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Would the UK have to pay anything to the EU in case of a no-deal Brexit?

The EU was very insistent on the UK paying back its obligations to the EU after leaving the Union, as a condition for negotiating a favorable trade deal. But would the UK have to pay back anything if ...
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Has Tucker Carlson identified with distributist thinkers?

In a recent monologue Tucker Carlson sparked a serious discussion among conservatives about the degree to which capitalism is good for America. He said things like What kind of country do you want ...
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What is the logic behind the impeachment process in the USA?

In order for a person to be impeached, votes need to be held in both the House and the Senate. A majority is required in the House, and a supermajority is required in the Senate. There are 435 people ...
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Why do Republicans prefer President Trump to President Pence?

The biggest question I've had about Trump's presidency is why so many members of the GOP are so loyal to him when the alternative is Pence (i.e. if Trump was removed from office). Pence is arguably ...
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What do recent polls show the British people want from Brexit?

I was looking at the Wikipedia article on opinion polls for the UK general election to determine if there has been any shift in UK politics that might give any indication of the likely outcomes of ...
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Why does Jokowi intent to release Abu Bakr Baasyir from prison?

Jokowi intents on releasing Abu Bakr Baasyir, a suspected terrorist charged with involvement on the 2002 Bali bombings and the 2003 Marriot Hotel bomb attack: “Today I want to announce President ...
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Can the President of the United States spend private money on official events in the White House?

Couple of days ago, Trump spent lots of money, paying from his own private money, on hosting a football team in the White House for official event. Assuming the event was official, i.e. not made ...
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Would it be illegal for the UK to negotiate a trade deal with the EU while still a member?

Would it be illegal for the UK to negotiate a trade deal with the EU while still a member? Or is it the signing of trade deals that is prohibited, and negotiation is permitted?
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President as Commander-in-Chief vs Speaker of the House [closed]

Can the President as Commander-in-Chief curtail or direct the activities of the Speaker of the House? Also, can he presume in his mind that he knows what activities the Speaker is about to carry out ...
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Why is it assumed that higher taxation leads to reduced incentives?

This is probably the argument offered against high taxation that I hear the most: it reduces incentives to work harder, hence ultimately hurts the economy. What is the justification for this? I'm ...
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Are the “security concerns” for the State of the Union legitimate?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written President Trump to suggest that he postpone his State of the Union address, citing her “security concerns” over the ability of the Secret Service and Department ...
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How many people actually visit MPs surgeries?

In the United Kingdom, a political surgery is a series of one-to-one meetings that a member of parliament may have with his or her constituents. A typical constituency has in the order of 75k ...
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Can Congress end the government shutdown without the President's agreement? [duplicate]

Negotiations over the current US government shutdown have, as far as I've heard, mainly been between the President and Congressional Democrats. So far, Republicans in Congress seem to be siding with ...
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How did Theresa May remain PM after her Brexit deal was rejected?

As far as I understand, Theresa May was elected to the leader of the Conservatives (and consequently Prime Minister of the UK) to make a Brexit deal (source): She [May] said there was a "big job" ...
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Why would the UK government be reluctant to rule out a no-deal Brexit?

The UK government has so far refused to rule out a no-deal Brexit, something the Official Opposition has demanded. Some hard-Brexiteers have claimed that ruling this out would weaken the UKs ...
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Do citizens' assemblies “work”?

A citizen's assembly is a group of "random" yet representative individuals former with the aim to deliberate on a specific issue of national interest, listen to the view of a broad range of "relevant" ...
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Can the UK revoke Article 50 to reinvoke it later? [duplicate]

What stops the UK from revoking Article 50 simply to reinvoke it later for an additional 2 years of time to work out a deal?
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What leverage do U.S. federal workers' unions have?

Federal workers in the United States are bound by law to not strike, and many union leaders claim their workers "believe in public service" and "they’re not just going to walk away". Given that ...
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Why doesn't funding for U.S. government services simply continue at its previous level if a new budget can't be passed?

In the United States, a failure to pass a budget for the new fiscal year results in a government shutdown, during which all government agencies lose funding except those which are funded through other ...
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Does “government” mean something different in British and American English?

There's been lots of news in the past couple of days about votes in the UK Parliament regarding Brexit. These reports seem to use the word "government" in a way that I don't understand. For instance, ...
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Can the Speaker of the House of Representatives disinvite the President to the State of the Union address?

Can the Speaker of the US House of Representatives legally rescind an invitation to the President to the State of the Union address? If the speaker merely postpones, is this a valid workaround if it ...
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Can a single ballot be used to vote on several proposals?

Our assembly of several hundred will be voting on 4 separate changes to our constitution. I would like the 4 votes to take place on a single ballot (one piece of paper with 4 proposals and ...
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Does a President have to be sworn in by a SCOTUS justice, if not then who has that authority?

I'm aware that by tradition a President is sworn in by a SCOTUS justice, but I'm wondering if this is necessary? My context is the show Designated Survivor. Absent SCOTUS, what if any provision is ...
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Have own MPs ever voted against the government in a no confidence vote?

After May's defeat on her Brexit deal, Labour tabled a motion of no confidence. The government can lose the vote if either DUP and/or ERG/Brexiteers (these being from the Conservative Party) vote ...
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Has the temporary spending bill that passed the 115th Congress on 20th Dec 2018 expired? [duplicate]

The old House passed a temporary spending bill on 20th Dec 2018 that subsequently became stuck in Senate. The highest voted answer in Can a bill that has passed the US Senate or House expire? says ...
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Is there a geographic component to support for Trump's wall?

The largest factor in support for Donald Trump's proposed border wall is political affiliation: support is much higher among Republicans than among Democrats. But is there a geographic component to ...
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What is capitalism's answer to constant economic growth hitting the limit of the planet's finite resources?

We keep hearing a lot about economic growth in the media and this answer shows us why it is so important: Therefore, we have three options: A constant increase in unemployment. (Generally ...
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Why are May's failures such a big deal? Won't a Brexit-deal 100 % be made anyways? [closed]

Despite not even being from the UK, my newspaper (and political commentators, etc) are talking about what's happening in the UK, with May failing to get support for a deal. Why is this such a big ...
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What would a delayed Brexit mean for the 2019 European Parliament election?

One proposal for the current political situation in the UK regards Brexit is a delay of the Brexit for further discussions/votes/elections/referenda/... But we have the 2019 European Parliament ...
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Does China interfere with commercial shipping passing through the Taiwan Straits?

I have read that China considers the Taiwan Straits to be its "sovereign territory" which differs from international law that defines bodies of waters 12 miles or more offshore as international waters ...
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Has there ever been a larger UK Parliamentary defeat than on Brexit tonight?

I have just watched, live, Theresa May lose the vote on her deal by an unprecedented margin, 432-202. Every UK news source is quoting that this is the largest ever defeat "in the democratic age", or "...
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Is gun control in line with EU's principle of subsidiarity?

On a lecture, I've heard the EU institutions don't have the right to change laws already in place in the member states, so I tried to investigate what could it relate to and found that the principle ...
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Why do Republicans want tax cuts but also increase government spending and reduce deficit?

When I studied political economy in college, in the first lecture of one of my first courses, I was told that the entire duo-field of politics and economics essentially boils down to the distribution ...
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Does the Brexit deal being voted down imply that Brexit is not going to happen?

Just looking at the TV and I am seeing that the British Parliament rejected the Brexit deal (cannot find an online source yet for this, although multiple sources show this vote result as very ...
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How did Mexico react publicly to the suggestion it would pay for Trump's border wall?

It has been suggested that Mexico pay for the wall in one lump-sum payment, for example by this memo by the Trump campaign (relevant quote below): It's an easy decision for Mexico: make a one-time ...
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Have members of Congress missed a paycheck during this shutdown?

It is my impression (perhaps incorrect) that Congressional operations has already been funded through the end of this fiscal year, consequentially not impacted directly by this current shutdown. ...
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Senate bypass Majority Leader

According to this answer citing the senate website: Senate rules also permit a measure to be placed directly on the calendar when introduced or received from the House. This process permits ...
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Did Trump ever explain why he wants to make Mexico pay for the wall?

Out of all of Trump's campaign promises, building the wall seemed like the easiest to implement. The only complexity involved in the construction is obtaining funding from Congress, otherwise it's a ...
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Can we accurately model history and predict political outcomes in software?

We use computers (and AI) to engineer structures, to simulate car crashes and traffic patterns, and to do predictive meteorology. Is there a serious application of a Sims or a Civilization approach to ...
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What happens if the shutdown continues until election season?

Hopefully, this doesn't happen, but what happens if the US shutdown continues until the 2020 elections? Does the Federal Election Commission (FEC) have funding? Will elections be post-poned? If the ...
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Is espionage internationally tolerated?

This might be my perception being biased from what media is reporting about. But how I see it, here in Germany it is usually reported in media like: "Spy [Name] was convicted of having transfered [...
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Has Trump's administration ever explained why they didn't “build the wall” before the midterms?

Title pretty much says it all. The Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate before the midterms, so why didn't they push through funding for the wall then? The Republicans had two years to ...
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What if incumbent president is defeated in re-election, and resigns before Jan 20? [duplicate]

What if the incumbent president is defeated in his re-election in November, and resigns before the Jan 20 inaugural of his opponent? Does the president-elect get sworn in early/immediately, or does ...
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Budget reconciliation for border wall?

Could Congress have used budget reconciliation to fund a border wall and avoid the current shutdown?
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Why does there not seem to be more support for state-specific border walls in the US?

While there seems to be a good amount of discussion about the border wall desired by President Trump, I have not seen much in the way of discussion regarding state-based approaches; that is, given the ...
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Why don't teachers unions lobby to pay off unfunded pension liabilties?

With a lot of states having issues regarding unfunded teachers pensions, I was wondering why it doesn't ever appear to be a main point of their lobbying/protesting/striking. Wouldn't it be in their ...
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Why is “poldering” seemingly such an alien idea in the US (and other countries)?

Well it's an age old proverb that to govern is to make sacrifices. Everyone knows that with more than a trivial amount of people not everyone thinks the same as you. So one has to come up with a ...
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How to convey poll results with shifting demographics?

Poll results that try to show a change (or lack thereof) in an opinion over time are usually reported similarly to this answer: As of mid-December 2018, 59% of Republicans thought it was 'very ...
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How long can a president keep a government shutdown? [duplicate]

I was wondering how long is it possible for a shutdown to go on, months, years? Can it be forced to stop?
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Will brexit affect (and if so, how?) orphan drugs?

(Not 100% sure about this being the right place to ask) According to here, orphan drugs have a market exclusivity of 10 years in Europe. UK is now (...sooner or later) getting out of Europe, so will ...

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