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Is there a correlation between a county's swing towards Democrats from 2004-2020 and increase in minority population?

In 2020's presidential election, it was shown that Joe Biden lost support from nonwhite voters, most of whom were ideologically conservative. However, he not only still won this voting group, but he ...
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Has a U.S. president (or other politician) commenting on a criminal case ever actually led to a major setback for the prosecution?

We often hear politicians-- and U.S. presidents especially-- being criticized for weighing in on criminal cases on the grounds that their comments could prejudice a jury. Most recently Joe Biden and ...
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How do States with No State Income Tax like Florida or Texas generate tax revenue?

How do States with No State Income Tax like Florida or Texas generate tax revenue? Do they have higher property tax or sales tax? I compared their property and sales taxes with other states With ...
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Why does Joe Biden always tweet from @POTUS and not @JoeBiden?

I have noticed that ever since Joe Biden took office, he has tweeted from @POTUS. However Donald Trump, for example, tweeted primarily from his personal account, which is suspended. When @JoeBiden ...
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Why does the Cook PVI of states not predict whether another state has (statewide) elected officials of the other party? [closed]

I've noticed something interesting: that the partisanship of a state does not seem to predict the willingness of a state to vote for people from the other party. Let's use January 1st, 2010 as a ...
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What happens when a school needs money for things not planned in its budget [closed]

What happens when a school needs money for things not planned in its budget. Covid has hit the American high school system pretty hard and there is a well documented learning loss going on, especially ...
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What are the major policy differences between Clinton and Biden?

In a very broad sense, what are the main differences between the policies of Hillary Clinton Vs those of Joe Biden (based on statements made by their respective campaigns or other official/reliable ...
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Would it be possible for the U.S. to balkanize peacefully, or would geographic imbalances inevitably lead to open war? [closed]

I've heard a lot of people on both the left and right sides of the American political spectrum in recent years claim that the best outcome for America's current political situation is for the country ...
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Studies on the application of “Red Flag Laws” in the US

I'm looking for objective studies describing how red flag gun laws involving Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) are being used in those U.S. states that have implemented them. I'd like to see ...
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What are the limitations on the structure of a US state government?

Upon a quick scan of the U.S. Constitution, the only direct reference I find as to how state governments are to be structured is in article IV, section 4: "The United States shall guarantee to ...
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Why doesn't the US condition aid to Israel to force it negotiate over the Israeli-Palestine Conflict?

US military assistance to Israel dates back to 1962 when President Johnson decided to sell anti-aircraft missiles to them. Since then, the US has given Israel $110 billion of military aid. This makes ...
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Is it safe for Asians especially Chinese to study & live in the US? [closed]

We've been hearing many sad stories happening in the US in recent days. I'm Asian and want to study in the US for my Master's degree, but me and my families are worried about safety issues.
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Can the President of the United States ignore the Supreme Court?

If the President (and their administration) considered the Supreme Court to be politically "illegitimate", would they be able to ignore its rulings? Is there any precedent for this?
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Is the recent agreement between Iran & China a pushback on US domineering? [closed]

China and Iran have recently signed a twenty five year economic partnership agreement called the Cooperation Programme or Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and was signed in Tehran by their ...
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What prevents somebody with principles that do not align with a major US party from running for election their platform?

In the United States, because of the two party system, it is infeasible for somebody who isn’t an incumbent president to win an election without being part of either the Democratic or Republican Party....
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Why is the USA so much concerned about the human rights violations in Xinjiang, but less so about Kashmir? [closed]

Kashmir is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. Xinjiang is controlled by China (it might be worth noting that India also claims ownership, but has no power there). Kashmiris want ...
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Are Venezuela's dismal finances the result of Maduro's mismanagement, the US sanction, or both? [duplicate]

Is the dismal financial situation of Venezuela because of Maduro's mismanagement or the US sanction or both?
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Why did Amazon workers at the Bessemer, Alabama warehouse vote against forming a union? [closed]

Recently Amazon workers at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama voted down the union campaign. What I understand is unionization helps general workers. It generally means that the workers can bargain ...
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Why is Chuck Schumer considered the Majority Leader if the Democrats don't have a majority? [duplicate]

Democrats hold 48 seats in the Senate, Republicans 50, with the two remaining seats belonging to Independents. I understand that Kamala Harris is a Democrat and can cast a tie-breaking vote, but her ...
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How can gun violence be prevented through policy or action without infringing on the 2nd Amendment? [closed]

The definition of "infringing on the 2nd Amendment" is highly subjective and a heavy source of debate, so for the scope of this question, let's assume that this means the government cannot ...
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How variable are US voter registration and voting rules among US states and how do those compare with international norms?

How different are the rules for registration and voting in different states, (specifically the rules on early voting and the rules on access to polling places during voting), and how do those ...
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If two U.S. Constitutional amendments conflict with each other, does the most recent one take precedence?

If one amendment doesn’t explicitly repeal another one, does it still take precedence over it the way a new law can indirectly override older laws?
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Do foreign sanctions on US individuals compel US banks and businesses to cut ties with them or not doing business with them?

Can a foreign country's sanctions on US individuals compel the US banks or companies to cut ties or not do business with them (even on US soil)? For e.g. China, in January, sanctioned Mike Pompeo, ...
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Is there any publicly available draft of the American Jobs Plan beyond the fact sheet on whitehouse.gov?

The whitehouse released this fact sheet on the American Jobs Plan. However, there are several ambiguities in the plan so I am trying to find a more detailed draft of the plan. The House of Reps has ...
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Does Florida have a tenant-friendly political system?

I am originally from the Northeastern part of the United States and it was my experience for those times that I have been a tenant that there was plenty of legal recourse and attorneys willing to get ...
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What did Black Panther, Huey Newton, mean by 'Non-State' in this speech?

In a speech to Boston College, on the 18th November, 1970, Huey Newton, one of the founders of the Black Panther Party in 1966, said: ... But by and large you can see the transformation which was ...
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Is there a movement to replace some aspects of Democracy in the United States with Corporatocracy? [closed]

There is already a long history in the United States of Corporations influencing legislation. Most notably legislation that: Directly affects their regulatory requirements (or lack thereof). Allows ...
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What is the rationale behind making it illegal to hand out water to voters in line in Georgia?

From S.B. 202 (emphasis added): No person shall solicit votes in any manner or by any means or method, nor shall any person distribute or display any campaign material, nor shall any person give, ...
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Is the United States Constitution owned by the people or by the government? [closed]

For example, if a US citizen used part of the Constitution in an essay would that person not need to cite it?
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Understanding Texas legislative process

If a Bill passes the Senate in Texas, does that mean it becomes law as the next step?
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Has OSHA discussed why it missed Biden’s mask mandate deadline?

The day after President Biden took office, he issued an executive order instructing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to consider instituting a mask mandate in workplaces: The ...
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What would happen if the US did not pay its yearly fees to the UN?

If the US did not pay the UN they would lose their GA vote, under article 19: A Member of the United Nations which is in arrears in the payment of its financial contributions to the Organization ...
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Why was the USA planning on attacking Japan *before* Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour? [closed]

According to Wikipedia, Japan attacked Pearl Harbour to prevent the US Pacific Fleet from interfering with its actions in South-East Asia. However, Noam Chomsky, referring to Michael Sherry's The ...
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What was the one bill that Republicans filibustered in 2020?

Fox News correspondent John Roberts noted on Twitter that: After @POTUS @JoeBiden denounced the rampant abuse of the filibuster last year, we did some digging. Republicans used it once. Democrats ...
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Is the USA able to place a full-fledged sanction on China as they did in the case of Russia? [closed]

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Iran Say, the aforementioned $400 billion deal between China and Iran goes through. Is the USA able to place a full-fledged sanction on China as they did in ...
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If the Democrats get rid of the filibuster to pass voting rights can the next congress repeal these voting rights with a simple majority?

If the Democrats get rid of the filibuster to pass voting rights can the next congress repeal these voting rights with a simple majority? Targeting State Restrictions, House Passes Landmark Voting ...
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How did Obama improve the economy

Obama inherited a bad economy from Bush. My question what policies is Obama responsible for for improving the economy? What exactly did Obama do? When I look at the stats its clear during his ...
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Has any recent Republican legislation been blocked solely by the filibuster?

The primary argument against reforming or abolishing the Filibuster seems to be that if (realistically, when) Republicans take control of the government again, there would be nothing keeping them from ...
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What is the United States' true 'real politik' position on the recent Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict?

The re-emergence of hostilities in 2020 between Armenia and Azerbaijan reportedly resulted in thousands of casualties for both sides; while I do not want to comment on the orgins of the conflict and ...
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How many migrants have obtained Convention Against Torture protection under Title 42?

In March 2020, the Trump Administration invoked an obscure infectious disease provision in Title 42 of the US Code, allowing Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents to turn away migrants who show up at ...
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Which Congressional Democrats have called on Biden to stop Title 42?

A year ago, the Trump Administration invoked an obscure infectious disease provision in Title 42 of the US Code, allowing Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents to turn away migrants who show up at ...
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Has the American left abandoned the anti-war movement?

I know this is highly subjective, but it seems to me that since roughly the 2008 presidential election, the American left has been placing less and less emphasis on issues relating to war and peace. ...
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Arguments for and against forcing religious organizations to pay taxes (United States) [closed]

In the United States, currently, religious organizations are not required to pay taxes The first amendment doesn’t prevent religious organizations from paying taxes, link https://www....
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What percentage of mass shootings in the USA are actually stopped by ordinary gun-bearing Americans?

It has been hypothesized that the harms of mass shootings in the US could be mitigated or prevented by encouraging gun ownership and reducing legal obstacles to gun carrying. With approximately 400,...
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Decoding certain customized annotations in political signage, do these symbols have any emerging specific connotations?

ABC News' GOP warns HR 1 could be 'absolutely devastating for Republicans' discusses several measures by different parties and at different levels to make voting easier or harder for some. The caption ...
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How can a state be removed from the United States without a Constitutional amendment? [closed]

Can a state be removed from the United States without an amendment or would they have to choose to leave?
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How far does Congressional judicial stripping extend?

Under Article III Section 2 Clause 2, Congress has the power to limit the Supreme Courts power: In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State ...
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What would happen if the filibuster rule was abolished in the current US Senate?

Active senators from each party at present: Republican - 50 Democratic - 48 Independent - 2 The Independent Senators often align with the Democrats, so many bills end up in 50-50 tie. Without ...
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What is the status of an elected foreign president that previously fled the US on criminal charges?

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was a very serious candidate for the French presidency. His political career was stopped in its tracks when he was arrested and charged with the sexual assault and attempted ...
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What is the function and significance of this “House Office Bldg. 6” token? Is there some special significance?

The last image in Business Insider's 12 Republicans voted against giving medals to Capitol police officers, 2 of whom died after the insurrection is that of US House of Representatives member John ...

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