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Are sunsetting provisions successful in reducing bureaucracy?

A lot of people in the Good Government movement advocate Sunset provisions for laws: Sunset Provisions Sometimes Congress passes laws with an expiration date, known as sunset provisions, ...
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Does the US give full, unfettered access to the NCIC database to anyone other than Canada?

I know that the US shares full, real time access to the US NCIC database with Canada, but does it give this type of access to any other countries? Many people seem to think that any immigration ...
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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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How long in advance are designated survivors chosen?

In the premiere of Designated Survivor (2016), Tom Kirkman is informed in about 10-15 hours prior to the state of the union address in which the president, vice president and others were killed. Is ...
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Can the Panama Papers put a president into jail?

As everybody knows, Panama Papers were released on April 3rd and the president of Argentina was in the list. Macri then said that it was totally legal but some say that it is not ethically correct. ...
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Are there special cities or states with a special law that allows experimenting?

Law and regulation is a major problem when you try to make technological progress. In the last google IO keynote, Larry Page responded a question about how to stay positive, and how we can make ...
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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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What does Zadroga act cover that would not be already be covered by existing workers comp or other benefits?

Recently there has been a push to renew the Zadroga act (which I believe was successful). What I don't understand is why the current workers comp / benefits provided to first responders would be ...
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Contribution Limit Changes as a result of McCutcheon vs FEC

I'm interested in knowing how the contribution limits in the United States changed (so before and after) due to McCutcheon vs FEC for: Contribution limits to a single candidate Total contribution ...
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What are the minimal components of a self-determined constitution?

I want to know what a constitution would look like if it were subject to the requirement of being freely chosen by those affected, including those of future generations. This is what I mean by "self-...
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Is the OLC reconsidering its whistleblower informant opinion?

In August, the Inspector General for the Intelligence Commmunity (ICIG) sent the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire a whistleblower complaint concerning President Trump’s phone ...
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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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Is the Flores Consent Decree binding nationally and currently?

In reading the Flores Consent Decree, I see it called for the decree to be terminated after 5 years (or earlier if all parties agreed). So why is it still in force? Also, my understanding is that ...
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Can a motion to postpone to time certain be tabled?

The main motion is being debated. A motion is offered (and seconded) to postpone the motion to a particular time (time certain). Under Robert's Rules of Order (RONR) in the United States. Can the ...
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Are there any (post-Westfall) cases in which the Attorney General refused certification for a defamation lawsuit against a Congressperson?

The Westfall Act (1988) provides strong protection for Congresspersons against civil lawsuits. Part of the procedure that allows this protection to be effective is the fact that following Attorney ...
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How does Executive Privilege override the clear provision of statute at 5 U.S.C. App. §8H (c) on Whistle Blower Complaints?

With respect to the testimony of Acting Director of National Intelligence McGuire before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives on September 26, 2019, that as a ...
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Why high courts decisions do not also immediately issue the motivation for their decisions?

On numerous occasions media present High Court's decisions about public figures or entities and each time I notice mentioning that the motivation will come sometime in the future. Picking a random ...
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Do any countries allow same-sex marriage and prohibit adultery?

Taiwan is set to legalize same-sex marriage, and adultery is illegal in that country. Are there any countries where same-sex marriage is currently legal and adultery is not? Ideally they should be ...
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What powers are vested in ministries in India?

It is an understood fact that for making a law you need to pass it by the The Parliament of India which is composed of Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in India. In light of this, what all powers are ...
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Have (more) prior convictions for corruption been overturned following McDonnell v. United States?

Wikipedia notes: Chief Justice John Roberts authored the unanimous opinion. McDonnell's conviction was vacated on the grounds that the meaning of "official act" does not include merely setting up a ...
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What is the legal status of complaints of criminality that the DOJ hears about but are not in written form?

NBC reports: Weeks before the whistleblower's complaint became public, the CIA's top lawyer made what she considered to be a criminal referral to the Justice Department about the whistleblower's ...
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Are there any formal steps that legislators use in the US when creating positive or negative law?

For example: Someone has a problem or unmet need. That person approaches a legislator with the problem or unmet need. The legislator follows a process to reason. The legislator follows a process to ...