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@POTUS, according to Twitter (https://www.wsj.com/articles/twitter-says-it-is-permanently-suspending-account-of-president-trump-11610148903), is the 'official' account for the Office of the President of the United States. It is a de facto arm of the executive branch in the same way that any other public-communications aspect of the office would be. (...


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The bolded part doesn't apply to President Trump. Specifically, it includes the following: of a term to which some other person was elected President President Trump is only serving in the term to which he was elected. If, in addition to the current term where he has been elected president, he had also served over two years of a term to which someone else ...


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That's known as a "signing table". Trump himself has used it before in 2017, and even joked about it himself. Or at least the audience laughed at his comments. While the seal seems to be a more recent addition, there's a very similarly looking table being used by Reagan... well, to actually sign documents. President Reagan, Tom Lantos, Annette ...


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Air Force One isn't an airplane, it's the callsign for whatever US Air Force airplane the President happens to be flying in. Currently, the airplane most often used as Air Force One is a VC-25A, and the US Air Force has two of them in service. (If the President flies in a military aircraft from a different branch then the callsign would reflect that branch. ...


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The Uniform Code of Military Justice (articles 90-92) state that a service member will be subject to court martial if he or she "willfully disobeys a lawful command of that person’s superior commissioned officer." The operative word is here is 'lawful' which must be explicitly interpreted during court martial proceedings. Any service member who has ...


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The benefits granted to former presidents are set out in the appropriately-named Former Presidents Act passed in 1958. This act entitles former presidents to a rate of pay equal to that of a head of an executive department for the rest of their life (paragraph a), office staff (paragraph b), office space (paragraph c), a spousal allowance after the former ...


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That is the Great Seal of the United States, which is governed by Public Law 91-651, Title 18 of the United States Code. Under that law, it prohibits usage that may be "reasonably calculated to convey, a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the Government of the United States or by any department, agency". The seal is used for President ...


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Different questions here. The President is never told everything. The various agencies produce thousands of pages of reports each day. Briefers make the decision what the President needs to be told, hopefully by their professional judgement and not out of other concerns (e.g. what would upset the President). If the President does ask, agencies like the CIA, ...


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The buck stops with the President. Once the President signs a law is becomes law and he can't take that back. Major legislation runs hundreds of pages and it is commonplace for there to be myriad change at the last minute in Congressional negotiations to secure the joint approval of a Senate amended version of a House bill, or visa versa. It would hardly be ...


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There are no grounds for the President to declare the Supreme Court 'politically illegitimate' given that the Supreme Court is an institution that is directly established by the Constitution. Such a declaration would be grounds for the impeachment of the President, in my opinion. However, the online Constitutional Rights Foundation points out: President ...


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Odd though it may seem from the outside, the President — if he is doing his job correctly — is actually quite busy. Biden in particular is still within his first 100 days (a benchmark test for every president), and because the Trump administration interfered with transition process and demonstrated a marked lack of concern for governance (if not outright ...


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Unknown, but unlikely. 1973, during the end of Nixon's reign, Harold Hering, twenty-one years into his Air Force career, while serving as a Minuteman missile crewman and expecting a promotion to lieutenant colonel, posed the following question during training at Vandenberg Air Force Base: "How can I know that an order I receive to launch my missiles ...


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Legally, no. Article VI of the Constitution specifically says no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States. So the government itself can't require any specific religious affiliation of POTUS. But voters are not constrained by this. As other answers point out, many voters consider ...


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The way that a law is repealed is by passing another law to repeal it. As with any other bill, a bill to repeal another law can be vetoed by the President, and this veto can be overridden by Congress in the usual way.


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In Ex parte Garland, 71 U.S. (4 Wall.) 333 (1866), the Supreme Court ruled on the limitations of the presidential pardon: 153 The Constitution provides that the President 'shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offences against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.' 154 The power thus conferred is unlimited, with the exception ...


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The purposes of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol - according to H.Res.503 which established the committee are as follows: Consistent with the functions described in section 4, the purposes of the Select Committee are the following: (1) To investigate and report upon the facts, circumstances, and causes ...


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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 anything that the President tells them to do? They ignore the president's will at their peril, because he can indeed dismiss them, apart from the vice ...


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These statements aren't saying that the US President is waiving patent protections, but that the administration supports waiving patent protections. Specifically, the current administration is voicing support for a request to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to temporarily allow its members to ignore their obligations to protect other nations' patents. In ...


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The bolded section does not preclude somebody from serving two non-consecutive terms, it says that if somebody serves or acts as president for more than half of a term without being elected president (probably because they were vice president and filled a vacancy), they can only be elected to one full term. Trump lost the election and will not serve or act ...


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With an the recent talks that Pelosi is going to "discuss" the 25th amendment in order to get rid of president Trump, what is the process for this? Does it have to be voted in Congress and then voted in the Senate? The process is outlined in the amendment itself. It requires agreement by the vice president and "a majority of either the ...


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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 would be up to the President to nominate and both houses of Congress to confirm a new Vice President. Theoretically, this could be done quite quickly if the ...


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Any political system — and I'm using the term 'any' in the strong sense — operates on the basis of political norms. Political norms are not enshrined in laws, statutes, constitutions, or institutions. Political norms are attitudes we share towards those things: respect for the law, recognition of authority and delegated power, acceptance of community ...


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There is no longer any point in impeaching the former President. It is being convened to answer the kinds of questions the 9/11 commission did: the who, what, when, where, and why of the incident. Questions I'd expect to be answered: Who were the first co-conspirators, and how did they recruit? At what point was it decided (and by whom) that they would ...


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This claim doesn't appear to have come about as some sort of misinterpretation of a constitutional process or other legislative pathway, but as a predicted response to the publication of information he claims to possess which will supposedly make President Biden & Vice President Harris' positions untenable. Lindell first made his August 13th prediction ...


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By only tweeting official things from @POTUS, Biden isn't making @JoeBiden a public forum. A circuit court ruled that Donald Trump's use of his personal Twitter account for public statements meant that blocking people on it contravened their First Amendment rights.


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Yes. Here is a photo of Barack Obama with the same table: This table has been used by many presidents for bill-signing ceremonies: A signing ceremony is a ceremony in which a document of importance is signed (approved). Typically the document is a bill passed by a legislature, thus becoming a law by an executive's signature. However, the document may also ...


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Unknown, but almost certainly yes There are two impeachment incidents which seem relevant, both concerning an impeachment trial that occurred after the impeached official had left their position or been removed from it through other means. Impeachment of Senator Blount The impeachment of Senator Blount occurred all the way back in 1797. This was in fact the ...


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It's not about taxes in US states, it's about companies avoiding American taxes by registering in another country so they pay taxes (over part of their business) there rather than in the US. The Reuters article you linked elaborates on this as follows: Biden’s 15% tax floor seeks to stop large, multinational companies like Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) from ...


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"Treason" is narrowly defined in the USA. This is on purpose, the framers of the constitution were familiar with Kings in Britain calling anything they didn't like "treason" and using it as way to repress dissent. In the USA treason is defined in article III Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against ...


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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, in this case, come under authority granted to limit transactions with respect to foreign interests, under 50 U.S.C. 1702(a)(1): (1) At the times and to the ...


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