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Can one person change the law?

PoliticsLawFilter: Dick Cheney's lawyer, David Addington, wrote a series of papers/statements/memos that ostensibly change an existing law. How can one lawyer, or even a team of lawyers, change a law by simply writing a memo? Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Dec 21, 2008 - 16 answers

 

When is a weather station not a weather station? (And why do they threaten to shoot me?)

What's up with the "weather station" in Tecopa, CA? And why did it threaten to shoot me? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Dec 12, 2008 - 21 answers

New World Order, really?

one world government? a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by brandnew on Dec 12, 2008 - 22 answers

PMF Assessment Advice

I am taking the Presidential Management Fellowship Assessment in January. Any advice on preparation/studying? I've started with the government's prep guide.
posted by pithy comment on Dec 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Corporate Connections Web App?

I've searched high and low, on Google and MeFi, and I can't find the site that shows, graphically, connections of corporate board members, CEOs, and politicians. I promise to bookmark the darn thing if it can be re-discovered for me.
posted by tomierna on Nov 29, 2008 - 6 answers

How Does My American System Work?

I'm looking for a good book that will help me learn more about how the American government actually works. Specifically, how lobbyists influence Congress, how House committees work, etc. Now that a new administration (that I'm really happy about) is coming in, I want to really understand what's happening in Washington (or at least how its worked in the past).
posted by minicloud on Nov 22, 2008 - 15 answers

With the recent election, when's the best time to apply for a gov. job?

Given the recent presidential election, what's the best time to apply for a job with the Federal Government? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2008 - 14 answers

How effective is the government at regulating the economy?

With the assumption that the government is ineffective at influencing the economy through monetary/fiscal policy and also economic bailouts and packages, what evidence exists? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Nov 9, 2008 - 4 answers

Shoring Up The Gains

If I wanted to donate money specifically to the U.S. Secret Service, is such a thing even possible, and how would I go about doing it?
posted by felix on Nov 5, 2008 - 15 answers

State budget listings.

Looking for a comprehensive listing of each states budget surplus or deficit for the Fiscal Year 2008. More inside... [more inside]
posted by Sgt.Grumbless on Nov 4, 2008 - 3 answers

Move this Aussie from down under to up yonder.

Immigration Law! Help me get my bagged Aussie into the U.S. and A. [more inside]
posted by metalheart on Oct 26, 2008 - 14 answers

When did we get to start voting for voters instead of voting for legislators who voted for voters?

I'm looking for a listing, preferably something with citations of the actual state laws, of when each state changed it's laws to allow for the direct election of electors in the electoral college.
posted by phrontist on Oct 22, 2008 - 1 answer

So WHAT is wrong with socialism again?

PoliSci filter: I was hoping that someone can rationally, without rhetoric, explain to me why the word "Socialism" creates fear and extreme responses in far right-wing people. Soem very detailed specifics within. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Oct 14, 2008 - 61 answers

ACLU is to the Constitution as ________ is to Economics?

ACLU is to the Constitution as ________ is to Economics? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar on Oct 10, 2008 - 16 answers

Financial crisis: Government intervention or free-market-pain?

Current_financial _crisisFilter: Where can I read the single best arguments for government intervention to rescue the financial markets and economy, and the single best argument for zero/minimal government intervention in this current financial crisis? (Looking for links to articles, blog posts, etc -- not opinions -- from MeFites...)
posted by chefscotticus on Sep 30, 2008 - 6 answers

What does $400 billion get you these days?

EconomyFilter: So I get that Congress is debating a 700 billion bail-out measure and things are contentious between the republicans and democrats. But what I can't seem to find out is... [more inside]
posted by katyjack on Sep 26, 2008 - 21 answers

Toastchee goes to Washington

What is the most effective way of expressing my outrage to my government? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Sep 21, 2008 - 23 answers

Will the government benefit from takeovers when the market turns around?

Do U.S. government takeovers of financial corporations mean the possibility of substantial profits for the government when the markets turn around?
posted by jacobw on Sep 17, 2008 - 7 answers

What are the specific tax loopholes that Obama intends to close, and how much money does each of those 'loopholes' account for?

What are the specific tax loopholes that Obama intends to close, and how much money does each of those 'loopholes' account for? This article by FactCheck.org indicates that the Obama campaign estimates the revenue from tax reform at $80 billion - so where did that figure come from?
posted by mattholomew on Sep 4, 2008 - 3 answers

Is it becoming the norm for people to work more than one (or even two) jobs just to stay afloat?

Is it becoming a more acceptable trend for individuals to work more than one job just to maintain a certain standard of living? I work three jobs (my wife also works full-time) and yet it seems as if we barely can keep ourselves afloat on a monthly basis. Help me from going crazy here! [more inside]
posted by msposner on Sep 1, 2008 - 50 answers

Credible books about UFO's?

Looking for a well-researched, non-quack book about the American Government's response to UFO's from the 1940s onward. [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty on Jul 17, 2008 - 8 answers

Non-FOI vs FOI

A (US) government agency wants to create a database of data that is voluntarily submitted by members of the public. The database has fields of data that get populated, some with personal data. The data records are made freely available to the public either through a regular periodic data dump, or through FOI requests, although personal data is blanked out (some fields in their entirety, some fields partially) To what extent can said agency decide it also wants "non-FOI fields" added to the database. What is allowed to be exempted from FOI requests other than personal data?
posted by blue_wardrobe on Jul 15, 2008 - 8 answers

Where bureaucracy and internet collide

Does the city you live in have a great website? What (specifically) makes it great? [more inside]
posted by jmnugent on Jul 11, 2008 - 18 answers

government records

Are records kept by government about the architectural blue prints of every building built? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 on Jun 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Neeed assistance

I am part time and make 100, or so dollars a week.often less what i want to know is can i recieve any goverment assistance i can barely afford insurance. I am trying to find a better job but it isnt going very fast i live in lancaster pa
posted by quseio on Jun 17, 2008 - 8 answers

Applying for a government job (what to reveal in the application and more)

Applying for a government job (what to reveal in the application and more) [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jun 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Mashing up government data

I'm trying to lead a crusade for government to publish it's statistics and data in a way that is mashable. Is it possible to define a standard digital format that could apply to a diverse array of data sets? [more inside]
posted by baggymp on May 29, 2008 - 12 answers

Gov't RFP Sites?

What US governmental RFP sites are worth the time/money - or do you know of any free ones that are not impossible to search? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on May 26, 2008 - 2 answers

Will US immigration make me pay old parking tickets?

Very old parking tickets/fines and US immigration... do I have to pay up when I come home? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on May 14, 2008 - 9 answers

Income tax versus Fair tax....help

I need to better understand the proposed tax systems. Mainly the fair tax or sales tax versus an income tax. I am writing a paper for school on the viewpoints of TTARA (The Texas Taxpayers and Research Ass.) and CTJ (citizens for tax justice) but cannot gain a clear idea of what each side is proposing. Obviously the republicans want the fair tax, and since TTARA is business minded, I assume they too seek the fair tax, or at least support it. But what is the Dem idea of fair taxation? Do they want an income tax? What is all this talk on CTJ about income tax cuts? I don’t have the patience to sift through all the material so I'm hoping someone can give me a basic idea of the differing positions on the matter. Mainly answer the question of who wants what and why, and who benefits most from each plan.... Also what about the working poor, do they benefit most from an income tax? Etc. Etc.
posted by madmamasmith on May 4, 2008 - 17 answers

Monetary Policy and the Fed, when do we raise and lower rates and why?

Economics Filter: Monetary Policy and the Fed, when do we raise and lower rates and why? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair on Apr 22, 2008 - 8 answers

10 Planks of the Communist Manifesto

How many of the 10 Planks of the Communist Manifesto have been adopted into modern society? [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Apr 1, 2008 - 9 answers

National Security Personnel System anyone?

So I've been converted from civil service in the U.S. (WG/GS etc.) to NSPS and need help writing Supervisory/Managerial Performance Objectives. This is a shot in the dark as the system is relatively new. Specifically, does anyone have examples other than the ones posted on the "official" websites? I actually love to write, but this is pretty formulated and it would be very helpful to see what others have done with it. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Apr 1, 2008 - 2 answers

Launching a website that contains public government data

Where can I find information about the legality of using public government data on my website? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Mar 28, 2008 - 8 answers

Illegal Immigrants in College

Can anyone tell me the percentage of children of illegal immigrants who attend college? Specifically in Texas. We are arguing the HB 104 (in state tuition bill) in my government class and I need to know how many children of illegal immigrants who were not born in the US actually attend institutions of higher education....
posted by madmamasmith on Mar 22, 2008 - 12 answers

The power to tax is the power to destroy

Does the 'use tax' charged by states for purchases made outside their borders violate the commerce clause? [more inside]
posted by mullingitover on Mar 12, 2008 - 3 answers

Are unions still relevant?

Are unions still relevant? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar on Mar 12, 2008 - 28 answers

Where does all the ivory go?

What do governments do with seized contraband that cannot legally be bought or sold, cannot be set free, but ought not be simply destroyed? I'm thinking elephant tusks and rain forest hard woods, that sort of thing.
posted by IndigoJones on Mar 10, 2008 - 9 answers

Are there special accounting requirements for dealing with the Defense Department Acquisitions program?

Looking for tips on dealing with the defense department acquisitions system. Basically, I am preparing taxes for a new LLC that expects to land some government contracts, and they are asking me about how best to deal with DFARS. None of my accounting connections knows anything about this. Should I just refer them to a D.C. based CPA who has experience, or is it not a big deal?
posted by mrhappy on Mar 9, 2008 - 2 answers

The future of government

How should government change the way it provides services in response to the technological revolution happening around us? [more inside]
posted by baggymp on Mar 7, 2008 - 15 answers

Historical "jawboning"?

Can you think of any examples of "jawboning" from history? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Mar 6, 2008 - 4 answers

How to verify state-issued sales certificate/tax ID?

How do you verify a state seller's permit/resale certificate and/or tax ID for US businesses? [more inside]
posted by boygirlparty on Jan 25, 2008 - 1 answer

I want to save the world... no seriously

I am considering going back to grad school. All I know is that when I get out I want to put myself in the position where I can do the most good for protecting the environment. What specific job should I shoot for (Government, Non profit, other?) and what degree do I need (MPA, MPP, JD other)? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jan 19, 2008 - 21 answers

Let's get out of this country

I'm trying to renew my passport, which expired about six years ago and is now lost, but the government doesn't seem to believe this situation is possible. Is this process the same as replacing/renewing a still-valid lost passport? [more inside]
posted by Meg_Murry on Jan 19, 2008 - 16 answers

Can you be my Bartlett today?

Is there a quote by a Founding Father about how the First Amendment really protects religion from the government, not the other way around? I know about Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists ... but I have this feeling that there's another famous quote. Maybe it's by a more modern judicial person rather than a Founding Father? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii on Jan 18, 2008 - 3 answers

Don't push me, 'cause I'm close to the edge...

I just received an anti-Huckabee push poll. Who was it from? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ on Jan 17, 2008 - 11 answers

Toronto residential street parking permit availability

How easy is it to get residential street parking permits in Toronto? What are the chances of being put on a waiting list? [more inside]
posted by mendel on Dec 9, 2007 - 7 answers

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but. . .

What kinds of high-technology things exist now but will only come to light 50 or 100 years from now? Speculative, but asking for concrete answers. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Nov 30, 2007 - 41 answers

Privatization in the USA

Give me examples of government services in the USA that have been privatized, and tell me if the service improved or got worse.
posted by zenja72 on Nov 25, 2007 - 23 answers

A Majority for the Minority?

Has any democracy, in a free, fair and open election, ever chosen a racial minority as a head of state or head of government? [more inside]
posted by thewittyname on Nov 20, 2007 - 34 answers

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