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History of……

History of……

The tradition of the Cabinet dates back to the beginnings of the Presidency itself.

One of the principal purposes of the Cabinet (drawn from Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution) is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of their respective offices.

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Appointment to

Appointment to

The President nominates and the Senate must confirm the nominee.

President will usually reward loyal party members and may often select 1 position from the opposition party.

Multiculturalism is often taken into consideration.

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State 1789

State 1789

Advises President on foreign policy.

Negotiates treaties with foreign countries.

Office of Passport Services.

Thomas Jefferson - 1st

Secretary of State today is Condoleezza Rice.

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Treasury 1789

Treasury 1789

Produces coins and bills; collects taxes

Enforces alcohol, tobacco and firearms laws.

Borrows money.

IRS and United States Mint.

Alexander Hamilton - 1st

Secretary of Treasury today is Henry Paulson.

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Defense 1947

Defense 1947

Provides military forces to deter war and protect the nation’s security.

Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Departments of Navy, Army and Air Force.

Henry Knox – 1st.

Secretary of Defense today is Robert Gates.

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Justice 1789

Justice 1789

Prosecutes those accused of violating federal law.

Provides legal advice for President

Represents US in court

FBI, DEA, ATF, US Marshals.

Edmond Randolph – 1st.

Attorney General today is Alberto Gonzalez.

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Interior 1849

Interior 1849

Manages public lands, wildlife refuges, and national parks.

Helps Native Americans manage their affairs.

US Fish and Wildlife Service.

National park Service.

Thomas Ewing - 1st

Secretary of Interior today is Dirk Kempthorne.

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Agriculture 1889

Agriculture 1889

Manages national forests.

Inspects food.

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