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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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Did the Chinese government give any specifics as to why it believes the U.S. doesn't treat China as an equal?

The Chinese embassy in Washington said Wang told Sullivan that Taiwan independence “poses the biggest risk to cross-Strait peace and stability and the biggest challenge to China-US relations”. It said ...
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Was the downing of a Russian IL-76 over Russia by Ukraine a crime, and if so what are the consequences? [closed]

On January 24, Russian military transport aircraft IL-76 was shot down on Russian territory. Russia claims that it had carried out the ukrainians war prisoners for the exchanging on russian ones, and ...
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What happens if a bill passes the House with a provision that sunsets before the Senate hears it?

The House passed HR 7024 today (Jan. 31st) which has a provision that expires a tax credit today - on the 31st. Since the Senate has not received the Bill, what happens to the date that has now passed?...
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What's the point of US presidential polls that poll people in general rather than dividing them by state?

I went on to this website https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/national/ to see recent presidential polls because I am interested in having an idea of who would win the ...
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By what margin did the House agree to the Senate amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014?

On Wikipedia, the "legislative history" box simply lists empty brackets for this House vote. The congressional history itself jumps straight from the Senate passing the amendment to the ...
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Could a modern US president unilaterally annex territory?

The US president annexing land seems obviously absurd in the modern world. But, it does have at least some legal precedent. For instance, the purchase of Alaska or the Louisiana Purchase heavily ...
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What's the factual basis for the USCIRF recommendation to blacklist India, and why is the White House disagreeing with that recommendation?

VOA reported in August 2023 US Official Calls Religious Intolerance in India 'Frightening' [...] "India has done better in the past and has to change course because the cycle of downward spiral ...
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Can a "minority" party elect, or at least choose the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives?

Suppose the U.S. House of Representatives' 435 seats are narrowly divided something like 220-215 between the two major parties. Normally, the majority party chooses the Speaker of the House. But ...
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Why does the Islamic Republic of Iran view the US as its principal geopolitical adversary in the world?

No US administration has ever vowed to annihilate Iran. American citizens don't chant anti-Iranian slogans on the streets. Iranian flags aren't being burnt in America, and there's hardly any animosity ...
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What can the US do to enforce their sanctions and extraterritorial judgment?

The US famously uses acts like FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), or the OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) to indirectly get industrial assets (like Alstom that got bought by GE after a 700 ...
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Why is discussion of the Israel lobby so taboo in the United States?

The existence of a uniquely powerful Israel lobby in the United States is nearly indisputable. While other lobbies certainly exist, the unique power of the Israel lobby is its remarkable ability to ...
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Why is the distinction between primary and caucus significant?

I keep hearing newscasters refer to this week's New Hampshire primary as "the first in the nation primary". While I understand this is technically true, the way they emphasize "first in ...
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Could the US become a multi-party democracy organically (without a change to the constitution)?

In many northern European countries (Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark) there is a large number of political parties and the government is always made up of a coalition of these because no single ...
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Are there other countries aside the U.S. that advanced protection beyond the standards mandated by TRIPS?

TRIPS-plus conditions mandating standards beyond TRIPS have also been the subject of scrutiny.[37] These FTA agreements contain conditions that limit the ability of governments to introduce ...
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Why does the US insist on a two-state solution despite both parties being uninterested?

There is ample evidence suggesting that that both Palestine and Israel are opposed to a two-state solution. Despite this, the US is insisting on the need for a two-state solution to the conflict, ...
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Can other countries aside the U.S. make unilateral moves within the WTO?

The US move towards unilateralism accelerated in 2016, when the supposedly multilateralist administration of Barack Obama ousted a Korean Appellate Body member because it did not agree with the latter’...
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Why does the US view Iran as its principal geopolitical adversary in the Middle East?

The vast majority of Islamist terrorism against the US and Europe is done by Saudi-aligned Salafi jihadist groups. Indeed, this was the case in the worst act of terrorism against the US—indeed, ...
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Why hasn't Israel fought alongside America in any of its wars in the Middle East?

It is often claimed that Israel is America's "greatest ally" in the Middle East. In fact, the relationship between Israel and America is perhaps the closest relationship between two ...
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Were only two hours allowed for general discussion in the Congress for the 22nd Amendment (two term restriction)?

I was trying to read the debates in the US about the term restriction for president and found that Congress had a "debate" on that on Feb. 6th, 1947. In the official records a remark by ...
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Are economic fines often subject to trade disputes between the EU and the United States?

Last week the European Commission announced that it’s fining five big banks for rigging the international foreign exchange (forex) market. As many as 11 world currencies—including the euro, British ...
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Can a public school district make a declaration condemning a foreign state?

A local board of education is considering making a declaration condemning Israel for the war between Israel and Hamas, similar to the one that certain Harvard student groups made in October 2023. ...
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If all of Trump's opponents drop out and then the supreme Court rules he is ineligible who becomes the nominee?

With the results coming out of Iowa, many are predicting that Desantis and Haley will drop out within the next few weeks. If this happens and then say at a later point, the supreme Court rules that ...
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Why was an inscription commemorating Dresden's bomb deaths removed?

There was an inscription commemorating those who died from the UK and the US bombing Dresden in February 1945, when an estimated 22-25,000 civilians were killed. Recently, according to Bild, the ...
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How did Iowa go from being a "blue" to "red" state?

In 1988, Democrat Michael Dukakis won Iowa 55-45, a margin second only to Rhode Island, despite losing the general election 46-54. As late as 2008 and 2012, Barrack Obama won the state. Yet Iowa went ...
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For the GOP primary, where can I see the list of complete rules of how each state allocates delegates, updated for 2024?

For the 2016 GOP primary, RealClear Politics has a nice table containing complete rules for each state on how to count delegates. But I cannot find a similarly complete rules in a table like that for ...
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How can the US lead the ally group for protection force for the Red Sea if they are not members of the Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982? [closed]

The US had not signed the UN Convention 1982, how their leading in this role (Operation Prosperity Guardian) can be legal? They didn't ratify the Convention, they didn't ratify any agreements. Thay ...
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Which Western allies of the US have been caught spying against the US?

I was debating a friend of mine as to whether it is in the American interest to continue supporting Israel. I argued against this. One point I raised was that Israel has an extensive history of covert ...
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Why is swatting a thing only in North America?

Swatting, or the act of deceiving an emergency service into sending a police response team to another person's address in the hope that harm comes to them by police violence. This is relatively ...
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To whom does the Iranian leader refer as an Israeli official? [closed]

In 2002, Iran's political and religious leader, Mr. Ali Khamenei, delivered a speech that says: One of the top officials of the Zionist usurper regime of Israel made a recommendation to the Americans ...
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Are the US presidential electors the members of House of Representatives?

My question is about the US presidential election. I read that the Electoral College consists of 435 electors, 100 senators and 3 others. Are the 435 electors the members of the House of ...
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Do Western governments or organizations control the media and newspapers to censor some news?

Many believe that mainstream Western newspapers such as WSJ, NYT, The Guardian, AP, etc. publish all the world's news without censorship (e.g. in the US perhaps due to freedom of the press). What made ...
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Do the US and the UK have the right to attack Houthis?

The UN security council demanded an immediate end to Houthis attacks. Does this give the right to the US and the UK to unilaterally decide to attack Houthis according to UN treaties and/or ...
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