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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Is the US president the ultimate law-enforcement officer?

In the comments of another answer, Grovkin and I discussed the power of the US president. In a reply I received, it was stated that the US president is the ultimate-enforcement officer: @JJJ it ...
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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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Why are Bernie Sander's odds of becoming president so low, according to betting sites

He's polling at even with Hilary. He seems to be gathering momentum. And yet, popular betting sites put his odds of wining the presidency at 8/1. Whereas Hilary is listed at 5/6 Now, I'm not saying ...
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Could the Speaker of the House become president if they weren’t born in the USA?

To quote the constitution: No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States I also read that ...
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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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What would happen if a US president was put in prison?

What would happen if a sitting United States president was put in prison? Could such a thing even happen? Would he be removed from office before this, or could he even be sentenced for anything? Also,...
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What evidence is there to suggest a correlation between the economic performance of the US and the policies of its President?

Today I read the following claim: Under President Obama: The DOW increased from 6626 to 17481 The S&P 500 increased from 683 to 2040 Unemployment decreased from 10% to 4.9% Uninsured adults ...
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Are meetings between the President and leaders of congress neutrally documented for the public?

There was a recent meeting in the White House where Pelosi and Schumer walked out. Unsurprisingly the Democrats and Republicans have slightly different versions of what happened - Democrats making the ...
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Why do people talk about the “first 100 days” of a presidency?

I have over the years seen political pundits talk about whether a president-elect will accomplish such-and-such thing within his first 100 days in office. What's so special about that span of time? ...
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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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How does early voting work, and what are the pros and cons?

During the last American presidential election, it seemed to me like early voting was getting more attention than in previous campaigns. The Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, even voted early ...
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Can a House-impeached but not Senate-convicted president run for a second term?

Suppose the House impeaches Trump but the Senate does not convict him and he is not removed from office. Could this House-impeached president run for a second term?
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Who runs the USA when the presidents are switching?

I assume Obama wouldn't be responsible for anything that happened on the 20th January but neither Trump could be as he wouldn't have the chance to practically manage to take over the important ...
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Are the “security concerns” for the State of the Union legitimate?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written President Trump to suggest that he postpone his State of the Union address, citing her “security concerns” over the ability of the Secret Service and Department ...
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Does a succeeding President select a new VP during succession?

There is a clearly documented Order of Succession that is followed when the current President is incapacitated. This has been the subject of Films and TV Shows. What normally happens in these ...
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What does “Renewable once, consecutively” presidential term limit mean?

The German president limit limit is "Renewable once, consecutively". Does this mean the he can only be re-elected once and only if immediately after his first term. OR Does it mean that he can be ...
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Can the president of the USA unilaterally declare someone attainted?

Article one, section 9 of the US constitution, limiting the power of congress, states No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed. Similarly, section 10 clause 1 (the contracts ...
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What are the negative consequences of returning to the practice of assigning the Vice Presidency to the Presidential Runner up?

From my understanding, the practice was eliminated due to partisanship sometime in the early 1800s. It seems like an excellent way to increase bipartisanship as we are in a more informed and civilized ...