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Summary: “Ruling bans schools on prayer meetings” by the TelegraphThis article is about Guilderland High School denying the request for a group of students’ prayer meetings. The group, “Students for Voluntary Prayer” was seeking permission to hold their meetings at school before the school day starts. The decline caused the students to sue, claiming their “rights to freedom of religion were abridged”. This caused the problem to be taken to court, where the final decision was declined. Judge Irving R. Kaufman, stated that public schools are not to be places of encouragement for students to adopt religion.ConnectionThis story relates to the First Amendment, which protects the right to freedom of religion. In the Bill of Rights it states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise of thereof” meaning, Congress cannot create laws that benefit a particular religion, nor can they stop a citizen from practicing their religion. The prayer meetings were declined because the school could not idolize one religion. However, the students are still allowed to practice their religion elsewhere. Amendment 1Summary: “Attorney not sympathetic for reporters put in jail” by the Eugene Register GuardThis article is about new reporters being sent to jail because they do not reveal their sources. Four Fresno Bee reporters went to jail because they did not reveal the name of the people who gave them information. However, one U.S. attorney does not hold pity for the reporters who go to jail because “when they do go to jail it isn’t very long” and “they become heroes and martyrs in their own profession”.ConnectionThis story relates to the first Amendment, which describes the protection of the press. In the Constitution, it states “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” This means that the government cannot reduce the rights of the press. In this case, reporters are to be protected under the first Amendment instead of being arrested for not revealing their sources. Article IISummary: “Tears, despair and shattered hopes: the families torn apart by Trump’s travel ban” by Sam LevinThis article is about the after effects from President Trump’s travel ban. It describes stories of families broken apart or seeking help in the U.S. and being denied a waiver. The travel ban that Trump has created, impacts visas from Syria, Iran, somalia, Yemen, Libya, North Korea, Chad, and Venezuela. One Iranian American woman was denied visa for a life saving surgery for her father in the U.S. Trump’s travel ban sparked protests in airports and made headlines in news across the globe, leaving multiple families separated and denied calls for help.ConnectionThis article relates to Article II in the Constitution, which states the powers of the president. In Section 1, the Constitution states “The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America”. In other words, the president can make decisions and give executive orders for them. Trump’s travel ban is an example of an executive order, which was signed on January 27, 2017.Amendment 4Summary: “The No Knock on the Door” by Art BuchwaldThis article is about a “no knock” law going wrong. The law gives the police the right to enter and search a home without warning. This was made because police don’t want to give a warning to criminals, causing them to flush narcotics or drugs down the toilet. The police suspected hippies using narcotics in a neighbourhood house, but a married couple was actually occupying said home. The police raided the house at one in the morning without warning. The husband did not believe they were actually policemen and shot one of them in defense. In return, he was shot. To avoid this problem, a solution was created for the police to give warning before entering. However, they must tell the suspects to not flush the toilet or they will be arrested. The police can watch a nearby water meter to see if anyone flushes the toilet. ConnectionThis story connects to Amendment 4, the right to a fair search and seizure. The Constitution states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures…and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause”. Although the Washington search story above went wrong, the police did abide to the Constitution. The police did not have a warrant, however they searched the house because they have a probable cause (people using narcotics). Amendment 1Summary: “Protesters stash bullhorns and hot chocolate, just in case Trump fires Mueller” by Chris MegerianThis article is about people protesting against President Trump’s decisions, specifically about firing Roberts S. Mueller III. Mueller has been investigating Trump and his administration, and multiple liberal groups are working on protest plans if he gets fired. Protesting groups will be at the ready and prepared if and when Mueller is fired. The article also mentions some of the protests since President Trump’s election. For example, the Women’s March after Trump was in office, the protests at airports after the travel ban, and the March for Science.ConnectionThis story connects to the first Amendment, which protects freedom of speech. In the Bill of Rights, it states, “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech”. We, the people, have a right to say what we want, which means we can protest. The recent protests are examples of freedom of speech at work. Amendment 2Summary: “Bill Expanding Concealed-Carry Gun Rights Advances in House” by Nicholas FandosThis article is about the debate over gun rights in states. The House is arguing if people should or should not have the right to carry concealed-guns over state lines. Most Republicans agree that they should be able to carry guns. John Rutherford, a Florida Republican Representative and retired sheriff said, “I do not believe that my right to protect myself, to protect my family, should end at the state line”. However several democrats disagree because of the history of mass shootings. ConnectionThis story relates to Amendment 2, the right to keep and bear arms. In the Bill of Rights, it says ” the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”. In regards to the concealed-carry gun law, Republicans seem to be abiding more the Constitution. The people do have the right to carry arms and protect themselves.