Unit 4 vocabulary

Unit 4 vocabulary

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administration a team of executive branch officials appointed by each president
ambassador official representatives to foreign governments
biennial something that takes place every other year
budget a plan for raising and spending money
bureaucracy an organization of government departments, agencies, and offices
cabinet an important group of policy advisers to the president, made up of the executive department heads and a few other officials
checks and balances the system that gives each of the three branches of government ways to limit the powers of the other two
commission a group of people, or planning board, appointed to a certain job by local government
commute reduce a judicial sentence to one less severe
diplomacy the relations and communications carried out between countries
electoral college a group of electors
electors people who promise to cast votes for the candidates selected by the voters
embassy the official residence or offices of an ambassador
executive agencies an agency of the executive branch
executive departments primary units of the executive branch
federalism the division of powers between the states and the federal, or national, government
government the system of powers that controls the country
impeach when members of the house of representatives accuse any high government official of wrong doing
order of succession states that the President pro tempore is next after the vice president
pardon to free from penalty for a fault or crime
regulatory commission government agency responsible for human activity
reprieve a cancellation or postpone of punishment
state of the union annual speech by the president
separation of powers dividing government power among legislative, executive, and judicial branches
veto rejecting a law

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