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Did the Democrats have an endgame plan when they allowed the Republicans to remove the Speaker of the House?

The Democrats did not have a plan, exactly, they merely wanted a Speaker who would be willing to work with them (to some extent) so that the House could pass somewhat bipartisan bills. McCarthy has ...
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Did the Democrats have an endgame plan when they allowed the Republicans to remove the Speaker of the House?

It wasn't as much as them allowing him to be removed but refusing to back him after he backed out of deals with them in order to try and save his position. If he was willing to back out of deals to ...
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Can a "minority" party elect, or at least choose the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives?

All that matters for electing the speaker is that a majority of votes is won by a candidate. It doesn't matter what party the voters belong to in determining the winner. In order to get elected to the ...
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Why could the House get 250-180 votes on some bill but not "muster the simple majority needed to set the terms for the bill’s debate"?

"[T]he simple majority needed to set the terms for the bill’s debate" is misleading. It should have referred to a majority in the House Rules Committee rather than allowing an inference to a ...
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Could the Democrats (almost) unilaterally remove the Republican House Speaker?

Yes, your understanding is correct, although the reality of Washington politics means that it's unlikely to happen. ... under the current rules, any single house member can force a vote on removing ...
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Did the Democrats have an endgame plan when they allowed the Republicans to remove the Speaker of the House?

The calculation was quite simple. Random would not be worse than McCarthy. McCarthy refused to work with Democrats in any form. Sure, it was his prerogative, but it also means Democrats had not the ...
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How can speaker Mike Johnson prevent a vote in the House on the Ukraine aid bill?

If a majority of the house wants the bill to come to a vote, how exactly can Johnson prevent the bill from doing so? He can't. The House has a procedure called a discharge petition, which enables a ...
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How can speaker Mike Johnson prevent a vote in the House on the Ukraine aid bill?

There is a good answer to half of the question, here is the answer to the other half: my understanding is that any single house member can force a vote on removing him as speaker, at which point a ...
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Can a "minority" party elect, or at least choose the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives?

Wikipedia has a list of speaker elections that you might find interesting. Minority "defecting": many times in early congress. One example would be 1809 when Joseph Varnum (Democrat-...
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Did the Democrats have an endgame plan when they allowed the Republicans to remove the Speaker of the House?

I think you are looking at this the wrong way. Matt Gaetz decided he was going to take down McCarthy as a part of a personal vendetta (or perhaps hoping to halt or delay an ethics investigation which ...
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Where can I find the archival records of a US "Committee on Armed Services Hearings" held in 1963?

The quote you're looking for was from "Study of U.S. and NATO Nuclear Weapons Arrangements" (1961-02-11, PDF, p. 30): In the event of hostilities, assuming NATO will not strike the first ...
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Can a "minority" party elect, or at least choose the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives?

Question: Can a "minority" party elect, or at least choose the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives? It's a simple majority vote of members in attendance. So a minority party could ...
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