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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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Where can I find the document that rescinded DACA?

I have been trying to find what piece of legislation / text / executive action rescinded the 2012 DACA memorandum.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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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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Why do federal intelligence agencies need the Patriot Act to be allowed to share information with other agencies?

I thought I heard that, without some of the provisions in the Patriot Act, intelligence agencies would not be allowed to share information with other agencies. But the President is the head of the ...
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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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To what extent are senior non-elected officials such as the WH Chief of Staff provided with protection?

I have to admit my question is triggered by a scene in Veep, where a security situation results in the President being surrounded by Secret Service agents (s04e02), but after spending some time on ...
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Is the US unique in a voted-out president staying in power so long? [duplicate]

In the US system, it is approximately 6 weeks between the presidential election and the actual handing over of power to the winner. It seems surprising that executive power is retained so long by a ...
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Do US federal agencies take a position on legislation?

Are there laws which prohibit or limit the ability of United States federal agencies (eg. SAMHSA) to take a public position in favor or against bills currently under consideration of the legislature? ...
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Are personal attaches or envoys, such as Rudy Giuliani, Bill Donovan and Vernon Waters on the government payroll when they held those posts?

Roosevelt relied heavily on his advisor "Wild Bill" Donovan in much the same way as Trump does on Rudy Giuliani. Both were personal envoys. And Vernon Waters served as a roving diplomat for Reagan. ...
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How does Executive Privilege override the clear provision of statute at 5 U.S.C. App. §8H (c) on Whistle Blower Complaints?

With respect to the testimony of Acting Director of National Intelligence McGuire before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives on September 26, 2019, that as a ...
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Can Matthew Whitaker legally change the budget for the Special Counsel Investigation at a whim?

Background According to 28 CFR 600.8, the budget of a Special Counsel investigation is handled as follows: (a)Budget. (1) A Special Counsel shall be provided all appropriate resources by ...
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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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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 ...
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When I register for voting in Massachusets with a telephone number on the “Do Not Call” registry, do I have to check the “unlisted phone number” box?

Background In March 2003, the Do Not Call registry was signed into law by president George W. Bush. This law allowed the FTC to create a voluntary registry of phone numbers whereby some entities ...
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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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In Sweden, are there any ramifications if the Prime Minister chooses not to observe the Government's (Cabinet's) decision?

In Sweden, the executive power is vested in the Government (i.e. The country's "Cabinet" which consists of the Prime Minister and other Ministers), as opposed to the Prime Minister. This ...
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Difference between constitutional and executive presidents( U.S and EU)?

In what way is the position "president" different in presidential and parliamentary democracies? Presidential would be like in the USA and parliamentary would be like the UK's system.
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Do the President and federal departments have the power to enact laws and set regulations without congressional approval?

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. Does the POTUS ...
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Is there a national movement for a plural executive in the federal government?

In the United States, there has been a long standing movement for the unitary power of the executive branch. That is, there is a well known movement that purports: a "hierarchical, unified ...
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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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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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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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presidential candidates promises

Why do presidential candidates make promises that they won't be (much) a part of? For example: medicare for all Anyone can come up with a bill but they are introduced, debated, amended, and passed ...
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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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Trump pardons…Trump? [duplicate]

If Gerald Ford was able to preemptively pardon Richard Nixon, what would stop Trump from doing that to himself? Why doesn't every president do that, just in case?
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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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