Notes on Chapter 14-16 - September 18, 2008 Herber Notes on...

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Notes on Chapter 14-16 Dan Herber Chapter 14: The Presidency Divided Government Divided Government- one party controls the White House and another party controls one or both houses of Congress Unified Government- the same party controls the White House and both houses of Congress Gridlock is the opposite of a direct democracy but necessary to allow for compromises and delays Electoral college for each state is one vote per senator and representative in office There are 538 electoral votes and a candidate must at least reach 270 Powers of the President Serve as commander in chief of the armed forces Grant pardons for federal offenses Appoint ambassadors, judges, and officials of lessen offices Veto and approval of legislation Make treaties Informal: Bully pulpit, bring ideas to the public opinion Informal: Media access to the president More on the President White House staff o Is huge o Wants media attention of its own o Make many important decisions and influence policy Three audiences the president aims at o Fellow politicians and leaders in Washington o Party activists and officeholders outside Washington o The public Presidential Popularity tends to decrease over time Presidents want to deal with foreign policy more than domestic Pocket veto- A bill fails to become law because the president did not sign it within ten days before Congress adjourns Legislative veto- the authority of Congress to block a presidential action after it has taken place and this is now unconstitutional, so Congress does not have this power Impeachment- charges against a president approved by a majority of the House of Representatives Access to the president
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This note was uploaded on 09/17/2008 for the course HIST 171 taught by Professor Ss during the Fall '08 term at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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Notes on Chapter 14-16 - September 18, 2008 Herber Notes on...

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