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In the United States, why aren't both legislative chambers involved in the Supreme Court confirmation process?

I'm following the situation around the recent Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As a non-American, what's strange to me is that confirming a new SCOTUS Justice ...
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Why is changing the size of the Supreme Court considered dangerous today, when it has been done in the past?

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about "court packing", the process of increasing the size of the Supreme Court, thereby creating openings to be filled with new justices. A common ...
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Is there historical precedent for the US Senate to confirm a SCOTUS nominee from a POTUS of their own party in an election year?

There is debate over whether it is right for Donald Trump to try to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the SCOTUS now, because the election is coming up. Republican Senator Mitt Romney said he will still ...
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How does 9/11 compare with the fire in the Reichstag, Berlin – in terms of consequences? [closed]

Is there a similarity between 9/11 and the USA PATRIOT act and the Reichstag Fire in 1933, after Hitler used democracy to seize absolute power (although 67% didn't vote for him)? After 9/11 the ...
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Why Is The U.S. Supreme Court Reviewing So Few Cases On The Merits?

The U.S. Supreme Court in recent years has been deciding fewer cases on the merits than it has at any time since the end of the U.S. Civil War. (Source) Yet, the volume of cases eligible for its ...
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Why is the USA so much more religious then other developed nations [duplicate]

The USA is an outlier in it's overall religiosity (ie percentage of citizens that consider religion a major factor in their lives) when it comes to developed & wealthy nations, being nearly twice ...
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Have any UK party leaders other than Sir Ed Davey been elected after previously losing a leadership contest?

Today, August 27th, Sir Ed Davey triumphed over competitors to become the leader of the Liberal Democrats after the position was vacated by Jo Swinson due to her failure to retain her Westminster seat ...
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Business people who became governors or mayors in a major city? [closed]

Apart from Bloomberg, what other business people became governors or mayors of major cities in the USA? Businesses worth at least 100 million and first 10 cities by population. Business owners or top ...
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How do I find the full text of a bill from an early 1900s US Congress

Summary I'm researching a US House Representative by reading the bills he voted on, which are from the early 1900s. Where can I find the full text of those bills? Details The Representative I'm ...
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Did Karl Marx ever advocate anything? [closed]

Marx never advocated anything it seems. He never actually said communism was desirable, only that it would happen. The closest thing to advocating something would be the Gotha programme, but even then ...
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Why are the 2 US political parties called Republicans and Democrats?

Why are the 2 main parties in the United States called the Democrats and the Republicans? The US is both a democracy and a republic, and neither party's platforms seem to be built around the ...
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How did Black Americans vote in presidential elections prior to 1936?

While researching data for another answer of mine, I came across Factcheck.org’s breakdown of the Black presidential vote from 1936. Unfortunately, this data only goes back until the first re-election ...
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Does the motto “Don’t tread on me” have a specific political color?

According to the following extract, the expression has in recent decades been associated with conservative groups: Don’t tread on me: Originating as a motto on an iconic Revolutionary War flag, don’...
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Are any American politicians advocating the removal of slaveowning Presidents' imagery?

After the recent removal of statues by protesters around the world, London has called for a review while British activists have proposed the removal of statues of people such as Gladstone for "his ...
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What are the concrete demands of Germans who want to “put an end to” (Schlussstrich ziehen) nazi commemorations?

The head of the German nationalist party Alternative für Deutschland (AFD) has demanded einen Schlussstrich unter Deutschlands Nazi-Vergangenheit, which in English translates more or less as to put an ...
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Has a leader ever been so successful the opposition “switched sides”?

(Not sure if this should be on the History SE) I'm thinking of something like this: say Alice is the Prime Minister, and Bob is the Leader of the Opposition. Alice does something which Bob strongly ...
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Have there have been confirmed cases of Unmasking Abuse? [closed]

When the name of a US citizen is incidentally collected by the US Intelligence Community as part of intelligence activities, the name in masked in intelligence reports to protect the person’s identity....
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Has there ever been a presidential election where every state voted the same way as in the midterms?

Has there ever been a presidential election where every state voted for the same party as in the House elections in the previous midterm? If so, when was it? And, if there has never been as of writing,...
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When was the last time the deputising convention in Prime Minister's Questions was broken?

The BBC reports that later today, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will face Sir Keir Starmer in the first Prime Minister's Questions since the latter became the new Labour party leader. The Foreign ...
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Why wasn't Charles de Gaulle President of France during the 4th Republic? [closed]

As we all know Charles de Gaulle was the commander of the Free France that liberated France from the Vichy regime and from the German occupation. After that victory, though, he was the chairmen of the ...
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Has a tied vote ever happened in a UK Parliamentary election?

I'm aware that if a vote is tied in an election, then a tie-breaker is conducted which leaves the result to chance. As far as I know in recent years this has only occurred in local council elections; ...
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What did Ted Kennedy mean when he referred to “the muck of Irangate” and “the muck of Watergate”?

After Robert Bork's nomination as a Supreme Court justice, Sen. Ted Kennedy took the floor and declared: Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, ...
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Was “The Mandate of Heaven” a theory of directly democratic revolution?

The Mandate of Heaven philosophy states that if a ruler was overthrown by the people, it was Heaven executing its will - with respect to an ineffective ruler. The Duke of Zhou created the idea in ...
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What has been the historical trend of U.S. congresspeople voting as blocks?

It feels as though every time I've looked at voting records from the U.S. congress, I notice that virtually everyone votes with their party; that is, for any given bill, every Republican votes the ...
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Are there past examples of China commiting to and then managing to boost its imports by dozens of billions of dollars?

In the recently announced US-China [mini]deal China has pledged to boost US imports by $200bn above 2017 levels and strengthen intellectual property rules. I'm curious how realistic is the first ...
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Is there an European precedent for all coalition in power parties being led by women + female PM?

Not sure if this is more fit on History, but Finland politics offered an interesting situation - all coalition parties are led by women: Social Democratic Party - Sanna Marin Centre Party - Katri ...
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Is Iran missile strike the first unanswered strike to the US after Cuban crisis?

As everyone already heard, recently Iran launched a missile strike on US military bases in Iraq. US didn't answer with anything but tweets. Is it the first time after Cuban Missile Crisis, when armed ...
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Iran threatening to attack Dubai

Hours ago Iran had threatened to attack Dubai, referring to Dubai as "America's leg" because of our U.S. owned oil businesses and shipments there. When Iran threatened to attack U.S. troops or ...
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Congressman Jeff Van Drew is switching parties over Trump impeachment: has this ever happened before?

New Jersey Representative Jeff Van Drew has switched parties from Democrat to Republican over the House of Representatives' vote to impeach President Trump, citing its partisan nature and the ...
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Evidence of Democratic-Republican Party Realignment Circa 1950?

What evidence is there of a Democratic-Republican party realignment during the 1950's in the US? Usually, references to the Southern strategy are made, but I haven't been able to find any peer review ...
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Was the 1800 US presidential election the first intentional, peaceful transfer of national control?

Historians say the election of Thomas Jefferson in 1800 was the first time a nation's ruling faction willingly ceded authority to their opposition, simply because they agreed to do so, rather than due ...
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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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Are there examples in the UK in which candidates for MP didn't formally withdraw but said openly something like “don't vote for me”?

Since there is a formal deadline for withdrawal of candidacies from UK Parliament elections, are there historical examples in which some candidates nonetheless informally withdrew after such a ...
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Have there been cases in New Zealand in which the consequences for unparliamentary speech have been more than a (forced) apology?

In an exchange in New Zealand's Parliament from 2017, the following record has been kept: Hon STEVEN JOYCE: Grumpy old prick. Grant Robertson: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I know there is a ...
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Were there no leaked phone calls of US presidents before Trump's presidency?

Rep. Nunes said in a committee hearing that to his knowledge the details/transcripts of Trump's phone calls with the Australian PM and the Mexican President were the first leaks of this kind. Acting ...
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US politics: Why are Republicans more often reported to be corrupt, compared to Democrats? [closed]

This Wikipedia article could be interpreted to indicate that members of the Republican party, based solely on number of instances, are ~2.5x as likely to be corrupt than members of the Democrat party. ...
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Are there precedents for Congresspersons going in uninvited to closed-doors committee proceedings?

According to CNN: Roughly two-dozen House Republicans on Wednesday stormed a closed-door deposition in secure House Intelligence Committee spaces to rail against the Democratic-led impeachment ...
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Did past presidential impeachment inquiries have basic defendant's rights?

In a recent letter on behalf of the president to the House committees on impeachment, the president's counsel Pat A. Cipollone wrote: I write on behalf of President Donald J. Trump in response to ...
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Has there ever been a true instance of unregulated capitalism?

Has there ever been any place that used unregulated capitalism? No regulations. No restrictions. No government interference.
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Why does Russia bother to justify the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact?

According to this Guardian article, Russia is trying to justify the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact which is a very complex matter that was not even recognized until the end of the Soviet Union: Eighty ...
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Federalist 57 suggests voting open to everyone in the early republic?

I recently read The Accessible Federalist by Adam Seagrave (a great resource to avoid archaic English). In the Federalist 57, I came upon something interesting. James Madison appears to have been ...
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Is there precedent for proceedings on a Bill to be declared void because it should have received Queen's Consent, but didn't?

Wikipedia mentions that If a bill is mistakenly allowed to progress even though the required [Queen's] consent was not signified and the error is discovered before Royal Assent has been given, the ...
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Has a law or amendment been passed without a vote in Parliament because there were no tellers before?

If the breaking news is correct, MPs started voting on Stephen Kinnock’s amendment 6. But then, a few minutes into voting, Lindsay Hoyle, announced that the division had been called off because the ...
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Did right-wing politician Franz Josef Strauss ever explain why he gave a 3 billion loan to East Germany in 1983?

Economist Manfred Melzer described East Germany's economy in the 1980s like this (1): The economy performed fairly well in the first half of the 1980's, raising exports while conserving raw ...
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What was the legal basis for the arrest of Gerald Bull by the UN in South Africa?

https://www.damninteresting.com/project-babylon-gerald-bulls-downfall/ lives up to its name, being indeed a damn interesting summary of the career of supergun engineer Gerald Bull. The one part I'm ...
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Have politicians' identicons been brute forced?

Disclaimer: I am hesitant to ask this question. If it doesn't belong, let me know. In this comment on Security.SE, @Anders wrote: On a side note, a couple of years ago a bunch of far-right ...
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Has a Nobel Peace laureate ever been accused of war crimes?

Nobel Prizes aren't without controversy, and I was wondering if a Nobel Peace laureate has ever been accused of war crimes. For the purpose of this question, I will accept accusations of war crimes ...
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Why did 19th-cent. US presidents have less role in government than Congress or the states, and were more executives than leaders?

The European Union: Politics and Policies (2017 6 edn). pp 102 Bottom - 103 Middle.         Serving a renewable five-year term, the president of the Commission oversees ...
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Why did the US and UK choose different solutions to the problem of an undemocratic upper house?

Both the US and the UK formerly had an upper legislative house which wielded considerable power despite being elected by government officials rather than the people (the Senate) or completely ...
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What are reasons for a country to apologise long after the fact?

Background In comments under the question about the UK's refusal to apologise for the Amritsar massacre there has been some discussion in the comments about whether there is any point in apologising ...