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When and why did the American Republican Party become widely supported in the South?

The American Democrats and Republicans are often labelled with the colours blue and red respectively. However, the historical "blue states" and "red states" were once inverted from their current ...
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Has any US President-Elect ever failed to take office?

Has any US President-Elect ever failed to take office? Either by refusing, or by some health or legal issue which has come up between Polling Day and Inauguration Day? If this did happen, would the ...
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What happens if all of the Supreme Court seats are empty and the President fails to appoint anyone?

Let's say if all of the Supreme Court justices resigned and the seats are empty. Is the president required to appoint someone? What happens if he does nothing?
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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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Is there any time limit that the President has to obey when speaking of signing a law?

If a law is passed by the Congress, is there a time limit before which the President must either sign it or formally use their veto powers? If yes, what happens if they are not fulfilled? If no, ...
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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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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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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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Does removing the US president from office through impeachment affect the validity of the decisions they made?

What happens to changes made by the president of the United States after her/his impeachment? Will executive orders and such automatically be invalidated, put on hold upon revaluation, revaluated, ...?...
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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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Is there anything that functionally prevents a US President from switching parties?

For example, a Prime Minister is voted by the party, so if they were to switch parties they would not be the leader of the other party. They have a function within their party. But is the party of ...
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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 the Supreme Court overturn an impeachment?

Article 2, Section 4 of the US Constitution states: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, ...
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Is Bill Clinton eligible to become Vice President?

Observing the line of succession to be the president. Among the first 10, there is one person ineligible to be president by birth. The Secretary of the Interior is ineligible and is skipped. So, ...
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Was Nixon right, and if so, to what degree was he right, when he said that “… but when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.”?

In the comments of this question, I came across this quote from Nixon: but when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal My common sense is telling me that logically, there must ...
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Can a United States President pardon him/herself?

In the event a President is accused or found guilty of a serious crime while in office, can they pardon themselves for it?
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What is with the speech audience?

I am asian and have been in the U.S. for several years, and this has puzzled me for quite a while: Every time I watch some public speech given by political figures, I am like "what is with those ...
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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 are the possible punishments for an impeached USA president?

In the United States of America, if the House of Representatives passes articles of impeachment against the sitting president, and the Senate finds the president to be guilty, what are the options to ...
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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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Could the US President and Vice President pull off a swap?

I am curious, is there anything preventing the President and Vice President from switching positions? For example, could the President resign, and then the newly elevated VP appoint him to his old ...
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Who pays for the President's campaign trips?

Not specific to any one president or party but using Trump as the most recent example. Trump has been on the road for weeks campaigning for the Republican Party midterm elections. I've searched ...
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What happens after impeachment?

If a president is impeached, convicted and removed, what comes next? Is there a general election? Does it go to the former-president's VP? And what happens to his or her appointments and ...
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When does the US president have to be 35 year old?

The Constitution only says that one needs to have "attained to the Age of thirty five Years" to be "eligible to the Office of President". So, do you need to have your 35th birthday: On or before the ...
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Tie breaking in general election for president in U.S

Suppose the electoral votes for President and Vice-President both ties (as happened in the show VEEP season 5 episode 10), according to Amendment XII of the Constitution, the House vote for President ...
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Would slavery reparations be considered Bills of Attainder and hence Illegal in the US?

Recently, a few aspiring 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates (specifically Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren) have spoken out in favor of "reparations" to black people for American Slavery, which ...
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Can an incoming President take power slightly earlier or later to avoid conflict with a Sabbath?

The President's term is fixed to a specific length. That means its start and end dates are not dependent on which weekday is most convenient (as opposed to a national holiday like Veteran's Day), and ...
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In America would it be possible to detain a President on the grounds of insanity?

In the UK there is a process used by doctors 50,000 times a year, and known as sectioning, where an individual can be detained against their will, under the Mental Health Act, if, in the opinion of ...
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How could Trump leave office?

What processes are in place for Trump to leave the office of the President of the United States? Can he be forced to resign on his own or according to American constitution/ laws/whatever?
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Why and how is the Vice President elected in U.S?

Why is the Vice President elected in the US? Why isn't he chosen by the President like any other secretary? Is there any important reason why the writers of the Constitution made that choice? How is ...
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Are Running Mates Constitutional (US President/VP)

I was reading over the US Constitution and Amendments when Amendment 12 jumped out at me. I've always thought that Amendment 12 specifically said that Presidential Candidates and Vice Presidential ...
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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 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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Can the president put his own likeness on money?

Preface, I am unsure of all the powers the Federal Reserve possess or who controls the Reserve outside of congress. However it is at the Federal level so I was wondering. What control over the ...
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Does someone who already served two terms as president get “skipped” in the presidential line of succession?

I know someone who has already served two1 terms as president cannot be elected president again, and there is apparently an argument about whether or not such a person can be elected to vice president....
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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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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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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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Why can't the public vote to impeach a president?

I am new to American politics, so this question maybe very fundamental. I understand that impeachment is a legislative process akin to criminal indictment, and the House and the Senate compose the ...
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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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How is it that Ted Cruz can run for the U.S. presidency seeing as he was born in Calgary?

Is renouncing his Canadian citizenship the only step he needed to take in order to be a viable candidate for the U.S. presidency?
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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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Can the President of the United States be denied security clearance?

In light of the recent investigation of Hillary Clinton and her aides in regards to E-mails sent via her personal E-mail that contained classified material, I am wondering if the state department has ...
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Does the US President have the legal authority to unilaterally close the country’s borders?

President Trump recently tweeted that he may close the country’s southern border if Congress does not appropriate the funds to build a border wall. ... We build a Wall or close the Southern Border ....
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How does turnover in the Trump administration compare to previous administrations?

There have been a number of high-profile departures from the Trump administration for various reasons. For example: Michael Flynn, Hope Hicks, Rex Tillerson, Sean Spicer and many others. While this ...
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Why do some criticize Kasich's advice to a female college student?

Recently, presidential candidate John Kasich fielded a question from a young college student about what he will do as president regarding sexual misconduct on college campuses. A video of what Kasich ...
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Can sitting US presidents repeal their own Executive Orders?

I was just wondering if sitting US presidents can repeal their own executive order? For example, a president issued an executive order (forget the content). Can the same president revoke that ...
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Does the Vice-President retain their tiebreaking vote during an impeachment trial of the President?

The Vice-President is the President of the Senate by the US Constitution. As President of the Senate, the Vice-President is empowered to preside over the Senate and cast a tie-breaking vote. The ...
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Is there a preferred time in their presidency when US presidents pardon the most people?

According to a tally by Thoughco Trump seems to be in the last place as far as pardons issued, compared to all presidents since 1900. But are these stats misleading given that Trump's presidency is ...
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Private schedules of Donald Trump: What does “RON” in diary stand for?

Recently the private schedules of Donald Trump have been leaked. In those files, at the end of each day there is some acronym RON placed. What does this stand for? Example: 1:30 PM ...