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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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How can I locate RFP information, bid submissions, or other publicly available information from a procurement document number?

I am trying to learn more about a particular piece of software used to submit forms to a US federal agency. I have a 'procurement document number' sometimes also called an 'award ID'. Using this ...
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How much interaction does a US president have with the legislative branch of his party?

I honestly don’t know. Does he meet with them on a daily or weekly basis, or is he more isolated, concerning himself with making policy and leaving them to implement it? If the former, how does ...
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How tightly can a 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) operate as the same organization?

For example, 350.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (according to its footer, bottom right) but signing up for its e-mail list or otherwise supporting it means a person would also wind up ...
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Would Obama's viewing Trump's tax returns be seen as overstepping his authority?

26 U.S. Code § 6103(g)(1) says that the President can request tax return information from the IRS: Upon written request by the President, signed by him personally, the Secretary shall furnish to ...
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Is there a correlation between high rents and high levels of *legal* immigrants?

There is currently a widely-spread opinion that rents in San Francisco, New York and Seattle are rising too fast. I don't think Chicago (among others) is sharing in this trend. It has a similar ...
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Are counter-tariffs to the Trump tariffs going through the WTO?

Under WTO rules there is a dispute settlement process which WTO member states are expected to go through to settle trade disputes. Trump has sidestepped this process by declaring the steel and ...
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What is the functional difference between temporary and permanent security clearance

Reports of white house staff that have still only have temporary security clearance prompted this question. Are staffers that have temporary clearance (aka " permanent clearance pending") somehow ...
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Rules for New Hampshire's 1845 Congressional election

The following are the election results (source): The footnote reads: New Hampshire was entitled to four seats in the 29th Congress (1845–1847), but only elected three representatives. Woodbury ...
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Are there any online resources for finding all public officers for a given zip code in the United States?

Looking for something akin to CallMyCongress dot com, but for local public officials. The best I can find so far through research is that some town/municipality websites are very helpful, in that ...
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Does one party get primary challenges at a higher rate than another party?

Does one party get primary challenges at a higher rate than another party? If this question is not directly answerable, what criteria would I use to determine this rate?
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Social media impact on Trump's presidency

It is difficult for me to realise really how much social media content approves or rejects some political party or person. The content is automatically generated and will always fit what the reader ...
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How do banks cooperate with the NSA?

It is well-known now, thank to Snowden's leaks of information, that major IT companies like Google and Microsoft are required to cooperate with the NSA on matters of national security. They do by ...
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Is there any evidence that different length terms-of-office would be more effective for a President w.r.t. global policy?

The establishment of a 4 year term has been long established as the de facto precedent for term limits for a state/global influencer. It's cultural, and (perhaps a globally) integrated mindset. That ...
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Why were these amendments introduced to H.R. 5325 in this manner?

Pages S6075–76 Pending: McConnell (for Cochran) Amendment No. 5082, in the nature of a substitute. Page S6075 McConnell Amendment No. 5083 (to Amendment No. 5082), to change the ...
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Which religious groups have made use of the religious exemption under Obamacare?

In Islam, for example, conventional insurance is usually considered haraam (forbidden). Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as Obamacare, those who fail to ...
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Was Ted Cruz the only 2016 Republican candidate who's completely against government subsidies for private companies?

After doing some preliminary research on the 2016 Republican field about their positions on subsidies I'm left with the conclusion that Ted Cruz is the only reliably anti-subsidy candidate. Even Rand ...
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How wealthy are state legislators in Texas?

Something you see in political publications from time to time is a piece about "the top 50 wealthiest members of Congress", or "the average wealth of senators". However, I've found that information ...
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How much has government spending increased/decreased in relation to the median households income since 2000?

In a Washington Examiner article, a member of the Senate Budget Committee was asked for a monetary estimate of what percentage of the government is shut down after exempting the military: a ...
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Resource providing statistical data on the amount of law enacted?

Is there any statistical data about the amount of law enacted in the United States? For example, it would be very interesting to see how the number of laws over time has changed, how many laws there ...
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How Does Wisconsin's Bail Bond System Differ From Bondsmen?

Recently in Wisconsin there has been a lot of discussion on how commercial bail bondsman could/will become legal as an earmark to a budget bill. While looking into this matter, one side argues that ...
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Have any studies shown that lowering standards for women have improved police/firefighter performance?

With recent talks about removing the restrictions for allowing women on the front lines of combat, the question has been raised if this will weaken the military. We already allow women to serve as ...
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What are the rules, laws, and procedures to approve and remove press members from white house press conferences?

In November 2018, an event in American politics involved a certain reporter for CNN, Jim Acosta, having his press credentials revoked by the White House, thereby barring his access to the White House ...
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Did China engage in spy swaps?

The Soviet union and then Russia regularly engaged in spy swaps with the West (even if a recent trend seems to be to "get them good" even after the swap, at least on select occasions.) But ...
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What was the largest case of fraud involving TARP money (financial crisis bailout funds)?

There were hundreds of convictions for misusing TARP money given as bailout after the 2008 financial crisis. The US government set up the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in October 2008 to ...
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Has any Iranian leader accused the USA or Israel of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks after 2017?

In 2010 the sixth President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered 3 points explaining who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks at the United Nations. Video Here In point number 2 he suggests that ...
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Does the US give full, unfettered access to the NCIC database to anyone other than Canada?

I know that the US shares full, real time access to the US NCIC database with Canada, but does it give this type of access to any other countries? Many people seem to think that any immigration ...
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Provisional Ballots in Ohio and the Larry Harmon case

The US Supreme court is hearing arguments over the state rights to purge voter rolls. The case arises from an Ohio voter (Larry Harmon) who was purged from the voter rolls. My first question is a ...
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Will most Michigan families get a tax hike due to the new tax bill?

Debbie Stabenow, US Senator for Michigan, claimed Thanks to President Trump and the Republicans, most Michigan families will get a tax hike. Looking at the proposed trax brackets I don't ...
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Has any organization ever made it off the SPLC list?

The Southern Poverty Law Center keeps a well-publicized list of organizations that promote hateful agendas. Without debating the merits of the list -- which would be outside the scope of the ...
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Estimates of the number who were incorrectly purged from Florida's list of eligible voters in 2000

In 2000, many voters were incorrectly removed from Florida's list of eligible voters. (Notoriously, if you happened to have a name that was similar to a convicted felon's, there was a good chance you'...
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What is the “It was my understanding, that there would be no math” quote based on?

There is a notorious SNL skit where Chevy Chase portrays Gerald Ford at a debate, and to a budgetary question replies: It was my understanding that there would be no math during the debates. Now, I ...
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Tally of fake hate crimes?

Is there a tally of fake hate crimes in the United States, by year, with ideological identification? I'm defining a fake hate crime as an incident when one defaces, destroys or vandalizes a public ...
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How long in advance are designated survivors chosen?

In the premiere of Designated Survivor (2016), Tom Kirkman is informed in about 10-15 hours prior to the state of the union address in which the president, vice president and others were killed. Is ...
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What is the evidence that a secondary party primaries candidate can influence the rhetoric of the leader?

In the West Wing (Manchester Part II) we see Jed say about his running for the Presidency: BARTLET: I got in it polling in the single digits. Hoynes had it locked up. I got in it to give some ...
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Why does the USDA specify 'American Indian/Alaska Native' foods as a separate food group?

I was recently looking at the USDA Nutrient Database and I noticed that they categorized 'American Indian/Alaska Native' as a separate food group. For example, what is the difference between 35137 - ...
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When courts draw maps, do they gerrymander?

It's well known that when legislatures draw maps, the majority protects members of their own party. When courts do maps, do they do the same thing? If so, what are some modern-day examples where a ...
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Would two million families lose their SNAP benefits under H.R.1947 (FARRM)? Why?

The farm bill has been passed in the House. The 216-208 vote largely followed party lines, with every Democrat voting against the bill and 12 Republicans breaking ranks to vote against it. [...] ...
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Are there some studies which measure the level of politicization of courts in a trans-Atlantic perspective?

It's easy enough to find a Europe-only comparative perspective on the politicization of the judiciary, e.g. Werkmann (2017): The authors measured the level of politicization in each country ...
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What are the main differences between UK and US (NEP) exit polls, methodologically?

The UK since 2001-2005 has apparently managed to get extremely accurate exit-polls: Prior to 2001 the methods used had been different, and the accuracy of predictions based on exit polls was rather ...
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Is there any secondary review of Asylum seeking cases in immigration courts?

I recently bumped into a factoid that wasn't unexpected but rather drastic: the rate of people passing asylum hearing in immigration courts can vary from 10% to 75% based on individual judges. ...
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Why was Grand Staircase-Escalante never upgraded from a Monument to a Park?

Historically many U.S. national monuments were upgraded to national parks after a few years, e.g. Grand Canyon (monument 1908, park 1919), Jackson Hole (monument 1943, park 1950) or Glacier Bay (...
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How much did banks profit from quantitative easing over a scenario where the Federal Reserve would have simply brought Treasury bonds directly?

When the US Federal Reserve did quantitative easing the Federal Reserve had multiple choices to go about it. They could have simply brought government bonds and thus benefit the US Treasury. Instead ...
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Did Anthony Scaramucci receive a certificate of divestiture in 2017?

I have read the following account of possible leveraging financial effects for Anthony Scaramucci from joining the White House staff (briefly) in 2017. This is from Michael Wolff's new book Fire and ...
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Are there any statistics on the socio-economic background on affirmitive action college admissions

I am wondering whether the affirmative action admission scholarships to college in the US handed out to minorities based on race or similar, goes to applicants from a poor background. The reason for ...
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Do Republican tax reform historically favor the wealthy and corporations?

The recent Republican tax reform bill has been criticized as being a "tax cut for the wealthy." U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled a tax plan on Thursday that differed from the House of ...
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How exactly is the White House enforcing audio-only briefings?

Today, like many days in the past few weeks, the White House Press Briefing with Sean Spicer was audio-only, i.e. no cameras allowed. My question is, how is this camera ban enforced? Does Spicer ask ...
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Do US press conferences usually include off-topic questions?

On 9th of June, Donald Trump and his Romanian counterpart (Klaus Iohannis) held a press conference. That was a very important event for Romanians and it received significant media coverage, but also ...
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Where can I find a chart of education level by political party?

It must include libertarian, democrat, and republican. I tried to find one, but could not. https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=political%20ideology%20education&tbs=imgo:1#tbs=imgo:1&...
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What happens after an unfavorable recommendation?

In the United States House of Representatives, what happens after a resolution is sent to the house with an unfavorable recommendation - for example, Congressman Nadler's H.Res 111 - I suspect this ...
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Are there any organizations or political movements in the US that promote Borda Count Ranked Voting?

After researching Borda Count Ranked Voting I realized that this voting system is something that I really support. I then researched organizations, political movements, and influential politicians ...