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Was there ever a US president who previously served as an independent in Congress?

I am writing an article about Bernie Sanders and what I think the real reason he lost was. (I think he lost because he was an independent.) But, that is not the point. I want to fact check something ...
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Can a US state bar a formerly incarcerated felon from being a member of congress?

I was thinking about the fact that some states bar felons from voting even after they are released from prison. I also thought about whether or not it would be legal for a state to bar a former felon ...
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In the United States, why aren't both legislative chambers involved in the Supreme Court confirmation process?

I'm following the situation around the recent Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As a non-American, what's strange to me is that confirming a new SCOTUS Justice ...
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Why do progressive candidates seem to better in inelastic districts?

I have noticed a phonomenon where progressives typically win in urban, heavily Democratic, and inelastic districts. An example of this manifesting itself could be Alex Morse losing a primary in one of ...
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Are there any tangible proposals for a modern era war powers system in the U.S. akin to the War Powers Resolution of 1973?

The system of congressional oversight in the U.S. with regard to acts of war has been broken for a long time. The year 1942 was the last time the U.S. formally declared war. Since then there have only ...
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Why are Democrats blocking COVID-19 pandemic relief bills with the objection that it's not enough instead of passing it and then passing another?

I read an article that said that the most recent COVID-19 relief bill was not passed because Democrats didn't think it was enough. The article is here: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/11/gops-coronavirus-...
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How many pieces of US legislation passed with a supermajority in both houses of Congress without being vetoed

To override a U.S. presidential veto requires a two-thirds supermajority in both houses of Congress. According to this Wikipedia page, this has happened 111 times. What I'm having trouble finding is: ...
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What could the US federal government do to reform the police?

There is a widespread belief that policing in the USA suffers from systemic racism. Let us suppose that Joe Biden gets elected President and decides that this is a priority. Let us also suppose that ...
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Why was the 18th amendment constructed with way it was?

...The manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors...is hereby prohibited The 18th amendment is pretty clear in its intent, but my question is why? Why did the amendment ban alcohol ...
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Representatives of districts that are 50 to 65 percent Hispanic by party?

I was thinking about congressional districts. I found that there was one type of majority-minority district that could be plausibly represented by a Republican. These are districts between 50 and 65 ...
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Has Nancy Pelosi ever endorsed a primary challenger before?

On August 20th, 2020, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi endorsed Democratic Congressman Joe Kennedy in his ultimately unsuccessful primary challenge of Democratic Senator Ed Markey. This strikes me as ...
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What happens if someone in the top two withdraws after California's primary?

In the 2020 US elections, Sen. Harris is a major-party VP nominee and could decide to resign from the Senate before November to focus on her campaign. Gov. Newsom gets to appoint her replacement and ...
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Who has the power to surrender in a war in the US?

Congress has the power to declare war and the president signs the declaration (or vetos) as well. Who has the power to surrender in a war? Would congress have to vote to surrender?
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How to identify bills in Congress that were previously introduced in a past Congress

There are questions about what happens to a bill at the end of a Congress (of which we currently are on the 116th Congress) such as if a bill dies can it be reintroduced. I am curious about what ...
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How do I find the full text of a bill from an early 1900s US Congress

Summary I'm researching a US House Representative by reading the bills he voted on, which are from the early 1900s. Where can I find the full text of those bills? Details The Representative I'm ...
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Why was Apple included in a Congressional hearing about anti-trust?

As a German I am watching the reports of the hearing in Congress with interest (Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple). But it is not clear to me why Apple was also summoned. The iPhones have a market ...
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How does the US House of representatives “read” 1.3 million documents?

It is currently widely reported that the US House of representatives has collected on the order of 1.3 million documents as part of its current antitrust investigation of large tech companies. Is ...
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Can Trump force Congress to delay the Nov. 3, 2020 general US elections?

This is related to today's news that Trump mentioned the idea of delaying the election in one of his tweets. I understand that the president cannot legally change the election date, but according to ...
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Does the US House of Representatives now allow “remote voting” from home? If so, how? Does the Senate as well?

CNN's Louie Gohmert, who's refused to wear a mask, tests positive for Covid-19 includes the following: A number of lawmakers tested positive for the virus in the early days of the pandemic, while ...
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Has the House Judiciary Committee abused congressional oversight “authority”?

Though the U.S. Constitution makes no mention of congressional oversight, there is a strong argument that getting information is a necessary part of writing effective legislation. However, in watching ...
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When Congress votes on something, is that a private election?

I have been thinking about the way that Congress works. I think that when Congress votes on things, it is an election but only a hundred or a few hundred people are invited to vote on it. Would ...
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Was the U.S. IRS instructed to give Congress Donald Trump's tax records; if so, have they?

With the recent ruling by the Supreme Court letting Manhattan prosecutor pursue Donald Trump's financial records, it rejected President Trump’s bold claims of immunity from local law enforcement and ...
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Why the waning likelihood that Congress will approve legislation this year to address racial bias?

Two policing bills were put to a vote in the last two days: This one that was blocked by Senate Democrats yesterday and this one that was passed by the House last night but will be blocked by the ...
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Who decides agenda in congress? [duplicate]

I saw a video clip about this sub-committee meeting. https://mainebeacon.com/lepage-staffer-forced-to-answer-same-invasive-questions-he-asked-snap-recipients/ My questions are: What is a "sub-...
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Rushed in judicial appointments in US courts? [duplicate]

Let's say the GOP loses the Senate majority and the presidency. But, the Republican leadership understands the fact that there are more than 45 days left until they lose Congress officially in the ...
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Could the US Congress federally mandate a national presidential primary day?

I am fascinated by the thought of presidential primaries. They feel skewed towards certain places and certain ethnicities. Let's say that in March of the 1st year of a President's term, Congress ...
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Where does Trump's authority to cut funding to WHO come from, if Congress controls spending?

I always thought that Congress controlled US government spending; the so called "power of the purse". However, on April 14th, Trump gave a press conference during which he signalled that he would ...
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What is the Wyden Amendment?

So, recently I came across an article which appears to be discussing the Wyden Amendment to H. R. 6172 . The article makes it sound like this will allow enforcement agencies access to browsing data ...
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Which congressional districts were won by over 40 points by either party in the 2016 presidential election?

I am curious about congressional districts in the 2016 election, and I want to know which ones were won by Clinton or Trump by over 40 points. I am doing this to analyze the difference in margin of ...
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Which powers allow the President to adjourn Congress and unilaterally approve nominees to federal positions?

This article describes Trump's Covid-19 press conference on April 15th, in which he stated that: "I have a very strong power. I'd rather not use that power, but we have way over a hundred people ...
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Why did the Senate use an existing bill that passed the House in July 2019 to create the CARES Act?

I was looking at H.R.748 - CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act on the Congress website. I was surprised to find that the bill originally passed the House on July 17, 2019. I ...
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What determines whether the US House votes by voice, roll call, or unanimous consent?

This question is in reference to Rep. Thomas Massie's threat to force a roll call vote for the CARES act. My understanding is that the House wants to go by unanimous consent, and Massie shot it down ...
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If all but one Congressman are killed, does a new Congress have be chosen? [duplicate]

If (as in the show “Designated Survivor,”) all Congressman but one are killed, would it be possible (in the US Constitution) for actions of Congress to be taken by the sole remaining Congressman? ...
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Can the US House and Senate make allowance for self-quarantined members to vote remotely?

Can the US House and Senate make allowance for self-quarantined members to vote remotely? Is the requirement that a member be in chamber in the constitution or law - or is it part of the senate or ...
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Does Cenk Uygur support secret ballots in union elections?

Former Democratic Congressional candidate and liberal political talk show host Cenk Uygur talked to the Huffington Post about the unionization efforts of the employees at his digital media company The ...
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Why deliberate NASA authorization bills if NASA doesn't need them?

Spacenews.com's The sound and fury over a NASA authorization bill says that a NASA authorization bill isn't required and most years the US Congress doesn't pass one. Question: If that's so, then what ...
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Is it possible for someone to run for Senator and (be) Representative at the same time?

In the US, can someone run for Senate while running for a House of Representatives seat at the same time, or (run for Senate) while still holding a seat in the House of Representatives? Since a ...
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What is the purpose of the 5 and 10 year periods in 2 U.S. Code § 933

In this question Why are US budget implications estimated "over 10 years"? the question was, why are budget impacts frequently estimated over 10 years. The accepted answer was it's the law. ...
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Is the Senate Compelled to Acquit Trump?

Given congress's recent decision to bar witnesses and evidence from being presented as part of President Trump's impeachment trial, are members of the Senate compelled to acquit based on lack of ...
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Does setting precedent automatically make something ok for subsequent politicians to do the same thing?

Surrounding the Impeachment trial of President Trump many news outlets have voiced that an acquittal will be setting precedent. Does this mean that subsequent presidents will be able to do the same ...
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Why is Senator Paul's question believed to have been about the identity of the whistleblower?

According to this NPR article, the reason Chief Justice Roberts blocked a question by Senator Paul may have been because it identified the whistleblower. It is believed that Paul's question would ...
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Is a US Senate impeachment trial limited to the articles submitted by the House?

Imagine the following scenario: During President Trump's impeachment trial*, video evidence surfaces showing the president committing a clear act of treason, as defined by US law (perhaps discussing a ...
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What has been the historical trend of U.S. congresspeople voting as blocks?

It feels as though every time I've looked at voting records from the U.S. congress, I notice that virtually everyone votes with their party; that is, for any given bill, every Republican votes the ...
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Is there a good resource that lists all conference committees in the current Congress?

Conference committees are used to resolve difference between the two chambers of Congress. Even an astute observer may miss the creation of conference committees unless they regularly read the Record ...
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Is there a way that Congress could secretly vote on approving a potential war?

The US killed Soleimani without notifying Congress, which a lot of people in Congress are angry about. There are fears this could start a war, which would constitutionally require congressional ...
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Can the House Democrats still call witnesses/can Bolton still testify?

From NBC news: McConnell says he has enough Republican votes to begin Trump's trial without witnesses The process cannot get started until Pelosi sends the House-passed articles charging the ...
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Is there any reason Congress hasn't enforced their subpoena power over witnesses?

This Politics.se question asks about Trump's ability to defend himself during the impeachment hearings - I'm not asking about that specifically, but related to that I am asking about the witnesses in ...
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Is it true that “Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story” in the House impeachment proceedings?

I was just reading the editorial Trump Should Be Removed from Office in Christianity Today, and I was struck by this quote (emphasis mine): Let’s grant this to the president: The Democrats have had ...
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Why is it necessary to have a president in a democracy?

Hello. I don't really know much about politics and I might not use the correct terminology, so please excuse my lack of knowledge. As far as I understand, in the United States (as an example) a ...
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Is Jeff Van Drew becoming a Republican?

It seems to me that Jeff Van Drew is the only party defector in this impeachment. Is he actually switching parties?

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