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

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The fifties held many improvements both economically and socially. It was a pivotal time for civil rights. This time period contained the Brown v.s. BOE case, Rosa Parks, and the rise of Martin Luther King Jr. Though not much integration actually took place, the foundation was lain for further improvement in the future. 

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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 has empowered national government but weakened federalism. Equal protection has been used in affirmative action cases. The 14th amendment has helped America to further protect its citizens with the bill of rights. The most famous equal protection case was Brown V.S. BOE.

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Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights - YouTube

Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights
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Civil liberties are the personal rights and freedoms government can't interfere with. Civil liberties were once mandated by states. The bill of rights was created to house these civil liberties. The government can regulate defamatory content. Privacy is an understood right given though it is not explicitly stated.

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How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion

How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion | 3 Terrell Zachary | 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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This article claims that Supreme Court justices will find legal backing to their personal opinions though they are supposed to be above that. They also act on behalf of the public's opinion. The Supreme Court does this because others have to carry out the decisions they make. This allows smoothness in carrying out those decisions.

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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 depends on tradition for their decisions. They do things a set way and refer to past decisions for guidance on new cases.  This is important because it creates consistency in our judiciary system. Consistency sets a strict and clear guideline that can easily be interpreted by the nation's inhabitants.

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Supreme Court won’t hear case on Obamacare Medicare board

Supreme Court won’t hear case on Obamacare Medicare board | 3 Terrell Zachary | 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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The Supreme Court refused to take the latest case against The Affordable Care Act. This case was attempting to limit funding and limit spending growth in Medicare. The people bringing this case forward plan to bring it back up again.

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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 executive branch is comprised of the president and his office. White house office, national security staff, OMB, and economic advisers are directly under the president in the executive branch. The closer a staff member is to the president, the more power they have. This is called The Rule of Propinquity.

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Elizabeth Price Foley

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This website is devoted to one woman's fight to be able to sue the president. She claims that this would be less drastic than impeachment but would allow congress to have another check on the president's power. These arguments could impede the president's right to executive order. The lawsuits are primarily focused on that power held by the president.

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

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This graph illustrates the leadership of all presidents before 2009. Mostly all of it seemed to be accurate in my mind. One surprise to me was that George Bush was placed below Herbert Hoover. Maybe this is because even though everything he did made our country worse, at least Herbert tried.

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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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Homeland Security focuses on creating a safer America. Their duties are wide ranging and expansive. They give a broad description on what it is they actually do, but it all leads back to making America safe. They aim to protect American lives.

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Jeb Bush's tricky path to an economic plan

Jeb Bush's tricky path to an economic plan | 3 Terrell Zachary | Scoop.it
One of Jeb Bush’s biggest challenges in the 2016 campaign will be to come up with a fresh economic plan that doesn’t make him seem like a tool of deep-pocketed Wall Street donors or the second coming of Mitt Romney, whose big, expensive tax cut plan failed to catch fire and left him wide open to populist attacks. So far, however, the roster...
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Jeb Bush is most likely going to run in the republican primaries. In this article, it explains his economic challenges he would face if he did wind up becoming president.. He has to be crafty with his phrasing on the campaign trail because he is trying to fix the problem without over-promising.

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House Committee on Rules

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The Rules Committee is a committee of the United States House of Representatives responsible for determining under what rule other Committee’s bills will come to the floor. The Committee decides for how long and under what rules the full body will debate Bills.
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Pete Sessions is the chairman of the House Rules Committee. The House rules committee is in place to make and enforce rules within the House of Representatives. Republicans hold a majority on the rules committee. Holding a majority in the rules committee gives a significant advantage when trying to get a bill passed because you can limit the minority party's ability to do anything about it.

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What Does Congress Do? (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 explained (in very broad terms) what happens in congress. It shows that congress can declare war. It can pass laws. Congress controls how we spend our money. It also covers foreign policy.

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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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Selective Incorporation allows the federal government to impose pieces of the federal Bill of Rights on state government. The establishment clause is interpreted to mean the total separation of church and state. The government can limit speech or punish those that use speech to lead to someone else's physical harm.

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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 a person's right to fair government procedures. This includes a fair trial by a jury of peers. The fifth amendment states that the government can't take away someone's life, liberty, or property without due process of law. This is phrased in the constitution so that it only applies to the Federal Government. The 14th amendment applies this right to the states.

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Supreme Court

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The website focuses a lot on past decisions. They primarily display their archived cases. This shows a pattern in their reactions to certain issues. One case I decided to read about was Woods v. Donald. The ruling was that federal courts may grant habeas corpus relief if the  state court decision conflicted with federal law.

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Supreme court usually deals with appellate jurisdiction. A case has to be conflicting with the constitution or involving 2 states to be considered. Other important cases can also be considered if they are deemed important enough. An Amicus brief is the  presentation of information on behalf of one side of the case. Majority opinion is what most justices feel is right. Minority opinion is over shadowed by the majority. Both opinions are released to the press.

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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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Clarence Thomas has extremely Conservative views. He believes that teenagers should not have any freedom of speech and that the president should have the power to place someone in jail indefinitely without review of the court. His views seem a bit radical but he was nominated because he will fight for conservative views.

 
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Reagan asks Gorbachev to "Tear Down This Wall" - YouTube

This has been adapted from the full video of the speech, which comes courtesy of the Miller Center of the University of Virginia. The video, audio, and trans...
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This video shows the former president Ronald Reagan using his influence to effect the opinions of the masses. Through the use of media, he was able to send a message to the American public and to foreign powers. The use of media is not a formal power given to the president but, when a man with power speaks, all will listen. Here, Reagan uses his influence on the media to send a message to a foreign power.

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Video: State of the Union 2015 in 90 seconds

Video: State of the Union 2015 in 90 seconds | 3 Terrell Zachary | Scoop.it
POLITICO recaps the highlights of President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address in 90 seconds.
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About 88 of those 90 seconds were spent bragging on accomplishments. Saying our country is stronger than it has been in a long time. Whether this is true or not, more time should be spent focusing on current problems than romanticizing the way you fixed past problems. Two statements of this recap were directed at fixing current problems in the United states.

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The White House

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The tour of the white house was interesting because there were so many useless rooms. There were about five different sitting rooms on one floor. Today the president is receiving a briefing with the vice president. This represents his duties because the information he receives during this meeting will influence the actions he takes in legislation and foreign policy.

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Home

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The Federal Communication commission deals with messaging, calling and other forms of communication. Their latest news letter was directed at texting and driving. They aim to prevent accidents involving communication related issues. They regulate laws dealing with internet, radio, and television. 

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Executive Command | iCivics

Executive Command | iCivics | 3 Terrell Zachary | Scoop.it
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This game illustrates the extensive responsibilities of the president. The  signing and vetoing of bills along with the delegation of responsibilities to the appropriate bureaucratic institution. The game did a decent job of showing how hard it is to be the president. I would imagine that it is immensely more stressful in real life though.

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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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Gerrymandering is the redistricting of a region to conform to those who vote for you. By giving politicians control of their districts, you are basically handing them the reigns to reelection. The districting process should be left to an outside party who has nothing to gain from the representative's reelection. This would ensure the unbiased districting that people want so much. Giving this power to politicians is giving them too much power.

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U.S. Senate

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Through exploring the senate website, i found that Mitch McConnell (majority) and Harry Reid (minority) are the leaders of their respective parties. They heavily influence the opinions of their members beneath them. John Cornyn (majority) and Richard Durbin (minority) are the whips for their respective parties. They round up their party members to get them to vote a certain way on issues. This provides a more unified approach to a situation. Party leaders and whips are the necessary positions to properly run each party in the senate.

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