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Congressional Quarterly's desk reference on American government
Wetterau, Bruce.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
viii, 344 pages ; 24 cm.
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This one-volume desk reference provides quick answers to the most frequently asked questions about all aspects of U.S. government, including elections, Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. Includes many new questions such as: ′′′′′′ What was the Teapot Dome scandal? ′′ What are the requirements for being a senator? ′′ How did the two-party system develop? ′′ What was the largest presidential landslide? ′′ ′′′′Cross-references, a bibliography, and an index aid research. ′′′′′′

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
I The Governmentp. 1
In Generalp. 1
Historic Documentsp. 5
Washington's National Landmarksp. 20
Financesp. 27
Warp. 34
Scandalsp. 36
For Further Informationp. 44
II The Presidencyp. 46
In Generalp. 46
Presidential Powers and Privilegesp. 52
Presidential Doctrines, Summits, and Programsp. 58
Getting into and out of the White Housep. 64
For the Record--Firsts, etc.p. 68
President's Backgroundsp. 74
After the White Housep. 79
President's Personal Livesp. 80
First Ladiesp. 82
Vice Presidentsp. 84
Cabinetp. 98
For Further Informationp. 110
III Congressp. 113
In Generalp. 113
Making Laws and Debatingp. 131
Sessions and Votesp. 139
Committees and Caucusesp. 144
Members' Arrivals and Departuresp. 148
For the Record--Firsts, etc.p. 150
Members' Personal Livesp. 156
The Senatep. 158
The House of Representativesp. 165
Famous Acts of Congressp. 174
For Further Informationp. 191
IV Campaigns and Electionsp. 193
In Generalp. 193
Presidential Electionsp. 200
Presidential Candidatesp. 215
Vice Presidential Candidatesp. 222
Congressional Electionsp. 226
For Further Informationp. 228
V Supreme Courtp. 230
In Generalp. 230
Definitionsp. 237
Historic Supreme Court Rulingsp. 243
Cases on Executive Branch Powersp. 243
Cases on Legislative Powersp. 245
Cases on Judicial Powersp. 246
Cases on Federalismp. 247
Cases on Contractsp. 248
Cases on Commerce Powersp. 249
Cases on Economic Libertiesp. 250
Cases on Taxing and Spending Powersp. 251
Cases on Religion and Religious Freedomsp. 252
Cases on Freedom of Speech and Assemblyp. 253
Cases on Press Freedomsp. 254
Cases on Criminal Justicep. 255
Cases on Discriminationp. 257
Cases on the Right of Privacyp. 260
Cases on Voting Rights and Representationp. 262
Becoming a Justicep. 263
For the Record--Firsts, etc.p. 274
Justice's Backgroundsp. 280
Leaving the Courtp. 286
For Further Informationp. 290
U.S. Constitutionp. 292
Indexp. 307