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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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Math/Logical problem for real estate tax law makers in most US states [on hold]

Alex - 😕 and Johnny 😩 Alex (40yo) worked while he was stronger and he now has $20k saved. Johnny inherits $20k (Same age and just as poor physical condition) Johnny and Alex buy one house each ...
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Provisional Ballots in Ohio and the Larry Harmon case

The US Supreme court is hearing arguments over the state rights to purge voter rolls. The case arises from an Ohio voter (Larry Harmon) who was purged from the voter rolls. My first question is a ...
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Why does the U.S military use mercenaries?

With a defense budget now totaling ~686-billion dollars a year – which is about the size of the next 8 largest defense budgets combined (figure) – why does the U.S military see the need to ...
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Why won't the U.S. be a signatory nation of The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Convention_on_the_Law_of_the_Sea The following Wikipedia article states that the U.S. is not a signatory member of The United Nations Convention on the ...
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Census Solidarity? [on hold]

I have heard that immigrants are concerned about the census because it will contain a question along the lines of “Are you a citizen?” I have been wondering if there might be a way for me to show ...
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Why did Israel vote against lifting the American embargo on Cuba?

Every single country in the world except for the United States and Israel voted for the United States to end the embargo on Cuba. My question is, why Israel? Many of the nations on this list are ...
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Oregon household medical visits to familes with newborn children. Voluntary or mandatory?

Oregon's SB 526 has gained much controversy. The bill, if passed, is supposed to implement home visits by nurses/other-medical-professionals to families with newborn children. According to Patrick ...
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Why is there no “tax relief program” (for real estate property in many US states) for the poor like they have for the people over 65? [on hold]

The fact that we help the poor and homeless (which is a good thing) with shelter, foodstamps.. etc, but at the same time we are willing to take away the houses owned by responsible people who live on ...
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Are Washington's threats over Nord Stream pipeline against WTO rules?

I heard that the U.S. is considering imposing sanctions against Germany if it proceeds to build the Nord Stream pipeline and import gas from Russia, but I was wondering if such trade restrictions ...
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What is the U.S. seeking to achieve by trying to make sure that G20 members such as Mexico and Turkey cannot claim the WTO developing country status?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-wto/u-s-drafts-wto-reform-to-halt-handouts-for-big-and-rich-states-idUSKCN1Q426T After reading that article, it seems that the U.S. is pushing to remove ...
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Is Bernie Sanders an actual socialist? [duplicate]

Bernie Sanders calls himself a socialist and is called one by most media outlets, but are they correct?
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If China is as good as other developing countries at protecting IP, why is the U.S. administration labelling China as a trade cheat?

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/04/us-trade-hawks-exaggerate-chinas-threat/587536/ I was reading this article and read that China is not any different in regards to other developing ...
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Does the US Supreme Court vote using secret ballots?

I am interested in the mechanism by which the Supreme Court casts votes on a ruling. Do they do it by secret ballot? Or is it as simple as a show of hands? Does a Justice have the opportunity to ...
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Why did the Supreme Court decide to disregard the prefatory clause of the 2nd amendment? [on hold]

In order to better explain my incredulity, let me start with a simple legal thought experiment: Suppose there is a law that states "Driving near schools at speeds above 25mph is prohibited." Now, an ...
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Can a city in Colorado decide to legalize more drugs?

Colorado and many other states legalize weed. I wonder, just like some states in the United States can legalize weed, can some cities in those states decide to legalize other drugs too?
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Rationale for including incest as common abortion exception in addition to rape and health

This is a sensitive subject so let me be clear: I am not looking for opinions on abortion (good or bad). I am not looking for opinions on whether or not rape, health or incest are reasonable ...
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Why are lawsuits between the President and Congress not automatically sent to the Supreme Court

When the United State Congress and the President are involved in a legal fight together, the resulting legal case originates in a US District Court for DC, as was the case for United States v. Nixon. ...
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What limits exist to stop a grand jury being used to persecute a political opponent?

Grand juries are conducted in secret by prosecutors without the oversight of a judge. The reasons for the secrecy of these proceedings have been adequately covered here but I am curious as to what ...
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Why doesn't the US suppress the use of Spanish, similar to how France enforces its official language?

Looking at the Spanish language distribution in the US one can see that English is slowly losing its dominant status in the southern parts: So why don't American politicians attempt to restrict the ...
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Would the Congressional Apportionment Amendment have any effect on the House of Representatives if it were ratified today?

The unratified Congressional Apportionment Amendment reads : After the first enumeration required by the first article of the Constitution, there shall be one Representative for every thirty ...
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Are the intentions behind the Guarantee Clause an early incarnation of the concepts in the 14th Amendment?

TLDR/ Bottom Line Up Front: Is the Guarantee clause an attempt to empower the government to protect individual rights by constraining State Governments by the Rule of Law? Background This question ...
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Exactly what did China “renege on” in a trade deal?

Donald Trump said Beijing “broke the deal” by reneging on earlier commitments made during months of negotiations. Larry Kudlow said that China needs to agree to “very strong” enforcement provisions ...
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Did Trump's administration indicate their opinion of whitehouse.gov petitions?

Leaving aside the specific politics of their answers, my overall impression was that Obama administration treated Whitehouse petitions more like a minor sideshow than anything else. Writing less than ...
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What explains the timing of the U.S China trade tariffs and negotiations?

This Wikipedia article dates the start of the U.S. China trade war to January 2018. Link to Wikipedia. Of course trade rhetoric about China probably dates back to the earliest days of the Trump ...
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If the US switched to the metric system, what would the net 20-year economic savings be?

If the United States were to adopt the metric system of units, as commonly used in all other advanced industrial economies, there would clearly be switching costs for the economy as a whole, and there ...
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Why are there no attempts to establish the metric system in the US?

As far is I'm aware, there aren't many rational arguments for using the imperial system of measurement in favor of the metric system. Have there been actual political attempts to establish the metric ...
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How many WTO cases has the Trump administration launched (per year)?

Although Trump criticizes the WTO, his administration has nevertheless initiated case there, for example 5 cases against retaliatory tariffs last year: [07/16/2018:] The Trump administration on ...
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Why is the Gravina Island bridge held up as an example of wasteful pork-barrel spending?

The as-yet-unbuilt Gravina Island bridge, which would connect the Alaskan city of Ketchikan to an island that holds the city’s airport (plus a few other residents besides); the two are, currently, ...
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Why won't Donald Trump solve its trade grievances through the WTO?

Is there a reason why the U.S. is trying to undermine the WTO and is trying to bypass the WTO to solve its trade grievances with China and other countries? What are the rationales and moral ...
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What's Trump's frustration with the WTO?

I read in a June 2018 news piece that: The White House's legislative director, Marc Short, said that Trump was frustrated with the WTO but that he was not aware of any plan to get the US out of the ...
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Could the US House sit on Articles of Impeachment instead of sending them to the Senate?

The U. S. House of Representatives is moving towards the impeachment of President Donald Trump because that seems the only way to obtain verbal and written testimony needed by the House to examine the ...
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Has the White House addressed what brought H.R. 312 to Trump’s attention?

President Trump tweeted this yesterday: Republicans shouldn’t vote for H.R. 312, a special interest casino Bill, backed by Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren. It is unfair and doesn’t treat Native ...
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Is much of what the US federal government does unconstitutional?

Heard the argument that since much of what the federal government does these days - Freddie Mac, Social Security, Medicare, you name it - is not within explicitly listed Enumerated Powers in the ...
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Can the president of the United States be guilty of insider trading?

For almost one year now, I have closely observed developments on stock markets. I mainly focused on major indices such as the Dow Jones and DAX (I am from Germany). Both indices suffered losses during ...
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Why is Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry a political issue?

In the past (perhaps during her Senate campaign), Senator Elizabeth Warren has mentioned that she has some Native American blood in her geneology. For some reason, Donald Trump has accused her of ...
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On the mandatory IRS audit of sitting president and vice-president

It's been reported that the sitting president and vice president are subject to mandatory IRS audit. Two questions regarding this: Is there some statutory authority that requires the IRS to conduct ...
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Is there any reason to vote against the predominant majority?

Let us take the example of voting in a U.S. presidential election. If one lives in a blue state for which the outcome of the vote is known to always favor the Democratic candidate, is there any reason ...
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Opposite party turned away from voting when ballot is all opposing party

I tried to vote today [May 7th 2019] in my local primary city elections in Westfield, Indiana. The poll workers asked me what party I was affiliated with, when I stated I wasn't a Republican they ...
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In Pennsylvania, are there legal limits to how often you can switch political parties?

In the state of Pennsylvania, is it permissible to routinely change political parties, independent of a change or lack-thereof to one's permanent political views? For example, one may wish to switch ...
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Does the US have plans to protect its IT critical infrastructure in case of war against China? [closed]

If the US entered a war (not a trade war, but a real one) against China, how could it guarantee a supply of computers, microchips, and IT in general (that are essential for the whole infrastructure). ...
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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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What happens if the US Attorney General refuses to comply with the legislative branch?

Similar to question Is there precedent or are there procedures for a US president refusing to concede to an electoral defeat? but in reference to specifically the attorney general. As a side note, ...
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How come there are so many candidates for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination?

It seems the number of candidates for the 2020 US Democratic Party presidential nomination has now reached 21 "major" candidates, plus 200 (!!) additional filing candidates (though two of the "major" ...
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Which states will have different electoral maps in 2020 than they had in 2016?

Michigan's gerrymandered electoral map drawn up after the 2010 redistricting was just found unconstitutional, joining Pennsylvania. There is also a current supreme court case regarding the ...
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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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Why isn't English the official language of the US but it is necessary to know it to become a citizen?

I know that English is not the official language of the United States. However, according to this UCIS page on the naturalization test, To become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must pass the ...
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Can sitting US presidents repeal their own Executive Orders?

I was just wondering if sitting US presidents can repeal their own executive order? For example, a president issued an executive order (forget the content). Can the same president revoke that ...
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USA — Republic or Democracy? [duplicate]

I am recalling a slogan of the John Birch Society from back, I think, in the early 60s: This is a republic, not a democracy. Let's keep it that way! Without starting partisan bickering, what ...
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How can Republicans who favour free markets, consistently express anger when they don't like the outcome of that choice?

I'm over in the UK with quite an interest in US politics, and intrigued at Republican statements about tech and social media being biased against them. My curiosity is piqued because on the other ...