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Is the U.S. military bound by the same environmental laws as the country being occupied?

Is the U.S. military bound by the same environmental laws as the country being occupied? Let's say that the United States is still occupying Afghanistan, to what extent does the U.S. military have to ...
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Does people saying "Don't vote" online work?

There were lots of instances leading up to the 2016 election of robots posting messages targeting both liberals and moderates. For progressives they said things like "Don't vote, Bernie fans. ...
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Average presidential approval since 2000? [closed]

What is the average approval of the past 4 US presidents, from George W Bush to Joe Biden so far? I want the approval weighted by how many days the approval poll was taken.
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Does the U.S. president have to disclose their religion to the public?

Does the U.S. president have to disclose their religious beliefs to the public? Let's say that the President is a member of an unpopular religious group. Do they have to disclose that fact to the ...
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Do non partisan elections have lower turnouts in the United States?

In the United States, local elections in odd numbered years have lower turnouts. School boards in general have the lowest turnouts. For example, there was a nonpartisan school board election in a ...
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If a court reversed a presidential election result mid-term, how long would that new president serve?

As the subject is in the air, it occurs to me to ask how long a US president would serve if he came to office by reversing in a court the result of an election some way into the term of his opponent ? ...
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Are there some decisions that the Federal Reserve can make only with the President's or the government's approval? [closed]

Are there some decisions that the Federal Reserve can make only with the President's or the government's approval? I am wondering if that's the case, because the Federal Reserve can decide to hold ...
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How do I find a schedule for my local government elections?

I would like to have a say in who is on the counsil in my small village in Michigan. How can I find out when the next election is? The village website doesn't say anything about an election schedule. ...
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Do Kamala Harris's demographic characteristics hurt her approval? [closed]

Kamala Harris has consistently received lower favorabilities than Joe Biden. In a poll, a plurality of 52% approves of Biden with a net approval rating of 7 points while another plurality of 47% ...
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Could the U.S. Federal Reserve cancel the U.S. dollars held in foreign country's reserves?

Say the U.S. wanted to punish or disable some foreign power that had lots of U.S. dollar reserves. Don't those foreign power reserves sit on a ledger (or a Federal Reserve chartered bank's ledger) ...
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What led Mike Lindell to specify Aug 13 for a claimed Trump reinstatement?

It is being widely reported that My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell has claimed that Trump would be reinstated on August 13. It is clear that there is no process by which this could occur, so we already know ...
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To what legislation is Sen. Hagerty referring "that threatens liability for ... companies that do not ... censor ... speech."?

In Americans, Not Government, Are the Arbiters of Truth, July, 29, 2021, by Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) for National Review, Hagerty complains that When the White House doesn’t like what Americans are ...
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What are the types of decisions of the Supreme Court that can be overruled by the U.S. Congress?

What are the types of decisions of the Supreme Court that can be overruled by Congress? In some countries, when the Supreme Court makes decision on any matter, it cannot be reversed by any lower ...
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Why hasn't the Supreme Court found the Hatch Act unconstitutional?

The Hatch Act is a law that was passed in 1939. It says that Cabinet employees as well as other non-presidential Executive Branch members cannot talk about candidate-specific issues among other things....
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California Governor - Recall Election - Can you vote "no" and still pick a successor?

The explanation I have found so far for the upcoming recall election in CA is that there are two questions: Should Newsom be recalled? If so, who should replace him? (with Newsom himself NOT being ...
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Are there precedents for treaties which only come into force once approved by the legislature of the all involved nations?

As a counter example , the Paris Agreement was merely signed in as an Executive Order by President Obama and was never approved by Congress. As a result, President Trump was able to leave the Paris ...
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Is there anything judicial that can prevent Trump from taking part in the 2024 elections?

It seems that Donald Trump is already preparing for his 2024 campaign - especially after the Republican CPAC in Iowa. Is there anything judicial that could prevent him from running in the 2024 race?
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Is there research to support the claim that "expanding the electorate" is an unworkable strategy?

Bernie Sanders claimed that "expanding the electorate" is a viable strategy for winning the 2020 presidential election. Even more importantly, they could prove Sanders’s theory of winning ...
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Why is Former President Trump criticized for leaving the Iran Deal and his 'Maximum Pressure' campaign?

(Inspired by another question which was closed and deleted as a push question.) According to the Financial Tribune: The US special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, said the maximum pressure campaign ...
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US succession to the president list: What is it and how long does it go?

In the US, I often hear that there is a list of people that can take power if everyone in front of them is dead or incapable of doing the job or resigns. Like if the President is ever out, then the VP ...
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Is it justified for one party to dominate in a panel that is commissioned to investigate a national matter? [closed]

The House Jan-6 investigation committee consists of 9 house representatives, 7 are Democrats, only two are Republicans. Note that the original plan called for 10 members with half from Democrats and ...
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Does arresting specific types of people for voting illegally discourage those types of people from voting?

There were instances where voters were arrested for voting illegally in the state of Texas. Many of these arrests involve black and other nonwhite Democratic voters according to reports. Texas found ...
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Why does the amount of stimulus checks depend on each person's income, not assets?

I read an article "A breakdown of the fiscal and monetary responses to the pandemic" and noticed most direct cash payments depended on each person's income, unemployment, or dependent family ...
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Why isn't there more public housing in the United States?

According to my research, there are 139 million homes in the United States, and 1.3 million are owned by public housing authorities. It seems to me that more public housing could be possible solution ...
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Is there any sense in writing to a (US) Senator or Representative [closed]

In the US, is it at all worthwhile to write/call a Senator or Representative about a legislative issue? Is it likely to have any effect at all? I suspect it's a useless endeavor because of several ...
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What is the purpose of the House investigation of what happened at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th 2021?

What is the overall purpose of the House investigation of the events that occurred at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021? Is this investigation being conducted to decide whether new Articles ...
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Can the president decriminalize marijuana without congressional action?

I've heard this many times before, I assume it's true and can't find any rejection of it. However, asking here for a second opinion. The Attorney General serves at the "pleasure of president&...
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Is the current governance of the United States Capitol Police at odds with separation of powers doctrine?

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) appears to be a law enforcement agency and has been in the news since the capitol riot of January 6th, 2021. However, in recent events, the Capitol Police ...
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Why is Russia still welcome on the ISS despite geopolitical tensions?

Why is Russia still welcome on the International Space Station despite geopolitical tensions? According to Wikipedia: The Wolf Amendment is a law passed by the United States Congress in 2011 that ...
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Why did the U.S. government lower the funding of the IRS?

Also needed: better tax enforcement through restored and increased funding of the IRS. An expert review of data released by the Congressional Budget Office and the Treasury Department indicates that ...
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Do Democrats and Republicans still agree on what kinds of immigrants should be admitted?

In a highly cited 2015 paper, Hainmueller and Hopkins find that "beneath partisan divisions over immigration lies a broad consensus about who should be admitted to the country." For example, ...
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Has the Biden administration communicated its reasoning for maintaining the embargo against Cuba?

The US currently has a trade embargo against Cuba, which has been in the news recently due to protests against the latter's government. During the Trump administration, these sanctions were tightened. ...
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Why was American support for increased immigration higher in 2017 (under Trump) than 1993 (under Clinton)?

According to Gallup, American support for increased immigration was 6% in 1993 and 24% in 2017. What were some of the main drivers for this difference? I'm honestly quite surprised as Bill Clinton was ...
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Was Speaker Nancy Pelosi's rejection of Republican representatives Jordan and Banks "unprecedented"?

Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided to block two Republican House members from the house select committee formed to investigate on January 6th. The Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy has ...
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What does the bill status of "Held at the desk" mean?

Earlier this year, the Senate passed S. 1867, the COVID-19 Origin Act of 2021 by unanimous consent. This appears to be a "Sense of Congress" resolution, and calls for declassification of ...
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How does the government hold the Federal Reserve accountable if the policy frameworks of the Federal Reserve are not legally binding obligations?

In my understanding, policy frameworks provide structured logical, causal relationships between the concepts, available evidence and policy recommendations. https://www.federalreserve.gov/econres/...
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Can we call the United States of America an asymmetric federation?

The United States also observes tribal sovereignty of the American Indian nations to a limited degree, as it does with the states' sovereignty. American Indians are U.S. citizens and tribal lands are ...
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Is the Democratic Party pushing America to the left? [closed]

I watched a video that said that Republicans pushed the nation to the right. But I am getting the sense that Republicans are in a sense "maxed out" in pushing to the right ideologically. Are ...
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What are the minimal criteria required to be appointed as a Supreme Court Justice by the U.S. President? [duplicate]

What are the minimal criteria required to be appointed as a Supreme Court Justice by the U.S. President? Do you have to serve a certain year? What's the minimum position you must have held? I see that ...
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What is the use of governmental sovereign immunity within a state?

This is seen internationally, but I will stick with an example from the US. In the US, the federal, state, and (some) local governments enjoy sovereign immunity giving them protection from all law ...
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Why are real estate records public?

The government is very restricted on what information it may disclose about you and under what circumstances. For example, I can't look up your car's license plate number to find out who you are. I ...
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Has it already been discussed in Congress about what to do with the Confederate statues at the Gettysburg National Military Park?

I would like to know if it has already been discussed in Congress about what to do with the Confederate statues located at the Gettysburg National Military Park, or if there is a future date that has ...
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Can the Senate or any government officials initiate peace talks or negotiations during a war without the President's consent?

Can the Senate or any government official initiate peace talks or negotiations during a war without the President's consent? Or does this amount to treason? I read that there's this discussion among ...
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Can Democratic politicians vote in Texas while they're arrested?

Texas governor Greg Abbott has said that the Democrat politicians who refuse to allow a quorum to be formed, thereby blocking legislation, will be arrested. But can the Democratic politicians form a ...
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Why didn't the USA use nuclear bombs in Vietnam or Afghanistan to win the wars? [closed]

The USA stayed in Vietnam from 1955 to 1975 = 19 years. They also stayed in Afghanistan for 17 years. Arguably, they failed to achieve their objectives on both occasions. Why didn't the USA use ...
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Why aren't anti-militia laws enforced?

All 50 states have laws against militias and paramilitary groups, but most don't enforce them and there are large militias in many parts of the US. Why not? It seems like a fairly important state ...
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Why did the USA stay in Afghanistan for 20 years?

When George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan, his target was, I suppose, to root out the terrorist network of Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden was killed in 2011. Recently, Joe Biden said that the USA didn't go ...
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Why is the media assuming Iran did actually try to kidnap Masih Alinejad? [closed]

Recently four Iranians were accused of plotting to kidnap activist Masih Alinejad. Since then we've had articles like these in the media: Activist targeted in kidnapping plot says Iran is testing the ...
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The next steps for S.51 Washington Statehood bill

The proposed Washington, D.C. Admission Act (S.51) would, if I understand it correctly, pave the way for the immediate election of two senators from the new Douglass Commonwealth state. In all ...
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Why didn't Texas Democrats leave the U.S. entirely instead of heading to the nation's capital?

As many of you are aware, Texas Democrats left the state of Texas in order to deny Republicans a quorum, and an order was put out for state police to arrest them. As such, they fled to the nation's ...