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Civil Rights and the 1950s: Crash Course US History #39 - YouTube

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Civil rights is defined as an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another gives rise to an action for injury. The Civil Rights movement started during WWII with the help of A. Philip Randolf and the soldiers taking part in the Double-V crusade. In the 1950's, black Americans started to win their fight. One of the key goals in this movement was to desegregate schools. 

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11. AP60X - Equal Protection Clause - YouTube

Advanced Placement Government review in 60 seconds for Xtraordinary results. Workin' it one word at a time. Presented by citizenu.org and the 2 Teachers.
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The equal protection clause is part of the fourteenth amendment. The most famous case regarding the equal protection clause is the Brown vs Board of Education. This ruling stated that it was illegal to have segregation in public schools. This clause empowered the national government, but weakened federalism. The equal protection clause is an affirmative action case when it comes to public universities and such things.

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Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights - YouTube

Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights
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Civil liberties are all the things people like to do and think they have a right to do, the government can't stop them from doing. These liberties cannot be interfered by the government by law, the Constitution, or judicial procedure. Examples of civil liberties include the right to have a private life, the right to speak up when you are confused, the right to practice your religion of choice, etc. The Bill of Rights includes the first 10 amendments, which are also civil liberties.

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CNN: Inside the Supreme Court - YouTube

Kate Bolduan takes a rare peek at what lies behind the walls of the Supreme Court.
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Congressional District Lines - Who Draws Them? ⎢Civics in a Minute⎢TakePart TV - YouTube

Subscribe for more TakePart TV now!: http://full.sc/SwIjS1 Ever look at a map of congressional districts and wondered why it looks like someone spilled color...
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Every 10 years, the number of people in America are totaled. These numbers are used to decide how the districts are going to be divided to ensure equal representation. It is up to the lawmakers to draw congressional and state legislative lines. The lines have nothing to do with voters' best interests. Gerrymandering is the manipulating of the district lines, which is not allowed but people find ways to get around it.

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History of the Filibuster - YouTube

Discover the interesting history of the filibuster, from Cato the Younger to Rand Paul, and see why it is an important part of the American system of governm...
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A filibuster is a person who just talks and talks until they kill a bill. It is used, for example, by Senate Democrats who don't want the republicans to pass a bill. They will just talk until time is up, basically. A cloture motion can stop a filibuster, and it is the only thing the Senate has to go against a filibuster. 3/5, which is 60 members of the Senate have to vote for a cloture motion for it to put a stop to the filibuster. However, if they don't get that 3/5 vote, the filibuster continues. 

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Election Other - Congressional Job Approval

Election Other - Congressional Job Approval | 2 Smith Brianna | Scoop.it
RealClearPolitics Polls
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The  current approval rating of Congress is 18.2. Although the approval rating is low, incumbents raise a lot more money, they make a stronger campaign, and if they're well-liked individually, that is another advantage. Also, the citizens don't really pay much attention to the local elections. The people don't know much about their representatives and what they do, will do, or what they vote on. The Framers created a Congress that's unpopular with the country. They made it hard for Congress to pass bills and things of that nature and if Congress isn't doing what the people want, they get upset.

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Women in Congress (Facts of Congress) - YouTube

Civics doesn't need to be dry and boring! Learn Facts of Congress with music and animation in Jib/Jab & Monty Python style from those hilarious folks at Flas...
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The first woman was elected to Congress in 1916, although women were given the right to vote in 1920. Her name was Jeanette Rankin. She was elected to the House from Montana. She opened the door for women to seek and win office in Washington. Only 15 percent of the members of Congress are women.  I thought this was interesting because I knew what year women were given the right to vote, but I didn't know about the whole Congress situation. 

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Committees Home Page

Committees Home Page
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I chose the Senate Committee because I already had a scoop on the Senate.  The Senate divides its tasks among 20 committees, 68 subcommittees, and 4 joint committees. Each committee has its own set of rules which creates variation among the panels. I chose the HELP Committee. The HELP committee deals with health, education, labor, and pensions issues. The Chairman is Lamar Alexander, who was elected in 2002. He is a Republican, but the Ranking 
Member is a Democrat name Patty Murray who has been a member of the HELP Committee since the 105th Congress. Republicans have the majority, as they have 12 people and Democrats have 10. 

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PoliticalCartoons.com Cartoon

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Buy licenses for editorial cartoons. The best cartoonists and content at affordable rates.
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This is a political cartoon about Hillary Clinton and her email story. The title of this is "Hillary E-mail Scandal and her Run." The cartoon pictures Hillary running with a chain attached to her foot. At the end of the chain is an "at"sign. Her running is her running for President. The chain is something that is holding her back. The at sign represents her private email account. I interpret this as the email scandal holding her back from the Presidency running. The scandal would be holding her back because first of all, it is a violation of federal law, and people think differently of her which in turn makes people not want to vote for her. 

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Hillary Clinton says she's asked State Department to make emails public

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Hillary Clinton said late Wednesday that she had asked the State Department to make thousands of her emails available to the public, her first public response to a furor that followed the revelation that she used a private e-mail account for her correspondence while Secretary of State.
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Right now, what most news sources are covering is the Hillary Clinton story. Apparently, she had set up her own private email server for her correspondence as Secretary of State. The latest story on Fox News says Clinton wants the public to see her emails. The title of their story is "Hillary Clinton says she's asked State Department to make emails public." This is her first response to the story. They posted a tweet she made on March 5th that states "I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible." This controversy began after the NY Times reported that Clinton never had an official government email account for official business. Her not having a government account is a potential violation of federal law and has raised many questions. Also, questions are being raised about her credibility as a presidential candidate. She hasn't officially said that she is running, but she is widely considered to be the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination. She still hasn't told anyone her motive for using a private account. Fox actually put her private email address up. She told Fox news that she was "not bucking the system, and in fact was keeping with what former secretaries of state had done, including Colin Powell. 

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Sierra Club Home Page: Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet

Sierra Club Home Page: Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet | 2 Smith Brianna | Scoop.it
Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.
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The very first thing I saw when I entered the Sierra Club's website was a pop-up telling me about the Keystone Veto. Needless to say, they are an environmental interest group. Their slogan is "Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet." They are the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. They have over 15 programs. Their total receipts from campaign contributions is $1,273,808. None of their money goes towards Republicans. No views were changed.

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Welcome to the NRA Digital Network

Welcome to the NRA Digital Network | 2 Smith Brianna | Scoop.it
This is your state-of-the-art gateway to everything NRA.
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The NRA is the National Rifle Association. They attempt to influence policy-making which is something that the government does. Obviously, they are strong defenders of the Second Amendment which is the right to bear arms. They have an "Institute for Legislative Action." This institute is the lobbying arm of NRA. It is dedicated to any issue affecting firearms ownership and use, It works to defeat gun control and to educate the public. They have contributed $978,902. Out of that money, $806,012 goes to candidates, and none goes to 527 committees. I chose this scoop because we are learning about interest groups and this is a big one. It was interesting to read. No views were changed.

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The First Amendment for Dummies: The Basics of the 1st Amendment Explained - YouTube

Continuing the Constitution for Dummies Series with the Bill of Rights and Amendment One. Explained simply so you can understand the Constitution of the Unit...
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The establishment clause is the first part of the first amendment. Then there is the free exercise clause which is freedom of religion. Next is freedom of speech. The government cannot control that you want to burn the US flag. The people are also allowed to petition the government.

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What is the 14th Amendment Due Process Clause? - YouTube

What is the 14th Amendment Due Process Clause? This video discusses the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment and its relationship to the 5th Amendment Du...
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Due Process is the right to fair government procedures. For example, a person couldn't be held in jail without a trial just because they were a suspect in a crime. A person has a right to a fair trial in front of a jury. According to the fifth amendment, the federal government cannot take away a person's life, liberty, or property without due process of law. This part of the fifth amendment is the Due Process Law.

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Thomas Confirmation Hearings Had Ripple Effect

Today's Supreme Court confirmation process was shaped by what happened at the hearings for Clarence Thomas 20 years ago. The hearings also changed America's political, judicial and cultural landscape.
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Supreme%20Court%20Procedure%20_%20Cases.pdf

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a. Describe the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.

     The Court has an "appellate jurisdiction," which is the power to review, revise, or overturn. The justices can pick and chose cases. There are 8000 petitions a year. 

 

b.  Explain how a case is chosen and decided on by the Supreme Court.

    There are two ways which are by appeals and appellate jurisdiction.95 percent of the cases come from appeals. For the justices to consider a case, it must have constitutional questions, and disagreement between State and Federal courts. It is very rare, but cases can also go directly to Court.

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unit 7 1/6 scoops; 20/120 points. not strong
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LawCraft | iCivics

LawCraft | iCivics | 2 Smith Brianna | Scoop.it
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This Lawcraft game from iCivics refreshed my mind on how a law is made. First, I had to pick which party I wanted to represent, and pick a value I wanted to base the bill on. I chose liberty. Then, it gave you a bunch of letters from which to choose a specific issue. I chose something about schooling. Then I had to pick issues that people were in favor of, so I could get the majority vote. Then I had to meet requirements before I could send the bill off to get signed by the President. I didn't have to override a veto, as the President immediately signed it. 

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after break see me to make up unit 6
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111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets

111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets | 2 Smith Brianna | Scoop.it
OpenSecrets.org has fundraising profiles for all 535 members of Congress (and more).
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An earmark is a congressional directive that funds should be spent on a specific project. Members use earmarks to provide federal funding to companies, projects, groups, and organizations. Jim Moran sponsored 85 earmarks, totaling $109,740,000 in 2010. The most amount of earmarks he sponsored was $13,250,000. This was for the Labor-HHS-Education bill for the Blind and Dyslexic Inc. In 2010, Jim Moran also raised $1,312,117 in Campaign Contributions.

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House Session

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The House continued debate on four articles of impeachment against President Clinton for perjury, obstruction of justice and abuse of power. Early in the debate Representative Livingston, after it…
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The right to impeach a president is given to the House. Of course, a majority has to vote in favor for the impeachment for it to actually happen. Although the House has the right to impeach the president, Senate can try the impeachment cases, and two-thirds has to vote for conviction. If the president is found guilty, he will be removed from office. He also won't be able to hold another government position again. 

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Congressman Jody Hice

Congressman Jody Hice | 2 Smith Brianna | Scoop.it
Representing the 10th District of Georgia
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On March 11, Congressman Jody Hice came to Ola High School. My first thought when I saw him was "wow,he's short." He talked a little about how his campaigning went along with how his life was before being a Representative and how long he's been going at this. What took up most of the time was the questions. I wasn't expecting that to be the case, but he would take one question and make a 5 minute speech on each one. I think he definitely didn't expect my question because he looked surprised and he personally came up to me and thanked me for my question.

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UNIT 5 10/10 SCOOPS; 200 POINTS; GREAT JOB!
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U.S. Senate: Organization Chart

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Organization Chart
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This scoop shows who the leaders are in the Senate. Currently, the Constitutionally Mandated Officers are VP Joe Biden and President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch. The Party Leaders are divided into Majority and Minority Parties. There are five different positions of leaderships in each, but the Majority Leader is Mitch McConnell; the Minority Leader is Harry Reid. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue represent Georgia. The first thing I see on the site is "Celebrating Women's History Month." There is a story on the history and the present of Women's History Month. 

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Hillary Clinton: 'I want the public to see my email'

Hillary Clinton: 'I want the public to see my email' | 2 Smith Brianna | Scoop.it
Clinton took to Twitter late on Wednesday to personally weigh in for the first time on the email the controversy that has enveloped her recently.
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MSNBC's headline for the Clinton Controversy is "Hillary Clinton: 'I want the public to see my email.'" MSNBC also posted her tweet about asking the State to release her emails. Like Fox News, they also posted exactly what the State said about how it is going to take a while to review her emails then get them out. Basically, MSNBC is saying the same things, but I notice more information on the "pseudo-scandal," as they call it. They had an ample amount of quotes, whereas Fox had only one or two. There is a lot of loaded language on this source, and they also exaggerate the story. I feel like Fox just gave the story and left it at that, where MSNBC elaborated on things I feel were kind of irrelevant.

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AP U.S. History controversy becomes a debate on America

AP U.S. History controversy becomes a debate on America | 2 Smith Brianna | Scoop.it
An advanced high school U.S. history course has become the subject of an academic proxy war over what some consider a quasi-sacred national principle: American exceptionalism. The simmering national debate over Advanced Placement U.S. History, an optional high-school course whose final exam can earn students college credit, boiled over this week when...
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This article is about an APUSH controversy. The first thing that stood out to me was "an Oklahoma lawmaker sought to replace recommended course guidelines wit his own." Why in the world? The Oklahoma State House of Representatives' Education Committee passed a bill that would defund the current APUSH course work and replace it with a more "pro-American" course. The first thing I thought was "wtf?" It is a UNITED STATES History class. This would also stop the state from providing funds towards preparing for the AP exam. "Conservative critics have attacked the new course guidelines as rewriting American history." I agree. The article itself is interesting to read about, but I don't agree with the bill at all. No views were changed. 

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same process is happening in GA, too
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National Organization for Women |

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The NOW is the National Organization for Women. The first thing I saw was an article titled "Building a Feminist White House." When I saw that my immediate reaction was more or less "wtf." Their goal is to "begin the tough work of ensuring that a feminist take the real White House in 2016." The NOW PAC renamed their activist group the "Feminist Field Force." I chose this scoop because reading about feminists is interesting and kind of funny. I know it is a serious topic and I agree with some of what they stand for, but I can't help laughing. No views were changed.

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