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Questions relating to the government or the politics of the United States of America

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What if Hong Kong airport protest happened in the US? [closed]

I only mentioned Hong Kong here to provide context. Here's what I am interested in: What would happen if a similar protest happened in the US (from a legal perspective, by which I mean what of the ...
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Are there really no countries that protect Freedom of Speech as the United States does?

During the past few months I've seen a few news items about Europeans not having that much freedom of speech online, specifically in the UK. Americans, on the other hand, always pride themselves on ...
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Why did issues about rural district representation not concern framers of the 17th amendment?

Background In the United States, the 17th amendment changed the election of senators from state legislatures to the popular vote: Amendment XVII The Senate of the United States shall be ...
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Why does Andrew Yang want to give people 1.000 dollars per month when that is a relative value? [closed]

From his apparent website, Andrew Yang is running for President as Democrat in 2020 to implement the Freedom Dividend. This form of UBI that he is proposing for the United States is a set of ...
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The NRA is a major known U.S. lobbying group claiming to protect the second amendment. Do equivalent groups exist for other amendments?

Background In the United States, the NRA's first point in its mission statement talks about its insistence on the defense of the second amendment of the United States Constitution: To protect and ...
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Amending the constitution to allow for multiple presidents

If someone proposed a change to the current system of the president of the United States, like electing three presidents and needing two to sign off on each bill, for example, would this be possible? ...
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If “more guns less crime”, how do gun advocates explain that the EU has less crime than the US?

As a naive European, I thought that the self-defense argument for guns in the US was mostly based on the high number of guns already in the country. In other words, I thought that the argument takes ...
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Do trade or currency wars require congressional approval?

According to the US Consitution, Article 1, Section 8, US Congress has the power "To declare War". Currently, several mainstream news outlets are describing various tariff increases by the current US ...
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How are “Red Flag Laws” not a violation of Due Process protection?

Red Flag laws, aka Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) are state laws that provide for a process of confiscating firearms that are accessible to persons, who by judicial order, are found to be ...
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Why aren't other states objecting against Iowa and New Hampshire being the first primary states?

During both Republican and Democratic primaries, Iowa and New Hampshire get a disproportionate amount of attention due to being the first two states to run the vote. This gives these two small states ...
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How often do private-owned guns protect US-Americans

As far as I understand, the main argument for US-Americans having guns is to protect themselves. I am wondering if there are statistics which show How often a civilian US-American person saved his ...
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Why do early states matter more in presidential primaries?

There’s a whole ton of attention and polls of places like Iowa and New Hampshire that vote earlier than others in the primaries. Reading sites like FiveThirtyEight, it seems like these are a pretty ...
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Why are machine guns not subject to Second Amendment protections? [duplicate]

There is an argument that any control of weapons in private hands is forbidden by the Second Amendment. However there are several gun control laws that are seemingly unchallenged. Getting a tank with ...
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What has been the result (so far) of the new US sanctions on Iran?

About 14 months ago, President Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran. As I remember, one of goals of the sanctions was to reduce Iran's influence in the Middle East by reducing its financial resources. ...
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Do other countries guarantee freedoms that the United States does not have?

Lifelong citizens of the United States report that they are accustomed to hearing that the US is the "Land of the Free" and most patriotic celebrations seem to emphasize freedom as one of the unique ...
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Why is there a need to prevent a racist, sexist, or otherwise bigoted vendor from discriminating who they sell to?

Background The issue of discriminating who you sell to in the United States seems to be premised on the fact that businesses are public accomodations according to this article: Whether you post a ...
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Does the United States guarantee any unique freedoms?

As a lifelong citizen of the United States, I'm accustomed to hearing that the US is the "Land of the Free" and most patriotic celebrations seem to emphasize freedom as one of the unique qualities of ...
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Can the senate vote to condemn? Is this even an official practice?

Recently, the Democrat-controlled House voted to condemn 3 of President Trump's tweets. This gave me two questions: Can the Republican Senate do the same based on their political desires and Is "...
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Evidence for meeting Treasury Criteria for Currency Manipulation

In order for a country to be designated as a currency manipulator, it needs to meet three criteria set by the Treasury itself: Significant bilateral trade surplus with the United States ...
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What part of the Firearm Owners' Protection Act prohibits a ballistics database?

An audit by the ATF in 2005 in regard to NIBIN (National Integrated Ballistic Information Network) states: Finally, we found that the ATF had established minimal controls to ensure that ballistic ...
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Why is the US constitution so set in stone and immobile, leading to inevitable anachronisms with the modern world? [closed]

As far as I know, the US is the only country in the world that has surrounded their constitution with a "don't touch, just reinterpret" veil of protection. I live in a country where changing the ...
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What reasoning is being used to differentiate firearms in the Jan 2019 proposed law?

The Jan 9, 2019 proposed law (https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/a/4/a46156b5-9337-4193-95db-d381bc3c6fe3/E12DA96F0D3C33D8F714C5E186B1CD38.awb.pdf) is signed by many Democratic ...
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Why do proponents of guns oppose gun competency tests?

Many people on the right who are in favor of the right to own guns do so based on reasons such as safety. For example, in the wake of pretty much any mass shooting, you will have people come out and ...
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Why are some Senators so insistent on using unanimous resolution to pass election security bills?

Background Recently, Mitch McConnell was the only senator to stop two unanimous resolutions on election security: On July 25th he said “Clearly this request is not a serious effort to make a law. ...
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How easy is it to get a gun illegally in the United States?

One argument against gun control is: Gun control only hurts law-abiding citizens. A person intent on doing harm will simply just acquire it illegally. And so my question is, how good is this ...
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In American politics is the “free ride” problem (Japanese defence spending) acknowledged as a direct consequence of American strategy?

I have been reading an article from The Atlantic which was published in 1989, on the question of whether Japan enjoys a "free ride" with regards to defence spending. This is a topic which has ...
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Is there any regulation meant to limit coverage of mass shootings? Are any politicians pushing for such ideas?

The recent mass shootings in the United States were widely covered by the media. It isn't a new observation that the extensive coverage of such events aid in the popularization of the killer and also ...
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Can a House-impeached but not Senate-convicted president run for a second term?

Suppose the House impeaches Trump but the Senate does not convict him and he is not removed from office. Could this House-impeached president run for a second term?
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How has Angus King explained why he's an Independent?

Angus King is an independent who caucuses with the Democrats. Unlike Bernie Sanders, he is a pretty normal-seeming Democrat, not a self-described democratic socialist. What has he said about his ...
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Why do the U.S. (and other republics) not have separate capital cities for each branch of government?

Background In South Africa, the cities of Bloemfontein, Cape Town, and Johannesburg are the seats of power for the Judicial, Legislative, and Executive branches of government. In the United States ...
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What are the groups that can legally challenge Trump's tariffs and can they have them reversed?

In a Wikipedia article about Trump's tariffs, it is argued that Trump's tariffs are illegal and The American Chamber of Commerce is considering suing. Can any other group other than them sue Trump and ...
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Has the US government provided details on plans to deal with AIDS and childhood cancer?

Twitter moments reports that Trump said that the US government is going to deal with the AIDS epidemic in the USA, and cure childhood cancer. Most of the comments in the Twitter moment, along with ...
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Which politicians (if any) are pushing for plant-based meat and dairy substitutes?

The other day, I went into a restaurant and bought a burger with a plant-based burger patty. I tasted one many years before and it was horrible, so I thought I'd see how far they've come now. Yes, it ...
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Why was the Lobbying Transparency and Accountability Act of 2006 deemed too weak?

In the Wikipedia article about lobbying in the U.S., I found this excerpt interesting: The Lobbying Transparency and Accountability Act of 2006 (H.R. 4975) legislation modified Senate rules, ...
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Why do Americans (US) want to keep their employee-based healthcare insurance?

The generalized argument against some sort of Medicare for All (M4A) is that Americans really like the employer based health insurance (EBHI). That approximately 150 million workers are enrolled in ...
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How does the DNC decide who they will let run?

How does the DNC decide who they will let run as a Democrat? What would happen if a candidate applied to run for president as a Democrat who strays very far from the platform? Would he be denied, and ...
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What is the actual process in a US deportation to Mexico?

This question is a follow-up from a previous question Self-deportation of American Citizens from US, and the purpose of my question is not to discuss the particulars of the Galicia event, but to ask ...
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Would it take any sort of amendment to make DC a state?

To achieve statehood for DC, would an amendment to the Constitution need to be passed, or would it just work like a regular territory, i.e. only needing Congress to pass a law?
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Can a U.S. Presidental candidate skip or avoid registering for the ballot in any given state?

Can a U.S. presidential candidate successfully run for national office without being on the ballot in one or more states? For example, recently some U.S. states have adopted requirements for ...
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What power does Congress have against acting administration officials?

An NPR article published July 12, 2019 notes that, in addition to the Department of Labor: Many other key agencies are also led by acting officials, including the Federal Aviation Administration, ...
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Is there any reason why one candidate only runs for election once? [closed]

When running for an office such as the presidency for the USA, one candidate will never run for the office more than once. Why?
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Can electors in US make complex “vows”?

I am just wondering can electors in US make complex vows. Even though the aggregate national popular vote is calculated by state officials, media organizations, and the Federal Election ...
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Will electoral college benefit smaller states or bigger states? [closed]

I've heard about the following mathematical analysis Mathematically speaking the effect of your vote is inversely proportional to the standard deviation of the votes in your state but proportional to ...
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Why did House of Representatives need to condemn Trumps Tweets?

Can someone elaborate on the reason why the House of Representatives needed to pass a resolution to condemn Trump's tweets? Many people in government have criticized Trump's tweets before, but I don'...
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Non-politically flavoured source for US news [closed]

[Below refers to getting news on US [esp US domestic] politics] I am a foreigner who has followed CNN on TV for probably the last 30 years, and on-line maybe 20, and until the US turmoil that started ...
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If Trump gets impeached, how long would Pence be president?

If President Donald Trump were impeached and convicted, and Mike Pence became president, how long would his term be? Would it be for 4 years or would there still be a 2020 election?
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Is a state-level legal proceeding against a sitting president any less of a burden on the president?

As contrasted with a federal-level proceeding One of the pillars of the 2000 Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) argument to support the shield of a sitting president against federal indictment is the ...
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Why isn't there a serious attempt at creating a third mass-appeal party in the US?

Most people in the US do not identify themselves as either Republican or Democrat (see Gallup data). There seems to be four possible explanations. These independent-leaning Americans prefer more ...
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How is justice supposed to work for the president of the United States?

I am having trouble understanding how the President of the United States should be brought to justice if one should commit a crime. This question should not be viewed as pro-vel-contra Trump, but an ...
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Are sworn witnesses not obligated to answer questions in congressional hearings?

Watching the Mueller hearing today, I was surprised to find that he was declining to answer some questions. Although many questions could be rightfully answered by saying "I refer you to the report", ...