[ITAL] 3/26 The Executive Branch


  • Text: ch. 6.

Homework 1: Independent Regulatory Agencies

  • Hints: What is an independent regulatory agency? How are they different from a regular department? How many are there in the States? How (dis)similar are they?

Homework 2: Presidential Impeachment

  • Hints: How can a sitting president be removed from the office? What other punishments can be laid on him/her? On what conditions? Can s/he be subpoenaed by the court? Can s/he be prosecuted after leaving the office for things he did during the presidency?
  • You may want to read up on the Clinton impeachment to further your understanding.

[ITAL] 3/19 Statutes and Statute Makers


  • Text: ch. 5.

Homework 1: 2-chamber Congress

  • Hints: How do the Senate and the House work together to pass a statute? How about the annual budget? What power does the President have over legislation? What is pocket veto? What happen if the annual budget doesn’t pass?

Homework 2: Elections

  • Hints: How are Congress members elected/selected? how are election district drawn? What happen if a seat is vacated in the middle of a term? What is gerrymandering?
  • Read this news story for the most recent election district dispute.