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Difference between constitutional and executive presidents( U.S and EU)? [on hold]

In what way is the position "president" different in presidential and parliamentary democracies? Presidential would be like in the USA and parliamentary would be like the UK's system.
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Is the median age of Presidential candidates increasing?

Looking at the current list of likely candidates for the 2020 election we can see: Donald Trump: 73 Joe Biden: 76 Elizabeth Warren: 70 Bernie Sanders: 78 Likewise in the previous election 70-year-...
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What is the proper title for a former U.S. President?

What is the proper title for a former U.S. President? According to Wikipedia , we use "Mr. President" as the title for all presidents--either current or previous. E.g., President Obama. In past ...
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Do whistleblower reports happen often?

Currently, the whistleblower report is at the center of American politics as the catalyst for the current impeachment inquiry. Has this ever happened before? By this I mean - has there ever been a ...
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Does the House Resolution about the Impeachment Inquiry change anything?

Today (Oct 31) the house passed a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry. I assume this was not a necessary step as the inquiry was underway before the resolution. Does this resolution ...
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Does the Presidential Records Act apply to the Trump/Zelensky telephone call 25 July 2019?

In light of the reported testimony of Lt Col Vindman here, wherein the assertion is made that the raw (software captured) transcript does not agree with the publicly released TELECON, specifically ...
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Why does it matter that Trump did not inform Nancy Pelosi about the al-Baghdadi raid?

This morning President Trump announced that US forces had successfully killed ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. While Democrats are of course glad that he is gone, they have taken issue with the fact ...
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Can a US President ban a Congressman from using SCIFs?

A SCIF is a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, and is mandated for use in some situations when reviewing classified and sensitive materials. If a President has cause, e.g. knows a ...
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Are there some (more) polls on the public approval (or lack thereof) for US presidents playing golf?

An article in a golf magazine (pointed out to me by divibisan) says Bill Clinton had a pollster figure out how Americans would react if he played golf on vacation (the game didn't poll as well as ...
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Are there some US presidents who didn't play golf before being elected but started aftward? [closed]

I'm basically asking how strong of a presidential tradition playing golf has become in the US. One way to quantify this issue is to ask: are there presidents who didn't play golf before being ...
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Why do US presidents play golf? [closed]

Most US presidents play golf. On the other hand, I'm not aware of any recent British prime ministers who played the game. While golf is probably more popular in the US than in the UK, I don't think ...
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Can only rich people become president of the US?

It seems that, in practice, the US Presidency is limited to rich people. For example, elections are extremely expensive and getting attention during the primaries and general election seems to require ...
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Are meetings between the President and leaders of congress neutrally documented for the public?

There was a recent meeting in the White House where Pelosi and Schumer walked out. Unsurprisingly the Democrats and Republicans have slightly different versions of what happened - Democrats making the ...
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How could presidential power realistically be reigned in over time? [closed]

As I understand it scholars generally agree that the modern president is far more powerful then originally intended by the founders of the constitution. Over the generations presidents have been ...
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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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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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Is there any independent body that oversees the White House to prevent it from destroying records?

Suppose I work at the White House. The president tells me that he wants to make a phone call and not leave any record of it. Is there actually a way to do this, or is there some system in place in ...
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Is the US president the ultimate law-enforcement officer?

In the comments of another answer, Grovkin and I discussed the power of the US president. In a reply I received, it was stated that the US president is the ultimate-enforcement officer: @JJJ it ...
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Would the White House maintain and preserve a voice recording of the Presidential telephone calls? [duplicate]

Please note: that a similar question was asked two years ago , however none of the answers (including one entered today) actually answered the specific question of whether an actual voice recording is ...
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Would the White House maintain a voice recording of the Presidential telephone calls? [duplicate]

The "transcript" of the President's call here carries the notation: "A Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation.· (TELCON) is not a verbatim transcript of a discussion. The text in this document records ...
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Is it common for presidents to ask foreign officials to help investigate crimes by US citizens? [closed]

Trump is currently accused of asking the Ukrainian president to help investigate potential misconduct by Joe Biden's son. Are such requests a routine part of the president's interaction with foreign ...
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Does a presidential impeachment inquiry give the House additional powers to obtain documents more quickly?

Does a presidential impeachment inquiry allow the House to obtain documents relevant to its inquiry (such as a president's tax returns) more quickly? Do impeachment inquiries change anything relating ...
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Can the President of the US limit First Amendment rights?

The First Amendment to the US Constitution reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, ...
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Can a state judge throw the U.S. President in jail for contempt of court?

In USA there is this concept or "rule of law" that includes the principle that no one is above the law. About this the book "A Companion to the US Constitution and Its Amendments" (by John R. Vile) ...
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Can the U.S. president make military decisions without consulting anyone?

Looking on Wikipedia, we learn that: It is generally agreed that the commander-in-chief role gives the President power to repel attacks against the United States[3][4] and makes the President ...
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Can the president of the U.S. fire, or have fired, the Fed Chair for not being 'independent'?

https://www.federalreserve.gov/aboutthefed/section10.htm The Section 10 of the Federal Reserve section 10 states that the President can remove the Fed chair for cause, but what does that mean? The ...
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How would the chain of command work if a service member were elected president?

Tulsi Gabbard is currently enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard and running for president. If elected, she would become commander-in-chief, as opposed to Major (O-4), her current rank. Would she ...
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What officially disallows US presidents from driving?

Why can’t the US president drive, officially? Or is it not official? What steps could be taken to allow this action.
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The Number of Presidencies in the USA [duplicate]

May a president in the USA who served two periods come back after a waiting period and be reelected for more times in pattern much as in Russia?
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Is is possible to make a federal state with only one federated state to resolve cohabitation inherent to semi-presidential systems?

Is there a way to mitigate cohabitation that is inherent to semi-presidential system by making the unitary state look like a federal one that have only one federated state! I mean is it possible to ...
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Why is the U.S. the only Presidential Republic that provides for an indirect election of the President?

Background In Electoral College Reform: Contemporary Issues for Congress, Thomas H. Neale states that the United States takes an unusual approach to Presidential and Vice Presidential elections on ...
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Why do presidential pardons exist in a country having a clear separation of powers?

This answer provides some insight into a way for a President to pardon someone with virtually no consequences: (..) in reality, presidents often wait until his final days/hours to grant the most ...
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What checks exist against overuse of presidential pardons in the USA?

In some countries, the head of state can pardon anyone for alleged crimes. For example, in Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler pardoned murderers of communists and Soviet prisoners of war, in those cases in ...
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What happens if no one in the line of US presidential succession is eligible to become president?

As I understand it, should the president of the US die/become unfit for office, the vice president would become president, and if the vice president (now president) were to die/become unfit for office,...
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Why would the US President need briefings on UFOs?

What I have perceived so far over years, people can observe things like atmospheric effects or military experiments and tell them to be UFOs of alien, or at least other state's origin. Mostly it is ...
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Why does the USA have 'First Lady' as a position of power?

I understand that this position is not unique to the USA, but I'm asking specifically about the role's specific existence in the country. Why is it that we as a country continue to place such a high ...
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Are there any major differences between the powers of an acting president and the actual president?

Background Sections 3 and 4 of the 25th amendment talks about the role of Acting President. Section 3. Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker ...
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Amending the constitution to allow for multiple presidents

If someone proposed a change to the current system of the president of the United States, like electing three presidents and needing two to sign off on each bill, for example, would this be possible? ...
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Do trade or currency wars require congressional approval?

According to the US Consitution, Article 1, Section 8, US Congress has the power "To declare War". Currently, several mainstream news outlets are describing various tariff increases by the current US ...
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Can a House-impeached but not Senate-convicted president run for a second term?

Suppose the House impeaches Trump but the Senate does not convict him and he is not removed from office. Could this House-impeached president run for a second term?
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How is justice supposed to work for the president of the United States?

I am having trouble understanding how the President of the United States should be brought to justice if one should commit a crime. This question should not be viewed as pro-vel-contra Trump, but an ...
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Could a US citizen born through “birth tourism” become President?

A few years back, there was a lot of news coverage of the increase in "birth tourism". Basically, people would come to the US very late in their pregnancy to have children with US citizenship, and ...
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Can an inauguration be delayed for any GOOD reason? [duplicate]

I ask this because with the amount of information regarding Trump, and the probability of Russian meddling in the 2016 election (from the FBI, CIA and NSA), dated 6 January 2017....was there a ...
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How does President Trump's follow-through on election promises compare to presidents in the past 20 years? [closed]

That is to say - with nearly three years under his belt, how do President Trump's record of promises compare to other presidents past the year 2000? In this question, it is shown what promises ...
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Can an Indian President/Prime Minister send someone to jail without filing a case?

I'm learning Democratic Politics in 9th Grade. I had this doubt for a long time. Can an Indian President/Prime Minister send someone to jail without filing a case?
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Is there a legal way for US presidents to extend their terms beyond two terms of four years?

If I remember correctly in one Episode of Stargate SG-1, the president of the United States declares some state of national emergency (world was attacked by aliens) and was able to suspend elections, ...
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Can a US president have someone sent to prison?

In an interview at the White House recently, Donald Trump is quoted threatening a journalist with prison time by saying: "You can go to prison instead," Is the president of the United States ...
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Can the U.S. President pardon a corporation?

The pardon power of the U.S. president is generally characterized as rather unlimited. It says [...] he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, ...
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What has Donald Trump accomplished as a president (objectively)? [closed]

I define an accomplishment as a well-defined stated goal that has been successfully met. The goal may have been stated by Trump directly, at some point in his political career, or it may be a goal ...
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Can the president hire an FBI Agent?

Can the President of the United States hire someone without any credentials to become an FBI agent? Can the director of the FBI do it?