US Politics - American Politics
The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal [was FirstGov].
Government Information Online - Ask a Librarian
"Government Information Online (GIO) is a free national online information service supported by nearly thirty public, academic, and state libraries throughout the United States. Participating librarians specialize in finding government information sources of all kinds, and will try to answer your questions through chat or email."
[The 9-11 Commission] National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
"...is chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The Commission is also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks."
Action Agenda for Electoral Reform
"This site is designed to help you connect with the resources you are looking for! It is a clearinghouse for information, a springboard for action and interaction, and a resource for education."
From the Progressive Challenge, Institute for Policy Studies and The Nation.
The American Prospect Online
"...The aim of The American Prospect is to contribute to a renewal of America's democratic traditions by presenting a practical and convincing vision of liberal philosophy, politics, and public life."
"AmericanPresident.org houses two primary modules: 'The Presidency in History' and 'The Presidency in Action.' The "Presidency in History' includes biographies of every president and first lady; richly detailed event timelines; biographies of cabinet officials, presidential staffers, and advisers; and multimedia resource galleries for each of the 43 presidencies. All of this material is vetted and overseen by a group of contributing editors-one per presidency-comprised of the nation's leading scholars on the presidency. The 'Presidency in Action' explores the process by which the president uses his staff to develop policy and make decisions."
- Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia
Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project
"Established by Caltech President David Baltimore and MIT President Charles Vest in December 2000 to prevent a recurrence of the problems that threatened the 2000 U.S. Presidential election."
A Century of Law making for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873
"Beginning with the Continental Congress in 1774, America's national legislative bodies have kept records of their proceedings. The records of the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the United States Congress make up a rich documentary history of the construction of the nation and the development of the federal government and its role in the national life. These documents record American history in the words of those who built our government...In order to make these records more easily accessible to students, scholars, and interested citizens, A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation brings together online the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention through the 43rd Congress, including the first three volumes of the Congressional Record, 1873-75."
- American Memory, Library of Congress
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
"...targets government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests. We will help Americans use litigation to shine a light on those who betray the public trust."
"In these papers, we have tried to explicate what some of those principles are, indicating a little of their historical development and explaining why they are important to the workings of government in the United States in particular as well as democracy in general."
A U.S. Dept. of State publication.
By Melvin I. Urofsky, Professor of History and Public Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University
Your First Stop for Election Reform Information
"The Project is not dedicated to advocacy, nor are we committed to any specific solution to the problem of election reform. Rather, the goal will be to offer everyone with an interest in the issues -- advocates, policymakers, officials, journalists, scholars, and concerned citizens -- a forum for learning about, discussing, and evaluating the whole array of information and ideas related to the issue of election reform."
By Election Reform Information Project, University of Richmond
"More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use."
Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millennium
"From the stock market crash in 1929 through the new millennium beginning in the year 2000, editorial cartoonist Herb Block has chronicled the nation's political history, caricaturing twelve American presidents from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton. He has received three Pulitzer Prizes for editorial cartooning (1942, 1954, and 1979) and a fourth with Washington Post colleagues for public service during the Watergate investigation (1973)."
Library of Congress
Official Federal Government Web Sites
A Library of Congress Internet Resource Page. Directory of Internet addresses for the Executive Branch, Independent Agencies, Boards, Commissions and Committees, and Quasi-Official Agencies
Project for the New American Century (PNAC)
"...is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: that American leadership is good both for America and for the world; that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle; and that too few political leaders today are making the case for global leadership...It will also strive to rally support for a vigorous and principled policy of American international involvement and to stimulate useful public debate on foreign and defense policy and America's role in the world."
Road of American Democracy, 1984-1990 (ROAD)
"...data include election returns, socioeconomic summaries, and demographic measures of the American public at unusually low levels of geographic aggregation. The NSF-supported ROAD project covers every state in the country from 1984 through 1990 (including some off-year elections). One collection of data sets includes every election at and above State House, along with party registration and other variables, in each state for the roughly 170,000 precincts nationwide (about 60 times the number of counties). Another collection has added to these (roughly 30-40) political variables an additional 3,725 variables merged from the 1990 U.S. Census for 47,327 aggregate units (about 15 times the number of counties) about the size one or more cities or towns. These units completely tile the U.S. landmass. This collection also includes geographic boundary files so users can easily draw maps with these data."
By Gary King and Bradley Palmquist
Supreme Court of the United States
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