Explore BrainMass

American Politics

Supreme Court decisions that Reflect Religious Beliefs

Many of those arguing against gay marriage in America use Christian biblical reference as the precedent. Building upon our readings from last week, does the Supreme Court have the right to set mandates based on religious beliefs? How does this challenge the wall of separation? Is the wall of separation already violated by presid

Federal Rulemaking Review Using this Congressional Report for members of Congress , write a 5-page memorandum/paper on the topic of rule making. You are a summer intern with Harry Smith, a Congressman from your home district. He has to advise his congressional committee on the impact of inte

Reagan Presidency Overrated?

1. Was Ronald Reagan's presidency overrated or underrated. 2. Was his Economic Policies, involvement in the Iran Contra Affair, and involvement in ending The Cold War overrated or underrated. .

Government and Citizen Reciprocity

I need your assistance answering the questions below using at least 500 words. 1. Briefly, identify and explain 3 ways that government in the United States affects the lives of citizens. a. b. c. 2. Identify and explain three specific things that citizens can do to maintain or improve the positiv

Public Policy Initiatives

I need help in putting together information that I can use and I also need guidance for the structure on two local, state, or national public policy initiatives either recently adopted or in current development. I need to evaluate them for their potential as a possible course project idea with some consideration given to impact

The American Political Culture

What changed, if anything, in the American political culture between 2004 and 2012? This was a period that saw the re-election of two very different presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Be sure not just to describe the issues that were important in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 elections, but analyze whether or not there were

Modifying the US tax code

The US tax code should be modified to include a federal tax credit of $10/MWH of wind energy production. Just set up main points, I did some of the work and like to get help to add more info. 1- Support it: **When you assigned to support a proposal, you should prepare an oral presentation with accompanying powerpoint

Affirmative action historical case analysis

I have a three page paper on affirmative action to work on this week. I was looking for page on any case that an expert may choose. If you could, please provide a summary of the history and the outcome of the case. Discuss the positives and negatives of affirmative action in general and whether you agree or disagree with the s

Minnesota Legislative Structure

Hello, I need some help getting started on this project. It's a slideshow presentation for my PS class. Can someone please help with some bullet points on the following topics regarding MN State politics? I don't need information about all of these topics. - Political party structure/make-up - State election - Campaign proc

Possibility of domestic terrorism

1. Discuss the challenges in addressing the possibility of domestic terrorism. Be sure to include comments on preventing, preparing, and responding to domestic terrorism. 2. Are there any types of domestic terrorism that would be more difficult to deal with? Why? 3. What aspects of the American political system make it more or

Precedents Set By George Washington

a) Washington created the first Presidential Cabinet. Who was on the cabinet, and what departments did they represent? Who is on the cabinet today, and what departments do they represent? b) Washington was the first President to leave office after two terms. Is that precedent still followed today? Why or why not? c) Wa

Term Limits

Explain the arguments for and against term limits.

Building Capacity by Working with the Support Sector

Support organizations come in many sizes and shapes - some distribute information or set up peer to peer helping networks. Some support organizations provide financial assistance networks and training programs. These are some of the different types support organizations involved in a social action for change. Describe br

Federalism and individual states' rights

While there is certainly disagreement over how Federalism should work, the supremacy clause has been regularly uphelp by the Supreme Court to prove that states cannot use their inherent powers to thwart the intent of federal law. Do you think there are things that are beneficial that the federal government provides to the s

Federal, Local, and Shared Powers

Pick one power from each of the categories: Federal, Local, Shared. For each power, is it in the right place? For instance, is there a federal power that should be local or shared? Is there a shared power that should be federal or local? Is there a local power that should be federal or shared?

Immigration Fallout

I need help in locating at least three or more current events articles and three or more peer reviewed articles that address immigration at the community, state, and federal level. The articles can be from daily newspapers, weekly news magazines, public policy journals, or business journals. I need to complete a (900 - 1,000

Opponents of Federalism

Discuss the following statement: "opponents of federalism argue that it allows special interests to protect positions of privilege and obstructs progress towards national goals"? Provide examples. Define the term "glass ceiling." Provide a brief overview and discussion of the public policy framework aimed at improving gender


I need help explaining the functions of NIMS and ICS in a disaster crisis that happened in the past 10 years. What worked and what did not work? As a crisis manager, how would you have conducted the operation differently and why?

Tinker vs. Des Moines School District Analysis

Tinker v. Des Moines School District 393 U.S 503 (1969) Argued November 12, 1968 Decided February 24, 1969 I. The District Court recognized that the wearing of an armband for the purpose of expressing certain views is the type of symbolic act that is within the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. As we shall discuss

Voting Requirements - Photo ID

There has been a major debate throughout the country over whether or not photo IDs should be required to vote. The following piece is an editorial arguing against the laws requiring photo IDs and, as it is an editorial, is fairly biased. Consider his arguments and post your thoughts:

American Political Culture

What changed, if anything, in the American political culture in terms of participation in elections between 2008 and 2012?

Social Programs and Government Spending

Question: Today one of the biggest expenses of the federal government is various social programs. Some programs are for the elderly like Social Security and Medicare, while others like Medicaid, welfare and food stamps are for the impoverished. Based on what you know currently, do you think that the federal government spends too

Environmental Policy for Behavior

Protecting the environment is a very difficult undertaking, and many Americans and politicians disagree with one another over how best to do so and what role (if any) the government should play in doing so. Although much focus is on the extent to which the government should regulate manufacturers, individuals may or may not make

Current Status of the American Dream

Generations of Americans have believed in the American Dream; with a little bit of luck and a lot of hard work, anyone in this nation can build a successful life for himself/herself and their families, often becoming quite rich and doing better than one's own parents had done. Since 2008; however, the nation's economy has been q

Plea Bargaining Appropriateness

Despite thousands of arrests and criminal charges being filed annually, very few result in trials. Most cases get settled out of court, sometimes because people plead guilty or because prosecutors drop charges. Plea bargaining is another reason for cases not going to trial. Defendants may agree to plead guilty to lesser charges

Being a governor in preparation for presidency

As you may recall, Texas Governor Rick Perry sought the Republican Party's nomination for President. Likewise, of course, President George W. Bush had served as this state's governor for six years. Indeed, four of the last six presidents had previously served as governors of their respective states. Assess the extent to which se

Centralized or Decentralized Government

Please help with the following problem regarding American politics. One of the differences between Texas and other states concerns federalism. While some Americans are more comfortable with more power in the federal government, many Texans prefer leaving power to state and local governments. We will see evidence of this pref

Discussing "And We Are Not Saved" by Derrick Bell

Please help me write a two page paper discussing "And We Are Not Saved" by Derrick Bell. Specifically, I must discuss the main points discussed by Bell. For example, this book was written in 1986, are any of the points raised by Bell still relevant?