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The Constitution of the United States:

(established 1787)

Bill of Rights:
1. Freedom of the press, speech and religion
2. The right to keep and bear arms
3. The government cannot keep troops in homes
4. Regulation of search and seizure
5. Freedom from double jeopardy; the right to due process
6. Right to a speedy trial and to call witnesses
7. Right to trial by jury
8. Excessive bail is prohibited; a ban on cruel and unusual punishment
9. Enumeration of rights in the Constitution does not take away rights retained by the people (rule of construction)
10. Rights not delegated by the Constitution are retained by the people

Additional Amendments:
11. Limits federal judicial powers
12. Separate electoral ballots for president and vice president
13. Abolishes slavery
14. Rights of citizenship unabridged
15. Race will be no exemption to voting rights
16. Allows for federal income tax
17. Allows for direct election of U.S. senators
18. Prohibition
19. Women’s suffrage (right to vote)
20. Lame duck amendment (sets presidential inauguration day to January 20)
21. Repeal of Prohibition
22. Presidential two-term limit
23. Citizens of the District of Columbia can vote in presidential election
24. Bans poll tax
25. Presidential succession and disability
26. Voting age set to 18 years
27. Wage rules for elected officials

George Washington’s Cabinet:

Secretary of the TreasuryAlexander Hamilton

Secretary of WarHenry Knox (Fort Knox)

Secretary of StateThomas Jefferson

Attorney General Edmund Randolph

Other Prominent Presidential Cabinet Members:

Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State William Seward

Chester Arthur’s Secretary of War Robert Lincoln (Abe’s son)

Secretary of State from Maine, 1889-92 James Blaine

Wilson’s Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan

First Secretary of Defense, 1947 James Forrestal

Eisenhower’s Secretary of State John Foster Dulles

Kennedy & Johnson’s Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara

Kennedy and Johnson’s Secretary of State Dean Rusk

Ford and Nixon’s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger

Reagan’s first Secretary of State Alexander Haig

Reagan’s second Secretary of State George Shultz

Reagan’s Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger

G.H.W. Bush’s Secretary of State James Baker III

Clinton’s Secretary of Commerce, killed in plane crashRon Brown

G.W Bush’s and Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Barack Obama’s first Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama's second Secratary of State John Kerry

Cabinet Department Divisions:

Secret Service
Internal Revenue Service
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Coast Guard
St. Lawrence Seaway
Commerce Department:
National Bureau of Standards
Census Bureau
Food Stamps
Justice Department:
Immigration and Naturalization Service
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Interior Department:
Bureau of Mines
Bureau of Indian Affairs
National Park Service
Geological Service

Order of Presidential Succession:

Speaker of the House of Representatives
President Pro Tem of the Senate
Secretary of State
Secretary of the Treasury
Secretary of Defense

The United States Supreme Court:

Current Judges:
John Roberts-Chief Justice (appointed by G.W. Bush)
Clarence Thomas (appointed by G.H.W. Bush)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (appointed in 1993 by Clinton)
Stephen Breyer (appointed in 1994 by Clinton)
Samuel Alito (appointed by G.W. Bush)
Sonia Sotomayor (appointed by Obama, 2009)
Elana Kagan (appointed by Obama, 2010)
Neil Gorsuch (appointed by Trump, 2017)
Brett Kavanaugh (appointed by Trump, 2018)

Previous Chief Justices:
John Jay; 1789-95 (first chief justice)
John Marshall; 1801-35 (4th chief justice, longest-serving chief justice)
Roger Taney; 1836-64 (presided over Dred Scott Decision)
Salmon P. Chase; 1864-73 (presided over Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial)
William Howard Taft; 1921-30
Charles Evans Hughes; 1930-41
Earl Warren; 1953-69 (presided over Brown vs. Board of Education)
Warren Burger; 1969-86
William Rehnquist, 1986-2005

Other Justices:
Oliver Wendell Holmes (The Great Dissenter)
Whizzer White (pro football player)
Harry Blackmun (wrote the opinion on Roe vs. Wade)
Thurgood Marshall (first Black justice)
Louis Brandeis (first Jewish justice)
William O. Douglas (Justice with the longest term on the court)

Other Facts:

Democratic presidental ticket, 2016Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine

Republican presidental ticket, 2012Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

Republican presidential ticket, 2008John McCain and Sarah Palin

Democratic presidential ticket, 2004John Kerry and John Edwards

Democratic presidential ticket, 2000Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman

Republican presidential ticket, 1996Robert Dole and Jack Kemp

Republican presidential ticket, 1992George Bush and Dan Quayle

Democratic presidential ticket, 1988Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentson

Democratic presidential ticket, 1984Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro

Democratic presidential ticket, 1980Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale

Republican presidential ticket, 1976Gerald Ford and Robert Dole

Democratic presidential ticket, 1972George McGovern and Sargent Shriver

Democratic presidential ticket, 1968Hubert Humphrey and Ed Muskie

Republican presidential ticket, 1964Barry Goldwater and William Miller

Republican presidential ticket, 1960Richard Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge

Democratic presidential candidate 1952, 1956Adlai Stevenson

Republican presidential candidate 1944, 1948Thomas E. Dewey

Democratic presidential candidate 1896, 1900, 1908William Jennings Bryan

Presidential candidate 1824, 1832, 1844 (different parties)Henry Clay

Last 3rd party presidential candidate to receive electoral votesGeorge Wallace (1968)

Independent presidential candidate, 1992, 1996Ross Perot

Five-time Social Democrat Pres. candidateEugene Debs

First Republican candidate, 1856John C. Fremont

First Republican president, 1860Abraham Lincoln

Independent presidential candidate, 1980John Anderson

“Flamboyant” New York city mayorJimmy Walker

Longest-serving Speaker of the HouseSam Rayburn

Speaker of the House, 1977-87Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, Jr.

Speaker of the House, 1995-98Newt Gingrich

Speaker of the House, 19989-2007Dennis Hastert

Speaker of the House, 2007-2011Nancy Pelosi

Longest-serving Congressman 1912-1969Carl Hayden

Longest-serving Senator, 1959-2010Robert Byrd

Texas congressman, 1912-61Sam Rayburn

“The Happy Warrior”Al Smith

Ditch-digging New York governor (Erie Canal)De Witt Clinton

The “Eggheads’” candidateAdlai Stevenson

“Dixiecrats” candidate (elected by write-in vote, 1954)Strom Thurmond

Golden Fleece award giverWilliam Proxmire

“Tail gunner Joe”Joseph McCarthy

Governor of Kansas, 1933-37Alf Landon

Alf Landon’s daughterNancy Landon Kassebaum

Number of Senators100

Number of Representatives435

Site of U.S. Constitution and Declaration of IndependenceNational Archives

Where tax bills originateHouse of Representatives

Congressional viewing areaThe Gallery

Assistant to a party leaderWhip

Opinion passed by the House or SenateResolution

Person representing U.S. Government in Supreme CourtSolicitor General

President of the SenateVice President

Body that decides on impeachmentHouse of Representatives

Listing of who’s who in congressCongressional Directory

Body that elects the V.P. in case of a tieSenate

Federal National Mortgage Association“Fannie Mae”

Student loan association“Sallie Mae”

Body that names the U.S. Poet LaureateLibrary of Congress

Intermediary between the government and citizensOmbudsman

FBI director, 1924-77J. Edgar Hoover

Location of FBI headquartersQuantico, Va

Location of CIA headquartersLangley, Va

Term for congressional seniorityRanking

Power private property for public useEminent Domain

Bankruptcy chapter of liquidationChapter 7

Bankruptcy chapter of reorganizationChapter 11

Central U.S. banking authorityThe Federal Reserve

Chairman of the Federal Reserve, 1979-87Paul Volcker

Chairman of the Federal Reserve, 1987-2006Alan Greenspan

Chairman of the Federal Reserve, 2006-Ben S. Bernanke

"America's Attic"The Smithsonian

Person with picture on the:

Fifty cent coinJohn F. Kennedy

Old one dollar coinSusan B. Anthony

New one dollar coinSacajawea

Two dollar billThomas Jefferson

$500 billWilliam McKinley

$1,000 billGrover Cleveland

$5,000 billJames Madison

$10,000 billSalmon P. Chase

$100,000 billWoodrow Wilson

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