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Trump is revoking California's Clean Air Act exemption. Does this automatically affect the 13 other states that use California's standards?

President Trump is reported to be revoking California's Clean Air Act exemption. Trump tweeted on September 18, 2019 that he was doing so. Since 1970, California has restricted automobile emissions ...
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How do people come to address the U.S. Congress?

Congresspeople often seem to be addressed by celebrities (and sometimes teenagers who are foreign nationals). It's often unclear in what the person's qualification for commenting on legislative ...
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Why does a state need a waiver to set emission standards?

"President Trump said Wednesday his administration is revoking a waiver that allowed California to set its own standards for automobile emissions." https://www.npr.org/2019/09/18/761815991/white-house-...
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Does Secretary of State's statement mean anything?

Since the United States is probably not going to take any military action and will at the most impose sanctions on Iran, does Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement calling the strike by the ...
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Can the U.S. president make military decisions without consulting anyone?

Looking on Wikipedia, we learn that: It is generally agreed that the commander-in-chief role gives the President power to repel attacks against the United States[3][4] and makes the President ...
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How is the US-China trade war viewed in Australia?

A pretty good question on econ.SE has highlighted the close relationship between the Australian and Chinese economies. So, I wonder, how is the US-China trade war viewed in Australia, at a political ...
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Can the president of the U.S. fire, or have fired, the Fed Chair for not being 'independent'?

https://www.federalreserve.gov/aboutthefed/section10.htm The Section 10 of the Federal Reserve section 10 states that the President can remove the Fed chair for cause, but what does that mean? The ...
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Yang's UBI Plan: Does it Differ From Charles Murray's?

Noted social scientist Charles Murray has long advocated for a UBI based upon a much earlier version proposed by noted supply-sider Milton Friedman of the Chicago-based economists. The noted ...
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Why does the US Federal Election Commision currently not have quorum? [duplicate]

It's been mentioned in many news pieces about Yang's novel use of campaign funds that the US FEC cannot currently rule on it because it doesn't have quorum. So, why doesn't the FEC have quorum? It is ...
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New York Fire Commissioners call for new 9/11 investigation [on hold]

According to this new ref here, ref here, ref here and ref here: ...History has just been made, as the first legislative body in the country officially announces their support for reopening the ...
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In the U.S., what is the exact process by which a Citizen proposes an idea for a bill to their Senator or Representative?

Background (unrelated to question, but it is what lead me to ask the question) My SO and I were talking about an alternative solution to how Senators are elected other than through direct popular ...
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How would the chain of command work if a service member were elected president?

Tulsi Gabbard is currently enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard and running for president. If elected, she would become commander-in-chief, as opposed to Major (O-4), her current rank. Would she ...
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What is a “major country” as named in Bernie Sanders' Healthcare debate answers?

During the debate tonight, Bernie Sanders said (from the Washington Post's transcript): We need...a health-care system that guarantees health care to all people as every other major country does, ...
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Trade Wars and Blinking First [on hold]

The NYTs is reporting recently that: China extended a modest olive branch to President Trump on Wednesday, publishing a short list of products that it will exempt from its retaliatory tariffs on ...
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Why does the Federal Government of the United States not have a plural executive, like most of its states?

Background Many states such as Texas, Massachusetts, and Minnesota all elect members of the executive branch other than just the President. This leaves them accountable to the people and not just to ...
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US-Taliban talks canceled. What US political groups can (potentially) gain bonuses from it? [on hold]

As we know, some times ago, US-Taliban talks were canceled after sudden terrorist attack in Kabul, resulting in many deaths, including US soldier. Also, we know from sources, that talks might be ...
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Why won't the U.S. government end all fuel subsidies?

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/danielle-droitsch/time-us-end-fossil-fuel-subsidies A new study, the G7 Fossil Fuel Subsidy Scorecard, measured the US against other G7 countries on each country’s ...
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Mandate or Mission Statement of US Space Command

In August of 2019, the re-establishment of the US Space Command. While I understand that this a unified force command under the US Strategic Command at the Pentagon, what is the official mandate or ...
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Federalist 57 suggests voting open to everyone in the early republic?

I recently read The Accessible Federalist by Adam Seagrave (a great resource to avoid archaic English). In the Federalist 57, I came upon something interesting. James Madison appears to have been ...
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What prevents other nations from participating in and condoning the counterfeiting of the United States dollar?

I don't understand why people in 3rd world countries don't try to counterfeit the US dollar. If you're in Zimbabwe or Syria the government presumably isn't going to stop you and it just needs to be ...
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What officially disallows US presidents from driving?

Why can’t the US president drive, officially? Or is it not official? What steps could be taken to allow this action.
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The Number of Presidencies in the USA [duplicate]

May a president in the USA who served two periods come back after a waiting period and be reelected for more times in pattern much as in Russia?
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US trade war with China: what is in total with trade balance for today? [closed]

Trade war between US and China lasts nearly since Trump's election. One of claimed goals was to shorten US trade deficite. There is a hoard of different news and bright claims about trade war, but ...
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Can a government force another government to force its private companies to transfer technology under the GATT, WTO?

http://cloudfront-files-1.publicintegrity.org/legacy_projects/pdf_reports/BUYINGTHEAMERICANMIND.pdf It is true that the Japanese government has taken steps to open its government funded ...
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Is it possible to have no customs union and a soft border?

I know that there have been answers to similar questions in the context of Brexit, and the consensus seems to be that it's not possible. But in the question about why the US-Canada border is soft at ...
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Why's the B.C.-Washington border mostly unfenced and so poorly monitored? [closed]

This was in the news recently — Lawyer for B.C. man who pleaded guilty to migrant smuggling to challenge mandatory minimum penalty. But search warrant documents previously obtained by the National ...
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What are the likely results from a world court filing from Vietnam against the U.S.?

What are the likely results from a world court filing from Vietnam against the U.S.? https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/vietnams-latest-demand-agent-orange-compensation-described-last-resort ...
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Politicians on credibiltiy crisis in America after Epstein's death [closed]

Nowadays even mainstream media in the USA shows doubts about the official version on certain events. eg. Jeffrey Epstein’s death ref here and ref here. Surveys show that most people in the USA believe ...
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What functional purpose does endorsing a candidate serve?

Background In the United States, it is common for political officials, or former political officials to endorse Candidates that are running for other offices. For example, there are numerous ...
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Can the U.S. default on its debt held by the Chinese by using Imperial Chinese debt notes as a pretext to do so?

Can the U.S. default on its debt held by the Chinese by using Imperial Chinese debt notes as a pretext to do so? This seems far-fetched and almost absurd to do so, but there has been numerous story ...
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Why is Mitch McConnell blocking nominees to the Federal Election Commission?

As at Sep 2019 - we can see that the Federal Election Commission is down to three members, one short of its required quorum, making it toothless. Mitch McConnell could allow hearings for the current ...
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Is political correctness applied to science terms something usual in the US?

This Wikipedia article on Master/Slave as defined in technology also include the following: In 2003, the County of Los Angeles in California asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors ...
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Why is the U.S. the only Presidential Republic that provides for an indirect election of the President?

Background In Electoral College Reform: Contemporary Issues for Congress, Thomas H. Neale states that the United States takes an unusual approach to Presidential and Vice Presidential elections on ...
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Why do presidential pardons exist in a country having a clear separation of powers?

This answer provides some insight into a way for a President to pardon someone with virtually no consequences: (..) in reality, presidents often wait until his final days/hours to grant the most ...
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What was the reason behind Trump's change to citizenship status of foreign service members' children?

From Business Insider: The Trump administration has said children born to US service members or government employees overseas will no longer automatically be considered US citizens. First ...
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What checks exist against overuse of presidential pardons in the USA?

In some countries, the head of state can pardon anyone for alleged crimes. For example, in Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler pardoned murderers of communists and Soviet prisoners of war, in those cases in ...
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Easily contact all three U.S. Congress people?

No one in the U.S. Congress is willing to provide an actual email address to contact your 3, elected representative (2 senators, 1 representative). Rather, they have you complete a lengthy, web-based ...
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On what basis can the US push for sanctions of Iran's missile activities at the UN?

On 7 March 2019, Acting U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Jonathan Cohen, in a letter to Secretary-General António Guterres urged the United Nations to put new sanctions on Iran for its new ...
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How does a government agency know if it is compromised?

Background The U.S. spies on other nations and in turn the U.S. get spied on. I don't think I need a citation to prove this. Every now and then, there are people who gain access to highly ...
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Can the president be investigated by the SEC for stock manipulation?

Can the president be investigated by the SEC for stock manipulation? This year the SEC investigated Elon Musk for possible stock manipulation through social media posts, and he was ordered to stop ...
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When are signature petitions made available for potential candidate mayors in Perth Amboy, New Jersey?

In Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA, the mayor is elected. A candidate must first collect a certain number of signatures in order to be listed on the ballot. The signatures, I believe, are required to be ...
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Where can I find the authors of the various drafts of a bill?

Background This answer to this question contained some text from a former state legislative staff person: As a former (state) legislative staff person myself, my own experience is that the people ...
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Are there any elected officials in the U.S. who are not legislators, judges, or constitutional officers?

This question is as put in the title. It is general knowledge that legislators, high executive offices, and some judges are elected. But are any other elected government offices? An example could be ...
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How much will “new-policy detention” facilities for detained families cost?

As I understand it, the newly announced policy for detention of alien families, is intended to provide a place for these families to stay while awaiting adjudication of their immigration status. What ...
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What's the difference between AOC's Green New Deal and Sanders' Green New Deal?

Both Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders have revealed a sweeping plan to inact environmental policies that would, among other things, attempt to slow the progress of ...
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Would Greenland need the permission of Denmark to make a deal with the United States if they became independent?

Greenland is an "autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark" with "home rule" granted since 1979. As part of a self-rule law passed in 2009 (section §21), Greenland can declare independence at any ...
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If a party holds no primary debates, how does a lesser known candidate express his views in a forum specific to the party?

Background Back in April, Bill Weld expressed his decision to run for President on the Republican Ticket. However, since the announcement on April 15th, he has not had any public moments of import. ...
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How do Town Halls work?

Background I know some people who will soon be attending a town hall in Massachusetts. I have never been to one or known anyone before this one who is going. Given that this is an event that will be ...
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Did the USA violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty?

America and Russia recently abandoned the INF treaty, with both sides blaming each other. Since then I've heard that the US has tested short-range missiles. I read headlines and thought: It's ok, as ...
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Why is neither methane nor fracking mentioned in the Green New Deal?

Background The Green New Deal cites the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC in the first paragraph establishing the issues and effects of the current, and likely future, of global warming. ...