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Why is the United States voluntarily funding the World Health Organization 60 times more than China?

Partial frame challenge if you like. Fox News has chosen an interesting year to highlight. As you can see, US voluntary contributions have varied a lot; only $112 million in 2011 (and similar in 2014) ...
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Does Black Lives Matter have a hierarchy?

It's important to distinguish between the BLM network, co-founded by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, and the BLM movement, which is a far less well-defined collection of anti-...
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Why is Europe (Germany in particular) apparently paying so little for US troop presence/protection, compared to South Korea?

Because geopolitically these are two totally different situations: Germany is surrounded by allies - Korea only has Japan. Bases in Germany aren't there for the defense of Germany (at least not ...
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Long term, does Trump's wall cost more than it saves per year?

Best-case scenario? Fox News thinks the Wall will save lives by making it more difficult for cartels to bring drugs into the USA. Middle-of-the-road scenario? Stanford put an actual monetary figure ...
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Why is Bernie Sanders maximum accepted donation on actblue $5600?

Because that's the legal limit. You can give $2,800 per election, so $5,600 would be a combined primary/general limit. https://www.fec.gov/help-candidates-and-committees/candidate-taking-receipts/...
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Why is the United States voluntarily funding the World Health Organization 60 times more than China?

Re. assessed, rather than voluntary contributions, this article goes into the funding calculation basis, for the UN as a whole (the WHO being part of the UN). The reason it's relevant is that, in ...
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Does the GOP actually have a formal 'neutrality policy' that this unnamed RNC official describes?

From the Rules of the Republican Party RULE NO. 11 Candidate Support (a) The Republican National Committee shall not, without the prior written and filed approval of all members of the Republican ...
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Why is 3/4 of the US federal government unaffected by a shutdown?

Not all departments are affected by the shutdown since Congress has already passed appropriations for some departments. These include: Department of Energy (funded by H.R.5895) Department of Veterans ...
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Who supports funding of the "Big Three" and who supports funding of NASA?

I think you've misunderstood the current NASA and space situation NASA is still the primary driver of space exploration If you need any proof, you can look no further than Blue Origin suing NASA over ...
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Why is Europe (Germany in particular) apparently paying so little for US troop presence/protection, compared to South Korea?

Why should Germany pay for US occupation in the first place? Your entire question hinges on the assumptions that those US troops are actively wanted, desired and perceived to provide a service. In the ...
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Who funds the Global Public Policy Initiative?

Some browsing through their site yielded this: For longer-term research projects, we benefited from funding by the Volkswagen Foundation and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. Other ...
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Why is the United States voluntarily funding the World Health Organization 60 times more than China?

It's not that USA pays a lot, it's that China is stingy. That probably has to do with a perceived western bias in the UN (citation needed) which China doesn't like (citation needed). For example look ...
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How much funding (if any) does the CDC receive from private industry?

The CDC itself is federal agency, so as such it receives all of its funding from the Federal Budget. Unless you want to get into (more or less philosophical) discussions where the Federal Budget ...
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What kind of project[s] did the US finance at the Wuhan BSL-4 lab?

Identifying an Unknown Disease, and Understanding the Transmission of Disease Between Bats and Humans The research was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (a part of ...
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How many Republicans from non-Democratic states would have to side with Democrats to override Trump’s veto?

I'm just curious how hard an override of the veto to restart the goverment is? Very hard. It requires 67 votes in the Senate (assuming that there are no vacancies at the time and no one fails to ...
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What is the interest of US in implementing PEPFAR?

A pragmatic explanation comes to mind: less AIDS in the US. Because people travel to and from the US, occasionally have sex with locals while doing so, and don't always protect themselves. But for ...
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Legislation or Constitutional Amendment needed to prevent Government Shutdowns in the US?

According to the Constitution, Congress has the power: To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years; So, without a ...
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What is the interest of US in implementing PEPFAR?

To add to Denis de Bernady's excellent answer, it's also the same reason Google spends money on giving people free search, free email, and free WiFi. It's not out of the goodness of their hearts, it's ...
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How much, in taxes, does a typical American taxpayer pay toward public libraries?

I'm looking for an average or estimation of how much money public libraries cost a typical American taxpayer. That figure is not directly available. However, available data may be used to derive an ...
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Why doesn't funding for U.S. government services simply continue at its previous level if a new budget can't be passed?

Some parts of the government do indeed work that way. Most notably, Congressional salaries Unlike other federal employees, senators and House members continue to get paid through a government ...
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What is the next portion of the US government that will be shutdown?

Congress has passed H.R5895 and H.R6157 with Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) appropriations for these departments. Both bills are signed into law by President Trump. Department of Energy (funded by H.R.5895) ...
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Soviet funding for Communists

I finally managed to find the full Comintern budget for one year... 1922: approx 3 million gold rubles, i.e. $1.4 million ($19.1 million in 2012 dollars.) That's pretty ancient info, and when the USSR ...
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How much funding (if any) does the CDC receive from private industry?

As Fizz's answer points out the CDC is a federal agency and as such is funded by Congressional Appropriations - however this is not the only source of funding. Looking at the most recent data at time ...
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Legislation or Constitutional Amendment needed to prevent Government Shutdowns in the US?

Constitutional amendment. I'm adding this answer because a lot of the existing commentary is getting lost in the weeds. The fact is that any "mere legislation" that seeks to prevent government ...
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Are US territories getting the same degree of Federal support without paying as much in taxes?

Are US territories getting the same degree of Federal support without paying as much in taxes? Let's look at Puerto Rico: Here's a chart that better shows US states compared to Puerto Rico in ...
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Legislation or Constitutional Amendment needed to prevent Government Shutdowns in the US?

A normal vote is all that is needed. A constitutional amendment is needed to prevent it from being possible. The house originates the bill. It then goes to the Senate for changes/approval. Once the ...
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Need of electoral bonds in political funding

The electoral bond is an instrument, a bearer instrument similar to a bank note payable to anyone and free of interest. Unlike the trading market, these bonds can be purchased by anyone and when I ...
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Can Biden disburse 100 million dollars to the Palestinians as aid from already approved programs, or does he have to go to Congress for approval?

There's nothing I can find on where they specifically intend to get the funding, but $100M is not a lot of money in a $2T budget. My bet is that it's money already allocated that was either not ...
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