U.S. Federal & State Governments
[Dewey numbers: 320s, 340s, 350s]
 Legislative Branch  Constitutional History  Judicial Branch  California
 Election & Politics  General Resources  Executive Branch  State Governments

Local Representatives

U.S. Senate: | Barbara Boxer | Dianne Feinstein |
U.S. Congress (Dist. 6): | Lynn Woolsey |
State Senate (Dist. 3): | Carole Migden |
State Assembly (Dist. 6): | Jared Huffman |

Federal Government Resources [320.4]

Federal Web Locator - http://www.lib.auburn.edu/madd/docs/fedloc.html
One of the most comprehensive guides to federal agencies, departments and government information. Note: Be sure to scroll down the page to see the table of contents, organized according to branch of government.
Federal Government Resources on the Web - http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/federal.html
Information on many government agencies and departments are available from this Web site. Excellent starting place for research on any area of the U.S. government. (Univ. of Michigan Documents Center)
USA.gov - http://www.usa.gov/
"Official information and services from the U.S. government. As the U.S. government's official web portal, USA.gov makes it easy for the public to get U.S. government information and services on the web. USA.gov also serves as the catalyst for a growing electronic government."
Google's Uncle Sam - http://www.google.com/ig/usgov
"Google U.S. Government Search offers a single location for searching across U.S. government information, and for keeping up to date on government news. You can choose to search for content located on either U.S. federal, state and local government websites or the entire Web -- from the same search box. Below the search box, the homepage includes government-specific news content from both government agencies and press outlets."
Federal Election Commission - http://www.fec.gov
"In 1975, Congress created the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) - the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections." The website includes links to Campaign finance reports and data, Commission meetings, Enforcement matters, Help with reporting and compliance, and Laws & regulations.

The Presidency & Executive Branch [353]

The White House - http://www.whitehouse.gov/
The Web site of the Office of the President of the United States. Also at this site: The Presidents of the United States of America, a series of articles on each of the presidents, including inaugural addresses and quotations. Also has links to additional resources on each president.
Social Security Administration - http://www.ssa.gov/SSA_Home.html
The official Web site of the Social Security Administration. Includes links to: Benefits information; About the SSA; Online direct services; Services for businesses; Research and data, Hot issues; Financing, planning & budgets; Freedom of information & privacy; Law, regulation & rulings; Reporting fraud; and Kids page.
U.S. Treasury - http://www.treas.gov/
"The Mission of the Department of the Treasury is to: Promote Prosperous and Stable American and World Economies; Manage the Government's Finances; Safeguard Our Financial Systems, Protect Our Nation's Leaders, and Secure a Safe and Drug-Free America; [and to] Continue to Build a Strong Institution" Its Web site has links to: The Secretary; Current headlines; Educational links; Sales & auctions; Public Information; Freedom of Information & Privacy Act information; About Treasury; Treasury bureaus & offices; Business services; E-Treasury; and Job opportunities.
POTUS - http://www.ipl.org/ref/POTUS/
The Internet Public Library has an excellent collection of links to information about all U.S. Presidents. Just click on a president's name, and his special page will be brought up. Then click on: Election Results, Cabinet Members, Presidency Highlights, Internet Biographies, Historical Documents, Media Resources, Fast Facts, or Other Internet Resources for information in those areas. There are also general indexes to names and
The Presidential Record - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/presidents/nf/record/record.html
This collection of information about U.S. Presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, is provided by the Public Broadcasting Service, to accompany their PBS Television series: The Presidents. Each president has links to  Snap Shot, The Era, Domestic Policy, Foreign policy, and Presidential Politics.
Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents - http://www.bartleby.com/124/
This collection was published in commemoration of the Bicentennial Presidential Inauguration that was observed on January 20, 1989. All the inaugural addresses from George Washington through George Bush.
I Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations - http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/pihtml/
This site "is a collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files from each of the 62 inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to William Jefferson Clinton's in 1997, and will include items from the 63rd inauguration of 2001. This presentation includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music." (American Memory Project, Library of Congress)
The Imperial Presidency's New Vestments - http://www.law.miami.edu/~froomkin/articles/imperial.htm
Lengthy essay by A. Michael Froomkin about how the office of the President has expanded its powers beyond what the Constitution allows.

Congressional Resources [328.73]

U.S. Senate - http://www.senate.gov/
The official United States Senate Web site. Check on the work of individual senators, creation of laws in the Senate, and how the Senate operates -- plus other useful information.
U.S. House of Representatives - http://www.house.gov/
The official Web site of the U.S. House of Representatives. Just about anything you might want to know about our country's laws and the legislative process is available here.
CQ Researcher - http://library.cqpress.com/cqresearcher/
The CQ Researcher produces a report each week on an issue of current interest. "Each in-depth report focuses on a single topic, providing a comprehensive review of the controversies that are driving the debate, historical background, an overview of the current situation and a look ahead." You will need to log in to get the full benefit of the site. See the library staff for user name and password. The Reports are available in the library at REF 300.973 CQ.
Almanac of American Politics - http://nationaljournal.com/pubs/almanac/
Because the library has purchased print copies of The Almanac of American Politics, we have access to their web site with updated information and reports. (702854/giants)
THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet - http://thomas.loc.gov/
THOMAS was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Since that time THOMAS has expanded the scope of its offerings to include these features: Bills, Resolutions; Activities in Congress; Congressional Record; Schedules, calendars; Committee information; Presidential nominations; Treaties; Government resources; and Teaching resources. Find out about bills being considered, as well as changes to current law. Has links to Congressional sessions from 1989 (101st Congress).
Legislative Archives - http://www.house.gov/house/Legproc.html
This page, part of the official congressional Web site, provides access to a wealth of information about bills and resolutions being considered in the Congress, as well as current information about what's happening on the House floor. A summary of the categories of information is listed under Legislative Process Information.
Congress.org - http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/
Congress.org is a site which keeps track of all congressional action, allows you to contact your members of Congress and in general gives access to information about the U.S. Congress which is not controlled by members of congress themselves.
Open Congress.org - http://www.opencongress.org/
"The US congressional legislative process is largely closed-off from timely and meaningful public input, and finding out what's really happening in Congress can be a difficult and discouraging task. The rules by which bills become laws are notoriously arcane, and Congress offers few channels for people to make their voices heard on consequential public policy matters. This disconnect results in apathy about politics and low approval ratings of Congress. OpenCongress seeks to address these issues by merging official government data with news and blog coverage, social networking, and public participation tools to give you the real story behind what's happening in the Congress. Our service is free, open-source, non-profit, and non-partisan, designed to encourage government transparency and civic engagement.

Courts and the Legal System [340s]

Supreme Court - http://www.supremecourtus.gov/
The official Web site for the United States Supreme Court. Has links to general information about the court, the court's docket, oral arguments, bar admissions, court rules, case handling guides, opinions, orders and journal, visiting the court, public information, and related Web sites.
The Supreme Court Historical Society - http://www.supremecourthistory.org/
This is the website of the society is "dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States." The website provides a history of the Supreme Court; pages on how the Court works; a link to Society publications; learning resources including information about cases affecting students and women, summer institute for teachers, activities and lesson plans on landmark cases, graduate institute, and curriculum support (several poems about Court cases).
Legal Information Institute - http://www.law.cornell.edu/
The Legal Information Institute at Cornell University provides several databases for legal information. Use the menu on the left side of the screen to find various databases of laws. You can also search By Subject, or you can go directly toSupreme Court Decisions which includes information about the Court, and links to selected historic Supreme Court decisions.
FindLaw - http://www.findlaw.com/01topics/index.html
This commercial site organizes useful links to resources where you can find vast amounts of information about laws on certain subjects. A specific link at this site is Supreme Court Cases where you can search for many U.S. Supreme Court opinions on cases that are not covered by the recent and historic databases. Fills some of the gap between 1975-1990. Supreme Court Resources is FindLaw's page that offers court calendar, court rules, Real Audio recordings of the Oral Arguments, Law Journal Extra! news stories, Justices' biographical information and Cornell's free e-mail update service. See also U.S. Constitution and Related Court Cases, FindLaw's excellent set of resources with annotations from the Congressional Research Service Library of Congress with links to cited Supreme Court Cases.
FLIGHT - http://www.fedworld.gov/supcourt/index.htm#jump
Federal Legal Information Through Electronics is a "system [which] contains the full text of 7,407 U.S. Supreme Court decisions from 1937 to 1975. Decisions are available as ASCII text files that can be read on your browser's screen or saved to your hard drive and accessed by using most word processor programs. Most decisions are very large and may take a while to download if you have a slow Internet connection. After conducting a search, the search results screen lists the size of the decision in bytes so that you can estimate download times."
The 1000 Cases Most Cited by the Court Itself - http://www.usscplus.com/topk/
USSC+, a commercial database provider, allows online access to its collection. "We've extracted this special subset of cases from the massive USSC+ Full Edition database primarily to demonstrate the capabilities of our on-line research facility. However, many visitors will find the "Top 1000" database useful on its own since it contains the most important decisions ever handed-down by the United States Supreme Court."
Anatomy of a Murder - http://tqd.advanced.org/2760/homep.htm
Subtitled 'A trip through our nation's legal justice system,' this site provides an inside look at the American system of justice. "You will be able to follow the story of a defendant as he faces one of the most serious charges that the legal justice system of the United States of America can levy against an individual. This is more than an exciting fictional story, however." This ThinkQuest site provides an interesting story but also links to many other sites about legal matters.
Court Rules - http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/rules/
This page has links to the whole range of courts in the state and rules which govern the conduct of trials from local courts to the Supreme Court. Choose a type of rule from the drop-down list. Most are available in either PDF or HTML format.
Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia - http://www.oyez.org/
 The Oyez Project "provides access to more than 2000 hours of Supreme Court audio ... recorded since 1995 [through the present]." (The pre-1995 collection is selective.) Features pending court cases; "On This Day," a listing of all Supreme Court events by date; legal news; biographies of the Supreme Court Justices; subject directory of cases; a calendar of court events, including dates for cases scheduled to be argued and decided; and more. Searchable. (LII)
U.S. Supreme Court Justices - http://www.oyez.org/oyez/portlet/justices/chrono
This site offers biographical information on every Supreme Court justice, from James Wilson to the current judges, with details on appointments, family, education, work, legal experience, literature, online resources, case participation with links, and predecessors. Includes biographical sketches and portraits. Browsable and searchable. From the Oyez Project at Northwestern University. (LII)
The Freedom Forum - http://www.freedomforum.org/
This extensive, searchable site is a "forum for dialogue, discussion and debate on free expression and freedom of information issues." It features news and commentary from this organization with a mission "to foster a greater public understanding of and appreciation for First Amendment rights and values...." (LII)

State Resources

Stateline.org - http://www.stateline.org/
"Stateline.org was founded in order to help journalists, policy makers and engaged citizens become better informed about innovative public policies.... [W]e will follow the development of major issues as they appear on the public agenda in a critical number of states. These issues will change over time but they now include: Welfare and Social Policy; Taxes/Budget; Land Use; Environment; Growth Management; Transportation; Healthcare; Crime and Courts; Education; and Campaign Finance. Professional journalists, many with long experience in covering public policy, staff the site." (Pew Center on the States)
State and Local Government on the Net - http://www.statelocalgov.net/index.cfm
Includes organized links to state (agencies, legislative, judicial, executive, boards & commissions), regional, counties, cities, and other sites. With few exceptions this list is confined to servers controlled and managed by state and local agencies.

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