#1 History 6-8

  1. Impeach
    To accuse government officals of misconduct in office
  2. Writ of habeas corpus
    A court order that requires police to bring a prisoner to court to explain why they are holding a person
  3. Franking privilege
    The right of senators and representatives to send job related mail without paying postage
  4. Lobbyists
    Representative of an interest group who contacts lawmakers or other government offcials directly to influence their policy making
  5. Rider
    A completly unrelated amendment added on to a bill
  6. Cloture
    A procedure used in the seenat to limit debate on the bill
  7. Electoral college
    A group of people named by each state legislature to select the president and vice president
  8. Amnesty
    A pardon to a group of people
  9. Foreign policy
    A nation's overall plan for dealing with other nations
  10. Treaty
    a formal agreement between the governments of 2 or more countries
  11. Executive agreement
    An agreement between th president and the leader of anothr country
  12. Trade sanction
    An effort to punish another nation by imposing trade barriers
  13. Political appointee
    A person appointed to the federal position by the president
  14. Government corporation
    A business owned and operated by the federal government
  15. Civil service worker
    A person hired into a federal position
  16. Merit system
    Hiring people into government jobs on the basis of their qualifications
  17. Exculusive jurisdiction
    Auhority of only federal courts to hear and decide cases
  18. Appeals courts
    A court that reviews decisions made in lower district courts
  19. Circuit
    The area of jurisdiction of a federal court of appeals
  20. Opinion
    A detailed explanation of the legal thinking behind a courts decision in a case
  21. Dissenting opinion
    A statement written by a justice who disagrees with the majority opinion, presenting his or her opinion
  22. Concurring opinion
    A statement written by a justice who votes with the majority, but for different reasonsĀ 
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#1 History 6-8