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  • Explain how political parties, interest groups, the media, and individuals can influence and determine the
    public agenda.
  • Describe the origin and the evolution of political parties and their influence.
  • Identify and explain the roles of various associations and groups in American politics.
  • Explain the concept of public opinion, factors that shape it, and contrasting views on the role it should
    play in public policy.
  • Explain the significance of campaigns and elections in American politics, current criticisms of campaigns,
    and proposals for their reform.
  • Explain the role of television, radio, the press, and the internet in political communication.


Nast, Thomas.  "The Third Term Panic," Harper's Weekly, November 7, 1874.  Accessed
August 14, 2013 <http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/ppmsca.15785/>.
Thomas Nast is credited with popularizing the elephant and donkey as symbols
of the Republican and Democratic parties back in the late 1800s. 
Analyze the anatomy of a stump speech here