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What is the most someone can lose the popular vote by but still win the electoral college?

As the 2016 election results continue to come in, it looks pretty clear that Hillary Clinton will win the popular vote but lose the electoral college. I know this has happened before and usually by ...
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What happens if a US Presidential Candidate drops out of the race after being nominated but before Election Day?

If a presidential candidate in the USA drops out of the race before (or during) election day, but after early voting has begun, what happens to that party's ticket? For example, if Donald Trump or ...
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What is Donald Trump's plan surrounding the US-Mexico border wall?

Has Donald Trump laid out a plan for the Mexico border wall or ever talked about it with more detail to clarify what his ultimate plan and goal may be to build a wall? Can anyone think of any reason ...
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Can an impeached President run for a second term?

Suppose Congress successfully impeaches and removes a sitting President of the USA. Can this person still run for a second term? Assuming the usual rules about term limits are observed, of course.
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Is there a way to block an elected President from entering office?

Given the recent results on the national election at the US. I have seen several protests here at Berkeley and the Oakland area. While I understand their disgust and definitely do not agree with Trump'...
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May the US president launch a nuclear bomb without any oversight on any target?

According to Article II, Section 2, Clause I of the Constitution, the President of the United States is commander in chief of the United States Armed Forces. Source: Wikipedia How does launching a ...
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Can non-US citizens illegally vote in the presidential election in California?

Without respect to how many such cases have happened in the past, is it possible for illegal immigrants or legal residents who aren't citizens to vote in the presidential election in California? ...
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Can Trump undo the UN climate change agreement (Paris Agreement)?

Trump has just won the elections. Can he somehow stop the US from participating in the UN COP21 climate change agreement (which was already signed formally by the US)? Also I've read here that To ...
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Does the Electoral College system really favor low population areas?

I was reading some questions on this site, and I stumbled up this comment. I'll transcribe the relevant parts of it here in case it ever goes away: You could throw in something about how Hillary ...
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What makes “Voter ID laws” so controversial in the US?

As a European, I am always baffled by the concept that requiring an ID to vote is so controversial in the US, for me is one of the most "natural" things. I hear that it is because obtaining an ID in ...
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Is anything preventing non-US citizens from illegally registering to vote in non-Voter-ID states? [duplicate]

Let's say a non-US citizen (legal or illegal immigrant) is resident in the US and has a valid postal address in a state without "Voter ID" laws. Would anything prevent such a person from registering ...
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What caused the racial shift of America's parties?

Until the 1960's, African Americans were overwhelmingly Republicans (except for some members of the New Deal coalition) and Southern whites were overwhelmingly Democrats. Then, after the passage of ...
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Is the US unusually prone to walking away from signed treaties/accords?

For example, the Iran proliferation Deal. Letting aside considerations about where or not it was a good agreement, this is still the US agreeing to something and then not carrying it out. Other ...
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In the US, why do libertarians tend to side with the GOP rather than the DNC?

A generic way to define a libertarian in the US could be 'fiscally conservative, socially liberal'. Given that the two major parties (GOP and DNC) tend to (again, speaking generically) be ...
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Can the current President of the United States block the transfer of their office to the next elected president?

As indicated by commentary in the news, a considerable amount of people seem concerned about who wins the U.S. Presidential election. For this reason we have for example articles like this Op-Ed in LA ...
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Are the US President's phone calls recorded?

Apparently the official phone calls of the US President are recorded and transcripts are made. This process has apparently resulted in multiple phone conversations being revealed to the public by ...
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Is the Republican Party forced to support whoever wins the presidential primary?

Is the Republican Party forced to support the winner of the presidential primary, or can they choose to support another candidate, for example because that candidate is more in line with the party's ...
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Why does the US government not enforce federal laws against Colorado's legalization of marijuana?

As far as I know, possession and trade of marijuana is illegal in the United States according to federal law. However, the state of Colorado (as well as some others) recently legalized marijuana for ...
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In the U.S., are people with more education more likely to vote liberal?

In the U.S., are people with more education more likely to vote liberal and progressive, or is this merely a perception? If yes, is this true in general, or only for certain disciplines? Are there any ...
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What share of federal taxes do the rich pay?

It is a commonly held belief that upper-income people pay too little in federal taxes, or that they pay no income taxes at all. An AP story noted a Pew Research poll that found: A majority of ...
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Why have unpopular figures like Putin publicly supported Trump?

Why have Putin and Kim Jong Un publicly supported Trump? Presumably they want Trump to win, but they must know that they themselves are wildly unpopular in America. The leaders of Russia and North ...
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How does a shutdown end if an agreement is never reached?

The US government is shut down, due to disagreements between President and Congress on border security funding. Both sides are in an apparent stalemate. So my question is simply, what happens if ...
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Can the U.S. Senate hold an impeachment trial if the House “passes” articles of impeachment but does not “transmit” them to the Senate?

After passing articles of impeachment against the President, Speaker Pelosi has announced she will not immediately send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial. What does this actually ...
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Why run for president if you have no chance to be elected?

Jim Gilmore and George Pataki are currently running for president but have virtually no chance of winning the primary. I doubt most voters would even be able to pick them in a lineup. They are not ...
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What happens if President Trump has been found to be colluding with Russia?

What happens if it is proven that President Trump has been colluding with Russia during his campaign? Does he go to trial or get impeached? Or does nothing happen?
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Is there an officially stated reason why Trump's ban includes Iran and Iraq, but not Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, or Pakistan?

According to BBC News: A 90-day suspension on anyone arriving from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, except certain visa categories such as diplomats. Is there any objective ...
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What would be required for states to split off and become their own nation?

What would need to happen for a state such as California or Texas to split off and form its own independent nation? Who would need to agree and what would need passing (bills etc.)?
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What are the limits on an impeached and not convicted president?

What, if any, are the limits on an impeached and not convicted president?
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What evidence did the Bush administration have that Iraq stored WMD?

The U.S. and its allies have justified the Iraq war, among other things, by citing the danger of weapons of mass destruction. According to wikipedia (emphasis mine) the U.S. stated that the intent ...
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What happens if a candidate in a US Presidential election becomes the subject of a serious criminal charge?

Let's suppose the nominating convention has taken place, and then either the Republican or Democrat candidate is charged with some serious unlawful act (presumably they cannot be impeached at this ...
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Did the Senate break their own rules by invoking the nuclear option?

Senate Democrats modified the rules of the Senate, invoking the nuclear option The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” making it possible for Congress to confirm ...
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Why is it in the United State's national Interest to care what's happening between Israel and Palestine? [closed]

Why is it in the United State's national Interest to care what's happening between Israel and Palestine?
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Does the US require a House vote to begin an impeachment inquiry?

Does the US require a House vote to begin an impeachment inquiry? News sources such as this CNN article seem to show a disagreement between the White House saying that a House vote is required, while ...
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Can a United States President pardon him/herself?

In the event a President is accused or found guilty of a serious crime while in office, can they pardon themselves for it?
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Is there any recourse to remove a dissatisfactory president even if he hasn't broken the law?

So, lets say a certain wig-wearing candidate were elected president, and he decided to (contrary to certain campaign promises) not commit several violations of the constitution into law; Lets say he ...
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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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What are Trump's incentives for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement?

Donald Trump has been a pretty strong advocate for repealing and undoing rules & regulations aiming to cut climate change, however recently the New York Times and Axios have reported that Trump is ...
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Why can't Donald Trump revoke birthright citizenship?

Recently, there has been a huge debate about revoking birthright citizenship from children born in the US to illegal alien immigrants. I read here that almost all left and right wings of the US ...
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How do I know that my vote was counted?

Can American citizens verify that their vote was tallied correctly in the public/published results that determine an election? More generally, do there exist any systems that can simultaneously ...
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Why has the United States not signed and ratified the International Criminal Court?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) treaty has been signed by 121 countries. A number of countries are not parties; China, Russia, United States. From the countries that are not parties to the ICC, ...
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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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In the Electoral College, why can electors vote in contrast to their pledge ('faithless')?

The United States uses an Electoral College system, where electors pledge to cast their vote in a particular way. However, these electors have the ability to vote in a manner that directly contradicts ...
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What would happen if vote tallies were discovered to be changed?

On Monday, the directors of the FBI and National Security Agency testified before the House Intelligence Committee. During the hearing, the House Intelligence Chairman asked Mike Rogers if votes ...
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Can presidential pardons be made and then classified as secret to avoid making the pardon public?

In a discussion about the current election and the possibility of an indictment being handed down after a candidate was nominated, the possibility was raised that the President may have already ...
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What can be done about a US president who refuses to co-operate with an impeachment panel?

Is it possible to prevent a sitting US President from hindering an impeachment investigation against him or her? The Washington Post just reported that: Trump personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani ...
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How could Philadelphia join New Jersey?

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Senate voted to block a Philadelphia law which would require paid sick leave for employees. This is just one in a long series of examples where the heavily-Democrat ...
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How are Donald Trump's recent comments about Muslim immigrants unconstitutional?

A recent campaign press release from Donald Trump, the leading contender to become the Republican party’s nominee for US presidential candidate, recently called to ban Muslims from entering the United ...
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What happens if no candidate reaches 270 electoral votes?

I have seen polls that indicate that Evan McMullin is statistically even with Trump and Clinton in the state of Utah. With the possibility of six votes taken away by another candidate it is possible ...
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Let's say the impeachment procedure reaches the Senate. What next?

Let's assume for a second that the House votes to impeach Trump. This only takes a simple majority, something that they might be able to achieve, depending on how serious the Ukraine allegations turn ...
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Under the US 2nd Amendment, are there limits to the size or type of firearm? [closed]

Are state of the art artillery pieces included, ICBMs, or the private ownership of nuclear weapons? If not, where is the limit in size and firepower drawn?

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