President of the United States and Civil Liberties Essay

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1. In our discussion of representation in the United States, we discussed the various amendments to the U.S. Constitution that increased citizen representation. Name three amendments to the U.S. Constitution that increased citizen representation in our government, and explain specifically, how each either expanded our electorate or made the government more representatives of its citizens.

- Amendment XV - African American Suffrage - African Americans receive the right to vote. - Amendment XIX- Women's Suffrage -Gives women the power to vote - Amendment XXVI- Suffrage for 18-Year-Olds- Voting age moved to 18

2. Drawing upon your understanding of the essential functions of legislatures, as
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- is a group of specifically non-elected officials within a government or other institution that implements the rules, laws, ideas, and functions

8. Know the formal (Constitutional) and informal powers of the Presidency.

Formal Powers: powers of appointment, commander-in-chief, foreign affairs, executive clemency, emergency powers, veto

informal powers:
Policy maker

9. Understand the "Power to Persuade" and “Going Public” theses, regarding how presidents exercise their informal powers discussed in class.

10. Be able to explain how the U.S. federal bureaucracy is organized (be able to explain the various units of the bureaucracy presented in our lecture discussion & in your chapter on the federal bureaucracy). A complex society requires a variety of bureaucratic organizations
• Four components of Federal Bureaucracy:
– Cabinet departments ( treasury, Homeland Security)
– Independent executive agencies ( EPA)
– Independent regulatory agencies ( Federal Reserve Board)
– Government organizations (USPS, FDIC, TVA)

11. With respect to the mass communications media agenda setting, understand. Understand framing and priming.

Priming: Media provide a context for public discussion of an issue, setting the stage for audience understanding

Framing: Media provide a focus and environment for reporting a story, influencing how audiences will understand or evaluate it.

13. Be able to name the two

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