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What is a ‘lame duck’ president? Hint: The political term has nothing to do with waterfowl.

What is a ‘lame duck’ president? Hint: The political term has nothing to do with waterfowl.

President Donald Trump has not conceded the 2020 election to Joe Biden, but he’s heading into the lame-duck period of his presidency based on voting projections.

“Lame duck” refers to a politician who remains in power but will soon be replaced by a newly-elected successor. Typically, this decreases the power of the “lame duck” officeholder as attention shifts to the politician’s incoming replacement.

However, lame-duck presidents have been known to use this period to exercise some of their powers — such as the presidential pardon — with less concern about public opinion.

Here’s a few things to know about the term:

No. Other officeholders can also be called “lame ducks.”

The Senate recognizes the term and defines a “‘lame duck’ session” as one that happens after a November general election and before a new Congress takes power in January: “Some lawmakers who return for this session will not be in the next Congress. Hence, they are informally called ‘lame duck’ members participating in a ‘lame duck’ session.”

Historically, the lame-duck session has not led to significant bipartisan pieces of legislation. Read from source….