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***COMMUNICATOR UPDATE: July 2003***

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    COMMUNICATOR UPDATE: July 2003 Welcome to The Dirksen Congressional Center s Communicator - a web-based e-newsletter providing educators with news and ideas
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      COMMUNICATOR UPDATE: July 2003

      Welcome to The Dirksen Congressional Center's "Communicator" - a
      web-based e-newsletter providing educators with news and ideas to
      enhance civic education and improve the understanding of Congress --
      http://www.webcommunicator.org

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      NEWS FROM THE DIRKSEN CENTER
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      <<< CongressLink: A Popular Feature on Congressional Web Sites >>>

      If you visit the House of Representatives Web site -
      http://www.house.gov - and enter CongressLink in the search box, you
      will wind up with 172,479 hits! A random check of the sites of
      individual members shows that CongressLink appears on every one as a
      basic resource about the people's branch of government. The word is
      getting out!

      <<< Link Popularity - Congress for Kids >>>

      The Philadelphia Inquirer has cited Congress for Kids under "Web Sites
      About the Constitution" --
      http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/special_packages/constitution_ce
      nter/6169005.htm

      (If broken, COPY and PASTE the entire link above)

      FamilyFirst.com, a site for family-friendly Web site reviews, has
      reviewed over 2000 sites since 1995. Congress for Kids -
      http://www.congressforkids.net - was recently reviewed and included in
      their "Government" section --
      http://www.familyfirst.com/archives/cat_government.html

      AskEric includes Congress for Kids as a useful Internet resource for
      their lesson plan, "Our Country, Our Constitution" --
      http://askeric.org/Virtual/Lessons/Social_Studies/US_Government/GOV0204.
      html

      (If broken, COPY and PASTE the entire link above)

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      <<< The Functions of the President >>>

      The president of the United State has several duties. The Constitution
      spells out some of them; other have evolved over time. How a president
      performs these roles depends on his personality, his view of the role of
      government, and the situation facing him.

      For basic information about presidential duties (and their relationship
      to congressional action), link to Article II in CongressLink's online
      version of the U.S. Constitution at:
      http://www.congresslink.org/artcl2.html

      This month's featured lesson plan looks at the relationship between the
      president and Congress in the conduct of foreign policy. Although the
      president is often described as the nation's "Chief Diplomat," what role
      does Congress play in the formulation and development of foreign policy?
      Link to "What in the World Should Congress Do?" at:
      http://www.congresslink.org/lessonplans/MEDforeignpolicy.html

      In diplomacy and domestic policy, a president can sometimes get around
      Congress by issuing executive orders. Learn more about these legally
      binding actions, find "What is an Executive Order? -- ThisNation.com"
      at: http://www.aboutgovernment.org/executivebranch.htm#functions

      *NEW* Because of court decisions, customs, laws, and other developments,
      the president's role has greatly expanded over the years due to his
      responsibilities and powers. Teachers, to help your students remember
      the achievements and roles of some of America's presidents have them
      take the game show quiz found on Congress for Kids. Find "American
      Presidency Game Show Quiz" at:
      http://www.congressforkids.net/games/executivebranch/2_execbranch.htm

      <<< Featured Grant-Funded Project >>>

      In addition to setting the moral tone for the nation and performing
      specific government functions, the president serves as the "titular
      head" of a political party. A president is expected to support the
      party's platform, help raise money for the party, and campaign for the
      party's candidates. This month our featured project is a Congressional
      Research Award of $3,500 granted to Casey Byrne Knudsen Dominguez from
      the University of California at Berkeley. Casey's
      project, "Before the Primary: Party Participation in Congressional
      Elections," investigates party elites' motivations
      for supporting congressional primary candidates. Learn more about this
      project and others at:
      http://www.dirksencenter.org/grantcongresearchaward.htm#Grntrecipient00

      <<< Role Riddles >>>

      1. Which of the following is NOT a formal, constitutionally based role
      of the president:

      A. Chief of the Judiciary
      B. Chief Diplomat
      C. Chief Legislator
      D. Commander in Chief
      E. None of the above

      2. One of the president's most important ceremonial duties as head of
      state is...

      A. Serving as host to visiting heads of government.
      B. Meeting celebrities such as musicians.
      C. Throwing out the first ball of the baseball season.
      D. Lighting the national Christmas tree.

      3. True or False: The Employment Act of 1946 gave the president the new
      duty of controlling prices and wages by using 90-day freezes.

      Answers to the June issue of "Fun, Facts, and Trivia" link here:
      http://www.webcommunicator.org/funfactstrivia0603ans.htm

      Hope you are enjoying your summer! Encourage your colleagues to
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      suggestions, contact Cindy Koeppel at mailto:ckoeppel@...
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