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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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Why did 19th-cent. US presidents have less role in government than Congress or the states, and were more executives than leaders?

The European Union: Politics and Policies (2017 6 edn). pp 102 Bottom - 103 Middle.         Serving a renewable five-year term, the president of the Commission oversees ...
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Do elected officials need to pass background checks to obtain security clearances?

I was in the Navy and during my time I needed a background check to get the required security clearance. How does this work with elected officials? Can the president of the United States, senator, or ...
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Is Trump the first president to seek to punish his opponents by district or region?

Political partisanship has never been pretty. Preston Brooks, for example, beat Charles Sumner with his cane on the Senate floor because he objected to Sumner's speech but that was individual and ...
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Is it realistic to think that enough Democrats can register as Republicans and nominate a non-Trump Republican in the 2020 primaries?

And what is the potential impact (other than many Democrats not having a say in their own candidate) of a legitimate campaign to try to convince Democrats to do so?
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What reasons (if any) were given by Democrats when the Ways and Means chairman requested Trump's tax returns?

This is fundamentally the same question as another one recently asked here, but unlike that (quickly closed) formulation I won't try to [pre]provide any counter-arguments to the Democrats' recent ...
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What are the exact powers of Slovakian presidency?

According to Time: Liberal candidate Zuzana Caputova won Slovakia’s presidential election on Saturday, becoming the central European country’s first ever female president. The same article ...
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Would Slavery Reparations be considered Bills of Attainder and hence Illegal?

Recently, a few aspiring 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates (specifically Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren) have spoken out in favor of "reparations" to black people for American Slavery, which ...
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In the US, can the President recognize changes in sovereignty himself? [duplicate]

Suppose the US governments recognizes some territory Fooland belonging to (non-US) state A rather than its neighbor B. Now, B captures Fooland militarily from A and holds it. Does the president of the ...
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Can the Supreme Court overturn an impeachment?

Article 2, Section 4 of the US Constitution states: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, ...
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Can the US President recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights for the USA or does that need an act of Congress?

President Trump has tweeted that the USA should "fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights" - directly contradicting United Nations Security Council Resolution 497 from 1981. Can ...
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How quick could congress impeach and remove a president from office?

If Congress really needs to and wants to remove a president from office any speculation on how quickly it could be done? I assuming there is such urgency that there is no opposition in the House ...
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Can a person refuse a presidential pardon?

Michael Cohen, a former personal attorney of President Trump, in recent testimony before Congress, stated he would not accept a presidential pardon. Is this an option he has? If a pardon nullifies a ...
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To which extent can the French president bypass the parliament using decrees?

I am interested in the actual power the French president has to bypass the parliament to issue a decree. Which control mechanisms do exist on parliament side? And what is the possible content of such ...
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How quickly could a motion be passed to alter minimum age for POTUS?

How quickly could the minimum age requirement (35 years) for the president of the USA be changed? I got curious when I realised The Rock, LeBron James and Beyoncé have tickets at the major betting ...
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What are the requirements for a Democratic nomination in primaries?

Who decides how many candidates and which of them will be nominated by the Democratic party in a presidential election?
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How did Nixon's resignation affect the voters who had supported him?

There are a lot of Americans who wear MAGA hats. Theoretically, if President Trump were impeached, I wonder if they would continue to wear them? Would Trump go down like Robert E. Lee, losing, but ...
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Private schedules of Donald Trump: What does “RON” in diary stand for?

Recently the private schedules of Donald Trump have been leaked. In those files, at the end of each day there is some acronym RON placed. What does this stand for? Example: 1:30 PM ...
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What if a President-elect is found to be an invalid candidate? [duplicate]

The recent question about a fictional character winning an election got me thinking about the not-a-citizen arguments from a previous election. There was a lot of talk about if he was an eligible ...
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How is Juan Guaido able to claim the Presidency of Venezuela without an election?

In the last few weeks, Juan Guaido, the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly, has been increasingly referring to himself as the legitimate President, as opposed to Nicholas Maduro who held dubious ...
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How does Donald Trump shut the government down? [duplicate]

What eludes me is how the president is able to shut down the government, and why nothing has been done about it.
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President as Commander-in-Chief vs Speaker of the House [closed]

Can the President as Commander-in-Chief curtail or direct the activities of the Speaker of the House? Also, can he presume in his mind that he knows what activities the Speaker is about to carry out ...
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Are the “security concerns” for the State of the Union legitimate?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written President Trump to suggest that he postpone his State of the Union address, citing her “security concerns” over the ability of the Secret Service and Department ...
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Can Congress end the government shutdown without the President's agreement? [duplicate]

Negotiations over the current US government shutdown have, as far as I've heard, mainly been between the President and Congressional Democrats. So far, Republicans in Congress seem to be siding with ...
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Can the Speaker of the House of Representatives disinvite the President to the State of the Union address?

Can the Speaker of the US House of Representatives legally rescind an invitation to the President to the State of the Union address? If the speaker merely postpones, is this a valid workaround if it ...
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What if incumbent president is defeated in re-election, and resigns before Jan 20? [duplicate]

What if the incumbent president is defeated in his re-election in November, and resigns before the Jan 20 inaugural of his opponent? Does the president-elect get sworn in early/immediately, or does ...
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Can a parliamentary system function properly with a prime minister acting as both head of government and head of state?

The system I am describing is currently only used in South Africa. After every election or when there is a vacancy, the parliament elects a person (in the same way that prime minsters are elected in ...
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How frequently do prime time presidential addresses occur?

The Trump administration has requested airtime on major networks for President Trump’s prime-time message regarding immigration. The major broadcast and cable news networks CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, ...
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Does the US President have the legal authority to unilaterally close the country’s borders?

President Trump recently tweeted that he may close the country’s southern border if Congress does not appropriate the funds to build a border wall. ... We build a Wall or close the Southern Border ....
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Legally speaking in the United States, could a former president be vice president? [duplicate]

Legally speaking, is there any laws against a former president that has served 2 terms from being vice president?
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If the office of POTUS was obtained illegally, what happens?

There is a lot of media currently about activities relating to the election of the current US President (Trump). While things like colluding with Russia may not be illegal some other activities may ...
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Why is it called “State of the Union”? Shouldn't it be “State of the Country”?

Non-American here. Why is the annual presidential speech given to Congress called "State of the Union"? In these speeches, the president informs Congress on the state of the country, right? So why is ...
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Can the president put his own likeness on money?

Preface, I am unsure of all the powers the Federal Reserve possess or who controls the Reserve outside of congress. However it is at the Federal level so I was wondering. What control over the ...
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Why doesn't the Presidential Pardon power extend to State Crimes?

Paragraph One of Article 2, Section 2 of the United States constitution contains the following text: "The President … shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United ...
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What is the point of the US presidential code name?

What is the point of the US president having a code name? I feel as if presidential (and other family/cabinet memebers) are widely reported and known. Is it that once they are accurately reported ...
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How much apparel has Trump sold?

I'm interested in how much Trump apparel is out there: how much has been produced or ordered or sold by his campaign, how much his supporters have bought or been given—and how this compares to that of ...
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The politics of the US presidential pardon in 2018

As is well known, Trump and his political and campaigning team are under investigation by the FBI. Dozens of people have been indicted so far and five have pled guilty. As the investigation continues, ...
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Has and could Trump's anti-vaxxer views affect US government policy?

Trump tweeted in 2014 that vaccines can cause autism. Has his attitude towards vaccines (assuming they haven't changed) affected US government policy on vaccines? If they haven't affected government ...
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What does “Renewable once, consecutively” presidential term limit mean?

The German president limit limit is "Renewable once, consecutively". Does this mean the he can only be re-elected once and only if immediately after his first term. OR Does it mean that he can be ...
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What are the rules, laws, and procedures to approve and remove press members from white house press conferences?

In November 2018, an event in American politics involved a certain reporter for CNN, Jim Acosta, having his press credentials revoked by the White House, thereby barring his access to the White House ...
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Backsliding (Parliamentary v. Presidential)

Is a parliamentary system less likely to backslide into electoral authoritarianism than a presidential system just because of the PM being accountable to the legislature and the ease of a no ...
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Why would the President not just fire the Attorney General?

According to several newspapers, e.g. this article, or even the (now former) Attorney General's resignation letter, President Trump asked Jeff Sessions to resign. Similar things are also shown in TV ...
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What instruments does the House of Representatives have to control the executive branch of government?

The US election is mostly over and the Democrats have gained a majority in the House of Representatives, while the Republicans have got a majority in the Senate. What political instruments (for ...
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How powerful is the Brazilian presidency?

In the Brazilian general election, 2018, Jair Bolsonaro was elected president. Bolsonaro's views are controversial (this is an understatement), and some have declared fears that Brazil's democracy ...
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Who pays for the President's campaign trips?

Not specific to any one president or party but using Trump as the most recent example. Trump has been on the road for weeks campaigning for the Republican Party midterm elections. I've searched ...
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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), ...