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Presidential Documents

What they are:
Each Public Papers volume contains the papers and speeches of the President of the United States that were issued by the Office of the Press Secretary during the specified time period. The material is presented in chronological order, and the dates shown in the headings are the dates of the documents or events. In instances when the release date differs from the date of the document itself, that fact is shown in the textnote.

What they are:
The Compilation of Presidential Documents is published daily consists of all materials which are released by the White House Office of the Press Secretary: proclamations and executive orders, speeches and press conferences, communications to Congress, reorganization plans, resignations and retirements, etc

What they are:
When presidents sign a bill into law they sometimes issue signing statements. Most of these signing statements comment on the bill or discuss the need for the bill. Additianlly, they can discuss how the President interprets the language of the bill, intends to execute the bill, or gives guidance to the executive branch personel that will execute the law. When presidents sign a bill into law they sometimes issue signing statements. Most of these signing statements comment on the bill or discuss the need for the bill.

Executive Orders:
Presidents issue executive orders on a variety of subjects. Executive orders relate to the conduct of government business or to the organization of executive agencies. Older executive orders (pre-1862) are unnumbered, but there are sources for finding them.

Executive Agreements:
"As explained in greater detail in 11 FAM 721.2, there are two procedures under domestic law through which the United States becomes a party to an international agreement. First, international agreements (regardless of their title, designation, or form) whose entry into force with respect to the United States takes place only after two thirds of the U.S. Senate has given its advice and consent under Article II, section 2, Clause 2 of the Constitution are "treaties." Second, international agreements brought into force with respect to the United States on a constitutional basis other than with the advice and consent of the Senate are "international agreements other than treaties" and are often referred to as "executive agreements." There are different types of executive agreements."-U.S. Department of State

Primary Sources on the Presidency: Public Papers, speeches, etc.

Research Centers

A very short list of selected research centers/think tanks. For more information see: the Think Tank Civil Societies Program (University of Pennsylvannia),  Go-To Think-Tank rankings.

Domestic Policy Websites

National Security Archive

Digitized volumes are also available from the
-- U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian Web site, both online and as  ebooks

Foreign Policy Websites

and from, the University of Wisconsin digital collection : The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.



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