Laissez faire: The philosophy that government should intervene as little as possible in economic affairs.

�lame duck�: A legislator or other official whose term of office extends beyond an election at which he or she has been defeated.

legislative veto: A law in which Congress asserts the power to nullify actions of the executive branch. As of 1980, the Supreme Court had not ruled whether the �legislative veto� was constitutional.

liaison officers: Employees of government agencies whose job is to maintain good relations with Congress.

literacy tests: Tests of a voter�s ability to read and write, which were often used to keep recent immigrants and blacks from voting.

lobbying: Communication with legislators or other government officials to try to influence their decisions.

   

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