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ambassador
an official representative of the United States appointed by the President to represent the nation in matters of diplomacy
amnesty
A blanket pardon offered to a group of law violaters
arms control
put restrictions on all weaons, limited their building and testing on programs
appropriations
to assign money to particular usage to spend on salaries
bicameral
an adjective describing a legislative body composed of two chambers
bureaucracy
a large, complex administrative structure that handles the everyday business of an organization
censorship
issuing formal condemnation for moral reasons
civil service
those civilian employees who perform the administrative work of government
congress
legislative branch, senate and house
conscientious objector
a person who refuses to do military service based on religious or moral beliefs
copyright
the exclusive, legal right of a person to reproduce, publish, and sell his or her own literary, musical, or artistic creations
counterintelligence
spying
covert operations
acting out secretly against other nations or leaders
filibuster
various tactics (usually long speeches) aimed at defeating a bill in a legislative body by preventing a final vote; associated with U.S. Senate
impeachment
to bring formal charges against a public official; the House of Representatives has the sole power to impeach civil officers of the US
incumbent
current officeholder
judicial review
the power of a court to determine the constitutionality of a governmental action
lame duck
someone who is still in office who has been voted out, or quitting soon
pardon
release from punishment
patent
a license issued to inventors granting exclusive rights to manufacture, use, or sell this work
patronage
practice of giving jobs to supporters and friends
reprieve
official postponement o the execution of a sentence
sanctions
punishing a foreign country by resticting trade
treaty
a formal agreement between 2 or more sovereign states
unicameral
a legislative body with one chamber