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August 9

How much to charge for damaged engineered hardwood floors?

Our tenants recently left and we discovered they've badly damaged the engineered wood floors. The only way to restore it would be to replace it completely, which we do not plan to do. What should we charge for damages? [more inside]
posted by ethidda at 11:24 AM - 19 answers

August 8

Where to donate to help get out the vote? (aside from candidates/PACs)

I'm in a situation where I'd (A) like to keep my personal info and donation amounts from being a matter of public record, and (B) identify good organizations I can keep donating to, even after this election cycle is over. I'm a US citizen. So, putting political candidates' campaigns and PACs aside, what other organizations will help with any of the following? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:26 PM - 10 answers

August 6

Pay an attorney for the green card process or do it ourselves?

Is it worth it to pay for an immigration attorney versus doing the paperwork ourselves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:44 PM - 16 answers

Books and essays on "being a citizen"

I'm working on a personal research project (not connected to any school/work) and am looking for resources that expand on these two themes: "an informed citizenry" and "the responsibilities of the citizen in a democracy." [more inside]
posted by perplexion at 11:17 AM - 4 answers

August 5

What convinced Edmund Muskie to run for president?

Did Edmund Muskie change his mind about running for president while in an elevator with his wife? An anecdote in a 1970's political bio suggested that he ran because he didn't want to spend time more with family. Anyone know which book it was and what the story details were?
posted by paphun123 at 5:02 PM - 3 answers

August 4

In Hillary's hands

My husband met Hillary Clinton in 1992 as FLOAK. He was 24, living with HIV, and she was really kind and considerate of him. He would like to send her a letter, with a few caveats. He does not want it to "go viral", or even public, but he would like to get it into her hands or the hands of someone higher up in the organization. Anyone know where I could send his letter where it might have a chance of being seen? Thanks.
posted by Sophie1 at 8:41 AM - 3 answers

August 3

Ripping off the bandaid on a tricky work situation

I start a new job in a month leading a medium-sized non-profit! Horray! The issue is that at my new job, we already had to make a hiring decision to replace someone who is retiring after 35 years. The person who is the best fit to take that spot is someone i supervise at my current job. I offered him the position today; he accepted on the spot. I need to figure out the best way to break the news about this to my current employer. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 11:27 PM - 13 answers

Life insurance question

What does a "change in health" mean from an insurance/legal standpoint? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:54 PM - 4 answers

August 2

What is the protocol around reporting an incident as a witness?

I witnessed an attack on someone earlier today and tried to report it afterwards but was told by the police that they wouldn't make any record of the incident since I didn't call as it was happening or when I was on the scene. Just wondering if this is normal protocol and why they wouldn't want to at least make a record. [more inside]
posted by knownfossils at 7:55 PM - 6 answers

Help me find this anecdote about Obama

I vaguely remember reading sometime in the last year or two an anecdote about President Obama's attitudes about military intervention. This was probably in a long form piece from the New Yorker, Atlantic, etc. Obama and advisors were considering intervention in the Middle East (Syria? Libya? Iraq?), and Obama asked his staff for an example of a successful military intervention in that region, and was met by silence. Anyone remember specifically what I'm talking about? I've been googling without success, which makes me think I have one or two of the details wrong.
posted by crazy with stars at 1:49 PM - 3 answers

August 1

How do I navigate this health insurance hell?

I applied for health insurance within the time allotted for my special enrollment period, but since they did not receive the (online) application until 63 days after my eligible event, they say I am ineligible. What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 9:36 PM - 11 answers

July 31

Family and Politics

How do I convince my stepfather that Hillary Clinton is not actually an evil, "ice queen", and might be worth giving a second chance? [more inside]
posted by madelf at 11:06 AM - 27 answers

How do I get my New York car title document?

A year ago, I bought a car from my family in Alabama. I brought it to my home in New York, and got it properly registered here. This involved giving the New York DMV the Alabama title document and being told I'd receive a New York document in the mail. The New York title document never arrived. What do I need to do to get it? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 8:21 AM - 2 answers

Can I Transfer an Inherited Car To My Name By Mail?

I inherited a car (from my father) - since I live on the other side of the USA (in a different state), can I do the transfer by mail? [more inside]
posted by Risiko at 6:05 AM - 3 answers

U.K. National bringing U.S. partner to UK

Have been trying to understand the intricacies of bringing my SO to live in the UK. I'm UK born with dual UK/USA citizenship. She's from the US. We both currently live in the US but would like to move to the UK. [more inside]
posted by aesop at 5:37 AM - 3 answers

July 30

I just turned 30 and British. Now what?

Nearly a decade ago I discovered that I might be a British dual-citizen. I finally sent in the paperwork, and my application status just changed to "your new passport has been printed and will be delivered shortly." Wow! Thanks, MetaFilter! Now, where do I learn Dual Citizenship 101? What awesome new superpowers do I have, beyond being able to live in the EU UK? [more inside]
posted by SemiSophos at 7:21 AM - 24 answers

July 29

Supreme Court and the law of unintended consequences?

The Republican-controlled Senate declines to consider adding a ninth justice. In the meantime, an eight justice Supreme Court cannot reverse decisions coming up from the Appeals Courts. Two of those decisions have slapped down state-level voting restrictions passed by Republican legislatures. Where else should we expect to see the Senate hoist on its own petard? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 1:01 PM - 7 answers

Go Phish.

A company I used to work for had a security breach. I don't think they have been handling the situation appropriately and want to know what I can do to protect myself, but to also find out if I can find a complaint (and if this is even a thing). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:51 AM - 5 answers

July 28

Can the President pass a carbon tax as an executive order?

I was speaking with a former US Representative about carbon pricing and she basically said "it's never going to get through Congress, the fastest way is to get Obama to issue an executive order". I asked a group that works specifically on trying to pass a national revenue neutral carbon tax about this and they didn't think it was possible. I asked a few other politics buffs and was told the same thing. Is this former Member of Congress not sure of what she's talking about?
posted by defmute at 9:48 PM - 11 answers

What's the best way to help HRC get elected?

I live near some battleground states-- Iowa, Wisconsin... should I take a week to go canvas in those states? Donate money? Something else? My schedule is pretty flexible-- what's the most impactful way for me to help her get elected?
posted by enzymatic at 9:18 PM - 11 answers

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