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It is not true. Men between 18 and 26 are required to register with the selective service system. Failure to register is a felony, and so if someone failed to register, and the SSS chose to prosecute, and the courts convicted the person, and they were imprisoned, then they would be disenfranchised. However there have been no prosecutions since 1986, and ...


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The European Union and the Articles of Confederation can not be directly compared, because they have very different focus. The Confederation was mostly about diplomatic and military cooperation. It mandated that the participating states would form a defensive pact ("assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them") ...


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The Articles of Confederation also had no equivalent of the later Commerce Clause. Under the Articles of Confederation, Congress lacked the authority to regulate commerce, making it unable to protect or standardize trade between foreign nations and the various states. In 1784, Congress requested that the states grant it limited power over commerce for a ...


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The European Customs Union was a separate agreement. Here just the countries agreed to join their forces to improve their bargaining power with the rest of the world. But even though all EU countries signed it, it doesn't have a lot to do with the political union. The political union is far looser than what you have the USA. Actually there are a lot of ...


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Even if this were to be done, Congress has to confirm the result of the electoral college vote before it becomes official. Some detail in this other question: A small set of questions on objections to the Electoral College vote by members of Congress So, while it's possible for state electors to be picked for undemocratic reasons, the assumption is that a ...


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The key factor in determining the minimum number of votes required is that the comparison operation for a simple majority vote is different from that for a supermajority vote. A simple majority means "greater than half of the votes." Equivalently, it means "more votes for than against." In mathematical terms, this is the greater than comparison. It may ...


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67 senators is the majority if all 100 are present. There's no notion of tie in such 2/3-vote circumstances. (Also, for presidential impeachment at least the VP does not participate at all; he is replaced by the Chief Justice). Wikipedia has a complete list of tie breaking votes (since 1945); none involve a [near] 2/3 majority case. Nor does it mention that ...


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It is unnecessary to beat a dead horse. The argument for more witnesses boils down to "All the facts must come out." The argument against witnesses is essentially "Given what's charged in the articles of impeachment, more facts is a waste of time." The decision boils down under the senate rules to a vote, and if 51 of the Senators present vote for to ...


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One argument that you'll hear against having witnesses is that they will not change the outcome of the trial. There is virtually no chance that the Republican-controlled Senate will vote to remove Trump, and calling witnesses will not change that. There is relatively little debate about the major facts of the case, so having witnesses corroborate those facts ...


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The Republicans don't want to give validity to the process itself by conducting it as something the public would see as a 'trial'. Their narrative is that the impeachment is a purely partisan exercise and retribution against Trump for winning the 2016 election. Calling witnesses would make the impeachment proceedings seem more 'real' and thus implant doubt ...


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So, why does the Chief Justice break ties during a impeachment trial and not the Vice President, which is the usual case? See Does the Vice-President retain their tiebreaking vote during an impeachment trial of the President?. Also, what authorizes the Chief Justice to cast tie-breaking votes? Precedent. In the impeachment trial of President Andrew ...


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Let's go back to the 18th century (when the process was set up) and consider why that is. In modern US politics, the Vice President is the running mate of the President, meaning they are from the same party. In the first few US elections, however, the VP was the runner-up The original system for electing presidents provided that the candidate receiving a ...


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