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Do former US presidents have the right to receive daily CIA briefings?

In Michael Moore's 2004 film Fahrenheight 9/11 a person named Dan Briody says the following: George H.W. Bush is a man who has obviously incredible reach into the White House. He receives daily CIA ...
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Could Boris Johnson theoretically ignore any legislation passed to prevent no-deal brexit?

The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has clearly set out his position in that he wishes to leave the EU on 31st October with or without a deal. I.e if further negotiations with the EU do not result ...
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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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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 you ...
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Aren't, in practice, the executive and legislative powers oftentimes nearly unified?

As far as I'm aware, according to the theory of separation of powers, which is considered one of the foundations of democracy, prescribes the three government powers: executive, legislative, judiciary ...
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Does Trump's no-testimony directive cover the putative Senate trial as well?

Trump has issued a directive see page 2 that has been used as a reason by some of his (present and former) officials to not testify in the impeachment hearings so far, including Bolton and Mulvaney. ...
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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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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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Why is Trump moving to Florida?

Donald Trump is moving to Florida. Doesn't he live in the White House in Washington DC? What does it mean that he is moving? Also, do we know why?
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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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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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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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Is the NBIB affected by the 2018-2019 government shutdown?

Background The National Background Investigation Bureau (NBIB) is a government agency within the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and is important for people in the United States ...