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constitution unit ss


A loose union of states in which each member state retains some independent control over internal and external affairs confederation
Government subject to the will of the people it governs;"authority of the people" popular sovereignty
Government by the people either directly or indirectly through elected officials Democracy
Government in which people elect representatives and give the representatives the resposibility to make laws and conduct governments republicanism
political system in which power is divided between the national government and the state governments federalism
Powers that belong only to the federal government(coin money,regulate interstate and foreign trade, maintain the armed forces, create federal courts enumerated powers
Powers that are retained by the states (established schools,pass marriage and divorce laws, regulate intrastate trade) reserved powers
Powers that are shared by the federal and state governments(imposetaxes, borrow money, provide for public welfare, administer criminal justice) concurrent powers
Principle of dividing power among different branches of government in order to maintain checks and balances seperation of powers
System in which each branch of government (exectuive, legislative, judicial) has the ability to limit the power of rhe other branches as a way to keep any one branch from becoming too powerfull check and balances
President's role wherein he is responsible for enforcing the nation's laws cheif executive
presidents role wherein he is resposible for foreign policy, appointing ambassadors, negotiating treaties chief diplomat
presidents role wherein he is supreme commander of the armed forces (he may not declare war without approval of congress) commander in chief
presidents role wherein he represents all americans cheif of state
presidents role wherein he propses laws and afts as leader of his political party legislative leader
group of presidentaladvisors comprised of the heads of various executive offices, departments and agencies cabinet
to release(a person) from punishment(prison); exempt from penalty pardon
the presidents power to reject laws passed by the legislature veto
indirect rejection oF a bill by allowing the legislative session to expire without signing the bill pocket veto
proposed laws bill
house of representatives + senate congress
the people representated by public officials (especially those people of the officials home state or district) constituents
presiding officer in the house of representatives; chose from the political party with the most memebers the speaker
presiding officer in the house of representatives ; chosen from the political party with the most members vice president
using ones authority to reject or cancel a decision, such as a presidential veto over ride
charge the holder of a public office with misconduct impeachment