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

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 The civil rights movement started during WWII. The Brown decision created massive resistance, started private academies. MLK was the face of the civil rights movement. By the end of the 1950s, most black students did not attend integrated schools. Brown v BOE was a critical point for civil rights, schools had to be start desegregating. 

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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. People cant be sent to prison because he is suspected, but he has a right to fair trial in front of a trial. The 5th amendment provides that the federal government cant take away a persons life liberty or property without due process of law. The 14th amendment provides that state government can't take away a persons life liberty or property as well. It is a shield against state government just like the 5th amendment is a shield against federal government. State government must also provide due process of law.

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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 in which government cannot interfere with either by law, the Constitution or judicial procedure. Examples are: the right to have a private life, speak up when you're confused, and all other rights listed in the Bill of Rights (1st 10 amendments). Civil liberties were once under state territory, and the federal government soon recognized civilians' requested civil liberties. The bill of rights was ratified in 1791. Other rights include freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of press, right to assembly, and petition of government.  

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When you click on the website there is a calender displayed that illustrates the Argument days, non argument days and conference days for the Supreme Court. It also provides information on recent arguments such as Bullard vs. Blue Hills Bank and Harris vs. Viegelahn just on Wednesday April 1. Its surprising to see such a long list of cases that are heard daily that most of us will not have heard of prior to visiting the website. Considering the Supreme court denied the hearing of Coons vs. Lew on the issue of Obamacare, its especially surprising. When you click on the cases, it displays the transcript of the entire court case and even offers Audio sessions to older cases. 

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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 tour guide stated that in the architecture of the building lies the purpose to make visitors feel like there are important events and decisions being made. I found this interesting, as the things build and advertised around us have underlying meanings. Only two pictures exist of the supreme court in session. The building is only 75 years old. Katherine Fitts is the head curator. The building was designed off a roman influence to represent justice. There is even a library within the Supreme court to represent the scholarly input in the justice process. 

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The court can hear treaties, ambassadors, controversies between states, citizens, both, and federal government, states, and/or citizens. Appellate Jurisdiction  is the power of a court to review decisions and change outcomes of decisions of lower courts. By appellate jurisdiction and appeal, cases get to the supreme court but before justices consider it, cases must have merit of the case, paperwork, Writ of Certiori, and justices vote on these writs during conference time. Conferences are when justices meet to discuss incoming cases for security and integrity of the court. Supreme court hearings are set up. They have amicus briefs and justices develop questions from these at the hearing. Justices then meet in a closed conference where they write opinions. The majority and minority opinions are released to the press and both the case and the justices decisions are explained. 

 
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Video: State of the Union 2015 in 90 seconds

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POLITICO recaps the highlights of President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address in 90 seconds.
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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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Bush uses his power to veto the bill that congress introduced

involving stem cell research that would counteract his "ethical approach" to stem cell research. This gave him the power to stop a bill that congress was attempting to pass. He orders the correlation of scientists to work with the NIH in order to produce ethically derived stem cells to people who are eligible for federal funding. 

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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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 One of the president's strengths are the formal powers given to him/her within the constitution. Such powers include commander in chief, call special sessions, or receiving ambassadors. Another strength is the powers found in politics and public opinion. He is able to bargain with congress and mobilize public opinion. However, he does not have power to declare war, ratify treaties, and the power of veto can also be overridden. 

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Executive Command | iCivics

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The president is ready to be inaugurated, so he goes to deliver his state of the union address in the White House to congress. I chose to focus on children in the speech and I then vetoed a bill saying that people should come to the white house to pay their taxes. And I made it a law to crack down on people who continuously don't pay their taxes on time. It is now diplomacy time with Iceland and I must take the letter to the air force. Now I must speak to the capitol and Congress loved the speech. I learned that the president is always very busy and has many jobs he has to execute in order to keep America safe.

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

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Abraham Lincoln is ranked #1 out of all of the presidents, and it definitely isn't a mistake. Lincoln preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the national government and modernized the economy all while leading the Civil War. He faced dissention in the North, rebellion in the South, and for over four years worked magic that I don't think any other person on Earth could have done. He united the army while keeping the south from separating from the rest of the states.

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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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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 in the Senate is a parliamentary tactic used to keep a bill from being passed. To halt the filibuster, Senators can also use a cloture  resolution by a three-fifths majority, 60 votes. It limits the debate on an issue/bill and it is the Senate's ultimate weapon against a filibuster.  If a party chooses to filibuster they could talk the bill for hours until the other party just decides to kill the bill or just give in.

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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 Bill of Rights had language that implied that only the federal government was to operate under such clauses. The first amendment included that congress shall make no law inhibiting or advancing religion, abridging the freedom of speech and press, or the right to assemble and petition the government. The establishment clause includes the excerpt "Congress shall make no law establishing religion." This is to keep a wall between church and the state. The free exercise clause is the "freedom of religion" clause. This allows people to exercise their own religion as long as the practices do not violate other laws. Among the free speech clause, there are different levels. Such as free speech for students or during wartime. Freedom of press is unlimited except for prior restraint when the press will threaten national security. 

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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 of the 14th amendment helps us to realize that all are created equal. The most famous equal protection clause is the Brown vs Board of Education case, in which the supreme court said that it is illegal to segregate public schools. This clause empowered the national government, while slightly weakening federalism. Before the Equal Protection Clause, the Bill of Rights was only limited to the protection of individuals from the Federal Government. Once the Fourteenth Amendment was enacted, the Constitution was extended to provide protection from State governments.  

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Chief Justice John Roberts reports for jury duty, is rejected

Chief Justice John Roberts reports for jury duty, is rejected | 4 Russell Miesha | 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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John Roberts reported for duty as Juror 49 in Rockville, Maryland, on Wednesday morning. Roberts was being considered for a case relating to a car accident that happened in 2013. The judge asked a group of about 50 potential jurors to identify any potential conflicts of interest. Roberts reportedly volunteered that his sister is a nurse and her husband was a police officer but their careers would not impair his judgement but at the end he was not chosen to be a juror.

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How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion

How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion | 4 Russell Miesha | 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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The supreme justices are to be appointed rather than elected in order to reduce political pressure and therefore eliminate bias on certain cases. As stated in the article, judges do not respond to public opinion because they are not elected by the public. However, such theories are challenged by political scientists that they are still underlying influences made on the judges by public opinion. They offer three ideas. The first is that public opinion may influence which judges are nominated and confirmed. Second is that justices may care about public opinion for reasons labelled under "institutional legitimacy." The third is that people with more moderately ideological views are more likely to change their views in response to information on what others thing. 

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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 isn't like the other Supreme Court Justices; he interprets the Constitution in different ways, singularly votes on things and believes that the courts have gotten the laws wrong. Critics say that his views are entirely too extreme and that he isn't a traditional conservative. One characteristic is that Thomas, the second African-American appointed to the court, has proved to be the ideological opposite of the man he replaced,.Justice Thurgood Marshall and votes mainly on civil rights claims. Another characteristic of Thomas is the fact that he doesn't ask questions; he says that this is because he finds the fast paced back and forth unnecessarily intense and rude to the lawyers in the room. During his previous term, Clarence Thomas  wrote more majority opinions than any other justice in 5-to-4 cases. Most of them weren't major, the most important one was overturning a multimillionaire-dollar jury award to a New Orleans man who spent 18 years on death row because prosecutors had deliberately concealed physical evidence that eventually exonerated him. 

 

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The Mobile Election: How smartphones will change the 2016 presidential race

The Mobile Election: How smartphones will change the 2016 presidential race | 4 Russell Miesha | Scoop.it
Four years ago today, President Barack Obama was gearing up to announce his reelection campaign, Mitt Romney was leading Newt Gingrich in the polls, and roughly one out of every three American adults owned a smartphone. You read that right: In the spring of 2011, just 35 percent of American adults owned a smartphone, according to Pew Research. The...
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In the last presidential race only one third of adults had a smart phone but as the 2016 campaign approaches more than two thirds of adults have a smart phone. So in this article it states that they are going to be doing a lot more advertisement on smartphone apps and at the most basic level the rise in mobile usage will speed up the entire political process. I think that this is a good idea because so many people are attached to their phone and maybe this will cause and increase in voter turnout.

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The White House

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On March 31,2015, the Vice President meets with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven of Sweden, and the President signs a Memorandum of Disapproval Regarding S.J. Res. 8, a Joint Resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures. The president is playing a role in foreign relations with other countries and he is also receiving foreign ambassadors, a formal power of the president.

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U.S. Department of the Treasury

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Jacob J. Lew is the secretary of the US Department of the treasury and Sarah Bloom Raskin is the Treasurer of the United States. The National Department of Treasury deals with auctions, coins and currency, bonds and securities, grants, loans, taxes, financial assitance, and many other issues.  On the homepage of their website it lists current events and discussions that the Treasury is currently dealing with or has in the past. 

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Who Is Running for President (and Who’s Not)?

Who Is Running for President (and Who’s Not)? | 4 Russell Miesha | Scoop.it
At least a dozen Republicans and a handful of Democrats have expressed an interest in running for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination.
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His website expresses the prediction of Hillary Clinton running again for presidency, as well as Martin O'Malley and Jim Webb. These predicted candidates are said to be running for democratic office. On the republican side, Ted Cruz is definitely running, as he has already made his announcement. They are also predicting Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Chris Christie to be running. All three with prior state governing under their belt. The website also informs the public on the prediction that Mike Huckabee may be running again. 

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Welcome to the CIA Web Site — Central Intelligence Agency

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The CIA was founded by president Harry Truman. The director of the agency is John O. Brennan who serves as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency and reports to the Director of National Intelligence. The D/CIA is nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Director manages the operations, personnel and budget of the CIA and acts as the National Human Source Intelligence manager.  The CIA is implements policies that have to do with foreign relations and they provide national security intelligence to senior US policymakers. They carry out “the intelligence cycle,” the process of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence information to top US government officials. They are independent of congress because congress cannot do everything, it is too time consuming to do everything and it is better to delegate responsibly and they don't want to be blamed for everything. The only time congress can have some power is during impeachment processes of officials/workers. A current issue today is "CIA official who directed the hunt for Bin Laden is being removed from post".

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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 Secretary if Homeland Security is Jeh Johnson. It was formed after 911 happened and  some of the issues that they focus on are academic engagement, citizenship and immigration services, cyber and economic security, human trafficking and disasters, civil rights and liberties, and border security. They implement policies on protecting the citizens and the United States security. One issue that they're focusing on now is immigration.

 

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