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1964 Civil Rights Act Fast Facts

1964 Civil Rights Act Fast Facts | 6 Michael Johnston | Scoop.it
Here is a look at the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Its signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 is considered the nation's most important civil rights legislation since Reconstruction (1865-1877) as it prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Following that law, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed landmark civil rights bills including the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 1968 Fair Housing Act.
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Civil Rights deal with the discrimination of someone based on their age, race, sex, ethnicity, religion, or disability . These rights differ from Civil Liberties because Civil Rights only deal with a minority or select group of people instead of every citizen. The 1964 Civil Rights Act outlawed discrimination based on any of the Civil Rights sections. It ended segregation and voting requirements.

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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 in the 14th amendment states that all citizens must be equally protected under the law. This means that no minority or select group of people can be treated different during the court process (due process) and everyone must be treated equally.

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Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights - YouTube

Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights
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Civil Liberties are the basic rights granted to citizens in the Constitution. They are different from Civil Rights because they do not deal with discrimination, but deal with the Bill of Rights. Civil Liberties apply to every citizen of the US and not just a minority. Civil Liberty cases are almost always extremely covered since they are seen with suspicion from the court.

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Supreme Court Website

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The website for the Supreme Court contains pertinent information about the process the Court goes under and holds archives of all of the cases that have been held in the Supreme Court. The Court heard the case Kansas vs Nebraska, in which, basically, Kansas blames Nebraska for the evaporation of a lake. The Court decreed that Nebraska is not accountable for the evaporation of said lake.

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How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion

How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion | 6 Michael Johnston | 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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They are insulated by life terms and the absence of elections. They are also insulated by not being video recorded during cases. The Justices are American people and they have their own opinions that influence their beliefs. They also rely on other branches that are affected by public opinion, so they tend to go with public opinion anyways.

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

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The jurisdiction of the US Supreme Court includes treaties, controversies, review, the ability to choose which cases they hear, and many more things. Cases get to the Supreme Court through appeal and/or appellate jurisdiction. The merit of the case must be questioned before being seen. The case must have paperwork and writ of cert. Amicus briefs are friends of the court that summarize the argument. The majority opinion is released and holds the argument that most of the Justices held and why they sided with either side. The minority opinion is also released and explains why they voted for the other side than the majority.

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Executive Command | iCivics

Executive Command | iCivics | 6 Michael Johnston | Scoop.it
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This game taught me how stressful and busy the President's job is and how peace can make the President's job so much easier. Having to balance a war with domestic policy and winning Congress over onto my issue plans was very challenging. I gained a lot of respect for our President.

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U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. Department of the Treasury | 6 Michael Johnston | Scoop.it
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The US Department of the Treasury is headed by Jacob J. Lew. The Treasury's job is to "maintain a strong economy and create economic and job opportunities by promoting the conditions that enable economic growth and stability at home and abroad, strengthen national security by combating threats and protecting the integrity of the financial system, and manage the U.S. Government’s finances and resources effectively."  Their headline as of today is providing a link to the speech Secretary Jacob Lew gave on the state of the economy and business tax reform.

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President's Schedule - April 1, 2015

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At 10:00 AM the President and Vice President met for the daily Presidential Briefing. They then had lunch at 12:30. That is apparently all our President did today, so I'm guessing today was a day off. Or maybe he's using executive privilege and not sharing some things with us.

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Video: State of the Union 2015 in 90 seconds

Video: State of the Union 2015 in 90 seconds | 6 Michael Johnston | Scoop.it
POLITICO recaps the highlights of President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address in 90 seconds.
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Obama wishes to "turn the page". He knows that he is running out of office time and wishes to make more changes before he leaves. Comparing the image of Obama in this video with images of him when he won his first term is frightening. He has obviously aged maybe 15 years in the past 8; the gray hairs and wrinkles becoming more and more prominent due to obvious stress.

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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 has the strengths of executive privilege, executive orders, and executive agreements/arrangements with other nation's leaders. Any bill the President vetoes can be overridden by Congress, which is a check and weakness.  The President is also the Commander of the US army and can call for attacks at any time without Congress declaring war.

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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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1917 marked the year that the first cloture occurred in the Senate to end a filibuster. A filibuster is any obstructive tactic used in the Senate to stop a vote from being brought up. A cloture is a vote that will end a filibuster if it receives 60 votes. A filibuster allows for any Senator to speak/debate for as long as they wish to prevent a vote from happening. Filibusters began in 1789 with the call of "previous question" to end a debate and vote immediately.

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Election Other - Congressional Job Approval

Election Other - Congressional Job Approval | 6 Michael Johnston | Scoop.it
RealClearPolitics Polls
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The current approval rate of Congress is between 18 and 21 percent, depending on the source. Incumbents get reelected because although voters dislike the current congress, they are constantly looking to change that congress, but decide to "wait it out". Every single Congress is going to be disliked because it is difficult for any bills to get signed into law, giving off the impression that our government is not efficient. Our congress is always going to be disliked because the Framers created our government to be slow, deliberate, and cautious; constant arguing and debating slowing the process, even further proving that our congress is "inefficient". 

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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 amendment is based off of the teachings of John Locke, who explained that every human has basic fundamental rights. Our founders then listed those fundamental rights in the BOR and concreted them into our Constitution. They are so important because they are the foundation for the rest of our Constitution; without the BOR there would be no democracy, freedom, or personal rights.

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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 states that the government can not take away someone's life, liberty, or property without "due process", or by fair trial. The government may not incriminate someone and punish them without having a trial first; it is in the constitution. 

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Twitter signs on to amicus brief supporting same-sex marriage

Twitter signs on to amicus brief supporting same-sex marriage | 6 Michael Johnston | Scoop.it
A group of 379 companies have joined together on an amicus brief filed to the Supreme Court in favor of same-sex marriage. Facebook, Twitter, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, and the New England Patriots are among the companies listed on the petition, written by lawyers at the Morgan Lewis law firm, asking the court to overturn state bans on same-sex marriage....
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379 companies have joined together on an amicus brief in favor of same-sex marriage. The brief explains that the bans on same-sex marriage hamper the recruitment process of many of the companies. The companies claim that their "success depends upon the welfare and morale of all employees" and that state bands hinder the welfare and morale of many employees. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a case deciding the ultimate constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans on April 28, with a decision coming in June. Nationwide marriage equality might not fix all of the LGBT community's problems, but it's a good place to start.

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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 did not have its own building until 1935 and the building that it is in is designed like a Greek and Roman temple. The library holds over 5,000 volumes. The volumes are now not used as much due to the rise of the internet. I guess even Justices use Wikipedia. 

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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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Thomas is the most conservative justice; going as far as calling for states to have the right to establish an official religion. He claims to be conservative but his religious ideals obviously didn't stop him from sexually harassing a woman he worked with at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Thomas is the second African-American Justice to be appointed and he is the polar opposite of the predecessor. He is the most well-liked justice: knowing everyone's name in the court and being hostile, yet having a booming laugh. The Thomas-Hill cases shaped the Justice appointment process forever; giving more way to women's rights and ability to speak out. An interest group could lobby or donate campaign contributions to an appointee. 

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President Obama’s told-you-so moment

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President Barack Obama didn’t leave much wiggle room — not for himself, and not for his critics. Getting a deal on Iran’s nuclear program is more than a win for 2015, or a legacy achievement for the fourth quarter of his presidency. It’s a validation of Obama’s whole foreign policy philosophy — a theory of the world...
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Obama stated that his Iran Nuclear plan went exactly as he intended. He can only hope that they can figure out the minute details before June 30th, the deadline, and that his actions will not harm current allies or harm his image. Obama has many of the US's allies already on his side, he can only hope that his plans follow through completely.

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FRB: News & Events

FRB: News & Events | 6 Michael Johnston | Scoop.it
The Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington DC.
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The Federal Reserve is headed by Janet Yellen and has been for a little over a year. This agency enacts monetary policy alongside Congress' fiscal policies. They are independent from the President and Congress because they need to not be influenced by an major political ideology or system; they need to focus on doing their job and not getting caught up in politics. The most recent current event on their website is a FOMC statement relaying the condition of the economy and what is forecast to happen in our economy.

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

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James Buchanan was analyzed and decided as being the worst President the US has ever had, ranking 42nd out of 42 Presidents. Although all of his caption scores were under the 35 mark, his lowest score was in Crisis Leadership (16 points). Under his Presidency the South seceded and formed the Confederacy, starting the American Civil War. His late response, and lack thereof, proved him to be the worst President ever. Ironically, the President who ended the American Civil War is seen as the best President; Abraham Lincoln. 

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

Who Is Running for President (and Who’s Not)? | 6 Michael Johnston | 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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This proves what it takes to even consider running for presidency. You must have a huge backing, huge funding, and huge hope. Ted Cruz is the only possible candidate to officially announce that he is running, but more will soon announce their decision once 2015 starts to close into 2016 and campaigning really starts to kick in. The apprehension and worry sketched into the reasons as to why a person would not run for President shows how stressful and terrifying the job can be.

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Obama nominates Janet Yellen to lead Federal Reserve - YouTube

President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated respected economist Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve, replacing outgoing Chairman Ben Bernanke, who car...
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This video depicts the Presidents power to nominate people to offices he oversees, such as the heads of agencies/departments. The President can also fire anyone presiding over an agency/department as he sees fit.

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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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Every 10 years the Census Bureau counts every single person in America uses that data to divide up the 435 seats in the House to ensure representation of all people. Lawmakers draw the congressional lines and are passed like every other law. Since the leading party controls the lines, they usually try and protect incumbents and shrink the effect of challengers by drawing the lines a certain way. The lines rarely have anything to do with the voters' best interests. Packing - shoving people into one congressional district to lessen their voting power. Cracking - dividing minority groups to several districts so they can't influence elections. Many states hire independent map makers to draw their congressional lines so there is no political pressure. 

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111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets

111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets | 6 Michael Johnston | Scoop.it
OpenSecrets.org has fundraising profiles for all 535 members of Congress (and more).
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Earmarks are ways that members of congress can provide funds to companies, projects, groups, and organizations in their district. John P. Murtha (D-PA) sponsored or co-sponsored 45 earmarks totalling $92,470,00 in 2010, ranking 14th out of 425 representatives. Most of his funds went to improving steel companies in towns in his district, including Johnstown and the LeMont Furnace. 

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