There are a number of goofy "predictors" of U.S. Presidential elections, such as: when the Redskins lose their last home game prior to the election, the incumbent party loses the White House. Does the HiveMind know of any similar off-beat predictors? [more inside]
White House changeover security: who's responsible, and what do they do? [more inside]
How does one get tickets for the Presidential Inauguration? [more inside]
Where can I find historical election poll data? [more inside]
On November 4th, I intend to spend the evening watching election returns on TV and refreshing as many election-y tabs on the laptop as possible. What websites should I have loaded and ready to go? [more inside]
How does projecting the winner of the US presidential election work? And what is the earliest time at which the election may be called? [more inside]
With all the talk surrounding Sarah Palin's apparent relative lack of foreign policy knowledge and experience, just how important have those factors been historically when it comes to governors serving as president or VP? [more inside]
What size organization does a U.S. Senator run? [more inside]
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]
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?
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?
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. [more inside]
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]
What makes a U.S congressional bill non-binding? Is there a way to tell from the text of the bill itself? [more inside]
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?
Barack Obama now has more than 1.5 million donors. How many donors do Clinton or McCain have? [more inside]
Help me sort out an issue involving the Presidency, the Senate, and the authority of the governor of New York... [more inside]
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]
What happens if the president-elect dies before taking office? [more inside]
Why aren't U.S. Presidential Primary elections all on the same day? [more inside]
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?
Two to three questions involving the pending FISA bill--specifically the immunity provisions. [more inside]
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?
What U.S. presidential candidates have preferable positions on healthcare? [more inside]
A bomber movie - I remember it from childhood. WWIII, drama, I'm pretty sure it was in color. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
A question about Presidential power -- specifically, for the implementation of carbon reduction initiatives including a cap-and-trade system. [more inside]
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.
how many americans have died under individual U.S. presidents? (as a result of their actions, aka war - not natural causes)
how many americans have died under individual U.S. presidents? (as a result of their actions, aka war - not natural causes) [more inside]
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.)
Celebrating George W. Bush's birthday ironically - any ideas for party games, trivia questions or otherwise? [more inside]
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.
Help me understand the appeal of Rudy Giuliani as a presidential candidate. (U.S. electoral politics-filter) [more inside]
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]
[AppropriationsFilter] If the Democrats vote *against* funding the troop escalation, what recourse does the President have to follow through with his plan? [more inside]
Where can I get A full video of the SOTU address?
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'?
Did President Bush swear today during his speech? [more inside]
Does a potential presidential candidates' (sur)name matter in the US? [more inside]
How does corporate governance work in a small- or micro-business environment? [more inside]
Bibliophiles: I want to read a book on every US president for my summer reading project. Recommendations? [more inside]
Has any United States President ever been known to wear a wig? [more inside]
Could a two-term President be elected/appointed to be the vice president? [more inside]
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]
How many people, in the world, have not heard of George W. Bush. [more inside]
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.
What is the mechanism that allows the President to, say, pledge $50,000,000 for earthquake relief in Pakistan? [more inside]
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?