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What is the United States' interest in Ukraine?

I read several articles on why Russia is interested in Ukraine. But not much found on why USA is going after it. Appreciate if someone can explain this to me.
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Can gov't place a lien on assets or suspend drivers' licenses with Obamacare?

Can anyone provide an objective source that if we refuse to pay penalties for Obamacare, the gov't can place liens on our assets or suspend our drivers' licenses?
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How does Pro forma legislation work?

Based on a recent question about how few Congressmen can pass a law, and my previous question about pro forma sessions, I now find myself wondering what happens if a pro forma session actually tries ...
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What is the minimum number of Legislators required to pass various Acts of Congress?

Since the US Constitutional Quorum for most purposes is a majority of each house of Congress, can bills pass that house with a majority of the quorum or do they need a majority of the total seats of ...
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Does the Arizona bill grant a religious exemption to discrimination laws?

The Arizona state legislature has just passed a bill called SB 1062, designed to protect religious liberty. Opponents claim that it will allow businesses to refuse to serve people on the grounds of ...
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What does the “to” mean in the General Welfare Clause?

Article One Section 8 of the United States Constitution states: The Congress shall have power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common ...
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What communities or groups, religious or not, are exempt from the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

If you are familiar with the Amish, they do not contribute to the Social Security Insurance program. Some of the larger communities came together in lawsuit to exempt themselves from it. They first ...
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Why doesn't the House of Representatives have a say in treaties?

[The President] shall have Power, by and with Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur... (US Constitution) Is there any evidence from ...
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Can USA exit a treaty that was signed and ratified?

Can USA exit a treaty that was signed and ratified by President with Senate approval? If so, what is the precise mechanism for withdrawing from a treaty for US Government? If the answer differs for ...
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Why is SSI and SSDI so far below minimum wage?

Minimum wage is very high right now about $1000 a month. Why is Supplemental Security Income (SSI) only something like $500 and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)not more closely related to ...
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Why are California Republicans against the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact?

States allocate their electoral college votes however they want to. Some, including California, legalized NPVIC (national popular vote interstate compact). This forces the state to give all its ...
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Is there any reason to vote against the predominant majority?

Let us take the example of voting in a U.S. presidential election. If one lives in a blue state for which the outcome of the vote is known to always favor the Democratic candidate, is there any reason ...
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Does the increase to the Government Contractor minimum wage have no real effective impact?

The President of the United States recently announced that all new government contracts would have a minimum wage rate almost $3 an hour above the Federal Minimum Wage. I have heard several claims ...
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Does Sweden have greater intergenerational social mobility than the USA when compared to USA incomes?

Social Mobility is often measured as the chance of your children's income moving up/down from your income quintile compared to other people in the same nation. Social mobility [...] refers to ...
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Long Term Studies on Class Mobility?

Have there been any studies looking at long term trends in class mobility? I'm particularly interested in data from the United States, but similar studies about other countries would also be ...
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What is the history of the electoral college in the US?

More specifically; how did the electoral college get to the point where the vote of the people who make it up is determined strictly by popular vote? Did it have anything to do with technology ...
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Most-efficient way to contact my elected representatives

Is there a single form that I can use to submit comments to all of my federal and state representatives at one time? I know that I can use each of their (2 US senators, 1 US representative, 1 MN ...
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How much more do men earn than women for doing the same job?

Yesterday on the State Of The Union address, Barack Obama mentioned something that I have heard a number of times in the past. This information is taken directly from the White House website: On ...
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When and how did the Republican establishment come to oppose NSA surveillance?

When there were revelations during the Bush administration that the National Security Agency was conducting warrantless surveillance of phone calls and emails, Democrats generally opposed the NSA's ...
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What options are available to a person who rejects the authority of the state (an anarchist)?

What options are available to a U.S. citizen who rejects the authority of all levels of government (an anarchist in the strict sense)? This hypothetical person wants neither the protection of the ...
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In the US how does the 13th amendment, 16th amendment work simultaneously with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

Why are income taxes not equivalent to involuntary servitude. I'm not voluntarily paying taxes, but by working the government is compelling me against my will to pay them. 13th: Neither slavery nor ...
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Can lies in a bio or under oath remove a politician from office or cause other legal trouble?

Wendy Davis, a Texan Democrat candidate, made false statements about her past. She said how she was single at 19 when she'd actually gotten divorced at 21. Davis might have separated from her ...
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Government Oversight Committee

How is a committee, for example, the House Intelligence Committee formed, how do the people that oversee the intelligence agencies get selected?
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Can a U.S. state criminalize activity that's legal in another state?

In the United States, there are many states which have laws prohibiting things which other states permit - gambling, marijuana, same-sex marriage, and gun ownership, for a few examples. Obviously, if ...
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In what issue was Barack Obama the only dissenting vote

I think I heard somewhere that there was a vote in the senate where Barack Obama was the only dissenting vote. I believe it was a vote to validate a war action. This would be when Obama was a ...
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What are the GOP's Alternatives to Obamacare

Given the GOP's objection to Obamacare, I have a question about its alternatives. Assuming that we are unwilling to repeal the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which mandates that ...
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Legality of same-sex marriage compromise law

There are currently a number of states which permit same-sex marriage, and others which outright prohibit and refuse to recognize it. The latter laws are currently being challenged in courts all over ...
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Is there a way for a Constituent (or non-lobbyist) to introduce a bill in either house of the U.S. Congress?

I am curious as to both the theoretical and practical aspects of how an individual might get a bill introduced in congress. How might one go about this? One potential application might be for ...
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Why do US politicians commonly refer to the UK as “Great Britain”?

The United Kingdom's full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Thus, technically, referring to the UK as "Great Britain" excludes Northern Ireland.
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Is there a procedure to recall US Senators?

I live in Colorado. Is there an procedure to recall a senator or representatives in Congress in my state? What are the steps in executing that procedure?
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Do any studies reflect a correlation between Republicans political positions and racial attitudes? [duplicate]

Dog-Whistle politics refers to code words that mean one thing to the general population, but have an additional, different, or special resonance for a targeted subgroup. alleged code words in the ...
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How many known cases of in-person voter fraud could have been prevented by Voter ID Laws?

Liberals often claim that while there may be other forms of voter fraud in the United States, like voter registration fraud, the only kind of voter fraud that a voter ID law can possibly prevent is in-...
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Do Republicans intend to put policy riders in the next appropriations bill?

Democrats and Republicans in Congress, under the leadership of budget chairs Patty Murray and Paul Ryan, recently agreed on a budget deal which specifies government funding levels for 2014. Of course,...
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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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Accredited Investor laws for non-US citizens

My understanding is that in the US, accredited investor laws are in place to protect people from investing in high-risk ventures. This is, for instance, why KickStarter couldn't offer stakes in the ...
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When will the US hit the debt ceiling again?

After the debt ceiling showdown of October 2013, the US debt ceiling (basically the total amount of outstanding debt the US is allowed to have at a time) was suspended from October 16, 2013 until ...
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What is the necessity of the FDIC in the US banking system?

A bank's basic function is to "borrow short and lend long". In other words, it borrows money from depositors over the short term, promising to repay it on demand, while it lends most of that money out ...
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Do(did) hospitals turn poor patients away

During the healthcare debate leading up to the passage of the ACA, I was told by some sources that Hosptials have to treat anyone who comes into the emergency room, and that they often take a loss ...
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When a police officer asks your origin and destination, what are my legal rights? [closed]

I understand the 10 rules for dealing with the police and that you dont talk to the police but if you are stopped by the police and they ask you where you have been and where you are going, how should ...
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What is the purpose of farm subsidies today?

Roughly every five years, Congress debates and eventually passes an agriculture (i.e., farm) bill. The first farm bill, as I understand it, was passed during the Great Depression as a means of ...
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Supreme Court cases that were harbingers of New Federalism

Between the mid-1930s and late 1980s/mid-1990s the Supreme Court didn't invalidate any acts by Congress during the era of New Deal Federalism, but under the Rehnquist Court a revival of Federalism ...
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Why is the Slave Trade provision of the US Constitution so broad?

Article One Section 9 of United States Constitution contains a provision, as a concession to the South, that the slave trade may not be banned by Congress until 1808. But the language of the ...
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What legally constitutes character assassination in the US?

Recent examples: the GQ interview with Phil Robertson, that got him fired from A&E's Duck Dynasty, or the George Zimmerman 911 call that was edited, and that edit made him appear racist. ...
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Was the end-of-life counseling provision kept in Obamacare?

In the initial version of Obamacare, there was a provision in which if someone wanted to have a voluntary counseling session with a doctor about end-of-life care, discussing things like advanced ...
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If you are illegally searched, and the police find nothing, what can you do?

If police search your car or house without a warrant, without permission, and without probable cause, and they don't find anything incriminating, do you have any recourse? I know about the exclusion ...
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How much does the House Bipartisan Budget bill of 2013 increase spending in the next two years?

The House recently passed a budget and ended the sequester cuts that under current law would extend into 2023. How much does this bill increase spending in the next two years? (in actual dollars and ...
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During an election how is it decided whose name is on the ballot

If the name anyone who wanted to run for office appeared on every ballot, then election ballots would be unmanageably long. For high-profile elections, there is almost always a democrat and ...
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What percentage of people receive SNAP benefits for extended periods of time?

The FARRM bills major expenditure, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), supports over 40 million people. What percentage of people have received SNAP benefits for more than 5/10/20/...
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Does the first amendment protect business owners from being forced to work for protected classes?

Certain classes are protected from discrimination in the United States. The intersection of the right to freedom of speech and being free from discrimination is getting more attention due to some ...
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What factors account for the large drop in young voters identifying with the Democratic Party?

A recent Harvard poll, young Millennials (18-24 year olds) have been trending less Democratic. With a drop of 12 percentage points from November 2009 to November 2013. This is in sharp contrast to ...