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The United States of America is a nation-state stretching across North America between Canada and Mexico, plus Alaska in the continent's northwest, the mid-Pacific archipelago of Hawaii and several territories in the Pacific & Caribbean. Founded by European émigrés rebelling from British control in the 1700s, the US spread across the continent by conquest and land-purchase to become the most powerful country on the planet after the Cold War in the 1900s.

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Just to expand on MichaelF's answer, the House began to debate the increasing size of Congress after the 1910 census. There was worry that the House was becoming unwieldy, but as Representative Edgar …
answered Oct 23 '12 by ihtkwot
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Your question seems focused on the intent behind the passage of a particular law. The difficulty with the "intent" of a law is how do you define it? Often times laws are passed and nowhere does it say …
answered Jun 25 '12 by ihtkwot
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Surprisingly, there does not seem to be a lot of information online about what changes took place after the 1948 election. This is probably because what little I could find suggests that not much chan …
answered Jul 19 '14 by ihtkwot
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From a geopolitical standpoint I would say that the United Nations, the Bretton Woods Institutions (World Bank and International Monetary Fund), and the World Trade Organization are the clearest examp …
answered Jan 29 '13 by ihtkwot
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There are three large reasons why the US became the world super power: last man standing, the bretton woods institutions, and being the home of democratic capitalism. Last Man Standing Most of the r …
answered Jun 15 '12 by ihtkwot
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The United States did not have an official colonial policy, however, the US had colonial aspirations that probably date back to the idea of "Manifest Destiny." This starting point is problematic thoug …
answered Jun 15 '12 by ihtkwot
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Another reason that minor political parties receive so few votes in the United States is the strength of party identification. The reality is that most people take on the political party of their fami …
answered Jun 9 '12 by ihtkwot
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In the US people that own pets seem to be pegged as either dog people, or cat people. This cultural phenomenon is so prevalent that Hollywood even made a movie about it. My question is, when did this …
asked May 10 '12 by ihtkwot
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It appears that the Terrorism Exclusion List ("TEL") is still used. It has actually been updated with some regularity since its creation in 2001, most recently in 2012. The TEL is used to deny individ …
answered Mar 27 '13 by ihtkwot
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I seem to remember that the British Navy, and the US Navy maybe, used to give out a ration of alcohol to sailors each day. When did this practice stop, and why?
asked Apr 29 '12 by ihtkwot
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The answer to your question is that both the CIA and Canadians were responsible for the escape of the American diplomats. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Central Intelligence Agency, Al Jazeera …
answered Mar 1 '13 by ihtkwot
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I cannot find any information explaining why judges that sit on a Supreme Court are referred to as "justices," and judges that sit on a lower court are "judges." Everything I've found seems to indicat …
asked Mar 12 '12 by ihtkwot
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The most on point case for what it means to be a natural born citizen is U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark (full opinion found at Justia). The opinion itself is a great read on the issue, and one that covers the d …
answered Jan 10 '13 by ihtkwot
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So I was thinking about what it was like working for the Pony Express and I am wondering was it an extremely dangerous job? I'm thinking that given the success of the Pony Express it must not have bee …
asked Mar 1 '12 by ihtkwot
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It appears from Wikipedia that the oldest theater in continuous use is in Denmark, but since so much of the film industry is dominated by Hollywood, I was wondering what is the oldest movie theater in …
asked May 8 '12 by ihtkwot

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