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    Police Actions Foster Lack of Respect for Authority

Police Actions Foster Lack of Respect for Authority

Ferguson Missouri is not the first city in America to experience racial unrest because of a police officer involved death. Police actions around the country have fostered a lack of respect for authority. Although the Ferguson tragedy is directed at a single policeman, the fault lies in the process of hiring and training law enforcement. Most importantly a much more stringent screening process must be put into place before a

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    Patriot Act Removes Constitutional Rights

Patriot Act Removes Constitutional Rights

Whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed the fact that America’s information gathering agency, the NSA, is spying on private citizens. Although this is a direct violation of our right to privacy, guaranteed by the fourth amendment of the Constitution preventing illegal searches and seizure, the courts have not come to the aid of our citizens. The reason the court is ignoring this abhorrent act is because of the passing and extension of

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    Seizing Your Assets Under the Fourth Amendment

Seizing Your Assets Under the Fourth Amendment

Every one of us is protected from ‘unlawful search and seizure’ by the Constitution; or so we thought. Law enforcement agencies are seizing your assets under the fourth amendment, with aid from a controversial act. When the unconstitutional ‘Patriot Act’ was passed after the attacks on 9/11, what was predicted has happened; much of our individual freedoms have been erased. Law enforcement agencies at local, city, state and federal levels

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    Iran: A Country Waging a Greater War on Women than the U.S.

Iran: A Country Waging a Greater War on Women than the U.S.

 If those on the extreme and religious right have it their way, the women of our nation will become third class citizens. However, we wouldn’t come close to Iran, a country waging a greater war on women than the United States. As of this date 170 people have been executed in Iran. The latest occurred Saturday when Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged at sunrise. She was convicted in 2009 of premeditated

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    Marysville School Shooting Has Disturbing Details

Marysville School Shooting Has Disturbing Details

A young high school student took a gun to school and shot five classmates before killing himself in Washington state on Friday. In a storyline that is becoming all too familiar, 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg had been in a state of mental anguish over a break-up of his relationship and bullying, according to his parents. As an avid hunter, he had access to guns and apparently wrote threatening tweets on the

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    Governor Jay Nixon Announces Commission as Result of Ferguson Protests

Governor Jay Nixon Announces Commission as Result of Ferguson Protests

The events that occurred in Ferguson, Missouri may just be a watershed moment in the history of America. The facts of systemic inequality that African-Americans face every day were given a human face in Michael Brown and the nation, led by the citizens of Ferguson, have decided that something must change. But what? While experts and observers may offer their opinions in a variety of forums, they cannot effect change

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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Future of the Supreme Court

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Future of the Supreme Court

When the Supreme Court upheld Texas’ voter identification law last Saturday, one Justice was extremely upset. Now Ruth Bader Ginsburg talks about the future of the Supreme Court. Saturday’s six to three decision was representative of how politicized the Court has become. Justice Anthony Kennedy, considered a moderate, cast his vote with the Republican appointed Justices. Justice Ginsburg wrote the dissenting viewpoint. She was upset with the members of the

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    Gary Indiana Murder Spree

Gary Indiana Murder Spree

It began Sunday when police were called to a Motel 6 off of interstate 80 in Gary, Indiana. The body of a female was discovered who had presumably been strangled. The investigation led authorities to a home in Hammond. There they arrested a 43-year-old man. He confessed to a murder spree in the Gary, Indiana area. The unidentified man led the authorities to three damaged or abandoned homes and three

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    Increasing Use of Body Cameras for Police

Increasing Use of Body Cameras for Police

The question of “Who watches the Watchmen?” has become of increasing importance with events like those of Ferguson, Missouri, which has been at the center of the debate for police oversite. The fact that it is legal for civilians to record police officers has led to the revelations of some abuses, but many police departments are looking to move towards greater transparency by equipping their people with body cameras. Innovations

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    Big Week for Same-Sex Marriage

Big Week for Same-Sex Marriage

It has been a big week for advocates of same-sex marriage as court decisions and a message from the attorney general have changed how many states have legal gay marriage. There are now 31 states with legal gay marriage, but with all the decisions that have been made, it can be hard to keep track of which ones have been affected. While the ins and outs of the particular legal

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