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Why would the President not just fire the Attorney General?

In addition to the niceties listed by another answer, this allows Trump to appoint a temporary replacement according to the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998: The Vacancies Act’s requirements ...
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In parliamentary democracy, how do Ministers compensate for their potential lack of relevant experience to run their own ministry?

o.m. has made some nice points for how it could/should work out, but one answer that shouldn't be missing here is the following: Very often, they don't. The crux of a parlamentary system, which by its ...
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Does the Secretary of Education have to support public education?

The Department of Education was created by the Department of Education Organization Act (1979). The description of the Secretary's role is: The Department shall be administered, in accordance ...
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Which country has the most cabinet ministers with PhDs?

The Federal government of Ethiopia has 12 PhDs. The names are listed below: Abiy Ahmed (PhD) Prime Minister Kene’a Yadeta (PhD) Minister of Defense Getahun Mekuria (PhD) Minister of ...
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Does the U.S. Cabinet take direct orders from the President?

Cabinet members often state that they serve at the pleasure of the President, and the President can fire any Cabinet member at any time, but can the Cabinet members legally and Constitutionally ignore ...
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Which country has the most cabinet ministers with PhDs?

Assuming we're allowing past governments - at the beginning of 2011, the second Merkel Cabinet (Germany) included twelve ministers with PhDs or other doctoral degrees. Unfortunately, only ten still ...
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How is Katrin Jakobsdottir (Prime Minister of Iceland) able to remain in office despite winning third-most seats in last election?

This can occur when there is a compromise candidate. In the Icelandic coalition, there are a conservative and a progressive party in coalition with a green party. The conservative party may have ...
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Why is the US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics called a "sherpa"?

The reference is to a sherpa in the sense of the word, not referring to a people or ethnicity, but to a guild of skilled Tibetan mountain guides who provide insight and carry key resources for ...
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If the VP resigns, can the 25th Amendment still be invoked?

As a practical matter, if Pence were to resign, the already slim probability of invoking the 25th amendment would decrease to almost zero. If Pence resigned, the Vice Presidency would be vacant and it ...
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As of August 2017, what would it take for Bernie Sanders to assume the presidency of the United States?

This is absurd. It will never happen. That said, Bernie Sanders would have to do one of Get appointed Vice President. This requires the VP slot to be vacated (by death, impeachment, resignation, ...
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Has any head of state/government or other politician in office performed their duties while legally imprisoned, arrested or paroled/on probation?

Fiona Onasanya was elected in 2017 as the Labour MP for Peterborough, but was convicted of perverting the course of justice in December 2018 after lying about who was driving her car when it was ...
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Difference between "Department of ..." and "... Department"

It's likely because there are two departments starting with E, the other being the Department of Energy. When the Department of Education was formed in 1979, the Department of Energy already existed. ...
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In parliamentary democracy, how do Ministers compensate for their potential lack of relevant experience to run their own ministry?

In most cases, cabinet officials are not picked at random from the members of parliament. One would pick a member of the relevant subcommittee, who should have experience with the policy issues of the ...
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Which country has the most cabinet ministers with PhDs?

The Iranian government has many PhDs as well. (At least 20!) President Dr. Rouhani obtained a PhD degree in Constitutional Law in 1999 for a thesis titled The Flexibility of Shariah (Islamic Law) ...
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Does the Secretary of Education have to support public education?

The President of the United States sets the job descriptions of the cabinet. Does the Secretary of Education have to support public education as part of their job No. or is their job simply to ...
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Why does the Senate have to approve a cabinet member's hiring, but not their firing?

Simple Answer: The Constitution Says So The simplest answer is because the Constitution requires the Senate's approval before certain officials are hired, but doesn't mention them being fired. From ...
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Who has held the largest number of different UK Cabinet positions?

Well, to begin with a classic, Winston Churchill was: President of the Board of Trade (1908-1910), Home Secretary (1910-1911), First Lord of the Admiralty (1911-1915), Chancellor of the Duchy of ...
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Can vice president/security advisor or secretary of state be chosen from the opposite party?

As mentioned in comments, the Vice President was originally the runner-up in the Presidential Election; this practically guaranteed that (until this was changed) the Vice President would be of a ...
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How does turnover in the Trump administration compare to previous administrations?

A recent Business Insider article reported on this: His White House has seen more firings, resignations, and reassignments in its first year than any other young administration in modern ...
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Why are members of the Cabinet allowed to resign without notice?

The notice period is set out by the Employment Rights Act 1996, and is specific to employees. Ministers are not working under a contract of employment, or, for that matter, any other sort of contract. ...
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Could Biden appoint Mitch McConnell to a Cabinet position in order to remove him from the Senate?

Yes, he could do that, but it would only be successful if McConnell accepted the appointment, which seems rather unlikely.
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Do high-level US government officials who are fired receive any compensation?

Cabinet members follow rules similar to those of the VP and congress members: As with salaries, the rules governing the retirement benefits of the Vice President, Cabinet members, members of ...
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Does the U.S. Cabinet take direct orders from the President?

See Wikipedia's entry on the Cabinet. The Cabinet consists of the Vice-President, the head of each department of the Executive branch, and assorted non-department-heads who hold cabinet-level ...
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Has any head of state/government or other politician in office performed their duties while legally imprisoned, arrested or paroled/on probation?

Bobby Sands MP https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Sands While on hunger strike in the notorious "Maze" prison for political prisoners in Northern Ireland, Bobby Sands was elected MP for ...
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Is it uncommon for USA presidential candidates to announce Cabinet picks before Election Day?

Picking cabinet members before election day is definitely rare. First, such decisions have no real force. Cabinet members must be approved by Congress, and they cannot be sent to Congress before the ...
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Has the (highly possible) 46th POTUS Joe Biden declared the names of people in his cabinet?

It would be highly unusual for a President-Elect to have named his Cabinet before he is deemed elected. Usually these announcements will be made starting mid-November and continue through to January. ...
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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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Who has held the largest number of different UK Cabinet positions?

I haven't been able to discover anyone with a more varied collection of cabinet posts than Churchill, but in more recent years, John Reid, now Baron Reid, held eight Cabinet-level positions during ...
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