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lame duck

1. Business a company with a large workforce and high prestige that is unable to meet foreign competition without government support
2. US
a. an elected official or body of officials remaining in office in the interval between the election and inauguration of a successor
b. (as modifier): a lame-duck president
3. US designating a term of office after which the officeholder will not run for re-election
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A lame duck president is basically a president whose authority doesn't hold as much sway anymore because he or she is close to stepping down.
Two days later the Esprit de Corps Commando-Lite faced off for the sixth time, against their arch-rivals, the Ottawa Service Attache Association Lame Ducks at the University of Ottawa.
Views differ on whether a "lame duck president" has less power due to the limited time they have left in office or are in a good place to make controversial decisions.
"Unfortunately for the president, his lame duck status has intensified dramatically," commentator Chris Stirewalt said on a Fox News political talk show here at home.
Michael Bopp, a Washington-based lawyer who represents the Coalition for Derivatives End-Users, says, "The Coalition is optimistic that the Senate will take up and pass our margin and centralized treasury unit bills during the lame duck session.
Save all that for later: The news right now is that this governor's point of view is prevailing on a couple of big issues that might lie beyond the powers of the average lame duck in state government.
''If he gets the authority, it shows that he's not a lame duck, that he still has some power,'' said John Feehery, a Republican strategist and former House GOP leadership aide.
A great deal was accomplished in the lame duck session of 2010, in large part because Democrats and Republicans agreed to compromise.
Frank is retiring from Congress at the end of this session, so any action on his bill would need to be completed during the lame duck session.
CUNA Executive Vice President of Government Affairs John Magill said the number of bills that must be passed during the lame duck session increases the likelihood that member business lending could be attached to another piece of legislation.
Since a president is directly elected by the people, he or she enjoys full authority even as a lame duck. In contrast, caretaker governments are more subdued because they have no independent mandate from the people and have lost the indirect authority from the people, through a parliament, during transition.
LAME DUCK: An official who continues to hold office for a period after being defeated or choosing not to run for re-election.