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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

Second Amendment

Government; U.S. election

The so-called "right to bear arms" amendment to the US constitution, ratified in 1791. The preamble reads: "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the protection of a free state, the right of ...

Senate Majority Leader

Government; U.S. election

The leader of the majority party in the Senate, the Senate Majority Leader, is the most powerful member of the upper house of Congress. He or she controls the daily legislative program and decides ...

Senate Minority Leader

Government; U.S. election

The leader of the minority party in the Senate. He or she acts as a figurehead for the minority party in the Senate, articulating its policy positions and attempting to deliver its legislative ...


Government; U.S. election

The term used for those who support a woman's right to choose abortion if she so wishes. Supporters of the pro-choice agenda do not necessarily support abortion itself, only the position that women ...

brokered convention

Government; U.S. election

A convention is described as brokered if a candidate for a party's presidential nomination does not obtain the majority of the votes during the primary and caucus process, or during the first round ...

running mate

Government; U.S. election

Once a party has selected its presidential nominee, the chosen candidate picks a political colleague, known as a "running mate", to run with him or her in the presidential election and who ...


Government; U.S. election

The procedure to place a time limit on consideration of a bill in the US Senate. Under a cloture motion, the Senate can limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours. To be carried ...

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