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Has the US Department of Justice ever been so quick to disagree with SCOTUS?

Within a very short time after the US SCOTUS struck down the New York gun laws, the US Department of justice has come out against the decision. Has the Department of Justice ever been this quick to ...
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What does Jared Diamond's theory say? [closed]

I am asking about Jared Diamond's (smallpox) theory. What does the theory really say? Does it mention whether specific genes were involved or if it is a theory of racial superiority?
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Who in US Congress with close ties to militias & white power groups suggested the US government had "real culpability" in Oklahoma City Bombing/1995?

In the Hari Sreenivasan interview of "Nicole Hemmer... an author and historian specializing in the history of conservative media in the U.S" in the June 10, 2022 How Laundering a Conspiracy ...
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When was the last time a Vice President chose to let a tied Senate vote fail, without using their negative casting vote?

I was reading a recent question on why a Vice President might choose to use a negative casting vote on a tied vote in the Senate rather than just letting the motion fail by withholding their vote, ...
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Has any US state passed a law in a language other than English?

There is an interesting question on the Law stack exchange: "If Congress [of the United States of America] passed a bill written in Spanish, would it be valid?" (the answer appears to be '...
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Whose photos are carried by Vladimir Putin and those by his side in the May 9, 2022 Moscow Victory Day Parade and what are their significance?

After 04:13, CNN's May 10, 2022 video What exactly is Putin's 'doomsday plane'? shows footage of the Russian president and those by his side carrying small placards with black and white photographic ...
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Prior to 2021, when was the last New Jersey gubernatorial election where a Democrat did better in Somerset County than the state as a whole?

In the 2021 New Jersey governor election, Phil Murphy, a Democrat and the incumbent, won 51.5% of the vote statewide. However he won 51.7% of the vote in Somerset County a suburban county which has ...
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When and in which context did Henry Kissinger say "the policy is better than the arguments"? Are there notable examples?

In the February 5, 2022 American Purpose video "The Right, Russia, and Ukraine" with David Frum after about 03:00, Frum discusses the US Republican Party's general support for the US' ...
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Is there any far right president that improved a country? [closed]

I'm currently watching the french debates for the presidential election, and looking at Marine Le Pen (far right), I was wondering if there was any elected president considered far-right that improved ...
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Are "Don't talk about X in classrooms" state laws a relatively recent phenomenon in the US?

Two examples of recent Don't talk about X in classrooms" state laws/legislation: Florida: Wikipedia's LGBT rights in Florida; HB 1557/Parental Rights in Education/"Don't Say Gay" bill (...
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Has an income ceiling policy been tried in a free market economy?

Some countries have implemented some very high tax rates, but did any country, in recent history, implement a ceiling on all earnings (wages and capital gains) in an, otherwise, self-regulated market? ...
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What compromises were forged or brokered by Benjamin Franklin in the US constitution that would be considered "tragic" by historian Ken Burns?

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's April 2, 2022 Ken Burns Was Watching "Homeland" When He Realized Mandy Patinkin Should Be His Ben Franklin begins with noted historian and documentarian ...
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Why is Biden's "(Putin) ...cannot remain in power" widely considered a gaffe to be walked back while previous US presidents have said similar?

Together, answers to How often a post WWII US president said publicly that the leader of another country must go? (e.g. "For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power") have listed perhaps ...
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How often a post WWII US president said publicly that the leader of another country must go? (e.g. "For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power")

US President Biden concluded his March 27, 2022 speech in Poland with the words For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power. (e.g. CBS News's video Biden says Putin "cannot remain in power&...
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What is the significance of the central pentagonal element of this war memorial?

These photos are of a war memorial in NY State, USA. The central feature is a large 5-pointed star which has a 'cenotaph' element that is also 5-sided: Larger photo of the whole thing: In situ: It ...
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Was American Revolution a right-wing or left-wing movement? [closed]

I have thought about this issue many times for a few years, but I could never find a satisfying answer. I tend to believe the American Revolution was a left-wing movement because it focused on the ...
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Is it first time in history that ongoing war was halted for few hours to evacuate people?

I am referring to Indian Prime Minister Modi second phone call to Putin during Russo-Ukraine conflicts, to get help to evacuate stranded Indian Students in Ukraine. So Putin halted his war for 6 hours....
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Has any head of state ever proven to be a foreign spy? [closed]

WWI and Russia In his tour de force conspiracy theory book series Victor Suvorov(a pen name) makes a number of claims about alternative interpretation of the origins of the Soviet Union, Germany and ...
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To what does US Army Lt. General H. R. McMaster refer saying that Germany's Social Democratic Party has a 'deep and unnatural affinity' for Russia?

CNN's March 3, 2022 video H.R. McMaster on how NATO is holding up against Vladimir Putin's stress test includes the following statements by United States Army lieutenant general, Senior Fellow at the ...
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Has any nuclear-protected country been under any significant attack by another country's military forces?

Countries can have nuclear weapons of their own (e.g. Russia, US) or be protected by them through alliances (e.g. Baltic states via NATO, Belarus via Collective Security Treaty Organization, Warsaw ...
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What are the previous uses of false justifications for invasions used by Russia as used in it's so-called "playbook" from the perspective of the US?

US President Biden spoke of false justification and a Russian "playbook" in his recent statement (cf. CBS News video Biden gives updates on Russia-Ukraine crisis following call with allies | ...
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Did the 2022 Southend West by-election set a record for the highest number of spoilt ballots in a Parliamentary election?

The 2022 Southend West by-election was held on February 3rd, to elect a replacement for the previous incumbent Sir David Amess, who was murdered while attending a constituency surgery in October 2021. ...
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Canadian conservatives on climate change: other examples of a mainstream political party deliberately moving itself out of the Overton Window?

(The Overton window can be thought of as "what's politically sellable to the public") Canadian Conservative leader O'Toole has been jettisoned by his peers, 73 out 119. Canada's ...
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Is Thomas Paine, the political philosopher considered a founding father or not? [closed]

I have read he is widely considered one, whereas he isn't included with the greats. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Founding-Fathers
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When was the last time, if ever, a Supreme Court justice was appointed without prior experience as a judge?

With speculation of Kamala Harris getting pushed into the Supreme Court, I'm wondering when if ever something like this has happened before. Has anyone ever been appointed to the Supreme Court without ...
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Prior to COVID-19, had any country fiscally targeted unvaccinated individuals?

Upon reading that Quebec may impose a health tax on unvaccinated Canadians, I wondered the following: Prior to COVID-19, had any country fiscally targeted unvaccinated individuals?
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Did the French right wing ever call to vote for left wing candidates prior to 2012?

I am searching for any occasions, prior to 2012 and especially between 1995 and 2007, at which the right wing, especially the French President Jacques Chirac himself, called to vote for left wing when ...
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Has a minister, or someone at a similar position, in a western style mature democracy ever called its leader an epithet indicating incompetence?

There are strong circumstantial evidence (e.g., here and here) that Rex Tillerson called Donald Trump "a fucking moron". Has a minister, or someone at a similar position, in a western style ...
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What was the longest time it took to assemble a coalitional government?

In democratic countries with party-list voting systems, parties usually do not have an absolute majority, and have to form coalitions with other parties. It may happen that no party manages to ...
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Who wrote that the role of a government is to protect from foreign threats, promote trade, and provide for those that cannot provide for themselves?

Who wrote that the role of a government is to protect from foreign threats, promote trade, and provide for those that cannot provide for themselves (physically or cognitively impaired)? The ...
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Shortest term as prime minister?

In November, Sweden's prime minister, Magdalena Andersson resigned just hours after being elected. Was her reign the shortest of any nationally-elected executive? Have any leaders, in any other ...
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Did MPs have to win a by-election before 1926 in order to join the government?

A commentary in The Telegraph claimed that before 1926, MPs had to win a by-election to join the government. This got me rather perplexed. Mr Johnson has sensibly stopped short of joining Labour in ...
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Why did the world average CO_2 emissions per capita dip in the 1990s? [closed]

According to this chart, per-capita CO_2 emissions in the world peaked in the late 1980s, then dipped quickly, and did not reach their 1989 level again until 2011. What are the major factors ...
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Is It A Coincidence That Election Day In The U.S. Is The Tuesday Closest To Guy Fawkes Day? [duplicate]

The question speaks for itself. An existing question is facially similar but doesn't get at this particular issue.
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How did United Kingdom responsibility for the defence of the British Channel Islands originate?

The government of the United Kingdom is responsible for the defence of, and foreign relations of, the Channel Islands - i.e. the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey. How did this arrangement come about? ...
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Why does US law allow for a speaker that is not elected? [closed]

The question is based on an article from NPR which states that "there's no requirement that the speaker has to be an elected representative." Part of my question was not answered in the ...
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Was there another time where a Western country recalled its diplomats from the U.S.?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-17/france-recalls-u-s-australian-ambassadors-over-submarine-row France recalled its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia in a diplomatic slap intended ...
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Confused about the terms 'state' and 'government'

Google says: Government: "the governing body of a nation, state, or community." State: "a nation or territory considered as an organized political community under one government." ...
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What was the status of Abortion Rights in 1990's Islamic State of Afghanistan?

When the Taliban previously ruled Afghanistan in the 90s, did they have a policy regarding abortion rights for women? Was abortion permitted at all, and if so under what terms?
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Did Taliban maintain foreign relations with other countries between 1996 and 2001?

Seeing all the news of embassies evacuating out of Afghanistan made me wonder - what were the foreign relations of Taliban before the 2001 war? I can tell the US Consulate was shutdown in 1989, the ...
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Under post-1946 TWP-rule, roughly what percentage of adult Liberians could effectively vote?

I'm trying to understand (in a nutshell) how it came be that The nation was virtually governed as a one-party state under the TWP, although opposition parties were never outlawed. while at the same ...
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In the West, how has freedom been defined historically?

I stumbled upon this video earlier today. Here, starting at around 0:50, the Funky Academic claims that freedom used to be defined as having the ability to do your duty. Contrarily, again according to ...
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Why does British Indian Ocean Territory follow RHT?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-_and_right-hand_traffic Why do cars in the British Indian Ocean Territory drive on the right-hand side of the road (as in the US) instead of on the left-hand side of ...
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Do political systems evolve with economic progress?

Do political systems evolve with economic progress? In a lot of sci-fi movies you don't see government evolve with technology and economy, but in Star Trek, I believe, the political system ended up ...
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Is there anything that prevents popular opinion from becoming fact as it's written in history? [closed]

I've seen over the last few years, members of congress and others, using news articles as sources of factual information in official testimonies. Additionally, news organizations regularly repeat ...
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What did the Framers intend the meaning of “probable cause” to be? [closed]

The 4th amendment reads The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall ...
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In what way(s) was US Judge Royce Lamberth a "pain in the butt" to the Clinton Administration?

After 06:27 in the CNN video Rudy Giuliani suspended from practicing law in New York state commentator Paul Kane, Senior Congressional Correspondent for The Washington Post said (my transcription): ...
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When was the last time that a major party in GB polled <2% in a constituency?

The Labour Party garnered just 1.6% of the vote in the Chesham and Amersham by-election. When was the last time that a major party (Conservative or Labour) received <2% of the vote in a Great ...
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What conditions must happen to end a cult of personality?

Background Cults of Personality are a long standing phenomenon going back to at least the Roman Emperor Commodus. However the term really only entered popular lexicon after Nikita Khrushchev's Secret ...
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How did FDR upend the political climate in the USA?

In my history class, we learned that pre Roosevelt, Republicans were more or less the more liberal party and Democrats the conservative party. Today such an idea seems hard to imagine in today's ...
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