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Texas A&M University
Pols 206 - Amer Natnl Govt
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POLS 206 Lecture 18 Outline of Previous Lecture How They Got There o 12 2 Constitutional Powers Expansion of Power o 12 3 Vice President Cabinet Executive Office Outline of Current Lecture o 12 4 Chief Legislator Legislative Skills Public Support o 12 5 Chief Diplomat Commander in Chief War Powers Crisis Manager o 12 6 Going Public Presidential Approval Policy Support Ch 15 The Judiciary Lecture o 12 4 Chief Legislator State of the Union Veto Pocket veto If congress leaves session during 10 day period Line item veto President does not have this can only veto bills in its entirety Governors can use this to veto parts of bill Legislative Skills Bargaining Moving fast Exploiting honeymoon period Setting priorities Limited success o o Public Support Influence in Congress depends on popularity Single most important advantage the president can use Public approval Electoral mandates Just perception because they get elected people want their policies 12 5 Chief Diplomat Extending diplomatic recognition Treaties Executive agreements Agreements doesn t need senate approval Trade agreements and other things Commander in Chief President can deploy troops 90 day window Congress must declare war appropriate funds Framers did not envision standing army Or nuclear arsenal War Powers War powers resolution 1973 Presidential must seek Congressional approval before deploying armed forces whenever possible Legislative veto Crisis Manager What constitutes a crisis Cuban missile crisis 9 11 Modern communications technology 12 6 Going Public Public sentiment is everything With public sentiment nothing can fail without it nothing can succeed Ceremonial duties build public support Presidential Approval Product of many factors Party affiliation Honeymoon period Policy success Integrity and leadership skills Rally events rally around the flag International in nature If handled well then it can help their presidency a lot Policy Support Using the bully pulpit effectively Media skills The press is the principle intermediary between the president and the people Public not receptive Not interested in politics and government Biased reasoners and partisans Weak on facts Mobilizing the public When the people speak Congress listens This is a rare event Inattentive public Apathetic public Congress responds to this too Ch 15 Judiciary o Class Action lawsuits definition o Know different types of jurisdiction Original jurisdiction Apellet jurisdiction o At what level are the vast majority of criminal cases heard o Federal government loses a case who makes the decision to appeal it Chief counsel for US o Why are written opinions of a court so important and what does it actually tell us o Judicial implementation definition o What is meant by stare decisis Principle that the US Supreme Court uses o Before civil war most of the US Supreme Court cases dealt with what topic o What is meant by judicial restraint and judicial activism o What did the judiciary act of 1789 do It created the lower federal courts o Who is the current Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court o What is a writ of certiorari writ of cert and what does it do The US supreme court uses it

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