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Civics Today Unit 6


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Electoral college
DELEGATES from each state cast the ballots for President/VP (Reps + Sen.).
Person appointed to vote in presidential elections for the major candidates
Attorney General
Alberto Gonzalez; head of the department of justice
Executive Order
Rule or command that has the force of law
Delay a persons punishment until the case is heard in a higher court
Pardon of a GROUP of PEOPLE
Full Forgiveness of a crime
Federal Bureaucracy
The collective agencies and employees of the executive branch
Foreign Policy
A nation's overall plan for dealing with other nations
National Security
The ability to keep the country safe from attack or harm
Independent Agency
Federal board or commision that is not part of any cabinet department
An agreement between Nations-- written by executive Branch but approved by 2/3 vote of the Senate.
Executive Agreement
An agreement between the president and the leader of another country
Government Corporation
A business owned and operated by the federal government
Representatives sent to other countries that are appointed by the President/approved by Senate.
Trade Sanction
An effort to punish another nation by imposing trade barriers
22nd Amendment
Limited presidents to two full terms in office
Political Appointee
A person appointed to a federal position by the president
An agreement among a group of nations that prohibits them all from trading with a target nation
Advisors to President; 14 departments
Civil Service Worker
Person hired into a federal position
25th Amendment
Provided for succession to the office of president in the event of death or incapacity and for filling vacancies in the vice president office
Civil Service System
The practice of hiring government workers on the basis of open, competitive examinations and merit
Spoils System
Rewarding people with government jobs on the basis of their political support
Merit System
Hiring people into government jobs on the basis of their qualifications
Presidential Succession Act
Established the line of Presidential succession. (Prez, VP, Speaker of the House, President Pro Tempore, secretary of state, members of cabinet)
Homeland Security
A federal department to consolidate the nation's defenses against terrorist attack and better coordinate counterterrorism intelligence.
War Powers Act of 1973
The President must notify Congress of troops deployment within 48 hours. He must bring them back after 60 days unless Congress approves of the war
Camp David
An estate in the Catoctin Mountaions of Maryland which serves as a retreat for the president as well as a place to host foreign leaders
National Security Council; deals with matters affecting the safety and security of the US.
Office of Management and Budget; prepares the federal budget and monitors spending in hundreds of government agencies.
Council of Economic Advisors; helps the president carry out the role of economic leader
North Atlantic Treaty Organization; a mutual defense treaty between the US, Canada, and the nations of Europe
North American Free Trade Agreement; a deal which will eventually eliminate all barriers to trade between US, Canada, and Mexico
World Trade Organization; oversees trade among nations
Executive Office of the President;
National Aeronautical and Space Administration; handles all US space programs
Environmental Protection Agency; protects the environment
Federal Communications Commision; makes broadcasting rules for the nation's TV and radio stations

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