Go inside the political process in Washington, and learn how the government's power has grown through the years. Discover the ins and outs of what is done by federal bureaucrats, lobbyists, Congress, and the president.
Get the inside scoop on the most powerful city on Earth Washington, D.C.: Capital of the Free World; the most powerfulcity on Earth. No other country, company, or internationalorganization can compare with the reach and wealth of the federalgovernment. Policymaking — the art of deciding what programsto support, what laws to pass, or what regulations to write —is at the core of what Washington does and is what everyone, fromthe President on down, wants to influence. How Washington Actually Works For Dummies isn't a dryexplanation of the American system of government but a playbook forhow Washington really works: who has a seat at the table, how thepolicymaking process works, and how one survives. It takes youinside the political process in Washington, discusses changes inrecent decades, and explains how the parts fit together. You findout: Who really runs Washington Why the President’s power is limited How Congress (and its committee structure) works What the bureaucrats — the men and women behind thecurtain — do to earn your tax dollars How lobbyists, activists, and other players influencepolicy In a presidential election year when economic issues are centerstage and the candidates will go head to head in policy debates,there’s no better time to discover the ins and outs of howpolicy is actually made.
Congress For Dummies helps you sort out what Congress doeson a daily basis and what it all means to you, the citizen. Itshows you how to get organized, make your voice heard, andinfluence legislation that might affect you. Full of helpfulresources such as contact information for House and Senate offices,and smart, straightforward explanations of the legislative process,this book is everything you need to understand Congress and getinvolved in your government. Whether you just want to know how government works, or you wantto get involved to change your country, this simple guide coversall the ins and outs of Congress. It’s a nonpartisan look atCongress that includes forewords by Speaker of the House DennisHastert and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. Inside you’llfind easy explanations and helpful tips on how to: Get involved in the democratic process Influence legislation that’s important to you Understa nd Congress and the media Contact your senators and representatives Check out Congress in action, in person Deal with congressional staff Expert author David Silverberg — Managing Editor and acolumnist at the Washington weekly The Hill — takesthe mystery out of getting something done in Congress, introducingyou to the players and explaining everything from legislation andlobbying to caucuses and coalitions. Written with the citizenadvocate in mind, this helpful guide gives regular people the toolsand knowledge they need to achieve their aims. Inside, you’lldiscover: How the three branches of government work together How to register your opinion with your elected officials How the legislative process works — from idea to law How debates, conferences, and vetoes work How budgeting and appropriations work How to get the most effect from your politicalcontributions How the lobbying process works How to advocate for legislation How to deal with congressional staffers How to make use of congressional services Getting something done in the messy confusion of democracy andbureaucracy is no easy task. Full of the kind of information andknowledge that Washington insiders take for granted, CongressFor Dummies levels the playing field so that regular people— just like you — can make a difference, too.
Created especially for the Australian customer! Understand the Australian political system and make your vote count Get to grips with the good, the bad and the ugly of Australian politics! Whether you're a seasoned political punter or a voting novice, this is your essential guide to understanding politics in Australia. Master the ins and outs of elections, parties and policies, and learn to discuss the big issues in no time. You have to vote — now learn whyand how. Decipher political terminology — clear explanations of the houses of parliament, voting systems and more Learn how Australia's political system evolved — how Westminster and Washington were combined to produce 'Washminster' Appreciate parliamentary roles — what the Whips do and just what the Usher of the Black Rod is Find out who holds the purse strings — how federal and state governments work out who pays for what Understand how political parties work — the differences between Labor and Liberal, and what coalition politics is Discover what's meant by the balance of power — how minor parties and independents contribute to politics Determine how your vote is counted — the difference between preferential voting and proportional representation Work out the media's role — how the media reports, interprets and sways political outcomes Open the book and find: Key points about past and current political hot topics Explanations of the Australian Constitution, including the crisis of 1975 Plans of the houses of parliament so you know who sits where Analysis of how the major Australian political parties came about A concise description of the electoral pendulum Graphic descriptions of the different ballot papers A comprehensive glossary of political terms and jargon Learn to: Identify what makes the Australianpolitical system tick Distinguish between the differentpolitical parties Understand the influence of the media in Australian politics Cast your vote with confidence
Washington D.C. expert Beth Rubin has scouted out all of the best places to go in Washington D.C., one of the world's most exciting and dynamic cities. The guide is packed with helpful insider tips, from how to navigate the city's subway system to where the hot new restaurants are (and which ones are worth the trip). No matter what your tastes, Washington D.C. for Dummies is packed with in-depth information and recommendations. Travelling with kids? Check out the section on kid-friendly attractions. Want some thrills? Take a side trip to Six Flags America. Let Washington D.C. for Dummies take you to the newly renovated United States Botanical garden, the awe-inspiring (and free) Smithsonian institutions, the best ethnic restaurants and much more. Rubin has done the legwork, your only job is to have a great time.
An in-depth look at the defining document of America Want to make sense of the U.S. Constitution? This plain-English guide walks you through this revered document, explaining how the articles and amendments came to be and how they have guided legislators, judges, and presidents and sparked ongoing debates. You'll understand all the big issues — from separation of church and state to impeachment to civil rights — that continue to affect Americans' daily lives. Get started with Constitution basics — explore the main concepts and their origins, the different approaches to interpretation, and how the document has changed over the past 200+ years Know who has the power — see how the public, the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court share in the ruling of America Balance the branches of government — discover what it means to be Commander in Chief, the functions of the House and Senate, and how Supreme Court justices are appointed Break down the Bill of Rights — from freedom of religion to the prohibition of "cruel and unusual punishments," understand what the first ten amendments mean Make sense of the modifications — see how amendments have reformed presidential elections, abolished slavery, given voting rights to women, and more Open the book and find: The text of the Constitution and its ammendments Discussion of controversial issues including the death penalty, abortion, and gay marriage Why the word "democracy" doesn't appear in the Constitution What the Electoral College is and how it elects a President Details on recent Supreme Court decisions The Founding Fathers' intentions for balancing power in Washington
From the White House to the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. is jam-packed with historic sites and great museums. Washington, D.C. for Dummies, 3e: Delivers the lowdown on the top attractions, restaurants, and hotels Covers the latest post-9/11 security measures and how they affect visitors Is updated with the city's latest attractions, including the World War II Memorial and the Smithsonian American Indian Musuem Includes itineraries for three-day visitors, government groupies, shoppers, and families with kids
eBay is the world's #1 online shopping destination and can be a bit intimidating for first-time users. Thankfully, though, the latest edition of eBay For Dummies addresses all the issues a first-time or inexperienced eBay user will confront. Readers will be up to date in no time on the latest changes in the eBay interface, fee structure, and methods for buying and selling. Readers will quickly be on the path that makes bidding, buying, and selling the fun it should be! A Reference for the Rest of Us! Author Marsha Collier is a recognized eBay expert, thanks to her bestselling books, appearances as an instructor at eBay University events, and appearances on NBC's Today Show, ABC's The View, and numerous print and radio interviews Topics include: getting a user name, making first bids, completing transactions, selling items, and what to do if anything goes wrong An ideal resource for everyone from corporate customers to mom & pop retailers, as well as individuals who are cleaning out their closets and garages
Ace your next history test with this concise, easy-to-readguide U.S. History for Dummies, 3rd Edition fillsthe need to improve high school proficiency in history by providinga complete history of the United States, presented in anaccessible, reader-friendly format designed to engage studentswhile reinforcing lessons learned in class. The National Assessmentof Educational Progress 2011 report showed that only 12% of highschool seniors in the U.S. perform at a "proficient" level inhistory. This, coupled with the fact that U.S. History courses andAP exams have been redesigned to remedy the situation, means thatmany students and parents are in need of a supplemental studyguide. Award-winning political journalist and history writer SteveWiegand guides you through the events that shaped our nation, frompre-Columbian civilizations to the 21st century. Theexplorers, the wars, the leaders, and the eras are all fullyexplored and explained, demonstrating how the past influences thefuture. From the Boston Tea Party to the current Tea Party, theupdated 3rd edition includes information about eventsthat have occurred since the previous edition's 2009 release. Newcoverage includes: Recession recovery, including federal efforts, unemployment,and the widening class divide The rise of the extreme right and the bitter divisions betweenpolitical parties and geographic regions Seeking the balance between superpower and domesticcaretaker The impact of social media, government surveillance, and cybercrime Not all history is old news, and what happened yesterday affectsus all today. It is vitally important that all U.S. citizens arewell-versed in the building of our nation, and remain aware ofcurrent events. For students and parents wondering what they'vemissed, U.S. History for Dummies, 3rd Editionunlocks the door to the past—and the future.