What Was the Red Scare?

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There have been two Red Scares in American history that occurred within 40 years of each other during the 20th century. A Red Scare is a period of heightened anti-communist alarm during which paranoia and mass hysteria are prevalent.

What Is the Tea Party?

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The Tea Party movement is a populist political movement formed in the United States in 2009, mainly opposed to excessive taxation and government intrusion into business while advocating stricter immigration controls.

What Are Swing States?

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Unlike many other countries in the world, the United States does not elect a president based on a direct popular vote total. Instead, elections are determined by the Electoral College, a process whereby individual states are assigned a specific number of Electoral College votes. The presidential candidate who receives a majority of those votes is then elected president.

Unitary Executive Theory

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Unitary executive theory is the concept that the president controls the entire executive branch of the American government. While people on the executive branch can advise presidents and criticize their decisions, they cannot overrule them. The cabinet help make executive decisions, but the president always has the final say.