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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 procedure must one go through to expand the SCOTUS?

What process must one go through to increase the size of the SCOTUS? Would it be a simple bill that needs to be passed? Is this a "two-thirds" situations? I can find on the internet that Congress ...
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Why did Bush enact a completely different foreign policy to that which he espoused during the 2000 Presidential election campaign?

I was watching a campaign video from 2000, in it Bush clearly thinks the USA's position as the 'world police' or that their foreign intervention strategy, especially ones that instill virtues on other ...
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Has a person invited by a politician ever criticized them?

Politicians in the United States will frequently bring forth members of the public to bolster their arguments at speeches or rallies, or even in Congress. For instance, Donald Trump recently called up ...
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What are the motivations for being against the latest House Bill on Gun Reform?

The H.R.8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 cleared the house with some, albeit small, bipartisan support and earned the ire of progressive democrats. The bill started out as, it appears, a ...
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Why do members of Congress in committee hearings ask witnesses the same question multiple times?

I must've seen at least 3 Congressmen ask Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, who Individual 1 was, despite the fact that in the beginning he had already said it was Donald ...
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What's the rationale behind the objections to these measures against human trafficking?

In the state I live there are some measures being discussed that are meant to combat human trafficking. A couple of the ones I've heard are: One is to close down illicit massage parlors Another is ...
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If a person accepts a presidential pardon, can they be forced to talk about the crimes they were pardoned of?

This question stems from Can a person refuse a presidential pardon? There are also other practical effects to accepting pardons, such as waiving of fifth amendment rights relating to the pardoned ...
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Is the timing of the US-North-Korea summit in Vietnam and Michael Cohen's testimony in Congress coincidence?

Both event happened more or less at the same time. I wonder if this is a coincidence or actually a coordinated set of events? In particular, was the summit arranged by Trump at the same time as the ...
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International Theories that play a role in US interference in Venezuela situation [closed]

What are the international relation's theories that come into play into the US interference in the Venezuela President situation? So, according to constructivism, realism or liberalism how can this ...
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Can a person refuse a presidential pardon?

Michael Cohen, a former personal attorney of President Trump, in recent testimony before Congress, stated he would not accept a presidential pardon. Is this an option he has? If a pardon nullifies a ...
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How Could Michael Cohen Stand to Benefit by Lying to Congress Again [closed]

Today Michael Cohen testified before the House Oversight Committee about his dealings as president Trumps personal attorney. He also brought with him evidence and testimony alleging Donald Trump had ...
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Does the FBI accept applicants with any job background?

Does the FBI hiring teams allow people with any job background to apply to a position? More specifically, would the FBI allow or not allow someone with a political background to have a job in the ...
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Why did Democrats in the Senate oppose the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (2019 S.130)?

The U.S. Senate voted in February 2019 to block the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which in the words of the bill itself would prohibit: a health care practitioner from failing to ...
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Does the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee have a museum or is it just offices? [closed]

I have only seen photographs of the exterior of the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in Washington. What is it like inside? Is there a museum? Is it opened to the public, or is it ...
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Why is Facebook not restricted by the U.S. government to be politically neutral, like the U.S. Army, for example?

To start with, here is the context of the question. I recently heared about this (in fact, rather old - about 4 months ago) story: Mark Zuckerberg reportedly pressured a top Facebook VR exec to drop ...
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Does the US government have any planning in place to ensure there's no shortages of food, fuel, steel and other commodities?

Every time we go shopping store shelves are full of food, gas stations are stocked up on gas, car dealerships have no shortage of cars, etc. But who is ensuring that all of the complex processes ...
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Where can I find the number of U.S. illegal border crossings versus visa overstays?

Immigrants are undocumented if they have crossed the border illegally or overstayed their visas. There are a lot of places where I can find the total number of undocumented immigrants, but where can I ...
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Can a city in Colorado decide to legalize more drugs?

Colorado and many other states legalize weed. Many say that MDMA, DMT, LSD, and many other drugs are actually safe too. In fact, most drug users are not addicted in anyway. I wonder, just like some ...
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What is the statistical chance, that in this election cycle, the incumbent will be replaced by the insurgent?

What are some data points, which may help put the chance, of the Democrats winning against Donald Trump in this election? How often does an insurgent win against an incumbent? What other statistics ...
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Why is it that Bernie Sanders is always called a “socialist”?

As a German I really don't get calling Bernie Sanders a socialist. In every country in Europe he would be a social democrat at best, but somehow in the USA he's a "socialist" and "communist" you ...
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What did Putin say about a US deep state in his state-of-the-nation speech; what has he said in the past?

The NYTimes article Threatening U.S., Putin Promises Russians Both Missiles and Butter says only this about Putin's recent mention of "deep state" in the US, in his state-of-the-nation speech: Mr. ...
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Would the Founding Fathers have supported an inheritance tax?

I recently had someone make the claim that several of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution would have likely agreed with an estate or inheritance tax. This theory was backed up by a few quotes from ...
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Was the Corwin Amendment's use of the term “domestic institutions” intended to apply to more than just slavery?

The Corwin Amendment was a proposed amendment to the US Constitution introduced in March 2, 1861 as an attempt to end the Civil War. The text is as follows: No amendment shall be made to the ...
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What did Bernie Sanders do with all the cash from his 2016 campaign?

I'm just wondering what happened with hundreds of millions Bernie Sanders raised in 2016. Did he give to the DNC?
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What safeguards has the DNC added to prevent a situation like what they did to Bernie Sanders in the last election (2016)?

Have there been any safeguards or special rule changes within the DNC to prevent an unfair primary process as with what happened to Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election cycle?
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What is Montana worth?

I came across an interesting article that points to a change.org petition suggesting that the United States sell the state of Montana to Canada for one trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) and put ...
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Why is Bernie Sanders maximum accepted donation on actblue $5600?

Check here and try to enter a number higher than $5600. I know this question might be oddly specific, but i have no idea why it would be such an odd number, and not just $5000.
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What is the likely next step if three states ratify the Equal Rights Amendment after the deadline?

The Equal Rights Amendment was a proposed amendment to the US Constitution with a 1979 deadline, which Congress later extended to 1982. The amendment failed due to being 3 states short of the required ...
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Some of the people in my town pay no taxes, what can I do about it? [closed]

I recently moved to a new town and I found out that some of the residents through favoritism or being connected are paying no property taxes. For example, in one case there is a property worth about $...
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How quickly could a motion be passed to alter minimum age for POTUS?

How quickly could the minimum age requirement (35 years) for the president of the USA be changed? I got curious when I realised The Rock, LeBron James and Beyoncé have tickets at the major betting ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why would a company invest in American 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, because it isn’t the focus of the question. Let’s say any administration ...
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Does the Green New Deal include grants for satellites and deep-ocean probes in resolving uncertainty in climate science? [closed]

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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Is there a correlation between US oil imports and the US-Saudi Arabia arms deal?

What I have read here suggests that the US and Saudi Arabia are linked by trade (oil for arms and vice versa). Here is a quotation from the article. Oil has also linked the two countries since ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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?