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Constitution vocab #3

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JUDICIAL BRANCH
this branch determines if laws are constitutional; Supreme Court
SUPREME COURT
judges serve a life term; can declare laws unconstitutional; Chief Justice oversees the impeachment trial of the President by the Senate
CHECKS AND BALANCES
each branch has powers to control the other branches; this is to make sure no one branch becomes too powerful
SEPARATION OF POWERS
each branch has certain powers or jobs assigned to them by the constitution
FEDERALISM
some powers are granted to the
Federal/National government and some powers are granted to the States/Local government
AMENDMENTS
these are changes made to the constitution
BILL OF RIGHTS
the first 10 amendments to the constitution that protect the rights of the people - added to get ratification
LIVING DOCUMENT
the Constitution is an example because it always changes and adapts to fit the needs of the people for the current time
ELASTIC CLAUSE
Section 8 Power 18 allows the government to do anything necessary and proper so it can stretch the constitution