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How a Bill becomes a law…USA – diagram


Excellent US Politics site – this on committees…

This link to committees is useful, if only to illustrate how money talks in US Politics… http://www.opensecrets.org/cmteprofiles/index.php

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

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

Quite simply the best, most straight-forward guide to the question over who has the power to conduct war – The President or Congress!

A must read for your A2 politics – this article was written as a result of Obama’s actions in Libya without Congressional approval: http://www.cfr.org/united-states/balance-war-powers-us-president-congress/p13092

Congressional earmarks- similar to, but not the same as pork barrel politics.

Fot the purposes of your exams you’ll not get bogged down in differentiating these things, but nonetheless a useful distinction is made in this wiki article. Ultimately you need to be aware of how successful pork politics or earmarks can substantially improve a congressman’s chances of re-election and here the horse-trading begins. The chairpersons of … Continue reading

Pork Barrel politics…

Few links explain pork barrel politics better. Alistair Cooke (RIP) is the master at the written word and brings US life and politics to life. This is a must read atricle for students of US Politics… http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/letter_from_america/3354949.stm Pork barrel politics in US Congress.

Congressional ‘supercommittee’ gridlock

The United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction seems to have stalled over its central purpose – agreeing how to reduce the US deficit. The Joint Committee is a construct that includes six senators and six congressmen and unsurprisingly they are dividing along partisan party lines over dealing with the US debt crisis. … Continue reading

Elephants & donkeys…

Ever wondered why Democrats are associated with the donkey and Republicans the elephant? http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0881985.html