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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")

This seems to be a post Cold War phenomenon, and it’s even more a post 9/11 phenomenon as Bush was the first US president to make such a statement in public. Here are some examples: US President ...
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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?

It's often said that "a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth", and that's very much what's happening here. For the most part, the pushback isn't because people think Putin should stay ...
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How can President Biden claim his Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars?

IT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU MEAN BY 'COST.' In politics, the words are often moulded to have meanings beyond what they would mean in common, conversational contexts. Here, the word 'cost,' is being ...
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Why do presidents receive a pension after their term of office?

At least in the US, where a presidential pension was only instituted in 1958, it was seen as embarrassing for a former president to be struggling financially. Per Wikipedia: Upon leaving the ...
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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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Could Putin be impeached?

Russian Parliament is fully controlled by Putin's United Russia party, so I can imagine it happening only if it becomes someone else's party. Even then he would probably declare martial law due to ...
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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?

Well, at the very least Eric Feigin - the Deputy Solicitor General who responded to Barrett's question - argued that the positions aren't contradictory. The administration's position is that the ...
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Has Biden held far fewer press interviews than Obama or Trump in an equivalent time period?

There aren't numbers for the first 100 days AFAIK, but The American Presidency Project has a feature that tracks these numbers by year, dating back to President Calvin Coolidge. President Biden has ...
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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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Does a US President have to file any paperwork to declassify information?

According to this article from The Atlantic,, yes, he could claim that he declared them declassified and no paperwork would have been necessary. However, LegalEagle, in this video at 12:12, says that ...
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Could Putin be impeached?

Putin can be impeached by a parliamentary decision. It would take 300 parliamentary votes out of 450 to impeach him. However, the only anti-war party left in Russia only has 15 seats. This party ...
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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?

Because there is a difference between thinking out loud and stating an actual wish. The former is an opinion made public, while the latter, when stated by the POTUS, becomes the policy of the United ...
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Could Putin be impeached?

It's possible in principle. Source. Article 93 provides the guidelines for the impeachment process. In order for Putin to be impeached, there would have to be charges of “high treason or another ...
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How can President Biden claim his Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars?

Apparently, the basis of the zero cost claim is that it will "reuse" unspent funds from a Covid bill. This has been judged a pretty misleading though, e.g. by WaPo, which gave it "2+&...
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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?

Yes, Al Gore exceeded Bill Clinton's net favorability for long periods throughout their two terms in office. This does, however, depend on which organisation conducts the poll, and is complicated by ...
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Why do presidents receive a pension after their term of office?

The details depend on the country, of course. In Germany, a former president receives not just a pension (called honorary / honor pay), but also some staff, offices, etc. for what are called "...
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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")

The invasion of Panama was specifically for the purpose of removing Noriega from power there. The speech, given by Bush, was given before most people in the US even knew that the war started. So it ...
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Is it common for former presidential advisors to go by "Honorable"?

According to the State Department's protocol office, "the Honorable" accrues to government officials who have been elected to public office or are appointed by the President of the United ...
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Does a US President have to file any paperwork to declassify information?

Yes, there is a procedure President Obama issued Executive Order 13526. The document is long, but it lays out the procedures for declassifying information, including all of the mechanisms involved (...
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Guardrails against the German president from "going rogue"; violating norms and guidelines and unilaterally making/blocking foreign policy decisions?

The Bundespräsident has neither the executive nor the legislative power to enforce decisions. Executive Power: In a presidential democracy the president has control over a lot of government agencies, ...
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Is it legitimate/constitutional for the White House to turn off the comments on their YouTube videos?

The New York Times article that you linked is clear what the federal court considered to be the problem with the fact that some users were blocked from interacting with Trump's twitter account (my ...
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What is considered part of the "Presidential Records"?

I think the best answer to this question is to point you to the definition of a presidential record in law; 44 U.S.C § 2201 (2) states: The term “Presidential records” means documentary materials, or ...
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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?

I don't have a link handy, but I've read that it's a faux pas because Russia is a nuclear power and such words weren't publicly uttered during the cold war, with respect to the Soviet leaders.
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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)

How did Toomas Hendrik Ilves get US citizenship and where/when/why did he give it up? From the Estonian Wikipedia article, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, [1] [Toomas Hendrik Ilves] family moved to the United ...
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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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Why is Biden's "(Putin) ...cannot remain in power" widely considered a gaffe to be walked back while previous US presidents have said similar?

This was not the only thing that Biden said that day While the single phrase "For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power" is being quoted over and over, it was not the only thing he ...
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Why do presidents receive a pension after their term of office?

Speaking generally, one reason which would make this a beneficial feature of a political system could be to make it less important for the president to be afraid about destitution after their term; ...
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How often do US Presidents sign laws while abroad?

It seems to only happen fairly infrequently in urgent cases; if the bill isn’t urgent, the President either waits out the 10-day veto period, or just revokes the White House legislative clerks’ ...
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How can President Biden claim his Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars?

Something that hasn't been mentioned is that, assuming a government has a functioning corporate tax regime in place (a big "if"), spending it does on things like infrastructure, education, ...
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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?

I hate to say it, but this is function of left-over Colonial attitudes (still reflected in the distinction between developed and developing nations). It is acceptable to suggest that the leader of a ...
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