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    (Original post by ellarnodge)
    I just did; checks and balances, separation of powers, individual rights (so bill of rights) and then I may refer to federalism but not sure?! I'm sure you could mention some cases though!!
    (Original post by doctorwhofan98)
    I'd probably avoid that question as it just sounds awkward, but I'd go through the main amendments, probably first, second and fourteenth, and show how SCOTUS protects them - so perhaps Citizens United and Texas v. Johnson, DC v. Heller and Brown v. Board of Education.
    (Original post by JonesyA0)
    The question 'What are constitutional rights and how effectively are they enforced' we went through in class and my teacher said to talk about like the 1st amendment, 2nd amendment and then maybe the 14th and how effectively the Supreme Court have upheld the rights
    Thank you! I'll probably attempt to plan variations of this question (checks and balances stuff and then specific amendments) but yeah I might avoid it if there's other 15 markers I prefer

    I hope these predictions are right haha going to plan them all in detail now and tomorrow morning, although some I feel like I couldn't answer
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    What can you say for why are standing committees important??
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    (Original post by MelissaaC)
    What can you say for why are standing committees important??
    yeah i need help with this too!!!
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    (Original post by EmilyPlatypus)
    Thank you! I'll probably attempt to plan variations of this question (checks and balances stuff and then specific amendments) but yeah I might avoid it if there's other 15 markers I prefer

    I hope these predictions are right haha going to plan them all in detail now and tomorrow morning, although some I feel like I couldn't answer
    Yeah, I'm probably going to be quite screwed if these predictions aren't particularly accurate! I'm particularly doomed if they talk about House leadership, committees, EOP and/or cabinet... which is quite a lot of stuff but I'm risking it.
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    (Original post by MelissaaC)
    What can you say for why are standing committees important??
    Oversight, scrutiny of legislation (only 7% of bills made it out of the committee in the 113th Congress)... and I'm not sure about a third point. Giving the position of chair can be good party discipline in Congress, I guess, and they're also relevant when scrutinising presidential appointments.
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    So what exactly is bargainer-in-chief? Is it essentially asking whether Obama is weak or not? From what I understand its asking if Obama can get his ideas through.
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    (Original post by doctorwhofan98)
    Oversight, scrutiny of legislation (only 7% of bills made it out of the committee in the 113th Congress)... and I'm not sure about a third point. Giving the position of chair can be good party discipline in Congress, I guess, and they're also relevant when scrutinising presidential appointments.
    THANK YOU!

    Could you mention
    - powerful committee chairs
    - significance of the senate's committees for confirming nominations
    - scrutiny e.g Benghazi?
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    (Original post by MelissaaC)
    What can you say for why are standing committees important??
    Hm looking at my notes, I don't have much about individual committees but I do have:

    Important because
    - They specialise in specific policies? So they can spend all their focus on one area
    - They conduct investigations within the committees policy area such as "is new legislation required?" and examples during the 110th congress include - House foreign affairs committee and the status of Iraq war

    Not important because
    - They cannot legislate
    - They cannot make the executive comply with wishes as they can only advise

    I'd avoid that question as examples are really lacking
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    (Original post by Mugiiwara)
    So what exactly is bargainer-in-chief? Is it essentially asking whether Obama is weak or not? From what I understand its asking if Obama can get his ideas through.
    I think you just talk about powers of persuasion- so yeah basically if he can persuade people to agree to his ideas
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    (Original post by Mugiiwara)
    So what exactly is bargainer-in-chief? Is it essentially asking whether Obama is weak or not? From what I understand its asking if Obama can get his ideas through.
    I thought it was to do with powers of persuasion? But I'm not 100% sure
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    (Original post by MelissaaC)
    THANK YOU!

    Could you mention
    - powerful committee chairs
    - significance of the senate's committees for confirming nominations
    - scrutiny e.g Benghazi?
    Yeah, those would all work with that question
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    (Original post by EmilyPlatypus)
    Hm looking at my notes, I don't have much about individual committees but I do have:

    Important because
    - They specialise in specific policies? So they can spend all their focus on one area
    - They conduct investigations within the committees policy area such as "is new legislation required?" and examples during the 110th congress include - House foreign affairs committee and the status of Iraq war

    Not important because
    - They cannot legislate
    - They cannot make the executive comply with wishes as they can only advise

    I'd avoid that question as examples are really lacking
    Perfect, than you so much!!
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    (Original post by ellarnodge)
    I think you just talk about powers of persuasion- so yeah basically if he can persuade people to agree to his ideas
    (Original post by EmilyPlatypus)
    I thought it was to do with powers of persuasion? But I'm not 100% sure
    Ya so I guess persuasion kind of = power, being able to persuade showing he is powerful and not being able to persuade showing he is not
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    (Original post by imaaniee)
    Right now Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) has launched a talking filibuster on the Senate floor in an effort to force Republicans and Democrats to come to an agreement on legislation to deny suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms and requiring universal background checks.
    This is just brilliant timing isn't it
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    What would people say for these two questions? I personally find the federal bureaucracy quite hard so I don't have a lot to say!!What checks exist on the power ofthe federal bureaucracyI know you could mention how they are dependent on Congress for their existence and funding but I don't have any examples for that? Why has the scope and size of thefederal bureaucracy grown in recent years
    Here could you mention events, size of American government and liberal leaders who want to expand?
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    (Original post by MelissaaC)
    What would people say for these two questions? I personally find the federal bureaucracy quite hard so I don't have a lot to say!!What checks exist on the power ofthe federal bureaucracyI know you could mention how they are dependent on Congress for their existence and funding but I don't have any examples for that? Why has the scope and size of thefederal bureaucracy grown in recent years
    Here could you mention events, size of American government and liberal leaders who want to expand?
    Yeah if anyone has any points would be greatly appreciated!!!
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    (Original post by MelissaaC)
    What would people say for these two questions? I personally find the federal bureaucracy quite hard so I don't have a lot to say!!What checks exist on the power ofthe federal bureaucracyI know you could mention how they are dependent on Congress for their existence and funding but I don't have any examples for that? Why has the scope and size of thefederal bureaucracy grown in recent years
    Here could you mention events, size of American government and liberal leaders who want to expand?
    (Original post by ellarnodge)
    Yeah if anyone has any points would be greatly appreciated!!!
    I've just been doing this question now hahaha

    Congress checks it by:
    - Having the power to create and remove departments
    - Power of purse and can decide how much funding they have - e.g. they've slowly been reducing funding to NASA
    - They can use power of oversight to investigate departments - BUT this has not been used since 1980 on the environmental protection agency, so it's not up to date but it's still a potential check/can be used as threat to keep them in check

    As for a fourth point I don't have one
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    (Original post by EmilyPlatypus)
    I've just been doing this question now hahaha

    Congress checks it by:
    - Having the power to create and remove departments
    - Power of purse and can decide how much funding they have - e.g. they've slowly been reducing funding to NASA
    - They can use power of oversight to investigate departments - BUT this has not been used since 1980 on the environmental protection agency, so it's not up to date but it's still a potential check/can be used as threat to keep them in check

    As for a fourth point I don't have one
    You are our saviour thank you! I would rep you but it won't let me as I have done it too many times!
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    (Original post by MelissaaC)
    You are our saviour thank you! I would rep you but it won't let me as I have done it too many times!
    hahah thanks, to be honest our teacher gave us the notes of a student who got full marks on all of politics and so I've been flipping through that but it's massive and the examples aren't really too modern, my teacher has a thing where all our examples should be about Obama
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    (Original post by EmilyPlatypus)
    I've just been doing this question now hahaha

    Congress checks it by:
    - Having the power to create and remove departments
    - Power of purse and can decide how much funding they have - e.g. they've slowly been reducing funding to NASA
    - They can use power of oversight to investigate departments - BUT this has not been used since 1980 on the environmental protection agency, so it's not up to date but it's still a potential check/can be used as threat to keep them in check

    As for a fourth point I don't have one
    Possibly could talk about the fact they can't actually legislate, so impact often comes through executive orders which the SC can overturn e.g. blocking Environmental Protecion Agency's clean power plan x
 
 
 
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