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

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Civil rights are legal protections put into place in order to protect people of certain groups (usually minorities) from discrimination. This could be age, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, etc. discrimination. There has been a long debate over whether these laws should or could under the Constitution. 

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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 requires that the laws of the land apply equally to all citizens regardless of their race. It was designed to enforce the 13th amendment which freed the slaves.

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Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights - YouTube

Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights
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Civil liberties are the rights of people to be free from government interference. Examples are freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the right to due process if accused of a crime and the right to vote. These are engrained in the American Constitution in the Bill of Rights. They differ from civil liberties in that they make few if any reference to discrimination, but deal more inclusively with freedoms that are implied to apply to the whole of the population. They originated in state constitutions.

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Public Opinion, the Court, and Justice Kennedy

Public Opinion, the Court, and Justice Kennedy | 6 DiMartino Andrew | 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 judgments of individ...
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One reason justices are shielded from public opinion is that they don't have to get elected or face the type of scrutiny they do during the nominating process on a regular basis. Another is that they decide which cases to hear and don't have to succumb to the pressures of tackling cases that they might be in agreement with but that are opposed by the public. A reason why they might be influence by public opinion is that the public plays a big role in the nominating process. Another is that Congress can override Supreme Court decisions with an amendment.

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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 is black, which means that the president who nominated him wanted to show their diversity. His background might be considered to be relevant because of his dealings with the minority community. He is a conservative, which means that the Democratic Party opposed his nomination. Sometimes interest groups donate money to people in the Senate to either support or oppose candidates for the Supreme Court. Another way is by lobbying senators by portraying candidates in positive or negative lights.

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Supreme Court website scoop

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This website has all the publications of the Supreme Court, which includes opinions, the calendar of cases, and press releases. It also has information about the court and what its role exactly is. In Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama, the plaintiffs were arguing that legislative redistricting was intentionally creating districts with fewer blacks compared to whites in order to elect Republicans. The Court ruled that race was not in fact the primary factor in creating the new districts, and therefore ruled against the appellants.

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U.S. Department of State

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John Kerry, foreign policy issues such as the negotiation of treaties and the reception of diplomatic officials. They are concerned with travel and trade policies. al Shabaab's terrorist attack in Kenya

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The White House

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The President received his daily briefing this morning, they he went to Joint Base Andrews for something, then he flew to Louisville, KY and went on a tour of Indatus, where he spoke to an audience or something, then he got on a plane to Utah. He is fulfilling his role as person who keeps Americans ensured that everything he is doing is moving the country in the right direction. This seems like a pretty uneventful day for a President, though. I suspect he's hiding his real activities.

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Video: State of the Union 2015 in 90 seconds

Video: State of the Union 2015 in 90 seconds | 6 DiMartino Andrew | Scoop.it
POLITICO recaps the highlights of President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address in 90 seconds.
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President Obama was telling his audience about how his policies have helped middle class Americans save money on gas, healthcare, etc. and about how he's fighting terrorism without congressional authorization. Most of the people standing up and clapping like sheep are his fellow Democrats. This power grants him a forum in which he can convey his accomplishments and message for future policy changes without having to debate people.

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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 President is an entire administration, not just the President. The president's cabinet is made up of the secretaries of the various departments, and executive agencies are all under the executive branch. The Executive office includes the chief of staff, national security staff, economic advisers and the OMB. The President has the following powers: commander in chief, convene special sessions of Congress, commission officers, receive ambassadors, appoint judges and faithfully execute laws. The founders feared monarchy just as much as they feared anarchy. Some argue that the President's real powers are informal.

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The League of Dangerous Mapmakers

The League of Dangerous Mapmakers | 6 DiMartino Andrew | Scoop.it
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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Committees made up of members of the majority party redraw congressional districts in order to enhance their chances of winning seats. These teams of gerrymanderers have to be careful that they don't overindulge and have their maps tossed out by federal courts. Neither party is really in favor of reform unless it benefits them.

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111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets

111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets | 6 DiMartino Andrew | Scoop.it
OpenSecrets.org has fundraising profiles for all 535 members of Congress (and more).
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Aaron Schock proposed a lot of earmarks without receiving campaign contributions in the form of either PACs or individual contributions from them. However, he did receive $500 from Bradley University for trying to set up a Manufacturing Lab.

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He also just resigned under a scandal cloud. Apparently he likes the lavish lifestyle.
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House Session

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The House continued debate on four articles of impeachment against President Clinton for perjury, obstruction of justice and abuse of power. Early in the debate Representative Livingston, after it…
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The House of Representatives has the power to impeach elected officials, but it is the responsibility of the Senate to remove them from office. Bill Clinton was impeached by the House for committing perjury, but he was not removed by the Senate.

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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 is the process by which the Constitution is applied to the states, as it was not originally intended to do so. The establishment clause can be interpreted to mean literally that Congress can't establish a church, or that there should be complete separation of church and state.

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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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Citizens have to be granted a fair and public trial, meaning that there must be a jury of their peers. The clause provides only that the federal government must do this, but a federal court case determined that it applies to state governments too. This was set up in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution in order to supplement the end to slavery put forth in the 13th amendment.

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

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The Court has the power to review, revise and overturn laws. It can hear cases each year from among 8,000 petitions. Most cases come from the appeals process (95%) but some go directly to the Court. A writ of Certeorari is a request for information held by a lower court. Amicus curiae briefs are friend of the Court briefs. The majority opinion is the explanation for what is going to happen, the minority is for why the failed justices believed what they did.

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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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People aren't allowed to take pictures inside the Supreme Court building. The Supreme Court didn't have an official meeting place until 70 years ago when Justice Taft convinced the government to create one. The building is made of marble, which accounted for a large amount of the total money spent on the construction of the building. There are pictures on the walls of all the previous justices. Security is very tight, as two police officers stand at the entrance, presumably to deter crypt raiders.

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Supreme Court won’t hear case on Obamacare Medicare board

Supreme Court won’t hear case on Obamacare Medicare board | 6 DiMartino Andrew | 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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A district court refused to hear a case against the board established by the PP&ACA that was designed to limit Medicare growth. It is labeled by critics as a death panel because they believe it will result in rationing of medicine. The Court argued that, since the agency hadn't made any decisions yet, it was not ready to be challenged. The Goldwater Institute, which has supported the challengers, said it will contest the law once again when it is legally able to do so.

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FRB: News & Events

FRB: News & Events | 6 DiMartino Andrew | Scoop.it
The Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington DC.
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Janet Yellen, economic policy, including expanding or contracting the money supply, setting governmental interest rates and reserve requirements. They are allowed to make economic decisions without the prior approval of Congress. The Federal Reserve issued an FOMC statement on March 18, 2015.

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

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Abraham Lincoln was ranked the best president in history, probably due to his handing of the national division in the 1860's and his ability to save the union from destruction. He is seen as the first anti-slavery president to do much about fighting the practice, though in reality he was simply trying to prevent secession. In my opinion the greatest president was Grover Cleveland who was the last classically liberal Democrat in the United States, supporting the gold standard and low tariffs. Similarly decent presidents would be Republican Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover, who presided over the roaring 20's. We'll forget 1929.

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I like Coolidge, too. Ike was good, also.
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Elizabeth Price Foley

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Elizabeth Price Foley
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This video gives this woman's viewpoint on whether or not the Congress should be able to sue the president of the United States based on her legal expertise. She says that for a lawsuit to be filed, four things must happen on of which is that the executive order in question must have nullified an act of Congress, but also that executive action simply making modifications to or exceptions from an act in order to smoothen its implementation should not be challenged in the courts.

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POTUS Roles -- Part 2 - YouTube

POTUS Roles -- Part 2 - YouTube | 6 DiMartino Andrew | Scoop.it
AP GOPO Students -- Use this playlist to complete your notes on the roles of the president. If I included a video you already viewed in class, just skip it. ...
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In this video, the president is using his power of the bully pulpit, as he is speaking to the media in an attempt to influence the actions of a foreign government. He is urging the Soviet Union to tear down the wall separating East and West Berlin. This is an informal power of the President, as it is not expressly authorized in the Constitution but still allows him significant power.

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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. A filibuster is when a member of the Senate stands and speaks on a particular issue for an unlimited amount of time in order to hold up the legislative process.

b. A cloture motion allows the Senate to end a filibuster if it can get 60 members to vote in favor of it. These are used by proponents of the motion being adopted.

c. I learned that the term comes from a Dutch word, meaning pirate. Cato the Younger used the filibuster to prevent bills from being moved forward.

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Election Other - Congressional Job Approval

Election Other - Congressional Job Approval | 6 DiMartino Andrew | Scoop.it
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a. 18.2%

b. people tend to believe that their congressperson is superior to the body as a whole, or they support the rep of their party but oppose the majority party. Also it could be because of high name recognition and local popularity, but dissatisfaction with politicians of other states.

c. They made it extremely difficult for laws to get passed, which is a good thing for conservatives and a bad thing for progressives. Still, conservatives are unhappy with Congress' inability to pass government-reducing laws.

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