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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

red state

Government; U.S. election

A state where people tend to vote for the Republican Party.

bellwether state

Government; U.S. election

A state which, historically, tends to vote for the winning candidate, perhaps because it is - demographically - a microcosm of the country as a whole. The classic example of a bellwether state is ...


Government; U.S. election

The party members whose votes at the National Convention officially determine the two parties' presidential candidates. Most of the delegates at the convention are obliged to vote for a candidate ...


Government; U.S. election

A provision that directs federal funds to a specific project. An earmark is placed in either congressional legislation or committee reports. Members of Congress will typically seek to insert ...

discretionary spending

Government; U.S. election

The segment of the US government budget that Congress has the power to allocate is discretionary spending. The remainder of the budget is entitlement spending - funds mandated by legislation to be ...


Government; U.S. election

Where Congress meets in Washington DC. The Capitol building is home to both the Senate and House of Representatives as well as various committee and hearing rooms and an art gallery. The steps of ...


Government; U.S. election

If politicians on the left of the US political spectrum believe they are being unfairly attacked or smeared, they will often refer to the attacks as "swift-boating", in reference to the series of ...

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