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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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Is there any experimental evidence vaccines reduce mortality

Most likely not. Migrate as needed. Maybe biology. Cna help.
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Feasible peak to minimum wage?

A number of US minimum wage advocates seek regular increases in the minimum wage. As a matter of political and economic feasibility, how high can the hourly minimum wage be set? I assume this would ...
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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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Campaign Finance and Presidential Pardons [on hold]

Assuming that money does buy elections (which I doubt) wouldn't there be incentive for people running for President to violate campaign finance laws, with the expectation of pardoning everybody ...
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Might two countries coordinate balanced tariffs?

If a country wanted to reduce taxes (say for some income bracket) but wanted to keep a balanced budget, would targeted tariffs not be a good way to do this? Would tariffs on goods that everyone (rich ...
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If the office of POTUS was obtained illegally, what happens? [on hold]

There is a lot of media currently about activities relating to the election of the current US President (Trump). While things like colluding with Russia may not be illegal some other activities may ...
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Why do Senators not understand technology and are they briefed before hearings?

After the hearings with Facebook and Google CEOs, it seems that Senators don't have any technology overview briefings before they ask their questions during hearings. Why do Senators not understand ...
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Is Trump an isolationist?

Concerning foreign policy is President Trump an isolationist? If he is, to what extent? His anti-globalist 'America First' rhetoric and his anti-alliance talk would indicate he is an isolationist yet ...
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Passing state laws that conflict with federal laws. How is it possible? [duplicate]

California passed a law this election year allowing the recreational use of marijuana. However, at the federal level, marijuana is still illegal. How can states pass laws that conflict with federal ...
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Is there a North Korean “interests section”, representation of NK interests, or consular arrangement for NK citizens, in the United States?

The United States and North Korea do not have diplomatic relations with each other, and therefore neither hosts a diplomatic mission of the other, although NK does maintain a mission to the United ...
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Deferential attitude at congressional hearings

Why are the subjects of congressional hearings so submissive at these hearings? Take the recent US congressional hearing with the CEO of Google. I found Sundar Pichai extremely patient, calm and ...
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What makes somebody a mandarin?

I've seen the word "mandarin" bandied about lately in right-wing editorials with little effort to explain what kind of person becomes a "mandarin" or under which conditions. Can somebody give a ...
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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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How does voting in the US Senate work?

There were a number of confirmation hearings in the Senate where Mike Pence, as President of the Senate, cast the tie-breaking vote. That part is clear to me from the Constitution. Impeachment is ...
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Did the candidacy of Ross Perot swing the 1992 presidential election?

Reading the Wikipedia article on the 1992 presidential candidacy of Ross Perot, one would get the impression that it made no difference to the outcome of the election. However, after looking at the ...
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Why do people think there is a “War on Christmas”? [closed]

I don't believe that there is a "War on Christmas". However I always hear of this belief of a "War on Christmas" motivating people to vote against Democrats in the United States. What causes people to ...
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Credible evidence for Iran arming or funding the Houthi rebels in Yemen?

Iran is sending advanced weapons and military advisers to Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement, stepping up support for its Shi’ite ally in a civil war whose outcome could sway the balance of power in the ...
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Has Trump previously engaged in speculation about “cultural marxism”?

Trump recently retweeted this tweet by Charlie Kirk which claims that: They want to cover up the middle class rebellion against cultural Marxism Has Trump previously mentioned the "cultural ...
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Why is it called “State of the Union”? Shouldn't it be “State of the Country”? [on hold]

Non-American here. Why is the annual presidential speech given to Congress called "State of the Union"? In these speeches, the president informs Congress on the state of the country, right? So why is ...
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Laws concerning the appearance of US dollars

A recent question concerning the president putting himself on the dollar got me to thinking: The US dollar at one time was printed with an appearance to celebrate aspects of education. I'm wondering ...
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Is the current age-party affiliation breakdown in the US comparable to historic US breakdowns?

Pictured below is a more granular breakdown of this relationship by age. Conventional wisdom goes that people become more conservative as they grow older, or rather that people stay the same and that ...
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Legal rationale for detention of Meng Wanzhou by the United States [duplicate]

Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Chinese multinational Huawei and daughter of its founder was detained on Dec 1, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada, at a request of the United States. How do the United Stated justify ...
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Why isn't Election Day a federal holiday in the US?

Inspired by this question The United States has low levels of voter turnout as compared to other developed democracies. As seen in the above question, low-income individuals are less likely to vote ...
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If presidents are impeached and removed from office, how are they forced out?

I'm curious what actually happens after the president is impeached. Does he have to take it upon himself to resign? Do the speaker and the majority leader march into his office, hand him a letter and ...
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When the founding fathers of the USA added Freedom of Religion, were there any religions in North America that killed in the name of religion?

Many of the people who came to North America in the first place came to avoid religious persecution. This being the case; at the time the founding fathers added Freedom of Religion to the ...
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How does the discrepancy between exit polls and results in recent US elections compare to pre-electronic machine margins?

Question Before we used electronic voting machines, were the discrepancies between exit polls and results in swing states different? I'm simply looking for this information so I can draw my own ...
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The US Voting System Vulnerabilities, Anti-Fraud, and citizen Assurance of Accuracy

As a US citizen that votes and expects my vote and every other citizen's to be counted with accuracy, it is rather disturbing when I hear about news such as the strongly suspected voter fraud/cheating ...
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Can the president put his own likeness on money?

Preface, I am unsure of all the powers the Federal Reserve possess or who controls the Reserve outside of congress. However it is at the Federal level so I was wondering. What control over the ...
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Congressional closed meeting and transcript release

What is the rationale of having a "closed" congressional hearing (viz: Comey testifying Dec 7 2018) AND asserting that his testimony (via transcript) will be released 24 hours later?
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Why is the president unable to grant a pardon for State offenses?

In the US, as in many modern countries, we have a presidential pardon. However, we also have many state government pardons. The constitution states and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and ...
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If a bill was referred to a Committee, and died there, is there a way to tell what happened?

In this answer, I linked to a bill that was listed as dead in a Committee. Another user asked what happened to the bill, why did it die and who supported/opposed it (votes or otherwise): Where can ...
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How can the Judicial Branch enforce its orders?

I got to thinking on this when reading this thread What happens if administration doesn't meet the deadline to reunify families? The answer talks about contempt and the possibility of sanctions / ...
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Isn't acknowledging the existence of God, as a state, a contradiction of the separation of Church and State?

I'm not an expert in politics at all, but I have been wondering about this for a while. If Church and State are supposed to be separated, isn't it a bit of a contradiction to have "God" so strongly "...
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Is the arrest of Huawei's CFO legal? [migrated]

Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of the Chinese company Huawei was recently arrested in Canada, and is facing extradition to the US, allegedly on charges of breaking violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. The thing ...
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Are there any known triggers for Avenatti deciding not to run for presidency?

According to Michael Avenatti, After Flirting With Run, Says He Won’t Seek White House, Avenatti announced that he wasn't running for presidency on Tuesday 4 December. The NYT article mentions his ...
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Did US make any significant fiscal changes following Panama Papers disclosures?

The Panama Papers disclosure was a huge scandal, so there were many reactions. This article illustrates Barack Obama's reaction to this: Barack Obama is launching a crackdown on international tax ...
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Why doesn't the Presidential Pardon power extend to State Crimes?

Paragraph One of Article 2, Section 2 of the United States constitution contains the following text: "The President … shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United ...
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Reasons given by free market advocates against a carbon tax?

I see people who like free markets have two main reasons why: one due to the efficiency, the other due to the freedom, or a combination of both. For the people who value efficiency, why not support a ...
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What could political parties in America look like? [closed]

What would major political parties in America look like, if it came about, in both demographics and ideology? Right now, we seem to vote for who we tolerate. How many parties would it take to have ...
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Do American voters tend to vote themselves a raise?

One common objection to more democracy is that given control of government, the winning coalition will decide to pay themselves more---whether through tax cuts, public projects, subsidies, or ...
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What could an infrastructure bill look like?

With the incoming congress, a lot of talk has happened that infrastructure is something the republicans and democrats could come together on. What are some key aspects of infrastructure that they ...
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Why do Republicans and others accept the propagandaic use of the term “Progressives”?

The word "progressives" has always confused me. It's sort of like an antonym to "conservatives", but the difference is that "conservative" is a neutral word. It tells us that you want to "conserve" ...
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Why is Lindsey Graham so acerbic against Mohammed bin Salman?

Graham said that MBS (the Crown Prince) "has to go" and and called him "crazy" and "dangerous". It looks like Graham, although a Republican, is strongly against the White House' position on this, ...
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can a teenage runaway if they have an emergency which caused them to do that? [closed]

hello so I have a question . can a teenage run away if they have an emergency, for example, their parents are threatening to kill them / or will kill them but if they ran to the us embassy in the UAE ...
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Is the US suffering from legislative paralysis?

In his book "The Best Seat in the House", excerpted online here, former Congressman John Dingell expresses his feeling that there should be more bills passed by legislature. Yet [Congressperson ...
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U.S. constitution 2nd amendment and state militias

Was the Second Amendment right to bear arms intended to preserve state militias?
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How does America prevent deals in dollars between the third parties?

Say, India wants to buy weapons from Russia, Russia is under American sanctions, and America doesn't want this deal to happen so it says the transaction, as long as it's in dollars, won't be ...
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Which US laws apply on a Native American/ Indian Reservation?

An acquaintance was employed at a casino operated by an Indian tribe. He was fired for what would be a discriminatory reason if he were employed by a non-reservation employer. My question is, which ...
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Has the U.S. Postal Service ever suspended services for a “National Day of Mourning” before?

As some might know—or not know—the U.S. Postal Service is observing the national day of mourning that President Trump has declared on December 5, 2018 in honor of the passing of former U.S. President ...
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What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

According to CNN, Trump has just recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital: President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the US ...