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Choose ONE of the following Essay Questions and write a 500-750 word essay in response by Friday night, July 8, using the professors Lectures, but also the course textbook (as well as any optional resources in the Module that may be relevant to your interest), as evidence in your citations.
DO NOT USE OUTSIDE SITES, ONLY AMERICAN POLITICS TODAY 7TH ESSENTIALS EDITION BY BIANCO CANON
Intro to American Government
1. Concurrent, or overlapping, powers between the federal and state governments can create great opportunities for federal-state partnerships in various policy arenas, yet can also be the source of conflicts when preferences diverge. Provide an example of a policy conflict that has pitted the national government against a state government such as California. What were the sources of the conflict, and who determines the winner(s) and loser(s) of the conflict?
2. What is selective incorporation? What is the constitutional basis of selective incorporation? Provide several examples of the use of selective incorporation and explain why the cases that you cite are illustrations of this judicial practice.
3. Religious freedoms are defined by two clauses in the First Amendment: the establishment clause and the free exercise clause. What is the establishment clause, and what is the free exercise clause? In theory, there should be no conflict between the two clauses because they were both designed to promote religious freedom by prohibiting government interference; however, in practice, tensions can arise at times. Discuss how tensions may arise between the establishment clause and the free exercise clause and how the Courts have ruled in these cases.