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Has there been any research addressing systemic racism targeting West Indian immigrants relative to other ethnic immigrant groups?

In a 2018 Quilette opinion column, Coleman Hughes used similar data to suggest systemic racism in the US is not a large problem: The second natural experiment involves comparing the outcomes of black ...
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Does the President have the legal authority to provide Coronavirus relief by an Executive Order?

After negotiations between Democrats and Republicans broke down, President Trump signed an executive order that provides $400 in weekly unemployment aid and defers payroll tax for those earning under $...
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Which states have weakened police unions’ collective bargaining power over disciplinary issues?

Matt Yglesias, liberal political columnist for Vox, just tweeted this: Months into the era of everyone reading White Fragility and posting Black Lives Matter memes and declaring racism a public ...
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Is a presidential candidate required to pick a running mate?

If the Vice President dies or leaves office early, the President is not required to pick a new VP, making the Vice Presidency vacant. Does this mean that a presidential candidate does not have to ...
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Who has the power to surrender in a war in the US?

Congress has the power to declare war and the president signs the declaration (or vetos) as well. Who has the power to surrender in a war? Would congress have to vote to surrender?
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If the countervailing ideology to Progressivism is Conservatism, what is the countervailing ideology to Reactionary movements?

Background In the United States, Progressivism has been associated with sets of (normally left leaning relative to the political spectrum of the time) political reforms whose number and societal ...
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How can a non-US citizen ask the US Government to withdraw a law/executive order?

I live in Vietnam, I use Android and iOS phones and I use TikTok. Recently, Trump and Pompeo want to remove TikTok from the USA. It is not a problem with me. However, they want to remove TikTok from ...
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What would happen if the SCOTUS were themselves to be part of a lawsuit?

Let us say that in the future the very institution of the SCOTUS is involved as a plaintiff or defendant in a case (maybe a land dispute on which the court stands or for whatever reason the SCOTUS and ...
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How to identify bills in Congress that were previously introduced in a past Congress

There are questions about what happens to a bill at the end of a Congress (of which we currently are on the 116th Congress) such as if a bill dies can it be reintroduced. I am curious about what ...
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Did New Hampshire pick the losing Democratic candidate three times in a row from 2008 to 2020?

I have been thinking about something that I read on the Wikipedia page for the 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary: "This was the third consecutive contested Democratic primary in which New ...
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Would mail-in voting disproportionately help Republicans?

I would expect that restricting voting to mail-in votes would result in larger proportions of older, more established voters voting compared to younger, less organized voters, some of whom do not even ...
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Why do Black voters in the USA not vote Republican? [duplicate]

This research by the Pew Institute breaks down demographic voting data from the 2016 election. Pew found that Hillary Clinton (Democrat) won Black voters by an 80% margin (88% to 8%). Is there any ...
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Is it important to know the final vote count (tally) of an election very soon after Election day?

I realize that political parties and their candidates would like to know what the vote count is as soon as possible after the polls close. But I'm also aware that vote count is not finalized for at ...
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How can India keep a balance of relationship with both Russia and the USA after signing 4 pacts with the USA? [closed]

Historically India has very good relationships with USSR/Russia. India uses a lot of Soviet/Russian weapons, aircraft, ships, and sub-systems. In recent years, India decided to shed its non-aligned ...
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Does any international organisation safeguard a nation after another nation takes advantage using threats?

Feel free to suggest edit. I am not from a English speaking country. Apologies for mistakes, if any Linked below is an editorial from China Daily, and might not have so-called proofs. The question is ...
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How does the release of George Floyd's death footage change the perception of his death? [closed]

The Daily Mail recently released the bodycam footage of the death of George Floyd. How does this video corroborate/counter the claims that have been made regarding the incident? (One specific claim ...
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When did the US start separating illegal immigrants from their children and what is this policy called?

I am trying to understand the precise (objective) history of either the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) practice of separating children (minors) of ...
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If the Federal Reserve goes insolvent, what are the “significant political implications”?

I cite this Aug. 3 2020 august by Wells Fargo Research Team. Title is "Implications of Fed balance sheet growth". Please answer in simple English! I embolded the phrase in question. That ...
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Is it illegal to insert someone to the Presidency through Vice President?

What would happen if a general election candidate enters the race with no actual intention of acting as President but rather with the intention of winning the election then immediately resigning, ...
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Why is it considered racist to say “White Lives Matter”?

Given the recent political upheaval and mass protests/riots with scores of people chanting "Black Lives Matter" on the streets, why is it considered white supremacist and racist to say "...
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How do I find the full text of a bill from an early 1900s US Congress

Summary I'm researching a US House Representative by reading the bills he voted on, which are from the early 1900s. Where can I find the full text of those bills? Details The Representative I'm ...
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Is there any precedent for a Presidential candidate to refuse to participate in the Presidential Debates?

A recently published op-ed in the NYT entitled Let’s Scrap the Presidential Debates argues against televised presidential debates and suggests that candidates should not participate in them. Is there ...
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Which Inspector General oversees CFIUS?

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is an interagency panel in the US government which reviews the national security implications of foreign investment in the United ...
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Can the US Government demand money in exchange for CFIUS approval?

President Trump said this to reporters today, regarding his phone call with the CEO of Microsoft about Microsoft’s interest in buying Chinese social media company TikTok: I did say that if you buy it,...
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Has US politics become a strong two-party system?

The United States has had two political parties for a while. But they have not become ideological bodies until about 1992 to 2010. Let's look at the definitions of strong and weak parties: I feel ...
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Are there more Democrats than Republicans in the United States?

I have been thinking about the Democratic Party and whether or not its members are more numerous than the opposing faction. Evidence to suggest this is the case: This party is expected to win the ...
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What are the details of the Republican healthcare plan described by Trump in mid-July 2020?

Appearing on the 'Fox News Sunday' show on July 19th, giving an interview (transcript) with Chris Wallace, President Trump gave the following response to a question about his administration's actions ...
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Why hasn't the USA done a statistical sampling of COVID cases?

In all the media reports I have seen over the past few months with respect to the COVID pandemic, I have never heard about any statistically random testing done at any level (state, federal). From my ...
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Would a President get to fill a Supreme Court vacancy just after he lost an election in November/December?

Suppose an incumbent President loses an election in November and a supreme court vacancy were to emerge right after his loss but before the swearing-in of his successor. Would he be able to fill this ...
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What are the objectives of the TikTok ban?

Google collects temporal + location information of Android handsets by default and is only a subpoena away from US authorities. The current administration is concerned that China would be able to use ...
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The U.S. presidential candidate's choice of a running mate

In the United States, after all the long drawn out process of choosing the presidential nominee of a major party, is the selection of the vice presidential nominee the private decision of one person? ...
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Why does the US force citizens and US permanent residents located in countries with no and almost no COVID-19 cases to come back to the US?

I read on https://th.usembassy.gov/health-alert-u-s-embassy-bangkok-thailand-july-31-2020/ (mirror): We will not issue visa extension letters for U.S. citizens who wish to stay in Thailand beyond ...
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Why was Apple included in a Congressional hearing about anti-trust?

As a German I am watching the reports of the hearing in Congress with interest (Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple). But it is not clear to me why Apple was also summoned. The iPhones have a market ...
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What powers does POTUS currently have to ban a web service in the USA by presidential order?

It was reported on the 31st July 2020 that Donald Trump wants to ban TikTok in the USA. President Trump on Friday said he plans to ban the social media platform TikTok from operating in the United ...
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How does the US House of representatives “read” 1.3 million documents?

It is currently widely reported that the US House of representatives has collected on the order of 1.3 million documents as part of its current antitrust investigation of large tech companies. Is ...
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Searching for Eisenhower's (?) principle for evaluating legislation

A few months ago, I came across a principle for evaluating legislation, and I vaguely recall it having been attributed to U.S. President Eisenhower. I did not write down the reference and I have been ...
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How/why was the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation set at a flat $600/week?

A major provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was to give a $600/week payment (known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation or FPUC) to anyone ...
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Is there any significance to calling state police “troopers”?

Does anyone know of a historical or legal reason in the US that state police get called "trooper", while the rank and file local law enforcement are referred to as "officer" (or &...
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Is the US public asymetrically polarized? [closed]

I read about asymmetrical polarization in the federal government. It said that Republicans became more conservative more than Democrats became more liberal in Congress. I have found that the opposite ...
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Where do governments hold money? [closed]

For the federal government it is obviously the treasury. I am guessing state governments have their own treasury that acts like a bank account. But what about local governments? Do they have accounts ...
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Is Canada required to allow transit to and from Alaska?

Currently, the US/Canada border is closed to "non-essential" travel. US citizens travelling to and from Alaska are allowed, with some restrictions, to make this journey by car. Is the right ...
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Why don't parties run primary elections instead of the government? [duplicate]

Why does the government run primary elections instead of the parties?
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What fact-based arguments exist that mail-in voting would lead to significantly higher instances of US voter fraud?

There seems to be a consensus among prominent news sources that mail-in voting does not significantly increase the likelihood of fraud. The BBC: "A voter fraud database collated by Arizona State ...
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What if the Electoral College ties and no candidate gets a majority in the House or Senate?

I was thinking about a scenario that looks like this: Clinton wins all states she won in real life, plus Michigan and Pennsylvania. She gets 1% more votes than she really did. McMullin wins Utah. ...
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Can Trump force Congress to delay the Nov. 3, 2020 general US elections?

This is related to today's news that Trump mentioned the idea of delaying the election in one of his tweets. I understand that the president cannot legally change the election date, but according to ...
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Who would become president if the election were delayed past January 20?

President Trump tweeted the possibility of delaying the US general elections. He doesn't have the ability to delay the election on his own. Here's what the Constitution says on the matter: The Times, ...
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Does the US House of Representatives now allow “remote voting” from home? If so, how? Does the Senate as well?

CNN's Louie Gohmert, who's refused to wear a mask, tests positive for Covid-19 includes the following: A number of lawmakers tested positive for the virus in the early days of the pandemic, while ...
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Will the creation of a Washington DC state be unconstitutional?

If the House of Representatives and the US Senate ever pass a bill duly signed by the President creating a new state out of Washington DC can it be held as unconstitutional as it is required by the US ...
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Since 1856, has there ever been a US presidential election where every state votes for the same party in 2 consecutive presidential elections?

I was thinking about presidential elections in the USA. Since the two major parties existed in any way shape or form, has every state voted the same in consecutive presidential elections? In other ...
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Partisan identification in the US, polls only weakly correlated to voter registration

This article by Nate Cohn says: Among those characterized as Democrats based on party registration or primary vote history, 69 percent identified as Democrats in the poll; similarly, 65 percent of ...

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