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Is it legal in the US to offer a candidate money to drop off a senate race to run against another candidate?

Hill Harper just tweeted this: I didn’t intend for a private phone call to turn public. But now that it has, here’s the truth. One of AIPAC’s biggest donors offered $20m if I dropped out of the U.S. ...
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Supreme court case for disqualifying from rights

In a discussion I had recently about gun rights, someone brought up a United States Supreme Court case in which it was determined that an individual could become disqualified from particular rights. ...
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Why is Trump's FEC filing case different from Hillary Clinton's?

As I understand it, the charges against Trump are brought by the State of New York regarding a falsification of filing records by a campaign which was determined to have been made to influence (...
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Can campaign promises be enforced by a contract, or has it ever happened they were?

A common problem where I live, and I assume everywhere, for at least the past 4 decades (and I assume it has been a problem for centuries), is that politicians make a lot of campaign promises which ...
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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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What would have to happen for the recently passed "reform" bill in Taiwan to become law?

The Guardian's May 29, 2024 Taiwan passes controversial reform bill after violence and protests summarizes the current situation. The bills were driven by the two major opposition parties, the ...
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What purpose do anti-Polygamy laws serve?

Question title says it all really. Polygamy is illegal in most US states, here in Britain and also no doubt many countries elsewhere, but why? What are the political motivators for this, especially in ...
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Why does the EU find the foreign agent law in Georgia against their values?

The draft law would require organizations receiving more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as "foreign agents". The EU, which gave Georgia candidate status in December, has ...
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Do originalist U.S. Supreme Court justices tend to be politically right-leaning?

Is there significant overlap between originalism and political conservatism?
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Why do many liberal countries criminalize polygamy? [duplicate]

Polygamy is a crime in many liberal countries (such as all 27 countries of the European Union). It is theoretically victimless, however. Why then would a liberal country criminalize it? Things I can ...
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Can Congress make certain construction projects immune from litigation?

In an article about the Joe Manchin pipeline deal I've noticed an interesting detail: The provisions, according to the summary, will “require the relevant agencies to take all necessary actions to ...
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Why there seem to be no strict rules related to non-profit organization "overhead" in the US?

According to Investopedia, an organization can benefit from the non-profit tax status if it satisfies several conditions: have a purpose within a designated list an annual exemption form must be ...
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What do people mean by saying that safe storage laws are unconstitutional?

Safe storage laws are laws that require guns to be stored in safes which cannot be opened immediately. They are there to supposedly reduce suicide and to reduce the chances of your own gun being used ...
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Are there countries, besides Israel, that declare themselves nation-states for a particular ethnic group?

The Israeli Basic Law, controversially passed in 2018, specifies that The State of Israel is the national home of the Jewish people, in which it fulfills its natural, cultural, religious, and ...
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How effective are lawyers and NGOs (like Soldiers Mothers, Peaceplea and Conscript's School) in securing the rights of the mobilized in Russia?

After the start of the first mobilizations in Russia, a couple of organisations were created to help mobilized people to either escape military service or acquire them non-combat roles: https://...
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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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In the US, are there laws that discriminate against men the same way as in other countries?

In many countries of the world, men are discriminated against according to at least part of the following points: Army draft Retirement age Criminal punishment (either stronger punishment for male ...
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Why President's power to grant pardon to punishment or sentence are dealt separately in drafted language of article 72 of Constitution of India?

Constitution of India Article 72 : [Title: Power of President to grant pardons, etc., and to suspend, remit or commute sentences in certain cases] Sub Article (1) : The President shall have the power ...
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Could free speech be absolute? [closed]

Since the past few days, I have been spending some time on X (Formerly Twitter). I saw people being openly racist and calling it their "right to free speech". I personally don't give much ...
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Irreplaceability of Indian Reservation Law in constitution using Game Theory

Just to give the context: My underlying opinion here is that caste-based reservation should be abolished. And if any form of reservation is present it should be solely based on economic background. ...
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How does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) differ from Massachusetts health care reform (Romneycare)?

These two laws at face value have many similarities, but it is difficult to spot the differences. How are these two bills alike, and how are they different?
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Can a country declare all its mercenaries as its soldiers?

Ukraine hopes to save foreign soldiers sentenced to death, says lawmaker Britain has condemned the sentencing of the fighters as an "egregious breach" of the Geneva Convention, under which ...
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Are there democratic countries that restrict offensive speech?

Are there (preferably democratic) countries that restrict speech that causes offense? I'm mostly interested in the following categories: Personal offense. Offense of the king, president or any public ...
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What were the negative effects that private companies had to face due to a lack of legal status in China?

In 2002, China promulgated the SME Promotion Law, which emphasizes SMEs’ scientific and technological innovations and upgrading. In 2004, China amended the constitution to grant non-state-owned firms ...
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For countries without written constitutions, what power does the judiciary have to control laws passed by government?

In countries, such as the US, with written constitutions, courts can strike down laws they consider to be unconstitutional. For example, a law that prohibited people saying "hello" would be ...
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How can Quebec restrict immigration if it's part of Canada?

When the government announced its aggressive targets of up to 500,000 new immigrants a year, the province of Quebec, which gets to set its own immigration limits, said it would not take in more than ...
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Is there any Western country that didn't ban the patenting of human genes?

When Finance Minister Paul Martin announced $160 million in funding for genome research in Canada in his Feb. 28, 2000, budget, the timing could not have been better. The first human chromosome had ...
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Do a majority of European countries accept LGBTI+ asylum seekers?

According to this paper: Even so, since 2002 the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been working on issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation through the ...
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Are any countries other than France considering making abortion a constitutional right?

According to Today Online: PARIS — France is set to enshrine the right to abortion in its constitution Monday (Mar 4) at a rare parliamentary congress at the Palace of Versailles after the bill ...
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How did the Colorado Supreme Court justify extending Section 3 of 14th amendment to the presidency? How did the minority opinion argue against this?

The NYTimes' December 19/20, 2023 LIVE: Trump Ballot Ruling; Trump Is Disqualified From the 2024 Ballot, Colorado Supreme Court Rules includes the following: The Colorado court’s lengthy ruling ...
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Did any other country aside the Netherlands allow children access to some sort of physician-assisted death?

In 2000, the Netherlands became the first country to allow children access to physician-assisted death. In that country, there is an age-based regime based on the presumption of evolving capacity. ...
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Which European countries have laws that closely resemble the Russian law against discrediting the armed forces?

European countries have a more restrictive interpretation of free speech than the US in some regards, e.g. many criminalize Holocaust denial etc. Are there some European countries whose laws (in that ...
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Why didn't a conservative majority SCOTUS repeal Roe v. Wade before 2022?

I'm ignorant of the judicial branch, and I have a question, which I would like answered irrespective of the "pro-choice" or "pro-life" debate and focused on the workings of the ...
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How many people are in favor of legalizing marijuana, but have no intention of ever smoking it?

I know someone (an American) who supports legalization of marijuana, but he has no intention of ever smoking it. (He mildly disapproves of it, but doesn't think its consequences are severe enough to ...
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What is the relationship between Gov't economic policies/performance & collective action

Based on my reading of polsci and econ literature, I believe there is an extensive literature studying how collective action (e.g., through labor strikes or occupation groups) can influence economic ...
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Which countries have jurisdiction to investigate the explosion of the Nord Stream pipelines?

Swedish officials said Wednesday that they have decided to close their investigation into the September 2022 explosions on the underwater Nord Stream gas pipelines which were built to carry Russian ...
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What is the distribution of illegal acts defined by the Computer Misuse Act actually done by children in the UK?

The UK National Crime Agency has annonced that one in five children are being criminalised by the Computer Misuse Act (CMA). They warn of life changing consequences for the children involved. They ...
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Does any legislation permit three or more legal parents?

In The Netherlands, a group of eight political parties (representing 75% of the 2012 parliament and still >60% of the 2017 parliament according to current polls) has pledged, following an earlier ...
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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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Is there any Western country that may confiscate all personal property as criminal punishment to white collar crimes?

Tian Huiyu, former president of China Merchants Bank, was given the death penalty with a two-year reprieve for crimes including taking bribes, abuse of power, using undisclosed information for trading,...
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Is there political pressure coming from developed countries against developing countries that don't have a relaxed software patent law system?

In China it used to be difficult to patent software without a hardware element, but recently they relaxed their laws to allow for a lot of patent software being claimed by private companies. Now, I am ...
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Explaining the yesterday vote in US House on Mayorkas imeachment [duplicate]

I read in today news the following sentence: Rep. Blake Moore (R-Utah), the chair of the GOP conference, flipped his vote to “no” seconds before the vote closed, a procedural maneuver that allows the ...
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Was there any talk in the U.S. to reform the legal system and not rely on juries during patent litigation cases?

The legal processes and structures vary from one country to another. In some jurisdictions, patent disputes are resolved by specialized patent courts or judges without the involvement of a jury. The ...
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Why are there juries in the patent litigation cases in the U.S.?

Why are there juries in the patent litigation cases in the U.S.? There was a jury in the Samsung v Apple case, and I recall that none of the jury had an expertise in patent law. Is there some kind of ...
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Are temporary economic impacts a relevant political factor that prevents assisted-suicide rights?

Question Are temporary economic impacts a relevant political factor that prevents assisted-suicide rights ? Originally the question was - "Assisted-suicide rights - A little known but huge ...
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Are there other governments that broke promises to indigenous populations and might be liable to a lawsuit?

According to the Washington Post: More than 170 years ago, before Canada confederated in 1867, Indigenous people in what’s now Northern Ontario signed treaties, ceding a vast territory north of Lake ...
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How can the US lead the ally group for protection force for the Red Sea if they are not members of the Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982? [closed]

The US had not signed the UN Convention 1982, how their leading in this role (Operation Prosperity Guardian) can be legal? They didn't ratify the Convention, they didn't ratify any agreements. Thay ...
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Is former president Trump "out on bail" as Chris Christie asserts? If so, were campaign funds used?

to help answers along, this was just asserted by Jim Sciutto, CNN anchor and chief national security correspondent after 06:22: The previous indictments Trump has faced, he has not had to post bond. ...
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Why was the age of consent as low as 13 in Japan for a long time, is there an official explanation for this?

Japan’s parliament on Friday raised the age of sexual consent to 16 from 13, a limit which had remained unchanged for more than a century and was among the world’s lowest, amid calls for greater ...
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Are there artists in Canada, USA or Europe who also claim to have been punished for going against government, corporate, media or military objectives?

South Korean artists file a class-action lawsuit against their government over blacklisting, as stated by CNN here: (http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/08/asia/south-korea-ex-culture-minister-indicted/) ...

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