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What part of the Constitution allows the president to get away with NOT enforcing laws?

Question by Dem Stranded on Broken Escalator: What part of the Constitution allows the president to get away with NOT enforcing laws?
It seems like presidents pick and choose which laws they will enforce — such as illegal immigration, pot laws in CA, etc.

I’m not saying that these are good or bad laws. I’m just curious whether, if you become president, you have the right to ignore laws you don’t like and do you get that right from the Constitution.

Example. Assume 0bamacare specifically says that illegal immigrants can’t get 0bamacare. But, 0bama decides he won’t enforce that law. Is that his right since he in supposedly President?

Best answer:

Answer by ndnqt1966
Seriously…..do you really think 0bama or anyone in his administration gives a second thought to the Constitution? Even Pelosi believes that as long as the Constitution doesn’t say you can’t do something….that it is still constitutional to do….

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UN Special Rapporteur Criticizes France for Undermining Religious Freedom

UN Special Rapporteur Criticizes France for Undermining Religious Freedom

(PRWEB) April 1, 2006

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief has strongly criticized France over “the different measures that were taken at the governmental and parliamentary level in the second part of the 1990s [that] undermined the right to freedom of religion or belief and raised serious concerns about religious intolerance.”

The Rapporteur, Ms. Asma Jahangir, who visited France last fall and met with government officials and representatives of various religions including the Church of Scientology, acknowledges that French authorities have since attempted to “redress the balance.” Nonetheless, she adds, “after she had completed her visit, it was reported to the Special Rapporteur that, following a change in its staff, Miviludes, [the French government’s office established to investigate religious minorities], was allegedly about to return to a more hard-line position….”

“We welcome this report and the Rapporteur’s call for Miviludes not to return to the mistakes of the past,” said Rev. Heber Jentzsch, President of the Church of Scientology International. “The abuses described by the Rapporteur are the result of a campaign of intolerance by a tiny clique of anti-religious groups still funded by the French government. These groups are attempting to resuscitate intolerant practices put to rest by the government when it abandoned the blacklist of religious groups in May last year.”

The Rapporteur’s findings include strong statements on how freedom of religion and belief has been undermined:

-“Stigmatization of [religious groups’] members has led to certain forms of discrimination, in particular vis-à-vis their children.”

-“Government policy may have contributed to a climate of general suspicion and intolerance towards those communities….”

-“The policy and measures that have been adopted by the French authorities have provoked situations where the right to freedom of religion or belief of members of these groups has been unduly limited.”

Indicating her intention to “continue to closely monitor the various efforts that are carried out by Miviludes,” the Rapporteur urges that future actions of Miviludes are in line with the right to freedom of religion and “avoid past mistakes.”

Rev Jentzsch called on the French government to heed the Rapporteur’s recommendations and to ensure that Miviludes embraces tolerance and non-discrimination for all.


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Police arrest 3rd suspect in Northwestside attack

Police arrest 3rd suspect in Northwestside attack
A third suspect in a Northwestside rape and robbery has turned himself in to police.
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Constitution Trail to be rerouted for rail upgrades
NORMAL — The Constitution Trail crossing by the Amtrak station in uptown Normal has to close and the trail must be rerouted. And if the Illinois Commerce Commission has its way, the intersection of the tracks and Broadway also will close to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
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Supreme Court to hear arguments on school funding
Stephanie McCleary has known about the disparities between rich and poor school districts for most of her life, how cities with a robust local tax base can pay for fancy microscopes and video cameras and the newest laptop computers, while small towns like Chimacum – where she works and her kids go to school – can’t afford window blinds or parts to fix classroom heaters and may need a grant to …
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By United Press International UPI Almanac for Saturday, June 25, 2011.
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Q&A: What is the origin of the “freedom of religion” misperception?

Question by Sjnoring Vjerilood: What is the origin of the “freedom of religion” misperception?
Religion is illegal, so what misreading of the Constitution leads to this funny idea of religious freedom?

Best answer:

Answer by Timothy
wait, wat? its the first amendment.

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Kotak Securities Limited ? Know Better

Kotak Securities Limited, a subsidiary of Kotak Mahindra Bank, is the stock broking and distribution arm of the Kotak Mahindra Group. The company was set up in 1994. Kotak Securities Limited has Rs. 2300 crore of Assets Under Management (AUM) as of 31st March, 2010. The portfolio Management Service provides top class service, catering to the high end of the market. Portfolio Management from Kotak Securities comes as an answer to those who would like to grow exponentially on the crest of the stock market, with the backing of an expert. Kotak Securities is a corporate member of both The Bombay Stock Exchange and The National Stock Exchange of India Limited. Its operations include stock broking and distribution of various financial products – including private and secondary placement of debt and equity and mutual funds. Currently, Kotak Securities is one of the largest broking houses in India with wide geographical reach. The company has four main areas of business: (1) Institutional Equities, (2) Retail (equities and other financial products), (3) Portfolio Management and (4) Depository Services.

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This division primarily covers secondary market broking. It caters to the needs of foreign and Indian institutional investors in Indian equities (both local shares and GDRs). The division also incorporates a comprehensive research cell with sectoral analysts who cover all the major areas of the Indian economy.
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This division provides professional portfolio management services to high net-worth individuals and corporates. Its expertise in research and stock broking gives the company the right perspective from which to provide its clients with investment advisory services.
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Kotak Securities has a comprehensive retail distribution network, comprising 870 offices (own and franchisees) across 309 cities and towns, servicing 590,000 customers. This network is used for the distribution and placement of a range of financial products that includes company fixed deposits, mutual funds, Initial Public Offerings, secondary debt and equity and small savings schemes.

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Kotak Securities is a depository participant with the National Securities Depository Limited and Central Depository Services (India) Limited for trading and settlement of dematerialised shares. Since it is also in the broking business, investors who use its depository services get a dual benefit. They are able to use its brokerage services to execute transactions and its depository services to settle these.


Kotak Securities is one of the oldest names in the share broking business and it provides with the updated Brokerage Fees, Reviews and offers many online trading account, trinity accounts and Kotak Securities Portfolio Management.

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Latest The Constitution News

Kenya: Kibaki Can Help MPs With Tax
Yesterday the Kenya Revenue Authority insisted that MPs have to clear their back taxes in full. The constitution that came into force in August 2010 specifically states ‘no law may authorise the exclusion of a state officer from payment of tax’. This is a constitutional obligation. No-one can waive it.
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Morocco and its new Constitution
The governments of Spain and France have welcomed the Moroccan king’s decision to hold a nationwide referendum on the constitution.
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How social media brought down a mobster
Call it another triumph of social media.
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Tea Party Movement Happier With the Supreme Court than Other Branches of Government, Survey Finds

Tea Party Movement Happier With the Supreme Court than Other Branches of Government, Survey Finds

Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily

New York (Vocus) July 19, 2010

Despite a general distrust of government, most Tea Party supporters believe the Supreme Court will correctly decide difficult issues, even if they are unpopular and go against the will of the president or Congress, a new survey finds.

The survey, co-authored by Nathaniel Persily, the Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia Law School, also found a majority of Tea Party supporters approve of the Supreme Court’s performance.

The results were taken from an online survey by Knowledge Networks on a wide range of issues that probed attitudes toward constitutional issues, including gun control, abortion rights, and the death penalty.

Some 1,027 people answered questions, including 456 who identified themselves as supporting the Tea Party movement. Harvard University political scientist Stephen Ansolabehere co-wrote the survey with Persily.

Some 80 percent of Tea Party backers either have a great deal or some confidence in the Supreme Court, compared to just 37 percent for Congress and 39 percent for President Obama. Overall, 56 percent approve of the job the Supreme Court is doing, compared to 63 percent of those surveyed who do not support the Tea Party.

On issues before the court, the survey found:

Eighty percent of Tea Party supporters agree the Supreme Court should recognize a right to privacy even if it is not explicitly stated in the Constitution.
Some 48 percent believe the Constitution should be viewed as a general set of principles that can change over time, compared to 74 percent of respondents who do not back the Tea Party.
Asked whether the Supreme Court should focus less on the Constitution’s original intent and more on the effect its decisions will have today, just 38 percent of Tea Party backers support that notion, compared to 69 percent not in the Tea Party.
While 72 percent of those who do not support the Tea Party approve of Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court, just 33 percent of movement supporters back her. Persily said that number was likely held down by President Obama’s low numbers from Tea Party supporters. They gave him just a 26 percent approval rating.

The survey is a follow-up to a similar poll done in 2009. Both have a margin of error of 4 percent.

The full Tea Party survey can be read here. The results from all respondents can be read here.

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Nice Freedom Of Religion photos

Some cool Freedom of Religion images:

Freedom of Religion
Image by KierDuros
Singer/songwriter Catie Curtis has a personal interest in same-sex marriage legislation. She spends a lot of time explaining that, yes, she is married to another woman and they have two beautiful adopted children. Her music is also pretty darn cool.

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When I started to take this picture, no one was standing in front of the logo…

Security Classification Primer

Much is heard these days of government secrets being uncovered, national security being compromised, and of sensitive information getting into the wrong hands. Most countries have a classification system to formalize state secrets and protect information from being used to endanger citizens. This article will familiarize you with the security classification system.

Although the exact number varies from country to country, there are generally five levels of security classification:

Top Secret: Information which, in the hands of the enemy would put the security of America at exceptionally grave risk. Individuals undergo meticulous investigation to receive the level of clearance necessary to view this information. Clearance must be renewed every five years.

Secret: Information which could cause serious damage if publicly available. Intense investigation is required for individuals with this clearance, which must be renewed every ten years.

Confidential: Information which could compromise the safety of Americans. Clearance must be renewed every fifteen years for individuals on this level.

Restricted: Information which could have undesirable effects if publicly available. Some countries (the US included) do not use this security level.

Unclassified: Not technically a classification. This includes all information that does not pose a security risk, which is available to the public.

All classified information, regardless of the level, is available only on a “need to know” basis. Therefore, an individual having Top Secret clearance may not be privileged to view all Top Secret documents, only those documents which are pertinent to his or her work.

When two or more countries agree to share information with each other they must agree upon a uniform classification system. The United Nations, NATO, and the European Defense Organization all have their own security classification systems.

One example of a country without a formal classification system is China. The Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China makes it a crime to release a state secret. However, there is only a vague definition of what constitutes a state secret; therefore the government has used this law to imprison journalists.

Private corporations make use of a similar type of security classification system when working with new product development teams, mergers, and the company’s financial reports. This type of information is protected under trade secret laws. Employers can require their employees to sign confidentiality agreements and undergo extensive background checks. While corporate classification lacks the harsh criminal sanctions of the government classification, individuals who leak company secrets can be tried and punished in courts of law.

Many citizens live out their lives without a thought for the secrets their government keeps from them. The military is the largest employer of people with such clearances. It might surprise you to know that one out of every thirty Americans, or 3-5 million individuals are authorized to some extent to know state secrets. Of all individuals with such clearances, it is estimated that one in a thousand can be expected to compromise the secrets they are entrusted with, either out of blackmail, greed, or sloppiness.

Only those individuals in positions where it is anticipated they will be dealing with classified information may apply for security clearance. Once the candidate has completed the application phase a detailed investigation ensues. The applicant’s background will be thoroughly examined by the Defense Security Service, and depending on the level of clearance needed, family members and relatives may also be scrutinized. The investigation phase can last up to a year or more. Candidates who pass this phase will then enter the adjudication phase. In this phase all information gathered in the previous two phases is reviewed and analyzed, based on thirteen factors determined by the Department of Defense. Allegiance to the United States and personal conduct are examples of areas that are considered. Four factors that are certain to lead to rejection of an applicant are:

1. Candidate was convicted of a crime and imprisoned for more than one year.

2. Candidate uses controlled substances.

3. Candidate has been deemed mentally incompetent by a health professional approved by the Department of Defense.

4. Candidate was discharged from the armed forces under dishonorable conditions.

Having a security clearance is nothing to sneeze at, and some experts say that having such a clearance can increase one’s salary between and K. It is evident that the ability to keep a secret is a valued commodity in this increasingly precarious society.

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