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Wednesday, January 7

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    Warm-Up for 1/7/15
    Executive Orders
    David Abshire talked about the history of executive orders, laws made by presidents that bypass Congress. (3 mins)
    Use the video at http://www.c-span.org/video/?c3675636/clip-history-executive-orders and choose any two of the following questions to respond to:
    Define executive order.
    Which president first used them and how?
    When does presidential use of executive orders tend to increase?

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Monday, January 5

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    Pentagon Papers
    Daniel Ellsberg discussed his leak of the "Pentagon Papers", a secret government study of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, to newspapers across the country. (3 mins)
    Use the video at http://www.c-span.org/video/?c3675657/clip-vietnam-pentagon-papers and choose any two of the following questions to respond to:
    Where were the documents smuggled from?
    What is one lesson Ellsberg believes generals learned from the Vietnam War?
    What did President Nixon do when it was discovered the secret documents had been “leaked”?
    How does Ellsberg describe government “leaks”?

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    The Constitution and the Presidency
    Former Reagan Administration Attorney General Edwin Meese on the U.S. Constitution, the 3 branches of government, and the powers defining the role of the Executive Branch. (3 mins)
    Use the video at http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4466348/constitution-presidency and choose any two of the following questions to respond to:
    List each branch of government and the corresponding Articles of the U.S. Constitution that define their responsibilities. What are the Enumerated Powers? Which branch of government do they relate to?
    Which branch of government did Alexander Hamilton suggest was the weakest? Why?
    Why does Mr. Meese suggest that Article II was the most vague in its definition?
    Describe the difficulties, as outlined by Mr. Meese, that George Washington had in distinguishing his role as the first U.S. president. Why was it important for him to establish a clear difference between his role as president from that of the British monarchy?

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Wednesday, December 17

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    Key Terms
    For your own purposes define below or create flashcards in Quizlet.
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    The Role of the Speaker of the House of Representatives
    Author Matthew Green discusses the role and history of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. (5 mins)
    Use the video at www.c-span.org/video/?c4497981/role-history-speaker-house-representatives and choose any two of the following questions to respond to:
    Explain the responsibilities of the Speaker of the House.
    According to the Constitution, who can be the Speaker of the House?
    According to Mr. Green, how has the partisanship of the office changed over time?
    According to Mr. Green, which Speakers of the House have been most effective?
    How does the Speaker of the House interact with the Senate?

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Friday, December 12

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    Gerrymandering
    Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily discusses the history of redistricting and gerrymandering in the United States. (4 mins)
    Use the video at http://www.c-span.org/video/?c3663462/clip-redistricting-gerrymandering and respond to the following questions:
    List and describe different ways that officials can gerrymander districts?
    What is the goal of gerrymandering?

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Thursday, December 11

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    Congressional Oversight
    A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the monthly jobs reports released by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The video clip shows lively banter between the Committee Oversight & Government Reform Chairman Darryl Issa and Department of Labor officials regarding a change in the process for reporting labor statistics.
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    Congressional Oversight
    A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the monthly jobs reports released by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The video clip shows lively banter between the Committee Oversight & Government Reform Chairman Darryl Issa and Department of Labor officials regarding a change in the process for reporting labor statistics.
    Use the video at http://www.c-span.org/video/?c3663384/clip-labor-department-jobs-reports and choose any two of the following questions to respond to:
    Who has a great deal of influence over the issues that the committee chooses to investigate?
    The committee chair of any committee is typically a member of the __?(hint: which party?)
    Why might this discussion be described as “partisan”?

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Tuesday, December 9

  1. page Ch 10 Quiz edited According to the Constitution, which of the following is NOT a requirement for a senator? a. mu…

    According to the Constitution, which of the following is NOT a requirement for a senator?
    a. must have served in the State legislature
    b. must be at least 30 years old
    c. must have been a U.S. citizen for nine years or more
    d. must be a resident of the State he or she will represent
    Why were at-large elections for House members unfair?
    a. Some districts in a state would not be represented in the House.
    b. Representatives could represent districts where they didn't live.
    c. People in some districts were not allowed to vote for a Representative.
    d. The party with the majority of voters won all of the seats.
    Which of the following is NOT a qualification for House membership?
    a. must have been a U.S. citizen for seven years or more
    b. must live in the State from which elected
    c. must have been born in the United States
    d. must be 25 years old or older
    Senators may be elected to how many terms?
    two
    four
    six
    innumerable
    The House can refuse to seat newly elected members by
    impeaching them.
    a three-fifths vote.
    a simple majority vote.
    censuring them.
    What is the benefit to the nation of senators' six-year terms?
    Each senator has time to build a reputation that can carry him or her to the White House.
    Longer terms allow senators to make decisions based on what they think is right, rather than reacting to public opinion.
    Senators don't need to accept as much money as other politicians and are less swayed by special interests.
    Senators are able to lead public policy.
    What has helped the gerrymandering process the most in recent history?
    an increase in at-large elections
    computer-driven map-making
    increased voter registration
    voter apathy
    How long was a typical Congressional session before World War II?
    one or two months
    ten to twelve months
    three months
    four or five months
    Who is responsible for drawing congressional districts?
    State legislatures
    The U.S. Census Bureau
    The U.S. House of Representatives
    Congressional campaign committees
    What was one bad result of having state legislatures elect senators?
    Governors ordered the leaders of their party to vote for the Governors' choices.
    The votes of state legislators were purchased.
    Sometimes, no Senator would be chosen because the parties in a state could not agree.
    Elections were contested and delayed for months.
    Which of the following is NOT one of the five major roles of members of Congress?
    partisan
    committee member
    servant of constituents
    legislator
    When the Constitution established a bicameral legislature, what did it NOT use as a model?
    the state legislatures of Georgia and Pennsylvania
    the British Parliament
    most of the colonial assemblies
    most of the State legislatures
    Which of the following was NOT a reason for moving up the start date for a term of Congress?
    There were no longer long delays in communicating election results.
    The President had too much power when the Congress was not in session.
    Members of Congress didn't need such a long lead time to settle their affairs and leave for Washington.
    More time was needed in each session to finish the work of Congress.
    When can the President prorogue a session of Congress?
    in any emergency
    during war time
    when the two houses disagree on when to end a session
    when the two houses are deadlocked on legislation
    Congressional pay is determined by
    the President.
    the Congressional Budget Office.
    Congress.
    voter referendum.

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