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Senate nuclear option

I'm reading about the Senate nuclear option and am a little confused as to how the procedure works. According to Wikipedia: "The option is invoked when the majority leader raises a point of order ...
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How long can the Senate hold up nominations?

Article II, Section 2, of the US Constitution states: [The President] shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint ambassadors, other public ministers and ...
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Can a sitting U.S. Senator run against the other sitting U.S. Senator in a state?

I'm wondering, could a sitting U.S. Senator run against the other sitting U.S. Senator in that state?
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Are Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers in legal jeopardy?

On September 27, 2018, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee about her memory of an alleged sexual misconduct, which occurred in 1982, by someone she remembered ...
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can lawyers/senate public commitee meetings ask questions which might be covered by NDA's

I'm just taking the recent Mark Zuckerberg Senate hearings which were held in the open in the United States. Is there some sort of fine line that the Senate has to follow? Can they ask any questions ...
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Is Mark Zuckerberg subject to questioning by every U.S. senator, or only select ones?

I have been watching the live questioning for the last 2-3 hours and wonder about the Senate's hearing process: Do all of the senators get to question Mark, or just a limited number of them? And if ...
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In the US, can a senator get a prisoner out?

In the latest TV series Scandal episode, "Get Out of Jail, Free", Olivia asks Mellie, a senator from Virginia, to release a prisoner imprisoned in Virginia, assuring that this is within her powers. I ...
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How basic were Senator Kennedy's questions to Matthew Spencer Petersen?

The recent hearing of the candidates for district court judge sparked some media attention as President Trump's candidate, Matthew Spencer Petersen, could not answer (video here) some law-specific ...
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Can congressional leaders “expel” elected members of Congress?

According to a Washington Post article about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, in the spotlight for an apparent history of sexual relations with teenagers, congressmen are trying to... pressure ...
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Who are the “inferior officers” of the federal government?

A part of Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the Constitution of the United States says this: He [the President] ... shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall ...
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Are US Senate/House rules legally enforcible?

Suppose, for example, that the Senate is considering the passage of a law. A Senator has decided to open a filibuster. After a half hour, the majority leader tires of hearing this Senator speak. He ...
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Is there a law establishing the procedure by which a U.S. senator resigns?

This question on politics.stackexchange.com isn't getting any answers, so I'll try a similar question here. Is there some statute or provision of the Constitution of the United States or case law ...
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Does SB-1341 prohibit educational research entirely?

The text of SB-1341 bill (just introduce to the US Senate) is available here. Summary As far as I understand it, if this bill were to pass, researchers would be unable to connect student-level data ...
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How common is it for bills to be introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate?

Five bills are mentioned in this report. Two of them, H.R. 2422 and S. 829, are very similar and appear to be applicable to the same situations (though I can not find the full text of the latter), ...