Under the Constitution, Congress must pass laws to spend money and if Congress is unable to agree on a spending bill, the government does not have the legal authority to spend. Congress can pass a continuing resolution (CR), a temporary measure that authorizes government funding, and a continuing resolution has been funding the government since March 28 until it expired on September 30. But if the President and Congress can’t agree on the spending plan, government shuts down.
What does it mean for the government to shutdown? After failing to reach an agreement about the allocation of funds on September 30th, Congress declared a shutdown, something that has not happened since 1996. Through several multimedia resources, KQED’S The Lowdown explains previous shutdowns, what caused the current shutdown, which parts of the government will […]
When President Obama recently made his case for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, it was a sober reminder of the Commander-in-chief’s authority to send America’s armed forces into battle.
Governor Jerry Brown approved California’s first set of regulations on hydraulic fracturing. Also known as fracking, this particular technique creates ruptures that release oil or natural gas. KQED’s The Lowdown explores what this will mean for oil drillers, possible environmental concerns, and how it will impact not only California, but also the nation. Animated Explainer: What’s […]
From the Gulf War to the invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S Military has engaged in a number of military invasions. While it remains unclear whether or not the U.S will intervene in Syria, the deal between the U.S and Russia, which demands Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to eliminate their chemical weapons, has prevented another intervention […]
The California legislation proposed to increase the state’s minimum wage to $9 by July 2014 and $10 by January 2016. This new bill has received both praise for helping struggling American families and criticism for potentially lowering the number of jobs. KQED’S The Lowdown explores the arguments for and against the new bill, how California’s […]
Last week, thousands of fast-food workers in more than 60 cities around the country hit the streets in front of McDonald’s, Subway, Wendy’s, KFC, and a number of other huge fast-food chains to demand higher wages and the ability to join a union.
The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage this week. It was the latest round in a heartfelt culture war and a historic victory for gay rights. The Court ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, (DOMA) which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.
The Gang of Eight, as the eight bipartisan US Senators have been termed, has managed to reach a compromise on immigration reform after months of negotiating. Their immigration reform bill is a trade off between the four Republicans and four Democrats allowing many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants to seek U.S. citizenship, in exchange for way stricter border security standards.
Are you interested in integrating some engaging, interactive and informative online resources to augment your students learning experience in Social Studies? Here are three great ways to incorporate world geography, Constitutional rights, and U.S. Policy in the Middle East through gaming, cartoons, and interactive media. 10 Ways to Teach About Geography (New York Times Learning […]
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