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This word list explains the major strategies, associations, personalities and occasions most typically stated within the educating people politics and executive. The emphasis is on accessibility as a way to offer scholars with a prepared resource of information that can complement center interpreting. The e-book can help scholars to deal with any gaps they could have of their knowing folks politics which, in flip, will make learning this attention-grabbing topic the entire extra lucrative and enjoyable.

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The Christian Right, known more commonly as the ‘moral majority’ at this time, developed as a political force during the 1970s. President Ronald Reagan received considerable support from this constituency in the 1980s, whilst, more recently, President George W. Bush has also been associated with the Christian Right. Christmas tree bill A legislative bill that has had so many amendments attached to it, it can be likened to a Christmas tree adorned with numerous decorations. Usually considered towards the end of a legislative session, many of the amendments attached involve the M538 - THOMSON TXT M/UP 13/12/06 12:27 pm Page 31 Phil's G4 Phil's G4:Users:ph US POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT A–Z 31 allocation of funds that have little relation to the subject of the original bill.

The Supreme Court supported the disclosure element of the 1971 Act, but ruled that there could be no limit on what candidates could spend on their own campaign. Similarly, although the Court supported a ceiling on direct donations to candidates (hard money), it stated that citizens were not to be restricted from supporting political activity where there is no explicit call for a candidate’s victory or defeat. This latter argument encouraged large sums of soft money to be spent in US politics. With candidates becoming more sophisticated during the 1980s and 1990s, in the way that they used soft money to assist their campaigns, again pressure grew to reduce the influence of money in US elections.

The US constitution makes no mention of the cabinet, and its members have no powers independent of those of the President. Indeed, cabinet influence has waned historically. In more recent times, Presidents have also sought advice from alternative committees, such as the National Security Council. Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network see C-SPAN Camp David The official country retreat of the US President, located in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland, seventy miles from the White House. This residence is designed to be somewhere where Presidents may work more informally, entertain, or simply relax.

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