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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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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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Why doesn't the Presidential Pardon power extend to State Crimes?

Paragraph One of Article 2, Section 2 of the United States constitution contains the following text: "The President … shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United ...
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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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Which US-style presidential democracies have survived long-term?

In an episode of The West Wing, Toby remarks (IIRC) that "only four US-style presidential democracies have lasted longer than thirty years" -- he was arguing that a parliamentary democracy is an ...
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How does the timeline of Donald Trump's appointments compare to that of previous President-elects?

There is a lot of news these days about Trump's picks for various high-level government positions (including Cabinet appointments) and Democrats' reactions to them. However, the last time a new ...
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How easy is it to implement a National Sunday Law?

The 7th Day Adventist Church mentions that before the end of the time, the Papacy and the USA will introduce a Sunday Law (known as Blue Law) which will enforce the keeping of Sunday as worship day (...
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What are the limits of the authority of POTUS to issue Executive Orders

Civics class was almost a half century ago. However, I thought I was taught that only Congress could make laws. How and why does the President have the authority to make law via Executive Orders? ...
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Does the US President have the “right” to micromanage the US Department of Justice?

Derived from an earlier question DOJ's impossible job, the question is based on the comment: "Trump claims that he has the absolute right to micromanage the AG and he is probably correct." The ...
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When a person becomes president, what will happen to their wealth?

When Mitt Romney was running for president, he mentioned putting his wealth in a blind trust. Is this required when a wealthy person becomes president?
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Ted Cruz's “natural-born” citizenship qualification for the Presidential run

There's a commotion about Ted Cruz getting sued (1) per Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution (2) on the basis of that being exactly what disqualifies his eligibility to run for President of the ...
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What instruments does the House of Representatives have to control the executive branch of government?

The US election is mostly over and the Democrats have gained a majority in the House of Representatives, while the Republicans have got a majority in the Senate. What political instruments (for ...
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Which institution verifies the behavior of the U.S. President?

I remember having read long time ago an article on an European magazine about a particular, less-known institution of the United States that has the sole purpose of verifying the behavior and actions ...
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Is it legal for US President Trump to order the continued construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline?

I understand that US president Donald Trump has not provided evidence that he has relinquished his direct and indirect holdings in Energy Transfer Partners, which has been constructing the Dakota ...
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Who had more power in the Weimar Government? The President or the Chancellor?

This is referring to the Weimar government before Hitler rose to power- how much power did the original constitution give to each?
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Why would invoking the 25th amendment cause a constitutional crisis?

The recent opinion piece in the New York Times has two claims that I can't reconcile: Donald Trump is unfit to be president of the United States The constitutional crisis caused by invoking the 25th ...
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Is there any recourse to remove a dissatisfactory president even if he hasn't broken the law?

So, lets say a certain wig-wearing candidate were elected president, and he decided to (contrary to certain campaign promises) not commit several violations of the constitution into law; Lets say he ...
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Why is the role of the US president not more closely linked to the House of Representatives?

It seems strange to me that the USA is currently in a state where its leader can't actually get much done on his own.... He isn't in control of either legislature, the House nor the Senate In the UK ...
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How can a president stamp out corruption?

How can a president stamp out corruption? So how are some societies more corrupt than others. Is it more a matter of cultural norms and what's acceptable in a culture? (as in Germans are famous for ...
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What reasons (if any) were given by Democrats when the Ways and Means chairman requested Trump's tax returns?

This is fundamentally the same question as another one recently asked here, but unlike that (quickly closed) formulation I won't try to [pre]provide any counter-arguments to the Democrats' recent ...
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Did Bill Clinton still have his Presidential powers after his impeachment by the House of Representatives?

United States President Bill Clinton was impeached in 1998 for perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives. He was not acquitted by the Senate until 1999. In 1998, Clinton ...
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Can the POTUS be impeached for gross incompetence?

Suppose that the president in office begins proposing the craziest ideas, none of them passing a reality check. Can the House impeach him or her? I know the president can only be impeached for "...
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Why is the U.S. the only Presidential Republic that provides for an indirect election of the President?

Background In Electoral College Reform: Contemporary Issues for Congress, Thomas H. Neale states that the United States takes an unusual approach to Presidential and Vice Presidential elections on ...
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Can the government take the President's personal phone?

I've been reading reports that Donald Trump is stepping up the use of his personal phone which is insecure on a few different levels (e.g prone to software exploits due to out of date software). This ...
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Can the US president hand-off the nuclear football to the vice president?

It's been reported that the nuclear football will be coming with President Obama during his historic visit to Hiroshima. Could a president decide to give the nuclear football to the vice president ...
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Why can't I register with multiple political parties?

Why can't I register with multiple political parties (at the same time)? I've searched the web, read forums, sent emails, made phone calls, and I cannot find a satisfactory answer to this question. ...
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Is the President of the United States bound by state laws?

The state of New York is currently in the process of passing a law allowing Congress to access the state tax returns of elected officials and top appointed officials. This is seen as a potential "end-...
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Can a Foreign Born Adopted child become President of the United States? [duplicate]

I know there's another thread on this, but my question is a little more nuanced. If an American born and residing couple adopt a child from another country (say Russia), that child receives a new ...
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Why is Obama releasing his 2018 endorsements in “waves?”

Today, former U.S. President Barack Obama released a second round of endorsements for the 2018 midterm elections in a tweet, including this text: Today, I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic ...
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Can the outgoing US president sign bills from the new Congress?

Now that the Twentieth Amendment makes the new session of Congress begin on January 3rd, which is 17 days before the inauguration on January 20th (previously, the new session began, and inauguration ...
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What were the events that led to the anti-establishment candidates we are seeing run for office?

Why are so many people interested in the 2016 US presidential election? It seems as if people are turning out in huge numbers just for the primaries. This is the first time I caucused, which is true ...
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Why didn't Americans Elect field a candidate in the 2012 U.S. presidential election?

Americans Elect was trying to get an alternative candidate on the ballot in the 2012 presidential election. The party was to hold a completely online convention to elect a party ticket to run. ...
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Where can I find the text of Joe Arpaio's Presidential Pardon?

I can find the text of the presidential announcement of a pardon for Joe Arpaio, however I've been led to believe that the text of a presidential pardon is usually very specific as to what the pardon ...
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What is the procedure for choosing a new Republican candidate for the US presidency if the nominee withdraws or is removed?

What is the procedure for choosing a new candidate for the Republican party in a US presidential election in the event that the party's nominee withdraws or is otherwise removed from candidacy prior ...
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Is Obama the first American president to ever visit Hiroshima?

In most articles about Obama's visit to Hiroshima, they say that the visit is the first to Hiroshima by a sitting U.S. president. This implies that there may have been visits by presidents before or ...
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Why did 19th-cent. US presidents have less role in government than Congress or the states, and were more executives than leaders?

The European Union: Politics and Policies (2017 6 edn). pp 102 Bottom - 103 Middle.         Serving a renewable five-year term, the president of the Commission oversees ...
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What would it take to test War Powers Resolution (practically)?

Many if not most political discussions around the use of military force by POTUS tend to slide down to War Powers Resolution, and for reasonable people, those tend to slide to "who knows, the only way ...
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Consequences for ethics violations by President and White House staff

I would like to know what the consequences are for ethics violations by the US President and White House staff. Are there no ethics laws? Are there only toothless guidelines? EDIT: Please note that I ...
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If the office of POTUS was obtained illegally, what happens?

There is a lot of media currently about activities relating to the election of the current US President (Trump). While things like colluding with Russia may not be illegal some other activities may ...
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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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Protocol when dealing with USA President

In the book "Fear" there is this quote when discussing the Iran deal: “They are in violation,” Trump insisted, “and you should make the case that this agreement is done and finished.” He suggested ...
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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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What has Donald Trump accomplished as a president (objectively)? [closed]

I define an accomplishment as a well-defined stated goal that has been successfully met. The goal may have been stated by Trump directly, at some point in his political career, or it may be a goal ...
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Do United States police officers answer to the president before the mayor?

Many mayors of major US cities are claiming that they were not implement some of President-elect Trump's orders regarding deportation. Would the police be obligated to listen to the mayor and ignore ...
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Can states nullify the president's pardoning power by making federal offenses state offenses?

Can a state make federal offenses state offenses as well, so that even if the president pardons a criminal for a federal offense, they'll still be on the hook for the equivalent state offense? Edit: ...
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Why did Imran Khan become the Prime Minister and Zardari became the President after winning elections?

I have a question about Pakistan politics. What determines a party president to be either a President of country or Prime Minister of country after winning elections? When Pakistan People Party (PPP)...

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