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Which of the following did the president justify by claiming that he was exercising an inherent presidential power, despite the fact that it is not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution?

the Louisiana Purchase

What has to happen in Congress in order for the president to be impeached and removed from office?

The House must impeach the president by a simple majority; the Senate must convict with a two-thirds majority.

Which presidential power gives the president the ability to shape policy by helping to determine who executes laws passed by Congress?


What was the turning point that gave rise to the modern presidency?

the economic and social turmoil of the Great Depression

What does the Twenty-Second Amendment do?

limits the president's terms of office

Presidents often use __________ to sidestep the constitutional "advice and consent" of the Senate that is required for formal ratification of treaties.

executive agreements

Which best describes a president's constitutional duty to Congress?

The president must give Congress an occasional update on the state of the union.

How did Lincoln defend his decision to order a blockade of southern ports without the approval of Congress?

He claimed that the inherent powers of his office allowed him to circumvent the Constitution in a time of war or national crisis.

Why did Congress enact the War Powers Resolution?

to limit the powers of the president in the conduct of war

In which way do modern presidents differ from the original intentions of the Framers of the Constitution?

Modern presidents are much more influential in the legislative process than the Framers originally intended.

Which presidential power is checked by required approval of the Senate with a two-thirds vote?

negotiating treaties with other nations

Who breaks a tie in the Senate?

vice president of the United States

Which of the following leadership abilities is the most critical to presidential success?

the power to persuade

Which of the following statements provides the best characterization of the members of the White House staff?

The White House staff is composed of individuals personally and politically close to the president chosen specifically to serve the president's needs.

The Twenty-Fifth Amendment was enacted in order to clear up uncertainties over the constitutional provisions surrounding __________.

presidential and vice presidential succession

Which of the following is one way in which the White House staff differs from the president's Cabinet?

The White House staff is not subject to Senate confirmation.

What might a president do to indicate his or her belief that a portion of the legislation just signed into law is unconstitutional and that he or she intends to disregard it or implement it in some way other than Congress intends?

issue a signing statement

Which of the following is a constitutional power that the president shares with the Senate?

making treaties

What distinguishes the modern presidency from the institution originally envisioned by the Framers of the Constitution?

The modern presidency is much more powerful than the Framers intended.

Presidents with high levels of __________ are more powerful leaders.

public approval