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National Government and Executive Branch

TermDefinition
Presidential succession The order in which the office of president is to be filled if it becomes vacant
State of the Union Address A yearly report by the president to Congress describing the nation's condition and recommending programs and policies
Foreign Policy A country's plan for dealing with other countries in the world
Diplomacy The art of dealing with foreign governments
Treaties Written agreements between nations
Reprieve A postponement in carrying out of a prison sentence
Pardon An official act by the president or by a governor forgiving a person convicted of a crime and freeing that person from serving out his or her sentence
Commutation The act of making a convicted person's sentence less severe
Secretary An official who heads an executive department in the federal government
Attorney General The chief legal officer of the nation or of a state
Ambassadors The highest-ranking officials representing a government in a foreign country
Embassy The official residence of an ambassador in a foreign country
Department of Homeland Security Executive department of the federal government established after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to protect the United States against future terrorist attacks.
Independent agencies Agencies in the executive branch of the federal government formed by Congress to help enforce laws and regulations not covered by the executive departments.
Created by: skiddmms