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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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In the USA, who decides who can run for president, the states or the federal government?

From twitter BREAKING: Maryland is on the verge of passing a law requiring all Presidential candidates to release their past 5 years of tax returns in order to be placed on the election ballot. ...
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Why does the President propose a budget?

The President's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 has been described as "just a nice book" and "dead on arrival because presidential budgets are always dead on arrival". Similar sentiments ...
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What is the significance of the people standing behind the speaker?

I've always wondered about why there sometimes a crowd is visible behind a public speaker such as a politician. It seems to be a predominantly American thing, especially noticeable during campaign ...
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Have State of the Union addresses historically been heavier on facts and statistics?

I have only recently begun watching more mainstream coverage of important political events, and have watched only the last three State of the Union addresses. From the name I expected a summary ...
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What is longest and average length of the Response to the State of the Union Address (US)

Watching the State of the Union activities tonight some while taking care of some other things, I failed to noticed that Trump's speech was rather long. But one thing that did catch my eye was the ...
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Limits of Congress’ override authority

With regards to the annual budget for the U.S. government. If congress approved a budget that was then vetoed by the president, could congress use its override authority to approve the budget and ...
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If a woman were elected President, what would be the role of her husband? [closed]

I am asking this question, not in a misogynistic way but in the perspective of political and cultural changes because let's assume that a woman does gets elected (which is very much realistic) as ...
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Written contract with a presidential candidate? [duplicate]

Why we use written contracts everywhere, but not doing it for the most important thing? Wouldn't it be wise to prepare a contract with all the possible questions with check marks or empty fields to ...
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Is there a literal nuclear button that launches a nuclear attack?

Donald Trump recently tweeted that he has a "bigger" nuclear button on his desk, in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year's Day address. North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated ...
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Where does George Weah stand on the political spectrum? Is he progressive or conservative?

Where does George Weah stand on the political spectrum? Is he progressive or conservative? I know his party (CDC) is centre-right, is he?
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Is Peru's political elite uniquely diverse?

Recently Peru's former President, Alberto Fujimori, was pardoned by the current president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The human rights abuses aside, I am surprised that Peru's political elite seem to ...
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Did Bill Clinton still have his Presidential powers after his impeachment by the House of Representatives?

United States President Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 for perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives. He was not acquitted by the Senate until 1999. In 1998, Clinton ...
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Can a U.S. state guard refuse to federalize?

In the event that a U.S. state guard is ordered to federalize could they refuse that order? Is there any justifiable reason they could give for not following that order?
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How far could Congress strip the President of his powers if they so wished?

A lot of the President's powers only exist because they're designated as such by the Congress - such as the controversial power to restrict immigration to the United States by certain groups. But ...
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If an impostor President was elected, and later found out, would the impersonated person then hold office?

Suppose a few years before an election a US citizen is swapped out with a foreign impostor, and the imposter runs for president, is elected, but is eventually discovered while in office. The ...
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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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How to better ensure no conflict with laws of the United States for a person wanting to run for public office [closed]

If the only qualifications to be eligible for the President of the United States of America is that of: Be a natural-born U.S. citizen Be at least 35 years old Have resided in the U.S. at least 14 ...
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Is it possible by law to run for President of the United States without appearing in public?

The title says it all. Imagine the candidate has some sort of medical restriction and can't leave his house. He or she can talk personally only with limited number of people. Can he entrust all the ...
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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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Can the POTUS be the monarch of the UK at the same time?

A tweet on my timeline caught my interest today: Prince Harry's kids will be Americans. What if one grows up to be president and is in line for the throne at the same time? Brits are playing long-...
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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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Can a President mandate Upvotes?

This image is from when Barack Obama (the then serving president) thanked Reddit for helping protect the open internet. Thanks Redditors! Wish I could upvote every one of you for helping keep the ...
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Why would the POTUS typically not want to interview U.S. Attorney candidates

I hear and read about the news regarding these highly unprecedented and unusual interactions with Trump engaging with and interviewing candidates he will appoint as U.S. Attorneys. Most of the news ...
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Are there technical constraints in place that would prevent Harvey Weinstein from running for (and winning) US President? [duplicate]

Given America successfully had the current POTUS elected and sworn in, is there any reason that despite public outrage, someone like Harvey Weinstein couldn't become President?
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Is it possible for a US President to be an autocrat while remaining within the boundaries of the US constitution?

Is it possible for a US president to be autocratic while maintaining the letter or spirit of the law?
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Is it possible to define autocracy and subsequently legislate against it?

Many have accused POTUS of being autocratic. (Both Donald Trump and Barack Obama). Is it possible to define the criteria for autocracy and enact a way of preventing this?
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Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decision/practice, Is this law being violated?

Currently in the US, Kneeling protests during the national anthem at NFL games have caused a tremendous controversy. The President has been highly critical of the players on these teams who choose to ...
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Why doesn't the EU have a single top-most level representative?

A famous quote is often mis-attributed to Henry Kissinger on the topic of the European Union: Who do I call if I want to call Europe? 40 years after Kissinger left his position as Secretary of ...
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Why have US Presidents not been given the power of line item vetoes?

I have often wondered why there are so many bills that are massive and incredibly complex passed through the Legislative branch. Why are bills stacked together and mashed up with a variety sections ...
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When did it become acceptable to attack the First lady in American politics?

I was listening to some older folks while at lunch hour and they were discussing How nice it was to have a first lady with some class for a change. Trivial searches will find lots of crazy theories ...
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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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Is there a historical precedent of POTUS barring entry to the White House based on the prospective visitor's criticism of the President?

Also, what is the mechanism in place to enforce current POTUS recent withdrawn invitation of NBA team communicated via a free microblogging service? (I'm assuming the president does not personally ...
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Where can I find the text of Joe Arpaio's Presidential Pardon?

I can find the text of the presidential announcement of a pardon for Joe Arpaio, however I've been led to believe that the text of a presidential pardon is usually very specific as to what the pardon ...
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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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Weapons exporting process of the U.S?

The US president Donald Trump posted a tweet yesterdays which reads as follows: I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military ...
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What are the 3 Offices of President in America? [closed]

Upon deeper research into the Constitution and Articles of Confederation, I found there are 3 Offices of President. The actual "Office of President" is for the actual sitting President. But if you ...
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Does “President” automatically imply that this person is also the guarantor of observance of the Constitution in the country?

Is there any state in the world, in which its Constitution doesn't call its President as the guarantor of the Constitution? Does "President" automatically imply that this person is also the guarantor ...
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What exactly happened during Reagan's invocation of the 25th Amendment?

I was reading the Wikipedia article on the 25th Amendment when I came across this confusing paragraph (I bolded the sections of interest): Fielding and White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan ...
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What is the point of the president visiting regions struck by hurricane?

The president is a busy person. What is the point of the president (currently Trump) taking time out of his busy schedule to pose for a few pictures in a city struck by disaster?
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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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What is the point of congress censuring a US president? [duplicate]

Congress has attempted to censure a number of presidents over the years, with the only successful one thus far being Andrew Jackson in 1834 (he removed the Secretary of Treasury, which congress ...
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Does the president have any real power over the budget in the US? [duplicate]

To pass cloture, a budget needs 60% of the Senate anyway. That's 6% short of overriding a veto. The government fails to spend $60 billion of allocated spending every year. So Congress can raise ...
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Can the president of the USA unilaterally declare someone attainted?

Article one, section 9 of the US constitution, limiting the power of congress, states No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed. Similarly, section 10 clause 1 (the contracts ...
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Why aren't there upper-age limits for government officials in the US?

Why aren't there upper-age limits for serving on the Supreme Court or as the President of the United States? What if while in office one of these officials starts to develop dementia or some other ...
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Why would Congress want to censure Trump and what would that mean exactly for America

Context I see and hear of multiple stories around with Donald Trump being racist and all that with what was going on in Charlottesville with the KKK thugs, criminals, and hillbillies. Wonder So ...
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Have US presidents changed the majority in special elections after promoting senators to WH jobs?

The US president can change the composition of the senate (and the House) by appointing congressmen to jobs at the White House, who are replaced in special elections. The current president recently ...
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Does a Presidential Pardon apply to other crimes which are uncovered during the investigation of the pardoned crime?

If the president pardons himself of one crime being investigated and then resigns, but is then later suspected of another crime from evidence found in the initial investigation, can he be prosecuted ...
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Have previous presidents fired their staff with comparable frequency to Donald Trump?

I don't know how it is internationally, but over here in Germany I hear almost on a daily basis that United States president Donald Trump fired one of his close advisers or ministers or whatever its ...
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How many presidents have been subject to a grand jury?

I can't find a source that tells me how many Presidents have been involved in a grand jury investigation. Help?