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In what way do "Pennsylvanians have a constitutional right to clean air and pure water"? State constitution or federal? Which article?

Article I of the Pennsylvania Constitution is a declaration of rights, among which are the "right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic ...
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Why is the head of the Department of Justice not called the Secretary of Justice?

The position of U.S. Attorney General was established in 1789, while the U.S. Department of Justice was established in 1870, nearly a century later. For awhile after the ratification of the ...
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Is there anything to prevent the U.S. Attorney General from helping political allies convicted of crimes?

The constitutional remedy is the same as for keeping a rogue executive official in check. Impeachment by Congress I cannot cite any source right now, but I think from following the Trump story, I ...
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Does the US President have the "right" to micromanage the US Department of Justice?

Yes, probably, particularly given the current composition of the U.S. Supreme Court. But this is a tricky question as it is both hypothetical, and it can be confused with questions about the ...
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Isn't there a conflict of interest when the president appoints a (former) judge as the attorney general?

There is no conflict of interest here. First of all, this is not unique or unusual. There have been several instances of judges resigning to accept cabinet appointments in the United States Moreover, ...
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Does the US President have the "right" to micromanage the US Department of Justice?

Let's start first by pointing out that there is (currently) no true answer to this question. Most of the powers of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches are established by convention and ...
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Have Congressional Democrats asked the IG to investigate Barr’s actions?

Have Congressional Democrats asked the IG to investigate Barr’s actions? There have been two requests covered by multiple news organizations. Kamala Harris Urges Justice Department Inspector General ...
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Can the president decriminalize marijuana without congressional action?

It is important to understand that although the President is the Chief Executive of the Executive branch of US government, he does not have absolute authority. The Executive branch is composed of a ...
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Has the FBI created a structure or apparatus for school boards to report threats from parents?

Q: Has the FBI created a structure or apparatus for school boards to report threats from parents? There was no need to create a specific "structure" for such reporting. It was only necessary ...
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