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LINKS AND RESOURCES

General Resources on Politics

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bullet CNN/ALL POLITICS -- All politics, all the time!
bullet USA-GOV -- Has a wide variety of U.S. government sources and information about agencies and government topics.
bullet NATIONAL ARCHIVES -- Images and analysis of the Constitution, and biographies of the Founding Fathers.
bullet POLITICAL RESOURCES ONLINE -- Touts itself as the source that candidates and political consultants turn to when they need political products and services.
bullet FACTCHECK.ORG -- A well respected and non-partisan site that fact check the most outrageous political claims.
bullet C-SPAN -- It doesn't get any more non-partisan than this.

bullet FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION -- Amazing resource when you need to know about campaign finance issues.
bullet LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS -- If you can't trust the League of Women Voters as being a non-partisan resource for all things political, then who can you trust?
bullet PROJECT VOTE SMART -- Citizens of all political stripes coming together to defend democracy by providing nonpartisan information on candidates, elections, and issues.
bullet POLITICAL NEWS SITES -- A link with a wide variety of news sources that deal with politics.


Blogs (Left, Right, and Center)

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Center

Right

bullet HUFFINGTON POST
bullet TALKING POINTS MEMO
bullet DAILY KOS
bullet CROOKS AND LIARS
bullet WONKETTE
bullet MEDIA MATTERS
bullet POLITICO
bullet POLITICS 1
bullet SWAMPLAND
bullet POLITICAL WIRE
bullet THE FIX
bullet ROLL CALL
bullet RED STATE
bullet TOWNHALL
bullet NEWSBUSTERS
bullet MICHELLE MALKIN
bullet DRUDGE REPORT
bullet ANDREW SULLIVAN


Fun Stuff

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bullet POLITICAL CARTOONS -- A funny look at politics today through the eyes of political cartoonists.
bullet "HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES..." -- A site poking fun at political correctness.
bullet ELECTION DAY GAME -- Who says learning has to be boring? Play the Election Day Game.
bullet THE SPOOF -- As the name implies, this is a spoof web site that spoofs news in the headlines, especially political news.
bullet U.S. NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK -- Every time you click, the number changes. Also has news links.
bullet THE ONION -- Looks like a real news source, until you start reading their stories.

bullet POLITICAL IDEOLOGY TEST -- Where do you fit? Take this typology quiz presented by the Pew Research Center.
bullet THE CAPITOL STEPS -- A Washington, D.C. group that satires all things political through music.
bullet THE COLBERT REPORT and THE DAILY SHOW -- Some of the most biting political satire on cable.
bullet THE NOSE ON YOUR FACE and PREVENT TRUTH DECAY -- Both are conservative sites poking fun at liberals from the Right.
bullet THE NATIONAL BUDGET SIMULATION -- How would you balance the federal budget? Be a budget hero through this simulation that gives you the tools to try.
bullet WORLD'S SMALLEST POLITICAL QUIZ -- Can your political identity really be determined by 10 questions? Of course not. But this quiz is still fun to take.


Branches of Government

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Legislative
bullet CONGRESS LINK - Helpful page in learning all there is to know about U.S. Congress.
bullet U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES and U.S. SENATE homepages.
bullet HOW DOES A BILL BECOME A LAW? -- A Congressional web page will walk you through the process.
bullet A CENTURY OF LAW MAKING -- U.S. Congressional documents and debate from 1774-1873.

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Executive
bullet PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES -- Link to a site listing (with links) all 13 presidential libraries.
bullet PRESIDENTIAL SPEECHES -- Inaugural speeches, writings, and other selected documents on every President from Washington through George W. Bush.
bullet LIFE PORTRAITS -- Biographical and historical facts provided by C-SPAN about every U.S. President. See also the Library of Congress' collection BY POPULAR DEMAND.
bullet "I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR..." -- Photos, broadsides, and speeches from all the Presidential Inaugurations.
bullet PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS -- Johnson, Nixon and Clinton's legacy from The History Place.
bullet SOUNDS OF THE PRESIDENTS -- RealAudio speeches of dramatic moments from FDR to the present.
bullet THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT -- Presentation about its history and functions.

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Judicial
bullet U.S. SUPREME COURT HOME PAGE -- Recent decisions, court documents, and general information.
bullet SUPREME COURT CASES -- Search a digital database by subject for important Supreme Court cases.
bullet U.S. CONSTITUTION NET -- FAQs, topics, debate, and documents. A good on-line resource.
bullet SUPREME COURT HISTORICAL SOCIETY -- A good multimedia history of the highest court in the nation.


U.S. Political Parties

These are the official web pages to the most well known U.S. political parties.

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bullet AMERICA FIRST PARTY
bullet THE AMERICAN PARTY
bullet AMERICAN INDEPENDENT PARTY
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bullet GREEN PARTY-USA
bullet LABOR PARTY (USA)
bullet LIBERTARIAN PARTY
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bullet COMMUNIST PARTY, USA
bullet CONSTITUTION PARTY
bullet DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE
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bullet NATURAL LAW PARTY
bullet PEACE AND FREEDOM PARTY
bullet REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Additional Party Information

bullet DIRECTORY OF U.S. POLITICAL PARTIES - An excellent description of the major and minor parties in the U.S.
bullet ON THE ISSUES -- Provides information on the positions that both political parties and political leaders take. You can also take a quiz on political issues and party positions of the day HERE.
bullet PARTY QUIZ -- Which party do you belong to?


Helpful Research Links

bullet POLITICAL IDEOLOGY -- Click here for a list of links devoted entirely to ideology.
bullet ULTIMATE POLITICAL SCIENCE LINKS WEB PAGE -- Links to major associations, areas of studies, and resource links.
bullet POLITICAL IMAGES (FREE!) -- A wide collection of political history images that can be used free of copyright infringement.
bullet FEDERALIST PAPERS -- Read the Founding Fathers' views on federalism. This site also has a SEARCH index feature.
bullet GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS -- Wide variety of government documents at this digital library.
bullet USA STATISTICS IN BRIEF -- A summary of the findings of the latest Census including population statistics, demographics, employment, inflation and a host of other valuable information.


Polling

bullet AP/IPSOS
bullet COOK/RT STRATEGIES
bullet DEMOCRACY CORPS
bullet DIAGEO/HOTLINE
bullet 538
bullet GALLUP
bullet HARRIS
bullet MARIST
bullet PEW RESEARCH
bullet POLLSTER.COM
bullet PUBLIC POLICY POLLING
bullet RASSMUSSEN
bullet SURVEY USA
bullet QUINNIPIAC
bullet ZOGBY


International Relations - General Resources

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bullet THE WWW VIRTUAL LIBRARY -- A comprehensive list of topics and links to IR resources.
bullet COUNTRYWATCH.COM -- Providing country specific geopolitical intelligence (news, warnings, travel conditions, even maps) on each of the 192 countries of the world.
bullet THE IR THEORY KNOWLEDGE BASE -- General overview with brief summaries of the main theories used in IR.

bullet FACTS ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND SECURITY TRENDS -- Hard facts on military spending, armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, nuclear weapons, chronology, statistics and other reference data.
bullet SOCIAL SCIENCE INFORMATION GATEWAY -- Ready made search engine for sites, articles, etc. dealing with IR.
bullet COUNTRY INDICATORS FOR FOREIGN POLICY -- A site that evaluates risk assessment by gathering data (military, economic, political, diversity, etc) on individual countries.
bullet CONSTITUTIONS OF THE WORLD -- The title says it all.
bullet FOREIGN AFFAIRS ONLINE -- A vast collection of links dived by topics of interest to students of international relations.


General Information on California Politics

bullet CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT HOME PAGE -- Demographics, transportation, stat info, and gateway to the state government.
bullet ROUGH AND TUMBLE -- A current snapshot of California public policy and politics through news headlines.
bullet CALIFORNIA JOURNAL -- The critical source on California politics and policy.
bullet THE USUAL SUSPECTS -- San Francisco's political home page on elections, campaigns, and governance.
bullet CALIFORNIA BUDGET PROJECT -- Promotes budget policies favoring low and middle-income Californians.

bullet CAPITOL MORNING REPORT -- Info on news conferences, meetings, fundraisers, campaign notes,
appointments, lobbyist filings, etc.
bullet PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA -- Non-partisan research of the issues facing the state.
bullet STATE ASSEMBLY and STATE SENATE
bullet OFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION -- Legislative Counsel's information on Assembly and Senate bills.
bullet LEGISLATIVE ANALYSTS OFFICE -- Non-partisan analysis of state legislation, especially the budget.


California Campaigns and Elections

bullet VOTER INFORMATION -- Includes info on elections, campaign finance, and other tidbits provided by the Secretary of State's office.
bullet FAIR POLITICAL PRACTICES COMMISSION -- Watchdog and enforcer of campaign, lobbying, and conflict of interest laws.
bullet CAL VOTER FOUNDATION -- Non-partisan org with election and campaign resources.


State Officials

bullet GOVERNOR
bullet LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
bullet ATTORNEY GENERAL
bullet SECRETARY OF STATE
bullet CONTROLLER
bullet TREASURER
bullet STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
bullet SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
bullet CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
bullet INSURANCE COMMISSIONER


Political Science Organizations and Associations

bullet AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION
bullet INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION
bullet INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY NETWORK
bullet INTERNATIONAL ASSOC FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE STUDENTS
bullet MIDWEST POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION
bullet MINORITIES IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
bullet PEACE SCIENCE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL
bullet AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
bullet INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION
bullet OTHER POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATIONS


Local College/University Political Science Programs

bullet CSU MONTEREY
bullet CSU SACRAMENTO
bullet CSU SAN FRANCISCO
bullet CSU SAN JOSE
bullet MILLS COLLEGE
bullet ST. MARY'S COLLEGE
bullet SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
bullet UC BERKELEY
bullet UC DAVIS
bullet UC SANTA CRUZ

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