US Politics and Government Sites
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The Beige Book is a report on current economic conditions published eight times a year by the Federal Reserve Systems. Each Federal Reserve Bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its district through reports from bank and branch directors and interviews with key executives, economists, market experts, and other sources.
The US Census Bureau at constantly tracks the Latest Economic Indicators.Census Bureau Infographics
U.S. Population Projections: 2005-2050
10 Demographic Trends That Are Shaping the US and the World
American Fact Finder: data from the US Census Bureau
UT Libraries’ Statistics and Demographics Site: web sites for national statistics, organized by subject
Historical Statistics of the US: includes statistics back to colonial times
Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Environment
Picture Collection Online: More than 12,000 images from the NY public Library, Mid-Manhattan Library and Picture Collection. Funded by a federal Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant and a private donation.
The National Archives Online Exhibits
Designs for Democracy: Explore more than 100 designs highlighting 200 years of government drawings.
Eyewitness: Gripping eyewitness accounts chronicle dramatic moments in US history.
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, 1789-1925
Vote: The Machinery of Democracy
The mission of The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab is to identify, expose and explain disinformation where and when it occurs using open source research; to promote objective truth as a foundation of government for and by people; to protect democratic institutions and norms from those who would seek to undermine them in the digital engagement space. See also Digital Sherlocks.
The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789
History Resources: Founding the American Colonies
Notes on the Founding Fathers and the Separation of Church and State by R.P. Nettelhorst
H.I.P. Pocket Change (HPC): This site is a fun, educational tool that generates interest in coins, the Mint and US history. (H.I.P. stands for "History In Your Pocket.") Find games, cartoons and other activities for students. The teachers section provides ideas, projects and lesson plans for using coins in social studies, math, language arts and science classes. Includes a special set of lesson plans for use with the 50 State Quarters Program. From the United States Mint.
Benjamin Franklin History Resources
Benjamin Franklin: A Documentary History (63 minutes, Real Player)
American History: From Revolution to Reconstruction
West Web: Western History Resource
Storytellers: Native American Authors Online
American Indian Library Association
The Making of America Collection is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction containing approximately 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.
Abolitionism in America: A well-organized, content-rich site with a wide range of authoritative information. Includes profiles of prominent abolitionists, slave narratives, background on the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment, critical resources on Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and much more. From Cornell University, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
In 1876 The Country Waited 4 Months for a New President as Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th president of the United States, won the most fiercely disputed election in American history by 1 electoral vote.
The Way We Worked: The way we work went through enormous changes between the mid 19th and late 20th centuries.
On the Move: This site from The Smithsonian Institution uses three interconnected routes to explore how transportation shaped our lives, landscapes, culture and communities. Features an illustrated and annotated timeline, an online transportation collection [that] includes more than a thousand artifacts and photographs (browsable by categories, eras and regions), and a thematic tour of the collection. Also includes games and materials for classroom use.
History and Politics Out Loud: a searchable archive of politically significant audio materials
Foreign Relations of the United States,1900-1918 is the official documentary historical record of major US foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. Records for the McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and Taft administrations are reflected in this collection. Searchable, or browse by date. From the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.
The Deadly Virus: The Influenza Epidemic of 1918
History of Campaign Commercials
Trigger Time: A WWII History and Info Site on the 101st Airborne
Operations Against Enemy Leaders: World War II to Present
The McCarthy Transcripts (released by the US Senate) cover private hearings conducted in 1953-54 during the anti-communist crusade of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-WI, of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
The National Atomic Museum is the nation's only congressionally chartered museum of nuclear science and history. The site features an illustrated overview of the development of nuclear weapons and the growth of nuclear medicine, covering topics such as the Manhattan Project and Madame Curie. Also includes information about museum exhibits and programs. Searchable.
Legislation Related to the Attack of September 11, 2001
Analysis of the Anthrax Attacks
How the War on Terrorism Affects Access to Information and the Public’s Right to Know (March 2002)
HistoryWired: A Few of Our Favorite Things is a virtual tour of selected objects from the collections of the National Museum of American History.
African American Cemeteries Online
What it’s like to live on $2 a day in the United States
Minority Links: QuickFacts provides statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Features browsable facts and statistics on Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native populations in the United States. From the US Census Bureau Public Information Office.
Homo Stereotypus--Wired for Trouble
The National Constitution Center
Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics
The First Amendment Center works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education. The site features a clearinghouse for information concerning the five freedoms -- speech, press, assembly, petition and religion -- guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Includes overview essays, analysis, news, Supreme Court case summaries and references to related resources as well as publications and lesson plans. Searchable.
The Bill of Rights Institute is a site designed to teach high school students about the Bill of Rights. It includes lesson plans and programs.
Politics Navigator: A selective guide (lightly annotated) to Web sites about politics, government, political issues and other political information. Includes parties, political media and commentary, public opinion, private organizations, state polls and presidential candidates. A great place to start for political information. Site requires (free) registration. From the New York Times.
PBS News Hour: Government and Civics
Almanac of Politics and Government: a comprehensive collection of links
Gateway to US Government Web Sites Issuing News and Press Releases
FedForms.gov provides one-stop-shopping for the federal forms most used by the public.
Government Information on the Internet: A Primer
Updated US Government Web Site: links to 20,000 US government web sites
Intergovernmental Organizations & Foreign Governments
The United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial and executive branches. Also includes information on quasi-official agencies and more.
The White House site links to the three branches of national government and to most independent agencies under the control of the president.
White House Briefing: Updated each weekday morning, this site provides a quick look at the most interesting items about the president and his staff from major newspaper, magazine and broadcast Web sites and weblogs. Also includes an archive of columns written for the site, background information about White House staff and correspondents and links to related sites. From washingtonpost.com, the online presence of The Washington Post.
Presidential News and Speeches: This White House site tracks and records all the news and speeches surrounding the activities of the current president of the United States. Archives browsable by date. Also features information on press briefings, proclamations, executive orders, radio addresses, policies and more. Includes some audio and video clips. Some materials also available in Spanish. Searchable.
Executive Orders of President Bush
Presidential Pardons Resource Site
Inauguration: Noon, January 20, 2001
"I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations
White House Tapes: The President Calling: Three of America's most compelling presidents -- Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon -- bugged their White House offices and tapped their telephones. In this documentary project, American Radio Works eavesdrops on presidential telephone calls to hear how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history. Includes audio, a transcript of the documentary and background information on each president and the tapes.
A-Z Index of US Government Departments and Agencies
The US Federal Register Tutorial: What It is and How to Use It
Executive Branch Agencies on the Web
FedStats: gateway to statistics from over 100 federal agencies, search by topic, agency or state
Web Sources for Military History
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
Comprehensive list of US Military Bases, by location or branch, with information on each
Overview of US Missile Systems: ballistic missiles and specific missile programs, such as Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) and Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3): from the Arms Control Association, a nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies
Official DOD Anthrax Information Site
US Air Force Historical Research Agency: Contains 70 million pages devoted to the history of the Air Force, the world’s largest collection of documents on US military aviation.
US Army Center for Military History
US Coast Guard Historian's Office
US Marine Corps History Division
The Politics of Education Reform
National Center for Education Stats
College Navigator has direct links to over 9,000 colleges and universities in the United States. Fast way of finding out about a specific college or group of colleges.
All About Online Colleges: Prospective students are able to search for schools using various criteria and compare online college programs to find the right fit for their personal, educational, and professional needs. Students are able to compare up to four schools at one time, compiling important factors such as cost, accreditation, and available programs on one easy-to-understand breakdown.
Learning Disabilities: Information, Strategies and Resources
Natural Resources Law: An Overview
Renewable Resource Data Center
Alternative Energy: Basic Information
Why Do We Need the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?
Health and Human Services Home Page
Health Resources and Services Administration
Office of Population Affairs Clearinghouse (OPA)
Estate Planning, Elder Law and Tax Links
State Pharmacy Programs: Assistance Designed to Target Coverage and Stretch Budgets
Prescription Drugs: Expanding Access to Federal Prices Could Cause Other Price Changes
Benefits.gov Website: The official benefits website of the U.S. government informs citizens of benefits they may be eligible for and provides information on how to apply for assistance. Find more than 1,000 Federal and state benefits including housing, food/nutrition, education, grants/loans, disaster relief and Medicare/Medicaid.
What Every ___ Should Know About Social Security
Waste Incineration and Public Health informs the emerging debate with the most up-to-date information available on incineration, pollution and human health, along with expert conclusions and recommendations for further research and improvement of such areas as risk communication.
Homeland Security Advisory System
Homeland Security Knowledge Base
Homeland Security Standards and Guidelines
Internet Resources on Terrorism
Terrorism, the Future and US Foreign Policy
Full Alert: An Arsenal of Ideas for the War Against Terrorism
Loyola Homepage on Strategic Intelligence
Foreign Affairs Online is designed to assist students and other individuals interested in International Law and US Foreign Policy.
FBI Investigative Guidelines (May 31, 2002)
TRAC FBI: comprehensive, independent and nonpartisan information about the FBI
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Health Statistics
Antimicrobial Resistance is a new site designed to provide both general and technical information about antimicrobial resistance. From the National Center for Infectious Diseases.
Autoimmune Diseases Fact Sheet
National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
GeneTests, a genetics testing resource, includes a genetics laboratory directory, genetics clinic directory, an introduction to genetic counseling and testing concepts and more. Free registration required.
Space Weather: official US weather forecasts and observations
Disaster Clean Up Training for Hazardous Materials (HAZWOPER)
US Postal Service: Electronic Commerce Activities and Legal Matters
US Postal Service: Postal Activities and Laws Related to Electronic Commerce
Find Libraries: local public or state libraries, federal libraries and archives, grants for libraries or ask a librarian for help
Copyright Search: The Copyright Office's new user interface designed for first-time or occasional users of their three databases -– registered works, serials and documents.
THOMAS Library of Congress Legislative Data on the Internet
Track Individual House and Senate Bills via gopher
Full Searches for Legislation (via THOMAS)
Federal and State Bill Tracking Resources
BillTrack50 | Track and Share Legislation
Federal Statutes: A Beginner's Guide
How to Order a US Flag that Has Flown Over the Capitol
House and Senate Roll Call Votes
Watch the House Live and On Demand on the Web
Clerk of the US House of Representatives
Watch the Senate Live and On Demand on the Web
Each year the President through the Office of Management and Budget sends his proposed budget to Congress. However, the House of Representatives and the Senate have their own opinions about what the budget should be.Understanding the Federal Budget
Mandatory vs. Discretionary Spending
Where the Current National Debt Comes From
Budget Hero was launched in May 2008, re-launched in September 2012 and retired in August 2014 by Public Insight Network. I’m keeping the link ready (and my fingers crossed!) for the next re-launch.
5 Ways New Media Are Changing Politics
A Primer on Persuasion and Influence
Public Opinion Sites:
Ahead of election 2020: Tips on finding information you can trust
The Polling Report combines the best of polls.
Public Opinion: Washington Post Polls
Candidates and Officials: Backgrounds, Issue Positions, Voting Records, Campaign Finances and Performance Evaluations
Open Secrets: Guide to money in US elections. Contains extensive data on who's giving and who's getting. Follow the campaign money connected to numerous hot topics. Contributions database searchable by donor name, zip code and industry. Federal office holders database includes links to official personal financial disclosures.
Soft Money Laundromat is a searchable database of special interest soft money contributions to the Democratic and Republican national party committees -- http://www.commoncause.org/laundromat [link down].
Money in Politics 101: What You Need to Know About Campaign Finance
Political Money Line provides candidate data and reports on campaign finance, lobbying activity and soft money in the US.
Grading State Campaign Finance Disclosure
US Congressional Campaign Fundraising Statistics
Campaign Finance Reform: A Libertarian Primer
WhoPaidThem.com: a game about political money
Ethics in Government Resources
Annenberg Political Fact CheckPolitifact.com
A Vote Against Computerized Ballots
US Federal Election Commission
Elections: The American Way: Looks at political campaigns by exploring the history and roles of candidates and voters, the structure of the party system and election process and tough issues that politicians have faced.
Daily Election News from the Washington Post
PBS Frontline: Government, Elections, Politics
Atlas of US Presidential Elections
Atlas of US Presidential Elections
Making Your Voice Heard by US Federal Legislators, the White House, State Legislators and Governors
There's a new website for all you political junkies. It's a forum for policy discussion on national issues with lots and lots of links. It can be found at www.voxcap.com.
Project Vote Smart: A Voter’s Self-Defense System
I strongly urge you to check out The Political Compass. It does a wonderful, wonderful job of explaining political ideologies and gives you a chance to check out what your true political philosophy is.
The Right Side of the Web: provides a home to people with a conservative point of view
GOPAC: Republican Political Action Committee
Socialist Party USA Cybercenter
Directory of US Political Parties
Jurist: from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law
US States and Territories from the Law Library of Congress: Legal links and general resources for every US state and territory. Includes the constitution, historical documents, judiciary opinions of the state supreme court and court of appeals, the code of laws, acts and bills.
Cornell Legal Information Institute
Law Library Resource Exchange: Internet Legal Research and Technology
Internet Hotlist of Law Guides
The ABA publication Human Rights examines the Patriot Act and Civil Liberties Post-9/11.
Clone Wars: The Growing Debate Over Federal Cloning Legislation
Freedom of Information Act Gallery
Citizen’s Guide on Using the Freedom of information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974 to Request Government Records
Privacy Survival Guide: How to Take Control of Your Personal Information
Comparing National and State Court Systems
Understanding the US Federal Courts
Virtual Tour of the Supreme Court
Guide to the US Supreme Court: a primer on the jurisprudence, procedure, history and justices of America’s highest court
A Primer on Supreme Court Procedures
Supreme Court of the United States: Florida Election Cases provides the full text of materials filed with the United States Supreme Court relating to lawsuits about the 2000 presidential election results from Florida. Includes petitions, oppositions, replies, briefs, transcripts, orders and opinions.
Supreme Court Case Study: Bush v. Gore
Recent Supreme Court Decisions
Landmark Supreme Court Rulings
Freedom of the Press Court Cases
Supreme Court Nominations Not Confirmed
The Office of Administrative Law Judges has a site full of information about the trial court functions of the Administrative Law Judges. Also includes links to federal case law, statutes, regulations, courts of appeal, US Supreme Court decisions and more.
The United States District Courts are the trial courts of the federal court system. Within limits set by Congress and the Constitution, the district courts have jurisdiction to hear nearly all categories of federal cases, including both civil and criminal matters.
Justia.com Federal Court CasesThe Justice System: What is the sequence of events in the criminal justice system?
World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems
Warning Signs of Teen Violence: from the American Psychological Association
Survey of the Federal Death Penalty System
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data from more than 100 sources about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States.
From Prison to Home: The Dimensions and Consequences of Prisoner Re-Entry addresses the challenges facing many released prisoners, such as substance abuse, health problems, employment obstacles and housing shortages, as well as the impact of their return on their families and neighborhoods.
Crime and Law Enforcement Directory
The Center for Democracy and Technology has government surveillance background information, news, analysis, policy papers, legislation and other information about government surveillance issues. Topics include wiretapping, the USA PATRIOT Act, cybersecurity and cybercrime, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA, or the digital telephony law), digital search and seizure, and legislative proposals. Digital Storm provides an overview of law enforcements use of digital technology. From the Center for Democracy and Technology.
Federal Guidelines for Searching and Seizing Computers
The Bureau of Justice Assistance Training Databases is a catalog of all federally funded and supported training available to state and local law enforcement officials.
Intelligence and Law Enforcement: Countering Transnational Threats to the US
State Officials and Voting Records (From Project Vote Smart)
Cities Online: Urban Development and the Internet examines economic and community development organizations in five cities and recommends best practices other cities can follow to take advantage of the Internet. The five cities are Austin, Cleveland, Nashville, Portland and Washington.
Resources for New City Hall Reporters
Journalist's Resource: Ten Hints for Covering Government
The Political Scientist's Guide To the Internet
Guide to Political Research Online
Guide to Political Research Online