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  1. cabinet
  2. What does the executive branch do? How is it organized?
  3. executive privilege
  4. presidential approval
  5. first-mover advantage
  1. a the percentage of Americans who feel that the president is doing a good job in office.
  2. b the right of the president to keep executive branch conversations and correspondence confidential from the legislative and judicial branches
  3. c the president's power to initiate treaty negotiations. Congress cannot initiate treaties and can only consider them once they have been negotiated
  4. d Political appointees in the Executive Office of the President, along with the VP and appointees in executive departments and agencies, help the president manage the federal government and provide political assistance to the president and to candidates from his political party. The primary mission of presidential appointees is to help the president achieve his or her policy goals. As such, loyalty to the president is generally valued over policy expertise. VP Dick Cheney was the most powerful VP in American history owing to his experience, expertise, and general agreement with Pres Bush
  5. e the group of fifteen executive department heads who implement the president's agenda in their respective positions

5 Multiple Choice Questions

  1. when a person is chosen by the president to fill a position, such as an ambassadorship or the head of a department, while the Senate is snot in session, thereby bypassing Senate approval. Unless approved by a subsequent Senate vote, recess appointees serve only to the end of the congressional term
  2. one role of the president, through which he or she represents the country symbolically and politically
  3. an agreement between the executive branch and a foreign government which acts as a treaty but does not require Senate approval.
  4. Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution, which states that "executive Power shall be vested in a President of the USA," making the president both head of the government and head of state
  5. the idea that the vesting clause of the Constitution gives the president the authority to issue orders and policy directives that cannot be undone by Congress

5 True/False Questions

  1. fast-track authorityAn annual speech in which the president address Congress to report on the condition of the country and recommend policies


  2. What do Americans want from the president? What determines whether presidential approval ratings are high or low?Presidents have done important things, such as expanding US territory, fighting wars, and creating new domestic programs. It matters who gets elected president. Many presidential accomplishments are made in the face of high levels of conflict between the president and Congress, the president and the courts, or between all 3 branches of government. The power of the presidency has expanded over time, in part because of the increased power and size of the US.


  3. What is the president's job description?The idea that presidents have more interest in and power over foreign policy issues compared to domestic policy issues. This asymmetry is created by the president's greater influence over the making of foreign policy and the generally lower salience of foreign policy issues


  4. two presidenciesa president's use of speeches and other public communications to appeal directly to citizens about issues the president would like the House and Senate to act on


  5. signing statementa document issued by the president when signing a bill into law explaining his interpretation of the Law, which often differs from from the interpretation of Congress, in an attempt to influence how the law will be implemented


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