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Accountability of Elected Officials
Career Paths to Congress
Chaplains in the U.S. Congress
House Ethics Process
House/Senate Differences
Lame Duck Congress: Attendance and Voting
Members of Congress: A Job Description
Members of Congress: Who Do They Represent?
Oath of Office for Members of Congress
Pledge of Allegiance: Standing for the Pledge
Pledge of Allegiance: Use in Congress
Qualifications to Run for Congress
Senate: 50-50 Split?
Senate Majority Leader: A Job Description
Sessions of Congress: Lengths
Size of House and Senate
Speaker of the House: a Job Description
Amending the Constitution
Constitutionality of Legislation
August Recesses
First Congress
GOP: Origins of Term
Ideology: Left or Right
Lame Duck Congress: Definition
Party Animals: the Donkey and the Elephant
Statue of Freedom
U.S. Citizenship Test
Amendment Tree in the Senate
Changing a Law
Conference Committees: In Decline
Conference Committees: Procedures
“Deem and Pass” Procedure
Executive Orders
Holds in the Senate
How to Find Basic Legislative Information
How to Keep Up With Congress
Types of Legislation

Recommended Reading

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The Process of Politics

Know-It-All Society: Truth and Arrogance in Political Culture
by Michael P. Lynch. Liveright. (August, 2019)

Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy
by Siva Vaidhyanathan. Oxford. (Hardcover - May, 2018)

The Price of Politics
by Bob Woodward. Simon & Schuster. (Hardcover - September 11, 2012)

The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans
by Mickey Edwards. Yale University Press. (Hardcover - Aug. 27, 2012)

The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America
by Ronald Brownstein. Penguin Press. (Hardcover 2007)

The Legislative Branch

Dangerous Convictions: What's Really Wrong with the U.S. Congress
by Tom Allen. Oxford University Press. (Hardcover - Jan. 17, 2013)

On Appreciating Congress: The People's Branch
by Louis Fisher. Paradigm Publishers. (Paperback - June 1, 2010)

The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track
by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein. Oxford University Press. (Hardcover - 2008)

Media Impact on Politics

Unfreedom of the Press
by Mark R. Levin. Threshold Editions. (August, 2020)

Congress and the Media
C. Danielle Vinson. Oxford University Press. (Paperback – 2017)

Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News
by Bernard Goldberg. Regnery Publishing. (Paperback – July 21, 2014)

Feeding Frenzy: Attack Journalism and American Politics
by Larry J. Sabato. New Lanahan Editions in Political Science (Paperback - March 2000)