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How many soldiers were present in DC for past presidents' inaugurations? [closed]

Recently it has been in the news that Biden's inauguration could feature more than 2,500, more than 5,000, more than 10,000, 20,000, 25,000, or even 30,000 national guardsmen in DC. It's hard to ...
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How similar are Trump supporters and opponents on China’s treatment of the Uyghurs?

In the United States, are both Trump supporters and Trump opponents largely opposed to how China has treated the Uyghurs, or is there a partisan divide on the issue? I’m primarily interested in ...
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When will Alex Padilla be seated in the US senate?

For the Democratic party to have a majority in the US senate, the two newly elected senators from Georgia must be seated, Kamala Harris must become vice president, and Alex Padilla must take the seat ...
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Can the President sign a Bill after it has been Pocket Vetoed?

During the recently-ended 116th Congress, H.R. 6192 was approved by the Senate on Dec. 17th, 2020, and presented to the President on Dec. 24th. The 116th Congress adjourned for good on Jan. 3, 2021 ...
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Is their a significant named political movement in the United States for Latino civil rights?

I am aware of movements like Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ Pride, and the Women's March that stand for the civil rights of different groups. Is there such a movement or organization that organizes for ...
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Have there been (or are there) serious proposals to extend the terms of the US House of Representatives?

The term of the US House of Representatives is two years, which is very short compared to parliaments in other countries (e.g. in Germany the Bundestag is elected for four years and state parliaments ...
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How do modern conservatives frame identity-based disparities?

I was reading the president's recent 1776 Commission and was struck by how the idea of identity politics is portrayed as the offspring of the Civil Rights Movement (actually called pejoractively? the &...
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What is the significance of Sec. Pompeo's labeling of China's treatment of the Uighurs as “genocide”?

A couple of recent headlines: Pompeo labels China's treatment of Uighurs 'genocide' - The Hill US accuses China of 'genocide' of Uyghurs in Xinjiang - CNN It seems reasonable to expect that this ...
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How will the vaccine be given in the US? [closed]

The UK decision has been to go for one-jab followed by a 12-week wait for the second - based on the theory that it is better for overall public health to begin by getting one-shot into twice the ...
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Can states buy vaccines directly from the manufacturers?

New York and Michigan have been requesting to purchase vaccines directly from the manufacturers. From NBC News' reporting: No can do, Pfizer replied. While the company is ready to collaborate with ...
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What triggers a vote to replace the Senate Majority Leader? [duplicate]

On January 20th, Kamala Harris will become the Vice President and thus the Democrats will have 50 votes and the VP tie breaker in the Senate. Does this automatically trigger a vote in the Senate to ...
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What determines who gets to stay in the Presidential Townhouse / Trowbridge House?

The Presidential Townhouse (716 Jackson Place NW) is a government property near the White House reserved for the exclusive use of former presidents of the United States during visits to the capital. ...
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Is this person in this picture from the squad?

The following picture has often been associated with the squad. But who is the lady on the leftmost?
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What can be done at the Federal level to increase police accountability? [duplicate]

There are a vast wealth of carefully documented instances with video evidence of police misconduct in the US. Often times the departments internally investigate and find no wrongdoing, even when it's ...
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What are the dress code rules for the Houses of Congress

Question: Is the dress code policy for the Houses of Congress available publicly? If so, is there an official source such as a US .gov website or how might a citizen go about finding it? If not, has ...
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The House has passed the Big Cat Public Safety Act [closed]

What happens now? When will the Senate vote on it? And if the Senate passes, what happens then?
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US secrecy determination as per Article I, Section 5, Clause 3

Question: What does it take exactly to determine a judgement of proceedings and votes by either house to require secrecy? Why, context, etc. As per Article I, Section 5, Clause 3 does this mean only ...
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Any data about Trump supporters amount in National Guard? [closed]

As we know, now there is about 25000 national guardsmen in Washington DC. But doesn't it increase risk of strikes from the inside, from hidden Trump supporters? More people - seems more risky. And FBI ...
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Why are former presidents given intelligence briefings? [duplicate]

According to ABC news, all former presidents "[continue to receive] the President's Daily Brief, a top-secret summary of US intelligence and world events, in a format and style that suits them&...
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Who must be present at the Presidential Inauguration?

The current outgoing USA President will not attend the ceremony for the inauguration of the new president. Apparently also the outgoing First Lady will not be present. Is the presence of both ...
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To what extent are senior non-elected officials such as the WH Chief of Staff provided with protection?

I have to admit my question is triggered by a scene in Veep, where a security situation results in the President being surrounded by Secret Service agents (s04e02), but after spending some time on ...
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During Trump's presidency, did White Americans (on average, still) believe there was more anti-White than anti-Black bias in the US?

An interesting, perhaps, survey on perceptions of racial inequality in the US, conducted some 10 years ago, as (somewhat better) summarized in another paper (of the same authors): Norton and Sommers (...
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Can a vice-president vote for his successor in the Senate before becoming president under the 25th amendment?

What does the constitution prescribe in a situation where there is a 50-50 Senate, the president passes away or resigns, and the vice-president becomes the president? Section 2 of the 25th amendment ...
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Can all sanctions imposed by Trump administration be removed by Biden?

Secretary Pompeo has recently announced some more sanctions on Iranian Astan Qods foundation. It seems that Biden wants to return to JCPOA and he should remove sanctions to be able to negotiate with ...
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If something happens to the elected president shortly before the inauguration ceremony, who will be the president? [duplicate]

Suppose there is a newly elected president in USA, however before the official switch (i.e. before the inauguration ceremony takes place) something happens to the elected president and they can't ...
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Who enforces the insurrection rules in the 14th Amendment, section 3?

The 14th amendment says: No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or ...
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Was there a limit on the number of times a person could have been elected the president of the United States before 1951?

According to the twenty-second amendment to the United States Constitution: No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice. This amendment was ratified in 1951, and ...
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Does a vice president retain their tie breaking vote in the senate during an impeachment trial if it is the vice president being impeached?

If the vice president is the subject of an impeachment, does the vice president have a vote in the senate trial of which they are the subject? Note: The constitution only mandates that the Chief ...
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Does Congress have the power to bar someone from standing for presidential election?

This question is partly about what laws congress can pass by simple majority and partly about the US constitution. Could congress pass a law by simple majority that barred an individual from standing ...
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Is overturning Citizens United part of the Green Party Platform?

Is over turning Citizen's United v. FEC officially part of the Green Party's platform? Does it include other mentions changing campaign finance laws?
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Where can I find details of conference report that restricted construction of new public housing units, and was added to H.R.4194?

The published law for H.R.4194 includes the restriction of building public housing units [[Page 112 STAT. 2556]] ``(3) Limitation on new construction.-- ``(A) In general.--...
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Why did the proposal for a Common Assets Trust (CAT) not pass the Vermont legislature?

The idea of a common assets trust (CAT) is to hold and manage natural and collectively created assets and pay citizens a dividend from the proceeds. The proposal entered the Vermont legislature twice (...
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What does “H St Aff” mean as an action taken on a proposed bill (Idaho)?

Idaho's legislature is in session. I've been monitoring their activity on this page. I can usually tell what abbreviations for actions taken on bills mean at a glance, but this one has me stumped: ...
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Can the Senate Majority Leader reconvene the US Senate early during a recess?

It has been unclear as to how the Senate would be able to reconvene in order to convict/acquit Trump, or at least start his trial before 1 p.m. on January 20th, which is the date and time that will ...
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Can the Senate put an in-progress impeachment trial on pause?

Background Mitch McConnell has released a statement stating that the impeachment trial will not begin until the next regular meeting following the receipt from the house: The House of Representatives ...
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Has a state official ever been impeached twice?

The Wikipedia article for Donald Trump states that he is the only federal officeholder to be impeached twice. What about officeholders in other jurisdictions of the United States? Has any state, ...
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Why are congressional votes not secret?

In general, a person in the United States has the right to vote. As far as I can tell, this vote is private—no one else knows who you voted for. Why are the votes in congress public? Wouldn't it help ...
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Can the senate Democrats now force a trial with witnesses, and compel Trump to give testimony?

President Trump has been impeached for a second time, in January 2021. Now the trial goes to the senate. Now that the Democrats have control of the senate, can they compel witnesses to give testimony, ...
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Does the impeachment of Donald Trump render his future pardons void? [duplicate]

Usually near the end of their terms, U.S. Presidents grant pardons. It is expected from current U.S. President Donal Trump that he will grant several pardons in the following week. Granting pardons is ...
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Given Covid, why will Biden's inauguration not be virtual?

No matter the social distancing practised, there will inevitably be some spread of Covid at any large gathering such as an inauguration. Add the crowds of people who always come to DC, just because of ...
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Why is the IRS issuing some stimulus payments using a Debit card?

In the United States, as part of the second wave of coronavirus stimulus payments, the IRS said some payments will be sent as VISA debit cards issued by MetaBank. Wouldn't this be more complicated and ...
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What allows the House of Representatives to fine its members and is there precedent for doing so?

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and some House members are proposing a fine for members who bypass the security protocols of the House or fail to wear a mask on the floor. Lawmakers will be fined $500 on a ...
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When will Chuck Schumer become Majority Leader?

I'm not from the USA myself and I'm trying to understand the transfer of power following the Georgia Run-off elections for the senate. So far in my head I've got the following: Joe Biden is the ...
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Can the senate now vote to bar Trump from standing again? [duplicate]

It looks the senate will not hold an impeachment trial very soon. But can they vote by simple majority to bar Trump from ever standing for president again?
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Why do non-federations need bicameral parliaments?

Federations often have a bicameral parliament: one house speaks for the nation itself, whereas the other one speaks for the subjects within the federation (it could be summoned by the means of the ...
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Can someone please explain this political cartoon? [closed]

I have always enjoyed the political cartons at https://www.usnews.com/cartoons/donald-trump However, this one has me stumped. Can someone please explain it? It's not hat I don't find it humorous, or ...
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Why does the 2021 resolution to abolish the electoral college explicitly allow voting for a candidate of one's own state?

A January 11, 2021 Congressional resolution proposes to amend the U.S. Constitution to abolish the electoral college. The resolution contains a clause explicitly allowing voting for candidates who ...
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How would a vote in US congress taken under duress be later invalidated?

My question is inspired by the hypothetical actions of some of the recent insurectionists, one of whom was pictured below: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/zip-cuffs-capitol-riots/ At least 2 men ...
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How does the Speaker of the House know who's who?

In the US House of Representatives, when a member rises to be recognized the Speaker (or whoever is presiding at the time) always addresses the member as the gentleman/woman from (a particular state). ...
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Can Impeachment votes be filibustered?

If a few members of the House of Representatives who opposed impeachment were to attempt to filibuster the impeachment, could they or are there any internal house rules that would prevent this?

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