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National Reconciliation Ordinance (2007) [closed]

In Pakistan constitution General Pervaiz Musharraf introduces the NRO (2007)and in other countries it’s a possible to give NRO to the politicians ?? And if it is possible how many countries have been ...
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Titles for US public figures

It appears that it is customary in the US to continue to refer to prominent public figures by the title they previously held, e.g. President Obama, Secretary Clinton etc. I understand that this is ...
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What instruments does the House of Representatives have to control the executive branch of government?

The US election is mostly over and the Democrats have gained a majority in the House of Representatives, while the Republicans have got a majority in the Senate. What political instruments (for ...
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What happens if Members of Parliament defect causing a Government to lose a majority?

If enough Members of Parliament defect causing a Government to lose their majority, is the process that the incumbent can try to form a new Government via coalition or confidence and supply? If this ...
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Is the government just a utilities monopoly? [closed]

I can't see any difference between the government or a company that has monopoly over utilities. It literally draws all the power from the same source. America was founded on infrastructure tariffs. ...
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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 is the importance and value of centralized government?

What can a centralized government do that an "uncentralized" government (like that of the United States under the Articles of Confederation) cannot do, concerning trade, taxes, defense, and the ...
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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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How can Indian government afford highly unpopular decisions such as banknote demonetisation?

This question deals with the consequences of 2016 Indian banknote demonetisation and it seems that this decision severely impacted dozens of millions of people (especially farmers). It is clear that ...
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Questions regarding congressman indicted for insider trading

Background by Roll Call: Collins, who represents New York’s 27th District that covers Buffalo and its surrounding counties, suspended his campaign after being indicted on charges of insider ...
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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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What power does a president possess in a parliamentary form of government?

The president is a titular head in these type of governments. Does the president possess power, if any at all? If he doesn't, why keep the president? Why not just fire him/her? I'm specifically ...
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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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Is the public generally aware of lagged effects of economic policies?

New governments attributing to themselves economic success without paying any respect to lagged effects of economic policies of previous governments are probably as old as politics. (Exactly the same ...
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What is the latest scholarship (2018) on the relationship between legitimacy and repression?

I have heard it often asserted that as internal (i.e. domestic) legitimacy of a government rises, the need for repression falls, but I find no study that even tests this hypothesis, let alone confirms ...
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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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How could people access the database of new laws and upcoming bills before the government started posting them on the internet?

Currently, the government posts upcoming bills and newly passed laws to their online database, but before that, how did people find out that new laws were passed or might be passed? Some people would ...
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What is the difference between the British concept of a county and the American concept of a county? (If any)

In the UK you have county cricket, this gives me the idea that a county in the UK is something akin to a province or a state. In the US I have heard people speak of the county coroner, which seems ...
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If Jim, a random citizen, owes TD Bank $300,000 for his house mortgage, is this added to the U.S. national debt?

According to Wikipedia: National debt consists of two components. The first is Debt held by the public, such as Treasury securities held by investors outside the federal government, including ...
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Who has the right to form the government in Karnataka after the election results?

Karnataka state election results for 2018 were as follows: Bharatiya Janata Party: 104 Indian National Congress: 78 Janata Dal (Secular): 37 Others: 3 Total: 222 BJP is the single largest party ...
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Is development faster in other kinds of rules compared to democracy? [closed]

Development is important for a country. It has various kinds, varying from economic to technologically. Is it so that development is faster in other kinds of rule compared to democracy? I mean is ...
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Do the duties of the Secret Service extend to investigating allegations against a White House Medical team member?

Today, President Trump tweeted, Allegations made by Senator Jon Tester against Admiral/Doctor Ron Jackson are proving false. The Secret Service is unable to confirm (in fact they deny) any of the ...
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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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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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In what ways are modern society and government confounded? [closed]

In Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense, he says: SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but ...
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Why didn't the PPP government of pakistan face any problem from the military?

Between 2008 and 2013, the Pakistan Peoples Party government engaged in several high profile disputes with the military Osama bin Laden capture memogate scandal + Hussain Haqqani's release Raymond ...
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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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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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How can I get more involved in politics? [closed]

Relatively recently I have gained a lot of interest in the study of politics and government. Naturally, with this newfound interest, I want to get involved in my local government but I'm not sure ...
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What rules prevent former POTUS from divulging *or using* secret information later on?

President of United States is privy to lots of top secret (in a colloquial, not technical sense) information. What are the rules and mechanisms in play to prevent a former POTUS from: Divulging that ...
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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....