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How exactly is the White House enforcing audio-only briefings?

Today, like many days in the past few weeks, the White House Press Briefing with Sean Spicer was audio-only, i.e. no cameras allowed. My question is, how is this camera ban enforced? Does Spicer ask ...
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Did the White House hold any Yazidi religious festivities during the Obama administration?

During the Obama administration, were any Yazidi religious festivities held in the White House? Also, what is the most populous religion (ideally worldwide but US-based is also ok) that has religious ...
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Are the first ladies considered politicians?

I was just wondering if the first lady is considered a politician. Considering that some of the FLOTUS's work involves diplomatic trips and that type of work, would she be considered a politician ...
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Who can fire the special counsel appointed by the Justice Department?

There have been unconfirmed speculations that Trump might fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller who was appointed to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and ...
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Can friends be part of the first family?

Let's say a POTUS is elected who lives with a friend. They're basically family, whether they be his girlfriend, or just his bro, or whatever. Would they be allowed to live with them as part of the "...
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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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Can a United States President nominate a blood relative as Vice President?

The current U.S President has heaped a great amount of praise on his daughter Ivanka Trump, calling her one of his best and closest advisers. To shake things up in 2020, is it possible Trump could ...
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Are personal memos official accounts of events?

This came up after today's James Comey's testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee. On CNN, after the hearing was finished, they showed a screen that said Comey: Wrote memos after fearing ...
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Can faulty election results unseat a sitting US President? [duplicate]

Though there are significant real-world scenarios to consider, let's keep this question hypothetical. The situation: a US presidential election is held, votes are tallied, a winner is announced, the ...
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Why do we hear so little about the German President?

According to Wikipedia: Under Article 59 (1) of the Basic Law (German Constitution), the President represents the Federal Republic of Germany in matters of international law, concludes treaties ...
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How are secret service agents expected to respond if the POTUS attacks someone?

One of the US secret service's primary duties is to provide protection to the POTUS, but what if the POTUS were to become homicidal and take an unprovoked violent action against an apparently non-...
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Can the POTUS perform a mass-pardon for those who meet certain criteria?

Let's say a POTUS wanted to legalise weed, and after doing so wanted to then free all the prisoners he could who's only crime was using/having weed, being otherwise innocent. To do this, could the ...
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How would a Republican President accomplish work if the Senate/House were all/majority Democratic (and vice versa)?

Completely hypothetical. What tools would a President of Party 1 have to accomplish work if the Senate/House were virtually all from Party 2? By work, I would mean work that aligns to their respective ...
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What would happen if a president who did not meet the age or citizenship requirement was elected in United States?

If a candidate who is not qualified to be President because of their age or citizenship at birth, would the runner up be inaugaurated? Would a new election be held? Would their running mate be sworn ...
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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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When can the US political system examine the president for mental health issues?

It's obvious that any president's mental health should be considered of utmost importance. In the USA, mental health tests are not a prerequisite to run for office. However, there are several systems ...
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How much authority does a special counsel have?

The Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to investigate any ties between the Trump administration and Russia. How much authority does the special ...
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POTUS' power over television networks [duplicate]

Does the President of the United States have the power to cancel a television show he deems critical of him?
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When was the last time that 19 Republican senators cross-the-aisle with a unified Democratic party on anything not bipartisan?

To impeach Trump, you would need a super-majority (2/3). That means 67 total senators. There are 46 Democrats, and 2 Independents. Assuming you had 100% support of the Democrats and Independents, you ...
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Why does the opposition party always push so hard for impeachment? [closed]

It's pretty common to hear the opposition party stating they are 110% sure the president will get impeached. Trump will get impeached. Obama should have gotten impeached. Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, ...
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Can the POTUS put checks and balances on his own otherwise unilateral nuclear powers? [duplicate]

Could the POTUS implement some form of checks and balances with regards to his otherwise unilateral, unquestionable ability to use nukes? Without needing congress to pass a bill? If so, would he HAVE ...
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Could a POTUS be prosecuted under the Espionage Act of 1917 [closed]

I hear this talk about POTUS being able to deem "classified" information as "declassified" as per their own arbitrary discretion and per that, the POTUS does not violate anything; I wonder if this is ...
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If a US president decides to declassify information, is it automatically public?

From: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/15/trump-russia-classified-information-238417 "...While his conduct did not likely break the law — presidents can declassify information when they choose ...
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Why was Howard Dean's “scream” such a big deal?

After the Iowa caucus in 2003, 3rd place finisher Dean, while amping up the crowd, let out his now infamous, "Haaaww!!" Howard Dean's yell Given the daily gaffes by Donald Trump, Dean's exuberance ...
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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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How much interaction does a US president have with the legislative branch of his party?

I honestly don’t know. Does he meet with them on a daily or weekly basis, or is he more isolated, concerning himself with making policy and leaving them to implement it? If the former, how does ...
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Is the US president guaranteed to receive all the presidential 'retirement bonuses', such as a Presidential Library, no matter how his term ends?

In the modern era, US Presidents are entitled to numerous perks after their departure from office, including a Presidential Library, 24/7 protection by the Secret Service, a generous pension, etc. ...
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What process needs to be followed by the President to fire the FBI Director?

So I'm seeing all the news flashes regarding F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump; I'm sure everyone is hearing about this now. I recall President Trump's campaign aids being under a counter-...
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Why don't US presidents run in other elections after their term ends?

As an example, Barack Obama is quite young (15 years younger than his successor) and was extremely popular. So why doesn't he run for a seat in the Senate? This would theoretically allow him to become ...
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If United States annexed part of another country, would someone born in that place be eligible to run for president?

For example, if President Trump invaded and claimed Sudbury, Ontario over a dairy dispute, could Alex Trebek run for President in the next election?
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Is there a tendency for presidents to come from outside of “big politics” in recent years?

According to this article which is based on this Wikipedia article Donald Trump has never been elected to public office (a big disqualifier in American politics), never been appointed to a ...
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Is the Czech president (negatively) known in other neighbouring countries?

In the Czech Republic lots of people don't like the Czech president Milos Zeman because of numerous cases in which he did things that seem to be very shameful. I wonder if it's true that he is a ...
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How can Erdoğan stay in office until 2029?

It has been widely reported that the constitutional amendments approved by the April 2017 referendum will allow Erdoğan to stay in office until 2029: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ...
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Other US President's that speedily bomb an adversary after saying they would on their election campaign trail

The Question Have there ever been any other past US Presidents that said they'd take a very strong military action against an adversary like bombing or invading or whatever and actually take that ...
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Ability of the President of the United States to contact other nations in secret

What are the limits on the ability of the President of the United States to secretly contact powerful representatives of other nations (for example, another nation's head of state, or that nation's ...
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When may the President of the United States order military action without congressional approval?

The USA has many times in the past taken military action with only the President's order to back it up legally. It was Jefferson that set the precedent of using the military to enforce foreign policy ...
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Have any lawsuits been successful against a sitting US president?

I read an article in my newspaper today about the vast number of lawsuits filed against current US President Trump. I can't recall any lawsuits against previous presidents, but I admit that I may not ...
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Could Donald Trump flee to Russia? [closed]

Could Trump flee to Russia if evidence for collusion is exposed ? What would happen then, could we arrest him or not ?
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Does the president get the final say on a declaration of war like he does with normal bills?

Would the USA congress need the presidents signature to enact a declaration of war? Or is it different from other bills in this respect, as someone told me congress can declare war even if the ...
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Were Presidents known to have discussed classified things with their wives?

Are there any historically known examples (from memoirs, letters, testimony etc...) of US Presidents discussing classified things with their spouses/lovers?
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What level of security clearance (if any) did the past first ladies have?

Did past first ladies have security clearance? If yes, what level? Clarification: I know that the position of first lady does not by itself call for security clearance. I'm just asking if it ever ...
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Presidential power over Congress

In a comment in an answer about a canceled vote: Other than belittling them on Twitter, what exactly do they have to fear from Trump's "wrath?" – Andy yesterday [3-26-17] What official and ...
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What happens if Trump committed treason? [duplicate]

According to the NYTimes post "There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air", Now the F.B.I. confirms that we have had an investigation underway for eight months into whether another presidential ...
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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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How may a US President select a successor other than the Vice President?

Could a US President decide they want to step down and arrange for someone else of their choosing to take their place?
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Have previous presidential campaigns been investigated by the F.B.I for ties to foreign governments?

At the moment it's been confirmed by the director of the F.B.I that Trump and his people are being investigated closely for foreign ties with Russia, etc. (see below). F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump’...
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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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Were there any significant political events that led to the popularity of Rodrigo Duterte amongst Filipinos?

With an approval rating of 83% in the Philippines and dubbed "The Trump of the east". Were there any significant political events that led to the popularity of Rodrigo Duterte amongst Filipinos thus ...
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Are any Presidency and national job number change correlations provably causal?

Aside from wartime, are there any Presidency and national job number change correlations that are widely agreed to be provably causal? Jobs go up, Presidents preen. Jobs go down, Presidents blame ...
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How can president Trump avoid any issue with conflict of interests when foreign powers make decisions that benefit him in an unsolicited manner?

Note -- I did my absolute best to refer to the Trump organization as "Trump organization" and president Trump only as "President" or "Administration" to avoid confusion as they are understood (At ...