Describe the structure of government in the United States and how it functions to serve citizens.
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Give examples of ways the Constitution limits the powers of the federal government (e.g., election of public officers, separation of powers, checks and balances, Bill of Rights).
Give examples of powers granted to the federal government (e.g., coining of money, declaring war) and those reserved for the states (e.g., driver’s license, marriage license).
Describe the organizational structure of the federal government in the United States (legislative, executive, and judicial branches).
Describe how the powers of the federal government are separated among the branches.
Give examples of how the system of checks and balances limits the power of the federal government (e.g., presidential veto of legislation, courts declaring a law unconstitutional, congressional approval of judicial appointments).