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How can the US President create a waiver for patent enforcement?

According to a recent statement by the US Trade Representative: “This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures. The ...
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Does a sitting US president require a passport to travel internationally?

The same question related to Queen Elizabeth II has been asked and answered on this site: The Queen does not require a passport to travel internationally. I am interested in learning whether this is ...
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Has a U.S. president (or other politician) commenting on a criminal case ever actually led to a major setback for the prosecution?

We often hear politicians-- and U.S. presidents especially-- being criticized for weighing in on criminal cases on the grounds that their comments could prejudice a jury. Most recently Joe Biden and ...
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Why does Joe Biden always tweet from @POTUS and not @JoeBiden?

I have noticed that ever since Joe Biden took office, he has tweeted from @POTUS. However Donald Trump, for example, tweeted primarily from his personal account, which is suspended. When @JoeBiden ...
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Can the President of the United States ignore the Supreme Court?

If the President (and their administration) considered the Supreme Court to be politically "illegitimate", would they be able to ignore its rulings? Is there any precedent for this?
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Constitutionally, what would happen if the Icelandic President is convicted of a criminal offense?

Under the Icelandic constitution, the President enjoys immunity from criminal prosecutions as long as the Parliament permits it. Constitution of Iceland, Article 11, Paragraph 2 The President may not ...
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What's the purpose of prime ministers in presidential republics?

The US doesn't have a prime minister and is doing well without one. But many other presidential republics do have a PM. What's the purpose of prime ministers in presidential republics (note, I'm not ...
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What is the status of an elected foreign president that previously fled the US on criminal charges?

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was a very serious candidate for the French presidency. His political career was stopped in its tracks when he was arrested and charged with the sexual assault and attempted ...
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Hypothetical: Law passes House and Senate with VP tie-breaker. Then president dies before signing

The circumstances of "The American Rescue Plan" made me think of this. Suppose a bill passes both the House and the Senate, but with a 50-50 tie in the Senate such that the vice president ...
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What is the point in delaying the signing of legislation that the President supports?

Once a president has already decided that they are going to sign legislation, why not do it immediately? For example, on Wednesday, March 10, the House of Representatives voted to pass the American ...
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What are the arguments for having a democratically-elected, ceremonial President?

Some countries, particularly those governed by the parliamentary system, tend to have a ceremonial head of state. In constitutional monarchies, those tend to be Kings or Queens. But in parliamentary ...
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What does taking the oath of office of the president of the United States do?

The Constitution specifies the following: Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully ...
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If the Vice President undisputedly murdered the sitting President, is there anything stopping them from becoming President?

If the Vice President murdered the sitting President in cold blood for all to see, would they still become President? Would they simply get sworn in or is there a mechanism to stop them?
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Does the presidential line of succession skip those who aren't Americans by birth? [duplicate]

The United States has a predefined presidential plan of succession should both the President and Vice President be removed from office (encapsulating all reasons here). For example, it goes as follows:...
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What would it take to win a presidential campaign with no staff? [closed]

Imagine a person does not need to campaign to win, they are just adored by 60% of the country (USA) and does not need to do any press. How much work would it take to do all the paper work needed to ...
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Does the US presidential term begin depending on time zones? [duplicate]

As per the 20th Amendment, the terms of US presidents begin and end at "noon of the 20th day of January", but no location is specified. One possible interpretation is that the transition ...
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Can the US President veto a repeal?

Under Article 1 Section 7 of the US Constitution, the President has the authority to veto any piece of legislation passed by Congress (and Congress can override the veto with a 2/3 majority in both ...
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Seal in the “Office of the Former President”

In my country of origin national symbols (like the flag, coat of arms etc...) are protected by law, that is, nobody can use them without permission — for instance, one cannot print a tshirt or a mug ...
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How did US Supreme court Justice John Roberts “let it be known” that he did not wish to preside over the 2nd presidential impeachment?

NPR.org's Sen. Patrick Leahy To Preside Over Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial says: Chief Justice John Roberts presided over Trump's first impeachment trial, but now that Trump is a former president, ...
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Who swears in the president if all of the sitting members of the Supreme Court are dead? [duplicate]

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is supposed to swear in president-elect of the United States. If there is no sitting Chief Justice, another member of the court would swear the president and ...
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Have OANN or Newsmax asked any questions (thus far) at the the press conferences of the Biden White House?

I'm curious if these two organizations (OANN and Newsmax)--both known for being more pro-Trump than even Fox News-- and both still part of the White House press corps as far as I can tell were present ...
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What happens if election fraud is found after a president is elected? [duplicate]

A proportion of Donald Trump's supporters believe that the presidential election that has recently led to Joe Biden being sworn in was fraudulent. As I recall, numerous states, such as Arizona, are ...
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Did Biden make it earlier to the office? [closed]

I've seen a video of him signing executive orders. Isn't he supposed to get to the office in March. As I remember Trump make it to the office in March. It seems everything has happened rapidly with ...
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Day-One executive actions from Biden's predecessors?

Commenting on Biden's plan to sign a number of executive orders on Inauguration Day, the Washington Post quotes Jen Psaki as follows: “President-elect Biden is taking historic action on Day One to ...
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What determines who gets to stay in the Presidential Townhouse / Trowbridge House?

The Presidential Townhouse (716 Jackson Place NW) is a government property near the White House reserved for the exclusive use of former presidents of the United States during visits to the capital. ...
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Why are former presidents given intelligence briefings? [duplicate]

According to ABC news, all former presidents "[continue to receive] the President's Daily Brief, a top-secret summary of US intelligence and world events, in a format and style that suits them&...
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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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Can all sanctions imposed by Trump administration be removed by Biden?

Secretary Pompeo has recently announced some more sanctions on Iranian Astan Qods foundation. It seems that Biden wants to return to JCPOA and he should remove sanctions to be able to negotiate with ...
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Can Impeachment votes be filibustered?

If a few members of the House of Representatives who opposed impeachment were to attempt to filibuster the impeachment, could they or are there any internal house rules that would prevent this?
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Does the Senate need supermajority or just a regular majority to prevent a convicted President from running for office again? [duplicate]

The Constitution allows the Senate to punish an impeached President with prevention from holding an important office in the future, do they need 2/3rds of the Senate to do this or 2/3rds for a ...
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Does all military authority come from the President?

If the President were to order it person who reports directly to them, it would be expected that they follow that order assuming it's legal and ethical, but does the President have the power to give ...
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Can the House of Representatives vote to impeach an acting President after the elected president was removed via the 25th Amendment?

If the Vice President in the form of an obviously unjust attempt to remove a fully capable President via the 25th Amendment were to become acting President would they be eligible for impeachment as ...
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Is there any legal procedures the President has to follow to resign or can they do it immediately?

With the threat of impeachment and with that the threat of conviction and prevention from holding federal office imminent, resigning could be an effective way for the President to avoid these problems....
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25th Amendment with acting cabinet members [duplicate]

With the resignation of the presidential cabinet members in the past week and already a few of those positions being held by folks in acting capacity, do people in an acting capacity have the power to ...
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Can an impeachment be undone?

If a president is impeached, removed from office, and barred from running again, could a future congress or president reinstate his ability to run for office again? I'm imagining a case in which both ...
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Can the US president be thrown out of office via a Constitutional convention?

Say a very corrupt president were able to use threats to make Congress do as they said and committed many impeachable offenses, but Congress wouldn’t get rid of them, could 3/4ths of the state ...
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Pardoning US military commanders

Question Can a future president fully pardon any military commanders convicted of or charged with insubordination or any similar crime for refusing to follow orders of a current POTUS to take ...
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If a president is impeached and removed from power, do they lose all benefits usually afforded to presidents when they leave office?

It is my understanding that there are a number of benefits bestowed to presidents when they leave office. These include a lucrative pension, $1 million travel budget per year, personal protection etc....
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Quickly prevent POTUS from initiating military or nuclear operations?

As Pelosi warns Trump could be impeached for a second time if he does not leave office imminently and willing, she has expressed in a letter about two things which stems this question... Taking "...
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Presidential pardon before legal proceedings in the USA [closed]

In the Constitution with Annotations the following is written in Footnote 6 (link) "A pardon may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken, or ...
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What did the framers have to say about the idea of a self pardon?

Did they not explicitly state in the Constitution that it isn’t allowed because they thought it was ok or because the idea of that happening was too ridiculous to warrant their attention?
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Could the US military legally refuse to follow a legal, but unethical order?

For example, if the president ordered the military to launch nukes to attack a country that poses no real threat, assuming its legal, can the military refuse to follow through on it on the grounds ...
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How does the new President secure the nuclear football during a “contested” transition

Following on to this question... since a military aide is always near the President with the Football, how does the new President get the football if that aide with the football is with the now-former ...
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Who would rule on the validity of a self pardon if there were one?

Supreme Court, Congress, State Court? Or would there be no ruling?
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Can the US Senate convict an impeachment after the impeached has left office? [duplicate]

It has been widely reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is planning to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump following the rioting in the Capitol on Wednesday. However, it is ...
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What happens with Power transition (Inauguration) during Emergency

Suppose Biden is undergoing the Presidential Inauguration and some emergency event (Fire alarm, alert to potential disruptive crowds/hostiles) makes the President incapable of performing the ...
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How many presidents had decided not to attend the inauguration of their successor?

Pres. Donald Trump announced that he will not be attending the inauguration of Joe Biden. How many presidents have not attended the inauguration of their successor?
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Is there a way to force an incumbent or former president to reiterate claims under oath?

At the moment, a substantial percentage of US citizens reportedly believes that the outcome of the 2020 presidential election was substantially affected by fraud of one sort or the other. (NOTE: ...
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Does the President have the power to pardon “persons unknown”? [duplicate]

If a President wanted to pardon "persons unknown who were involved in [a particular activity or event]", would they have the power to do so? Or can a President only pardon named individuals?...
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If the VP resigns, can the 25th Amendment still be invoked?

There is current news of several of Trump's cabinet members resigning with Trump only having 13 days left in his presidency. Question: If Mike Pence were to resign his vice presidency, with such a ...

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