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Power checks in parliamentary and presidential systems in the UK and the US? [closed]

How are the president, prime minister, legislature powers checked in both parliamentary and presidential systems?
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presidential candidates promises

Why do presidential candidates make promises that they won't be (much) a part of? For example: medicare for all Anyone can come up with a bill but they are introduced, debated, amended, and passed ...
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What is the lowest percentage of the popular vote that a President has been elected on?

Obviously the US presidential election is not won by popular vote, but by votes in the electoral college. This means that, as in the 2016 election, the defeated candidate can obtain a larger total ...
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Why is Trump not firm on accepting the results of the 2016 Presidential election?

Donald Trump occasionally claims that the election in November is rigged and stated during the 3rd presidential debate that he "will keep you in suspense". Election Day hasn't even arrived and he is ...
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Is Trump's focus on Clinton's emails beneficial to his campaign?

As most know, Trump has been making a significant deal out of the Clinton email issue, with a resurgence on the topic occurring recently due to certain comments from the FBI investigator. Is there ...
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In 2016, why did the GOP win the House popular vote while Clinton won the popular vote?

Is there an intuitive reason why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote amongst people voting for President, yet the GOP won the popular vote amongst people voting for their Representative in the House? ...
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Why not having a presidential debate is a problem?

Romania is having presidential elections in this period (first round ended, the second is due in about 10 days). Many journalists have stressed out that there is a severe lack of debates among the ...
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Does Andrew Yang support single-payer?

2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s website said this on March 9: With a shift to single-payer, costs can also be controlled directly by setting prices provided for medical ...
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Why did Gary Johnson's support erode in late October 2016?

We all know that he had been, a few months back, a viable candidate in the Libertarian party, for progressives and conservatives, who were disaffected with Trump as the GOP nominee with his disgusting ...
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Why aren't Republicans more focused on mobilizing a movement towards 'dethroning' Trump?

This is not a question about the ideological implications of supporting or not supporting Trump. It is merely a question about the rational behavior (or lack thereof) of a political party when faced ...
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Is current (November 2019) polling about Democrats lead over Trump trustworthy?

Right now, many polls (such as this ABC/Washington Post poll from November 5th) claim that the Democratic candidates have double digit leads over Trump. In the 2016 elections, however, polls suggested ...
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What is the most someone can lose the popular vote by but still win the electoral college?

As the 2016 election results continue to come in, it looks pretty clear that Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote but lose the electoral college. I know this has happened before and usually by ...
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If Russia hacked the 2016 election, how or why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump?

Simple question, but it's been bugging me for quite some time. If we know for a fact that Russians interfered with the 2016 US presidential election, why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump, ...
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In the USA, who decides who can run for president, the states or the federal government?

From twitter BREAKING: Maryland is on the verge of passing a law requiring all Presidential candidates to release their past 5 years of tax returns in order to be placed on the election ballot. ...
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What significance could the information in Donald Trump's tax return have to his campaign?

I watched the debate, and I'm wondering what is going on with Donald Trump's tax return. I heard Hillary say the deal is either he's (1) less wealthy than he claims to be, (2) not making the ...
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Why not demand President's/candidate's financial records instead of tax returns?

What significance could the information in Donald Trump's tax return have to his campaign? addresses what information could be gleaned from Donald Trump's tax returns if he allowed them to be ...
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How unusual is it for a registered foreign agent to have a lead position in a Super Pac in the United States? Is it legal?

While this question addresses if a foreign national can donate to a pac, what about having an officer role in a super pac while registered as a foreign agent? Democratic presidential candidate Joe ...
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What happens if Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton drop out of the 2016 American presidential race?

If a presidential candidate in the USA drops out of the race before (or during) election day, but after early voting has begun, what happens to that party's ticket? For example, if Donald Trump or ...
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Do any Democratic Presidential candidates support a 0 copay 0 deductible Public Option?

Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, and a few other 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates support a single-payer “Medicare for All” healthcare plan with zero copays and zero deductibles. ...
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Why did the Tunceli province, in the center of Turkey, vote so much against Erdoğan in the presidential elections?

I was checking the official results of the Turkish presidential election, 2018 in the section Seçim 2018 of the news agency AA. In there, we see how Erdogan managed to win in almost all the regions: ...
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Confusion about tiers of influence in government

From my understanding of US politics, Congress / the legislative branch has more power than the President / the executive branch. Doesn't this mean that the midterm elections are far more important ...
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How does Indonesia's unofficial presidential election tally finish with “head-snapping” speed?

The NPR News item and podcast In Indonesia, Joko Widodo Secures Another 5-Year Term As President quotes Indonesian president Joko Widodo, and continues: "Let us reunite as family. Let us strengthen ...
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How could a third party candidate with electoral votes decide the choice of president?

In the 1968 Washington Post story announcing Nixon as the winner of the 1968 presidential election, the author made a peculiar point: Nixon’s Illinois victory, which emerged more than 15 hours ...
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Do any 2020 Democratic presidential candidates support banning semi-automatic weapons?

In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last year, there were a lot of calls on the left to ban all semi-automatic weapons. This post is an example of that. My question is, have ...
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What sort of evidence might Wisconsin require to NOT use a machine recount?

In hopes of testing whether the output from proprietary voting machine hardware and software was accurate, the Stein campaign has paid the state of Wisconsin a $3.5 million dollar recount filing fee, (...
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Why did people still chant “Lock her up” at Trump rallies in 2019? [closed]

When elected, Trump made a big point that his opponent should be investigated and "locked up" over the email controversy. Almost immediately after winning the election, he made tacitly clear he was ...
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Why is the President of India not elected directly?

When the Presidential election of India rolls around, The people aren’t involved in the electoral process but it is the MPs and MLA’s of the State and National Assemblies who elect the President. So ...
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Can the president or the Congress pass a law to dismantle the super-delegate system used by the DNC?

Can the president or the Congress pass a law to dismantle the super-delegate system used by the DNC? Or is it somehow outside their power to do so and each party can set up their own rules as long as ...
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What is the effect of election campaign donations?

Candidates for the presidential election of the US collect donations in relation to their campaigns. Candidates are sometimes compared based on the total amount of donations they received. But what ...
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Evidence in support of highly myopic retrospective voting

I am reading Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government. In Chapter 6 and 7, evidence is shown that "voters' retrospective assessments of the economy are quite myopic." ...
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Why does Biden show two trend-lines with his polls?

Looking at the poll numbers shown by realclearpolitics.com for 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination. Specifically Biden's poll numbers. There seems to be two trend-lines for him instead of one. One ...
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Why do early states matter more in presidential primaries?

There’s a whole ton of attention and polls of places like Iowa and New Hampshire that vote earlier than others in the primaries. Reading sites like FiveThirtyEight, it seems like these are a pretty ...
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Why would the Russian government use hackers and email leaks to try to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election? [closed]

Assuming the Joint Statement from the Department Of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security is correct that: only Russia’s senior-most officials ...
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Can a U.S. Presidental candidate skip or avoid registering for the ballot in any given state?

Can a U.S. presidential candidate successfully run for national office without being on the ballot in one or more states? For example, recently some U.S. states have adopted requirements for ...
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Is there any reason why one candidate only runs for election once? [closed]

When running for an office such as the presidency for the USA, one candidate will never run for the office more than once. Why?
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If Trump gets impeached, how long would Pence be president?

If President Donald Trump were impeached and convicted, and Mike Pence became president, how long would his term be? Would it be for 4 years or would there still be a 2020 election?
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Why did the DNC refuse to hold any debates on Fox News?

Back in March the DNC refused to hold any primary debates on Fox News. With the second Democratic Presidential Debate coming up in a few weeks on CNN, this question seems especially relevant. Fox ...
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Why do candidates not quit if they no longer have a realistic chance to win in the 2020 US presidents election

As background, some answers of Why run for president if you have no chance to be elected? are relevant, so I will concentrate on the differences. There are currently more than 20 candidates for the ...
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Average win/loss ratio for US Presidents as party nominees?

What's the average win/loss ratio for all elected US Presidents running (but not necessarily while President) as party nominees? For example, Nixon ran in 1960 and lost, won in both 1968 and 1972; ...
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US Party with all time most Presidential votes?

Which US political party has had the most votes for President? Both popularly, and electorally? Note: given the sometimes radical changes in party platforms over the years, this may seem like apples ...
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What do third party candidates for the US presidency expect to functionally accomplish in terms of voting?

Background In the history of the United States presidential election, it is exceedingly rare that a third party candidate does anything other than split votes from one (sometimes two) main parties, ...
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How is vice president selected if a write in candidate wins the presidency?

I can’t find the protocol for this situation. If a write in candidate wins the presidency how is the vice president chosen?
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If Congress discards a state's electoral votes, does it change the number needed for a majority?

According to the 12th Amendment, a majority of "whole number of Electors appointed" is needed to elect a US President or Vice President, or else it's thrown into a contingent election by the House (...
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What's the deadline for Democratic party primaries candidates for meeting the new debate criteria?

It seems the DNC has tightened the criteria for people to appear in the September debates. But - how long do the candidates have to meet the criteria? Do they need to meet it now already?
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Why are none of Trump's opponents pointing out that he's lying about the economy? [closed]

Trump lies constantly about economic growth. With respect to at least GDP growth, stock market growth, wage growth, and job number growth, he's claimed "record" performance, and if you look at the ...
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What was the political impact of the 'Daisy' election campaign commercial? [closed]

I can see why the Johnson Campaign's Daisy was controversial. I also know that Johnson won the 1964 United States presidential election. However, how much of a political impact did Daisy really have? ...
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Is there precedent or are there procedures for a US president refusing to concede to an electoral defeat?

I am wondering what would happen if an incumbent US President were to lose a presidential election, but refuse to accept the result and to concede defeat (even after any legitimate challenges and ...
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Can an impeached President run for a second term?

Suppose Congress successfully impeaches and removes a sitting President of the USA. Can this person still run for a second term? Assuming the usual rules about term limits are observed, of course.
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Was Bernie Sanders' recent town hall on fox news in any way unusual?

It seemed to me, that the town hall went unusually well for Bernie and it seemed, that FOX was actually very fair, maybe even suspiciously so towards him. When comparing this town hall to previous ...
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How is the audience for Fox News Town Halls chosen?

This question: Was Bernie Sanders' recent town hall on fox news in any way unusual? asks about the surprisingly positive reception that Sanders' Medicare for All proposal received from the studio ...