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Would it be illegal for Facebook to actively promote a political agenda?

There's a lot of discussion in the past years on whether or not Facebook is using their platform to promote a certain political agenda and influence elections. Facebook denies such accusations but ...
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Public Viewing of Bills before Congressional Vote

I cannot remember the name of this failed bill. I forget if it pertained to the House or the Senate or both. The proposed legislation essentially stated that a bill would have to be viewed in its ...
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Why don't believers of climate change just take matters in their own hands? [on hold]

Some people believe in climate change, others don't. Some want to do something about it, some don't. For the purposes of this question, let us limit ourselves to the States. This data suggests that ...
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Scrapping of article 370 from Indian Constitution

The government of India scrapped off article 370 making Jammu and Kashmir an Union Territory. Is it possible on the part of the government to convert any Indian state to a Union Territory?
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What prevents Hong Kong from punishing people who committed crimes in China in Hong Kong?

What prevents Hong Kong from punishing people who committed crimes in China in Hong Kong? As you know, there were a lot of protests against the extradition law that the government of Hong Kong wanted ...
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How is US administration justified to promote dress freedom abroad while reserving the right to restrict it at home? [on hold]

Since Barnes v. Glen Theatre, 501 U.S. 560, 568 (1991), US Supreme Court reserves the right for states to restrict dress freedom, and while all states and local legislatures in US enforce dress codes, ...
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Why don't politicians push for fossil fuel reduction by pointing out their scarcity?

Fact A: Climate change is predominantly caused by fossil fuel usage (focusing only on what we humans control). Fact B: Many people refuse to believe that climate change is an important issue. Fact C:...
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What happens if Japan refuses to pay the U.S. for its military presence?

What happens if Japan refuses to pay the U.S. for its military presence? Is there a procedure for such a situation? Or would the U.S. simply pull its troops out of Japan and let Japan fend for itself? ...
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About a loophole mentioned in a televison series [on hold]

In 'The Thick of It'(a British television series), a highly unlikely candidate(Nicola Murray) becomes leader of the opposition because of an unspecified loophole. Is there really any such loophole or ...
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How does Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act shield companies from liability of bias?

Section 230(c)(1): No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider. There ...
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Can the president or the Congress pass a law to dismantle the super-delegate system used by the DNC?

Can the president or the Congress pass a law to dismantle the super-delegate system used by the DNC? Or is it somehow outside their power to do so and each party can set up their own rules as long as ...
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Who cannot be the Prime Minister of the UK?

Other than the ability to survive votes of confidence, are there any rules on who may or may not be Prime Minister of the UK? E.g. could the monarch be the PM? Could a non-UK-national? Could a minor?
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Why does the USA have 'First Lady' as a position of power?

I understand that this position is not unique to the USA, but I'm asking specifically about the role's specific existence in the country. Why is it that we as a country continue to place such a high ...
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What are the geopolitical reasons for the United States wanting to buy Greenland?

Apparently, the US has been interested in buying Greenland (an autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark) since at least 1946 when the Truman administration attempted to buy it for $100 million ...
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Are there any major differences between the powers of an acting president and the actual president?

Background Sections 3 and 4 of the 25th amendment talks about the role of Acting President. Section 3. Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker ...
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Does each different kind of Congressional act require a different level of rigor?

Background In the legislative branch, there are several kinds of acts congress can initiate: A Bill, which is a proposed law that originates in either the House of Representatives or the Senate. ...
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How were unconstitutional laws invalidated before Marbury v Madison?

Background In the United States, one of the lasting conclusions of Marbury V. Madison was the establishment of judicial review, that is, the ability of the courts to strike down a law as ...
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How was voting “present” on the Green New Deal resolution meant to be taken as a protest?

Background Back in March 26th, of 2019, Mitch McConnell forced a vote on the Green New Deal resolution proposed by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and later Ed Markey. The vote ended as such: The measure,...
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When is a US tariff actually paid?

Trying to understand when a tariff is actually imposed & paid on goods coming into the US. The Trump administration has announced at various times changes in tariffs to be imposed on certain ...
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Has there ever been a notable proposal to amend Article V of the U.S. Constitution?

Background In the U.S. Constitution, the process by which the Constitution can be amended is laid out in Article V: Article V The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it ...
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Could Congress annul a declaration of war from the U.S. President?

Could Congress annul a declaration of war from the U.S. President? Let's say that the President declared war against Cuba for no reason, could Congress step in and annul the declaration of war or is ...
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Could the US federal government turn a state into a territory like India has with Jammu and Kashmir

India has recently begun the process of turning one of the states of India into 2 territories with the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019. Disregarding the rights and wrongs of this, it seems ...
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Why don't proponents of welfare services self-organize and do it themselves? [on hold]

A welfare service functions in a relatively straight-forward way. People contribute with money to a certain fund. An organisation is set up which administers the use of those funds for welfare ...
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Why not demand President's/candidate's financial records instead of tax returns?

What significance could the information in Donald Trump's tax return have to his campaign? addresses what information could be gleaned from Donald Trump's tax returns if he allowed them to be ...
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Why does NY Times consider FIdel Castro leftist and Bolsonaro rightist? [on hold]

Why does the NY Times say that Fidel Castro is "loved" by the left-wing, yet Bolsonaro is a radical right-wing? This is the summary, in Spanish: Ayer se celebró el aniversario 93 del nacimiento del ...
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Would the USA be eligible to join the European Union?

This question is motivated by the interesting answers given in a similar question on Russia. Let's imagine the USA leaders would want to join the European Union, would they be eligible? There are two ...
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Why won't the Republicans use a superdelegate system like the DNC in their nomination process?

Why won't the Republicans use a superdelegate system like the DNC in their nomination process? Is there a reason why they didn't push for this yet? What does the Republican party think of a ...
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Why does Biden show two trend-lines with his polls?

Looking at the poll numbers shown by realclearpolitics.com for 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination. Specifically Biden's poll numbers. There seems to be two trend-lines for him instead of one. One ...
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Are there really no countries that protect Freedom of Speech as the United States does?

During the past few months I've seen a few news items about Europeans not having that much freedom of speech online, specifically in the UK. Americans, on the other hand, always pride themselves on ...
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What is the point of the Hong Kong protests when the demands have already been met? [duplicate]

I'm hearing a lot of news about the Hong Kong protests, and people on social media are telling me to tune in and support them. But I am struggling to found out what exactly their purpose is. On this ...
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What can France do to prevent West African countries from ditching the CFA Franc?

What can France do to prevent West African countries from ditching the CFA Franc? https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/african-currency-eco-replace-cfa-franc-190711162229142.html Leaders from eight ...
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Can someone be involuntarily committed without having prior knowledge? [migrated]

Can someone be taken into custody for a mental health evaluation and possible involuntary commitment without any notification before someone actually shows up at their door to take them to a hospital? ...
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Why did issues about rural district representation not concern framers of the 17th amendment?

Background In the United States, the 17th amendment changed the election of senators from state legislatures to the popular vote: Amendment XVII The Senate of the United States shall be ...
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Pakistan Occupied Kashmir

After India abrogated the Article 370 and accessed Kashmir to the Indian union, there has been huge opposition from the Pakistani administration. What I want to know is whether Pakistan Occupied ...
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The meaning of “right” in Italian Fascism

In laying out the foundation for fascism, Giovanni Gentile and Benito Mussolini wrote two essays in the 1920s and 30s known as, "La Dottrina del Fascismo". Gentile authored the first essay titled "...
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Why does Andrew Yang want to give people 1.000 dollars per month when that is a relative value? [closed]

From his apparent website, Andrew Yang is running for President as Democrat in 2020 to implement the Freedom Dividend. This form of UBI that he is proposing for the United States is a set of ...
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How to run a ranked-choice vote that minimizes penalties to unranked candidates? [closed]

I want to run a vote to pick favorite video games, but I think this applies to many other voting domains. The scenario is people rank games they like from favorite to least favorite. I would like to ...
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The NRA is a major known U.S. lobbying group claiming to protect the second amendment. Do equivalent groups exist for other amendments?

Background In the United States, the NRA's first point in its mission statement talks about its insistence on the defense of the second amendment of the United States Constitution: To protect and ...
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Is there a name for the below specified strategy to deal with your enemy in strategic or diplomatic battles? [closed]

I have often found that one of the most powerful (and yet underrated) ideas in strategy is to leave the onus of escalation on your adversary. It works even more in nuclear rivalries. I was wondering ...
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Amending the constitution to allow for multiple presidents

If someone proposed a change to the current system of the president of the United States, like electing three presidents and needing two to sign off on each bill, for example, would this be possible? ...
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Is there a standardised way to check fake news?

So many fact check reporters are out there. Most of them are biased. Worse, some themselves post fake news (Like Altnews.in; interestingly, they are IFCN qualified). Is there a standardized way to ...
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If “more guns less crime”, how do gun advocates explain that the EU has less crime than the US?

As a naive European, I thought that the self-defense argument for guns in the US was mostly based on the high number of guns already in the country. In other words, I thought that the argument takes ...
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Are there restrictions on how recipient countries can use foreign aid money coming from the U.S.?

Are there restrictions on how recipient countries can use foreign aid money coming from the U.S.? Or can recipient countries can use it any way it want to use it? I heard that recipient countries can ...
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Can a country kick out any diplomat over security concerns?

Can a country kick out any diplomat over security concerns? Julie Eadeh, a US diplomat in Hong Kong, was caught meeting HK protest leaders, which is similar to a Chinese or Russian diplomat getting ...
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Does Hong Kong have the right to hold a referendum for independence?

Does Hong Kong have the right to hold a referendum for independence? I am wondering if there was some kind of legal agreement when Hong Kong was ceded to China by Britain that guaranteed that Hong ...
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Do trade or currency wars require congressional approval?

According to the US Consitution, Article 1, Section 8, US Congress has the power "To declare War". Currently, several mainstream news outlets are describing various tariff increases by the current US ...
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How are “Red Flag Laws” not a violation of Due Process protection?

Red Flag laws, aka Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) are state laws that provide for a process of confiscating firearms that are accessible to persons, who by judicial order, are found to be ...
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Why aren't other states objecting against Iowa and New Hampshire being the first primary states?

During both Republican and Democratic primaries, Iowa and New Hampshire get a disproportionate amount of attention due to being the first two states to run the vote. This gives these two small states ...
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How often do private-owned guns protect US-Americans

As far as I understand, the main argument for US-Americans having guns is to protect themselves. I am wondering if there are statistics which show How often a civilian US-American person saved his ...
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Why do early states matter more in presidential primaries?

There’s a whole ton of attention and polls of places like Iowa and New Hampshire that vote earlier than others in the primaries. Reading sites like FiveThirtyEight, it seems like these are a pretty ...

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