filibuster - To utilize the technique of obstructing legislation by tactics such as making long speeches and introducing irrelevant amendments. “…the majority should legislate…and not be crippled by a filibustering minority.”
landslide - An overwhelming majority of votes for one side in an election. “The congressional landslide of 1890 reduced the Republican membership of the House…”
clientele - Those whom a lawyer or similar agent is engaged to represent and serve. “…after hobnobbing with his wealthy clientele, [he] had become increasingly conservative.”
legal tender - Any form of money that must be accepted in payment for goods purchased or for repayment of debt. “…the Treasury was required to issue legal tender notes…”
bullion - Precious metals in their raw form, before they are coined. “…the Treasury was required to issue legal tender notes for the silver bullion that it bought.”
reserve - In finance, the portion of money held back from circulation by a bank or treasury, which provides backing for its notes or loans. “…the gold reserve sank to a dismaying $41 million.”
bimetallism - The legalized concurrent use of two precious metals as currency at a fixed ratio of value. “…the platform…came out for international bimetallism…”
slush fund - An unaccountable sum of money available for questionable to corrupt purposes. “He…piled up an enormous ‘slush fund’ for a ‘campaign of education.’…”
equilibrium - A state of balance between competing forces or interests. “The third party system was characterized by the precarious equilibrium between Republicans and Democrats…”
lobbyist - Someone who promotes an interest or cause before a political body, often for pay. “…not high enough to satisfy the paunchy lobbyists…”
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