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  • A vocabulary comic By: Sara Centineo 
  • A Trip to the Washington D.C.
  • OMG Mom! I am so excited to go visit D.C.! I wish I could be president one day but I don't understand how he runs the whole country by himself!!
  • Oh Anna! I'm Excited too but you do realize that the president has many people who help him right?
  • Really? Wow I never knew that! 
  •  The president and vice president. One the thing the president can do is make executive orders. Those are legally binding which means people obey them! 
  • Don't worry! Once We get to D.C. I will teach you everything you need to know!
  • OMG! I can't believe we're here at the white house! Who are some people who help the president everyday?
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  • Well, the first thing you need to know is that the power is divided between the executive, legislative and judicial branches. 
  • Ok! That sounds sort of familar but why do they have to be divided into three sections?
  • The reason they're seperated is so that no one has too much power and to make sure that no one is abusing their powers. 
  • Makes sense! Who is in the executive branch? 
  •  WOW! So basically the president just can do whatever they want?! That's so cool I definitely wanna be president now! 
  • Well... Not exactly there is something called congressional oversight!
  • Aw man!! Whats that??
  • Thats when congress can monitor and supervise things that the president is doing . If they dont agree with what he is doing they can do things like cut funding! 
  • Several hours later.....
  • Whats this place??
  • The U.S. Capitol building! Since you learned about congressional oversight, its probably a good idea to learn about Congress! 
  • So who is in congress? 
  • Congress is bicameral which means it is made up of 2 groups, the house, and the Senate!  
  • One thing the Senate can do is advice and consent. This means that they are consulted on things the president does such as treaties! This allows for Congress to have some say it what the president does! 
  • Awesome! Is there anything else in place to make sure that one branch doesn't have too much power though?
  • Yeah! There is checks and balances. This is when a branch can adjust an something that another branch is doing! This allows for everyone to have a say,so that no one has too much power. 
  • Ugh!! All these places look the exact same!! Whats this place called?
  • They may all look the same but theyre very different! This is the supreme court! Lets go inside and see if we can find out what goes on in here! 
  • Oh hello! I am supreme court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg! How can I help? 
  • Hi! We wanted to learn more about the supreme court! How can someones case get to the supreme court?
  • Well first you must go through the lower court, if you are not satisified you can sign a writ of certiorari which will help you get to the supreme court!
  • 20 YEARS LATER...
  • Cool! I think i heard something about the rule of four, what is that? 
  • That's how many judges are needed to grant the writ of certiorari! 
  • Thank you so much! 
  • Well did you learn a lot on our trip? 
  • Oh yeah! It was so helpeful know I know how many people help run our country! 
  • And the winner of the 2038 presidential election is..... ANNA! 
  • WOOHOO! I could have never achieved this without learning the basics of government! 
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