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Is the idea of governing for one's constituents at odds with good policy?

In the US legislator, the elected people govern to help their constituents. How does this work with governing for the greater good of everyone. Let’s use climate change as an example and assume it is ...
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Why is there a hard limit to the total length of time one can receive TANF benefits in one’s lifetime?

The U.S. TANF welfare programme (unlike its predecessor, AFDC, which it replaced in 1997) has a hard five-year limit on the total length of time in one’s lifetime that one can receive benefits (and a ...
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Are there any statistics / studies to prove that Fox News is putting on more Democrats than Republicans?

President Trump just said this in his rally tonight: What’s going on with Fox, by the way? What’s going on there? They’re putting more Democrats on than you have Republicans. Something strange is ...
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Oregon household medical visits to familes with newborn children. Voluntary or mandatory?

Oregon's SB 526 has gained much controversy. The bill, if passed, is supposed to implement home visits by nurses/other-medical-professionals to families with newborn children. According to Patrick ...
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Why won't the U.S. be a signatory nation of The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Convention_on_the_Law_of_the_Sea The following Wikipedia article states that the U.S. is not a signatory member of The United Nations Convention on the ...
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What is the U.S. seeking to achieve by trying to make sure that G20 members such as Mexico and Turkey cannot claim the WTO developing country status?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-wto/u-s-drafts-wto-reform-to-halt-handouts-for-big-and-rich-states-idUSKCN1Q426T After reading that article, it seems that the U.S. is pushing to remove ...
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Are Washington's threats over Nord Stream pipeline against WTO rules?

I heard that the U.S. is considering imposing sanctions against Germany if it proceeds to build the Nord Stream pipeline and import gas from Russia, but I was wondering if such trade restrictions ...
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Does the US Supreme Court vote using secret ballots?

I am interested in the mechanism by which the Supreme Court casts votes on a ruling. Do they do it by secret ballot? Or is it as simple as a show of hands? Does a Justice have the opportunity to ...
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If China is as good as other developing countries at protecting IP, why is the U.S. administration labelling China as a trade cheat?

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/04/us-trade-hawks-exaggerate-chinas-threat/587536/ I was reading this article and read that China is not any different in regards to other developing ...
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Rationale for including incest as common abortion exception in addition to rape and health

This is a sensitive subject so let me be clear: I am not looking for opinions on abortion (good or bad). I am not looking for opinions on whether or not rape, health or incest are reasonable ...
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Why does the U.S military use mercenaries?

With a defense budget now totaling ~686-billion dollars a year – which is about the size of the next 8 largest defense budgets combined (figure) – why does the U.S military see the need to ...
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Why is there no “tax relief program” (for real estate property in many US states) for the poor like they have for the people over 65?

The fact that we help the poor and homeless with shelter, foodstamps.. etc, but at the same time we take away the (paid off) houses owned by people who live on an equally poor budget (under the ...
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What limits exist to stop a grand jury being used to persecute a political opponent?

Grand juries are conducted in secret by prosecutors without the oversight of a judge. The reasons for the secrecy of these proceedings have been adequately covered here but I am curious as to what ...
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Why are lawsuits between the President and Congress not automatically sent to the Supreme Court

When the United State Congress and the President are involved in a legal fight together, the resulting legal case originates in a US District Court for DC, as was the case for United States v. Nixon. ...
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Exactly what did China “renege on” in a trade deal?

Donald Trump said Beijing “broke the deal” by reneging on earlier commitments made during months of negotiations. Larry Kudlow said that China needs to agree to “very strong” enforcement provisions ...
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What explains the timing of the U.S China trade tariffs and negotiations?

This Wikipedia article dates the start of the U.S. China trade war to January 2018. Link to Wikipedia. Of course trade rhetoric about China probably dates back to the earliest days of the Trump ...
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How many WTO cases has the Trump administration launched (per year)?

Although Trump criticizes the WTO, his administration has nevertheless initiated case there, for example 5 cases against retaliatory tariffs last year: [07/16/2018:] The Trump administration on ...
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Why won't Donald Trump solve its trade grievances through the WTO?

Is there a reason why the U.S. is trying to undermine the WTO and is trying to bypass the WTO to solve its trade grievances with China and other countries? What are the rationales and moral ...
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Why are there no attempts to establish the metric system in the US?

As far is I'm aware, there aren't many rational arguments for using the imperial system of measurement in favor of the metric system. Have there been actual political attempts to establish the metric ...
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Has the White House addressed what brought H.R. 312 to Trump’s attention?

President Trump tweeted this yesterday: Republicans shouldn’t vote for H.R. 312, a special interest casino Bill, backed by Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren. It is unfair and doesn’t treat Native ...
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Could the US House sit on Articles of Impeachment instead of sending them to the Senate?

The U. S. House of Representatives is moving towards the impeachment of President Donald Trump because that seems the only way to obtain verbal and written testimony needed by the House to examine the ...
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On the mandatory IRS audit of sitting president and vice-president

It's been reported that the sitting president and vice president are subject to mandatory IRS audit. Two questions regarding this: Is there some statutory authority that requires the IRS to conduct ...
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Can the president of the United States be guilty of insider trading?

For almost one year now, I have closely observed developments on stock markets. I mainly focused on major indices such as the Dow Jones and DAX (I am from Germany). Both indices suffered losses during ...
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Opposite party turned away from voting when ballot is all opposing party

I tried to vote today [May 7th 2019] in my local primary city elections in Westfield, Indiana. The poll workers asked me what party I was affiliated with, when I stated I wasn't a Republican they ...
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What was the political impact of the 'Daisy' election campaign commercial? [closed]

I can see why the Johnson Campaign's Daisy was controversial. I also know that Johnson won the 1964 United States presidential election. However, how much of a political impact did Daisy really have? ...
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Does the US have plans to protect its IT critical infrastructure in case of war against China? [closed]

If the US entered a war (not a trade war, but a real one) against China, how could it guarantee a supply of computers, microchips, and IT in general (that are essential for the whole infrastructure). ...
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In Pennsylvania, are there legal limits to how often you can switch political parties?

In the state of Pennsylvania, is it permissible to routinely change political parties, independent of a change or lack-thereof to one's permanent political views? For example, one may wish to switch ...
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What happens if the US Attorney General refuses to comply with the legislative branch?

Similar to question Is there precedent or are there procedures for a US president refusing to concede to an electoral defeat? but in reference to specifically the attorney general. As a side note, ...
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Is there precedent or are there procedures for a US president refusing to concede to an electoral defeat?

I am wondering what would happen if an incumbent US President were to lose a presidential election, but refuse to accept the result and to concede defeat (even after any legitimate challenges and ...
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Why isn't English the official language of the US but it is necessary to know it to become a citizen?

I know that English is not the official language of the United States. However, according to this UCIS page on the naturalization test, To become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must pass the ...
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Can a US city charge money for people wanting to live there? [closed]

For example, A mayor may say, only residents can vote. And each resident must pay $20k to buy residency at market price. Can a mayor do that? In general, is it possible that a city is "privatized" ...
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What exactly is the Joe Biden - Anita Hill controversy about?

I found a BBC article on the controversy, the first sentence of that article reads: Top White House candidate Joe Biden has denied treating a woman badly when she accused a Supreme Court nominee of ...
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USA — Republic or Democracy? [duplicate]

I am recalling a slogan of the John Birch Society from back, I think, in the early 60s: This is a republic, not a democracy. Let's keep it that way! Without starting partisan bickering, what ...
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Is there evidence that the Mueller Investigation looked into Trump's taxes?

On April 24, 2019, the Washington Post wrote an article titled "Trump suggests Mueller ‘checked my taxes,’ despite no mention of them in report": President Trump suggested Wednesday that special ...
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Which states will have different electoral maps in 2020 than they had in 2016?

Michigan's gerrymandered electoral map drawn up after the 2010 redistricting was just found unconstitutional, joining Pennsylvania. There is also a current supreme court case regarding the ...
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How can Republicans who favour free markets, consistently express anger when they don't like the outcome of that choice?

I'm over in the UK with quite an interest in US politics, and intrigued at Republican statements about tech and social media being biased against them. My curiosity is piqued because on the other ...
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How come there are so many candidates for the 2020 Democratic party presidential nomination?

It seems the number of candidates for the 2020 US Democratic Party presidential nomination has now reached 21 "major" candidates, plus 200 (!!) additional filing candidates (though two of the "major" ...
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Can US-Philippine dual citizens vote in both countries and run for public office

Can US-Philippine dual citizens vote in both countries and run for public office? Is it possible to vote in both countries and run for public office i
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Roughly how many US state judges have been charged with obstructing federal justice?

The media reported that a Massachusetts judge was charged with obstructing federal ICE agents after she allegedly let an (illegal) immigrant escape literally through the back door of her court. This ...
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Were most of the Salvadorans granted TPS in 1990 staying legally or illegally in the US before that?

Salvadorans are currently the largest group of TPS holders in the United States, although the Trump administration has decided to no longer extend their status, a decision that resulted in a court ...
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Who has the power to designate new countries for TPS (temporary protected status)?

VOA news on January 17, 2019: Amid a deepening crisis and mass exodus from Venezuela, bipartisan legislation was unveiled Thursday to provide temporary protected status (TPS) to Venezuelan ...
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How is the audience for Fox News Town Halls chosen?

This question: Was Bernie Sanders' recent town hall on fox news in any way unusual? asks about the surprisingly positive reception that Sanders' Medicare for All proposal received from the studio ...
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Was Bernie Sanders' recent town hall on fox news in any way unusual?

It seemed to me, that the town hall went unusually well for Bernie and it seemed, that FOX was actually very fair, maybe even suspiciously so towards him. When comparing this town hall to previous ...
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Why did Rep. Omar conclude her criticism of US troops with the phrase “NotTodaySatan”? [closed]

Putting aside whether or not Omar was truthful when she tweeted: ...the thousands of Somalis killed by the American forces that day (in reference to the October 1993 Battle of Mogadishu) Why ...
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Is there a group that the Trump administration has (re)designated for TPS?

In a story from last year: The Trump administration will let 6,900 Syrians who had been allowed to live and work in the US because of dangerous conditions in their home country remain in the US for ...
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Has the US government adopted the extended UNHCR definition of refugee?

According to Wikipedia: As of 2011, the UNHCR itself, in addition to the 1951 definition, recognizes persons as refugees: "who are outside their country of nationality or habitual ...
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Did any US Congressmen use their free speech privileges to publish classified material since the Pentagon Papers?

In 1971, Senator Mike Gravel famously used his Congressional free speech privileges to publish a classified report on US activities in Vietnam, later dubbed "the Pentagon Papers". Did any members of ...
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Why did 1 US state introduce the line-item veto between 1984 and 2008?

On January 25, 1984 Ronald Reagan said Some 43 of our 50 States grant their Governors the right to veto individual items in appropriation bills without having to veto the entire bill. In 2008, 44 ...
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Why did Israel vote against lifting the American embargo on Cuba?

Every single country in the world except for the United States and Israel voted for the United States to end the embargo on Cuba. My question is, why Israel? Many of the nations on this list are ...
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What happens to leftover funds from primary candidates? [duplicate]

A bunch of Democrats are running for the nomination. Many of them are getting huge amounts of money. With the ones who don’t become the nominee, what happens to leftover donations? Do they return them ...