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If instances of electoral fraud were found, or suspected, in a presidential election, what would be the constitutional procedure for resolution?

If my understanding is correct, the Vice President's expected behavior is to do nothing. His or her role is merely ceremonial and not interventionist. If there is indeed irregularity, the legal ...
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If instances of electoral fraud were found, or suspected, in a presidential election, what would be the constitutional procedure for resolution?

The Vice President opens the votes that have been submitted, reads the contents and then asks for any objections which must be in writing from at least one Senator and one Representative. If there is ...
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How would apportionment be handled if a state were split in two or more states as a state?

Q: If California or any other state were split into two or more states[, how] would apportionment be handled federally? Apportionment must be done according to the official decennial census (Article I,...
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How would apportionment be handled if a state were split in two or more states as a state?

So the House of Representatives are all elected every two years on even numbered years. Typically if there are vacancies in the House, they are dealt with by proximity to the next election. If the ...
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In layperson's terms: Supreme Court to Hear Case on State Legislatures’ Power Over Elections?

The clause of the US Constitution at issue is Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 (Elections Clause): The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be ...
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Is the SCOTUS ruling on Oklahoma Native land the opposite of Originalism?

The biggest issue here is the majority's claim, contrary to Gorsuch's dissent and the Oklahoma Courts, that there is no jurisdiction to try this defendant as page 11 (slip opinion pdf page 39) of the ...
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In layperson's terms: Supreme Court to Hear Case on State Legislatures’ Power Over Elections?

If the court rules in favor of the legal theory being advanced, then state legislatures would have unfettered ability to ignore state constitutions, state laws, and state courts, and to exclude the ...
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Can a US state opt to become a territory without leaving the nation as a whole?

Here's what the Constitution says about territorial changes and states: (Article IV, Section 3, emphasis mine) New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be ...
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Can a US state opt to become a territory without leaving the nation as a whole?

The "advantages" of being a territory are meager at best, and countermanded by a serious overriding problem: You have to follow federal law, but you have no say in what that law says. You ...
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Can a US state opt to become a territory without leaving the nation as a whole?

There is no constitutional mechanism for doing so, and it has never been attempted. The conventional wisdom in the legal community is that the U.S. Civil War resolved this issue and that it is not ...
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How do the positions of the US parties on abortion align with those of their voters?

The electorate of the US has held two contradictory views on Abortion. Legal vs Illegal Roe came up with the arbitrary "trimester" system and legalized abortion through 24 weeks (the second ...
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Why does the government not introduce an amendment to the constitution to allow abortion?

I feel like this is missing a big part of the point of this whole bruhaha. This is about abortion for sure, but it's also about a broader issue. The common refrain among rural Americans is something ...
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In Supreme Court, is Chief Justice supposed to sway towards an opinion?

Almost the opposite. When straw poll voter are made and reasons are articulated for those votes in conferences of the justices, the process starts with the most junior justice and works its way up the ...
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Why didn't Obama nominate replacement for Scalia?

He did nominate Merrick Garland but the Republican majority senate decided to do nothing about that nomination with the reason given that it was to close to the election. This behavior of the senate ...
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Why doesn't the US have party discipline?

You can be kicked out of the party and sit as an independent in the United States. John Tyler is one famous example, he sat as an independent president after he was kicked out of his party for some ...
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Why is the US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics called a "sherpa"?

The reference is to a sherpa in the sense of the word, not referring to a people or ethnicity, but to a guild of skilled Tibetan mountain guides who provide insight and carry key resources for ...
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Why is the US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics called a "sherpa"?

I don't think this is a general term for the Deputy National Security Advisor. Notice that "sherpa" is in scare quotes. It's being used metaphorically. Sherpas are guides who help people ...
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Why don't politicians appoint young and healthy ideological fresh graduates as Supreme Court justices?

The Supreme Court is the last resort in the political process of the US Constitution. There is no further recourse after that, so it is gravely important for wisdom, not passion, to accumulate there. ...
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Why would the Senate not confirm a SCOTUS nominee?

The same President would just appoint someone else, so it will be someone else with the same ideology. Does it basically mean "This person you picked is a really bad choice; we think you can do ...
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Why does the government not introduce an amendment to the constitution to allow abortion?

There are a couple of reasons here. The other answers correctly address the issue that this would have no chance of getting 3/4 of states to ratify it, or of getting 2/3 of Congress to even propose it ...
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Why would the Senate not confirm a SCOTUS nominee?

Remember that the clock for the next election is always ticking. By not confirming a SCOTUS nominee, time is wasted, and the sitting president may not be the next president. Check this blatantly ...
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Why would the Senate not confirm a SCOTUS nominee?

Mostly, it's a threat that if POTUS nominates someone too ideological or unqualified, they won't get confirmed. It's a mistake to think that every "liberal" justice will rule the same or ...
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Why would the Senate not confirm a SCOTUS nominee?

If by not confirm you mean voting against the confirmation it would be because they don't want the person in the court. However if by no confirm you mean doing nothing it is because they don't want ...
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Why don't politicians appoint young and healthy ideological fresh graduates as Supreme Court justices?

The decisions of the Supreme Court (indeed, of any constitutional court) shape the juridical and, as can be seen in cases like Roe vs. Wade and Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health Organization, social ...
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Why don't politicians appoint young and healthy ideological fresh graduates as Supreme Court justices?

Appointing 22 year olds is not realistic, as such people would be too inexperienced (and likely too undertrained, having not even gone to law school) to fulfill the duties of a justice of SCOTUS. ...
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Why don't politicians appoint young and healthy ideological fresh graduates as Supreme Court justices?

Because a person's ideology starts developing long before adulthood. These days, people started championing environmental stuff before they are ten. And that is because of the environment they are ...
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Why don't politicians appoint young and healthy ideological fresh graduates as Supreme Court justices?

Because politicians want to somewhat plausibly claim the nominations have something to do with career credentials and not merely ideological commitment and likely longevity of the candidate. Besides, ...
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Why don't politicians appoint young and healthy ideological fresh graduates as Supreme Court justices?

There is an onerous confirmation process to get nominated candidates approved as judges on SCOTUS. People who have not demonstrated sufficient judicial knowledge and aptitude are supposed to be ...
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Why don't politicians appoint young and healthy ideological fresh graduates as Supreme Court justices?

Many Judges who have been appointed have turned out not to rule with "the side" that appointed them so those putting them forward need to have a body of work that can be evaluated before ...
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Can the Federal Government Revoke Statehood?

Could Congress vote to either expel states from the country or demote them back into territories? With the state's consent, yes. Article 5 of the constitution provides that no State, without its ...
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Why do pro gun and anti abortion (and vice versa) views go together in the USA?

Just so it's said, one of the core features of nationalist movements is masculinism: the lionization of men and masculine virtues held as a core tenet. This is part of the psychological dynamic of ...
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What kind of US house vote was it that first upheld then struck down the Casey Amendment to Title IX? Can the Speaker always call for a revote?

Wendy Mink skipped a procedural step. According to the Daily Digest for 1975, the votes were technically about Senate amendment 44, which deleted the Casey Amendment from the bill. On July 16, the ...
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Why do pro gun and anti abortion (and vice versa) views go together in the USA?

Though most answers are already very good to the question, I feel I can maybe add something. For now, let's ignore the two points presented in the question and instead focus on the roots of these ...
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Short of attacking a NATO country, is there any other thing Russia can do to trigger direct American military confrontation?

I imagine if Russia started rounding up civilians en masse at concentration (death) camps in a similar manner as Nazis did in WWII, it would be enough to trigger a direct military confrontation with ...
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Was there more tension during the cold war or now?

This question isn't really answerable because 'tension' is not well-defined and depends on personal interpretation anyway. Still, we can say that the cold war went through periods of détente and ...
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What advantages are offered by Supreme Court life terms over fixed length terms?

In theory life terms provide even stronger independence than simply not needing to run for re-election. Not only does a life-term not have to worry about positioning themselves with the people who ...
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Why do pro gun and anti abortion (and vice versa) views go together in the USA?

Don's answer about partisan politics starts us off in the right direction. But the red herring in the question is that these two issues are not linked in any special way. In a culture of partisan ...
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How much influence do the Saudis actually have over the USA, and why?

It's a mix of factors, some of which are getting weaker as time goes on: Saudi Arabia is not only the largest oil producer, it is the producer with the largest capacity to increase production very ...
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What advantages are offered by Supreme Court life terms over fixed length terms?

The advantage is that judges stay dedicated to their community of concern. Creating elections for judges makes it an "agenda" that brings the issue to themselves, rather than their ...
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Why do pro gun and anti abortion (and vice versa) views go together in the USA?

In addition to the answers presented which focus on political strategy, I present some background on the lesser understood portions of the conservative position which when added to the "main ...
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Why do pro gun and anti abortion (and vice versa) views go together in the USA?

In simple terms I agree with wbg's answer. I would add that, in general, Republicans tend to think of the Constitution as a static document and Democrats tend to view the Constitution as fluid. These ...
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Short of attacking a NATO country, is there any other thing Russia can do to trigger direct American military confrontation?

NATO is not compelled to intervene unless there's an attack on a NATO country. That's not to say NATO can't intervene (e.g. Kosovo), but it's not compelled to. So there's nothing Russia can do to ...
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Short of attacking a NATO country, is there any other thing Russia can do to trigger direct American military confrontation?

The US has treaty relationships with a number of nations which come close to the scope of NATO protection, including South Korea, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Israel is a very special case. ...
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When was the last time the US Supreme Court limited rights with a decision?

[As I had expected someone to have posted something by now, but I see nothing...] "Small examples" aren't going to be hard to find. Morse v. Frederick (2007) limited students' (1st amendment)...
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Why does the government not introduce an amendment to the constitution to allow abortion?

Because the hurdle for amendments is, by design, too high to allow a change that does not have broad enough state-by-state support (no, a national-level majority does not apply here). The Constitution ...
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Why does the government not introduce an amendment to the constitution to allow abortion?

Because it likely wouldn't get passed. In order for a Constitutional amendment to be passed, it currently needs 38 state legislatures to support it. For practical purposes, it also needs ...
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Why do pro gun and anti abortion (and vice versa) views go together in the USA?

It’s largely a consequence of partisan politics and the development of the Republican party in the latter half of the twentieth century. The pro-gun part of the party is an outgrowth of the joining ...
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How much influence do the Saudis actually have over the USA, and why?

Most countries try to influence each other. That can be in the form of public and private diplomacy of the embassy and consulates, talking to parliaments, governments, and the public. It can be in the ...
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What advantages would the United States get from seizing China's Central Bank assets?

In the near-war scenario that seems envisaged in that post, the advantage would be the same as what the US hoped to gain by freezing Russian Central Bank assets, i.e. cause more pain for the adversary ...
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Does the trust fund have the funds needed to cover the shortfall from a gas tax holiday?

The Congressional Budget Office(CBO) puts out an annual report on the Federal Highway Trust Fund. It was already predicting a shortfall as of 2021 Under current law, the Highway Trust Fund cannot ...
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