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Questions tagged [united-states]

Questions relating to the government or the politics of the United States of America

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If the 25th amendment gets revoked?

What would happen if the 25th gets revoked and say Trump does get impeached or falls ill and can not be president. Would we then vote for president for the years the active president would have had ...
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Why would a company invest in America infrastructure based on one administration?

Right now, we have an administration that is considered to be business friendly. I would prefer that this part not go debated, not because it isn’t debatable (it is very debatable), but because it isn’...
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Does the Green New Deal include grants for satellites and deep-ocean probes in resolving uncertainty in climate science? [on hold]

There's been some ambiguity lately in what is contained by the Green New Deal proposals, but after some reading I began to wonder if government folks were interested in tackling the uncertainty in ...
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How does a state of National Emergency affect/empower the government & citizens of the United States?

Sorry if this is a really broad question, but what exactly does a "national emergency" technically do in the United States of America? How are each of the branches of government affected by this state,...
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Has any person/group ever actively campaigned to switch to an opt out policy for organ donation in the US?

There are generally two options for determining rather a deceased individual's organs can be used from donation. The Opt-in policy says that the organs can not be used unless a person explicitly ...
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Does antisemitism in the US correlate with (non-)religiosity?

Historically, Christianity was one of the driving forces behind antisemitism. I have recently read a claim that nowadays in the US, the absence of (Christian) religious views actually allows ...
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Why is has the US not “followed through” with secularisation after the hippie movement?

Well this is (once again) from the viewpoint from one from Europe, specifically the Netherlands. During the 50s and 60s we had a very strict religious "pillars" in society, where one only interacts ...
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Why are right-wing politicians in the US typically pro-Israel?

How is it, that generally, in the US, right-wing politicians are pro Israel, at least traditionally?
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Why would a US armed forces branch not give back a property (it took over during wartime) for free?

Short context (inspired by a post on Aviation.SE): In 1941 the Navy took over Bennett airfield in NYC and banned all commercial and civilian flights. After WWII the airfield was meant to return to ...
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How did Nixon's resignation affect the voters who had supported him?

There are a lot of Americans who wear MAGA hats. Theoretically, if President Trump were impeached, I wonder if they would continue to wear them? Would Trump go down like Robert E. Lee, losing, but ...
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To what extent is a US political presidential candidate compromised by PAC funding?

Amy Klobuchar having launched her presidential nomination campaign stated that she would not be taking corporate PAC money. Is that a big irregularity and if so what is the benefit of not taking ...
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Are around 50,000 jobs in the US government/administration replaced after a switch from Democrats/Republican in the presidential election?

I remember this statement in an article (I forgot) but was not able to google an estimate of this number as a German not to so much in knowledge of the US political system. The reason I'm asking as a ...
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Can the US states veto Congress legislation?

As said in the title: Can the US states veto laws approved by the Congress? For instance, the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 while it gave 90% of the funding from a Highway Trust Fund, however, ...
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Why is violence against media not prosecuted in the US? [on hold]

Well I noticed today that a person of BBC was violently attacked by someone in the US, obviously there exist heavy imagery from this. So I am wondering: why is this not followed up on by the ...
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What does the US have to gain by other countries not being socialist or communist?

With the current situation in Venezuela, it seems like the US is once again weighing in against a leader that is textbook socialist or communist that is also a dictator. I understand the hardships ...
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Private schedules of Donald Trump: What does “RON” in diary stand for?

Recently the private schedules of Donald Trump have been leaked. In those files, at the end of each day there is some acronym RON placed. What does this stand for? Example: 1:30 PM ...
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Difference between “Department of …” and “… Department”

So apparently most of the U.S. government departments have been using Department of ..., like Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security. But it looks like there's a weird exception, ...
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What type of employees are “obliged to join a union as a condition of employment” in New York?

This is an excerpt from an article explaining why Amazon is reconsidering opening its headquarters in New York: New York is a pro-labor city, whereas Virginia is a right-to-work state where ...
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What is a corporate embassy and how does it compare to a normal one? [closed]

The NY Times reports that Facebook opened a "corporate embassy" in China I'm wondering What does a government embassy do? What laws typically apply to it? How does that compare to the power and ...
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Arrest a Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court? [closed]

Does a President have the delegated constitutional power to arrest a chief justice of the USA? President Abraham Lincoln did, but was persuaded not to issue his warrant by his cabinet members... Was ...
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How can memos within a committee comply with open meeting laws?

I might be serving on a public committee subject to open meeting laws. These laws in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, such as RSA VI-91-A , stipulate that all deliberations must be held in a meeting ...
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Has Maxine Waters taken any steps to nationalize the Oil Industry in the US? [closed]

In 2012, Maxine Waters declared And guess what this liberal will be all about. This liberal will be all about socializ… uh, uh … would be about [long pause] basically taking over, and the ...
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What happens if the state delegations tie on a presidential vote?

If no candidate gets a majority of electoral votes in the United States, states each get one vote for who becomes president. What happens if 25 states vote for the Democrat and 25 vote for the ...
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How do “originalist” interpreters of the constitution cope with the 2nd amendment?

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. As far as I can see, from both the ...
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Can the Virginia State Government have a public referendum on 3rd trimester abortion: simply yea or nay?

Can the Va voters vote "yea"or "nay" to 3rd trimester abortion? Whether this would be binding or non-binding. Thanks
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How much money did the United States spend on the Iraq war, and how much money did US oil companies gain as a result of the new Iraqi constitution?

This is just a cost benefit analysis, any discussion about US motivations in engaging in the Iraq war I would consider out of scope. Iraq nationalized oil production in 1972 (source). Following the ...
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What happens to the money during a government shutdown?

In the US, which part of the government is holding the money due to federal employees? During a government shutdown, what happens to this money? Is it reinvested through short-term lending?
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If a US Supreme Court Justice is physically unable to work, are any mechanisms in place to choose their successor?

There have been a few justices in the past that have "gone off their rockers" in the last few years of their careers, but from what I understand, unless they retire, they couldn't be replaced. But ...
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Is the US Congress more divided now than early on?

The US Congress has been very divided and partisan for my whole adult life, 10 years. There seems to be this idea of how politicians used to work together to get things done, and the house and senate ...
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Anti-deceptive electioneering law

In light of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections and clandestine Democratic efforts to use deceptive tactics in the recent Alabama senate race, it is clear that social media as a ...
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Who sets US tariffs, Congress or the executive branch? [duplicate]

I am pretty sure that tariffs are supposed to be set by laws enacted by Congress in the United States, at least according to the Constitution. However, I keep hearing about this or that president ...
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Why does the Department of State contain the word “state”? [duplicate]

I'd like to get a better understanding of the role of the Department of State when viewed as a citizen, a resident of one of the 50 US states, and as a non-US political entity. I conflate the term ...
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What if a President-elect is found to be an invalid candidate? [duplicate]

The recent question about a fictional character winning an election got me thinking about the not-a-citizen arguments from a previous election. There was a lot of talk about if he was an eligible ...
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Why does the Green New Deal push for green energy but not for nuclear energy?

It seems strange to me that that the new green deal wants clean and renewable power from solar and wind energy yet oppose nuclear energy. I have been googling experts consensus on nuclear energy and ...
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Are Americans allowed to use deadly force against illegal immigrants? [closed]

If Trump officially declares a national state of emergency, stating that people coming across the border illegally is a threat to our national security, are Americans allowed to use deadly force ...
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Who would become the US President if a fictional character like Cthulhu is elected?

In the year 20XX, Cthulhu is "elected" President of United States. Namely, by "elected", I mean that enough people in the right patterns and places vote for Cthulhu[1] that 270+ electoral votes by ...
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How feasible is the green new deal?

I am trying to look up the cost and benefits to implement the green new deal and I can not find any such cost benefit analysis. I understand that the benefits may be a bit intangible so I guess I am ...
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How much power does the Senate Majority Leader have?

Following this question: Why is the Senate leader allowed to decide which bills to vote on? - how much power exactly does Senate Majority Leader have? Let's suppose that the Senate is split 51-49 ...
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How to donate to most likely minor party congressional candidate in the US?

I would like to see non-major-party candidates elected to congress. I don't care which state, and I don't much care what their platform is. Are there any political organizations whose mission is to ...
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Did the US encourage the 2002 military coup against Chavez?

I have a problem. I'm trying to understand the crisis in Venezuela at the moment, and I've seen many videos on Youtube which purport to explain it correctly. Many videos make starkly opposite claims, ...
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Does anything prevent essential government employees from quitting during the shutdown?

Currently only "essential" government employees are allowed to go to work and they're doing so without pay. But as the shutdown gets longer and people's savings start running out, would anything ...
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Given the president supports a “clean” CR, when can the US federal government reopen?

The president has announced that he supports a continuing resolution temporarily reopening the US federal government (which is currently partially shut down). Since the opposing party has already ...
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Is it possible for the United States to abolish the Electoral College? [duplicate]

The Electoral College is probably constitutional, but if it's found that it isn't, is it even possible to remove it?
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Is it typical for candidates to change their looks based on voter profiles?

One TV series includes the following scene: the wife of one of the presidential candidates is shown several pictures of herself and advised by one of the campaign stuff that based on focus groups it ...
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Can the Speaker of the House of Reps be replaced?

What are the requirements to replace the speaker of the House?
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Why is Fox News the most viewed news channel in the US? [closed]

Are there any empirical reasons why Fox News receives overwhelmingly high viewership as compared to other news organizations? Sources: TVNewser TheWrap
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What does Zimbabwe need to do to become a colony again?

I am a Zimbabwean and I believe that the only way my country can move out of the economic mess we are in is not through politics. But simply giving away the country to anyone/any country that may be ...
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Are there any theories as to why there is so little public outcry about the US government shutdown?

As an European living in the US I'm baffled about the partial US government shutdown. Specifically the lack of public outcry surprises me. In general I have the feeling that people sympathize with the ...
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What agencies are affected by government shutdown? [duplicate]

I did a search and visited a few government websites, but I still can't seem to find all the agencies affected by the shutdown.
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What fiscal backbone is there for employees who are now on “leave without pay” due to government shutdown?

Well considering a shutdown takes quite some time, it means there are lots of people with various skillsets who are literary thumbling thumbs. Just to wait till they can get their job back. Since not ...