The government of the United States takes place at multiple levels. The outermost level is the "federal" (i.e. national) government; each state also has its own government, and operating within that government are various county (or parish) and city/municipal governments.
The US Constitution states that all political powers not explicitly given to the federal government must belong either to the state governments or to the people.
- branches: The major branches of the United States government are specified in the US Constitution as:
the US government has many, many more sites than this, but I wanted a place to note the two new DoS interactive sites
- 2014-04-16 [L..T] Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It's Not a Democracy "A new scientific study from Princeton researcher Martin Gilens and Northwestern researcher Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn't a democracy any more. And they've found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy."
- 2014-03-22 [L..T] Why Do We Accept Our Failed Political System?