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The executive branch of government is responsible for enforcing the laws of the land. It is made up of the president, the vice-president, the Cabinet and a number of what are known as independent agencies. At the head of the executive branch is the US president, who must "take care that the laws be faithfully executed" and "preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution. In order to carry out this duty, he or she presides over a vast organisation of federal departments and agencies, which has grown over the course of history and now employs about four million people.

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The president works from the White House's Oval Office


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