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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.
posted by arniec
on Oct 14, 2008 -
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 -
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...
posted by katyjack
on Sep 26, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Does the city you live in have a great website? What (specifically) makes it great? [more inside]
posted by jmnugent
on Jul 11, 2008 -
Are records kept by government about the architectural blue prints of every building built? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63
on Jun 27, 2008 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -