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Does it make a difference that senate republicans choose not to vote?

It's clear that the Senate will hold a vote for Trump's nominee, so what would senate republicans like Susan M. Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska accomplish by saying that they would not ...
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Will Trump's nominee list still be considered if he loses the elections? [duplicate]

Senator McConnell has already said that "President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate." According to the NY Times regarding McConnell's statement: ...
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Is there any political reason for a President to avoid appointing a Justice after election day?

Even if Trump loses the Nov. 3 election, he will still have the full powers of the President until inauguration day on January 20th. My suspicion is that Trump will wait until after the election to ...
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What have been Trump's successful policies/reforms? [duplicate]

Honestly, I'm not personally inclined to support Trump because his rhetoric and misinformation tactics rub me the wrong the way, but I make a point to consume centered media as often as I can and I ...
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Can the Democrats filibuster the vote for a new judge for the Supreme Court?

The Republicans will try to install a new judge for the Supreme Court before the election. Can the Democrats prolong this process, e.g. by filibuster, so that it does not finish on time?
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Do any Republican Senators oppose replacing Justice Ginsburg on the Supreme Court before the election?

After Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death earlier today, Senator McConnell vowed to bring the President's nominee to a vote quickly: The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said late ...
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Have Democrats said a late-presidential-term Supreme Court Justice appointment will be subsequently neutralized?

It has been anticipated that there may need to be a replacement justice during the late part of president Trump's term, as there was during Obama's. The Democratic president Obama nominated a ...
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Can Supreme Court justice appointment be delayed until after elections?

Can the House delay a Supreme Court justice appointment until after the general elections?
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Do primary vote totals tend to indicate the winner in the general election for US Senate?

In June, the Democratic Party won the primary vote in Georgia by ~9 percentage points, 1.19 million to 0.99 million. Do Senate primary vote totals where both sides are having competitive primaries ...
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How did Bernie Sanders win in Congress as an independent?

In 1990, Bernie Sanders got elected to the House. This stands out for multiple reasons. The one I am focusing on is him being an independent. It is highly unusual for a US politician to be an ...
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Why do black Americans vote for third parties even less than other Americans?

I was reading through an exit poll, and I found that only 3-4% of Black American voters voted 3rd party in the 2016 election. 6% of American voters voted 3rd party and polls indicate that that number ...
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Is there anything stopping the US President from issuing pre-emptive pardons for officials that violate court orders?

So, there has been a number of times when courts have rules against actions taken by the Trump administration on various different areas. Generally, to my knowledge, once these rulings have been made, ...
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Why are Democrats favoring unusually old presidential candidates lately?

The 2020 DNC primaries came down to Biden and Sanders, who would be taking office at 78 and 79. In 2016, it was down to Clinton and Sanders, at 69 and 75. Prior to that, the oldest president in the ...
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How many electoral college votes would the District of Columbia be entitled to if the least populous state cap did not apply?

How many electoral college votes would the District of Columbia be entitled to if the least-populous-state-cap did not apply? What process is used to determine this alternate maximum value? The 23rd ...
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Why do some states forbid per-kWh by anyone but the utility monopoly?

I was reading this article on EV-charger pricing schemes. There are some vague references to states requiring per-minute pricing, but 0 explanations of that thing. A little research has suggested ...
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Is the ballot service in America secret or open? [closed]

How is the American voting system? Is the voting secret or open? Do people need to identify themselves as belonging to a particular party? Going further, am I allowed to vote for Republicans if I &...
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Longest negative popular vote bellwether US county streak?

I was thinking about negative bellwethers, which are things that generally pick the losing candidate. A positive popular vote bellwether could be New Mexico dating back to 1964. This means it always ...
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Why would F-35 sales to UAE/Bahrain only be made possible after they established diplomatic ties with Israel?

I heard that the reason for the normalization and establishment of diplomatic ties between Israel and UAE/Bahrain is so that the US could sell exports-controlled military goods to UAE and Bahrain. ...
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Why are American Juvenile Curfew Laws not Unconstitutional?

Many jurisdictions in the United States have curfew laws, which prohibit youth of a certain age (usually under 18) from being in public or in a business establishment during certain hours. Given the ...
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Is it illegal for candidates to pay a journalist to publish fake news?

Say candidate A and candidate B both want to be elected president. Then candidate A pays a journalist to publish an invented story about candidate B. For example where candidate B killed a cat. Then ...
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How does 9/11 compare with the fire in the Reichstag, Berlin – in terms of consequences? [closed]

Is there a similarity between 9/11 and the USA PATRIOT act and the Reichstag Fire in 1933, after Hitler used democracy to seize absolute power (although 67% didn't vote for him)? After 9/11 the ...
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Why do attack ads focus so much on Joe Biden's mental state but not Donald Trump's?

Now the USA has a longstanding tradition of negative campaigning, so it is not surprising when the competence of a political opponent is questioned. What is surprising however, is that while Democrats ...
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Could Ted Cruz (or another sitting senator) be appointed to be a SCOTUS justice? [duplicate]

Donald Trump made a list of possible US Supreme Court appointments if a vacancy shows up while he's in office. Two of these intrigued me: Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz. I know this might not matter in ...
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Are there any tangible proposals for a modern era war powers system in the U.S. akin to the War Powers Resolution of 1973?

The system of congressional oversight in the U.S. with regard to acts of war has been broken for a long time. The year 1942 was the last time the U.S. formally declared war. Since then there have only ...
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Apparently many US voters think their candidate supports their politics even if they do not. Does this also apply to voters in other countries?

This surprising New York Times article says many US voters can't tell what political positions their candidate espouse, and in fact appear to simply attach their favored positions onto their candidate....
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In what way did Trump claim to have saved bin Salman from Congress?

President Trump recently said that he saved Mohamed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, from Congress after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi (a Saudi author, dissident, and reporter) by Saudi ...
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Why is ideology not strongly associated with partisanship at the state level?

It is said that Democrats are the liberal party and Republicans are the conservative party. However, the correlation is a lot weaker at the state level. Examples: New Mexico was rated as more ...
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Quantitative estimate of the actual electoral impact of rejected mail-in ballots in the 2020 US election?

Has anyone made well-informed, quantitative estimates of the actual electoral impact of rejected mail-in ballots in the 2020 US election?
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Was Hawaii the only state that never voted significantly more Republican than the national average? [closed]

I have read something (I don't remember where) that said: Hawaii is the only state that never voted significantly more Republican than the nation as a whole. Its Democratic lean was more established ...
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Where to find a summary of US FONOPS in the year 2020?

Where to find a summary with dates of FONOPS (especially in the South China Sea) conducted by the United States in 2020 and ideally in recent years? Some information on previous years is contained in ...
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Why are Democrats blocking COVID-19 pandemic relief bills with the objection that it's not enough instead of passing it and then passing another?

I read an article that said that the most recent COVID-19 relief bill was not passed because Democrats didn't think it was enough. The article is here: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/11/gops-coronavirus-...
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Has the Trump Administration explained why it has been withholding money from the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program?

Yesterday, the New York Daily News reported that the Trump administration has been secretly withholding money from the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program: The Trump administration has secretly ...
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Where On The Political Spectrum Do The Old US Political Parties Fall

I'm not a poly-sci major so I need some help to figure out a seemingly simple thing. I've been given a list of presidents and have to do some data visualizing with them. There is a list of parties, ...
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Has Biden discussed his vote to admit China into the WTO?

In this interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden was asked about his past votes as US Senator in favor of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and in ...
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Is GreenHaven publishing biased in its pro and con current event series?

GreenHaven Publishing has dozens of current event booklets geared toward high school students. They make great claims that they give both sides of each issue equal voice. I was wondering whether ...
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Are there any estimates how may US citizens (or residents) have traveled to the EU after the Covid-19 “travel ban” was imposed?

Politico reported in August that numerous loopholes apparently existed in the EU's (Covid-19) travel "ban" that supposedly kept out US citizens/residents. Among these loopholes were (fake) ...
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How does the government pay for large purchases?

What are the logistics of the government purchasing an aircraft carrier? ACH has a 9 digit limit for example. Do they enter 10 separate payments for a $10B aircraft carrier into Netsuite and click &...
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Could a preemptive pardon protect someone being pardoned from state prosecution? [duplicate]

I saw a video from David Pakman where he goes on an opinionated discussion about whether Trump could have Pence give him a preemptive pardon. Here is what he says: presidential pardons only protect ...
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Are Americans getting a notice when their mail vote is rejected?

When Americans vote by mail in time (the vote did not arrive too late) and their vote is rejected, are they getting a notice that their vote was rejected?
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Did it ever happen for some US votes not to get tabulated?

Donald Trump said this in 2020 On your ballots, if you get the unsolicited ballots, send it in and then go make sure it counted, and then if it doesn’t tabulate, you vote. YouTube video But did that ...
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Do black republican candidates increase Democratic turnout?

I was thinking about an interesting effect that I noticed in Mia Love's race. Out of 2018's Utah House races, her district got the most votes for a Democrat in the state of Utah. (This may not be ...
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Was US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy “approved by both parties”? To what extent can the board's voting be established as bipartisan?

In the video Trump says he would support investigation into postmaster general the US President emphasizes that the current US Postmaster General namely Louis DeJoy was "appointed by a bipartisan ...
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Are incumbent cabinet secretaries allowed to run for POTUS under 1939 Hatch Act?

From my understanding of the law, the incumbent VP is exempt and as recently as 2000 has campaigned, but other federal employees cannot "be candidates in partisan elections". That statement, ...
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Would a rational voter with a lower IQ vote differently than one with a higher IQ? [closed]

I recently came across the claim that American liberals do, on average, score higher on IQ tests than American conservatives. Being a conservative I spent some time considering how I should feel about ...
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Range of vote percentages in DC in 2012 and 2016 for president?

I want to know the range of two-party votes for the Republican presidential candidate that 95% of precincts fell in. The other 5% has slightly less or more. And, I would like to see a bar graph for ...
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How many sworn officers are in each local police department in the United States?

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reports on department sizes, but it only includes the fifty largest departments. I do not believe the fifty largest departments are representative of smaller ...
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Does the American President have to publish or file pardons?

The President of the United States has a pretty much unrestricted power to pardon offenders. Are there any laws or regulations about how to grant pardons? Could the President take a sharpie and write ...
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Why do veterans skew right in the US?

I know the military is supposed to be apolitical to a certain degree. But I have found a Pew poll saying that military veterans lean right. This is more pronounced when comparing younger vets to ...
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Is it possible to gerrymander Maryland's congressional districts such that all eight lean Democratic?

I was thinking about what a gerrymandered map of Maryland's congressional districts would look like if the gerrymander tried to ensure that all eight districts would be represented by Democrats. The ...
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Is California more safely Democratic than Vermont? [closed]

I was thinking about the CA vs VT distinction again. I'm wondering if California has become more safely Democratic than Vermont. If you add up the votes for Democrats for House and Governor, ...