HAG.3BranchesGov

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FrontPage: OL on your desk.
Which branch of
government is most powerful? Why?
Assignment:
Read/OL pages 76-79 for Monday
FrontPage: Have the Checks and Balances
worksheet on your desk.
Assignment: Read/OL 76-79 for Monday
Constitutional
Source of Power?
Examples:
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Which of these is different from the rest?
› What 2 criteria must be satisfied if a law is to
be enacted using the Elastic Clause?
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What checks exist on Congressional
Power?
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What is the Constitutional source of presidential
power?
› Give an example of a power the president can
exercise…
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What part of Article II has been interpreted to
give the President a great deal of extra power?
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What checks exist on the president?
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What is the Constitutional source of the power of
the Supreme Court?
› Jurisdiction = area of control
 When the court can rule on a case; what subjects or
people the court can hear cases about
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What important power does the Court exercise
over Congress and the President (and the states
as well)?
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What is the check on this power?
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You might consider the President and
Congress as having “proactive” powers
› They can initiate actions on their own
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On the other hand, the judicial branch might
be said to have “reactive” powers
› They must wait for someone to challenge a law or
executive action