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Executive Branch

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Rachael Streitman

on 13 January 2017

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Transcript of Executive Branch

Come and check out my branch of government!
I can explain how the US Constitution created a federal system of government, representative democracy, and a framework with separation of powers and checks and balances.
Identify people/agencies in the Executive Branch
Describe role of executive branch
Use the Constitution to uncover the above
The executive branch enforces laws
The President signs bills into laws
President can veto laws
President is Chief of State (symbol of our nation!)
President is Commander in Chief (head of military)
Appoint judges, ambassadors, and other officers
Make treaties
Can pardon/reprieve people of crimes
Who is in the executive branch?
Federal Agencies
Do your research!
Open a new Chrome tab, and using Google, find an example of each of the following:
A president using the VETO power
A president offering a PARDON
A president acting as Commander in Chief and using for military conduct without declaring war/getting Congressional approval
A president appointing a Supreme Court judge
Checks on Presidential Power
Treaties require Congressional approval
Supreme Court judge selections need Congressional approval
Congress can override the veto
Congress can
the Prez (bring charges against him!) and vote to remove him from office
The Supreme Court can say he's violating the Constitution
Do your research!
Use a new Google tab to find an example of a President who was impeached!
How is the President chosen???
Article 2 of the Constitution describes our system:
The Electoral College
Each state has electors! The number of electors = people the state has in Congress
When we vote for "President", we're actually voting for the ELECTORS!
Electors are usually chosen by the political parties & are party leaders or involved in politics in some way
The Electors look at the state's "Popular Vote" (all the votes the people cast) and *should* use this to decide which candidate to cast their votes for.
Sometimes a state is winner-take-all ("Oh, Obama won the Majority vote? ALL electors must cast their ballots for Obama!") but not always
Sometimes Electors don't listen to the people & vote for who they want.
Watch this clip & identify at least 3 problems or weaknesses with our Electoral College system!
The Cabinet
Made up of VP and the 15 heads of the Executive Departments
Purpose? Advise the President!
He can't be an expert on
, after all!
Executive Departments
Choose TWO of these departments to investigate further. Write the department name & summarize their goals/purpose. Put this on your note-taking guide. Use this web address for research:


The Department of Agriculture
Dept. of Commerce
Dept. of Defense
Dept of Education
Dept. of Energy
Dept. of Health & Human Services
Dept. of Homeland Security
Dept. of Housing & Urban Development
Dept. of the Interior
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Department of the Treasury
Department of Veterans Affairs
There are 15 unique Executive Departments, each dealing with a different issue!
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