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Midterm- Due July 16th 2017 Please answer question number 1 and select 2 additional questions from the following questions. Please ensure your responses comport to APA format and you cite and reference your work. You will need to do additional research in addition to reviewing your course content to answer these questions. Please upload your responses in the assignments folder titled MIDTERM. 1. How has the media enhanced the powers of the presidency? Has this made government more or less democratic? Has it weakened the legislative branch (the branch in which the people are more directly represented) and consequently made government less democratic? Or has it put the president more directly in touch with the people—and strengthened the public’s voice in government? Has the media changed the presidency in other ways? (MANDATORY) Select 2 of the following 2. A new president has about 3,000 positions to fill after he is sworn in. The time it takes to staff a new administration has been steadily increasing. Why? Discuss the major factors that must be considered when a president is deciding who to appoint to his administration. 3. The Two Presidencies thesis argues that a president is in a much more powerful position in foreign affairs than he is for domestic affairs. Why have presidents generally been more dominant in foreign policy than they in domestic policy? 4. 5. 6. A president’s popularity while in office may be quite different than his historical standing. Cite at least three examples of presidents whose standing today is either significantly better or worse than it was while they were in office, and explain why the change. The basic provisions of the Electoral College and their relationship to the various controversies that arose during the 2000 and 2016 election. Discuss the arguments for and against the Electoral College and the arguments for and against the popular election of the president. Discuss the changing nature of the president’s legislative role. Discuss the resources that a president has to push his legislative program through Congress and how specific presidents have used them.  ...
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Political Science Midterm Assignment
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The Mandatory Question
How has the media enhanced the powers of the presidency? Has this made government
more or less democratic? Has it weakened the legislative branch (the branch in which the
people are more directly represented) and consequently made government less democratic?
Or has it put the president more directly in touch with the people—and strengthened the
public’s voice in government? Has the media changed the presidency in other ways?
The presidency is viewed as the foundation of the political system. It is tailored in the
president as the chief agenda-setter, supporter of the national interest, and chief legislator. The
media also personalize the presidency and depict the decisive and bold president, who selflessly
governs the country. News portrayal of the White House concentrates on the president as a
person. In fact, the news media show the president speaking for and emblematically symbolizing
the nation. Moreover, the media are enthralled with the style and the personality of individual
presidents. They sometimes try to pin them down (Graber, Dunaway, 2014).
Through its scrutiny and criticism, the media has played an integral role in enhancing
democracy in the nation. Typically, the role of the media has made the government more
democratic. Democracy refers to a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
In fact, democracy and freedom are compatible. The media acts as a link between the citizens
and the government and r...

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