How to play presidents and assholes

This sounds complicated, but really it’s not. Deal the entire deck. Whoever has the 3 of Clubs starts the first game. Continue going clockwise, each player laying down a card, or cards, higher than the one played before (Aces low). Doubles beat singles, triples beat doubles, and quads beat triples. You have to play if you can.

A two clears the pile and the person who lays down the two lays down another (preferably their lowest card).

Threes reverse the order to counter-clockwise, then back if another 3 is laid down. If someone cannot play a card, they pass and take a drink. If no one can play on the last card (s) dealt, it clears and the person who no one could play on lays down another card, and you continue in order. The point is to be the first one to be out of cards, because that makes you the president. The last person out of cards is the asshole, and you can fill in the one’s between (vice, secretary of whatever, it’s up to you – be creative).

For the next game, whoever is the asshole has to deal that hand. As long as the asshole is dealing and hasn’t picked up his cards, he is in control. He can make anyone drink as much as he chooses, especially for someone touching their cards before he does. But beware – as soon as the asshole touches his cards, everyone else is in charge of him because they have a higher rank.

The president gets to make a rule (my favorite is the one where you have to say “�in my vagina.” after you finish talking), and if someone forgets to honor the rule, they have to drink.

The asshole is in charge of clearing the cards (when someone lays down a 2 or no one can play) and as soon as someone realizes the cards need to be cleared, they start counting until the asshole clears the cards, and the asshole has to take that many drinks. Anyone higher than you (they got rid of all their cards before you last round) can tell you to drink, but if you are above them in the next round, you can get your revenge.

Keep playing until everyone is too drunk to figure out if a 7 beats a 5 and everybody wins!

We had some friends around for a friendly (read “hellish competitive”) game of cards in the weekend, and I learned how to play Presidents and Assholes. (I have no idea how I missed learning it until now. I must have been very, very busy… writing, of course… )

Now, as soon as you hear the name you know it’s gonna be a goodie. And boy, is it a goodie! (Mostly because I became the President in the very first round! And managed to retain that lofty position for so many rounds the rest of the table started muttering about beginner’s luck gone mad.)

The gist of the game is that you’re trying to get rid of your cards before everyone else. The complicating factor is that if you’re the President (ie you won the last round) you get to offload your two worst cards to the Asshole at the start of the round, and the Asshole (who lost the last round) has to give you their two best cards. (Want more details? Google it and you’ll find the full set of rules.)

Why do I mention all this? Well, Presidents and Assholes teaches several important life lessons which it never hurts to be reminded of:
1 It’s handy to have an asshole in your life.
2 Once you’re the President, life gets a lot easier – and if you get ousted it’s usually through your own stupidity.
3 Never trust your right-hand man.
4 Never think of the game as a game – it’s cut-throat, it’s dog-eat-dog, and every player is in it to win.
5 So much in life is luck – but you can still completely screw things up even when you’ve got it good.

And to my card-shark buddies: when’s the next challenge? Bring it on!

How to play presidents and assholesPresidents and Assholes is a popular card game which has appeared in a number of American movies, such as American Pie and Jackass, as a drinking game. The Presidents card game is actually originated form a Chinese card game called Dai Hin Min (which didn’t involve drinking), but is now commonly played with drinking rules. If you’re familiar with the card Big 2, you’ll find that Presidents and Assholes is very similar, it just has additional rules. In Australia, it’s not uncommon for the game to be called Presidents and Scumbags instead.

How to play Presidents & Assholes

The aim of the game in Presidents is to finish the round first so that you can be President in the next round. If you miss out on finishing first you try and finish as soon as you can as other players receive different rankings for the next round too. In order to finish first in the round you need to be the first player to discard all of your cards. We’ll detail how to discard in Presidents and Assholes in the rules section.

President card game terminology and titles

There are quite a few different terms and titles used in Presidents and Assholes, and you’ll find that are a whole heap of slight variations on the titles and the rules each title must abide be.

These are some of the common titles used:

  • President: this is the winner of the previous round.
  • Vice President: the player who came second place in the previous round.
  • Secretary: this can be allotted to whoever finishes third.
  • Average Joe: the player who finishes in the middle.
  • Vice Asshole: second last place.
  • Asshole: the player who came last in the last round.

The titles used depend on how many people are playing, but you can pretty much add any titles and accompanying rules as you wish.

Basic terminology used in Presidents and Assholes:

  • Single: this is when one card is being played alone, e.g. a player puts down a single Jack card, the next player must beat this card with another single card that is higher.
  • Double: a pair of cards played. The next player in line must follow suit and also play a pair of equal or higher value, or play a 2 card to “clear the deck”.
  • Triple: when a three of a kind trick is played (must be beaten in the same way as singles or doubles).
  • Quadruple: four of a kind trick is played
  • Bomb: a single card that is played that clears the deck and win the hand. The 2 card is normally considered the bomb but in some variations Joker cards can be bombs too.
  • Laser: when you have all four 2 cards.
  • Quick Clear Play: when a player plays out of turn to complete the play, for example if Player 1 put down two Kings another player could put down the other two Kings even if it wasn’t their turn. This would clear the deck and they would get to have their turn.
  • Clear: when someone plays a hand and all the other players pass it “clears” the play and whoever put out the winning hand may lead with whatever hand they wish. If someone plays a 2 or Joker card the play is also cleared.
  • Collo Card: when someone plays out of turn or makes some other simple mistake in the game they must pick up a discarded card and miss an extra turn.

Step-by-step guide to playing President

1. The President, or Asshole (depending on which variation you’re playing) deals out all the cards between the players until the deck has been totally divided. The first card of each players hand is turned upwards so that the President can choose the hand they wish.

2. Once everyone has had a look at their hand the Asshole must hand over their best two cards to the President, and the President gives the Asshole any two cards that they don’t want. The Vice Asshole then gives the Vice President their best card which is swapped for a card that the Vice President doesn’t want.

3. The President starts the game by playing any cards they wish whether it’s a Single, Double, Triple or Quadruple play. They can also play poker hands, for example a straight, a flush, a full house, etc.

4. The player to the left of the President then has their turn. In order to play they must be able to beat the Presidents trick, but only use the same number of cards. For example if the President was to play two 8’s the next player must play a pair that is higher than the two 8’s. Alternatively the next player could also play a pair of 8’s. This would skip the next person’s turn if this happens.

5. Each player continues to have their turn, but they must beat the trick played directly before them. If they can’t they must pass.

6. This continues until all players pass or a 2 card is played. When either of these things happen the play is cleared and whoever one that round starts the next round by playing whatever sort of trick they wish.

7. The play continues until all players have finished and only one player is still left with cards in their hands. The order in which the players finish determines the ranks each player is given for the next round.

Drinking rules

So far we’ve run through how to play Presidents and Assholes without the drinking rules, but the game is considered a fun and popular drinking game. The additional drinking rules don’t interfere with the main rules, they are more like extra punishments dealt out in the game. The drinking rules are flexible and change depending on who you’re learning the game from, but here is what we play by:

  • When a player is skipped because the same card or set of tricks has been played on another, the skipped player must take a drink. For example if Player 1 puts down a 6 card and the next player puts a 6 on top of that then the next player is skipped and must take a drink.
  • At the beginning of a round the President can tell anyone to take a drink.
  • When a player takes a Collo Card they must also take a drink.
  • When someone passes on a play they must take a drink.

These are pretty standard drinking additions but Presidents and Assholes is a creative game and you can add whatever sort of drinking rules you feel like making up.

We had some friends around for a friendly (read “hellish competitive”) game of cards in the weekend, and I learned how to play Presidents and Assholes. (I have no idea how I missed learning it until now. I must have been very, very busy . . . writing, of course . . . )

Now, as soon as you hear the name you know it’s gonna be a goodie. And boy, is it a goodie! (Mostly because I became the President in the very first round! And managed to retain that lofty position for so many rounds the rest of the table started muttering about beginner’s luck gone mad.)

The gist of the game is that you’re trying to get rid of your cards before everyone else. The complicating factor is that if you’re the President (ie you won the last round) you get to offload your two worst cards to the Asshole at the start of the round, and the Asshole (who lost the last round) has to give you their two best cards. (Want more details? Google it and you’ll find the full set of rules.)

Why do I mention all this? Well, Presidents and Assholes teaches several important life lessons which it never hurts to be reminded of:
1 It’s handy to have an asshole in your life.
2 Once you’re the President, life gets a lot easier – and if you get ousted it’s usually through your own stupidity.
3 Never trust your right-hand man.
4 Never think of the game as a game – it’s cut-throat, it’s dog-eat-dog, and every player is in it to win.
5 So much in life is luck – but you can still completely screw things up even when you’ve got it good.

And to my card-shark buddies: when’s the next challenge? Bring it on!

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Server, client, and curses text-based UI to play the Presidents and Assholes (aka Warlords and Scumbags) card game over the network.

The client UI runs in your shell window, so in order to see the whole interface, your shell window must have at least 100 columns and 50 rows before your start the client. If the client crashes while the UI is running, use the ‘reset’ command to get your shell back to normal.

  • Out of turn play handling in UI
  • x Make server crash proof
  • x Validate messages (Regular expressions)
  • x Implement chand
  • x Name mangling
  • x First hand starts with 3 of clubs
  • x Start players in lobby instead of at table
  • x Lobby limit
  • x Finish command line parameters
  • x Make sure server buffer doesn’t overflow
  • x Server crashing when unitialized clients disconnect
  • x Email to prevent having to wait for os to free socket
  • x server 230: len(hands) != len(players_at_table)
  • x Get ^ lined up properly in gui hand
  • Deal with UI hand card overflow
  • x One 2 beats anything
  • x messages.py line 46 crash – leads to swaps bomb from server
  • Check on swapping no cards

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Server, client, and client GUI to play the Presidents and Assholes card game over a network.

– a deck of cards
– beer

Basic Play:

Asshole is a game best played with a large group of people.
A very annoying game to explain, but very easy to play once you learn it.

For the first hand, deal out the entire deck to the table.
Next, most people sort their cards in numerical order, but
with pairs being higher than single cards.

(3, 5, 7, 9, A, 66, 888)

Now, the person with the 3 of clubs plays the first card.

Here are the rules for normal play:

– You must play a card that is equal to or higher than the previous card. A pair of cards are worth more
than a single card.

– If the same card is played, the next person is skipped and must drink. Playing a pair on top of a pair is a double-skip (2 people lose their turn)

– If a card goes all the way around the table without being beaten or cleared, it is then cleared automatically to the person who played it.

– Card exception #1: Playing a 2 “clears” the count. The asshole must take them away. In addition, the person who played the 2 gets to lay down a card after the pile is cleared (typically a low card).

– Card exception #2: Playing a 4 is a pass card. It as if nothing was played at all, but everyone takes a social drink.

The first person to run out of cards is the President. The last person is the Asshole.
With larger groups (6 or more), you may want to play with a Vice President and Vice-Asshole.

First, the asshole from the previous round must deal out all the cards in counter-clockwise fashion. At this point, the asshole may make -anyone- drink that he pleases.

Beginning the next game, the President gets to exchange his 2 worst cards with the Asshole’s 2 best cards (usually 2’s or 4’s). The same rule applies to the VP/VA, except with 1 card only.

In addition, the president gets to play the first card of the next round, followed by players in the order that they ran out of cards the previous round.

You may make anyone “below” you drink at anytime. (The president can never be made to drink, and the asshole isn’t allowed to make anyone drink).

BONUS: If anyone manages to remain president for 3 rounds in a row, they get to establish a rule. Here are some of our favorites:

– Anyone who says “drink”, “drank, or “drunk” must drink
– Anyone who says “I”, “me”, or “you” must drink (this one is brutal)
– Little Man Rule – you must take an imaginary “little man” off of your beer before drinking
– Left-Hand Rule – you may only drink with your left hand
– Paper-Rock-Scissors Rule – the president may make anyone paper-rock-scissors at any point. The loser drinks.
– Insult Rule – a personal favorite. Any time a heart is played, you must insult one of your neighbors (left or right only)
– (add your own, there are TONS of em out there)

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Server, client, and curses text-based UI to play the Presidents and Assholes (aka Warlords and Scumbags) card game over the network.

The client UI runs in your shell window, so in order to see the whole interface, your shell window must have at least 100 columns and 50 rows before your start the client. If the client crashes while the UI is running, use the ‘reset’ command to get your shell back to normal.

  • Out of turn play handling in UI
  • x Make server crash proof
  • x Validate messages (Regular expressions)
  • x Implement chand
  • x Name mangling
  • x First hand starts with 3 of clubs
  • x Start players in lobby instead of at table
  • x Lobby limit
  • x Finish command line parameters
  • x Make sure server buffer doesn’t overflow
  • x Server crashing when unitialized clients disconnect
  • x Email to prevent having to wait for os to free socket
  • x server 230: len(hands) != len(players_at_table)
  • x Get ^ lined up properly in gui hand
  • Deal with UI hand card overflow
  • x One 2 beats anything
  • x messages.py line 46 crash – leads to swaps bomb from server
  • Check on swapping no cards

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • /-hoʊl/
    • /ˈæs.həʊl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • /-hoʊl/

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How to play presidents and assholes

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Asshole, similar to Kings Cup, is a drinking game that you will find being played globally. This, in large part, owes to its simplicity and the fun that can be had with the game rules, as well as its ability to help all players have a few beers!

While you might find other different players give it a different name and even have different rules, the principles of the game are mainly the same as what we have laid out in this post.

Some alternative names from around the world are President, Scum, Warlords, Butthead and Root Beer, amongst others. Rumour has it that this game was founded by four Australian students who were looking for a fun new drinking game. We could bore you with the full history, but let’s move on to the good stuff – The game itself!

How to play presidents and assholes

What you need

One of the biggest plus points of Asshole is how simple it is to set-up. All you need are:
A deck of cards
4 -7 players
Beers
A big enough playing space for you all to sit around, such as a table
Pen and paper for scoring (optional)

This simple set-up means Asshole can be played virtually anywhere. You could even practice without the beers, but where’s the fun in that?

Game Objective

The objective of the game is to get rid of all of your cards as quickly as possible. The first player to do so becomes the President, while the last person left holding their cards is crowned the Asshole.

The game as a whole can be won two ways – By adding up how many times each player has been the President and Asshole (we will explain these later) or by giving each rank a score – You will need to decide beforehand what score needs to be reached to end the game.

How to play presidents and assholes

Roles & Ranks

President

The President is the player who clears their hand first in any given round. If scoring, award the player who becomes President 2 points.

Vice President

The Vice-President is the player who gets rid of their cards second. If scoring, award this player 1 point.

Vice Asshole

This is the player who comes second-from-last. This player is given -1 points if scoring.

Asshole

The Asshole is the player left holding their cards after every other player has discarded theirs. This player is given -2 points if scoring.

Optional Ranks

These ranks are useful to include when you are playing with more than four players.

Neutral: When playing with 5 players, this is the player who comes in third. If scoring, they score 0 points.

Upper Neutral: Similar to above, this role is introduced when playing with six or more players. This is the player who finishes in third or fourth and scores 0.

Lower Neutral: When playing with six or more players, this can be the person who finishes in 4th with a group of six players or 5th in a group of seven players.

If you are playing with six players, the easiest thing to do is remove the Neutral rank and play with Upper Neutral and Lower Neutral.

Roles & Ranks Summary

To summarise, this is the order of rankings and their scores:

  • President: 2 points
  • Vice-President: 1 point
  • Upper Neutral: 0 points
  • Neutral: 0 points
  • Lower neutral: 0 points
  • Vice-Asshole: -1 point
  • Asshole: -2 points

When playing with seven players, use all of the rankings above. When using fewer players, remove the ranks from the middle, working outwards. You cannot play with less than four players; it takes away the opportunity to call somebody an asshole!

Playing Asshole Card Game

The dealer starts by dealing all of the cards clockwise to all of the players.
In Asshole, the number 2 (get it?) is the highest-ranking card, with the 3 also holding special powers. The ranking of cards is as follows:

Ranking of Cards: 2, 3, A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4

2 of any suit: A 2 can be played at any time and clears the round. For example, if you cannot lay higher than a 10, laying a 2 will reset play and clear the deck.

3 of any suit: A 3 is a wild card, meaning it can be played to represent any value. If you have two 3s, these can be played together to reset and clear the deck.

The player who has the 4 of Clubs in their hands starts the round. The next player then has to lay a card of equal or higher rank.

If a player plays a card of the same rank as the card just laid (e.g. the 4 of Diamonds) the next player round has to skip their turn.

If a player has two or more cards of the same rank (e.g. two 5s), they can lay these all at once. The next player then has to lay at least two cards of an equal or higher rank.

f a player is unable to lay any cards, they can pass their turn.
Gameplay continues until a play is made where every player passes. When this occurs, all played cards are pushed to one side and the last player to lay a card restarts the game.

Play continues until only one player is left holding cards. The last player holding their cards is the Asshole!

Passing: It is important to remember that you DO NOT have to play cards even if you can take a turn – You can choose to pass in order to make your future rounds stronger. This could, for example, help you ensure that the player next to you cannot go, making them more likely to be the Asshole!

Subsequent Rounds

Once the first round has been played, you should now have a President, Vice-President, Vice-Asshole and Asshole. Each of the players has special privileges or forfeits, depending on where they finish. Neutrals receive neither:

President
Before the start of the round, the President can take two cards of their choosing from the Asshole and then gives the Asshole two of their own cards.
Starts the round
Can tell any player to drink at any time
Can order either the Asshole or Vice-Asshole to get them a drink at any time.

Vice-President
At the start of the round, the Vice-President can request a card from the Vice-Asshole in exchange for a card of their choice.
Goes second in the round
Can tell anyone other than the President to drink

Neutrals
Have no power but receive no punishments except when ordered to drink
Vice-Asshole
Gives the Vice-President a card of the Vice-President’s choosing before each round in exchange for one of theirs.
Goes second to last
Can make the Asshole take a drink

Asshole
Goes last
Has to give the President two cards from their own hand of the President’s choosing
Is responsible for refilling other player’s drinks
Must deal all cards and clear any piles when a round is over
Is an Asshole

As you can tell from the above, being the Asshole is not a position you want to find yourself in – once you are in that chair it can be hard to get out!

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President Card Game Rules

Overview

President is a shedding game where players try to be the first person to get rid of their cards. President can be played by 2 to 12 players.

Ranking of Cards

In President, 2s are high and 3s are low.

Summary

  • Players take turns to play a card, or a group of cards of the same rank
  • Players must beat the previous card or group played. A single card can be beaten by any number of higher rank cards. A group can only be beaten by a higher rank group of at-least the same size
  • Players can pass if they have no valid cards to play, or if they choose to do so
  • If all other players pass on a card, whoever played it starts a new discard pile

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The Deck and the Deal

President is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. The dealer position moves clockwise each round. For the first round, the dealer is chosen at random. After shuffling the cards, the dealer passes out all of the cards as equally as they can to each player.

How to Play

The person to the left of the dealer goes first and play proceeds clockwise. In President, players attempt to match or outrank the previous player. For example, if the first person plays a 4, the next person would have to play a 4 or a higher card. If a player cannot match or outrank the previous card, their turn is skipped and the next player tries to do so. If nobody can match or outrank the previous player, then the original player clears the discard pile and begins again.

Pairs outrank single cards (Three of a kinds outrank pairs etc.) however a pile must begin with a pair in order for other players to play a pair.

Scoring

Players score penalty points depending on the order in which they got rid of all of their cards. The first player to do so scores no penalty points, the second player to do so scores 1 penalty point, and the last player to do so scores 3 penalty points. All other players score 2 penalty points.

Winning

The game ends when one player has accrued 6 penalty points; this can also be set to 5, 8, 10 or 15 points. Whoever has the fewest points at the game’s end, wins.

Variations

CardzMania supports several customizable rules and options so you can play President exactly how you like or how you grew up playing with your friends and family. In addition to the classic way of playing, we often have new creative options for you to try to spice up the game if you are interested in trying different spins for fun.

Players determine a set amount of points when the game ends.

Players determine a set amount of rounds (also known as hands or deals) that the game will go to (instead of the points selection above).

Players only have a set amount of time to make their turn after which a turn is automatically played for them and the game proceeds: Fast is 7 seconds, Standard is 15 seconds, Slow is 30 seconds, and Very Slow is 60 seconds. Players can also choose to disable the timer, but that is only for private tables.

Players can decide if 2s are either the highest or the lowest value card.

Equal Ranks Allowed

When enabled, players can decide to allow playing cards matching the value of the previous cards. Players can decide to make all matching cards valid or they can chose an order for matching cards like SHCD, HDCS, or SHDC. If you are playing a set of cards, the highest suit card is used to determine the representative suit for the set.

Equal Ranks Skip Next

If Equal Ranks are allowed, then the next player loses their turn.

Larger Set Allowed

When enabled, players can beat a set with a larger set of cards with any value. Players can decide to never allow larger sets, only allow sets of a higher value or allow any larger set irrespective of the rank.

When enabled, four of a kinds, or ‘bombs’, can beat a 2.

When enabled, players can play runs of 3, 4, or 5 cards. The highest card in the run determines the rank.

When enabled, players can play chops, or Double sequences. Chops can beat four of a kinds and 2s.

When enabled, five card poker combinations are allowed. The ranking of poker combinations is as followed:

Low
Straight – Five sequential cards that are not in the same suit.
Flush – Five cards that are in the same suit.
Full House – Three of a kind and a pair
Straight Flush – Five sequential cards that are of the same suit
Royal Flush – 10 through Ace of the same suit.
High

The person who discards all of their cards first becomes the president. The second person to discard all of their cards becomes the vice president. The person who discards all of the cards last becomes the scum and the second to last person to discard their cards becomes vice scum. When set to 1, the president exchanges 1 card with the scum. When set to 2, the president exchanges 2 cards with the scum and the vice president exchanges 1 card with the vice scum.

Double Deck

When enabled, the game is played with two decks. This variation is default when the game has 7 or more players.

Climbing/Shedding Basic Rules

Climbing games typically center around players getting rid of their cards as fast as they can. Each climbing game has its own rules for discarding cards and its own implications for getting rid of your cards first. Some games run on a points system where the player who gets rid of their cards first gets the most points. Other games run on a ranking system where the player who gets rid of their cards first is in a better position for the next round.

Card Game Basics

A deck of cards consists of 52 cards, with 4 distinctive subgroups. Each of these subgroups is recognised by a symbol and are referred to as suits. They consist of Clubs, Spades, Hearts and Diamonds. Each suit contains 13 cards which, generally, are considered in this order, Ace (A), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jacks (J), Queen (Q) and King (K). Some games include the two Jokers found in a standard deck but most games don’t.

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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • /-hoʊl/
    • /ˈæs.həʊl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • /-hoʊl/

Definitions of assholes word

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president, card game of Chinese origin that suddenly appeared in the Western world during the 1980s. President is just one of many different names for the game, most of them vulgar and some scatological, and the game itself is played in many different forms with varying rules. Common to all, besides the basic object and method of play, is the distinctive feature of “social status,” whereby the players not only adopt different roles according to how well or how badly they are doing but also change their relative seating positions from deal to deal in accordance with their respective roles.

Game play

Up to seven people can play, but four is the least and best number. The following account assumes four players and describes a very basic form of the game.

Two jokers, if available, rank as the highest cards, and one outranks the other if they are distinguishable. (For example, black joker beats red joker.) Second highest are the 2s, which, like jokers, may also be used as wild cards to a limited extent. These are then followed downward by A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 in each suit. There is no trump suit, and no suit outranks any other (unless players agree otherwise).

All the cards are dealt out one at a time to each player. It does not matter if some players get one more card than others. The aim is to play out all one’s cards as soon as possible. Whoever holds the 3 of clubs starts by playing faceup to the table any single card or two, three, or four cards of the same rank (not necessarily including the 3 of clubs). Each person in rotation from the left of the leader may pass or play. Anyone who plays must put out the same number of cards as the leader, and these cards must all be of the same rank but higher in rank than the previous player’s cards. Jokers, if present, may be used as wild cards in combination with one or more natural cards, but this is beaten by the equivalent natural combination. For example, 9-9-9 beats 9-9-joker or 9-joker-joker. Any singleton, however, is beaten by a joker, and any pair by a pair of jokers.

Passing does not prevent a person from contributing to the same round of play if the turn reaches him again. Play therefore continues with all passing or playing in rotation, and the round ends only when one person plays and everyone else passes. The last person to play may not then beat his own cards but must turn all his played cards facedown and lead to the next round. If he has run out of cards, the lead passes to the next player who has any left. Play ceases when only one player has any cards left.

Gaming roles

The first player to play his last card is designated president, the second vice president, the third (or second to last if more than four play) senator, and the last one left with any card in hand is the bum.

The president scores two points and in the next round occupies the best seat (however agreed beforehand—for example, it may be the most comfortable chair). The vice president scores one point and takes the next best seat, which should be at the president’s left. The others score nothing and occupy diminishingly desirable seats in rotation, leaving the bum seated at the president’s right.

The bum then gathers the cards, shuffles, and deals them, starting with the president. The bum, after examining his hand but before play begins, gives the highest card in his hand to the president, and any card the president does not want is given to the bum. Then the president leads to the next round. The second and subsequent rounds are played and scored as the first.

The game is played to any agreed score or for any previously agreed number of deals. There should be at least eight deals to a game, though, in order to give players an opportunity to overcome the inequity introduced by the card-trading system.

Often referred to by a less appropriate name, Presidents is the ultimate social card game.

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  • Age: 18+
  • Players: 3, 4, 5+
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The Deal

Starting to the dealers left, deal one card at a time until all cards have been dealt.

The Play

The player to dealer’s left starts by leading (face up) any single card or any set of cards of equal rank (for example three fives). Each player in turn must then either pass (i.e. not play any cards), or play face up a card or set of cards, which beats the previous play.

Any higher single card beats a single card. A set of cards can only be beaten by a higher set containing the same number of cards. So for example if the previous player played two sixes you can beat this with two kings, or two sevens, but not with a single king, and not with three sevens (though you could play two of them and hang onto the third).

It is not necessary to beat the previous play just because you can – passing is always allowed. Also passing does not prevent you from playing the next time your turn comes round.

The play continues as many times around the table as necessary until someone makes a play which everyone else passes. All the cards played are then turned face down and put to one side, and the player who played last (and highest) to the previous “trick” starts again by leading any card or set of equal cards.
The first player who is out of cards is awarded the highest social rank – this is President. The last player to be left with any cards is known as the Scum.

How to Keep Score

The first player who is out of cards is awarded the highest social rank – this is President. The last player to be left with any cards is known as the Scum.

How to play presidents and assholes

OBJECT OF POWER STRUGGLE: The objective of Power Struggle is to win the most rounds by the end of the game.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 10 players

MATERIALS: A rule book, 5 cabinet cards, 50 rule cards, and 57 numbered cards

TYPE OF GAME: Drinking/Competition Card Game

AUDIENCE: 21+

OVERVIEW OF POWER STRUGGLE

Power Struggle is a spinoff of Presidents and Assholes, and it just makes up the rules for you as you go. There are new rule cards drawn each round, spicing it up as you play. Drinks can be involved, which definitely makes the game a little more interesting!

If your feelings are easily hurt, then this may not be the game for you. Be prepared to potentially be booed throughout a round or just do weird things. Are you able to outsmart your friends, even if the game is against you?

There are four varieties of this game, the original, hillbilly, college, and N.S.F.W. These packs can be mixed to accommodate more players and a lot more fun!

SETUP

First, separate the cards into three decks, the Rules is Rules deck, the Cabinet deck, and the Playing deck. Each deck is then placed face down in the middle of the group.

One playing card is dealt to each player, and the player with the highest card becomes the dealer. The Playing deck is then shuffled and dealt to the players. Then the player with the start card begins the game as President.

GAMEPLAY OF POWER STRUGGLE

To begin the game, the President will lay down the start card and nothing else. The player to the left will lay down any card, it may also be double, triple, or quadruple of the same card. Don’t forget, the goal is to empty your hand!

Players may also lay down Wild Cards, but only one per turn. The next player must try to play a card that is higher in ranking than the one played by the previous player. Doubles always beat singles, triples always beat doubles and quadruples always beat triples. If they do not have a card to beat the previous, then they may skip their turn or play a Wild Card.

If all players skip due to the inability to beat the card, then a new card may be played. The round continues until everyone has cleared the cards from their hand. The person with the last card is the Asshole, and they are stuck dealing the next round. The player to clear their hand first is the President, choosing rules for the next round.

Each round, the President will draw a rule card, and these rules must be followed throughout the round, or the player must drink. Then the President may choose to veto a rule if they do not like it. This is at the President’s discretion.

It is recommended to play 5-7 rounds. However, the group may decide how many rounds to play.

WILD CARDS

DRINK

The player who lays down a Drink Card chooses someone, anyone, to drink.

CHEERS

All players must give a toast.

CLEAR

Previous cards are cleared, and the player may play any card.

END OF GAME

Whenever the group decides that enough rounds have been played, the game is over. The player who has won the most rounds wins the game!

How to play presidents and assholesCanasta is a card game which was invented in the 1930s and remains popular for many players in both land-based and online casinos around the world. The game itself is rummy-like, but it does include some bold differences which set it apart from any other card-game variation. While it is fun and addictive, Canasta can be a tricky game to get your head around at first. To help you out, we have outlined the basic rules and how to play in this article.

History of Canasta

The word canasta is Spanish for basket and was created by a lawyer named Segunto Santos in Uruguay in 1939. Santos had a liking of the game bridge, but upon realising he had become addicted, switched to another card game, Rummy.

After a while, Santos came to the realisation that Rummy was a game based too much on luck, so with the help of his friend, Alberto Serrato, the pair devised a new game and named it Canasta.

The game was a big hit, spreading across Uruguay and into Argentina and even into the United States of America following World War II, peaking in the 1950s at which point it had grown to become the world’s most popular card game.

Canasta rules, terms and definitions

The game is played using two decks, including Jokers, which play a special part in the game. The aim of Canasta is simple: beat your opponent by scoring more points. Points are accumulated by creating ‘melds’ and ‘canastas’.

A meld is formed by combining at least three cards of the same type, for example three Jacks or five eights. Importantly, twos (deuces) and jokers can be used to form an initial meld or to increase its size.

A canasta is a meld which contains seven or more cards of the same type, and can also include deuces and jokers.

In a game of two, players are dealt 15 cards each. For three players, they each receive 13, while four or more players see each person dealt 11 cards.

How to play Canasta

The game starts by each person drawing a card, with the highest denomination being the first to play.

After the cards are dealt, one card is left face-up in the centre of the table, known as the discard pile, while the remaining cards are left face down in a stack known as the deck.

The player must choose between drawing two cards from the top of the deck, or picking up the entire discard pile when it is their turn and adding it to their hand. However, players can only pick up the discard pile when the top card will assist in forming a meld.

For example, if the top card is a five and you have two fives in your hand, you can pick up the discard pile to form a meld of fives, with the remaining cards added to your hand. Alternatively, if the top card was a nine and you had one nine and a deuce or a Joker, you could also pick up the discard pile and form a meld of three nines.

The third and final way you are permitted to pick up the discard pile is if the top card can be used in addition to an existing meld or canasta on the table.

Another pivotal feature of the game is the importance of a red three. If you draw a red three from the deck, the player will put the card on the table in front of them and draw another card to replace it. The red three will give you bonus points at the end of the game.

After you either pick up the discard pile or draw two cards from the deck, your turn begins. Throughout your turn, you can form as many melds or canastas as possible, before ending your turn by placing one card from your hand on the discard pile. Your opponent will then have his/her turn, with the process repeating until the end of the game.

However, when discarding there are two types of special discards which can effect gameplay. Firstly, a black three will block the discard pile when placed on top, preventing your opponent from picking it up until the black three is no longer on the top of the pile.

The other types of special discards are the ‘wildcards’ – the deuces and jokers. If you discard a wildcard it is placed horizontally on the pile and ‘freezes’ the pile. The frozen pile is hard to pick up, with players required to possess two of the same card as what is on the top of the discard pile.

For example, if the discard pile is frozen and several discards are made thereafter with a nine being the top card, only a player with two nines in their hand can unfreeze the pile and add it to their hand. Importantly, other wildcards are not permitted to be used as substitutes, with two real nines required to unfreeze the discard pile in the aforementioned scenario.

The game continues back and forth until either the deck runs out of cards or until one of the players has formed at least two canastas and has discarded all of the cards in their hand.

How to play presidents and assholes

1 deck of cards
4 players

How to play presidents and assholes

1. The first hand is used to determine everyone’s rank during the following hands. Deal out all the cards. The person to the left of the dealer starts off.

2. When starting you can lay down any card or cards with the same face value. The person following you must lay down a card of equal or greater value. They must also use the same amount of cards as you did.

3. If you lay down two 9’s then they would have to lay down two of something equal or greater. If the player lays down the same card as the previous player then the next player is skipped and must drink. Also, if you can’t play any of your cards than you must skip and drink. Cards are cleared if everyone skips or a two is played.

Play continues like this until all the cards have been played.

4. After the first hand is when the fun really begins. There is a ranking system which is as follows:

President,
Vice-President,
Secretary,
Asshole.

Whoever goes out first becomes the new President for the next game, the second person becomes the Vice-President, etc.

5. For the following rounds, anyone who ranks higher then you can tell you to drink whenever they want to.

Special Rules:
1. The Asshole must always deal and clear the cards.
2. The Asshole must give the two best cards in their hand to the President.
3. The President gives the two worst cards in their hand to the Asshole.
4. If the President remains President for three consecutive rounds they can create special rules, such as the word “drink” cannot be used. If these rules are broken then the offender must drink.

How to play presidents and assholesIf you have any Italian friends, chances are you’ve heard of Briscola. This highly-addictive, somewhat shrewd but still very enjoyable card game is played with a 40-card deck, with a number of different variations offering subtle rule differences. The basic version, the more popular of the variants, has four players broken up unto two teams of two, battling against each other in a trick-taking game of wits and skill.

How to play Briscola

The deck must be shuffled before any cards are dealt. Each player is dealt three cards each, with the next card placed face up on the playing surface, generally next to the remaining deck. This is the trump suit for the game — or the “Briscola” card. If any player has the Briscola card, they must retire the card before the beginning of the game, but this can’t be done once the game begins. Teams are also permitted to share their hands with each team member.

Both the deal and the game are played counter-clockwise, with the player to the right of the dealer leading the trick. They do this by playing one card face up on the playing surface, at which point each player has to play a card in turn, until each player has only one card remaining.

Value of Briscola cards

A standard deck of 40 cards for Briscola is divided into four suits:

  • Coins
  • Swords
  • Cups
  • Clubs

There are also three face-value cards in each suit: the Knave (Fante in Italian), the Knight (Cavallo) and the King (Re). The cards listed above range in value from one through to seven, depending on the face value and number of symbols appearing on the card.

Here’s the rank and point value of each remaining card:

  • Ace: 11
  • Three: 10
  • King: 4
  • Knight: 3
  • Jack: 2

Combined, a single deck should equate to 120 points, with players aiming to have a higher score at the end of the round than all other players. Occasionally, the two teams can both end up on 60, which requires a rematch.

How to win at Briscola

The winner is determined as follows:

  • If trump card has been played, the player/team with the highest trump valued card wins.
  • If no trump card has been played, it is the player/team with the highest card of the lead suit that wins.

Once the winner of the trick has been determined, the winning player must collect all of the played cards and place them face down in a pile on the playing surface. Each player must maintain their own pile. Once this is done, each player grabs a card from the remaining deck – starting with the trick winner – heading counter-clockwise.

Any player who draws a card with the seven of trump can take the briscola, but it can only be done if the player has won a single hand beforehand. Once all of the cards have been played, players calculate the point value of their pile to determine the winner of the match.

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How to play presidents and assholes

In the political arena, the President often becomes the focus of generalized rage at the opposing party, or just the generalized problems with the country overall. Comparisons to Hitler are not uncommon. Various hyperbolic statements about the President leading the country down the wrong path, ending all our great traditions, and sneaking into our homes while we sleep and making a mess of our pots and pans. The truth is, every terrible US President is not a new incarnation, but descendant of a long and proud line of terrible Presidents, stretching back to the founding of our country.

These men were, at times, incompetent, greedy, racist, and overbearing. So before you go enshrining Bush or Obama or Clinton or Reagan as “WORST PRESIDENT EVAR. ”, perhaps we can get some historical perspective up in this bitch.

John Adams

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The scumbaggery in the White House started before it was even called the White House. While John Adams deserves his place enshrined among the Founding Fathers, as a President he didn’t do too good of a job not deliberately persecuting political opponents. The co-author of the Declaration of Independence and the scribe behind the Massachusetts’ Constitution (which outlawed slavery) was certainly one of the most intelligent and deft of the Founding Fathers, but when Thomas Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans got a bit too noisy, he straight-up outlawed them.

The Alien and Sedition Acts were passed during Adam’s administration and essentially did three things:

1) Outlawed “fake, scandalous and malicious writing” about the government.
2) Allowed for the deportation of just about anyone they didn’t like.
3) Prevented immigrants from naturalizing for 14 years. (This, by the way, was a period where a good chunk of Americans were still first-generation).

Unless you’re living in Arizona, it’s obvious that the United States would be a much worse country today if any of those edicts stood. Adams was trying to set the course of a new, fledgling nation based on freedom of expression and he decided “nah fuck that, outlaw seditious speech, I really hate that Thomas Jefferson guy.” Needless to say, the acrimony that we see between political parties today was birthed in this struggle between Adams’ Federalists and Jefferson’s Democratic-Republicans.

Adams was booted out of office in one term, replaced in the elections of 1800 by Jefferson… who promptly used the Alien and Sedition acts to persecute Federalists until the Acts expired shortly thereafter.

James Buchanan

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The 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan is better known as that guy you always forget when naming presidents. Which is unfortunate, because he probably did more damage to race relations than anyone else in American history short of Strom Thurmond. Buchanan served from 1857 to 1861 when he was replaced by Abraham Lincoln, and shortly thereafter the states had a little bit of a tiff. During his term, Buchanan oversaw some of the most embarrassing political actions in the nation’s history. First, he encouraged a ruling against blacks in the landmark Dred Scott case, also known as the decision that allowed legal discrimination to persist for another century. He also worked tirelessly to preserve the rights of states to allow slavery, and allow for slavery in newly-created states and territories.

To put this in historical perspective, when the Founders were drafting up the Constitution, many of them wanted to outlaw slavery entirely. Unfortunately, that would have (surprise) led to a Civil War in the fledgling nation. So several deals such as the three-fifths compromise were struck, with many of the Founding Fathers secretly and not-so-secretly hoping that slavery would be overturned within a few decades. When these issues came to the fore almost a century later, Buchanan had the chance to make all the right decisions, and instead he did practically everything wrong. Not only that, but he was one of those insufferably casual racists who would say things such as “[slaves were] treated with kindness and humanity… Both the philanthropy and the self-interest of the master have combined to produce this humane result”. In Buchanan’s mind, the right of the slaveowner to hold slaves overrode the rights of the person they were enslaving.

While a Civil War to end slavery might have been inevitable, and Buchanan could be credited with staving it off for a few years, that doesn’t forgive him of the fact that the deleterious effects of policies enacted under his watch extended well into the 20th century. They became so engrained that when the Supreme Court finally decided it might be time to give black people rights, they had to roll out the National Guard to enforce it.

Warren Harding

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Compared to racists who sparked Civil Wars, Warren Harding seems like kind of a party-loving goofball. Elected in 1920, he oversaw the birth of the swinging Jazz era, and a period of relative economic prosperity. Unfortunately, if you paid attention in history class, you know that this was the period when the worst crises of the 20th century were simmering. While Germany was suffering under the heel of crushing reparations and dangerous systemic factors were emerging in financial markets, many politicians saw a possible war and financial collapse on the horizon and worked tirelessly to prevent it.

How to play presidents and assholes

When multiple women accused then-candidate Joe Biden of inappropriate contact in the spring of 2019 during the early stages of the presidential race, he released a not-quite-apology video in which he called the incidents “gestures of support and encouragement” that had been misinterpreted.

He promised to be “much more mindful about respecting personal space.”

“Social norms have begun to change. They’ve shifted,” Biden said in a video recorded on a cell phone.

“And the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset. And I get it. I get it. I hear what they are saying. I understand.”

Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it. pic.twitter.com/Ya2mf5ODts

Spoiler alert: He didn’t get it.

Yes, we may not have seen as many creepy violations of personal space during the campaign if just because, for most of it, we were all being told to mask up and stand six feet away from each other. During the first few months of the new administration, the newly minted president was also on his best behavior.

However, just as sure as he’d been caught repeatedly on video doing what he was sort of apologizing for in April of 2019, he’s kept at it in the White House.

Thankfully, some people aren’t having it. I’m not talking about the mainstream media outlets; they couldn’t care less. I’m talking about a little girl caught on camera this week fending off the president’s advances on her personal space.

Here’s footage of the young lady who wasn’t having it at the annual pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkeys at the White House on Friday:

The girl was evidently scared by Uncle Joe, but that didn’t stop him from approaching, pointing his finger at her — at which point, she smacked his hand away.

That exchange didn’t get much play in the media’s coverage of the pardons of Peanut Butter and Jelly.

(Mariana Alfaro’s lede in The Washington Post’s coverage: “It was Peanut Butter and Jelly time at the White House.” That meme turns 20 next year, so way to keep it fresh, WaPo. Was there not a “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” reference you could throw in, as well?)

“Turkey is infrastructure,” Biden joked. “Peanut Butter and Jelly are going to help build back the Butterball.”

See? Biden’s infrastructure plan is called Build Back Better, geddit? Ho, ho. For whatever reason, none of his speechwriters saw fit to work in a quip about how Peanut Butter and Jelly weren’t getting pardoned out of compassion but because, since runaway inflation is here to stay, Biden needs them to lay and hatch a whole lot of turkeys so the White House staff can afford to have Thanksgiving next year.

It’s not that one expects front-page coverage from Mariana Alfaro or the Post about creepy Uncle Joe surfacing again during the turkey pardon.

(This is, after all, a dumb and corny bit of Beltway ephemera so despised by this writer that I’d personally pen a 10,000-word piece of effusive praise for the first president — Democrat or Republican — who kills, plucks and dresses the turkeys in front of a horrified White House press pool.)

Absent that, however, you’ll get dumb and corny coverage about Biden’s dumb and corny jokes that glides over yet another little incident proving Biden didn’t really “get it” back when he said he was going to be “much more mindful about respecting personal space.”

And there’s good reason to suspect he never will.

For a refresher on Biden’s history, Donald Trump Jr. posted a video last year compiling “Joe Biden’s creepiest hits.” There was no shortage of them.

This kind of thing shouldn’t be difficult for the president to stop unless, at heart, he cannot conceive of anyone who wouldn’t want him being abnormally affectionate — even little kids — if the whimsy strikes him.

That seems to be the bedrock issue. Since he was 30 years old, and President Richard Nixon was in the White House, Joe Biden has been one of the most powerful men in American political life. Who wouldn’t want him in their personal space, he seems to be saying? He doesn’t mean anything untoward, he just likes showing “gestures of support and encouragement.” Doesn’t everybody want that from the president?

On Friday, the little girl in question was young enough not to know the office of the man offering her a gesture “of support and encouragement,” and she gave him a definitive answer. Perhaps he’ll “get it” now. One has doubts, however.

Wednesday night, a number of Twitter aficionados noted that when you search “asshole” —as well as “fascist,” “bigot,” and “racist” —on Twitter, the first result is the account of none other than our president, Donald J. Trump. Sad!

Although Trump is the top result for “asshole,” when you click the people tab, you’ll notice that his profile is not like the others that come up.

Trump’s account it seems, is the only result that lacks the rectal keyword. We reached out to Twitter to ask about this glitch, prank, or whatever it is, and a spokesperson declined to comment about how the search algorithm works.

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We all need privacy, especially online. Your IP address and your browsing should be hidden from unecessary surveillance. Rest assured that PIA’s virtual private network never keeps any usage logs—ever.

One possibility is a Bush era-style “googlebomb.” Thanks to SEO-gaming pranksters, the then-president’s official biographical page began popping up when you searched for “failure” or “miserable failure” on the search engine. In 2005, Marissa Mayer, a Google executive at the time, explained how the practice works in a blog post :

In this case, a number of webmasters use the phrases [failure] and [miserable failure] to describe and link to President Bush’s website, thus pushing it to the top of searches for those phrases. We don’t condone the practice of googlebombing, or any other action that seeks to affect the integrity of our search results, but we’re also reluctant to alter our results by hand in order to prevent such items from showing up.

Twitter-bombing Trump in this fashion could very well hurt the president’s feelings. It’s been widely reported that mean tweets stating facts about his inauguration crowd size ruined our supreme leader’s special weekend. And today, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman wrote on Twitter that Trump woke up at 7 AM Saturday morning and angrily called a number of aides and advisors about the National Parks Service retweeting images of Trump’s small inauguration crowd.

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A guide for politicians and everyday assholes.

How to pretend you’re paying attention

A guide for politicians and everyday assholes.

The ability to listen is an important skill for anyone to have. But if you’re a public official who is now being taken to task for your lack of action on gun control legislation, listening — or at least looking like you’re listening — is the difference between being applauded for doing your job and being outed as a callous douche.

Take, for example, President Donald Trump who, even despite having a list detailing how to feign concern, looked absolutely uninterested during the recent White House gun violence listening session. He fidgeted. He looked away from people who were speaking. He did a perfect impression of a middle schooler sitting through a college-level lecture on supply side economics. What he didn’t do was give the impression that he was actually absorbing anything the survivors were telling him. (Except, of course, the perplexing suggestion that arming teachers across America would help cut down on school shootings.)

At some point in everyone’s life, one is forced to sit through a lecture or conversation that one finds uninteresting. In an effort to learn more about how to pretend like you’re paying attention, we spoke to Joe Navarro, body language expert and author of 13 books on the subject including the best-selling What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People, about what anyone can do to look like you’re listening, even when your heart and mind aren’t really into it.

First things first

Before we get into how to pretend to listen, it’s important to acknowledge this act in itself is a total asshole move. Navarro didn’t say as much, but did emphasize that he does not encourage play-acting of this kind. “I don’t really believe that you should pretend to listen. I think you should just make an effort to listen,” he said. This is a fair point, and indeed one many of us believe in.

It’s all in the eyes

The first step to seeming like you’re interested in what someone is saying: Look at them, and maintain eye contact. This is something most of us know by virtue of being human, so if you find yourself drifting, never look away.

“What I try to tell people is don’t fake listening, but actually listen to what people say.” — body language expert Joe Navarro

Let your head do the talking

While you’re pretending to listen to someone, sprinkle in some nods of agreement to give the impression that you know what’s going on. But don’t stop there. “One of the best things you can do when you’re talking to someone is tilt your head to the side so that you have a little bit more exposure of the neck,” said Navarro. “That will increase how you’re perceived as receptive to information.” Basically, you know that thing your dog does when you start dancing around the house naked? Do that.

Get your body into it

Listening isn’t all about your head. It’s also about your body, though your go-to actions will depend on if you’re sitting or standing. “You can lean forward in your seat if you’re seated,” said Navarro. “If you’re standing and it’s a very noisy environment, you can draw closer.” Either way, orient yourself toward the person you are attempting to deceive so that you are face-to-face. Not among Navarro’s recommendations: crossing your arms in front of your chest like you’re waiting for Air Force One to arrive.

At least try, come on

Acting like you’re listening isn’t without its risks. According to Navarro, getting caught pretending to listen has a greater negative effect than not pretending to listen at all. Not only that, but if your performance is convincing, you’ll only encourage the person boring you to keep talking even longer. “What I try to tell people is don’t fake listening, but actually listen to what people say,” Navarro said.

If you’re having trouble sustaining your interest, he suggests asking questions to help steer the conversation in a direction that is more compelling to you. And if there’s no promise of a turn in a more interesting direction, politely get out of the conversation altogether to avoid wasting the time of everyone involved. “The secret is to actually pay attention and be what I call ‘benignly curious.’” If you’re a public figure, doing this could easily out you as an uncaring jerk. But, hey, at least you’d be honest.

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Introduction: How to Play Speed (card Game)

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speed is a card game were each player tries to get rid of his or her cards. It is a very fast game wich you can play in a matter of minutes. It is played with a 52 card deck and no jokers.

Step 1: Dealing

The image shows all. The best way is to deal the center cards first all 12 of them and then deal 20 to yourself and hand the rest over to the other person. It is so much easier because you only have to count the 20 cards one time(it comes out evenly). I would add image notes but it won’t work for this image.(if i get help I will update it.)

Step 2: Gameplay

Each player flips over a card in the center. Simultaneously, opposing players place cards either ascending or descending in rank according to one of the cards in the middle. For example, if a 7 was one of the middle cards, players could play either a 6 or an 8. The cards can also make a complete cycle, going from a King to an Ace to a 2 or vice-versa. A player can take more cards from his drawing pile during any time; however, a player can have no more than five cards in his hand at any one time. When both players cannot play any of their cards, a card from each replacement pile (the piles of 5 on the outside middle) is turned over and play resumes. If however there are no more cards in the replacement pile you flip over the entire pile (so all the middle cards are now upside down) and play off of the top two.

Step 3: Wining and Veriations.

You win by having no more cards in your hand and no more in your pile that started with 15 cards and the game is officially over when you shout “SPEED!”

VARIATONS

Doubles: In addition to ascending or descending order, players can also play a card equal in value to the face-up card. For example, if a 7 was one of the middle cards, players could play either a 6, 7, or an 8.

Multiple Cards: While most players choose to rule that only one card can be played at a time, others favor playing where opponents can play multiple cards. For example, if a player’s hand consisted of a 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, and a 4 was one of the down cards, he or she could play all of the cards in one placement.

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Assholes are wonderful—beautiful and functional. But some assholes are bad! Case in point, Donald Trump, who seems to have popped a Grand Canyon-sized fissure over how all the dried-out , fried-out , uncleaned, and unlubricated assholes over at Fox News aren’t fully falling in line with him over some recently reported asshole behavior of his.

On Thursday, The Atlantic published a report detailing past instances in which the President said some vile shit about veterans, dead soldiers, and other members of the military—truly nuts, considering how imperialismheads who love soldiers as praxis are, like, one of the only groups of people who generally seem to love and respect the Pr esident without condition ?

Anyway, Trump reportedly canceled a scheduled 2018 visit to an American military cemetery in Paris because he didn’t want to get his hair wet. Besides, he allegedly added: “It’s filled with losers.” The report also claims that Trump once asked his staff not to include wounded veterans at a White House event because “nobody wants to see that.”

A lot of media outlets covered The Atlantic’s bombshell report, including the generally Trump-friendly cable TV hellmouth known as Fox News. The network’s national security correspondent, Jennifer Griffin—who, given the fact that she works for Fox News, is probably also an asshole? ? —was even able to confirm some of The Atlantic’s claims for herself . But n ow, perhaps feeling betrayed after years of loyal butthole-to-butthole solidarity, the President’s basically shitting himself over Fox News ’ coverage and calling for Griffin’s firing, Deadline reports .

“ Jennifer Griffin should be fired for this kind of reporting ,” Trump tweeted . “ Never even called us for comment.”

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Personally, I hope the President marches on down to whatever gated neighborhood Fox News’ most highly paid execs are currently quarantining in to give them a piece of his mind, only for the ground beneath them to open up in a small, though powerful, earthquake—the planet swallowing them up in her mighty, miles-long gape and blessing us with one (1) single night of peace before whatever else 2020 has in store strike s next………but that’s just me!! What do you hope for the future ? What do you have planned for tonight? I hope it is great and that you have a good time—one woman’s take .

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This is the absolute perfect gift for anyone in their 20’s/30’s.

You can play this game with 2-100 players! The goal is to get 10 points before your opponents by performing challenging tasks. If you can’t do the task, you drink! The more difficult, the more drinking!!

An average game lasts 30 to 60 minutes and can be enjoyed by all your closest (or not so close) friends! By the end of the game, everyone will be just a little closer. if you know what I mean 😉

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You must perform what the card says and place it in the discard pile.

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2. Drink the seconds equal to the point value and leave the card there for someone else to land on.

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I am curious as to whether some of these “prophetic” anti-Trump books that were published before or during the first couple months of Trump’s presidency will make a resurgence in sales, given what happened in the U.S. Capitol and the fact that it was directly related to Trump’s incitement of violence and four years of telling people that it’s okay to hate and vilify and throw temper tantrums. Aaron James’s book is, I’m sure, like a lot of books meant to be somewhat funny at the time, a lot less I am curious as to whether some of these “prophetic” anti-Trump books that were published before or during the first couple months of Trump’s presidency will make a resurgence in sales, given what happened in the U.S. Capitol and the fact that it was directly related to Trump’s incitement of violence and four years of telling people that it’s okay to hate and vilify and throw temper tantrums. Aaron James’s book is, I’m sure, like a lot of books meant to be somewhat funny at the time, a lot less funny to read now.

Numerous women, throughout the years, have made claims of sexual misconduct perpetrated by Donald Trump. He is on record admitting that he has committed sexual assault, and that, because of his celebrity status, “they let you do it”. He has repeatedly, throughout the years, insinuated that he would fuck his own daughter if she wasn’t his daughter. He has also been accused of rape and attempted rape three times in his life, including a 13-year-old girl and his own ex-wife, Ivana Trump. There is no question—even in the minds of most of his supporters—that Trump is an asshole, if not an outright criminal. Like most rational-minded folks, I lean also toward criminal, but somehow (so far, at least), Trump has escaped prosecution or even a slap on the wrist.

This probably says more about the Republican party and Trump supporters than it does Trump himself, although Trump is part and parcel of the whole problem. Trump is an asshole, yes, but he is being kept in power by a cabal of even more-powerful assholes. Assholes need other assholes to continue their assholery. (I’m pretty sure I just made that word up, but you get the gist. )

In 2012, a philosophy professor named Aaron James published a book called “Assholes: A Theory”. With a good bit of humor, James intelligently and philosophically addressed a serious problem: the proliferation of assholes in our society. Strangely enough, James wrote about Donald Trump in the book, using him as a textbook example of an asshole.

In 2016, prior to elections, James published a follow-up, a short 127-page treatise entitled “Assholes: A Theory of Donald Trump”. While it is, for the most part, cheeky and funny, there is a seriously un-funny implication to the book, much like his longer 2012 book: when non-assholes start giving up in despair at calling out asshole behavior, the assholes win.

James, in both books, first defines an asshole as “the guy (they are mainly men) who systematically allows himself advantages in social relationships out of an entrenched (and mistaken) sense of entitlement that immunizes him against the complaints of other people. (p. 4)”

Let’s break that down further:

We all know assholes in our daily lives, and, yes, some of them are probably women, but, statistically speaking, most of them are men. Why? Most likely because we still live in a predominantly patriarchal society. Men still hold most of the positions of authority. Men are also raised from a young age, for the most part, to believe that it’s okay for them to be assholes. That’s what makes them men. “Boys will be boys”. That’s the kind of thinking that creates assholes like Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore, Louis C. K., Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, and Trump.

These are the “advantages in social relationships” that James is referring to: the so-called “white” privilege and “male” privilege that are awarded men from birth. Most men don’t even have to work at being assholes. They just are.

Like Trump. He was born to it naturally. In a sense, one can’t blame him for that. That’s just genetics, or nature, or sheer luck of being born with that silver spoon. What we can blame him for is taking that privilege to the extreme and saying, “I deserve everything.” It’s the same “entrenched (and mistaken) sense of entitlement” that led Charles Koch to once say, “I just want my fair share—which is all of it.”

Assholes like Trump truly believe that they deserve everything because they’ve been given everything, and they honestly don’t care if they hurt people in the process. Trump is that asshole in the slow lane that cuts you off in the fast lane, almost resulting in an accident. No matter how hard you curse him out, he can’t hear you, and he wouldn’t care if he did. In fact, he’d probably just give you the finger.

Trump is giving everyone in this country the finger every day that he is president.

James could not have foreseen the nationalistic, white-supremacist, Nazi-sympathizing racist douchebaggery of Trump, but he nearly predicts the authoritarian attempts by Trump to promote violence, silence the media, and play the victim. His book prophesizes (not that it was too hard) the ridiculous, unrealistic, and cruel attempts to implement his own policies, whether it’s resurrecting the coal industry, building a wall on the Mexican border, or initiating a travel ban on Muslims.

James couldn’t have guessed any of that, but he knew that, with electing an asshole like Trump, most of that was at least a possibility. . more

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Mount Rushmore, in South Dakota, shows the portraits of former presidents.

The president of the United States is considered to be one of the most powerful people in the world and the leader of a global superpower. The president heads both the government and the state, and directs the affairs of the executive branch of the federal government. The president is elected indirectly by the people through the Electoral College and serves for a maximum of two four-year terms. Article II, Section 1 (5) of the Constitution of the United States imposes eligibility requirement on the presidency. These qualifications are based on the age of the officeholder, residency, and citizenship. However, a person who meets these qualifications may still be barred from holding the office if they rebel against the constitution, are convicted in an impeachment case, or have already served full two terms.

Age Eligibility

Age is a critical factor in determining the holder of the presidency of the United States. According to the American Constitution, the president must be at least 35 years old at the point of assuming the office. By virtue of the Twelfth Amendment, the Vice President is also required to be at least 35 years old. On the contrary, other constitutional office holders like Senators are required to have attained the age of 30 years while the Representatives should be at least 25 years old before they can run for the office. The framers of the Constitution established the age limit alongside other qualification to increase the chances of electing a person of patriotism, sound judgment, and of civic virtue.

Age: More Than Just a Number

Age is not a guarantee of good governance and leadership skills for any leader, as has been demonstrated by several leaders in the US. The idea that maturity and wisdom come with age was what the Founding Fathers and Framers might have considered when they included the president’s age requirement in the Constitution. Supporting the age limit, Joseph Story noted that “character and talent of a man are developed in middle age and that he has had an opportunity to for public service.” Some people have noted that when the Constitution was framed, the average life expectancy in the US was lower than what it is today, thus, at 35 years old someone was already considered a statesperson.

Youngest Presidents

John F Kennedy was elected as president at the age of 43 years and served for just 1,036 days before his assassination in 1963, one of the shortest terms in office. Although John F Kennedy was the youngest person to be elected president of the US, Theodore Roosevelt became the youngest president to take the oath of office at the age of 42 years following the assassination of President William McKinley. He became popular for his progressive reforms and building of the Panama Canal. Bill Clinton was sworn into office at the age of 46 years and served two full terms, achieving a budget surplus in the process. Ulysses Grant and Barrack Obama complete the list of top five youngest presidents of the US with each taking over the presidency at the age of 46 and 47 years respectively.

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When Joe Biden announced that he was picking California senator and former presidential candidate Kamala Harris as his running mate, history was made. As noted by The Guardian, Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, is the first woman of color to ever be named a vice presidential running mate.

In his announcement on Twitter, Biden praised Harris, calling her “a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants.” While Biden and Harris are now allies and running on the same ticket, the relationship between the two hasn’t always been a smooth one. They’re former rivals, after all, and Harris was vying for the presidency quite recently. Last year, after talk about a Biden-Harris ticket began circulating, Harris refused to even think of herself as a vice presidential candidate, saying “Joe Biden would be a great running mate,” (via The New Yorker).

Kamala Harris was friends with Joe Biden’s son

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Harris and Biden have a long history, although it’s largely through Biden’s late son, Beau Biden, who passed away from brain cancer in 2015. As noted by The Guardian, Harris and Beau struck up a friendship when they both served as attorney generals — Harris was the attorney general of California, while Beau was the attorney general of Delaware. During the foreclosure crisis in the early 2010s, Harris and Beau worked alongside each other to negotiate with banks. “There were periods, when I was taking heat, that Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir The Truths We Hold: An American Journey. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden cited Harris’ friendship with his son when he announced her as his running mate. “Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau,” he wrote on Twitter. “I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris went head to head in a debate

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Biden and Harris memorably went head to head when they were both vying for the presidency. In a Democratic debate, Harris attacked Biden’s opposition to mandatory school busing in the 1970s, a measure that was meant to help desegregate schools. “There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bussed to school every day,” she said during the debate (via The Guardian). “And that little girl was me.”

Harris also brought up the fact that Biden previously worked with senators who approved of segregation — something it should be noted that Biden has apologized for. Even during the heated debate, though, Harris did not completely denounce Biden. “I do not believe you are a racist, and I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground,” she said.

While Biden told CNN he was upset by someone he knew so well confronting him that way, he acknowledged that such things happen during debates. Biden and Harris have clearly smoothed things over since then, though, and are ready to move forward as a powerful, united force.

Administrative policies can impact the stock market in many ways

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Presidents get a lot of the blame, and take a lot of the credit, for the performance of the stock market while they are in office. However, the truth is that the president’s ability to impact the economy and markets is generally indirect and marginal.

It’s Congress that sets tax rates, passes spending bills, and writes laws regulating the economy.   That said, there are some ways that the president can affect the economy and the market.

How Presidents Impact the Stock Market

Because the president is responsible for implementing and enforcing laws, they have some control over business and market regulation. This control can be direct or through the president’s ability to appoint cabinet secretaries, such as the head of the Department of Commerce, as well as trade representatives.

The president also nominates the Chair of the Federal Reserve, who sets monetary policy along with the other Fed governors and members of the Federal Open Market Committee. The Fed is an independent government body with a mission to set monetary policy that ensures economic growth, low inflation, and low unemployment.

Those monetary policy measures can impact the stock market, although the Fed typically does not consider the performance of the stock market as an isolated factor to influence its decisions. The extent to which the person picked as Fed Chair is hawkish or dovish on monetary policy will determine how they affect the economy.

All presidents would like to lead during times of economic expansion and a rising stock market because those usually increase their likelihood of reelection. As President Bill Clinton’s campaign manager, James Carville, once famously said, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

This chart shows the S&P 500’s price change over each four-year presidential term going back to 1953. Two of the terms have two names because President Kennedy was assassinated before the end of his term, and President Nixon resigned before the end of his second term. Their terms were finished by their vice presidents, Lyndon Johnson and Gerald Ford, respectively.

CEO Presidents

There haven’t technically been any CEOs who went on to become president. In fact, Donald Trump may be the closest contender to claim that title. He was chair and president of The Trump Organization before becoming President of the United States, but that’s pretty close. Many have tried, and we’ll certainly see many more make the attempt in the future.

Presidents and the NYSE

It’s very rare that a sitting president will visit the New York Stock Exchange. Sure, President George Washington’s statue is right across the street at Federal Hall, but the exchange was barely established during his tenure. It’s an iconic image, though.

President Bush Visits the NYSE

On Jan. 31, 2007, President George W. Bush paid a visit to the New York Stock Exchange.   He had just made a speech on the economy across the street at the aforementioned Federal Hall, where he chastised corporations for excessive executive compensation.   Little did he know, the nation was about to slip into a financial crisis and the longest recession it had experienced since the Great Depression.   Here is a great photo from that day, courtesy of the White House archives.

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Presidential Salaries

Relatively speaking, presidential salaries are pretty tame, currently $400,000 a year.   Presidents make their money when they leave the office with lucrative book deals and speaking fees.

The Bottom Line

So, while the President can influence the economy through policies and economic agendas that can impact the stock market, the President probably gets too much blame and too much credit when it goes down or up.

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“Emancipation.” Painting by Thomas Nast (1863)

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The Reconstruction Era was a transformative period in U.S. history that took place during the Civil War era. Historically, scholars have defined Reconstruction as having lasted from 1865 (the end of the American Civil War) until 1877, when a political compromise between the Republican and Democrat parties allowed for Republican Rutherford B. Hayes to become President of the United States on the condition that the last remaining federal troops in the South be removed. More recent interpretations, however, offer a broader timeline for Reconstruction. Reconstruction Era National Historic Park in Beaufort, South Carolina defines Reconstruction as having started in 1861 (the beginning of the American Civil War) and lasting until the early twentieth century.

The central question of Reconstruction was how to reunite a badly divided country fractured by four years of civil war. Connected to this question were larger discussions about the rights of four million newly-freed African Americans, the extent to which former Confederates should be punished for their role in the war, the fulfillment of “Manifest Destiny” through westward expansion and settlement of Indian Country, and the meanings of freedom and justice in the United States. At the end of the day, what did it mean to be an American, and whose rights were deserving of the full protection of the U.S. government?

Ulysses S. Grant was confronted with these momentous questions upon his election to the presidency in 1868. His campaign theme was “Let Us Have Peace,” and he tried his best to promote sectional and racial harmony throughout the country. Prior to his election Congress had already passed, among other legislative acts:

The Civil Rights Act of 1866

Guaranteed protection for all U.S. citizens, regardless of color, to “to make and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties, give evidence, and to the full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of persons and property as is enjoyed by white citizens, and shall be subject to like punishment, pains, penalties, taxes, licenses, and exactions of every kind.” This legislation overturned “Black Codes” that had been established in the former Confederate states and had been used to keep African Americans in a near-state of slavery.

The Military Reconstruction Act of 1867

Split ten former Confederate states (excluding Tennessee) into five military districts to be overseen by the U.S. military and mandated that each state rewrite its state constitution to allow for black male voting rights before readmittance into the Union.

The 14th Amendment (1868)

Established the concepts of birthright citizenship (anyone born within U.S. boundaries or territories subject to the jurisdiction of U.S. law was automatically a U.S. citizen, excluding Indians) and equal protection of the law.

Grant won the 1868 presidential election by a landslide in the Electoral College, but only won the popular vote by 300,000 ballots. Grant’s victory came in large part to nearly 500,000 black voters in the South who overwhelmingly voted for him and the Republican party during the election. Upon taking office, Grant hoped to build upon the previously established framework by championing the 15th Amendment to enhance, protect, and guarantee black male voting rights nationwide. He pushed for the establishment of the Department of Justice in 1870, which was tasked with investigating acts of violence against African Americans. Grant also supported a series of legislative acts in 1871 to enhance the federal government’s ability to use the military to stop acts of racial terrorism committed by the Ku Klux Klan, and in 1875 he signed a Civil Rights law that outlawed racial discrimination in public transportation and accommodations, and barred black exclusion from jury service.

President Grant undoubtedly played a important role in what was the country’s first civil rights movement in some ways, but Reconstruction had its shortcomings. For the most part, women were unsuccessful in their own fight for voting rights. Many Native American tribes were stripped of their lands, moved onto reservations, forced into an assimilation program not of their choosing, and in some cases massacred by settlers and/or the U.S. Army. The first federal immigration restrictions were passed during this time. And Black Americans continued to face acts of organized intimidation, mob violence, and murder because of their race. The 15th Amendment became an unenforced dead letter by the late nineteenth century.

Reconstruction was successful in helping to reunite a divided country. Equally important, the concept of “civil rights” was established during this period. Grant was nearly universally revered by the time of his death in 1885. A monumental tomb in New York City was constructed in his honor as a result of what was the largest public fundraising campaign in history up to that time. However, what gains were made in the realm of civil rights were under assault by the time Grant died and almost completely destroyed by the turn of the century. In this sense Reconstruction failed not because of President Grant or even because of southern opposition to civil rights, but because an entire nation–North, South, and West–lost the political and moral will to support the cause of equality before the law. The Jim Crow era replaced Reconstruction and ushered in a new era of racial segregation, violence, and murder well into the twentieth century. In parallel, the “Lost Cause” narrative of the Civil War argued that the Confederacy had been justified in its effort to secede from the Union and that Reconstruction had been a mistake. This narrative was promoted by former Confederates, academics, and politicians alike and served to falsely provide an underlying ideology to justify denying equal rights. Although the Lost Cause narrative argued that Grant’s presidency had been a complete failure, more recent scholarship has attempted to reevaluate his legacy in a more balanced manner, highlighting both the accomplishments and shortcomings of his eight years in office.

Select Further Readings

Eric Foner, The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2019).

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow (New York: Penguin Press, 2019).

Allen C. Guelzo, Reconstruction: A Concise History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).

Heather Cox Richardson, West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America After the Civil War (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007).

Brooks Simpson, The Reconstruction Presidents (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1997).

Mike Pence maintains he had no real influence on the 2020 election outcome as he presided over the Joint Session

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The 1/6 committee will lay out a case about the pressure campaign applied to former Vice President Mike Pence to tilt the election in favor of former President Trump.

The scheme assembled by attorney John Eastman was to convince Pence to reject electoral vote from states in question as he presided over the Joint Session.

Pence has indicated that he doubted he had any agility in that circumstance — especially after seeking counsel from former Indiana senator & former Vice President Dan Quayle. Quayle presided over the re-election loss in the Joint Session in 1993 as President Bill Clinton vanquished President George H.W. Bush.

The role of the Vice President is dictated by The Electoral Count Act and the 12th Amendment to the Constitution.

Congress passed the legislation after the disputed 1876 Presidential election between President Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden. Electoral votes were far from certain in Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana and Oregon. There was a sprint to settle the electoral college tally before Inauguration Day, 1877. Congress created an “electoral commission” to resolve the issues. In those days, the president assumed office on March 4.

The Electoral Count Act dictates that states choose electors no more than 41 days after the election. This is partly why the Supreme Court rushed to complete Bush v. Gore on December 12, 2000. The decision halted the count of ballots in Florida, handing the presidency to George W. Bush.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote that Bush was the victor in the 2000 presidential election. (Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Image)

The 1887 law establishes a “safe harbor” date so states conclude vote counts and establish electors early. But what happens if there are problems with the mail? The cryptic nature of the statute could give some states the green light to continue to counting — or cease counting.

So what happens if a state sends inconsistent slates of electoral votes to Congress? Or, if there are disputed electoral votes?

That’s sorted out in the certification of the Electoral College in the Joint Session of Congress on January 6 – as dictated by the Electoral Count Act.

The 12th Amendment is murky as to what should happen during the certification process. It reads: “The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted.”

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The U.S. Capitol Building is seen on October 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. Following a breakfast meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that Democrats were nearing a deal on reconciliation. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Note the passive voice in the phrase the “votes shall then be counted.”

That does not suggest any flexibility on behalf of the Vice President. Or, is another interpretation is that the Vice President DOES have a role? It is simply the responsibility of the Vice President to report what the count is – even if there is potential for influence or meddling?

The 12th Amendment also says “the person having the greatest number of votes for President shall be President.”

A Vice President flexing his or her muscles during the Electoral College certification is not exactly terra nova. There is precedent for vice presidential involvement.

Hawaii wasn’t a determinative state in the 1960 presidential election between President John F. Kennedy and future President – then Vice President – Richard Nixon. Kennedy was going to win the White House, regardless of results from Hawaii. Initial results from Hawaii showed that Kennedy captured the Aloha State by 92 votes. However, a recount showed that Nixon won by 141 votes.

Nonetheless, Hawaii sent two slates of electoral votes to Washington: one for Nixon and one for Kennedy. The governor signed both slates. By the book, Hawaii’s electoral votes should have gone to Nixon. But when the Joint Session of Congress convened in January, 1961, Congress and Nixon handed Hawaii’s three electoral votes to Kennedy — even though Nixon probably should have awarded the votes to himself.

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After the 2000 Florida election dispute, a cavalcade of Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members paraded through the well of the House chamber to contest the outcome. Vice President Al Gore, then president of the Senate, and like Nixon, the vanquished Democratic nominee, presided.

“Mr. Vice President, I rise to object to the fraudulent 24 Florida electoral votes,” declared Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).

“Is the objection in writing and signed by a member of the House and a senator?” inquired Gore.

Congressional rules require a House member and senator simultaneously challenge a state’s electoral slate. But Waters lacked a Senate sponsor.

“The objection is in writing!” snapped Waters. “And I don’t care!”

Gore, stood firm, despite having the most to benefit from Waters’ entreaty.

“The chair will advise that the rules do care,” Gore intoned, triggering applause throughout the House chamber.

The issue never went to a vote in either chamber because no senator joined the CBC members.

Questions arose in January, 2005 about Ohio’s slate of electoral votes. In that instance, the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) and former Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) teamed up to challenge Ohio’s electoral votes. That triggered separate debates and votes in the House and Senate to consider Ohio’s slate. But after a short debate, Congress decided that President George W. Bush was victorious in Ohio.

In January, 2017, multiple House Democrats attempted to challenge the certification of the election of former President Trump. However, House Democrats lacked a Senate petitioner to trigger a debate in the House and Senate – ala 2005.

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Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon all deepened U.S. involvement in the decades-long conflict.

At the end of World War II, the United States was broadly popular in Vietnam for having repelled the Japanese occupiers. Even Ho Chi Minh, the nationalist and communist revolutionary, started off pro-American. But, through the terms of five U.S. presidents, that relationship deteriorated and the United States and Vietnam found themselves at war.

Initially, many Vietnamese appreciated the anti-colonial views of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who opposed the return of the French colonizers and who asserted in a charter that all people had a right “to choose the form of government under which they will live.” During World War II, Ho Chi Minh received arms from the CIA’s predecessor, helped locate downed American pilots and gathered intelligence on Japanese military positions.

Then, on September 2, 1945, the day of Japan’s official surrender, Ho quoted from the U.S. Declaration of Independence as part of a speech in which he implored the Allies to recognize Vietnam’s independence. He later made multiple additional attempts to get the United States on his side.

The increasing alarm over the spread of communist rule, however, would throw the U.S.-Vietnam relationship off track and eventually into war. Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon oversaw the conflict, which ratcheted up in intensity as the years passed by. Though each president expressed doubts in private about American involvement, none wanted to be blamed for losing Vietnam to the communists.

The war would eventually claim the lives of more than 58,000 Americans and some 3 million Vietnamese.

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President Harry Truman meets with Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, French military commander in the first Indochina War, and Henri Bonnet, French ambassador to the United States from 1944-1954.

Harry Truman

State Department officials in Asia warned Harry Truman, who became president in 1945 upon Roosevelt’s death, that French rule of Vietnam would lead to “bloodshed and unrest.” But Truman did not share his predecessor’s anti-colonialism and ultimately acquiesced to the reestablishment of France’s prewar empire, which he hoped would shore up France’s economy and national pride.

No sooner did the French arrive back in Vietnam, with the guns of World War II barely gone cold, than fighting broke out against Ho’s Viet Minh forces. At first, the United States remained officially neutral, even as it avoided any contact with Ho. In 1947, however, Truman asserted that U.S. foreign policy was to assist any country whose stability is threatened by communism. Then the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, plus the flow of aid from China and the Soviet Union to the Viet Minh, prompted Truman to reexamine Vietnam in a Cold War light.

Fearing that Vietnam, too, would become a communist state, he sent over transport planes and jeeps, along with 35 military advisers, as part of a multimillion-dollar aid package.

U.S. involvement in the conflict would only deepen from there. By the end of Truman’s presidency, the United States was funding more than one-third of France’s war costs, a number that would soon skyrocket to about 80 percent.

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President Dwight Eisenhower with John Foster Dulles and South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem in Washington, 1957.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

In 1954, the French suffered a catastrophic defeat at Dien Bien Phu, bringing their colonial reign to an end. Some U.S. officials had pushed for air strikes, including the possible use of nuclear weapons, to save the French position. But Dwight D. Eisenhower, who succeeded Truman, demurred, refusing to involve the United States in another major conflict so soon after the Korean War.

“I am convinced that no military victory is possible in that kind of theater,” the president wrote in his diary.

Yet because Eisenhower subscribed to the “domino theory,” which held that if one country fell to communism then its neighbors would follow, he refused to abandon Vietnam altogether.

The nation was partitioned in two, with Ho in control of the North and pro-Western leader Ngo Dinh Diem in control of the South. Elections were supposed to take place to reunite Vietnam, but Diem, with U.S. support, backed out for fear that Ho would win.

Though Diem proved corrupt and authoritarian, Eisenhower called him “the greatest of statesmen” and “an example for people everywhere who hate tyranny and love freedom.” More importantly, he also supplied Diem with money and weapons, sending nearly $2 billion in aid from 1955 to 1960 and increasing the number of military advisors to around 1,000.

By the time Eisenhower left office, open fighting had broken out between Diem’s forces and the so-called Viet Cong, communist insurgents in the South who were backed by North Vietnam. Each side employed brutal tactics, including torture and political assassinations.

The Vietnam War was now in full swing, and the United States was right in the middle of it.