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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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Has transcript of ICIG (Michael Atkinson) testamony in impleachment hearings been released as promised by Adam Schiff?

News reports indicated that Michael Atkinson (the intelligence community inspector general who certified that the whistle-blower complaint was "credible" and "urgent") testified in closed session of ...
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Why aren't there more people who love Trump's policies but not Trump? [closed]

Recently there was an editorial published in Christianity Today which criticized Trump as a "grossly immoral character": Trump’s evangelical supporters have pointed to his Supreme Court nominees, ...
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The authority to convene a new House of Representatives

On the wikipedia page for the Clerk of the US House of Representatives, there is a passage: To preserve the legal continuity of the House, the existence of the House is vested in the Clerk at the ...
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How do Micronesia, Guam and the Northern Marianas give the US “dominance in the Pacific, according to experts”?

The NBC News article Why is this tiny Pacific Ocean nation getting VIP treatment in Beijing? says: David Panuelo, president of the Federated States of Micronesia — a nation of some 600 islands and ...
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Can The Chief Justice Excuse Senators From The Jury In A Presidential Impeachment?

In a normal trial the judge presides over jury selection during the voir dire process. Jurors are excused for causes such as lack of impartiality. Does the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court have ...
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What exactly is "National Origin” with respect to US anti-discrimination laws?

In addition to the more familiar concepts of race, ethnicity, religion, disability, lawful immigration status etc., US anti-discrimination laws typically mention that it is also unlawful to ...
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Is there a tendency, in the United States, to ask for altering machine translation algorithms to use gender-neutral language and gender pronouns?

Note: this somewhat related to my previous question This article deals with what seems to be gender bias in machine translation: "Our results show that male defaults are not only prominent but ...
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Was the 1800 US presidential election the first intentional, peaceful transfer of national control?

Historians say the election of Thomas Jefferson in 1800 was the first time a nation's ruling faction willingly ceded authority to their opposition, simply because they agreed to do so, rather than due ...
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What are effective counter measures for the EU against US sanctions

There are US sanctions that have a negative impact on political and economic interests of the EU (e.g. Iran, Nord stream). Many comments on German news criticize that EU politicians do not provide ...
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Is the US a welfare state?

Is the US considered a welfare state? If so, where would it be classified using the Esping-Andersen's welfare classification?
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Why are the Syria and Iraq wars viewed differently among Democrats?

Currently, the Iraq war seems to be viewed very negatively by the US "establishment" of the Democratic Party—for example, in both the 2016 and 2020 primaries, people have been attacked for past ...
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Outside the US, are candidates allowed to spend an unlimited amount of money on their own campaigns?

In the US, citizens are only allowed to donate $2500 per election to a single candidate. You can of course donate as much as you want to a Super PAC, but this money would not be directly available to ...
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What other course of action could congress have taken against Donald Trump?

Assuming that someone agrees that what Donald Trump is accused of doing is wrong but not necessarily grounds for impeachment, are there, or were there, other punitive actions congress could have taken ...
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Do extra-territorial laws violate some basic principle of democracy?

The US Congress has recently passed a law penalizing foreign companies and individuals in Europe for working on a gas-pipeline from Russia to Germany. This law affects non-US citizens in Europe and ...
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Legal consequences of complying with a house subpoena? [migrated]

I keep seeing in the news that, at the president's order, people are ignoring subpoenas from the house of representatives, citing executive privilege. So what legal bite does the president have if ...
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How long can the Speaker of the House wait to pass the impeachment to the Senate?

By “dragging feet” in presenting articles of impeachment to the Senate which a majority of the House has voted to present, is Pelosi exceeding her authority?
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Has Nunes won any defamation lawsuits against media organisations?

WaPo reported that Nunes recently sued CNN for $435 million dollars due to an article about his involvement in the Biden investigation as related by Lev Parnas. Also In March, Nunes filed a $250 ...
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Has McConnell given any indication which witnesses he is willing to have testify in the Senate trial?

On one hand, Chuck Schumer has said he wants (in the Senate trial) to call witnesses that have not appeared before the House, namely: Bolton, Mulvaney, Michael Duffey (from OMB), and Robert Blair (an ...
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Is there any reason Congress hasn't enforced their subpoena power over witnesses?

This Politics.se question asks about Trump's ability to defend himself during the impeachment hearings - I'm not asking about that specifically, but related to that I am asking about the witnesses in ...
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Why can't the public vote to impeach a president?

I am new to American politics, so this question maybe very fundamental. I understand that impeachment is a legislative process akin to criminal indictment, and the House and the Senate compose the ...
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What are the House Rules on Delivering Articles of Impeachment? How Have They Changed?

In the Senate Rules, provided in this answer, the process of delivering the articles of impeachment is codified, thus defining when and how the Senate can act on those articles. Are there any ...
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Can the U.S. Senate impose a deadline for the House to transmit articles of impeachment?

A follow-up to this question. Background The House has passed articles of impeachment but at present is refusing to transmit them to the Senate or appoint impeachment managers. The effect of this ...
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Could a delayed impeachment trial cause Trump to be removed from office in his second term?

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has suggested that she might delay delivering the articles of impeachment to the Senate. That could lead to the following scenario: ...
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Biden and green jobs [closed]

Can anyone clarify Biden's position here where it's alleged that he would sacrifice blue collar jobs for green goals? I suppose this came up in the debate tonght. Or if that description by the ...
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Is it true that “Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story” in the House impeachment proceedings?

I was just reading the editorial Trump Should Be Removed from Office in Christianity Today, and I was struck by this quote (emphasis mine): Let’s grant this to the president: The Democrats have had ...
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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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What is Trump's defence against the obstruction charge?

Trump has been impeached for two things, one of which is obstruction of Congress. White House staffers have refused to testify at the hearings, and Trump has openly dismissed the whole process and ...
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Political Strategy--Impeachment [closed]

As many have argued, the impeachment events should be viewed as a political event. Can anyone explain to me what the rationale, or a stated reason from Pelosi, given Trump's growing impeachment ...
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Who has influence over the timing of an impeachment trial?

It seems like Senators who oppose the likely outcome of an impeachment trial may be motivated to delay the start or the end of that trial in order to create opportunities to change the voting ...
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If a president is impeached by the house but not convicted by the Senate, does this affect the president's term limits [closed]

If a President is impeached by the house but not convicted by the Senate, does this affect term limits. There is rumor that the first term would be nullified and the person could run for two more ...
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Why is it necessary to have a president in a democracy?

Hello. I don't really know much about politics and I might not use the correct terminology, so please excuse my lack of knowledge. As far as I understand, in the United States (as an example) a ...
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If a US president is removed from office in their first term, can they run for re-election? [duplicate]

Given that Trump has been impeached, if the senate would vote 2/3 to remove him from office, would he be allowed to run again in 2020?
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Why has Donald Trump's approval rating been rising since impeachment processes started?

It appears that recently, Trump's approval rating has been rising despite impeachment, and the accusations and evidence against him. How can this be explained? Has there been anything published ...
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Can the U.S. Senate hold an impeachment trial if the House “passes” articles of impeachment but does not “transmit” them to the Senate?

After passing articles of impeachment against the President, Speaker Pelosi has announced she will not immediately send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial. What does this actually ...
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Can the Chief Justice delay an impeachment trial by resigning?

Since the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court must preside over the Senate trial of an impeached president, can the Chief Justice delay such a trial by resigning? My understanding is that the articles ...
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Is Jeff Van Drew becoming a Republican?

It seems to me that Jeff Van Drew is the only party defector in this impeachment. Is he actually switching parties?
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Why does a vote in the House go beyond its time limit?

In the US House of Representative, when a vote by Yeas and Nays is ordered, it is usually announced with a time limit (ex. "this is a fifteen minute vote"). However, voting often continues beyond ...
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To whom does “Madam Speaker” refer during the Trump impeachment debate?

Trump impeachment vote is underway. Every representative is making their case for or against the articles of impeachment. Every one of them are addressing the "Madam Speaker". But what I see is that ...
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Time management in the House impeachment debate?

I'm watching the "debate" on the articles of impeachment and I am getting confused by the time management. I've seen this question (Controlling Time in the House of Representatives) but am still ...
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Could a Senator commit perjury if they swear the oath at the impeachment trial in the senate?

A Senator is on record of having explicitly stated "I'm not an impartial juror" in regards to the upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate. Another Senator said, "I am trying to give a pretty clear ...
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Why did the democrats take the “nuclear option” in 2013?

In 2013 the democrats took the nicknamed "Nuclear option" when it came to non SCOTUS judicial appointments. Given this was Obama's second term I guess Republicans were continuing to stone-wall, but ...
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Is the number of federal judges appointed by Trump unusual?

Among the achievements of President Trump quoted by supporters and the White House itself is a drive to appoint federal judges. His recent letter to the Speaker of the House gives the number of 170 ...
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Have their been any updates on Huber’s review since May?

In 2017, after the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Muller to oversee the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, Congressional Republicans asked the Department of Justice to appoint a second Special ...
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Why has Trump refused to recognize the Armenian Genocide?

On December 12th, 2019, the US Senate voted unanimously to recognize the Armenian genocide as a matter of American foreign policy. The bill, which was co-sponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) ...
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Judicial review of impeachment non crime articles [duplicate]

CSPAN hosted a panel today that broached this question: if the House presents articles of impeachment for an unrecognized federal crime, one of those high crimes and misdemeanors that would not on its ...
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How many Senators must vote to override specific judgments of the Chief Justice in an impeachment trial of the President?

Background In the United States, the Chief Justice presides over the impeachment trial of a President, which happens inside the Senate. He has some powers as laid out in the first answer to this ...
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Is there a time constraint on the Senate voting to convict an impeached president? [duplicate]

This question is mostly what it says in the title. My understanding is that if a president is successfully impeached, the Senate is required to hold a vote on whether or not to convict. Is there any ...
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Did the founding fathers predict the problem of family presidency?

If the US constitution contained a clause barring family members from taking office, perhaps it would have avoided a problem of corruption, i.e. family run governments. What did the founding fathers ...
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Has Matt Bevin explained his reasoning for the pardons he has recently issued?

Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin was narrowly defeated by his Democratic challenger for the title of Kentucky Governor. He used his final days in office to issue some rather alarming pardons to ...