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What motives would Democrats have to vote either in favor or against vacating Mike Johnson's speakership if a motion to vacate were voted on?

Marjorie Taylor Greene is currently floating the idea of issuing a motion to vacate the Speakership of Mike Johnson in the House of Representatives in US Congress. This would be the second such motion ...
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Why don't Democrats let Representative Greene rename post offices, and how do they prevent her from doing so?

After 06:00 in CNN's April 19, 2024 MTG says GOP support is ‘growing’ to oust Speaker Johnson there are several quick clips of Democratic representatives suggesting they would not vote to vacate if it ...
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Would a viable third party candidate have a chance in the House of Representatives?

Suppose there was an American third party candidate, call him RFK Jr., who won a quarter of the popular vote, and a single large state or a handful of smaller ones: specifically with enough electoral ...
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How much of the components of Ukranian aid from the US is unconditionally free, with conditions and a simple long-term loan?

Apparently, while Biden did sign a Lend-Lease act specifically for Ukraine (which is like a long-term loan that needs to be repaid), he instead mainly used other US programs to supply economic and ...
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Has Trump changed his political views on Israel's war in Gaza?

Trump is a strong supporter of US ally Israel. On April 14, 2024, Washington Post reported - Trump supporters echo pro-Palestinian ‘genocide Joe’ chant: “Genocide Joe” is a phrase used by pro-...
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Is Trump the first politician to have their own meme stock? [closed]

CNN says that Truth Social (stock) is essentially a meme stock associated with Trump. Is Trump the first politician to capitalize on their fame to sell a meme stock? (N.B. The stock's ticker is DJT--...
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Is the US acknowledging that it's losing some leverage over Ukraine by cutting off aid?

There's this quote from Ukrainian FM Kuleba doing the rounds on social media, essentially talking about a quid-pro-quo: more Patriots in exchange for less attacks on Russian oil infrastructure (which ...
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Why is Europe (at least France and the UK) less dovish than the US administration on Ukraine striking Russian oil refineries?

WaPo writes about the diverging views between Europe and the Biden administration on the conduct of the war by Ukraine, in re the Russian oil refineries: When Vice President Harris met privately with ...
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Has Trump explained how or at least how quickly he's going to stop WW3 if it starts before he gets into office? [closed]

TASS has been covering Trump's WW3 prognostication lately: World War III may break out before current US President Joe Biden leaves office, former US president Donald Trump told Fox News, adding that ...
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What happens if the US President-elect is sent to prison before assuming power?

This is a question about the period between November 5 and January 20 in an election year. If a presidential candidate wins the election but is sent to prison on November 6, say, would they stay in ...
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Why did the USA provide a $1 billion Patriot battery but not a $34 million F-16 to Ukraine?

Why did the USA quickly provide a $1 billion Patriot battery to Ukraine but not a $34 million F-16? My guess is that, since China most likely possesses “Kinzhal-like” missiles as well, it was ...
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How does the situation in the Gaza Strip affects the voters' view of the two candidates for the US Presidential election?

As far as I know many democrats voters are unhappy with the current situation in the Gaza strip and the other occupied territories. I guess that they view negatively Biden's inability to constrain the ...
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Why was the Democratic National Convention scheduled so late?

At least 3 states have given notice that the Democratic National Convention will occur too late for state legal deadlines for filing the appropriate paperwork to appear on the November US presidential ...
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Western politicians who accused Israel of starving Gaza

On March 18, Josep Borrell, the European Union's High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, claimed that Israel is deliberately causing famine in Gaza: "In Gaza we ...
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What's the point of preventing high-earning taxpayers from using CalFile (tax preparation program/service of the California Franchise Tax Board)?

I read that CalFile (tax preparation program/service of the California Franchise Tax Board) does not accept taxpayers with an income above some threshold. Why banning them from using CalFile?
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Why did the US and Israel vote against making food a human right?

From this article on the Guardian: From UN hunger expert: US must recognize ‘right to food’ to fix broken system In 2021, the US and Israel were the only countries to vote against a United Nations ...
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Which Democratic members of Congress continue to support US military aid to Israel?

A Politico article from April 4th, "A blinking red light for Israel in American politics", opens with the observation that US leadership is "nearly" out of patience. The Politico ...
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Did addiction rates and overdose rates skyrocket more in Oregon than in the rest of the US? [migrated]

I read on https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-68716519 that: The law rolls back an experimental policy [Measure 110] - the most liberal drug measure in the US - that made possession for personal ...
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What are the specific conditions that Mexico offers to the U.S. to help deter illegal immigrants and what the current status of the negotiation is?

I wonder if Mexico has offered any specific conditions (like financial aid from the U.S.) to help deter illegal immigrants at their country and what the current status of the negotiation is? I did see ...
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Why does Biden associate his campaign with characters that lost their popularity long ago? [closed]

Biden recently appeared in a fundraising event with Obama and Bill Clinton. Both of the co-hosts saw their popularity drop after their term in office. Obama is mostly remembered for all the failed ...
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Is America more egalitarian than other countries?

There is a widely held perception that USA is a land of equal opportunities. A country wherein citizens are not bound by the constraints of a rigid or semi-rigid class system. This is the essence of ...
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Why does China stress the importance of people-to-people exchanges between China and the U.S.?

The agreement reached between the top leaders of China and the US during their meeting in San Francisco on promoting people-to-people exchanges is of great significance. There were corresponding ...
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Are millennials and generation Z more politically conscious than previous generations?

When I was growing up, my generation (gen X) was rather apathetic in our youth. Politics was the boring stuff done up there with little bearing on what's happening down here. It was the realm of ...
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Is there any legal consequence that can come from Israel not abiding by the latest UN resolution?

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council on Monday (Mar 25) demanded an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas and the immediate and unconditional release of all ...
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Why does the US (Kirby) say that that new UNSC resolution, not linking the release of hostages to a ceasefire is "non-binding"?

BBC We're still listening in to the press briefing at the White House, where national security spokesperson John Kirby is talking to reporters hours after the UN passed a resolution calling for an &...
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Is there any other Republican who is against a TikTok ban?

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that the proposed TikTok ban “makes no sense,” ahead of an expected vote on the House floor on Wednesday. In an interview with NewsNation’s Leland Vitter on “On ...
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Have other countries (besides Iraq) issued arrest warrants for some [former] US presidents?

The New Arab reported that Last year [2022], Iraq's judiciary issued an arrest warrant for former US president Trump for ordering the assassination of Soleimani and Muhandis. Did the judiciary in ...
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Why did Russia and China veto the recent UN resolution for a ceasefire?

Reuters reported that Russia and China vetoed the UN resolution proposed by US for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. Given that their apparent stance was pro-ceasefire recently (just like the ...
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Why do Iraqi officials repeatedly called for the withdrawal of coalition forces in Iraq?

Washington has had a continuous presence in Iraq since its 2003 invasion. Although all U.S. combat forces left in 2011, thousands of troops returned in 2014 to help the government of Iraq defeat IS. ...
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Religiously affiliated colleges receiving state (gov) funding

Is this a violation of the separation of church and state? For what kind of aid? I was surprised to read that MacDaniel College was forced to remove crosses and disaffiliate itself from the Methodist ...
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How would the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact handle non-FPTP elections?

It seems that people who argue that the President of the United States should be elected by popular vote, and supporting the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC or NaPoVoInterCo), are ...
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What would happen if a US presidential candidate used campaign cash for government purposes?

Trump raises over $20 million in February with nearly $42 million in cash on hand, far behind Biden and Democrats US presidential candidates regularly spend millions of dollars every election to win ...
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States’ Power Over Other States [migrated]

Simple question: Can a state enforce its laws against another state. For example, say Tennessee outlaws gasoline powered cars. A Georgia official intends to drive a state-owned gasoline powered ...
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How serious is the uncommitted movement against Biden's Gaza policy?

How the uncommitted vote against Biden’s Gaza policy is going 'national' Washington, DC – The organisers of Listen to Michigan — an effort to protest Joe Biden’s policy towards Israel’s war in Gaza — ...
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Did the super-centralized model of democracy that the US promoted in Afghanistan (with no local/regional elections etc.) work well anywhere?

One of the perhaps lesser known facts about the [now fallen] Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is that the model of democracy promoted by the US there was quite unlike what they did in Iraq nearly ...
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Has the US said anything about the alleged UAE support for the RSF?

Various news media in Qatar but also elsewhere is full of stories of how the UAE allegedly supports the RSF in Sudan, thus [it is claimed] prolonging the civil war there. The UAE officially seems to ...
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What countries have least restrictions on freedom of speech, apart from the US?

Freedom of Speech is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community to articulate their opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation, censorship, or legal sanction. Article 19 ...
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What's the basis for Niger's military to claim that the 2012 accord with the US was 'in violation of the “constitutional and democratic rules”'?

News is that Niger's military government just denounced the 2012 accord with the US that was the basis of the latter's base and operations in Niger. “The government of Niger, taking into account the ...
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What are the perks and privileges enjoyed by the non-EU/UK/CA/AU/NATO allies of US?

I am from one of those countries that claims to be a US ally. I don't know whether there is or should be any military connotation linked to that. If there is, I wonder if there are any benefits of ...
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Why was Saudi Arabia not granted the status of "major non-NATO ally" of the US?

The present list of "major non-NATO ally" (MNNA) of the US: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, ...
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Could Congress veto the NPVIC via its control of DC's electoral votes?

The 23rd amendment begins 1: The District constituting the seat of government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct: A number of electors of President... (...
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In the US, are there laws that discriminate against men the same way as in other countries?

In many countries of the world, men are discriminated against according to at least part of the following points: Army draft Retirement age Criminal punishment (either stronger punishment for male ...
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How does Massachusetts ratify proposed amendments to the constitution of the United States?

I've been trying to see the exact mechanisms Massachusetts has used to ratify or attempt to ratify proposed amendments to the U.S. constitution. The closest info I have found to that end pertains ...
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U.S. Speaker Johnson says the house will take up Ukrainian aid in next few weeks

The House is out of session, and holding a Republican strategy, team building retreat at the Green Briar Hotel in West Virginia. Yesterday Speaker Johnson announced at the retreat that the house would ...
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Why was the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact written not to take effect until it has an absolute majority of electoral votes?

Closely related: Does the NPVIC only take effect once enough states sign for it to have legal force? . That question asks whether, this question asks why. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact ...
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Why does a majority of White Evangelicals not support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented migrants? [closed]

In a survey released on Thursday, PRRI found that, while overall support for a pathway to citizenship has remained virtually unchanged between 2013 and 2021 (63% to 62%), some faith groups have ...
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Is it possible to limit future Supreme Court justices to judges seated on the federal appellate bench without a constitutional amendment?

Some judges worried that random appointments could result in lower-quality Supreme Court justices. “(J)ust because someone is on the Court of Appeals does NOT mean they are SCOTUS material,” argued ...
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Ken Buck, R Colorado's 4th district resigns today?

How does Congressmen Ken Buck's impromptu resignation this afternoon affect/threaten the Republican's Majority in the U.S. Congress?
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What explains the sharp partisan divide between SE KY and S WV?

Southeast Kentucky (the portion of the U.S. state) is always deep Republican and Southern West Virginia (the adjacent portion of a different U.S. state) is deep Democratic (at least until recently) ...
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Is there another way to put an age limit to Congress members without making a constitutional amendment in the U.S.?

Forbes' political staffer Sara Dorn writes, "Instilling age- and term-limits is also a logistically complicated process that would likely require a constitutional amendment, which would need ...
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