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Open States : Discover Politics in Your State

http://openstates.org/

“Open States is a collection of tools that make it possible for citizens to track what is happening in their state’s capitol by aggregating information from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Using the site is simple: enter a U.S. address or select a state to start to research bills, review voting records, contact elected officials and more.”–From the website.

Liberapedia

http://liberapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

Liberapedia is a wiki that tries to give truthful and accurate information about liberal beliefs, which, we believe, work better than other points of view.–From the website.

Conservapedia The Trustworthy Encyclopedia

http://www.conservapedia.com/Main_Page

Conservapedia is a clean and concise resource for those seeking the truth. We do not allowliberal bias to cedeive and distort here. Founded initially in November 2006 as a way to educate advanced, college-bound homeschoolers, this resource has grown into a marvelous source of information for students, adults and teachers alike. Our courses are ongoing and open to all here: Conservapedia:Index. We have received over 250 million page views!–From the website.

The Avalon Project : Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp

“The Avalon Project will mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. We do not intend to mount only static text but rather to add value to the text by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text.”–From the website.   Documents are included from ancient times to the present.

MapLight : Revealing Money’s Influence on Politics

http://maplight.org/us-congress/organization

“MapLight is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics.  Elected officials collect large sums of money to run their campaigns, and they often pay back campaign contributors with special access and favorable laws. This common practice is contrary to the public interest, yet legal.  MapLight connects data on campaign contributions, politicians, votes, industries, companies, and more to show patterns of influence that could never be seen before. “–From the website.

Egypt: Background and U. S. Relations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33003.pdf

CRS Report published January 28, 2011 that can provide some understanding of the current Egyptian Crisis.

Nielsen Historical Ratings of State of the Union Speeches

http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/stateoftheunion-nielsenratings.pdf

Historical television ratings form the Nielsen Company of the Presidential State of the Union Addresses going back  to 1993.

White House Tapes. Presidential Recordings Program

http://whitehousetapes.net/

“Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties–FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, and Nixon–secretly recorded on tape just under 5,000 hours of their meetings and telephone conversations. The Miller Center’s Presidential Recordings Program is a unique effort aimed at making these remarkable historical sources accessible.”–From the Website.

New Members Guide 2010

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/127639-new-members-guide-2010

The Hill Newspaper offers a guide to the newly elected members of Congress.  The guide offers some biographical information on each newly elected member.

Stealth PACs Database

http://www.citizen.org/stealthpacs

“In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, corporations and wealthy individuals are spending unprecedented amounts of money to sway the 2010 elections. Much of this activity is secret, with the money funneled through independent organizations that do not disclose their funding sources. This site tracks groups that are using large contributions from corporations, unions or wealthy individuals to influence the election.”–From the Web site.

Top Ten Zip Codes For Political Contributions

http://www.cnbc.com/id/39671991

CNBC offers this list of the top ten zip codes for campaign contributions.

Project Vote Smart

http://www.votesmart.org/

“Here at Project Vote Smart, Americans young and old volunteer their time, take no money from special interest groups, and have committed themselves to an extraordinary effort that, if successful, will provide their fellow citizens with the tools for a reemergence of political power not known for half a century. Their idea is one you may have thought of yourself. It is a deceptively simple concept but enormously difficult to achieve and would not be possible without the collaboration of citizens willing to lay their partisan differences aside for this one crucial task.”–From Web site.

Congressional Elections : OpenSecrets.Org

http://www.opensecrets.org/races/index.php

“Here’s the place for head-to-head comparisons of the candidates in every U.S. House and Senate race this year. Just select the state or district to view race ratings, demographic information or the incumbent’s voting record from the New York Times. You can also select campaign finance information from OpenSecrets.org, allowing you to compare the candidates by the size and source of their contributions, the industries and interest groups that supported them, where the money came from geographically, and much more.”–From the Web site.

2010 Annual Report To Congress on White House Staff

http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/annual-records/2010

The title and salaries of all White House staff can be found in this annual report.

How A Bill Becomes A Law

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This is about as simple as one can explain a complicated process.

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