342 Questions for the topic United States

Is it possible to call an Early Election in the US?

In the hypothetical case that every member of the government (president and vice president included) wanted to call an early election, replacing the sitting president and vice president, would they... more

Are there cases of Democrats engaging in voter suppression?

Modern Republicans are often accused of trying to [suppress the right to vote](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_suppression_in_the_United_States) for minorities.Are there cases where the modern... more

Why has the United States not signed and ratified the International Criminal Court?

The [International Criminal Court](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Criminal_Court) (ICC) treaty has been signed by [121... more

In the USA, why is there still a government shutdown when Congress and the White House are controlled by the same party?

During the [United States federal government shutdown of 2018](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_government_shutdown_of_2018), a single party commanded both the White House and a... more

Why is the USA able to damage the Russian economy by imposing sanctions but Russia can't do the same?

Why is the USA able to damage the Russian economy by imposing sanctions but Russia can't do the same?For example see [U.S. tightens sanctions on Russia over... more

Spanish-American war from Spain's perspective?

From what I saw in movies, during many battles throughout the 1700s to early 1800s involving the French or British armies, rows of troops from both sides would fire volleys of bullets into each... more

Has the US Supreme court ever altered its own precedent on the same topic twice?

I know there have been a number of instances where the United States Supreme Court has basically 'changed its mind' and ruled in a manner counter to a previous Supreme Court ruling. The most... more

Has any US President-Elect ever failed to take office?

Has any US President-Elect ever failed to take office? Either by refusing, or by some health or legal issue which has come up between Polling Day and Inauguration Day?If this did happen, would the... more

What percentage of British and American troops were involved in direct combat with enemy in World War II?

I was wondering whether the Sri Lankan Civil War, which officially ended, would technically considered to be still ongoing, since there are still clashes going on to this day. Would this classify... more

How does a shutdown end if an agreement is never reached?

The US government is shut down, due to disagreements between President and Congress on border security funding.Both sides are in an apparent stalemate. So my question is simply, what happens if... more

Why is Greece's debt considered a problem but not US debt, which is much larger?

Greece's and other southern European countries' debt has been considered a problem since the 2008 crash, and austerity measures have been forced to the people.However the United States also have a... more

Why is the U.S. foreign ministry called the "State Department"?

What is the reasoning behind the somewhat odd and awkward naming of the U.S. Foreign Ministry as "State Department"? I get the department being the American equivalent of ministry but in what way... more

Is it a general principle that federal contractors have to follow the same rules as the U.S. Government?

House Republicans just passed the Maloney amendment, which supports President Obama's Executive Order 13672. For those who don't know, that executive order states that the federal government is... more

Why does the U.S.A. have separate legislative houses?

Why does the US have separate houses (House of Representatives and Senate) to form congress?(Put another way, what is the reasoning behind a bicameral legislature in the USA?)

Why do the supreme court justices have a life term period?

The justices of the Supreme Court of the United States is composed by chief justices which have a life-term period on that position after they are "elected".I have always asked to myself why some... more

Why are U.S. territories not allowed to vote in U.S. presidential elections?

Why cannot residents from United States territories such as the CNMI, Guam, and Puerto Rico vote in general elections? (They can, however, participate in presidential primaries.) It seems... more

Why did the US drop nuclear bombs on a weakened Japan?

My daughter was recently studying this in high school, and somehow I had always assumed that it had only lasted a year. Apparently it ran on for at least a couple of years, but her textbook only... more

Why is the debate on the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court so politicised?

Why is the debate on the composition of the United States Supreme Court so politicised?Many other countries, such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, European Union, and others, have... more

Why is there no process in the United States to remove and re-elect the President?

When a European head of government has too many enemies/doubts about their history, then he or she is usually deposed by the parliament and a new head of government is elected (either by the... more

What happened to horses when cars became popular?

Horse populations were greatly reduced as cars became prevalent: http://www.cowboyway.com/What/HorsePopulation.htm What happened to the surplus horses during that period, say, in the USA? Or was... more

What was the historical context of the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution?

The 2nd amendment states: > A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. There is a lot of... more

Were New York or Philadelphia ever declared the capital of the United States?

Most of the information I've read pertains to Congress operating from different locations in the years after the U.S. was established. I believe I read that the constitution did declare New York as... more

Why is Cuba still leasing Guantanamo Bay to the US?

During the last decade and a half, the US has housed prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and has been leasing it from the Cuban government for 55 years. [Cuba has never cashed the... more

Is it appropriate to call 1941 American items "prewar"?

Not sure if this question has a defined answer, or is a matter of opinion. I have a 1941 piece of radio equipment I am thinking about restoring, and I told my dad it was "prewar". It was... more

Were Russians in the cold war era USA discriminated against for their ethnicity?

As a Chinese living in the western world, I am a little bit concerned about the next decades where there might be a war or a series of conflicts between the rising Chinese power and the current... more
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