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Who presented the articles to the Senate alongside the Clerk?

During the preceding, the Clerk of the House and the Sergeant at Arms of the House were side-by-side. However, during the presentation, the Clerk was next to someone else, seen on the right below. Who ...
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Who is the federal watchdog saying that Trump broke the law?

This report from NPR is about a watchdog report that says that Trump broke the law when he froze Ukranian funds. The White House says it was legal. My question is: Who is the federal watchdog that ...
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Why does US confirm conducting strikes such as the one that targeted Qassem Soleimani?

After the recent strike targeting Qassem Soleimani I am wondering why does US performs these attacks so bluntly while nowadays it is quite fashionable to deny involvement. I assume that in order to ...
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Is there anything stopping an impeachment from being filibustered?

So, in American politics, there is the tradition of the filibuster, where a legislator prevents a legislative activity from moving ahead by standing up and continuing to talk indefinitely, which has, ...
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US Chief Justice Roberts' choices of “in conformity with” and “in conformance with” during the swearing in at the Senate

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts used both the phrases in conformity with and in conformance with within the same minute during a swearing-in process in the senate. This can be heard in CNN’...
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Why does the Democratic Party perform well in New England?

A lot has been written about the current demographics of the voter base of the Republican and Democratic parties in the United States. A Google Search of Trump popular white working class will result ...
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Did the USA violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty?

America and Russia recently abandoned the INF treaty, with both sides blaming each other. Since then I've heard that the US has tested short-range missiles. I read headlines and thought: It's ok, as ...
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Male vs. female hormonal contraception, legal status [migrated]

According to this snopes article, a study on a hormonal contraception method for males was stopped early because of side effects, such as "acne, injection site pain, increased libido, and mood ...
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Has Trump managed to implement any of his anti-corruption (lobbying reform) campaign proposals?

In a 2016 article, the BBC noted some (four) proposals of then-candidate Trump: Currently, anyone spending less than 20% of their time engaged in lobbying can call themselves an "adviser" or "...
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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 Bill Gates correct about Warren's tax plan? [closed]

In an interview Gates said: When you say I should pay $100 billion then I'm starting to do a little math about what I have... leftovers Turned out it was a joke, as he added "Just kidding". But ...
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Are Andrew Yang's concerns about automation legitimate? [closed]

Is it really true that basically all jobs will be annihlated in a short period and drastic measures are needed to prevent societal collapse
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Are all U.S. Senators required to attend the impeachment trial?

Several U.S. Senators are campaigning for their party's nomination for the 2020 general presidential election. The impeachment trial will start next week. Are these Senators required to attend all ...
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Can impeachment managers be changed once the Senate trial starts?

So Pelosi has picked the "impeachment managers" for the House. Are there rules that these managers can't be changed once the trial in the Senate starts? If so, what is the rationale for preventing a ...
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Why do the US media keep claiming that Iran is violating their nuclear deal even though the deal was withdrawn by the US?

I keep seeing articles in the US media recently, claiming that Iran is in violation of a 'nuclear deal'. For example: The head of Iran's nuclear program said on Monday that Tehran was now operating ...
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Do any 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates support a 0 copay 0 deductible Public Option?

2020 Democratic Presidential candidate’s Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders support a single-payer “Medicare for All” healthcare plan with zero copays and zero deductibles. Other candidates, like ...
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Why is the US broadcast media mostly banned from fact-checking political advertising?

On this site the author writes: Two more Facebook moderation stories. On one hand, they're moving to block 'deep fake' manipulated video, but on the other, they're holding firm on not fact-checking ...
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Why did G.W. Bush remove North Korea from the list of sponsors of terrorism?

According to some news reports: The designation of state sponsor of terror was removed from North Korea by President George W. Bush in 2008. North Korea was named among the ‘axis of evil’ countries ...
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Why did the US allow North Korea to gain nuclear weapons? [closed]

Clearly the US had no qualms invading Iraq on the suspicion/claim that they were still having weapons of mass destruction. What "saved" North Korea from a similar US action? I would prefer answers ...
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Are there any proposals for a significant electrification of US railroads?

Most of the railroads in the United States are not electrified. I can't find figures right now, but I don't think it's much. In the past decade, fuel prices have risen, Amtrak ridership has increased ...
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Grey area of “impeachment”

According to what I've read: the House has the ability to impeach a President, however this doesn't mean the President has to leave office. He only has to leave office if the Senate finds him guilty. ...
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Is it true that Republicans have an unfair geographical advantage in elections for the House of Representatives?

I'm not from the U.S. but someone told me that the Republican Party had an unfair advantage in elections for the House of Representatives. This advantage would be geographic. The voters who usually ...
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What is the benefit of engaging in war to the incumbent president/party?

I have a question about the mounting threat of armed conflict between the U.S. and Iran currently. For instance, Donald J. Trump tweeted in 2011: In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a ...
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Are Non-Muslims from the banned countries allowed into the US?

I keep seeing Trump's latest bit of executive action regarded as a 'Muslim Ban'. It doesn't make sense to me, since all of the information I can find shows that he is imposing a 90-day ban on travel ...
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What are the rules for subpoenaing witnesses in a US Presidential Impeachment trial?

Senator Mitch McConnell has stated that he has sufficient votes to commence to impeachment trial and set the rules for it without Democratic support. Democrats have expressed concern over the ground ...
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Fact Checking Presidents information [closed]

Why does America not have an information facts checker to ensure that the information that is being relayed to American voters is accurate? The American voters are expecting that what the president ...
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If Biden weren't a 2020 candidate, would a quid pro quo to investigate corruption be impeachable?

The US government uses quid pro quos (QPQs) regularly to enforce its political will on entities it does business with: hostage negotiating, pushing of ideals, conflict resolution, etc, etc, ad ...
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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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Why make large dense investigative reports for public release if there are significant barriers to understand them?

Background The U.S. government time and again produces public large dense reports that describe specific phenomena in excruciating detail for someone not in the legal or lobbying profession. Every ...
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Must bills introduced in Congress be completed within that term?

I suspect that between new Congresses, given the turnover in people, that there is a lower likelihood for prior bills to pass. However is there a rule on this - are bills that have not passed in a ...
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How does one buy a burnable American flag in Tehran?

Since 1978 I've seen footage of people in Tehran burning American flags, and as far as I can tell each time it's completely destroyed, meaning that they have to get a new American flag to burn each ...
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How would war with Iran be WW3? [duplicate]

I'm sure you've seen some of the fearmongering online and in the media about escalating tensions with Iran. Some say we're on the brink of a third world war. How is this? How would a war between ...
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Who is meant by 'enemy' and 'conspiracy' in Kennedy's speech?

President John F. Kennedy had a speech on April 27, 1961; famously called "THE PRESIDENT AND THE PRESS". In that speech, he mentions a hidden enemy with concealed acts. Who is it? The President have ...
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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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The reason behind the contradictory behavior of US political parties toward Islamic Republic of Iran

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, the behavior of two American political parties toward Iran has always been contradictory: From the beginning and after hostage-taking by revolutionaries, ...
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Is Iran missile strike the first unanswered strike to the US after Cuban crisis?

As everyone already heard, recently Iran launched a missile strike on US military bases in Iraq. US didn't answer with anything but tweets. Is it the first time after Cuban Missile Crisis, when armed ...
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If the law cited as the reason for an impeachment article is rendered unconstitutional, does that nullify the impeachment article?

Background Back in 1868, President Andrew Johnson was impeached for violating the Tenure of Office Act of 1867 when he tried to remove the secretary of war Edwin Stanton without the Senate's consent. ...
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Why did the US add a group to terrorism list and after a while remove it?

I am not an expert or even medium in politic. I want to know: Why did the US add a group to terrorism list and after a while remove it? My question is because of the following fact: The United ...
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Congressman Jeff Van Drew is switching parties over Trump impeachment: has this ever happened before?

New Jersey Representative Jeff Van Drew has switched parties from Democrat to Republican over the House of Representatives' vote to impeach President Trump, citing its partisan nature and the ...
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Have US anti-ballistic-missile capabilities been used and were they effective in countering the recent Iranian missile strike on US bases in Iraq?

This is breaking news, so it may not be answerable right away but probably will be in a reasonably short term... Iran has launched (from its own territory) ballistic missile strikes against US bases ...
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Have their been any updates on Huber’s review since May?

In 2017, after the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Muller to oversee the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, Congressional Republicans asked the Department of Justice to appoint a second Special ...
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Legality of same-sex marriage compromise law

There are currently a number of states which permit same-sex marriage, and others which outright prohibit and refuse to recognize it. The latter laws are currently being challenged in courts all over ...
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Why do African-Americans not support the GOP? [duplicate]

I am a new political enthusiast. Recently I was studying the voting tendencies of the American ethnic group and found that most African Americans support the Democratic Party. But one thing I ...
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Iran threatening to attack Dubai

Hours ago Iran had threatened to attack Dubai, referring to Dubai as "America's leg" because of our U.S. owned oil businesses and shipments there. When Iran threatened to attack U.S. troops or ...
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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 this show of Islamic Republic and the US confrontation beneficial for Trump's impeachment process? [closed]

I'm an Iranian that I'm just living in the US for a couple of years. Recently, the tension between the US and Islamic Republic regime is heightened to another level that we didn't see it before. In ...
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is there any way a WW3 can start? [closed]

Because of the latest conflicts between USA and Iran, is there any way a WW3 can start? And in what case a ww3 can start? Honestly, I don't believe this but I want other people's opinion.
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Does the Vice-President retain their tiebreaking vote during an impeachment trial of the President?

The Vice-President is the President of the Senate by the US Constitution. As President of the Senate, the Vice-President is empowered to preside over the Senate and cast a tie-breaking vote. The ...
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Does Trump have any consistent foreign policy? [closed]

Is killing a charismatic military leader bringing any good to world economy and politics? Does Trump have any consistent foreign policy? Didn't he promise in his campaign that he would withdraw from ...
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What threat, if any, does Iran really pose to the US?

The US army absolutely dwarfs the Iranian army in terms of military might. Realistically, Iran cannot attack mainland US, whereas the US could nuke Iran into oblivion at a moment's notice. They ...