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Why is the fact that Ukraine President Zelenskyy publicly stated that Trump didn't pressure him whatsoever being ignored?

I wouldn't necessarily say that the mainstream media is ignoring Zelensky's statement. (NY Times, Washington Post analysis, Fox News). However, he made the statement at the end of September, and it'...
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What key element is missing which would qualify Trump's behavior for impeachment?

The only "element" missing is a sufficient number of Senators who would vote on the basis of the evidence rather than politics.
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Why is the fact that Ukraine President Zelenskyy publicly stated that Trump didn't pressure him whatsoever being ignored?

Given how Zelensky was willing to agree with everything that Trump was saying in that conversation, it shouldn't be too surprising that Zelenskiy agreeing with Trump in public too doesn't seem ...
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What would Russia have to gain from interfering with the US presidential election?

There are two potential gains from interfering in another nation's elections: Gaining political influence: Nation A might interfere in Nation B's elections in order to put in power someone ...
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Why is the fact that Ukraine President Zelenskyy publicly stated that Trump didn't pressure him whatsoever being ignored?

To me, it's like accusing someone of pressuring someone else and the person supposedly being pressured says they are not being pressured You seem to be missing the whole point of pressuring someone: ...
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What would Russia have to gain from interfering with the US presidential election?

Russia would benefit from weakening the United States because that will prevent the US from interfering with Russian actions in the Russian near abroad and from fomenting a color revolution in Russia ...
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How exactly could a TikTok ban be enforced?

Keep in mind that it isn't necessary to fully ban it. Impairing a global Internet social media firm's reach is in the horseshoes and hand grenades domain where a moderately close to the target and ...
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What would Russia have to gain from interfering with the US presidential election?

It also served Mr. Putin's interests to show his own constituency that democracy itself is not that wonderful, and that a strong (perpetual?) leader with a plan is better than the wasteful and ...
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What is the rationale for foreign interference in a democratic election being intrinsically bad?

Because it Violates Sovereignty The political science and legal concept here is sovereignty. The basic notion of sovereignty is that any sovereign power is free to rule itself without interference by ...
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What is the rationale for foreign interference in a democratic election being intrinsically bad?

If a person or organization inside the state interferes in an election by illegal means, the citizens and government have lawful ways of dealing with that through the courts or election councils. A ...
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Can the US Senate's Hong Kong bill be treated as foreign interference?

Yes the Senate bill can be framed as an attempt by the U.S. to influence China. Whether that is a bad thing or not depends on your own beliefs. The U.S. commonly uses trade restrictions and sanctions ...
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Why is the fact that Ukraine President Zelenskyy publicly stated that Trump didn't pressure him whatsoever being ignored?

One word: MRDA, short for: Mandy Rice-Davies Applies. MRDA, an abbreviation for Mandy Rice-Davies Applies, is Internet slang meaning "well he would say that, wouldn't he?" It is used to ...
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Did Hillary Clinton call Tulsi Gabbard a "Russian asset"?

NBC has the order of events/statements a bit more clearly outlined In a recent interview, Clinton didn't mention Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii by name, but said she ...
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What key element is missing which would qualify Trump's behavior for impeachment?

First point: Trump has already been impeached, legally and correctly. That is part of his legacy now, and nothing will erase that unless the US system of governance itself is uprooted and cast aside. ...
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Is there any evidence that the US interfered in, or contributed to, the events which resulted 2014 Ukranian President's loss of power?

Interfere is a quite remarkable word ... The meaning ranges from meddling in the affairs of other people, to acting against other things. Some meanings have sinister overtones, some less so. The West, ...
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Democratic countries that limit the ability of foreign governments to influence their politics

The USA is a [well-]known example where foreign lobbyists have to register and submit various disclosures under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and failing to do so is a crime punishable by ...
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Why is the fact that Ukraine President Zelenskyy publicly stated that Trump didn't pressure him whatsoever being ignored?

The allegation is that Trump withheld millions in aid until his requests would be fulfilled. As long as he remains president, he can still withhold that aid money at any time. Thus, if Zelensky thinks ...
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How exactly could a TikTok ban be enforced?

Have there been any discussions in Congress about how exactly the ban would be enforced? To answer the Q narrowly, there are several legislative proposals and I haven't read of any of them myself, ...
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What can the US do to enforce their sanctions and extraterritorial judgment?

Secondary sanctions. If you do something the US really dislikes, they can prohibit their companies and citizens from trading with you, and from trading with any company or person who trades with you. ...
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What key element is missing which would qualify Trump's behavior for impeachment?

Overwhelming bipartisan support for impeachment was the "missing element." This was equally true back in the Clinton impeachment, as has been during the Trump impeachment. To successfully impeach a ...
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Is Obama's support of Trudeau's re-election "foreign interference"?

It depends how you define "foreign interference" (but also no) If you are using this term to mean any non-citizen having any impact on the result of an election, then yes, this is clearly foreign ...
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What would Russia have to gain from interfering with the US presidential election?

It's difficult to definitively prove some of the reasons, because in order to do that we'd have to have access to Trump's financial records. The first thing I would say in terms of "what do they ...
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What political factors prevented Rudy Giuliani from proactively registering as a foreign agent?

Most likely, it's not registration that's a problem, it's the responsibilities it entails. According to USA DoJ FAQ on FARA, a registered foreign agent is to keep all of the records on their ...
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What is the rationale for foreign interference in a democratic election being intrinsically bad?

The devils advocate viewpoint is quite strong here, that it doesn't actually matter, so long as candidacy and voting integrity and freedom of choice itself is unimpaired. A vote is intended to ...
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Is there any evidence that the US interfered in, or contributed to, the events which resulted 2014 Ukranian President's loss of power?

(Disclaimer: I'm worried that this answer will look biased. It is, because the question asks for evidence of US interference. Of course Russia has interfered in Ukraine as well, and I consider Putin's ...
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What key element is missing which would qualify Trump's behavior for impeachment?

The most common talking points among Republican senators are that either the evidence isn't strong enough, or that the president was pursuing Ukrainian corruption generally and not his own reelection ...
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Why would the US try to make Karzai lose the 2009 election in Afghanistan?

After 2001 when Taliban Government fell then there was a question of who (and more importantly how) will rule the Afghanistan? So, there was a conference in Bonn,Germany. Hamid Karzai was appointed ...
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Does social media exacerbate political meddling?

It's hard to see how the answer to this question isn't simply "yes." Social media makes it easier to communicate to a larger group of people at significantly cheaper cost, from anywhere in ...
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Did Hillary Clinton call Tulsi Gabbard a "Russian asset"?

From Politico's "Clinton says Russia is backing Gabbard": “I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who’s currently in the Democratic primary and they’re ...
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Why didn't Russia intervene in the Ukrainian elections?

How about this kind of intervention? Is that intervention enough? Ukraine's former president Viktor Yushchenko says he hopes Europe will wake up to the threat posed by Russia in the wake of the ...
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