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AP US GO PO LINKS - olahighgardner

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Your place to go for AP US Government and Politics videos, documents, and more.  The site is divided up by unit.  Use this as a resource for your Webpage Project.


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Supreme Court Website

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Unit 7 (2). When you go on the Supreme Courts website the first things you will see is the calendar showing their argument days conference days and non argument days. It also has a list of the recent decisions that they have made as well as the recent arguments. I picked the case of Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc.. In this case  providers of habilitation services, sued petitioners, Idaho Health and Welfare Department officials, claiming they had been reimbursed at a lower rate than what is outlined. They are looking to increase these rates. According to section 30(A) of the medicaid act requires Idaho's plan to "assure that payments are consistent with efficiency, economy, and quality of care." 

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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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Unit 7 (4).

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

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Unit 7 (6) The supreme courts appellate jurisdiction is the power to review revise or overturn. The supreme court picks cases in two different ways. One way they do this is by Appellate Jurisdiction. The other way they pick cases is by appeals. Most cases that go before the supreme court come from appeals (95%).  Writ of Certiorari this is when the court asks for more information from lower courts. "Amicus" Brief is "friends of the court" judges will determine questions based on these hearings. Once a case is decided two opinions are released to the press. Majority opinion and minority opinion. This is basically an explanation of the case and the justices decisions. The supreme court has a lot of things that it must look at when deciding a case. I believe this has helped me to better understand how a supreme court justice picks a case and it has helped me to better understand the vocabulary for this unit.

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President Bush Announces Start of Iraq War - YouTube

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Unit 6 (2). The president is acting in the role of Commander in chief. The president talks about deploying troops in areas that need it and stopping them with our full military before we are having to use firefighters and our civilian population is affected by something that could have been stopped with our military. The president is acting a the commander in chief because he has the power to send the military and use the military in any way that he chooses to use it. The president DOES NOT have the power to declare war however as the 

C-I-C he has the power to send the military anywhere he wants and does not have to ask congress for a declaration of war. The president has the full power of the military and can drop a bomb or send troops to anywhere in the world if he wanted to.

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Presidential job approval ratings from Ike to Obama

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Perhaps no measure better captures the public’s sentiment toward the president than job approval. It dates back to the earliest days of public opinion polling, when George Gallup asked about Franklin D. Roosevelt starting in the 1930s.
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Unit 6 (4). Your job approval rating does not necessarily go down because of scandals. In fact when it drops in one poll in February say to a 49% when your high was say 84%. By the next poll in December you could be back up to a 75%. However if you are a president with a a lot of scandals it might be harder to regain your approval rating. Nixon continued to loose his approval rating during the Watergate scandal. By the time he left office in August his approval rating was no more. As the years have gone on the job approval rating of presidents from the other party have dropped. Eisenhower had an approval rating of 49% of the Democrats while had an 88% approval rating from his own party. Obama has an approval rating of 14% with the republicans and a rating of 81% with his own party.

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C-SPAN Survey of Presidential Leadership - Overall Ranking - C-SPAN

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Unit 6 (6). I picked FDR. I picked FDR because he is was a war time president. He served for three terms. He has over a 90 in four different areas. Public Persuasion he scored a 95.1 he scored first in 2000 and in 2009. Crisis Leadership he scored a 92.5 and he was second in both 2000 and 2009. He was second over all in 2000 and was scored third in 2009. In my personal opinion I believe that FDR was the greatest president in history. I say this because he was a war time president and did what he had to do to get our country through a rough time in our nations history. FDR was a president who knew what he needed to do to keep the American people safe. FDR is the greatest president the United States has had.

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Welcome to the CIA Web Site — Central Intelligence Agency

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Barack Obama to meet with Iraqi prime minister in April

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President Barack Obama will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House on April 14, the administration announced Monday. Al-Abadi has expressed frustration in what he called “slowness” of the U.S.-led international coalition in providing military support against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. “I’m...
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CNN: 'Gerrymandering' the movie - YouTube

A new documentary looks at the firestorm issue of redistricting as midterm elections near.
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Unit 5 (9). Gerrymandering is where congress is allowed to change and redraw the line of districts to better help them in congress. This is a problem because it is unfair to the people in the district. By redrawing the lines it is making it harder for the peoples voices to be heard. If someone does not vote for this guy than they are drawn out of their district because they did not help get them elected. In many places people have voted to not let congress redraw the districts. My view of congress has changed a little in learning that they redraw the lines to better themselves. I am not only ashamed that our congressmen are focused on bettering themselves but mad because they are focused on bettering themselves and not hearing the peoples concerns and issues on different matters. Congress open your eyes and see that it is not about you, it is not about what you want, it is what the people in your district want. Listen to them. I chose this video because it was easier to listen and hear what it is than to try to read it.

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111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets

111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets | 3 Stillwell James | Scoop.it
OpenSecrets.org has fundraising profiles for all 535 members of Congress (and more).
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Unit 5 (7). An "earmark" is money that has been set aside for a particular bill. Jim Moran sponsored or cosponsored 85 earmarks for a total of $109,740,000 in FY 10. Some people might say that the earmarks are a type of payout for the people that contribute money to the campaign of someone in office. Jim Moran put $4,000,000 into Hampton Univ. where they donated $2,000 to his campaign, Hampton Univ. got a defense contract of some kind out of this. Was this a payout to Hampton Univ. by Jim Moran?? I do not think it was since he also had $8,300,000 in a bill for Commerce-Justice-Science also known as the JASON Project. This time however there was no contribution to Jim Moran's campaign fund. This is a required scoop. This has not changed my opinion on this topic. This relates to our unit because it talks about how the money that they put aside for bills they want to put money for and it is a way that they government can keep an eye on what they are putting money for and make sure that it is not a payout.

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Senate Session

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The Senate met to consider articles of impeachment passed by the House of Representatives on December 19, 1998. Chief Justice Rehnquist was sworn in as presiding officer by President Pro-tempore…
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Unit 5 (5). The constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole power to impeach a president. It also gives the Senate sole power over the impeachment trails. The power of impeachment is limited to the removal form office, but it can also be used to keep that person from holding an office at a later time. Any jail time or fines are left to the civil courts to handle. Being impeached is a shameful act and anyone who is impeached should hang their head low as they would be the first to actually be impeached. Though they will not be the first one to be tried to be impeached. This has not changed my views on impeachment. I believe that any person who is impeached is shameful for whatever act they commit while holding office and as such they should never be allowed to hold office again.

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Congressman Jody Hice

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Representing the 10th District of Georgia
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Unit 5 (3). Hice (GA-10) voted and strongly encourages the president to approve the Keystone XL pipe line. He says "Americans deserve cheaper energy cost and after six long years of waiting it is about time that we got it. I strongly urge the president to take heed to the American people." The kinds of constituent that he can do is he can listen to the American people take what in what they want and than propose bills that he thinks will be good for the American people. He can take what the American people said and the problems that they are having and either go after the bills and laws that he thinks will help them or he will go against the bills and laws that he thinks will hurt them. Congressman Jody Hice came to Ola High School on March 3, 2015. His visit was inspirational. He talked about his few months in office and how he was confused about the tunnels in Washington. Hice is a freshmen in congress and has not had the experience that most congressman have 

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UNIT 5 10/10 SCOOPS; 200 POINTS; EXCELLENT WORK IN THIS UNIT. James, you really did a great job on this assignment. Keep up the good work!
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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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Unit 7 (1). Not many people can get to go behind the scenes and get a good look at what the supreme court looks like. The architects who built the building tried to make it look like the library next door and the capital. Only two pictures are around of the supreme court in session these pictures were taken by cameras that were smuggled into the court room in the 1930's. Many people find it hard to believe that the building is the permanent home to the supreme courts 75 years old which is young to many of the buildings in Washington. For almost a 150 years the supreme court was homeless and bounced around from three different places, New York, Philadelphia, and finally the old meeting chamber of the senate in Washington. It wasn't until 1929 that a justice asked congress to fund money for a new home for the supreme court. This building opened in 1935. The court room is a historic place that can never be replaced. Historic cases took place here such as Brown v. The Board of Education. The court room tradition and even the furniture has gone virtually unchanged. The justices are camera shy and most of the government building like the justices chambers are off limits. We have had 44 presidents but we have only had 17 chief justices in the same time.

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UNIT 7 SCOOP.IT GRADE 4/6; 80/120 POINTS
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Supreme Court declines to take up Wisconsin voter ID case

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a challenge to Wisconsin’s strict voter ID law, upholding a policy championed by the state’s Republican governor, and presidential hopeful, Scott Walker. The law, which was ardently debated during last year’s Wisconsin gubernatorial election, was passed in 2011 and requires voters to show one...
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Unit 7 (3). In this case the supreme court refuse to take a voter id case. Since the passage, the Wisconsin provisional has been the subject to many challenges mostly centered around whether or not the states blacks and Hispanic populations make up a disproportionate share of the 300,000 Wisconsinites lacking adequate identification. You have to show any kind of 8 different ids including a drivers license and military id. A University issued id is not accepted but other types of student id is. In 2014 the law was upheld by a panel arguing that the law is just like Indiana's, which was upheld by the supreme court in 2004.

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How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion

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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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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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Unit 6 (1). Over 4 million people work for the president. The executive office contains the white house office, National security staff the OMB and Economic advisers. The Executive office oversees policy and political agendas here the most loyal to the president are found here most came from the campaign. The cabinet is less important to the president. The loyalty is divided. Department Secretaries defend their own agency. The formal powers are NOT impressive. The framers feared monarchy as much as anarchy. 

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The White House Is No Place for Wimps

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Lyndon Johnson got things done. Yes, he was a visionary—the architect of sweeping social and economic programs that transformed life in the United States and that still shape our nation today. But in the many hours I spent working for LBJ, I saw that he had much more than big ideas: He knew how to make them happen. How to trade, to cajole, to...
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Unit 6 (3). Many presidents talk about "going to the middle". This is not the way to go. Though the middle looks great from afar up close it is like being in a mirage. Presidents that try to appeal to both sides get maybe one or two major bills passed whether its a four or an eight year in office. i.e. Bill Clinton - Welfare Reform, and George W. Bush - No Child Left Behind. Presidents that have worked to bring the middle to them are leaders like Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, and Lyndon Johnson. In their own ways these great leaders were able to bring about change by getting the support from the people and persuading congressmen. To be president means that you have to work with your own party to get your agenda pushed through and to focus on the needs of the people and not let anything interfere with that.

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The White House

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Unit 6 (5). The White House tour is a very interesting thing. I say this because as you click on different things you learn about that room, and you learn about how the room became the way it is or how it became to be called what it is. The tour is a very interesting place to explore and it teaches you different things about the house. It shows you a picture and or a video about the rooms. Each room has a specific meaning to it, and a specific role for it. Different parts of the house have been changed since they were made. Gardens have changed over time for the president to have a place to sign treaties and have press conferences.

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United States Department of Defense (defense.gov)

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Unit 6 (7). The Secretary of Defense is Ash Carter.This department focuses on issues such as warrior care, Afghanistan, and Sexual Assault Prevention. The policies that the DoD implements is the policy to assist members of the military that deter war and supply them with up to date information as well as supply the american public, DoD civilians, military family members, Congress and the news media. One of the main topics on the Defense.gov website is for a "Full-Court Press" on Security Challenges. The DoD is a very important part of the government as they handle the safety of the military members and with their effort they keep the people of the united states safe.

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Executive Command | iCivics

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Unit 6 (9). In the game Executive Command, you are the President of the United States. During this game you will have four turns representing four years in office. Once you are elected you have to talk to congress and give them your overall policy that you will be focusing on. You will get mail in the White House, the mail consists of bills from congress, foreign policy trips and declarations of war. During your second turn you will get a letter noting that a country does not like america and congress has sent a declaration of war if you sign this paper than you are at war but you can choose not to. The legislation that congress sends you can approve what you like and veto what you don't. You will get a rating of positive points if it was a good choice and negative points if it was a bad choice. Each year you have to give your state of the union address. Once you pass a bill and make it a law you have to take it to the correct building so that they can enforce the bill getting the building correct gives you points getting it wrong loses you points. When there is a problem with war you can choose the best route to go. You will get points depending on your answers or you will lose points. The objective of this game is to teach the student how the president handles different policies in the government.

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Unit 6 scoop.it grade 80%; 8/10 with insight. Good analysis, especially of military role and bureaucracy.
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LawCraft | iCivics

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Unit 5 (10). This is a game where you a representative and are trying to create a law. You have to find a topic and than pick different things to add to you law that will get people to move from one side to the other, doing this will cause a better chance for the law to be passed. After that you move to where the bill has gone to the other part of congress, there you will have to add a few things that are mandatory and the rest you add what you think needs to be in it. When you think that the bill is ready to be signed send it to the president. He can veto it but if you have 2/3 your bill will become a law.

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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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Unit 5 (8). A filibuster is when a member of the Senate talks either about a bill or about anything in the world. They use it to stop the Senate from having a debate over a bill or they use it to say anything they want about the bill in good terms. A cloture motion is when 60 members of congress vote to end a filibuster. This affects a filibuster because once a cloture is in place they can no longer continue to talk about whatever they want. This is a required scoop. This shows why it takes so long for bills to move. 

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Election Other - Congressional Job Approval

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Unit 5 (6). The current approval rating of Congress is 18.6. I believe the rating is so low because with there being Democrats and Republicans trying to pass laws and trying to help the American people from their point of view that it bogs down the process and stops the flow of things getting done by congress. Incumbents get reelected because they have more money than the challenger so they are able to make more media and either praise themselves or they try to put a bad name on. They have been office longer and their name is more know by the voters. When the framers made congress they did not believe that it would end up being so unpopular with the whole country. They believed that congress would help the American people and that people would benefit from having government peoples voices.

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Lobbying (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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Unit 5 (4). There are many ways that a congressperson hears the peoples needs. One way they do this is by listening to the constituents. The other way is by listening to lobbyist.  There are more than 35,000 lobbyist in Washington D.C. at this point in time. More times than not a lobbyist tells the congressperson something that they did not know about and could not try to help but after being told about it had more than enough information to start to help. This is a required scoop. This has not changed my view on lobbyist. I still believe that lobbying is a good thing and can help our government to be a better place.

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Committees · House.gov

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Unit 5 (2). I chose the Armed Service committee in the House. The Chairman is Mac Thornberry. The issues they deal with is Afghanistan, and Military Sexual Assault Prevention.The Republicans have the majority in this committee. This is a required scoop. I chose this committee because I am familiar with the armed service. This connects to our unit because we are going to be talking about the different committees in congress. This committee has shown me just by the issues that it covers that sexual assault is even in our armed service which is to me very disrespectful to the uniform and to those who have wore it with pride and honor going all the way back to the civil war. 

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