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Chain of command on Inauguration Day

Picture the scene: It's the morning of January 20, 2017. The inauguration ceremony is in full swing, with songs and speeches the warm up act before the main event - the swearing in of Donald J. Trump ...
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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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How is the US' “Presidential Alert” system safeguarded against inappropriate or unauthorized use?

CNN's Feds send first emergency message test to cell phones describes the system and includes simple explanations like: It's called the "presidential alert," but the President doesn't actually ...
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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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Is there a process to prevent a non-natural-born vice-president from serving?

If Donald Trump were to announce Arnold Schwarzenegger as his running mate, what would happen? Is there some sort of process that would rule Schwarzenegger ineligible to become Vice President due to ...
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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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How would USA handle the kidnapping of its president?

What mechanisms are provided by the US Constitution to handle a situation in which the president is kidnapped or held prisoner by a foreign power? Who will be the USA president-deputy? How would be ...
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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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What is the difference between an executive agreement and an executive order? [closed]

Is there a difference between Executive agreements and executive orders?
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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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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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US Defense Secretary--Chain of command to the President

The Depart of Defense Secretary in the United States is a political appointee confirmed by the Senate and part of the civilian control of the military, but the Defense Department is obviously part of ...
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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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Can the U.S. President force all police officers to wear cameras?

In light of the many petitions to the White House about forcing state, county and local police officers to wear cameras, I'd like to know if the President even has the authority to mandate that.
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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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Can the US President pardon himself? [duplicate]

After seeing this question, I was wondering what would happen if the President simply didn't respond to jury duty to the point that he was breaking a law. That, then, escalated to the thought of a ...
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Banking industry chooses Secretary of Treasury?

I remember being told before that the banking industry has effectively been choosing the Secretary of Treasury for a long time and, my memory is fuzzy, that the current U.S. Secretary of Treasury is a ...
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If all but one Congressman are killed, does a new Congress have be chosen? [duplicate]

If (as in the show “Designated Survivor,”) all Congressman but one are killed, would it be possible (in the US Constitution) for actions of Congress to be taken by the sole remaining Congressman? ...
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How long has populism been affiliated with the Republican Party [closed]

Donald Trump has been described as a populist, yet he imposes high tariffs on China. He has gained bipartisan support for this, but there are Republicans who do disagree. Populists, from what I've ...
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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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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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Rex Tillerson is a business leader. Have other business people held high office?

With today's appointment of Rex Tillerson as head of the US State Department I can't help but wonder if other business leaders have been head of major diplomatic posts such as this or Office of the ...
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Why do different states have different rules about delegate allocation for the presidency?

There are fifty states in America, plus some territories and other locations that are given delegates for the primaries. Yet they each have different rules about how delegates are allocated. Why?
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Flaws of US impeachment process? [closed]

It's strange that Bill Clinton's trial was voted to have witnesses and Donald Trump's trial was voted to disallow witnesses and there seems to be the legal viability of discarding subpoenas. This ...
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What is meant by “term” for presidency in US? [duplicate]

When it is said a single term or two term president then does it means that the president was elected for the office of President one time or two time or did the president was in his position for 4 ...
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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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What did Eisenhower mean with this statement?

“They are very volatile. They think they are a great power one day and they feel sorry for themselves the next day.” This quote above is from this article. But what does this mean?
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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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What if incumbent president is defeated in re-election, and resigns before Jan 20? [duplicate]

What if the incumbent president is defeated in his re-election in November, and resigns before the Jan 20 inaugural of his opponent? Does the president-elect get sworn in early/immediately, or does ...
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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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Why can't anybody that shares the president's name claim to have been elected?

Let's say I change my name to Donald Trump and declare my intent to run for President. If Trump is re-elected, why do I not have just as much as a claim to the presidency as him? The ballot doesn't ...
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What did my teacher mean when he said this about Bush? [closed]

Now, recently I've been thinking about something a very political history teacher of mine said a few years ago. Something about former POTUS Bush that I never quite understood. I don't remember what ...
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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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Who are the people standing around in Trump's office, and how much are they paid? [closed]

In the last several days since the inauguration, I have seen on TV and in the press many images of Donald Trump sitting at a vast table signing documents. Behind and beside him stand a coterie of ...
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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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Multiple/ Changing running mate in US presidential election

Would a presidential candidate be able to change his/her running mate after ballot papers have been printed? For example, Independent Candidate Evan McMullin placed "Nathan Johnson" from California ...
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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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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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Question regarding concessions during presidential elections

If I wrote my own name on the ballot while voting for the president, don't I also have to concede to the winning candidate on Election Day, like the other candidates do? Is there a rule that only ...
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If a president is impeached by the house but not convicted by the Senate, does this affect the president's term limits [closed]

If a President is impeached by the house but not convicted by the Senate, does this affect term limits. There is rumor that the first term would be nullified and the person could run for two more ...
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Which US law transfered the power to declare war from Congress to the President? [closed]

The last few wars have been declared by Presidents without an act of congress. Yet the Constitution says that only congress can declare war. What is the specific legal justification that ...
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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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Is Bernie Sanders too old? [closed]

Is Bernie Sanders unfit to be president because of his old age? I believe it may be a problem later on if he's elected.
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I want to know if there is a way to actually see with my own eyes proof that my personal vote was counted

I don't know where to go or who to contact to find out if Dallas Dean Heards (me) vote was counted.
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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 corporations vote in the presidential election?

Under the notion of corporate personhood, can a corporation vote on presidential candidates in the U.S.?
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Can Obama put extra checks at this stage, on America's nuclear weaponry, with a Trump Presidency?

I don't know what that would involve, maybe making the command 3 or 4 leveled rather than the current 2. Well what can be done at this stage to secure America's nuclear weaponry, when the perception ...
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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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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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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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