How can I differentiate between the four types of bureaucratic agencies within the executive branch?

How can I differentiate between the four types of bureaucratic agencies within the executive branch?

Many students find it challenging to differentiate between the four types of bureaucratic agencies: (1) Cabinet Departments, (2) Independent Executive Agencies, (3) Independent Regulatory Commissions, and (4) Government Corporations. 1 – Cabinet Departments The first category of agencies is the cabinet departments. Because of the “Department” in the name, we know that if the agency […]

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BusinessWeek: Analysis of the Republican Establishment

BusinessWeek: Analysis of the Republican Establishment

READ THE FULL STORY AT BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK … The common theme binding all of Tuesday’s big elections—in New Jersey, Virginia, and Alabama—is the reemergence of the beaten-down, beleaguered, almost-left-for-dead Republican establishment. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s landslide reelection was the big headline event. As expected, Christie won by a wide margin, producing the jarring image on CNN of blue-state New […]

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WaPo: 6 Takeaways from Election Night 2013

WaPo: 6 Takeaways from Election Night 2013

READ THE FULL STORY AT THE WASHINGTON POST … but here’s an excerpt … We’ll have a big winners and losers post tomorrow on The Fix but wanted to offer a handful of thoughts on what we’ve seen tonight and what it might mean. * Virginia isn’t for social conservatives. Ken Cuccinelli beat McAuliffe among voters who […]

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President Obama Addresses Challenges of New Affordable Care Act Website

President Obama Addresses Challenges of New Affordable Care Act Website

President Obama says that the health insurance that’s available to people through HealthCare.gov is high quality and affordable, and his Administration is working around the clock to address problems that make the site slow and difficult to use. October 21, 2013.

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The end of John Boehner’s speakership? Don’t count on it.

The end of John Boehner’s speakership? Don’t count on it.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) lost on Wednesday. Big time. But contrary to doomsday predictions, it doesn’t mean his days as speaker are numbered. For weeks, Boehner held firm, standing with the cast-iron conservative members who demanded he use the budget debate to try to shred President Obama’s health-care law. Up until the day before final passage […]

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President Obama’s Oct. 17 Remarks on the Budget Deal

President Obama’s Oct. 17 Remarks on the Budget Deal

Published: October 17, 2013 President Obama delivered the following remarks on the end of the government shutdown and the lifting of the federal debt limit on Oct. 17 at the White House. Read the full transcript at THE WASHINGTON POST. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning, everybody. Please have a seat. Last night I signed legislation to reopen our […]

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Obama signs bill ending shutdown, raising debt limit

FROM THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE Obama signs bill ending shutdown, raising debt limit The vote in the House followed an overwhelming vote in the Senate on the agreement. Read more at THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.

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Shutdown to End, Congress approves short-term budget and debt ceiling deal

Shutdown to End, Congress approves short-term budget and debt ceiling deal

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: After shutting down the U.S. government for 16 days and driving the nation toward the brink of default, a chastened Congress voted late Wednesday to reopen federal agencies, call hundreds of thousands of civil servants back to work and raise the $16.7 trillion debt limit. Read more from THE WASHINGTON POST. More […]

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President Obama Presents the Medal of Honor, October 15, 2013

President Obama Presents the Medal of Honor, October 15, 2013

The President awarded William Swenson, a former active duty Army Captain, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry, for his courageous actions while serving as an Embedded Trainer and Mentor of the Afghan National Security Forces with Afghan Border Police Mentor Team, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during […]

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It’s Not Just Political Districts. Our News Is Gerrymandered, Too

Read the full story at: THE NEW YORK TIMES. BY DAVID CARR – I read an interview this last week with someone who gets his news from a narrow band of information providers. He reads The Wall Street Journal, a really good newspaper that tilts right on its editorial page and sometimes in its news coverage. He […]

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What is the cartoonist trying to say here?

What is the cartoonist trying to say here?

What is the cartoonist trying to say via this cartoon? Cartoon credits: http://editorialcartoonists.com/cartoons/BenneC/2013/BenneC20131012_low.jpg               For educational purposes only.  

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Michigan is back with affirmative action fight

Michigan is back with affirmative action fight

From the Washington Post … How can a state constitutional amendment banning the use of race violate the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition on racial discrimination?               Read the full story here …   Additional background/updates: US Supreme Court to tackle affirmative action again (The State). Read more here:

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Welcome to another great year of AP Government class!

Welcome to another great year of AP Government class!

Welcome to Mr. Rodman’s AP Government class blog! Throughout the year, we will be posting and analyzing current events in the news that are impacting our lives. See how government impacts so much of what we do, when, where, how and why. Share your stories and have them posted here as well. I welcome your […]

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“Congress Votes” Database Is Now Live!

“Congress Votes” Database Is Now Live!

View past votes by your House Member of Congress or U.S. Senator, how your member of Congress voted, and the general composition of the 112th U.S. Congress from the Congress Votes website and database.

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From the President’s Weekly Address: On Thanksgiving, Grateful for the Men and Women Who Defend Our Country

From the President’s Weekly Address: On Thanksgiving, Grateful for the Men and Women Who Defend Our Country

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: President Obama wishes the American people a happy Thanksgiving — and gives a special thanks to the brave men and women serving overseas and those giving back to their communities during the holidays.  

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WaPo: U.S. sees Burma reforms as strategic opening to support democracy

WaPo: U.S. sees Burma reforms as strategic opening to support democracy

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: Burma seemed poised for a historic shift Friday as dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi ended her long boycott of the country’s authoritarian political system and President Obama announced plans to send the U.S. secretary of state there for the first time in half a century. READ THE FULL STORY AT THE […]

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Politico: Obama calls Americans “Lazy” … but did the words get twisted?

Politico: Obama calls Americans “Lazy” … but did the words get twisted?

FROM POLITICO.COM: He [President Obama] drew some attacks from his GOP presidential rivals for making a comment in Hawaii that U.S. policymakers have been “lazy” in recent decades in trying to attract foreign investors to America. Republicans, however, took the remark out of context and accused Obama of saying Americans were lazy. Obama seemed to go out of […]

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Politico: Barack Obama in weekly address touts ‘Made in America’ credo

Politico: Barack Obama in weekly address touts ‘Made in America’ credo

FROM POLITICO.COM: President Barack Obama on Saturday touted his trip through the Asia Pacific region as a nine-day jobs mission that made strides in opening foreign markets to American companies. He delivered the weekly radio and Internet address from Indonesia, where he joined business leaders this week in announcing trade deals that he said will support nearly 130,000 […]

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WaPo: Gingrich welcomes scrutiny as front-runner

WaPo: Gingrich welcomes scrutiny as front-runner

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: A confident and at times defiant Newt Gingrich defended himself Friday against growing questions about his lucrative consulting career, and he acknowledged that how he handles the vetting process will determine whether he can be “a legitimate front-runner” for the Republican presidential nomination. READ THE FULL STORY AT THE WASHINGTON POST. “Somebody […]

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From WaPo: ‘Super- committee’ at impasse as deadline approaches

From WaPo: ‘Super- committee’ at impasse as deadline approaches

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: Congressional negotiators made a yet another push Friday to carve $1.2 trillion in savings from the federal debt, but remained stuck in their entrenched positions on tax policy even as the clock was running down on their efforts to reach a deal. READ THE FULL STORY AT THE WASHINGTON POST. A series […]

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WaPo: A year from 2012 election, U.S. electorate is frustrated

WaPo: A year from 2012 election, U.S. electorate is frustrated

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: One year out from the 2012 election, President Obama faces the most difficult reelection environment of any White House incumbent in two decades, with economic woes at the center of the public’s concerns, an electorate that is deeply pessimistic and sharply polarized, and growing questions about the president’s capacity to lead. READ THE FULL […]

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Policy agenda shift? Conservatives join liberals in opposing Obama’s payroll tax cut extension

Policy agenda shift? Conservatives join liberals in opposing Obama’s payroll tax cut extension

FROM THE HILL: President Obama’s push to extend a payroll tax cut has united a rare combination of conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats in opposition. Read the full story here. When Obama first pushed to include the proposal in a tax package in December, House liberals said the tax holiday would threaten the Social Security trust […]

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NY Times Launches Site: The Reckoning – America and the World after 9/11

NY Times Launches Site: The Reckoning – America and the World after 9/11

In the years since 2001, neither our worst fears nor our highest hopes have been realized. But what passes for normal has exacted a price. Read the story here.

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Remembering September 11, 2001

Remembering September 11, 2001

I don’t talk about this in my high school government classes, to this extent, but I had flown into New York City’s La Guardia airport on the morning of September 11, 2001. This was long before I would decide to change careers and become a government teacher, a lifelong passion. But that day, Tuesday, September 11, […]

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House passes Ryan’s ’12 budget; conservatives want more cuts

House passes Ryan’s ’12 budget; conservatives want more cuts

FROM THE HILL: The House on Friday approved a fiscal year 2012 budget resolution from Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that seeks to drastically limit government spending next year and in years to follow. But the vote on the measure — which imposes $5.8 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade — came after […]

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How should the U.S. deal with Afghanistan foreign policy?

How should the U.S. deal with Afghanistan foreign policy?

MEDIA ROUNDUP – Here’s a look at what various media outlets are outlining as the challenges facing President Obama and his foreign policy team on the war in Afghanistan: FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES - Now northern Afghanistan is secure by Afghan standards, less Taliban-infested than the south and east, where American troops, and media coverage, […]

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How should the U.S. deal with Libyan foreign policy?

How should the U.S. deal with Libyan foreign policy?

A media roundup on the foreign policy issues surrounding the role of the U.S. and Libya. Should we continue to aid the rebels? Will Qadhafi’s regime fall? And if so, what will take its place? And if not, then what will we do with the rebels? All of these foreign policy questions highlight the issues President […]

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Clinton in talks to end Qadhafi rule in Libya

Clinton in talks to end Qadhafi rule in Libya

FROM POLITICO - As Washington turns to the deficit, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Berlin on Thursday to talk with foreign leaders about ways to end the rule of Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi. Read the full story at POLITICO. Before a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the secretary of state said the United […]

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President calls for $4 Trillion Deficit Reduction Measure

President calls for $4 Trillion Deficit Reduction Measure

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST - President Obama entered the debate about the national debt on Wednesday after months on the sidelines, offering a plan to trim borrowing by $4 trillion over the next 12 years by combining deep cuts in military and domestic spending with higher taxes on the wealthy. “We don’t have to choose between […]

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Gates: U.S. Troops could stay in Iraq past end date

Gates: U.S. Troops could stay in Iraq past end date

FROM POLITICO - Some U.S. troops may stay in Iraq past the planned pullout at the end of the year if the Iraqi government wants them, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday in Baghdad. Read the full story at POLITICO. Gates, on what he said is “probably” on his last trip to Iraq as defense secretary, urged Iraqi […]

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WaPo: Strengths and Challenges for O’Malley in 2011 session …

WaPo: Strengths and Challenges for O’Malley in 2011 session …

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST - Since his second defeat of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), O’Malley has ascended to the chairmanship of the Democratic Governors Association, become a draw on the party speaking circuit and traveled to Washington to trade policy ideas with the White House and congressional leaders. Read the full story at THE […]

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WaPo: Can Obama cut the budget and keep Democrats happy?

WaPo: Can Obama cut the budget and keep Democrats happy?

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST - In his first two years, President Obama pursued an agenda that dramatically increased government spending and ushered in the biggest change in social welfare policy since the Great Society. When he spoke to the country late Friday night, he sounded like a born-again budget cutter. Read the full story at THE WASHINGTON POST. […]

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Next stop: Raising the debt ceiling?

Next stop: Raising the debt ceiling?

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: PREPARE, IN THE coming weeks, for repeated readings of this quote: “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our […]

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WaPo: Why the budget deal happened …

WaPo: Why the budget deal happened …

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST — Faced with an immovable deadline, House Republicans and Senate Democrats finally figured out a way to get a deal done — for the simple reason that the political stakes were simply too high (and too hard to predict) for one not to get done. Read more at THE WASHINGTON POST. […]

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Budget Deal Reached at Midnight Hour …

Budget Deal Reached at Midnight Hour …

FROM POLITICO – The bottom line to Friday night’s spending deal is a record $40 billion cut in domestic and foreign aid appropriations – and a hard lesson in the tough and almost permanent disorder of Washington’s budget politics. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/52836.html#ixzz1J3voPW6o This weekend, the grind goes on with House and Senate Appropriations Committee clerks now doing the […]

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WaPo: International coalition launches strikes on Gaddafi’s forces in Libya from sea and air

WaPo: International coalition launches strikes on Gaddafi’s forces in Libya from sea and air

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said Sunday that the no-fly zone over Libya is “effectively in place” and that “significant progress” has been made in 24 hours. Read the full story at THE WASHINGTON POST. Mullen said Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s forces in Benghazi had been halted and that […]

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USA Today: How welfare reform changed America

USA Today: How welfare reform changed America

FROM USA TODAY: When President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (Welfare Reform Act of 1996), conservatives celebrated and liberals screamed; three administration officials quit their jobs in protest. The act ended a 60-year-old federal guarantee of cash aid for the poor. Read the full story at USA Today. Today, the worst fears […]

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