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Why did the FBI take so long to recover the documents taken by Trump in January 2021?

The FBI recently raided Trump's residence to recover documents that were supposedly taken by Trump sometime in January 2021. However this raises the question... why wait for so long to do so? Shouldn'...
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Why are paper copies of Presidential records supposed to be important given that digital copies are extremely easy to make?

The FBI recently raided Trump's residence in order to recover Presidential records that were taken from the White House without permission. But why would that be important, given that Trump's people ...
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Is it common for a U.S. president to have official documents in their personal posession after they leave office?

The Florida home of a former U.S. president was recently raided because he was believed to have several documents that belong to the government in his home. Fifteen boxes of such papers were recovered ...
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Why did Sen. Ed Markey's delegation to Taiwan fly aboard a USAF (passenger) jet?

I understand that Nancy Pelosi regularly gets a USAF passenger jet for long-distance abroad (C-40, a modified Boeing 737 if I'm not mistaken), because she's third in the "line of succession" ...
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Why is Communism singled out as a totalitarian party in US immigration laws?

US Immigration laws state (D)Immigrant membership in totalitarian party (i)In general Any immigrant who is or has been a member of or affiliated with the Communist or any other totalitarian party (or ...
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What can the U.S. government do to curtail scientific cooperation between China and the United States?

Despite difficult relations between the United States and China, collaborative research between the two countries has remained resilient. But with young scientists entering the workforce amid ...
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Has there been research on the effects of the Presidential Records Act on White House decision making?

The Presidential Records Act mandates the preservation of all presidential records. At least in theory this means that the only Presidential communications immune from further scrutiny are phone calls ...
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Aside the White House press conference, can the U.S. government give other types of access to certain journalists and news organizations?

In November 2018, Jim Acosta had his press credentials revoked by the White House, thereby barring his access to the White House press conferences. CNN brought a lawsuit naming the president himself, ...
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What's the longest speech by a sitting US president?

According to History.com Ironically, the man with the shortest White House tenure delivered the longest inaugural address in history, which may have been his undoing. This first presidential speech, ...
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What if my mail-in ballot is thrown out by a Post Office employee after it was cast?

One thing that was on my mind is the theoretical potential for mail-in ballots to be discarded between being cast and received by election officials. Though this is obviously illegal (it would be ...
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Why would a former US president's announcement of a reelection bid cut off legal defense funds?

At the end of CNN's August 9, 2022 video Analysis: How FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago could help Trump in 2024 (after about 10:00) host Brianna Keilar asks about the former US president potentially ...
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Under the confrontation with China, can Taiwan strike first but still obtain the military support from U.S. (base on whatever agreement between them)?

I wonder based on the current agreements between United States and Taiwan, if Taiwan has the right to strike (fire) against PLA of China first when they feel they will be invaded by China but still ...
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Does the US have a plan B in case the negotiations with Iran fail?

On October 13, 2021, the Guardian talked about a possible "plan B" in case Iran doesn't want to rejoin the negotiations, but did not clarify what that "Plan B" practically means, ...
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How was the Senate able to discuss and vote on all the amendments to the Inflation Reduction Act?

The US Senate spent the past weekend debating and voting on the Inflation Reduction Act. This spreadsheet lists nearly 300 amendments that were introduced during this time. How were they able to ...
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Could the House of Representatives force redistricting during a congressional term?

Federal courts ruled that Alabama and Louisiana's congressional districts do not comply with section 2 of the Voting Rights Act because they have 1 majority black district when 2 districts in both ...
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Why did the U.S. DoS issue guidance to consular officers in China that could result in shorter visas for some Chinese students beginning June 11 2018?

I read on bu.edu/isso: The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has issued guidance to consular officers in China that could result in shorter visas for a small number of Chinese students beginning June ...
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Why is the Inflation Reduction Act called the Inflation Reduction Act?

The US Senate has recently passed the Inflation Reduction Act. Admittedly, I did not read all 755 pages of the bill, but the media claims that it is one of the biggest investments on climate change ...
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Can the Kansas Supreme Court overturn the results of the Value Them Both ballot measure?

Shortly after the SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade, states began taking their own measures for and against abortion. Kansas took an interesting turn. Despite the apparent redundancy under the rule of Roe,...
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What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan?

What has China gained by doing military drills after Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan? A lot of people who know nothing about geopolitics are saying that China is throwing a tantrum, but is this really the ...
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What happened to triangular diplomacy (exploiting rivalry betweening dominating communist powers China and Russia)?

From Wikipedia article on triangular diplomacy In political science, triangular diplomacy is a foreign policy of the United States, developed during the Vietnam War (1955–1975) by Henry Kissinger, as ...
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Has the State Department submitted any reports to Congress under 22 U.S.C. § 1741 (aka “Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act”)?

According to this law (22 U.S.C. § 1741) an annual report to Congress needs to be submitted by the State Department, listing United States nationals they consider wrongfully detained abroad. Have any ...
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Why are people in China offended by a visit of Pelosi to Taiwan?

Nancy Pelosi recently visited Taiwan, and some people in China are offended about it. WHat is the reason? I know that China claims that Taiwan belongs to them, but I claim Spain belongs to me and I am ...
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Why might Philippine president Bongbong Marcos have problems visiting the US because of "court cases" there?

In a May 11, 2022 tweet, (self-described "public educator, academic, columnist, and policy adviser") Richard Javad Heydarian1,2 first asserts that China took the previous Philippine ...
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Presidential appointments are made with "advice and consent" of the Senate. Are there examples of "advice"?

The Constitution says that Presidential appointments (e.g. Cabinet members, federal judges, SCOTUS Justices) are made with the advice and consent of the Senate. I've seen many hearings and votes on ...
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Does the President have the means to prevent the Speaker of the House from visiting Taiwan?

President Biden suggested that visiting Taiwan was a bad idea and that's what his military advisors told him, but he still allowed Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, the third most powerful ...
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What is the role of Taiwanese semiconductor industry in Chinese and American policy regarding Taiwan?

Taiwanese semiconductor industry (especially TSMC) is extremly important and valuable on the global scale. Given this: Is it a major reason for Chinese interest in Taiwan? Considering possible ...
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Is Pelosi's trip to Taiwan an "official" or "unofficial" visit?

In 1979, the United States made a commitment in the China-U.S. Joint Communiqué -- "The United States of America recognizes the Government of the People's Republic of China as the sole legal ...
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Trying to find a quote about how voting for the good parts of a bill also means voting for the bad parts of a bill

During one of the presidential debates (probably during the primaries) I remember there being an exchange between a long time congressman (maybe Ron Paul or Bernie Sanders) and another candidate about ...
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Is the US allowed to execute an airstrike on Afghan soil after withdrawal under the provisions of the agreement that enabled it?

The United States killed Al-Qaeda's chief in an airstrike on his house in Kabul, Afghanistan. Though the agreement between the US and the Taliban is not public, one thing that is clear is that the US ...
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Why does the United States openly acknowledge targeted assassinations?

The obvious motivation for the question is the latest news: U.S. kills al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri in drone strike Targeted assassinations are a reality of political and military life, and ...
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Why do conservatives who disagree with social media censorship not just switch to blogs/RSS?

Many conservatives believe that social media companies should not be able to block users based on politics. However, they keep using the social media platforms, and even those who have been blocked ...
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Why was American government's response so soft towards the Chinese government's very aggressive messages about Pelosi's Taiwan visit? [closed]

Recently the U.S. announced that Pelosi would be visiting Taiwan. The Chinese government threatened that if that happened, they would respond militarily. Xi even told Biden the following words: "...
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How does the Russian invasion of Ukraine compare with the Vietnam War?

Wars have occurred between different countries and alliances since Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Surely there must be something we can learn by comparing different conflicts? ...
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Why does the US not use the "two negative quarters of GDP" definiton for a recession?

The United States has now had two consecutive quarters of negative growth. This, in turn, has sparked a debate over what constitutes a recession. Wikipedia has this In economics, a recession is a ...
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Do Congressional representatives and senators read letters we send them?

I'm American. And I recently wrote my representative and senators to express my opinion about bills on which they might vote soon. I got no response at all from two of these letters, and from the ...
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Have the January 6 hearings had a significant impact on the attitudes of Trump supporters?

The public hearings of the January 6 Committee have exposed many details about Donald Trump's actions and behavior in trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election. But I can easily imagine that ...
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Travelling from California to Chicago by rail [closed]

Rail route from California to Chicago by rail Amtrak YouTube video Can there be any alternate rail routes by rail for travelling from California to Chicago? The current journey takes 42 hours by rail. ...
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Why is the US residential model untouchable and unquestionable?

In the past I asked a question about the environmental impact of the the US residential model. Some users replied that such residential model was inherited from the past, that it was too late to ...
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What are the official sources of press releases and other announcements of the Federal and State governments of the US?

For example, in Ontario the government maintains an online newsroom, for distribution of all official press releases and announcements from the various branches of the provincial government. Although ...
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Did the governments of the US and European countries attempt to negotiate with Russia prior to the invasion of Ukraine?

I am aware that the US began warning other countries regarding the military buildup on the Ukrainian border in November of last year, and that the Russian Government denied that they were going to ...
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Would Roe V. Wade have been overturned even without Dobbs V. Jackson triggering the Judicial Review?

I have meager knowledge of US Politics, even less of US Laws. I am curious to know whether The SCOTUS was actively considering overturning Roe V. Wade and Dobbs V. Jackson was just a "happy"...
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What is the result of the US China trade war from 2018?

Trump started a trade war with China in 2018 by imposing tariffs on a broad range of Chinese imports. If we calculate the economic win/loss for reach side, which country lost/benefited more as of 2022:...
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What political apparatus and rules allow the United States to have leverage against companies when it has several intellectual properties associated?

What political apparatus and rules allow the United States to have leverage against companies when it has several intellectual properties associated? Only the Dutch manufacturer ASML makes the ...
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Why does the US Government continue with the strategy of imposing economic sanctions when it does more harm to the US? [closed]

I'm at a loss for understanding the current US government strategy of continuing economic sanctions as it seems to do more harm to the US and help countries that the US is attempting to curb the ...
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What was/would be the impact of the Russian's Invasion of Ukraine on U.S. strategy in middle east? [closed]

Several months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, not much seems to have changed for US strategy in the Middle East. It still seems as if the United States wants to withdraw completely from the ...
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On what grounds would Roe vs. Wade be a "bad law"?

Many opponents of the newly overturned Roe vs. Wade law claim the law was "bad law", as stated on this, National Review, openly conservative website. https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/...
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Why is the US listed as a "flawed democracy" in the Democracy Index?

I was reading Wikipedia's Democracy Index and it shows the United States as a "Flawed Democracy". Reading in more detail, the article points out that the US has low scores in "...
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How come the Maldives accepted Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa's visa, but not the USA?

This site says (emphasis mine): According to the report to BBC, the President has left for the Maldives. The Hindu newspaper revealed that the United States has rejected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’...
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How do US states maintain a secret ballot using Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail?

How have US states implemented Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail in their voting systems? In particular, how is the secrecy of votes insured? I note that it would be compromised if bulletins where ...
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"Make the net neutral again" Has the Biden administration successfully restored US internet neutrality? Safeguards in place to keep it that way?

Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (2017 to 2021) Ajit Pai had been outspoken against net neutrality since at least 2014 and once head of the FCC worked to undo it: Net ...
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