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The Constitution

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Preamble
introduction to the constitution
congress
national legislature
house of representatives
lower house of the national legislature
senate
upper house of the national legislature
checks and balances
provisions of the constitution that keep one branch of the government from controlling the other two branches
enumerated powers
powers specifically granted in the constitution
implied powers
powers not specifically stated in the constitution
elastic clause
clause in the constitution that allows congress to pass laws necessary to carry out its enumerated powers
chief executive
president of the United States
electoral college
electors chosen by the states to elect the president and vice president
succession
order in which the office of president is filled if it becomes vacant before an election
state of the union address
message delivered by the president once a year
supreme court
highest federal court in the United States
judicial power
authority to decide cases involving disputes over the law or behavior of people
judicial review
authority to decide whether a law is constitutional
extradition
procedure for returning a person charged with a crime to the state where the crime was committed
ratify
officially approve the constitution or an amendment to it
bill of rights
first ten amendments
double jeopardy
being tried more than once for the same crime
due process of law
all the procedures for fair treatment must be carried out whenever a citizen is accused of a crime
reserved powers
powers no specifically granted to the federal government or denied to the states belong to the states and the people
suffrage
right to vote