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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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Legally speaking in the United States, could a former president be vice president? [duplicate]

Legally speaking, is there any laws against a former president that has served 2 terms from being vice president?
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Why is Hunter Biden's testimony in the impeachment trial relevant?

During President Trump's impeachment trial the White House counsel have sought bringing Hunter Biden in several times for testimony. How is Hunter Biden's testimony relevant, opposed to that of John ...
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How quickly could a motion be passed to alter minimum age for POTUS?

How quickly could the minimum age requirement (35 years) for the president of the USA be changed? I got curious when I realised The Rock, LeBron James and Beyoncé have tickets at the major betting ...
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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 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 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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Has a sitting US president ever been denied their party's nomination for a second term?

Has there ever been an instance when a US president didn't get a second term because they failed to get his party's nomination? From the looks of it, there's nothing that could prevent a sitting US ...
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Why are lawsuits between the President and Congress not automatically sent to the Supreme Court

When the United State Congress and the President are involved in a legal fight together, the resulting legal case originates in a US District Court for DC, as was the case for United States v. Nixon. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What are the requirements for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

I was reading about the Presidential Medal of Freedom and how the president of the United States awards this medal to people who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or ...
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Do former US presidents have the right to receive daily CIA briefings?

In Michael Moore's 2004 film Fahrenheight 9/11 a person named Dan Briody says the following: George H.W. Bush is a man who has obviously incredible reach into the White House. He receives daily CIA ...
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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 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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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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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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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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What happens if the President of the United States is deemed a risk to US national security?

Hypothetically, what happens if the President of the United States is deemed a risk to U.S. national security? If, for example, the President engages in a pattern of (perhaps otherwise entirely ...
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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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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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Does the signing statement made by President Trump nullify the oversight provisions of the CARES Act?

On March 27th, President Trump signed the COVID-19 stimulus bill, the CARES Act, into law. This came after days of debate, where Democratic lawmakers insisted on the inclusion of oversight measures ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Can the U.S. President pardon a corporation?

The pardon power of the U.S. president is generally characterized as rather unlimited. It says [...] he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, ...
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Does setting precedent automatically make something ok for subsequent politicians to do the same thing?

Surrounding the Impeachment trial of President Trump many news outlets have voiced that an acquittal will be setting precedent. Does this mean that subsequent presidents will be able to do the same ...
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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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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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