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This article talks about a report showing that it may not be that beneficial for public health organizations to be cutting back sodium consumption. It is obvious that many Americans are getting too much sodium per day, but some studies show that cutting salt down to the amount that government health organizations are doing is going to be that beneficial.

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Melaina Borchert's comment, May 19, 2013 9:50 PM
I love salt! I don't think we should cut it too sharply because real low levels are not proven to help that much. We shouldn't have extremely high or low levels. There should be a happy medium.
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Daily life at Guantanamo: Hunger strikes, sprays of filth

Daily life at Guantanamo: Hunger strikes, sprays of filth | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
For the 160-plus inmates at the U.S. prison camp here, each sunrise brings a new day that most would rather starve than endure.
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I found this article to be rather interesting. It talks about life prisoners have to face at Guantanamo Bay. It sounds pretty harsh to me.

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Layla Khalili's comment, May 19, 2013 1:31 AM
I really think Guantanamo Bay needs to end. It's extremely wrong, and a lot of the people who have been brought there have had no trial or anything! They torture the prisoners there into speaking about things they most probably don't even know. Also, I've read that some of the people who had been scheduled to be let out years ago, are still being held there. It's much much worse than a prison. It's a hopeless, brutal torture building, and not many people even know about it. This has been going on long enough; it needs to end.
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Supreme Court Ruling on Sentencing Yields Split Interpretations

Supreme Court Ruling on Sentencing Yields Split Interpretations | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
Youths not involved in murders should not be sentenced to die in prison, the justices ruled in 2010, but does a 100-year term violate that decision?
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I found this article rather interesting. It talks about the length of prison sentences for youth and if a 100yr term is constitutional. It also talks about the court system taking race, gender, and socioeconomic class into consideration when making a sentence.

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Layla Khalili's comment, May 13, 2013 1:23 AM
First of all, a 100 year term isn't even logical. And secondly, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, etc should NOT have anything to do with your sentence, and if someone didn't even commit murder.. why would they be given a life sentence. I feel like logically a drug, robbery, or whatever mild and nonphysically harmful crime like that shouldn't be punishable with over 20 years of prison time.
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Sen. Rand Paul says he is considering 2016 presidential bid

Sen. Rand Paul says he is considering 2016 presidential bid | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Wednesday he is considering a presidential campaign in 2016.
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This article talks about Rand Paul's thoughts of running for the 2016 presidential bid. He said that he won't make a decision until 2014. He believes this campaign will give him a wide variety of topics to talk about.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, May 2, 2013 11:10 AM
Would anyone be surprised by the rising star of the Republican party?
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Appeals court upholds dismissal of lawsuit brought by anti-abortion students in Roswell, N.M. | Schoolhouse Beat

Appeals court upholds dismissal of lawsuit brought by anti-abortion students in Roswell, N.M. | Schoolhouse Beat | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit in which students in a Roswell, N.M., anti-abortion group challenged a school district's decision to stop the students' distribution of 2,500 rubber fetuses at two high schools.
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This article is about a New Mexico apeals court that had a ruling about a girl who was trying to stand up for her pro-life beliefs. She placed rubber fetuses around the school in order to prove her point. The court dismissed it because it was simply a distraction to the other students in the school.

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Lawmakers urge FAA to reconsider furloughs as travelers encounter mounting delays

Lawmakers urge FAA to reconsider furloughs as travelers encounter mounting delays | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
Lawmakers from both parties urged the Obama administration Tuesday to postpone or cancel the furlough of air traffic controllers nationwide, with some accusing the Federal Aviation Administration of playing politics as the cuts contributed to airport...
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I found this article to be interesting. It talks about how some lawmakers would like congress to re-evaluate the furloughs they put on the FAA because of the delays. They argue that the government could make smarter decisions when they need to make cuts.

 

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Obama taking executive action on guns after Senate vote

Obama taking executive action on guns after Senate vote | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
Blocked by Congress from expanding gun sale background checks, President Obama is turning to actions within his own power to keep people from buying a gun who are prohibited for mental health reasons. ...
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This article talks about how Obama is trying to take the background check stuff into his own hands. I think this is a good idea for him to do. Hopefully there will be another bill that will pass for tighter security checks in the future.

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Corrupt Government with Revolving Door to the Economy. Congress Solution: Hide It, Obama Signs Law

Corrupt Government with Revolving Door to the Economy. Congress Solution: Hide It, Obama Signs Law | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
Congress Quickly and Quietly Repeals Congressional Insider Trading Ban, That Required Financial Disclosure NYULocal April 15, 2013 While Congress might be stuck in a deadlock on just about every is...
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This article talks about one topic that both democrats and republicans agree on: the STOCK Act. It basically says that politicians who have a high enough income are required to post their financial transactions online, in order to ensure that there is no trading of information between lawmakers and government officials. Both parties do not like this law and would like it to be repealed.

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Melaina Borchert's comment, April 18, 2013 9:40 PM
I like when people agree! :) I think it should be repealed as well. They should be allowed to have privacy just like everyone else.
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The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary: President Obama Proposes Tying Pre-Kindergarten Education to Continued High Sales of Tobacco Products

The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary: President Obama Proposes Tying Pre-Kindergarten Education to Continued High Sales of Tobacco Products | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
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This article talks about Obama's plan to use the tax revenue from tobacco products to fund early child hood education. I'm not sure how I feel about this. I can see the advantages and disadvantages to both sides of the proposal. 

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Joel Denney's comment, April 10, 2013 7:09 PM
I really don't like the idea of funding education with tobacco money; it feels kind of Faustian. What happens when tobacco usage rates decrease?
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Expanded immigration would reduce the federal deficit, some conservatives say

Expanded immigration would reduce the federal deficit, some conservatives say | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
Conservative economists are making the case that expanded immigration will boost the economy.
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This article talks about some of the advantages about expanding immigration, and how it would reduce the federal defecit of our country. I just found it rather interesting. 

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Obama Cutting His Own Pay

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WASHINGTON — Sharing a bit of budget pain, President Barack Obama will return 5 percent of his salary each month to the Treasury in a show of solidarity with federal workers smarting from government-wide spending cuts.
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This article talks about Obama giving 5% of his monthly paycheck to the Treasury. He is doing this so he will personally feel some of the consequences of the sequester cuts, much like the average American worker. I think this is a good thing for Obama to do because it shows that he is willing to stand up and support the working class.

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Amanda Nandory's comment, April 4, 2013 2:14 PM
I think that for obama to be giving up 5% of his salary its showing that he is willing to give up some of his things to help out the economy
Layla Khalili's comment, April 6, 2013 8:58 PM
I personally feel it's for his reputation.
Melaina Borchert's comment, April 7, 2013 10:54 AM
I agree with Layla it's most likely to help his reputation but at the same time he is experiencing the cuts like everyone else. Its good were all going through the same thing.
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Democrats Rally in a G.O.P. Stronghold

Democrats Rally in a G.O.P. Stronghold | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
Sick of Republican dominance, Democrats are trying to get off the ground, with efforts like Battleground Texas, started by operatives from the Obama campaign.
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This article talks about how Democrats in Texas would like to see a better balance  between the democrats and republicans in the state. Right now, Democrats are trying to persuade people to change their views a little bit. They don't want to change the whole state, just some of it.

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Melaina Borchert's comment, March 22, 2013 2:23 PM
I think it's good they are being active in the government and in their party. They saw something they didn't like and the are taking steps to change it. Good for them.
Layla Khalili's comment, March 24, 2013 2:53 PM
Yea I agree with Lainy, I think it's good they're trying to change things and maybe they're even trying to work together with Republicans.
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NRA President: Democrats Shocked By Second Amendment Support

NRA President: Democrats Shocked By Second Amendment Support | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
Americans are awake to the Obama administration's tactics and the push of the Socialists in Congress to attack the Second Amendment and they are in for a rude awakening should they seek to continue down this road.
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This article talks about the gun control issues. It is clear that Americans care about the 2nd amendment, and want to protect it. It is because of this that a lot of what Obama wants to be done is being slowed down. The number of supporters has jumped from 4 million to 5 million within the last several months.

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Melaina Borchert's comment, March 22, 2013 2:38 PM
I think it is important to protect the 2nd amendment. We need to be able to protect ourselves. If you take away the 2nd amendment then you take away that right.
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Minnesota House approves gay marriage bill after two-hour debate

Minnesota House approves gay marriage bill after two-hour debate | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
A pivotal vote Thursday in the Minnesota House positioned that state to become the 12th in the country to allow gay marriages and the first in the Midwest to pass such a law out of its Legislature
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So this is pretty big news that Minnesota passed the gay marriage bill. MN is the 12th state to allow gay marriage. It passed with a vote of 75-59.

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scoste26's curator insight, May 16, 2013 12:18 AM

This is an important event in Minnesota that will be taken down in the history books. I think that this is a very important article, because approving the bill has become a big step to the people that live in Minnesota and the surrounding states. This issue has been debatable for a while and I think that the Minnesota House made a great desicion by approving this bill.

 

Mariah Zamzow's comment, May 19, 2013 2:01 PM
I am so excited for this! It is great to be apart of a state that is moving to where the civil rights movement needs to go!
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How the Online Sales Tax Could Hit You

How the Online Sales Tax Could Hit You | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
It's far from a done deal, but the days of mostly tax-free shopping on the Internet moved closer to ending.
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This article talks about the senate passing the online sales tax bill with a vote of 69 to 27. There is a concern that this bill will not pass in the House because it is labeled as a tax increase.

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Who's Sorry Now

Who's Sorry Now | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
Supreme Court justices sometimes have second thoughts. The latest is the retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who thinks the court made a mistake by intervening in the disputed 2000 Florida election.
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This article talks about a former justice on the supreme court, Sandra Day O'Connor admitting to a mistake she thought the court made about Florida's 2000 election. She believes that the supreme court should have said "no" to FL since they messed up. She thinks the Supreme Court made everything worse by intervening with FL's election process.

 

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Millions added by Congress for unwanted tanks highlights challenge of trimming military budget

Millions added by Congress for unwanted tanks highlights challenge of trimming military budget | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — Built to dominate the enemy in combat, the Army’s hulking Abrams tank is proving equally hard to beat in a budget battle.
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This article talks about the amount of money being spent in military expenses. Even though the US is experiencing many cuts, the military is an area where money should not be cut too much.

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Supreme Court weighs whether human genes can be patented

Supreme Court weighs whether human genes can be patented | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court grapples Monday with the question of whether human genes can be patented.
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This article talks about a company called Myriad that would like to patent a gene found in the human body inorder to research breast and ovarian cancer. The supreme court says that natural resources and other materials naturally found in the human body can not be patented.

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Boston bombing suspect charged, will not be treated as enemy combatant

Boston bombing suspect charged, will not be treated as enemy combatant | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
The White House said Monday that the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing will not be treated as an enemy combatant, in response to calls from Republican lawmakers to consider that option. ...
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This article is about the Boston bombing suspect, and what the planned punishment is for him. He is a US citizen, so he will be prosecuted through the civilian system of justice.

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Melaina Borchert's comment, April 27, 2013 9:54 PM
I think its good they aren't giving him a worse or better punishment because of his ethnicity. He should be treated just like anyone else in the system of justice. I do hope he gets a bad punishment though.
Layla Khalili's comment, April 28, 2013 12:46 AM
As long as they are sure it's him, and he's been proven guilty really well not just because of ethnicity or religion, then yes, I hope he gets a tough punishment but still be treated like any other citizen in his situation would be treated.
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Why terrorist bombings have been rare in U.S. in past decade

Why terrorist bombings have been rare in U.S. in past decade | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
Many have tried but few have succeeded in carrying out terrorist bombings in the U.S. in the past 12 years, writes Peter Bergen.
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This article talks about why there has been a decrease in bombings in the past decade. According to the article, after 9/11, the federal government started to pay close attention to any suspicious perchases. There was also a number of Joint Terrorism Task Forces that went undercover, looking for suspicous activity.

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Amanda Nandory's comment, April 18, 2013 3:26 PM
I think it took a lot of accidents and events to happen before the government actually realized they needed to do something
Melaina Borchert's comment, April 18, 2013 9:38 PM
Well a decrease in bombings is obviously a good thing but also the school shootings have increased since then so that's not good. I hate how violent our world is getting.
Layla Khalili's comment, April 21, 2013 12:53 PM
It's obviously great that the bombings have decreased, but I feel like violence inside the U.S. and outside the U.S. has increased. Everyone is fighting, and it seems like things are just going to get worse. I hope things get better both inside and outside of America.
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Senate Dems allow extra hearing on immigration bill in bid to ease opposition

Senate Dems allow extra hearing on immigration bill in bid to ease opposition | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
Senate Democrats are making last-minute changes to the hearing schedule for a soon-to-be released immigration overhaul, in an apparent bid to address Republican complaints that they're not being given enough time to review the major legislation. ...
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This article talks about the senate trying to pass a bill on immigration. The republicans need more time to read and review the bill before negotiating on it.

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Layla Khalili's comment, April 21, 2013 1:08 PM
I thought it was already passed, but ok. I hope they pass it, it would help a lot of people and save our country lot of money and lives.
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House to revive cybersecurity bill opposed by privacy groups

House to revive cybersecurity bill opposed by privacy groups | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
The House Intelligence Committee is trying to revive legislation that would let industry and the federal government swap information on the latest cyber threats.
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This article talks about the cybersecurity bill that is being proposed. A big controversy of this bill is that it would "open America's private internet records". I feel that this is an issue that continues to grow in our country as techology continues to advance. 

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 14, 2013 3:51 PM
Can we assume that anything on the internet is "private"?
Melaina Borchert's comment, April 14, 2013 8:39 PM
Its weird how much is already out there. A lot of the stuff we search isn't private. Like how Youtube suggests videos you might like based on the stuff you already watch.
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Sequestration Didn't Stop a 13-Day Overseas Congressional Trip

Sequestration Didn't Stop a 13-Day Overseas Congressional Trip | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
Aide says trip was important to prepare for debate over a free-trade agreement.
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This article talks about the various internatioal trips that government officials and lawmakers have to take. Due to the sequester cuts, some Americans feel that some of these trips are unnecessary and should be limited in order to reduce the federal defecit. I think that international travel and meetings are necessary in order to communicate and run a country efficently. If Americans question the improtance of these international trips, they should have the right to know.

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Joel Denney's comment, April 6, 2013 3:47 PM
I wonder if Congress knows about Skype? I would think that it could handle the needs of a lot of these meetings. It would certainly be a lot cheaper.
Layla Khalili's comment, April 6, 2013 9:02 PM
I think they are definitely unnecessary, but I guess these trips are part of the many advantages these people have in their career. I agree with Joel though, have any of them heard of Skype? Or any of the other 100 video chatting sites/programs there are. Or even the ones they could make? :P Whatever.
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Midterm Elections Unlikely to Alter Party Balance

Midterm Elections Unlikely to Alter Party Balance | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
The government’s current divide is unlikely to change with the 2014 vote, but, paradoxically, that could improve chances for bipartisan action.
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This article basically says that the mid term elections are predicted to not make a significant impact on the current divide in government. I just thought it was interesting that the mid term campaign elections for 2014 have already started. It just goes to show how much time and energy campaigns take to put together.

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National Park Service plans for sequestration cuts

National Park Service plans for sequestration cuts | Gov & Law Scoop It | Scoop.it
National park supervisors are preparing to open roads later, close visitor centers, furlough park police and hire fewer seasonal workers to meet the 5 percent sequestration budget cuts under mandated by Congress and President Obama.
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This article caught my attention because I have an interest in national parks. It talks about the cuts that the NPS is experiencing because of the sequester cuts. I think it's unfortunate that some of our country's greatest natural attractions are being affected by of these budget cuts.

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Melaina Borchert's comment, March 22, 2013 2:19 PM
It is really sad that they are being affected but at the same time if we are going to lower the federal deficits we have to make cuts. And the cuts have to come from somewhere.