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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 ...
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Can the US president reside somewhere else than the White House?

Could President-Elect Trump decide to reside in somewhere else (NY for example) when he becomes president ? I understand that the White House is the official residence and has been "bunkerized" for ...
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What if the Presidency is to be decided by the US House, but the House refuses?

If the electoral college fails to select a majority candidate for President, the US House decides who becomes President, voting by state blocks. But what if the House simply... doesn't? If the Senate ...
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If a president does extra-constitutional things, what can be done?

Over the past decade or so, there has been a lot of noise regarding the Executive branch doing extra-legal things. Between the Bush-era Torture scandal, and the Obama-era drone strikes, it ...
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If a governor or senator is chosen as a running mate (VP) to a president candidate, and that candidate loses, what happens?

If a governor or senator is chosen as a running mate (VP) to a president candidate, and that candidate loses, do they go back to their post as governor or senator?
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What was the point of the Smear Campaign on Yovanovitch?

In order to remove Yovanovitch from her post as ambassador to Ukraine, Trump had his lawyers (aka Giuliani) bash her first. (Quote from NPR: "Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, and his associates had ...
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Why doesn't the EU have a single top-most level representative?

A famous quote is often mis-attributed to Henry Kissinger on the topic of the European Union: Who do I call if I want to call Europe? 40 years after Kissinger left his position as Secretary of ...
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US Presidential salary

I heard once that a member of the US Congress who leaves Congress and later takes a position in the Executive branch cannot receive a salary amount that he/she voted on while in Congress. As a ...
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Can impeachment and censure of US president for the same issues coexist?

CNN's Small group of House Democrats discussed censure over impeachment ahead of looming vote made me wonder if they have to necessarily choose between these two. In general, are these exclusive? If ...
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Have State of the Union addresses historically been heavier on facts and statistics?

I have only recently begun watching more mainstream coverage of important political events, and have watched only the last three State of the Union addresses. From the name I expected a summary ...
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If the Supreme Court were depopulated, what powers would be lost?

If, due to some doubly unlikely and unhappy combination of accident and obstinacy: a sitting Supreme Court were to (as a whole) perish or all retire, (whether suddenly or gradually), a lengthy ...
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How long can the US Acting President delay becoming the US President?

The US President is limited to 2.5 terms (10 years). This may be a problem for a Vice-President stepping up, because if he has to take up the post of the US President too soon, even in the best case ...
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What level of security clearance (if any) did the past first ladies have?

Did past first ladies have security clearance? If yes, what level? Clarification: I know that the position of first lady does not by itself call for security clearance. I'm just asking if it ever ...
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Transition from parliamentary to presidential Republic?

Did any country in recent century successfully transitioned from parliamentary to presidential Republic (both of them reasonably unambiguously democratic - I'm pretty open as far as inclusiveness)?
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How is justice supposed to work for the president of the United States?

I am having trouble understanding how the President of the United States should be brought to justice if one should commit a crime. This question should not be viewed as pro-vel-contra Trump, but an ...
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If the VP were to invoke the 25th amendment to remove the President as unfit for office, would acting secretaries be able to consent?

The 25th Amendment says that the Vice-President, in conjunction with half of the fifteen executive department heads, can declare the President unfit to discharge his duties. Presently only two of the ...
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Were there any voting districts with no votes for Obama?

Various news accounts and chain emails note that 50+ voting districts in Philadelphia, which are almost entirely black and with registered Republicans in the single digits, recorded zero votes for ...
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Could Bill Clinton have won a third term?

This may straddle the line between politics and history at this point, but if we didn't have the 22nd Amendment, which limits Presidents to two terms, could Bill Clinton have won a third term? ...
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Can the President of the United States be impeached for crimes committed in an effort to gain the presidency? [duplicate]

In the United States the President of the United States may involuntarily be removed from office through impeachment. This is outlined in Article 2 of the United States Constitution The ...
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Can Ted Cruz and John Kasich still win delegates in upcoming state primaries?

Ted Cruz and John Kasich, like many Republican candidates before them, have suspended their presidential campaigns this week. I'm curious about the upcoming state primaries. Will they still be on ...
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Was Ted Cruz the only 2016 Republican candidate who's completely against government subsidies for private companies?

After doing some preliminary research on the 2016 Republican field about their positions on subsidies I'm left with the conclusion that Ted Cruz is the only reliably anti-subsidy candidate. Even Rand ...
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To which extent can the French president bypass the parliament using decrees?

I am interested in the actual power the French president has to bypass the parliament to issue a decree. Which control mechanisms do exist on parliament side? And what is the possible content of such ...
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In parliamentary democracies, why does the President have a term limit, while the Prime Minister does not?

As an example, German Presidents are limited to two terms of five years and have little power in practice. However the German Chancellor is not limited by term limits despite having more power and ...
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On the mandatory IRS audit of sitting president and vice-president

It's been reported that the sitting president and vice president are subject to mandatory IRS audit. Two questions regarding this: Is there some statutory authority that requires the IRS to conduct ...
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What are the rules and protocols of US presidential press conferences?

This is not partisan. I want to know, what are the protocols and rules that decide which reporter is allowed and selected to make a question, how long in time the question must extend, and specially ...
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Can the US president change TIME to avoid leaving the office? [closed]

The 20th Amendment (article 1) of the US Constitution states that The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and ...
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How is PredictWise so certain that Ted Cruz has absolutely no chance to win the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries and caucuses?

This website seems to be able to predict who will win the 2016 Presidential Election. But their results are very strange: Ted Cruz only has 1% chance of winning! But in most national polls Ted Cruz ...
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What happens if the Chief Justice refuses to give the oath of office to the President of the US?

I was thinking about this idea in relation to Trump and wondering what would happen in January if Chief Justice Roberts actively refused to render the Oath to Trump? Apparently Wikipedia says "While ...
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Can a US President resign to avoid impeachment, then run again and not be impeached for their first term infractions?

This feels similar to a few questions already asked but isn't exactly the same, so I don't believe it is an exact duplicate. Can a first term US President resign prior to a possible or pending ...
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Does it usually backfire if a presidential candidate challenges an incumbent from their own party? [duplicate]

How does it historically work out for the presidential nominee when they are challenging the incumbent of their own party? Are there cases where this succeeded?
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Trump's recent siding with the democrats on 3 months debt extension - trying to understand a few things

I've read up on it a bit and I think I understand the basics. The 3-month debt ceiling extension gives the Democrats key negotiating leverage in December when the debt ceiling is up for discussion ...
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Is there a literal nuclear button that launches a nuclear attack?

Donald Trump recently tweeted that he has a "bigger" nuclear button on his desk, in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year's Day address. North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated ...
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If United States annexed part of another country, would someone born in that place be eligible to run for president?

For example, if President Trump invaded and claimed Sudbury, Ontario over a dairy dispute, could Alex Trebek run for President in the next election?
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Does the president get the final say on a declaration of war like he does with normal bills?

Would the USA congress need the presidents signature to enact a declaration of war? Or is it different from other bills in this respect, as someone told me congress can declare war even if the ...
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What happens if no one in the line of US presidential succession is eligible to become president?

As I understand it, should the president of the US die/become unfit for office, the vice president would become president, and if the vice president (now president) were to die/become unfit for office,...
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Why do US Presidents take credit for legislations?

I have seen so often presidents take credit for major legislations. But other than cases like budget bills which originate from the president, presidents just happen to be there and don't have a good ...
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Why does the USA have 'First Lady' as a position of power?

I understand that this position is not unique to the USA, but I'm asking specifically about the role's specific existence in the country. Why is it that we as a country continue to place such a high ...
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When was the last time that 19 Republican senators cross-the-aisle with a unified Democratic party on anything not bipartisan?

To impeach Trump, you would need a super-majority (2/3). That means 67 total senators. There are 46 Democrats, and 2 Independents. Assuming you had 100% support of the Democrats and Independents, you ...
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All time highest net worth of a Presidential cabinet in constant dollars?

Some sites claim that the proposed upcoming presidential cabinet and cabinet-level posts set a new record for its members' total personal fortunes: one estimate suggests it "could be worth as much as $...
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Is there any independent body that oversees the White House to prevent it from destroying records?

Suppose I work at the White House. The president tells me that he wants to make a phone call and not leave any record of it. Is there actually a way to do this, or is there some system in place in ...
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What's the difference between being awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom with distinction/without?

I saw yesterday Joe Biden Jr, was awarded the presidential medal of freedom to which I'd never really saw anything about it before. So I was doing some reading around and noticed that awarded with ...
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Is it allowed for president of the USA (or Minister or some other higher level government member) to participate in election campaign?

At the moment the president election campaign in the US is in the full swing. As a foreign national I am a bit surprised that current US president (Obama) seem to actively participate in agitation. ...
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Why does it matter that Trump did not inform Nancy Pelosi about the al-Baghdadi raid?

This morning President Trump announced that US forces had successfully killed ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. While Democrats are of course glad that he is gone, they have taken issue with the fact ...
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Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decision/practice, Is this law being violated?

Currently in the US, Kneeling protests during the national anthem at NFL games have caused a tremendous controversy. The President has been highly critical of the players on these teams who choose to ...
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How to campaign donors in presidential campaigns ensure their candidate fulfills their campaign promise?

There is an opinion that candidates who are not rich can be controlled by their sponsors. But can't they just accept the campaign donation and not help their donor after the election? How can sponsors ...
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Why are so few US presidents from the west?

It appears that very few are from the west or mid-west by this Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States_by_home_state
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Can a U.S. state guard refuse to federalize?

In the event that a U.S. state guard is ordered to federalize could they refuse that order? Is there any justifiable reason they could give for not following that order?
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How many presidents have been subject to a grand jury?

I can't find a source that tells me how many Presidents have been involved in a grand jury investigation. Help?
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What is (GOP?) algorithm for proportional Presidential primary delegates?

From the results below, it's clear that there's some sort of cutoff, below which a candidate gets no delegates, even if proportionally they should have one or two. How is that cutoff determined? ...