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Could the POTUS cancel any amount of student debt without approval of the US Congress?

Recently, Biden's Administration is approving $6.1 billion in student debt cancellation for 317,000 borrowers who attended the Art Institutes., but I haven't seen the Senate or House ever voted on ...
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What happens if the US President-elect is sent to prison before assuming power?

This is a question about the period between November 5 and January 20 in an election year. If a presidential candidate wins the election but is sent to prison on November 6, say, would they stay in ...
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How was President Gerald Ford appointed instead of just succeeding his role?

I’ve heard it said that one of the reasons President Gerald Ford was hated, was because he was appointed President, instead of being elected. And it’a also said he was the only president appointed. ...
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Who were Sarkozy's "high-powered advisers with ethnic Russian backgrounds"?

RFERL wrote in 2008: By throwing his weight behind Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's calls for an OSCE summit in 2009 to discuss a new "security architecture" for Europe, Sarkozy ignored ...
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What qualities are needed for becoming the President? [closed]

How to win presidential elections? Is it necessary to have fame? Does it require a PhD?
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Why do Americans consider Biden to be too old for president, but not Trump?

A number of polls show that Americans by and large consider Joe Biden to be too old to be president. For example, an Associated Press poll asked Do you think each of the following is too old to ...
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What laws did Duda veto?

Politico: Duda, originally a European Parliament backbencher from the Law and Justice (PiS) party before becoming president in 2015, has long been loyal to the nationalist party. Tusk and his allies ...
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At which academic institute(s) has Javier Milei held a professorship?

It is fairly common for articles on Argentinian President-elect, Javier Milei, to mention that he is a professor. For example, Time and Fortune both do so, in articles published in October 2023. His ...
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Does the White House Chief of Staff in the US hold considerable power over others?

In various TV shows I've seen that the CoS has considerable influence over the executive and is shown to be "more powerful" (in some sense) than Secretaries (of State, of Defence, etc). How ...
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Why is are the terms government party and opposition party rarely used to describe the parties in the USA?

Much as Brazil, Ghana, Canada, Britain, most countries really, use these terms in these senses of that the party supplying the head of government is the governing or ruling party and the others are ...
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How did FDR confiscate gold in 1933 without Congressional approval? Could a modern president do the same with a digital dollar?

In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt confiscated Americans' gold holdings. Apparently he did so through an Executive Order. How could this "fly" without Congressional approval? In ...
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Has the US president been uninvited to an international event before?

Is it unprecedented for the US president to be uninvited to an international event like President Biden was on October 17 this year (his summit with Arab countries was canceled at very short notice, ...
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Foreign Prime Minister / President

In the business it is very common to open leading positions to any candidate, even those who worked with competition before, in believe to getting the most skilled/competitive leader. Why is it not ...
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Are there strictly political arguments why a racketeering case in a U.S. state court wouldn't move forward if the defendant became the U.S. President?

At 02:11 the August 15, 2023 video CNN's Haberman on the irony of Giuliani’s indictment for racketeering an exchange between CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins and White House correspondent for The New York ...
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Why and where is Mohamed Bazoum sitting down in a small, round, cold room next to a portrait of (a young) John F. Kennedy? Is the event identifiable?

DW News' July 31, 2023 video Niger warns against foreign interference as pro-coup protests turn violent after 02:22 shows what I think is file footage of Niger president Mohamed Bazoum, and I find the ...
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Can a US President be Court Martialed?

I’ve heard that the answer to this question depends on the situation. Suppose, for example, a US president decides to conspire to poison a city’s water supply to cover-up some administrative abuse or ...
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What will happen in case Bill is passed by the Parliament but not sent to President for approval?

Case specific to : India What is the law/rule/protocol/convention in case when a bill is passed from both Houses of Parliament and is about to be sent to the President for his approval but is held ...
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What actually stops someone from running for public office in the US after agreeing not to do so?

Rachel Maddow asks whether Trump should be offered a plea deal trading the threat of jail time for his agreeing to never hold public office again. Ron Liebman Barney Skolnik, and Russell “Baker, the ...
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How is the safety of ex-presidents in jail guaranteed?

Ex-presidents and ex-prime ministers are surprisingly often convicted of crimes and sometimes sent to jail. Sarkozy, Olmert, Lee, Katsav , and Park are recent examples. What do countries do about the ...
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If a US citizen were born on US military base abroad, would they be considered as born on US soil and thus eligible to be elected US president?

As we know, the US Constitution provides that only a US citizen born on US soil can be elected US president. How about a hypothetical scenario of a US citizen born on a US military base abroad?
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Why is it the President's job to resolve conflicts in Congress?

Yesterday the Republican-led US House of Representatives passed a bill to raise the debt ceiling, but it includes many spending cutbacks that are objectionable to Democrats. The Democrat-led Senate is ...
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Where do I send a nomination for the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

I want to nominate someone posthumously for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Where do I send my nomination?
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What decides the scope or limits of presidential executive orders in the US? [duplicate]

An executive order is a directive by the president of the United States that manages operations of the federal government I searched around on the internet, and it seems like there isn't even a formal ...
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Was Nixon's "when the President does it, that means that it is not illegal" technically correct?

During David Frost's series of interviews with Richard Nixon, Nixon (in)famously said when the President does it, that means that it is not illegal, by definition. In the aftermath of Nixon getting ...
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Have any US Presidents committed indictable offenses?

Recently there have been rumors that the Manhattan DA is going to indict Donald Trump for campaign finance violations over paying hush money to Stormy Daniels. The word "unprecedented" is ...
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Differences in hand positions when leaders are taking oaths to constitutions, what are the origins and symbolisms involved? [closed]

Recently China's leader Xi Jinping took the Constitutional oath of office of China. Five years ago his left hand was on a document (China's constitution?) and his right hand was raised, palm forward, ...
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Have US President Biden's approval ratings increased or decreased after Hersh claimed that the US blew up Nordstream under Biden's order?

Around 2021, when the construction of NordStream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany was completed and it nearly became operational, US President Biden faced heavy criticism from his own party and ...
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Was a Czech president ever successful in having a legislation proposal dropped after his veto or threat thereof?

The Czech constitution gives the President a veto power on legislation, but this can be overridden by 50% (+1 I assume) of the absolute number of parliamentarians, which may be slightly difficult in ...
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Why is there so much attention towards the Czech President even though it's supposed to be a figurehead position?

This question is the opposite of Why do we hear so little about the German President? In theory, the Czech President is mostly a figurehead as Czechia is a Parliamentary Republic where the Prime ...
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Did the FBI seize former US president's current passport in the Mar-a-Lago raid? If so, did they return it? If so, when?

After 03:20 in CNN's January 22, 2023 Brown presses GOP House Intelligence chair on Trump documents US Representative Mike Turner (R-OH) says the following: The concern we all have, is the abuse of ...
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Why do US Presidents seem to have difficulty in complying with the laws on returning classified documents?

Why do US Presidents seem to have difficulty in complying with the laws on returning classified documents? One might expect that Presidents would have sufficient assistance in running their offices ...
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Can the US President fire government employees for poor performance?

As an example, let's say President Biden orders the FBI to prepare and release a report to the general public by a certain deadline. The deadline arrives but the FBI's employees either fail to meet ...
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Why does the US Senate act so unlike a parliamentary regime when consenting to Cabinet nominations?

In France, the president is elected directly by the people, not by parliament, just as in the US (the electoral college doesn't matter here). In France, the Cabinet ("gouvernement") is ...
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Is there any law that prohibits a 3rd presendential term? [duplicate]

Is there an actual law prohibiting a 3rd precedential term by a US President. I wonder because Roosevelt did 4 terms. There was a world war that made an exception prudent. No lack of mitigating ...
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What happens if a US president is found to have engaged in insurrection after taking office?

The January 6 Committee's investigation has resulted in them referring former president Donald Trump to the Department of Justice on multiple charges. This referral is not legally binding and the DoJ ...
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US presidential election: winning three times

Donald Trump has, according to his claims, been elected president twice by popular vote. However he has been denied the office due to claimed malfeasance of the state governments. If his claims are ...
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Is there a Commonwealth nation that practices presidential form of government?

What I want to know is countries like Canada, Australia and India, which are all Commonwealth nations, have adopted a parliamentarian system like UK, is there a country that was Commonwealth nation ...
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Has the 25 Amendment Inability Clause ever been used to remove POTUS

The 25th Amendment of the US constitution is in the top of my mind. This deals with succession in the event of the resignation, death, or incapacity of POTUS. It also allows for temporary incapacity, ...
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Can the president of U.S. order troops to defend Taiwan under a Chinese invasion without Congress' approval?

The War Powers Resolution of 1973 put lots of restrictions of U.S. presidents for war declaring: From Wikipedia: The War Powers Resolution (also known as the War Powers Resolution of 1973 or the War ...
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Is it common for former presidential advisors to go by "Honorable"?

I saw this tweet today for an event headlined by "The Honorable Jared Kushner." https://twitter.com/meridithmcgraw/status/1569300032389619714 Kushner, a former senior advisor to Donald Trump,...
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Does a US President have to file any paperwork to declassify information?

The raid on ex-president Trump's residence recently produced evidence of his having Top Secret documents stored there without proper supervision. Could Trump claim that these are actually declassified ...
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Is it common for a U.S. president to have official documents in their personal posession after they leave office?

The Florida home of a former U.S. president was recently raided because he was believed to have several documents that belong to the government in his home. Fifteen boxes of such papers were recovered ...
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Has there been research on the effects of the Presidential Records Act on White House decision making?

The Presidential Records Act mandates the preservation of all presidential records. At least in theory this means that the only Presidential communications immune from further scrutiny are phone calls ...
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What's the longest speech by a sitting US president?

According to History.com Ironically, the man with the shortest White House tenure delivered the longest inaugural address in history, which may have been his undoing. This first presidential speech, ...
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Does the President have the means to prevent the Speaker of the House from visiting Taiwan?

President Biden suggested that visiting Taiwan was a bad idea and that's what his military advisors told him, but he still allowed Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, the third most powerful ...
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Why is the US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics called a "sherpa"?

CNBC's June 28, 2022 U.S.’s Russia sanctions architect Singh departs as Ukraine war drags on refers to the position as a sherpa in two places as quoted below. The Sherpa people: ...are one of the ...
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Why can't President Biden sign an executive order on the gun laws he wants congress to pass?

U.S President Biden has been in the news, such as this article in Forth Worth Star-Telegram, appealing for tougher gun laws. The article says that He repeated calls to restore a ban on the sale of ...
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How often do US Presidents sign laws while abroad?

From CNN, the Ukraine support package bill recently passed by congress will be flown to South Korea so that President Biden can sign it immediately Senate votes to pass $40 billion Ukraine aid package....
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How do the US President's and Secretary of Defense's power to deploy troops differ?

In the May 17, 2022 Late Night with Stephen Colbert clip Mark Esper's Loyalty To The Constitution Got Him Fired From The T**** Administration in a segment where he recounted several instances of ...
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Roughly how many US White House political vs non-political staff have a "radio which announces the President’s logistical movements"?

From Politico's May 9, 2022 How the Jan. 6 panel broke through Trump allies’ stonewalling: Aides like Cassidy Hutchinson, a close adviser to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Ken ...
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