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Can a future president undo Trump's TikTok ban or is it outside of their control?

Can a future president undo Trump's TikTok ban, or would it be outside of their control? I am wondering, if Trump's executive order against TikTok passes, whether his successor (be it Biden, or ...
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Does the President have the legal authority to provide Coronavirus relief by an Executive Order?

After negotiations between Democrats and Republicans broke down, President Trump signed an executive order that provides $400 in weekly unemployment aid and defers payroll tax for those earning under $...
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Is a presidential candidate required to pick a running mate?

If the Vice President dies or leaves office early, the President is not required to pick a new VP, making the Vice Presidency vacant. Does this mean that a presidential candidate does not have to ...
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Who has the power to surrender in a war in the US?

Congress has the power to declare war and the president signs the declaration (or vetos) as well. Who has the power to surrender in a war? Would congress have to vote to surrender?
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What powers does POTUS currently have to ban a web service in the USA by presidential order?

It was reported on the 31st July 2020 that Donald Trump wants to ban TikTok in the USA. President Trump on Friday said he plans to ban the social media platform TikTok from operating in the United ...
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Is it tradition for the US President to nominate the apposing party leadership's suggestions for 2 opposite party FCC commissioners?

I was recently in an argument with someone who claimed that Obama put Aji Pal as the chairman, which isn't true, but he did put him as one of five commissioners. And I thought, why would Obama do ...
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Can President Trump force a coalition if he loses the election? [closed]

When Trump was facing impeachment there were threats from some of his supporters that they would plunge the country into a civil war. Supposing the election is close, what if he refuses to leave the ...
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How can grand jury secrecy rules block release of Trump financial records?

This NY Times article discussing the Supreme Court ruling that Trump cannot block release of financial records clarifies that this "probably means the records will be shielded from public ...
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Why do the family members of the President involve in politics [closed]

The President is elected not his family then why the family members of the president take part in politics and take part and make speeches in not all but many political meetings.I'm not talking ...
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How does the Trump administrations “rate of attrition” compare to past administrations? [duplicate]

There have been a number of high-profile firings / forced resignations / etc in recent years originating from the Trump administration. Some of these, such as John Bolton, have ended up as media ...
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What powers does a US president have between the end of an election and the inauguration of the next president?

I read a tweet earlier asking the hypothetical question of "what could Trump do between November and January if he lost the election?" In the UK, the election is lost and the winners enter ...
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Number Designation of Signed US Presidental Executive Orders

I was drafting an opinion piece which discusses an Executive Order (EO) recently signed by US President Donald J. Trump, and found that referencing the document wasn't as simple as I expected. The ...
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What is the status of former Brazilian president Michel Temer prosecution for corruption charges?

Michel Temer, former Brazilian president who took office after the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff in August 2016, has since been investigated on accusations of corruption. In 2017, Brazil’s top anti-...
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Is there a way to measure the quality of a president / presidential term in an objective way?

A paragraph from this Politico article about the French president wanna be made me wonder about a way to evaluate a president or more precisely a presidential term: A President Bigard is a far-...
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What happens to lawsuits against US presidential administrations when the administration changes due to an election?

NBC News' Black Lives Matter sues Trump administration over use of force on D.C. protesters says Black Lives Matter filed suit along with the American Civil Liberty Union against the administration ...
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Can intentional foreign accent in a negative context be considered as xenophobia? [closed]

Today the Romanian president intentionally pronounced the name of its opposition party with Hungarian intonation and pronunciation. The message of his speech was that this opposition party sold ...
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Restarting Presidential campaign after endorsing opponent [duplicate]

Couldn't find answer online, so I'm turning to this community for an answer, Could Senator Sanders, after being taken off of NY's Democratic Primary ballot, legally 'Unsuspend'("Restart") his ...
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Why wasn't Charles de Gaulle President of France during the 4th Republic? [closed]

As we all know Charles de Gaulle was the commander of the Free France that liberated France from the Vichy regime and from the German occupation. After that victory, though, he was the chairmen of the ...
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Is the President of the United States obliged to answer questions in press conferences?

Each time I see a press conference where President Trump is there, the reporters ask questions and he always answers them. Is he forced to do so by any law or something, or does the President just ...
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How should the President of the United States handle mass media organizations that discredit him/her?

We are all well aware of how presidential administrations in the past have fought a very public political battle of words with the media in the United States. The media is a very powerful entity with ...
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Which powers allow the President to adjourn Congress and unilaterally approve nominees to federal positions?

This article describes Trump's Covid-19 press conference on April 15th, in which he stated that: "I have a very strong power. I'd rather not use that power, but we have way over a hundred people ...
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Who is responisble for physically removing a President from the White House if they refuse to leave? [duplicate]

In the United States of America, if the sitting President refuses to leave office after losing an election or getting impeached and convicted, who is responsible for physically removing them from the ...
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Does the signing statement made by President Trump nullify the oversight provisions of the CARES Act?

On March 27th, President Trump signed the COVID-19 stimulus bill, the CARES Act, into law. This came after days of debate, where Democratic lawmakers insisted on the inclusion of oversight measures ...
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Can the U.S. president increase toilet paper supplies?

I saw a recent news article about President Trump, forcing car makers to make ventilators. In the US there also a significant shortage of toilet paper, which seem to be a supply and demand problem. ...
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Does the US President have the power to quarantine a state or other locality?

On Saturday, March 28th, President Trump told reporters that he was "considering imposing a quarantine on New York state". He later tweeted that he was giving consideration to a quarantine of "hot ...
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, why is it claimed that the US President is making a trade-off of human lives for the economy?

This question posted recently makes a lot of assumptions, including the US President is currently making a trade-off of human lives for the economy or Trump's pro-economy death-permissive ...
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If all but one Congressman are killed, does a new Congress have be chosen? [duplicate]

If (as in the show “Designated Survivor,”) all Congressman but one are killed, would it be possible (in the US Constitution) for actions of Congress to be taken by the sole remaining Congressman? ...
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Has a sitting US president ever been denied their party's nomination for a second term?

Has there ever been an instance when a US president didn't get a second term because they failed to get his party's nomination? From the looks of it, there's nothing that could prevent a sitting US ...
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Term limits for vice president already having served as president [duplicate]

If a person becomes Vice President of the United States of America and the President dies after his 2nd year in office and the Vice President becomes President and serves for the remaining two years, ...
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Why can't anybody that shares the president's name claim to have been elected?

Let's say I change my name to Donald Trump and declare my intent to run for President. If Trump is re-elected, why do I not have just as much as a claim to the presidency as him? The ballot doesn't ...
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How would next U.S. President be determined if there was a national emergency that significantly disrupted voting in many states?

This sort of builds up on this and this previous question. Both of them ask about if the President can block the transfer of their office to a successor. In response to the current Coronavirus ...
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Why did George H.W. Bush's approval rating drop so harshly during the second half of his presidency?

During the presidency of Bush his approval rating reached a high of around 85 % as he was close to 800 days in the office before beginning a continous downward slide that put him as low as 27,6 % by ...
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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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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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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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Does the US President have the “right” to micromanage the US Department of Justice?

Derived from an earlier question DOJ's impossible job, the question is based on the comment: "Trump claims that he has the absolute right to micromanage the AG and he is probably correct." The ...
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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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Are there any political consequences for impeachment even if president is acquitted?

President Trump was impeached during his time in office, but he was recently acquitted and President Clinton was impeached, but was able to remain in office. Are there any further political ...
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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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