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Which US law transfered the power to declare war from Congress to the President? [closed]

The last few wars have been declared by Presidents without an act of congress. Yet the Constitution says that only congress can declare war. What is the specific legal justification that ...
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Could a U.S president serve more than two terms, under the current law? [duplicate]

I was reading this article, and it said : under the 22nd Amendment, “no person shall be elected to the office of president more than twice.” I had not been aware of the exact wording. I will ...
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What happens in a brokered convention? Why is the prospect of one seen as a threat to Sanders' presidential hopes?

With six (technically eight including Tulsi Gabbard & Tom Steyer) candidates currently still in the field for the Democratic presidential candidate nomination, it seems increasingly likely that no ...
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Is it a concern to the US, that leading their leader in handcuffs out of the White House would look weak to other countries? [closed]

I am wondering how for example something like the "Nixonian Deal" (Nixon leaving office "voluntarily" in exchange for being pardoned later) could occur. What kind of leverage does a President have in ...
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Does the US president have more power over their country than any other elected person has in their own country? [closed]

I was having an argument with a friend over the following question. Does the US president have more power over the US than any other elected person on Earth has over their own county? The ...
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Can a US President realistically pardon enough people to sway an election?

Slightly inspired by this question, is there a limitation on the number of pardons a president could offer, such that it could sway the outcome of the next election? Take for example, Florida, ...
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Is Buttigieg old enough to be eligible to become the president? [closed]

According to the Wiki page Pete Buttigieg was born on January 19, 1982. On January 20, 2021, the president sworn in date, he will be 39 years old. If he wins the president election, will he be able ...
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If a president is removed from office after being impeached, when does the vice president take office?

In the United States, if during an impeachment trial the Senate votes to convict the president, when does the vice president take office as the new president? Is is immediately after a vote is taken, ...
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Why is the minimum age to be U.S. president still fairly high at 35?

According to Presidential eligibility conditions, a President can serve if they are at least 35 years old: be a natural-born U.S. citizen of the United States; be at least 35 years old; be ...
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What are the requirements for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

I was reading about the Presidential Medal of Freedom and how the president of the United States awards this medal to people who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or ...
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Does setting precedent automatically make something ok for subsequent politicians to do the same thing?

Surrounding the Impeachment trial of President Trump many news outlets have voiced that an acquittal will be setting precedent. Does this mean that subsequent presidents will be able to do the same ...
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Flaws of US impeachment process? [closed]

It's strange that Bill Clinton's trial was voted to have witnesses and Donald Trump's trial was voted to disallow witnesses and there seems to be the legal viability of discarding subpoenas. This ...
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Why is Hunter Biden's testimony in the impeachment trial relevant?

During President Trump's impeachment trial the White House counsel have sought bringing Hunter Biden in several times for testimony. How is Hunter Biden's testimony relevant, opposed to that of John ...
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Why doesn't Trump testify in impeachment proceedings himself?

I wondered why it never seemed to be an option, that Trump himself is asked to testify in the impeachment trial. The testimony of a defendant is after all a normal part of court proceedings in general,...
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Who needs to clear John Bolton's book before publication?

While it would seem obvious that John Bolton would/should get some sort of clearance from CIA/DOD prior to publishing his book, lest he reveal some classified information,does Bolton have any ...
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How long has populism been affiliated with the Republican Party [closed]

Donald Trump has been described as a populist, yet he imposes high tariffs on China. He has gained bipartisan support for this, but there are Republicans who do disagree. Populists, from what I've ...
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Have there been any sitting US presidents that regularly consult a former president, even informally?

A user, DJClayworth, asks in a comment (on this question ) I wonder how often Trump has consulted Obama for his "wise counsel". Or Obama consulted Bush for that matter. I'd like to pose this as ...
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Why does US tend to have rather old leaders (> 60) while more and more European countries have young ones (<40)?

This questions deals with the age of presidential candidates in US. The most upvoted answer argues that: The main reason is simply that president of the US is the very top position that can be ...
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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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What is the purpose of initiating the recent changes in the Russian Federation resulting in the “Russian Government Resigning”?

Recently (mid January 2020), there has been much press about the government of the Russian Federation "resigning". From what I understand, these changes were initiated by current Russian Federation ...
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Fact Checking Presidents information [closed]

Why does America not have an information facts checker to ensure that the information that is being relayed to American voters is accurate? The American voters are expecting that what the president ...
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Does the Vice-President retain their tiebreaking vote during an impeachment trial of the President?

The Vice-President is the President of the Senate by the US Constitution. As President of the Senate, the Vice-President is empowered to preside over the Senate and cast a tie-breaking vote. The ...
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Immunity from prosecution for heads of state

From what I understand so far, heads of state generally enjoy immunity from prosecution from the judicial system throughout the duration of their term of office. To give particular examples, ...
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Why can't the public vote to impeach a president?

I am new to American politics, so this question maybe very fundamental. I understand that impeachment is a legislative process akin to criminal indictment, and the House and the Senate compose the ...
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If a president is impeached by the house but not convicted by the Senate, does this affect the president's term limits [closed]

If a President is impeached by the house but not convicted by the Senate, does this affect term limits. There is rumor that the first term would be nullified and the person could run for two more ...
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Why is it necessary to have a president in a democracy?

Hello. I don't really know much about politics and I might not use the correct terminology, so please excuse my lack of knowledge. As far as I understand, in the United States (as an example) a ...
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Can a US President resign to avoid impeachment, then run again and not be impeached for their first term infractions?

This feels similar to a few questions already asked but isn't exactly the same, so I don't believe it is an exact duplicate. Can a first term US President resign prior to a possible or pending ...
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Can the President be impeached twice?

If an impeached President (but not one removed from office) is elected for a second term, can they be impeached again during their second term if the House decides they committed new impeachable ...
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Can impeachment and censure of US president for the same issues coexist?

CNN's Small group of House Democrats discussed censure over impeachment ahead of looming vote made me wonder if they have to necessarily choose between these two. In general, are these exclusive? If ...
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Does removing the US president from office through impeachment affect the validity of the decisions they made?

What happens to changes made by the president of the United States after her/his impeachment? Will executive orders and such automatically be invalidated, put on hold upon revaluation, revaluated, ...?...
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Should politicians be educated in the field of economics? [closed]

I'm not sure if this goes on this exchange, or perhaps the economic exchange. I could move it if you guys want. Anyway, Should politicians, mainly presidents/prime ministers be heavily educated in ...
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What are the possible punishments for an impeached USA president?

In the United States of America, if the House of Representatives passes articles of impeachment against the sitting president, and the Senate finds the president to be guilty, what are the options to ...
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What was the point of the Smear Campaign on Yovanovitch?

In order to remove Yovanovitch from her post as ambassador to Ukraine, Trump had his lawyers (aka Giuliani) bash her first. (Quote from NPR: "Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, and his associates had ...
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Has the supreme court ever been asked to hear a case directly involving the president who appointed at least one of the Justices?

At least one of the lawsuits against Trump appear to be headed to a supreme court which includes his appointees. Has anything like this historically occurred, perhaps in a lower court? If so, Did ...
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Was Nixon right, and if so, to what degree was he right, when he said that “… but when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.”?

In the comments of this question, I came across this quote from Nixon: but when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal My common sense is telling me that logically, there must ...
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Is a presidential tweet an official order or military command?

Today the account @realDonaldTrump tweeted : "The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get ...
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Why, in the US, are politicians tried by other politicians?

If I understand correctly, in the United States, charges are currently being brought against President Trump on the suspicion of enlisting the assistance of foreign governments with re-election, in a ...
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Can Vice President Pence be impeached before President Trump?

As I understand, the current vice president Mike Pence is next in line for the presidency should president Trump be removed from office. However, there's some links between Mike Pence and the ...
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Is there a preferred time in their presidency when US presidents pardon the most people?

According to a tally by Thoughco Trump seems to be in the last place as far as pardons issued, compared to all presidents since 1900. But are these stats misleading given that Trump's presidency is ...
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How (un)common is for former US presidents not to endorse any presidential candidate explicitly?

Insofar Obama has steered clear of explicitly endorsing anyone in particular, although his most recent comments have been interpreted as a rebuke of Sanders and Warren. I wonder: are the any ...
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What are the negative consequences of returning to the practice of assigning the Vice Presidency to the Presidential Runner up?

From my understanding, the practice was eliminated due to partisanship sometime in the early 1800s. It seems like an excellent way to increase bipartisanship as we are in a more informed and civilized ...
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Isn't any conversation with the US president quid-pro-quo?

One of the big deals right now is the question of whether there was quid-pro-quo in the July 25 phone call between president Trump and Zelinsky. Isn't every conversation with the US president a ...
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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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Is the median age of Presidential candidates increasing?

Looking at the current list of likely candidates for the 2020 election we can see: Donald Trump: 73 Joe Biden: 76 Elizabeth Warren: 70 Bernie Sanders: 78 Likewise in the previous election 70-year-...
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What is the proper title for a former U.S. President?

What is the proper title for a former U.S. President? According to Wikipedia , we use "Mr. President" as the title for all presidents--either current or previous. E.g., President Obama. This is a ...
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Do whistleblower reports happen often?

Currently, the whistleblower report is at the center of American politics as the catalyst for the current impeachment inquiry. Has this ever happened before? By this I mean - has there ever been a ...
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Does the House Resolution about the Impeachment Inquiry change anything?

Today (Oct 31) the house passed a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry. I assume this was not a necessary step as the inquiry was underway before the resolution. Does this resolution ...
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Does the Presidential Records Act apply to the Trump/Zelensky telephone call 25 July 2019?

In light of the reported testimony of Lt Col Vindman here, wherein the assertion is made that the raw (software captured) transcript does not agree with the publicly released TELECON, specifically ...
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Why does it matter that Trump did not inform Nancy Pelosi about the al-Baghdadi raid?

This morning President Trump announced that US forces had successfully killed ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. While Democrats are of course glad that he is gone, they have taken issue with the fact ...
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Can a US President ban a Congressman from using SCIFs?

A SCIF is a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, and is mandated for use in some situations when reviewing classified and sensitive materials. If a President has cause, e.g. knows a ...

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