national chairman: The head of a national political party.

national committee: Between conventions, the governing body of a major political party whose members are chosen in the states and formally elected by the party�s national convention.

national convention: The formal source of all authority in each major political party. It nominates the party candidates for President and Vice President, writes a platform, settles disputes, writes rules, and elects the members of the national committee.

national presidential primary: A proposed new form of primary in which voters could directly choose the presidential candidates of the major parties.

National Security Council: A White House council created in 1947 to help the President coordinate American military and foreign policy.

neutron bomb: A controversial bomb that kills people but spares buildings.

new federalism: President Richard Nixon�s effort to return federal tax money to state and local governments through such programs as general revenue sharing.

New Jersey Plan: A plan offered at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 by William Paterson of New Jersey, and favored by the small states, which called for one vote for each state in the legislature, an executive of more than one person to be elected by Congress, and a Supreme Court to be appointed by the executive.

New York Times rule: A rule established by the Supreme Court in the case of New York Times Company v. Sullivan (1964), which makes it almost impossible to libel a public official unless the statement is made with �actual malice� - that is, unless it is deliberately or recklessly false.

no establishment clause: The First Amendment provision that �Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.�

nuclear proliferation: The spread of atomic weapons to more countries.

   

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