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38 Cards in this Set

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Electoral College
a body of electors chosen by the voters in each state to elect the President and Vice President of the U.S.
Faithless elector
name given to electors who do not vote for their party's candidate
Unwritten constitution
a constitution not codified as a document but defined by custom and precedent as embodied in statutes and judicial decisions.
President's cabinet
a part of the executive branch of the U.S. federal government consisting of the heads of federal executive departments.
Delegated Powers
powers granted to Congress by the Constitution.
Informal powers
powers assigned to the president that are not mentioned in the constitution
State of the Union
an annual event in which the President of the United States reports on the status of the country
Impound funds
appropriations assigned by congress in which the president does not spend
Executive privilege
Right of the president to keep information from the branches
Executive agreement
agreements between the United States President and heads of foreign nations.
Executive order
an extension of the President’s power to execute the law.
Fiscal Policy
Taxationa and spending assigned by congress
Monetary Policy
Money supply & credit assigned by federal reserve board
The Football
Briefcase with launch codes
Government Corporation
a legal entity created by a government to exercise some of the powers of the government.
Civil Service
a civilian career public sector employee working for a government department or agency.
Legislative veto
a veto exercised by a legislature nullifying or reversing an action, decision
Quasi Legislative
something concerned with the declaration of rules and regulations, or orders based on authority derived from the legislature
Quasi Judicial
noting, pertaining to, or exercising powers or functions that resemble those of a court or a judge
Bully Pulpit
Unlike the congress or the courts which have many voices, the president speaks with a single voice.
a person who shows a biased, emotional allegiance.
Administration of a government chiefly through departments staffed with nonelected officials.
"the west wing"
the location of the Oval Office and offices for senior members of the Executive Office of the President of the United States
Presidential succession
a series of steps made by the government to assure transition of power should any executive authority be unable to complete their duties.
refers to the executive branch under a specific president
To postpone or cancel the punishment of.
a release from the penalty of an offense
an act of justice by which the supreme power in a state restores those who may have been guilty of any offence against it to the position of innocent persons
refers to any bill, act, resolution, or any other action of a political body in which both of the major political parties are in agreement.
advice and consent
a power of the United States Senate to be consulted on and approve treaties signed and appointments made by the President
Lame Duck
an elected official who has lost a re-election or who did not seek re-election, but continues to hold office in between the time of the election and the time of the inauguration of the successor.
Red Tape
excessive regulations, rigid conformity to formal rules that are considered redundant and hinders action or decision-making.
Spoils system
the system or practice in which advantages are at the disposal of the victorious party for its own purposes.
Trust Funds
a government fund administered separately from other funds and used for a specified purpose
Annual Authorizations-
legislative permission to begin or continue a government program or agency.
Committee Clearance-
ability of a congressional committee to review and approve certain agency descions in advanced and without passing a law.
Discretional Authority
extent to which appointed bureaucrats can choose courses of action and make policies that are not spelled out it advance by laws.
Quasi Executive
having a partly legislative character by possession of the right to make rules and regulations having the force of law