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How can the President of the United States enact laws [on hold]

I thought that the legislative branch were the branch of government that enacted laws. Having the power to enact laws as the executive branch would make the executive branch too powerful. How can the ...
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To what extent does China control Hong Kong's highest courts and ordinary courts?

To what extent does China control Hong Kong's highest courts and ordinary courts? Some people have suggested that the chief executive of Hong Kong needs to be approved by China and thus it has some ...
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Why is statutory rape “strict liability”? [on hold]

I've heard that statutory rape, that is, sex with girls under 18 works under strict liability principle. Why? Is this even true? Even murder, that obviously cause far more damage, has 1st degree, ...
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How could China have extradited people for political reason under the extradition law it wanted to pass in Hong Kong?

How could China have extradited people for political reason under the extradition law it wanted to pass in Hong Kong? According to a news outlet, the extradition law had the following clause: Once ...
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What prevents Hong Kong from punishing people who committed crimes in China in Hong Kong?

What prevents Hong Kong from punishing people who committed crimes in China in Hong Kong? As you know, there were a lot of protests against the extradition law that the government of Hong Kong wanted ...
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Can the president or the Congress pass a law to dismantle the super-delegate system used by the DNC?

Can the president or the Congress pass a law to dismantle the super-delegate system used by the DNC? Or is it somehow outside their power to do so and each party can set up their own rules as long as ...
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Does each different kind of Congressional act require a different level of rigor?

Background In the legislative branch, there are several kinds of acts congress can initiate: A Bill, which is a proposed law that originates in either the House of Representatives or the Senate. ...
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Could Congress annul a declaration of war from the U.S. President?

Could Congress annul a declaration of war from the U.S. President? Let's say that the President declared war against Cuba for no reason, could Congress step in and annul the declaration of war or is ...
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What if Hong Kong airport protest happened in the US? [closed]

I only mentioned Hong Kong here to provide context. Here's what I am interested in: What would happen if a similar protest happened in the US (from a legal perspective, by which I mean what of the ...
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Evidence for meeting Treasury Criteria for Currency Manipulation

In order for a country to be designated as a currency manipulator, it needs to meet three criteria set by the Treasury itself: Significant bilateral trade surplus with the United States ...
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Are most people who commit financial fraud extradited, or people don't bother and just tend to fine the companies?

This is an excerpt of an article written by Jeffrey Sachs. Ms. Meng is charged with violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. Yet, consider her arrest in the context of the large number of companies, U....
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Could the EU introduce an app-crossing messenger standard and make its use obligatory for every messenger?

Let's assume the EU does the following things: It develops a messaging standard for texts, speech messages, documents, video calls, end-to-end encryption and more and makes this open source (like the ...
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What can the U.S. government do to prevent powerful people to get extremely favorable plea bargain deals like Jeff Epstein?

We know that Jeff Epstein got an extremely favorable plea bargain deal from the chief prosecutor. The media is now questioning if there was due process, or someone powerful got into the way of the due ...
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Am I obligated to answer a citizenship question on the U.S. census? [closed]

This question seems to straddle politics/law, but I am going to post it here. There is a lot in the US news lately about President Trump pushing to have a question on citizenship added to the 2020 US ...
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If the U.S. government eliminates private health insurance, how would it deal with the shareholders of private insurance companies? [closed]

If the U.S. government eliminates private health insurance, how would it be going to deal with the shareholders of private insurance companies? Would it reach some form of deal and what kind of deal? ...
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Can the President of the United States actively invest in the stock market?

Can the President of the United States actively invest in the stock market? While I have heard of people often divesting in order to show that they wont profit from the fact they have insider ...
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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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Are intrusions within a foreign embassy considered an act of war?

Are intrusions within a foreign embassy considered an act of war? Let's say that the U.S. breaks into the Chinese embassy in New York and decides to arrest a criminal whom the Chinese government had ...
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Is it common for judicial branch to add details on laws made by legislative?

In Indonesia, there is an article 112 of drug laws. The article says that simple possession is punished with a minimum of 4 years in prison. This is in contrast with article 128 that says that usage ...
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Is it legal in the UK for politicians to lie to the public for political gain?

Is there any legal ground to prosecute a politician for lying to the public where their lie gave them political gain?
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What is the purpose of electing European Parliament since the institution which propose new laws is European Commission?

According to EU organisation: The Commission proposes and implements laws which are in keeping with the objectives of the EU treaties. The members of European Commission are proposed by the ...
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Why did it take so long for Germany to allow electric scooters / e-rollers on the roads?

According to Telegraph Germany has just issued a law that allows electrical scooters on the roads: Germany has become the latest country to approve the use of electric scooters on its roads as ...
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Oregon household medical visits to familes with newborn children. Voluntary or mandatory?

Oregon's SB 526 has gained much controversy. The bill, if passed, is supposed to implement home visits by nurses/other-medical-professionals to families with newborn children. According to Patrick ...
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Where can I find the final text of EU Deal for Double Food Standards?

This Politico article argues about the EU deal related to Double Food Standards: After fighting long and hard to reach an agreement, the European Commission passed a set of rules last week that ...
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Who has the power to issue a witness summons?

In the US, Congressional committees have the power to issue subpoenas, compelling a witness to testify before the given committee. In the UK we have a witness summons, which can be issued in court. ...
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Enforcement of “anti-sodomy” laws in Qatar

Qatar has some "anti-sodomy" laws on the books, but the Wikipedia page on the topic gives the impression they were seldom enforced in the past couple of decades: In 1998 an American citizen ...
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Has the White House addressed what brought H.R. 312 to Trump’s attention?

President Trump tweeted this yesterday: Republicans shouldn’t vote for H.R. 312, a special interest casino Bill, backed by Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren. It is unfair and doesn’t treat Native ...
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Can the president of the United States be guilty of insider trading?

For almost one year now, I have closely observed developments on stock markets. I mainly focused on major indices such as the Dow Jones and DAX (I am from Germany). Both indices suffered losses during ...
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Is it unconstitutional for a state to indict, charge, and bring to trial a sitting president (for a state crime).?

The bulwark justification for a US Attorney to not indict a sitting president appears to lie in the US Justice Department's legal memo " A Sitting President's Amenability to Indictment and Criminal ...
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Did everyone named in the Mueller report get to read it in advance?

Attorney General Bill Barr said this in a press conference today, in regard to the Mueller Report: In addition, earlier this week, the President’s personal counsel requested and were given the ...
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Why are US gun laws so lax? [duplicate]

The gun politics in the USA are unusually lax compared to most other first world countries. Why are they like this?
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How can a citizen change an existing law — who can the bill be submitted to

its known that in order to make or change a law, a bill is needed which is introduced to congress and the senate etc.... The question: If a citizen is directly affected by a current "unfair" law and ...
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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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Is the there a term for state (or local) officers not caring about enforcing federal law?

I think it's generally accepted that in the US: state officers cannot be compelled to enforce federal law. For more details as to why that is accepted: In Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898, ...
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Is there a documented rationale why the House Ways and Means chairman can demand tax info?

The BBC says: House Ways and Means chairman Richard Neal said failure to comply with the new deadline would be interpreted as a denial of request. One of Mr Trump's top aides said last week ...
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International precedent affected US law?

As I understand it quite a lot of US Federal law is based on 'common law'. This is also true for many states, although I think some jurisdictions have 'civil law' roots instead. Since common & ...
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What is the motivation for a law requiring 2 parties to consent for recording a conversation

I asked this question in the law site, but I was told it has more to do with politics (same question in the law site). Let's assume A and B have a discussion about a business deal and A will record ...
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What is the maximum sanction that can be placed on a UK government or PM for acting illegally

In recent weeks we have seen the Cooper bill designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit. MPs pass Bill designed to avoid no-deal Brexit My question is a hypothetical about constitutional law; if the PM ...
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Do any democracies besides the UK have a ban on broadcasting parliamentary footage for comedic purposes?

When I first heard this on John Oliver's show, I thought it was a joke, but apparently there is a real ban in the UK on broadcasting parliamentary footage for the purpose of comedy. Do any other ...
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Why are drinking laws so strict in the USA?

In the USA, alcohol laws are very strict and specific, while in most other parts of the world they are very lax. What's the reason?
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Did the IG’s office say its audit of the use of Confidential Human Sources was prompted by Trump?

The website of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice lists a number of investigations the Inspector General’s office is undertaking. In particular, it lists this one: FBI’s ...
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What happened to the proposal that Airbnb and similar businesses should report client data directly to the Norwegian Tax Administration?

I read about a proposal that Airbnb and similar businesses should report client data directly to the Norwegian Tax Administration. I find lots of news about the proposal itself, but no news about the ...
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Why didn't Mueller have to submit a report to Congress?

Ken Starr had to submit a report directly to Congress, pursuant to 28 USC 595 (c) Why didn't Mueller have to do this?
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Does domestic or international law take precedence in the UK?

Does domestic or international law take precedence in the UK? I ask, because the treaty agreed with the EU for the Brexit extension appears to override the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.
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Why do laws prohibit possession and usage of narcotics separately?

In Indonesia there is article 112 that prohibits the possession of narcotics, this carries a minimum sentence of 4 years. Then there is article 127 which prohibits using narcotics, which carries a ...
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Has John Huber interviewed any witnesses in his review?

In 2017, after the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Muller to oversee the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation. Congressional Republicans asked the Department of Justice to appoint a second Special ...
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Did President Trump ever answer questions on obstruction to Mueller?

The FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, overseen by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has just finished. Now at some point in the course of the investigation, Mueller’s team sent President Trump a series ...
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EU directives during the transition period in May's Brexit deal

May's Brexit deal includes a transition period which may last for years. The Irish Times wrote the following on that: During the transition period a kind of standstill would be in place where ...
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What is the difference between something being completely legal and being completely decriminalized? [closed]

What are the specific differences between something being legal and decriminalized, especially if it is labeled as completely legal/decriminalized? What examples of this exist?
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Could the police be sued for failing to protect citizens in countries where gun ownership is severely restricted?

The US Supreme Court ruled in Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales and DeShaney v. Winnebago County that the police could not be sued for failing to protect citizens, as no such constitutional obligation ...