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Would federal agencies have enough power to run the country without the government?

Essentially all the federal agencies have control over their spending. The DOT can raise revenue by road tolls, DOE has royalties, Medicare/ss can garnish small amounts of wages that aren't worth ...
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Does the executive branch have its own form of contempt?

The Judicial Branch has Contempt of Court as described below: Contempt of court, often referred to simply as "contempt", is the offense of being disobedient to or discourteous toward a court of law ...
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Can Donald Trump fire someone who works in the Justice Department?

Donald Trump complained on Twitter about someone who still works for the Justice Department. How the hell is Bruce Ohr still employed at the Justice Department? Disgraceful! Witch Hunt! Isn't the ...
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How many treaties did US presidents terminate without Congress approval?

An opinion piece by Senator Russ Feingold on NBC says: although it took a 1945 vote in the Senate to allow President Harry Truman to ratify the U.N. Charter, the current weight of legal opinion ...
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What's the ratio of treaties ratified by Congress to other forms of international agreements the US is part of?

An NBC opinion piece says by former Senator Russ Feingold states: There have been relatively few treaties considered by Congress in recent decades, in part because executive agreements and regular ...
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Why did Imran Khan become the Prime Minister and Zardari became the President after winning elections?

I have a question about Pakistan politics. What determines a party president to be either a President of country or Prime Minister of country after winning elections? When Pakistan People Party (PPP)...
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What happens when someone from the DoJ is held in contempt of congress?

Background In the United States, when someone is held in contempt of congress, the cases tend to be referred to the DoJ (at least since 1935). However, in recent memory, there have been a couple ...
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How would a trial occur if two political bodies investigate the same crime?

Background In the United States, there is plentiful news of investigations of high profile people. In particular, some issues, like the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal have resulted in investigations ...
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What was the rationale behind EO 13787 updating the DOJ Order of Succession?

In a March 31 Executive Order (13787), President Trump set the current Department of Justice (DOJ) order of succession, which, by my understanding, would determine who has authority over the Mueller ...
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Why can't the “shithole” controversy be independently verified?

What does it take to independently verify whether or not President Trump called Haiti and other countries shitholes? Could this information be found through FOIA requests?
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What kind of approval does Donald Trump need to build his wall?

Can the president order the construction of a wall in the southern border just by himself, such as with an executive order? What kind of approval does he need to initiate construction of such a wall?
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Why have US Presidents not been given the power of line item vetoes?

I have often wondered why there are so many bills that are massive and incredibly complex passed through the Legislative branch. Why are bills stacked together and mashed up with a variety sections ...
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Where can I find the document that rescinded DACA?

I have been trying to find what piece of legislation / text / executive action rescinded the 2012 DACA memorandum. However, I have not been able to find it. Many news websites describe the effects of ...
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Opposition members in cabinet

After the recent collapse of government and appointment of a new Premier in British Columbia, it was suggested by MLA Andrew Weaver that — as he was not a member of the governing party — he could not ...
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What are education requirements for government positions in Germany?

Martin Schultz left high school without diploma after failing 11th grade twice, however many people consider him for chancellor office. Is it possible to have any nonelected position in the executive ...
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Can the POTUS perform a mass-pardon for those who meet certain criteria?

Let's say a POTUS wanted to legalise weed, and after doing so wanted to then free all the prisoners he could who's only crime was using/having weed, being otherwise innocent. To do this, could the ...
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How does the President of the United States get a budget authorised?

The New York Times is reporting (in a balanced piece of a reporting) that Donald Trump may face resistance from the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, over his first budget proposal. How does a U.S ...
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Why is Jeff Sessions eligible to become Attorney General?

No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the ...
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Travel ban order: why those countries? [duplicate]

The Executive Order "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" has been criticized by opponents for the selection of countries on the list. What is the basis for the ...
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If the VP were to invoke the 25th amendment to remove the President as unfit for office, would acting secretaries be able to consent?

The 25th Amendment says that the Vice-President, in conjunction with half of the fifteen executive department heads, can declare the President unfit to discharge his duties. Presently only two of the ...
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where can I get a live feed or current site listing ALL executive orders including as they are presented and signed?

I think executive orders are a good indicator into the mind of a president and his administration. I wasn't able to see a sequential list, from newest to oldest. Where can I find this?
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What is the most Executive Orders signed by a US President in a single four year term?

What is the most Executive Orders signed by a US President in a single four year term and whom was it?
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Difference between Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda

As seen on Wikipedia, Donald Trump seems to have signed only 1 executive order and 5 presidential memoranda, as opposed to all being executive orders. What's the difference between an executive order ...
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Could Obama have secretly pardoned Hillary? [duplicate]

We heard many news reports of many pardons Obama made. But is it possible Obama could have secretly made other pardons as well? For example, assume Obama pardoned, say, Hillary Clinton, for example: ...
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Who runs the USA when the presidents are switching?

I assume Obama wouldn't be responsible for anything that happened on the 20th January but neither Trump could be as he wouldn't have the chance to practically manage to take over the important ...
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Can the President put his assets in a blind trust managed by his family members?

Now that Donald Trump has been elected President, there has been a lot of discussion about the conflicts of interest that would arise from his company. There have been calls for him to put his assets ...
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Would Obama's viewing Trump's tax returns be seen as overstepping his authority?

26 U.S. Code § 6103(g)(1) says that the President can request tax return information from the IRS: Upon written request by the President, signed by him personally, the Secretary shall furnish to ...
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Cabinet, EOP, and White House Staff

What is the relationship (or lack thereof) between the president's Cabinet, various agencies in the Executive Office of the President, and the White House Staff? I know that (vaguely speaking), the ...
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When a U.S. administration decides to do a prisoner swap with another country, how does the US judicial system handle the request?

What are the mechanisms that are in play, for example in the recent swap of prisoners for the American citizens that were held in Iran? Is it a presidential pardon? Or is there some other ...
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What are the President's responsibilities in executing judicial order?

In this interview with NewsMax, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was asked what he would do to preserve traditional marriage if the Supreme Court were to recognize marriage equality ...
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Does the President have the Constitutional authority to refuse to deport 3-5 million illegal immigrants?

Obama announced his executive order regarding immigration that he will be signing tomorrow. He stated: "So we’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve been in America for more than five ...
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Are there clear rules of when the president can and cannot use executive action? [duplicate]

We have heard time and time again people in the United States arguing whether the president has the authority to take executive action on certain matters. Are there clear, cut and dry rules on when a ...
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Legal basis for President's immediate advisers immunity from Congressional compulsion to testify

Assistant Attorney General Karl Thompson was quoted saying in this article that they would Adhere to the executive branch's longstanding view that the president's immediate advisers have absolute ...
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Is the NJ goernor's executive order on pension reform permissible under the current legislation?

In 2011, NJ passed pension reform. The governor signed legislation that the state would make all its payments over the next couple of years. Now the governor of NJ is signing an executive order to ...
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What remedy exists for unconstitutional changes to ObamaCare by the executive branch?

In a breaking story, the Obama administration is making an exemption in the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) that "will let people who lost coverage and are struggling to get a new plan sign up for ...
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Why was the Healthcare.gov site development managed so badly?

The US Department of Healthcare and Human Services was ultimately responsible for managing the contract(s) that developed the federal healthcare exchange website, Healthcare.gov. As has been widely ...
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Under what executive authority does the President have to delay the employer mandate?

Obama was asked this question back in July, but seemed to sidestep it. NYT: People questioned your legal and constitutional authority to do that unilaterally -- to delay the employer mandate. Did ...
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Are executive orders enforceable? How do they differ from legislated law?

From what I understand, the President can write executive orders telling people to do things. Wikipedia tells me that these executive orders "have the full force of law". If this is the case, why ...
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When can the US Executive Branch not enforce an existing law?

Two recent examples come to mind: Not enforcing the company mandate of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) Not enforcing existing immigration laws I'm sure there are other examples from ...
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Executive actions and federal department regulations

During President Obama's State of the Union, he talked about how if Congress didn't enact laws to help the environment, his administration would. He also did this with gun control. My question is if ...
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What are some examples of “checks and balances” outside of the United States? [closed]

The three branches of the United States government (legislative, executive, and judicial) all participate in the governing process and in many cases can check the actions of another branch. Are there ...