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Is there any position in the U.S. Government that is not required to answer to the president?

Other than the Supreme Court and Congress, Is there any position in the US Government that is not required to answer to the President of the United States?
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What is a “cruel and unusual” punishment?

Earlier in July, a California judge struck the death penalty as unconstitutional because it is "cruel and unusual." However, if the death penalty actually was what's legally defined as a "cruel and ...
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Why are some groups saying that the US supports the Syrian Rebels?

As far as I know, the only support the US has sent to rebel groups is only non-military aid in the form of foodstuffs, GPS equipment, radios, etc. and training for personel of some rebel groups. But ...
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US Presidential salary

I heard once that a member of the US Congress who leaves Congress and later takes a position in the Executive branch cannot receive a salary amount that he/she voted on while in Congress. As a ...
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What was the rationale behind cutting SNAP payments? when will it increase again?

SNAP decreased quite a bit nation wide. What was the rational behind cutting it? When will it increase again? What is the forecasted funding for the next 5 years of SNAP?
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Predominating world map centering by country

When buying a world map here, we have Middle East (and Europe) in the center with Bering straight and Alaska at the edges. In America, I suppose you have America in the center with the cut being ...
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What would happen if the same person were elected both President and Vice President?

As I was reading this answer, I realized that there's nothing in the Constitution to prevent a majority of Electors from voting for the same person for both President and Vice President. The Twelfth ...
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Can an electoral college member vote twice for the same man?

In the electoral college, members vote for a president and vice president in order to get both positions. Could they just vote for the same man twice for president (thus giving up the vice presidency ...
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How can I have someone prove they represent a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization over the internet? [closed]

I am creating a website that involves posting service project listings online, and I want to require that all organizations posting projects are verified as either 501(c)(3) or government run ...
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Decision-making in small American cities

In several American cartoon series (namely "The Simpsons" and "South park"), there is a pattern, which appears in many episodes: Some major external event happens (e. g. an important part of the road ...
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Could Obama have passed Obamacare in the first 2 years when the Dems controlled both houses?

Is it true that Democrats controlled both houses for c. 2 years? If so, couldn’t the president have passed the big ones, like health care reform, immigration reform, etc., at that time? And if he had ...
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Did the United States use “Concentration camp” in internment-related terminology?

Did the United States use the phrase "Concentration camp" in internment-related terminology during World War 2? I've heard that the phrase "Concentration camp" was used in contemporary descriptions ...
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Does someone who didn't vote have a right to complain? [closed]

So this always comes up when I'm talking to people I know. I complain about this politician getting elected but because I missed voting because the voting precinct wasn't there on the day of the ...
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Could the SCOTUS void a Presidential Pardon?

Would it be possible for the Supreme Court of the United States to void a Presidential Pardon? If so how would they do it? If not why?
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Does a presidential runner up get automatic security clearance in the US?

I was wondering the case where a hypothetical candidate makes a campaign promise, and after getting access to classified briefings may come to believe that their promise cannot be fulfilled because it ...
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Could the President of the United States refuse to wage a war Congress declared?

In the United States, the separation of powers is such that although the President is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Congress is the branch that issues declarations of war. Typically, ...
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“The first federal recall election was held on January 14, 2014.” What was the name of the court case?

The last paragraph of a now-deleted answer states that there was a court case brought to recall a federal representative. The first federal recall election was held on January 14, 2014 in ...
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Where does the $77 a week figure come from

Several Democrat congressional candidates are talking about something that has been called the "Minimum Wage Challenge" http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/07/a-mile-in-shoes-of-the-minimum-...
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Why is it in the United State's national Interest to care what's happening between Israel and Palestine? [closed]

Why is it in the United State's national Interest to care what's happening between Israel and Palestine?
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Did Reagan use public spending to make the GDP grow?

On the one hand, lore says that Reagan Administration is the paradigm of how a lack of economic intervention by the state is able to improve the economical condition. On the other hand, according to ...
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Has Kitchen v Herbert Gone Into Effect?

In the absence of a stay from SCOTUS, the Tenth Circuit's ruling in Kitchen v Herbert was set to go into effect at 10:00 am EST today. It is 13:02 EST, and, as yet, I haven't seen any news report on ...
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What are the reasons for such differences in the size of shadow economy?

Have a look at this graph for some OECD countries: What are the reasons for such differences in the size of shadow economy? One reason for the size of the shadow economy I have listened many times ...
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Legal basis for President's immediate advisers immunity from Congressional compulsion to testify

Assistant Attorney General Karl Thompson was quoted saying in this article that they would Adhere to the executive branch's longstanding view that the president's immediate advisers have absolute ...
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If a baby was born on the Palmyra Atoll, does the baby have U.S. citizenship?

For reference, the Palmyra Atoll island is an unorganized incorporated territory by the United States. It is subject to the U.S. Constitution and is permanently under American sovereignty. If a ...
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Has the Jewish Defense League been designated as a terrorist group by the FBI/USA?

The French Wikipedia says: la JDL est considérée par le FBI comme un groupe terroriste JDL is considered by the FBI as a terrorist group With as a reference http://www.fbi.gov/publications/terror/...
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How did ISIS gain control of a stockpile of weapons that did not exist?

Breitbart is reporting: ISIS took over a military base in northern Iraq last month that contains Saddam Hussein’s stockpile of chemical weapons, including hundreds of warheads containing sarin and ...
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What is the political motivation that makes US never invade Canada?

What is the political motivation that makes US never invade Canada? Motivation to ask this question: Why US have to buy natural resource from Canada instead of getting it for free?
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Which US laws apply on a Native American/ Indian Reservation?

An acquaintance was employed at a casino operated by an Indian tribe. He was fired for what would be a discriminatory reason if he were employed by a non-reservation employer. My question is, which ...
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Is it legal for a police to incorporate as a private 501(c)(3) organizations?

As part of the American Civil Liberties Union’s recent report on police militarization, they sent open records requests to SWAT teams across Massachusetts. They got an interesting response, Some ...
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Does the Hobby Lobby case apply to all corporations and all birth control?

I'm concerned with the ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, and that some other workers will have the right to force corporations to provide services regardless of their deeply held religious beliefs. ...
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Has the Veterans Administration backlog and average wait time improved since Obama has taken office?

Barack Obama made campaign promises: No veteran should have to fill out a 23-page claim to get care, or wait months - even years - to get an appointment at the VA. [...] As president, I won't stand ...
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If a US Supreme Court justice dies between voting and releasing ruling, does their vote count?

My understanding is the Supreme Court normally releases their rulings in bursts around the same time instead of releasing them as soon as the opinions are ready. Consider a 5-4 ruling where a justice ...
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Why is US supporting ISIS in Syria while opposing it in Iraq?

US is supporting the rebels in Syria who are trying to bring down Assad's govt. ISIS is one of the rebels. So directly or indirectly, US is supporting ISIS in Syria. But the same US is opposing the ...
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Are Running Mates Constitutional (US President/VP)

I was reading over the US Constitution and Amendments when Amendment 12 jumped out at me. I've always thought that Amendment 12 specifically said that Presidential Candidates and Vice Presidential ...
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Is the US Attorney General expected to defend policies his party opposes in the Supreme Court?

I've been led to believe that the Attorney General is the US government's lawyer in the Supreme Court. On the other hand a lot of federal policies are going to be inherited from a previous ...
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Is there any evidence that the constitution, laws or rules of a state apply to someone simply because that person is physically in that state?

Is there any evidence including but not limited to testimony, documentary evidence or physical evidence that would prove that the constitution, laws and rules of a state apply to someone in particular ...
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How often are state constitutional amendments overturned by federal judges?

I live in a state in the United States that just had a constitutional amendment that I voted for overturned by a federal judge and am suitably ticked. How often does this happen to American ...
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Beyond Left and Right

What kind of political philosophy or ideology doesn't easily fit into the right-left spectrum commonly used to characterize American politics? I have looked every where and the only ones I can find ...
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Why didn't Marbury (from Marbury v. Madison) prevail in the end?

The way I read Marbury v. Madison, I conclude that the Supreme Court of the U.S. came up with 3 conclusions: Mr. Marbury was definitely appointed & commissioned by the departing president. Mr. ...
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Do POWs typically get paid for their prison time?

The recent release of Craig Bergdahl has me wondering about the status of prisoners of war from a strictly economic standpoint. When a soldier is POW, he is clearly not in a position to be able to ...
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Data Source for 2012 US Congress and US Senate Elections

I need to find a good data source for the 2012 United States Congress and Senate elections. I have found this: http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2012/federalelections2012.shtml The problem is that it is ...
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Are U.S. politicians assumed to be Christians?

Are U.S. politicians assumed to be Christians (no matter which sect)? Is it possible for an atheist or Muslim believer to become US president? Are there any legal obstacles?
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What political mechanism prevent US army commandment to launch a coup?

I want to ask why throughout US history there has been no record of coup aiming to overthrow (at least temporarily) the elected government on the promise of "justice, liberty, equality, efficency" etc....
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Does the US Congress allow visitors to watch their debates?

In Germany it is possible to visit the Bundestag, the German "parliament", and watch a plenary sitting from the public gallery of the plenary chamber after an online registration. This image shows ...
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How do juror demographics compare with voter demographics in the US?

I am interested in seeing how the demographics of juries compare with voters in the United States. Is anyone familiar with any research in this area? In a perfect world voters would be defined as "...
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Designate a country as “State Sponsor of Terrorism”

Now, when petition to "Designate Russia as State Sponsor of Terrorism" has reached the required number of 100,000 signatures, I am trying to figure out for myself, what exactly does this term mean, ...
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What happens after a bill is reported by committee?

After a bill is introduced and then referred to a committee, I understand the committee will address it during a hearing. If it is then "reported by committee" and "ordered to be reported without ...
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How can an American conservative attempt to conserve a radical American founding?

Conservatism, broadly, is a way of looking at the world that favors conserving or slowly reforming existing laws and tradition as opposed to rapid or ideologically based change. Many Americans profess ...
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Does preserving Court Precedent mean respecting both reasoning and results?

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in the ABC vs Aereo case, concerning whether a company can broad TV signals to customers over the internet without paying licensing fees. ...
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What does inequality look like when measured in man-hours employed?

There are numerous measures of inequality in income and wealth, like the Gini coefficient for instance. But I'm wondering about a different measure: the amount of labor, measured in man-hours, that ...

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