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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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Why is a border wall such a polarising issue in American politics?

I don't understand why this is such a big deal. Many countries around the world have a hard border with a physical barrier in place to stop illegal crossing/smuggling. It doesn't seem inherently ...
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How frequently do prime time presidential addresses occur?

The Trump administration has requested airtime on major networks for President Trump’s prime-time message regarding immigration. The major broadcast and cable news networks CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, ...
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What are the requirements for a Democratic nomination in primaries?

Who decides how many candidates and which of them will be nominated by the Democratic party in a presidential election?
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Maxine Waters “passed 3 bills in Congress in 27 years”?

It is asserted here (time stamp 10:04) that My opponent [referring to Maxine Waters] only passed 3 bills in Congress in 27 years. Is this true and how does an average person like me verify this ...
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Why are so few immigrants being processed at the southern border?

News reports say that Trump administration is limiting the number of asylum seeking immigrants to 20 per day in a process called metering. What I don't understand is why this is such a low number, ...
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What do Democrats mean when they call a wall or barrier “immoral”?

I don't want arguments for or against the wall/barrier on the United States' southern border. I would like to understand what Nancy Pelosi means when she or any other member of the Democratic party ...
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Wording to request support for Bill stuck in US House committee?

Supposing a letter-writing campaign was launched to support a particular house bill, including the H.R. #; and that bill had a notable number of sponsors; and was referred to a committee, in which the ...
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Why did many voters support a border wall instead of other border control methods?

According to then candidate Donald J Trump's proposal, the US should build a wall on its southern border with Mexico. Seems every time he mentioned the wall in his rallies, his crowd cheered and were ...
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Why are right-wing politicians in the US typically pro-Israel?

In my understanding, generally, right-wing politicians are hard on immigration and foreign people in general. This typically goes well with anti-semitism, too. (See Nazis / Neo-Nazis). At least in the ...
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Which party did the US citizens who don't pay federal income taxes vote for in 2012?

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury" - unknown (frequently attributed to ...
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Trump said he didn't “need” to call a national emergency. How does this affect (if it all) his court chances?

Trump declared a national emergency, then literally said the words I didn't need to do this. He further admitted that it's just a "faster way" to accomplish what he wants. How will this affect ...
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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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Bill Bennett was ok with beheading drug dealers, how about Perdue Pharma? [on hold]

From nndb.com's William Bennett page: During {William Bennett's} 15 June 1989 appearance on Larry King Live, one caller outrageously suggested that he "behead the damn drug dealers." Bennett ...
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How long will a state of emergency need to be declared for Trump to build the wall

Would the state of emergency need to be in place for the entire construction? There is no actual hard definition of what the wall will be so it's more of an administrative question Assuming the wall ...
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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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Congressional oaths of office

Is it a requirement of holding congressional office that one must swear an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States?
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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 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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What is the US 'Deep State' and what evidence is there for it?

I've heard whispers of a 'deep state' run by the Clintons or Obama or various liberals/democrats and I never really gave it much thought. It sounds kind of crazy - that said, I have to admit, I don't ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can US Election Schedules be changed in an Emergency?

The US has a large number of elections, mostly on fixed schedulers. Does any provision exist for changing those schedules in an emergency, for example postponing an election during a time of war? Or ...
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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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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

I am wondering about developed countries in general, but my experience (and the focus of this question) is the USA and Canada. There are laws in place to prevent discrimination. It is illegal, for ...
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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? [closed]

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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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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How much of Donald Trump's wall has been built since he came into office?

The US president today tweeted we must continue to BUILD THE WALL! Am I right in thinking that "continue" means building has occurred since he took office? How much actual new wall has been ...
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How come Gerrymandering is still legal?

I just came across a post on tumblr including some congressional district borders. How come state courts do not outright throw this out through the window for not following the compactness rule? I ...
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Why would Trump call out Germany saying they owe the US and NATO 'vast sums' of money for defence?

Why would Trump call out Germany on their spending budget for NATO? He tweets Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive,...
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When, how and why did the stars in the logo of the Republican Party get turned upside down?

Note: I'm not making any claims here, I'm simply asking for the story behind the logo change. Here is the current logo of the US Republican Party: The stars used to point upwards, like this: This ...
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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?

In this question, a person asks why it's so easy to ban Nazi symbols and so hard to ban communist symbols: Why is banning communism symbols so hard to achieve as opposed to banning of Nazi symbols? ...
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Has any organization ever made it off the SPLC list?

The Southern Poverty Law Center keeps a well-publicized list of organizations that promote hateful agendas. Without debating the merits of the list -- which would be outside the scope of the ...
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Can European Union refuse a USA Ambassador proposal? If yes, who decides?

This article tells us about the likely EU ambassador, Ted Malloch's not so politically correct declarations about the European Union: Donald Trump's likely pick for ambassador to the European Union ...
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Who was responsible for appointing Loretta Lynch to the New York Fed in 2003?

The Wikipedia biography of Attorney General Loretta Lynch says that she held a board seat at the New York Fed from 2003 to 2005. On what basis did she get the job and who appointed her?
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Currently, do prison inmates in the state of New York do “hard labor”?

A relative is insisting that currently, in our state, which is New York, prison inmates are required to do "hard labor." I was skeptical, but I tried to find some evidence of this by searching the ...
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Where are detailed results of New York State elections available?

Where can I find published the official election results for New York State (USA)? We just had an election which included many NY State offices (as well as federal US) but their results are very hard ...
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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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US Government software and the Freedom of Information Act

Is code written by the United States Government (its employees, or if for some reason we start electing a Code Czar... then elected officials) subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)? ...
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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 ...