Political Science - Websites

The American Presidency Project
This site contains over 75 thousand archival documents from the Presidents of the United states. You can find audio clips of Roosevelts' "Fireside Chat's" as well as Presidential radio addresses from 1982 to the present. This is a great resource for researchers who need primary resources on Presidents, their speeches, addresses to the nation, as well as Presidential Papers. You'll also find links from voting statistics to Presidential libraries. This site is hosted by the University of California, Santa Barbara

Congress Votes Database: washingtonpost.com
This site lets you browse every vote in the U.S. Congress since 1991, and is maintained by washingtonpost.com. The votes are searchable by House or Senate, by members, and then statistical information about vote margin, key votes, bills, etc are searchable options. Scrolling down towards the bottom of the page shows a list of "Types of Votes" which give statistics for nominations, Impeachments, speaker elections, treaties, building designs, and Vice-Presidential elections.

FactCheck.org- Annenberg Political Fact Check
This site monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. The most recent postings are visible on the main page like an RSS feed, however you can search through the Archives for information that was posted from two months previous to December of 2003. Use the search bars located at the top of the page or the lower left hand corner of the page to search for keywords, persons, or phrases.

Foreign Press Centers; U.S. Department of State
Find US government reports, briefings, key topics & special events, and other useful information about the US government from this Department of State website. Also, you can find out about upcoming Foreign Press briefings, and even watch some briefings live via this website.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
This organization website is meant to disclose the goings on with NATO. Use the "Topics" drop down navigation from the top of the page to find more information on a listing of topics, use the "e-Library" drop down to find information on or about publications and documents, or use the "Multimedia" drop down navigation to access photos, videos, audio, and more.

Project Vote Smart
Find information about candidates, legislation and issues, voter registration information, as well as links to other political resources.

Stateline.org is an independent element of the Pew Research Center and is based in Washington, DC. In addition to online news gathering activities, they periodically publish printed reference materials that are free, including a State of the States report released every January.

Some content might require registration - which is free - including access to the "State of the States" publication.

THOMAS -- U.S. Congress on the Internet
THOMAS is the the portal to the Library of Congress. This website serves to make legislative information available to the public. In this website you will find the following information: Bills, Resolutions Activity in Congress Congressional Record Schedules, Calendars, Committee Information, Presidential Nominations, Treaties, and additional Government Resources.

USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal
This site, formerly Firstgov.gov, is the gateway to any and all information about the United States and the Government. You will find links to the different departments, information about projects, forms, information for businesses and nonprofit organizations, and much much more.

The United Nations Web Site
From this website you will find updated information conferences, events, situations that are being closely watched by the UN, as well as daily briefings, and other information about or pertaining to the UN.

United States House of Representatives
The main page for the House of Representatives allows you to search for Representatives, find information about what is going on "on the House Floor", access laws, find bills, as well as research vote information. You will also find a link in the top left hand corner of the screen to write to the Representatives.

United States Senate
Similar to the House of Representatives page, find information about the Senators, Committees, and Legislation & Records. Furthermore you can access information about scheduled hearings, and the current session schedule.

The White House
This website gives information about what is going on in the Executive Branch. You can find out what's going on in the news, or use the "In Focus" portion of the page to find more information on specific topics like, the Economy, defense, education, healthcare, the Patriot Act, and more.


Mackenzie Dunn
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