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GOV Topic 5 Vocab

GOV Topic 5 Vocabulary

Chief of State Term for the president as the ceremonial head of the United States; the symbol of all the people of the nation
Chief Executive Term for the president as vested with the executive power of the United States
Chief Administrator Term for the president as head of the administration of the federal government
Chief Diplomat Term for the president as the main architect of foreign policy and spokesperson to other countries
Commander in Chief Term for the president as commander of the nation's armed forces
Chief Legislator Term for the president as architect of public policy and the one who sets the agenda for Congress
Chief of Party Term for the president as the leader of his or her political party
Chief Citizen Term for the president as the representative of the people, working for the public interest
Presidential Succession Scheme by which a presidential vacancy is filled
Presidential Succession Act of 1947 Law specifying the order of presidential succession following the Vice President
Chief Economist Modern day presidents must also keep watch on the nation's economy and take immediate action when conditions dictate
Domestic Affairs All matters not directly connected to the realm of foreign affairs
Foreign Affairs A nation's relationships with other countries
President Pro Tempore The member of the United States Senate, or of the upper house of the State's legislature, chosen to preside in the absence of the president of the Senate
Impeach To bring formal charges against a public official; the House of Representatives has the sole power to impeach civil officers of the United States
Balance the Ticket When a presidential candidate chooses a running mate who can strengthen his chance of being elected by virtue of certain ideological, geographic, racial, ethnic, gender, or other characteristics
First Lady The official title for the President's wife or the White House hostess. Not all First Ladies were wives of a President; one such example is Harriet Lane, First Lady for her uncle, President James Buchanan
Executive Order Directive, rule, or regulation issued by a chief executive or subordinates, based upon constitutional or statutory authority and having the force of law
Ordinance Power Power of the president to issue executive orders; originates from the Constitution and acts of Congress
Executive Privilege The president's power to refuse to disclose information
Pocket Veto Type a chief executive may use after a legislature has adjourned; when the chief executive does not sign or reject a bill within the time allowed to do so
Line-Item Veto A president's cancellation of specific dollar amounts from a congressional spending bill
Reprieve An official postponement of the execution of a sentence
Pardon Release from the punishment or legal consequences of a crime, by the president or a governor
Clemency Mercy or leniency granted to an offender by a chief executive
Commutation The power to reduce the length of a sentence or a fine for a crime
Amnesty A blanket pardon offered to a group of law violators
Veto Chief executive's power to reject a bill passed by a legislature; literally "I forbid"
Treaty A formal agreement between two or more sovereign states
Executive Agreement A pact made by the president directly with the head of a foreign state; a finding international agreement with the force of law but which does not require Senate consent
recognition The exclusive power of a president to legally recognize foreign states
Persona non Grata An unwelcome person; used to describe recall diplomatic officials
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