The American Government

Below are links to US Government branches, departments, agencies, as pseudo agencies supporting or watchdogging the US Federal Government.

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The US Executive Branch

The White House
The elected President, Joseph "Joe" R Biden, presides over all the nation's federal agencies. (Discussed below) He serves for a 4-year term and was elected in Nov 2020 and he began service at his inauguration on January 20th 2021.   Biden's vice president, who presides over the Senate and would replace in case of his incapacitation or resignation, is Kamala Harris, former Democratic House member from California, and former attorney general there.. Presidential Order of Succession just in case he is convicted and removed, or resigns from office.-- Fm NY Daily News 2/2017

President Biden was vice president under former President Barrack Obama for eight years beginning in 2008. Before that, Biden was a Senator from Delaware.   He is up for re-election in Nov, 2024.   Biden defeated former president Donald J Trump, a controversial New York real estate mogel who served one term.   Trump, who ran as a Republican, was impeached twice by the US House for high crimes and misdemeanors but was not removed by the US Senate which was composed of a narrow Republican majority.

The US Legislative Branch

US Congress
House and Senate
The two bodies work in the US Capitol. House members serve for 2-years and are elected by 235 districts. Senate members serve for 6-years and there are two from each state.

After the 2020 elections, the Democratic party held slight majorities in both the US House and the Senate after defeating the Republicans who held the Senate under Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who is now reduced in power to 'Minority Leader."   Rep.  Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) has been Speaker of the House as majority leader there, and now Sen. Charles "Chuck" Schumer (D-NY)- took control of the Senate as Senate Majority leader.

The Senate Majority Leader is a powerful position in Congress because the Senate confirms judges and presidential appointments and the Senate leader controls debates and other key appointments.

United States Judicial Branch

US Federal Courts  
The highest court is the Supreme Court of 9 justices appointed by the president and confirmed for life by the US Senate. Under it are federal courts in districts around the nation.   After the death of two Supreme court justices, and President Trump's appointments which were quickly approved by his Republican Senate, the voting power of the court favors Republican appointments but the Court Justices don't always vote in cases favoring Conservatives.   That is generally the intent of the President and Senate in selecting them,  however.

Supreme Court    Constitution

Federal Agencies

Federal Agencies generally fall under the Executive branch, led by the President .Other departments whose appointed heads are members of the President's Cabinet is a larger list.  They include the Department of Health and Human Services, Departments of Labor, Veterans Affairs, the Post Office, Department of Energy, Interior overseeing parks and federal lands, Treasury governing the American money supply, and Transportation overseeing highways, aviation, shipping, and more.  Below are some key departments many Americans are familiar with:

 US Embassies, consulates, outposts,  Overseas Travel information,  Ambassadors and diplomatic staff.  

The Secretary of State oversees the Embassies around the world and often personally conducts the highest level negotiations on behalf of the President with similar level leaders around the world.  He or she works for peace among nations and conducts both political and economic relationships.  Consider the Secretary of State as the US personal emissary in foreign relationships.

Most Americans contact the State Department for Passports to other nations and when traveling, to Embassies and Consulates.

The Defense Department  
 Army    Navy    USCG
     Marines      USAF

The Attorney General    
Federal Emergency Management
Disaster Preparedness

Veterans Affairs  

GI Bill, Health, Education, Loans, more

US Census Bureau
Bureau counts the population and collects data for public use every decade. This site shares certain public data by state and city, by gender, age and racial demographics.

  National Parks Service 
under the Department of the Interior

Non-Government Sites

Click for some top government advisories

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Protecting Your Rights
    The ACLU       Police Injustice

What's the difference between 
Republicans & Democrats?   
Leaving site to:

Four Freedoms Speech 
President Roosevelt 1941

Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Worship
Freedom from Want
Freedom from Fear,-98.24/6
Real time all worldwide plane flights

Google:  Nuclear War Checklist
Interactive Nuclear Map: 
Effect of Nuclear Blast on YOUR CITY

UN - United Nations 

Suburban Population Statistics
(by States and Cities;
not a Census bureau site)

Interactive Maps 
Maps of the US, States, World, history
Your Child Learns - free online education

If It Were My Home 
(country comparisons)

Tenth Amendment Center
Dedicated to Constitutional limits on Feds

Government, US and World History    UPI Defense News
Private news organizations covering the military

YouTube Marine Corp Recruiting Commercials

Video  Military Tribute  Kiss' Gene Simmons

Air Force Band mobs the Smithsonian

Defense One

Wikipedia in Simple English
123,000 articles Perfect for those whose
language isn't primarily English

US State Gov Links

YouTube One Hour film
 by Rachel Maddow, PhD, MSNBC
Parody site.  Don't let your kids read
 any of the doomsday stuff