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What motivates left-wing and right-wing attitudes toward means-tested versus universal social programs?

A means-tested social program is one that uses some economic factor, often income, to screen applicants. One would think it would be a highly unattractive view for conservatives, considering that it ...
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Did Congress ever refuse to grant an exception to US Code 113(a)?

According to 10 U.S. Code § 113 - Secretary of Defense: (a) There is a Secretary of Defense, who is the head of the Department of Defense, appointed from civilian life by the President, by and with ...
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Role of the 'Judge' during Impeachment

What exactly does the Judge presiding over impeachment hearings do? As of now it is clear that John Roberts will not be sitting in for the second impeachment, and Rand Paul and many Republicans have ...
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What is the impact of public opinion on public policy?

Recently, I have read the following article from 2003, by Paul Burstein, "The Impact of Public Opinion on Public Policy: A Review and an Agenda". https://www.jstor.org/stable/3219881?seq=1#...
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Why isn't the constitutionality of Trump's 2nd impeachment decided by the supreme court?

Just five GOP senators vote Trump impeachment trial is constitutional As I understand the US supreme court, they rule on the constitutionality of issues. Therefore it seems like the question of ...
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What is the minimum amount of votes needed in both Chambers of Congress to send an Admission to the Union resolution to the President?

Background Admission to the Union in the United States seems to be a vaguely laid out procedure as described in Article IV, Section 3, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution: New States may be admitted by ...
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What is this section 179 that was referred to in the hearings on the S.84 authorizing the exception for Gen. Mattis to serve as Sec. Def?

In the Senate committee hearings on granting the exception to Gen. Mattis to serve as Sec Def, Sen./Chairman McCain said: before you is a copy of section 179 of the recently enacted continuing ...
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How did US Supreme court Justice John Roberts “let it be known” that he did not wish to preside over the 2nd presidential impeachment?

NPR.org's Sen. Patrick Leahy To Preside Over Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial says: Chief Justice John Roberts presided over Trump's first impeachment trial, but now that Trump is a former president, ...
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What practical effect would a successful impeachment conviction of Joe Biden for his actions as Vice President have? [duplicate]

Background The same day President Joe Biden was inaugurated, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced articles of impeachment against him for his conduct as Vice President. As Vice President, ...
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Why does H.R.335 not mention the nominee's name?

To my understanding, H.R.335 which became Public Law No: 117-1. was a bill before the United States House of Representatives which would provide an exception to 10 U.S. Code § 113 (a) in order to ...
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How Long Did It Take Pol Pot to Murder Most of His Communist Commrades? [closed]

It is fairly well known that the Communist Party that rose to power in Cambodia numbered 22 people, and that upon ascension to leadership, Pol Pot murdered or had murdered 18 of them. How long did ...
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Why are the Democrats and especially Joe Biden considered pro China? [closed]

International media keeps saying that Biden will take a soft stance on China. What is the reasoning behind this and how true is this?
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Have Democrats in favour of abolishing the filibuster said anything about what happens if Democrats were to lose control of the Senate in the future?

Senator Joe Manchin has been consistently opposed to abolishing the filibuster, noting that the filibuster provides for minority input. I can assure you I will not vote to end the filibuster, because ...
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What is the probability of being a first born in America? [closed]

Thomas Sowell says of the 29 astronauts on the Apollo mission, 22 were either a first born or an only child. But this statistic doesn't sound very extraordinary, even for the 1960's. What is the ...
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Why did MBS detain royal house members in Ritz-Carlton Hotel? [closed]

Why did Mohammad bin Salman, crown prince and de-facto ruler of Saudi-Arabia, detain royal house members in Ritz-Carlton Hotel? I mean, this doesn't make any sense for me. How did they think that this ...
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Are there any US politicians that want to reduce housing prices?

Over the last year, the Federal Reserve has propping up the already historically high housing market by purchasing/backing trillions of dollars of mortgages, preventing a decline in house prices like ...
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What's the difference between a 51 seat majority and a 50 seat + VP “majority”?

The US Senate currently has a 50/50 split of Democratic (D) and Republican (R) caucus members. According to news reports, this has lead to "power sharing agreements" needing to be made ...
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Why doesn't the UK Labour Party push for proportional representation?

There is a consistent majority for liberal (progressive) parties in the UK, but they regularly cannibalise each other in the first-past-the-post voting system (see Wikipedia for details). The last ...
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Who swears in the president if all of the sitting members of the Supreme Court are dead? [duplicate]

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is supposed to swear in president-elect of the United States. If there is no sitting Chief Justice, another member of the court would swear the president and ...
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Have OANN or Newsmax asked any questions (thus far) at the the press conferences of the Biden White House?

I'm curious if these two organizations (OANN and Newsmax)--both known for being more pro-Trump than even Fox News-- and both still part of the White House press corps as far as I can tell were present ...
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100 million people vaccinated in 100 days? [closed]

article here The Biden administration is trying to dampen expectations about the vaccine. But, the numbers still don't add up. If 100 million shots are administered, some of those shots will go to ...
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Can the Chinese president be impeached?

According to this article: China has approved the removal of the two-term limit on the presidency, effectively allowing Xi Jinping to remain in power for life. I'd like to know if there is a ...
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Understanding the decision process in politics - How much knowledge does a politician need? [closed]

Edit: Thank you for your helpful comments. Based on them, I decided to modify my Question. I am wondering how decisions are made in politics. In particular, what are the skills the politicians ...
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What is the Biden administration's position on the WHO investigation into the origins of coronavirus?

Has the Biden administration expressed support of the World Health Organization investigating the origins of COVID-19 in China? The Wikipedia article on the WHO investigations only mentions the views ...
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Current status of a prospective 2017 EU fining of the UK for allowing undervalued Chinese imports

According to Politico in 2017: Britain faces a potential €2 billion bill from Brussels after EU investigators found that U.K. authorities turned a blind eye to a massive fraud network that allowed ...
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What happens if election fraud is found after a president is elected? [duplicate]

A proportion of Donald Trump's supporters believe that the presidential election that has recently led to Joe Biden being sworn in was fraudulent. As I recall, numerous states, such as Arizona, are ...
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Can the US House/Congress impeach/convict a private citizen that hasn't held office?

The current debate right now is whether or not the US Senate can hold an impeachment trial and potentially convict an ex-president who is now technically considered a private citizen. To be clear, the ...
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Committee Chairmanship Appointments

I had assumed there was some significance to Bernie Sanders becoming the Chair of the Budget Committee, but it appears to be an automatic assignment rather than a choice by the incoming administration....
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Why does the 50–50 Senate need a new organizing resolution before Democrats can take control of committee chairmanships?

Unlike the House of Representatives where its "rules package" expires at the end of each Congress, the Senate continues to operate on an existing organizing resolution from previous ...
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Interactive election results charts

Is anyone aware of a site with interactive maps where the real-time results of the 2020 US presidential election results can be found? I find many claims of there being some specific vote counts being ...
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Which senator largely singlehandedly defeated the repeal of the Logan Act?

A long article on the Logan Act mentions this failed attempt to repeal it, during the Carter administration: After decades of deflecting Logan Act entreaties, an exasperated Department of Justice ...
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Would alleged 3 weeks of talks between Biden and Iran violate Logan act?

As per Le Figaro (a French newspaper), Biden officials have been in talks with Iran for the past 3 weeks - which means 3 weeks before inauguration. Would that violate the Logan Act? (assuming the ...
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Why is it common for senators to not vote on cabinet confirmations?

On January 20th, Avril Haines was Biden's first cabinet confirmation, receiving an 84-10 vote in the Senate. Similarly, Biden's nominee for Defence Secretary was confirmed in a 93-2 vote. Why is it ...
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Is there a contingency if a power sharing agreement cannot be made?

As I'm sure many people know, the Senate is currently in negotiations for a power sharing agreement in a 50/50 body. The main sticking point being a commitment over the filibuster. As I understand ...
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Regarding John Robert's administering of the oath to Presidents-elect [closed]

Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath to 3 presidents, over 4 inaugurations. There's an oddity I observed: He said 'help me God' to Trump only, but 'help you God' to the other 2 presidents, ...
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How big is this customs-clearing fee that packages from the UK to the EU incur? [closed]

The BBC has an article that lots of Germans are apparently refusing to accept packages they ordered from the UK once they are presented with the new customs clearing form/fee. Since 1 January, lots ...
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Difference between both chambers of Congress and the White House? [closed]

What does it mean when one party wins both chambers of Congress or the White House or just the Senate?
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What differentiates Trotskyism from Marxism/Leninism?

I understand that the split originated in a power struggle, but I'm more interested in the modern theoretical differences. In the present day, there appears to be an ideological split between ...
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Did the Founding Fathers consider creating something similar to the current filibuster?

In the US Senate, the current filibuster rules mean that, with a few specific exceptions, all Senate business requires an effective 60-vote super-majority to pass. Many people treat this as an ...
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Did Biden make it earlier to the office? [closed]

I've seen a video of him signing executive orders. Isn't he supposed to get to the office in March. As I remember Trump make it to the office in March. It seems everything has happened rapidly with ...
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How unusual is a Vice President presiding over their own replacement in the Senate?

Yesterday, new Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the swearing-in of 3 new Senators, including her own replacement. This required her to read a statement which had her own name in it, so she ...
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According to political scientists, what, if anything, are the benefits of election polling to a liberal democracy?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_democracy About 3 months and a million news-years ago, the pollsters and election analysts were taking a kicking for not predicting the US elections accurately ...
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What are the main criteria used by the European Commission to compute the COVID-19 vaccines to be received by the member state?

I have recently seen an interview with a Romanian State Secretary at Health Ministry about the COVID-19 vaccination. The interview touched on the sensitive point of insufficient vaccine doses and the ...
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Why hasn't Russia or China come up with any system yet to bypass USD?

China urged to tap RCEP trade deal for future digital payments system as US sanctions loom China should consider using digital technology to develop an alternative to the SWIFT financial payments ...
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What did the Trump White House have as written rules regarding mask wearing on WH premises?

I'm aware of photos like these: (Source: BBC --more photos therein. That event had been criticized by Fauci as a "superspreader".) But it's also been said in a comment to another q that ...
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Why does the US President use a new pen for each order?

This photo shows President Biden at his desk in the Oval Office. He is holding a pen and signing an executive order. On his right is a pile of further executive orders. In front is a box with ...
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As of 2021-01-20, which Federal facilities did not require wearing a mask on premises?

President Biden signed an executive order today titled "Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing": Accordingly, to protect the Federal workforce and ...
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How do countries justify their missile programs?

I will use India as an example. India seems to have only two real enemies: China and Pakistan. The longest range missiles India would need to launch an attack on China should be roughly around 5000 km ...
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Taxing companies owned domestically, but registered abroad

In a book by economists Saez and Zucman, they state the following: In 1936, dozens of wealthy Americans had created offshore shell companies, to which they had transferred the ownership of their ...
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The legal status of the State of Israel [closed]

Here is mentioned that: The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine was a proposal by the United Nations, which recommended a partition of Mandatory Palestine at the end of the British Mandate. ...

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