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Questions tagged [president]

Questions related to that of the President to whom is the leader of a country or a division or part of a country.

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In the US, how much power does the president have over the federal budget?

If the president wants to change spending in one direction, like to adjust the deficit without changing taxes, how much could they move it? I suspect that the president would just get impeached in ...
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How is the US' “Presidential Alert” system safeguarded against inappropriate or unauthorized use?

CNN's Feds send first emergency message test to cell phones describes the system and includes simple explanations like: It's called the "presidential alert," but the President doesn't actually ...
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Why is Obama releasing his 2018 endorsements in “waves?”

Today, former U.S. President Barack Obama released a second round of endorsements for the 2018 midterm elections in a tweet, including this text: Today, I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic ...
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Does Trump incite more news articles than Obama, Bush, or Clinton did?

I have the feeling that Donald Trump has received as much news coverage throughout his mandate, as Clinton did at the height of his controversies, continually, since he was sworn in on 17th of January ...
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Protocol when dealing with USA President

In the book "Fear" there is this quote when discussing the Iran deal: “They are in violation,” Trump insisted, “and you should make the case that this agreement is done and finished.” He suggested ...
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Does a (US) presidential proclamation have a time limit?

tl;dr: Other than the power to declare war, are any of the powers afforded the U.S. president limited as to how long the action is effective? When I was in school (late 90's, US mid-Atlantic region), ...
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Why would invoking the 25th amendment cause a constitutional crisis?

The recent opinion piece in the New York Times has two claims that I can't reconcile: Donald Trump is unfit to be president of the United States The constitutional crisis caused by invoking the 25th ...
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What is the vetting process for source materials for an investigative report or book?

Bob Woodward's new book, Fear: Trump in the White House is dominating the news this week. Woodward always seems to get an immense amount of inside access to administration officials, and he is a ...
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What power does a president possess in a parliamentary form of government?

The president is a titular head in these type of governments. Does the president possess power, if any at all? If he doesn't, why keep the president? Why not just fire him/her? I'm specifically ...
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Are there some systematic attempts to evaluate how pro-Christian-Right presidential policies have been?

I read an opinion piece in USA Today stating basically that Trump is the best president ever (eletcted, insofar) for the Christian right: Never has the religious right had such a strong friend and ...
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Can corporations vote in the presidential election?

Under the notion of corporate personhood, can a corporation vote on presidential candidates in the U.S.?
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Perjury in US politics

I know this question is about a hot topic in US politics, so I ask that comments and answers be mindful that I'm asking in good faith, and without an attempt to either discredit or support our current ...
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Why did Imran Khan become the Prime Minister and Zardari became the President after winning elections?

I have a question about Pakistan politics. What determines a party president to be either a President of country or Prime Minister of country after winning elections? When Pakistan People Party (PPP)...
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What *known* role did foreign nations have in organizing anti-Trump demonstrations [closed]

There was a number of anti-Trump demonstrations in the US (aka "the resistance") during his 1st year in office. I don't know if anyone has publicized what role the following countries had in ...
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How can a president stamp out corruption?

How can a president stamp out corruption? So how are some societies more corrupt than others. Is it more a matter of cultural norms and what's acceptable in a culture? (as in Germans are famous for ...
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Why is there no process in the United States to remove and re-elect the President?

When a European head of government has too many enemies/doubts about their history, then he or she is usually deposed by the parliament and a new head of government is elected (either by the ...
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Is there a recent example of a constitutional court decision limiting presidential powers within Europe?

Romanian Constitutional Court has decided that the President must fire anti-corruption chief (about motivation): Judges said that under the constitution, Iohannis cannot reject a government ...
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Why do some countries like Israel, Russia, and India use German brands as state cars?

They do have their own automobile industries, and they probably also are able to. Why do some countries like Israel, Russia, and India use German brands as state cars? See this Wikipedia link. As a ...
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How would Donald Trump benefit from a commuted sentence for Rod Blagojevich?

Recently, US President Donald Trump suggested that he has considered commuting the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Personally, I'm a bit confused by this suggestion for a few ...
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Line of Succession : Prior to VP Approval

Suppose the current president were to resign (or die while in office). Per section 1 of the 25th amendment, the Vice President becomes the President (right away, do not pass go, do not collect $200). ...
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What was Eisenhower's warning about?

Eisenhower in his farewell address warned the American people about the United States Military Industrial Complex and its emerging power. According to Wikipedia The US spends more on the military ...
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What evidence is there that North Korea's leaders have always wanted to meet a US President?

It's been reported on a number of news channels that President Trump's meeting of North Korea's leader Kim Jun Un could be a propaganda victory for Kim Jun Un. All the reports claim that North Korea'...
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Can an incoming President take power slightly earlier or later to avoid conflict with a Sabbath?

The President's term is fixed to a specific length. That means its start and end dates are not dependent on which weekday is most convenient (as opposed to a national holiday like Veteran's Day), and ...
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Can the President of the United States be impeached for crimes committed in an effort to gain the presidency? [duplicate]

In the United States the President of the United States may involuntarily be removed from office through impeachment. This is outlined in Article 2 of the United States Constitution The ...
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Can the government take the President's personal phone?

I've been reading reports that Donald Trump is stepping up the use of his personal phone which is insecure on a few different levels (e.g prone to software exploits due to out of date software). This ...
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How does turnover in the Trump administration compare to previous administrations?

There have been a number of high-profile departures from the Trump administration for various reasons. For example: Michael Flynn, Hope Hicks, Rex Tillerson, Sean Spicer and many others. While this ...
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Could the Speaker of the House become president if he wasn't born in the USA?

To quote the constitution: No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States I also read that ...
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Donald Trump's wealth after becoming president

What is the effect of being president on a person's net worth? I am most interested in the current president. And any possible reasons.
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Why does the President appoint the heads of the Federal Reserve Banks?

Isn't the Federal Reserve supposed to be an independent central bank? So, independent of the Legislative and Executive branches? How is it independent if the President & Senate choose who leads ...
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How would USA handle the kidnapping of its president?

What mechanisms are provided by the US Constitution to handle a situation in which the president is kidnapped or held prisoner by a foreign power? Who will be the USA president-deputy? How would be ...
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Why does the US president have the authority to launch a nuclear weapon when he doesn't have authority to declare war?

One might say that launching a nuclear weapon is not the same thing as declaring a war, and technically it's absolutely right. But any nation which is being attacked by a nuclear weapon would consider ...
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Can the US president pardon a non-US citizen?

Can the President of the United States pardon a non-US citizen for the crime that he/she may have committed in the United States? Or pardoning only works on US citizens.
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What rules prevent former POTUS from divulging *or using* secret information later on?

President of United States is privy to lots of top secret (in a colloquial, not technical sense) information. What are the rules and mechanisms in play to prevent a former POTUS from: Divulging that ...
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What is meant by “term” for presidency in US? [duplicate]

When it is said a single term or two term president then does it means that the president was elected for the office of President one time or two time or did the president was in his position for 4 ...
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How much control does president have over FBI ? [US]

What kind of authority does POTUS has over FBI? Can POTUS directly order DOJ & FBI to close an investigation? After the Watergate scandal, did Congress pass any laws to make FBI a little bit more ...
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Why does the Senate have to approve a cabinet member's hiring, but not their firing?

In light of Rex Tillerson's firing, why does the Senate have to approve a cabinet member's hiring, but not their firing?
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Why is “president for life” in China such a big deal?

"Great Leap Backward" was the title announcing the term limit removal in China. This BBC article tells us more about this: The constitution has been altered to allow Xi Jinping to remain as ...
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What gives the U.S. president the legal authority to raise tariffs?

In the last few minutes, President Trump has signed a proclamation to introduce tariffs on most imports of steel and aluminium to the United States. Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution states ...
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In the USA, who decides who can run for president, the states or the federal government?

From twitter BREAKING: Maryland is on the verge of passing a law requiring all Presidential candidates to release their past 5 years of tax returns in order to be placed on the election ballot. ...
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Why does the President propose a budget?

The President's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 has been described as "just a nice book" and "dead on arrival because presidential budgets are always dead on arrival". Similar sentiments ...
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What is the significance of the people standing behind the speaker?

I've always wondered about why there sometimes a crowd is visible behind a public speaker such as a politician. It seems to be a predominantly American thing, especially noticeable during campaign ...
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Have State of the Union addresses historically been heavier on facts and statistics?

I have only recently begun watching more mainstream coverage of important political events, and have watched only the last three State of the Union addresses. From the name I expected a summary ...
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What is longest and average length of the Response to the State of the Union Address (US)

Watching the State of the Union activities tonight some while taking care of some other things, I failed to noticed that Trump's speech was rather long. But one thing that did catch my eye was the ...
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Limits of Congress’ override authority

With regards to the annual budget for the U.S. government. If congress approved a budget that was then vetoed by the president, could congress use its override authority to approve the budget and ...
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If a woman were elected President, what would be the role of her husband? [closed]

I am asking this question, not in a misogynistic way but in the perspective of political and cultural changes because let's assume that a woman does gets elected (which is very much realistic) as ...
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Written contract with a presidential candidate? [duplicate]

Why we use written contracts everywhere, but not doing it for the most important thing? Wouldn't it be wise to prepare a contract with all the possible questions with check marks or empty fields to ...
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Is there a literal nuclear button that launches a nuclear attack?

Donald Trump recently tweeted that he has a "bigger" nuclear button on his desk, in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year's Day address. North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated ...
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Where does George Weah stand on the political spectrum? Is he progressive or conservative?

Where does George Weah stand on the political spectrum? Is he progressive or conservative? I know his party (CDC) is centre-right, is he?
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Is Peru's political elite uniquely diverse?

Recently Peru's former President, Alberto Fujimori, was pardoned by the current president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The human rights abuses aside, I am surprised that Peru's political elite seem to ...
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Did Bill Clinton still have his Presidential powers after his impeachment by the House of Representatives?

United States President Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 for perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives. He was not acquitted by the Senate until 1999. In 1998, Clinton ...