History.com editors explain the three branches of the American government, in text and video clips, along with separation of powers, implied powers, checks and balances, the electoral college, and the landmark 1803 Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison. Students should drill themselves repeatedly if not memorize an article like this; otherwise pay close attention to the news of Congress, the president and the Supreme Court for the rest of your life. Articles like this explain the basics of what’s happening.
Marbury vs. Madison established the principle of judicial review to make sure laws comply with the Constitution. Then in 1819, the powers of Congress and the President were expanded when the high court ruled in case McCulloch v. Maryland that the Constitution failed to spell out all the powers granted to Congress. Click.