• Congressional Leadership: Crash Course Government and Politics #8
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    Congressional Leadership: Crash Course Government and Politics #8

    Hi, I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and today we’re going to examine the leadership structure of Congress! I know, pretty exciting stuff! Now calm down, let me explain. [Theme Music] Are you ready to talk about Congressional leadership? You better be. So, the Congressional leadership are the Congresspersons with titles like Majority Leader and Minority Whip, and they have a lot to do with political parties, so we’re going to talk about what the political parties do in Congress as well. Even if you don’t follow politics, you probably have heard of the name and titles, if not the functions, of the various leaders. I’m…

  • Congressional Committees: Crash Course Government and Politics #7
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    Congressional Committees: Crash Course Government and Politics #7

    Hi, I’m Craig and this is Crash Course Government and Politics and today we’re going to get down and dirty wallowing in the mud that is Congress. Okay, maybe that’s a little unfair, but the workings of Congress are kind of arcane or byzantine or maybe let’s just say extremely complex and confusing, like me, or Game of Thrones without the nudity. Some of the nudity, maybe. However, Congress is the most important branch, so it would probably behoove most Americans to know how it works. I’m going to try to explain. Be prepared to be behooved. [Theme Music] Both the House of Representatives and the Senate are divided up…

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    How the United States Constitution Was Created

    With the Declaration of Independence, the 13 American colonies began to wage war against the British government. The only problem was that each of these colonies had their own ideas of how to govern. How could they fight a war together if they were not united? What if they defeated the British? What then? The Continental Congress was composed of delegates from each colony. They had met together to draw up a declaration but there was nothing to hold them together after the war began, only their common complaints against Great Britain. They decided to draw up a document that would give them legal authority to form a government. They…

  • Freedom of Religion: Crash Course Government and Politics #24
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    Freedom of Religion: Crash Course Government and Politics #24

    Hi, I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics, and I’m excited. I’m excited because today, we start delving into Supreme Court jurisprudence, with the totally controversial topic of freedom of religion. Now, other than being fun to say, jurisprudence means all the important cases on a particular topic, but unfortunately, I’m only going to be talking about a couple of them, because they demonstrate how the Supreme Court reasons its way through a tricky issue. Jurisprudence. Jurisprudence. [Theme Music] So the Constitution deals with religion right there in the First Amendment, which is also the one that deals with speech and the press and assembly and petitions.…

  • 10 Common Myths About the United States Government
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    10 Common Myths About the United States Government

    The United States government was built by the founders with many, many layers in order to ensure a better union. By having so many checks and balances and separation of powers, anyone who tried to pull a hostile takeover of the government, or turn it into something less democratic, would find an incredible amount of resistance from multiple angles, and would have to take years just to advance in any significant way. While this system has a lot of advantages, it can also be very confusing even to many living in the United States, because of the staggering complexity of the entire system. The United States government and many of…

  • 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…

  • 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…