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AIR DATE: Monday, November 23, 2015
CLIP: President Obama and ISIS (6 min.)
A look at President Obama's tone and rhetoric regarding the fight against ISIS in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. USA Today White House Reporter David Jackson also previewed the upcoming meeting between President Obama and French President Francois Hollande.
KEYWORDS: President Obama, Francois Hollande, ISIS, Terrorism, Paris, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs & Defense

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C-SPAN’s new series, Landmark Cases: Historic Supreme Court Decisions, continued this week with discussion on Youngstown Sheet and Tube v. Sawyer (1952).

The full program (1hr 32min) examines the background, decision, and legacy of the case in which the court limited the power of the president to seize property when it ruled 6-3 that President Truman lacked the authority to seize steel plants in order to avert a labor strike in the midst of the Korean War.


Each week we're offering teachers have a chance to win a signed copy of our companion book, Landmark Cases: Historic Supreme Court Decisions, written by veteran Supreme Court journalist Tony Mauro.

To be eligible to win, in a short typed paragraph (3-5 sentences) explain whether you include Youngstown Sheet and Tube v. Sawyer as part of your curriculum, and the key takeaways from the case for your students.

Email your response and your preferred postal address to Two winners will be selected and notified by next Monday, November 23, with books being mailed that same day.

In 2015, the Supreme Court decided in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Redistricting Commission that the voters of a state could use the initiative process to take the power to draw election maps out of the hands of the Legislature and give it to an independent commission. This was the latest battle waged over an issue that is as old as our Republic – gerrymandering.

In 1812, the Governor of Massachusetts signed legislation that created a new set of boundaries for state legislative and Congressional districts. Some of these districts were oddly shaped, and the resulting map favored the Governor’s Democratic-Republican Party in the following elections. So began the process of distorting election maps for political gain.

The first part of our new deliberation focuses on the fundamentals of this process – what is gerrymandering and how it is done. Should state legislatures be allowed to draw congressional district boundaries in such a way that the majority party in the state may gain an advantage?

The second part of this deliberation focuses on this question – Would independent commissions improve the redistricting process?

LESSON: What is Gerrymandering and Who Should Control the Redistricting Process?

Pick and choose from a variety of activities, including analysis of video clips, vocabulary, and articles. Engage your students in deliberation about the issue, and culminate the lesson with one of our suggested assessments or extension activities.

For additional lessons from our C-SPAN Senior Fellows, visit: C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations

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