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The Third Branch

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With the addition of Justice Sotamayor to the bench, the Supreme Court took on a full docket of cases in 2010. Correspondent Antonio Neves took a closer look. Recognize the impact the judicial branch of the federal government has had on the country and learn about the history of the Supreme Court. Explore past and current cases of the Supreme Court and recognize the process involved in presenting a case before the highest court.

Immigration Debate

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Stacey Delikat reports from Arizona about their 2010 immigration law and the national debate that has ensued because of it. Explore the background, rationale, and implications of the 2010 Arizona immigration law. Understand the various positions taken in support of or opposition to the 2010 Arizona immigration law and critically evaluate the merits and legality of the law. Write creatively from various perspectives on the immigration issue.

the.dollar: iPhone Launch

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Follow the.News correspondent Stacy Delikat as she reports on the hype, impact and possible outcomes of the the iphone prior to its release. Learn how Apple's stock and the public perception of the company can play a role in the market economy.

Dollars & Votes: 2012 Election

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the.News Correspondent Thai da Silva investigates the fundraising landscape during the 2012 Presidential election in light of the most recent Supreme Court actions. Using the supporting language arts lesson plan, students will study campaign fundraising, analyze the development and influence of Super PACs and explain how Super PACS use rhetorical devices and persuasive appeals to persuade American citizens to vote for the candidates that the Super PACs are supporting. In the social studies lesson plan, students will complete activities to help understand the significance and impact of the 2012 Supreme Court Decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Redistricting: Drawing the Lines

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"the.News" corespondent Antonio Neves reports on how redistricting issues around the country can affect the outcome of state elections and federal policy. Using the social studies lesson plan, students will understand the concepts of reapportioning for representation in Congress and the process of redistricting. In the language arts lesson plan, students will then apply what they know about redistricting and gerrymandering.

Debates & the Race for the White House

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Stacey Delikat reports on the impact past debates have had on elections. Students can explore the impact past debates have had on the electoral process and major aspects of Presidential Debates.

The Ground Game

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Antonio Neves looks at how campaigns go door-to-door to reach undecided voters. Using the supporting lesson plan, students will understand how political campaigns use polling data to understand voter appeal of their candidate and what issues are most sensitive to their concern.

The Electoral College

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In this video, Stacey Delikat reports on the Electoral College, specifically its importance in the 2008 election. Using the supporting lesson plan, students will understand the structure and operation of the Electoral College, as well as how it is not always an indicator of the popular will. They will also learn the importance of swing states to political campaigns, and will track the efforts of presidential candidates to win the support of swing state voters.

Broadband Expansion

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Correspondent Eileen Wu reports on the FCC’s 2010 broadband plan and the potential impact on new technology and communication. Explore how technological advances have changed the world and the effect the Internet has on political movements. Examine the Federal Communication Commission's National Broadband Plan and the potential impact on new technology and communications.

Haiti

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Reporter Antonio Neves examines the global effort to rebuild and restore hope to Haiti after a devastating earthquake. Use this video and accompanying lesson plans to explore international efforts to rebuild Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and examine how Haiti’s difficult history may have contributed to the nation’s problems before the earthquake. Understand the extent of damage Haiti experienced and gain insight into the role technology played in raising funds for disaster relief to the island nation.

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