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  1. 20 sec amendment
    passed in 1951, the amendment that limits presidents to two terms of office
  2. impeachment
    • the political equivalent of an indictment in criminal law, prescribed by the constitution.
    • House of Reps may impeach the present by a majority vote for "Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors"
  3. Watergate
    The events and scandal surrounding a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in 1972 and the subsequent cover-up of White House involvement, leading to the eventual resignation of Pres. Nixon under the threat of impeachment
  4. 25th amendment
    • passed in 1967
    • permits the VP to become acting pres if both the vp and the the pres's cabinet deem the pres as disabled
    • also outlines how the recuperated pres can reclaim the job
  5. national security council
    • an office created in 1947 to coordinate the president's foreign and military policy advisors
    • formal members are pres, vp, sec of state, and sec of defense
    • managed by the pres's national security assistant
  6. Council of Economic Advisors
    a 3-member body appointed by the pres to advise the pres on economic policy
  7. office of management and budget
    • an office that grew out of the Bureau of the Budget
    • created in 1921
    • consisting of a handful of political appointees and 100s of skilled pros
    • performs both managerial and budgetary functions
  8. veto
    • the constitutional power of the president to send a bill back to congress with reasons for rejecting it
    • 2/3 vote in each house can override a veto
  9. pocket veto
    a veto taking place when congress adjourns within 10 days of submitting a bill to the pres, who simply lets it die by neither signing nor vetoing it
  10. presidential coattails
    • occur when voters cast their ballots for congressional candidates of the pres's party because they support the pres.
    • few races won this way
  11. War Powers Resolution
    • law passed in 1973 in reaction to American fighting in Vietnam and Cambodia
    • requires pres to consult with Congress whenever possible prior to using military forces after 60 days unless Congress declares war or grants an extension
    • pres view resolution as unconstitutional
  12. legislative veto
    • ability of congress to override a presidential decision
    • War Powers Resolution asserts the authority
    • reason to believe that, if challenged, the supreme court would find the legislative veto in violation of the doctrine of separation
  13. crisis
    a sudden, unpredictable, and potentially dangerous event requiring the president to play the role of crisis manager
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