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Let's take the example of Hawaii, which was admitted to the Union on August 21, 1959. The elections for Hawaii's Representative and Senators were held approximately one month prior to this, on July 28. This allowed Representative Inouye, Senator Fong and Senator Long to take their seats on the day of Hawaii's admission to the Union. It is probably fair to ...


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For the House, they would hold an election when the next Election Day comes. The District of Columbia would elect a Democratic House member, and we think Puerto Rico would, but we do not know enough about it and it elected Republicans in the past despite Hispanics voting overwhelmingly Democratic. Puerto Rico would have about 5 representatives (7 electoral ...


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There are a lot of things he could have done. Are they good? That's another topic. ** Could have done ** One thing he could have done better would have acted faster on the CDC and FDA. It wasn't as obvious initially but they were horribly and incompetently mismanaged that limited the pace at which they could respond. He resolved that fairly quickly and we ...


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Seems to me there is an implicit assumption here that the very notion of political parties is bad. That's not an obvious conclusion to me: People will usually congregate with like-minded people in many circumstances. In the sphere of politics that will start to look like a "party". How would you go around abolishing that behavior? A party is a ...


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The US President is elected by way of a party, because it offers the best chance for him/her to get elected because of party support (the entire party would likely vote for him/her in the general election) and the party that backs him/her up to push forward their agenda. It's basically a win-win situation for both the president and the party, and so this ...


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The President is head of state and head of government at the same time. To function effectively, a government needs the ability to get laws and especially budgets passed (power of the purse), which is generally reserved for the legislature. So the President needs to build working majorities in Congress, and that makes him or her partisan if Congress is ...


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The president's role in any crisis situation is to create a calm, coherent, and (hopefully) effective national plan for addressing the crisis. This does not involve the President exercising executive power, exactly. It means that the president must exercise influence to create both a public attitude towards the crisis and a public framework under which the ...


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what more could he have done that he didn't Let's start here: He could have imposed travel ban on some 40,000 American citizens that were in China at the same as the he imposed travel on foreign nationals that were in China. (You will recall that Governors forbade entry/docking of American citizens on cruise ships until they had completed quarantine period)


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Here's a non-exhaustive list: Trump could've warned the American people about the dangers of the virus earlier, instead of downplaying the threat and constantly telling citizens it will "go away". Although to be fair, few countries took the danger seriously up until late February. His administration initially told people not to wear masks and only ...


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A President can: lead by example. listen to expert advice coordinate response by the states / apply the "bully pulpit" to laggards that are underperforming mobilize Federal departments, something on which he has authority release Federal emergency stockpiles display empathy and unify the nation assist in passing emergency funding legislation close/...


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Yes, some parliamentary republics do have constitutions. As Philipp mentioned, a constitutional republic and a parliamentary republic are not mutually exclusive; one republic can be both. Iran describes itself as an Islamic republic and it also has a constitution. In fact, the opposite of a republic is a monarchy and even monarchies can have constitutions ...


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All of the President's authority in this regard flows from statutes enacted by Congress giving him such authority. Myriad statutes are potentially implicated, so there isn't a simple answer to what statutory authority is present. The U.S. Constitution does not provide an independent source of authority for the President in this situation. Congress ...


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In Sweden, the power to dissolve Parliament runs both ways. Parliament can force the Prime Minister and cabinet to resign by calling for a vote of no confidence. If the cabinet loses the vote, the cabinet is dissolved and a new Prime Minister candidate is selected by the Speaker of the Riksdag. The candidate gets to select a cabinet and the Parliament votes ...


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In Sweden, and other systems with a "government" or "cabinet", the discussions in the cabinet are not public. Minutes are kept, but kept secret. The internal procedures work by consensus, with the Prime Minister having a leading role in forming the consensus. A vote is not normally held, and if it were, it would not be public. Instead ...


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That's going to depend on the specific country: many countries have their own quirks either through convention or legidlation, for historical reasons. For Ireland, since you mentioned that specifically, the power to dissolve parliament resides with the president, not the prime minister. The formal powers and functions of the President are prescribed in the ...


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The House adopting a resolution isn't actually legislative law. It's just the House making an official statement with each member's vote on the record. Actual laws need to be passed by both the House and Senate and then either be signed by the President or passed again by two-thirds super-majorities in both the House and Senate. The Constitutional ...


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My naive understanding (correct me if I'm wrong) is that the Constitution is already the supreme law and nothing can be above it, nor Congress Resolutions. If anyone acts against the Constitution, it must be already illegal. On the other hand, if someone is able to break the higher law and get away with it, he could also safely ignore common law. In the ...


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The current President, Donald Trump, has refused to commit to leaving office if he loses the election. Justifying this by claiming baselessly, that postal voting is rigged against him. "We're going to have to see what happens, you know that. I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster." Perhaps he does ...


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It is mostly a statement. When Congress does something, it is generally reported in the news. Congress passing declarations like this is a way for the members of Congress to make a big deal about an opinion the governing party holds very strongly. By formalizing this opinion (even an opinion as basic as "The Constitution exists"), they are able to ...


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