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Executive Branch Vocabulary

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presidential succession
the order in which officials fill the office of President in case of a vaccancy
elector
member of a party chosen in each state to formally elect the President and Vice President
electoral vote
the official vote for president and vice president by electors in each state
political parties
group of individuals with broad common interests who organize to nominate candidates for office, win elections, conduct gov't, and determine public policy
cabinet
secretaries of the executive departments, the vice president, and other top officials that help the president make decisions and policy
national security adviser
director of the National Security council staff
press secretary
one of the president's top assistants who is in charge of media relations
mandate
a formal order given by a higher authority
forum
medium for decision
executive order
a rule issued by the President that has the force of law
impoundment
the President's refusal to spend money Congress voted to fund a program
reprieve
the postponement of legal punishment
pardon
a release from legal punishment
amnesty
a group pardon to individuals that offense against the government
treaty
formal agreement between the governments of 2 or more countries
executive agreement
an agreement made between the President and a head of state
covert
secret
executive privilege
the right of the President and other highranking executive officers to refuse to testify before Congress or a court
FBI
oversee nations legal affairs
CIA
gathers information about what is going on in other countries evaluates it, and passes it on to the President and other foreign policy decision makers