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Has Biden or his staff/selectees discussed plans of how to handle the physical White House and Secret Service, re: COVID?

By this, I don't mean how the President-Elect plans to handle COVID, big-picture, but rather how he and his staff are planning on dealing with the actual physical White House, the West Wing and the ...
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Who will be the next president of the USA if it indulges in (world or nukes)war before transfer of power? [closed]

Who will be the next president of the USA if it indulges in war before transfer of power? Will Biden get the power? Will it be right to exchange power during war?
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Are there any legal consequences for lying to/misleading the president of the US?

Recently, I've read an article on DefenceOne - an interview with James Jeffrey, US ambassador on Syria. “We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had ...
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Can US legitimately stop being a democracy if president will not concede? [closed]

After watching this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZWRhLW7Y8w, I was surprised that US Constitution effectively does not protect country from stop being democratic. Will actions described in ...
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Doesn't the 22nd amendment prevent Donald Trump from running for president again in 2024?

In multiple news articles such as ones here and here, they mention Donald Trump running for president in 2024 because it is projected Joe Biden will be president starting 2021. I thought the 22nd ...
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What plans do the Biden-Harris administration have for helping and contributing to the African-American Community?

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been elected as President and Vice President by citizens of the United States of America and have said they have plans to help the African-American community. I am ...
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What happens if the would be president elect dies before the race is called? [duplicate]

This isn't specific to the recent election, but I will use the names Biden and Trump to explain myself more clearly. Assuming nothing changes with the current outcome of the election (eg. Biden is ...
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If VP becomes POTUS, how often can he be elected as president afterwards [duplicate]

In the USA one can only be president for two legislative periods. Also, when a president is removed from office or dies, the vice president becomes president. Does this count as the VP's first term or ...
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When are the election results official?

Every single newspaper is saying that “Joe Biden is elected the 46th president of the United States”, but Trump will fight this any way he can. My question: when are the results official with no ...
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Is it possible for a president to circumvent the senate confirmation process by selectively firing some of the existing cabinet members?

The Senate has to approve a cabinet member's hiring, but not their firing. If the existing head of a cabinet is fired, acting heads are typically assigned based on a line of succession. In this ...
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Could Trump maintain power by combination of executive orders and supreme court decisions?

Since Trump is still president until January, and he has already packed the supreme court, would it be possible for him to be president eternally by extending his power through executive orders, and ...
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By how much have past state recounts differed from their original vote counts?

In past US Presidential Elections, by how much have state recounts differed from their original counts? (in terms of absolute number of votes, but most importantly, in terms of percent of overall ...
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What do US presidents and their executive branches usually do during their lame duck periods?

What do US presidents and their executive branches (like immigration related agencies, e.g. USCIS, ICE) usually do during their lame duck periods? Push harder forward their policy plans/proposals and ...
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At exactly what time/date could Trump be forcibly removed from the Whitehouse? [duplicate]

If Trump loses this election but just refuses to leave the Whitehouse, as commander in chief he presumably can't be made to leave until he loses that position. Exactly when would be the first moment ...
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Uncounted ballots after someone reaches 270 electoral votes. What happens? [duplicate]

In this time of "all votes count", what happens to uncounted ballots if one person gets 270 electoral votes? So do all votes really count? Isn't the race over at that point?
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On which basis could votes by mail be stopped being counted?

We do not have vote by mail in France since 1975 and I do not have a clear understanding of how it works in the US - but from what I read the time validity of such a vote is decided upon the post ...
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Why does it take much longer to count the last few percentages of votes in some states?

Looking at Google -> US elections, I see that in many US states the percentage of reporting is >95%. This leads me to think that the last few percentages of votes in some states take much longer ...
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Has The Associated Press ever been wrong when calling a state in a US Presidential Election?

The Associated Press announces the winner of states in US presidential elections – has it ever announced a winner early and been wrong?
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Has Donald Trump discussed any details about his presidential library?

Has Donald Trump dropped any hints as to where he would site his presidential library, and how he intends to monetize it?
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Is taking medication enough to lose the presidency? [closed]

The following question is inspired by the events of Season 2 of House of Cards. While the original inspiration is a television show, the question is firmly about real-world politics. Apologies if ...
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Can congress/president make the COVID19 vaccine mandatory in the US? Are there any national precedents concerning mandatory vaccination?

Background Human clinical trials to determine the safety and efficacy of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 started as early as March, and currently, 10 have reached final states of testing according to 1. ...
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Why is Joe Biden addressed as Vice President even if he's not the current one? [duplicate]

During interviews or debates, Joe Biden is often addressed as Mr. Vice President or referred to as Vice President Biden. This sounds very odd to my (Dutch) ears; nobody would address a former (prime) ...
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In parliamentary republics, why can't the parliamentary election and the presidential election happen on the same day?

You would think that it is more efficient for both the parliamentary election and presidential election to happen at the same time so voters don't become fatigued with politics. I'm curious if there ...
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Why did the US Presidential job become partisan?

The US constitution intended the president to be non-partisan. Why did the founders not write some controls and checks to prevent the president from being in a league with a political party?
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Can the speaker invoke the 25th amendment without the Senate?

With the recent talks that Speaker Pelosi is going to "discuss" the 25th amendment in order to get rid of President Trump, what is the process for this? Does it have to be voted on in ...
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Can the US President override rules issued by the FDA?

President Trump recently tweeted: New FDA Rules make it more difficult for them to speed up vaccines for approval before Election Day. Just another political hit job! @SteveFDA Is it possible for ...
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Can the Acting President break ties in the Senate?

According to The New York Times, the Trump Administration is not currently planning to invoke the 25th Amendment and make Pence Acting President. But let's suppose they did. Currently, the Senate is ...
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Are medical professionals reporting on US president's health status accountable for the information they provide?

I am currently watching Trump's doctors press conference and there seem to be an inconsistency between what the doctors are saying and the details about the treatment doctors are saying his condition ...
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With Trump in isolation, does the Constitution require transfer Commander-in-Chief powers to the Vice President?

The US President, Donald Trump, has announced that he has contracted COVID-19. Apparently, his physical capacity to execute his duties is unchanged at this time, but he went into isolation to not ...
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Was there ever a US president who previously served as an independent in Congress?

I am writing an article about Bernie Sanders and what I think the real reason he lost was. (I think he lost because he was an independent.) But, that is not the point. I want to fact check something ...
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Can sitting US president “issue an executive order” barring his opponent presidency?

During his speech on a campaign rally in North Carolina, Trump said, “You can’t have this guy as your president… You can’t have… maybe I’ll sign an executive order, you cannot have him as your ...
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Could a US president do to the NRA what Trump is currently doing to TikTok?

Current US president Donald Trump is in the process of "banning" Tiktok in the USA: The following actions shall be prohibited ...: any transaction by any person ... with ByteDance Ltd. ... ...
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Will Trump's nominee list still be considered if he loses the elections? [duplicate]

Senator McConnell has already said that "President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate." According to the NY Times regarding McConnell's statement: ...
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Is there any political reason for a President to avoid appointing a Justice after election day?

Even if Trump loses the Nov. 3 election, he will still have the full powers of the President until inauguration day on January 20th. My suspicion is that Trump will wait until after the election to ...
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Is there anything stopping the US President from issuing pre-emptive pardons for officials that violate court orders?

So, there has been a number of times when courts have rules against actions taken by the Trump administration on various different areas. Generally, to my knowledge, once these rulings have been made, ...
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Are there any tangible proposals for a modern era war powers system in the U.S. akin to the War Powers Resolution of 1973?

The system of congressional oversight in the U.S. with regard to acts of war has been broken for a long time. The year 1942 was the last time the U.S. formally declared war. Since then there have only ...
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Where On The Political Spectrum Do The Old US Political Parties Fall

I'm not a poly-sci major so I need some help to figure out a seemingly simple thing. I've been given a list of presidents and have to do some data visualizing with them. There is a list of parties, ...
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Does the American President have to publish or file pardons?

The President of the United States has a pretty much unrestricted power to pardon offenders. Are there any laws or regulations about how to grant pardons? Could the President take a sharpie and write ...
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Are there any specific reasons why President Trump has suggested that his supporters illegally vote twice in North Carolina?

Recently, the current United States President suggested that people in North Carolina vote twice in the upcoming election: once by postal vote and once in person. Apparently there are measures in ...
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Is it true that the US has stepped into foreign conflicts mostly under Democratic presidents? [closed]

I recently read about a strange trend: Since the start of the 20th century, the United States has stepped in or started conflicts involving the direct use of military force mainly under presidents ...
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Is Donald Trump experiencing a rally 'round the flag event? [closed]

According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump's approval is up from 40% to 43%, or 3 percentage points. (His disapproval of course, is down by a similar margin.) I believe that the president could be ...
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If a prisoner runs for President — and wins, do they stay in prison while elected?

It's possible for a U.S. citizen to run for President while in prison, as with Eugene Debs. Suppose a prisoner runs and wins. Let's also suppose that the crimes in for which the prisoner is serving ...
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Does the Constitution allow a woman to be President of the United States?

The Constitution of the United States of America frequently refers to the President using male pronouns. For instance: He shall hold his Office Not once is the president referred to with a female ...
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What could the US federal government do to reform the police?

There is a widespread belief that policing in the USA suffers from systemic racism. Let us suppose that Joe Biden gets elected President and decides that this is a priority. Let us also suppose that ...
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May partisan events be held in the White House?

I noticed US President Trump held a Republican National Convention (RNC) event at the White House the other day. Is it not illegal, and unprecedented, for the President to use the White House — a ...
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Must a minimum time pass before the Vice-President replaces the elected President in the US?

Imagine, that elected president is aged/ill in time of elections, so he can hardly perform his duty. But he was nominated for presidency and now is elected. Must a minimum time pass before the US Vice ...
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What if the US President is presumed dead, the line of succession kicks in, but it turns out the original President was actually alive?

Suppose Donald Trump was somehow incorrectly presumed dead. Pence takes the oath and becomes President, and sometime after that it is discovered that Trump is actually alive. Does Trump get the ...
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Hypothetical scenario where the U.S. president doesn't accept the result of the election [duplicate]

What would likely happen if the U.S. president loses re-election, and then refuses to accept the result?
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What does 'such other body as Congress may by law provide' in the 25th amendment actually mean?

Regardless of who wins the 2020 presidential election, the US will officially have the oldest person to ever begin a term as president. While advanced age does not mean an individual is unfit to ...
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What is the history of presidents making personal attacks against their successor?

During the current presidency of the United States (2017-present), we have seen the previous president publicly criticize and make personal attacks on the current president. In my lifetime, this is ...

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