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7.3) Supreme Court won’t hear case on Obamacare Medicare board

7.3) Supreme Court won’t hear case on Obamacare Medicare board | 6 Sims Chad | 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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In this most recent bit of news, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case concerning Obamacare. This means that the Supreme Court lacked the four out of nine justices' approval needed to hear the case. I'm told that the refusal was more or less expected, but that it will likely be brought to court again later on as well. This is not the only case on Obamacare at current. In fact, there is another case King v Burwell that is currently ongoing.

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7.1) 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, one can see an inside look at the inside of the Supreme Court, where normally video recordings and pictures are not allowed. The building itself is relatively young, around 75 years old, but is still quite secretive in what it contains. Also, fun fact: the Supreme Court building contains a library of over 600,000 volumes concerning past court cases and general law. These are used by Supreme Court judges as consultation.

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7.4) Clarence Thomas Confirmation

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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Three important characteristics of any Supreme Court nominee, and specifically Clarence Thomas are one's political ideology, race, origin. backing of judicial restraint/activism and strict/loose constructionism. These are all considered, in varying degrees, during a nomination. Of course, often the most important characteristics are those which are most controversial. 

Lobbying, grassroots works, and advertisements are ways in which interest groups to influence the appointment process.

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6.10) Here Are the Real Republican Primaries

6.10) Here Are the Real Republican Primaries | 6 Sims Chad | Scoop.it
Texas Senator Ted Cruz has become the first Republican to eschew the phony “exploratory” phase and announce an actual presidential campaign. Rand Paul is apparently next. But as every political pooh-bah knows, the 2016 presidential contest has been underway for months, maybe even years. As this is written, in fact, several hotly contested...
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This article describes the Republican candidates for the 2016 election and their attempts to stand out from each of the other candidates. However, the author of this article writes not about actual primaries, but about talk show hosts, and sales rate on political memoirs rather than on actual primaries. In this way, the future candidates are compared and contrasted in an interesting, if slightly unorthodox, manner.

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6.8) FRB: News & Events

6.8) FRB: News & Events | 6 Sims Chad | Scoop.it
The Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington DC.
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Janet Yellen is the Chair of the Federal Reserve. The Fed deals with monetary policy, regulating the banking system, and maintaining a stable economy within the US. The Fed needs to be independent of Congress and the President in order to make decisions based upon what will benefit the country the most and escape the political influence. One such current event occurred on March 18, wherein the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) issued a statement regarding the current economic state of affairs in the US and outlining its plan for future actions.

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

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I chose President Nixon as my president to analyze. Despite resigning from office after the Watergate scandal, it would seem his rating is not as low as I would have thought. He is ranked 27th among the US presidents. On his personal score breakdown, we can see that he ranks poorly on moral authority and relations with congress, but receives an excellent rating on international relations. 

In my opinion, the best president thus far would likely be George Washington. That's a pretty stereotypical answer, but I certainly think that he set so many important precedents, that his presidency cannot be overlooked. He essentially shaped the role of the President in the US.

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6.4) Presidential job approval ratings from Ike to Obama

6.4) Presidential job approval ratings from Ike to Obama | 6 Sims Chad | Scoop.it
Perhaps no measure better captures the public’s sentiment toward the president than job approval. It dates back to the earliest days of public opinion polling, when George Gallup asked about Franklin D. Roosevelt starting in the 1930s.
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From this article, the polarization of politics can be clearly seen. President Obama has overwhelmingly good ratings from Democrats (81%) and overwhelmingly negative ratings from Republicans (14%).  This says one of two things, perhaps both: American politics are becoming increasingly polarized, and/or President Obama has become even worse than earlier presidents at reconciling with the opposing party. As for overall rating, Obama maintains a 47% rating.

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6.2) Pres Roles -- Part 2 - YouTube

6.2) Pres Roles -- Part 2 - YouTube | 6 Sims Chad | 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 the first video of this playlist, entitled "Reagan asks Gorbachev to 'Tear Down This Wall' " President Reagan is acting as Chief Diplomat. He is expressing the viewpoint of and negotiating on behalf of the US as president.

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5.10) LawCraft | iCivics

5.10) LawCraft | iCivics | 6 Sims Chad | Scoop.it
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In this game, one must build a bill and pass it through both houses and the president. From this, one gets a pretty good idea of what it takes to pass a bill through congress. It requires multiple compromises, both within one's own branch of congress and the other, not to mention the president.

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5.8) 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 the act of debating or presenting a speech on a subject in the senate and subsequently drawing this out as long as possible. A cloture motion would be the motion to end this debate. The filibuster is credited as originating, technically speaking, with Cato the Younger, though this doesn't exactly apply to the US senate.

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5.6) Election Other - Congressional Job Approval

5.6) Election Other - Congressional Job Approval | 6 Sims Chad | Scoop.it
RealClearPolitics Polls
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Congresses current approval rating is 18.2%. This is incredibly low, but makes sense when one considers the current state of political efficacy in the US. Incumbent congressman are the ones who achieved this rating, yet they are often re-elected. This seems, to me, like a case of laziness on the part of voters. They claim that congress is not performing well enough, but do not care enough to change their representatives in congress. The framers are partly responsible for this, as they created a very slow, deliberate congress that likely wouldn't go over well with citizens.

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5.4) Why Congress Matters (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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I watched this particular video from the playlist. This video explained the importance of our congress. To sum up this video with a sentence, congress is important to our way of life because it acts as a check on the power of the other branches of government. I feel that this is a pretty simplistic view, as congress also ensures that legislation is slow, deliberate, and democratic, not to mention that it allows for government participation of 535 individuals.

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5.2) Oversight & Government Reform Committee

5.2) Oversight & Government Reform Committee | 6 Sims Chad | Scoop.it

publicClick here to visit American taxpayers' top watchdogs in Congress: the House Oversight Committee. Oversight exists to secure two fundamental principles. First, Americans have a right to know that the money Washington takes from them is well spent. And second, Americans deserve an efficient, effective government that works for them. Our duty on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee is to protect these rights.

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The Oversight committee is a standing committee within the House of Representatives. This committee deals with issues concerning the reform of existing government agencies, namely correcting inefficiencies. The committee chair is Jason Chaffetz. The republican party has a significant majority on the committee, meaning their actions will likely be highly skewed towards Republican values.

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7.2) Supreme Court Case

7.2) Supreme Court Case | 6 Sims Chad | Scoop.it

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In Kimble v Marvel Enterprises, the key issue of the case is not necessarily the decision regarding the case itself. This case is somewhat unique in that it would presumably rely upon a previous decision, Brulotte v. Thys Co. The problem presented here is whether or not to overturn the decision in Brulotte v. Thys Co. as it is highly controversial. This is a real world example of a remedy.

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7.5) How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion

7.5) How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion | 6 Sims Chad | 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 court is insulated from public opinion by the life terms of its justices. This means that justices do not have to worry about being fired or otherwise losing their position due to political considerations or public opinion. Likewise, justices are appointed, rather than elected, to prevent them from being subject to the political machinations of elections. Judges are, however, still influenced by public opinion. First and foremost, public opinion can often influence which justices are elected, and therefore justices would follow that public opinion fairly closely. In addition to this, judges may very well care about public opinion itself. If they don't adhere to it somewhat, their ruling may become obsolete, as the Supreme Court requires the support of executive offices to carry out their rulings.

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7.6) Supreme Court Powerpoint

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The supreme has jurisdiction over cases dealing with conflicts between states, citizens, states and citizens, and the Federal government, and/or states, and/or citizens, as well as jurisdiction over questions of constitutionality, treaties, and ambassadors/officials. Cases heard in the supreme court may come from appellate jurisdiction or appeals, though 95% of cases come from appeals. For a case to be chosen, it must be deemed of sufficient merit, decided upon during a conference of justices, and will also require a writ of certiorari from the lower courts. After deciding to hear a case, both sides in a case will be asked or an amicus brief, or a summary of their argument. After a case is decided, two opinions are released, a majority opinion and a minority opinion. 

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6.9) Executive Command | iCivics

6.9) Executive Command | iCivics | 6 Sims Chad | Scoop.it
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I found this game surprisingly interesting. It does a fairly bad job of showing the difficulty entailed within the President's job, as anyone could play this game, but it does a pretty good job of showing the amount of work that the President has to do when in office. One must constantly be running around and doing things in this game and as the President, whether it is signing and delegating legislation or making diplomatic visits to other countries and states.

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6.7) U.S. Department of the Treasury

6.7) U.S. Department of the Treasury | 6 Sims Chad | Scoop.it
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The Department of the Treasury is headed by the Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. The department focuses on economic issues and the financial stability of the US.  A recent delegation from the Dept of the Treasury went to Beijing to discuss U.S.-China economic relations and the international economic architecture as it pertains to both countries.

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6.5) The White House

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This website provides an interactive tour of the White House, including locations such as the family theater, the gardens, and other areas in and around the White House. Now, I myself didn't actually find the supposed daily schedule of the President. I don't know if I'm blind, or if the White House staff simply does not have a schedule uploaded online at 4 in the morning. Probably, or hopefully, the latter. I was able to glean from some sleuthing that the President begins his day at 10:00 AM with his daily briefing, every day. Unfortunately, that is all I can tell without finding that schedule. Of course, I don't really need to see it to tell that the President is certainly a busy man, and is no doubt running all over the country on a day-to-day basis.

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6.3) Video: State of the Union 2015 in 90 seconds

6.3) Video: State of the Union 2015 in 90 seconds | 6 Sims Chad | Scoop.it
POLITICO recaps the highlights of President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address in 90 seconds.
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In this video, the President's State of the Union address is recapped, covering most of the basic points without adding excessive bias or personal opinion. The President makes it pretty clear, at least from what I can see, that he is willing to pursue his own agenda despite whatever opposition he is faced with. For that, I'm fairly impressed, as at this time he was facing quite a lot of opposition from the Republican party. He discusses several topics key to his agenda including immigration, welfare, education, and frequently mentions "middle-class economics".

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6.1) 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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In this video, the basic powers and privileges of the President are described. The video first describes the President's role as head of the executive branch, and then explains the various positions that are directly under him as the head of the executive office. These positions typically come from those who assisted the President in his campaign. The department secretaries are then nominated for appointment by the President, as this is another of his powers, but they are not necessarily loyal to the President; they have their own interests and agencies driving them. The video then describes the President's role as Chief Executive, Commander-in-Chief, Chief Legislator and the powers and responsibilities of each of those roles.

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5.9) The League of Dangerous Mapmakers

5.9) The League of Dangerous Mapmakers | 6 Sims Chad | 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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Gerrymandering is defined as the process of drawing a map to benefit one party or the other. This occurs as some states lose population and others gain. This redrawing allows one party to break up voters of another party, essentially voiding their votes.

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5.7) 111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets

5.7) 111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets | 6 Sims Chad | Scoop.it
OpenSecrets.org has fundraising profiles for all 535 members of Congress (and more).
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Earmarks are funds provided to companies and groups by congressional members. Jim Moran for example, received $111,000 in campaign contributions and has $36 million in earmarks. His is the highest campaign contributions, but also the highest amount of money in earmarks. This means there is likely a correlation between earmarks and campaign contributions; the more one receives in campaign contributions, the more earmarks one gives.

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5.5) 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 decides on whether a President will be impeached, but the Senate carries out the actual impeachment. In this way, both branches of congress must agree on the impeachment, and balance is kept between the executive and legislative branches.

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5.3) Votes and Legislation

5.3) Votes and Legislation | 6 Sims Chad | Scoop.it
View the Representative's votes, as well as legislation sponsored or cosponsored by the Representative.
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Jody Hice has sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act and the Nuclear Family Priority Act. Rep Hice can assist constituents in dealing with federal agencies, by visiting key locations (such as Ola High School), with military academy nominations, and by getting you a really cool American flag. As for his visit to Ola High School, I really enjoyed it. I was skeptical at first, but I was impressed by the way Rep Hice handled things, as well as by what he had to say. 

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