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15 Cards in this Set

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  • Back
Article I
(makes the laws)
Article II
(carries out the laws)
Article III
(interprets the laws)
Article IV
Relations Amoung The States
Article V
Amending the Constitution
Article VI
Nation Debts, Supremacy of National Law, and Oaths of Office
Article VII
Ratifying The Constitution
States the purpose of the Constitution
6 Basic Principles
-Popular Sovereignty
-Limited Gov't
-Checks and Balances
-Judicial Review
-Separtation of Powers
Powers of Executive Branch
-Veto bills
-Make treaties
-Appoint ambassadors/judges
-Recieve foreign ambassadors
-Call Congress into special session
-Nominate a cabinet secretary
Powers of Legislative Branch
-Confirm appointment of federal official
-Regulate national parks
-Try impeached officials
-Levy taxes
-Maintain armed forces
-Declare War
-Override vetoed bills
-Establish postal system
-Impeach federal officials
-Approve treaties
-Borrow money
-Print money
-Regulate commerce
-Create lower courts
-Make laws
Powers of Judicial Branch
-Decide lawsuits
-Interpret the constitution
4 Methods of Formal Amendment Process
-1st-an amendment may be proposed by a 2/3 vote in each of Congress and be ratified by 3/4 of the state legislatures

-2nd-an amendment may be proposed by Congress and then ratified by conventions called for that purpose in 3/4 of the states

-3rd-an amendment may be proposed by a national convention, called by Congress at the request of 2/3 of the State legislatures

-4th-an amendment may be proposed by a national convention and ratified by conventions in 3/4 of the states
Separation of Powers
The executive, judicial, and legislative powers are divided among 3 independment and coequal branches of gov't
Checks and Balances
-Each branch is subject to a number of constitutional checks (restraints) by the other branches

-Each branch has certain powers with which it can check the operation of the other two.