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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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Is the US President prohibited from receiving clothing as a gift? Why or why not?

This article from The Balance, while describing the personal benefits and responsibilities of the office of the presidency, says this about gifts of clothing: Presidents and their spouses cannot ...
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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?

Presidential administrations in the recent 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 the power to sway ...

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