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administration he process or activity of running a business, organization, etc.
ambassador an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country.
biennial taking place every other year.
budget an estimate of income and expenditure for a set period of time.
bureaucracy a system of government in which most of the important decisions are made by state officials rather
Cabinet (in the US) a body of advisers to the president, composed of the heads of the executive departments of the government.
checks and balances counterbalancing influences by which an organization or system is regulated, typically those ensuring that political power is not concentrated in the hands of individuals or groups.
commute travel some distance between one's home and place of work on a regular basis.
diplomacy the profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations, typically by a country's representatives abroad.
Electoral College (in the US) a body of people representing the states of the US, who formally cast votes for the election of the president and vice president.
electors a person who has the right to vote in an election.
embassy the official residence or offices of an ambassador.
executive agencies An executive agency is a part of a government department that is treated as managerially and budgetarily separate, to carry-out some part of the executive functions of the United Kingdom government, Scottish Government, Welsh Government
executive departments The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments — the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State
federalism the principles of the Federalist Party.
government the governing body of a nation, state, or community.
order of succession The United States presidential line of succession is the order in which persons may become or act as President of the United States if the incumbent President becomes incapacitated, dies, resigns, or is removed from office .
pardon the action of forgiving or being forgiven for an error or offense.
regulatory commission What is FERC? The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is a United States government agency, established in 1977 to oversee the country's interstate transmission and pricing of a variety of energy resources.
reprieve cancel or postpone the punishment of (someone, especially someone condemned to death).
State of the Union a yearly address delivered each January by the president of the US to Congress, giving the administration's view of the state of the nation and plans for legislation.
separation of powers an act of vesting the legislative, executive, and judicial powers of government in separate bodies.
veto a constitutional right to reject a decision or proposal made by a law-making body.
impeach charge (the holder of a public office) with misconduct.
commission an instruction, command, or duty given to a person or group of people.

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