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

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The civil rights movement took place in the 1950's. Segregation took place throughout the entire country. There was segregation in jobs, employment and housing. For example the new housing that was built remained almost all white. Efforts towards civil rights didn't really start with brown vs. board of education or Rosa parks but world war II with the efforts made by A. Phillip Randolph. Desegregating schools was the key goal of the civil rights movement. They started by creating law suits towards the schools, however this just created resistance towards the idea of desegregating schools. Two important people that were present in the civil rights movements were Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr, They both worked through protesting to fight for civil liberties.

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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, which lies in the 14th amendment states that we are all created equal and deserve equal protection because of that. The 14th amendment helps keep the promise made by the declaration of independence that "we hold these truths to be self evident that all are created equal."  The most famous equal protection clause supreme court case was the Brown vs. the Board of Education case. This case took place in the 1950's and the court declared that it was illegal to have segregation in public schools. The equal protection clause also empowers the national government  but has also weakened federalism.

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Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights - YouTube

Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights
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Civil liberties are the rights that you have which the government cannot take away from you. They cannot take them away from you because either the law, Constitution or judicial procedure keeps them from doing so. Some examples are freedom of speech, right to practice religion and freedom of press. The bill of rights contains all of your civil liberties. Civil liberties were originally state territory, but once the new constitution was drafted. that changed.

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Supreme Court Website

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The Supreme Court website has a lot of information. You can access their opinions on cases, issues relating to orders, and different counsels. You can also access oral arguments from different cases. You may also look as case documents for all supreme court cases. You may also look at media sources that are involving them as well as information on the judges, and the court itself. One case they are arguing now is the Johnson vs. United States case. They are arguing the Armed Career Criminal Act saying that it is unconstitutionally vague. They have been arguing this case since October of 2013.

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Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com

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At Kagan's hearings, liberals will seek assurances that she is one of their own, while conservatives will test whether she's within their definition of the mainstream
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I chose Elena Kagan, who was appointed by Obama and shares liberal views. Officials have many concerns when dealing with Kagan, but the biggest one being that the majority of her career has been in politics which might make her do what the supreme court justices are not supposed to do, be political. They are also concerned about the fact that she has no experience sitting on the bench. They are worried that she will not be able to preform the duties necessary because she has never been in that situation in a court room. They are also concerned with the fact that she shares mainly liberal views but shares conservative views on large issues such as gay marriage, and gun control, as well as executive power. In order for interest groups to affect the appointment process they can attack the opponent with different issues to make them look like they are not upholding their views the way they say they will. They can also use filibusters to continuously interrogate the new justice to avoid them being decided on to keep them off of the seat. 

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The Supreme Court can hear cases dealing with constitutional questions, treaties, officials and ambassadors, as well as cases concerning states and citizens. They also hear cases dealing with problems between the federal government and states and or citizens. Before the court will hear a case they must first consider the merit of the case. They must then have the writ of certiorari, which gives the courts the information they need. The case then makes its way into a conference where they judges will discuss the case. If they decide to move forward with the case they hear the different briefs. One example of a brief is an amicus brief, which is when they write to try and get the court to hear a certain case. After the case goes through trial they then consider they minority and majority opinions. They release the opinions that were the most popular and the ones that were not. All of the decisions happen under appellate jurisdiction.

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Executive Command | iCivics

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This is a game where I got to pick the President I wanted to be and then got to go through the motions of being a President. As soon as I got into office the first thing they had me do was deliver my state of the union address in which I chose to focus on the Budget Deficit. I was then brought back to the White House to red and approve legislations into law. I then had to keep going back to Congress to try and gain their support on the propositions I have about the budget deficit. All in all I learned that the job of the president is very demanding and they will always need you somewhere.

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U.S. Department of State

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The cabinet I chose to research is the U.S Department of State. The Secretary of my department is John F. Kerry. The Department of state's mission statement is to "strive to shape and maintain a peaceful, prosperous, fair , and democratic world and foster conditions for stability and progress for the benefit of the American people and people everywhere"  They often work with the USAID in order to try and obtain this goal. One issue that is currently brought up on the website is the issue of people trafficking. This mainly includes sex trafficking and mainly involves little kids. They also are dealing with a lot of current issues dealing with woman's rights.

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The White House

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The white house has many different parts to it. These including a briefing room, a meeting room, a kitchen and a china room. The White House also has 2 separate gardens, one being the Kennedy garden and the other being a rose garden. I also was bale to look at the Presidents schedule. I was expecting him to be really busy, but all he had going on today, Wednesday April 1st was a briefing meeting with the Vice President, and then a lunch meeting with the Vice President. The role he is playing in those jobs is Chief of State as he is expected to show up to these events, and represent.

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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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In order to explain the presidency I chose the video on the State of the Union address because this is where they lay out there plans for their year in office. President Obama states his accomplishments first by stating that we have had the fastest economic growth, and our stock market has doubled. He also states that we have lowered gas prices, and states that we now have higher fuel standards that will eventually save American families an average of $750 a year. He then states what he wishes to do. He starts with the fact that Congress needs to pass a law to make woman make as much as men make in any given job. He also stated that the USA needs to stay united with people attacked by terrorists. This taught me the main goals that are focused on during a presidency. These including: financial stability and gain, gas and oil projects, equality between sexes, and equality within foreign affairs.  

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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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I chose to watch the video on the strengths and weaknesses of the United States President. The President is the executive branch and has many departments underneath him. According to the constitution the president has the powers of being commander in chief, commissioning offices, calling special sessions of congress and many more. This is when he is most powerful, when he can bargain with congress. He is also most powerful when he can mobilize public opinion. Economic crisis, unpopular war, and conflict are what causes his weaknesses.

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Congressional District Lines - Who Draws Them? ⎢Civics in a Minute⎢TakePart TV - YouTube

Subscribe for more TakePart TV now!: http://full.sc/SwIjS1 Ever look at a map of congressional districts and wondered why it looks like someone spilled color...
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The video taught me that every ten years they conduct a census to divvy up the 435 seats in the House by creating districts. However, It is up to the congressional officials to draw the dividing lines. Because they have this power, the officials often draw up the districts in unfair ways, like drawling a line just to keep an incumbent in the same district. They also use this way to push out opponents. They either pack or crack districts by either putting a bunch of people of the same party in one district or they do the exact opposite and put very few people from one party in a district.

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111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets

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OpenSecrets.org has fundraising profiles for all 535 members of Congress (and more).
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An earmark is something that congressman use to provide federal funding to companies, projects, groups and organizations in their district. The congressman I chose to compare is Tim Murphy. The relationship between the two is that they give the most money and support the people that support them. The people that spend money to support him are getting it back in these earmarks. It makes sense because the congressman is only going to want to support people that started off supporting him.  

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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 amendments bill of rights was written for the federal government and it stayed that way until the 14th amendment started to make states governments follow it as well. While they were doing that they were using selective incorporation, which is where the courts select different amendments and incorporate them into the cases. The first amendment is very straight forward, and in the beginning of it you see the establishment clause. This clause basically stating the government cannot establish a religion. establishing the line between church and state. The main importance of the first amendment is the civil liberties such as freedom of speech, religion, assembly and press, etc...

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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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The Due Process Clause is located in the 14th amendment and is a persons right to fair government procedures. For example a person cannot be sent to prison before being put on trial and being convicted by a judge. Right to a jury trial is one of the rights given to you under Due process. This clause from the 14th amendment also relates to the 5th amendment because it says that they cannot take away a persons life, liberty, or property without due process of law. These clauses all relate to both federal and state.

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Chief Justice John Roberts reports for jury duty, is rejected

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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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I chose an article on the Supreme Court Justice, John Roberts. This article was about him trying to get on jury duty for a 2013 car accident. Before being appointed to the jury, the 50 possible jurors were asked a series of questions. One being if they had any potential conflicts of interest. He answered with the fact that his sister is a nurse but how that would not affect his decisions. They were then asked if they knew anyone at all that dealt with car accidents. He then responded with the fact that his brother in law is a police officer but then again stated that that wouldn't affect his decisions. The people asking him these questions did not make him answer the one about being involved in the legal field. The end result was him not being selected as a juror.  

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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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There are many ways in which the Supreme Court is kept isolated from public opinion. One way is because of the way they earn the title of supreme court judge, and that is by appointment, and not vote. Because of this they do not have to worry about public opinion because they don't have to worry about pleasing anyone before re-election. Also they serve life terms, and because of this they don't have to worry about pleasing the public because they cant do anything about it if they don't like them. However at the same time they cannot go to far from public opinion. One reason is because the public opinion can often affect who the president nominates to take the open seat. Also they must keep in tact with public opinion to try and keep their decisions from being over turned by congress, if they stick with public opinion it is more likely their decision will not be overturned.

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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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In this video I learned that there are only actually two pictures of court cases being held, and those cameras were smuggled in. This building is only 75 years old, and they wanted this so this building blended in with the library of congress and the capitol. For almost 130 years, the supreme court didn't have a permanent building. Marble was the most dominant material used to build the supreme court. They also have a library for other judges to go and look up writings on different opinions. They have different traditions for the judges to do when a case is held, such as the way they enter as well.

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The Week Mike Pence’s 2016 Dreams Crumbled

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With the black marble of the Indiana House of Representatives behind him, Gov. Mike Pence in January trumpeted a laundry list of accomplishments achieved in the first half of his first term: Two balanced budgets. A falling unemployment rate. More than 100,000 new jobs created. It seemed the predicate for a potential 2016 run. Basking in the glow of...
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I chose to research an article dealing with the 2016 Presidency. It dealt with Governor Mike Pence, and his dreams of the 2016 presidency. Mr. Pence has a huge list of accomplishments from his terms. He obtained two balanced budgets, decreasing unemployment rate and an ample amount of jobs being presented to the unemployed. He seemed like the perfect candidate for the 2016 election but his recent signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has made things turn around for him. Him signing this controversial bill has lead to more then 10 institutions pulling their backing from him, weakening his campaign. Now with even more officials removing their support his future goal of presidency is slipping away.

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The Department I have chosen is the Federal Communications Commission. The head of my department is the chairman whose name is Tom Wheeler. The FCC deals with monitoring all communications both internationally, and domestically. They are in charge of monitoring wire, television, radio, and satellite. The reason why I think that they are kept separate from congress is because Congress doesn't want any of the decisions the FCC makes that people don't agree with to fall back on Congress. One current issue the FCC is dealing with is new policy making dealing with NSI phones.

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

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The President I chose to analyze the ranking of is Franklin Delanor Roosevelt. He currently obtains the rank number 3, but in the year 2000 he was number 2. I chose to analyze him because I admire the way he dealt with his disability, and still was able to maintain the presidency. I also like the way he appealed to public opinion, and dealt with crisis. Even though I would like for him to be higher, it makes sense that George Washington and Abe are in front of him.

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Why Presidents Are Also Celebrities

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The Roosevelts transformed the United States—and made its leaders into stars.
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The presidency has many aspects to it, and many jobs it entails to the person that partakes in the position. While people think that there is a list of complicated facts about the presidency, the author of this article argues that the most potent fact about the presidency is that we ask to much of them. The author mentions the amount of jobs the President is expected to withhold, such as being commander in chief, heads of state, and leader of political parties. The author constantly mentions the story of Presidency of Teddy Roosevelt being shot, and then still going on to take his speech, while still having the bullet inside of him to prove his point. The presidency is to stressful and requires to much of the person who has the title President.  

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President Bush Announces Start of Iraq War - YouTube

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In this video United States President is carrying out his role as commander and chief. This means that he is in charge of the armed forces. You can see this in the first statement that Mr. Bush says, that he is ordering coalition forces to start striking specific targets, to try and free their people and protect ours. He states that this will be a long and drawn out. He is ordering that certain naval bases be used for intelligence operations, and other war necessities. He states his regards for the troops, and their families, but orders for operations to take place.

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LawCraft | iCivics

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I chose to do the game on Law making which is often referred to as sausage making. In the game you have to pick an issue that you want to try and create legislation on. The issue I chose to work with is the issue of job security, however through this game I have learned how hard it is to craft a bill that will get passed. As the congressman creates the bill they must constantly keep in their mind the ideologies of the people in congress as well as their constituents which makes it very hard to find common ground. You then have to worry about how your going to get the bill passed by the other party, and how you are going to get that party on board with your bill. It makes it very difficult to craft and pass legislation. 

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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 when a congressman gets up in front of a courtroom or a committee and talks about a bill for a long period of time. The congressman drags it on by talking about it an ample amount keeping it from being voted on and passed. A cloture motion is when someone forcefully ends a debate, this affects the filibuster because it stops them from continuously talking and gives a chance for the bill they are fighting to be voted on and passed. In this video I learned the lengths people have gone using the filibuster, for example someone went from sun up to sundown, however was successful in keeping the bill from being voted on proving that this is a viable option to keep legislation from being passed.

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