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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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How would a mute person take an oath of office in the United States?

Many officeholders in the United States are required to take an oath of office. How would a mute person do this?
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What authority does the Vice President have to mobilize the National Guard?

After the attack on the US Capitol by pro-Trump groups, the DC National Guard was eventually called in to restore order. Strangely, it is being reported that Vice President Mike Pence was the one who ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the red, white and blue (with stars) banner that Trump was using on the stage in his election campaign?

During election campaign rallys, Trump was always on stages decorated with a red-white-blue-white-red banner with white stars on the blue part. I of course know that's the US colors and the stars are ...
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Trump was behind on November 5th. Why was he calling for vote counting to stop?

This CNN article, and others, reported that Trump asked for vote counting to stop, and threatening legal action to do so. I can (sort of) understand calls for a recount, but, if he was behind, what ...
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In which timezone's “noon” does the US presidency turn over?

I did a quick Google search of the US Constitution's 20th amendment, and it seems to me like section 1 doesn't specify a timezone. The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on ...
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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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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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Who pays for President Trump's impeachment defence?

Who pays for President Trump's impeachment defence? Is it the US state or does President Trump need to pay for his own defence?
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Why is West Virginia a state?

First off, I am a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and am completely aware of the circumstances of the creation of the state of West Virginia. In 1863, in the midst of the Rebellion, ...
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Why are Republicans (unlike Democrats) heavily criticized for their flip-flopping regarding the 2016/2020 US supreme court justice nominations?

It's hard to be on the Internet currently without encountering heavy criticism of prominent Republican politicians over Trump nominating a Supreme Court justice so close to the 2020 US election. As ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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If Russia hacked the 2016 election, how or why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump?

Simple question, but it's been bugging me for quite some time. If we know for a fact that Russians interfered with the 2016 US presidential election, why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump, ...
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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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In what way would invoking martial law help Trump overturn the election?

In the news, it has been said that still-president Trump could invoke martial law in order to help him overturn the election (CNN, Business Insider) Flynn had suggested earlier this week that Trump ...
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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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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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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 do presidential pardons exist in a country having a clear separation of powers?

This answer provides some insight into a way for a President to pardon someone with virtually no consequences: (..) in reality, presidents often wait until his final days/hours to grant the most ...
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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 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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Can the U.S. Senate hold an impeachment trial if the House “passes” articles of impeachment but does not “transmit” them to the Senate?

After passing articles of impeachment against the President, Speaker Pelosi has announced she will not immediately send the articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial. What does this actually ...
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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 ...
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Can the current President of the United States block the transfer of their office to the next elected president?

As indicated by commentary in the news, a considerable amount of people seem concerned about who wins the U.S. Presidential election. For this reason we have for example articles like this Op-Ed in LA ...
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Have any of the “We the People” petitions ever resulted in policy changes?

I was looking at the U.S. White House's "We the People" petition website they had set up shortly after Obama took office, and noticed that most of the petitions are in the ridiculous or at least not ...
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If the US switched to the metric system, what would the net 20-year economic savings be?

If the United States were to adopt the metric system of units, as commonly used in all other advanced industrial economies, there would clearly be switching costs for the economy as a whole, and there ...
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How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal?

How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal? Specifically, how will consumers' internet access be protected without government regulation?
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Why hasn't the U.S. government paid war reparations to any country it attacked?

Why hasn't the U.S. government paid war reparations to any country it attacked? According to Wikipedia, the U.S. has never paid any war reparations to members of other countries. It has only paid ...
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What benefit is there to pulling out of the presidential race before Super Tuesday?

In the last couple of days, in the wake of the South Carolina primary, first Pete Buttigieg & now Amy Klobuchar have "suspended" their campaigns. This has come notably just before Super Tuesday, ...
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How would one country purchase another?

Recently, the Trump administration expressed interest in purchasing Greenland. How exactly would this work? I would assume voters in both countries would be on board? Who would the payment go to if ...
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Is there precedent or are there procedures for a US president refusing to concede to an electoral defeat?

I am wondering what would happen if an incumbent US President were to lose a presidential election, but refuse to accept the result and to concede defeat (even after any legitimate challenges and ...
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What's currently blocking the construction of the wall between Mexico and the US?

On February 15, 2019, Donald Trump declared a National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States. However as far as I can tell, construction of the actual wall has yet to begin ...

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