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Is the UN a tool of US foreign aims? [closed]

While not systematically observing through electronic media US foreign policy actions, I've come to my own conclusion that UN serves mainly to further US foreign aims. Did I draw the wrong conclusion? ...
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What's the difference between affirmative action and racism?

Affirmative action is the policy of favoring certain groups of people over others. In the US, this is generally implemented by basis of race. How is this not the exact definition of ...
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Does it matter what is said on the US congress floor?

It seems like bills are only put up for vote when the votes for and against are known beforehand. So, does it matter what they debate about during the actual sessions of congress? Is it purely for ...
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What are the President's responsibilities in executing judicial order?

In this interview with NewsMax, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was asked what he would do to preserve traditional marriage if the Supreme Court were to recognize marriage equality ...
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What is Economic Populism?

I saw an article this morning on NBC declaring that Economic Populism Will Be Front And Center for 2016 Elections. It goes into detail about why this will be such an important issue in the coming year....
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What happens if a president-elect changes his/her mind?

Let's say it's December 10th, 2016 and Joe Smith has just been elected president, but since the election he has decided he no longer wants to be president. In January 2017, who would be inaugurated ...
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Could a US state forbid a too-large-to-fail bank from operating in its jurisdiction?

There's been suggestions for years about how the US federal government should break up companies that are "too big to fail", i.e. their failure would pose a systematic risk to the entire economy. The ...
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Does your boss have to let you vote?

If you have a job that sometimes involves travel or long high pressure days , is it legal for your boss to not allow you time off to vote? I would be interested in the situation in the UK and US.
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Do any national US politicians exist who are pro-choice, but oppose Roe v. Wade on constitutional grounds or vise versa?

Roe v. Wade is one of the Supreme Court's more controversial decisions due to the controversial nature of abortion and the creative interpretation of the Constitution to block most regulations of ...
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Who are the 15 people most (monetarily) influential in US politics currently? [closed]

In the news today I saw a clip of Harry Reid saying, The negative is Citizens United—that has made it so the fights are unfair. We have now 15 people in the country who basically control most ...
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How could Philadelphia join New Jersey?

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Senate voted to block a Philadelphia law which would require paid sick leave for employees. This is just one in a long series of examples where the heavily-Democrat ...
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What Behooves An Individual to Acknowledge a Country?

Simple observation shows some being occupying some space on some land on some planet. These are all physically real. If the being is a man and the space is then labeled a country on planet Earth, what ...
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Can you vote in a primary election in California if you will be 17 during the primary, but 18 during the general election?

This question is actually more for my friend rather than me, as I will be 18 for both the general and primary elections. He and another of my friends, on the other hand, won't be 18 during the ...
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How do I create a small advocacy group? Are there any important legal considerations?

I am interested in advocating for a social issue in my free time. I'll omit the details about the issue itself, since this is more of a process question. Right now, there is no good information ...
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Freedom of speech in the UK versus United States of America

It is said that there is no constitutional clause ensuring the freedom of speech to UK citizens. Despite that, the press in the UK and United States have similar freedoms. How does the US contrast ...
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Why do people say the Indiana Religious Freedom Act will be used to discriminate against gays?

Indiana's recent Religious Freedom Restoration Act has cause a bit of a stir. Political leaders such as Clinton, business leaders such as Benioff and Cook, celebrities as well as protestors have all ...
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Are Internet Companies (Google, twitter, Facebook , …) affected by sanctions against Iran?

I'm an Iranian and I've been confronted with sites now and then where I can't get my number registered or I won't be allowed to even view the page where my IP address is detected to be from Iran and ...
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How reliable / respected are George Friedman / Stratfor's interpretations of geopolitics?

Recently, a talk by Stratfor's chairman George Friedman at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs attracted some attention in my homeland Germany, among other things because it appears he frankly ...
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Does this petition regarding the Logan Act have any legal grounds?

I ran into this petition on Facebook: File charges against the 47 U.S. Senators in violation of The Logan Act in attempting to undermine a nuclear agreement. On March 9th, 2015, forty-seven ...
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Do parliamentary bodies meet year-round?

I'm wondering if bodies such as the U.S. Senate, or particularly the U.K. House of Lords meet year-round, or do the Senators/Lords simply live in the capital the entire year? What about historically, ...
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What is the motivation behind the US I-Visa?

Whereas travellers to the US for "business or pleasure" may enter for up to 90 days visa-free (under the Visa Waiver Program / ESTA), you need a special one if you're "representing the foreign media". ...
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How can Obama's free community college plan budget only $60B for 10 years?

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/02/free_community_college_take_a_math_class_mulshine.html Paul Mulshine's article attacks Obama's claim that only $60B will cover ten years whereas ...
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Did the USA inadvertently help ISIS?

Occasionally it is heard from different sources that united states of America is accidentally helping ISIS through various approaches such as sending the parcels of bombs or other war weapons by ...
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Could the US President and Vice President pull off a swap?

I am curious, is there anything preventing the President and Vice President from switching positions? For example, could the President resign, and then the newly elevated VP appoint him to his old ...
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What makes Pakistan so important for US?

Being an Indian, I have always wondered why Pakistan is so important to the United States that it would ignore everything it does and still help it. For example, Pakistan protected Osama bin Laden ...
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How can groups make more progress in moving public discourse past denial of anthropogenic climate change? [closed]

Many organized groups assert that anthropogenic climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing the USA. Others deny it exists. Have any responses to their denial of this issue proven to be ...
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US Government software and the Freedom of Information Act

Is code written by the United States Government (its employees, or if for some reason we start electing a Code Czar... then elected officials) subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)? ...
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What would happen if all of the US states along with the majority of other countries officially recognised the Armenian Genocide?

What would happen if the world recognised the Armenian genocide? Would Turkish government be obliged to return territory or pay reparations to the Armenians, I am really not sure. Any thoughts?
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Would Russia actually retaliate against a US led intervention in Ukraine [closed]

A more specific question is: If any western nation put boots on the ground in the Ukraine; would Russia continue to arm rebels knowing they would likely conflict with non-Ukraine forces? The Ukraine ...
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Does the CIA have their own jet fighters?

Does the CIA have their own jet fighters, or, when they need to carry out a strike, would they need to request it from other branches of the military?
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How much richer is the average member of the US Congress than the average professional in their district?

This is a multipart question, but it is seeking to generally understand if the average member of Congress is able to improve his lot financially by entering public service. My experience is that it ...
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Why don't politicians decide to pass laws that make themselves really rich?

Why don't US politicians in the Senate, House of Representatives, and Supreme Court decide to give themselves, say, 100 million dollars each? I understand that the politicians doing so wouldn't get ...
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Where is the USA's report on enhanced interrogation techniques located?

I'm writing an assignment about torture in first world countries(or torture "executed" by them). I've been looking for the report on Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, written after 9/11, which was ...
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Why is the US president allowed to grant a pardon?

So I was reading today and I read for about the thousandth time about a presidential pardon, and I started to wonder: Why is the president allowed to grant a pardon? What are the limits of a ...
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Why is the U.S. foreign ministry called the “State Department”?

What is the reasoning behind the somewhat odd and awkward naming of the U.S. Foreign Ministry as "State Department"? I get the department being the American equivalent of ministry but in what way ...
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Guantanamo prison and relationship between the USA and Cuba

How can the USA have a prison like Guantanamo in a country like Cuba? Isn't the relationship between Cuba and the USA something which should prevent an agreement like this? Why doesn't Cuba try to ...
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Does the right to freedom of association give private organizations the right to discriminate on a religious basis?

The right to freedom of association "is the right to join or leave groups of a person's own choosing, and for the group to take collective action to pursue the interests of members." The right is ...
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What prevents the president from quitting the job to the vice president?

Assume we have a very unpopular pair of president and vice president A, B. Now A is facing an election to be re-elected. Can A just quit his/her job to let B become the president? If A, B's personal ...
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Is Wikipedia politically even-handed in its coverage of US cable news channels?

While researching the answer to this Skeptics.SE question, I came across (not entirely unexpected) biased-looking-to-me content on Wikipedia articles covering Fox News channel: The main blurb of the ...
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Who said that organizations tend over time to become more liberal?

I have often heard this quote: that organizations which start out as non-political, tend to move to the left, or become more liberal, unless they are explicitly conservative to begin with. I tried ...
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Why do republicans oppose S.2569, the Bring Jobs Back Act?

The Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2569 ) is a bill that would amend the Internal Revenue Code to grant business taxpayers a tax credit for up to 20% of insourcing expenses incurred for eliminating a ...
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How could a US Senator be prevented from reading classified information into the record?

The New York Times reported today on a Senate floor speech by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) in which he criticized the CIA's actions on torture and mentioned a secret internal report. The article goes on:...
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Controlling Time in the House of Representatives

During the sessions of the US House of Representatives, I noticed that a time holder can either: yield themselves as much time as they may consume to speak. (up to the limit defined) yield a ...
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Can the POTUS neuter “advice and consent” by refusing to delegate?

Under the Appointments Clause, Congress creates Cabinet positions by law, and the President is obligated to fill them with the approval of the Senate: [The President] shall nominate, and, by and ...
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With regards to the war on terror, did the Obama administration stop torturing?

With regards to the war on terror (Al Qaeda and the like), did the Obama administration stop torturing? Senate report: CIA misled public on torture says that Obama has outlawed torture / "enhanced ...
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Why didn't the USA take measures to stop China from becoming the new superpower whilst it could? [closed]

Today China is projecting itself as the new superpower, many factor seem to indicate that the pacific coexistence between superpowers USA-China is not possible: US networks hacked The Third Taiwan ...
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What is the percent of Police Officers that are indicted by a Grand Jury?

In light of the Eric Gardner and Micheal Brown Grand Jury outcomes. I wanted to know what % of Police Officers are actually indicted by a Grand Jury. I found some interesting charts that may give ...
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How does Vermont have independant senators?

The US has very few officially "independent" politicians. Presumably because it would be hard to convince people that voting for them wouldn't be a "wasted vote". Yet, Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine ...
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Why do people in the United States seem so averse to a Public Health system?

My question relates to a simple fact, that to many Europeans it seems that every time a President of the USA is committed to create a real Public Health service, the people seem to act against their ...
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Could President Obama sue “The Right” for Defamation? [closed]

A lot of debunked claims have been spread about President Obama throughout his presidency; including, but not limited, to: Obama is a Muslim. Obama was not born in this country. Obama is a communist/...

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