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Is it true that "Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story" in the House impeachment proceedings?
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Absolutely Not – the White House had ample opportunities to present a defense The House Judiciary Committee gave The White House the opportunity to present a public defense from either Trump or his ...

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Has Biden's campaign, or the Democratic Party, publicly voiced their opinion on granting some sort of immunity to Trump?
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In May of 2020, Biden committed not to pardon Trump or otherwise interfere with any investigations that the Justice Department may or may not carry out: Democratic candidate Joe Biden said that if he ...

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What's the red, white and blue (with stars) banner that Trump was using on the stage in his election campaign?
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It's standard American Flag Bunting, which is the standard way to render the American Flag in a linear, banner form. You've most likely seen it curled into a half-circle ring for decoration, ...

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Why do people at the top of a bureaucracy/government have to get paid the most?
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This is not true, in a universal sense. In general it's true that, in government as in other fields, the higher up you rise, the higher your salary is, but what's much more important is the field you'...

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What is the origin of the fears of racism associated with facial recognition technology?
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People often have the mistaken belief that computers are inherently objective and unbiased – and while they may not hold prejudices themselves, the results that they produce reflect the biases and ...

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Are there countries where politicians and senior government officials can be forced to be personally invested in their official decisions?
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Sure, it’s pretty common, though we usually refer to it as “corruption”. A politician can invest in that spaceport, or land on the other side of the bridge befor approving the subsidies. If they don’t ...

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What reasons are offered by those who both endorsed social distancing and then endorsed the BLM mass protests?
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The key difference is that as our understanding of COVID-19 has improved, two facts have become clear about its infectivity which reduce the danger of spread during large outdoor protests like the ...

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Was Speaker Nancy Pelosi's rejection of Republican representatives Jordan and Banks "unprecedented"?
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Minority Leader McCarthy may have intended calling this action "unprecedented" as an attack, but Pelosi acknowledged that herself in her official statement: “With respect for the integrity ...

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Why are legal decisions in the US so politicized?
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There are 2 separate issues in your question, and I'll address them separately. First: why do people comment on legal cases outside a discussion of the law? Because law and justice are related, but ...

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Can the president of the United States be guilty of insider trading?
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Is there potential for the President of the United States to commit insider trading? Certainly. The President has access to all kinds of material information that is non-public, either because it’s ...

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Did the Mueller report find that Trump committed any felonies?
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While the question of whether Trump's actions would have resulted in felony charges is a matter of opinion (though the 1027 prosecutors who signed the letter you mentioned is strong evidence in the ...

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Can the President of the US limit First Amendment rights?
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The reason this isn't a loophole is that The President doesn't have the power to make laws at all, only Congress can do that. Thanks to the vast expansion in the power of the Executive branch in ...

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Why doesn’t the Republican majority in the United States Senate reintroduce their heathcare legislation?
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To pass, a bill needs to pass in the House and Senate and be signed by the President. Since the last election, Democrats took control of the House, so while the Obamacare repeal bills that failed in ...

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What is the rationale behind making it illegal to hand out water to voters in line in Georgia?
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The point is to make voting harder and, therefore, to discourage it. By preventing volunteers from giving out food and water to voters, it makes the wait to vote (which can stretch to hours in some ...

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Why is the fact that Ukraine President Zelenskiy publicly stated that Trump didn't pressure him whatsoever being ignored?
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To me, it's like accusing someone of pressuring someone else and the person supposedly being pressured says they are not being pressured You seem to be missing the whole point of pressuring someone: ...

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How did Alaska "change its primary system recently" and was it "to dilute the possibility of a conservative or Trump-inspired challenger"?
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Alaska Ballot Measure 2 made two big changes to elections, both of which are expected to reduce the power of the main parties: Party-run primary elections are replaced with non-partisan primary ...

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Did Biden win every state (that he won) by more votes than Clinton?
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Yes, though it's not a meaningful statement. According to the results by state on wikipedia (2016 results and 2020 results), Biden received more votes than Clinton in every state, not just the ones he ...

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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?
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Interestingly, avoiding this is one of the reasons that the United States Constitution provides means for legal impeachment of the president. Dr. Franklin was for retaining the clause [on impeachment]...

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How does insurance birth control work in the United States?
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It seems like the core of your question comes down to a misunderstanding about how health insurance works in the US. I'm going to make the assumption that you come from a country where basic medical ...

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Why would the Lincoln Project campaign *against* Sen. Susan Collins?
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The article you linked to provides a pretty good explanation, directly from Reed Galen, a strategist for the group: He said that for the most part, Republican dissent has been weak and that GOP ...

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Why did Rep. Omar conclude her criticism of US troops with the phrase "NotTodaySatan"?
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"Not Today Satan" is a common phrase used by religious people that means "I'm not going to brought down today". While there is clearly an effort to make it out as if Rep. Omar is ...

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Are countries other than the US concerned about preferred pronouns and how they relate to gender?
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There are movements for gender-inclusive language in almost every language that has grammatical gender, though the extent and favored solutions differ in each. Wikipedia has a long document discussing ...

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What are the implications of Hungary's emergency coronavirus bill?
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The implications seem to be indefinite near-dictatorship for so long as Viktor Orbán chooses. For those who are interested, an (unofficial, I believe) English translation of the bill can be found ...

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Can one say that US politicians are more independent from their parties than others?
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Traditionally, yes, but not much anymore One way would be to look at how often members of one party vote the same as members of another party. In this 2015 paper published on PLOS One: The Rise of ...

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What is the minimum amount of votes needed in both Chambers of Congress to send an Admission to the Union resolution to the President?
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Admitting a new state to the Union requires only a normal joint act of Congress which is passed the same as any other bill. The threshold is therefore a majority in the House and a majority in the ...

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When and why did the House rules change to permit an inquiry without a vote?
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As the answers in Does the US require a House vote to begin an impeachment inquiry? point out, House rules never required a vote to start an impeachment inquiry. In both previous impeachments, however,...

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How is number of justices determined if the US Supreme Court is expanded?
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The current size of the Supreme court was set by the Judiciary Act of 1869 and it would be changed by passing another bill through Congress setting a different size. This is just a normal bill, and ...

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Why is the lab leak theory such a big deal?
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Investigating the "lab leak" hypothesis is significant because it could help prevent future pandemics It's important to be clear on what the "lab leak" hypothesis actually is. This ...

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If I do not have an ID, how can Michigan check that I did not attempt to vote multiple times at different locations?
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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 ...

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Have US anti-ballistic-missile capabilities been used and were they effective in countering the recent Iranian missile strike on US bases in Iraq?
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It doesn’t seem so. Citing an unnamed US official, the LA Times reports that no attempt was made to intercept the missiles and those that did not fail during flight did hit the base. The lack of ...

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