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Why are mandatory ultrasounds considered problematic by abortion rights activists?

Why do pro-choice activists oppose mandatory ultrasounds? They don't prevent women from having abortions; if a woman initially requests an abortion but then declines after seeing an ultrasound, doesn'...
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Why won't the U.S. sign a peace treaty with North Korea?

Why won't the U.S. sign a peace treaty with North Korea? Is there a reason why it wasn't done sometimes after the cease fire? What was the purpose of not signing a peace treaty with North Korea if the ...
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In which house of Congress of the USA is a bill introduced first?

US Congress has two houses, Senate (called Upper house), House of Representatives ( Lower). When a bill is introduced, which house is it supposed to be first or can it be introduced in either? Are ...
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If both houses together are called Congress, why does Congressman refer to members of the House of Representatives?

The US Senate is referred to as the upper house of Congress. And the 'House of Representatives' which is also part of congress, is referred as the lower house. A member of the US Senate is called a ...
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Is Day light time ending in USA

There was couple of news regarding US Senate agreeing on Day light Savings time ending. But I do see it is getting continued. Will it end in 2022or 2023 ?
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Georgia absentee request data 2022 general election?

Absentee ballot requests began in Georgia on August 22. Is there currently publicly available data on how many Georgia voters requested absentee ballots and if so can it be broken down by county?
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Is the US president the ultimate law-enforcement officer?

In the comments of another answer, Grovkin and I discussed the power of the US president. In a reply I received, it was stated that the US president is the ultimate-enforcement officer: @JJJ it ...
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Why are open carry laws opposite of what would be expected in Oregon and Florida?

Oregon allows open carry of firearms without a permit; Florida does not allow it, and does not issue permits for it. Both states require permits for concealed carry, with similar requirements. Why is ...
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Given how popular Democratic positions on many issues are why don't Democrats win landslides?

We see polls on most issues where Democrats positions are more popular across the board. Yet the nation is more evenly divided in with Democrats only having a slight but surprisingly durable edge in ...
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Are rents increasing due to inflation? [closed]

The US is currently moving toward recession due to a perceived need to reduce core inflation, which is 40% determined by the price of rent. However, it strikes me that the Covid-19 pandemic abruptly ...
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Can Syria or any country demand stolen natural resources to be paid to them?

https://archive.ph/LIfpk Can Syria or any country demand stolen natural resources to be paid to them? China’s foreign ministry spokesman highlighted that the US military has used at least 800 tankers ...
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Why does Newsom blame Trump visa policy for California population loss?

In this YouTube video, in an interview with Gavin Newsom, starting at about 8:50, he lists some statistics painting California as a wonderful place with a thriving economy and tax rebates. He is then ...
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How does one identify an enemy of the Constitution in the United States?

What are the criteria? Is there an explicit list? If there is a list, how robust is it in the face of changing times? Before one takes an oath to defend the Constitution against enemies foreign and ...
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What mechanism allows the US to single-handedly block WTO Appellate Body appointments?

I've read this numerous times that the US has been blocking Appellate Body appointments, e.g. a 29 August 2022 summary of the WTO affairs contains: Mexico, speaking on behalf of 126 members, ...
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Can the president of U.S. order troops to defend Taiwan under a Chinese invasion without Congress' approval?

The War Powers Resolution of 1973 put lots of restrictions of U.S. presidents for war declaring: From Wikipedia: The War Powers Resolution (also known as the War Powers Resolution of 1973 or the War ...
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Why is the US so religious compared to other Western democracies?

According to the Pew Research Center, around 88% of Americans had at least some belief in a God, with around 63% being "absolutely certain" of this. This is in stark contrast to other comparable ...
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Is western media biased against the west?

Whenever I open Western Media I see negative news about Western countries like US, Britain etc. For example, I see videos insulting/making fun of the very president of USA, of gun violence, racism, ...
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How could the US benefit from replacing strategic ambiguity with the proposed "Dual Clarity Toward Taiwan"? In what ways constrained or foiled?

The TheDefensePost.com 2022-03-22 Op-Ed piece US Should Abandon Strategic Ambiguity for ‘Dual Clarity’ Toward Taiwan is a letter by four academics which proposes a new "Dual Clarity" ...
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Which political organizations help Los Angeles County to source new water?

Back in 1991, when MWD realized that expanding water supplies is nearly impossible in modern California politics, they switched from a strategy of cooperation with agriculture to a new strategy of ...
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Which politicians are driving residential lawn bans in California?

Governor Newsom instituted a lawn ban on commercial properties. A few months later, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California proposed once-per-week irrigation rules, which, if enforced, ...
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Can Armenian Americans plausibly have a noticeable impact on the next US midterm elections?

Turkish and Azerbaijani officials accused Pelosi of visiting Armenia and making statements there that would gather domestic support from the diaspora in view of the upcoming US elections. E.g. the MFA ...
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What is the state of the relationship between the US Democrats and Israel? [closed]

Recently, the Democrats granted a visa to Iran's President Raisi, against opposition, and he attacked the Holocaust. As I heard, some of his bodies who got visas are IRGC commanders, which is a ...
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Relocating asylum seekers within the U.S [closed]

Yesterday, Wednesday, September 15, about fifty migrants were flown from Florida [edit: probably from Texas] to Martha's Vineyard, "an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts [...] that ...
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"Make the net neutral again" Has the Biden administration successfully restored US internet neutrality? Safeguards in place to keep it that way?

Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (2017 to 2021) Ajit Pai had been outspoken against net neutrality since at least 2014 and once head of the FCC worked to undo it: Net ...
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Were doctors who were drafted in the 1950/1960 years, compelled to take an officer's oath of allegiance? [migrated]

Anyone who's ever watched M*A*S*H, knows that many of the doctors there, didn't want to be there, and had been drafted. Then I recently ran across this (non-official) article, which says Officers on ...
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Are there limits to what the Jan 6 House Select Committee can share w/ US DOJ due to the methods and ways it was collected?

I can't remember it exactly now, but a few months ago I'd read about the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack collecting some information or testimony that felt to me like the ...
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Did China cheat in implementing the anti-counterfeiting change in re DS362? If so, why didn't the US pursue the matter further?

A 2014 paper by a US law professor claims that China has essentially cheated in term of compliance in several WTO cases. For instance on the provision to destroy counterfeited goods, from 2007 case ...
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Why didn't the US just complement Russia's security demands to avoid the invasion of Ukraine?

Shortly before the invasion of Ukraine happened, Russia sent its security demands to the USA. The USA rejected these proposals, and many people say they were unrealistic. However after reading the ...
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Why didn't the EU bring as many WTO cases against China than against the United States?

Why didn't the EU bring as many WTO cases against China than against the United States? https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/07/united-states-china-trade-disputes-charts/ I was looking at the charts, ...
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Is there a specific list of WTO cases that form the core of the anti-dumping loss concerns of the US?

According to a 2019 write-up on Bruegel (by a German author) The US complains that the Appellate Body goes too far in its interpretation of the WTO treaties, in particular in the area of antidumping. ...
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Why are there so many adults in the US who cannot read?

I have heard about it being a problem, then googled the subject and was surprised to see the number of adults in the US who cannot read, according to this PBS story, is 36 million. Why are there so ...
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Why are Republicans opposed to alternative energy?

(DISCLAIMER: I am asking this in the most non-partisan way possible. Please no arguments or mudslinging!) What are the Republican party's premises for opposing alternative energy in place of fossil ...
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Why are certain views/values amassed in one party, like Republican vs Democrat?

I don't know how to explain my question but basically I don't follow politics much and for instance can't really tell the difference between liberal/conservative vs Democratic/Republican, but recently ...
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Why does Biden administration want to ban some Chinese investment in US companies in the clean energy sector?

Based on https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/15/us/politics/biden-china-tech-executive-order.html President Biden signed an executive order on Thursday designed to sharpen the federal government’s powers ...
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What is the U.S. seeking to achieve by trying to make sure that G20 members such as Mexico and Turkey cannot claim the WTO developing country status?

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-wto/u-s-drafts-wto-reform-to-halt-handouts-for-big-and-rich-states-idUSKCN1Q426T After reading that article, it seems that the U.S. is pushing to remove ...
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Locating Primary Sources of SOFA and Mutual Defense Treaties

I'm doing a research project that requires me to examine the revision history of the SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) and Mutual Defense treaties between the US and Germany (via NATO), the US and ...
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Does the U.S. accusation of “innovation mercantilism” by China have any legal basis? [closed]

China’s systematic “innovation mercantilism” is a threat not only to the world’s major economies—particularly to the European Union, Japan, and the United States—but also to the very soul of the ...
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Why have unpopular figures like Putin publicly supported Trump? [closed]

Why have Putin and Kim Jong Un publicly supported Trump? Presumably they want Trump to win, but they must know that they themselves are wildly unpopular in America. The leaders of Russia and North ...
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Does the US often deny visas to UN diplomats?

It was recently reported in the New York Times that the US government is refusing to issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, who was recently nominated as Iran's ambassador to the United Nations. Since the ...
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Why is US refurbishing Pakistan's F-16s? What impact will it have on US-India relations?

As per this news article and many others, the US has approved to sustain Pakistan's F-16 fighter jets. India has always been wary of partnership with the US since the US threatened India during the ...
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Governing from the prison [duplicate]

As we know, D. Trump is facing growing legal problems, and at the same time being the main republican candidate for the next presidential election, which raises an interesting question: what happens ...
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Why is Pakistan requesting $450 million of F-16 sales from the USA? [closed]

Biden administration approves upgrade of Pakistan’s F-16 fighter aircraft in $450-million deal According to the above news, Pakistan is probably getting spare parts and engines for its grounded F-16s....
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Is it common for former presidential advisors to go by "Honorable"?

I saw this tweet today for an event headlined by "The Honorable Jared Kushner." https://twitter.com/meridithmcgraw/status/1569300032389619714 Kushner, a former senior advisor to Donald Trump,...
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How effective are sanctions in overthrowing regimes?

One can read constantly in the media, that the West and especially the US announce sanctions against some countries. North Korea, Cuba, Iran and Venezuela are some examples. In some cases like Cuba ...
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Is Ted Hickman right that he should've won his election in 2018? [closed]

Ted Hickman was the Vice-Mayor of Dixon, California, who prior to election penned a column insulting homosexuals and calling for a "Straight Pride month". After he lost his election he said ...
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What's the interest of reviving JCPOA when it can be revoked by the next US president?

In 2015 P5+1 signed an agreement(JCPOA) with the Islamic Republic of Iran and after 3 years, Trump revoked the deal and now they are about to revive it. Given that the deal does not have enough ...
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Can the U.S. punish Russia without escalating the war if it chooses to fire artillery shells at Ukraine for the next 10 years? [closed]

Can the U.S. punish Russia in any way if it chooses to fire artillery shells at Ukraine for the next 10 years? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrMiSQAGOS4 Mersheimer predicted that Russia will seek to ...
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Does the U.S. have the legal means to use Russia's frozen assets to finance Ukraine's reconstruction?

https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220909-ukraine-reconstruction-to-cost-349-bn-report Rebuilding Ukraine following the devastation caused by the Russian invasion will cost an estimated $349 ...
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Can Trump be barred from ever holding an elected position again?

Couy Griffin has been removed from his position and is barred from ever holding a state or federal elected position again. Does this mean that Trump can be barred from holding any elected position? ...
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Did the 2022 Alaska congressional special election have a Condorcet winner?

Does anyone know if Begich may have been the Condorcet winner? Nic Tideman emailed me a few days ago, asking me this question. I sure as hell do not know unless we can get the records of the ...

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