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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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Can the U.S. President force all police officers to wear cameras?

In light of the many petitions to the White House about forcing state, county and local police officers to wear cameras, I'd like to know if the President even has the authority to mandate that.
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Why can't I register with multiple political parties?

Why can't I register with multiple political parties (at the same time)? I've searched the web, read forums, sent emails, made phone calls, and I cannot find a satisfactory answer to this question. ...
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Would it be possible to “flip the ticket” in American Presidential politics?

In 1988, I supported Michael Dukakis for President. After he lost the second debate to Bush, I wondered if it might be possible for him to salvage his campaign by "flipping the ticket," allowing his ...
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Can an action by a branch be called “constitutional” without having been challenged in court?

Clearly, if a branch takes an action (legislative or especially executive), you can not correctly refer to it as "UN-constitutional" until it was challenged in, and reviewed by, the courts and found ...
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Would the Congressional Apportionment Amendment have any effect on the House of Representatives if it were ratified today?

The unratified Congressional Apportionment Amendment reads : After the first enumeration required by the first article of the Constitution, there shall be one Representative for every thirty ...
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Would the Clayton Antitrust Act prevent the proposed “Fast Lane” of the internet problem with net neutrality?

Many people are going on about how the merger of Comcast and Time Warner will enable them to create a lane for the internet where wealthier individuals or companies can pay more for a 'faster lane.' ...
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Has there been a surge in illegal immigration since implementing the DACA?

Back in 2010, Obama remarked that ignoring the laws and suspending deportation of illegal immigrants might lead to a surge in illegal immigration. For example, there are those in the immigrants’ ...
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What opinion of Cosmopolitanism do the two political parties of the USA have?

The United States hosts the primary organs of the United Nations and many other intergovernmental cosmopolitan organisations; whilst having an unusually low level of international ratification. What ...
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Does the President have the Constitutional authority to refuse to deport 3-5 million illegal immigrants?

Obama announced his executive order regarding immigration that he will be signing tomorrow. He stated: "So we’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve been in America for more than five ...
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What does “middle class” mean in America?

In the UK the phrase "middle class" refers to a large proportion of the population who, broadly speaking, earn more money than they need to pay rent and bills, clothe themselves, eat food etc. There ...
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Why does the U.S. left-wing party hate being called “socialist”, but in France the left-wing party proudly calls itself “the Socialist Party”?

Why does the main left-wing party in the United States (the Democratic Party) hate being called "socialist", but in France the main left-wing party proudly calls itself "the Socialist Party"?
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Can a person who had his gun license revoked in one state move to a different state and acquire a new license?

I am working on an essay that has to do with gun regulations in the US, and I would like to know if a person committed a crime (major or minor, please state this) and had his firearm license revoked ...
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if a bill dies can it be reintroduced

If a bill does not pass and dies is there a way to reintroduce it in the U.S. I am referring to the Keystone Pipeline for example and am confused by the fact that it might not pass this time around ...
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Is it true that Republicans have an unfair geographical advantage in elections for the House of Representatives?

I'm not from the U.S. but someone told me that the Republican Party had an unfair advantage in elections for the House of Representatives. This advantage would be geographic. The voters who usually ...
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Are there clear rules of when the president can and cannot use executive action? [duplicate]

We have heard time and time again people in the United States arguing whether the president has the authority to take executive action on certain matters. Are there clear, cut and dry rules on when a ...
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Can private entities directly fund federal organizations?

Hypothetical: With congress stalled or unwilling to pass a new budget, could a sufficiently wealthy organization donate money to a government department, say the Department of Education or NASA and ...
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Why is the role of the US president not more closely linked to the House of Representatives?

It seems strange to me that the USA is currently in a state where its leader can't actually get much done on his own.... He isn't in control of either legislature, the House nor the Senate In the UK ...
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Why don't women vote more for female candidates for office?

Women are at least 50% (give or take) of the electorate. However, they clearly are a small fraction of elected politicians. There are plenty of reasons why a woman may not want to run for office in ...
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Is there a tendency for female and minority candidates to attract female and minority challengers, respectively?

Not so much this election cycle, but in the past I feel like when there's a female or minority candidate, the challenger is often female or minority, respectively. Is this a known phenomenon?
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Has any elected American Politician endorsed proportional representation?

Has any elected American politician, on the state or federal level, endorsed using proportional representation to elect American legislators? I would consider an endorsement of single transferable ...
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Could Gore have won the Florida recount?

In the comments on this question about elections won by one vote, I posited that the Presidential election in 2000 was "won" by Bush on the 5-4 split of the SCOTUS which halted the recount in Florida, ...
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How did Saira Blair win the election at the age of 18?

18 year old Saira Blair was elected to West Virginia's House of Delegates (state government) today, becoming the youngest American lawmaker. How was she able to get elected, when an 18 year old ...
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Does controlling the two chambers of the congress make the passing of new laws easier in the U.S.A.?

Note: I'm not American. And I was wondering if the two chambers are controlled by the G.O.P., does that mean that it will be easier for them to pass new legislation in the congress? The presidency ...
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Why do late-counted votes tend to be Democratic in most states?

The bias might narrow slightly as more votes are counted; late-counted votes tend to be Democratic in most states. - Nate Silver, 538, "Senate Polls Had A Significant Democratic Skew" Does the data ...
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What is the furthest an amendment has gotten to 'fix' the elastic and commerce clauses?

There exists a strain of political thought in the United States roughly as follows: Most of the day to day government action (ie: not national defense) should be handled by state governments. ...
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How much will the upcoming election be driven by the government shutdown? [closed]

My question is, what is the estimate of people who will be voting in a particular way because of the events around the government shutdown and threat of a default on the budget caused by deadlock ...
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Did any of Ron Klain's positions in 1998-2008 period limit contributions?

While answering "How much money did Obama's Ebola czar Ron Klain donate to the Democratic Party? " I started wondering why? He - clearly a very powerful and successful and rich lawyer - donated so ...
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How much money did Obama's Ebola czar Ron Klain donate to the Democratic Party?

I don't need the exact figure, I only want a rough estimation.
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Can a United States judge register to a political party?

Canon 5 of Code Of Conduct for United States Judges says the following. Does this mean that a judge cannot be a registered Republican or Democrat? Or is it okay as long as he/she does not participate ...
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In the US, is there a documentable difference in musical genre preference between Democrats and Republicans?

As far as I know, political parties favour some music genres more than others to sell their outlook and policies. Or at least I never heard classical music or death metal being used. Which music ...
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Are political alignments of African or Caribbean black immigrants in line with African-Americans?

Anecdotally, I have found that anyone I personally know who is a first-generation immigrant from either Africa, or non-Hispanic Caribbean (less so) is a lot more likely to be "righter-wing" in their ...
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What is the legal justification for quarantining someone without medical justification?

As news comes in of the potential lawsuit being filed in New Jersey on behalf of the nurse who recently returned from treating patients of Ebola in West Africa, I wonder what the legal justification ...
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What does the US produce?

I have heard several times that the USA has the largest GDP in the world and also the largest economy. But I hardly can remember a single thing made in the US that I ever used. My auto is made in ...
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Did any founding father endorse unicameralism or at least bring up concerns about the deadlock risks of bicameralism?

Overall, the founding fathers of the United States supported bicameralism; after all that's what we actually have today. However, no body of august statesmen and scholars all agree on anything, so: ...
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Does any US defense whitepaper or public policy document espouse boosting the UK's force projection or military power?

Having a regional ally with a powerful and active military may ease pressure on the US military and foreign policy objects. Does any US defense whitepaper, public policy document or party platform ...
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Do disabled people have less of a right to their medical information than legal adults?

Consider a disabled person who is a legal adult. If his or her doctor wants to withhold medical information from them: Does the doctor have more of a right to do so simply because that person is ...
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Governments friendly to the USA willing to accept Guantanamo detainees from other countries

This question is related to Why require a stable home country for release from Guantanamo Bay? . The United States has released some Guantanamo detainees to countries from which they originated. In ...
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Why are political promises NOT treated as verbal contacts?

Dan Carlin on his podcast made an interesting observation: If you promise to do something in a business setting, that constitutes a verbal contractual obligation, and as such if you break that ...
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How can we ever free ourselves from oil when government is so dependent on it? [closed]

Roughly 75% of all of the world's oil production is carried out by national oil companies: oil companies which are wholly or primarily run by government. At the same time, oil is traded in US dollars ...
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How important is God in USA politics?

As European citizen (French), I have never been used to seeing biblical notions in politics, but in the USA it seems quite common. For example, former French president Jacques Chirac revealed that the ...
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What are the reasons why Mexico remains so poorly industrialized?

Why is Mexico so poorly industrialized, although it is in close proximity to the technologically advanced and financially expansive United States? Why does US capital prefer to migrate to China and ...

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