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Why does the Senate Majority leader often vote against their own bills? [duplicate]

In the US Senate on Sunday, March 22nd, passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was blocked in a 47-47 vote. The vote was generally along party lines, with one ...
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How much of the US media referred to the COVID-19 as the “Wuhan Virus” until it received an official designation from the WHO?

It has been claimed in a fairly upvoted answer here (which is why this not a notable-enough claim for Skeptics SE) that For a fun exercise, put a news organization into google's search along with "...
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What are the objections to Mitch McConnell's COVID-19 Bill?

In the US Senate on Sunday, March 22nd, Democrats blocked the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in a 47-47 vote that was split along party lines. McConnell indicated that he ...
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How did the US administration usually refer to COVID-19 before the Chinese foreign ministry started claiming the virus is of US origin?

It's been recently reported that Trump's administration (Trump himself, but also Pompeo) has been referring to COVID-19 as "China virus" or "Wuhan coronavirus" etc., emphasizing the Chinese origin of ...
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Why is Trump dubbing COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” considered offensive, while many past epidemics have had similar naming schemes?

To preface this, I'm not a supporter of Trump, but I disagree with the way some major media outlets have criticized him over his nickname for COVID-19, the "Chinese virus". In addition, it is not ...
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Are the number of COVID-19 testing being reported to some central agency?

While watching the 3/20/2020 Presidential & COVID19 Task Force press conference there was a lot of questions and answers about the access, availability of COVID-19 testing. Unfortunately many of ...
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When was the last time the Canada–US border closed to visitors?

Multiple sources have reported that Canada and the United States have announced that the Canada–United States border is about to close to non-essential travel in an effort to reduce the spread of ...
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Does the FDA regulate off-label use of pharmaceuticals?

In today's press conference (3/19/2020) the President is touting the FDA's approval of using (for example) an anti-malarial as a treatment for COVID-19. This drug has been in widespread use and has ...
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Could the president push a bailout for industries affected by a disaster without congressional support?

There's a lot of talk lately about bailout packages being offered to airlines and other affected industries. Assuming that the president was in support of a bailout and was willing to do whatever was ...
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Would it be political suicide to suggest reducing Social Security payments to help fund economic stimulus packages? [closed]

I am wondering if it may be tempting for President Trump, or the Democrat presidential candidates, or members of Congress to suggest temporarily reducing Social Security payments in order to help free ...
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Why do states postpone their primary elections to after June 9th, 2020 even if it violates DNC rules?

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) mandates that states have to hold their primary elections before June 9th, 2020, according to Rule 12 of the Delegate Selection Rules. The Delegate Selection ...
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Is it correct that in the state of Ohio, USA the governor can demand the legislature meet for an emergency session?

As I was following all the drama of the Ohio election suspension yesterday, there were several articles about the initial lawsuit supported by the government. Many of these articles have already been ...
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What are the implications of the EARN IT Act?

On the face of it, the EARN IT Act of 2020 appears to be a bill to protect against online exploitation of children by creating a National Commission for that purpose. However, the Electronic Frontier ...
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Is there a specific etiquette officials are following in this picture? [closed]

I was watching President Trump's white house daily briefing for Coronavirus and I see officials standing too close to each other which is a different issue. But one thing I am wondering is everyone ...
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How does lobbying work in the US?

I don't understand why would federal officials or congresspersons in the US succumb to lobbyists' requests unless they have skin in the game. How do lobbyists, I mean legal ones, persuade legislators ...
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Can the US House and Senate make allowance for self-quarantined members to vote remotely?

Can the US House and Senate make allowance for self-quarantined members to vote remotely? Is the requirement that a member be in chamber in the constitution or law - or is it part of the senate or ...
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Are there oligarchs in Western countries?

Why do I see the term 'oligarch' almost exclusively applied to Eastern European countries? Are there oligarchs in the European Union, the United States? As I understand it, an oligarch is a wealthy ...
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Are nations required to allow their own citizens entry under international law?

The motivation for this question is the recent US travel ban on foreigners entering the country from Schengen area countries, which is due to expand to include the UK and Ireland on Tuesday, and the ...
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Can US Presidential and Congressional elections be postponed in a case of emergency? [duplicate]

Currently several states are postponing Presidential primaries and in theory Presidential/Congress elections might need to be postponed as well if the epidemic persists. Is there a contingency plan ...
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Why is the US so religious compared to other Western democracies?

According to the Pew Research Center, around 88% of Americans had at least some belief in a God, with around 63% being "absolutely certain" of this. This is in stark contrast to other comparable ...
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What would happen if Biden died before becoming the nominee? [duplicate]

Let me preface this by saying that I hope Joe Biden doesn't die for any reason. Currently, 538's 2020 Democratic Primary forecast has >99% odds that Biden wins more than half of pledge delegates. ...
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What are the details of the Federal Reserve's $1.5 trillion injection?

According to the Wall Street Journal, in order to attempt to slow the economic contraction caused by the Covid-19 virus, the Federal Reserve has promised to inject $1.5 trillion into the economy, by ...
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What's the political process for implementing mandatory screening of flight passengers for known infectious diseases?

After 9/11 people and their belonging must be checked as many items are prohibited. Now, after SARS-CoV-2019, should we start screening all passengers for known diseases to prevent outbreaks like ...
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Did Russia actually change the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in the US?

Before you press the "close" button, hear me out. My question is: was there a non-partisan assessment as to whether Russia's influence campaign not just helped Trump get elected but made his ...
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Are de facto Schengen countries exempt from the Covid-19 US travel ban?

President Trump's presidential proclamation specifically defines the countries affected by the ban as the 26 signatories to the Schengen Treaty: For purposes of this proclamation, the Schengen Area ...
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Why are non-Schengen countries excluded from the Covid-19 US travel ban?

The US government suspended travel from Europe to US, except for countries which are not in the Schengen area such as the UK and Ireland. Many comments from EU leader seem to assume that this is a ...
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Can President Trump ban all remaining presidential primary elections in an effort to contain the Coronavirus outbreak? [duplicate]

I am wondering if President Trump has the constitutional authority to ban all remaining presidential primary elections in all the states in an effort to contain the Coronavirus outbreak?
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What has the reaction from the EU been to Trump suspending travel from the whole 26-country Schengen zone?

Breaking news US President Donald Trump has announced sweeping new travel restrictions on Europe in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus. In a televised address, he said travel from ...
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Who would be awarded the nomination in the event something happened to the candidate with the most delegates? [duplicate]

Let's use the current situation: Sanders and Bernie are the top 2 leaders for the DNC and it looks like Biden might win. Would Sanders be automatically given the nomination if Biden was declared ...
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Who has the authority to institute mass quarantines in the US?

As countries around the world (Italy, China) implement mass quarantines, several questions arise for people in America. Is it constitutional to ban public assembly? What level of government (federal, ...
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Validating your US vote was counted accurately [duplicate]

Every time I go to vote and do my American civil duty, I've always wondered if my vote is being counted accurately. Question: Is there any method in the United States of America for a voting citizen ...
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What happens to the chosen Vice President if a party's Presidential candidate for POTUS were to die before Election Day? [duplicate]

I would like to know if the person chosen to be Vice President automatically becomes the party's Presidential candidate for POTUS if the party's Presidential candidate were to die before Election Day. ...
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Has there been any attempt to regulate sugar consumption in the US?

I've been wondering recently why Sugar is seemingly not regulated in the US, despite there being research which links sugar consumption to a host of medical issues from diabetes, heart disease, and ...
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Why don't presidential candidates announce their running mates before achieving their party's nomination?

As far as I can tell, a candidate has only announced their running mate before achieving the nomination twice since the modern system of primaries came into use in the 1970s. These occasions were in ...
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What was the invitation of running for the Green Party in 2016 for Sanders?

In 2016 election, Bernie Sanders declined an invitation from US Green Party to run as a candidate representing the Green Party. Was that an invitation for the general election? Did that ...
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Is a US senator supposed to represent their constituency in presidential endorsement? [closed]

Is a US senator supposed to represent their constituency? If I am correct, Bernie won California and all its counties in 2020 primary. Senator Harris endorsed Biden, however. Is presidential ...
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Why doesn't the US have a “Center Party”? [duplicate]

As I understand the US system, there is the Democratic Party & Republican Party, whose members come from two wings: the moderates (center), and the left (Democratic) or right (Republican). This ...
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Does Cenk Uygur support secret ballots in union elections?

Former Democratic Congressional candidate and liberal political talk show host Cenk Uygur talked to the Huffington Post about the unionization efforts of the employees at his digital media company The ...
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Has a sitting US president ever been denied their party's nomination for a second term?

Has there ever been an instance when a US president didn't get a second term because they failed to get his party's nomination? From the looks of it, there's nothing that could prevent a sitting US ...
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Why deliberate NASA authorization bills if NASA doesn't need them?

Spacenews.com's The sound and fury over a NASA authorization bill says that a NASA authorization bill isn't required and most years the US Congress doesn't pass one. Question: If that's so, then what ...
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Did Bernie Sanders receive low youth voter turnout during the Super Tuesday primaries?

So a series of news articles are being spread around that purportedly attributes some of Bernie Sanders' losses in states due to low voter turnout. A quick search on Google reports tens of articles ...
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What does the White House chief of staff do?

Could you explain in simple terms what are the functions of the WH chief of staff and provide the job's analogs in other countries? Is it like the head of the presidential administration (in the ...
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What is the process by which a civil case is removed from state to federal court? [migrated]

A federal statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1441 et seq., governs removal of cases filed in state courts to federal courts. What is the process by which one actually achieves removal? Which motions filed and where ...
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What do small cities with a large portion of university and college students do with redistricting?

So I'm in Burlington Vermont which happens to be the smallest largest city of the 50 US states. So it shouldn't be surprizing that the University of Vermont and another college are in this town. Now ...
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What are the current House's bill reconciliation rules regarding deficit increases?

According to The Center on Budget and Policy page, "Introduction to Budget 'Reconciliation'": When Republicans took the House in 2011, they replaced the House rule with one that placed no ...
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Why are candidates expected to win their home state?

In coverage of primaries and elections I often hear it stated that candidates are expected to win their home states, or that it is embarrassing not to. I've seen this assertion here, such as in Has a ...
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Why hasn't competition between health insurance providers led to lower prices for consumers?

In the US, a common argument I've seen against a universal healthcare system is that removing the ability of private health insurance companies to compete will give rise to a natural monopoly in the ...
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What caused Mike Bloomberg to win American Samoa?

What were the factors that led Mike Bloomberg to win the Democratic caucus in American Samoa?
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How pledged are pledged delegates in the Democratic convention?

According to the 2020 Democratic Party rules, and in its upcoming Milwaukee convention - what is the extent of control candidates, or former candidates, have on their "pledged delegates"? Specifically,...
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Why are states easily won by Bernie Sanders in 2016 not supporting him in 2020?

In Oklahoma, for example, the results of the 2016 primary gave Sanders a 10% lead over Clinton, while in Minnesota, the gap was even larger at 23%. In his home state of Vermont, Sanders won by over 70%...

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