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Key Unit Vocabulary

Constituent a person from a legislator's district
Majority Party in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the political party to which more than half the members belong
Minority Party in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the political party to which fewer than half the members belong
Impeach to accuse government officials of misconduct in office
Writ of Habeas Corpus a court order that requires police to bring a prisoner to court to explain why they are holding the person
Ex Post facto law a law that would allow a person to be punished for an action that was not against the law when it was committed
Pocket Veto president's power to kill a bill, if Congress is not in session, by not signing it for ten days
Stare Decisis the practice of using earlier judicial rulings as a basis for deciding cases
Majority Opinion a statement that presents the views of the majority of Supreme Court justices regarding a case
Electoral College A group of people named by each state legislature to select the president and vice president.
Executive Order A rule or command that has the force of law.
National Security The ability to keep the country safe from attack or harm
Embargo An agreement among a group of nations that prohibits them from trading with a target nation.
Federal Bureaucracy The collective agencies and employees of the executive branch.
Civil Service System The practice of hiring government worker on the basis of open, competitive, and merit
Merit System Hiring people into government jobson the basis of their qualifications
Treaty A formal agreement between the government of two or more countries.
Appeals Court A court that reviews decisions made in a lower district court.
Judicial Review The power of the supreme court to say whether federal, state, or local law, or government actions goes against the constitution.
District Court federal court where trails are held and lawsuits are begun.
Constitutional In accordance with the constitution
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