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Why did Slovak PM use a pile of cash when he announced the reward for catching Jan Kuciak's murder(s)?

According to this article, Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico offered a reward of 1 million euros for catching Jan Kuciak's murder(s): The government of Slovakia announced the reward Monday in a ...
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Treasury sanctions against Russia - authorized? And how effective?

It's my understanding that the new sanctions put out by the Treasury today are based on the sanctions that Congress passed last year. My question is, does President Trump have to sign or otherwise ...
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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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How to explain the difference between Federal, State and Local governments to a grade schooler?

I am homeschooling my 8 year old daughter and I am trying to teach her the basics of US government. One topic that I want to cover is the need to Federal, State and Local governments. I already ...
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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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Difference between Deputy Prime Minister and Vice President

Wikipedia mentions this regarding deputy prime minister: The position is often likened to that of a vice president, but is significantly different even though both positions are "number two" ...
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Can the United States Federal Government alter the Criminal Justice System [closed]

Question I was wondering whether or not the phrase/sentence/claim/statement: "The United States Federal Government ought to alter the Criminal Justice System" be hypothetically feasible? To clarify,...
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Is there any recent example (post 1990) of European high officials giving up special protection?

According to this article, virtually all Romanian cabinet members have given up the protection services offered by the Protection and Guard Service (SPP), which is designated for providing protection ...
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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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Longest known chain of command? [closed]

What's the longest known chain of command length for any government, military, or large organization, (legal or illegal)? For example, WP's abstract military organization chain length is 11: ...
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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 can't the “shithole” controversy be independently verified?

What does it take to independently verify whether or not President Trump called Haiti and other countries shitholes? Could this information be found through FOIA requests?
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Has the UN Terrorist Financing Convention had a material impact?

The UN Terrorist Financing Convention was ratified in 1999 and has been ratified by 187 nations, yet very little information is available on the material impact it has had upon preventing terror ...
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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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Why can't the counties that support the proposed state of Jefferson appeal directly to the federal government for statehood?

Why can't the counties that support the proposed state of Jefferson appeal directly to the federal government for statehood? California and Oregon will never say yes despite nearly all the counties ...
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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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Why does it matter which house of Congress a bill originates in?

The U.S. Constitution (Article 1, Sec. 7) states that: All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on ...
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Was the pentagon a legitimate military target? [closed]

Since the pentagon and WTC had military offices wouldn't this make it a military target according to the applicable international treaties such as the Geneva conventions?
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Meaning of the new tech to future politics - AI, blockchain and Co. - reference to expert estimations? [closed]

My impression is that most politicians are not able to qualify what is actually happening through the new tech - neither myself and probably nobody. But then, what will happen through this tech ...
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Why do some citizens support authoritarian regimes? [closed]

Why is it that across the world, some people consider authoritarian regimes to be beneficial. Why is this, and why is there a rise on support for authoritarian regimes. Source; http://www....
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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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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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Atlantean Form of Government

In Critias, Plato says that the 10 Atlantean kings held a meeting every other 5 or 6th year alternately. In the meeting they would consult their common interests, inquire if anyone had transgressed ...
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Canada: “Governor General” vs “Governor in Council”

Is "governor in council" the same as "governor general" in Canada? If not, what does the "governor in council" do?
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How did so many Australian politicans recently win Parliamentary seats while unaware of or denying their second nationality?

Half a dozen Australian members of Parliament have resigned or are threatened with the need to do so after "discovering" that they are dual citizens, forbidden from serving (how surprising this truly ...
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Do federal agencies ever spend more than is appropriated?

I assume that most bank transfers in government are done by a fairly low level employee writing a check or transfer. What if an agency spends more than is allocated? Will their checks bounce? How ...
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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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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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In Communism, what happens to property rights?

Picking up on a question that was posted here, it said that in Communism a home that one built could be reapportioned to someone by the vote of a majority It seems to me that this isn't a fair ...
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Anarcho-Communism distribution of wealth

How would a society based on anarcho-communism, or even communism without state, distribute the wealth so people could buy food, leisure products and other varied items. Who would distribute the ...
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Conditions for socialism? [closed]

Historically, fascism and extreme right wing movements have become popular in response to certain conditions. These conditions include: real or perceived economic instability at the national level ...
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Is anarchism opposed to the concept of god? [closed]

Why the negation of God by plenty of anarchists? I understand the negation of organized religion, because it confines and subdues the masses if each individual does not think or questions the human ...
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How would an anarchist society deal with insurgents?

Selecting Anarchism as an example, it defends a state of affairs without coercion or oppression, and it also defends, at least from what I read, the abolishment of prisons. What would one do with the ...
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What are education requirements for government positions in Germany?

Martin Schultz left high school without diploma after failing 11th grade twice, however many people consider him for chancellor office. Is it possible to have any nonelected position in the executive ...
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Who formulated the theory that states actively promoted capitalism?

The mainstream view of capitalism is that it is a "natural" system that emerges almost automatically, as long as the government doesn't intervene and merely fights criminals and so forth. But I ...
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How exactly is the White House enforcing audio-only briefings?

Today, like many days in the past few weeks, the White House Press Briefing with Sean Spicer was audio-only, i.e. no cameras allowed. My question is, how is this camera ban enforced? Does Spicer ask ...
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Is there a country in which the parliamentary majority issued a no confidence vote against its own government soon after being confirmed? [duplicate]

According to this article, Romania faces a rather unusual situation - the parliamentary majority is attempting to impeach its own government: Romania's major ruling Social Democratic Party decided ...
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What does “… Americans enjoy … a widespread (if still contested) franchise” mean?

I'm reading on oligarchs, and came across this on Wikipedia (from the fourth paragraph): The study [conceded] "Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular ...
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Is there a precedent for a governing party to start a motion of no confidence against itself?

Romania is currently in the interesting situation of its government having initiated a motion of no confidence against itself. Usually, such things are done by the opposition in order to get a chance ...
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Is there an active government that grants rights to the governed?

Does there exist a current model of government, actively practiced, based on the concept that rights are granted from the Government to the people? This would be a contrast of the model of government ...
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Can a United States President nominate a blood relative as Vice President?

The current U.S President has heaped a great amount of praise on his daughter Ivanka Trump, calling her one of his best and closest advisers. To shake things up in 2020, is it possible Trump could ...
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How does a minority government work in the UK?

In light of the exit polling, it looks like the UK will have a hung Parliament. In the event that no coalition/working relationship deal is made, am I correct in thinking that the country is then run ...
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Explain how a law can be enacted that abridges right to assembly

There are numerous states that have proposed/passed anti-protest laws in recent weeks. Please explain how it's possible to compose text, and have it pass into law, which clearly abridges the 1st ...
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What is the difference between a socialist, a democratic socialist and a social democrat? [closed]

What are the primary differences between socialism, democratic socialism and social democracy? Are they simply three branches of a the same ideology? Primarily in theory, but if you can give any ...
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Is the French government formed before and/or after the legislative elections?

In 2017, France had Presidential elections on 23 April and 7 May and will have legislative elections on 11 and 18 June. I was expecting the President would wait with appointing a government until ...
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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 (non-conceiving) incest? [duplicate]

So long as they don't procreate, which should obviously be illegal as it'll surely physically and mentally cripple the poor thing, why should a brother and sister, or mother and son, or father and ...
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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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Is separation of powers broken, if a government changes a law with irreversible effects?

At the end of January 2017, Romanian Government adopted an emergency ordinance late Tuesday to decriminalize official misconduct, dealing a blow to a yearslong drive to curb corruption in the ...
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Does the National Assembly for Wales have to vote on the “Great Repeal Bill”?

We're aware by now that the Scottish Parliament will have to have its own vote on the "Great Repeal Bill" Given that the reason behind Scotland having to vote on this independently seems to be based ...