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Do critics/experts underestimate the performance of the Trump administration?

With current developments increasing the odds for a second Biden-Trump match-up, this question seems to becoming more relevant (especially for the future). U.S. politics contain so much bias, it is ...
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Why are Republicans more likely to support keeping the filibuster than Democrats in the U.S.?

Most Democrats say they'd end it, as a general matter, according to a CBS News poll from Jan. 2022. Two-thirds of Republicans say they'd keep it. But the partisan split appears strongly connected to ...
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How many people are in favor of legalizing marijuana, but have no intention of ever smoking it?

I know someone (an American) who supports legalization of marijuana, but he has no intention of ever smoking it. (He mildly disapproves of it, but doesn't think its consequences are severe enough to ...
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States' check on federal government's power? [closed]

Where in the U.S. Constitution are states given the right to "check" a tyrannical federal government?
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Have any countries that suspended funding to UNRWA restarted it given doubts about accusations against it? [closed]

Israel accused a handful UNRWA employees of taking part in the October 7 attacks and also claimed that 10% of UNRWA employees in Gaza were 'affiliated' with Hamas. A recent intelligence report by ...
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Did the US provide its own estimates of hunger in Gaza during the 2023 war?

During the Tigray war, the US apparently provided its own estimates of hunger in the region, e.g. June 26, 2021 The United States estimates that up to 900,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray region now ...
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Why was the Lobbying Transparency and Accountability Act of 2006 deemed too weak?

In the Wikipedia article about lobbying in the U.S., I found this excerpt interesting: The Lobbying Transparency and Accountability Act of 2006 (H.R. 4975) legislation modified Senate rules, although ...
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Could the Democrats (almost) unilaterally remove the Republican House Speaker?

My understanding is that, under the current rules, any single house member can force a vote on removing the (Republican) House Speaker, including any Democrat. Should this happen, a very few ...
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What is the relationship between Gov't economic policies/performance & collective action

Based on my reading of polsci and econ literature, I believe there is an extensive literature studying how collective action (e.g., through labor strikes or occupation groups) can influence economic ...
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Has Fox News shown any footage from inside Gaza, esp. from a civilian perspective?

Most media in the US and Europe (which is often desribed as "left-wing" from a right-wing perspective) appears to be striking for some kind of balance in their reporting of the recent ...
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What qualities or factors contribute to Qatar being considered a suitable mediator between Venezuela and the United States?

Spanish newspaper El Pais had a scoop last week: at the beginning of June, Juan Gonzalez and Jorge Rodriguez — President Joe Biden’s adviser on Latin American affairs and Venezuelan President Nicolas ...
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Why is Europe (Germany in particular) apparently paying so little for US troop presence/protection, compared to South Korea?

CNBC wrote in that 2020 about the cost-sharing agreement for US troop presence in South Korea In the last one-year, cost-sharing agreement, Seoul agreed to pay roughly $900 million and in ...
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Does CNN regularly report on the ongoing war at the Israel's north border? [closed]

It's been asked in an fairly upvoted answer (because that's the new style here of answering questions) do the "left-wing" media regularly report on the ongoing war at the Israel's north ...
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How can I access exit polls by state for the 1984 U.S. Presidential Election?

Even though the 1984 presidential election was a landslide, and there's a national exit poll available, I want to see if there were any differences in exit polls by state. For example, an exit poll ...
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Why did the U.S. government lower the funding of the IRS?

Also needed: better tax enforcement through restored and increased funding of the IRS. An expert review of data released by the Congressional Budget Office and the Treasury Department indicates that ...
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Has the Niger junta explained why they expelled French but not US troops?

The Niger junta that took power this summer expelled French but not US troops. From what I can tell, France had about 1,500 troops there, and the US has about 1,100 (or maybe just 600--sources differ ...
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What leverage or negotiation tools do government agencies actually have to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with drug companies?

The recent question Why did it take so long for the U.S. government to give Medicare the power to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with drug companies? reminded me of the old season 8 ...
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How much is Lithuania paying/cost-sharing for the US troop presence in their country?

It's been suggested in some comments (and now an answer) to a related Q that the US is expected to demand lest cost sharing from Germany than from South Korea, for US troop presence, because Germany ...
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Are/were anti-US murals and posters in Pyongyang gone for good since 2018?

NY Post claimed in 2018: Gone are the posters depicting the U.S. as a “rotten, diseased, pirate nation” and promising “merciless revenge” on American forces for an imagined attack on the totalitarian ...
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Has Trump indicated who he will endorse if he remains disqualified from the ballot?

Trump is currently disqualified from the ballot in Colorado, and the case is being appealed to the Supreme Court. Assuming the Supreme Court rules against Trump and he remains disqualified, has he ...
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Why did it take so long for the U.S. government to give Medicare the power to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with drug companies?

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is sending initial offers to the participating drug companies of the ...
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Which countries has the US publicly threatened to sanction if they expel US troops, say, in the past 25 years?

Back in 2020, When Iraq’s parliament voted to expel American troops from the country Sunday, it was an apparent bid by the government to extract the country from an escalating US-Iran proxy war. [...]...
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Have any prominent politicians in the US called for US troops to leave Iraq this year?

Some US politicians, like DeSantis, have said US troops in Iraq are just "sitting ducks", at their present strength, so called for either a surge or departure. “We’ve got troops in Syria ...
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How can the US prevent Russia from deploying nukes in orbit/space without starting WW3? [closed]

NYT reported on Feb 14: Officials said that the new intelligence, which they did not describe in detail, raised serious questions about whether Russia was preparing to abandon the Outer Space Treaty ...
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What is the meaning of “qualified connection” in Federalist No. 51 by James Madison?

In the sixth paragraph of Federalist No.51, James Madison wrote, But it is not possible to give to each department an equal power of self-defense. In republican government, the legislative authority ...
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Did India face criticism from U.S. officials for its mercantilist policies?

Did India face criticism from U.S. officials for its mercantilist policies? https://itif.org/publications/2019/11/18/2019-global-mercantilist-index-ranking-nations-distortive-trade-policies/ Looking ...
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What if neither the president nor vice president is chosen by inauguration day?

The US election law says that the Senate picks the VP and the House picks the President. If no president is elected when the term starts, the newly elected VP would act as President. In such case, ...
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Who are the homeless in the US?

I would like to know more about the background of the homeless populations in America’s cities. These narratives should drive public policy but after many searches over the past year, I still consider ...
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Why did political parties form in the United States?

In George Washington's "Farewell Address", the first President specifically warns about the dangers of political parties. He admits that people tend to naturally align in groups, but also warns that ...
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How can speaker Mike Johnson prevent a vote in the House on the Ukraine aid bill?

In The Good Republicans’ Last Stand (The Atlantic, 2024-02-12), discussing bills for aid to Ukraine, David Frum writes ...17 Republican senators joined Democrats to speed assistance to Ukraine, ...
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Why are pro/anti-gun parties in the US espousing the reverse position when it comes to weapons for Ukraine? [closed]

Per title. It seems that traditionally, Republicans (support gun ownership in the US) for reasons such as "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun", and they in ...
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Did the Semiconductor Industry Association criticize exports restriction to China before?

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-67141987 Nvidia has said in a filing that the new export restrictions will block sales of two high-end artificial intelligence chips it created for the Chinese ...
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During Ronald Reagan's presidency, which industry sectors' workers tended to approve of him the most? And which ones disliked him the most?

Ronald Reagan had a lot of support nationwide during his presidency, but there were many people who opposed him as well. It seems like different industry types tend to favor a certain political ...
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Should citizens of a federal republic be frustrated with complicated foreign aid package deals like the recent US Foreign Aid bill? [closed]

In the U.S., Congress sometimes passes complicated package deals like the recent US Foreign Aid bill. There’s some stuff in there I cannot imagine getting through without being packaged up like this ...
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Any example of the US being involved in a civil war of another country that the USA recognizes as a sovereign state?

Are there any examples from the 20th and 21st century of the US being military involved (perhaps, only in the way of sending its avation) in some civil war in any country that it recognizes as a ...
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During Ronald Reagan's presidency, were younger women generally more critical of him than older women were?

Ronald Reagan was popular nationwide during his presidency, and he seemed especially popular among men. Many women supported him too, but there were also a lot who opposed him. Even though Reagan won ...
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Why don't members of the minority party in the U.S. House of Representative ever force a vote to vacate the Speakership?

My understanding is that the current rules of the U.S. House of Representatives allow any member of the House - including members of the minority party - to offer a motion to vacate the office of ...
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Have Democrats or Republicans held up aid to Israel before, in the hope of getting a broader deal on other legislation?

Biden has threatened to veto a bill that would provide Israel-only aid, because that would scupper Democrats' attempts at getting a broader deal, including more funding for Ukraine etc. (Predictably, ...
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What Is The Actual Step-By-Step Informal Process of How A Regular Citizen Becomes A Congressmen?

In the case of the executive branch, there is an incredible difference between what someone needs to do/be to become president "on paper" (I.e, Being 35, being a natural-born citizen that ...
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How is a political party funded? Solely based on donations less than $3300 (maximum allowed)?

Where does the DNC/RNC (or any political party) get its money? Is it mostly from individuals donating who want to see change? If so, are those donations capped at $3300 per individual per election? Or ...
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Is it illegal to pay someone to endorse a political candidate? [duplicate]

If the DNC paid money to Taylor Swift, Usher, or Patrick Mahomes to shout "I'm voting for Biden!" during the Superbowl, would that be illegal/violate any election laws? They're not directly ...
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Did President Trump ever answer questions on obstruction to Mueller?

The FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, overseen by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has just finished. Now at some point in the course of the investigation, Mueller’s team sent President Trump a series ...
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Did the U.S. administration give an official reason as to why it opposes an Israel occupation of Gaza?

The White House on Tuesday repeated its opposition to an Israeli reoccupation of Gaza after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ABC News "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir he believed ...
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Why could the House get 250-180 votes on some bill but not "muster the simple majority needed to set the terms for the bill’s debate"?

I find this AP report quite confusing: Johnson resorted to moving the bill through an expedited process that requires a two-thirds majority for passage. That’s because Republicans were unlikely to ...
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Why hasn't the U.S. government paid war reparations to any country it attacked?

Why hasn't the U.S. government paid war reparations to any country it attacked? According to Wikipedia, the U.S. has never paid any war reparations to members of other countries. It has only paid ...
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What policies exist to help elderly homeless people with serious mental disabilities?

I was at McDonald's last night and saw this old man sitting at a table alone, not eating. I watched as he got up and scooted out into the parking lot on his walker, looking around every few moments ...
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How might a new candidate be chosen if a major party candidate becomes incapacitated after winning the primary but before the party convention? [duplicate]

The 2024 Presidential election is likely to feature the two oldest major party candidates in American history. There may be a non-trivial chance that at least one of them becomes incapacitated before ...
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Where can I find the archival records of a US "Committee on Armed Services Hearings" held in 1963?

This is the full citation: U.S., Congress, House, Committee on Armed Services, Hearings on the Military Posture, 88th Cong., 1st sess., 30 January 1963 I looked for it here - Congressional Hearings -...
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Why does the US view Iran as its principal geopolitical adversary in the Middle East?

The vast majority of Islamist terrorism against the US and Europe is done by Saudi-aligned Salafi jihadist groups. Indeed, this was the case in the worst act of terrorism against the US—indeed, ...
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Why is discussion of the Israel lobby so taboo in the United States?

The existence of a uniquely powerful Israel lobby in the United States is nearly indisputable. While other lobbies certainly exist, the unique power of the Israel lobby is its remarkable ability to ...

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