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

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One of the most important times in our nations history was the civil rights movement which happened throughout the 50's and 60's. Civil rights are basically protections from unwarranted segregation, and discrimination because of race, age, gender, ethnicity, and religion.  Civil rights really tried to make our country good for all, not just for rich white guys. During the 50's, segregation was almost a standard of life.  In the south segregation was applied by law and in the north it was just a general custom. The civil rights movement original goal was to get rid of the idea of separate but equal, especially in school and other public facilities. 

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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 as part of the 14th amendment helps protection from discrimination, on the basis that we are all created equal.  The most famous supreme court case involving the equal protection clause is the brown v. board of education. In this case the government ruled that segregation was not constitutional and overturned the previous case of plessy v. ferguson.  The equal prtoection clause strengthens the government but also weakens federalism just a little bit.  We see the equal protection clause in affirmative action cases such as bakke v. california. 

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Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights - YouTube

Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights
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Civil liberties are basically all the things people like to do and think they have the right to do that and that the government cant stop them from doing. These personal rights and freedoms cannot be interfered with by law, the constitution, or judicial procedure. Civil liberties include the right to a private life, the right to free speech and the right to freedom of religion.  The civil liberties that are free from government intervention can be found in the bill of rights. The bill of rights are the first 10 amendments of the constitution.  Before the constitution was written civil liberties were originally drafted in states legislature.  Bill of rights guarantees our basic and fundamental rights.

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supreme court website

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The supreme court website is actually more informative than i imagined it would be.  The home page of the site includes a calender, a section of recent cases and decisions and a reading list of recent arguments. There is also several other tabs including oral arguments, case documents, rules and guidlines of the court and history of the court. You can listen to oral arguments, read about post cses, understand how the court system works, look at up coming cases or view every justice in the history of the court.  This is one of the better government websites we have scooped this year. 

 

One case that is going to be discussed in the future is the johnson vs the united states case.  This case has been in the court system since early 2014, that when the court took the first action by using the writ if cert.  The case is about whether or not the "residual clause in the Armed Career Criminal Act of 1984 is unconstitutionally vague." The specific question of this case is whether the possession of a short barreled shotgun should be considered a violent criminal act. This case will be argued on the 21st of this month

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The Supreme Court, public opinion and decision-making: Research roundup

The Supreme Court, public opinion and decision-making: Research roundup | 3 Blankenship Jon | Scoop.it
2013 review of scholarly studies that examine the intersection between public opinion and rulings of the Supreme Court.
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The supreme court was designed to be separate from public opinion, yet throughout history rulings often didn't stem to far away from popular public opinion.  There were a few provisions in set in an attempt to keep the court insulated from public opinion but it is a hard decision to make to go against the valid opinion of millions of people. One provision is the life long term of the justice.  In addition to justices serving life long terms the court can also decide which cases they want to hear independent from any other influence. 


Although the courts intent of design was for it to stay insulated from public opinion, it rarely goes against the popular ideals of the time.  The are several different factors that play a part in this.  One factor would be the appointment and approval process of a justice.  This is a very political event because presidents will generally select people with similar ideologies but the senate will only approve of people who aren't extremely right or left depending on the majority in senate. Another factor is the concern for public approval ratings.  This can affect the court as a whole or individual justices but either way it definitely has a say on how votes turn out. 

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A. The jurisdiction of the supreme court pretty much just outlines what types of cases they can hear and how many cases they can hear a year.  The types of cases they can hear are constitution questions, treaties, ambassadors, controversies between states, controversies between citizens, controversies between states and citizens, and controversies between states, federal government and or citizens.  The supreme court can hear 8000 cases a year.  All of these cases fall under the courts appellate jurisdiction which is the basically the power to review and over turn decisions made in lower courts.

 

B. The cases get to the supreme court in two ways, appellate jurisdiction and appeals. 95 % of the cases that come to the supreme court are through appeals. When the judges consider the case they have to think about the merit of the case, also in very rare situations cases will go directly to the supreme court.  When considering the merit of cases the power of writ of cert is almost always used.  The power of writ cert is when the court request all paper work and information on a case from the lower courts in an effort to be fully informed.  Judges will them vote on these writs during a set conference time.  In order for the case o be heard by the court there must be a vote of 4 out of 9 in favor of hearing it,

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Executive Command | iCivics

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This Icivics game does an incredible job of showing us just how stressful and busy the everyday life of a president can be. The president is continuously receiving legislation from congress to pass or veto, letters from other members of the government that require careful depiction, traveling the nation giving press conferences, traveling the world to improve foreign relations, this list can go on and on. The Presidents Day to day schedule is absolutely insane, not to mention if a terror attack comes or a war breaks out. That would increase the duties and probably the stress of the president ten fold. This game makes you kind of respect each president individually because it provides a little perspective on how their role as president can be so difficult.

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Homeland Security

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The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 230,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear: keeping America safe.
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The head of the department of home land security is Jeh C. Johnson. The department of defense is in charge of secure our nation and keeping us safe. This includes aviation, border, and cyber security policy implementations.  One topic, not necessarily and issue, that is mentioned on the website is the announcement of the 2015 fiscal policy. The policy requires more than 1.6 billion to state, local, tribal and territorial governments as well as the national transportation system, non for profits and the private sector.

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Whitehouse Grounds View

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On the interactive tour we can view the presidents schedule and for today the president is going to Utah and Kentucky. This schedule for the day demonstrates his role as commander of state. If I had to take a guess why the president was traveling all over the country I would say that he has press conferences or maybe just important meetings he needs to get to. Or maybe he's going to play golf.

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Limits on Presidents Acting Alone

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How a handful of presidential actions have been challenged in court, by Congress and by later presidents.
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This article basically gives a bunch of examples of how presidents acting alone are easily challenged by the court, congress, and post presidents.  The site states that when a president is acting alone in line with the constitution that it is fairly easy for the next president to end the policies of his predecessor.  The example listed for this was the amount of bills barack obama changed after bush's presidency. Another example is when president tried to put an end to companies hiring permanent replacement workers while original workers were on strike.  The outcome was the president didn't have the power to undermine a law passed in 1934 stating that companies had the right to do that. 

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Article II for Dummies: The Executive Branch Explained - YouTube

Hip Hughes History lays down the tracks for the train of learning. So jump aboard and learn the essentials of Executive Power through Article II of the US Co...
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This video is a dumbed down summary of the constitution, specifically article 2.  It described how the original electoral college worked and how the house of representatives settles ties and back in the day that the person who came in second in the presidential election was named vice president.  Then he goes onto talk about the presidential powers that are stated in the constitution.  Some of the powers named in the constitution are the presidential veto, the role of commander in chief, the power to appoint and receive ambassadors etc. It is stressed in the video that the president cannot declare war and that the senate can check several powers of the president. 

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Election Other - Congressional Job Approval

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The approval rate of our congress SUCKS.  I knew it would be low but i was not expecting it to be 18.2%.  One reason our country disapproves of our congress is because the legislation process seams skewed and biased  but the intent of the framers was to create a process that is deliberate and precise. Incumbents when over 90% of the time and that is because most people agree with the views of the people they elected.  Gridlock is a common factor of our legislation process.  This is a result of the large number of personalities that are in congress and all the different views.

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Key Congressional Leaders (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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This video pretty much shows that without the leadership that is in place in congress the members would be running around like chickens with their head cut off. Both parties have majority and minority leaders that are elected to help with the legislation process. The speaker of the house maintains the order in the house.  Also the speaker pretty much decides what bills arevoted on and which ones arent. Both parties also have whips in an attempt to influence legislation.  In the house the republican controls the rules committee whcih means they pretty much control everything. 

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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 1st amendment of the bill of rights is arguably one of the most important amendments in the entire constitution.  The first amendment guarantees are right to several fundamental civil liberties. This amendment protects the citizens of the united states by giving us the right to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, right to press, right to peacefully assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances. The 1st amendment includes a few clauses such as the establishment which prevents congress from making a law respecting the establishment of a religion. This also prevents states from setting up a state church or a state religion.  This helped build the wall of separation between church and state.  Another clause is the free exercise clause which basically allows you to freely practice a religion but doesn't protect you if you break the law that applies to everyone while practicing your religion.  The 1st amendment has been translated and applied to several cases over the history of our nation and is the one of the most fundamental amendments in the bill of rights. 

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

tWhat 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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The due process clause is a persons right to fair government procedures. For example a person cant be sentenced to prison just because he is suspected of a crime, instead he has the right to trial by jury.  The 5th amendment protects its citizens from being stripped of life, liberty or property without due process. Although the due process clause in the 5th amendment sounds like a good thing it only protects citizens from the federal government.  The amendment that protects citizens from the same thing just from the state level government is the 14th amendment.  The 14th amendment and the due process clause as a whole has served a major role in many cases such as mapp v. ohio, miranda v. arizona, etc. Due process include things fair trial by jury or protection against illegal search and seizures. 

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Chief Justice John Roberts reports for jury duty, is rejected

Chief Justice John Roberts reports for jury duty, is rejected | 3 Blankenship Jon | Scoop.it
Even Chief Justice John Roberts can’t escape his civic duties.The Supreme Court justice reported for duty as “Juror 49” in Rockville, Maryland, on Wednesday morning, The Washington Post reported.Roberts was being considered for a case relating to a 2013 car crash. The judge asked a group of about 50 potential jurors to identify any...
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Ironically enough, the chief justice of the united states supreme court, john roberts, was assigned jury duty. Roberts was juror number 49 up for selection in Maryland in a case involving a car crash in 2013.  The judge asked a few questions as to whether he new anyone that would impair his decision making on this specific case.  After disclosing that his sister was a nurse and stating it wouldnt impair his decision on a case involving someone in the medical field and that his sisters husband was a state trooper he wasn't selected.  The judge never asked him about his line of work so i guess nobody except his two body guards knew who he was.

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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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The supreme court is the most influential and important court in the entire country.  In the history of the court only two photos of the court in session exist and they were taken in the 30's by people who smuggled in cameras.  For 150 years the court was pretty much homeless until 1929 when chief justice Taft convinced congress to build a central location for the court to meet in Washington dc. The library of the court has over 600,000 books based on law and ideals from past justices.  The room with the most history is the actual court room.  This room has seen every case including roe vs wade, marbury vs madison, etc.  The court rooms tradition and furniture has gone virtually unchanged since its arrival.

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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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1. One characteristic of Clarence Thomas is that he is considered to be a extreme conservative.  The court is supposed to be a neutral branch but because presidents pick and senates confirming creates a political standard for judges to adhere to. Thomas was appointed by a conservative president because he was a conservative so there is now this unspoken agreement or notion that he will act based on conservative principles. Another characteristic that is politically relevant is his race.  The court cant be just a bunch of old white guys, minorities must be represented because not everyone is an old whitey. A final characteristic of Thomas' appointment that had political relevance is the accusations made by a previous co worker about sexual harassment.  This was done in an effort to ruin his image and destroy his chances of being a justice and was a major political war between the accuser and the accused.

 

2. Two methods that have been used by interest groups to influence who will get appointed onto the supreme court are lobbying and grassroots mobilization. &;Lobbying can be used with the president and senate to inform them about who is really being appointed. Grassroots is often done through advertising campaigns that either support or attack the appointed judges based on there political ideology.  This is done to try to create a strong public opinion in an effort to influence the out come of the senates vote.

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Barack Obama's next job: Sell the Iran deal

Barack Obama's next job: Sell the Iran deal | 3 Blankenship Jon | Scoop.it
It’s either this or war.That’s the argument the White House is preparing to make to convince members of Congress, Americans and foreign allies that the framework announced Thursday is the best way to check Iran’s nuclear program.The administration is planning an aggressive public effort to explain and defend the Iran framework —...
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This articles main focus or topic is the Iran deal and how Obama is convincing the congress and American people that this is our best option. The framework of this deal basically makes it impossible for Iran to ever posses the capability of nuclear weapons. The agreement is not only between the USA and Iran but also the European Union, Russia, China and other allies. The president claims that the agreement will make the world a safer place for us and our allies. He also states that it is either make this deal, or go to war with Iran of nuclear weaponry. President obama is quotes saying he will personally lead this public effort. In fact, I received a letter from the white house via email describing what this plan entailed and how it would benefit our country. 

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FRB: News & Events

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The Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington DC.
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I chose to research a Little on the federal reserve just because they're seems to be a lot of speculation on what really goes on there and it is such an important asset to our nation. The federal reserve is lead by a board of six members and the head chairman is Janet L. Yellen. The purpose of the federal reserve is to provide the nation with a safe, flexible, and stable monetary system. I think the reason the fed is separated from congress and the gov as a whole is because they are in charge of all the money abad how it fluctuates in our nation. They are really reaponsible for handling inflation and managing the unemployment rate; so if they were in some way associated with government and there was any form of biased it could lead to one of the most corrupt presidency terms in all of history. On issue named on the site is keeping deflation and banking panics in a dynamic equilibrium. 

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C-SPAN Survey of Presidential Leadership - Ronald Reagan - C-SPAN

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The president I chose to analyze their ranking is Ronald Reagan. Over all Ronald is ranked as the 10th president in the history of our nation. He was also top ten in the rankings in the categories: moral  authority, public persuasion, international relations, relations with congress, vision setting, and performance within the times.  His worst category is administrative skills where he comes in at 30th. In my opinion Ronald Reagan is one of if not the best president in history. He was consistent in what he stood for, rembered where he came from, and I think he is one of the few that really had the citizens best interest constantly on his mind.

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Presidential Signing Statements

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One of the "short" videos on the page discusses the unitary theory. The unitary theory is the idea that the president as head of the executive branch sets policies for all federal agencies. The theory comes from the vesting and take care clauses from the constitution.  The unitary theory is claimed to be used in signing statements with the president to give him more power.  

the common misunderstanding is that the the president is not the law above all else and that the constitution delegates a lot of power to congress for making laws and checking the presidents power. 

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Stem Cell Veto and Executive Order (2007) - YouTube

Today, President Bush Signed An Executive Order To Strengthen Our Nation's Commitment To Research On Pluripotent Stem Cells. Scientists have recently shown t...
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This video clip shows several examples of things we have learned in government class.  The president at a press conference shows his power of the veto and his power to check the powers of the congress. This power is a formal power given to the president in article two of the constitution. In this video the hot button issue of abortion is discussed and we see that the president veto is based on his moral values and human ethics. The president also issued an executive order that basically prevented stem cells from destroyed embryos to be funded by the federal government.  An executive order is an informal law not specifically stated in article 2 of the constitution. 

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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 really just an attempt to put hold on the voting of a bill.  This can be done in pretty much any way the filibusterer seems appropriate. Personally i would just wheel in a screen and make everyone watch every harry potter movie in spanish and if that didnt work I would play every nickelback song ever written.  Member rand paul spoke for over 12 hours in attempt to stop a bill that would allow drones to fly over america and kill suspected terrorist. The only way to prevent a filibuster and cloture is to get a super majority vote or 60 votes.   A cloture is pretty much just a time limit placed on the debate. 

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Congressman Jody Hice

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Representing the 10th District of Georgia
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Lately MR. Hice has been active and envolved with the legislation process.  He has submitted multiple bills and the one gaining the most traction is the nuclear family priority act.  This act is basically trying to limit the amount of people that can be sponsered by immigrants and make it to just immediate family members. He has voted on several bills and does his best to lead with integrity.  His website offers the services of ordering flags, making office visits, taking tours, or contacting him.  When you contact him you will generally get a response back.  Having MR. Hice come and speak to our school was a great experience. 

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