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

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8.5 The Civil Rights are important because without these rights America would have evolved differently than what it has. People want to be free or at least feel free. By segregating schools and other public places it caused mental, psychological, emotional and social problems with the non-white people. If people feel as though they are actually able to do some things that they please and they're "socially accepted" then things run smoothly for the most part; allowing advancements in technology and other things.

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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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8.3 Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment helps with the supreme court's interpretation of that clause. The most famous case for showing use of this clause would be the case of Brown v. The Board of Education - saying that segregation in schools is illegal. 

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Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights - YouTube

Civil Liberties & Bill of Rights
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8.1 Civil liberties are the rights that people believe they have that the government cannot interfere with. All this is determined either by law, the Constitution or Judicial Procedure. Some civil liberties that people have are the rights to speak up when happy or confused, have a "private" life and being able to practice whatever religion that person so desires.

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Supreme Court Website

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7.2 a.) The Supreme Court's website is very user-friendly. With a calendar to provide a schedule of what is occurring and when it is helpful to those who are looking at the possibility of having a case settled there. There are links to provide information about the rules/regulation and the guidance of the court; as well as a link to see what is current in discussion and what has previously been resolved. b.) A case the Supreme Court is currently considering is Bullard v. Blue Hills Bank. The question that was brought up that gave cause for the case was whether or not an order denying confirmation of a bankruptcy plan is appealable. Case started in July 2014 with a petition and is still currently in session and being debated.

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a) The Supreme Courts jurisdiction includes the following: questions regarding the constitution, treaties, ambassadors, officials, controversies between states, controversies between citizens, controversies between states and citizens, and controversies between the federal government, states, and or citizens.

 

b) Cases reach the Supreme Court one of two ways: appeal or appellate jurisdiction. In order for a justice to even consider a case, said case must have a petition for a writ of certiorari which is a request for information from lower courts. In Supreme Court hearings, amicus briefs are required. These are summaries of either sides arguments. When cases are decided the two opinions that are released to the public are the majority and minority opinion. 

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Executive Command | iCivics

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6.9 Being President is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. There is so much going on at once one has to be able to balance it all and make sure that they are following what they said they would at the beginning of their term and also make sure that they maintain diplomatic relations with other countries. It is truly hard to balance.

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United States Department of Defense (defense.gov)

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6.7 The person in charge of this department is Ash Carter. The mission of this department is "to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country." The Department of Defense today announced an increase of National Guard and reserve active members in the Marine Corps Reserve, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve; while the Army National Guard, Army and Navy Reserve had a decline in the amount of people that are currently active in these areas. 

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The White House

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6.5 In the West Wing the reception room was renovated by President Richard Nixon in 1970 to make it into a smaller and "more intimate" room. The Oval Office, created in 1909 under President Taft became the President's main place to do work and be in contact with his advisors. Today, the President is traveling to Joint Base Andrews, going to Louisville, KY and touring Indatus. Then he makes a speech and leaves for Utah after his speech. This shows his roles of publicity and and showing concern and care for those within "his" borders; making people feel safe and appreciate/like him more. 

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Elizabeth Price Foley

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6.3 A president is not necessarily sued by Congress but by a single person on behalf of Congress. On top of all the stipulations to be able to sue like: a President's action undid a previous action or vote from Congress or he/she clearly broke anything that the Constitution stated. In order to do so they must have complete and total support from Congress - meaning they must have a majority support from either the House, the Senate or both. If they do not it is more likely to fail than before. 

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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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6.1 President made up of entire Executive Branch aka the Administration.  In "the Administration" there are different parts to it; the President is on top with the White House and Executive Offices under him, then there's the Cabinet with Executive Departments that have a secretary at the "head" of each department. Executive Office ruled by the Rule of Propinquity meaning the closer you are to power the more power you have. The President doesn't to seem to have any or many true powers of his own - he just has access to some of the powers that others have...they're informal - but the few he does have that are solely his don't have that big of an effect because it is checked over by the departments and branches under him.

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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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9. The guy in the video argues the reason 90% of incumbents continue to get reelected while only 19% of people approve of Congress is because politicians can draw district lines. With the power to do this only a few will be able to resist the temptation of job security and with the society and technology increasing and improving it only makes it easier to figure out which areas would give the highest probability of being reelected. 

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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 the measurement that allows money for a project in a specific district added in a bill in a way that causes it to avoid the conventional process of being allowed...this means earmarks would not be counted in the budget. Jack Kingston (R-GA) he sponsored/co-sponsored 40 earmarks in 2010, they all totaled to be approximately $66, 787, 00. He seemed to have gained so much money because Georgia is big on gun rights and a majority of what Kingston sponsored and voted on were gun rights acts.

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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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5. The House of Representatives has the sole power to impeach a sitting President. The way the impeachment process works is the House can present impeachment possibilities and then they investigate the accusations. While investigating, members of the House can bring up other points or try to "amend" the original grounds the person was being impeached on. They investigate and have many debates and numerous votes before a decision is made.

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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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8.4 The 1st Amendment to the Bill of Rights is important because it allows people to have their own freedoms. With it opening up with the Establishment Clause stating that Congress/Federal Government cannot establish a religion that everyone has to follow. The Free Exercise Clause is the freedom of religion - people can follow whatever religion they please. The first amendment is important because we were founded by people who were religious and weren't complete Bible-bashers to the point where they felt a need to allow a higher power to determine which religion was "okay" to follow. People today still are religious but also non-religious. If one was to be forced into a religion some sort of out break would occur, believers of a different background would protest, etc. 

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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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8.2 The Due Process Clause is also know as a persons right to a fair/fair procedures. An example of this would be if someone was suspected of robbing a bank and being sent to prison for it without any evidence to prove that it was actually him. Before he can be convicted, he should have a trial (with a jury) and at the end of the trial that will determine whether he is guilty or not. The 5th amendment only acknowledges the Federal Government in having to abide by due process before taking away a persons rights of life, liberty and property. State governments are addressed in the 14th amendment stating the same thing as the 5th.

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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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7.3 The Supreme Court brought back a case from 2008 when a UPS worker sued the company along the lines of failure to adhere to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978. By bringing this back to light the court was able to make it easier for women to sue their employers if they feel as though they are being discriminated against for being pregnant since they do not need to have substantial proof, if any. The court was a bit skeptical at first because they didn't want to vote in favor of UPS because that would go against their previous decision of having the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act implemented in the first place. 

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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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7.1 The set up of the Supreme Court and how it is decorated so that it gives the vibe that important things are happening in it. There are only two pictures that exist that show the court house being in session. It is very hard to get in so in the 30's a camera was smuggled in.  The building was built so that it would blend in with the Congressional Library and the Capitol building. Mostly made of marble and modeled after a Greco-Roman temple. There's 600,000 volumes in  the library. The courtroom has stayed the same throughout history; furniture hasn't changed. Every former Justice has a picture on the wall where the new Justices swear in.

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Can Iran be trusted?

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Can Iran be trusted? It depends on which Iran you are talking about. The Iran represented by its urbane, Western-educated diplomats in Switzerland? Maybe, say those with direct experience with the nation with which Washington cut ties more than 35 years ago. But the elite radicals with the real power in Tehran? Good luck. Nonetheless, the consensus...
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6.10 Obama is skeptical about this deal with Iran. He seems to think that if Iran does "try something" to go against or deceive/trick America into agreeing to something that isn't that great, they would not be successful. It depends on how things go and who is doing what.

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Welcome to the CIA Web Site — Central Intelligence Agency

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6.8 The head of the Central Intelligence Agency is John O. Brennan. The C.I.A implements policies that help the Untied States gain knowledge on possible threats to the U.S. and National Security. They allow and draft for new laws to be made and passed that helps protect everyone. I think they are Independent from Congress and from the President that way if something major were to happen to our President or anyone in Congress and they were asked about things going on in the CIA they would not be able to provide and accurate answer because the CIA receives it commands from the National Intelligence Agency. One of the headlines/featured story on the website is "Corona: Declassified." It is background and further explanation about the first imaging reconnaissance satellite discovered roughly 20 years ago.

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

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6.6 President Abraham Lincoln has received the rank of 
"Number 1 President" in these two polls. He has been granted this honor because of his outstanding morals, attention to detail, public speaking and persuasion, his honest (hence the nickname Honest Abe). He seemed to usually be on good terms with other Political Leaders as well as with those who worked with him in Congress. In my personal opinion, I believe that President Abraham Lincoln was the best President of time, so far, because he appeared to have genuinely put his Country before his personal opinions. He was always honest and tried to do what was best not only for "his people" (white vs black) but for everyone. He believed in equality and strived to make everyone feel equal. Although at the time part of society wanted to be better than another based on skin color - everyone then and today just wants to feel equal with the person next to them. By allowing people have the chance to prove themselves worthy and be considering no different than the man/woman next to him...people respected Abraham Lincoln and he changed society for the better. 

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

Who Is Running for President (and Who’s Not)? | 4 Armour Patrick | 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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6.4 Out of both parties, only one person has definitely said that they will be running and that is Republican Ted Cruz. A majority of those eligible are on the fence to as of they will actually run or not. Those not running like Mitt Romney (R) says that he would rather give someone else that might have a better chance at winning not run.

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Reagan asks Gorbachev to "Tear Down This Wall" - YouTube

This has been adapted from the full video of the speech, which comes courtesy of the Miller Center of the University of Virginia. The video, audio, and trans...
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6.2 In this video, former president Reagan is using his power of chief diplomat in foreign affairs. 

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LawCraft | iCivics

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10. I passed a law about the safety and healthiness of our youth today. The hardest part of the bill was getting a majority vote while trying to not go against my party values. The first time the bill was sent for signing, it was vetoed, but then the second time it passed.

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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.  A filibuster is an action taken to try and defeat a bill in the Senate by talking indefinitely; thus causing no further action being able to occur on the bill. It can be overturned by a cloture of at least 60 votes and then that will end the "filibustering" of the bill and allow the members to move onto something else. The longest time it took to filibuster a bill was 24 hours and 18 minutes by Strom Thurmand (R-SC) on the passage of the Civil Rights Act i 1957.  

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Election Other - Congressional Job Approval

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6. The current approval rating of Congress is 18.2%. I think it's so low because they have been reelected into the spot and they might feel as though they do not have to have people's approval when discussing laws/bills. Due to the poor work effort people aren't happy causing a low overall rating. The framers did not believe in a direct democracy because they didn't think it'd be wise to take a ton of time to cater to the emotions and difference in the masses; also we have too big of a country for that to work. The created a republic, it still allows people to vote for state legislators and such but the majority of the power lies with congress instead of the people. 

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