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Election 2012: An analysis of the electorate - The Washington Post

Election 2012: An analysis of the electorate - The Washington Post | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
A look at key factors in the 2012 presidential election.
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So this is another election breakdown. This one talks about how much Hispanic voters contributed to Obamas win. It also shows how areas with high unemployment tended to lean toward Romney. Its got a lot of cool maps that show many different aspects of the election.

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Amanda Nandory's curator insight, April 4, 2013 1:58 PM

This article talks about that the majority of the elector votes that obama got were from hispanics. This article also talks about unemployment and how the number of voters has increased in some states.

Layla Khalili's comment, April 6, 2013 11:20 PM
This is very interesting. I like how detailed each section of this article is, but I also find it slightly scary how much they know about every person who voted. How do they know who is unemployed after looking at polls and stuff. I guess there could be surveys. Anyway, nice article!
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Minn. Senate passes stripped-down gun bill

Minn. Senate passes stripped-down gun bill | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Senate has approved scaled-back revisions to state gun laws that do not include an expansion of background checks for gun purchases.
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So the Minnesota Senate passed the gun bill that does not expand background checks. This is going to irritate gun control activists. It passed with a 58 to 9 vote so it wasn't very close. The bill will now go to the MN House.

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Joel Denney's comment, May 18, 2013 12:42 PM
Frankly, this bill isn't going to do much; it just fills in gaps from older court records. Good, but not good enough.
Layla Khalili's comment, May 19, 2013 1:23 AM
I don't understand why they're even passing this? It doesn't seem like it actually does anything.
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Texas Executes Man for Officer's Death

Texas Executes Man for Officer's Death | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
A 37-year-old Houston man convicted of killing a police officer 14 years ago has been put to death. Jeffrey Demond Williams' execution Wednesday evening came just over an hour after the U.S.
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So this isn't locl news but awhile back when we did the memo to a senator I did mine on the death penalty. This kind goes with that. Texas recently executed Williams because he shot and killed a policeman that was arresting him. He tried to appeal his case to the supreme court but it was denied because the supreme court can deny any case it wants to.

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Justices Back State Restrictions on Information Requests

Justices Back State Restrictions on Information Requests | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court ruled that states were free to let only their own citizens make requests under their freedom of information laws.
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This is about a case that went to the supreme court. It is about a guy who wnted information on child support payments. Many other states have laws in place protecting information and the supreme court backs these restrictions.

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Shots Fired at Houston Airport

Shots Fired at Houston Airport | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
Shots were fired near a ticket counter at Houston's largest airport on Thursday, critically injuring at least one armed man and sending people in the terminal scrambling and screaming, a Houston police spokesman and witnesses said.
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Well there was another shooting. Theres not a whole ton of information yet. Only one person was injured so thats good. I'm starting feel more and more strongly about these background checks.

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Amanda Nandory's curator insight, May 5, 2013 3:59 PM

There has been so many shootings that I feel we need to start making decisions fast so we can make sure things like this don't keep happening.

Reanna Ostreng's comment, May 11, 2013 9:22 AM
I also think they should do something about these background checks. Some people say that these checks won't stop the shootings, but if we can help reduce the number of them in any way, it will save many peoples' lives.
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Over-the-Top Fast Food Creations

Over-the-Top Fast Food Creations | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
View the Over-the-Top Fast Food Creations photo gallery on Yahoo!. Find more news related pictures in our photo galleries.
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This is barely gov and law but it says bacon so it is exceptable everywhere. Sonic is getting a bacon and peanutbutter shake. yes. On a completely differesnt note: its 80 grams of fat. Fast food places should probably get more focused on making healthier foods.

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Obama's inner circle: Who's in, who's out?

Obama's inner circle: Who's in, who's out? | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
As President Obama prepares to begin his second term in office, he's expected to make some changes to key positions in his Cabinet. Here's a look at the current Cabinet, and who may be under consideration to serve in the next term.
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In honor of the executive branch topic here is a complete and detailed list of the presidential cabinet. It shows who had the possition and who is getting it. And all sorts of fun little changes happening in the government.

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Layla Khalili's comment, April 28, 2013 12:35 AM
I like this! Very useful, and I hope there are a lot of people who look at these things!
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At MIT Cop's Memorial Service, Joe Biden Goes Off on 'Knock-Off Jihadists'

At MIT Cop's Memorial Service, Joe Biden Goes Off on 'Knock-Off Jihadists' | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
Sean Collier was remembered for his commitment to MIT, his love of country music, and his dedication to his job.
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SO this is basically a critique of Biden's speech at the MIT cops memorial service. He offered some condolences and then went into a rant of the bombers. I feel that this was not the right time to do so. If he would like to rant go for it but don't to it at a memorial service.

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'Cowards' Billboard Lights Up Boston Skyline in Wake of Blasts

'Cowards' Billboard Lights Up Boston Skyline in Wake of Blasts | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
Courtesy IBEW Local 103 Less than 10 miles from the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where three people were killed and more than 170 injured in dual blasts on Monday, lies a billboard with a one-word message: “Cowards.” The billboard, located...
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So 10 miles from the bombing Local 103 set up a billboard to read "Cowards". They said it was the only word that came to mind when they thought of the accident. They were obviously very angry. Its definatly a bold statement but I am not sure if it the right why to go about it.

 

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Would background checks have stopped recent mass shootings? Probably not

Would background checks have stopped recent mass shootings? Probably not | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
Newtown. Aurora. Columbine. Tucson. Virginia Tech.
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So this article is saying that background checks will not stop shootings. It gives 3 examples of why. One guy used his mothers gun and two other had their names run through a database and thier were not flags. Even though background checks didn't help in these three cases i still think they could help in other. The only ones you hear about are the ones thatdidn't stop the killer. I also think they could do more indepth background checks.

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Reanna Ostreng's comment, April 13, 2013 10:24 AM
I think the government could do a better job with background checks as well. However, there will always be loop holes that determined people will find.
Amanda Nandory's comment, April 18, 2013 3:23 PM
I think the background checks are a good idea and we need to enforce them better.
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Don't Leave Obamacare Alone

Don't Leave Obamacare Alone | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
Voters will know who opposed the law in its infancy.
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So this article discuses the good and bad of Obamacare and talks about how democrats and republicans are still fighting about it. A big problem with Obamacare is the quality of the care. Apparently its not very good. If Obamacare is to be repealed it will start in the House of Representatives.

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Election 2012: An analysis of the electorate - The Washington Post

Election 2012: An analysis of the electorate - The Washington Post | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
A look at key factors in the 2012 presidential election.
Melaina Borchert's insight:

So this is another election breakdown. This one talks about how much Hispanic voters contributed to Obamas win. It also shows how areas with high unemployment tended to lean toward Romney. Its got a lot of cool maps that show many different aspects of the election.

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Amanda Nandory's curator insight, April 4, 2013 1:58 PM

This article talks about that the majority of the elector votes that obama got were from hispanics. This article also talks about unemployment and how the number of voters has increased in some states.

Layla Khalili's comment, April 6, 2013 11:20 PM
This is very interesting. I like how detailed each section of this article is, but I also find it slightly scary how much they know about every person who voted. How do they know who is unemployed after looking at polls and stuff. I guess there could be surveys. Anyway, nice article!
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Separation Between Church and State

Separation Between Church and State | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
The First Amendment does not allow a Hurricane Sandy exception to pay for the rebuilding of damaged houses of worship with federal money.
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So in this article the first ammendment is prohibiting the use of tax money to repair churches damaged in Hurrican Sandy. The democrats and rebuplicans are agreeing on the issue. I think that because of separation of church and state the churches should be treated like any other buiding damaged in the hurricane.

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Joel Denney's comment, March 22, 2013 5:33 PM
I think that in light of the severity and unusual circumstances, the government would not be violating the amendment if it equally helped all places of worship affected by the storm. Separation of church and state does not mean the government can't have anything to do with a church. Churches have to follow fire code and receive water and heat; I think the article is missing the original point of the first amendment. This bill neither establishes nor favors any particular religion, it simply helps the needy.
Layla Khalili's comment, March 24, 2013 2:57 PM
I think it should be treated like any other building. So if they're helping to repair buildings(corporations, factories, etc..) and homes with tax money, then a church or mosque or any other religious building should also be repaired with help from tax money. And viceversa
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No soda ban here: Mississippi passes 'Anti-Bloomberg' bill

No soda ban here: Mississippi passes 'Anti-Bloomberg' bill | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
In Mississippi, you will never be denied a colossal soda or huge restaurant portion because of a city ordinance.
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So basically in Mississippi the government cannot regulate soda size. People don't think its the governments place to make that decision. I also found it interesting that Mississippi has the highest obesity rate in the country. 

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Layla Khalili's comment, March 24, 2013 2:59 PM
Haha if this is true then I'm not surprised that they have the highest obesity rate in the country. But oh well, this is a democracy, obviously if a state's obese, they're gonna want their colossal sodas and basket sized fried chicken!
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Byron man charged with felony drug possession

Byron man charged with felony drug possession | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
A Byron man is facing a felony drug charge after a warrant for his arrest turned up methamphetamine and nearly $10,000 in cash.
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I found local news! So a guy in byron was found with a lot of meth and a lot of money. He tried to impersonate his twin brother but his tattoos gave him away. His court date is not yet set.

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Reanna Ostreng's comment, May 16, 2013 8:55 PM
It's too bad that there's some pretty bad stuff happening in Byron. I guess it's good to be aware of this stuff so we know to stay away from it.
Layla Khalili's comment, May 19, 2013 1:25 AM
Wow! I haven't even heard about this! And what a jerk, why would he pretend to be his twin brother? What good would that do either of them??
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Diplomat: Ambassador in Benghazi Said, 'We're Under Attack'

Diplomat: Ambassador in Benghazi Said, 'We're Under Attack' | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
Gregory Hicks, who became the top diplomat in Libya after Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed during an attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, Sept.
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Well this is mildly terrifying. Libya killed one of our head ambassador and three others. There was a ton of testimony from the attack. I feel like we my need to help our ambassadors over there. Maybe some more protection so this doesn't happen again.

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Reanna Ostreng's comment, May 11, 2013 9:32 AM
I think more protection over there is a good idea. Hicks only asked the US for help and more protection, I don't know why the government wouldn't do something about it right away.
Layla Khalili's comment, May 13, 2013 1:03 AM
Yea, wow, they should definitely take more precautions. It always has been dangerous for any of our politically powerful people being in public.
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Supreme Court Declines Case on Alabama Immigration Law

Supreme Court Declines Case on Alabama Immigration Law | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court’s decision leaves in place a ruling that blocks a law making it a crime to harbor or transport immigrants not authorized to be in the United States.
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Alabama is trying to get law passed making it illegal to harbor or transport immigrants in the U.S. The case made it all the way just to have the supreme court decide not to take it. Because they decided not to take it the ruling from the last court will go into action. The last court ruled blocking the law.

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Key issues on Obama's Mexico trip: Trade, immigration and drug war

Key issues on Obama's Mexico trip: Trade, immigration and drug war | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
Several key topics will be on the table when U.S. President Barack Obama heads to Mexico this week.
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Obama being a good chief diplomat and vivisting the president of mexico. The discussed things like trade, immagration, security, and the drug war. Its good to see our president making good relations with other countries.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, May 2, 2013 10:53 AM
Good story for chief of state!
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UPDATE: Sentencing Date Set for Aaron Schaffhausen

UPDATE: Sentencing Date Set for Aaron Schaffhausen | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
UPDATE: A Wisconsin judge has set sentencing for July 15 for a man who admitted killing his three daughters in the girls' River Falls home.
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Well this is sickening. This stupid guy killed his three daughters because he was mad at his ex wife. Its super sad. He was declared sane so he will go to prison no a mental institute. I hope he gets life in prison.

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I'm Muslim, and I hate terrorism

I'm Muslim, and I hate terrorism | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
Dean Obeidallah is Muslim and hates terrorism, which is murder and has nothing to do with Islam. He says terrorists do not represent him or any Muslim he knows.
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THIS. I feel that this just really needed to be out there. People sterotype Muslims and always assosiate them with terrorism and its just not ok. There is a tiny number that do and it has defined the whole religion. Like this guys says it is a religion like Christianity, Judaism or any other religion. People need to stop generalizing an entire group by a few bad eggs.

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Reanna Ostreng's comment, April 26, 2013 8:05 PM
I agree with this article 100 percent. It's too bad that many Americans are stereotypical towards Muslims...just because a small portion of them did something bad. We need to realize that this small portion does not account for all Islams.
Layla Khalili's comment, April 28, 2013 12:44 AM
As a Muslim, this is an article that warms my heart and I just love this woman. Thanks, Lainy for posting this. :) I can't really say anymore.. everything she said, I couldn't disagree with.
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Obama Assures Boston 'Will Run Again'

Obama Assures Boston 'Will Run Again' | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
President Obama arrived in Boston with the first lady this morning to address the community in the wake of Monday's marathon bombing, which left three dead, more than 170 injured and a city in mourning.
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So this is Obama's speech after the marathone bombing. I think its good our president is supporting the town and the families affected by this tragedy.

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Reanna Ostreng's comment, April 20, 2013 10:16 AM
I think it's cool that Obama makes an effort to connect with the people in Boston, especially in a religious setting, such as a church. It shows us that no matter who you are, we are all Americans and we will stick together and help each other in a crisis.
Layla Khalili's comment, April 21, 2013 12:50 PM
Wow this is nice, I'm glad he took the time to talk to these people and support them. I agree with what Reanna said too, it shows that our country can stick together when we need to.
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Manchin and Toomey Reach Gun Bill Compromise

Manchin and Toomey Reach Gun Bill Compromise | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
Two of the National Rifle Association’s favorites in the Senate came together in a last-ditch effort on a background check deal that opened the door for Congress to consider new gun laws.
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Well this is about a compromise with the gun bill. The compromise is that there will be stricter background checks on the buyers. This article is about the Senate. Because the compromise was made in the senate.

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New House of Representatives bill may strangle the Internet or nerf the First Amendment | ZDNet

New House of Representatives bill may strangle the Internet or nerf the First Amendment | ZDNet | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
If you love your Internet, you must read this article. Congress is once again mucking around with our rights, and it ain't good.
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So this is an old article but its kind of hard to find a lot of recent articles on the House. In this article it talks about that SOPA bill the House was trying to pass awhile back. It was a bill to stop piracy but in the processes it was gonna take down half the internet. Basically people freaked out and it didn't get passed.

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President Obama Kicks Off Fundraising Push Ahead of 2014 Midterm Elections

President Obama Kicks Off Fundraising Push Ahead of 2014 Midterm Elections | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
AP Photo/Tony Avelar Just five months after winning reelection, President Obama is once again shaking the money tree.
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Well this pretty much talks about all the fundraising Obama has been doing recently. All the funds that are being raised are going to the Democratic Party. Its cool hes supporting his party, as long as he is focused on other things too.

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Amanda Nandory's comment, April 4, 2013 2:08 PM
I never realized how much fundraising obama actually did and its kind of interesting see the details about his fundraisers
Reanna Ostreng's comment, April 4, 2013 9:55 PM
I just think it's crazy that politicians are getting ready for midterm campaigns, and its only been a few months since the presidential elections. It just shows you how much time and effort is put into the campaigns.
Joel Denney's comment, April 7, 2013 10:36 AM
It's interesting how the Republican Party is often viewed as the party with a lot of money, yet Obama outspent Romney by a massive margin last election. Perception is everything
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5 places where the 2012 election results taught us something

5 places where the 2012 election results taught us something | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
A look at which states shifted the most -- and least -- between 2008 and 2012.
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This article provides a very interesting breakdown of the 2012 election. In comparison to the 2008 election only two states (Indiana and North Carolina) changed their vote. It talks about the marginal changes of votes in certain important states, such as Florida. Florida is a swing state and although Obama lost 1% in the last election it is becoming more democratic.

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Senate passes funding bill, avoiding government shutdown

Senate passes funding bill, avoiding government shutdown | Gov & Law Gov & Law | Scoop.it
Senate passes funding bill, avoiding government shutdown http://t.co/UsUEY81BGF
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So the government isn't shutting down which is good. The senate passed a $984 billion dollar bill that will keep the government open until atleast September. This is some pretty good news. 

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Reanna Ostreng's comment, March 21, 2013 3:50 PM
It is good to hear that the government will not shut down in the near future. At least they are able to pass a bill that keeps the cuts in place, but allowing agencies some flexibility to implement them.