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Why does the Democratic party seem against anyone gaining in the stock market, rather than encouraging more market participation? [closed]

I've been watching the democratic debates as time allows lately, and though I find many positions I agree with and many others I do not, one seems confusing to me on a few levels. This could indicate ...
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Are there polls why Germans dislike Trump so much and consider him so dangerous?

From Pew surveys, Trump seems quite unpopular in (continental) Europe; in 2019 he seems to poll lowest in Germany even among that group: Also, a more recent (dpa) poll focused on Germans' opinions: ...
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Isn't Social Security set up as a Pension Fund as opposed to a Direct Transfers Scheme?

In the United States, the benefits you receive from Social Security when you retire, is more or less proportional to the amount contributed to it throughout your working life in the form of Payroll ...
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Is Donald Trump a fascist?

President Obama says Donald Trump is a fascist. In the film "Hillary", a documentary about Hillary Clinton released in 2020, Senator Tim Kaine, her running mate in the 2016 presidential race, recalls ...
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Which countries with single payer healthcare ban duplicative coverage?

A single payer healthcare system is a system where all citizens have government health insurance. Now most countries with single payer healthcare allow people to buy supplemental private insurance, ...
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Why is the US so politically right-wing? [closed]

Bernie is called "radical socialist" or even "communist" in America but in Europe, as I understand it, he would be considered a center-left or even centrist politician. Europe also participated in the ...
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How are the odds in FiveThirtyEight's election forecasts calculated?

How are the odds in FiveThirtyEight's political election forecasts calculated? For example, Bernie is predicted to win the majority of votes with odds of "1 in 2 (46%)" as of 2/23/2020. This is ...
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Is Hillary Clinton a super delegate in 2020?

Does Hillary Clinton get super-delegate status 2020? I know the list is generally viewed as "party insiders" but when is it named? Will she be the kind of insider that gets to vote after the pledged ...
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Why did George H.W. Bush's approval rating drop so harshly during the second half of his presidency?

During the presidency of Bush his approval rating reached a high of around 85 % as he was close to 800 days in the office before beginning a continous downward slide that put him as low as 27,6 % by ...
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Why do US tech companies honor rulings by the EU when they don't have jurisdiction?

Why don't they just ignore the EU laws such as 'right to be forgotten', or 'cookies laws', or 'privacy', or 'competition', or even collecting VAT. It's not like the EU will block the domain name. ...
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Can congress be sued?

Can congress be sued by a presidential candidate campaigning during an election year? Can suing congress be part of a candidate's political platform?
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Could a U.S president serve more than two terms, under the current law? [duplicate]

I was reading this article, and it said : under the 22nd Amendment, “no person shall be elected to the office of president more than twice.” I had not been aware of the exact wording. I will ...
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When are the results for Texas's early primaries published? [closed]

I live in Texas. I just voted in the primary. When are these results published? Do they get published daily? Do they get published before the primary at all? Do we wait until the primary results to ...
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Why won't Hillary Clinton release the transcripts of her paid speeches?

Why isn't Hillary Clinton releasing the transcripts of her paid Goldman Sachs (Wall Street) speeches? If she wins the Democratic nomination, she risks facing these questions again in the general ...
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What happens if no candidate reaches the viability threshold in a primary?

As I understand it, most state primaries have a viability threshold of a certain percentage of the popular vote - 15% in most states - below which the candidate receives no delegates. This would seem ...
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Is it possible for someone to run for Senator and (be) Representative at the same time?

In the US, can someone run for Senate while running for a House of Representatives seat at the same time, or (run for Senate) while still holding a seat in the House of Representatives? Since a ...
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Who is meant by “enemy” and “conspiracy” in Kennedy's speech?

President John F. Kennedy had a speech on April 27, 1961; famously called "THE PRESIDENT AND THE PRESS". In that speech, he mentions a hidden enemy with concealed acts. Who is it? The President have ...
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When may the President of the United States order military action without congressional approval?

The USA has many times in the past taken military action with only the President's order to back it up legally. It was Jefferson that set the precedent of using the military to enforce foreign policy ...
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What happens in a brokered convention? Why is the prospect of one seen as a threat to Sanders' presidential hopes?

With six (technically eight including Tulsi Gabbard & Tom Steyer) candidates currently still in the field for the Democratic presidential candidate nomination, it seems increasingly likely that no ...
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Which US law transfered the power to declare war from Congress to the President? [closed]

The last few wars have been declared by Presidents without an act of congress. Yet the Constitution says that only congress can declare war. What is the specific legal justification that ...
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Does the US President have the “right” to micromanage the US Department of Justice?

Derived from an earlier question DOJ's impossible job, the question is based on the comment: "Trump claims that he has the absolute right to micromanage the AG and he is probably correct." The ...
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How many superdelegates have endorsed voting for the plurality delegate winner to be the nominee?

On Wednesday’s Democratic Presidential Debate in Nevada, candidates were asked if they think that whoever gets a plurality of the pledged delegates should ultimately become the Democratic nominee, ...
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Does the US president have more power over their country than any other elected person has in their own country? [closed]

I was having an argument with a friend over the following question. Does the US president have more power over the US than any other elected person on Earth has over their own county? The ...
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Is it a concern to the US, that leading their leader in handcuffs out of the White House would look weak to other countries? [closed]

I am wondering how for example something like the "Nixonian Deal" (Nixon leaving office "voluntarily" in exchange for being pardoned later) could occur. What kind of leverage does a President have in ...
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How binding is a sentencing recommendation by the Department of Justice? [closed]

Regarding the sentencing of Roger Stone, the original recommendation, which had been made according to official guidelines, was for a sentence of 7-9 years in prison. Then it was changed, and ...
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Can the U.S. President pardon a corporation?

The pardon power of the U.S. president is generally characterized as rather unlimited. It says [...] he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, ...
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How is banning new witnesses in the impeachment trial fair? [closed]

How is it a fair trial if the senate does not allow new witnesses to testify? The only reason why they didn't testify in the first place was because President Trump forbade them from doing so - ...
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What are the (key) limits of coverage of Medicare for All?

I don't live in the US, but rather in a country where there's a state mandated, single-(state)-payer universal health insurance - with additional layers of coverage for additional insurance fee ...
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Would renewable energy be more prominent if the USA removed all energy subsidies?

I am not an expert in the field, but my understanding is that the us is at, or at least very close to, grid parity for renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. From what I can tell it also ...
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Which position is most powerful, prestigious and influential - Governor, US Senator, Cabinet Secretary? [closed]

Which is most powerful (Governor, US Senator, Cabinet Secretary)? Which is most prestigious (Governor, US Senator, Cabinet Secretary)? Which is most influential (Governor, US Senator, Cabinet ...
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How do Trump's public statements make DOJ's job impossible?

ABC interview speaks for itself: video, transcript, commentary. No doubt that Trump has a right to express his opinion (as do you or I), but what I don't understand is how that makes it impossible ...
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How can Michael Bloomberg become the Democratic nominee for President when he has not appeared on any primary ballot so far?

I just saw an advertisement on TV: "Bloomberg for president!", but I am not seeing him in any of the primary results. How can he have any realistic chance of being the Democratic nominee if he's ...
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Where would UK political parties fit on the US party political spectrum?

I have often heard the statement that the British Conservative party would be considered left-wing if they were to run in the US - in some cases further left than the Democrats. How true is this ...
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Is it true that a man in the usa is only given the right to vote if he accepts the draft?

Is it true that men are only given the right to vote if they agree to giving to government the right to conscription. Off course women only need to be 18 and have no further obligations put on them? ...
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Is there a concise snapshot summary of US foreign aid and its purposes?

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, was quoted in media reports as saying: "You don’t hold up foreign aid that we had previously appropriated for a political initiative. Period.” I'm curious if that's ...
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How many new linear miles of border fencing has been built by Trump?

This September 2019 article discusses how while the Trump administration had built 65 miles of border fencing, it was all built in areas where there was existing fencing. And how zero new linear ...
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FBI and procedures to prevent unauthorized searches

I have read from an article that members of the FBI took advantage of a program called Section 702, which "granted FBI agents the ability to search a database of electronic intelligence, including ...
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Why are US budget implications estimated “over 10 years”?

The federal budget in the US is proposed and approved annually. However, analysts and commentators very often explain budgetary measures "will cost X USD over 10 years" or "cuts program P by X USD ...
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What is the purpose of the 5 and 10 year periods in 2 U.S. Code § 933

In this question Why are US budget implications estimated "over 10 years"? the question was, why are budget impacts frequently estimated over 10 years. The accepted answer was it's the law. ...
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PAYGO rules vs the PAYGO act of 2010

Following the recent uproar over the passing of PAYGO rules by the House of Representatives' democratic majority, I heard it said that "PAYGO rules" are necessary to waive the effect of the "PAYGO law"...
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How can Obama's free community college plan budget only $60B for 10 years?

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/02/free_community_college_take_a_math_class_mulshine.html Paul Mulshine's article attacks Obama's claim that only $60B will cover ten years whereas ...
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Does the US government have any plan to punish Equifax for failure to stop Chinese breach?

I read about how Equifax was hacked by Chinese hackers and stole the data of over 146 million Americans, a hack that was partially only possible because Equifax made simple security mistakes like ...
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Why do betting odds give Michael Bloomberg 10% chance of winning the Democratic nomination?

Currently https://www.electionbettingodds.com/ give Michael Bloomberg a bit over 10% chance of winning the Democratic nomination. Since he is polling single digits(not even close to double digits) ...
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Is there any polling on the Democratic primaries that includes Bloomberg?

Michael Bloomberg has announced yesterday that he officially joins the Democratic primaries race. This seems a bit late in the game, so to speak, but maybe he knows something we don't. So, is there ...
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Why is Trump apparently disparaging Michael Bloomberg as “little Michael”? [closed]

Trump has a penchant for disparaging his political opponents with labels like "crooked Hillary", "sleepy Joe Biden" and so forth. Recently Trump called Michael Bloomberg "little", in relation to ...
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Is today’s European Union more or less integrated than the United States under the Articles of Confederation?

As the question title suggests: as far as I know, the Articles of Confederation allows each state to make trade agreements, a right that is not available to today’s EU members. But the United States ...
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What would happen if every state had a law requiring it hold the nations first primary?

Quoting https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/11/politics/iowa-new-hampshire-primary-monopoly/index.html: The vote-counting meltdown in Iowa's antiquated and haphazard caucus system -- a process used partly ...
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Nowadays US political standoff - is it a precedent for the US? [closed]

U.S. internal political standoff is already existed for a while - in fact, since last Presidential Elections. Recently, I've seen something like this as a culmination of that partisanship. I just don'...
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What is the relationship between Ukraine and Crowdstrike?

The recently release Trump-Zelenskyy phone call transcript has the following snippet (emphasis mine): The President: I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through ...
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Voter Analysis on the type of democratic candidate of 2020 US Election

I was watching Fox News(click here for the video and go to around 4:27) and the female anchor was quoting a voter analysis as below- It’s very important to pick the candidate who can beat Donald ...

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