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Do politicians use bug trackers or version control etc.?

As a programmer I'm comfortable with using version control and bug trackers, but how do politicians keep track of "issues"? Do they have any digital tools which allow them to work together on the same ...
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What did Reagan mean when he said: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.' ”?

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989, famously said: The nine most terrifying words in the English language are "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help....
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Why would the government force its population to save for retirement?

Here in Denmark we pretty much have "forced" retirement saving. Almost everybody in regular employment pays about $15 a month plus 12% of their monthly salary into a pension fund. [1] You can save ...
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Seen from Europe, why is there a hard separation between Republicans and Democrats in the US?

I live in Germany, and it seems completely strange to see a stable separation between Republicans and Democrats, and even somewhat near half of the votes for each. I see that the number of two ...
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Why did political parties form in the United States?

In George Washington's "Farewell Address", the first President specifically warns about the dangers of political parties. He admits that people tend to naturally align in groups, but also warns that ...
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Have any countries that are currently in lockdown published a detailed long-term exit plan?

Currently almost every country around the world is in a state of lockdown. However all of them seem to be in a state of 'indefinite' lockdown, with no long-term plan published anywhere. Has any ...
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Why do Americans vote on coroners, magistrates, school directors, and tax collectors?

A friend of mine posted on Facebook about her recent election in Pennsylvania. The results page showed a whole bunch of results that are really, really odd to me as an Australian: Justice of the ...
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How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal?

How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal? Specifically, how will consumers' internet access be protected without government regulation?
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What was the TOP SECRET information in the Nunes Memo?

By order of the President, the Nunes Memo was declassified. If you look at the page headers of the memo, you can see it was classified as TOP SECRET, i.e. Such material would cause "exceptionally ...
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Prayer at the Presidential Inauguration

I'm watching the inauguration of the 45th president and am stunned2 that three Christian3 clergy persons pray for the president and the country, obviously in order to give the incoming president the ...
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What is meant by “the Russian Government Resigned”?

There have been a number of headlines about the Russian government resignation. This American ABC News article is one example. The reason I ask is that, I don't know the mechanism of the Russian ...
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Why are Kinder Surprise Eggs illegal in the USA?

In the USA, Kinder Surprise Eggs are banned by the government. What is the reason?
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In the Weimar Republic what was the role of the people sitting on the left side of the speaker?

I know that in the Weimar republic the chancellor and other ministers of government sit in front of the members of parliament on the right side of the speaker but was the role of the people who sit to ...
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“Government transplant” been tried? At what scale, and what were the results?

In the "Fall of Rio" short documentary about the drug-related violence in Rio de Janeiro, one of the interviewed drug traffickers said he does what he does because due to the terrible government (...
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Has any government throughout history banned foreign currencies?

Has any government throughout history banned foreign currencies? It happened in Zimbabwe in 2019 for example. How about other countries? I'm also interested in broader answers, like governments ...
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What policy arguments do people make in favor of legalizing marijuana?

I am not asking why people want marijuana legal, I am asking what arguments people make that legalizing marijuana would be beneficial to a society?
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How do leaders choose between lives and money?

Amid the current pandemic many governments imposed heavy social restrictions in an attempt to flatten the curve and thereby save lives, and those restrictions take their toll on the economies. For ...
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How does direct democracy compare to representative democracy?

Back in the olden days of Greece, direct democracy was practiced. All citizens could vote directly on every issue decided by the state. This is significantly different to the representative ...
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What is the Nunes Memo and what is preventing its release?

From what I've read (and please correct me if I'm wrong), Devin Nunes has created a memo that he wants to release but can't, for purposes that I do not know. What's in the memo is extremely important,...
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Why do countries encourage nationalism?

Coming from the subcontinent I was raised to love and defend my country no matter what (e.g. in discussions always say that no matter what my country did not do anything wrong). I am now living in ...
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What are the reasons for not calculating government officials' wages in terms of minimal wage?

In the context of Russian Federation, a deputy of the Duma (the lower assembly) is said to be earning ~400k rubles per month on average (actual amount doesn't matter, only the order of magnitude), ...
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Why are South Korean content laws so strict?

I am from South Korea, and in my country, graphic content laws are extremely strict - so strictly enforced that the following events had happened: 19+ filter on Google and YouTube Government blocked ...
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Do high-level US government officials who are fired receive any compensation?

With the recent terminations of individuals like Tillerson and McMaster, I was wondering if this is costing taxpayers money. Do fired officials get a pension, severance, or other financial ...
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Why are stenographers still employed and present within many governmental chambers?

Yesterday a news story broke about a stenographer on the US Senate floor fainting which prompted a brief recess while she was being medically attended to. Hearing this, I started to wonder why ...
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If there's no government, who will stop people from creating one?

How does the doctrine(s) of anarchism address the following issue? If there's no government, no army, no central police, who will stop local charismatic leaders from taking over and creating their ...
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How are letters between governments being transported and delivered?

Recently, it became somewhat common for governments to publish letters, like the two examples given below. I just wonder: How are those letters between governments and/or international organizations ...
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Would anything stop a technology company from shutting down in protest of government regulations?

Suppose a government does something to annoy a company, what would stop the company from protesting the action by stopping the sales/providing their services? For example a hardware company such as ...
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Are there many liberal democracies that use “the more favorable criminal law” principle?

This question is somehow a followup of this one (split suggestion). At the end of January 2017, Romanian Government (executive branch) made several changes to Criminal Law using a Government Ordinance....
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Have previous presidents fired their staff with comparable frequency to Donald Trump?

I don't know how it is internationally, but over here in Germany I hear almost on a daily basis that United States president Donald Trump fired one of his close advisers or ministers or whatever its ...
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Why do UK government ministers not vote on backbench motions?

According to the BBC: It is convention that ministers abstain when voting takes place on a backbench MP's motion What is the history and reasoning behind this convention? Is it therefore ...
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What are the constitutional and broader implications of today's vote by Parliament, finding that the govt was in contempt?

According to the BBC, today's vote by the UK Parliament that finds the government in contempt, is said to have "huge" constitutional and political significance". Setting aside the immediate issue ...
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Why do we collect taxes on income from labor?

This question tries to illuminate why it is probably good if within a country/an economy there are more jobs rather than fewer jobs. I would agree, it seems to me that employment is likely to lower ...
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What roles does a state-level Secretary of State perform?

I live in the United States and I recently discovered that each state has a Secretary of State. Since the Secretary of State on the federal level deals with foreign affairs, I wasn't sure what the ...
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What is the purpose of releasing the Nunes memo and the Schiff “counter-memo”?

Just recently, a memo created by Adam Schiff was released to the public, as a sort of rebuttal to another memo released earlier in the year by Devin Nunes. My interpretation of the Nunes memo alleges ...
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Where can I see the total compensation (by year?) of each of the employees of the UN?

For example, I read that Ban Ki Moon gets $227,253. But that is only the base salary. it does not include expenses, over-time, and benefits and bonuses. Is there a website or a spreadsheet that lists ...
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Can the British public request a General Election?

As some of you may know, as a result of the Panama Papers leak, David Cameron admitted that he profited from his father's Panama offshore trust. Among much confusion and anger, some members of the ...
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Can Macron legally reform Islam in France?

In February 2018, french president Emmanuel Macron said : "I want to lay the foundations for the whole organization of Islam in France" He plans to do this to diminish the number of young ...
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Who controls the British Armed Forces?

I am trying to research this for a friend. I understand that the Government of the United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy, in which the Queen is the head of state and the Prime Minister is the ...
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Why does Russia hold hard on keeping Chechnya?

Since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, lot of its republics chose to be independent states and most succeeded without any significant pressure from the then newly established Russia. But one ...
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Can I recall my US Senator or Representatives in Congress?

I live in Texas, is there an effective proceedure to recall my senator or representatives in Congress? Has an online petition ever been effective at recalling a Senator or Congressman?
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How is Northern Ireland currently being governed with its executive vacant and its legislature suspended?

Currently, the Northern Ireland Executive is vacant while the Northern Ireland Assembly is suspended, following the resignation of deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and subsequently First ...
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Why is the speaker of the House of Representatives an MP?

The Speaker of the House of Representatives (Australia) is currently Bronwyn Bishop and there was, the other day, some issues raised over her bias. This led me to pose the question - why is the ...
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What are the differences between the Tea Party and the Republican Party?

To Republicans, the Tea Party movement is considered a separate organization espousing some Republican ideals. What are the particular idiosyncrasies that differentiate between the Republicans and the ...
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How are elections conducted in China?

Whenever any topic is discussed about China, either with friends or over the internet, it always boils down to the government type in China. In fact, it always comes down to an absolutely ...
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Maxine Waters “passed 3 bills in Congress in 27 years”?

It is asserted here (time stamp 10:04) that My opponent [referring to Maxine Waters] only passed 3 bills in Congress in 27 years. Is this true and how does an average person like me verify this ...
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What influence do Democrats have in stopping Trump's nominations from being approved?

I am totally new to how the U.S. government works but my question is based on the news that I am seeing on CNN. It looks like everyone on the Democrats' side is opposing the Jeff Sessions nomination ...
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Minimum number of MPs

In recent years there has been a period of recess in the UK parliament to allow for party conferences. This year however parliament was prorogued and while this action was ultimately overturned it did ...
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Does global warming give the government more power?

I have read ideas saying to some effect that global warming is about the goverment getting more power and control. My question is in what ways (if any) would global warming potentially give more power ...
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Policy arguments against legalizing marijuana?

Polar opposite to this question - what popular arguments are made against legalizing marijuana and lifting the strict regulations on hemp? Especially when compared with other abused plants like ...
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How can we define which EU countries are giving more power to regions? Which patterns are used to evaluate it?

It is common in Spain to say that the Autonomous communities have the highest level of autonomy among the European Union: they have a lot of power in the areas of taxes, laws, etc. I also heard about ...

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