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THE US GOVERNMENT with help from http://bensguide.gpo.gov/. TWO GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF US GOVERNMENT 1. SEPARATION OF POWERS 2. CHECKS AND BALANCES. SEPARATION OF POWERS. CHECKS and BALANCES. http://www.socialstudieshelp.com/Lesson_13_Notes.htm. LEGISLATIVE BRANCH. CONGRESS HOUSE OF

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The us government with help from http bensguide gpo gov l.jpg
THE US GOVERNMENTwith help from http://bensguide.gpo.gov/


Two guiding principles of us government 1 separation of powers 2 checks and balances l.jpg
TWO GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF US GOVERNMENT1. SEPARATION OF POWERS2. CHECKS AND BALANCES



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CHECKS and BALANCES

http://www.socialstudieshelp.com/Lesson_13_Notes.htm


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LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

CONGRESS

  • HOUSE OF

    REPRESENTATIVES

  • SENATE

  • Agencies:

  • Library of congress,

  • Congressional budget office

  • etc


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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (435 members)

  • A NUMBER OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE ELECTED FOR 2 YEARS FROM EACH STATE DEPENDING ON POPULATION

    Must be

  • 25 or older

  • Citizen for 7 years

  • Resident of state

  • HOUSE SPEAKER IS THE LEADER


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SENATE (100 members)

TWO SENATORS ARE ELECTED FROM EACH STATE FOR 6 years

Must be

  • 30 or older

  • Citizen for 9 years

  • Resident of state

  • Vice president is the leader


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    EXECUTIVE BRANCH

    • PRESIDENT and his cabinet

      • VICE PRESIDENT

      • 15 EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS

        • Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, and the Attorney General.


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    THE PRESIDENT

    • And vice president are elected by the people (via the Electoral College) for 4 years

    • Must be at least 35 years old

    • Must be a natural born citizen

    • Must have lived in the US for 14 years

    • May only serve 2 terms (8 years)


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    Order of Succession

    • If something happens to the president, who is next?

      • Vice President

      • Speaker of the House

      • President of the Senate

      • Secretary of State

      • Secretary of the Treasury

      • Secretary of Defense

      • Attorney General

      • Secretary of the Interior etc.


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    JUDICIAL BRANCH

    • SUPREME COURT

      • 9 SUPREME COURT JUSTICES

        • One of these is the Chief Justice

        • Appointed by president

        • Serve until retirement

      • Only has about 100 cases a year from STATE and FEDERAL COURTS


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    VOTING

    • Every 4 years (00, 04, 08, 12, 16,20…)

    • BIPARTITE SYSTEM (TWO (big) PARTIES)

      • REPUBLICAN (GOP) --- e.g. George W. Bush

      • DEMOCRATIC --- e.g. John Kerry

      • Other small parties

        • Socialist

        • Green

        • Etc.

      • Independent candidates


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    The Electoral College

    Source: http://blog.4president.org/2008/2009/01/2008-electoral-college-map.html


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    That’s all for today!!

    • For some fun, try these:

      • Presidents’ card game

      • Name that President

      • Or catch up on some lessons (11, 6, 7, 8, 9)

      • Or take your test again….


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