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U.S. Speaker Johnson says the house will take up Ukrainian aid in next few weeks

The House is out of session, and holding a Republican strategy, team building retreat at the Green Briar Hotel in West Virginia. Yesterday Speaker Johnson announced at the retreat that the house would ...
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Why was the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact written not to take effect until it has an absolute majority of electoral votes?

Closely related: Does the NPVIC only take effect once enough states sign for it to have legal force? . That question asks whether, this question asks why. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact ...
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Why does a majority of White Evangelicals not support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented migrants? [closed]

In a survey released on Thursday, PRRI found that, while overall support for a pathway to citizenship has remained virtually unchanged between 2013 and 2021 (63% to 62%), some faith groups have ...
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Is it possible to limit future Supreme Court justices to judges seated on the federal appellate bench without a constitutional amendment?

Some judges worried that random appointments could result in lower-quality Supreme Court justices. “(J)ust because someone is on the Court of Appeals does NOT mean they are SCOTUS material,” argued ...
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Ken Buck, R Colorado's 4th district resigns today?

How does Congressmen Ken Buck's impromptu resignation this afternoon affect/threaten the Republican's Majority in the U.S. Congress?
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What explains the sharp partisan divide between SE KY and S WV?

Southeast Kentucky (the portion of the U.S. state) is always deep Republican and Southern West Virginia (the adjacent portion of a different U.S. state) is deep Democratic (at least until recently) ...
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Is there another way to put an age limit to Congress members without making a constitutional amendment in the U.S.?

Forbes' political staffer Sara Dorn writes, "Instilling age- and term-limits is also a logistically complicated process that would likely require a constitutional amendment, which would need ...
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Have any Congresspersons from the Democratic Party opposed more aid to Ukraine in itself, and if so what reasons did they give for that?

I'm aware that opposition for more aid to Ukraine mostly comes from the Republican camp these days. Nonetheless, some House Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did oppose some earlier omnibus ...
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How was President Gerald Ford appointed instead of just succeeding his role?

I’ve heard it said that one of the reasons President Gerald Ford was hated, was because he was appointed President, instead of being elected. And it’a also said he was the only president appointed. ...
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What's the biggest hurdle that prevents the EPA from implementing stricter limits on particulate matter?

Voters want the EPA to listen to its scientific advisors and implement even stricter limits on particulate matter. When we asked Pennsylvania voters if they support or oppose stricter limits on “fine ...
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Why do some political parties in the US have open primaries, but not others?

In the recent California primary elections, any NPP (no party preference) voter was allowed to choose ballots for presidential primaries for American Independent Party, Democratic, and Libertarian. ...
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What's the biggest hurdle preventing the passing of a law prohibiting elected officials from trading or owning stocks in the U.S.?

We, the undersigned organizations, are a broad and diverse group of good government organizations committed to ensuring that our institutions and elected officials act on behalf of the people they ...
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Is there evidence that Biden administration policies are encouraging undocumented immigration?

My question is similar to a closed one from five years ago, but I think it's worth revisiting and expanding on as a lot has changed since then. I'd also like to focus more narrowly on the actions of ...
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Is there any benefit in allowing foreign lobbying in a country?

Despite calling for a ban on foreign lobbying, in which Americans lobby lawmakers and the public for foreign interests, Republican 2024 presidential hopeful Nikki Haley has raised tens of thousands of ...
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Why does expelled former American congressperson, George Santos, still have access to the United States of America's Congressional House floor?

Why does disgraced former American congressperson, George Santos (AKA Anthony Devolder AKA Anthony Zabrovsky allegedly AKA Kitara Ravache) still have access to the United States of America's ...
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If POTUS doesn't name a candidate to fill a SCOTUS vacancy, can the Senate fill the seat?

If the President doesn't name a candidate to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, can the Senate fill the seat, anyway? If Biden were to win re-election, the Republicans take the Senate, and a Supreme Court ...
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Why is the help provided for Ukraine by the USA government perceived as excessive?

According to a December 2023 study, around half of American Republicans view the assistance provided to Ukraine as excessive. Around 16% of Democrats agree. USA is spending 877 billion dollars on its ...
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Why are a majority of Vietnamese Republican, as opposed to other Asian-American groups in the United States?

https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2023/05/25/asian-voters-in-the-u-s-tend-to-be-democratic-but-vietnamese-american-voters-are-an-exception/ About half of Vietnamese American registered voters ...
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Have any governments run user-dissuasion campaigns concerning fentanyl? What were the outcomes?

Fentanyl overdoses present a unique problem to Canadian provinces and US states *. While few want to return to Nancy Reagan's "just say no" **, it seems to me that the extremely deleterious ...
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Is there a reason why demands for conditions to be attached to military aid for Israel mostly come from the Democrat side?

The tone towards the US is marked by the fact that both heads of government are cur- rently happy not to have to deal with their respective predecessor. In the first joint meeting of Biden and Bennett,...
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What was the original context of Margaret Thatcher's quote by Nikki Haley?

In Nikki Haley's speech suspending her campaign on 6 March 2024, she said: I have always been a conservative Republican and always supported the Republican nominee. But on this question, as she did ...
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Did Democratic party leaning voters in the US have an alternative candidate in mind for the US presidential election in 2024?

This week there were primary elections in a large number of states in the US for the upcoming presidential election in November 2024 and it turned out that likely the two major candidates will be Joe ...
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Is there any country other than the United States that recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights?

In 2019, the United States became the first country to recognizes Israeli rather than Syrian sovereignty over the Golan Heights.119 It may be argued that this move by the Trump Administration also ...
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Has the US government said anything about forcing Apple to have multiple app stores on their devices?

The EU has passed/will pass a law forcing Apple to give users the option to switch between multiple app stores (for example, the Microsoft and Samsung app stores), but only in the EU so far. Has the U....
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Why did Nikki Haley continue in the race for Republican nomination for so long?

In the ongoing race to select the Republican Party nominee, Nikki Haley has lost every primary and caucus but one. That was the District of Columbia Republican primary, which she won with 62% of the ...
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Why don't Conservatives in Washington state try to bar payroll taxes?

I read on https://apnews.com/article/initiatives-approved-washington-police-pursuit-income-tax-e5a904bf714083611b67698293c4772b: SEATTLE (AP) — Three conservative-backed initiatives that would [do x, ...
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Did SCOTUS have the authority to rule on McConnell's refusal to allow Obama to fill a SCOTUS vacancy?

In 2016, the death of Justice Scalia created an opening in the Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader McConnell announced he would not grant a hearing for any candidate proposed by then-President Obama....
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Is it considered possible to win a modern Presidential election on a (monetary) shoestring?

The Republican candidate for President currently has a lead in the polls. On the other hand, the Republican party has much less money than the Democrats, eight months before the election. Of course, &...
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What intelligence was released in order to "blunt Chinese saber-rattling in the Taiwan Strait"?

From Time Magazine's March X, 2024 Inside the White House Program to Share America’s Secrets: The motivation behind the program, the officials say, is that it works. Strategic declassification has ...
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Does the US Supreme Court judgement preventing States from barring Trump in the ballot make any rulings on the 'insurrectionist' charges against him?

The Justices unanimously reversed a December 19 decision by Colorado's top court to kick Mr. Trump off the State's Republican primary ballot after finding that the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment ...
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When the U.S. Congress discussed about increasing China's voting shares within the IMF, what were the arguments for and against that were used?

Experts say the US's reluctance for a quota reform that includes a realignment of voting shares stems from concerns that such an exercise would inevitably give more voting power to China. China ...
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What is the "conservative legal and judicial movement in the 1970s and 1980s" to which Justice Luttig refers?

In CNN's March 5, 2024 Retired federal judge blasts Supreme Court ruling: 'Stunning in its overreach' retired federal Judge J. Michael Luttig says the following (excerpted from YouTube auto-transcript ...
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What exactly are the "stridencies" in the majority opinion on the Colorado ballot exclusion to which the two concurrencies refer? [closed]

In CNN's March 5, 2024 Retired federal judge blasts Supreme Court ruling: 'Stunning in its overreach' retired federal Judge J. Michael Luttig says the following (excerpted from YouTube auto-transcript ...
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Why has the U.S. airdrop of supplies to Gaza been criticized as hypocritical?

On March 2 2024 the U.S. Central Command stated that it had begun airdropping living supplies to the Gaza Strip. On March 3, some people criticized the matter on social media and claimed that these ...
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How does contributing to UN bodies allow a country to yield more influence over them?

For several decades, many U.S. policymakers, including some Members of Congress, have maintained that the U.S. assessments for the U.N. regular budget and U.N. peacekeeping operations are too high. In ...
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Why doesn't Washington want to enact a law to punish all currency manipulators, including China?

Some policymakers and pundits have argued that currency manipulation–the effort to keep exports cheap by intervening in the foreign exchange market–is the most important issue international economic ...
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Is the House of Representatives not allowed to initiate any bills dealing with foreign policy (outside of commerce and budget matters)?

It's been claimed in an unsourced answer here that It's an "H.R.". Meaning it's a "House Resolution". As such, the bill would not have any power in law. The domain of the foreign ...
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Why is the border the "bluest" part of Texas?

Maps such as this one show that some of the "bluest" counties in Texas are along the southern border (with Mexico). The "border" is one of the most contentious wedge issues used by ...
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How did California voters by age group vote in the 1984 U.S. Presidential Election?

Is there information on how voters of different age groups in California voted in the 1984 election? For example, what percent of the 18-24 vote in California went to either Reagan or Mondale? Or ...
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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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What do people mean by saying that safe storage laws are unconstitutional?

Safe storage laws are laws that require guns to be stored in safes which cannot be opened immediately. They are there to supposedly reduce suicide and to reduce the chances of your own gun being used ...
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Who did White voters in California vote for in the 1984 U.S. Presidential Election?

California exit poll 1984: https://ropercenter.cornell.edu/ipoll/study/31090659 I'm not able to download that exit poll myself, but if anyone here has access to it, does it show what percent of White ...
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US electoral opposition to Biden support of Israel: have any (pro-Palestine) politicians flagged the risk of the (Trump) alternative?

As many have noticed, Biden is catching a lot of criticism from parts of the Democrat base for his support of Israel. Michigan's 100,000 'uncommitted' votes challenge Biden's Israel stance | Reuters ...
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How come Republicans are more likely to support state-led solutions rather than national-led solutions?

The federal nature of the US political system can also explain, in part, why President Trump did not adopt strong mitigation measures. In a federal system, in the face of a complex policy problem with ...
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What did Biden mean by: if Israel did not exist, America would have to invent it?

Joe Biden said (source): The State of Israel was born to be a safe place for the Jewish people of the world. That’s why it was born. I have long said: If Israel didn’t exist, we would have to ...
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Why is Nikki Haley referred to as "Ambassador"?

According to the 2020 US Order of Precedence, former governor cearly outranks former ambassador. Former governor is 19d ar 19e (depending on whether or not you are in the state you were governor) ...
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Do critics/experts underestimate the performance of the Trump administration? [closed]

With current developments increasing the odds for a second Biden-Trump match-up, this question seems to becoming more relevant (especially for the future). U.S. politics contain so much bias, it is ...
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Why are Republicans more likely to support keeping the filibuster than Democrats in the U.S.?

Most Democrats say they'd end it, as a general matter, according to a CBS News poll from Jan. 2022. Two-thirds of Republicans say they'd keep it. But the partisan split appears strongly connected to ...
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Have any countries that suspended funding to UNRWA restarted, it given doubts about accusations against it?

Israel accused a handful UNRWA employees of taking part in the October 7 attacks and also claimed that 10% of UNRWA employees in Gaza were 'affiliated' with Hamas. As a consequence, Countries ...
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What qualities or factors contribute to Qatar being considered a suitable mediator between Venezuela and the United States?

Spanish newspaper El Pais had a scoop last week: at the beginning of June, Juan Gonzalez and Jorge Rodriguez — President Joe Biden’s adviser on Latin American affairs and Venezuelan President Nicolas ...
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