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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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Equal protection is basically a clause that makes discrimination against certain groups unconstitutional. The most famous case on this is Brown v. Broad of Education which made segregation in schools illegal. This clause makes it unconstitutional to discriminate based on gender, race, religion, age, etc. This is a part of the 14th Amendment which is arguably the most important Amendment to exist.

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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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Due Process in the right to fair procedure. This means that you can't just be thrown in jail, you must get a fair trial. It also means that police can't break into your house and inspect your t\private things unless they have a warrant. If they do any of this, it is a violation of the 14th Amendment. These laws have been determined by the supreme court in older cases. 

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

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This was about how the 1950s was practically a golden era. This was talking about how there were so many things going on, that certain rights were being neglected (specifically in this video) to black people. The video explained de facto segregation, and the struggles of employment issues, segregation, poverty and prejudices. The main points included desegregating schools and mixing army ranks.

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How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion

How the Supreme Court Responds to Public Opinion | 2 Barrios Stephanie | 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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A.) The US Supreme Court is isolated from pressure. One way is that they are granted life tenure by the constitution. THis means that they are above politics in that they do not have to worry about being elected. They are also appointed by President, which means they also dont have to worry about elections, just their merit.

 B.) They do, however, have other people that have to enforce decisions. Including senate. Furthermore, they need to maintain their reputation to show that they are legitimate in decisions and have trust in their actions.

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Video: State of the Union 2015 in 90 seconds

Video: State of the Union 2015 in 90 seconds | 2 Barrios Stephanie | Scoop.it
POLITICO recaps the highlights of President Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address in 90 seconds.
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 Gives a general overview of everything he is concerned with. He talks about education to terrorism, equal rights in the workplace to gas prices. He talks about all he's accomplished and his future agenda. There is a little bragging and confidence to show he is in positive inclination towards his actions. Overall propaganda for his presidency to remain in favor. 

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

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In this, Abraham Lincoln is ranked as the number one president. I honestly don't agree, seeing that many people in this survey probably chose familiar names that they had seen before and were familiar with and most people probably put Lincoln for his Emancipation Proclamation, which really didn't even free all of the slaves not to mention that Lincoln himself was as racist as other people in his time period, he just believed slavery was immoral. Personally, my favorite president is John F. Kennedy because I believe he did a lot to make presidencies the way they are in my opinion. He used the media to his advantage and using the media was able to connect to private homes and closer to individual people and I don't believe that was a task many people could have accomplished. With the radical growing movement of media during his time period, he knew how to make it work to his benefit and was able to broadcast to everyone.

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Welcome to the CIA Web Site — Central Intelligence Agency

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The current director is John O Brennan. Their policy towards foreign relations is to gather intelligence that is crucial for US security. They gather information to help with policymakers and matters that have to do with defense and protection. They are allowed to do covert operations with Presidential permission. They are independent because they don't make the policies,  they just find reasons to make to make the policies.

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111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets

111th Congress Earmarks | OpenSecrets | 2 Barrios Stephanie | Scoop.it
OpenSecrets.org has fundraising profiles for all 535 members of Congress (and more).
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 A earmark as an amount of money given by congress that is used for a designated area/project. Jim Moran in Virginia  has $36,565,000 in earmarks total. however, his total contributions was $111,850; which is a simple .3%. His earmark rank is 6. His numbers ran high because the majority of his projects were education and defense focused, which meant he had a lot of support. 

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CNN: 'Gerrymandering' the movie - YouTube

A new documentary looks at the firestorm issue of redistricting as midterm elections near.
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This gives them the ability to group  the people to vote for them. Apparently the US is the only country were politicians have control in this manner. California took the vote to the voters. What i couldn't have known was that there are strong arguments for each side. Personally, I think politicians should have a more limited role, because if they were doing their job well, then they shouldn't need to control voting districts. 

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Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives - Committee Activities

Obtain documents, public disclosure forms, historical data and Member and Committee information for the U.S. House of Representatives
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This is the website for the house of representatives. I chose the committee on homeland security. The chairperson is Michael McCaul from Texas. The republicans have the majority. I chose this committee because it was different from what I would normally choose. 

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The United States House of Representatives · House.gov

The United States House of Representatives · House.gov | 2 Barrios Stephanie | Scoop.it
Home page of the United States House of Representatives
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The leadership in the house of representatives in the house speaker, John Boehner. There are also majority leaders for both sides Republican Kevin McCarthy and Democrat Nancy Pelosi, majority whips Steve Scalise and Steny Hoyer and conference chairmen Cathy McMorris Rodgers and James Clyburn. Our representative for district 10 is Jody Hice. There is a legislative activity calendar that shows all the hearings and events and sessions. 

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Primaries vs. Caucuses⎢Civics in a Minute⎢TakePart TV - YouTube

Subscribe for more TakePart TV now!: http://full.sc/SwIjS1 Are primaries and caucuses the fairest way to pick our presidential candidates? Let us know what y...
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This explains what and why caucuses and primaries exist in general. The host compares caucuses and primaries to a sport's playoffs. Primaries are like a general election. But there are many "flavors" to primaries: closed - where you have to be a party member to vote, blanket - where the top two advance regardless of party, and open - where anyone can vote on a universal ballot. Caucuses are like PTA meetings where they gather in schools and churches and after a few meetings its time to vote. There are sometimes multiple votes and sometimes its secret ballots. 

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Libertarian Party

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This page interests me much; it's the Libertarian Party's page. The page is similar to the democrats website, in content, but is focused on why the Libertarian party is the way to go. This website is more contemporary/less formal. Furthermore, it has more "action" tabs and "direct participation". This website puts freedom, liberty, personal responsibility and self-ownership on the priorities. Which is a great list of priorities if you ask me.

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Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights - YouTube

Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights
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Civil liberties are the things that people have the right to do that the government can't interfere with. This means you can say what you want without getting in trouble (with certain exceptions like threats to national security). These Civil Liberties are found in the Bill of Rights and make up the first 10 amendments. This helps make sure that everyone can practice the religion of their choice as well as other freedoms that the government is unable to control.

 

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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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Most noticeable  thing about the video was its focus on religion. This video walked through the video, looking at all angles of each piece; comparing what is written with current opinions and how they are carried out in our government today. This shows the effects of these amendments and how we as citizens are affected by them. 
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Supreme Court Description

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The topics explored under the Supreme Court website include a calendar, email addresses, opinions, facts about the courts and recent issues. The website also has various rules and guidance for the courts waivers and councils. Lastly. it provides recent news concerned in cases for the general public to read. A recent court decision is the Armstrong vs. The Exceptional Child Center, inc. This is when Armstrong sued because the ECC wanted to apply section 30 A, which requires state Medicaid agencies to take provider costs into account when setting reimbursement rates, which is an action not explicitly given to them by congress. Armstrong argued that they can not because they do not have this right under the supremacy clause. This is a matter of conflicting state and federal rules. ECC says they can because the private parties are given injuncture relief (court ordered act against another act) that were basically set aside to prevent harm from the Supremacy clause. Also, that these actions are all they have to avoid harm under the new reimbursement rates.

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GOP homes in on controversial Sotomayor speeches - CNN.com

GOP homes in on controversial Sotomayor speeches - CNN.com | 2 Barrios Stephanie | Scoop.it
Questions surrounding Judge Sonia Sotomayor's past speeches generated more controversy in the final day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings Thursday, as Democrats again called her a mainstream jurist and Republicans portrayed her as a liberal activist likely to legislate from the bench.
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A.) The three characteristics of the nominees in this article include: her gender, her judicial philosophy of loose construction  and her race. She is a woman and that is considered by what she says the diversity she brings. She is very liberal, which some people say should mean she shouldn't have er position. It also affects how she rules. The fact she is Latina is shown by statements she says, and also goes to the diversity in the 9. 

B.) The NRA used Smear Campaigning to affect Sotomayor. They showed they didn't want to support her by using negative and harmful claims and opinions. They used her views on gun control to say that she didn't want to protect their rights given by the constitution. There were grass roots lobbying because a lot of her views are liberal and they are saying they are pointing out all her strong views to get the people to realize that it varies from theirs. 

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

Who Is Running for President (and Who’s Not)? | 2 Barrios Stephanie | 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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I was surprised to see that only one person is now for sure running for president. Most of all, I was surprised to see who it even was (He has very strong opinions on issues that would be detrimental to the outcome of his campaign). One issue I see with him is the fact that he wasn't even born in America, but was born in Canada; this posses a big threat to me because people made a big fuss over Obama "lying" and not actually being born in the USA, meanwhile this guy (Who probably will never be prosecuted for it seeing that he's white) gets away free handed. I am shocked at the little amount of Democrats that have even considered running. I was even more shocked that I didn't see Sarah Palin's name.

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Executive Command | iCivics

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This game shows that delegating is harder than it looks. The President is constantly on call, and even when she is busy there is more for her to do when she is done. The game provided a peek into all the tasks, the importance of public speaking and the attention the president pays to public image. 

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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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Executive branch is ran by the rule of propinquity which means the closer you are to power, the more powerful you are. The staff is usually formed of the most loyal people who usually come from the campaign. Also, the constitution granted limited formal powers to stay away from monarchy. The president is here to guide but not be all powerful. The real powers are the informal powers and public opinion.

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Congressman Jody Hice

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Representing the 10th District of Georgia
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 I was actually, really impressed with Jody Hice's composure. His visit to Ola high school brought a medley of thoughts for students to consider, and closed the fissure  that can divide people. He is currently working on acts to have it in the law that a baby is alive upon conception, and also a family act discerning how many people can be brought into America. He is District 10's representative and as such he is our voice, he receives our letters and he visits us. 

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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 a rambling speech that has the sole purpose to stop an act from moving forward. This doesn't technically break the rules. A Cloture is when a motion closes a debate and takes a vote. This stops the filibuster practice and renders it useless. I learned that filibusters have been used all over the world from way back in history. They were popular in Ireland, and the 21st record was a speaker in the US for 3 1/2 hours. And was also famously used in Texas for an anti-abortion bill to not go through.  

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Election Other - Congressional Job Approval

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RealClearPolitics Polls
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The RCP average is 18.2  agrees and 72.8 disagree. I think that incumbents still get elected because despite the range of disapproval they are predictable, steady and have done better things than just this one instance. The people know of the promise for the future, and just because the situation is not ideal does not mean they blame their own incumbent. The framer's created this form of government because they didn't want direct democracy.  They knew that this way things would be accomplished, and for the nation as a whole.

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LawCraft | iCivics

LawCraft | iCivics | 2 Barrios Stephanie | Scoop.it
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This game turned what usually lasts for days to years into about 6 minutes of passing legislation. The brief experience showed the participant that you have to be mindful not only of what the opposing party has against what you want to pass but also how you can bring them onto your side in the House of representatives. I was a democrat for the 1st district of New York, and i won 58% majority, and made it across the president's veto. Which showed another aspect, not only do you need to have most of what you originally wanted in  it, plus the other requirements, but then you had to additionally fix what the president deemed unfit.  My personal view was liberty (which had a small percentage of democrats involved) and i used liberty, generosity and cooperation to pass my bill. I got 1050 impact points, and no override of the veto. 

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Democrats.org

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Democrats.org: Change that Matters
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The website is the host for blogs, presidential videos, events, and ways for people of similar or even different beliefs point of views to unite for a common government. This website is important to our topic because unit 3 is concerned with political parties, and their roles. I chose this scoop, because I think its important to be well-informed/rounded in many subjects, not just the ones that one is always inclined to choose. This website showed key advertising examples of how to put ones party in the best light possible and how to write things that make you think that being a democrat is a wonderful idea.

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