and Gun Rights - News - US News and World Report

Gun Control and Gun Rights - News - US News and World Report | Gov & Law- chjell54 | Scoop.it
News about Gun Control and Gun Rights. Articles and blogs about Gun Control and Gun Rights published by U.S. News & World Report.
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When it comes to this topic I am pro gun rights for the individuals but I do agree there needs to be restrictions for guns. I personally believe guns don't kill people. I believe it is the person behind the gun. If guns are going to be blamed for killing people then pencils should be blamed for miss spelled words and cars should be blamed for drunk driving. I know this is a huge debate and everyone is entitled to thier own opinion. I also believe that banning guns will not solve the problem. If a criminal wants a gun then they are going to get it either way. A law is not going to stop the criminal. I do believe their should be stricter laws on the possession of guns, the amount of rounds a magazine can hold as well as better background checks on guns.

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Ashley Wojtalewicz's comment, April 12, 2013 12:09 PM
I agree that a law is not going to stop people from getting guns and killing people. As long as there are rules, people will try to break them or find ways around them. I do think that putting in place more restrictions to get guns will slow people down. I think this will help the situation, but will not solve the problem.
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Conference committee proposes tuition freezes at U and MnSCU campuses

Conference committee proposes tuition freezes at U and MnSCU campuses | Gov & Law- chjell54 | Scoop.it
Undergraduate tuition would be frozen at Minnesota’s public colleges and universities under an agreement made at the Capitol on Wednesday evening
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Minnesota conference met this wednseday to discuss the freezing of tuitions for Minnesota University. I think this is great that Minnesota decided on this because college is expensive enough and I believe that it is also important to help the students by guaranteeing that their rates will not go up. Anything we can do to help the youth with their education.

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mconti38's comment, May 17, 2013 12:07 PM
I agree. Education should be a top priority. If tuition is too expensive, and students can't get enough financial aid, it may hinder future educational opportunities. I think tuition freezes are a good idea.
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Federal Reserve blames Congress sequester cuts for US economic woes

Federal Reserve blames Congress sequester cuts for US economic woes | Gov & Law- chjell54 | Scoop.it
Federal Open Markets Committee says 'fiscal policy is restraining economic growth' as sequestration bites
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The Federal Reserve blames congress for the fiscal cliff and they say that they held back the nations recovery. I think that this is true to a point because I do think if a high schooler  has to meet their dead lines then the politicians should have to meet their deadline as well especially when it is affecting the entire nation. But I do not think that if congress would have met their dead lines for the fiscal cliff, then the nation would be out of debt. I do agree that they should have to meet their deadlines.

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mconti38's comment, May 13, 2013 1:33 AM
According to the article, our government is in the habit of borrowing and big spending. I agree, politicians need to meet their deadlines because it affects the economy at large which in turn effects the businesses and workers trying to maintain it.\
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The ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Goes Local: Law Would Block Counties From Banning GMOs

The ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Goes Local: Law Would Block Counties From Banning GMOs | Gov & Law- chjell54 | Scoop.it
A pending Oregon law would end local control of agriculture laws regarding seeds.
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This is an intersting topic. It basically is saying that a bill is trying to be passed that allows the selling and prodocing of GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) will be controlled by the individual state and not by the nation. This bill may change the way food is sold. It could have a dangerous outcome in that the health of the nation could greatly be altered by all the different chemicals being used by the different states instead of all of the same chemicals being controlled by one nation. The trouble is they wont be closely regulated.

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Final shootout, then Boston bombing suspect caught

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I'm glad to see that they caught the men who did it.It was in deed a cowardly act upon our nation to attack innocent bystanders, men, women, and even children. Those men are not heros by anyone ones standers, they are not great warrior, freedom fights, or great leaders of a cause. They are cowards. I didn't think that they would be caught so quick but I am extremely glad they did. My prayers go out to the victims of the bombings as well as the families of the victims. Because of this we are a stronger nation. That is all those men accomplished...  they made us a greater united nation just like 9/11 did.

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mconti38's comment, April 22, 2013 2:03 AM
I am surprised how quick they caught the man responsible for this tragedy. Furthermore, I know many are looking forward to getting answers to their questions. What drives someone to do something like this? I hope this event will bring us together, remember those who were lost and look forward to a safer future... and a Boston marathon next year.
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Court Requires Warrants to Draw Blood in Drunken-Driving Cases

Court Requires Warrants to Draw Blood in Drunken-Driving Cases | Gov & Law- chjell54 | Scoop.it
The fact that alcohol dissipates from the bloodstream over time does not by itself allow the police to take blood over objections, the Supreme Court ruled.
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I think that police should have to have warrants for blood test because they do need warrants to search personal property and I consider my blod personal property. I think people should have to right to deny a blood test if need be.

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Gov. Dayton takes his budget pitch to Mankato | MinnPost

Gov. Dayton takes his budget pitch to Mankato | MinnPost | Gov & Law- chjell54 | Scoop.it
Gov. Mark Dayton, who has been traveling the state to explain his budget proposal, takes his road show to the Mankato area Tuesday night.The "Meeting With Mark" is at 6 p.m..
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I think that it is good that they are trying to get the Minnesota public invovled in this matter. When it comes to trying to help out the middle class then I think a good way of going about it is to talk to the middle class to see what they have to say. Brining it to mankato, I think will help for the bill to get passed. It will get the public involved in our government and will help to make the decisions for the better of the people.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 14, 2013 3:12 PM
Good pick on this story! We don't talk about enough local news which has a big impact on our lives.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signs law raising requirements for ...

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(CNN) -- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed a law Tuesday that drastically raises the safety requirements for abortion clinics to operate -- a measure that he says "has been endorsed by pro-life groups across America.
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I think that this was a good law to pass. There are a lot of different opinions when it comes to abortion.I for one am not totally sure where I stand with this topic but I do support the passing of the law. I think that if there is going to be abortion then there does need to be a very safe and clean protocal of doing so.

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mconti38's comment, April 13, 2013 11:31 PM
I also agree with the passing of this law. It sounds as if it aims to keep the process more safe and healthy by requiring doctors to gain "admitting privileges".. (Although this has been an issue for doctors in other states). However, some might argue that the law takes away a "woman's access to safe and legal abortion".
Austin Briske's comment, April 14, 2013 2:28 AM
It seems like a great idea to increase the requirements for a clinics to be able to do abortions its better to be safe and healthy. I can also see other may not like the new law being passed and how it could affect many people.