United States – Government, Law, Politics, Elections


Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
Index to information on all U.S. Congress members from the Continental Congress through the present.
C-Span: Congress
News, schedules, directory, legislation guide, glossary, and more.
Text of legislation, reports, the Congression Record, votes, links to House and Senate websites, historical documents, directories, and more.
Congressional Pictorial Directory
This is a pocket–sized compilation of color photographs of all of the Members of each Congress…. It also includes photos of the President, Vice President, and other Capitol Officials. In addition to the photographs, the Congressional Pictorial Directory contains information on length of service, political party affiliation, and Congressional district.
CREW: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials — regardless of party affiliation — who sacrifice the common good to special interests.
GovTrack.us is a nexus of information about the United States Congress, bringing together information on the status of federal legislation, voting records, and campaign contributions. The site automatically tracks legislative events and categorizes them into thousands of subjects … so that users can subscribe to follow just the events that interest them.
A History of the United States Congress
Graphical chart showing relative percentages of different parties in Congress since it was begun through 2012.
How to Track US Legislation and Congress
The Internet makes it easier than ever to stay in the loop and get involved. Find out what is happening in the Senate and House by following the steps below.
Pew Research: Congress
Facts, articles, and reports about the current and past Congresses from 2006 through the present.
United States House of Representatives
U.S. House homepage. Includes schedules, committees, contact information, history, and information about how the House works.
United States Senate
The U.S. Senate website includes biographical and contact information, schedules, committees, history, and information about how the Senate works.
United States Senate: Virtual Reference Desk
If you are seeking general information on the Senate, the legislative branch and process, or on the federal government, this is a good place to begin. Links are arranged broadly by subject and may take you to PDF documents, useful sources on the Web, or other Senate Web pages.

The Constitution

A 3-minute guide to the Bill of Rights
[A] refresher course on exactly what the first ten amendments grant each and every American citizen.
America’s Founding Documents
Text and information on the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights from the National Archives.
Bill of Rights in Action
Newsletter from the Constitutional Rights Foundation highlighting aspects of the Bill of Rights. (Requires free registration.)
Bill of Rights Institute
The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society. Lots of great resources!
Constitution Day
Resources for teachers and students about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Constitution of the United States
This section of the National Archives website contains the complete Constitution and its amendments, plus articles about its creation and meaning.
Constitution of the United States: Primary Documents in American History
From the Library of Congress, a site with records of the Constitutional Convention, papers of Washington, Madison, and Jefferson, and outside links, among other resources.
The Federalist Papers
The Anti-Federalist Papers
Chronicle of published arguments for and against the proposed Constitution. A scrollable version of the Federalist Papers may be found at the Library of Congress or in ebook format at Project Gutenberg.
Freedom Forum
Our mission: providing resources to help the public understand how freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly and freedom to petition work, and how these freedoms can be protected.
The Founders’ Constitution
Online edition of a reference work about the Consitution. Includes many exerpts from letters, articles, books, and legal cases about various aspects of the Constitution and what it means.
National Constitution Center
Information about the Constitution, educational resources, discussion of selected Supreme Court cases, regular blog posts about current news relating to the Constitution, and more.
U.S. Constitution Annotated
This edition is a hypertext interpretation of the CRS [Congressional Research Service] text. It links to Supreme Court opinions, the U.S. Code, and the Code of Federal Regulations, as well as enhancing navigation through linked footnotes and tables of contents.

Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement

Broome County Sheriff’s Office
Describes the responsibilities of the sheriff’s department, how to apply for various permits, and other information.
Bureau of Justice Statistics
From the U.S. Department of Justice, the BJS’s mission is [t]o collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government
Cornell Law School: Legal Information Institute: Criminal Justice
This page defines criminal justice and provides links to other articles in Wex, LII’s community-built, freely available legal dictionary and legal encyclopedia.
Criminal Justice Process
Outlines and describes the steps of the federal criminal justice process. The steps in the federal criminal justice process described below are not exhaustive. Some cases are simple and may not involve every step. Others may be more complex and may involve most or all of the steps in the process.
FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation
The mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services… to national and international agencies.
FindLaw: Criminal Rights
This section provides information on the rights of those in the criminal justice system, including Miranda rights such as the right to remain silence, “search and seizure” rights, key rights of criminal defendants, and the various prisoner rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
Our full name is the International Criminal Police Organization and we are an inter-governmental organization. We have 194 member countries, and we help police in all of them to work together to make the world a safer place. To do this, we enable them to share and access data on crimes and criminals, and we offer a range of technical and operational support.
National Crime Prevention Council
The National Crime Prevention Council’s mission is to be the nation’s leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. To achieve this, NCPC produces tools that communities can use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local agencies…
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
The NCJRS Virtual Library contains bibliographic information and abstracts of more than 230,000 collection resources and over 80,000 online materials, including all known OJP works.
New York State Division of Criminarl Justice Services
Community resources, law enforcement information, news, reference, links to local police departments, and further information.
Solitary Nation
A Frontline film and related articles about prisons and prisoners in America. (2014)
TRAC – Transitional Records Access Clearinghouse
Comprehensive information about staffing, spending, and enforcement activities of the federal government. Includes sections on the DEA, DHS, FBI, and ATF, among others.
U.S. Department of Justice
The mission of the DOJ is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Elections and Voting

General Voting & Elections

Interactive Electoral College map … and a history of Presidential elections in the United States. Since electoral votes are generally allocated on an ‘all or none’ basis by state, the election of a U.S President is about winning the popular vote in enough states to achieve 270 electoral votes
Ballotpedia is the digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Our goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government.
Does Your Vote Count? The Electoral College explained
You vote, but then what? Discover how your individual vote contributes to the popular vote and your state’s electoral vote in different ways–and see how votes are counted on both state and national levels. A TED-Ed video.
Electing a U.S. President in Plain English (video)
Short, clear video explanation from the folks at Common Craft.
Election Central
News, debate schedules, information about politics and elections.
The Electoral College for Dummies
10-minute video from the ‘Hip Hughes’ history channel on YouTube.
Explainer: Free and Fair Elections
From ‘Facing History and Ourselves’, This Explainer describes the standards that governments need to meet before, during, and after an election to ensure that the election is “free and fair.”
Federal Election Commission
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.
History.com: Presidential Elections
Presents short overviews of all American presidential elections from George Washington to the present.
How Do Caucuses Work?
Discusses the role of primaries and caususes in the American electoral system.
National Archives: The Electoral College?
These pages from the National Archives include historical results, FAQ, and lesson plans.
PBS: The Election Collection
Voting and elections are an essential part of democracy. Keep up with with election news, study the history and process of presidential elections, explore voting rights, and engage in classroom debates with these videos, activities, and lesson plans.
Presidential Election Process
Learn about the presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions. From USA.gov.
Real Clear Politics
…Dedicated to providing our readers with better, more insightful analysis of the most important news and policy issues of the day. RCP’s daily editorial curation and original reporting present balanced, non-partisan analysis that empowers our readers to stay informed.
Real Clear Politics: Election 2024
Current election news, primaries, polls, more.
USA.gov: Voting and Elections
From the U.S. government, information about elections, the electoral college, history of elections, election history, and related topics. Includes educational materials for kids.
Build your ballot with our online voters’ guide! Type in your address to see the races on your ballot. Candidates’ positions can be compared side-by-side, and you may print out a “ballot” indicating your preferences as a reminder and take it with you to the polls on Election Day.
Win the White House (game)
This game lets you manage your very own presidential campaign by strategically raising funds, polling voters, launching media campaigns, and making personal appearances. Keep a close eye on the map as you battle over electoral votes and popular support.

Candidates and Issues

On The Issues
Our mission is to provide non-partisan information for voters in the Presidential election, so that votes can be based on issues rather than on personalities and popularity.
Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format.
Vote Smart: Facts for All
Vote Smart’s mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.


CNN: Politics: Facts First
See the truth, or lack of truth, in recent political claims and stories.
A nonpartisan, nonprofit, ‘consumer advocate’ for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players…
Media Matters for America
A Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
PolitiFact is a project of the St. Petersburg Times to help you find the truth in politics. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times examine statements… and then rate the accuracy on our Truth-O-Meter.
TruthDig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
The purpose of our news website is to provide you with insightful and accurate reporting on current subjects and on issues that need to be brought to your attention.

Money and Influence

7 facts about Americans’ views of money in politics
Widespread dissatisfaction with the role of money in American politics is one of the many themes in Pew Research Center’s recent report on Americans’ dismal views of the nation’s political landscape.
CREW: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials — regardless of party affiliation — who sacrifice the common good to special interests.
Website of a non-partisan, non-profit research group … that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. Includes a Lobbying Data Summary as well as other resources.

Political Parties

Directory of U.S. Political Parties
Annotated list of U.S. political parties with links to important people and sub-groups. The formatting is plain, but the information is up-to-date.
Pew Research: U.S. Political Parties
Articles, fact sheets, and reports about politics, political parties, and voters in the U.S.
Major Party Websites
Democratic PartyRepublican National CommitteeConstitution PartyGreen PartyLibertarian PartyWorking Families Party

Political Selection – Who Matches Your Positions?

Find out which candidate’s stands you side with more.
The Political Compass
This quiz places your political opinions in a grid from left to right and authoritarian to libertarian, thus showing a more nuanced definition than the usual conservative/liberal divide.
Vote Smart: Facts for All
Look up a candidate or legislator’s name and find out their voting record, positions, funding, and further information.
The World’s Smallest Political Quiz
This quiz uses just 10 questions to place respondents on a grid of economic and political ideologies.

Government, Civics

60 Second Civics
60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. From the Center for Civic Education.
About the United States
Have a question about the USA? Learn where to find answers to the most requested facts about the United States of America. From the USA.gov website.
The official benefits website of the U.S. government, with information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs.
Branches of the U.S. Government
Learn more about the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the U.S. government.
BRB Publications: Free Government Public Records Sites
The links below lead to government agency sites. If the agency provides free online public record searching and access we will direct you there. (More in-depth research links require a subscription.)
Budget of the United States Government
Current and historical budgets and explanatory documents.
Congressional Budget Office
Independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the Congressional budget process. The agency is strictly nonpartisan and conducts objective, impartial analysis, which is evident in each of the dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates that its economists and policy analysts produce each year.
White House Office of Management and Budget
View the budget itself, historical analyses, overviews, appendices, and other related materials.
Census Bureau
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy conducting a major survey every ten years, as mandated by the U.S. Code.
Civics 101: A Podcast
Short podcasts about various topics relating to civics and government. Each episode includes links to further resources and a written transcript, and further resources are available for many episodes such as graphic organizers, lesson plans, and quizzes for each set of topics.
Congressional Research Service Reports
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation.
The Core Documents of our Democracy
The purpose of this guide is to showcase the core documents, websites and databases that provide vital information about the workings and activities of our Federal Government.
Cornerstone Documents
Key documents in American history and government, from the Articles of Confederation forward, and links to further sites for documents including the Government Printing Office and various branches of the government.
C-Span provides information and live coverage of government happenings. The site includes streaming audio and video, current news, links, and pages on various topics such as American Presidents.
The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.
Department of Justice
Department of the U.S. government which oversees law enforcement-related affairs. Includes the DEA, the FBI, the Office of the Attorney General, and the
U.S. Marshalls, among others.
Department of State
Information about world countries, human rights, foreign policy, and a special section for students from the U.S.State Department.
Facing Freedom in America
The Facing Freedom website explores conflicts over freedom through four themes; each theme is supported by two stories, which highlight moments when Americans have struggled over the meaning of freedom. Themes covered are: Workers’ Rights, Armed Conflict, Race and Citizenship, and Public Protest.
Foreign Policy in Focus
A ‘Think Tank Without Walls’ connecting the research and action of more than 600 scholars, advocates, and activists seeking to make the United States a more responsible global partner.
Policies, economics, and technology information and lots of new items pertaining to state and local government in the U.S. With complete searchable archives of Governing magazine.
Government Printing Office
The GPO publishes the Congressional Record, the U.S. Code (laws), the Code of Federal Regulations, Supreme Court decisions, and much more. Find specific documents via the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications.
govinfo provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.
iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens… with a variety of free games teaching about the Constitution, the Government, and the rights and duties of citizenship.
Legislative Process: United States: Bill to Law
An explanation with accompanying infographic of the process by which laws are made in the US Congress.
National Archives
All sorts of information and documents about American government and history. The National Archives Catalog is a good place to start your search.
NY State Senate: How a Bill Becomes a Law
An explanation of how laws are made in New York State and how citizens can become involved.
Regulations.gov is your online source for U.S. government regulations from nearly 300 federal agencies. Inlcudes proposed rules, agency documents, final rules, section of new rules, ability to comment on rules.
Supreme Court of the United States
General information about the Court, Docket Information, downloadable files of the Court Schedule, Supreme Court Calendar, Court Rules, Opinions, and links to related sites.
United States Government Manual
Search and read online or download the U.S. Government manual in text or .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format. Includes manuals from 1995-96 on.
This site gives access local, state, and U.S. Government Agency websites and information.
The White House
Information about the White House, the President and Vice President, news, information about the executive branch, and more.

Law and Courts

American Bar Association
Legal news, and information various types of law and legal practice.
Text of legislation, reports, the Congression Record, votes, links to House and Senate websites, historical documents, directories, and more.
FindLaw: Law, Lawyers, and Legal Resources
This is an excellent source for laws AND access to both the U.S. and foreign governments. Includes a Learn About the Law section, help finding a lawyer, legal blogs and news, and more.
Fully Informed Jury Association
The FIJA mission is to educate Americans regarding their full powers as jurors, including their ability to rely on personal conscience, to judge the merit of the law and its application, and to nullify bad law, when necessary for justice, by finding for the defendant.
Links to resources on international and comparative law.
GPO – U.S. Government Printing Office
Links to information published by the U.S. government, including the Congressional Record, U.S. Code (laws), Code of Federal Regulations, Supreme Court decisions, and more.
Guide to Law Online
From the Law Library of Congress, an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online.
How a Bill Becomes a Law
From Lexis-Nexis, a flowchart illustrating the process by which a bill becomes a law. Click a box to view information on that step, including tips related to your online research.
Law & legal information for lawyers, students, business and the public.
Legal Information Institute
Cornell Law School’s excellent research site for laws and legal reference.
New York State Law
Regulations.gov is your online source for U.S. government regulations from nearly 300 federal agencies. Inlcudes proposed rules, agency documents, final rules, section of new rules, ability to comment on rules.
Supreme Court
C-SPAN: Landmark Cases
Landmark Cases explores the human stories and constitutional dramas behind some of the most significant and frequently cited decisions in the Supreme Court’s history. Produced in partnership with the National Constitution Center, this series delves into cases that represent some of the tipping points in our nation’s story and in our evolving understanding of rights in America.
Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court
Information and teaching strategies for important U.S. Supreme Court cases, including case studies, moot court activities, political cartoons, background studies, links to the full text of the decision, and more.
SCOTUSblog is devoted to covering the U.S. Supreme Court comprehensively, without bias and according to the highest journalistic and legal ethical standards. The blog is provided as a public service.
Selected Historic Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court
From the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University, this site contains links to articles on over 600 historic Supreme Court cases.
Supreme Court Historical Society
This site includes information on how the Court works, visiting the Court, technology, and more.
Supreme Court of the United States
General information about the Court, Docket Information, downloadable files of the Court Schedule, Supreme Court Calendar, Court Rules, Opinions, and links to related sites.
U.S. Code
This version of the U.S. Code is generated from the most recent official version made available by the US House of Representatives. The listing on the House server provides exact currency information. (This version, from the Cornell Law Library, is more browsable.)
U.S. Code Search
Keyword search of the U.S. Code of national law.
Victim Law
Your source for crime victim rights and protections.
World Legal Information Institute
Free, independent and non-profit access to worldwide law.

The Military

The Military

Official Websites of the U.S. Armed Services
Air ForceArmyCoast GuardMarine CorpsAir National GuardNational GuardNavy
Air War College Military Index to the Internet
Guide to military and military-related sites on the internet.
DMDC – DoD Data Reports
This page contains links to sites where data can be requested through online applications that enable filtering of data and data updates.
This site offers free resources to serve, connect, and inform the 30 million Americans with military affinity: active duty personnel, retirees, veterans, reservists, guard members, defense workers, family members, and those considering military careers. Inclues current News section.
Military pay: This is how much US troops are paid according to their rank
From Business Insider, a list of the typical pay for military ranks, from entry-level Army privates … a year to Air Force generals … (February 2019)
Military Times
MilitaryTimes.com provides quality, unbiased reporting on the important issues for the military community…
Modern Military Force Structures
Here is a basic look at how modern ground, naval, and air units break down in terms of size and tasks.
Stars and Stripes
Stars and Stripes provides independent news and information to the U.S. military community, including active-duty servicemembers, DoD civilians, veterans, contractors, and their families.
This Map Shows Where in the World the U.S. Military Is Combatting Terrorism
From the Smithsonian, (t)his map is the most comprehensive depiction in civilian circles of U.S. military and government antiterrorist actions overseas in the past two years. (January 2019)
U.S. Army Center of Military History
American military history.
U.S. Army War College
The War College website includes a number of freely available aricles and U.S. Army War College Publications such as How the Army Runs
U.S. Department of Defense
Links to all the branches of the U.S. Military and information about the Defense Department.
U.S. Military 101 – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard
A guide for those interested in military careers.
U.S. Military News (video)
A YouTube channel dedicated to the U.S. Military.

Military History

see also: World War IWorld War II, etc.

American Military History
An online book posted by the U.S. Army Center Of Military History.
Army History Magazine
A quarterly publication from the U.S. Army.
History.com: Military History
Articles, images, and video from the History Channel.
The History Guy: American Military History
his page is designed for students and researchers needing information on the wars and conflicts of American history. To access specific American wars or conflicts, click on the blue links. These wars are listed in chronological order, beginning with the earliest conflicts.
Military.com: American Military History
Learn the history and events that shaped America and the U.S. Military. Find unique facts and personal accounts of wars, battles, famous people, acts of heroism and much more.
Military History Online.com
Articles and forums about military history.
U.S. Army Center of Military History
The Center Of Military History (CMH), which reports to the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, is responsible for the appropriate use of history throughout the United States Army. Traditionally, this mission has meant recording the official history of the Army in both peace and war, while advising the Army Staff on historical matters.


American Legion
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization which continue to offer veterans services to this day.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
The nation’s first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those Troops and Veterans.
Library of Congress: Veterans’ History Project
The Veterans History Project relies on volunteers to collect and preserve stories of wartime service.
Operation Welcome Home Maryland
Since March 2007, Operation Welcome Home volunteers have greeted over 250 flights and more than 60,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. We invite you to come on out and help us welcome them home!
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Official site for U.S. Veterans’ Affairs.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Organization for veterans of foreign wars. There is also a VFW Foundation for those who wish to help support the VFW and veterans.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall USA website is dedicated to honoring those who died in the Vietnam War. Since it first went on line in 1996 it has evolved into something more. It is now also a place of healing for those affected by one of the most divisive wars in our nation’s history.

National Security

ACLU: Issues: National Security
The ACLU’s National Security Project is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights.
Brookings Institute: Defense & Security
Brookings scholars examine the future of U.S. defense needs and priorities, the challenges of military transformation and new defense strategies.
Council on Foreign Relations: Defense and Security
A nonpartisan resource for information and analysis.
FBI: Terrorism
How the FBI works to protect the nation from terrorists, major terrorist threats, case histories, known terrorists, and further information.
National Security Internet Archive
The National Security Internet Archive focuses on national security, law enforcement, intelligence, espionage, and other related issues.
National Security in the News
CNNDept. of JusticeGoogleMSNBCNBCNPRWashington Post
Rand Corporation: International Security and Defense Policy Program
The International Security and Defense Policy Program (ISDP) conducts in-depth research that helps U.S. and allied leaders make tough decisions about national and international security.
United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee
The Committee, comprising all 15 Security Council members, was tasked with monitoring implementation of resolution 1373 (2001), which requested countries to implement a number of measures intended to enhance their legal and institutional ability to counter terrorist activities….
United States Department of Defense
Includes information about the Department of Defense and its operations, news, history, links to others sites, and further resources.
United States Department of Homeland Security
The vision of homeland security is to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards.
U.S. Department of State: Bureau of CounterTerrorism
U.S. Department of State: Country Reports on Terrorism
Resources from the U.S. Government dealing with terrorism, counter-terrorism, and terrorism assessments of various countries.

Politics and Policy

American Political Science Association
APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors within and outside academe to deepen our understanding of politics, democracy, and citizenship throughout the world.
The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.
Center for Public Integrity
Non-profit, non-partisan organization providing investigations and analyses of public service, government accountability, and ethics-related issues.
Directory of U.S. Political Parties
Annotated list of U.S. political parties with links to important people and sub-groups.
Governing Magazine
Online site of Congressional Quarterly’s “Governing” magazine. Includes information on current news, politics, legislature, governance, and more.
Pew Research Center: Religion & Public Life
Pew Research Center: Politics & Policy
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research Center does not take policy positions.
Public Agenda Online
Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization which supplies information about current social and political issues.
TED : Ideas About Politics
A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of Politics.
Urban Institute
We analyze policies, evaluate programs, and inform community development to improve social, civic, and economic well-being. We work in all 50 states and abroad in over 28 countries, and we share our research findings with policymakers, program administrators, business, academics, and the public…
U.S. Department of State: Policy Issues
Information from the U.S. State Department about major policy issues of the day.


American Presidency Project
Originally designed to accompany a university course, this site has expanded past its original mandate so now their goal today is to be recognized as the authoritative, non-partisan on-line source for presidential public documents.
Annual Messages to Congress on the State of the Union
Copies of all State of the Union deliveries from George Washington to the present.
Inaugural Addresses
Inaugural addresses of presidents from George Washington through the present
Presidental Elections Explained video
This YouTube channel offers a series of short (3-15 minute) videos discussing every presidental election from 1788 through 2012.
Presidential Libraries and Museums
From the National Archives, links to the sites for all the presidental libraries available online, plus presidental museums and documents.
This is a comprehensive website about the Presidents of the United States and the US Presidency. The list of Presidents and alphabetized subject headings below link to a wide array of information and resources about all the Presidents of the United States.
U.S. Presidential Inaugurations
The Library of Congress digital collections include a wide variety of primary source materials documenting presidential inaugurations. This Web guide includes diaries and letters written by presidents and those who witnessed the inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music.
U.S. Presidents
The Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history….
White House: Past Presidents
Learn more about the previous presidents of the United States.
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