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Can the Supreme Court define what civil liberties Americans enjoy?

Can the Supreme Court define what civil liberties Americans enjoy? Or, the Court can use the rulings only against infringing of civil right (which are different from civil liberties)?
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Ideology in the Media [closed]

It's been quite some time since Edward Henry, a former White House correspondent for CNN, moved to Fox News, which is considered by many to be a conservative network. Does this in any way reflect a ...
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How many votes is a senate supermajority when there are vacancies?

If there are vacant seats in the senate such that 3/5ths or 2/3rds of the duly-chosen and sworn senators is not a whole number, how is a supermajority rounded? e.g. If there are only 99 senators, 3/...
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In the U.S., is there evidence to suggest that the average voter is better informed than in the past?

In the U.S., is there evidence to suggest that the average voter is better informed than in the past? I ask because, while there may be more information available, that not necessarily translate in ...
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What old law is going to mean $6 a Gallon milk in the US?

According to an article on the CBS Detroit Site a claim was made that, he says without congressional action – an old law would kick in – and you could end up paying a lot more. “Probably, ...
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Which years did US Senate had filibuster-proof majorities?

Which of the years did the US Senate held a filibuster-proof majority for one party - e.g. 60 seats? (or 3/5th of total - e.g. the number was lower when # of Senators was lower) This includes "...
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Were there mechanisms for discouraging parties (“factions”) proposed by US founding fathers?

It's a well known fact that, when US Founding fathers were setting up our polytical system, they did NOT build in the ideas of political parties. More specifically, both Washington and Madison didn't ...
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In the U.S., is the presidential veto a negative construct?

In the U.S., is the presidential veto a negative construct? As I see it, it seems to me that that veto is a pure check on Congress, as it does not force Congress to do anything, or, at best, (can) ...
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Can a foreign-born adopted child become President of the United States?

Can a foreign-born adopted child of an American family become President of the United States? The relevant text, from Article 2, Section 1 of the US constitution says: No Person except a natural ...
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When did the “red line” get drawn?

The pending conflict in Syria seems to be based off of the Syrian Regime having crossed a "red line" by allegedly using chemical weapons. I had originally assumed that this "red line" was a long ...
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Would GOP support for imigration reform result in a greater proportion of hispanic votes?

Lindsey Graham believes that without support for the bill, the party is doomed. I want to get reattached to the Hispanic community, to sell conservatism, pass comprehensive immigration reform and ...
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Could a state adopt disapproval voting, or is unconstitutional/illegal in the US?

Disapproval Voting is: any voting system that allows many voters to express formal disapproval simultaneously, in a system where they all share some power. Unlike most voting systems, it requires ...
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Why does Tax Freedom/Cost of Government day differ so much in the United States, and how are they calculated?

There is Tax Freedom Day which falls in April and is: the first day of the year in which a nation as a whole has theoretically earned enough income to fund its annual tax burden. It is annually ...
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Which US States have proposed a civics test for voters since the 1965 Voting Rights Act?

A study from the Center for the Study of the American Dream at Xavier University in Cincinnati found that 35% of native born citizens couldn't pass a civics test. Immigrants applying for U.S. ...
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In the U.S., why are most bills that reach the floor for debate in Congress not controversial?

In the U.S., why are most bills that reach the floor for debate in Congress not controversial? I ask because I'm unable to understand whether the committee system allows for the avoidance of ...
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Why has the Supreme Court of the United States not used its power of judicial review to audit constitutionally-questionable laws like the Patriot Act?

I've heard it said that it is very difficult for some terrorism-related laws like the Patriot Act or laws that allow warrantless dragnet surveillance of citizens to be fully challenged in the courts ...
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Are the partisan and ideological motivation of members of Congress in policymaking always "in sync? If not,, what are the reasons?

Looking to the United States from Europe, it seems that there is a lack of distinction between the partisan and ideological motivation of members of Congress in policymaking. Assuming this is true, it ...
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In the U.S., why are senators more influential in policy formation than their House counterparts?

Looking at the U.S. from Europe it gets the impression that the senators are more influential in policy formation than their House counterparts. The first explanation that comes to mind is that this ...
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In the US, are Inquisitorial trials always mandatory in possess of certain inquisitorial evidences?

If, for example, an investigation finds out that a CCTV recorded a suspect committing murder, is it still mandatory for them to have the right of a trial or it can be skipped and they can be ...
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What kind of Information does the NSA and PRISM collect, and how do they collect it?

Today, It's not uncommon to hear about the NSA and PRISM, and how they've collected information in a controversial manner. The problem is, that most reports cite abstract "Information on Americans" ...
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In the U.S., are there programs which are not administered through or by states?

In the U.S. the states are the fundamental building blocks of the federal system and so, since senators represent states at the national level, they are pivotal in creating policy. However I wonder ...
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In the U.S., what does it precisely mean that federal courts have limited jurisdiction?

In the U.S., what does it precisely mean that federal courts have limited jurisdiction? I ask because I'm unsure that they cannot hears cases in which the president or the Congress are involved. ...
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Does the percentage of single mothers correlate with high welfare states?

CATO released their Work Versus Welfare Trade-off 2013 study. Table 4 shows that in 8 states, welfare pays the equivalent of an average salary in those states in cash/in-kind goods. Table 4 Pretax ...
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Would privatizing Social Security “solve” Occupy Wall Street?

The Democrats oppose privatizing Social Security because it wouldn't be fair to those who have already given money into the system. The Occupy Wall Street movement was founded on the rich having a ...
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Is requiring removal of face coverings a violation of a persons civil rights?

After the attacks on 911, proper identification became important especially when boarding a plane or using other mass transit. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to identify someone whose face is ...
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Is religious discrimination legal in public in the USA?

It has happened in Houston in front of a shopping center: I had heard something similar about some shops and stores using similar signs and hate speeches in the 70s and before it in New York City ...
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Why don't Native Americans have representation in Congress?

While Native Americans are counted for purposes of population in the House of Representatives, the case could be made that as sovereign nations, various Indian tribes should have rights to specific ...
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How supported is the idea of a fully independent Indian state among US Native Americans?

Some people (e.g. here) accuse USA of supporting other countries' independence movements (Kosovo/Palestine/Tibet/Taiwan, depending on your definition of "support") as being in conflict with the fact ...
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Are there protections in place for NSA whistleblowers, and have they ever been used to protect anyone?

At a press conference, President Obama said: So the fact is, is that Mr. Snowden has been charged with three felonies. If, in fact, he believes that what he did was right, then, like every American ...
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Why is the Obama administration's counter-terrorism policies different to what was promised?

In the 2008 Presidential election campaign, it seemed that Obama was wanting to stop many of the Bush-era counter-terrorism policies, such as torture, Guantanamo Bay, and excessive surveillance. He ...
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Is it illegal for a President or the Executive Branch to increase Congressional pay/benefits?

In a recent Wall Street Journal article: The Affordable Care Act requires Members of Congress and their staffs to participate in its insurance exchanges, in order to gain first-hand experience with ...
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Why does the United States still keep substantial numbers of soldiers in Europe?

If I recall correctly, the US maintains about 30,000 men in Germany alone and thousands more in different European countries. I understand the need to project power and to rapidly deploy to any ...
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Why does USAF buy F-35?

The F-35 program is justified on two grounds: F-22 is too expensive (similar to F-16 being the cheaper alternative to F-15) F-35 can be used by AF (F-35A), Marines (F-35B) and Navy (F-35C) (similar ...
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Are executive orders enforceable? How do they differ from legislated law?

From what I understand, the President can write executive orders telling people to do things. Wikipedia tells me that these executive orders "have the full force of law". If this is the case, why ...
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What is a law that isn't in a Constitution called?

I understand that the Constitution is the highest law of the land and is set apart from other laws that are made. So when the legislature creates a new law that doesn't modify or amend the ...
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Resource providing statistical data on the amount of law enacted?

Is there any statistical data about the amount of law enacted in the United States? For example, it would be very interesting to see how the number of laws over time has changed, how many laws there ...
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What was the first law that was passed after the formation and acceptance of the Constitution in the United States?

The Constitution of the United States set forth the procedure whereby laws could be enacted. After the Constitution was accepted by the various states and the proper statesmen were elected, what was ...
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Have Democrats gotten more liberal?

I'm a bit surprised by this Brookings Institute report on polarity showing Democrats becoming more liberal, though at one fourth the rate at which Republicans are becoming more conservative. The ...
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Would two million families lose their SNAP benefits under H.R.1947 (FARRM)? Why?

The farm bill has been passed in the House. The 216-208 vote largely followed party lines, with every Democrat voting against the bill and 12 Republicans breaking ranks to vote against it. [...] The ...
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How effective has the war on poverty been at eliminating poverty?

Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty in his 1964 State of the Union address. Let this session of Congress be known as the session which did more for civil rights than the last hundred sessions ...
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Which founding fathers supported the first proposed amendment to the Constitution?

The first proposed amendment to the Constitution, (also referred to as the Congressional Apportionment Amendment), if it had been ratified by the states would have resulted in a radically different ...
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Is a jury entitled to find a defendant not guilty because the prosecution manufactured evidence?

If a jury decides that the prosecution has manufactured evidence against a defendant, are they entitled to find a defendant not guilty, even if they think that the defendant committed the crime they ...
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How to determine if an acquittal should not have happened?

A lot of people are saying that George Zimmerman should not have been acquitted over charges relating to his shooting of Trayvon Martin. As far as I'm aware, people are arguing that Zimmerman was ...
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Is “Hillarycare” typically derogatory?

Is the term "Hillarycare" typically used as a derogatory term? I tried looking up the Wikipedia article on Clinton health care plan of 1993, but it didn't discuss the term "Hillarycare".
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Congress delegating statutory rewriting power?

Does the United States Congress have the power to authorize a court to rewrite a statute to save that statute from constitutional invalidity?
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Did the British government call American revolutionaries terrorists?

Did the British government officially call American revolutionaries "terrorists" or any acts of theirs "terrorism"? If they did, was it justified under modern common-denominator definition of ...
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In what way do revolving-doors result in conflicts of interest?

If a CEO of a major investment banking firm becomes Treasury Secretary or if a lobbyist for said company becomes Chief of Staff of the Treasury Secretary, in what way can this result in conflicts of ...
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How do states without Voter ID laws ensure that people are who they say they are?

In the United States, requiring voters to show photo-ID is very controversial. Many claim that it is discriminatory. In states where requiring photo ID is not allowed, how do election officials ...
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Do any of the judges in USA (any jurisdiction) have to run for re-election?

Some of the judges in USA are elected positions. In those cases, there are 4 options: Position is elected for life Position is elected for a term and the person can't run again Position is elected ...
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Can a U.S. Judge be removed for being wrong most of the time?

Suppose, in America, a federal Judge is nominated by the President, confirmed by the Senate, and then he/she is wrong a majority of the time: often in the minority if part of a panel, often overruled ...

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