CQ Almanac Plus 2006

109TH Congress, 2nd Session

Author: Jan Austin

Publisher: CQ-Roll Call Group Books

ISBN: 9780872895768

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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A comprehensive analysis of congressional action in 2006

CQ Almanac 2013

Author: C. Q. Roll Call

Publisher: Cq Press

ISBN: 9781483358475

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

View: 7834

CQ Almanac is the essential resource that chronicles and analyzes the major bills brought before Congress in the previous year. Published each summer, this non-partisan reference work offers exclusive insight into the forces that drove action on legislation. The CQ Almanac Includes: An unbiased look at the issues that mattered most in 2014 Offers original narrative accounts of every major piece of legislation that lawmakers considered during a congressional session Arranged thematically, CQ Almanac organizes, distills, and cross-indexes for permanent reference the full year in Congress and in national politics Print Version includes: Legislative Profiles, Key Votes, Vote Studies, Roll Call Votes, and Public Laws Available In Print and Online.

CQ Almanac

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781568026404

Category: United States

Page: 700

View: 4855

CQ Almanac Plus gives you an in-depth look at the major bills of the second session of the 108th Congress, including the landmark overhaul of the nation's intelligence community and the failed attempt to update the nation's main highway law. The book also details the year's two big tax bills - for businesses and for middle-class families, along with the 13 appropriations bills, of which were enacted by the end of the session for the first time in three years. This year's edition also has a special section on the 2001 elections, with summaries of the presidential and congressional races and complete, official returns for every congressional district in the country. Each of the more than 80 legistative histories contains a detailed adescription of the bill, a behind-the-scene look at how it was shaped and its status at the end of 2004. CQ Almanac Plus also gives you the following: Key Votes Vote Studies All roll-call votes Public Laws

Regierungssystem der USA

Lehr- und Handbuch

Author: Wolfgang Jäger,Christoph M. Haas,Wolfgang Welz

Publisher: Oldenbourg Verlag

ISBN: 348671127X

Category: Political Science

Page: 563

View: 4013

Der nunmehr in dritter Auflage erscheinende Band ist als eine wissenschaftlich-systematische Einführung in das Regierungssystem der USA konzipiert. Er macht die besonderen Bedingungen des innen- und außenpolitischen Prozesses in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika für seine Leserinnen und Leser verständlich. Im Vordergrund der Betrachtungen stehen die Verfassungsordnung und die politischen Institutionen sowie die sie tragenden und beeinflussenden Kräfte.

American Reference Books Annual

Author: Bohdan S. Wynar

Publisher: N.A


Category: Reference books

Page: N.A

View: 3931

1970- issued in 2 vols.: v. 1, General reference, social sciences, history, economics, business; v. 2, Fine arts, humanities, science and engineering.

Unorthodox Lawmaking

New Legislative Processes in the U.S. Congress

Author: Barbara Sinclair

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1506322859

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 4072

Most major measures wind their way through the contemporary Congress in what Barbara Sinclair has dubbed “unorthodox lawmaking.” In this much-anticipated Fifth Edition of Unorthodox Lawmaking, Sinclair explores the full range of special procedures and processes that make up Congress’s work, as well as the reasons these unconventional routes evolved. The author introduces students to the intricacies of Congress and provides the tools to assess the relative successes and limitations of the institution. This dramatically updated revision incorporates a wealth of new cases and examples to illustrate the changes occurring in congressional process. Two entirely new case study chapters—on the 2013 government shutdown and the 2015 reauthorization of the Patriot Act—highlight Sinclair’s fresh analysis and the book is now introduced by a new foreword from noted scholar and teacher, Bruce I. Oppenheimer, reflecting on this book and Barbara Sinclair’s significant mark on the study of Congress.

The Laws That Shaped America

Fifteen Acts of Congress and Their Lasting Impact

Author: Dennis W. Johnson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135837562

Category: History

Page: 544

View: 5416

For better and sometimes for worse, Congress is a reflection of the aspirations, wants, and priorities of the American people. It reflects the kaleidoscope of special interests and unselfish service to others, of favors sought and sacrifices made. During each two-year session of Congress, thousands of pieces of legislation are proposed, many hundreds are given serious consideration, but far fewer are eventually enacted into law. Most enactments have limited impact, affect few, and are quietly forgotten in the flow of legislative activity. However, a small number of laws have risen to the level of historical consequence. These are the laws that have shaped America, and they are the subject of this book. Which pieces of legislation were the most significant for the development of the nation? Which have had an immediate or lasting impact on our society? Which laws so affected us that we could not imagine how our lives would be without them? Dennis W. Johnson vividly portrays the story of fifteen major laws enacted over the course of two centuries of American democracy. For each law, he examines the forces and circumstances that led to its enactment--the power struggles between rival interests, the competition between lawmakers and the administration, the compromises and principled stands, and the impact of the legislation and its place in American history.

Party Polarization in Congress

Author: Sean M. Theriault

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139473002

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

View: 1811

The political parties in Congress are as polarized as they have been in 100 years. This book examines more than 30 years of congressional history to understand how it is that the Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill have become so divided. It finds that two steps were critical for this development. First, the respective parties' constituencies became more politically and ideologically aligned. Second, members ceded more power to their party leaders, who implemented procedures more frequently and with greater consequence. In fact, almost the entire rise in party polarization can be accounted for in the increasing frequency of and polarization on procedures used during the legislative process.

Downsizing the Federal Government

Author: Chris R. Edwards

Publisher: Cato Institute

ISBN: 9781930865822

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

View: 2958

The federal government is running large budget deficits, spending too much, and heading toward a financial crisis. Federal spending has soared under President George W. Bush, and the costs of programs for the elderly are set to balloon in coming years.

The Future of Reputation

Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet

Author: Daniel J. Solove

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300138191

Category: Law

Page: 247

View: 924

Teeming with chatrooms, online discussion groups, and blogs, the Internet offers previously unimagined opportunities for personal expression and communication. But there's a dark side to the story. A trail of information fragments about us is forever preserved on the Internet, instantly available in a Google search. A permanent chronicle of our private lives, often of dubious reliability and sometimes totally false, will follow us wherever we go, accessible to friends, strangers, dates, employers, neighbours, relatives, and anyone else who cares to look. This engrossing book, brimming with amazing examples of gossip, slander, and rumour on the Internet, explores the profound implications of the online collision between free speech and privacy. Daniel Solove, an authority on information privacy law, offers a fascinating account of how the Internet is transforming gossip, the way we shame others, and our ability to protect our own reputations. Focusing on blogs, Internet communities, cybermobs, and other current trends, he shows that, ironically, the unconstrained flow of information on the Internet may impede opportunities for self-development and freedom. Long-standing notions of privacy need review, the author contends: unless we establish a balance between privacy and free speech, we may discover that the freedom of the Internet makes us less free.

Governing in a Polarized Age

Elections, Parties, and Political Representation in America

Author: Alan S. Gerber,Eric Schickler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107095093

Category: Political Science

Page: 346

View: 9621

This volume provides an in-depth examination of representation and legislative performance in contemporary American politics.

200 Notable Days

Senate Stories, 1787 to 2002

Author: N.A

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 9780160763311


Page: N.A

View: 2142

Comprised of 200 readable and informative historic vignettes reflecting all areas of Senate activities, from the well known and notorious to the unusual and whimsical. Prepared by Richard A. Baker, the Senates Historian, these brief sketches, each with an accompanying illustration and references for further reading, provide striking insights into the colorful and momentous history of The World's Greatest Deliberative Body. Review from Goodreads: "Jason" rated this book with 3 stars and had this to say "This coffee table book on Senate History comes from none other than the U.S. Senate Historian, Richard Baker. The House of Representatives recently acquired noted historian of the Jacksonian era, Robert Remini as the official House Historian. He recently wrote a pretty impressive tomb on the House of Representatives. The Senate already has a 4 volume history written by US Senator, Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, so the Senate could not reply in that manner. So, I think the coffee table book was the best that we could muster. I think this is the first time I have actually read a coffee table book from cover to cover. It is a chatty little story book filled with useful cocktail-party-history of the US Senate. That's useful knowledge to me, as I never know what to say at Washington cocktail parties. Perhaps anecdotes about Thomas Hart Benton will help break the ice. The most striking thing to me about the book was the number of attacks on the Capitol. I had heard about all the incidents individually, but it is more jolting to see them sequentially. 3 bombings, 2 gun attacks and then the attempt on September 11th. In a way, its remarkable that the Capitol complex remained so open for so long. Note, I use the past tense here. As any of you who have visited the capitol recently will have noted, it is increasingly difficult to get in. And once the Capitol Visitor Center is completed, I expect it will be very much a controlled experience like the White House. In any case, Baker's prose is breezy and he is dutifully reverent to the institution without missing the absurdities of Senate life. You also get a sense of the breakdown in lawfulness that preceded the Civil War. Its not just the canning of Charles Sumner, its also the Mississippi Senator pulling a gun on Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton in the Senate chamber. Then there is the case of California Senator David Broderick (an anti-slavery Democrat) being killed in a duel by the pro-slavery Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. Apparently, back in those days, California was a lot more like modern Texas. In any case, the slide toward anarchy can definitely be found long before Fort Sumter. Another interesting aside that I really never knew concerns the order of succession. All of us learn in school that it is the President, then the Vice President, then the Speaker of the House and then President Pro Tempore of the Senate. After that, you get the members of the Cabinet, and I was aware that as new departments were created, they have been shuffled up a bit. What I did not know, is that Congress was not always in the order of succession at all. For a long time, it devolved from the President to the VP and then directly to the Secretary of State. Furthermore, when they first inserted Congress, it was the President Pro Tempore of the Senate who was third in line over the Speaker of the House. The structure we all know and love was only finalized in 1947 after some hard thinking in light of FDR's demise and the Constitutional Amendments on succession that followed. Anyway, this is a book for government geeks. If you are one, its a nice read and about as pleasant a way to introduce yourself to Senate history as I have found. If not, there are prettier coffee table books to be had."

The Unintended Consequences of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act

Author: Edward Blum

Publisher: A E I Press

ISBN: 9780844742571

Category: Law

Page: 77

View: 6587

The book highlight the real-world consequences of the changes to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Edward Blum draws on public records, press accounts, and extensive personal interviews with state and local officials to reveal the transformation of the VRA from a law protecting voting rights to a gerrymandering tool used to further the electoral prospects of incumbent politicians of all races.

Barack Obama's America

How New Conceptions of Race, Family, and Religion Ended the Reagan Era

Author: John White

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472021796

Category: Political Science

Page: 305

View: 5486

"White's Barack Obama's America eloquently captures both the important nuances of the current political scene and its long-term consequences." ---Richard Wirthlin, former pollster for Ronald Reagan "This delightfully written and accessible book is the best available account of the changes in culture, society, and politics that have given us Barack Obama's America." ---Stan Greenberg, pollster for Bill Clinton and Chairman and CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research "From one of the nation's foremost experts on how values shape our politics, a clear and compelling account of the dramatic shifts in social attitudes that are transforming American political culture. White's masterful blend of narrative and data illuminates the arc of electoral history from Reagan to Obama, making a powerful case for why we are entering a new progressive political era." ---Matthew R. Kerbel, Professor of Political Science, Villanova University, and author of Netroots "John Kenneth White is bold. He asks the big questions . . . Who are we? What do we claim to believe? How do we actually live? What are our politics? John Kenneth White writes compellingly about religion and the role it played in making Barack Obama president. White's keen insight into America's many faiths clarifies why Barack Obama succeeded against all odds. It is a fascinating description of religion and politics in twenty-first-century America---a must-read." ---Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and author of Failing America's Faithful "In Barack Obama's America, John Kenneth White has written the political equivalent of Baedeker or Michelin, the definitive guide to and through the new, uncharted political landscape of our world. White captures and explains what America means---and what it means to be an American---in the twenty-first century." ---Mark Shields, nationally syndicated columnist and political commentator for PBS NewsHour "John White has always caught important trends in American politics that others missed. With his shrewd analysis of why Barack Obama won, he's done it again." ---E. J. Dionne, Jr., Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, and University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University The election of Barack Obama to the presidency marks a conclusive end to the Reagan era, writes John Kenneth White in Barack Obama's America. Reagan symbolized a 1950s and 1960s America, largely white and suburban, with married couples and kids at home, who attended church more often than not. Obama's election marks a new era, the author writes. Whites will be a minority by 2042. Marriage is at an all-time low. Cohabitation has increased from a half-million couples in 1960 to more than 5 million in 2000 to even more this year. Gay marriages and civil unions are redefining what it means to be a family. And organized religions are suffering, even as Americans continue to think of themselves as a religious people. Obama's inauguration was a defining moment in the political destiny of this country, based largely on demographic shifts, as described in Barack Obama's America. John Kenneth White is Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Cover image: "Out of many, we are one: Dare to Hope: Faces from 2008 Obama Rallies" by Anne C. Savage, view and buy full image at http://revolutionaryviews.com/obama_poster.html.

Quasi Government

Hybrid Organizations with Both Government and Private Sector Legal Characteristics

Author: Kevin R. Kosar

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 1437938094


Page: 41

View: 2266

This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. An overview of federally related entities that possess legal characteristics of both the governmental and private sectors. These hybrid org. (e.g., Fannie Mae, Nat. Park Fdn.), referred to in this report as the ¿quasi gov¿t.,¿ have grown in number, size, and importance in recent decades. A brief review of exec. branch organizational history is followed by a description of entities with ties to the exec. branch, although they are not ¿agencies¿ of the U.S. Several categories of quasi governmental entities are discussed: (1) quasi official agencies; (2) gov¿t.-sponsored enterprises; (3) federally funded R&D corp.; (4) agency-related non-profit org.; (5) venture capital funds; (6) congress. chartered non-profit org.; and (7) those of indeterminate character. Illus.

Immigration Policies and the Global Competition for Talent

Author: Lucie Cerna

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113757156X

Category: Political Science

Page: 283

View: 1856

This book examines the variation in high-skilled immigration policies in OECD countries. These countries face economic and social pressures from slowing productivity, ageing populations and pressing labour shortages. To address these inter-related challenges, the potential of the global labour market needs to be harnessed. Countries need to intensify their efforts to attract talented people – the best and the brightest. While some are excelling in this new marketplace, others lag behind. The book explores the reasons for this, analysing the interplay between interests and institutions. It considers the key role of coalitions between labour (both high- and low-skilled) and capital. Central to the analysis is a newly constructed index of openness to high-skilled immigrants, supplemented by detailed case studies of France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. The book contributes to the literature on immigration, political economy and public policy, and appeals to academic and policy audiences.

The Waxman Report

How Congress Really Works

Author: Henry Waxman

Publisher: Twelve

ISBN: 0446545678

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 3797

At a time when some of the most sweeping national initiatives in decades are being debated, Congressman Henry Waxman offers a fascinating inside account of how Congress really works by describing the subtleties and complexities of the legislative process. For four decades, Waxman has taken visionary and principled positions on crucial issues and been a driving force for change. Because of legislation he helped champion, our air is cleaner, our food is safer, and our medical care better. Thanks to his work as a top watchdog in Congress, crucial steps have been taken to curb abuses on Wall Street, to halt wasteful spending in Iraq, and to ban steroids from Major League Baseball. Few legislators can match his accomplishments or his insights on how good work gets done in Washington. In this book, Waxman affords readers a rare glimpse into how this is achieved-the strategy, the maneuvering, the behind-the-scenes deals. He shows how the things we take for granted (clear information about tobacco's harmfulness, accurate nutritional labeling, important drugs that have saved countless lives) started out humbly-derided by big business interests as impossible or even destructive. Sometimes, the most dramatic breakthroughs occur through small twists of fate or the most narrow voting margin. Waxman's stories are surprising because they illustrate that while government's progress may seem glacial, much is happening, and small battles waged over years can yield great results. At a moment when so much has been written about what's wrong with Congress-the grid­lock, the partisanship, the influence of interest groups-Henry Waxman offers sophisticated, concrete examples of how govern­ment can (and should) work.

Making U.S. Foreign Policy Toward South Asia

Regional Imperatives and the Imperial Presidency

Author: Lloyd I. Rudolph,Susanne Hoeber Rudolph

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253220009

Category: History

Page: 439

View: 6158

U.S.South Asian relations as seen through the administrations of presidents Johnson, Nixon, and George W. Bush