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Why aren't Republicans more focused on mobilizing a movement towards 'dethroning' Trump?

This is not a question about the ideological implications of supporting or not supporting Trump. It is merely a question about the rational behavior (or lack thereof) of a political party when faced ...
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Why are some against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee?

The Unite the Right rally was ostensibly a protest over the removal of the Robert E. Lee sculpture in Charlottesville, Virginia. While I realize that many protesters used this as an excuse for other ...
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Are there cases of Democrats engaging in voter suppression?

Modern Republicans are often accused of trying to suppress the right to vote for minorities. Are there cases where the modern Democratic party (ie post Jim Crow) is accused of suppressing the right ...
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Are Non-Muslims from the banned countries allowed into the US?

I keep seeing Trump's latest bit of executive action regarded as a 'Muslim Ban'. It doesn't make sense to me, since all of the information I can find shows that he is imposing a 90-day ban on travel ...
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Why the color red for the Republican Party

The US Republican Party's official color is Red yet in general political circles that color has been used by Socialist groups and movements. Since the party publicly condemns Socialism why would they ...
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Can the president of the United States be guilty of insider trading?

For almost one year now, I have closely observed developments on stock markets. I mainly focused on major indices such as the Dow Jones and DAX (I am from Germany). Both indices suffered losses during ...
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In the news, it says “essential” government employees would be required to work without pay. How?

In the news, the reporters have been talking about "essential" (real quotes, not scare quotes) government employees being required to work without pay by these two statements (paraphrased). All ...
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Why does the US require non-resident citizens to file taxes even for non-US income?

The US requires US citizens to file a return for federal and state income taxes. Interestingly, per the 2017 IRS guide, page 5, it does not matter whether the US citizen resides in the US, or whether ...
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Can a US President declare a “State of Emergency”?

Is there any provision within the US Constitution whereby the President can declare a state of emergency, suspending the powers of the judiciary/congress to override executive actions. What happened ...
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Can only rich people become president of the US?

It seems that, in practice, the US Presidency is limited to rich people. For example, elections are extremely expensive when you are trying to win and getting attention during the primaries and ...
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Could a US political party gain complete control over the government by removing checks & balances?

I was talking to a friend some time ago about American politics, political parties, etc. During this conversation, I thought of something: If a single party controlled both the house and senate, they ...
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Why do primaries contestants (usually) announce that they are “suspending” their campaign when they exit it?

It seems to be just another political euphemism, in line with politicians not being terribly willing to admit when they are wrong, but is there anything more than that to their use of "suspend" when ...
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What do Democrats have to gain, politically, by preventing Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court?

From a purely political perspective: If his nomination is withdrawn, won't Trump just nominate another conservative judge (who would presumably be confirmed by the republican-controlled senate)?
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What benefit does the USA gain when it withdraws from WHO?

Donald Trump threatens to quit WHO. Yet I don't see any benefit it could gain by doing so.
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What threat, if any, does Iran really pose to the US?

The US army absolutely dwarfs the Iranian army in terms of military might. Realistically, Iran cannot attack mainland US, whereas the US could nuke Iran into oblivion at a moment's notice. They ...
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Why would a Western country sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

Suppose, hypothetically, it is determined that the Saudi Arabian government murdered Jamal Khashoggi over his opposition to Prince Mohammed bin Salman. I can understand why this would be an unethical ...
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Does this argument against healthcare as a right not apply to a “speedy and public trial”?

People often make the argument that healthcare cannot be considered a right because someone would be compelled to provide it for you. For example, from libertarianstandard.com: When supporters of ...
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Why do Republicans and others accept the propagandaic use of the term “Progressives”?

The word "progressives" has always confused me. It's sort of like an antonym to "conservatives", but the difference is that "conservative" is a neutral word. It tells us that you want to "conserve" ...
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Why do many states in America have straight borders?

Most of the states in America have straight borders. Many appear to have been designed to be free from any curves or angles. Why were they designed like that?
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Why was Singapore chosen to host the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un?

What is the reasoning for choosing Singapore to host the North Korea–United States summit? There are many other neutral places as far as I can tell, e.g. Japan. So why Singapore, of all places?
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Is the Republican party obligated to renominate Trump for Presidency in 2020?

Presuming Donald Trump wants to become nominated for a second time, is the Republican party obligated to let him do so? Or can they put forward alternative candidates that would potentially defeat ...
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Why are Democrats blocking COVID-19 pandemic relief bills with the objection that it's not enough instead of passing it and then passing another?

I read an article that said that the most recent COVID-19 relief bill was not passed because Democrats didn't think it was enough. The article is here: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/11/gops-coronavirus-...
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Why does US confirm conducting strikes such as the one that targeted Qassem Soleimani?

After the recent strike targeting Qassem Soleimani I am wondering why does US performs these attacks so bluntly while nowadays it is quite fashionable to deny involvement. I assume that in order to ...
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What are the arguments for California’s nonpartisan blanket (jungle) primaries?

California has a system where two candidates, chosen in a nonpartisan primary, are on the ballot in each congressional or statewide race. It's sometimes called a jungle primary. This makes it so that ...
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Why is Jeff Sessions eligible to become Attorney General?

No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the ...
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Why do Americans vote on coroners, magistrates, school directors, and tax collectors?

A friend of mine posted on Facebook about her recent election in Pennsylvania. The results page showed a whole bunch of results that are really, really odd to me as an Australian: Justice of the ...
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Could a US President abuse their pardon powers to unilaterally make laws?

For instance, if I really hate littering, and I somehow become President of the United States, could I effectively make littering a capital offense by promising to immediately pardon anyone who kills ...
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Where does Trump's authority to cut funding to WHO come from, if Congress controls spending?

I always thought that Congress controlled US government spending; the so called "power of the purse". However, on April 14th, Trump gave a press conference during which he signalled that he would ...
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Does the Constitution allow a woman to be President of the United States?

The Constitution of the United States of America frequently refers to the President using male pronouns. For instance: He shall hold his Office Not once is the president referred to with a female ...
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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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Why hasn't the US tried to stop the North Korean missiles?

The US has several anti-ballistic missile systems in South Korea and I think some more in Japan, so why haven't they tried to shoot down the North Korean missiles, like the one that North Korea just ...
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If conservatism believes in individualism, then why do conservatives often support regulation of personal decisions?

It is my understanding that people on the right side of the political spectrum generally believe in individualism in the sense that they support smaller government and the right of individuals to make ...
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Why does the U.S military use mercenaries?

With a defense budget now totaling ~686-billion dollars a year – which is about the size of the next 8 largest defense budgets combined (figure) – why does the U.S military see the need to ...
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What could the US federal government do to reform the police?

There is a widespread belief that policing in the USA suffers from systemic racism. Let us suppose that Joe Biden gets elected President and decides that this is a priority. Let us also suppose that ...
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How do progressive US political thinkers explain anti-black police discrimination in cities where the population and government are majority black?

There is a common narrative among progressive political and racial thinkers in the United States that all or almost all police departments are systematically racist in a way that does significant and ...
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President Trump tweeted that the US will be designating Antifa as a terrorist organization. Does he have that power?

President Donald Trump tweeted "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization." Can he do that? Why or why not?
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Who would become the US President if a fictional character like Cthulhu is elected?

In the year 20XX, Cthulhu is "elected" President of United States. Namely, by "elected", I mean that enough people in the right patterns and places vote for Cthulhu[1] that 270+ electoral votes by ...
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Who was General Qasem Soleimani, and why was he targeted by the US?

Early on Friday morning, the US carried out an air strike on Baghdad airport which killed General Soleimani, along with members of local militia. Who was General Soleimani, why is he so important, ...
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Has Trump publicly stated during what period he believed the USA to be great?

Perhaps the most known slogan by the Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016 is Make America great again. Has he made any public statement exactly what period in history he considered that the ...
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Has any of the US federal armed forces acted violently against civil movements / protesters?

Details may be confusing, but I mean to ask whether federal armed forces, including the military (Army, Navy, etc.) and policing/investigative organizations (FBI, Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Marshals,...
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Why is counting election totals more difficult than lottery administration?

This may seem like a rant. But I will show a few point of similarity which will show that it is an actual question. First, states administer lotteries. Just as states administer both state and ...
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Isn't any conversation with the US president quid-pro-quo?

One of the big deals right now is the question of whether there was quid-pro-quo in the July 25 phone call between president Trump and Zelinsky. Isn't every conversation with the US president a ...
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Why is DC so, so, so Democratic?

Looking at Wikipedia’s page on the 2016 election, I see that Clinton got 90.48% of DC’s vote; Trump only got 4.07%. This is by far the most any candidate got in any state; behind it is it Nebraska’s ...
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What officially disallows US presidents from driving?

Why can’t the US president drive, officially? Or is it not official? What steps could be taken to allow this action.
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Why might the Russians want Trump to win? [duplicate]

The American CIA reportedly believes that the Russians, in the form of the Russian government and possibly private actors, went to signficant length (psych / cyber ops) to help Trump win. Having said ...
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How are steel imports supposed to threaten US national security?

I am reading this article. Therein it is stated that: Under national security grounds (Section 232), Trump applied tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium in March 2018, covering $ 10.2 bn ...
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What medical costs burden the military enough to warrant banning all transgender people?

Reported in Donald Trump bans transgender people from serving in the military President Trump tweeted: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United ...
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What was Eisenhower's warning about?

Eisenhower in his farewell address warned the American people about the United States Military Industrial Complex and its emerging power. According to Wikipedia The US spends more on the military ...
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What happens if the shutdown continues until election season?

Hopefully, this doesn't happen, but what happens if the US shutdown continues until the 2020 elections? Does the Federal Election Commission (FEC) have funding? Will elections be post-poned? If the ...
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Why is Colorado so different politically from nearby states?

In the 2018 midterms, Democrats gained control of Colorado’s Senate and elected a Democratic governor (the previous three governors were Democrats, too). However, nearby states like Utah and Wyoming ...