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Constitutionality of senate trial of “President” without Chief Justice presiding [closed]

Transcript here. Let’s start with the text of the Constitution, which in article one, section two gives the House the sole power of impeachment when the President commits high crimes and misdemeanors....
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Have any Senators boycotted an impeachment vote?

This answer to What would happen if Senators boycotted the Impeachment Vote points out that the Constitution does not compel Senators to vote in an impeachment trial: The Senate shall have the sole ...
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Argument for why the electoral clause was not violated by balloting changes related to Covid-19 [closed]

The electoral clause (article II, section I, clause 2) of the U.S. constitution states: Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to ...
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Were there any sanctions for the Khashoggi assassination?

In 2018, opposition journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally assassinated by Saudi Arabian agents. Were there any sanctions for that act?
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What fraction of U.S. voters actually do due diligence in voting for positions such as comptrollers?

For instance, the New York City Comptroller is elected. I’m honestly surprised that even such positions involve public elections. Is there data on what fraction of voters actually participate to vote ...
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What would happen if Senators boycotted the Impeachment Vote

I know it would take a 2/3rds majority vote in the Senate to convict Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial. But what if a substantial number of Senators boycotted the trial, and declined to ...
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How is Congress' enforcement of Amendment 14 Section 3 of the Constitution not a Bill of Attainder?

Background According to this answer of Who enforces the insurrection rules in the 14th Amendment, section 3?, congress enforces Section 3 of the amendment just as it enforces all other sections of the ...
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What are the modern arguments for state-based Senate seat allocation?

Is there a logical rationale for grouping people by state for federal government representation today (e.g. the US Senate)? I understand that precedent and reluctance to fundamentally alter the US ...
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Why prosecute someone who has been promised a pardon?

I am specifically thinking of the McCloskey Couple who had their week of fame/infamy in the summer of this year. When circuit attorney Kim Gardner issued charges against them, Missouri Gov. said he ...
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Why another impeachment vote at the Senate?

I always thought it was a three-step procedure: First, the Congress investigates. Second, the House of Representatives must pass, by a simple majority of those present and voting, articles of ...
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Any mechanism in the US to decide what is conspiracy theory, and what is not? [closed]

It is obviously important to divide truth from conspiracy theories. Truth is good, and conspiracy theories are bad and disturbing. But how would common citizen know what is good, and what is bad? For ...
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Do elected attorneys general and prosecutors in the U.S. sue companies more frequently when re-elections are upcoming?

I get the sense that this is true from anecdotal examples, as attorneys general (especially those with higher political ambitions) try to win future votes by being “tough on corporations”. But I don’t ...
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Has any political party changed sides in either U.S. congressional chamber, in the literal sense?

Over the course of history, the alignment of the U.S. Democratic and Republican parties with the "political right" and "political left" has changed. For example, the Republican ...
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Vintage cartoon showing terrified couple watching the Nixon-Frost interview on TV [closed]

I remember seeing a cartoon, possibly in Time magazine, of a couple terrified and embracing each other in front of their TV when Nixon reappeared in the limelight to give series of interviews to Frost....
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Why are American billionaires (or billionaires outside of Russia for that matter) not referred to as oligarchs? [duplicate]

Background The term Russian Oligarch is a common phrase used in American media as well as British Media. In addition, it is a phrase used in Russia as well according to Sergei Guriev and Andrei ...
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What happens to the physical votes after an election is complete and certified in the US?

After an election has ended and the winner determined and results certified, what happens to the actual physical ballots? Are they destroyed or stored elsewhere?
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What contributing factors would make the Florida “gain time” bill be signed into law in 2021?

A.) Are there contributing factors that would effect whether the Florida “gain time” bill will be passed by the House in 2021? Is so, what are they at this current time? I heard that some House ...
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Has the Michigan risk-limiting election audit process completed for the 2020 election?

Background On January 11th, a risk-limiting election audit for the 2020 election was conducted in the State of Michigan to confirm the integrity of the 2020 election in Michigan. The beginning of the ...
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How has QAnon narrative being affected by Jan 6, the social media bans, and Trump's leaving office?

I haven't heard much about QAnon since Trump's leaving office. It seems between the backlash and banning that came after Jan 6 and Trump's leaving office without any of the major QAnon predictions ...
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Can a censured congressperson be assigned to different committees if they have been removed from current committee assignments?

Background On February 4th, 2021, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene was removed from her committee assignments by a vote of 230 - 199 as stated in H.Res.72 of the 117th congress: Whereas clause 1 ...
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What is the status of regulation of Social Media Companies in the US?

Twitter and Facebook (and other social media sites) recently became the focus of a lot of attention for the role they did or did not play in allowing the spread of information (or disinformation) ...
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Have Republican voters indicated that the party's behaviour after the 2020 election will change their voting intentions?

I've seen quite of lot of reporting about the number of republicans who agree with Trump that the election was rigged or stolen. Politico Reuters Vox (Jan) In this question the most popular answer ...
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Could a state governor use their pardon power to perform controlled experiments on sentencing policy?

My understanding is that state governors have roughly unilateral power to pardon state crimes. (First of all, is this true?) If so, suppose that a governor were to announce something like the ...
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What's to stop the House majority party from voting to expel every member of the House minority party from committees?

Marjorie Taylor Greene was expelled by the House of Representatives this week from committee assignments after her comments on conspiracy theories. The vote passed by 230-199 with 11 Republicans ...
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Removing Lawmakers from Committee Assignments

Marjory Taylor-Green was removed from her committee assignments because of things she said. I understand that what she said crossed a line. I also hear that what she said helped incite violence. ...
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Is it a fundamental tenet of liberalism to allow the expression of illiberal ideals?

In recent years, the US has seen a rise in a priori rejection or "cancelling" of illiberal ideas on the left. In essence, these ideas are being rejected from mainstream liberal society ...
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What does it mean for the Pentagon to order a stand-down?

In order to combat extremism in the Pentagon's ranks, the new Secretary of Defense is ordering a stand-down in the next 60 days. Three questions: What is a stand-down? (Beyond the 'pause of military ...
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Is it possible to fraudulently elect one federal office without throwing all elections on the same ballot into question?

Background There is no shortage of 2020 Election Fraud conspiracy theories in the United States, and there was no shortage of attempts to overturn the final result of the Presidential Election. None ...
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Can an older bill be picked up and voted on by a new congress? [duplicate]

Before the new congress took over in January 2021; the House of Representatives passed a standalone bill to increase the $600 stimulus payments to $2000, by sending an additional $1400 to every ...
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Why does the city of San Francisco have to sue its school board to get schools reopened?

According to the SF Chronicle: The fight over reopening San Francisco’s public schools will take a dramatic, heated turn on Wednesday as the city becomes the first in the state — and possibly the ...
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What was the US reaction to the 2004 ruling by the World Court that the Israeli border wall was illegal?

Did the US accept the ruling or reject it? I'm curious given the fact that the US judge in his dissenting opinion (though I believe it's not called a dissent in this case) wrote that the border wall ...
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Do other countries provide police the same degree of immunity that USA police officers have?

In the USA, police have a high degree of immunity for their actions in the line of duty. It is nearly impossible to sue an individual officer due to qualified immunity, and one can't sue a precinct ...
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Is there a “unified command” over all the defense forces in Washington D.C.?

A Unified Combatant Command is a task organized command structure used to coordinate forces around one objective. Examples include CENTCOM (https://www.centcom.mil/), which coordinates the armed ...
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Why is the Biden administration interested in mending military ties with Pakistan?

Biden administration to revive military-to-military ties with Pakistan The Biden administration says that they need military ties with Pakistan and they have their explanations. But, as we know the ...
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Why hasn't the Senate yet passed an organizing resolution for the 117th Congress?

I was perusing Graham shoots down request for Merrick Garland confirmation hearing Feb. 8, when I read Though Democrats have the Senate majority, Graham is still the Senate Judiciary Committee ...
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What is the impact of a minimum wage increase on the Biden 1.9 T dollar Covid Relief Proposal

The Biden administration has proposed a Covid relief package that would cost 1.9 trillion dollars. Some politicians are very resistant to the inclusion of a increase in minimum wage to 15.00 dollars ...
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Limitations on the Senate changing the SCOTUS size [duplicate]

I've read up on the process it takes to expand the Supreme Court, and I was wondering if there are any guard rails to stop this process from going insane. If the Democratic Senate expands the court to ...
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Do states still have to redraw districts even if reapportionment doesn’t affect them?

The US census has been completed last year and is currently being processed. As a result, states will gain/lose/hold electoral votes and hence members of their congressional delegation. Do states ...
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What are the arguments against absorbing DC into another state? [duplicate]

In this video here by Vox, it describes the case for DC statehood. DC’s delegate Holmes Norton has proposed making the District of Columbia a brand new state, and shrinking the neutral federal ...
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What is the Legal Process if Electoral Certificates are Damaged?

Plenty of interesting questions have arisen related to the unprecedented riot at the Capitol in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021. In a recent report printed in the New Yorker, Keith Stern, a ...
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Does the US presidential term begin depending on time zones? [duplicate]

As per the 20th Amendment, the terms of US presidents begin and end at "noon of the 20th day of January", but no location is specified. One possible interpretation is that the transition ...
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Can the US President veto a repeal?

Under Article 1 Section 7 of the US Constitution, the President has the authority to veto any piece of legislation passed by Congress (and Congress can override the veto with a 2/3 majority in both ...
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Does anything prevent US state legislatures from directly selecting electors overriding the popular vote in their state?

Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Constitution states "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors". This seems to be a non-...
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Does US Federal Law explicitly prohibit election misinformation?

According to the latest rumor about pro-Trump influencer arrested on charges of conspiring with others in advance of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election to use various social media platforms to ...
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Can the Supreme Court declare an impeachment unconstitutional? [duplicate]

Somebody asked:Why is the Senate, and not the Supreme Court, deciding whether the current impeachment is constitutional? As an Australian lawyer, I was thinking the same way. If a valid impeachment is ...
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What is the difference between how the DSA understands Democratic Socialism and how George Orwell understood it? [closed]

Background Democratic Socialism is a form of Socialism that according to several definitions of the term, seem to imply a decentralized state where workers have some form of agency over both their ...
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Why doesn't the President Pro Tempore preside over presidential impeachment trials?

The Constitution specifies that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presides over impeachment trials of the President. SCOTUSblog says that the reason for this exception is In any impeachment case ...
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Why is it impeachment of a private citizen to try the former president after leaving office? [duplicate]

I have seen many arguing that the senate trial cannot continue because Trump is now a private citizen. One cannot impeach a private citizen. But the impeachment by the House occurred during Trump's ...
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Why do Democrats and Republicans ignore public opinion polls on major issues? [closed]

When polled, the majority of Americans consistently believe in (1) a national health care plan; (2) increased taxes, not fewer taxes, on the wealthy; (3) and more, not less, environmental regulation, ...
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Would Trump lose his former President benefits if he's convicted in the impeachment trial?

If a president is impeached and removed from power, do they lose all benefits usually afforded to presidents when they leave office? quotes the Former Presidents Act as defining a former President as ...