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Did you know that UK Parliament is now fixed term?

It removes the power of the PM to call an election when he/she sees fit: Read the link: http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN06111

Presidential appointments.

This from the Congressional Research Service.Just read pages 2-6. Simple… http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41872.pdf Recent (ish) news on the appointments procedure: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/25/us/politics/25nominate.html Another v useful page: http://uspolitics.about.com/od/presidenc1/tp/guide_to_office_of_President.htm

The House of Lords – ok so its scrutiny is not as effective as the US Senate, but don’t write it off completely!

Any comparison will have the US Senate necessarily on top, but as Cameron’s woes over reform of the NHS & Blair’s failed attempts to detain terrorist suspects for¬†90 days¬†illustrate, the Lords can perform an effective bulwark against government. This booklet (link) is an excellent document. It is worth printing off as it contains excellent facts … Continue reading

The Executive Order…a useful Presidential tool!

A fairly complex constitutional issue, but for the purposes of your studies view an Executive Order as a powerful presidential tool. It carries the weight of law and does not require legislation (thus no Congresional approval is needed). It usually refers to a specific action by an agency under Executive authority. Any analysis of Presidential … Continue reading

The US Electoral College…

This does not have to be a difficult question on the exam!! It is adequately explianed in this link: http://uspolitics.about.com/od/presidenc1/tp/guide_to_office_of_President.htm …and here… http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3736580.stm

Four part series on Bill Clinton starts tonight on PBS

Those studying the Presidency should watch!

Obama budget will struggle in Congress

Obama’s budget will struggle. Unlike a UK PM the President can’t be sure to get his spending measures approved by the legislature. Barring sheer stupidity on the part of a uk government (e.g. Labour abolishing 10% tax bracket a few years ago) the PM should get his way ! Paste the link below into your … Continue reading

Cameron alienates those he should seek support from!

This article from SkyNews casts real doubt on Cameron’s strategy…. Cameron’s ‘Cold Shoulder’ To Health Leaders Last Updated 09:27 19/02/2012 Jane Dougall, Sky News reporter David Cameron has been accused of shutting healthcare professionals out of talks on the coalition’s controversial NHS reforms. It has emerged that major bodies critical of the proposals have not … Continue reading

Japanese internment – where was the Constitution?

Follow the link at the end (if it doesn’t work just paste into your browser)… Where was the Constitution in all of this? Truth be told? So long as an overwhelming majority support an action the constitution will not enter into the equation… ** Pain and redemption of WWII interned Japanese-Americans ** Seventy years ago, … Continue reading

Welfare Reform Bill – parliamentary ping pong

The Commons has more power than the Lords no doubt but it is often reluctant to use its powers too extensively. This Bill is a great example of where the Commons (really the govt in the Commons) is at the end of its tether and it is going to pass the Welfare Cap by declaring … Continue reading

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