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Word List: Politics

candidate

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a person applying for a job (or) someone who is nominated in an election cycle

The Republican Party will soon announce its candidates for the upcoming elections.

Capital Hill

Word List: Politics

the largest area in Washington D.C., where the White House is located and where much of the country’s politics take place

When you go to the United States, it is interesting to visit Capitol Hill.

Congress

Word List: Politics

elected by voters, both the Senate and the House of Representatives vote on bills and whether certain bills and measures should be passed or not and share power with the Supreme Court and the President

I recently became a citizen of the US, and so far I know that our Congress makes important decisions that affect the lives of those who are residing in the United States.

democracy

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a system of government created by all the people

In America, we live under a democracy.

democrat/republican

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the two major political parties in the United States government

For the last eight years (2008-2016), we had a democrat in office. In the 2016 election, Donald Trump, a republican, became the US president. 

election

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the process of choosing someone for an office, such as president

The election is going to be close this year because the candidates are both well-liked.

House of Representatives/The House

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one of the two parts of Congress that is made up of representatives, the number of which is based on the population of each state

Currently, the number of representatives in The House is 435.

inauguration/inaugural

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a ceremony to acknowledge the beginning of something important

We went to Trump's inauguration. It was awesome!

on the hill

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refers to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. – the U.S. Government

On the hill there is often much disagreement about how to reduce the national debt.

politically correct

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being culturally sensitive to another’s ethnicity, religion, and/or personal beliefs

It’s politically correct to refer to the spring vacation time off from school as Spring Break and not Easter Vacation like it used to be when we were younger.