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Why does expelled former American congressperson, George Santos, still have access to the United States of America's Congressional House floor?

Why does disgraced former American congressperson, George Santos (AKA Anthony Devolder AKA Anthony Zabrovsky allegedly AKA Kitara Ravache) still have access to the United States of America's ...
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By whom is the Trump "Immunity case" presently stayed

According to a number of YouTube videos, when a case is appealed to the Supreme Court, the Court may initially decide on two separate issues: Whether it will grant or deny certiorari. If four or ...
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Why don't members of the minority party in the U.S. House of Representative ever force a vote to vacate the Speakership?

My understanding is that the current rules of the U.S. House of Representatives allow any member of the House - including members of the minority party - to offer a motion to vacate the office of ...
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What European countries have secret voting within the Legislature?

Most, if not all, democratic countries in Europe elect representatives to the national legislature by some form of secret ballot. For example the UK uses secret election on the first-past-the-post ...
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Could opposition parties in the Netherlands form a coalition against Geert Wilders?

Geert Wilders' PVV party appears to have taken the largest number of seats in the Dutch election. However, thirty seven seats is far short of the 76 needed for a majority in the 150 seat parliament, ...
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If Kevin McCarthy becomes Speaker of the US House of Representatives, can he be removed later? [duplicate]

At present (January 6th 2023) Kevin McCarthy is trying to be elected as Speaker of the House. As there is a majority of Republicans in the new house, you might expect this to be straightforward, but ...
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Were there lobbyists in the closed-door meeting the night before the floor vote electing the new US Speaker? To whom is Rep. Tim Burchett referring?

In CNN's October 25, 2023 GOP lawmaker says colleagues need to 'get off their butts and get to work (an apparently tired) US representative Tim Burchett discusses the closed door meeting that took ...
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What does it entail when the UNSC votes to amend a draft resolution that was (previously) not adopted?

See for example S/2023/776 (let's call it S/B henceforth) which tried to amend S/2023/773 (henceforth S/A). The latter, S/A had not been adopted when S/B was proposed, because it failed a previous ...
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Why have the UNSC rules of procedure remained provisional?

The UN website tells us that Article 30 of the Charter provides that the Security Council shall adopt its own rules of procedure. Since the adoption of the provisional rules of procedure at its first ...
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Origin & purpose of the "magic minute" floor speech in the US House and why would Minority Leader Hakim Jeffries use one to delay the vote by an hour?

In ABC News' October 1 2023 Rep. Bowman says triggering fire alarm ahead of House spending bill vote was 'innocent mistake' there is an embedded short video of House vote-related background material. ...
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Have Prime Ministers ever removed people from Honours Lists

PMQs again see Rishi Sunak pushed on the state of Johnson's resignation honours list and why he is allowing Johnson's nominations to the Lord's to go forward. https://twitter.com/Haggis_UK/status/...
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What is the role of the president of the UN Security Council?

What is the role of the president of the UN Security Council? More specifically, is he who decides which countries will speak and in which order? What happens if a representative of a country ...
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Why did members who wanted to raise a point of order during a division have to wear a top hat while talking in the House of Commons in the UK?

I read on https://notesfromtheuk.com/2019/07/05/hats-and-the-house-of-commons/: Anyone who wanted to raise a point of order during a division (which in the normal world would be called a vote) had to ...
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Why would voting for a US House Speaker candidate from a majority party be "taboo" and punishable if you're a member of a minority party?

If I'm a US House representative and a member of the numerical minority party, and the majority party is struggling to get consensus on a candidate for House Speaker that I find particularly ...
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Who limits what sensitive/secret information is shared with the US House Armed Services Committee? Can they get whatever they want for "oversight"?

Background; elected officials considered "vetted" by election and receive no formal background check before receiving sensitive/secret information Politico's January 5, 2023 Speaker debacle ...
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What is the procedure for electing a Speaker of the House by plurality vote?

In 1849 and 1856, the US House of Representatives elected a speaker by plurality vote after repeated failures to elect one by majority vote (62 failed ballots in 1849, 132 in 1855-1856). What is the ...
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What does it mean to ask for the House of Commons to sit in private?

In the British House of Commons on 13th June 2018, SNP MP Ian Blackford said: "Under the circumstances, given the disrespect that's shown, I have got no option but to ask that this House now ...
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Can the Speaker of the House of Representatives be replaced?

What are the requirements to replace the Speaker of the House?
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What is the origin of the 'no photography' rule in the House of Commons?

While reading through Hansard to research a separate question, I came across the following exchange: Mr Speaker: Order. Someone has flashed a camera. It is quite serious to take photographs in the ...
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I don't understand the current Harry Dunn/Anne Sacoolas situation, and why the virtual court appearance?

I think I am missing something about this case (particularly the criminal case), because I don't understand the current situation and legally/politically, how it got there and where it's at. My ...
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What is the implicit meaning of abstaining from voting at the UN? [closed]

Recently, India abstained from voting against China regarding the Uyghur persecution question. What does it imply when a country abstains from voting at any of the UN councils? In the case of the UNSC,...
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What are the advantages for the Government of presenting policy in a general debate rather than as a ministerial statement?

The i news this morning says that Liz Truss plans to unveil her plan to attempt to tackle the energy crisis in Britain: Liz Truss will outline the Government’s plan to save households and businesses ...
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What kind of US house vote was it that first upheld then struck down the Casey Amendment to Title IX? Can the Speaker always call for a revote?

Notes to the June 24, 2022 New York Times video MINK! — My Mom Fought For Title IX, but It Almost Didn’t Happen | Op-Docs end with: ...Wendy Mink narrates her mother’s groundbreaking rise to power ...
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What does "Boris Johnson has a hundred and sixty MPs on his payroll anyway who were going to vote for him because they're within the government" mean?

Moments after the vote of confidence on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson results were announced live on CNN, MP David Lammy (Labor) listed results of previous (recent) votes of confidence saying ...
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Origin of bill "urgency" in the Philippines, how does it work and how widespread is it in other democracies?

From the Philippine News Agency's December 30, 2021 article Duterte signs law creating Department of Migrant Workers The creation and establishment of the Department of Migrant Workers is one of ...
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Does US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts have recusal power over another Justice if they don't do it themself? (e.g. Clarence Thomas)

In the 2022-03-27 ABC News video Ginni Thomas texts to Meadows is a 'textbook' case for recusal: Sen. Klobuchar | ABC News after 03:24 ABC's Jonathan Karl quotes two text messages from Ginni Thomas, ...
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"motion to reconsider is considered made and laid upon the table" & "Madam president... I note the absence of a quorum" What do these mean? Why funny?

In CNN's April 8, 2022 Applause erupts in Senate chamber after Brown Jackson is confirmed there is this little vignette between US Vice President Kamala Harris and the Senate Majority Leader Chuck ...
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Did Jackie Weaver have the legal authority to remove the chairman of the parish council during a meeting?

During a meeting of the Handforth parish council on December the 10th seen here, the chairman of the council was removed from a Zoom meeting by the Zoom meeting host. The recording of this meeting has ...
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What/when are the filing deadlines after which Alice Stewart predicts Republican congress members will start saying Let's stop talking about the past?

Political commentator Alice Stewart has made an interesting prediction; Republican politicians will begin to say "Let's stop focusing on the past" (Donald Trump's loss in 2020 and associated ...
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Has it already been discussed in Congress about what to do with the Confederate statues at the Gettysburg National Military Park?

I would like to know if it has already been discussed in Congress about what to do with the Confederate statues located at the Gettysburg National Military Park, or if there is a future date that has ...
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Do coalition partners in German parliament always sit next to each other?

The political parties in German parliament sit in a half circle, traditionally arranged from left wing to right conservative. It is not always clear which party is left or right of which others so the ...
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First day a 2022 US congress could vote to shut down Jan 6th commission? How quickly after could the commission be effectively curtailed or shut down?

After about 02:36 in the CNN video Retired generals warn an insurrection could succeed next time, Seung Min Kim, Washington Post White House reporter says (my transcription): ...and obviously this ...
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How might Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the UK House of Commons "play hardball"?

In a statement to the House of Commons on the 13th December 2021, the Speaker expressed frustration at the Prime Minister's failure to appear in the chamber, following a televised statement the ...
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Where is the process for Presidential Impeachment codified?

The US Constitution Article 2, Section 4, states: The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, ...
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Can an organization's presiding officer vote during their impeachment? [closed]

Members in an organization I am involved in are attempting to impeach the President of the organization for negligence of duty. The Constitution/Bylaws of this organization state the following: ...
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How would the Crown change New Zealand's name to Aotearoa in order to help restore the status the Māori language?

CNN's Māori Party campaigns to change New Zealand's name to Aotearoa links to Maoriparty.org's petition Change our official name to Aotearoa. The Crown is mentioned in two paragraphs of the petition's ...
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Was Speaker Nancy Pelosi's rejection of Republican representatives Jordan and Banks "unprecedented"?

Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided to block two Republican House members from the house select committee formed to investigate on January 6th. The Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy has ...
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Why are there so few polling sites in New York?

Early voting is open in many places, including New York City. The New York Times reports long lines at the polling stations with waiting times of several hours, sometimes deterring voters. It reports ...
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What are the motivations of holding closed-door negotiations or talks?

WASHINGTON — The United States is initiating a closed-door negotiation that could open up new areas to whale hunting for the first time in decades, part of an attempt to end a long-standing impasse ...
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What was the original purpose of the reading aloud of a bill in the US Senate before voting; were there rules requiring anyone to listen?

Forbes' Senate Chamber Empties As Reading Of 628-Page Relief Bill Gets Underway begins Senators vanished from the U.S. Senate chamber on Thursday as clerks begin reading the upper chamber’s 628-page ...
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House of Commons clarification on clapping

From my current understanding, MP's are not allowed to clap in the House of Commons. Instead, they say (or shout) "hear" to express themselves. However, after having watched this video, I've ...
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Which aspects of US Senate structure 18th and 19th century can be seen as “concessions to the planter class” and to slavery?

From the recent interview of Adam Jentleson, former deputy chief of staff to Democratic Sen. Harry Reid by NPR reporter Audie Cornish Former Senator's Staffer On What Senate Might Do In Response To ...
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What is the point of asking the Prime Minister about their engagements for the rest of the day?

Every week (or so it seems) the Prime Minister is asked the same meaningless question and gives the same meaningless answer. For example: Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle) (Con) Q1. If she will list ...
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How can a bill pass the US Senate by a vote of 3-0?

The Palm Sunday Compromise was a bill which passed the US Senate by a vote of 3-0, 97 not present. How is it possible for the Senate to conduct business with the overwhelming majority of its members ...
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To what extent will Canada's prime minister and its governor general coordinate the upcoming Throne Speech with the queen?

After seeing Al Jazeera's Canada’s COVID-19 recovery plan to dominate Trudeau throne speech Justin Trudeau is set to unveil ‘broad’ plan that includes healthcare and job support when Parliament ...
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How does a "delivery of military aid" play out in practice?

I am referring to the episode regarding the Ukraine conflict, where there was security assistance supposed to be paid by the United States to Ukraine. How does this "release of aid" actually play out?...
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Are there any legislature that has a seat-switch system similar to the NI Assembly?

The Northern Ireland Assembly has a "seat-switch system" (co-option) that allows for MLAs to be replaced without holding by-elections. As the BBC explains: Co-option is the only option when ...
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What does it mean for a document to be added into the Congressional Record during a committee hearing?

While watching the impeachment hearing with Ambassador Taylor, I sometimes heard committee members ask to enter articles (e.g. opinion articles from the New York times or an article from Politco) into ...
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Does the US require a House vote to begin an impeachment inquiry?

Does the US require a House vote to begin an impeachment inquiry? News sources such as this CNN article seem to show a disagreement between the White House saying that a House vote is required, while ...
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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 ...