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

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5. Civil rights are what protect us from being discriminated against based on our race, gender, age, religion, and national origin. The Brown v. Board was just a little start to the outbreak of things in the 1950s. Rosa Parks was a political activist and Martin Luther King Jr helped to spread activism through the south.

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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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3. The equal protection clause is used to back up the declaration of independence when it says "all men are created equal". The most famous case is Brown v. Board of Education where the court ruled that separate but equal was not in fact equal or constitutional. This clause strengthens the national government and somewhat strains federalism.

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Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights - YouTube

Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights
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1. Civil liberties are the things the people want that the government cannot interfere with. Examples would include the right to dye your hair purple, to publish a magazine, etc. These liberties are protected by the law, the constitution, and judicial procedure. The Bill of Rights was made to keep the states happy with the constitution. They required that it include freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.

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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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4. One characteristic of a Supreme Court nominee is their ethnicity. This has been politically relevant during the appointment process because some people want diversity on the court. Ideology is another characteristic in the appointment process. A republican president is more likely to pick a nominee with more conservative ideology.Gender is also a characteristic that is looked at when seeking a nominee. That goes back along with the diversity on the court and being able to understand more people. Interest groups can influence the appointment process by grassroots mobilization. For example, they could send out a mass email in either support or opposition of a decision. They can also lobby to sway a decision one way or another.

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About the Supreme Court - Supreme Court of the United States

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2. This website is easy to operate. You can look up any court cases they have had, recent news coverage, and justices from 1789 to present. They have a place where you can plan your visit which I thought was nifty. On the main part of the page they have the sitting justices listed where you can click on them to get more information on their opinions. One hearing tat they had this past March was Stephen Kimble vs. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. It did not give me any details on that hearing and I could not find anything else about it on this website.

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6. The Supreme Court has the jurisdiction to hear cases involving states, citizens, and the federal government (as well as ambassadors and officials). They get to choose which cases they hear and they have the power to review, revise or overturn a case (appellate jurisdiction). Most cases that make it to the Supreme Court are appeals which deal with Constitutional questions or Federal and state government issues. In order for a case to make it to the Supreme Court, it must have a writ of certiorari, which is a petition requesting information from the lower courts. The term amicus briefs means friends of the court. When the justices decide on a case to hear, they request information from both sides, in order to better prepare themselves with questions during the hearing. During a hearing each side has 30 minutes to talk. After that the justices meet (no time limit) and decide on what to do. Both the majority and minority opinions are presented to the press. 

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Executive Command | iCivics

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9. This game was fun and gave me better insight on what it is like to be the president. After playing this game, I am convinced that I am not cut out to be the president. I do not recommend playing this game when you are stressed out, because it makes it worse. I could never seem to krep up with the mail, and I hated having to be in a million places at one time! The one thing that made it better was being able to veto things.

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U.S. Department of the Treasury

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7. Jacob Lew is the Secretary of the Treasury. They strive to create more job opportunities for all great americans and watch the economic status of our country. They collect our taxes and regulate our currency. They were in the news when Jacob Lew was talking about our current economic status and our current tax reform plan.

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1600 Penn

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5. There are many rooms that I was not aware of in the White House. I would probably enjoy the china room because I have an obsession with dishes. Today the president went to Kentucky and left from there to go to Utah. Each day he has to stick to a pretty tight schedule because I'm sure if they get off time everything will fall apart. If I were president, I would obviously be concerned about doing things for the people, but I would also be concerned with when I would get to eat a snack. 

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

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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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3. This little page showed me who is, is thinkg of, and who is not running for president in 2016. So far, only Ted Cruz has confirmed that he is running as a republican. Hillary Clinton has released that she is seriously considering it, and I'm about 97.5% positive that she will. There is apparently a lot of Republican interest in running, but reading through the comments made I could tell that some people were not as seriously considering it as others. When I was reading comments on people who are preparing, it made me think of just how stressful all of that planning would be. I could not handke 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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1. This video goes through Article 2 of the Constitution, which focuses opowere of the president. The 22nd Amendment stops a president from serving over 2 terms. Pretty much the president has the implied power of executive order which is where he can just tell someone to do something without getting approval. A formal power would be the veto of a law proposed by Congress. Also the President cannot just declare war, Congress has the power to do that (which is a check on the power, just like the Framers wanted).

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The League of Dangerous Mapmakers

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Who’s most to blame for our divisive politics? How about the gerrymanderers quietly deciding where your vote goes. Inside the dark art and modern science of making democracy a lot less democratic.
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9. When a state increases in population, the legislation has to redo districts. Since there are only 435 districts, states with lost populations are sometimes taken away from for the gaining ones. Gerrymandering was used by Patrick Henry in Virginia before Congress was made. Some states do not redistrict which could violate the 14th amendment. There are many people who do not like gerrymandering who want a redistricting reform.  

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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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7. Earmarks are used by congressmen to give funding to organizations and groups. Jack Kingston of Georgia sponsored more than 40 earmarks in 2010. Most of the support went to defense bills and totaled at more than 66 million dollars. Most of the time, the more earmarks one supports the more campaign cotributions they recieve. He recieved more than $1 million in contributions for his campaign. 

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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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4. The first amendment has a lot of parts. Selective incorporation is when the supreme court uses parts of the bill of rights and sticks it with a court case that will then apply to the states. The free exercise clause allows you to exercise your religion, unless it is made up like the Church of Weed. Freedom of speech is a balancing act and there are parts to it.

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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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2. The due process clause pretty much means the right to fair process of law. The 5th amendment protects us from the federal government. The 14th amendment protects us from state governments.

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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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5. One way the Supreme Court justices are insulated from public opinion is that they are not elected. This keeps them free from the feeling of wanting to please people to get them in office. Another way is that justices have life terms. This allows them to make just decisions and not take into consideration public opinion on if they are liked to stay where they are. The Supreme Court does not tray far from popular opinion because they cannot enforce the law. They want to make sound decisions that will be enforced. Another reason is because they are still people too, and they hold the same values as most other Americans. 

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Supreme Court lightens load for pregnant employees

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The Supreme Court made it easier Wednesday for women to sue their employers for failing to accommodate a pregnancy. In a 6-3 decision the court revived a lawsuit brought by a former United Parcel Service driver named Peggy Young who sued the company —- under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 —- after it denied her “light duty”...
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3. This article is about the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. I thought it was very interesting to hear the minority opinion from Scalia. This case pretty much just allows pregnant women to be given the same opportunities in a job as disabled people during their pregnancy. The case shows just how long it can take to get a case through and it also shows when justices exhibit judicial restraint and which ones exhibit judicial activism. Overall I think that this was an important case because it gives more options to pregnant women while working.

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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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1. There are only 2 pictures of the court in session because sneaky people did their sneaky thing and took sneaky pictures. The Supreme Court is a very expensive place; they spent millions on just the marble (which was probably "funded" by the tax payers, ha.) There have only been 17 justices in the time that there have been 44 presidents. The reason no pictures are allowed is to keep the justices safe from public opinion, so they can make just decisions ad not feel pressured in one way or another.

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Harry Reid on Jeb Bush: ‘I hope he loses’

Harry Reid on Jeb Bush: ‘I hope he loses’ | 5 Forte Ashley | Scoop.it
Fresh from announcing his retirement last week, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is already handicapping the 2016 presidential race. When asked about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an interview with CNN published Tuesday, the Nevada senator said “the country is ready for a woman” to be president. “I like that guy. He...
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10. This article went over an interview with Harry Reid over the 2016 presidential candidates. It was an interesting read and I was amused at his comments on Jeb Bush. This article taught me more about the nasty side of politics and how the dirty comments can be stressfil for everyone; also I'm sure what he has said will influence some voters. I chose this article because of the rude quote, it sucked me in and I wanted to know more. 

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FRB: News & Events

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The Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington DC.
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8. This scoop focuses on the Federal Reserve. Janet Yellen is the chair over the Federal Reserve. She helps implement monetary policy (along with the other workers hired into the Federal Reserve). This controls the interest rates at banks and federal funds rate. This agency is dependent of Congress because the people who are in charge and hired are smart in economics and money affairs. It is important that we have people who know what they are doing in charge, instead of Congressmen who are not experienced with the economy because our nation pretty much would be in shambles if not. The economy is a rather important part of a country.

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

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6. Abraham Lincoln was a pretty well rounded fellow. He scores high in almost every category because people put emphasis on the things he supposedly did (even though he really did not abolish slavery; shout out to LBJ for desegregating the armed forces). In my opinion, George Washington is the best president because he did so much to get our country together and running smoothly. I'm sure it was a very stressful time but he seemed to hold himself together better than anyone else.

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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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4. Every year the President gives a state of the union adrdress to fill everyone in on where we are at and what his plans are for the rest of the year. In his video, I saw some of the highlights of the 2015 State of the Union address. John Boehner obviously had on his sassy pants for this occassion because he was not amused with anything Obama had to say. I like watching sassy politicians because they remind me of myself and it encourages me to continue in my sassy ways because it will get me sonewhere in life. Overall Obama pretty much said he was going to make decisions based on what he thinks is best for us since he is not facing the stress of re-elevtion. 

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Ford Pardons Nixon - September 8, 1974 - YouTube

Newly inaugurated Gerald Ford pardons his predecessor Richard Nixon in the wake of the Watergate scandal.
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2. This video shows Gerald Ford pardoning Richard Nixon in his involvement in the Watergate Scandal. I'm sure before making this decision he had to take a lot of things into consideration. I'm glad I was not in this position because when Nixon chose to resign he left the White House pretty torn up. Gerald Ford chose to make the best of it, and I think that by him pardoning Nixon he was showing the people that they were finally over that downward slope and on the way to stability and trust again. 

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LawCraft | iCivics

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10. This game pretty much took me through the process of how a bill becomes a law. i had to first choose if I was democratic or republican. Then I had to choose an issue to create a bill on. I had to make amendments to the bill in order to get it passedin both the house and the senate. The president did sign my bill. I learned that its hard to get a bill passed exactly the way you want it to be.

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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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8. Rand Paul used a flilibuster for 12 hours in the Senate, debating on the topic of drones. Filibuster comed from a word which means pirate; it was first used by Albert Brown. Pretty much filibusters are used to keep a bill from getting passed by talking forever and ever. 

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