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In Federalist 70, Alexander Hamilton argued that the executive must have the appropriate balance between

a. tyranny, federalism, and democracy.
b. energy, stability, and liberty.
c. self-pity, self-aggrandizement, and self-confidence.
d. stability, ambition, and avarice.

About the Podcast: 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

60-Second Civics is produced by the Center for Civic Education. The show's content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Foundations of Democracy, and Elements of Democracy.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 2157, The Three Branches of Government, Part 2: Checks and balances
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60-Second Civics: Episode 2156, The Three Branches of Government, Part 1: The corruption of Parliament by the Crown
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60-Second Civics: Episode 2153, The Philadelphia Convention, Part 17: The Southern position on proportional representation
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