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Much is due simply to him wanting to. Any ex-leader could pull the spotlight, but everyone else chooses not to for the good of the party. Any President is automatically the head of the party. A popular former president still has a great deal of influence as far as endorsements. Even a former candidate such as Hillary Clinton or Mitt Romney matters as someone ...


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Basically not by that example, unless SCOTUS somehow decides to go against their previous rulings on how far one can extend the notion of "government". The most recent relevant case is MNN. Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-1702, 587 U.S. ___ (2019), was a United States Supreme Court case related to limitations on First Amendment-...


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It is impossible for any entity other than the United States government (federal, state, or municipal depending on specifics) to violate your First Amendment rights. As you quote (emphasis mine): The right to express any opinion in public without censorship or restraint by the government, protected in the United States as a right under the First Amendment ...


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Because he represents more Anti-Left than supporting traditional Right policies. I as a foreigner , have wondered this myself. Trump is very far from traditional right in terms of policies. Conservatism is usually divided into three items. Stability, religious morality, and conservative spending. He spent a lot more than many presidents and wasn't really ...


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This term can, IMHO, best be understood as an antonym of faithful, which is a common English word. Definition of faithful (Entry 1 of 2) 1: steadfast in affection or allegiance : LOYAL a faithful friend 2: firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty : CONSCIENTIOUS a faithful employee The 2nd meaning (there are others) is the one of interest ...


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The language barrier there isn't merely an inconvenience. The English-Spanish debate has been contentious there before In 1991 the government of Puerto Rico, under the administration of PPD's Rafael Hernández Colón, made Spanish its sole official language through a law that was commonly called the "Spanish-only Law." In recognition of the ...


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The only two certainties in life are death and taxes. While Puerto Ricans do pay some federal taxes such as FICA (Social Security), for the most part, Puerto Ricans currently do not pay federal income taxes. Becoming a state would immediately subject all Puerto Ricans to the federal income tax. There would most likely be enhanced benefits to Puerto Rico ...


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If the Vice President undisputedly murdered the sitting President, is there anything stopping them from becoming President? If the Vice President murdered the sitting President in cold blood for all to see, would they still become President? For both of the above, it depends somewhat on timing. Would they simply get sworn in or is there a mechanism to ...


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Putting the answer jamesqf wrote in a comment into words. Trump has so much power over the Republican party because the Republican voter base loves him. Remember, ultimately in a democracy, it is what the voter base votes for that becomes reality. Regardless of whether a politician is currently elected or not, they (in principle) need to do what their voters ...


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The parliamentarian is a Senate staffer who is an expert on Senate procedure and precedent. Senate rules are fairly complicated (parliamentary procedure in general can be complicated), and there's some 230 years of precedent to consider as well. When a procedural question comes up and the presiding officer has to make a decision, the parliamentarian advises ...


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He has influence because the left keeps vilifying him. As long as they keep bringing him up, he is relevant. I’d say that at least half of his influence at the moment comes from his second impeachment. It will wain until NY inevitably finds something they can at least spin as a crime from his taxes, that will raise him back into relevancy yet again. Expect ...


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It's worth pointing out that Trump is not a 'leader' in the normal, political sense of the term, and his power doesn't lie in typical sociopolitical authority. Trump is (to borrow someone else's analogy) the Golden Idol that a certain segment of American society worships. They carry him before them as an icon and cry out that he is their leader, while he ...


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It was getting rather ridiculous to hold to the fiction that the KMT remnants in Taiwan represented the legitimate government of all of China after almost a generation (23 years). Attempts to strangle the PRC economically including strong-arming other countries had failed to collapse their government and they were recovering well from famine, the war with ...


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There are rules, but they depend in part on interpretation: These are the so-called Byrd rules. A measure can't use reconcilliation: If it does not produce a change in outlays or revenues; If it produces an outlay increase or revenue decrease when the instructed committee is not in compliance with its instructions; If it is outside the jurisdiction of the ...


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Primaries, primaries, primaries. While David's answer is correct, any Trump run in 2024 would also remobilize the never-Trumpers so the overall advantage is uncertain. However the US POTUS, and Congress, elections require candidates to first get past the hurdle of the most partisan voters of their party, be it Dem or Rep. Right now, most really, really, ...


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Donald Trump's influence on the Republican Party remains very strong because the vast majority of Republican-leaning voters remain convinced that Donald Trump did not lose the election. (For example, this report on a post January 6 poll had three quarters of Republican leaning voters not thinking Biden had won the election. Poll after poll have shown similar ...


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It goes back to Eisenhower and his vision back then. That trade will improve living standards and allow a rise against the oppressors. And trade would weaken any Sino-Russian bond (National Security Council in April 1954). But he did not act on it, instead: (...) [he deferred] to right-wing Republican pressures and, even more critically, giving higher ...


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This is a "Constitution as software, government as hardware" question. It presupposes that the operation of the Constitution is entirely automatic and governed by rules, in much the way that a computer system will match its state to a set of instructions encoded in the software and mindlessly execute that instruction. It fails to recognise that ...


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Background This is a "constitutional corner case" that was surely not contemplated by the U.S. Constitution of 1789, or any of its amendments, and which would seem to violate the spirit, although not the letter of the constitution. The possibility of this scenario was quite real in the early Republic, as Vice Presidents were frequently runners up ...


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According to Section 1 of the 25th Amendment, the Vice President becomes President when the sitting President dies, resigns, or is removed from office, and according to Section 1, Clause 8 of Article 2 the President can begin executing their duties as President after they take the oath of office. In short, nothing can stop a murderous Vice President from ...


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In this case the VP would assume the office of the president due to Section 1 of the 25th Amendment. It states that the VP shall become the president upon the death of the president and there is nothing to stop that. https://www.constituteproject.org/constitution/United_States_of_America_1992 In case of the removal of the President from office or of his ...


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There are two sides to the diplomatic recognition of a foreign nation: A sign of diplomatic approval. An acceptance of reality on the ground and the establishment of workable communications channels. One or the other might prevail in a given situation. The PRC is clearly the more important representative of China in world affairs, and not exchanging ...


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The enemy of my enemy is my friend. In 1979, the USSR had yet to engage in their Afghanistan venture (which was to bleed it dry and expose military weaknesses) and was a very serious military threat to the West. The CIA was consistently overestimating Soviet economic output, which they kept on doing until the Soviet collapse 10 years later in 1989. On the ...


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Neoconservatives are (invariably) either statists or nationalists. I won't get into the difference between those two concepts here — the wikipedia links are adequate for the case, though do not take them as gospel — but an attribute they share is a belief that the established government has sovereign authority over its people and territory, and that this ...


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No. Israel would be exhibit A in that category. In 1981, Israel conducted Operation Opera using F-16 fighters to attack and destroy a nuclear reactor (being built by France) in Iraq. The US was not a party to it, nor did they publicly approve. In 2007 Operation Outside the Box used F-15 and F-16 fighters to destroy a nuclear reactor being constructed in ...


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Legally, no. They have purchased a piece of hardware and they are responsible for how it is used. Even if it were written into the arms sale, a subsequent government could break that contract. Practically, modern weapon systems contain a real lot of complicated software. Millions of lines of code. Can they be really sure that the US has not buried a "...


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@Don Hosek and @Joe C have good answers, but I would like to point out that there is precedent for this: In 2016, Clair Van Steenwyk simultaneously ran for US Senate from Arizona and for the House seat from Arizona's 8th district, although he won neither primary.


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Because China is a much less pluralistic society than (even) India. Start with the one-part system etc. China also blocks thousands of other Western websites, including traditional (Western) media. Or even Wikipedia (since 2019 at least). In the same year, China expanded its censorship of Western media outlets e.g. to the Washington Post and the Guardian. In ...


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Reason The U.S. and China don't have a very good relationship and that there seems to be a chain reaction of banning one another's products like social media. You have seen this happen with companies like Tiktok. Banning one another's products creates a mutual-like effect. How to solve this To simply stop banning one another's products. You can't even use ...


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The economic benefit is twofold. First is to encourage people who might be avoiding higher education to enroll in school and get a degree. This is important for several reasons. First it helps increase the amount of skilled workers which can also increase the amount they make and pay in taxes. It can also help increase the amount of workers in areas where ...


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The key element of inciting the insurrection was convincing the capitol mob that they were patriots and needed to take back the election by force was the big lie that the only reason Trump lost was election fraud. This single element transformed criminal insurrectionists into Boston tea party patriots in the minds of the insurrectionists. When Trump's words: ...


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What is the dominant rationale for student loan forgiveness among academics and politicians? In a word, equity, which is liberal-speak for fairness to address past and current societal ills. Rep. Pressley (D-MA) introduced H.Res.100 - Calling on the President of the United States to take executive action to broadly cancel Federal student loan debt. The ...


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The comparison between Chinese media censorship and the Indian Government's selective blocking of content in the question is extreme. According to the Chinese president, "All the work by the party's media must reflect the party's will, safeguard the party's authority, and safeguard the party's unity," emphasizing that state media must align ...


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Yes it is possible. For the Vice President there is a specfic example of Andrew Johnson, a pro-union Democrat, who formed a "National Union" ticket with Republican Abraham Lincoln. There is no special requirement that the Secretary of State is from the same party, although there is an expectation that Secretaries of State will promote the policies ...


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The Constitution, as written, does not even allude to party politics. The 12th Amendment was written in reaction to the reality of political parties and ensures that in all likelihood, the President and Vice President will be members of the same ticket and thus likely the same party. But basically anything to do with political parties in America at the ...


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As mentioned in comments, the Vice President was originally the runner-up in the Presidential Election; this practically guaranteed that (until this was changed) the Vice President would be of a different party than the President. Now, because the Vice President is on the ticket alongside the President, they will almost certainly be of the same party, but ...


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Like every other state, you have to register to vote, before you can actually vote. When you register to vote, you have to show your residency and eligibility to vote and are then put on the registration list at your voting precinct: Do I need my voter registration card in order to vote? No. As long as you are in the correct polling location, your name will ...


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tl;dr - The answer for Gamestop is that it hasn't been scheduled as of Feb 21. Please do not discuss current events here unless relevant to the general question. Once scheduled, it should be on the congress.gov Committee Schedule. It appears that both Senate and House hearings are only scheduled about 3 to 5 days out from the weekend. I'm sure this makes ...


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This is the text of the request that ERCOT sent to DOE: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2021/02/f82/ERCOT%20202%28c%29%20Emergency%20Order%20Request%20-%2002.14.2021.pdf This is the DOE order: https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2021/02/f82/DOE%20202%28c%29%20Emergency%20Order%20-%20ERCOT%2002.14.2021.pdf The DOE order basically copies the ...


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If the joint resolution passed by Congress does not have an explicit time limit, then Congress itself decides, upon notification that three-fourths of the state legislatures have ratified the amendment, whether or not the ratification is timely and the amendment becomes part of the constitution. This was one of the holdings in Coleman v. Miller. Quoting from ...


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There is also the Congressional Apportionment Amendment outstanding since September 25, 1789: After the first enumeration required by the first article of the Constitution, there shall be one Representative for every thirty thousand, until the number shall amount to one hundred, after which the proportion shall be so regulated by Congress, that there shall ...


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The selections of electors vary from state to state, and from party to party. However, the two major parties in most states have adopted a fairly similar approach: State delegates associated the winner of a party's national convention appoint a slate of electors who pledge to vote for that party's candidate in the general election. The slate of electors ...


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It is up to the parties in each state how they nominate their Elector candidates. Sometimes it can be done at the state party's convention, sometimes it's done by the state party's central committee. Electors going rogue ("faithless electors" being the term for such an elector) are very rare, and a matter for state law. There were ten faithless ...


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In hindsight, the answer is yes, it's constitutional to restrict electors' votes at least by means of state-law punishments, which may include their replacement, according to SCOTUS Chiafalo v. Washington and Baca (2020): Chiafalo v. Washington, 591 U.S. ___ (2020), was a United States Supreme Court case on the issue of "faithless electors" in the ...


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Given that TRE was apparently not in much political favor given the 2020 developments (from David's answer), it's unclear how much of this was being carried out, but in their 2019 budget proposal TRE did mention enforcement of NERC standards as part of their activities: Statutory Functional Scope In accordance with its Delegation Agreement with NERC and in ...


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Basically what does Texas RE do exactly, in practice? As of November 2020, Nothing. The Houston Chronicle reported on 21 February 2021 that Late last year, as winter approached and power companies prepared for cold weather, Gov. Greg Abbott’s hand-picked utility regulators decided they no longer wanted to work with a nonprofit organization they had hired ...


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The original title of the question ("Which generating units did the DOE order to operate at maximum capacity in Texas?") is incorrect. The Department of Energy (DOE) did not order those generating units to operate at full capacity. It instead authorized those plants to operate at full capacity, despite the fact that doing so would most likely ...


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The US relationship with Pakistan is complicated, but for decades it was viewed as an ally. In the 1970's and 80's, India was somewhat friendly towards the Soviet Union (while remaining nonaligned). That encouraged a relationship between Pakistan and the US. After India developed a nuclear weapon, the US (as I understand it) looked the other way while ...


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ERCOT has the list, but it's in the most data-processing unfriendly format possible (a PDF table). I've only converted it as much as I needed to sum its data columns. I get a total of 32,196.93 MW max winter rating and 8,716.21 MW min winter rating from the (two) relevant order columns. Given that Texas has about 125,117 MW in total generating power ...


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The problem here isn't what Cruz could have done. I mean, Senators have a lot of informal influence — there aren't that many people who can call a governor or other state officials directly and expect to get through, you know, but Senators surely can — and that could be put to good use even if there's noting 'official' that Cruz could do. For instance, Cruz ...


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