How can I accurately predict the overall winner of the 2008 US Presidential Election. I would also like to know the best methods of accurately predicting the winner of the electoral votes of each individual state. [more inside]
posted by clearly
on Sep 2, 2008 -
Does the fact that the betting markets still give Hillary Clinton a 1 in 55 chance of being President in 2008
, mean that that is a reasonable estimate of the chance that Obama is assassinated before the election? What else could justify those odds now?
posted by zaebiz
on Sep 1, 2008 -
I was talking about the polls in the presidential election yesterday and someone mentioned that the polls are skewed towards McCain because the polling companies only call people who still have landlines, or generally older people (I guess). She claimed this was for geographic demographic reasons. Is it true that polling companies do this and don't call cell phones?
posted by josher71
on Aug 23, 2008 -
Hi, I'm working on a project for a poli sci class and was looking for some helpful articles about public opinion polls, town hall meetings, press conferences, etc.
posted by Raichle
on Jul 23, 2008 -
How would I go about attending a political fund-raiser?
I'd like to attend one of those $1,000-a-plate political dinners that I keep hearing about. How do I get an invite? [more inside]
posted by purpleclover
on Jun 30, 2008 -
What makes a U.S congressional bill non-binding? Is there a way to tell from the text of the bill itself? [more inside]
posted by metadave
on Jun 23, 2008 -
Last week Obama eschewed the public financing system for the general election. It seems that many of the articles I am reading are saying
that he is the "first major party candidate to reject public financing and its attendant spending limits." Do they mean in this election, or ever? If they mean "first-ever" (since public financing started) and public financing means a candidate can't raise private funds, then why is there always so much talk of candidates hosting various fund-raising events like $x,000-a-plate dinners? Are the publicly financed campaigns having their PACs raise money or what?
posted by pithy comment
on Jun 23, 2008 -
Barack Obama now has more than 1.5 million donors. How many donors do Clinton or McCain have? [more inside]
posted by raf
on May 6, 2008 -
So I'm doing a short film about a cynical Gen-Xer who gets to run the country and I'm looking for songs with either The President, Government, Democracy or something similar for the soundtrack. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000
on Mar 6, 2008 -
I was sure I remembered that Geraldine Ferraro cried during the 1984 presidential election, and that the media made the event into a symbol of why women are too weak to hold national office, but now I can't find a headline or news article from that time that mentions her crying. Am I getting this mixed up with Pat Schroeder's famous breakdown when she dropped out?
posted by serazin
on Jan 27, 2008 -
Two to three questions involving the pending FISA bill--specifically the immunity provisions. [more inside]
posted by dsword
on Jan 24, 2008 -
I currently live overseas but am registered to vote in Texas. If I want to help Obama's campaign the most, should I vote in the 4 March Texas primary, or the 12 February Democrats Abroad primary?
posted by grouse
on Jan 22, 2008 -
A bomber movie - I remember it from childhood. WWIII, drama, I'm pretty sure it was in color. [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch
on Jan 12, 2008 -
If the point of a Presidential Primary is to determine how many delegates will vote for a given person in the next phase of picking a nominee, and both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama got 9 pledged delegates in New Hampshire, didn't they tie? [more inside]
posted by bryanjbusch
on Jan 10, 2008 -
How many US presidential candidates, democrat or republican, have lost the first two primary/caucus contests and come back to become their party's nominee? [more inside]
posted by cjoh
on Jan 7, 2008 -
I know that if a President (U.S.) were to send/receive emails, that those would be considered government documents, subject to retention policies, archiving/disclosure, etc. What about all the other online stuff? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Dec 11, 2007 -
A question about Presidential power -- specifically, for the implementation of carbon reduction initiatives including a cap-and-trade system. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87
on Nov 18, 2007 -
Does the US President have a "Personal Computer" in the same sense that I, and most of you do? What would/does he use it for? What kind of insane security must it have? The answer is probably "He is much too busy to own a computer," but any information whatsoever would help sate my curiosity.
posted by nervestaple
on Oct 8, 2007 -
how many americans have died under individual U.S. presidents? (as a result of their actions, aka war - not natural causes) [more inside]
posted by krautland
on Aug 9, 2007 -
As I understand it, though I can't find a reference for this, media outlets alternate the colours they use for political parties. Sometimes the Republicans are red and sometimes the Democrats are. But this didn't happen in the last election, apparently because the two parties (especially the Republicans) invested themselves deeply into their chosen colour.
For 2008 in the U.S. is there any indication that the media will go back to the old way, or further entrench the permanent colours? (FWIW, in Canada the colours have been pretty standardized for a long time it appears.)
posted by Kickstart70
on Jul 16, 2007 -
Celebrating George W. Bush's birthday ironically - any ideas for party games, trivia questions or otherwise? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000
on Jul 6, 2007 -
My German coworkers recently asked me if George W. Bush spoke a foreign language or did he have to wear an earpiece the entire time during the G8. I never thought about it before, but I'm pretty sure he doesn't know a foreign language, at least well enough to hold a conversation.
Which then made me think, have any of our Presidents had enough knowledge of a foreign language to hold their own in a conversation with other world leaders? A quick Google search came up with nothing.
posted by Etta Hollis
on Jun 11, 2007 -
Help me understand the appeal of Rudy Giuliani as a presidential candidate. (U.S. electoral politics-filter) [more inside]
posted by killdevil
on Apr 26, 2007 -
ATTN: Music Nerds! I'm putting together a party playlist with the theme of "Impeach the President" - any suggestions?? Help me rock the party into the streets! [more inside]
posted by MeatLightning
on Apr 19, 2007 -
[AppropriationsFilter] If the Democrats vote *against* funding the troop escalation, what recourse does the President have to follow through with his plan? [more inside]
posted by willie11
on Feb 7, 2007 -
I know ex-Presidents of the USA are still referred to as 'President' (presumably a courtesy term), so would a plane carrying a deceased ex-president still be referred to as 'Air Force One'?
posted by timpollard
on Jan 2, 2007 -
Bibliophiles: I want to read a book on every US president for my summer reading project. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by state fxn
on May 24, 2006 -
Say that a (US) presidential administration was doing something it wasn't supposed to be doing. Could a future presidential administration find this out and prosecute the former administration's officials? [more inside]
posted by ontic
on Mar 27, 2006 -
Can anyone suggest a link that has approval rating polls of all of the previous presidents. It doesnt have to be all, but preferably the last ten presidents. The more information the better, for example preferrably more then one apprval rating for each president (perhaps their highest and lowest rating).
Any links will be greatly appreciated, even if they arent exactly what im looking for.
posted by JokingClown
on Nov 2, 2005 -
What is the mechanism that allows the President to, say, pledge $50,000,000 for earthquake relief in Pakistan? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie
on Nov 2, 2005 -
In follow-up to this question
, the president usually flies in a VH-3D helicopter (at least that's what most pictures show). But the Marine unit that flies him around also has a VH-60N, which this
seems to suggest is always accompanying the VH-3D. Anyone know why? What is the VH-60N used for? Are they interchangeable? Is one just for staffers/aides? Why not use two VH-3Ds?
posted by BradNelson
on Jul 7, 2005 -
When the United States gets involved in litigation before the International Court of Justice, who makes all of the relevant litigation decisions? [more inside]
posted by willbaude
on Jun 21, 2005 -
I'm doing some research on the 2004 US Presidential Debates. For some reason I can't seem to find the definitive numbers on television audiences for the three debates. It would be great if somebody could point me to a resource that breaks down the viewing audiences in the US and abroad with as much detail as possible.
posted by sic
on Apr 2, 2005 -
I heard recently on NPR a story
about the new Clinton Presidential Library and how all of the gifts of original artwork sent to the President were kept as it was illegal to throw or give away any of it. The story went on that all the artwork was at the library but that there was so much that only a slight minority of it would ever be displayed. My question is, does anyone know more about this law obligating the President to keep the drawing I send him/her? Would they have to keep it even if it stunk or was otherwise somehow unappealing? I imagine you know what I'm getting at with our friend W in office for another four years...
posted by pwb503
on Nov 24, 2004 -
Can anyone help compile links about Republican politicians, Republican organizations or military brass who are formally endorsing Kerry in '04? [more inside]
posted by dhoyt
on Nov 2, 2004 -
Can the President use a recess appointment to appoint a Supreme Court Justice?
posted by mhaw
on Oct 26, 2004 -
Are there any special protocols concerning the use of photos/portraits of the POTUS? I'm asking because I'm curious as to why all the Presidents up to Bush I here
used a painting while Clinton and W. Bush used photos. Is there a set number of years before a President should get a portrait?
posted by phyrewerx
on Oct 16, 2004 -
Could anyone provide links or cite specific examples of ways in which President Bush is kept insulated from his detractors? [more inside]
posted by Ryvar
on Oct 12, 2004 -