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Reasons for time limits in constitutional amendments

The 18th, and 20th to 26th amendments, as well as the ERA and the DC Voting rights outdated proposed amendments, included time limits to their ratification. The time limit clauses vary in shape, form ...
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What's the relation of FDR and Wilson to War on Terror/terrorism in House of Cards? [closed]

In House of Cards, Frank Underwood brings up FDR and Wilson when saying that he wants to declare war on ICO (fictional terrorist group possibly related to ISIS). What's the relation please? I mean, ...
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How much does the Pakistan military depend on (vintage) US equipment nowadays?

I can find graphs like this which suggest Pakistan has almost entirely switched to China for arms imports However, that picture may be missing that Pakistan may have "vintage" US equipment ...
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What happened in the Hunter Biden's laptop controversy?

Recently, I've read Donald Trump's latest quote on the story: ​So now it comes out, conclusively, that the FBI BURIED THE HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP STORY BEFORE THE ELECTION knowing that, if they didn’t, ​’...
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Is the Pakistan Army stuck in a position where they must abide by the USA's policy of Pakistan, or does it just want to control the country's affairs? [closed]

I will give one example only. However, this example can be extrapolated into other sections of the Pakistan military. If we look at the Pakistan Air Force, their attack backbone is composed of F-16 ...
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What's the interest of reviving JCPOA when it can be revoked by the next US president?

In 2015 P5+1 signed an agreement(JCPOA) with the Islamic Republic of Iran and after 3 years, Trump revoked the deal and now they are about to revive it. Given that the deal does not have enough ...
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Did the United States break a promise to Russia when NATO moved eastward?

Did the United States break a promise to Russia when NATO moved eastward with new members? In 1990, President George H.W. Bush made a promise to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would &...
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The US has banned advanced EUV machines being sold to China, but does it mean that non-China firms cannot use them in China?

Recently the US govt has banned China firms from acquiring the machines for 14nm process technology and below. This legislation specifically targets China firms. However, what stopping non-China ...
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How effective are sanctions in overthrowing regimes?

One can read constantly in the media, that the West and especially the US announce sanctions against some countries. North Korea, Cuba, Iran and Venezuela are some examples. In some cases like Cuba ...
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Is there any procedure or rule that prevents the President from nominating any person as Secretary of State?

“For this reason,” Hook continues, “we should consider human rights as an important issue in regard to U.S. relations with China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. And this is not only because of moral ...
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Georgia absentee request data 2022 general election?

Absentee ballot requests began in Georgia on August 22. Is there currently publicly available data on how many Georgia voters requested absentee ballots and if so can it be broken down by county?
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How many of the (20?) countries that have an FTA with the US also have mines of minerals for EV batteries?

I've read this bit about the US Inflation Reduction Act EV car incentives: to get the full $7,500 credit, the car has to: Have final assembly in North America; and 40% of the critical minerals in ...
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Why did Virginia turn blue after G.W.Bush?

The historical map of presidential elections shows that Virginia was for decades a red state till 2008, when Obama won this state. Interestingly enough, since then it has always voted for Democrats. ...
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How does Liz Cheney's losing the Republican primary impact the future of the GOP? [closed]

Liz Cheney has lost the Republican primaries. As I know, she represents a group of Republicans who criticized Trump. What does this loss mean for the GOP?
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Can an individual accept political donations without incorporating as a PAC or 501c4, etc? If so, what are the downsides? [closed]

I (as US citizen) am trying to lobby for a legislative change (not a candidate) in my home state. I suspect I'll be much more successful if I can accept donations and spend money on advertising, etc. ...
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Is there a way to exist notwithstanding the current political polarization? [closed]

Is there a way that society can continue to exist, even with the polarization we have now? I have been thinking about the fact that so many modern issues necessarily result in polarization, as the 2 ...
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Why didn't the US just complement Russia's security demands to avoid the invasion of Ukraine?

Shortly before the invasion of Ukraine happened, Russia sent its security demands to the USA. The USA rejected these proposals, and many people say they were unrealistic. However after reading the ...
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What are the specifications of Texas's new motto law?

Texas has a new law requiring public schools to display "In God We Trust" posters if donated. What are the specifications of an item that would be required for mandatory display? I've seen ...
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Can Congress make certain construction projects immune from litigation?

In an article about the Joe Manchin pipeline deal I've noticed an interesting detail: The provisions, according to the summary, will “require the relevant agencies to take all necessary actions to ...
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How do congressional investigation committees maintain continuity after losing committee members?

Are there congressional rules on how to replace committee members who lose their congressional status? Is there precedent, and what was the impact/effect on the ongoing investigation, and the outcome ...
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What can I do if the candidates running in local/State elections do not have a opinion on the issues I care about? [closed]

What can I do if the candidates running in local/State elections do not have a opinion on the issues I care about? I still want to cast a meaningful vote on the candidate most likely caring about my ...
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How frequent are publicly known quid pro quo legislative promises, similar to the pipeline deal with Manchin?

It was recently announced that Manchin voted for the Inflation Reduction Act in exchange for easier permits for the Mountain Valley pipeline. Are such publicly known deals commonplace in Congress? ...
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Why does the EU have a huge amount of sanctions on Russia but not on the USA?

America has many times been seen intervening in countries without the approval of the current governments. Sometimes this has happened on blatantly far-fetched pretexts (chemical weapon in Iraq). Why ...
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Can Liz Cheney run as an independent in the general election?

Liz Cheney has lost her primary race to be re-nominated for her seat as Wyoming’s representative in the House. Harriet Hageman, a pro-Trump candidate, will be the Republican nominee in November. All ...
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Could a convicted felon run for US Presidency from prison? [duplicate]

Assuming that the FBI raid leads to charges being filed against Donald Trump and a court sentences him to a prison sentence, could he still run for President from within a jail cell? And if he does ...
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Does a US President have to file any paperwork to declassify information?

The raid on ex-president Trump's residence recently produced evidence of his having Top Secret documents stored there without proper supervision. Could Trump claim that these are actually declassified ...
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Why is Manchin the only Democratic Senator leveraging the 50/50 vote split for the benefit of their state?

In theory, all 50 Democratic Senators can use their vote to demand something from Chuck Schumer or other Congressional leaders. But in practice we only hear about Joe Manchin following this strategy ...
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Prior to removals of documents from Mar-a-Lago, what did Trump himself say about possessing documents?

From wikipedia During May 2021, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the federal agency that preserves government records, contacted Trump's representatives regarding missing ...
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What does the average American citizen think about the raid on Mar-a-Lago? [closed]

What does the average American citizen think of the raid on Trump? While CNN, MSNBC, etc report how good it is, and Fox reports how bad it is, what does the average person think? I am asking as I read ...
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Why did the FBI take so long to recover the documents taken by Trump in January 2021?

The FBI recently raided Trump's residence to recover documents that were supposedly taken by Trump sometime in January 2021. However this raises the question... why wait for so long to do so? Shouldn'...
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Why are paper copies of Presidential records supposed to be important given that digital copies are extremely easy to make?

The FBI recently raided Trump's residence in order to recover Presidential records that were taken from the White House without permission. But why would that be important, given that Trump's people ...
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Is it common for a U.S. president to have official documents in their personal posession after they leave office?

The Florida home of a former U.S. president was recently raided because he was believed to have several documents that belong to the government in his home. Fifteen boxes of such papers were recovered ...
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Why did Sen. Ed Markey's delegation to Taiwan fly aboard a USAF (passenger) jet?

I understand that Nancy Pelosi regularly gets a USAF passenger jet for long-distance abroad (C-40, a modified Boeing 737 if I'm not mistaken), because she's third in the "line of succession" ...
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Why is Communism singled out as a totalitarian party in US immigration laws?

US Immigration laws state (D)Immigrant membership in totalitarian party (i)In general Any immigrant who is or has been a member of or affiliated with the Communist or any other totalitarian party (or ...
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What can the U.S. government do to curtail scientific cooperation between China and the United States?

Despite difficult relations between the United States and China, collaborative research between the two countries has remained resilient. But with young scientists entering the workforce amid ...
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Has there been research on the effects of the Presidential Records Act on White House decision making?

The Presidential Records Act mandates the preservation of all presidential records. At least in theory this means that the only Presidential communications immune from further scrutiny are phone calls ...
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Aside the White House press conference, can the U.S. government give other types of access to certain journalists and news organizations?

In November 2018, Jim Acosta had his press credentials revoked by the White House, thereby barring his access to the White House press conferences. CNN brought a lawsuit naming the president himself, ...
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What's the longest speech by a sitting US president?

According to History.com Ironically, the man with the shortest White House tenure delivered the longest inaugural address in history, which may have been his undoing. This first presidential speech, ...
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What if my mail-in ballot is thrown out by a Post Office employee after it was cast?

One thing that was on my mind is the theoretical potential for mail-in ballots to be discarded between being cast and received by election officials. Though this is obviously illegal (it would be ...
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Why would a former US president's announcement of a reelection bid cut off legal defense funds?

At the end of CNN's August 9, 2022 video Analysis: How FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago could help Trump in 2024 (after about 10:00) host Brianna Keilar asks about the former US president potentially ...
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Under the confrontation with China, can Taiwan strike first but still obtain the military support from U.S. (base on whatever agreement between them)?

I wonder based on the current agreements between United States and Taiwan, if Taiwan has the right to strike (fire) against PLA of China first when they feel they will be invaded by China but still ...
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Does the US have a plan B in case the negotiations with Iran fail?

On October 13, 2021, the Guardian talked about a possible "plan B" in case Iran doesn't want to rejoin the negotiations, but did not clarify what that "Plan B" practically means, ...
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How was the Senate able to discuss and vote on all the amendments to the Inflation Reduction Act?

The US Senate spent the past weekend debating and voting on the Inflation Reduction Act. This spreadsheet lists nearly 300 amendments that were introduced during this time. How were they able to ...
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Could the House of Representatives force redistricting during a congressional term?

Federal courts ruled that Alabama and Louisiana's congressional districts do not comply with section 2 of the Voting Rights Act because they have 1 majority black district when 2 districts in both ...
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Why did the U.S. DoS issue guidance to consular officers in China that could result in shorter visas for some Chinese students beginning June 11 2018?

I read on bu.edu/isso: The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has issued guidance to consular officers in China that could result in shorter visas for a small number of Chinese students beginning June ...
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Why is the Inflation Reduction Act called the Inflation Reduction Act?

The US Senate has recently passed the Inflation Reduction Act. Admittedly, I did not read all 755 pages of the bill, but the media claims that it is one of the biggest investments on climate change ...
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Can the Kansas Supreme Court overturn the results of the Value Them Both ballot measure?

Shortly after the SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade, states began taking their own measures for and against abortion. Kansas took an interesting turn. Despite the apparent redundancy under the rule of Roe,...
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What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan?

What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan? A lot of people who know nothing about geopolitics are saying that China is throwing a tantrum, but is this really the ...
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What happened to triangular diplomacy (USA exploiting rivalry between China and Russia)?

From Wikipedia article on triangular diplomacy In political science, triangular diplomacy is a foreign policy of the United States, developed during the Vietnam War (1955–1975) by Henry Kissinger, as ...
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Has the State Department submitted any reports to Congress under 22 U.S.C. § 1741 (aka “Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act”)?

According to this law (22 U.S.C. § 1741) an annual report to Congress needs to be submitted by the State Department, listing United States nationals they consider wrongfully detained abroad. Have any ...
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