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1964 Civil Rights Act Fast Facts

1964 Civil Rights Act Fast Facts | 2 Wells Zach | Scoop.it
Here is a look at the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Its signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 is considered the nation's most important civil rights legislation since Reconstruction (1865-1877) as it prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Following that law, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed landmark civil rights bills including the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 1968 Fair Housing Act.
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Civil Rights are the rights we have as humans to not be subject to discrimination based on their age, color, sex, or disability. The start of civil rights was the 1964 Civil Rights Act which is our nations most important civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. Even though this bill was signed, it was far from over. Looking through the pictures you saw things like blacks being beaten and called names just because of the color of their skin. Sometimes they would go through training in order to make sure they would survive beatings at protest.

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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 refers to the part of the 14th amendment that states everyone must be treated equal under federal law, no matter what race. The most important case that goes along with this clause is the Brown v. Board of Education case. The decision stated that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional under the 14th amendment. This case went down as the most important supreme court decision in history. After this, it was all up hill for the minority. Affirmativ action and this clause go hand in hand.

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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 want to do, that the government cant stop them from doing. Some examples of this would be going for a walk or going to the grocery store. They have no right to interfere solely because these specific freedoms dont infringe on the constitution, law, or judicial procedure. All of these civil liberties are defined in the Bill of Rights. A big amendment that goes along with this is the 14th amendment. It explains that no state shall deprive a person of their life, liberty, or property without due process of law.

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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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I learned a good bit about the supreme court. First, there was 10 million dollars spent on building it, 3 million of which was spent on marble alone to give it the blended in look of age. There were only 2 photographs ever taken of the court actually being in session. The cameras were smuggled in. The justices chambers are comletely off limits to the public and CNN was barely able to get a tour! There are little details that most might miss if you dont look closely. On the lamp post outside of the building, there are turtles which signify the deliberate pace at which they operate. There are also portraits of every current and past justice ever to be apart of the supreme court. Very interesting!

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How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion

How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion | 2 Wells Zach | Scoop.it
It has been rather challenging for legal scholars to portray the Supreme Court opinions of the past few days as somehow following logically from precedent or even from the past…
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a.) One way in which the Supreme court is insulated from public opinion is the fact that they aren't elected by the public. The public has virtually no say in who gets elected into the supreme court. Another thing that keeps them from being swayed by the publics opinion is the fact that before they are brought in, extensive research is done on their past judging experience as well as their so called, political agenda. They also have lifetime tenure.

 

b.) One of the ways they make sure the Supreme court doesnt deviate too far from public experience is the extensive media coverage they use while a hot case is going on. I always noticed when a controversial case is going on, it is all over the news channels. The second of these is the fact that the senate has to approve people and they wont approve someone they feel will deviate too far from the public opinion. It could cause unrest. The judges could also be impeached in the case of illegal activities.

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Supreme%20Court%20Procedure%20_%20Cases.pdf

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a.) Surpeme court justices can hear cases about treaties, constitutional questions, ambassadors, etc. They can pick or choose about 8,000 a year.

b.)Cases are picked in a few ways. Two of these are appeals and appelate jurisdiction. 95% of the cases seen before the court are appeals. The only way the court will consider seeing it is if it has constitutional merit or question or to settle a dispute between state and federal courts.There also must be paperwork, or a "writ of cetiori." Before the case comes to court, they have special conferences. These meetings are only between the justices. The reason they are like this is to keep integrity of the court and keep other influences out of the decision. They are also set up with help of friends of the court or "amicus briefs." When a case is decided, the majority opinion and the minority opinion are released to the press.

 

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Executive Command | iCivics

Executive Command | iCivics | 2 Wells Zach | Scoop.it
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I learned that the executive command is a huge responsibility. To be the president, you have to speak on a regular basis, keep the people somewhat happy, take care of a country that could very well be in peril, and still take care of yourself in the process. It comes with its benefits there is no doubt but the stress a president is under on the daily is immense. As we learned in class, the president has the power to give executive orders and the power to receive foreign ambassadors but would it really be worth it? Especially in our current situation with a divided government constantly in policy gridlock. 

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United States Department of Defense (defense.gov)

United States Department of Defense (defense.gov) | 2 Wells Zach | Scoop.it
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1.) The Secretary of Defense is Ash Carter.

2.) The defense department primarily deals with the defense of our country and allied counties. Anything that goes on dealing with military action goes through the Defense department. They deal with both foreign and domestic policy. On the page it says their main job is to install defense and security programs and to have them in the right place at the right time.

3.) A current event that i found was that on March 30th, which was yesterday, we targetted and fired rocket strikes on key ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq. The operation is called Operation Inherent Resolve and the goal is to eliminate ISIL and the threat they pose to Syria, Iraq, and other sourrounding countries.

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The White House

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a.) Today at 10 AM, the president recieved his daily presidential briefing over events and things that have come up. At 11 AM, the president and the VP are meeting with the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Lvofen. At 12PM, the president is meeting with the secretary of defense. After that it shows him to be free but i imagine he never has a minute to spare.

 

b.) In this schedule he uses his power to recieve foreign ambassadors. (Prime Minister of Sweden)

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Limits on Presidents Acting Alone

Limits on Presidents Acting Alone | 2 Wells Zach | Scoop.it
How a handful of presidential actions have been challenged in court, by Congress and by later presidents.
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I learned that presidents have to be extra careful with this so called, "executive order." An example would be in 2012, Obama made appointments with NLRB board in short "pro forma" sessions in congress. The supreme court ruled that Obama went against the constitution because the breaks were to short and he didnt have approval by senate. Another example would be that in 2011, Obama tried to force private agencies to provide contraception for its workers. The court ruled that it was unconstitutional because it violated peoples religious freedom. For a president that closes his speech with "God bless you" he sure doesnt take peoples religious concerns into account.

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The President - Strengths and Weaknesses - YouTube

Listen and learn the basics about the American presidency. Is the President of the United States the most powerful person in the world or a pitiful helpless ...
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The president is the head of the executive branch of our government. Below him is the white house office, then the executive office, then his cabinet, then private constituents. All in all, over 4 million people work for the president. In the executive office, there is a rule of propinquity. It means that the closer you are to power, the more power you have. You will find the presidents most loyal and faithful workers in the executive office, which is headed by his chief of staff. I noticed throughout the video that the presidents' formal powers arent very impressive. Most of the "cool" powers lie within the house and the senate. Very interesting video, didnt know a lot of the topics covered.

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The League of Dangerous Mapmakers

The League of Dangerous Mapmakers | 2 Wells Zach | Scoop.it
Who’s most to blame for our divisive politics? How about the gerrymanderers quietly deciding where your vote goes. Inside the dark art and modern science of making democracy a lot less democratic.
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Gerrymandering - manipulation of boundaries as to favor one majority or party. Theres a few things I learned from this article. First, the author is a democrat. Second, it is a very heated topic. Third, people are beginning to take notice. The article made it sound very criminal. Apparently there is a gentlemen who decides how boundaries are drawn on votes and makes it impossible for democrats to win. I imagine there is a bit of political bias involved in these accusations but none the less, it should be stopped if it is true.

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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 video talked about women in congress. It showed that until 1920, women could not vote until the 19th amendment was passed in 1920. It also showed the role they play in government. it says that women are close to 50% if not more of the population of the US but only make up about 10% of congress. Even on the cover of this video it shows one woman to the far right. I say that women just aren't that interested in politics in general.

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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 first amendment is the first amendment mentioned in the Bill of Rights. It gives a US Citizen freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of press, and freedom of assembly. The establishment clause goes along with the 1st amendment. It states that state cannot set up a church. They  use something called the strict scrutiny test to see if you are free to do what you please without government interference. A good example he used was the fact that you cant say you belong to the Church of Meth which allows you to do meth. There is a limit on the press which is called Prior restraint which prevents a company/editor from revealing too much about government activities.

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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 clause is the right of someone accused of a crime to get fair treatment and guaranteed rights. An example would be how you are protected from being thrown in jail just because you were accused of a crime. You are gauranteed a trial by jury.The 5th amendment states that the federal government cannot take away a person's life, liberty, or property without due process of law. This particular part is the due process clause. Something that was interesting is the fact that it only applies to federal government. The 14th amendment refers to states part of it.

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Supreme Court won’t hear case on Obamacare Medicare board

Supreme Court won’t hear case on Obamacare Medicare board | 2 Wells Zach | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the latest lawsuit against Obamacare, this time a challenge to a board that critics label a “death panel.” The case, Coons v. Lew, contested the constitutionality of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, among other complaints against Obamacare. The IPAB is designed to limit spending growth...
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On monday, the supreme court declined to hear a case about Obamacare. The case is named, Coons v. Lew. The challenge is against a board of people in obamacare called the Death Borard. One of the main points they bring up is the fact that IPAB is not giving enough money to fully support seniors. They say the reason they wont hear it is because IPAB hasnt had enough time to make the changes they said they were going to make. I find this hard to believe because considering how long it took them to prepare Obamacare in the first place. Not to mention the website problems.

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Supreme COurt

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a.) The site shows a lot of things currently happeneing. On the first page you can find a lot of past cases and the rulings that were decided. Above that you can find the calendar which shows everything from off days to days where they will be arguing a case. They also have a toolbar that you can look at news media and the coverage of the cases that made the news. Very interesting website.

 

b.) The case they are considering on the 21st is the McFadden v. US. It has to do with the man charged, Mr. McFadden being in possession of and attempting to sell a controlled substance. The question being presented is whether or not to convict the man of being in possession of and attempting to distribute a foreign substance. The question is being presented because they must prove that the defendant knew the substance contained a controlled substance analogue.

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GOP homes in on controversial Sotomayor speeches - CNN.com

GOP homes in on controversial Sotomayor speeches - CNN.com | 2 Wells Zach | Scoop.it
Questions surrounding Judge Sonia Sotomayor's past speeches generated more controversy in the final day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings Thursday, as Democrats again called her a mainstream jurist and Republicans portrayed her as a liberal activist likely to legislate from the bench.
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a.) The first of the 3 characteristics in selecting a judge to be on the supreme court is their restraint from political pressures. With Ms. Sotomayor, she was thought to be a little to clear on how liberal she is and people are worried that will influence her decisions. The second of the 3 is where they stand on hot button issues like gun control, abortion, and gay marriage. It was clear she had a liberal push on these issues which caused some questions to arise. The third of the 3 is thier past experience as a judge. One of the GOP senators from S. Carolina said that her rulings on cases almost always "left of center."

 

b.)One of the situations where an interest group had an impact was when Judge Sotomayor said that she recognizes the 2nd amendment and the right to bear arms. The NRA came back saying they are still opposed to her nomination because they didnt believe she was being true. The second was when Chaves from the Center of Equality spoke on her. He went on to add that "it is impossible for her to be a fair judge" and she "lets her political ideology shine through to  much." The political world heavily involves interest groups so you need as many of them on your side as possible when trying to climb the political ladder. The interest groups also lobby heavily with other senators.

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Ted Cruz raises $4 million in first 8 days

Ted Cruz raises $4 million in first 8 days | 2 Wells Zach | Scoop.it
Ted Cruz raked in around $4 million in the eight days following his presidential kickoff last week, his campaign announced Thursday. Cruz, who is the first candidate to formally launch a 2016 campaign, has capitalized on a wave of attention. The Texas GOP senator began his campaign last week at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he cast...
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In the article, it talks about Ted Cruz, a Texas GOP Senator who was the first to declare he was running for office. It said he raised $4 Million dollars in the first 8 days after he declared he was running for office. The worry was that he was going to be able to compete with other candidates like Rand Paul or Jeb Bush who already have strong fundraising bases. In my opinion, he made a very smart move. Being the first one to announce you are running shifts the whole spotlight on you. He got great media coverage, appeared on talk shows, and "barnstormed" as they called it which is referring to him travelling to the strong GOP states which mainly reside in the south. From what i can tell, this will be a presidential race to remember.

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FRB: About the Fed

FRB: About the Fed | 2 Wells Zach | Scoop.it
The Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington DC.
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a.) The Federal reserve is headed by a board of 5 governors. Jannet Yellen is the head chair.

b.)They implement monetary policy. The U.S Congress told them they want 3 things. Maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long term interest rates.

c.)The fed is independent from political pressures because they would affect the way they did their job. They would handle things in a political way and not an economical. They would make decisions based on keeping themselves in a high position thus making the economy their second priority.

d.)A current event with the Fed happened on March 18th. They had a conference with the FOMC. They talked about what needs to be done to ensure healthy, stable economic growth. The FOMC said that growth has started to moderate and labor market has increased. Big responsibility making sure an economy this big doesnt fall apart.

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C-SPAN Survey of Presidential Leadership - Abraham Lincoln - C-SPAN

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1.) I picked Abraham Lincoln who had the #1 rating among all the presidents.

2.) I feel that Lincoln was the best president in history because he accomplished more than any other president by a long shot. He shut down slavery, won a war, and shaped the country into what it is today. He overcame the odds that many thought he never would. Also, his presidency was cut shorter than most and he still did more than any president to date. He was loved by most (excluding John Wilkes Booth and the South) and was said to have never told a lie! He also gave one of the most important and encouraging speeches of any president to date, The Gettysburg Address. Of course famous people get more hype when they pass away but America lost a very important man thats a fact.

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President Bush Announces Start of Iraq War - YouTube

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In this video, President Bush uses his power as the commander and chief. This power only gives him the power to command the army, not declare war. In the video he gave a speech about the operation they were starting in Iraq against Saddam Hussain. This happened in March 13, 2003. He also explained about how he respects the citizens and their religous faith but wants to rid it of the radical dangerous people who are hurting everyone. This was all in all a result of the 9/11 attack and several other small instinces where they have crossed the line, for lack of a better term. Very encouraging

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Presidential job approval ratings from Ike to Obama

Presidential job approval ratings from Ike to Obama | 2 Wells Zach | Scoop.it

I learned that nothing shows the publics opinion better than an opinion poll. In the past few months, Obama's approval rating has been 47% (quite pitiful i might add). Obama's approval rating has never gone above 81%. There is a trend among most presidents that in the beginning they start with a high rating and by the end, they have a below average one. Another thing i thought was interesting was the fact that the 2 Bush's had the highest among most presidents but in the end also had the lowest. These approval rating are a good indicator to if a president stands a chance at a second term.

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Bill: A Memoir - YouTube

Learn how a bill becomes a law.
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From what I can see, the lawmaking process is very rigorous. it starts out by either the house or senate take notice of an issue (unless its a revenue bill, only house can start those). Next, they gain support from the public opinion. Next, the speaker or leader assigns it to a committee. They discuss what is needed in the bill to become a law. They then vote on it. If it gets 2/3 of the vote, it is then sent to the president. If he signs it, its a law. If not, it is then sent back and has a good chance of being pigeonholed. What I found very interesting was that in the house of representatives, the majority party has so many advantages. It seems as if once a party gets the majority, they are unstoppable. 2 of the special rules consisted of being able to set limits and being able to determine the rules.

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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 - someone who talks a topic to "death", it allows one or more members to pretty much prevent a vote on an issue by continuing to speak. Role in Cogress? Already wrote above. They talk about a bill until no one wants to hear anymore about it.

b.) Cloture Motion - process used in order to bring a debate/issue to a quick end. First time it was used was in 1919 in the 66th congress of the US. Required 2/3 of the senatorial vote. It effects a filibuster because it can technically unseat him from the podium if successful. Make him powerless for lack of a better term.

c.)First filibuster occurred in 1837. In 1841, Clay tried to end it for the first time with a majority vote but was quickly threatened and sat down. In 2013 changes were made saying that the minority would have to produce 41 votes In order to bring a filibuster to an end.

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