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Do countries have Discriminatory laws for people of a Religion/Caste/Tribe?

Are people segregated/discriminated by the constitution/Government in the name of positive Discrimination? (Only with respect to Job Opportunities/Education/Law Protection) In Essence, Do some people ...
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Do the changes to constituencies proposed by the Boundary Commissions unduly benefit the Conservative party?

The proposed changes to the constituency boundaries in the UK were drawn up by four independent commissions, one for each of the UK’s constituent countries, and presented to the Government in 2018. ...
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Can a House committee member who is willfully disrupting a hearing be ejected?

If a member of a House committee repeatedly interrupts a committee hearing with specious "points of order" or by talking and interrupting without being recognized, is there a process for ejecting that ...
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Was the President obligated to notify Congress of a hold on funds to Ukraine? [closed]

During Testimony before the House Committee, Mark Sandy, Office of Management and Budget, said concerns about the hold on military aid caused at least two officials within the Office of Management and ...
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Power checks in parliamentary and presidential systems in the UK and the US? [closed]

How are the president, prime minister, legislature powers checked in both parliamentary and presidential systems?
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Can recently released US student vacation in Switzerland? [closed]

Iran recently released an American student that was being imprisoned in Tehran. He was flown to Switzerland to meet with a US State Dept official. My question: since he's already in Switzerland, ...
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Impeachment of Trump [closed]

If the House and Senate Democrats failed to sway the court of public opinion on the Trump impeachment in their favor, what are the predicted consequences for House Democrats in the 2020 election?
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Does US have a national strategy to reduce Rx drugs consumption?

According to this article, Rx drug usage has greatly increased in the last 20 years: The total number of prescriptions has increased by 85% while the total population has increased by only 21%. ...
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Is there an index comparing what percentage of each Presidents executive orders were challenged in court?

On the surface it seems that Trump's executive orders are constantly being challenged in court - for example his order to end the DACA program or the decision ban nationals of certain countries from ...
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Why are Amex fees allowed in the European Union?

As I was reading this answer on Travel SE, and more specifically this part: In one hotel in London I had to pay 3% extra for using Amex instead of Visa/MC. I started reading some more about this ...
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Are there examples of democratic states peacefully changing their constitution without abiding by the rules spelled out in the former constitution?

As an example, changing the US Constitution is extremely difficult as it requires the consent of 3/4 of all States according to the text of the existing Constitution. But in practice any law including ...
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Do any countries have a pensions system funded entirely by past contributions, rather than current taxes?

The pensions systems that I'm familiar with usually work as following: Workers pay a tax on their salaries The government uses that money to fund the pensions of current retirees When the current ...
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Has the Office of Professional Responsibility announced an investigation of Barr?

In May, Attorney General Bill Barr tasked John Durham with conducting an administrative review of the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation. In October, it was reported that this ...
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Why does California seem to have much more aggressive Consumer Protection and Safety Legislation? [closed]

Why does the state of California seem to be so much more aggressive about passing protection/safety legislation? My impression is that they seem to pass consumer protection laws earlier and more ...
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Is it really illegal for an on-duty firefighter to rescue a woman who isn't fully dressed in St. Louis? [closed]

I saw an article about weird laws in Missouri, USA (where I reside) and I noticed that it's supposedly illegal for an on-duty firefighter to rescue a woman who isn't fully dressed. I did quite a bit ...
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What are Henry VIII powers?

As far as I understand it so far, Henry VIII powers in some way allow government ministers to overrule previously enacted laws with a reduced level of scrutiny. They have come into the public eye ...
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Is the Bernie blackout real?

In a recent interview (youtube from 2:30) with The Hill, Bernie Sanders' campaign manager Nina Turner claimed there is a Bernie Blackout. That is, that the media coverage of the Democratic ...
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Why do Republicans oppose the Voting Rights Advancement Act?

On December 6th, The House of Representatives passed HR4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which updates the 1965 Voting Rights Act in light of the 2013 Supreme Court ruling which invalidated ...
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How might the impeachment process affect the US-Ukraine relationship and the US support of Ukraine in the war? [closed]

I am thinking about three possible outcomes of the impeachment process in the short term: Nothing happens eventually Trump is removed but Republicans keep the presidency Trump is removed and ...
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Is there a consensus among political scientists as to what the terms are for merging state Y into state X? [closed]

I understand that there are two types of cases when two or more countries merge into one country: voluntary union (political union) or reunion Annexation - whether voluntary by annexed state, or ...
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Does Boris Johnson’s new negotiated withdrawal agreement mandate customs checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK?

The new Withdrawal Agreement negotiated under Boris Johnson’s leadership has constantly come under scrutiny about whether or not the agreement when implemented would necessitate customs checks between ...
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What corrupt acts has Donald Trump been credibly accused of? [closed]

Since being elected president, there have been various claims in the media that accuse Donald Trump of engaging in acts of alleged corruption beyond the Ukraine incident which is now the subject of ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

In a general sense, it seems that proponents of marijuana legalization tend to come from left-wing political parties, or at least, from the left-leaning factions within right-wing parties. I am ...
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Is corruption a viable tool to fight alleged corruption? [closed]

Throughout history, there seem to be repeated instances where politicians with a track record of corruption run an anti-corruption election campaign. Is there any instance where the repeated, ...
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How widely accepted is the semi-parliamentary classification of executive-legislative relations that was espoused in Ganghof, 2018?

In Ganghof, 2018, the author argues that Australia and Japan both have a newly classified system of government that he dubbed the 'semi-parliamentary system'. In it, the legislative branch is split ...
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Scaramucci Interviews on TV

Does anyone know why Scaramucci, who is a businessman, is invited for interviews on TV for political discussions?
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Are impeachment hearings having an effect on public opinion?

Is there evidence that impeachment hearings are changing public opinion (in either direction). If so, how much is public opinion changing? Or are both parties (public opinion) pretty much immovable - ...
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What's going on with the lawsuit against Concord Management?

Last year (2018), the US federal government indicted Concord Management & Consulting LLC in relation to the alleged Russian social media campaign to meddle/undermine/influence the 2016 US ...
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High crimes and/or misdemeanors

In the context of impeachment of a president, the US constitution refers to "high crimes and misdemeanors". The context is ... or other high crimes and misdemeanors. Does that mean ... or ...
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What is the smallest percentage of U.S. voters needed to re-elect the 34 Senators to acquit a President?

When a U.S. President is tried for impeachment, he will be acquitted if more than 1/3 of the Senators (currently 34) vote to acquit him. What is the minimal number of voters (as a percent of eligible ...
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What is an MRP poll, and is it more accurate than a conventional poll?

On Nov 27th, the polling company YouGov released an “MRP” poll that predicts the Conservative party winning a majority of 68 in the upcoming General Election. The poll has been treated as practically ...
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Did the Mueller report find that Trump committed any felonies?

In an answer to this question, @Peter said that: ...the Mueller Report ... would have resulted in multiple felony charges for any American other than the president. Is this a true statement? ...
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What is the position of the EU on Northern Cyprus?

Northern Cyprus is the part of the island of Cyprus that has been occupied by Turkey since its invasion of Cyprus in 1974. As far as I can tell, the Republic of Northern Cyprus is only recognized by ...
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How many hearings can the House hold before calling for a vote on impeachment?

There were House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearings lead by Adam Schiff, this week there is another set of hearings lead by Jerry Nadler for House judiciary committee. What I want to know is ...
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Why do we need the Rajya Sabha?

I was reading about how the Indian parliament works, and after reading some articles, a question arose in my mind: why do we need the Rajya Sabha? We have the Lok Sabha, whose members are directly ...
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Can we have a AI-lead technocratic society and remove voting? [closed]

Is voting needed? Can AI just look at all history and understand the needs of society? Humans do not have a strong record when choosing their leaders. Such as Hitler was voted when he promised ...
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Who are the missing witnesses John Turley is referring to when speaking against impeachment?

On the BBC, there was an article citing 4 law experts called by the US House to discuss whether Trump's Ukraine activities fall within the scope of "high crimes and misdemeanors" as described in ...
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presidential candidates promises

Why do presidential candidates make promises that they won't be (much) a part of? For example: medicare for all Anyone can come up with a bill but they are introduced, debated, amended, and passed ...
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Can congressional committees publish phone records as part of their report?

The US House Intelligence committee released their report this week detailing the evidence they believe supports the case for impeaching Donald Trump. In the report are a bunch of phone records. I ...
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Why try to impeach Trump now?

I'm unclear why Democrats are trying to impeach Trump at this particular point in time. The U.S. 2020 elections are less than a year (about 11 months) away, so why risk an impeachment move now when ...
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How has the Brexit process affected eurosceptic movements in other European countries?

The rocky and unpredictable state of the Brexit negotiations over the past three and a half years seems to have had an effect on the level of support for the EU, with 68% of respondents across the ...
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Why are green parties so often opposed to nuclear power?

As far as I can tell, green political parties worldwide are almost all opposed to nuclear power. Considering nuclear power is a low-carbon source of electricity (in fact, in terms of the total-...
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In Germany, why does the burden of proof fall on authorities rather than the company or individual when it comes to possible illegal funds?

According to this article Germany requires the authorities to prove that some funds are illegal instead of asking the company or individual for that proof: In Germany, the burden of proving that ...
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Did any countries attempt to let voters decide where charitable funding should be provided?

On the one hand, relying too much on individual contributions to charity is criticized for not providing a sufficient amount of funding, compared to the European model of having the government fund ...
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What are some good online good-faith venues for more opinionated political discussion? [closed]

I've had a rather difficult time leveraging this site for Q&A as a significant portion of my interest in politics is targeted more at formation of my own political beliefs outside the actual ...
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Why is Zelinsky believed when he says he felt no pressure?

One of the Republican defenses against a possible quid-pro-quo is that Zelinsky did not feel any pressure. We know this because he said he did not feel pressure. But, why do we believe this statement ...
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What's the conservative solution to wealth disparity?

While wealth/income inequality has generally been a Liberal concern, its increasing severity seems to have drawn Conservatives to consider it, including causing our current Conservative President to ...
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Where can more information be found on Government legislation against Benjamin Franklin Steven's Facsimiles project?

I found myself studying the facsimiles in Steven's project and in the prologue (page xvi) he notes that a prominent historian was against the project and even petitioned the Government to suppress it ...
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What is the defense spending obligation for NATO countries this year?

Several other questions are being asked in this same realm, however I've yet to see any question or answer directly ask what is the current (FY2018) obligation for defense spending of NATO countries. ...
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Is there a fund into which NATO countries are supposed to pay?

This morning, 12/3/19, Trump said that some counties have been delinquent in their payments to NATO because they have not (for years) met their 2% obligation. He intimated that he would bring up the ...

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