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Summary of the Constitution

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Summary of the Constitution The Constitution was a spare document, providing few details about how the U.S. government would  run itself. It explained the rough organization of the three branches, how they would interact with the  states, and how the document could be amended. Filling in the details was left to future leaders.  Article I The longest article in the Constitution vests legislative power in the Senate and the House of  Representatives. It describes the organization of Congress and lists its specific powers, known as  enumerated  or  delegated powers.  Through the  necessary and proper clause  (also called the  elastic clause ), Congress can make laws needed to carry out its enumerated powers. Article I also 
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Unformatted text preview: lists the powers denied to Congress and the states. Article II This article deals with the executive branch and describes the election of the president (and vice president), the qualifications for holding the office, and the procedures if a president can no longer serve. The powers of the president include serving as commander in chief of the army and navy, making treaties, and, with the "advice and consent of the Senate," appointing ambassadors, officials, and Supreme Court justices. The president is required to periodically report to Congress on the state of the union, can propose legislation, and can call Congress into special session....
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