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Articles of the Confederation

the first attempt to set up a national government

Constitutional Convention

a meeting in 1787 held to improve upon the Articles of Confederation


parts of the US government, each with its own powers and resonsibitilities

checks and balances

a system which limited the powers of each branch of government

Legislative Branch

the branch of government that makes laws

Executive Branch

the branch of government that carries out laws

Judicial Branch

the branch of government that interprets laws and settles disagreements about them


a group of advisors to the president


the act of accusing a government official or serious crimes, as definied by the Constitution


to reject a bill and prevent it from becoming a law - presidential power


something, such as a law, that is in conflict with the constitution

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