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5 Matching questions

  1. signing statement
  2. first-mover advantage
  3. presidential approval
  4. executive privilege
  5. Executive Office of the President (EOP)
  1. a the percentage of Americans who feel that the president is doing a good job in office.
  2. b the group of policy-related offices that serves as support to staff to the president
  3. c the right of the president to keep executive branch conversations and correspondence confidential from the legislative and judicial branches
  4. d a 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
  5. e the president's power to initiate treaty negotiations. Congress cannot initiate treaties and can only consider them once they have been negotiated

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. Most Americans want the president to have good judgment and to be ethical and compassionate. Somewhat fewer Americans want a president who is politically experienced and willing to compromise. Issues such as the economy and health care are perennially important in presidential elections. In recent elections, national security issues such as preventing terrorist attacks and managing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have also come to the fore. Presidential approval ratings are driven by a president's performance on the major issues facing the country, such as the economy and national security.
  2. 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. Ambiguities in the Constitution and in statutory authority allow the president to act unilaterally- that is, to change politices without congressional approval. All recent presidents have taken unilateral actions especially on foreign policy and at the end of their terms. Congress can try to undo unilateral presidential actions by passing legislation with a veto-proof, two-thirds majority. Even then, reversing the president's action may require a court challenge if the president claims he is using constitutional authority. Congress also has te power to remove the president from office through the impeachment procedure. Impeachment is a cumbersome and politically risky strategy, however, and it has never been successfully used to remove a president.
  4. An annual speech in which the president address Congress to report on the condition of the country and recommend policies
  5. the group of fifteen executive department heads who implement the president's agenda in their respective positions

5 True/False questions

  1. unilateral action (presidential)powers derived from laws enacted by Congress that add to the powers given to the president in the Constitution.


  2. two presidenciesThe 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


  3. What does the executive branch do? How is it organized?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


  4. statutory authority (presidential)powers derived from the provisions of the Constitution that outline the president's role in government


  5. constitutional authority (presidential)powers derived from the provisions of the Constitution that outline the president's role in government


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