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Politics of the United States
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formal qualifications for the president
35 years old, natural born citizen U.S, citizen for 14 years
How many years can a President serve in office?
According to the Presidential Succession act of 1947, who follows the vice president in the line of presidential succession.
speaker of the house
How is the order of succession to the presidency determined?
The Presidential Succession Act
How is Presidential disability determined?
Vice President and the majority of the cabinet inform congress in writing
What is a formal duty assigned to the vice president by the constitution?
Preside over the president
Why was the 12th amendment important?
eliminated the possibility of a tie for presidency
Who will the current presidents party elect if he is seeking another term?
why has the presidential power grown over time?
The way the president interprets law, the sheer number of laws that the president must execute
Why has the power of presidency been a cause of debate?
Between supporters of a strong presidency and supporters of a week presidency
What laws must the president execute?
All federal laws whether or not the president agrees with them
What are the two sides of debate over the power of the Presidency?
supporters of a strong president and supporters of a weak presidency
what gives a president power to issue executive orders?
congressional acts and the constitution
How are cabinet members chosen?
Appointed by the president, approved by the Senate
What is the difference between a treaty and a executive agreement?
The President needs Senate approval for a treaty, but not for a executive agreement.
Who shares military powers with the president?
When can a president use the armed forces abroad?
At his or her discretion
What has limited the presidents power to make undeclared war?
The war powers resolution of 1973
What is an example of a check that the president has over the legislative branch?
What legislative power does the president have over Congress?
What are examples of judicial power that the president has?
granting amnesty to a group of law violators and reducing the length or delaying a sentence
Why is the federal government considered a bureaucracy?
a complex system of organization based on certain principles
what are the functions of employees working in the white house office?
Advise the president on foreign domestic and defense matters
what is the purpose of the executive office of the president?
Helps the president carry out other his duties as chief executive
What is a title of department reserved for in the executive branch?
Agencies of Cabinet Rank
Why has number of executive departments grew over time?
work load of the federal government expanded as the country grew.
what criteria does the President use to choose cabinet members?
political party affiliation, qualifications and experience, role in presidential election campaign.
What is the main goal of the civil service today?
recruit and keep the best available people in the federal work force.
What is the spoils system?
Practice of giving offices and other favors of government to friends and supporters
what replaced the spoils system?
the Merit System
Recommended textbook explanations
Magruder's American Government
William A. McClenaghan
United States Government: Principles in Practice
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United States Government: Democracy In Action
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