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Dear Dartmouth, I am one of your students, I am being stalked, please let me carry a gun to protect myself

Dear Dartmouth, I am one of your students, I am being stalked, please let me carry a gun to protect myself | Politics | Scoop.it
Over the last four years, I have lived with the constant threat from a stalker – a stalker who is now in jail for the third time for violating a restraining order. 
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Dartmouth student Taylor Woolrich was trying to obtain a permission from her school that would allow her to carry a gun with her to protect herself from Richard Bennett, 67-year-old man, that has been stalking Taylor for years. Despite the restraining order, he has tried to attack her boyfriend and went to her house to “talk" to her. After arrest, the police discovered a “rape kit” in his car and photos of Taylor all over his house. Sadly, Dartmouth officials told that she was not allowed to carry a gun making Taylor live in fear. National Crime Victimization Survey has shown that having a gun is by far the most effective way for victims to stop crimes, because of the large strength difference between male criminals and female victims. If schools and society can’t guarantee safety for people and victims like Taylor, it is time for them to have a chance to defend themselves so they can stop living in fear.

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US court: Virginia gay marriage ban unconstitutional

US court: Virginia gay marriage ban unconstitutional | Politics | Scoop.it
A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.
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Legal marijuana goes on sale in Washington

Legal marijuana goes on sale in Washington | Politics | Scoop.it
Washington became the second state Tuesday to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note.
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Legal marijuana goes on sale in Washington making it the second state that allows people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor’s note. 20 months after Washington and Colorado voted to legalize marijuana for adults over 21, Washington finally take a major step and starts selling marijuana. Washington issued its first 24 retail licenses at the beginning of July, but not all businesses started selling pot this early due to shortage of weed. On the first days of sale, weed prices were expected to be around $25 a gram- twice what people pay in the state’s unregulated magical marijuana dispensaries. Washington allows to sell up to an once of dried marijuana, 16 ounces of pot-infused solids, 72 ounces of pot-infused liquids or 7 grams of concentrated marijuana, like hashish. 

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Appeals court: States can't ban gay marriage

Appeals court: States can't ban gay marriage | Politics | Scoop.it
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled for the first time that states must allow gay couples to marry, finding the Constitution protects same-sex relationships and putting a remarkable legal winning streak across the country one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Obama administration to announce more benefits for same-sex couples

Obama administration to announce more benefits for same-sex couples | Politics | Scoop.it
The White House is set to announce the extension of more benefits to same-sex married couples Friday, including plans to give workers across America leave from work to care for same-sex spouses.
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The White House is ready to announce more benefits to same-sex couples and give a choice to leave from work to care for same-sex spouses. Obama administration is trying to get Congress to pass legislation to get provisions like Social Security to also apply same-sex married couples after the Supreme Court stuck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied benefits to legally married gay couples. To fix the provisions that preclude same-sex married couples form receiving some federal benefits, the administration official believes that Social Security and Marriage Equality Act could help. 

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House votes to ensure speedier care for US vets

House votes to ensure speedier care for US vets | Politics | Scoop.it
United and eager to respond to a national uproar, the House overwhelmingly approved legislation Tuesday to allow patients enduring long waits for care at Veterans Affairs facilities to get VA-paid treatment from local doctors.
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US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty

US accuses Russia of  violating 1987 missile treaty | Politics | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a very serious matter.
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The U.S. President Obama informed Russian President Putin of violation 1987 nuclear missile treaty by testing a ground-launched cruise missile. Obama’s advisors agreed that the test was a serious violation, but Russian officials have said they looked into the allegations and considered the matter closed. The treaty have increased the pressure between the two countries not only because of the missile, but also because of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine isolating Russia from the international community.

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Unenforceable ban on atheists holding public office still on the books in 8 states

Unenforceable ban on atheists holding public office still on the books in 8 states | Politics | Scoop.it
Provisions barring atheists from holding public office remain on the books in Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
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Under the First Amendments everyone has the freedom to practice their own religion, but seems like eight states have different opinion. If you read throughout the constitutions of eight states, they all require religion banning atheist from holding pubic office. For example, Mississippi’s Constitution states, “No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state.”, but Mississippi is not the only state with such a rule, Arkansas’ Constitution bans atheists from testifying in court. Sadly, it is unlikely lawmakers will ever get the provisions taken out of the state constitutions since it is very rare to remove unenforceable laws from the books. 

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Oklahoma congressman denied access to facility housing illegal immigrant children

Oklahoma congressman denied access to facility housing illegal immigrant children | Politics | Scoop.it
A Republican congressman from Oklahoma says he was denied access to a federal facility at Fort Sill that is housing hundreds of mostly teenage illegal immigrant children from Central America.
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Boehner plans to file suit against Obama over alleged abuse of executive power

Boehner plans to file suit against Obama over alleged abuse of executive power | Politics | Scoop.it
House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday that he plans on filing suit against the Obama administration over its alleged abuse of executive actions.
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Argentina president defies US court order on repayment of debts

Argentina president defies US court order on repayment of debts | Politics | Scoop.it
President Cristina Fernandez said Argentina can't comply with U.S. court orders to pay $1.5 billion to winners of a decade-long legal battle over defaulted debt, the position her country was left in Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear her government's final appeal.
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Obamacare Penalty to Hit One Million Low-Income Americans

Obamacare Penalty to Hit One Million Low-Income Americans | Politics | Scoop.it
Roughly one million low-income Americans will pay a fine under Obamacare, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).  The CBO estimated that four million people would pay the individual m
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The promise of Obamacare was to bring down the cost of insurance making it more affordable for low income Americans, but it turns out it is doing the opposite. Now, one million low-income Americans are forced to pay a penalty because they are uninsured. The report reveals that 200,000 of those paying the penalty earn less than 100 percent of the poverty line and 800,000 are low-income Americans earning between 100 and 199 percent of the poverty line. People like this can’t afford the health care even with subsidies and chooses to pay the fine instead. The CBO estimated that four million people will be fined for not having health insurance by 2016 and 30 million Americans will still be uninsured.

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