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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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What will happen if China stops loaning money to the U.S.?

US's external debt to china is a staggering 1.1 trillion US dollars and according to many economists, it's highly unlikely that U.S. will be able to pay back the entire external debt to China in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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If I register for a party and vote in its primaries, am I obligated to vote for the same party in the general elections?

So, lets say I register for Party, and vote in the primaries for a candidate. If that candidate doesn't proceed to the general elections, is there any reason that I am obligated to then vote for the ...
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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 steps need to happen for the alternative vote to be implemented?

The alternative vote seems like an excellent replacement for the first-past the post voting system. Per the answers on this question, I understand some of the reasons of why it hasn't been implemented ...
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Why would the Russian government use hackers and email leaks to try to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election? [closed]

Assuming the Department of Homeland Security is correct that "only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities", why would a Trump presidency be in their interest?
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Why is it in the United State's national Interest to care what's happening between Israel and Palestine?

Why is it in the United State's national Interest to care what's happening between Israel and Palestine? Let them fight, why do we care so much that Kerry has to work out a peace deal?
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Which US states give proportional Presidential electoral college votes to candidates?

The US Presidential election uses an "electoral college" system, where each state gets a certain number of "electors" (votes), and those electors cast the official votes for President. Each state's ...
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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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How is it that Ted Cruz can run for the U.S. presidency seeing as he was born in Calgary?

Is renouncing his Canadian citizenship the only step he needed to take in order to be a viable candidate for the U.S. presidency?
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How many people will be unable to keep their health insurance plan in 2014 due to the ACA?

NPR reported millions won't be keeping their health care plans due to new requirements of the ACA. MONTAGNE: [...] When Obamacare goes into full swing this January, millions of people who buy ...
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A presidential candidate drops out after nomination

Here is a hypothetical situation. Let's say we are in the US and two major parties nominated their presidential candidates. Election campaign is heating up, and all of a sudden one of the ...
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Why is President Trump making such a big deal about fake news, and specifically targeting reputable organizations like The New York Times and CNN?

The Trump administration has been targeting reputable news organizations like The Times and CNN, calling them "fake news". What is this administration trying to accomplish here?
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Is there any record of Trickle Down Economics improving the economy?

Since the senate passed the tax bill this month that's left me confused. I try to look at both sides of partisan politics rather than joining one team and hating everything about the other. Now to ...
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Why might the Russians want Trump to win? [duplicate]

The American CIA reportedly believes that the Russians, in the form of the Russian government and possibly private actors, went to signficant length (psych / cyber ops) to help Trump win. Having said ...
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Why is Trump winning, when I know so few people who admit to voting for him?

I am a well educated Republican, of generally conservative views. Pretty much every day I see and hear people talk about how poor of a candidate Donald Trump is. But he's winning primary after primary,...
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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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Why is the FBI making such a big deal out Hillary Clinton's private email server?

I've read many articles on Hillary's email issue. To me, it seems like she was just a bit careless and she has no bad intentions, and the FBI knows that. So why is it that the FBI is so persistent on ...
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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 ...
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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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If Hillary Clinton was authorized to declassify information, then why would information she possibly leaked be classified?

I am confused about how anything Hillary Clinton leaked or potentially leaked while Secretary of State would have been classified. Is not the Secretary of State authorized to declassify information, ...
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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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In the US, why are corporations people?

In the United States, corporations are people. A movie like The Corporation is highly critical of this, and in a reductio ad absurbum, concludes that the corporation as such can be diagnosed with ...
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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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Is there a legal way that can be used to force the President of United States undergo a mental health examination?

Important note: although I use references about the current President, my question should be regarded as a general one, not specifically related to Donald Trump. According to this article Donald ...
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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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Why Does USA Have So Many Religious References?

Why does the Pledge of Allegiance have "...Under God..." in it and why does the dollar bill have so many Christian references when the USA has no official religion?
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In the US, is it common for people to be elected to high positions without previous political experience?

In the US, is it common for people to be successfully elected to the highest state or federal offices available without holding a more junior elected position first? Donald Trump is currently running ...
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How does gerrymandering work in the US?

I have a vague idea of what gerrymandering is and that it appears to be common in the US, but I don't really understand where it comes from, how it is applied, how common "common" really is, whether ...
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When is a 60% majority required in US Congress?

I wonder when a 60% majority is required in the US Senate. As I write this I see in the news that Obamacare can be "repealed and replaced" with only a 50% majority because it is in a "reconciliation ...