Earmarks are language that members of Congress insert into legislation that dedicates funds for specific uses, many whose broad benefits can be questioned. http://www.ascrs.org/legislative-and-regulatory/washington-watch-weekly tracks your representatives and the bills in Congress they introduce, providing estimates of their costs or savings when available.
The War Powers Resolution was passed in 1973 to define and limit the president’s power during times of war. Read the full text of the resolution at this web-site: http://www.loc.gov/law/help/war-powers.php. You could also visit any of the links provided on related topics at the end of the resolution’s text. Watch – Optional Study Video
Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections provides Information on upcoming and past presidential elections. By visiting this site you can also experiment with the electoral college calculator to see how your state could affect the electoral outcome: http://www.uselectionatlas.org/
Presidential attempts to increase executive power by influencing or diminishing the authority of other branches of government have been a source of political conflict during different administrations. To read about news on Congress, the White House and current political issues visit http://www.politico.com/.
Chapter 11: Bureaucracy
Project on Government Oversight is an independent, not-for-profit organization that seeks to make government more accountable by investigating corruption and misconduct. The group examines all types of government bureaucracies. Visit http://www.pogo.org/ to read the articles discussing some of the present issues under investigation.
The Department of Homeland Security was created after 9/11 to promote bureaucratic communication and domestic security. See what the department is doing to protect America from foreign threats by visiting: http://www.dhs.gov/topics
Chapter 12: The Federal Courts
The web-site for U.S. Supreme Court Media has a great search engine for finding information on landmark cases as Marbury v. Madison, Miranda v. Arizona, Roe v. Wade; and the most recent cases of Fisher v. The University of Texas, Shelby County v. Holder; and Hollingsworth v. Perry. To find information on any of these cases visit: http://www.oyez.org/
The U.S. court system consists of trial, appellate, and supreme courts. The U.S. Courts web-site provides a look at the different types of courts in the federal judiciary. To learn about the federal court system visit: http://www.uscourts.gov.
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