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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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Why are so many Americans against Obamacare?

What is it about Obamacare that so many Americans are against such that it became an election pledge to repeal it? I could understand a candidate promising tax cuts and then after being elected ...
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Why doesn’t the IRS just send me a bill for the taxes I owe based on the info they already have?

So it's time to file taxes in the United States and it occurred to me that I am required to provide a lot of information that the government already knows. For instance, I have to provide the contents ...
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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?

In this question, a person asks why it's so easy to ban Nazi symbols and so hard to ban communist symbols: Why is banning communism symbols so hard to achieve as opposed to banning of Nazi symbols? ...
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Why is President Trump making such a big deal about fake news, and specifically targeting reputable organizations like The New York Times and CNN?

The Trump administration has been targeting reputable news organizations like The Times and CNN, calling them "fake news". What is this administration trying to accomplish here?
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Why is the Trump Administration often labeled as anti-science?

Is there any evidence that Trump and his administration are anti-science? And since when has the equation been drawn between conservatism and anti-science sentiment? Allegations (from, for example, ...
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Why were pre-election polls and forecast models inconsistent with the election of Donald Trump?

As it's obvious now, pre-election polling and forecast models were inconsistent with the vote count in this election cycle as not many predicted a Trump victory. Is there any particular reason why ...
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Why couldn't Republicans who voted to repeal Obamacare so many times under Obama do it under a Republican president?

I seem to recall that Republicans voted to amend or repeal Obamacare dozens of times when Obama was president. It was a meme that they had so many better ideas about health care. They seemed to be ...
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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

I am wondering about developed countries in general, but my experience (and the focus of this question) is the USA and Canada. There are laws in place to prevent discrimination. It is illegal, for ...
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Why does the pardon of Arpaio show contempt for the rule of law?

Much of the criticism of Trump's pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has centered on the idea that this shows a disrespect for the "rule of law". For instance, John McCain said (as reported in ...
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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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Why does there seem to be a lack of conservative comedy and comedy-news compared to liberal?

In the United States there are a number of liberal comedians who emphasize their liberal status in their comedy, and in particular a wealth of liberal comedy focusing on recent events/news. To name a ...
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Why is a border wall such a polarising issue in American politics?

I don't understand why this is such a big deal. Many countries around the world have a hard border with a physical barrier in place to stop illegal crossing/smuggling. It doesn't seem inherently ...
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Why is Greece's debt considered a problem but not US debt, which is much larger?

Greece's and other southern European countries' debt has been considered a problem since the 2008 crash, and austerity measures have been forced to the people. However the United States also have a ...
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Why is there no effective anti-gun lobby in the United States?

The National Rifle Association appears to be a very powerful lobby in the United States which seems to be very successful at preventing anti-gun legislation. Nevertheless, it would appear to be quite ...
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Why do some people take issue with kneeling during the anthem in US?

These days the heated disagreement between President Trump and NFL players is all over the online media. What's wrong with Kneeling and why does he want them not to kneel and why do they still do it? ...
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Is President Trump right that there was violence on “both sides” in Charlottesville?

Today, President Trump claimed that there was violence on "both sides," and that alt-left and alt-right both shared blame in the incidents at Charlottesville, Virginia. Is this factually accurate? I'm ...
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Is there a way to block an elected President from entering office?

Given the recent results on the national election at the US. I have seen several protests here at Berkeley and the Oakland area. While I understand their disgust and definitely do not agree with Trump'...
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What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

According to CNN, Trump has just recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital: President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the US ...
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What does it actually mean for the Republicans to have lost the House of Representatives?

As a non-US person, (German) radio told me the Democrats would now be able to force Trump to publish his tax return and prevent him from funding his wall. That's probably a nice little "haha" for us ...
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How does Donald Trump Jr. benefit from releasing the e-mails he released?

This is a very simple question. Trump Jr. recently disclosed emails suggesting he welcomed Russian help against Clinton (see for instance here and here). To a considerable extent, this seems a ...
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Why is Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry a political issue?

In the past (perhaps during her Senate campaign), Senator Elizabeth Warren has mentioned that she has some Native American blood in her geneology. For some reason, Donald Trump has accused her of ...
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Is there any record of Trickle Down Economics improving the economy?

Since the senate passed the tax bill this month that's left me confused. I try to look at both sides of partisan politics rather than joining one team and hating everything about the other. Now to ...
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How much influence has Donald Trump had on current efforts to improve relations with North Korea?

Recently it has been reported that: Kim Jong-un has pledged a "new history" in relations with his neighbour as he became the first North Korean leader to set foot in South Korea since the end of the ...
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Why is Trump winning, when I know so few people who admit to voting for him?

I am a well educated Republican, of generally conservative views. Pretty much every day I see and hear people talk about how poor of a candidate Donald Trump is. But he's winning primary after primary,...
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Why do Indian reservations still exist in North America?

Both Canada and the US still have weird quasi-states on their territory for citizens of Native American/First Nation origins. However in the 21st century this appears to be quite an archaic concept, ...
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Why don't poor people vote in the United States?

According to this article wealthy Americans' vote turnout is significantly higher than that of lower income ones: Socio-economic status: Wealthy Americans vote at much higher rates than those of ...
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What did Reagan mean when he said: The nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.”?

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989, famously said: The nine most terrifying words in the English language are "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help....
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What specifically did Michael Flynn do wrong?

These are the three things which I understand about the situation: He potentially discussed sanctions with a Russian ambassador He misrepresented or lied about his conversations with the Russian ...
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What are Trump's incentives for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement?

Donald Trump has been a pretty strong advocate for repealing and undoing rules & regulations aiming to cut climate change, however recently the New York Times and Axios have reported that Trump is ...
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Why is the debate on the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court so politicised?

Why is the debate on the composition of the United States Supreme Court so politicised? Many other countries, such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, European Union, and others, have courts ...
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How does a shutdown end if an agreement is never reached?

The US government is shut down, due to disagreements between President and Congress on border security funding. Both sides are in an apparent stalemate. So my question is simply, what happens if ...
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In the US why is nationalism equated with racism?

From Wikipedia: There are various definitions for what constitutes a nation, however, which leads to several different strands of nationalism. It can be a belief that citizenship in a state should ...
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What does the US have to gain by other countries not being socialist or communist?

With the current situation in Venezuela, it seems like the US is once again weighing in against a leader that is textbook socialist or communist that is also a dictator. I understand the hardships ...
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Is the proposal to create a US Space Force being taken seriously?

It seems like there have been a number of unusual ideas in recent American politics. And that's saying something because, as a foreigner looking in, it's never seemed normal. Is Space Force being ...
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Why aren't Americans simply called “Americans”?

For example, people in the USA like dividing themselves up into groups such as "Country-of-Origin-American". Irish-American Swedish-American African-American Spanish-American Chinese-American Why ...
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Why is the US ranked as #45 in Press Freedom ratings, despite its extremely permissive free speech laws?

According to the Press Freedom Index, the US is ranked at a meager 45th position in the global ranking of countries. In comparison, New Zealand is currently at the 8th spot despite having an official "...
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Is there a difference between how Cambridge Analytica and the Obama Campaign got Facebook users' data?

Based on this answer, and the fact that the discussion was said to get off topic and I wanted to know more, I thought about asking this question to find an answer. It seems to me that both campaigns ...
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Why does the Green New Deal push for green energy but not for nuclear energy?

It seems strange to me that that the new green deal wants clean and renewable power from solar and wind energy yet oppose nuclear energy. I have been googling experts consensus on nuclear energy and ...
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When was the Second Amendment last used to fight against the US government to protect people's freedom?

I was not born in the USA, and I am trying to understand the Second Amendment. My big question is: When was the last time US citizens made use of the Second Amendment and fought against the US ...
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Why do ex-government employees have security clearances?

The recent headlines regarding the current administration revocation of clearances, prompts the question. I would like to understand why this group of ex-government personnel (not the line-level ...
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Why was President Trump heavily criticized for congratulating Putin on winning the election?

According to The Guardian, President Trump was subject to criticism over his decision to congratulate President Putin on winning Russian elections in 2018: Donald Trump defended himself against ...
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Why does the US not just accept North Korea's nuclear ambitions and attempt to mend relationships?

Many experts propose that it is not practically possible (without engaging in war and endangering the lives of many civilians, in both US and ally territory) to prevent North Korea from building ...
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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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What makes “Voter ID laws” so controversial in the US?

As a European, I am always baffled by the concept that requiring an ID to vote is so controversial in the US, for me is one of the most "natural" things. I hear that it is because obtaining an ID in ...
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What significance could the information in Donald Trump's tax return have to his campaign?

I watched the debate, and I'm wondering what is going on with Donald Trump's tax return. I heard Hillary say the deal is either he's (1) less wealthy than he claims to be, (2) not making the ...
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Why did the DNC try to prevent Bernie Sanders from getting the Democratic Nomination?

I recently read a few news articles talking about a class action lawsuit against the DNC for cheating Bernie Sanders out of the primaries. Is there any truth to these claims that there were concerted ...
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How did the Kavanaugh confirmation move so quickly despite the serious allegations?

I did not pay attention to the news for a few days and am completely confused now. Last I saw, Kavanaugh was in the midst of his sexual assault hearings. I thought Trump had said he would let a ...
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Why is there no process in the United States to remove and re-elect the President?

When a European head of government has too many enemies/doubts about their history, then he or she is usually deposed by the parliament and a new head of government is elected (either by the ...
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Why are Weapon Restriction Laws considered Liberal?

Why are Weapon Restriction Laws, such as Gun Control Laws, considered liberal, while a lack of restrictions is considered conservative? In most cases, it appears that laws and policies which grant ...
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What reasons may Donald Trump have had for firing FBI Director James Comey?

What were the reasons behind Donald Trump deciding to fire FBI Director James Comey? If anything, Trump should have been happy with him, since he held that press conference about re-opening the ...