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How many superdelegates have endorsed voting for the plurality delegate winner to be the nominee?

On Wednesday’s Democratic Presidential Debate in Nevada, candidates were asked if they think that whoever gets a plurality of the pledged delegates should ultimately become the Democratic nominee, ...
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What happens in a brokered convention? Why is the prospect of one seen as a threat to Sanders' presidential hopes?

With six (technically eight including Tulsi Gabbard & Tom Steyer) candidates currently still in the field for the Democratic presidential candidate nomination, it seems increasingly likely that no ...
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Is it a concern to the US, that leading their leader in handcuffs out of the White House would look weak to other countries? [closed]

I am wondering how for example something like the "Nixonian Deal" (Nixon leaving office "voluntarily" in exchange for being pardoned later) could occur. What kind of leverage does a President have in ...
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Does the US president have more power over their country than any other elected person has in their own country? [closed]

I was having an argument with a friend over the following question. Does the US president have more power over the US than any other elected person on Earth has over their own county? The ...
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How binding is a sentencing recommendation by the Department of Justice? [closed]

Regarding the sentencing of Roger Stone, the original recommendation, which had been made according to official guidelines, was for a sentence of 7-9 years in prison. Then it was changed, and ...
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Would renewable energy be more prominent if the USA removed all energy subsidies?

I am not an expert in the field, but my understanding is that the us is at, or at least very close to, grid parity for renewable energy sources like solar and wind power. From what I can tell it also ...
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Does the President have the “right” to micromanage the DOJ?

Derived from an earlier question DOJ's impossible job, the question is based on the comment: "Trump claims that he has the absolute right to micromanage the AG and he is probably correct." The ...
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Which position is most powerful, prestigious and influential - Governor, US Senator, Cabinet Secretary? [closed]

Which is most powerful (Governor, US Senator, Cabinet Secretary)? Which is most prestigious (Governor, US Senator, Cabinet Secretary)? Which is most influential (Governor, US Senator, Cabinet ...
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Is it true that a man in the usa is only given the right to vote if he accepts the draft?

Is it true that men are only given the right to vote if they agree to giving to government the right to conscription. Off course women only need to be 18 and have no further obligations put on them? ...
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What is the purpose of the 5 and 10 year periods in 2 U.S. Code § 933

In this question Why are US budget implications estimated "over 10 years"? the question was, why are budget impacts frequently estimated over 10 years. The accepted answer was it's the law. ...
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FBI and procedures to prevent unauthorized searches

I have read from an article that members of the FBI took advantage of a program called Section 702, which "granted FBI agents the ability to search a database of electronic intelligence, including ...
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How do Trump's public statements make DOJ's job impossible?

ABC interview speaks for itself: video, transcript, commentary. No doubt that Trump has a right to express his opinion (as do you or I), but what I don't understand is how that makes it impossible ...
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Why are US budget implications estimated “over 10 years”?

The federal budget in the US is proposed and approved annually. However, analysts and commentators very often explain budgetary measures "will cost X USD over 10 years" or "cuts program P by X USD ...
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Is today’s European Union more or less integrated than the United States under the Articles of Confederation?

As the question title suggests: as far as I know, the Articles of Confederation allows each state to make trade agreements, a right that is not available to today’s EU members. But the United States ...
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How can Michael Bloomberg become the Democratic nominee for President when he has not appeared on any primary ballot so far?

I just saw an advertisement on TV: "Bloomberg for president!", but I am not seeing him in any of the primary results. How can he have any realistic chance of being the Democratic nominee if he's ...
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Nowadays US political standoff - is it a precedent for the US? [closed]

U.S. internal political standoff is already existed for a while - in fact, since last Presidential Elections. Recently, I've seen something like this as a culmination of that partisanship. I just don'...
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Voter Analysis on the type of democratic candidate of 2020 US Election

I was watching Fox News(click here for the video and go to around 4:27) and the female anchor was quoting a voter analysis as below- It’s very important to pick the candidate who can beat Donald ...
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High number of personal bankruptcies in U.S. before 2008 financial crisis (2003-2006)?

Apologies if this isn't the right Stackexchange forum, I will be happy to move it if required. I was reading the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's latest quarterly report on Household Debt and ...
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Does the US government have any plan to punish Equifax for failure to stop Chinese breach?

I read about how Equifax was hacked by Chinese hackers and stole the data of over 146 million Americans, a hack that was partially only possible because Equifax made simple security mistakes like ...
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Is there anything to prevent the U.S. Attorney General from helping political allies convicted of crimes?

Attorney General William Bar is in the news recently for pushing four federal prosecutors on the Roger Stone case to resign from the case. What, if any, checks and balances are there to prevent this ...
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Who has standing to sue for Emoluments violations?

Almost a week ago, the DC Court of Appeals threw out a lawsuit by two hundred out of five hundred thirty-eight congresspeople against the President, claiming that he has violated the Emoluments clause ...
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Could an American presidential election be overturned by state legislatures?

If a political party (Party A) has a nominee that Party B does not like and Party A’s candidate wins by a relatively small electoral margin (318 to 220), can party B appoint sham electors to vote for ...
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How does New Hampshire allocate its national Democratic delegates from vote share?

Google is currently featuring this data/answer, apparently based on an AP article which it doesn't link to... So, basically how does NH allocate its (Democratic) delegates from vote share? Are there (...
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What would happen if every state had a law requiring it hold the nations first primary?

Quoting https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/11/politics/iowa-new-hampshire-primary-monopoly/index.html: The vote-counting meltdown in Iowa's antiquated and haphazard caucus system -- a process used partly ...
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Is Buttigieg old enough to be eligible to become the president? [closed]

According to the Wiki page Pete Buttigieg was born on January 19, 1982. On January 20, 2021, the president sworn in date, he will be 39 years old. If he wins the president election, will he be able ...
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Who would be in charge of quarantine decisions in this situation?

Sorry if this is the wrong StackExchange, but I figured it was more appropriate here than on Writing. I'm writing a story with a sequence where city authorities decide to block travel out of the city ...
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If a president is removed from office after being impeached, when does the vice president take office?

In the United States, if during an impeachment trial the Senate votes to convict the president, when does the vice president take office as the new president? Is is immediately after a vote is taken, ...
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Broader context for Barry Goldwater's comment on US presidents' abuse of power in this 1966 Firing Line discussion?

I ran cross the video June 2016 Firing Line Compilation for Hoover's Summer Series and starting at 02:42 there is an exchange between the host William F. Buckley Jr. and the guest Barry Goldwater in ...
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Machiavellian voting in the New Hampshire primary [closed]

Which Democratic presidential candidate would benefit by winning the New Hampshire primary but would also be a weak candidate in the November election against Trump? Please avoid opinion-based answers ...
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How does pledged PLEO delegates work?

I have tried to look up the rules of the Democratic primary process. It seems that states have two sets of statewide pledged delegates: pledged at-large delegates and pledged PLEO delegates. What is ...
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Has some candidate won the Democratic ticket without winning either Iowa or New Hampshire?

Looking at the latest polls from New Hampshire they seem to mirror Iowa... so I'm curious if a "deep" reversal on Super Tuesday etc. has happened, i.e. did someone not in top two in either Iowa or New ...
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Was it illegal for Nancy Pelosi to tear up her copy of the State of the Union address? [migrated]

President Trump has claimed it was illegal for Nancy Pelosi to tear up her copy of his State of the Union address, as it was an official document. Is there any law stating that it is illegal to tear ...
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At what point would US government lose control over its national debt? [closed]

From this wiki page we can clearly see that US national debt is growing steadily after 2010 and now it's larger than US GDP already (at the end of 2019). Still it's commonly believed the debt is ...
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Why is the minimum age to be U.S. president still fairly high at 35?

According to Presidential eligibility conditions, a President can serve if they are at least 35 years old: be a natural-born U.S. citizen of the United States; be at least 35 years old; be ...
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Have there been any attempts to get the US government to revert to pre-2007 requirements for gas cans?

In 2007, the EPA mandated that all gas cans made from 2009 onward conform to a set of regulations that, combined with the requirements of the Children's Gasoline Burn Prevention Act of 2008, resulted ...
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What are the requirements for receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

I was reading about the Presidential Medal of Freedom and how the president of the United States awards this medal to people who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or ...
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Did Iowa Democrats conduct a recanvassing in any prior (presidential) caucuses, and if so, how long did that take?

DNC chairman Tom Perez has called for a "recanvassing" of the results of the Iowa caucuses. This (unlike a recount) involves just going over the paper summaries submitted from each precinct. (There's ...
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Are there any political consequences for impeachment even if president is acquitted?

President Trump was impeached during his time in office, but he was recently acquitted and President Clinton was impeached, but was able to remain in office. Are there any further political ...
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Is there a consistent difference in participation in caucuses vs primaries in the US?

VOA notes that In the past, the downside of the time-consuming caucus process has been lower voter turnout. In the 2016 Iowa caucuses only 15.7% of the voting population participated. In contrast,...
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Where were the Iowa “satellite caucuses” located?

I've read (somewhat) conflicting report on these, some reproduced in other questions here... For example, Fox News says In total, there will be 96 locations across the globe on Monday. Thirteen ...
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Iowa Satellite voting and delegate awards

I "think" I understand that delegate allocation (for the Iowa Dem caucus) is not uniform, that is to say that it may take 200 votes in one precinct to obtain 1 delegate, while in another it may ...
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When are Iowa's Democratic district- and state-level delegates (for the presidential contest) completely selected?

From the complicated rules it looks to me like the Iowa story isn't going to be completely over anytime soon because There's "redistribution" of the non-viable votes (below the 15% threshold) at the ...
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Will the current SDE difference between Buttigieg and Sanders translate into delegates?

I'm looking at NYT's Iowa caucus results table (paywall, but you can still see the table in the back), as of right now: Buttigieg 26.7% SDEs, 11 pledged delegates Sanders 25.4% SDEs, 11 pledged ...
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Does the “viability threshold” in a caucus apply only to the 1st preference?

Currently, only about 71% of the Iowa caucus results have been reported. Joe Biden's vote total is sitting at about 15.6%. If, after the remaining results are reported, his total drops below 15%, ...
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Why was Mitt Romney initially incorrectly reported as the winner of the GOP Iowa caucus in 2012?

I keep reading this bit that Mitt Romney was initially incorrectly reported as the winner of the GOP caucus in 2012, but I can't seem to find much in the way of details why that happened, e.g. in WaPo:...
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Why is it so difficult to collect Iowa caucus results as opposed to election results?

There's currently a controversy over the Iowa caucus results, where it's taking several days to finalize them due to a "glitchy app" preventing volunteers from submitting the results immediately after ...
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Was the impeachment of Donald Trump supported or opposed by the general public outside the United States?

If you look at polls within the United States it's quite clear that impeachment views run straight down party lines. The very few independents we have left seem to be more pro impeachment then against ...
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How does the math for the Iowa Democratic Caucuses work?

I'm confused by the math used for Iowa caucuses. Here's an example: So there were 70 attendees. A total of 8 delegates assigned to the caucus But after taking into account viability... 9 votes were ...
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What was the US election with the highest number of cancelled primaries and caucuses?

Primaries and caucuses in the US can get cancelled and some did get cancelled, e.g.: The shutdowns aren’t without precedent. Some of the states forgoing Republican nomination contests have done so ...
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Why are Presidential primaries usually a landslide for the incumbent?

An incumbent President has only been denied his party's nomination five times, and only once did the incumbent initially become President via election. Why are Presidential primary elections usually ...

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