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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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If a president is removed from office after being impeached, when does the vice president take office?

In the United States, if during an impeachment trial the Senate votes to convict the president, when does the vice president take office as the new president? Is is immediately after a vote is taken, ...
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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 ...
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Do previous presidents/elected officials retain security clearance after they leave office?

So some friends and I got to talking about the candidate security briefings and how Trump and Hillary would become Privy to classified information. It was noted that Hillary hasn't held office since ...
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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 happens to delegates when a candidate withdraws or suspends their campaign

In the United States Presidential Primaries, what happens to a candidates delegates if they later withdraw from the race? For example, in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary for the State of New ...
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Can there be any punishment for POTUS lying?

Is there any punishment for POTUS lying to the people? Are there any departments or groups of people who are monitoring the president so that he cannot lie whenever he wants? I am aware of the ...
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What happens in a brokered convention? Why is the prospect of one seen as a threat to Sanders' presidential hopes?

With six (technically eight including Tulsi Gabbard & Tom Steyer) candidates currently still in the field for the Democratic presidential candidate nomination, it seems increasingly likely that no ...
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Can the President put his assets in a blind trust managed by his family members?

Now that Donald Trump has been elected President, there has been a lot of discussion about the conflicts of interest that would arise from his company. There have been calls for him to put his assets ...
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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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Can the Senate reject all cabinet nominees?

As all high government officials require the consent of the Senate, would it be possible for a opposition-held Senate to continuously reject the nominations by the President? Senate confirmations ...
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Has a sitting US president ever revealed highly classified information?

Has any US president, during their tenure in office, accidentally told the public or the press secret or top secret information? Bonus question: Is there an official procedure for if this were to ...
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How are Donald Trump's recent comments about Muslim immigrants unconstitutional?

A recent campaign press release from Donald Trump, the leading contender to become the Republican party’s nominee for US presidential candidate, recently called to ban Muslims from entering the United ...
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Why is the US president allowed to grant a pardon?

So I was reading today and I read for about the thousandth time about a presidential pardon, and I started to wonder: Why is the president allowed to grant a pardon? What are the limits of a ...
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Has the supreme court ever been asked to hear a case directly involving the president who appointed at least one of the Justices?

At least one of the lawsuits against Trump appear to be headed to a supreme court which includes his appointees. Has anything like this historically occurred, perhaps in a lower court? If so, Did ...
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Can the US President recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights for the USA or does that need an act of Congress?

President Trump has tweeted that the USA should "fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights" - directly contradicting United Nations Security Council Resolution 497 from 1981. Can ...
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What happens if a president-elect changes his/her mind?

Let's say it's December 10th, 2016 and Joe Smith has just been elected president, but since the election he has decided he no longer wants to be president. In January 2017, who would be inaugurated ...
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Does the Presidential Records Act apply to the Trump/Zelensky telephone call 25 July 2019?

In light of the reported testimony of Lt Col Vindman here, wherein the assertion is made that the raw (software captured) transcript does not agree with the publicly released TELECON, specifically ...
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Why did Ted Cruz drop out of the race?

According to Google, here is the latest Republican delegate count (as of May 6, 2016): Obviously, Cruz does not have a mathematical chance to obtain the 1,237 delegates needed for the nomination. ...
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Is a Vice President term limited in the same way the President is?

In other words can a vice-president serve as vice-president for 3 or more terms? Just wondering if Joe Biden could be Hillary Clinton's running mate
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What happens if a candidate in a US Presidential election becomes the subject of a serious criminal charge?

Let's suppose the nominating convention has taken place, and then either the Republican or Democrat candidate is charged with some serious unlawful act (presumably they cannot be impeached at this ...
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Are there any countries where non-citizen can become president?

In many countries only citizens can run for president. In the USA in particular there has been some indications of introducing changes to the rules such that naturalized citizens can run for ...
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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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Is a presidential tweet an official order or military command?

Today the account @realDonaldTrump tweeted : "The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get ...
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How frequently do prime time presidential addresses occur?

The Trump administration has requested airtime on major networks for President Trump’s prime-time message regarding immigration. The major broadcast and cable news networks CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, ...
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Perjury in US politics

I know this question is about a hot topic in US politics, so I ask that comments and answers be mindful that I'm asking in good faith, and without an attempt to either discredit or support our current ...
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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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Could Bernie Sanders win the US Presidential election through write in votes?

Because of the disaffection of millions of Sanders backers during the DNC primaries and proof of election fraud in state primaries, many voters are considering writing him in if their state allows ...
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Would it be possible to “flip the ticket” in American Presidential politics?

In 1988, I supported Michael Dukakis for President. After he lost the second debate to Bush, I wondered if it might be possible for him to salvage his campaign by "flipping the ticket," allowing his ...
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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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I'm Jesse Talavera-Greenberg, and I approve of this message

I'm Jesse Talavera-Greenberg, and I approve of this message. If I were running for US president, would I have to say that in my televised campaign ads? If so, why?
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Must a US presidential candidate renounce any other citizenship?

Leaving aside the "natural born citizen" aspect of running for US president, Senator Ted Cruz acted to renounce his Canadian citizenship as part of his preparation for a presidential run. (He claimed ...
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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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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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Can someone in the Presidential Line of Succession be “skipped”?

In the United States, if the president is removed for any reason (death, impeachment, resignation), the Presidential Line of Succession would describe who is president next. But if one of those ...
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What happens if a top-ticket nominee becomes completely incapacitated near an election?

This question addresses what happens if a winning US Presidential candidate is incapacitated after the general election but before inauguration, and the line of succession clearly covers the period ...
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Can Bernie Sanders be a write-in candidate if he does not win the primaries?

Every source I can find says most states require an individual to register to be a write-in candidate for their votes to be tallied. So, has Bernie registered, or does the fact that he ran in the ...
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Can US President indefinitely detain US citizen protesters by labeling them enemy combatants?

We know from the Jose Padilla case that US citizens can be detained in the US and held without charge for several years if the POTUS labels them as enemy combatants. From the same case, we know that ...
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Why Would the President-elect have a Transition Visit before December 19? [duplicate]

I understand that the President-elect is not officially elected until December 19 - why would there be a transition visit to the White House if that's the case? Isn't it technically premature?
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Doesn't the 14th Amendment guarantee that anyone can run for president? Not just natural born citizens?

If, as the 14th Amendment states, any naturalized citizen is afforded all the same privileges and protections of the law as a natural born citizen, then doesn't this mean any citizen can run for ...
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Can the US president pardon a non-US citizen?

Can the President of the United States pardon a non-US citizen for the crime that he/she may have committed in the United States? Or pardoning only works on US citizens.
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How does President Obama spend money without a budget?

Since Obama took office, the House has submitted budgets every year. The Senate has not approved a budget for the past five years, which they are mandated to do. This is why we have continuing ...
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What's the most accurate account of the current President's monetary debts?

The President owes some money. In 2016 Fortune estimated he owed $1.1 billion. Last December Mother Jones estimated he owed over $700 million, not including $2 billion in debt by real estate ...
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12th Amendment and President and Vice Presidents from same states

The 12th Amendment states The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same ...
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Why does the Senate have to approve a cabinet member's hiring, but not their firing?

In light of Rex Tillerson's firing, why does the Senate have to approve a cabinet member's hiring, but not their firing?

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