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How much can a US state grow by relative to the nation as a whole and still lose a seat?

Minnesota gained 7.6% over 2010's census, and the US as a whole gained 7.4%. New York gained 4.2%, which is the state that the seat would have gone to according to multiple reports if it had just 90 ...
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What do these posts mean? [closed]

"The Chairman of the State Bank of India is the chief executive officer of India's largest scheduled commercial bank and the ex-officio chair of its Central Board of Directors." Please ...
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Why Indonesian legislators uses unnecessarily complex language to prohibit sex with someone under 18?

I asked this question in law stackexchange https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/66692/what-is-the-age-of-consent-in-indonesia-15-or-18/66734?noredirect=1#comment140293_66734 Basically, rather than ...
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Which crimes are the most common cause for the death penalty in China?

Which crimes are the most common cause for the death penalty in China? I recently came across this video of a mass execution in China, most of the "criminals" seem to be young ladies. This ...
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In countries without free press, why don't newspapers simply move overseas?

In regions without free press, or where press are under constant threat of arrest, why don't media organisations move their organisation outside the country on which they report? For example, if Hong ...
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Biden's stance on Saudi

At June 15, 2021, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of the Interior announced that Mustafa al-Darwish has been executed. His family received no advance notice, and found out Mustafa had been executed by reading ...
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On what basis do presidential aircraft flying over enjoy immunity and inviolability?

Main question In the aftermath of the Evo Morales grounding incident there was some international outcry. According to Wikipedia: In the aftermath of the incident, seven Latin American countries – ...
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Why doesn't the UK compete as a single country in events such as the FIFA world cup?

(Not sure if this should be on the Sports.SE, but I am looking for a political answer) The UK competes as separate countries (Scotland, England, Wales, Gibraltar, etc.) at events such as the FIFA ...
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Are there any treaties that offer diplomatic protection for heads of state on 'surprise visits'?

Normally, diplomatic immunity is covered by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The way that treaty is phrased it's about bilateral relations, for example by referring explicitly to '...
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Why are the Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark among the countries with the largest wealth gaps in the world?

Wealth Inequality By Country 2021 Here are the 10 countries with the highest wealth inequality: Netherlands (0.902) Russia (0.879) Sweden (0.867) United States(0.852) Brazil (0.849) Thailand (0.846) ...
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How can the U.S. government ensure that the black budget is spent appropriately?

The black budget is a secret budget for covert operation. How can the U.S. government ensure that the money is spent appropriately and people don't spend it for personal reasons or other reasons not ...
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Why is the Belarus plane grounding incident treated more harshly than a similar one caused by the USA? [closed]

EU is punishing Belarus with economic sanctions for grounding a plane to arrest a journalist, as well as blacklisting certain individuals from entering its territory and freezing their assets. Why is ...
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Who are the Peruvian citizens voting from the US? [closed]

While reading the answers to this question I noticed a point that was largely missed. Who are the Peruvian citizens living in the US who can vote in the Peruvian elections? Would undocumented migants ...
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Why is there so much resistance in the Catholic Church to allow women to become a priest? [closed]

Why is there so much resistance in the Catholic Church to allow women to become priests? What are the political factors that explain such a big resistance from the Catholic Church to allow women to ...
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Can the US Roman Catholic Bishops establish rules against the will of the Pope?

The US Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops made a step towards banning politicians who support abortion rights from the Eucharist (Holy Communion). This step was made against the explicit position of ...
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What are the benefits of joining the International Whaling Commission?

What are the benefits of joining the International Whaling Commission? The International Whaling Commission has a lot of members, but I fail to see why the countries would join such an organization, ...
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Can other countries central banks impact the decision of the Federal Reserve?

Can other countries central banks impact the decision of the Federal Reserve? In theory, the Federal Reserve enact policies that will benefit the country, but given the dollar's reserve currency, it's ...
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Is there a voting system where the voter has a number of points to distribute? [duplicate]

After reading the question Why do referendums use a binary choice rather than a numerical score? and reading about weighted and cardinal voting I could not find one kind of voting I thought would be ...
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Why does the EU require reciprocity to classify China as a safe country (for the purpose of Covid entry regulations)?

There is an EU travel ban in place for non-essential travel, except from EU/EEA/Schengen countries and certain safe countries. The list as of June 20, 2021 includes Based on the criteria and ...
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Why did Keiko Fujimori overwhelmingly win large US cities with large Peruvian populations that vote overwhelmingly Democratic?

Peru's presidential election was hotly contested between left-wing Pedro Castillo and right-wing Keiko Fujimori. There was something surprising that I read on twitter: Castillo vs Fujimori in some ...
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How come China won't allow unfettered access to ambassadors when tourists can freely go to Xinjiang on their own?

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3133267/un-members-call-immediate-meaningful-and-unfettered-access ‘If you have nothing to hide, why do you not finally grant unimpeded access?’ one ...
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Why do referendums use a binary choice rather than a numerical score?

In some democracies, citizens may be asked if they accept a law or the modification of a law in a "yes or no" referendum. Most of the time, legal texts are complicated and specialized, so ...
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Do right wing libertarians have a mechanism which incentivises long term planning?

By this I mean, do libertarians who intend to have the world run primarily if not totally on market-forces which in the vast majority of cases favor short-term gains and do not usually take into ...
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Are Jews overrepresented in the administrations of the Presidents of the United States? [closed]

According to this source 23 members of Joe Biden's administration are Jewish. 20 members of Donald Trump's administration were also Jewish according to this source 36 members of Barack Obama's ...
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Is making compromises a Western concept?

In this WSJ article, Chun Seong-whun (a former South Korean national-security official) is quoted saying “Making compromises is a Western concept. North Korea has long exploited that.” Is it true ...
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Why there isn't a symbol that represents Socialism?

While Communism has a very well known and used symbol (hammer and sickle), Socialism doesn't. Even though Communism and Socialism are somewhat similar they aren't the same, so why doesn't Socialism ...
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Is there a new divide between college & noncollege with *non* white voters in the US?

College graduated voters have been said to be trending towards the Democrats and the opposite with non college individuals. But that discussion seems to be isolated to white voters. I have seen ...
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How binding are International Tribunal decisons on nations? Can the International Tribunal supercede the law of a nation or force the nation to abide?

I was reading the UN Security Council's Resolution 827, formally establishing the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and came across the following clause, "Decides that ...
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When was the last time that a major party in GB polled <2% in a constituency?

The Labour Party garnered just 1.6% of the vote in the Chesham and Amersham by-election. When was the last time that a major party (Conservative or Labour) received <2% of the vote in a Great ...
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How likely is the collapse of the British Union? [closed]

While this was hardly conceivable only a decade ago, there are serious signs that the British Union could collapse in a not so distant future: In Scotland, the SNP appears determined to hold a second ...
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Examples of unintentionally confusing ballot design?

What are some examples of unintentionally confusing ballot designs used in relatively recent elections (say, 1980 onwards)? Examples from non-american countries are fine if accompanied by an English ...
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Is there a rating of countries by cyberattacks amount being launched?

At recent Geneva summit press-conference, Biden noted: I talked about the proposition that certain critical infrastructure should be off-limits to attack, period, by cyber or any other means," ...
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What are the 16 critical infrastructure sectors the US demands a stop to Russian cyber attacks on?

At their Geneva summit meeting, U.S. President Joe Biden handed Putin a list of 16 critical infrastructure sectors that must be "off limits" from cyber attacks. "I talked about the ...
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What stops someone from building on unused land under socialism? [closed]

From what I gather you can own a house but can’t own the land the house sits on under socialism, or for that matter no one owns any land. Does this mean that all unused land is free to build on? What ...
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Is there any list of US actions taken in efforts to stop Nord Stream 2?

Long story short, it was announced at the beginning of June that Nord Stream 2 is ready to start pumping gas. The US has tried to stop its construction since 2017. Is there a list of the US laws/...
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In what situation can the U.S. military use nukes without the consent of the President?

In what situation can the U.S. military use nukes without the consent of the President, if any situation like this exists?
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Is it true that in Paradise, Nevada the services for streets, sewer, security and energy supply are private?

In Paradise, Nevada, The Clark County Commission is the governmental organization that governs and runs Clark County, providing services. Paradise is an unincorporated area. I heard that the services ...
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How could an American president abolish the FBI?

If Biden / Trump / a hypothetical USA president elected in the near-future wanted to abolish the FBI, how could he? Can the president do this alone or would they need a Senate vote too?
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How “red or blue” is each state by self described partisan identification per CCES?

When we think about how Democratic or Republican a state is, we usually think of how it votes for President and (usually) Senate. But that is a rather shallow look, as there are people who call ...
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Does the injunction blocking the Biden administration's suspension of new oil and gas leases only affect the 13 states that filed suit?

A federal judge in Louisiana ruled on June 15th that President Biden cannot pause new leases for drilling on public lands. It was a suit filed by 12 states and Louisiana. According to the NYT: Judge ...
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Why would the BBC risk damaging their reputation by releasing a fake mining discovery video? [closed]

This is a borderline question. I decided to ask in the politics forum because media outlets are nowadays an integral part of the political system. In this video some people are shown holding some ...
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Any concrete information about Ukrainian reforms, necessary for NATO?

There was a NATO summit some days ago, in Brussels. It confirmed a decision towards Ukraine being a NATO member. Article 69 of the joint Communiqué defines specific steps Ukraine has to take in order ...
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Is the US administration obligated in any way to follow previous international agreements?

Let's consider the Paris climate agreement: Trump administration led the US to exit it Biden administration led the US back to following it Or the Iran nuclear deal: Obama administration was one of ...
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Why do some African countries use the CFA franc if it means that they need to pay France money to be able to print money for their economies?

Why do some African countries use the CFA franc if it means that they need to pay France money to be able to print money for their economies? Strictly speaking, the CFA franc is the name given to two ...
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Why is the USA not pressing Pakistan to provide an air field in Pakistan?

Bush threatened to bomb Pakistan, says Musharraf Ex-CIA chief confirms Pakistan was bullied Although George W. Bush and Richard Armitage denied it, ex-CIA chief George Tenet says in his book that in ...
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Why does China brand itself as being communist when it's arguably not any more communist than Japan or most social democracies in Europe? [duplicate]

Why does China brand itself as being communist when it's arguably not any more communist than Japan or most social democracies in Europe? General Motors sold more cars in China than in the United ...
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Is the current (Biden) admin making provisions for 'collaborators' after the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan?

background... I was on TDY at an NAS when I 'saw' this happen during the Vietnam Conflict; there was a huge surge of applications for exit visas at the embassy (consulate) in March/April 1975. There ...
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What is the consequences of the American-Israeli Jewish ideological schism? [closed]

In the USA Jews are overwhelmingly left wing while Israeli Jews are overwhemingly and increasingly right wing due to the more strictly adherent Orthodox/Haredi variety being more dominant. The New ...
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What conditions must happen to end a cult of personality?

Background Cults of Personality are a long standing phenomenon going back to at least the Roman Emperor Commodus. However the term really only entered popular lexicon after Nikita Khrushchev's Secret ...
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What evidence is there to claim that Protasevich was a member of the Azov Battalion? [migrated]

In the wake of the extraordinary hijacking of the Ryan Air flight by the Belarusian government the state-supported Russian media launched a campaign against Protasevich, claiming that he is a Neo-Nazi,...

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