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Can non-US citizens illegally vote in the presidential election in California?

Without respect to how many such cases have happened in the past, is it possible for illegal immigrants or legal residents who aren't citizens to vote in the presidential election in California? ...
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Are the US President's phone calls recorded?

Apparently the official phone calls of the US President are recorded and transcripts are made. This process has apparently resulted in multiple phone conversations being revealed to the public by ...
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Why have unpopular figures like Putin publicly supported Trump?

Why have Putin and Kim Jong Un publicly supported Trump? Presumably they want Trump to win, but they must know that they themselves are wildly unpopular in America. The leaders of Russia and North ...
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What happens if President Trump has been found to be colluding with Russia?

What happens if it is proven that President Trump has been colluding with Russia during his campaign? Does he go to trial or get impeached? Or does nothing happen?
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Can a United States President pardon him/herself?

In the event a President is accused or found guilty of a serious crime while in office, can they pardon themselves for it?
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Is there any recourse to remove a dissatisfactory president even if he hasn't broken the law?

So, lets say a certain wig-wearing candidate were elected president, and he decided to (contrary to certain campaign promises) not commit several violations of the constitution into law; Lets say he ...
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What would happen if vote tallies were discovered to be changed?

On Monday, the directors of the FBI and National Security Agency testified before the House Intelligence Committee. During the hearing, the House Intelligence Chairman asked Mike Rogers if votes ...
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What can be done about a US president who refuses to co-operate with an impeachment panel?

Is it possible to prevent a sitting US President from hindering an impeachment investigation against him or her? The Washington Post just reported that: Trump personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani ...
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How are Donald Trump's recent comments about Muslim immigrants unconstitutional?

A recent campaign press release from Donald Trump, the leading contender to become the Republican party’s nominee for US presidential candidate, recently called to ban Muslims from entering the United ...
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How is it that Ted Cruz can run for the U.S. presidency seeing as he was born in Calgary?

Is renouncing his Canadian citizenship the only step he needed to take in order to be a viable candidate for the U.S. presidency?
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Is there a legal way that can be used to force the President of United States undergo a mental health examination?

Important note: although I use references about the current President, my question should be regarded as a general one, not specifically related to Donald Trump. According to this article Donald ...
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What is the difference between the Chancellor and the President of Germany?

As you know, Germany has both a Chancellor and a President. While the Chancellor's appearances in international stages and media seem to be huge, not many foreign media talk about the German President....
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If a president does extra-constitutional things, what can be done?

Over the past decade or so, there has been a lot of noise regarding the Executive branch doing extra-legal things. Between the Bush-era Torture scandal, and the Obama-era drone strikes, it ...
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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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Does someone who already served two terms as president get “skipped” in the presidential line of succession?

I know someone who has already served two1 terms as president cannot be elected president again, and there is apparently an argument about whether or not such a person can be elected to vice president....
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What happens if a candidate in a US Presidential election becomes the subject of a serious criminal charge?

Let's suppose the nominating convention has taken place, and then either the Republican or Democrat candidate is charged with some serious unlawful act (presumably they cannot be impeached at this ...
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Can the POTUS be impeached for gross incompetence?

Suppose that the president in office begins proposing the craziest ideas, none of them passing a reality check. Can the House impeach him or her? I know the president can only be impeached for "...
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What happens to delegates when a candidate withdraws or suspends their campaign

In the United States Presidential Primaries, what happens to a candidates delegates if they later withdraw from the race? For example, in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary for the State of New ...
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Result if a sitting president was found ineligible by surprise discovery of origin

What happens if, after a few years, a sitting President was found in a surprise revelation, and through no fault of their own, to have been utterly ineligible for that office because of both where ...
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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 does the POTUS do, exactly?

It seems that the main avenues available to the President of the United States (POTUS) to exercise his will are: Vetoing bills Hiring and firing top employees in federal government Appointing supreme ...
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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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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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Why is the US president allowed to grant a pardon?

So I was reading today and I read for about the thousandth time about a presidential pardon, and I started to wonder: Why is the president allowed to grant a pardon? What are the limits of a ...
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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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How easy is it to implement a National Sunday Law?

The 7th Day Adventist Church mentions that before the end of the time, the Papacy and the USA will introduce a Sunday Law (known as Blue Law) which will enforce the keeping of Sunday as worship day (...
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What are the limits of the authority of POTUS to issue Executive Orders

Civics class was almost a half century ago. However, I thought I was taught that only Congress could make laws. How and why does the President have the authority to make law via Executive Orders? ...
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Trump's recent siding with the democrats on 3 months debt extension - trying to understand a few things

I've read up on it a bit and I think I understand the basics. The 3-month debt ceiling extension gives the Democrats key negotiating leverage in December when the debt ceiling is up for discussion ...
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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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Do perjury as well as obstruction of justice both have the same consequences for the POTUS?

Intro In light of James Comey's testimony yesterday, and the responses by President Trump (through his lawyer and personally) I was wondering, what could happen to President Trump. According to this ...
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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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Is Bill Clinton eligible to become Vice President?

Observing the line of succession to be the president. Among the first 10, there is one person ineligible to be president by birth. The Secretary of the Interior is ineligible and is skipped. So, ...
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Did past presidential impeachment inquiries have basic defendant's rights?

In a recent letter on behalf of the president to the House committees on impeachment, the president's counsel Pat A. Cipollone wrote: I write on behalf of President Donald J. Trump in response to ...
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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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Do any Republicans support impeachment of the president, or said what it would take for them to support it?

Impeaching the president is a popular topic among Democrats these days. But Republicans control both houses of Congress, so it seems like a futile endeavor without significant Republican support. ...
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Which institution verifies the behavior of the U.S. President?

I remember having read long time ago an article on an European magazine about a particular, less-known institution of the United States that has the sole purpose of verifying the behavior and actions ...
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What would happen if a US president was put in prison?

What would happen if a sitting United States president was put in prison? Could such a thing even happen? Would he be removed from office before this, or could he even be sentenced for anything? Also,...
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If the Supreme Court were depopulated, what powers would be lost?

If, due to some doubly unlikely and unhappy combination of accident and obstinacy: a sitting Supreme Court were to (as a whole) perish or all retire, (whether suddenly or gradually), a lengthy ...
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Is it allowed for president of the USA (or Minister or some other higher level government member) to participate in election campaign?

At the moment the president election campaign in the US is in the full swing. As a foreign national I am a bit surprised that current US president (Obama) seem to actively participate in agitation. ...
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What defines a presidential term in the USA?

What counts as a term as President of the United States? When the Vice President takes over after an assassination or resignation, does that count as a term? If the VP then decided to run ...
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What has Barack Obama done regarding torture and indefinite detention?

The question is simple: What initiatives has Barack Obama done regarding the issue of torture and indefinite detention (as infamously done at Guantanamo Bay)?
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Inauguration Day and succession

Imagine if you will it's inauguration day, and everyone's up on the steps. The new VP is sworn in, and that lets the previous administration VP off the hook. Suddenly, a shot rings out, and the ...
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Can the results of a primary be ignored at the convention?

Suppose a prospective candidate for US President goes through the entire primary process and easily obtains enough pledged delegates to win their party's nomination in the first round of convention ...
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Are there any ways, besides death, for a sitting US President to be dismissed automatically?

Are there any ways that a sitting US President could be dismissed from office automatically, without a lengthy process by Congress? (Besides the trivial one: death?) Perhaps some qualifications that ...
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Why does the pardon of Arpaio show contempt for the rule of law?

Much of the criticism of Trump's pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has centered on the idea that this shows a disrespect for the "rule of law". For instance, John McCain said (as reported in ...
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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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Can a US President and Vice President both be impeached in one process?

...OR in other words, is there a scenario where the President gets forced out in a way that prevents the Vice President from succeeding him or her?
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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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Why is it a problem for Trump Jr to have met with Russians?

My understanding is that Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer intending to get information damaging to Hillary Clinton from said lawyer. Campaigning politicians always gather damaging information about ...
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Can the president of the United States be guilty of insider trading?

For almost one year now, I have closely observed developments on stock markets. I mainly focused on major indices such as the Dow Jones and DAX (I am from Germany). Both indices suffered losses during ...