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Do more voting rights really make it harder for Republicans to win

Listening over the video on this post there are different Republican and Democrat views on voting access. It seems to be portrayed that... Democrats want more people to have access to their voting ...
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Why does Donald Trump still seem to have so much power over Republicans?

Given that Donald Trump lost the recent Presidential election, why is it that congressmen continue to visit Mar-A-Lago? In what way is Donald Trump a power broker? What is it that congressmen seek ...
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Were there any intra-EU concerns expressed that Germany was practicing dumping prices on aluminium sheets?

Reuters reports on the new anti-dumping duties imposed by the Biden administration on aluminium sheets (worldwide): The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday issued final anti-dumping duties on common ...
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Has the freedom of speech been compromised in the US? [duplicate]

Freedom of speech is defined as: The right to express any opinion in public without censorship or restraint by the government, protected in the United States as a right under the First Amendment to ...
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Do liberals pay more in charitable donations than conservatives in the United States? [closed]

A major topic of political divide in the US is the notion of paying more in taxes so that the poorest and weakest in society can benefit from services such as welfare, healthcare, etc. Typically, it ...
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What was the ultimate fate of the 1985 defamation lawsuit against Rep. Don Sundquist?

In a pre-Westfall case (which might as well have motivated the 1988 law that increased Congresspersons' immunity against civil lawsuits), NYT reports (1987) A Federal appeals court panel has ruled ...
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Can social media be regulated under the “public accomodations” clause of the Civil Rights Act?

Scott Adams of Dilbert fame muses whether or not the 1st Amendment jurisprudence can be broadened in such a way to curb the abuses of social media monopolies so that they be regulated much like ...
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Do users of F-16s need the USA's permission to use them in attack roles?

Document reveals official US position on F-16s Are users of F-16 fighter planes obliged to take the USA's permission to use them in attack roles? I am especially curious about Turkey and Pakistan. P....
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What is the deal with the U.S. Senate's Parliamentarian?

Recently the role of the Senate Parliamentarian has become a focal point in the upcoming 2021 COVID stimulus package. Specifically, the Senate Parliamentarian has ruled against allowing a $15 minimum ...
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Why are they called faithless electors?

I recently read this question: Could faithless electors really change the USA president? I gather that a faithless elector is an elector who goes against the votes cast, but why are they called a ...
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How did Trump's January 6 speech call for insurrection and violence?

It wasn't easy, but I just read a transcript of Trump's January 6 speech. It's nearly all the usual rambling talk about election fraud and people that betrayed or supported him. This could cause ...
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What are the possible downsides for Puerto Ricans if Puerto Rico becomes a state?

My impression from reading about Puerto Rican views on statehood is that besides the pro-statehood and the pro-independence camp, there also is significant support for the status quo. Of course, some ...
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If the Vice President undisputedly murdered the sitting President, is there anything stopping them from becoming President?

If the Vice President murdered the sitting President in cold blood for all to see, would they still become President? Would they simply get sworn in or is there a mechanism to stop them?
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Why did the US recognize PRC when it was concerned about the spread of Communism?

Here is mentioned that: In the Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, dated 1 January 1979, the United States transferred diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. The US ...
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Are there limits on how frequently budget reconciliation can be used to pass bills?

I've heard that it is difficult or impossible to use budget reconciliation more than once or a few times per fiscal year, but are there hard rules that limit the frequency of its use to pass Senate ...
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Did Time Magazine print their expose article “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election”? [closed]

I don't understand the difference between Times' physical magazine and what is published on their website. I would really like a paper copy of this if it was in print. Was this printed or does their ...
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If I do not have an ID, how can Michigan check that I did not attempt to vote multiple times at different locations?

Background In Michigan, if someone did not bring their photo ID with them, they are free to sign an affidavit as state below on the Michigan Secretary of State website: Voting Without Photo ID If ...
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How do Neocons justify their hawkish behavior? [closed]

This Wikipedia article defines Neoconservatism as: Neoconservatism is a political movement born in the United States during the 1960s among liberal hawks who became disenchanted with the increasingly ...
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Can one run for House and Senate at the same time?

I am wondering about the idea of a senator running for the House of Represenatives because their senate seat is endangered. There are different reasons someone might want to do this. One could be ...
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What specific actions did President Donald Trump take (or not take) that led to an “inept” and “dishonest” response with “excess” deaths? [duplicate]

Background Both the Scientific American and the New England Journal of Medicine each stated that Donald Trump handled the U.S's response to COVID-19 with either great incompetence or actively negative ...
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Florida Flags: half mast [closed]

Flags are typically lowered to honor prominent government officials, as well as law enforcement officers and members of the military killed in the line of duty. DeSantis has said Limbaugh’s stature ...
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Which generating units did the DOE authorize to operate at maximum capacity in Texas?

Although Texas' ERCOT is not subject to FERC regulations, there are apparently emergency DOE orders that apply to some Texas generating facilities nonetheless: Under FPA section 202(c) during the ...
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Charter schools in big cities [closed]

Do charters schools negatively impact urban places like DC and Pennsylvania? Since charter schools often lead to gentrification in cities, should there be a cap as to how many there might be in a city?...
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Are there legal penalties for lies (etc.) in a US Senate impeachment trial?

Suppose an impeachment of POTUS has progressed to the senate trial. And suppose that one of the representatives of one side or the other is shown to have lied, falsified evidence, covered up evidence, ...
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Why doesn't China allow American social media companies to operate in China?

As far as I realize, being an authoritarian regime, China is continuously concerned with the uprising. So, they do not want to let the free flow of information and western thought process "...
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Can vice president/security advisor or secretary of state be chosen from the opposite party?

As the title indicates, Can vice president/security advisor or secretary of state be chosen from the opposite party? If so, has there ever been an example?
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What is the dominant rationale for student loan forgiveness among academics and politicians?

I understand that President Biden has been discussing the possibility of loan forgiveness for student loans. This has also increasingly become a topic of debate in recent years as student loans have ...
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Where do I find when the next congressional hearing about an issue I'm following is? (e.g. Gamestop)

How do I find out when the next US congressional hearing is regarding ___? This is not a question for discussing current events surrounding Gamestop and Robinhood. I expected "when is the next ...
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What does the Texas Reliability Entity do exactly? Can it enforce NERC standards in Texas?

Following the 2005 EPAct, the NERC is authorized to set mandatory reliability standards for power companies subject to FERC's jurisdiction. Texas's ERCOT is itself not subject to FERC regs, but NERC ...
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Why has Pakistan never faced the wrath of the USA similar to other countries in the region, especially Iran?

As far as I understand, the USA's Middle East policy more or less revolves around Israel and its security. The countries which had antagonistic policies toward Israel were either taken out by Israel ...
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How many congressional districts produced a split result in the 2020 House and Presidential elections?

I was trying to find out more about districts who voted for one party for president and the other for House. We have data on this for 1972 to 2016. I am asking because I'm researching polarization. ...
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How are the electors of the electoral college selected?

How are the electors for each party selected in the US presidential election?
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How long do states have to vote on Constitutional amendments passed by congress? Are there any in limbo?

I am curious to know if states have a specific timeline for voting to ratify a Constitutional amendment and if there are any that have been passed by congress but not enough states have voted to allow ...
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What does Texas gain from keeping its electrical grid independent?

A recent article by the Texas Tribune explains why Texas has its own electrical grid: The Texas Interconnected System — which for a long time was actually operated by two discrete entities, one for ...
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Are state laws restricting electors' votes constitutional?

Several states have laws that purport to restrict or punish faithless electors for their electoral votes. See Wikipedia's Faithless elector: Legal position. Michigan and Minnesota even claim the ...
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What are US Senators expected to do during a natural calamity in their home state?

Recently Ted Cruz was spotted on a plane to Cancun, which was criticized as the state is currently in a state of emergency due to power failures. But what exactly is a US Senator expected to do in a ...
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Why was Saddam Hussein captured but Assad is still spared by America?

There were 2 major reasons for capturing Saddam: Possessing WMDs (Never proved completely) Killing Shias by Chemical Weapons In the neighbourhood of same Iraq, Bashar Al Assad has been doing ...
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What do Democrats gain from pushing for DC statehood?

The House just voted for Washington DC to become a state, almost exclusively along party lines. While the arguments for statehood aren't new, equality for ethnic minorities is a greater concern ...
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Why would the Lincoln Project campaign *against* Sen. Susan Collins?

As I understand it, The Lincoln Project is anti-Trump Republicans. So why would they campaign against Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)? And not only that, but campaign the hardest of any Senate election? I ...
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To what extent are senior non-elected officials such as the WH Chief of Staff provided with protection?

I have to admit my question is triggered by a scene in Veep, where a security situation results in the President being surrounded by Secret Service agents (s04e02), but after spending some time on ...
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Why is lying to Congress a crime?

Why is it considered a crime if you lie while testifying before Congress, but Representatives seem to be able to say whatever they want without repercussions?
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Why allow congress to impeach an official if accused doesn't necessarily have to have committed a crime?

Background Impeachment may be conducted by congress for the following reasons outlined in the U.S. Constitution: Article I, Section 2, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution provides: The House ...
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How are members and chairs of subcommittees appointed by their party caucus/conference in the U.S. Senate?

There are many subcommittees in the U.S. Senate. On the third of February, 2021, the committees were reorganized to reflect the new Democratic majority in the Senate. Since then, some subcommittees ...
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Why isn't there a bigger presence of 3rd parties in the US Senate or House of Representatives?

Many people say that voting for a 3rd party in a presidential election is pointless. And under the rules, this is pretty true as it is a winner takes all system. The Senate and House of ...
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US Senate Floor Leaders: What happens if there is a substantial third party? [duplicate]

According to the US Senate's web site, Leadership The floor leaders and whips of each party are elected by a majority vote of all the senators of their party assembled in a conference or, as it ...
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How does the Democratic Party have a majority in the US Senate?

According to Wiki, Democrats have a majority in the Senate despite only having 48 seats. Why are the two independent senators being counted as Democrats? Please explain it at a level for a non-US ...
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Can Trump be criminally prosecuted for acts commited when he was president? [migrated]

Just after voting to acquit Trump, GOP senate leader Mitch McConnel said: We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And former presidents are not immune from being ...
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Why is the Constitutionality of an Impeachment and Trial when out of office not settled?

The US Senate has voted 3 times, once in 1876 and twice in 2021, that impeachment and trial of an official who has left office is acceptable. Despite this, Mitch McConnell voted to acquit Trump in ...
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What political mechanism prevent US army commandment to launch a coup?

I want to ask why throughout US history there has been no record of coup aiming to overthrow (at least temporarily) the elected government on the promise of "justice, liberty, equality, ...
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What determines the identity of “the minority party” leadership if there are more than two parties?

In the US Congress, there are leadership positions held in both majority and minority parties (e.g. the "majority leader" or "minority whip"). In practice, there are almost always two parties, so the "...

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