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Politics of the United States
AP Gov Chapter 12
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Limits presidents to two terms of office.
Permits the Vice President to become acting president if the Vice President and the presidents cabinet determine that the president is disabled, and it outlines how a recuperated president can reclaim the job.
Political equivalent of an indictment in criminal law, prescribed by the Constitution.
The events and scandal surrounding a break-in at he Democratic National Committee headquarters in 1972 and the subsequent cover-up of White House involvement.
Regulations originating with the executive branch.
A group of presidential advisers not mentioned in the Constitution, although every president has had one.
National Security Council
Committee that links the president's foreign and military policy advisers.
Council of Economic Advisers
A 3 member body appointed by the president to advise the president on economic policy.
Office of Management and Budget
Office that prepares the president's budget and also advises presidents on proposals from departments and agencies and helps review their proposed regulations.
The constitutional power of the president to send a bill back to Congress with reasons for rejecting it.
A type of veto occurring when Congress adjourns within 10 days of submitting a bill to the president and the president simply lets the bill die by neither signing nor vetoing it.
These occur when voters cast their ballots for congressional candidates of the president's party because they support the president.
War Powers Resolution
Requires presidents to consult with Congress when ever possible prior to using military force and to withdraw forces after 60 days unless Congress declares war or grants an extension.
Override a presidential decision. Although the War Powers Resolution asserts this authority, there is reason to believe that, if challenged, the Supreme Court would find the legislative veto in violation of the doctrine of separation of powers.
Sudden, unpredicted, and potentially dangerous event requiring president to play the role as manager.
Which of the following statements is true concerning presidential selection and tenure?
The American public tends to expect presidents to be powerful while disliking a concentration of power.
The ability to nominate ambassadors, who are to be approved by a majority of the Senate, falls into what category of presidential powers?
Political scientists and historians have consistently supported a strong presidency model beginning with the latter half of the 20th century.
Which of the following statements best describes the role of the Vice President today?
The First Lady fulfills an official government position at the side of her husband.
Which of the following statements about changes in Congress in presidential election years from 1952 through 2012 is NOT true?
Merely winning the election provides presidents with a governing mandate.
Executive agreements require
The war powers resolution has succeeded in giving Congress a greater voice in the introduction of American troops into hostilities.
Which of the following is true regarding presidents' mobilization of the public?
Presidential approval ratings mainly reflect the public's views of the president's personality.
Which of the following statements concerning presidential news coverage is true?
The White House is effective in controlling the environment in which the president meets the press.
Which statement is true?
What are at least 3 different factors that have contributed to the expansion of presidential power over time? In what ways have these factors enabled expansion of presidential powers beyond the Founding Fathers' intentions? Are these developments for the better.
Increased power of the federal government, increased social media for communication, and congressional deference. The original fathers had no conception of social media at all. These developments are for the better.
Briefly explain the make-up and functions of the National Security Council, the Council of Economic Advisers, and the Office of Management and Budget.
NSC- links the president's key foreign and policy advisers.
CEA- advises the president on economic policy.
OMB- to prepare the president's budget.
What are the primary constitutional tools available to presidents as chief legislators? Can you think of any changes that might be made to the Constitution to strengthen the president as chief legislator? How might throw change help the president?
Authority to either sign for a legislation or to veto it. Give him full power in making law. It would nearly give the president full access to the reins of America.
The president's ability to win congressional support is predicted on a handful of factors. Explain how three of these factors may help the president win congressional support. In what ways are these factors limited in assisting the president in the legislative arena? Which single factor do you think is most important for the president in Congress?
Getting the president's name out there, spreading his campaign out so people know what he/she wants to accomplish, and using social media to connect with the populace. His ideas and beliefs are the most important factor for Congress, and also the most limiting if Congress disbelieves in all of them.
What role has the president played in the expansion of the scope of government? In your opinion has the president worked more to expand or limit the role of federal government?
Setting precedents for expansion in certain areas like the auto industry, available jobs, etc. the president is trying to expand as giving people more opportunities for work.
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