Federal Government

Explainer: Trump’s executive orders and the limits of presidential power

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In this lesson, explore the long-standing constitutional controversies around the power of executive orders. Continue reading

Student breakdown on the government shutdown

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Use this PBS NewsHour lesson plan with your students for the latest on the government shutdown. Continue reading

Native American tribes feel the impact of government shutdown

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In this NewsHour lesson plan, learn how the government shutdown has affected Native American tribes who rely on federal funds allocated by treaty rights. Continue reading

Lesson Plan: How to create a balanced budget — it’s a ‘Balancing Act’

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How do we know that our government is fulfilling its duties to us, the public? How do we decide what those duties are? As efforts to pass the federal budget get underway, students will have the power to re-prioritize how money is spent using the interactive tool Balancing Act. What changes will they make? Continue reading

What’s An Earmark?

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President Obama on Wednesday signed a $410 billion budget bill leftover from last year thus preventing the federal government from running out of money. But…read more

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