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No Child Left Behind
2001 law that measures school performance by standardized tests. Schools that fail to make 'adequate yearly progress' face stiff penalties.
Department of Homeland Security
US federal agency created in 2002 to coordinate national efforts against terrorism.
Taliban
A group of fundamentalist Muslims who took control of Afghanistan's government in 1996.
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons that can cause a massive number of deaths in a single use.
stimulus
Inserting government money into the private sector in an attempt to boost the economy.
gridlock
The inability of the government to act because rival parties control different parts of the government.
al Qaeda
Islamist terrorist organization that launched a series of attacks against U.S.
Osama bin Laden
Leader of al Qaeda until his death in 2011. Mastermind behind the September 11th attacks.