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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 isn't the Mueller report being released completely and unredacted?

I have a bit of a confusion in regards to the Mueller investigation. While it was undergoing, we were repeatedly told that "proving collusion" is pretty much impossible since there's no such thing as ...
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Why doesn't Colorado legalize other drugs?

I've heard that Colorado is quite a libertarian state. So why does Colorado legalize only marijuana? Why doesn't it legalize other soft drugs? I understand that in Colorado more people use (or abuse) ...
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Has any of the top US media/press criticized the US president Mr. Trump for recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli lands?

The internationally recognized Syrian lands that is occupied by Israel, the Golan Heights has been recently recognized as Israeli lands by the US president Mr. Trump, I wonder how the major US press/...
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Why has the US not been more assertive in confronting Russia in recent years?

Over the past few years, Russia seems to have been slipping back towards an authoritarian system of government, with Putin seemingly cementing his control of the country more and more. Along with this,...
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Why is the US ranked as #45 in Press Freedom ratings, despite its extremely permissive free speech laws?

According to the Press Freedom Index, the US is ranked at a meager 45th position in the global ranking of countries. In comparison, New Zealand is currently at the 8th spot despite having an official "...
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Why are there no referendums in the US?

The US has a (self-imposed) reputation of being a supremely democratic and free country. However, unlike many other democratic countries on the planet, the US has never had any national referendums. ...
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Has John Huber interviewed any witnesses in his review?

In 2017, after the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Muller to oversee the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, Congressional Republicans asked the Department of Justice to appoint a second Special ...
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Did President Trump ever answer questions on obstruction to Mueller?

The FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, overseen by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has just finished. Now at some point in the course of the investigation, Mueller’s team sent President Trump a series ...
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Who in the US actually “sends” astronauts to the Moon? The executive or the legislative branch?

The sources cited in this question and in the news mention that in a recent speech to the US space council, vice president Pence announced that NASA should land astronauts on the south pole of the ...
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Did US vice president Pence say anything close to “by any means necessary”?

I have not been able to find a transcript of US vice president Pence's recent (26-Mar-2019) speech to the US Space Council. This one is from last year. The phrase By any means necessary carries a ...
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Why doesn't US use military force to retrieve citizens from North Korea?

There have been several American citizens detained in North Korea and one mortally injured during his incarceration. Under what circumstances do countries (such as the USA) use military force to ...
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In the US, can the President recognize changes in sovereignty himself? [duplicate]

Suppose the US governments recognizes some territory Fooland belonging to (non-US) state A rather than its neighbor B. Now, B captures Fooland militarily from A and holds it. Does the president of the ...
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Is NAFTA currently in effect, and/or will it be in effect should the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) fail?

I'm curious about the current state of NAFTA. Was it terminated to make way for the new agreement, or is passing the new agreement the trigger for the removal of NAFTA? Basically, if the new trade ...
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What arguments do proponents of the second amendment use to conclude that gun ownership helps protect the people against the government?

It is said the reason for the second amendment to the US constitution is protection from an oppressive government. Should push come to shove, although hugely outnumbered in personnel numbers, the US ...
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Can the Supreme Court overturn an impeachment?

Article 2, Section 4 of the US Constitution states: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, ...
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U.S. and Turkey geopolitical relationship

Are the U.S. and Turkey allies?
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Was the Walsh special counsel report (on the Iran Contra) released completely uncensored?

The Iran Contra affair was investigated by special counsel (actually "Independent Counsel" as it was called back then) Lawrence Walsh. I found his final report on archive.org but it's a bit too long ...
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Can a US president censor a special counsel report

Can a US president, by asserting executive privilege, national security interests, or through any other mechanism, censor or classify sections of a justice department document, such as the special ...
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Further indictments in special counsel Mueller's report

Robert Mueller has finished his report and turned it over to the AG. Multiple people were indicted over the course of this investigation. Now that it has concluded, is it a safe assumption that all ...
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Can the US President recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights for the USA or does that need an act of Congress?

President Trump has tweeted that the USA should "fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights" - directly contradicting United Nations Security Council Resolution 497 from 1981. Can ...
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Electoral considerations aside, what are potential benefits, for the US, of policy changes proposed by the tweet recognizing Golan annexation?

I know we've come to expect unusual behavior from the present POTUS, but I really fail to understand the benefit for the US of recognizing Israel as owning the Golan Heights. For one thing, it ...
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What would the process look like for adopting Ranked Choice (in particular, instant-runoff) Voting in the US?

I'm not asking to discuss whether Ranked Choice is a good system, or the particulars of how it would be implemented with regards to our electoral college system, or even whether people would choose ...
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Doesn't the system of the Supreme Court oppose justice?

I'm new to US politics and the Judicial Branch in the US. First to clarify: I know that members of the supreme court get chosen by the president and therefore often share the same political views. I'm ...
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Can the US government force purchase student loan bonds?

Bernie Sanders keeps talking in his rallies (and in general) about drastically lowering the amount of student loan debt burdening Americans (and I'd imagine he's also quite open to just eliminating it,...
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US presidents that weren't on every states' ballots

Has there ever been a US president who was not on the ballots of every single state, for the election that they won? I'm having a hard time finding historical ballot information to check myself, and ...
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Terry stop without reasonable suspicion (police hunch)

What is wrong with a Terry stop without reasonable suspicion ? It would not be better to anticipate the committing of a crime, sacrificing a bit the rights of the population? I am asking about the ...
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Why US is opposing International Criminal Court? [duplicate]

Some time ago (about half a year in fact), the US withdrew from some treaties related to the ICC. As I understand, the main reason is to protect US military personnel from potential ICC investigations....
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How feasible are the economic policies that Bernie Sanders proposes? [closed]

In particular, I am interested in the purported economic effects of Implementing universal health care Tuition Free higher education Any relevant studies with appropriately cited sources would be ...
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Is there a reason why the U.S. Senate, unlike most upper chambers in liberal democracies, is still co-equal to the lower chamber?

The U.S. seems to be the only western democracy where the upper chamber still seems to be co-equal to the lower chamber. In Britain, for example, the House of Lords is essentially close to useless, ...
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Why is the President allowed to veto a cancellation of emergency powers?

This seems like a major bug in checks and balances, since it requires 2/3 majority in both chambers to override the veto. Doesn't this give the President power to do anything they wish, as long as ...
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What happens if the border wall resolution veto is not overridden by Congress?

After the veto, if Congress does not overturn, what are the options to prevent the national emergency declaration from moving forward?
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Has the NSA PRISM program ever actually caught a terrorist?

The stated defense for the practices of the NSA is the need to proactively seek out terrorist threats in the modern era of asymmetric warfare. Ignoring the complexities of a cost-benefit analysis of ...
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How do vetoes affect re-votes in US Congress?

I would think that a president challenging the will of congress would cause congress to vote differently out of principle but am curious if this is true. Throughout history, what is the percentage ...
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Why is some Russian asbestos bound for the US stamped with Donald Trump's face?

After about 41:20 in the YouTube video for the PBS NewsHour full episode March 13, 2019 it is reported that some asbestos mined in Russia destined for the US bears a stamp of US president Donald Trump'...
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Pardons and Sealed indictment

Can a presidential pardon release someone whom is charged in a sealed indictment that has not been unsealed and no charges have been filed at the time?
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Why consider permanent DST instead of Standard Time?

I'm having a hard time understanding why making Daylight Saving Time permanent is being considered. The net effect of keeping DST over Standard Time is that you have forced everybody to change their ...
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Ban on all campaign finance?

There is a lot of rhetoric surrounding how politicians in the US obtain money for their campaigns. I am wondering why it is necessary for politicians to have any money for their campaigns, small ...
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What was John Huber tasked by Jeff Sessions with reviewing?

In 2017, after the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Muller to oversee the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, Congressional Republicans asked the Department of Justice to appoint a second Special ...
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Can defense acquisitions by countries be kept secret?

Or are they usually are? Take for example between US and its allies. In modern days, are there any safe guards for them to be kept classified. Or safeguards to be kept transparent? Take for example: ...
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Why is the US increasing its oil exports in recent years after protecting its oil reserves for a long time?

The United States will lead oil-supply growth over the next six years, thanks to the incredible strength of its shale industry, triggering a rapid transformation of global oil markets. By 2024, the ...
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Why the color red for the Republican Party

The US Republican Party's official color is Red yet in general political circles that color has been used by Socialist groups and movements. Since the party publicly condemns Socialism why would they ...
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Has Donald Trump made any statements that are considered homophobic?

Bernie Sanders has stated multiple times that Donald Trump is a homophobic. Have there been any instances of him making homophobic comments or policies?
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Under what conditions can the right to remain silent be revoked in the USA?

To quote this article about Chelsea Manning's jailing: She said prosecutors have granted her immunity for her testimony, which eliminates her ability to invoke her Fifth Amendment right against ...
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Decision about cultural appropriation by tribal government

Have their been any decisions or recommendations by governments of Native American tribes or nations about the issue of cultural appropriation? I am especially interested in decisions or ...
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Why is America politically allied with Israel?

Why, exactly, is the state of Israel and the United States of America so strongly connected to one another as political allies? What brings these two countries together?
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Does the US political system, in principle, allow for a no-party system?

And is the two-party system currently in place simply an emergent consequence of human nature? We often find that there exist sets of politically controversial claims that are strongly correlated, ...
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What are the differences between the Trump Adminstration's official position on the West Bank and previous administrations'?

What are the differences in official positions between the Trump administration and previous administrations regarding the status of the West Bank? Is the position of the Trump administration that it ...
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How effective are ports of entry in detecting smuggled drugs?

It is commonly publicized about the amount of illegal drugs that ARE seized at the ports of entry to the US. Obviously illegal drugs that are NOT seized, can not be directly counted. So it is ...
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How does insurance birth control work in the United States?

(Not sure if this is the right Stack Exchange site. I'm asking it here because the event in question, as well as the repercussions, are political in nature.) Wikipedia's article on Sandra Fluke ...
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To what extent did the elections of Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib reflect a “Sanders effect”?

Left-wing journalist Doug Henwood recently asserted the following about Bernie Sanders: Without his candidacy, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [...] wouldn’t be in Congress, neither would her colleagues ...