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Can red state legislature automatically give Trump a second term?

Their are some people online (Greg Palast) saying that if Trump loses the election, he will claim fraud, have the results thrown out and have state legislature use the 12 amendment to give him a ...
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Can Trump stay in offices if he loses the election? [duplicate]

A Newsweek article: “How Trump Could Lose the Election– and Still Remain President.” Is it possible for Trump, if he loses the election, to claim election fraud and have the results thrown out so ...
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If Vietnam and the USA have normal relations, why doesn't Cuba-USA relationship improve?

If Vietnam and the USA have normal diplomatic and business relations, why doesn't Cuba-USA relationship improve? Why doesn't the USA normalize its diplomatic relations with Cuba?
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If a US state secedes from the Union, what would happen to the state's citizens enlisted in the federal military? [closed]

For instance, let's say we have a young adult named Steve, a resident of some state (let's call it "Alexandria" - I don't intend to speculate on actual secession candidates here) who enlists ...
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What is the argument for granting statehood to the District of Columbia, but not to larger cities such as NYC?

According to statistics, there are ~19 million people living in the NYC metropolitan area. In comparison, there are only ~2.8 million people in the DC/Baltimore metropolitan area, which is ~7 times ...
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Do Democrats in general not perform better than Republicans in handling US economy?

In recent US general election polls, I found that despite that Republicans (Trump specifically) are behind in almost all aspects, they are always leading in being trusted in handling US economy over ...
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Has there been any serious push to make New York City it's own state?

Seeing as it has a population larger than many states and an area larger a few depending what you include, has there ever been a serious push to make New York City (and possibly Long Island) it's own ...
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Why does DC want to become a new state rather than merging into Maryland?

According to the list of US states and territories by area, DC is 22 times smaller than the smallest state (Rhode Island). Despite this fact, there is currently a push to turn DC into an independent ...
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Has the Democratic Party expressed support for the removal of the Lincoln Emancipation statue?

Washington D.C.'s non-voting representative, Elanor Holmes Norton, has stated The designers of the Emancipation Statue in Lincoln Park in DC didn’t take into account the views of African Americans. ...
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Voter registration total in California by party?

I am wondering what the total voter registration is in California. I want to know because I am curious about what it is and what it was. I would like to know what the trend in registration was over ...
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If D.C. were to be granted statehood, what would it be called?

If the District of Columbia would be granted statehood, what would become its name as a state? Its official name does not include "Washington", that's the city's name. And one of the United ...
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What would the costs be of a civil war in America? [closed]

We may well end up in a situation where we have increased unpunished mob violence while at the same time having crippled those who provide law and order to us all. As a result this country is on the ...
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Is Dick Cheney still supporting Donald Trump for re-election in 2020, given his recent public support for wearing face masks?

Dick Cheney supported Donald Trump in 2016 (in the general election), and indications were that he was going to support Trump in 2020 as well. In August 2019, he appeared at a fundraiser for Trump's ...
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What were the reasons for creating special districts for a nations capital? And how many are there?

Both in Australia and the US, the capital is located in a special district, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the Dictrict of Columbia, respectively. What were the reasons for creating a ...
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Does the motto “Don’t tread on me” have a specific political color?

According to the following extract, the expression has in recent decades been associated with conservative groups: Don’t tread on me: Originating as a motto on an iconic Revolutionary War flag, don’...
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Are US persons subject to mandatory isolation if they have tested positive for COVID-19? [closed]

(This is a edited version of a prior question that was considered "unfocused" so I am attempting to make the Q clearer) Context: On Friday 6/26/2020 447 new cases of COVID 19 were reported ...
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What prevents DC residents from registering and voting elsewhere?

This Question has covered the recent news about a push for statehood for DC to redress the issues with lack of representation for residents. What prevents people living in DC registering to vote ...
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Do the leads of left-leaning candidates tend to grow as more votes are counted in US elections? [duplicate]

I have seen that Hillary Clinton's pop vote lead grew as more votes were counted. For the first example, in a video by Fox News, Clinton won the popular vote by 1.7 million votes, and she won by 2.9 ...
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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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Does the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom work to prevent violation of or improve religious freedom in the US?

According to the official website of United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission, the first of its ...
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Was Ruben Diaz presumptively defeated?

Ruben Diaz appears to have been defeated in the primary. Ruben Diaz is a highly conservative Democrat who rolled eyebrows by running in what is said to be the bluest district. I am calling the race ...
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Why the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, when the US already enacted the HK Human Rights and Democracy Act?

On Nov 27 2019, Pres. Trump signed into law the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. On 25 June 2020, US Senate passes Hong Kong Autonomy Act. The Hong Kong Autonomy Act, introduced by United ...
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What's the COVID-19 quarantine plan in the U.S.? [closed]

We've had this thing for a while... It's been 7 months since the initial outbreak, 5 months since it came to the U.S., and 4 months since politicians started quarantines. We now have tests and ...
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Why the waning likelihood that Congress will approve legislation this year to address racial bias?

Two policing bills were put to a vote in the last two days: This one that was blocked by Senate Democrats yesterday and this one that was passed by the House last night but will be blocked by the ...
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Is there empirical evidence that institutional racism still plays an important role today [closed]

Institutional racism definitely played its role in the 19 & 20th century, is there empirical evidence it still plays an important role today? I like this question to attract a collection of ...
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Why is the amount of training for police officers in the United States so low compared to other developed countries?

In the wake of current events the U.S. police have once again come under immense public scrutiny, putting the focus on various aspects such as police brutality, racial discrimination, qualified ...
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Are moderate voters less reliable than nonmoderate voters?

I am curious about the bipartisan divide in this country. But there is an additional segment that Gallup says makes up about 36 percent of people: moderates. Is this segment less civically engaged ...
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Are Democrat-led states handling COVID-19 better than Republican-led states?

If Democrats are more pro-science than Republicans, and if science helps control COVID-19, then it sounds logical that US states with a Democratic governor will handle COVID-19 better than those with ...
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Why do voters in the US not approve of atheist politicians?

At least in the presidential area of government (from the president down), there are no out atheists. I don't know if there are no out atheists in all of government, but I do know that there are no ...
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Where do the democratic and republican matched animal logos come from?

The democrats are commonly represented by a donkey and the republicans by an elephant and there's many articles that will explain which cartoonist created the associations in the 1870s. What I haven't ...
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Is there any reason to believe that face masks increase the risk of racial profiling?

As established at Skeptics, Lincoln County, Oregon, legally requires everyone to wear facemasks to prevent the spread of covid...unless they are a person of color. In other words, only white people ...
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What are the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement?

I did a lot of research before asking this question, but the lack of (non-conflicting) information is astounding. Despite such powerful and massive protests, there really doesn't seem to be a unified, ...
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As of 2020, what is the racial composition of the U.S. Senate? [closed]

Inspired by the latest protests against racial discrimination: I'm wondering what the racial composition of the U.S. Senate as of 2020?
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Any game theoretic explanation why states uses winner takes all system in US president election? [closed]

For example, say US have $1 trillion and the federal government wants to distribute it among states. Say some states uses the usual system of winner takes all and another state uses the system of ...
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Are swing/floating voters less liberal than the general voting population?

I am curious about swing voters: voters who are undecided until close to the election and then make their choice based on how they feel. They are also known as floating voters. They have been ...
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Is the federal government of the United States meant to primarily represent the States or the people?

It is an important distinction insofar as sometimes the common interests of the States differ from that of the people. Clearly some elements such as the Senate and Judiciary are meant to represent the ...
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Quantifiation of the actual impact of purging of registration rolls on US elections

Eligibility to vote in the US is affected by two federal laws, NVRA and HAVA. Under NVRA, voters can be purged from the rolls under a variety of complicated criteria and processes, with the law ...
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What has caused the steep increase in violent crime in Baltimore over the last decade?

Looking at data from the Baltimore Sun, in 2011, there were 196 homicides in the city. By 2019, this had risen to 348, with similar figures over the last 5 years - an increase of about 78%. There are ...
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How can the federal government “own” states? [closed]

Nevada's borders look like this: However, most of this "state" map is actually property belonging to the federal government. How does this ownership work? Namely: Does the federal ...
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How does the Trump administrations “rate of attrition” compare to past administrations? [duplicate]

There have been a number of high-profile firings / forced resignations / etc in recent years originating from the Trump administration. Some of these, such as John Bolton, have ended up as media ...
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Are Democratic voters more firm in their voting preferences?

I am wondering whether Democrats are more firm in their voting patterns. What I mean by this is actually going out to vote. I mean only voting for the party they're registered with. (This doesn't ...
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In Kentucky, who is responsible for closing a polling location?

For in person voting tomorrow, Kentucky (USA) will have roughly 200 out of the normal ~3,700 polling locations open. Was a single person responsible for this decision, such as the Kentucky secretary ...
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Is the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact constitutional?

I read recently that Colorado will have a version of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact on their ballot in November. Considering that this bill functionally eliminates the Electoral College, ...
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Can a president serve as a vice-president after his two terms as president? [duplicate]

Joe Biden is currently running as the presidental domination for the democratic party in the 2020 US presidental elections. Joe Biden served under President Obama for two terms. Is there any reason in ...
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How often are U.S. attorneys appointed by a court?

Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman was appointed by the U.S. District Court in 2018, under 28 U.S. Code § 546. (d) If an appointment expires under subsection (...
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Why was Alan Keyes defeated so soundly in his 2004 senate bid?

In 2004, a Senate result in Illinois struck me as odd. Barack Obama, also the 44th president of the United States, won by forty three points. Wow. I wonder what made this happen. Maybe it was because ...
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Precincts where Clinton (and Obama) got <3% of the vote in 2016 and 2012?

I remember asking about precincts that were basically/almost 100% Democrat. Now, I want to ask about if there are (close to) 100% Republican precincts, which is the opposite question. I would guess ...
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Assuming Trump wins only the states with Republican governors, what will be the outcome of the 2020 election?

Assuming Trump wins only the states with Republican governors, and the states that divide their electoral votes follow their 2016 patterns, what will be the outcome of the 2020 election?
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How much looting has actually occurred during the recent protests in the US?

In recent weeks, the US was rocked by waves of massive protests, following the police killing of George Floyd, and later additional citizens (but of course fueled by and concerned with much more than ...
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What is the correlation between a Mississippi county's African-American population and percent of votes for Hillary Clinton?

I was looking at Mississippi's electoral map. I noticed that the percent of African-Americans had a close roughly 1:1 correlation with the % of votes in the county cast for Hillary Clinton. The ...

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