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did both sides basically do the same thing (using data without the users consent) No, according to your link The people signing up for ["Obama for America"] knew the data they were handing over would be used to support a political campaign. The people filling in the Cambridge University personality quiz were not informed that their data would be used ...


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It is hard to explain why conventional bombing of a city is principally better, morally, than a nuclear bombing of a city. If Obama apologized for the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he should also apologize for all the other bombings of Japanese and German cities during WWII. Nuclear bombings were not prohibited by the Hague conventions. By ...


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In short: separation of (coequal) powers means the President can't order any such thing of Congress. Congress does as it wills, and the constitution has very little to say about whether it does its jobs in any particular time frame, or even in any particular way. Article 2, Section 3 of the constitution details the two things a President can force Congress ...


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The Bush administration asserted that "enhanced interrogation" techniques like waterboarding were not torture and not illegal. The Obama administration asserted that they were torture and were illegal. The law itself did not change, just how the two administrations interpreted it. From MSNBC: In one of his first acts as president, Obama signed an ...


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It's worth noting that Obama actually did attempt an end-run around Congress in declaring that pro-forma Senate sessions were, in fact, a "recess" as defined by the Constitution. As such, he made some "recess" appointments to the NLRB. The Supreme Court, 9-0, ruled in NLRB v. Noel Canning that it was unconstitutional for him to do that. We hold that, for ...


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Yes, the constitution allows pardoning people who haven't been charged. Reduction of a sentence is not technically considered pardoning. A President can pardon someone who hasn't be charged. Pardons make an individual immune to any conviction in future. Article 2, Section 3, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution gives the President the right to pardon: [The ...


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According to Facebook, Cambridge Analytica obtained the data from a third party, a Cambridge university researcher, which was in violation of Facebook policy. The Obama campaign got their data openly, under their own name. Whether this is a significant difference from a privacy perspective is perhaps subjective, but there are certainly ethical implications....


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In all likelihood, the disbursement of the funds to the Palestinians happened when it did because of politics. Many Democrats and Republicans hold Israel's status in the region as sacrosanct, regardless of what they do, and doing so at the last minute of his term and at the beginning of someone else's doesn't leave much time for others to really critisize ...


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Other than the fact that apologizing is political suicide there are a few good reasons. No country really ever apologizes for acts of war, they may be sorry for starting a war, but its very rare that anything specific is mentioned. The bombings really weren't that destructive compared to the conventional bombings carried out against Japan and Germany. The ...


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The joke is referencing Sanders fundraising strategy. His campaign targeted small donors, and managed to raise an unprecedented amount from online contributions. 27$ is a reference to the average online donation in January, a month when the money raised (~20mil) came almost exclusively from these online contributions.


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Basically, it's related to the US abstinent on UN Vote on Israeli Settlements (United Nations Security Council 2334). As quoted, then Secretary of State John Kerry said on the reason for abstaining: “The status quo is leading toward one state and perpetual occupation,” Kerry warned. “The Israeli prime minister publicly supports a two-state solution, but ...


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Well, Congress was notified of the impending raid, but by the CIA, and apparently without White House permission. The DOJ for example (including the AG) was not notified until after the fact. Four CIA and Pentagon lawyers were basically the legal team consulted beforehand, and they advised not notifying Congress of the pending/ongoing operation. But it ...


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The 22nd amendment is the only law preventing him from running for a third term. In theory, they could amend the constitution to allow him to run for a third term. There are a couple problems though: They probably wouldn't finish amending the constitution before election day. It requires action by both the federal Congress and at least three-fourths ...


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Because the Japanese government doesn't want him to! source (german) Dennoch betonten sowohl die Bürgermeister der bombardierten Städte als auch Japans Außenminister Fumio Kishida, eine Entschuldigung Washingtons sei nicht nötig. The mayors of both bombed cities and the Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida emphasized that an apology of Washington ...


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Barack Obama used executive discretion in ways that previous presidents had not. For example, he created a visa program that allowed undocumented immigrants to live and work in the United States. He did so without supporting legislation from Congress. Note that this exceeds the normal definition of prosecutorial discretion. Not only did he not deport ...


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Yes, former director of the Nobel Institute, Geil Lundestad Mr. Lundestad's memoir, Secretary of Peace: 25 years with the Nobel Prize, published in September 2015, revealed that the committee under his leadership awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama in order to aid him in future endeavors, rather than in recognition of past accomplishments. Geil ...


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John Yoo's famous (or infamous) "Torture Memorandum" on enhanced interrogation is the justifying document which should be referred to. In it, he asserts the word "torture" is ill-defined by existing law and proceeds to define a framework by which the Administration can operate without violating law. He goes into detail about what constitutes "suffering", "...


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As far as I am aware, pardoning means to reduce a sentence. That's commutation. While that's part of the pardon power in the United States, that's not actually a pardon. As per Wikipedia: A pardon is a government decision to allow a person who has been convicted of a crime to be free and absolved of that conviction, as if never convicted. ...


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Each House in Congress can arrange its own affairs: Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings ... So "How" and "When" the Senate chooses to give or withhold its consent is a matter for the Senate to decide. In the case of Garland, the Senate did not consent to his appointment. The President can't force the Senate to discuss a particular ...


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There is a website for presidential transitions, which says: Inauguration Day marks the official end of the current Administration. In past transitions, the President has requested all non-termed political appointees to submit in advance a letter of resignation effective upon the swearing-in of the new President. On this day, agencies will begin on-...


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What information did the app ask of me? It asked if it was OK to use specific information from your facebook profile in support of the Obama campaign. Betsy Hoover, the online organizing director for Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign, is reported as saying "When they clicked on the app, a screen would pop up that would say what data they're ...


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In short, President Obama doesn't have any tools against a congressional override. If a bill is passed with such an overwhelming number of votes, 99:0 in the Senate and 419:1 in the House of Representatives, it is almost impossible for any president to stop the bill from becoming law. It takes two thirds of votes in both houses to override President's ...


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The Twentieth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution specifies that The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January This is approximately the time that the Oath of Office occurs during an inauguration ceremony, though the constitution suggests that the specific moment of transition is 12:00pm, no matter when the ...


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The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled unanimously today that President Obama did not exceed his constitutional and statutory authority in issuing the DACA executive order, and recalled precedents of similar actions to protect Hungarians who found themselves in the United States in the 1950s from being deported to that newly ...


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In his book, National Security and Double Government, Michael J. Glennon describes how the capacity of those high up in the hierarchy to affect change is very limited. The higher-up may select between several policy options, however the options are prepared by mid-level bureaucrats based on their experience and outlook and the aggregate opinions of low-level ...


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I believe this was referring to a vote when he was a State Senator. The bill was "Born Alive Infant Protection Act", which was a bill directing that live infants resulting from botched abortions are to be provided medical care (including comfort care to non-viable ones). However, this was a complicated issue (in short, you can't say "Obama was the only ...


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(Sources for the below are the fact sheets for Trump's 2017 and Obama's 2015 National Security strategies) A few major differences: Trump labels China and Russia as "Revisionist powers...that use technology, propaganda, and coercion to shape a world antithetical to our interests and values" -Trump Though while this much more antagonistic, Obama made ...


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The Senate did not "refuse to follow the constitution". They acted entirely within it. The idea of the Senate not voting on judicial nominees already has precedent. During Bush 43's presidency, Democrats refused hearings on 11 judicial nominees for almost two whole years. When Republicans took control of Congress in the 2003 midterms, Democrats began ...


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