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Is the US Attorney General expected to defend policies his party opposes in the Supreme Court?

I've been led to believe that the Attorney General is the US government's lawyer in the Supreme Court. On the other hand a lot of federal policies are going to be inherited from a previous ...
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Is Russia socially freer than UK? [closed]

I always thought UK is a country where there is no actual social freedom, because of mass media culture... On the other hand, Russians have got a very indulgent culture, despite of right-wing ...
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The role of price elasticity of demand with the bargaining power of trade unions

My economics textbook says that the more inelastic the demand for a product, the greater the scope for passing cost increases on to consumers and the stronger a trade union's bargaining power will be ...
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Why haven't any Governments banned cigarette sales when it has been proven that it's harmful?

Rather than advertising the harmful effects of cigarette smoking on the box, why hasn't any government just banned the selling of cigarettes in their respective countries? Doesn't it solve the main ...
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Is discrimination against hibakushas (atomic bomb victims) legal?

Hibakushas, literally "explosion-affected people", were victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Some of them, and their descendants, faced discrimination. Via Wikipedia: Studs ...
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How do wage subsidies support industrial decentralization?

How do wage subsidies support industrial decentralization? I am busy reading a paper that says, "The industrial decentralization policy in South Africa made some inroads, but disintegrated once wage ...
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democracy and wars for resources

'Democracy' has a large definition , but I want to concentrate on this : Karl Popper defined democracy in contrast to dictatorship or tyranny, thus focusing on opportunities for the people to ...
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Is ban on Social Interaction with opposite sex a Human Rights Violation?

Some universities ban Social interaction with opposite sex inside college premises. If it is a human rights violation then do these universities are liable to that ? Edit: These rules are common ...
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Is polling about fringe beliefs reliable?

Often, when polling is done about fringe beliefs, conspiracy theories and the like, the results given are very disturbing. Examples of fringe beliefs being 9/11 being an inside job, or that the ...
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How was arranging the trade of POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five detainees possible without “negotiating with terrorists”?

The United States of America has had a historical policy that they do not "negotiate with terrorists". How was brokering a trade of POWs between opposing sides of the War on Terror possible without ...
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Why don't we unite all countries? [closed]

I get inspiration from the human body which is a very complex system. The human body does not divide itself into multiple parts which are controlled separately. I.e. there is not a separate nervous ...
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How to rebuild a broken state?

Afghanistan (CPI index of 172/174) or Somalia (CPI Index of 174/174). These countries are the most corrupt countries in the world (according to the 2014 Corruption Perspectives Index). According to ...
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Why is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict such a big issue?

In terms of casualties at least, the conflict isn't that important - there were around twice as many casualties in the last year due to the ongoing Somalian civil war as Israeli casualties in the last ...
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Does banning of anti-democratic parties violate principles of democracy? [closed]

In recent years, due to problems of mass immigration in Europe, there's a rise of far-right parties such as Golden Dawn in Greece, Jobbik in Hungary, BNP in Britain, NPD in Germany, etc. Governments ...
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Do DWNominate scores take into account that not all votes are created equal?

Do DWNominate scores take into account that not all votes are created equal? Two issues come to mind immediately: Some votes are so uncontroversial that almost nobody votes against (naming a Post ...
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How do elections determine who is “leading” or “elected” with partial results?

Every time a provincial or federal election comes on here in Toronto, we look at the partial results and report on "leading/elected". I've never understood how this is calculated. How do the major ...
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Is there any evidence that the constitution, laws or rules of a state apply to someone simply because that person is physically in that state?

Is there any evidence including but not limited to testimony, documentary evidence or physical evidence that would prove that the constitution, laws and rules of a state apply to someone in particular ...
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How often are state constitutional amendments overturned by federal judges?

I live in a state in the United States that just had a constitutional amendment that I voted for overturned by a federal judge and am suitably ticked. How often does this happen to American ...
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Beyond Left and Right

What kind of political philosophy or ideology doesn't easily fit into the right-left spectrum commonly used to characterize American politics? I have looked every where and the only ones I can find ...
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Does the state has the legal obligation to enforce the law?

With the implementation of open government initiatives (i.e. data from the state is public), it is easy today to check whether specific laws are or not being followed by public or private entities. ...
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Why didn't Marbury (from Marbury v. Madison) prevail in the end?

The way I read Marbury v. Madison, I conclude that the Supreme Court of the U.S. came up with 3 conclusions: Mr. Marbury was definitely appointed & commissioned by the departing president. Mr. ...
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Early day motions: practical and intended uses?

Is anyone able to describe to me not only what an early day motion is (I have a relatively good idea) but also what the practical and intended uses are specifically in the UK but also generally? I'm ...
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Do POWs typically get paid for their prison time?

The recent release of Craig Bergdahl has me wondering about the status of prisoners of war from a strictly economic standpoint. When a soldier is POW, he is clearly not in a position to be able to ...
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Is the ruling Chinese party seen more favorably than it was 25 years ago?

The huge increase of security in China surrounding the aniversary of the massacre at Tiananmen Square seems to indicate great concern of the ruling party about possible political protests. Is the ...
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Turkey's list of designated terrorist organizations?

According to this news article: Turkey blacklists al-Nusra Front as terror group Turkey added al-Qaeda's franchise in neighboring Syria to a list of terrorist organizations on Tuesday Where can ...
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What is the real role of the queen in UK in these days? [duplicate]

What is the role in the government or social of this Queen in UK in these days?
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What is the role and responsiblity of the king in Spain in the Spanish government?

What is the role of the king, socially or politically, in Spain? Recently Spain's monarch abdicated his throne for his son. See info
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Data Source for 2012 US Congress and US Senate Elections

I need to find a good data source for the 2012 United States Congress and Senate elections. I have found this: http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/fe2012/federalelections2012.shtml The problem is that it is ...
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Where can I find how often my senator votes along party lines?

I would like to know how partisan my Senators are. I have found various partisan rankings, but I am actually looking for a statistic of the % of time my Senators vote along party lines.
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How can some politicians become cabinet ministers without winning elections in India?

Smriti Irani and Arun Jaitley both lost the elections in the recent Lok Sabha elections in India, so how can they become cabinet ministers if they didn't even win the election? Mustn't one be a member ...
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Is there bias against Israel at the UN and mainstream media?

According to UN Watch: "UN committees, annual UN resolutions, an entire UN bureaucratic division, permanent UN exhibits in New York and Geneva headquarters -- all dedicated to a relentless and ...
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What implications would the use of foreign embassies as asylum points entail?

In light of recently prolific cases (An individual sentenced to death on the basis of refusing to convert faith, as well as numerous "honor killings" that occur each year) and the waves of ...
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How do Libertarians address the case of “I sold my soul to the company store”?

One of the main arguments that large corporations would not pose a threat in minimal-government libertarian state is that the corporation theoretically has no monopoly on force. In other words, "A ...
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Are U.S. politicians assumed to be Christians?

Are U.S. politicians assumed to be Christians (no matter which sect)? Is it possible for an atheist or Muslim believer to become US president? Are there any legal obstacles?
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What political mechanism prevent US army commandment to launch a coup?

I want to ask why throughout US history there has been no record of coup aiming to overthrow (at least temporarily) the elected government on the promise of "justice, liberty, equality, efficency" etc....
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UKIP: is it real major third party in UK?

Can anyone suggest some reading on what is UKIP? Questions I am looking for to answer: is It real major third party for UK? Is it projected to raise further after last weekend elections? any ...
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People's Republic of China's list of designated terrorist organizations?

The book Routledge Handbook of International Criminology (edited by Cindy J. Smith, Sheldon X. Zhang, Rosemary Barberet) says about Tibetan Youth Congress: the organization is currently considered ...
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Why does “meritocracy” / “capitalism” co-exist with “democracy”?

The current state of the world is such that the "communist" attitude is frowned upon, whereas alternatives like "capitalism" and "meritocracy" are preferred. For example when we hitch a flight on an ...
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In Indian politics , how many parties are present currently [closed]

I want to know how many political parties there are in India. Can't there only be two parties, the ruling party and the opposition party, like there are in the United States?
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Importance of tax to Indian goverment

Currently in India there are many scams running rampant which involve illegal use of money by politicians. This is money which comes from taxes paid by the Indian people. Why should one pay such taxes ...
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Does the US Congress allow visitors to watch their debates?

In Germany it is possible to visit the Bundestag, the German "parliament", and watch a plenary sitting from the public gallery of the plenary chamber after an online registration. This image shows ...
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Is the NJ goernor's executive order on pension reform permissible under the current legislation?

In 2011, NJ passed pension reform. The governor signed legislation that the state would make all its payments over the next couple of years. Now the governor of NJ is signing an executive order to ...
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Consequences of hypothetical “cast one vote for OR against” system?

I've been reading about tactical voting - often it happens when a voter is more motivated to avoid one candidate than elect another. Tactical voting is considered a risk for many voting systems, or at ...
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What is a Star Print?

I asked a question about how a bill can die after being reported by committee as favorable, and receiving no subsequent vote in the receiving chamber. After some further digging, I found that it died ...
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How to create an economy for low skilled people in a high-cost country? [closed]

Think of a substantial amount of migration taking place within a larger country with significant differences in income levels in different parts of the country, but a still federal but somewhat ...
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When will the Australian Senate vote on the 2014 budget?

This question is quiet specific. When will the Australia Senate debate and vote on the 2014 budget? Further, where/how can I find out this information in general? I assume somewhere a agenda is ...
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Is the theory of nuclear peace true?

Taken from Wikipedia: Nuclear peace is a theory of international relations that argues that under some circumstances nuclear weapons can induce stability and decrease the chances of crisis ...
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Is there data that looks at income inequality by examining total income over each person's life?

There are many “info” graphics about income inequality in the United States. Measuring the combination of wealth and income that most humans care about is inherently tricky. If you measure wealth, ...
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Was there a Security Council's meeting that lasted long time until resolution was finished?

Some time ago I attended a MUN conference and participated in the Security Council. One of the members tried several times to extend the time of meeting but not for a specific time. He wanted us to ...
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Would shorter election cycles bring cleaner and better politics?

In the Czech Republic it is estimated that about 10% of the governmental expenses are lost as cost of corruption (I think the source is Transparency International, but I can not find it now). This ...

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