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Obama vs Romney – Policies

Good summary: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9480647/US-Election-2012-guide-Mitt-Romney-and-Barack-Obamas-policy-positions.html

US Election Guide: How does it work?

Good guide from the Telegraph… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9480396/US-Election-guide-how-does-the-election-work.html

Audio graphic: US election TV debates from the Telegraph

Interesting audio graphic on the impact of the debates on the polls… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9628477/Audio-graphic-US-election-TV-debates.html

What’s at stake in the US Presidential debates?

Paste the URL into your address bar- http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/8-questions-first-presidential-debate/question1.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics

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 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

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