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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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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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How much of Democrats' advantage with young voters is because of race/ethnicity?

Democrats in the United States have done better with young voters than in the past, and that gap appears to be widening. However, data suggests that some (though not all) of that gap is because of ...
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Do swing states in the US count their votes faster due to external pressure?

On a related question Why do California and New York need so much time to count their votes compared to other states? Arcanist Lupus left the following comment: Critically, on a macro scale nobody ...
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Why does Arkansas relatively often fail to field major party candidates for US Senate elections?

In the 1966 US Senate election in Arkansas, the Democratic Party candidate won uncontested. In 1990, the Democratic Party candidate won uncontested. In 2008, no Republican Party candidate ran. In 2020,...
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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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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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Was the timing of the armed response to defend the Capitol within the requirements specified in security protocols?

The Department of Defense posted a detailed planning & execution timeline¹ for the National Guard’s involvement in the deadly siege of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. What struck me most was ...
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Can a state appoint Presidential electors from out-of-state to get around the difficulty of Presidents and VP's being from the same state?

The twelfth amendment to the United States constitution reads: The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not ...
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Did the Trump administration release pressers with unnamed "senior administration officials"? If so, were they as numerous as in the present one?

A quick search of the present White House briefings (i.e. in the Biden administration) finds quite a few pressers (i.e. press releases) with unnamed "senior administration officials". e.g. 1,...
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Is the predictive "historical analysis" on the 2021 Taliban strategy (provided to the US Congress) a public document?

An article in The New York Times from August 18 says: A historical analysis provided to Congress concluded that the Taliban had learned lessons from their takeover of the country in the 1990s. This ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does the White House approve of the IDF taking over the Philadelphi Corridor?

In the recent past, Egypt said that the IDF taking over the Philadelphi Corridor is a 'red line', but they've apparently been mum about it since it happened. My question however concerns the US ...
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By whom is the Trump "Immunity case" presently stayed

According to a number of YouTube videos, when a case is appealed to the Supreme Court, the Court may initially decide on two separate issues: Whether it will grant or deny certiorari. If four or ...
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Did the US provide its own estimates of hunger in Gaza during the 2023 war?

During the Tigray war, the US apparently provided its own estimates of hunger in the region, e.g. June 26, 2021 The United States estimates that up to 900,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray region now ...
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How does the U.S. redesignating the Houthis as a terrorist group threaten a peace deal between Yemen and the Houthis?

Advanced plans by Saudi Arabia to strike a peace deal with the Houthi rebels in Yemen are being jeopardised by Houthi attacks on Israel and this week’s seizure of an Israeli-linked commercial vessel ...
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How does the Biden Administration intend to keep humanitarian aid to Gaza out of the hands of Hamas?

President Biden announced that he was sending aid to the Gaza strip, and warned Hamas against taking said aid President Biden on Thursday warned Hamas against diverting humanitarian shipments to the ...
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Did the U. S.–Mexico border wall actually need 3 weeks for completion?

Donald Trump mentioned to the audience last year at a rally I was in that the Mexican border wall needed 3 weeks for completion, but is there any proof of this? See the C-SPAN video at 11:30 to 11:50. ...
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Have any NATO countries publicly raise objections as being spied upon (by the US) in "Operation Triangulation"?

According to a story sourced to the FSB “The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, together with the Federal Security Service of Russia, uncovered a reconnaissance operation by American ...
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Why doesn't South Korea have a tax treaty with the United States?

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/international-businesses/united-states-income-tax-treaties-a-to-z The United States has tax treaties with a number of foreign countries. Under these treaties, residents ...
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Has there been any explanation of why Kagame avoided the 'family photo' at the US-Africa Leaders Summit?

The US-Africa Leaders Summit was held in Washington from December 13th to the 15th, and according to the White House, was intended to "demonstrate the United States’ enduring commitment to Africa,...
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Who were Cathy Brown and Sabrina Allen (independent candidates in 2000 US presidential election)?

Select 2000 from results and then click more Brown and Allen got 1,606 votes. They had ballot access in a single state - Tennessee. For context, the Prohibition party got 208 - a fringe but well-known ...
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Trouble Understanding Government's Financial Databases

What does these codes mean on Illinois's financial data found in https://illinoiscomptroller.gov/constituent-services/local-government/local-government-division/financial-databases/
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Does the US public find credible excuses by some Senators that Justices who overturned Roe had misled them in Senate hearings?

Two or even three US Senators have said that [future] justices that ultimately overturned Roe had essentially lied to them, or at least seriously misled them in the Senate hearings on their ...
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Why is VA-10 not considered competitive?

My question concerns congressional district VA-10, represented by Dem. Jennifer Wexton. In 2020, Wexton won reelection with a margin of 13%, underperforming Biden in the district by 6 points. ...
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What is Jake Sullivan's policy on arming and supplying Taiwan?

I'd like to know what the current US National Security Advisor (Jake Sullivan)'s position on arming and supplying Taiwan is. The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (APNSA), ...
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Do candidates with Hispanic/Asian sounding surnames get extra Democratic support in low-information non-partisan state/local US elections?

It is well known that there are partisan differences in different racial groups in the United States. There are also smaller differences in how men and women tend to vote. White Americans favor ...
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On what steps from ecology plan have Joe Biden's administration already made progress?

Ecology was one of the main points of Joe Biden's election campaign: Ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050 Build a stronger, more ...
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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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Have Democrats in favour of abolishing the filibuster said anything about what happens if Democrats were to lose control of the Senate in the future?

Senator Joe Manchin has been consistently opposed to abolishing the filibuster, noting that the filibuster provides for minority input. I can assure you I will not vote to end the filibuster, because ...
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Are there any studies/ data sources into whether Republicans or Democrats suffer the most under the presence of 3rd parties?

I am looking to explore the impact of 3rd parties on mainstream political parties in the United States. Not necessarily at the federal level but at state level too, and across any branch of the ...
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Why is India purchasing S-400 rather than the US made missiles?

Purchasing Russian missiles have risks of inviting US sanctions. Since India is officially a US ally, Why is India purchasing S-400 rather than the US-made missiles (Patriot or David's Sling or THAAD)?...
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Could Senator Harris ask for a briefing from Cabinet members?

Location: USA At this moment, it is widely reported that the curent president has ordered cabinet secretaries and executive department heads to not participate in any transition activities with the ...
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On what time lag is the FBI declassifying counterintelligence investigations?

For a while now, the CIA has been declassifying as much old material as it can, on a lag of several decades, since the information in decades-old documents often no longer compromises sources and ...
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In the present health crisis, do states plan to open their polling station for longer hours?

I am always astonished at the shortness of the voting day in the US. In Britain at general elections the polls are open across the whole country from 7.00am till 10.00pm. As a result they do not ...
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Is the US age gap of voting behaviour unprecedented, and will it lead to a drastic shift of the political mainstream in foreseeable future?

According to the Pew Research center, young people in the USA leaned heavily towards voting for Democrats in the 2018 election. Notable are not only the 2018's (Compared to because of its historic ...
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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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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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Are there any polls explicitly measuring "impeachment fatigue"?

There are at least a couple of articles (NYT, The Hill) that talk of "impeachment fatigue" among the US public already. In one PBS piece/interview it was it even claimed explicitly that this fatigue ...
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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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Why did the U.S. forced Japan to stop its government subsidized VLSI project while it also had its own government subsidized VLSI project?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VLSI_Project On Japan's side, the government was concerned about a negative impact on its relationship with the United States with regard to both national security ...
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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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Why doesn't Colorado legalize other drugs?

I've heard that Colorado is quite a libertarian state. So why does Colorado legalize only marijuana? Why doesn't it legalize other soft drugs? I understand that in Colorado more people use (or abuse) ...
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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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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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