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Why don't US presidential candidates get thrown into jail by their opponent during election?
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The simplest answer is that a US President can't just arbitrarily throw anyone in jail. (At least overtly: we're not talking about covert ops here.) About the most a President could do would be to ...

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What key element is missing which would qualify Trump's behavior for impeachment?
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The only "element" missing is a sufficient number of Senators who would vote on the basis of the evidence rather than politics.

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Is there any rule or law stopping Bernie Sanders from running as a third party candidate?
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65 votes

Unfortunately, the answer is probably yes and no. Every state & territory has different rules & procedures governing who can appear on a ballot and how they qualify to be there. Some, if not ...

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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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Whether Trump had a serious* opportunity to present "his side of the story" or whether he had the opportunity but refused to use it (by e.g. ordering subpoenaed officials not to testify), is going to ...

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Why are Democrats fighting so hard to vaccinate the reluctant?
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Even though I have sometimes thought that allowing the unwilling to be vaccinated to sicken and die is just an instance of evolution in action, I still realize that there are practical* reasons to ...

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Why don't most elected officials assume office right after the election result is confirmed?
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30 votes

There are two obvious reasons. I'll refer to the US specifically, but I would imagine other countries are fairly similar. First, the historic. Before modern transport & communications, the ...

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What is Trump's position on the whistle blower allegations? What does he mean by "witch hunt"?
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I think the only sensible answer is "yes": he both denies that he did those actions and denies that they are illegal. At least from my reading of the news, he seems to be doing both at different ...

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If the goal of communism is a stateless society, then why do we refer to authoritarian governments such as China as communist?
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Who's the "we" that refers to China as Communist? As far as I can tell, there are basically two sorts of people that continued to refer to it as Communist after the reforms of Deng Xiaoping:...

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Why does the US not just accept North Korea's nuclear ambitions and attempt to mend relationships?
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What is there that the US can do to "mend relationships"? I certainly can't think of anything: can you? Seems as though the poor relationship between North Korea (and the rest of the world, ...

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Why is Trump releasing (or not) his tax returns such a big deal?
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As to who cares and wants to see them released, polls say something over half the voters do, e.g. https://morningconsult.com/2019/04/10/most-voters-support-democrats-quest-for-trumps-tax-returns/ (...

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Why do politicians create more advertising badmouthing their opponents, rather than promoting themselves?
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Most people, most of the time, think that things are pretty good, or at least tolerable, the way they are. As the US Declaration of Independence puts it "...all experience hath shewn, that ...

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Why can't the public vote to impeach a president?
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Because the authors of the Constitution didn't make a provision for it, of course. It's really not possible to come up with an authoritative answer on why they didn't, but there are some obvious ...

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Why are so many Americans against Obamacare?
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Another reason, at least for some of us who think about these things instead of reacting with knee-jerk partisanship, is that it does nothing to address the underlying problems. Indeed, it seems to ...

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Why does DC want to become a new state rather than merging into Maryland?
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You seem to miss the really obvious answer. If DC becomes a state, it gets two Senators and at least one Representative. If it merges into Maryland, it just gets to vote for the Senators & ...

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What benefit does the USA gain when it withdraws from WHO?
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The US gains nothing, and in fact loses quite a bit. While I can't find any polls on the question - either the withdrawal is too recent, or my Google skills aren't up to the task :-( - I'd bet that ...

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What, if any, are the benefits of tying health insurance to employment (as in the US) over other systems?
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You really have two separate questions here: Why does the US not have socialized medicine? This has been fairly extensively discussed, on StackExchange and elsewhere, so I see no point in re-hashing ...

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Are both parties in America becoming more liberal?
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It's really not possible to understand things like this on a left-right scale, since they're essentially libertarian issues. To a certain kind of leftist/liberal, they might be anathema because they (...

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Why does California seem to have much more aggressive Consumer Protection and Safety Legislation?
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While I'm really not qualified to really answer the why (other than that a majority of California voters will accept these things), there are two factors that have made it possible. First is the ...

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What threat, if any, does Iran really pose to the US?
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An entity does not have to attack a country's mainland directly to pose a threat to that country. Nor does it have to use an army to carry out attacks. As an example of the first, consider various ...

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Why do US police use handcuffs in otherwise calm, non-violent circumstances?
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The answers so far seem to have missed a very practical reason*: to humiliate the person being arrested. It's part of the range of bullying tactics police like to use, from the "perp walk" ...

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If the law cited as the reason for an impeachment article is rendered unconstitutional, does that nullify the impeachment article?
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No. The Constitution does not provide any process for nullifying a conviction after an official is impeached. Impeachment of course is equivalent to a criminal indictment. The impeached official is ...

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How did Republicans get a majority of governorships and lose the popular vote by almost 3 million votes in 2018?
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There would seem to be a pretty obvious answer. States with smaller, more rural and/or suburban populations tend to vote Republican, those with larger, more urban populations tend to vote Democratic: ...

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Why are green parties so often opposed to nuclear power?
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I would attribute the basis to the monster movies of the 1950s and 1960s, which established an underlying "Omigawd, it's radioactive! We're all gonna DIE!" cultural meme. Combine that with the ...

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Why do constitutions not incorporate a clause on population control?
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Because such provisions would be widely unpopular. Most people seem to believe that it is their natural right to reproduce without limit, at least as long is it's "them" doing it. That is, ...

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What is the point of "we are not scared"-responses to terror?
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The point of saying that you're not afraid of terrorist attacks is to refute the terrorists. After all, the whole point of terrorist attacks is to frighten people (duh!) into forcing policy changes ...

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Why hasn't the US political system taken recourse against Trump for his politically motivated firings?
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I think all previous answers miss the obvious. It's pure partisanship. Trump is a Republican, there are Republican majorities in both houses of Congress. It hasn't gotten to the point where a ...

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Is there a link between democracy and economic prosperity?
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This appears to be a case of secondary correlation. The primary link is between capitalism & free market economics and prosperity. It's only secondary that most capitalist countries also happen ...

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Why do government employees get pension but not those in private sectors in the US?
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Why do you think people in the US do not get pensions? Employer-paid pensions, although less common than they once were, are still a thing: https://www.pensionrights.org/publications/statistic/how-...

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Do terrorists have political agendas?
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Terrorism is a tactic, not an end in itself. (Except perhaps for a few mentally disturbed individuals.) So every particular "terrorist" group will have an agenda, which could be Islamic jihad, Irish ...

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Why can't gun control legislation get passed?
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I would like to offer a different answer. It really has little to do with lobbying, and very much to do with the way the US government was set up to protect geographic differences between states, so ...

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