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United States Government

gov·ern·ment (gŭv'ərn-mənt)
1) The act or process of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit.
2) The office, function, or authority of a governing individual or body.
3) Exercise of authority in a political unit; rule.
4) The agency or apparatus through which a governing individual or body functions and exercises authority.
5) A governing body or organization, as:
6) The ruling political party or coalition of political parties in a parliamentary system.
7) The cabinet in a parliamentary system.
8) The persons who make up a governing body.
9) A system or policy by which a political unit is governed.
10) Administration or management of an organization, business, or institution.
11) Political science.


Government. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved November 21, 2007, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Government

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Federal Election Commission
An official government Web site providing a citizen's guide for contributing to candidates, using FEC services, and working with candidates and political parties. The site also offers a voter registration form for downloading.
Department of Justice
Gives an informative description of the role of the DOJ within the U.S. government. The site provides links to information on the current attorney general, the department's various organizations, and its current issues and press releases.
FedWorld Information Network
A comprehensive central access point for locating and acquiring government information. It provides a one-stop location for the public to locate, order, and receive U.S. government information.
Central Intelligence AgencyExplore the background of the CIA, read recent publications, speeches, and press releases, and visit the CIA's Homepage for kids.
Provides teachers with a full range of resources and activities to support the teaching of landmark Supreme Court cases, helping students explore the key issues of each case. The "Resources" section features basic building blocks such as background summaries and excerpts of opinions that can be used in multiple ways. The "Activities" section contains a range of short activities and in-depth lessons that can be completed with students. The Web site features key cases mandated by state standards.
Federal Bureau of InvestigationAt this site, explore major investigations currently underway, check the FBI’s "Most Wanted" list of criminals, or visit the library of recent articles on law enforcement and safety issues. This site also includes an educational page with resources for students and teachers.
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services Home PageAn in-depth presentation of immigration in our country, including services and benefits, law enforcement and border management, and historical information about immigration. This site also provides information on genealogical research and links to other government sites.
National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationThis site features an online newsletter, updated daily, containing the latest news about NASA science and technology. It also includes educational resources, a special site for kids, and links to other NASA Web sites.
The Democratic Party OnlineThis site provides a detailed summary of the U.S. Democratic Party. It highlights the party’s platform, accomplishments, and current political news, and gives links to Democratic Party sites at the state, county, and local levels.
The Republican National CommitteeAt this site, learn about the Republican Party’s platform and visit the News Room to read current articles and updates. This site also contains audio and video archives through which you can watch and listen to important party speeches and events.
The Federal Judicial CenterExplore the background and responsibilities of the Federal Judicial Center. Read publications concerning various legal issues or navigate the site's other court-related links.
The United NationsResearch the history of the UN, read UN news and documents, or learn more about any one of its five branches—Peace and Security, International Law, Humanitarian Affairs, Human Rights, and Economic and Social Development.
United States House of RepresentativesThis site presents a summary of House operations, including the proposed schedule for the week and coverage of up-to-date events on the House floor. It also provides access to information about bills and resolutions being considered in Congress, a searchable archive, and an opportunity to write to representatives.
United States SenateFeatures on this site include a link called This Week in History and a link to Senate art. You can track the legislative activities of the Senate or find out how to contact your senators.
NATO: The North Atlantic Treaty OrganizationThis site provides a short history of NATO and a brief introduction to its main policies. Read about NATO’s structure, members, and current activities, or search an archive of official documents and NATO publications.
Welcome to the White HouseThis site includes an informative link to the current president and vice president, an Interactive Citizens' Handbook, information about White House history and tours, a virtual library, and much more.
Politics and Political CampaignsLearn about the background of politics and the formation of political parties, view a time line of our government’s history, and access links to important political personalities from the past and present.
Census BureauAn extensive source of information and statistics, this site includes population and business figures, geography links, news releases, and more.
Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
This site provides online access to historical U.S. documents. The documents span a variety of topics, such as economic, demographic, legislative and legal, and regulatory issues, and include papers from the office of the president.
The Living Room Candidate
The American Museum of the Moving Image has examples of television commercials from presidential elections including 1960, 1964, and 1968.