tariff: A federal tax on imports.

teller vote: A vote in the Committee of the Whole in which members file down the aisle of the House and are counted.

third party: A minor party that is an alternative to the two major parties; for example, the Know-Nothings of the 1850s, a party that exploited fear of Irish immigrants and other �foreigners,� or the Populists of the 1890s, a protest party of Western farmers favoring �free silver.�

ticket-splitter: A voter who may be a Republican or Democrat, but who occasionally votes for a candidate of another party.

tombstone voters: Persons who vote illegally by using the names of deceased voters.

town meeting: An annual meeting held in the spring in many New England towns, at which the townspeople come together to elect a board of selectmen and to discuss local policy questions. The town meeting has become a symbol of participatory democracy.

transnational relations: Contacts, coalitions, and interactions across national boundaries - such as personal contacts or business relationships - that are not controlled by the central foreign policy organs of governments.

triangle: A powerful alliance of mutual benefit among an agency or unit of the government, an interest group, and a committee or subcommittee of Congress. Also called an iron triangle or a subgovernment.

Truman Doctrine: As enunciated by President Truman, a doctrine declaring that American security and world peace depended on United States protection for the �free peoples of the world.�

trustee: Concept of the British Statesman Edmund Burke that a legislator should act according to his own conscience.

   

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