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The Significance of Checks and Balances

What is the significance of checks and balances? Is one branch of government more powerful than the others? How about a current event example that illustrates the power of one branch of government to check another. Is it appropriate for contemporary America? Why or why not?

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Checks and balances refer to the principle of government under which separate branches are empowered to prevent actions by other branches and are induced to share power. The U.S. separates powers among legislative, executive, and judicial departments. The three branches; legislative, executive, and judicial, keep one man or group from becoming too powerful. Each branch restrains the other from becoming too powerful through checks and balances. The executive branch can veto a passed law from the legislative, while the legislative branch can cancel that veto with 2 thirds vote from both houses of congress and the judicial branch can decide if a law is unconstitutional. The Judicial Supreme Court's members are appointed by the ...