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How tightly can a 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) operate as the same organization?

For example, 350.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (according to its footer, bottom right) but signing up for its e-mail list or otherwise supporting it means a person would also wind up ...
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How effective are ports of entry in detecting smuggled drugs?

It is commonly publicized about the amount of illegal drugs that ARE seized at the ports of entry to the US. Obviously illegal drugs that are NOT seized, can not be directly counted. So it is ...
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Is there any evidence on how much impact the Lincoln Project is actually having?

The Lincoln Project and Republican Voters against Trump are generating huge publicity and producing some of the slickest adverts I've ever seen. But is there any evidence that they are having any ...
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Are there any online resources for finding all public officers for a given zip code in the United States?

Looking for something akin to CallMyCongress dot com, but for local public officials. The best I can find so far through research is that some town/municipality websites are very helpful, in that ...
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Would Obama's viewing Trump's tax returns be seen as overstepping his authority?

26 U.S. Code § 6103(g)(1) says that the President can request tax return information from the IRS: Upon written request by the President, signed by him personally, the Secretary shall furnish to ...
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Roughly how many people associated with Antifa ideology have been charged following investigations into terrorist incidents in the US?

According to a 2018 CRS report: Presumably, the Bureau would investigate antifa followers suspected of criminal activity as domestic terrorists, categorizing them as a type of anarchist ...
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What is the actual process in a US deportation to Mexico?

This question is a follow-up from a previous question Self-deportation of American Citizens from US, and the purpose of my question is not to discuss the particulars of the Galicia event, but to ask ...
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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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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 does the USDA specify 'American Indian/Alaska Native' foods as a separate food group?

I was recently looking at the USDA Nutrient Database and I noticed that they categorized 'American Indian/Alaska Native' as a separate food group. For example, what is the difference between 35137 - ...
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How do we know U.S. elections are free and fair with accurate counting of the popular votes?

People speculate that votes are not properly counted -- even in the U.S. Have Gallup polls or well-respected independent entities tried to confirm U.S. election outcomes? Update on 10/13/18: ...
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Were there any thaws in the post 2000 US-Russian relationship?

Background I have recently become interested in the triangle US-Russia-China. For the Chinese-American relationship there are many analyses that provide ostensible patterns of freeze and thaw, such as ...
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What was the US election with the highest number of cancelled primaries and caucuses?

Primaries and caucuses in the US can get cancelled and some did get cancelled, e.g.: The shutdowns aren’t without precedent. Some of the states forgoing Republican nomination contests have done so ...
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Is there any credible attempt to analyze how cost savings from standardizing healthcare could compensate for extending it to universal system?

A big democratic talking point lately have been switching to a more universal health care system, which republicans obviously are opposed to due to the increased cost. However, It's well known that ...
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Have there been any prior cases of US social media employees charged with spying for (or interfering on behalf of) a foreign power?

NBC reports that two Twitter employees have been charged in the Northern District of California for spying for the Saudis. Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. ...
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Has the media reevaluated Schiff's statements in light of the fact there was a second whistleblower?

Only a few days ago the Washington Post gave Schiff "four pinocchios" for his statements regarding his early contacts with the whistleblower. Interestingly, this sentence was part of the WaPo ...
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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 are Canada and the USA similar and different with regards to immigration?

While reading the NY Post this morning I found this short opinion piece. It states: While “a politically divisive debate continues to rage” in the United States over a Census question on ...
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On the mandatory IRS audit of sitting president and vice-president

It's been reported that the sitting president and vice president are subject to mandatory IRS audit. Two questions regarding this: Is there some statutory authority that requires the IRS to conduct ...
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Does the US give full, unfettered access to the NCIC database to anyone other than Canada?

I know that the US shares full, real time access to the US NCIC database with Canada, but does it give this type of access to any other countries? Many people seem to think that any immigration ...
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Social media impact on Trump's presidency

It is difficult for me to realise really how much social media content approves or rejects some political party or person. The content is automatically generated and will always fit what the reader ...
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Is there any evidence that different length terms-of-office would be more effective for a President w.r.t. global policy?

The establishment of a 4 year term has been long established as the de facto precedent for term limits for a state/global influencer. It's cultural, and (perhaps a globally) integrated mindset. That ...
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Resource providing statistical data on the amount of law enacted?

Is there any statistical data about the amount of law enacted in the United States? For example, it would be very interesting to see how the number of laws over time has changed, how many laws there ...
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Why did the DNC refuse to hold any debates on Fox News?

Back in March the DNC refused to hold any primary debates on Fox News. With the second Democratic Presidential Debate coming up in a few weeks on CNN, this question seems especially relevant. Fox ...
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Quantitative estimate of the actual electoral impact of rejected mail-in ballots in the 2020 US election?

Has anyone made well-informed, quantitative estimates of the actual electoral impact of rejected mail-in ballots in the 2020 US election?
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Was the U.S. IRS instructed to give Congress Donald Trump's tax records; if so, have they?

With the recent ruling by the Supreme Court letting Manhattan prosecutor pursue Donald Trump's financial records, it rejected President Trump’s bold claims of immunity from local law enforcement and ...
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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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Is there a pattern in the US of “abusive” police officers moving around to escape accountability?

This recent PBS story gobsmacked me: San Francisco may stop hiring cops with records of misconduct The demand to reform police departments is causing some local governments to look at new regulations ...
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Did the US Floyd protests actually result in charges against the police officers involved

As of late, I have seen many arguing that the protests and riots in the US about the killing of George Floyd have been directly responsible for the increased charges against Derek Chauvin, and the new ...
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Is there any new evidence that mail-in balloting is “fraudulent in many cases”?

Donald Trump (4/7/2020):"Mail ballots are a very dangerous thing for this country, because they're cheaters. They're fraudulent in many cases."NPR and others I'm looking for actual numbers, How many ...
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Restrictions to talking with the Press during Impeachment trial?

From my understanding, the impeachment trial of President Trump has almost started as the Senate is now voting on the rules of the trial. I know this might technically need to wait for those rules to ...
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Are there polls/studies of how much US voters are influenced by foreign policy?

Have there been any polls or studies asking Americans how much their vote is influenced by foreign policy concerns? For example, how much does the foreign policies of a president weigh on the choice ...
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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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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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Did everyone named in the Mueller report get to read it in advance?

Attorney General Bill Barr said this in a press conference today, in regard to the Mueller Report: In addition, earlier this week, the President’s personal counsel requested and were given the ...
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What are the rules, laws, and procedures to approve and remove press members from white house press conferences?

In November 2018, an event in American politics involved a certain reporter for CNN, Jim Acosta, having his press credentials revoked by the White House, thereby barring his access to the White House ...
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Did China engage in spy swaps?

The Soviet union and then Russia regularly engaged in spy swaps with the West (even if a recent trend seems to be to "get them good" even after the swap, at least on select occasions.) But ...
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What was the largest case of fraud involving TARP money (financial crisis bailout funds)?

There were hundreds of convictions for misusing TARP money given as bailout after the 2008 financial crisis. The US government set up the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in October 2008 to buy ...
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What are the main differences between UK and US (NEP) exit polls, methodologically?

The UK since 2001-2005 has apparently managed to get extremely accurate exit-polls: Prior to 2001 the methods used had been different, and the accuracy of predictions based on exit polls was rather ...
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Has any Iranian leader accused the USA or Israel of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks after 2017?

In 2010 the sixth President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered 3 points explaining who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks at the United Nations. Video Here In point number 2 he suggests that ...
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Will most Michigan families get a tax hike due to the new tax bill?

Debbie Stabenow, US Senator for Michigan, claimed Thanks to President Trump and the Republicans, most Michigan families will get a tax hike. Looking at the proposed trax brackets I don't ...
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Estimates of the number who were incorrectly purged from Florida's list of eligible voters in 2000

In 2000, many voters were incorrectly removed from Florida's list of eligible voters. (Notoriously, if you happened to have a name that was similar to a convicted felon's, there was a good chance you'...
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Educational records of congress?

As part of a research project, I'm interested in finding comprehensive educational records of United States politicians in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. This would include what ...
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What is the “It was my understanding, that there would be no math” quote based on?

There is a notorious SNL skit where Chevy Chase portrays Gerald Ford at a debate, and to a budgetary question replies: It was my understanding that there would be no math during the debates. Now, I ...
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Does one party get primary challenges at a higher rate than another party?

Does one party get primary challenges at a higher rate than another party? If this question is not directly answerable, what criteria would I use to determine this rate?
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What is the evidence that a secondary party primaries candidate can influence the rhetoric of the leader?

In the West Wing (Manchester Part II) we see Jed say about his running for the Presidency: BARTLET: I got in it polling in the single digits. Hoynes had it locked up. I got in it to give some ...
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In the Democratic Party Presidential Primaries, how is the allotment of pledged PLEO delegates to each candidate determined?

In the primaries, some of each state's delegates are legally bound "pledged" party leaders and elected officials (PLEOs), as opposed to the unpledged PLEOs that are commonly know as superdelegates. ...
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In the US, did party conventions reduce the political power of the states?

The creation of national party conventions in the early 1830s allowed broader participation in nominating presidential candidates but, I wonder, did they reduce the political power of the states?
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Would two million families lose their SNAP benefits under H.R.1947 (FARRM)? Why?

The farm bill has been passed in the House. The 216-208 vote largely followed party lines, with every Democrat voting against the bill and 12 Republicans breaking ranks to vote against it. [...] The ...
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Have any studies shown that lowering standards for women have improved police/firefighter performance?

With recent talks about removing the restrictions for allowing women on the front lines of combat, the question has been raised if this will weaken the military. We already allow women to serve as ...

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