Monthly Archives: April 2012

Weekly Quiz: Test Yourself on this Week’s Events

The weekly quiz is now live in Mypoliscilab. Good luck!


Weekly Poll: Your Opinion on VP Candidates for Romney

Since Mitt Romney became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Republicans are speculating who might be his running mate. Who would you have him choose?

The End of the Beginning’s Middle

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Newt Gingrich plans to drop out, Mitt Romney reboots his campaign for the general election, and President Obama slow-jams the news on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”

Video Glossary: Voting Rights Act 1965

Presidential Vetoes in an Election Year

The ability of a president to veto legislation may be one of the office’s most important powers.  Although it’s a passive power—requiring Congress to act first by passing a law and then sending it to the president for signing—it is in most

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

circumstances the last official action to be taken on a proposed bill.  Of course, Congress has the power to override a presidential veto with a two-thirds vote in both chambers, but veto overrides are not that common.  The factors that determine whether a veto override can succeed are many, including presidential job-approval ratings, the partisan divide in Congress, and the nature of the bill itself.

President Obama may be using the power of the veto early in this campaign season on issues from cyber-security to interest rates on student loans (Congress is currently considering legislation that will keep student loan rates down by taking funds from a variety of health care programs).  The pressures of a campaign year may make the fates of most bills problematic given the political environment of the times.  How presidential vetoes will be perceived by the most important voters this fall—independents—is difficult to predict.  But a presidential veto, like an executive order, is an executive action that focuses attention on the most visible political leader in the nation.  Do you think the presidential veto gives a natural advantage to the president?  Or, should presidents think long and hard before vetoing legislation passed by both chambers of Congress?


Weekly Quiz: Test Yourself on this Week’s Events

The weekly quiz is now live in Mypoliscilab. Good luck!

Weekly Poll: Your Opinion on Secret Service For Newt Gingrich

As long as he stays in the GOP presidential race, Newt Gingrich continues to receive Secret Service protection, which costs taxpayers about $40,000 per day. Some say this is wasteful spending of taxpayers money. What do you think?