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U.S. election

General elections held every four years to elect the President and Vice President of the United States. These are indirect elections in that ordinary voters cast ballots for a slate of electors of the U.S. Electoral College, who in turn directly elect the President and Vice President.

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U.S. election

Federal Election Commission (FEC)

Government; U.S. election

In 1975, Congress created FEC as an independent regulatory body to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). The FEC discloses campaign finance information, enforces the ...

Grand Old Party (GOP)

Government; U.S. election

The traditional nickname for the Republican Party widely used in American political reporting. The party's official history traces the term back to the late 19th Century citing an article in the ...

House of Representatives

Government; U.S. election

The larger of the two houses of Congress. The 435 members of the House - generally known as Congressmen and Congresswomen - serve two-year terms, as compared to the six-year term of senators. The ...

House Majority Leader

Government; U.S. election

The House Majority Leader is the second most powerful member of the majority party in the House of Representatives. Unlike the speaker, he or she has no responsibility to the House as a whole, and ...

House Minority Leader

Government; U.S. election

The leader of the minority party in the House of Representatives. He or she acts as a representative for the minority party's policy position and organises its legislative strategy.

McCain-Feingold

Government; U.S. election

A 2002 campaign finance reform law named after its main sponsors: Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona and Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold. Aspects of the law were overturned by the Supreme ...

Medicaid

Government; U.S. election

A federally funded program administered at state level to provide medical benefits and healthcare for some low-income people. Created by amendments to the 1965 Social Security Act, it applies only ...

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