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Why does the amount of stimulus checks depend on each person's income, not assets?

I read an article "A breakdown of the fiscal and monetary responses to the pandemic" and noticed most direct cash payments depended on each person's income, unemployment, or dependent family ...
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Why is Former President Trump criticized for leaving the Iran Deal and his 'Maximum Pressure' campaign?

(Inspired by another question which was closed and deleted as a push question.) According to the Financial Tribune: The US special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, said the maximum pressure campaign ...
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Are there precedents for treaties which only come into force once approved by the legislature of the all involved nations?

As an example, the Paris Agreement was merely signed in as an Executive Order by President Obama and was never approved by Congress. As a result, President Trump was able to leave the Paris Agreement ...
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What does “state of exception” mean?

Carl Schmitt argues that a country with the objective of maintaining a strong state capacity in a “state of exception” will aim to speed up the processes of democratic politics for decisive actions ...
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Was it technically possible for BUK system to crash an airplane in Ukraine? [closed]

I have read in another forum, that it's impossible that BUK system destroyed that airplane in Ukraine. The reason he says is - the airplane looks like shot by 30×165mm bullets - its not like blown by ...
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Did any political campaign in USA ever officially acknowledge practically using Nate Silver's model or numbers?

Did any political campaign in USA ever officially acknowledge practically using Nate Silver's (of 538 blog) models and/or numbers in some way, at least to check their own polls/predictons? If it was ...
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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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Can the President of the IMF be held legally accountable for financial crimes committed by the IMF?

If any financial crime is committed by a member of the IMF, can the President of the IMF be held legally accountable for it like the CEO of Enron was accountable for the crimes committed by that ...
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California Governor - Recall Election - Can you vote “no” and still pick a successor?

The explanation I have found so far for the upcoming recall election in CA is that there are two questions: Should Newsom be recalled? If so, who should replace him? (with Newsom himself NOT being ...
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Do political parties pay for opinion polls?

I'm curious about whether political parties pay survey companies for public opinion data. I could imagine, for example, the American parties having a consultancy relationship with Gallup or something....
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Is there anything judicial that can prevent Trump from taking part in the 2024 elections?

It seems that Donald Trump is already preparing for his 2024 campaign - especially after the Republican CPAC in Iowa. Is there anything judicial that could prevent him from running in the 2024 race?
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What's the progress on making Washington DC a 51th state? [duplicate]

I've read much about efforts for making Washington DC a state. Now, it seems, that the House is passed, and we're waiting for Senate voting. Is there any information about planned dates of Senate ...
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What is the symbology of this pin?

I found this recently among old belongings and can't remember when or where I received it. Very curious about its source but more importantly its symbology. Sorry if this is the wrong place, there'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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If a King in a traditional European-style monarchy resigns in favor of their son (and is thus still part of the ruling family), what is their title?

The only instance I found in an admittedly quick internet search of a such an event was Edward VIII of England, but he was given the Dukedom of Windsor and became a Duke quickly after, and I couldn't ...
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What is the opinion of Irish nationalists on COVID-related border checks?

In Why is having border controls in Ireland so problematic for Irish nationalists? and What is the evidence that customs checks in Northern Ireland are going to result in violence? it was explained ...
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Is expanding the electorate a foolish strategy in American politics? [closed]

One part of Bernie Sanders' strategy to become the Democratic party's presidential candidate in 2020 was to appeal to groups that generally vote less than other groups. E.g. young people, low income ...
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Restricting polls because of the “Bandwagon effect”

According to Wikipedia: The bandwagon effect is a phenomenon whereby the rate of uptake of beliefs, ideas, fads and trends increases the more that they have already been adopted by others. In other ...
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Is preferred candidate polling useful in predicting the likelihood of a candidate winning the primaries?

I've heard repeatedly that Donald Trump is the front-runner for the Republican party presidential primaries when measured by polling for preferred candidate of republican voters, and Wikipedia backs ...
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Could an individual who has served as president for two terms (8 years) be elected to the vice-presidency? [duplicate]

It's a simple enough question, I feel. Suppose Barrack Obama wanted to run as Joe Biden's running mate in a 2024 campaign. Is there any existing legal reason why he would not be allowed to do so?
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Is the economics theory of Karl Marx regarding technological progress realistic to the end?

Marx claimed that the introduction of more and more advanced machinery would lead to unemployment of workers, which decreases the ability of the society to buy things, which is a vicious cycle. ...
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Has a British PM ever given a speech with the EU flag alongside the Union Jack?

It is common to see most other EU leaders give talks, speeches and conferences with their national flag proudly alongside the EU flag (Merkel, Rajoy, Hollande etc). This cannot be said for UK Prime ...
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Why doesn't the EU adopt sterner sanctions against people with connections to the Kremlin living in the EU?

Russian officials and oligarchs often live in prosperous European nations. The EU has a lot of leverage. It could issue an ultimatum: either do this by this date (for example, release all political ...
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What are the reasons for people to oppose Basic Income Guarantee?

The people of Switzerland will probably vote on implementing a citizen's income. The idea does not, of course, have universal 100% support. For some people (e.g. high income earners) there seem to ...
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Could the Speaker of the House become president if they weren’t born in the USA?

To quote the constitution: No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States I also read that ...
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Is China really Communist?

Having read Karl Marx, and seeing the 10 tenets of Communism, I find it hard to consider China as a Communist country. Just trying to stick to the 10 tenets. Abolition of private property, ...
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Why has Turkey invaded Iraq, and with what right?

You all are probably aware of the recent conflict between Turkey and Russia after the downing of the two planes and the death of one of the pilots. While Turkey felt it had a right to down the ...
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US succession to the president list: What is it and how long does it go?

In the US, I often hear that there is a list of people that can take power if everyone in front of them is dead or incapable of doing the job or resigns. Like if the President is ever out, then the VP ...
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What made Azerbaijan confident it could freely initiate the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without the intervention of Russia?

On 27 September 2020, conflict reignited over the semi-autonomous region of Nagorno-Karabakh. It is stated that this most recent fighting was instigated by Azerbaijan (Source). Furthermore, Armenia is ...
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What is the official position of the Collective Security Treaty Organization over the Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan border conflict?

Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are both members of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO, Rus: ОДКБ), a military alliance supposed to defend their borders and provide with military framework if one ...
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How was PredictWise so certain that Ted Cruz had absolutely no chance to win the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries and caucuses?

This website seems to be able to predict who will win the 2016 Presidential Election. But their results are very strange: Ted Cruz only has 1% chance of winning! But in most national polls Ted Cruz ...
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How to extract the chance of winning from questions in the poll?

Polling is very new to me and I have a naive question: Looking at HuffPost Pollster, I am trying to understand how numbers like "Clinton: 49%, Trump: 37%" are obtained. First of all, in ...
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Is the “no poll reporting till voting is done” law specific to the Brexit vote?

I saw mentions that nobody could report on the preliminary outcome of the Brexit vote, because it was illegal to report on any numbers before voting concluded. Is this rule/law specific to the Brexit ...
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Why is Russia still welcome on the ISS despite geopolitical tensions?

Why is Russia still welcome on the International Space Station despite geopolitical tensions? According to Wikipedia: The Wolf Amendment is a law passed by the United States Congress in 2011 that ...
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What is the purpose of the House investigation of what happened at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th 2021?

What is the overall purpose of the House investigation of the events that occurred at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021? Is this investigation being conducted to decide whether new Articles ...
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Does the Chinese government give special treatment to ethnic minorities when it comes to general promotion and promotion into the Central Committee?

The Central Committee is composed of 205 members and 171 alternate members, 39 of which are ethnic minorities. I was wondering if the Chinese Communist Party was "fully" meritocratic or ...
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Why isn't there more public housing in the United States?

According to my research, there are 139 million homes in the United States, and 1.3 million are owned by public housing authorities. It seems to me that more public housing could be possible solution ...
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What are some examples of amicable inter-state border dispute resolution?

What are some examples of amicable inter-state border dispute resolution? By state, I mean a state as in US states like Texas, California, etc. Or, Assam, Mizoram in India. What comes in my mind are ...
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Is it justified for one party to dominate in a panel that is commissioned to investigate a national matter? [closed]

The House Jan-6 investigation committee consists of 9 house representatives, 7 are Democrats, only two are Republicans. Note that the original plan called for 10 members with half from Democrats and ...
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A textbook of (the history of) political thought [migrated]

I am looking for a textbook or a book covering the history of political thought in Europe up to the current times. Could you recommend one that is readable for a lay person and offers a good ...
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What are the advantages of allowing a state to default on its debt?

Some countries like the U.S. does not permit a state to file for bankruptcy. My question is why some countries allow for a state to default on its debt, and what might be the advantages of doing so? ...
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Is there any sense in writing to a (US) Senator or Representative [closed]

In the US, is it at all worthwhile to write/call a Senator or Representative about a legislative issue? Is it likely to have any effect at all? I suspect it's a useless endeavor because of several ...
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Does arresting specific types of people for voting illegally discourage those types of people from voting?

There were instances where voters were arrested for voting illegally in the state of Texas. Many of these arrests involve black and other nonwhite Democratic voters according to reports. Texas found ...
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How can the director-general of the WTO influence matters of policy?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director-General_of_the_World_Trade_Organization The director-general of the World Trade Organization is the officer of the World Trade Organization (WTO) responsible ...
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Are there any statistics on political beliefs/party by profession other than from the US? [closed]

I'm generally interested in some kind of statistics that are broken down into groups that are based on a type of work or education rather than just the level of education. I'm curious about ...
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How does Alexei Navalny “write on Twitter”? [duplicate]

I read often in the news that "Alexei Navalny wrote on twitter...". How does it technically work? I would guess that the prisoners in Russia do not have neither a phone nor an internet ...
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How widely established are the laws against reporting on polling during election?

In comments on " Is the "no poll reporting till voting is done" specific to Brexit vote? " I was made aware that other countries also have rules against reporting on polling numbers on ...
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Who was polled in “The Latest Polls”?

Innumerable times lately, I have heard the phrase "the latest polls" thrown around. In many cases, it appears that major news outlets (CNN, FOX, etc.) are conducting their own polls. Is this correct?...
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FiveThirtyEight: Polls Only vs Now Cast

Here is how FiveThirtyEight reports their forecast probabilities. FiveThirtyEight Clinton Trump --------------- ------- ----- Polls Only 51.0 49.0 Now Cast 56.8 ...
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Phenomenon where politically incorrect candidates do better in actual elections than in polls?

I've long hypothesised that a certain phenomenon may exist, and I wonder if there's any actual research on the subject. I'm asking for research, statistics, etc. on a macro level. However, I think it'...

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