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How does Ret. US Supreme Court Justice Breyer propose to "...decide cases in a way that will prevent social discord stemming from religion"?

In CNN's September 26, 2022 excerpt from Who's Talking to Chris Wallace Ex-Supreme court justice visibly emotional discussing Roe v. Wade reversal, Retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer says: ...
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Can large loans be used by companies to circumvent political contribution laws in the United States?

https://youtu.be/CMLQrqYheiY?t=88 In this video, Poilievre describe that large loans are used for companies to give large donations to politicians, these large loans are never to be paid back and are ...
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If both houses together are called Congress, why does Congressperson 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Is the military balance of South Asia dependent only on US-made weapons? [closed]

According to the following article - US Approves To Sustain Pakistan’s F-16 Fighter Jet Fleet; To Reverse Trump-Era Suspension Of Security Assistance The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)...
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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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If a US State passed a law regarding the eligibility of Presidents, could it be enforced?

Suppose (the citizens of) a state were tired of government shutdowns and they or their legislature passed a law prohibiting members of Congress and Presidents involved in a governmental shutdown from ...
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How many elected special district officials (other than school board members) are there in states of the United States?

In U.S. local government within a U.S. state there are both what are called "general purpose governments" like counties, New England towns, townships, and municipalities, and what are called ...
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Why does Illinois have over 8000 administrative divisions? Was there any official rationale for the huge expansion of local governments?

The exact count differs by source with the most being 8923 divisions reported by the Chicago Civic Federation and 6042 divisions reported by the Illinois Department of Revenue. See https://www....
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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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How does California define essential agriculture?

Conservationists are proposing to categorize water end-use according to whether or not it is essential. What makes it politically (and economically) interesting is that non-essential water use could ...
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What became of Obamacare’s grandfather fix?

While marketing the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama often said “If you like it, you can keep it.”, i.e. you would be able to keep your existing health insurance rather than having ...
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Is there a public source for US senate amendments?

I've recently come into a discussion about a part of the Inflation Reduction act that was struck by the Senate after Mr. Graham's Point of Order. When I discuss about laws, I always like to have the ...
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Did the USA or EU ever give out any statement about the communal riots and pogroms that take place in India on an almost yearly basis? [closed]

As far as I understand, the international community has a great deal of respect for the Republic of India, its history, its culture, and its people given the frequency at which Indian PM/presidents ...
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How do Ukraine aid levels compare to what was being spent on Afghanistan?

Seems like every other week we hear that Ukraine is getting some military aid. Or civilian aid. The numbers are fairly consequent, often $1+ billion on the US side. Other NATO countries also chip in....
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American's opinions on copyright

Have there been any recent surveys with published results on American's opinions on copyright?
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Why are non-voters taxed?

One of the major criticisms of the British government that led to the American War for Independence was "taxation without representation." Why are people who are not eligible to vote taxed? ...
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Gender-neutral term for a Senator or Representative

Is there a gender-neutral term for a Senator or Representative? Senator: gender-neutral, but only includes Senators Representative: gender-neutral, but only includes Representatives Congressman: male-...
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What is the intent of urban irrigation restrictions in California? [closed]

I apologize for the blue box above. It is being discussed here.   California is considering restricting the days of the week on which lawns may be watered. What is the upside that could make up for ...

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