Unit 3: The Media: The Influence of the Media on Politics
Mass Media- communication that reach the mass public, including newspapers and
magazines, radio, tv, satellite, films, books and computers
News Media- media that emphasizes the news
Chapter 12 NOTES: The Presidency: The Leadership Branch
Structure and Powers
I. Separate Powers- did not want a a single president to turn into a monarchy
a. Framers decided how independent the President would be from rest of national
a.i. If Congre
Think Piece #1: Social Capital
The depletion of social capital is contributing to the current crisis of civic membership.
According to Americas Barometer Insights: 2010, there is much agreement that networks of
1. The idea that seasons occur based on the distance between the sun and the earth can
be rejected because most people assume that summer occurs when the earth and sun
are closer together and winter when they are farther apart; however, it is the exact
1. We sampled the grass in three different spots on the lawn and counted a 10cm by 10cm
area of grass then averaged them. We took samples from three different spots to ensure
the sampling was both random and representative of the ecosystem.
1. To determine the soils porosity we took a 200 mL sample of soil and poured water on it
until it was completely saturated. The water was initially measured out to 100 mL, so
once the soil was saturated we determined the volume of the leftover water and
In the series of articles published by the NY Times, each article makes a point to discuss
the role that women play in the worlds population. In the article Its Not a Numbers Problem,
Laurie Mazer states that the most important lesson weve learned about p
Gov Unit III Notes on Notes on Reading
Interest Groups, PACs, Money in Politics
INTEREST GROUPS: group pulled together by common interest, ambition, attitude, etc.
Try to influence govt policy. 5 types (tend to overlap): Economic (busines
Brief History of American Political Parties
Our First Parties
Got started out of necessity
o To organize officeholders who shared their views
o Alexander Hamilton built informal Federalist party
o Republicans formed who were against Federalists
Chapter 5 Notes Continued
Sexual Orientation- gay and lesbian communities have risen and are politically important in
several cities like San Francisco.
Hate crimes against gays have led to the Senate to include sexual orientation in Federal
Think Piece #2
Out of the three different types of Congressional scandals, financial, sexual, and political,
I believe the most serious is political, followed by financial, with sexual being the least severe.
A good guideline determining the severity of a
Congress: The People Branch: Chapter 11 Notes
Loss of moderate Democrats and Republicans increases the odds that Congress will be
less able to act
Moderates are the key to finding compromises across party lines
House of Reps: 435
1. Although relations between the media and the government are often called adversarial,
the two institutions actually have a symbiotic relationship. Describe how their
relationship is symbiotic, and prove using two examples for the
Cooper AP US Govt.
Think Piece #3: Question B
The separation of powers described in the first three articles of the Constitution was
intended to prevent any one branch of the government from abusing its power. Although the
AP U.S. Govt.
Think Piece #4: Question A
In this time of partisan politics, it seems unlikely that conservatives and liberals will be
able to come together since they dont understand the basic differences separating them. George
1. We collected the number of car models (species) and the amount of cars per model
(individuals) in different parking lots (communities), the staff lot and for the student lot.
Both were pretty evenly diverse. 15 models were identified in t