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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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States' check on federal government's power? [closed]

Where in the U.S. Constitution are states given the right to "check" a tyrannical federal government?
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How can I access exit polls by state for the 1984 U.S. Presidential Election?

Even though the 1984 presidential election was a landslide, and there's a national exit poll available, I want to see if there were any differences in exit polls by state. For example, an exit poll ...
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How much is Lithuania paying/cost-sharing for the US troop presence in their country?

It's been suggested in some comments (and now an answer) to a related Q that the US is expected to demand lest cost sharing from Germany than from South Korea, for US troop presence, because Germany ...
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Why is Europe (Germany in particular) apparently paying so little for US troop presence/protection, compared to South Korea?

CNBC wrote in that 2020 about the cost-sharing agreement for US troop presence in South Korea In the last one-year, cost-sharing agreement, Seoul agreed to pay roughly $900 million and in ...
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Which countries has the US publicly threatened to sanction if they expel US troops, say, in the past 25 years?

Back in 2020, When Iraq’s parliament voted to expel American troops from the country Sunday, it was an apparent bid by the government to extract the country from an escalating US-Iran proxy war. [...]...
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Has the Niger junta explained why they expelled French but not US troops?

The Niger junta that took power this summer expelled French but not US troops. From what I can tell, France had about 1,500 troops there, and the US has about 1,100 (or maybe just 600--sources differ ...
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What leverage or negotiation tools do government agencies actually have to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with drug companies?

The recent question Why did it take so long for the U.S. government to give Medicare the power to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with drug companies? reminded me of the old season 8 ...
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Has Trump indicated who he will endorse if he remains disqualified from the ballot?

Trump is currently disqualified from the ballot in Colorado, and the case is being appealed to the Supreme Court. Assuming the Supreme Court rules against Trump and he remains disqualified, has he ...
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Have any prominent politicians in the US called for US troops to leave Iraq this year?

Some US politicians, like DeSantis, have said US troops in Iraq are just "sitting ducks", at their present strength, so called for either a surge or departure. “We’ve got troops in Syria ...
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Why did it take so long for the U.S. government to give Medicare the power to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with drug companies?

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is sending initial offers to the participating drug companies of the ...
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Did India face criticism from U.S. officials for its mercantilist policies?

Did India face criticism from U.S. officials for its mercantilist policies? https://itif.org/publications/2019/11/18/2019-global-mercantilist-index-ranking-nations-distortive-trade-policies/ Looking ...
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What if neither the president nor vice president is chosen by inauguration day?

The US election law says that the Senate picks the VP and the House picks the President. If no president is elected when the term starts, the newly elected VP would act as President. In such case, ...
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Why are pro/anti-gun parties in the US espousing the reverse position when it comes to weapons for Ukraine? [closed]

Per title. It seems that traditionally, Republicans (support gun ownership in the US) for reasons such as "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun", and they in ...
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Could the Democrats (almost) unilaterally remove the Republican House Speaker?

My understanding is that, under the current rules, any single house member can force a vote on removing the (Republican) House Speaker, including any Democrat. Should this happen, a very few ...
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How can the US prevent Russia from deploying nukes in orbit/space without starting WW3? [closed]

NYT reported on Feb 14: Officials said that the new intelligence, which they did not describe in detail, raised serious questions about whether Russia was preparing to abandon the Outer Space Treaty ...
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Should citizens of a federal republic be frustrated with complicated foreign aid package deals like the recent US Foreign Aid bill? [closed]

In the U.S., Congress sometimes passes complicated package deals like the recent US Foreign Aid bill. There’s some stuff in there I cannot imagine getting through without being packaged up like this ...
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How can speaker Mike Johnson prevent a vote in the House on the Ukraine aid bill?

In The Good Republicans’ Last Stand (The Atlantic, 2024-02-12), discussing bills for aid to Ukraine, David Frum writes ...17 Republican senators joined Democrats to speed assistance to Ukraine, ...
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What Is The Actual Step-By-Step Informal Process of How A Regular Citizen Becomes A Congressmen?

In the case of the executive branch, there is an incredible difference between what someone needs to do/be to become president "on paper" (I.e, Being 35, being a natural-born citizen that ...
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How is a political party funded? Solely based on donations less than $3300 (maximum allowed)?

Where does the DNC/RNC (or any political party) get its money? Is it mostly from individuals donating who want to see change? If so, are those donations capped at $3300 per individual per election? Or ...
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Is it illegal to pay someone to endorse a political candidate? [duplicate]

If the DNC paid money to Taylor Swift, Usher, or Patrick Mahomes to shout "I'm voting for Biden!" during the Superbowl, would that be illegal/violate any election laws? They're not directly ...
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During Ronald Reagan's presidency, which industry sectors' workers tended to approve of him the most? And which ones disliked him the most?

Ronald Reagan had a lot of support nationwide during his presidency, but there were many people who opposed him as well. It seems like different industry types tend to favor a certain political ...
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Any example of the US being involved in a civil war of another country that the USA recognizes as a sovereign state?

Are there any examples from the 20th and 21st century of the US being military involved (perhaps, only in the way of sending its avation) in some civil war in any country that it recognizes as a ...
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During Ronald Reagan's presidency, were younger women generally more critical of him than older women were?

Ronald Reagan was popular nationwide during his presidency, and he seemed especially popular among men. Many women supported him too, but there were also a lot who opposed him. Even though Reagan won ...
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How might a new candidate be chosen if a major party candidate becomes incapacitated after winning the primary but before the party convention? [duplicate]

The 2024 Presidential election is likely to feature the two oldest major party candidates in American history. There may be a non-trivial chance that at least one of them becomes incapacitated before ...
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Explaining the yesterday vote in US House on Mayorkas imeachment [duplicate]

I read in today news the following sentence: Rep. Blake Moore (R-Utah), the chair of the GOP conference, flipped his vote to “no” seconds before the vote closed, a procedural maneuver that allows the ...
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Have Democrats or Republicans held up aid to Israel before, in the hope of getting a broader deal on other legislation?

Biden has threatened to veto a bill that would provide Israel-only aid, because that would scupper Democrats' attempts at getting a broader deal, including more funding for Ukraine etc. (Predictably, ...
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Why could the House get 250-180 votes on some bill but not "muster the simple majority needed to set the terms for the bill’s debate"?

I find this AP report quite confusing: Johnson resorted to moving the bill through an expedited process that requires a two-thirds majority for passage. That’s because Republicans were unlikely to ...
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Texas seceding from the US? [closed]

With the border crisis in Texas and the backup from many states (mostly in the South), how likely is a secession of state(s), and which ones are most likely to secede? (if any). How similar is the ...
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Did the Democrats have an endgame plan when they allowed the Republicans to remove the Speaker of the House? [duplicate]

The Republicans have a slim majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Last year, eight Republican Congressmen filed a motion to vacate the Speakership,which succeeded, because the former (...
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Why does the U.S. seek to establish a demilitarized Palestinian state? [closed]

Recently, Secretary of State Antony Blinken asked the State Department to conduct a review and present policy options on possible U.S. and international recognition of a Palestinian state after the ...
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Was there any talk in the U.S. to reform the legal system and not rely on juries during patent litigation cases?

The legal processes and structures vary from one country to another. In some jurisdictions, patent disputes are resolved by specialized patent courts or judges without the involvement of a jury. The ...
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