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In the practice of courts, a brief interval during which all business is suspended without an adjournment; usually time taken to review and study the court case.
WRIT OF CERTIORARI
Order by the Supreme Court directing a lower court to send up the records of a case for review
persons appointed by the President to head executive departments of government and act as official advisers
A formal agreement between the U.S. president and the leaders of other nations that does not require Senate approval. Not binding from president to president.
release from the punishment or legal consequences of a crime, by the President (in a federal case) or a governor (in a state case)
A senator or representative who helps the party leader stay informed about what party members are thinking, rounds up members when important votes are to be taken, and attempts to keep a nose count on how the voting on controversial issues is likely to go.
Distribution of representatives among the states based on the population of each state
a tactic for defeating a bill in the Senate by talking until the bill's sponsor withdraws it. "Talking a bill to death."
a permanent committee in Congress that oversees bills that deal with certain kinds of issues
a committee with members from both the Senate and the House of Representatives who join together and meet to discuss issues
A temporary committee formed to study one specific issue and report its findings to the Senate of the House
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