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What are the benefits of term limit on the head of government?

Terms limits is defined by Wikipedia as: A legal restriction that limits the number of terms an officeholder may serve in a particular elected office In many countries, the prime ministers are ...
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Why do Special Counsels (and other similar offices) exist if investigations can be conducted by other clearer means?

Background I recently read an article about the Special Counsel regulations from Neal Katyal, and how it could be maintained in a scenario where it is stifled. That said, I know that other branches ...
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How does the UAE function with expatriates comprising 83% of the population?

How does the UAE maintain order and nationhood when 83% of the population—more in certain emirates—are foreigners, often there temporarily?
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Why would a Western country sanction Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's possible killing?

Suppose, hypothetically, it is determined that the Saudi Arabian government murdered Jamal Khashoggi over his opposition to Prince Mohammed bin Salman. I can understand why this would be an unethical ...
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FISA warrants: why are the dates still redacted?

In July, the DoJ released 412 pages of heavily redacted documents related to the FISA court's approval of surveillance of Carter Page, a U.S. citizen. The redactions, have become controversial. ...
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When did Elizabeth Warren first refer to her Native American ancestry?

I am assuming that Trump calls Elizabeth warren Pocahontas because at some point in the past she made reference to her Native American ancestry. Is this assumption correct? If so, when/how did she ...
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Is Wentworth particularly pro-Israel, and why?

I’ve read speculation that the current Australian PM has made some pro-Israel statements recently because there’s a by-election in the seat of Wentworth, because the seat is about ten or fifteen ...
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Does unilateral free trade (no trade barriers from anywhere) imply no standards?

Some people have proposed that after Brexit, the UK could adopt the "Singapore model" with unilateral free trade, and have no tariffs or non-tariff trade barriers from anywhere. For example, see The ...
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Do senators control PACs?

I recently saw a hidden video on Senator Claire McCaskill in which one of her staffers said that "we get a lot of money from Chuck Schumer". The interviewer then asks how this is possible and the ...
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Theresa May described that the EU wants a backstop to the backstop - what does this mean?

In her statement to Parliament, Theresa May stated that the EU wanted a backstop to the backstop. If I understand correctly, the backstop is a fallback position for customs and regulatory ...
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Why is Elizabeth Warren's Native American ancestry a political issue?

In the past (perhaps during her Senate campaign), Senator Elizabeth Warren has mentioned that she has some Native American blood in her geneology. For some reason, Donald Trump has accused her of ...
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What are the arguments in for and against a flat income tax rate?

Let's say that the national income tax is 5% for everyone with no loopholes (i.e. no tax reduction). In theory the rich would contribute more to total tax revenue. What are the arguments for and ...
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No-deal Brexit and Irish border; can third countries transit through ROI?

In case the United Kingdom (UK) leaves the European Union (EU) without any deal, World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules would apply for trade between the UK and any other country or trade bloc. Some ...
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To what extent did Dilma Rousseff's impeachment increase Jair Bolsonaro's chances to be president?

On October 2014, Dilma Rousseff got reelected as president of Brazil (wiki article on it). One year later, an impeachment against her started and by August 2016 she was removed from office. All the ...
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How do Chief Justices of the Supreme Court get replaced?

I'm wondering how do Chief Justices of the United States get replaced? According to wikipedia, the last Chief Justice, Judge William Rehnquist was initially an Associate Justice. President Reagan ...
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Why can't Northern Ireland just have a stay/leave referendum?

In following the ongoing Brexit drama, I notice that the Northern Ireland border represents an important sticking point. In particular, both sides agree that there must not be a hard border. Not being ...
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What happens to disaster relief money?

Last year, apparently, the United States spent an (unbudgeted) $140 billion on disaster relief for areas hit by hurricanes. What exactly happens to this money? What is it spent on?
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Why is the US presidential election typically viewed as a bigger deal than the midterm elections?

From my understanding of US politics, Congress / the legislative branch has more power than the President / the executive branch. Doesn't this mean that the midterm elections are far more important ...
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How can I obtain information about the candidates running for Judge in California?

Voters get to vote on retaining Judges in the State Court of Appeals and the State Supreme Court. But there is a dearth of information to make an "informed" decision. I can easily ascertain the ...
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Difference between the Scientific and Behavioral approach to International Relations

As per my shallow research, IR literature and online content intermix Scientific and Behavioral Approach to International Relations. What exactly is the difference between the Scientific and ...
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What possible laws have been proposed to modify limited liability of corporations?

I wonder if there’s a workable tweak to the limited liability of shareholders that would make it less profitable for those who wish to indirectly indicate to their flunkie ceos that they better cut ...
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Why isn't it mandatory for elected members of parliaments to have knowledge on the constitution?

In most democracies, elected members of parliament are representatives of people who elect them. They are also supposed to pass laws, make amendments and perform other functions. Being representatives,...
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What could a vegan mayor actually do?

Civic elections are coming up in my city, and this got me wondering... If the electorate decided to elect a mayor and council where a majority wanted to use their powers as elected officials to ...
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In the US, how much power does the president have over the federal budget?

If the president wants to change spending in one direction, like to adjust the deficit without changing taxes, how much could they move it? I suspect that the president would just get impeached in ...
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Impeachment trial proceedings of a Vice President

Since the Vice President is also president of the Senate, what mechanism is there to prevent him from presiding over his own impeachment trial? Article I.3 makes no specific mention of this. Does ...
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Is Fascism when Capitalism is in crisis? [on hold]

I thought this definition was odd. You define fascism by its timing. So if it happened at a different time you wouldn't call it fascism. Let me know if this definition makes sense.
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Did Ernesto “Che” Guevara send homosexuals to concentration camps?

I recently read this article on HuffPost about Ernesto Che Guevara and was wondering how much it was true? The main source I've found comes from a Frenchman named Regis Debray who met Che Guevara ...
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Does an Official LGBT Manifest exist?

The gender ideology comes with several definitions, concepts, or "ideas" for (I think, in this chronological order): Biological sex, Sexual orientation, Sexual identity Sexual expression, among ...
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If the British King dies childless but with a pregnant wife, who is the monarch?

Suppose the British King dies and he is currently childless, but his wife is pregnant. Under the succession laws of the commonwealth realms, what happens? I see three natural possibilities: The next ...
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Does all private land in the US trace its origin to a US government patent

I just wonder if all private land in the US traces its origin to a patent, or if the patents were established on property people already owned on the frontier as the governed area expanded, so the ...
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When did the tradition of Capitol-building-lawn comments start?

After a number of highly-contested partisan votes in Congress, opposition parties have been known to show their strong disagreement by holding press conferences in front of the Capitol building with ...
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Instead of proposing a “dialogic process” for judicial review, why doesn't Mark Tushnet want to amend the Constitution as necessary?

In a recent Vox.com interview with Harvard legal scholar Mark Tushnet, Dr. Tushnet presented his ideas to journalist Sean Illing: Sean Illing How unusual is it for a liberal democratic system ...
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What are the reasons for not having a voter turnout threshold for a nation-wide referendum?

Romania held a referendum that failed to be validated due to low voter turnout and the 30% threshold limit (this was lowered from 50% a few years ago). The leader of the main party in power thinks ...
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Lebanon & Syria [on hold]

since lebanon has been in an ongoing civil war from 1975 til 1990 add to that the israeli invasion as well. and since lebanon is part of syria and is in the middle of the wartorn battlefield, is ...
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Is there an official/unoffiicial record kept of 'Three Line Whips' in UK Parliament?

At the Westminster Parliament in UK, there is a mechanism called a Three Line Whip, by which a political party attempts to control the attendance/voting intentions of its MP's. It's unofficial, and I ...
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Is Judge Roberts committed to the status quo against partisanship?

I was surprised to see some commentary in this answer and its comments indicating that Supreme Court Justice John Roberts is committed to maintaining status quo jurisprudence against substantial ...
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Are there any countries besides Finland that use official emojis to promote themselves?

According to this article Finland is the first country to use emojis as part of its country brand: Two of the emojis, sauna and woolly socks, have been accepted by the Unicode Consortium for ...
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The DUP have threatened to “vote down the budget” - but what does this mean?

The DUP have threatened to “vote down the budget” if their requirements for Brexit are not met. But what does this mean in practice? Will the Government have trouble passing a budget in this event?
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What motivates Indonesian belief in a “LGBT Proxy War”? [closed]

While my country becomes more and more democratic, there are more hostilities toward gay people. Some generals start saying that they are a way to conquer my country. Well, huh? Yea seriously. Image ...
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Why did Amazon send charity donations to group which allegedly supports child marriage (MRDF)? [closed]

Why did a global MNC like Amazon do something that would affect their reputation? What would be the benefits that Amazon perceives it would get by supporting extremist ideologies? Don't companies like ...
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Why don't third parties in the United States advocate for Approval/Range Voting?

I've been thinking a lot about governance systems and how a certain governance structure may systemically reinforce certain behaviors. Specifically, it seems experimentally impossible for third ...
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Is the UN Security Council simply a forum for the member states?

The UN Security Council can direct military force. Is the decision making of the Council by unanimity of member states, or is there a supranational decision-making body that can direct force without ...
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How did the Kavanaugh confirmation move so quickly despite the serious allegations?

I did not pay attention to the news for a few days and am completely confused now. Last I saw, Kavanaugh was in the midst of his sexual assault hearings. I thought Trump had said he would let a ...
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Has this campaign strategy been tried anywhere before?

I was thinking of a localized direct/representative democracy hybrid, in which a local politician (thinking US House Rep for reference as the best balance of reach and scope here) holds a "referendum ...
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Has the abolishment of the FCC fairness doctrine led to political polarization in the US?

From after World War II the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforced as policy (fairness doctrine), which required broadcasters to discuss controversial matters of public interest and give ...
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#MeToo against Indian Minister [closed]

There have been various allegations of sexual misconduct against Union Minister MJ Akbar. Given the fact that the BJP government had made women safety a key poll issue in 2014, how will these ...
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Is there any unwritten rule that high officials should cast a vote in spite of boycotting being a more ideologically appropriate option?

Romania has recently held a referendum to ban gay unions that eventually failed despite extended voting period (two days instead of only one). The reason of its failure was the low voter turnout (...
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Are there any countries besides Canada where the flow of goods is restricted between the country's provinces?

This year, Canada's Supreme Court ruled as following: The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled unanimously that provinces and territories have the constitutional right to restrict the importation of ...
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Did any or many conservative news outlets report on the new IPCC climate change report today? [closed]

I read stories today about the International Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC, releasing their conclusions of a three-year-long report. It states that by 2030 we will have reached their set safety ...
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What are the effects of the HR392 (fairness for skilled immigrant workers) bill?

Recently, there is a lengthy discussion about HR392 (fairness for skilled immigrant workers) in the US house and senate. It means if this bill will be passed by the house and senate, the limitation of ...

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