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Is it common for a U.S. president to have official documents in their personal posession after they leave office?

The Florida home of a former U.S. president was recently raided because he was believed to have several documents that belong to the government in his home. Fifteen boxes of such papers were recovered ...
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Has there been research on the effects of the Presidential Records Act on White House decision making?

The Presidential Records Act mandates the preservation of all presidential records. At least in theory this means that the only Presidential communications immune from further scrutiny are phone calls ...
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What's the longest speech by a sitting US president?

According to History.com Ironically, the man with the shortest White House tenure delivered the longest inaugural address in history, which may have been his undoing. This first presidential speech, ...
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Does the President have the means to prevent the Speaker of the House from visiting Taiwan?

President Biden suggested that visiting Taiwan was a bad idea and that's what his military advisors told him, but he still allowed Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, the third most powerful ...
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Why is the US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics called a "sherpa"?

CNBC's June 28, 2022 U.S.’s Russia sanctions architect Singh departs as Ukraine war drags on refers to the position as a sherpa in two places as quoted below. The Sherpa people: ...are one of the ...
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How Much Do U.S. Presidents Know About Covert Operations? [duplicate]

Been watching Season 4 of Stranger Things and that kind me thinking about covert military and civilian operations like political assassinations during wartime or secret government programs like MK ...
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Why can't President Biden sign an executive order on the gun laws he wants congress to pass?

U.S President Biden has been in the news, such as this article in Forth Worth Star-Telegram, appealing for tougher gun laws. The article says that He repeated calls to restore a ban on the sale of ...
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How often do US Presidents sign laws while abroad?

From CNN, the Ukraine support package bill recently passed by congress will be flown to South Korea so that President Biden can sign it immediately Senate votes to pass $40 billion Ukraine aid package....
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How do the US President's and Secretary of Defense's power to deploy troops differ?

In the May 17, 2022 Late Night with Stephen Colbert clip Mark Esper's Loyalty To The Constitution Got Him Fired From The T**** Administration in a segment where he recounted several instances of ...
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How many US White House political staff have a "radio which announces the President’s logistical movements"?

From Politico's May 9, 2022 How the Jan. 6 panel broke through Trump allies’ stonewalling: Aides like Cassidy Hutchinson, a close adviser to former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, and Ken ...
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How did Toomas Hendrik Ilves get US citizenship and where/when/why did he give it up? (former president of Estonia and curious character)

The question Do foreign heads of state or government have to give up a US citizenship if they have it? reminded me of the curious character Toomas Hendrik Ilves, "...an Estonian politician who ...
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Is there any far right president that improved a country? [closed]

I'm currently watching the french debates for the presidential election, and looking at Marine Le Pen (far right), I was wondering if there was any elected president considered far-right that improved ...
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Guardrails against the German president from "going rogue"; violating norms and guidelines and unilaterally making/blocking foreign policy decisions?

I first saw the following line in Politico's April 13, 2022 Zelenskyy’s Steinmeier snub triggers backlash in Germany referring to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Olaf Scholz: ...
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What is the basic difference between Turkish and Sri Lankan presidential form of democracy?

What is the basic difference between the Sri Lankan and the Turkish system of the presidency? For instance, The Sri Lankan president lost the majority in the parliament. As a result, the political ...
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Why is Biden's "(Putin) ...cannot remain in power" widely considered a gaffe to be walked back while previous US presidents have said similar?

Together, answers to How often a post WWII US president said publicly that the leader of another country must go? (e.g. "For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power") have listed perhaps ...
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How often a post WWII US president said publicly that the leader of another country must go? (e.g. "For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power")

US President Biden concluded his March 27, 2022 speech in Poland with the words For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power. (e.g. CBS News's video Biden says Putin "cannot remain in power&...
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Could Putin be impeached?

At least on paper, the Russian Federation is a constitutional democracy with the legal possibility of impeaching the President. There were three attempts to remove Yeltsin from office and Wikipedia ...
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What if any role did the series "Servant of Nation" play in getting Volodymyr Zelenskyy elected as President?

It is well known that Volodymyr Zelenskyy was a television personality before he became President of Ukraine. He played the lead character in the Ukrainian television series Servant of the Nation It ...
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Is it legitimate/constitutional for the White House to turn off the comments on their YouTube videos?

I wonder if it is legitimate/constitutional for the White House to turn off their comments on YouTube videos, as they are doing currently. In 2019. Trump was banned from blocking the critics on his ...
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How does Sri Lanka's semi presidential system work ? Who has more power the Prime Minister or the President? [closed]

In france the president is clearly more powerful
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What is considered part of the "Presidential Records"?

With all the shenanigans regarding former President Trump's Presidential Records, especially with regards to paper documents and some of them being torn up and taped back together - I would like to ...
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Why do presidents receive a pension after their term of office?

When the president ends their term of office in several countries, they receive a pension for life. Why is this? (One guess I have is that it could possibly be to secure their future so their ...
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Are there cases in US history when the approval rating of the vice-president exceeded that of the POTUS for a substantial time?

Give that VP rating in the public eye seems to track pretty closely that of president, e.g. Are there cases when the VP was consistently rated higher than the president for a substantial amounts of ...
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US government arguing for A death sentence while arguing against THE death sentence; does US Supreme Court Justice Barrett have a point?

ABC News's Justices divide sharply on reinstating Boston Marathon bomber death sentence begins: Reciting the gruesome details of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its violent aftermath, an ...
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How do the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Armed Forces differ in their authority from the powers held by the President?

I know that France is a semi-presidential system where the head of government (Prime Minister) is separate from the head of state (President of the Republic). Now, some brief reading on wikipedia's ...
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Has Biden held far fewer press interviews than Obama or Trump in an equivalent time period?

According to one CJR article: Biden conducted far fewer interviews during his first months in office than Trump did: nine in his first hundred days, compared with fifty-one for Trump and forty-six ...
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How can President Biden claim his Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars?

A @POTUS Twitter post over the weekend made some fiscal representations I'd like to understand. President Biden @POTUS United States government official My Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars....
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Has President Joe Biden made any public statements on wanting to run for a second term?

Joe Biden, being older than any other serving US president in history, arguably has a more realistic option of simply retiring after a single term than his younger predecessors did Has President Joe ...
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Does the POTUS have priority for organ transplants?

If the POTUS needed an organ transplant, then does the POTUS have priority and would end up as number 1 in the organ wait lists? Or would he be treated like any other person in this matter?
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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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Why is the salary of the President of the People's Republic of China so low ($22,000 USD)?

Why is the salary of the President of the People's Republic of China so low? According to Wikipedia, the salary of the President of the People's Republic of China just ¥152,121 RMB ($22,000 USD). How ...
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Was Jeanine Áñez (Bolivia) a legitimate president?

Áñez came to the presidency in the middle of protests where the president-elect (Evo Morales), the vicepresident (Álvaro García Linera) and senate president (Adriana Salvatierra) have to resign. First ...
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Differences between impeachment and conviction of US president and New York State governor once they are out of office?

note: not asking specifically about Trump & Cuomo. A recent US president was impeached twice in their first term by the US House and both times acquitted by the Senate. The second trial from ...
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Is there some mechanism to punish past administrations that hinder the presidential transition in the U.S.?

Is there some mechanism to punish past administrations that hinder the presidential transition in the U.S.? I am wondering if past administrations need to follow certain rules to insure a non-eventful ...
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What would be the actual, real process for removing a wrongly-elected US President, if it ever really happened? [duplicate]

Let us be clear that for the purposes of this question the 46th President of the US was validly elected. But let us imagine a situation in the future where it turns out that the US President was not ...
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Average presidential approval since 2000? [closed]

What is the average approval of the past 4 US presidents, from George W Bush to Joe Biden so far? I want the approval weighted by how many days the approval poll was taken.
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Does the U.S. president have to disclose their religion to the public?

Does the U.S. president have to disclose their religious beliefs to the public? Let's say that the President is a member of an unpopular religious group. Do they have to disclose that fact to the ...
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What led Mike Lindell to specify Aug 13 for a claimed Trump reinstatement?

It is being widely reported that My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell has claimed that Trump would be reinstated on August 13. It is clear that there is no process by which this could occur, so we already know ...
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US succession to the president list: What is it and how long does it go?

In the US, I often hear that there is a list of people that can take power if everyone in front of them is dead or incapable of doing the job or resigns. Like if the President is ever out, then the VP ...
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What is the purpose of the House investigation of what happened at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th 2021?

What is the overall purpose of the House investigation of the events that occurred at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021? Is this investigation being conducted to decide whether new Articles ...
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Can the president decriminalize marijuana without congressional action?

I've heard this many times before, I assume it's true and can't find any rejection of it. However, asking here for a second opinion. The Attorney General serves at the "pleasure of president&...
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Can the FBI or the CIA keep things secret from the President?

Can the FBI or the CIA keep things secret from the President? Or does the FBI and the CIA always have to reveal the whole extent of the truth whenever the President is informed of something? Can they ...
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Which President has had the greatest number of their actions ruled unconstitutional?

Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus and the court ruled that it wasn’t within his authority, I am wondering which President did the most things that the Supreme Court explicitly ruled were ...
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Can the President personally arrest someone? [duplicate]

If all executive powers is held by the President and FBI agents can make arrests, doesn’t that mean the President can too?
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Does DEA operate in Haiti?

The assassins of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse announced via megaphone “DEA operation. Everybody stand down. DEA operation. Everybody back up, stand down.” (Source: The Hill) I think they would ...
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What does the Haitian Constitution provide for in the case of the death of the President?

According to a statement on the Juno 7 news website by interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated during the night between the 6th and 7th of July ...
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How can Congress end a war over the objections of the President

The Constitution seems to indicate that Congress should control war making, since it has the sole power to declare war. However, as the Commander in Chief, the President is given very broad powers ...
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Why is Biden losing the support of non-white American Democrats?

Recently, I've read an article on Reuters (emphasis mine): However, a growing number of Americans disapprove of Biden's leadership on the economy, gun violence and taxation, with the biggest decline ...
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How can POTUS legally prevent/change state National Guard movements/actions?

According to some news from the Texas-Mexico border, some other states, including Texas and South Dakota, are sending their troops to the Texas border to support border patrol agents. I don't think ...
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Why are US presidents more likely to have pets than the average American household?

There have been 46 Presidents of the United States, and all but three (James K. Polk, Andrew Johnson, and Donald Trump) had pets. Source. That sounds surprisingly high to me, and a quick Google search ...
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