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September 27

CIA withheld letters to President Truman

In the first episode of Ken Burns' Vietnam, the narrator says that Ho Chi Minh sent letters to President Truman that were never given to him. I can't find out anything about this on the web so far, any help? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee at 6:21 PM - 8 answers

September 26

The Repeal That Wouldn't Die

Are there any limits for how many times a proposed bill can be brought before Congress? [more inside]
posted by thedarksideofprocyon at 11:30 AM - 10 answers

September 25

USPS Letter Pickup - Urban vs Suburban

Whenever I've lived in a big city (my experience has been in New York and Chicago), the USPS has refused to pick up stamped letters from the mailbox in my apartment building lobby, so I have to carry them to a blue collection box. Whenever I've lived in a smaller city, the mail carrier has happily picked up my letters. What is up with that? [more inside]
posted by enn at 2:53 PM - 23 answers

Can I make a noise complaint with the cops about a moving motor vehicle?

On the weekends, there are all these motorcyclists who rev their engines and drive around downtown, moving in a circuit. They aren't actually going anywhere. They just drive and rev and often the noise is quite ear-splitting. I know that you can file a noise complaint about a house party, but what about motorcyclists? [more inside]
posted by Sully at 12:24 PM - 17 answers

September 23

Moving from the US to France. Can it be done?

My boyfriend and I live in the US. He is currently interviewing for a postdoc position in France. It looks like he'll be receiving an offer, likely on a scientific/researcher visa. We're trying to figure out how I can move with him, but we're finding the process confusing and overwhelming! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:50 PM - 7 answers

Hurricane response - how can we know how FEMA is doing, &other efforts?

Is there a clearinghouse site for covering Caribbean or other hurricane relief efforts, reports from hurricane-hit areas other than St. John, ways to help that actually do help, ways to hold organizations' feet to the fire if that is called for, how to rebuild in preparation for future 'weather events', etc? [more inside]
posted by Baeria at 11:03 AM - 0 answers

September 22

Shady Subletter Sullies Space; Shirks Settlement

Shady subletter filter: I sublet my apartment this summer and came home to find the place dirty and some items missing or ruined. Per the signed agreement between us, I cashed the check my subletter had left as a security deposit and emailed him with a detailed list of charges. Today I found out that the check bounced; what, if any, recourse do I have to get this money from him? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 12:26 PM - 9 answers

Searching campaign contributions for local US elections

I'm researching the donations a particular campaign donor has made in local races across the United States that concern the criminal justice system (e.g., elections for district attorneys and judges). FollowTheMoney.org plus the Federal Election Commission plus OpenSecrets.org give me fairly complete campaign finance data at the federal level, but only partial data at the state, county, and city levels. Where else should I be looking?
posted by brainwane at 10:23 AM - 5 answers

September 20

Finding what happened to person in prison

Asking for a friend: I need some help navigating the prison system. I have a cousin who is in federal prison in West Virginia. He was taken out to have surgery, and we have not heard from him in about a month or so. [more inside]
posted by cacao at 6:34 PM - 5 answers

Iure Sanguinis & EU (Italian) citizenship — che cazzo?

My father became (was not born as) an Italian citizen in pre-EU times, but he has been living in the US as an American citizen for roughly 40 years. I was born in the US. How can I parlay this into EU citizenship for myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:07 PM - 5 answers

Can venmo turn over someones clients to the authorities ?

Lets say I have a friend who walks dogs and I pay him for walking my dog by way of Venmo. Lets say, hypothetically, this dog walker also sells pot to other people (which is illegal in the state I live, and I understand is against venmo's TOS - but I imagine this could happen). If my dog walker accepts money for pot through Venmo and then is arrested, could the authorities look into his Venmo account and see all the people that have paid him money? Could I be under suspicion for buying drugs because I have paid this person for his dog walking services? Is there any legal consequence for using Venmo with people who might not be following the Venmo rules?
posted by anonymous at 1:10 AM - 14 answers

September 18

Can you park in front of an in-line sidewalk ramp in a residential area?

I live in Denver and the city installed these sidewalk access ramps on the curbs in our neighborhood. Great, right? Except our house right at the end of where a street dead ends, so they put in an in-line ramp right in front of our house, like the place where we park our car. Is it illegal to block this? [more inside]
posted by LKWorking at 10:44 AM - 9 answers

September 17

best books about U.S. health care?

I want to read 2-3 books about the current state of the United States health care system. My goal is to have a better working understanding of the current problems, potential solutions, political realities, etc. Bonus points for lively, compelling reads! What should I be looking at?
posted by this, of course, alludes to sex at 12:38 PM - 8 answers

September 16

car titles and mail forwarding in California

I bought a used car in California before moving to Pennsylvania, and never got the title in the mail. Help! [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 9:17 AM - 3 answers

September 13

sue thy neighbor

I need help figuring out what the process will be to resolve damage to my house caused by the neighboring house. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 10:43 AM - 8 answers

September 11

Searching for material on recent South-South cooperation and development

I'm interested in finding epistemic communities and reading material related to South-South civil society engagement in but not limited to the UN's Social Development Goals (SDGs). More after the fold. [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet at 8:18 PM - 1 answers

September 9

Florida, one parent in evacuation zone has children and won't evacuate.

Friend's children are with the other parent in Hillsborough County, Florida, evacuation zone A. Other parent is likely not evacuating, and will not release the children. What options do they have, if any? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:06 PM - 5 answers

September 8

Looking for French immigration lawyer recommendations

I've been married to a Frenchman for six years but the road to citizenship still looks complicated from my initial research. I'm hoping an immigration lawyer could help me out here. [more inside]
posted by Mooseli at 5:12 AM - 6 answers

September 6

Henhouse, Meet Fox

What are some good counterarguments in favor of a restored EPA and environmental regulations? [more inside]
posted by thedarksideofprocyon at 6:02 AM - 10 answers

September 4

Katrina Car Comebacks

A few days ago, I went car shopping with a friend. They had been through Katrina, and with all of the focus on Harvey, they were thinking hard about Katrina cars; cars that got shipped out of New Orleans to all parts of the country for sale with doctored titles. People all over got stuck with these ruins that had all kinds of problems and never ran right. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 2:21 PM - 3 answers

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