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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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USMCA vs NAFTA, what's different?

Breakng news: "Today, Canada and the United States reached an agreement, alongside Mexico, on a new, modernized trade agreement for the 21st Century: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement," US ...
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How do we know U.S. elections are free and fair with accurate counting of the popular votes?

People speculate that votes are not properly counted -- even in the U.S. Have Gallup polls or well-respected independent entities tried to confirm U.S. election outcomes? Update on 10/13/18: ...
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Why can't the Republican party force a vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh?

In the related question What do Democrats have to gain, politically, by preventing Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court? various aspects of how the Democrats benefit from delaying the ...
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What were the previous 6 FBI investigations of Brett Kavanaugh?

Donald Trump tweeted: Just started, tonight, our 7th FBI investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He will someday be recognized as a truly great Justice of The United States Supreme Court! What ...
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Would federal agencies have enough power to run the country without the government?

Essentially all the federal agencies have control over their spending. The DOT can raise revenue by road tolls, DOE has royalties, Medicare/ss can garnish small amounts of wages that aren't worth ...
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What does Brett Kavanaugh mean with “revenge on behalf of the Clintons”?

During his personal statement in confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Brett Kavanaugh said: This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, ...
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Why is the US federal government allowed to shutdown?

According to Wikipedia from October 1 to October 17, 2013, the United States federal government entered a shutdown: (..) curtailed most routine operations because neither legislation ...
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Dem anti-Kavanaugh strategy: why focus on sexual assault allegations, as opposed to a blend of issues? [closed]

The Democratic party seems to be putting a lot (all?) of its hopes on the Ford sexual assault allegations for blocking the Kavanaugh nomination. Media coverage has been extensive and highly polarized. ...
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What power, if any, does the SCOTUS Chief Justice have to hamper or reject an appointment they dislike?

In FiveThirtyEight's wrapup of their Kavanaugh hearing coverage, one writer said (emphasis mine): Second, in this difficult and circular path, the fundamental process of confirmation to the Supreme ...
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What criteria is used for a Supreme Court nomination while in Senate Judiciary Committee?

I have a policies and procedures question. I've been watching Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee on television. I'm having a hard time finding reading on the ...
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What do Democrats have to gain, politically, by preventing Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court?

From a purely political perspective: If his nomination is withdrawn, won't Trump just nominate another conservative judge (who would presumably be confirmed by the republican-controlled senate)?
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How is the US population growing amidst restrictive immigration policies?

US population is showing a healthy growth and the share of immigrants among its population is only growing. https://www.census.gov/popclock/ https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-...
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Questions regarding congressman indicted for insider trading

Background by Roll Call: Collins, who represents New York’s 27th District that covers Buffalo and its surrounding counties, suspended his campaign after being indicted on charges of insider ...
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If Kavanaugh is confirmed, can he still be removed later?

Let's say that Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate. Then after that the FBI (or relevant police authority) decide there is enough evidence to investigate sexual assault claims against him and ...
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Isn't the question of partisanship of US supreme court judges contradictory to the separation of powers?

Being German I find it rather strange to witness the discussion in the US regarding placing Kavanaugh as the 9th judge in the supreme court. In the news it always sounds as if it is a matter of the ...
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How to change states in US voting registration

If I am changing the state I am registered to vote in, do I need to somehow “unregister” in my old state? I confirmed that my registration is valid in my old state. My new state’s registration form ...
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Can a lame duck Senate confirm a SCOTUS nominee?

Given that a number of reasons for delaying a vote on confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the SCOTUS have come up, it may happen that they will not be resolved until after the mid-term elections will ...
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US State Department and Department of Defense

In the TV series Madam Secretary, there seems to be this folklore about the state department and the department of defense conflicting somehow. How do the departments conflict, and where can I find a ...
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Political leanings of academia and of think tanks

Why is it that the left seems to form their intellectual tribes in academia and the right seems to form them in think tanks?
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Does Trump incite more news articles than Obama, Bush, or Clinton did?

I have the feeling that Donald Trump has received as much news coverage throughout his mandate, as Clinton did at the height of his controversies, continually, since he was sworn in on 17th of January ...
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What would happen if the President of the USA actually shot someone? [duplicate]

According to this article in the Guardian: US Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is so confident in his support base that he said he could stand on New York’s Fifth Avenue “and shoot somebody” and ...
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Do immigrants to the US use up more welfare?

Trump administration proposes limiting green cards for those who took public benefits Do immigrants use up more welfare? This data says there is no correlation. Where can I find a scatter plot of ...
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Will Democratic senators be permitted to ask questions of Dr. Blasey Ford?

Acknowledging that the conditions of hearing currently scheduled for Thursday is fluid, so what will actually happen is speculative, I am asking what I think is a process question. Reportedly, the ...
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Why is Trump calling to OPEC for lowering the oil price?

Trump just called OPEC to lower the oil price for the USA: We protect the countries of the Middle East, they would not be safe for very long without us, and yet they continue to push for higher ...
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Do I have to register to vote for midterms if I am already registered to vote for presidential election in the US?

Do I have to register to vote for midterms if I am already registered to vote for presidential election in the US? I voted for the presidential elections in 2016, do I need to register to vote for ...
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What justice and legislative system reforms have been proposed that account for the absence of free will?

From what I understand, psychology plays a large role in our criminal justice systems- especially in the United States. Psychologists evaluate police officers who go on to arrest people who are ...
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Protocol when dealing with USA President

In the book "Fear" there is this quote when discussing the Iran deal: “They are in violation,” Trump insisted, “and you should make the case that this agreement is done and finished.” He suggested ...
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Does a (US) presidential proclamation have a time limit?

tl;dr: Other than the power to declare war, are any of the powers afforded the U.S. president limited as to how long the action is effective? When I was in school (late 90's, US mid-Atlantic region), ...
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Why does the US Supreme Court work this way?

Sorry for the non-descriptive title, but while I was typing a more descriptive one I realized it was going to be overly long. My understanding of the USSC appointments is that they are for life only ...
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Does Russia have real-time encryption communication agreement with India?

I was reading this article and I quote: [...] It will give U.S. communication systems to India and allow real-time encrypted transmissions between compatible U.S. and Indian ships and aircraft. [......
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Period evidence to refute the decision of Baron V Baltimore

In 1833, the decision of Baron v Baltimore established the concept that the Bill of Rights were not applicable to the States. Is there evidence from the ratification debates or debate conventions ...
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Is the U.S. (really) Vying for Dominance in Pakistan?

Take a look at this: Why China and the U.S. Are Vying for Dominance in Pakistan Also, from 3:32 of the video: ... one way it (the USA) could do this is to influence IMF to place terms on the bail ...
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What is the evidence for the Russian interference in the US 2016 election? What are the known facts? [closed]

Anyone have a breakdown on what we actually know for sure? There's a lot of speculation out there, but what are the known FACTS?
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Is the Democratic Party actually a left wing party? [closed]

The terms left wing, centrist and right wing are all relative of course. The Democratic party is generally supportive of gender equality issues and LGBT rights, more sympathetic to immigrants. But the ...
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Why was the “Privileges and Immunities” clause not interpreted in this manner?

From the United States Constitution, Article IV, Section II, Clause I: The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. In the ...
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Why are conservatives so patriotic and hateful of the government at the same time?

I know many conservative Americans (some in real life, but mostly on the internet) that are very patriotic - much more than many of their liberal counterparts. On the other hand, these same people, ...
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Do any American politicians support banning pet euthanasia?

Euthanasia is the act of ending someone's life in order to relieve them of pain. It is illegal in many jurisdictions, and numerous American politicians, especially Republicans, support keeping it ...
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How long would it take to pay off the U.S. national debt if new deficits were eliminated?

If Congress stopped borrowing money, how long would it take to pay off the national debt? My question assumes—perhaps incorrectly?—that every dollar the Federal government owes must be paid back on ...
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What are the reasons the United States did not support the creation of the International Criminal Court? [duplicate]

In reading the Wikipedia article on the International Criminal Court, I learned that the United States did not support the court's creation, but no reason was given. For what reasons did the United ...
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How are inter-religious disputes handled in the US and Canada? [closed]

I was reading Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?. Perhaps religion has a definitive clause somewhere in federal law, no doubt, and indeed religions are prevented ...
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What is the Russian public's view on the US claims of interference in the 2016 US election?

Does anyone know of any rigorous study of the Russian public view on what happened in the 2016 US Presidential election? There is a wide consensus, in the US, that top members of the Russian ...
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What kind of government did Tocqueville consider the United States?

In Democracy in America does Tocqueville consider the United States a democracy, or does he have more nuanced views about the United States's form of government?
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Does the executive branch have its own form of contempt?

The Judicial Branch has Contempt of Court as described below: Contempt of court, often referred to simply as "contempt", is the offense of being disobedient to or discourteous toward a court of law ...
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What about Ted Cruz appealed to Republicans who voted for him in 2016?

Among people who voted for Ted Cruz in 2016, what reasons did they have for preferring Cruz over other Republican presidential candidates?
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What declassification is Trump considering?

Yesterday President Trump tweeted this: The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going Crazy - & they don’t know what to do. The Economy is booming like never ...
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Why didn't Orestes Brownson think that the “American form” of government is a “Mixed Government”?

In The American Republic: Its Constitution, Tendencies, and Destiny (1865), Orestes Brownson claims (ch. 1 introduction): Aristotle* knew only four forms of government: Monarchy, Aristocracy, ...
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Famous appointed Bridge-Builder politicians

Are you aware of any famous recent examples (possibly supported by an article) where the US President appointed a cabinet member because of his good relationship with the opposition?
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Why would invoking the 25th amendment cause a constitutional crisis?

The recent opinion piece in the New York Times has two claims that I can't reconcile: Donald Trump is unfit to be president of the United States The constitutional crisis caused by invoking the 25th ...
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How do you get a seat in the confirmation hearings?

How does one get a seat into the confirmation hearings? In watching the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, there seems to be a sort of spectrum of people allowed in the room. The people sitting on the right ...
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Can straight-party voting lead to partisanship?

Has it ever been quantitatively proven that straight-party voting in a two-party federal republic (or similar system) inevitably leads to partisanship (i.e., the reluctance to compromise with one's ...