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Political Science
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CAS PO 111
Graham Wilson

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PO 111: EXECUTIVE BRANCH 1 PRESIDENTIAL TASKS: a. Chief executive  President can usually choose some politicians they want for cabinet ot  supreme court.  Rarely will house or senate reject their decision  Pick political employees  b. Chief diplomat  In charge of foreign nations/ relations  Thought to be greatest power  Secrecy speed & dispatch  Other Departments (defense, transportation etc…) i. Airlines ii. Agriculture c. Commander in chief  In charge of defense   Permission to use American force and give order… if necessary  congresses support us not need. Ex: Korean War  d. Legislature  Leg. Agenda  Has veto power – can’t start process but can end it. The Presidency:   What do presidents need? (Advice, info and implementation)  Where to get staff, BSC, OMB, CEA o Why not just departments and agencies o Each agency focuses on own topic  o Each has a piece of the puzzle  Putting together: o Options  Strong white house staff  Competition (Roosevelt)  Hub and spokes in wheel  ** Why do presidents choose one approach over another  Accountability: Speak for the people you represent, being accountable for them.  Quality of government: Goes w/ accountability   Efficiency of gv’t (allowing people to be heard)  Ability of presidents to meet expectation  Legislative  Pres.. action and support  Presidents don’t take position on majority votes in congress.  When presidents take positions in congress they usually pass and win­ They are  selective on what they support: o Do they pass b/c of presidential support PO 111: EXECUTIVE BRANCH 2 o Or because presidents only agree with passible bills… NOTE: PARTY POLARIZATION IS GETTING EXTREME THE PARTIES ARE LES
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