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Why does the US President use a new pen for each order?

It's a tradition and the pens are given out later as souvenirs. From this TIME article: The rationale is fairly simple. The pen used to sign historic legislation itself becomes a historical artifact. ...
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Does removing the US president from office through impeachment affect the validity of the decisions they made?

Nothing happens. Executive orders stay in place until they are revoked or changed by the new President (the former Vice President). The new President can do that as easily as the precedessor made ...
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Why can't President Biden sign an executive order on the gun laws he wants congress to pass?

For one, executive orders only govern the actions of the the Executive Branch. The president cannot commandeer state governments, nor can he order private citizens to do, or not do, anything. Second, ...
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Why did Trump rescind his executive order that barred former White House employees from lobbying the government?

There was no official explanation given by the Trump administration in the new executive order that he signed to revoke the ethics executive order (13770), as noted by Politico. However, the Clinton ...
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What was the rationale behind EO 13787 updating the DOJ Order of Succession?

When Barack Obama was getting ready to leave office, he changed the succession with executive order 13762. That EO replaced 13557 which had replaced 13481. That EO replaced "the President's ...
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Why does the US President use a new pen for each order?

The pens are usually given to people attending the "Signing Ceremony." One for each order (or law or whatever) signed, and the pen is then given to one of the witnesses. The Wikipedia ...
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Can the president put his own likeness on money?

As per U.S. Code › Title 31 › Subtitle IV › Chapter 51 › Subchapter II › § 5114 ("31 U.S. Code § 5114 - Engraving and printing currency and security documents") (b) ... Only the portrait of a ...
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Can sitting US presidents repeal their own Executive Orders?

A president can issue an executive order on any subject at any time. If the executive order replaces a previous order, then the previous order has been "repealed". A trivial example would be congress ...
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Could a US president do to the NRA what Trump is currently doing to TikTok?

Yes, if the President declared a national emergency related to an unusual or extraordinary foreign threat and identified the NRA as intrinsically linked to foreign interests. President Trump's actions,...
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What happens if states or companies just ignore the recent executive orders?

The president is head of the executive branch. The executive branch is the branch that executes the legislation passed by the legislative branch (hence the names of the branches). An executive order ...
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Is the Trump administration defending the old travel ban (13769) in court?

No, the old travel ban (EC 13769) is revoked and the Justice Department has dismissed its appeal of the Seattle federal court ruling. Executive Order 13769 is revoked as stated in the last few lines ...
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Does the President have the legal authority to provide Coronavirus relief by an Executive Order?

There are a number of inaccuracies in the reporting. First, what Trump signed was a series of presidential memorandums, not executive orders. The practical difference between the two doesn't really ...
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Why can't President Biden sign an executive order on the gun laws he wants congress to pass?

The National Firearms Act of 1934 instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to identify which firearms with a bore diameter of greater than 0.5" are particularly suitable for hunting or sporting ...
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Can US President reclassify firearms by executive order?

No. The National Firearms Act(NFA) is quite specific as to what constitutes a class 3 firearm. The president cannot change this unilaterally, because the US constitution expressly gives Congress the ...
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Why do the veto power and executive orders combined not make the US President a monarch?

The President's travel ban executive order, at the time of this answer, has been put on hold by the judicial branch while it decides whether the order was actually legal. It could very well decide ...
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Was the enacting of DACA unconstitutional?

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 ...
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What is Trump's social networks executive order about?

Here is the full text of the order itself. According to the Washington Post: Trump’s directive now could set the stage for federal regulators to write new rules and issue new punishments for ...
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Number Designation of Signed US Presidental Executive Orders

After a President signs an order, it is assigned a number by the office of the Federal Register and printed in the Federal Register. The numbering is consecutive, so it is easy to predict what number ...
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Can President Trump’s Immigration Order be reverted?

Yes, but it might be difficult. There are only 2 ways to overturn an executive order issued by a President. 1. Through Congress Congress can pass laws to override an Executive Order, however the laws ...
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Is there anything stopping the US President from issuing pre-emptive pardons for officials that violate court orders?

Is there anything stopping the US President from issuing pre-emptive pardons for officials that violate court orders? Yes. Ex parte Garland established that pardons may only concern acts undertaken ...
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What countries are on the United States' "most favored nations" list?

The report published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the interim final rule with comment period (IFC) setting out the Most Favored Nation Model states on page 68 that the ...
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What is Uniform Civil Code?

India is a culturally divided country, especially along religious lines. For things like property rights, legality of marriage, and other civil matters (as opposed to criminal law), citizens are ...
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Can sitting US presidents repeal their own Executive Orders?

Its helpful to think of Executive Orders as similar to directives issued by the CEO of a company. CEO's aren't supposed to issue orders that are contrary to the law and often the directives are at a ...
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What percentage of "War On Drugs" prisoners could the POTUS pardon? (aka. State Prisoner % vs Federal Prisoner %)

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics: Sixteen percent of state prisoners were serving sentences for drug-related offenses (206,300 prisoners). Almost 50% (92,000 prisoners) of ...
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Can sitting US president "issue an executive order" barring his opponent presidency?

An executive order isn't that complicated: it's basically just the president telling people to do something. Executive orders are simply presidential directives issued to agents of the executive ...
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Can Trump use time zones to extend his Presidency?

No. 15 USC § 261 gives the Department of Transport the ability to define the boundaries between time zones, but it sets in law how far behind UTC the time zones themselves are.
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Why did Trump rescind his executive order that barred former White House employees from lobbying the government?

As a disclaimer, this is just speculation on my part. But when politics are involved, every action should be looked at as a power play - either to gain power for the actor and their allies, or to ...
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What is Trump's social networks executive order about?

The executive order is fundamentally about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Section 230 says that "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as ...
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