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Inauguration Tickets

How does one get tickets for the Presidential Inauguration? [more inside]
posted by Brennus on Nov 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Historical Poll Data Repository?

Where can I find historical election poll data? [more inside]
posted by lore on Oct 24, 2008 - 6 answers

Nominate some sites for Nov 4th

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]
posted by rtha on Oct 24, 2008 - 25 answers

So, when will we know who won this thing, eh?

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]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Oct 15, 2008 - 23 answers

"If you can just get your mind together..."

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]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Sep 10, 2008 - 17 answers

As a U.S. Senator, I run an organization with a yearly budge of $___ and ___ employees.

What size organization does a U.S. Senator run? [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Sep 4, 2008 - 17 answers

Predicting the winner of the US Presidential Election.

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 - 21 answers

Obama assassination : 1 in 55?

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 - 14 answers

Polling procedure question

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 - 5 answers

Help finding information about public opinion polling and the president

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]
posted by Raichle on Jul 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Obamamania, in person

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 - 5 answers

What makes a U.S. congressional bill non-binding?

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 - 11 answers

Public financing of campaigns.

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 - 10 answers

Hoa many donors do Clinton or McCain have?

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 - 3 answers

I Nominate Myself...

Help me sort out an issue involving the Presidency, the Senate, and the authority of the governor of New York... [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Mar 11, 2008 - 5 answers

I want the sound of Hail to The Chief...only as played by the ramones

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 - 46 answers

What happens if the president-elect dies before taking office?

What happens if the president-elect dies before taking office? [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Jan 31, 2008 - 12 answers

Why aren't U.S. Presidential Primary elections all on the same day?

Why aren't U.S. Presidential Primary elections all on the same day? [more inside]
posted by hybridvigor on Jan 29, 2008 - 31 answers

Did Ferraro cry?

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 - 9 answers

Well t'aint a pardon, and t'aint attainder...

Two to three questions involving the pending FISA bill--specifically the immunity provisions. [more inside]
posted by dsword on Jan 24, 2008 - 13 answers

Should I vote in the primary at home or abroad?

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 - 12 answers

Will 1/3rd of U.S. health care costs still go for resolution of adverse selection?

What U.S. presidential candidates have preferable positions on healthcare? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Jan 20, 2008 - 5 answers

Bomber? WWIII? Someone ejects? Help me remember this movie.

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 - 4 answers

Didn't Clinton and Obama tie in New Hampshire?

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 - 23 answers

Do two wins make you the nominee?

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 - 4 answers

Cacheing the presidential cache

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 - 4 answers

Unilateral Presidential power for low-carbon initiatives?

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 - 12 answers

George Bush doesn't care about single-link op-eds, according to his recent MeTa post.

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 - 21 answers

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]
posted by krautland on Aug 9, 2007 - 10 answers

Seeing red, feeling blue...or seeing blue and feeling red?

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 - 13 answers

How to celebrate Dubya's birthday?

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 - 32 answers

Which ( if any) US Presidents spoke/speak a foreign language?

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 - 31 answers

What is it about Rudy?

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 - 22 answers

Help me make a playlist with the theme of "Impeach the President"

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 - 72 answers

How can Bush fund the surge if Congress won't appropriate the funds?

[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 - 4 answers

Get me some SOTU

Where can I get A full video of the SOTU address?
posted by ryanissuper on Jan 23, 2007 - 5 answers

Is it 'Air Force One' even if you're a deceased President?

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 - 19 answers

Did President Bush swear today?

Did President Bush swear today during his speech? [more inside]
posted by pwally on Nov 8, 2006 - 17 answers

President who?

Does a potential presidential candidates' (sur)name matter in the US? [more inside]
posted by a_green_man on Sep 25, 2006 - 24 answers

Corporate governance, esp. for small business

How does corporate governance work in a small- or micro-business environment? [more inside]
posted by oissubke on Jul 15, 2006 - 6 answers

Books on presidents

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 - 17 answers

The First Rug?

Has any United States President ever been known to wear a wig? [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Apr 25, 2006 - 8 answers

Reelect the President?

Could a two-term President be elected/appointed to be the vice president? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Apr 17, 2006 - 12 answers

The opposite of a pardon?

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 - 15 answers

Don't they know he's Bush afterall?

How many people, in the world, have not heard of George W. Bush. [more inside]
posted by I Foody on Nov 29, 2005 - 40 answers

Approval ratings for presidents.

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 - 5 answers

How can the President pledge money?

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 - 7 answers

Marine One and Two

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 - 3 answers

ICJFilter

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 - 3 answers

US presidential dynasties?

Help an ingnorant canuck out, how likely is Jeb '08 or Hillary '08? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Apr 27, 2005 - 36 answers

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