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The United States’ government is designed to ensure that no one ever becomes too powerful. It is divided into different parts, which each have their own role and sometimes get in the way of each other!
Our government makes rules, but it also has to follow them. Its rulebook is called the U.S. Constitution, which has guidelines for how the government is organized and what it is allowed to do. We can change the Constitution if we want to, but it’s not easy!
The President of the United States is head of the executive branch! As the chief executive and commander-in-chief, the President leads the government and the military. The executive branch also includes agencies, like the Department of Education, which carry out laws on a day-to-day basis.
The judicial branch includes the nation’s courts, whose job it is to ensure the government follows the law. Courts also settle disagreements between different groups, and the Supreme Court has the final word in settling disagreements about what the U.S. Constitution means!
The legislative branch is Congress. It makes the laws for our country. Congress has two parts, the Senate and the House of Representatives, and each member of Congress has a lot to consider when making decisions about our laws.