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Larry Pratt ~ Second Amendment Is All About Government Capitulation
THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, WASHINGTON, D.C.— Larry Pratt, President of Gun Owners of America speaks at the CSPOA liberty event and says he was very encourage…

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Sep 302014

Documents released by the US government show it views an executive order issued in 1981 as the basis of most of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Monday.

The NSA relied on Executive Order 12333 more than it did on two other laws that have been the focus of public debate following the leaks exposing US surveillance programs by former agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to the papers released by the ACLU.

The ACLU obtained the documents after filing a lawsuit last year seeking information in connection with the order, which it said the NSA was using to collect vast amounts of data worldwide, “inevitably” including communications of US citizens.

The order, signed in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan, was intended to give the government broad authority over surveillance of international targets.

One of the documents obtained was a 2007 NSA manual citing the executive order as “the primary source of NSA’s foreign intelligence-gathering authority.”

A legal fact sheet on the memo produced in June 2013, two weeks after Snowden’s disclosures, said the NSA relied on the executive order for the “majority” of its activities involving intelligence gathered through signals interception.

Alex Abdo, an ACLU staff attorney, said in a blog post published on Monday that the documents “confirm that the order, although not the focus of the public debate, actually governs most of the NSA’s spying.”

“Congress’s reform efforts have not addressed the executive order, and the bulk of the government’s disclosures in response to the Snowden revelations have conspicuously ignored the NSA’s extensive mandate under EO 12333,” Abdo wrote.

Neither the NSA nor US Department of Justice, which is defending the lawsuit, responded to requests for comment Monday.

The ACLU’s lawsuit, filed in December 2013 in New York, cited news reports indicating that, under the order, the NSA is collecting data on cell phone locations and email contact lists, as well as information fromGoogleandYahoouser accounts.

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The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the Territory of Guam have joined the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) in order to administer the ASWB social work licensing exam as part of adopting new regulations for the social work profession. This is the first time that social workers will be regulated and licensed in these jurisdictions. The board of directors for the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the nonprofit association of social work regulatory bodies in the U.S. and Canada that owns and maintains the licensing exams, accepted the application of both U.S. jurisdictions by unanimous vote.

We are pleased to welcome the Health Care Professions Licensing Board of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Guam Board of Social Work of the Territory of Guam as members of ASWB, said ASWB President Dorinda N. Noble, Ph.D., LCSW. Professional regulation protects the public by ensuring that consumers have an avenue of recourse if practitioners step outside the boundaries of the rules, regulations, and ethics that guide our profession. The ASWB social work licensing exam ensures that social work professionals demonstrate their ability to practice competently and safely before becoming licensed.

The Northern Mariana Islands and the Territory of Guam form the Mariana Islands in the Pacific subregion of Micronesia.

Northern Mariana Islands The Health Care Professions Licensing Board (HCPLB) of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands includes the regulation of the profession of social work. The board recently adopted regulations for licensing baccalaureate, masters, and clinical social workers.

CNMI is a commonwealth of the United States, ratified in 1975. It is a 14-island archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The population of approximately 53,000 (2013) lives predominantly on the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota.

Territory of Guam The Guam Social Work Board of the Territory of Guam is an independent regulatory agency with the authority to license and regulate the profession of social work in Guam. The board is in the process of developing regulations for the licensure of social workers at the baccalaureate, masters, and clinical levels.

Guam became a U.S. territory in 1898. Its current form of government was established in 1950. The island of Guam is the southernmost and largest of the Mariana island chain. It is also the largest island in Micronesia. The population in 2013 was approximately 165,000.

About ASWB

The Association of Social Work Boards is the nonprofit association of social work regulatory bodies in the United States and Canada. In addition to Guam and Northern Mariana Islands, ASWB member jurisdictions include 49 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and all ten Canadian provinces. The association owns and maintains the licensing examinations used by its jurisdictional members and also provides services to members and social workers, such as the Approved Continuing Education program, the ASWB Social Work Registry, and the Public Protection Database. ASWBs mission is to strengthen protection of the public by providing support and services to the social work regulatory community in order to advance safe, competent, and ethical practices. Visit http://www.aswb.org for more information.

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The Bay Area Search Engine Academy announced today that they still have room in their upcoming 3-2-1 SEO Webinar which the public is invited to attend free of charge. Participants should register at http://www.bayareasea.com/join before all the spots are taken.

During the webinar, Thomas Petty, President of the Bay Area Search Engine Academy, will be presenting the following topics:

3 The three biggest mistakes 92% of all websites have that prevent them from showing up on the search engines. 2 Two free tools people can use to look into their own website and diagnose the problems that are hampering the sites functionality 1 A single, easy-to-implement step that if put in place, can get better search engine results for the website

Petty who is a master-level online marketing trainer said, Most websites have three fundamental problems that prevent them from working effectively as an online marketing tool. We want people to know what these are so they can fix them.

The live webinar is going to be held on three different dates so people can choose the date and time that works best for their schedule. They are:

Petty will also introduce participants to the Search Engine Academys simple six-step process for getting found on the search engines like Google and Bing.

So many people think that search engine optimization, or SEO, is complicated stuff. We want to show people that anyone can do SEO and succeed, Petty said.

Petty urged interested people to register quickly because space is limited on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once the webinar dates are full, people cant register any more, so its important to get signed up right away.

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Ukraine began the process to strengthen ties with NATO and said it wanted to join the alliance in the "short term" after President Petro Poroshenko declared the worst of its separatist war was …

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WASHINGTON (AP) Fighting to improve their brand, leading Republicans rallied behind religious liberty at a Friday gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues.

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WASHINGTON Fighting to improve their brand, leading Republicans rallied behind religious liberty at a Friday gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues.

Speakers did not ignore abortion and same-sex marriage altogether on the opening day of the annual Values Voter Summit, but a slate of prospective presidential candidates focused on the persecution of Christians and their values at home and abroad.

GOP officials hope the message will help unify a divided party and appeal to new voters ahead of November’s midterm elections and the 2016 presidential contest.

“Oh, the vacuum of American leadership we see in the world,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Friday in a Washington hotel ballroom packed with religious conservatives. “We need a president who will speak out for people of faith, prisoners of conscience.”

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul echoed the theme in a speech describing America as a nation in “spiritual crisis.”

“Not a penny should go to any nation that persecutes or kills Christians,” said Paul, who, like Cruz, is openly considering a 2016 presidential bid.

The speaking program included such potential 2016 candidates as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Several possible Republican candidates New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush among them did not attend.

The event host, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, said “a fundamental shift” is underway toward religious freedom among Republicans of all stripes.

The intraparty debate over social issues has broad implications for the GOP’s struggle to improve its image after a disappointing 2012 election season.

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Russia Bolsters Black Sea Fleet: Kremlin to spend USD 545bn on military to counter NATO expansion
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Building on a legacy left by President George W. Bush, President Obama has extended the reach of the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument sixfold to nearly half a million square miles, turning it into the world’s largest marine sanctuary, one fully protected from commercial fishing and deep-sea mining.

The move came via a presidential proclamation Thursday, issued under the 1906 Antiquities Act. The act allows a president to set aside for preservation structures or objects of historic or scientific interest on federal lands.

In 2009, former President Bush established the monument, centered on seven islands and atolls the US administers in the central Pacific Ocean. Each island or atoll was protected out to a distance of 50 nautical miles, giving the monument an area of 83,000 square miles.

In his proclamation, Mr. Obama extended the monument’s reach out to the full 200-mile limit waters falling within US’s exclusive economic zone around three of the islands and atolls. This raises the monument’s collective area to 490,000 square miles.

Had the president included the other four islands in the expansion, the monument would have covered about 780,000 square miles. But after taking into account public comments, as well as the administration’s own scientific assessment, the White House concluded that the expansion that became official today represents appropriately tailored and meaningful protections, according to administration officials.

Marine-conservation specialists are elated by the move.

“We’re really thrilled. It’s a huge step forward for the ocean. It’s going to help spur other countries to take action,” says Sarah Chasis, who heads the oceans program at the National Resources Defense Council in New York.

The White House signaled its intention to expand the marine monument in June during an international conference in Washington that focused on marine conservation. Secretary of State John Kerry convened the two-day meeting to build support for more-ambitious efforts to safeguard the environmental health of the world’s oceans.

The key threats include over-fishing, pollution, and rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) from burning fossil fuels and from land-use changes. Rising CO2 levels have triggered global warming, and the oceans have become increasingly acidic as they take up much of the CO2 humans have pumped into the atmosphere.

The impact of warming on the oceans on marine life already is appearing as warm-water species migrate northward out of their historic ecological regions. Meanwhile, acidification threatens corals and many types of shell-building marine life, and by extension, the animals higher up the food chain that rely on them, researchers say.

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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

September 25, 2014

PACIFIC REMOTE ISLANDS MARINE NATIONAL MONUMENT EXPANSION

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Through Proclamation 8336 of January 6, 2009, the President established the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (“Monument”) to protect and preserve the marine environment around Wake, Baker, Howland, and Jarvis Islands, Johnston and Palmyra Atolls, and Kingman Reef for the care and management of the historic and scientific objects therein. The Monument is an important part of the most widespread collection of marine- and terrestrial-life protected areas on the planet, sustaining many endemic species including corals, fish, shellfish, marine mammals, seabirds, water birds, land birds, insects, and vegetation not found elsewhere. The Monument includes the lands, waters, and submerged and emergent lands of the seven Pacific Remote Islands to lines of latitude and longitude that lie approximately 50 nautical miles from the mean low water lines of those seven Pacific Remote Islands. The islands of Jarvis, Howland, and Baker were also the location of notable bravery and sacrifice by a small number of voluntary Hawaiian colonists, known as Hui Panalau, who occupied the islands from 1935 to 1942 to help secure the U.S. territorial claim over the islands.

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As President Obama reiterated at the United Nations Wednesday that the global community must repel terror groups including the Islamic State, or ISIS foreign policy analysts, including Gen. Michael Hayden, are raising concerns over U.S. strategy against extremists.

Hayden, the former director of the National Security Agency, told FoxNews.com that American policy against ISIS has recently improved, but cautions there are still questions over implementation.

We are in a better place than we were two weeks ago. We are actually engaged and engaged with some force, said Hayden.

He says the U.S. objective is clear to degrade and destroy ISIS, yet when it comes to the current plan of action, I dont think I know of anyone who thinks the strategy is adequate to the objective.

The U.S. and partner nations continued Wednesday to hit key terrorist targets in Syria and Iraq.

While the current round of airstrikes will hurt ISIS operational capability, critics, including Hayden, point out that to get the final objective to destroy ISIS, you cant do it with what the president has committed and he has spent an awful lot of time explaining what we wont do.

Publicly putting limitations on what will and wont be done by U.S. forces is raising some concern.

No one, even the most hawkish of my friends, no one is looking for American maneuver battalions or brigades . but the president has put an artificial limit on what we can do with the troops that we have there, said Hayden.

He believes by putting the terrorists on the defensive, the U.S. can work to reaffirm security stateside.

We are coming after them [ISIS] with airstrikes, we know it doesnt change the fundamental basic issues on the ground. But we erode, we degrade, and we make sure they spend a lot of time thinking about their own survival rather than making up plans to threaten yours or mine, said Hayden.

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NATO Leader Supports U S President Obama Drone Strikes
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By JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) – When Anders Fogh Rasmussen took over at NATO, the alliance was struggling to contain a growing insurgency in Afghanistan, and some predicted it would soon follow its Cold War foe, the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, into the dustbin of history.

Five years later, as Rasmussen wraps up his tenure as the 12th secretary general in NATO’s history, the U.S., Canada and their European allies are again squaring off against the Russians, and must confront a more diverse and bewildering array of threats to Western security than ever.

“We should be prepared to address all of them, whether it is a conventional threat against our territory, or what I would call hybrid warfare as we have seen in Ukraine – a sophisticated Russian mix of conventional military operations and information and disinformation campaigns – or terrorism as we see it in Iraq, or cyber-attacks or missile attacks,” Rasmussen told The Associated Press in a farewell interview.

“All this is part of today’s security environment and NATO must stand ready to protect our societies and our populations against all those threats,” said Rasmussen.

The 61-year-old Dane’s last day as the U.S.-led defense alliance’s top civilian official is Sept. 30. In one of his last official acts, he was scheduled to deliver a speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday.

On Rasmussen’s watch, NATO continued to wage what has been the longest and most extensive military operation in its 65-year history in Afghanistan, a campaign that is supposed to come to an end this December.

“Rasmussen played a valuable role in helping convince NATO members to contribute additional forces to President Barack Obama’s surge strategy,” said Jorge Benitez, senior fellow for trans-Atlantic security at the Washington, D.C.-based Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. “This was a major accomplishment because the momentum had been for allies to decrease their commitments in Afghanistan.”

Rasmussen, a former center-right prime minister of Denmark, was also in charge when NATO provided air cover to the rebel militias that brought down Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi.

An important lesson he drew from that conflict and the ensuing chaos, Rasmussen told AP, was that the international community must get involved faster when a repressive regime is overthrown, in order to improve the chances for a desirable and stable outcome.

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Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine Forms Collaboration with National University Ireland Galway

ROCHESTER, Minn. The Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine and colleagues at the National University Ireland Galway have signed a formal memorandum of understanding (MOU) to pave the way for joint clinical trials using regenerative therapies.

The MOU follows years of close collaboration with NUI Galways Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) and the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (NFB) and will focus on adult stem cell therapy, gene therapy, biomaterials and biomedical engineering. Furthermore, the agreement facilitates ongoing student and staff exchange between Galway and the United States.

MEDIA CONTACT:Jennifer Schutz, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

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Anthony Windebank, M.D., deputy director for Discovery, Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, and Professor Timothy OBrien, director of the REMEDI, were among those present at the signing in Galway.

Both the National University Ireland Galway and the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine have laboratories which are compliant with current good manufacturing practice (GMP) regulations as it applies to cell manufacturing, says Professor OBrien. This allows us to initiate joint trials of regenerative therapies that will produce identical cell products.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency are making efforts to streamline and facilitate introduction of new therapies on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Carrying out these approval processes and completing joint studies will facilitate more rapid introduction of new therapies for patients.

Pictured at the signing: Prof. Lokesh Joshi, Vice President for Research, NUI Galway; Dr. Jim Browne, President, NUI Galway; Dr. Anthony Windebank, Deputy Director for Discovery, Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine; and Prof. Tim OBrien, Director of REMEDI NUI Galway.

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NEW YORK Perhaps the most interesting thing about President Barack Obamas climate change speech at the United Nations is what he didnt say.

Obama didnt promise $1 billion to help poor countries adapt to the dire effects of climate change, like France did. And he didnt offer any hints about how sharply greenhouse gas emissions would be cut in the years after 2020, like the European Union and several other countries did.

Instead, the president on Tuesday delivered a forceful but largely detail-free speech that sought to reassure the world about the United States commitment to reaching a global climate change agreement at crucial talks in Paris at the end of 2015, while leaving the specifics for later.

It was a good speech, but there was nothing revolutionary put forward, said Heather Coleman, climate change policy manager at Oxfam America.

Many groups fighting for a strong global agreement say revolutionary changes are needed if the planet has a chance of avoiding the most serious effects of climate change, such as widespread drought and substantial sea-level rise. While many environmentalists praised Obamas speech, others said theyre still waiting for more aggressive steps, like a concerted effort to wean the country off fossil fuels.

If the president really wants collective ambition, hes got to show a little more can-do spirit from the worlds leading economy, said Bill McKibben, who played a prominent role in Sundays massive climate march and is the co-founder of the environmental group 350.org. Todays boasts about his climate efforts ring hollow in the face of America passing Saudi Arabia and Russia as the worlds largest oil and gas producer. We hope that when next year comes and he proposes actual targets, theyll start to reverse the trend.

Its no accident that Obama didnt make big promises. After years of failed international climate change negotiations, the president and his aides are keenly aware of the pitfalls of over-promising, even though the administration has taken unprecedented measures at home to tackle climate change, including seeking the first-ever greenhouse gas limits on the nations power plants.

The Obama administration faces a series of complicated considerations as it prepares its post-2020 emissions target, including determining what is achievable and politically viable, and how best the U.S. can pressure other countries to take similar action.

Peter Ogden, director of international energy and climate policy at the Center for American Progress, said the U.S. could use the time before it announces its post-2020 target to pressure China and other major polluters to offer strong targets of their own.

I actually think that its smart to be a little patient, spend some time after it has decided its own target to work quietly with China and others to push for equally strong ones from them, he said.

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Sep 222014

Senators focus their attention to the front of the room during a meeting. Members of the SGA leadership held a town hall meeting Wednesday to discuss student concerns. Photograph by Lorin Myerson

At last weeks town hall meeting students came to voice their concerns about everything from free speech zones to future D.P. Culp University Center renovations.

The Student Government Association executives explained at the Wednesday meeting that student input is important during these meetings in order to write useful legislation and relay student concerns to ETSU President Brian Noland.

Zack, Taylor and I meet with Dr. Noland once a month to go over what students need and what their concerns are, SGA President Doretha Benn said. Student participation in these meetings gives us things to think about and it lets us know what you all really care about.

Tori Neal, a sophomore studying political science and communications with a minor in womens studies, voiced her concerns regarding use of the free speech zone in front of the library.

Can we move our free speech zone to somewhere other than directly in front of the library? Neal said. It is very distracting trying to read or study when there are preachers yelling and insulting students here. Sally Lee, SGAs adviser, and Benn explained the dilemma of moving the free speech zone from in front of the library.

If we move the free speech zone away from the library then we cant have any community events or programs there, Benn said. Unless these preachers are making a clear threat then their right to free speech allows them to be there.

As the meeting progressed, senators brought up the idea of future Culp renovations to attract more students to the area.

I dont hang out in the Culp center because theres really no where that is student friendly, said Rikesh Patel, a junior studying public health. You have food places, but more of it is a stop and go type place. Theres just a lot of offices that dont contribute to student life.

The SGA executives and senators discussed the possibility of adding on to the Culp in the new future.

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Stewart Rhodes: #sheepdog vs #sheepdog Speech at the Lamp of Liberty National Press Club
Stewart Rhodes, President of Oathkeepers, speaks at the Lamp of Liberty National Press Club sponsored by the CSPOA. http://oathkeepers.org/oath/ Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Sheepdog?…

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HONOLULU, Sept. 20 (UPI) — On June 17th, President Obama announced he would expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from 83,000 square miles to almost 755,000. That translates to a large portion of the ocean with islands controlled by the United States that cannot be fished. Many tuna fisherman are upset, because they believe this expansion will ruin their business, according to National Geographic.

Jack Kittinger, the director of Conservation International’s Hawaii office, claims there is very little tuna fished in the area the president has proposed protecting. Conservationists and scientists want to see that area protected, because the islands and reefs in the area have a large range of unique species and untouched life. The White House has received over 135,000 letters from U.S. citizens commending the efforts to protect the environment. The executive director of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, Kitty Simonds, claims 16 percent of the fishing her associates do is located in the proposed area, and American Samoa has over 5,000 jobs in the tuna industry. The islands in the region are almost 1,000 miles from Hawaii.

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Let me start out by admitting my bias. I’m a strong supporter of the First Amendment. With very few exceptions (like child sex abuse images and yelling “fire” in a crowded theater), I believe that free speech is an absolute right for people of all ages and it makes me feel good when I learn that others, especially young people, tend to agree.

The reason I love it when young people support free speech is because they are our future.

If people grow up believing in something, they’re more likely to continue to hold those beliefs as they get older. So, I’m especially pleased that high school students are even more supportive of free speech than adults, according to a new survey from the Knight Foundation.

The foundation conducted a national study of 10,463 high school students and 588 teachers to coincide with the celebration of Constitution Day, which took place Wednesday. Several of the questions were identical to those of a Newseum Institute survey of adults, which enabled researchers to compare results across age groups.

What the study found is that students are more supportive of free speech rights than adults, with the heaviest consumers of social media showing the strongest support. The study found that only 24 percent of students agreed that the “First Amendment goes too far” compared to 38 percent of adults who responded to similar questions. This is a major shift from most previous surveys such as in 2006 when 45 percent of students felt that way compared to 23 percent of adults.

The study also found that today’s students are more likely to agree that people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions with 88 percent agreeing this year compared to 76 percent in 2007 and 83 percent in 2004. There is also increased agreement that “newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of a story,” up from 51 percent in 2004 to 61 percent this year.

I was fascinated by the finding that students who more frequently use social media are more likely to support people’s right to express unpopular opinions. Among those who use social media more than once a day, 62 percent support other people’s rights to express unpopular opinions compared to 54 percent who use it just once a day or several times a week and 49 percent of youth who use social media weekly or less often. More than 7 in 10 students who read news online more than once a day support other people’s right of speech, compared to 53 percent of those who read online news weekly.

Of course, correlations don’t prove causation. There could be other factors at play, but the fact that social media use does correlate to first amendment support is encouraging, considering how many young people are using social media.

The study looked at such issues as free speech, surveillance and privacy. There is also a correlation between studying about First Amendment rights and support for free speech. Since 2004, the percentage of students who say they have taken First Amendment classes increased from 58 percent to 70 percent, according to the report.

In an interview, Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the Knight Foundation, said that interviews with journalism faculty confirmed that “what’s really important is news and media digital literacy being taught more significantly in high school. Just mentioning the First Amendment in a social studies class isn’t’ enough.” He said that “the flip side of freedom and responsibility is that you need to not ban digital media but actually teach students all about digital media in school. How to create it, how to navigate it and how to use it.”

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Ambassador Hunter talks on NATO and the Ukraine and explains President Obama's “Pivot to Asia” quote
In this interview former U.S. Ambassador to NATO (1993-98) Robert E. Hunter, who is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) in Washington,…

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