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Does Your Vote Really Matter? How the Electoral College System Works.

What is the Electoral College? The founding fathers established the Electoral College as a compromise between election of the President by Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens. The U.S. Constitution states in Amendment XII, ratified by the states in 1804: “The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a......
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Killer Clown Craze Sweeping the World: Are They Actually Breaking the Law?

The killer clown craze began in America in the late summer of 2016. But clowns have been terrifying Americans since Stephen King’s It introduced us to a demonic being which appears in the form of a clown in order to lure its preferred prey of young children. The clown craze has even spread to other countries, including Canada and Australia. Police across England have also been......
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Presidential Debates: Who Makes the Rules?

The Commission on Presidential Debates Makes the Rules The Commission on Presidential Debates (the “CPD”) is a private, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that has sponsored general election presidential debates in every election since 1988. The CPD organizes general election debates every four years between and among the leading candidates for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States. The CPD is not controlled......
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What Kind of Lawyer was Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine?

Tim Kaine was dubbed “America’s Stepdad“ after his speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. But did you know that he’s also a lawyer and decent harmonica player? Tim Kaine entered Harvard Law School in 1979, but worked in Honduras for nine months from 1980 to 1981, helping Jesuit missionaries run a Catholic school in Honduras. He is fluent in......
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Fact or Fiction: People from Entire Countries Can Be Banned from Immigrating to the United States

Probably! The U.S. Constitution does not apply to people outside the U.S., so it is highly likely that a President would have the power to at least temporarily ban immigration from certain countries or regions of the world. No law prohibits the government from enacting laws limiting or banning immigration based on religious belief. But just because something is possible does not mean it would......
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Fact or Fiction: Border Agents Do Not Need Probable Cause to Search You At Any U.S. Border Crossing

Fact! The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution typically requires government searches to be “reasonable” meaning a warrant is required before the government can search property or persons. The border search exception allows searches and seizures at international borders and their functional equivalent without a warrant or probable cause. Federal law actually allows certain federal agents to conduct search and seizures within 100 miles of......
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Top 23 Most Bizarre, Funny or Insane Trump News Headlines

Donald Trump may not make you comfortable as the (possible) future leader of the free world, but one thing you can’t take away from the man. He sure knows how to generate headlines. For better or worse, Trump has been the talk of the country, appearing in the H1 Tags of thousands of websites per day, sometimes multiple times. Some are crazier than others, and......
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Fact or Fiction: California Law Does Not Require You to Pay an Unlicensed Contractor

Fact! It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500 or more in combined labor and material costs. Under California Contractor’s State License Law, an unlicensed contractor may not “bring or maintain” any action for compensation for performing any act or contract for which a license is required unless the contractor was duly licensed “at all times”......
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Will Olympic Swimmer Ryan Lochte Be Extradited to Brazil?

Countries Extradite Only If They Feel Like It  32-year old U.S. Swimmer Ryan Lochte has 12 Olympic medals, second only to Michael Phelps among U.S. male Olympians. Unfortunately for him, Lochte has been indicted in Brazil on a charge of filing a false police report in connection with his claims of being an armed robbery victim. The maximum penalty is 18 months in prison, and......
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Are Presidential Candidates Legally Required To Release Their Tax Returns?

Candidates Are Not Legally Required to Release Tax Returns No. There is no legal requirement of any kind that presidential candidates release tax returns from any year. Indeed, there is a strict, strong constitutional right to privacy for all tax returns. Thus, tax returns can be released by an individual taxpayer, but cannot released by the IRS to the public. However, one Senator has proposed......
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