• The Bicameral Congress: Crash Course Government and Politics #2
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    The Bicameral Congress: Crash Course Government and Politics #2

    Hi. I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government. Uh. It’s been a dream of mine to be on Crash Course since I was a little kid. Speaking of acting like a little kid, today, we’re gonna talk about the U.S. Congress, which, according to the Constitution, is the most important branch of government. That was probably written by Congress. It wasn’t. They didn’t So when I say that Congress is supposed to be the most important branch of government, I’m talking about the national government, not the state government. There’s a difference, okay? I know this, because the Constitution, which consists of seven articles and 28 amendments, mentions Congress…

  • Equal Protection: Crash Course Government and Politics #29
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    Equal Protection: Crash Course Government and Politics #29

    Hi I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we’re going to finally get into why many people, including me, think that the Fourteenth Amendment is the most important part of the Constitution. At the same time, we will attempt – successfully, I hope – to unravel the difference between civil liberties and civil rights, and also try to figure out how the Supreme Court actually looks at civil rights and civil liberties cases. So that’s a lot. Let’s get this out of the way because we’re not gonna have time later. Let’s get started. [Theme Music] So we’ve been talking a lot in the past…

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    Search and Seizure: Crash Course Government and Politics #27

    Hi, I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today, we’re gonna continue our discussion of the Bill of Rights, and talk about something that may actually be useful to you. We’re gonna talk about when the police are allowed to search your house, your car, and even you. But not me. I have immunity. I’m on YouTube. Right, is that how it works, Stan? It’s not how it works? I’m in trouble. You might think that this only matters if you are, you know, a criminal, and if you are, then you should be paying close attention, but even if you haven’t committed any crimes and…

  • Freedom of Speech: Crash Course Government and Politics #25
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    Freedom of Speech: Crash Course Government and Politics #25

    Hi, I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today, we’re talking about free speech. Other Craig: Finally, today we can let loose and establish the kinds of things we can say to criticize our government, like the crazy idea that money and speech are the same thing. Other Other Craig: Not so fast, Clone, the Supreme Court has ruled that spending money, at least in the political context, is speech. You do have the right to criticize that decision though. Unless your boss or YouTube says that you can’t. Craig: All right, we’re trying to talk about free speech, shut up. Let’s get started and see…

  • Congressional Delegation: Crash Course Government and Politics #13
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    Congressional Delegation: Crash Course Government and Politics #13

    This episode of Crash Course is brought to you by Squarespace. Hi I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics and today we’re going to cross the streams of the legislative and executive branches and talk about delegation. I thought we weren’t supposed to cross the streams Stan?! Ooh, that’s Ghostbusting. Sorry about that. We’re far away from the text of the Constitution here, deep in the realm of informal powers. But basically, delegation explains why the President is so powerful, even though the Consitution and its framers were terrified of creating a Presidentzilla. (Squeaky dinosaur noise) [Theme Music] So, what exactly is delegation? First of all, to…

  • Civil Rights & Liberties: Crash Course Government #23
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    Civil Rights & Liberties: Crash Course Government #23

    Hi, I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we’re finally, at long last, moving on from the structures and branches of government and onto the structures and branches of trees. This is a nature show now. Okay, we’re not moving on completely, because we’re still talking about courts, but today we’ll be discussing actual court decisions, and the kind of things that courts rule on, rather than how they do it. That’s right, we’re moving onto civil rights and civil liberties. [Theme Music] Okay, first I want to talk about something that I find confusing: the difference between civil rights and civil liberties. Usually in…

  • Presidential Power: Crash Course Government and Politics #11
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    Presidential Power: Crash Course Government and Politics #11

    This episode of Crash Course is brought to you by SquareSpace. Hi. I’m Craig and this is Crash Course: Government and Politics. And today, we’re gonna talk about the most powerful person in the U.S. No, not Chris Hemsworth, although he is powerful, in a physical sense. We’re talking about the President of the United States, who right now is Barack Obama But that’s the last we’ll mention of him specifically. Instead, we’ll examine the office of the Presidency and what makes whoever holds the office so powerful. We’re also gonna talk about what makes him (and so far the President has always been a him) less powerful than you…

  • Judicial Review: Crash Course Government and Politics #21
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    Judicial Review: Crash Course Government and Politics #21

    Hi. I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we’re going to talk about the most important case the Supreme Court ever decided ever. No, Stan, not Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company vs. Sawyer. Although, that is one of my favorites. Loves me some sheet and tube. And no, it’s not Ex parte Quirin. Although I do love me some inept Nazi spies and submarines. And no, it is not Miller v. California. Get your mind out of the gutter Stan. We could play this game all day, but this episode is about judicial review: the most important power of the Supreme Court and where it…

  • Freedom of the Press: Crash Course Government and Politics #26
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    Freedom of the Press: Crash Course Government and Politics #26

    Hi, I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we’re gonna finish up our discussion of the First Amendment, finally, by talking about everybody’s favorite: the press. The First Amendment is pretty clear that Congress can’t make any laws abridging the freedom of the press, and since you understand the basics of free speech because you were paying attention, the reasons for this should make a lot of sense. But as with any discussion of the First Amendment, things aren’t as straight forward as we might think, and the freedom of the press, just like the freedom of speech, is not absolute. [Theme Music] The main…

  • Introduction: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics
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    Introduction: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics

    Hi, I’m Craig. I’m not John Green, but I do have patches on my elbows, so I seem smart. And this is Crash Course Government and Politics, a new show, hurray! Why are fireworks legal or illegal? We might find out. Will we find out Stan? Anyway, I have a question for you. Have you ever wondered where your tax dollars go or why people complain about it so much? Or who pays for the highway that runs past your house? Or why you use the textbooks you use in science class? Or why you need a license to drive, or to hunt or to fish or to become a…