Executive and Judicial Branch vocab

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executive ordera rule or command that has the force of lawchecks and balancesA system that allows each branch of government to limit the powers of the other branches in order to prevent abuse of powerparty leaderIn this role, the president is the head of his political partypardonA declaration of forgiveness and freedom from punishmentState of the Union AddressThe president's annual statement to Congress and the nation.Department of Homeland SecurityCabinet department created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to coordinate domestic security effortsUS District Courta trial court in the federal court system with a judge and juryU.S. Courts of Appeal (Circuit Courts)Review the decisions of the US District courts with a panel of judgestermperiod of time an official keeps their jobElectoral Collegethe body of electors who formally elect the United States president and vice-president