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The executive branch of the United States government carries out and enforces the laws of the United States. The executive branch includes the president, vice president, the cabinet, executive departments, independent agencies and committees. The Constitution of the United States divides the federal government into three branches to make sure no individual, or group,will have too much power. These branches include legislative, executive and judicial. Each branch of government can change acts of the other branches. For example, the president can veto legislation created by Congress. Congress confirms or rejects the president's nominees and can remove the president from office. The justices of the Supreme Court can overturn unconstitutional laws and are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. This ability of each branch to respond to the actions of the other branches is called the system of "checks and balances".