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What is the blue-white-blue vertical flag waved by karateka Sandra Sánchez at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

On winning the gold medal in the women’s kata event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Sandra Sánchez waved a blue-white-blue vertical flag with a coat of arms in the center. The coat of arms includes a ...
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Can propaganda be present/produced in democratic countries?

I'm used to hear opinions, that, for example, RT is "Russian propaganda" and "Global Times" is Chinese propaganda. In other words, according to this point of view, propaganda is a ...
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Is the U.S. military bound by the same environmental laws as the country being occupied?

Is the U.S. military bound by the same environmental laws as the country being occupied? Let's say that the United States is still occupying Afghanistan, to what extent does the U.S. military have to ...
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Does people saying “Don't vote” online work?

There were lots of instances leading up to the 2016 election of robots posting messages targeting both liberals and moderates. For progressives they said things like "Don't vote, Bernie fans. ...
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Average presidential approval since 2000? [closed]

What is the average approval of the past 4 US presidents, from George W Bush to Joe Biden so far? I want the approval weighted by how many days the approval poll was taken.
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How does the State Council direct the policies of the People's Bank of China?

The People's Bank of China (PBC or PBOC; simplified Chinese: 中国人民银行; traditional Chinese: 中國人民銀行; pinyin: Zhōngguó Rénmín Yínháng) is the central bank of the People's Republic of China responsible for ...
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Does the U.S. president have to disclose their religion to the public?

Does the U.S. president have to disclose their religious beliefs to the public? Let's say that the President is a member of a religious group such as Scientology. Do they have to disclose that fact to ...
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Do non partisan elections have lower turnouts in the United States?

In the United States, local elections in odd numbered years have lower turnouts. School boards in general have the lowest turnouts. For example, there was a nonpartisan school board election in a ...
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Why would China hold joint drills with Russia during Covid?

Russia to join military drill in China, 'displays mutual trust, eyes Central Asian security' Given that Russia is currently experiencing 20k+ Covid cases a day while China is getting ~100/day, why ...
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Can a parliament pass laws that constrain the scope of future legislation? [closed]

For example, can a parliament pass a law that says: "Any future budget bill must contain a section that explains the estimated carbon emission this spending may lead to in the next 10 years."...
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If a court reversed a presidential election result mid-term, how long would that new president serve?

As the subject is in the air, it occurs to me to ask how long a US president would serve if he came to office by reversing in a court the result of an election some way into the term of his opponent ? ...
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Are there some decisions that the Federal Reserve can make only with the President's or the government's approval? [closed]

Are there some decisions that the Federal Reserve can make only with the President's or the government's approval? I am wondering if that's the case, because the Federal Reserve can decide to hold ...
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How do I find a schedule for my local government elections?

I would like to choose who is on my small village's council in Michigan. How can I find out when the next election is? The village website doesn't say anything about an election schedule. Is there a ...
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Merging and splitting in apportionment

This question is about rules for apportionment of parliament seats among parties. Many such rules have the property, that a party may gain a seat by splitting into two parties, or two parties may gain ...
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Where can I find data on when each country first implemented social restrictions for COVID-19?

Regarding COVID-19 response, we have the stringency index. But I wonder, is there any source that documented the first law implementation date or month regarding societal restrictions (social ...
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Do Kamala Harris's demographic characteristics hurt her approval? [closed]

Kamala Harris has consistently received lower favorabilities than Joe Biden. In a poll, a plurality of 52% approves of Biden with a net approval rating of 7 points while another plurality of 47% ...
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Could the U.S. Federal Reserve cancel the U.S. dollars held in foreign country's reserves?

Say the U.S. wanted to punish or disable some foreign power that had lots of U.S. dollar reserves. Don't those foreign power reserves sit on a ledger (or a Federal Reserve chartered bank's ledger) ...
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What led Mike Lindell to specify Aug 13 for a claimed Trump reinstatement?

It is being widely reported that My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell has claimed that Trump would be reinstated on August 13. It is clear that there is no process by which this could occur, so we already know ...
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Is there a definition of Genocide which includes economical reasons?

I'm not talking about international law because the term genocide precedes international law, but more from a philosophical point of view. I remember seeing somewhere a definition of genocide which ...
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To what legislation is Sen. Hagerty referring “that threatens liability for … companies that do not … censor … speech.”?

In Americans, Not Government, Are the Arbiters of Truth, July, 29, 2021, by Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) for National Review, Hagerty complains that When the White House doesn’t like what Americans are ...
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Potential loophole allowing a 2 term president to serve infinite terms [duplicate]

Here is a situation where Congress can give the presidency to a 2 term president even after the states send their electors to Congress for someone else. The House of Representatives chooses the ...
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What if the Supreme Court ruled that they are unimpeachable? [closed]

Would Congress be bound by this allowing them to do whatever they want without any accountability or could Congress just override them and remove them from office?
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Under what jurisdiction is the ISS?

Under what jurisdiction is the ISS? If a crime is to be committed inside the International Space Station, under whose jurisdiction would the criminals be prosecuted? Is there a mechanism or ...
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What are the types of decisions of the Supreme Court that can be overruled by the U.S. Congress?

What are the types of decisions of the Supreme Court that can be overruled by Congress? In some countries, when the Supreme Court makes decision on any matter, it cannot be reversed by any lower ...
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Why hasn't the Supreme Court found the Hatch Act unconstitutional?

The Hatch Act is a law that was passed in 1939. It says that Cabinet employees as well as other non-presidential Executive Branch members cannot talk about candidate-specific issues among other things....
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What happens to the WTO if no director-general is elected?

According to CGTN News: The time frame for the election is yet to be decided – Azevedo has said he will leave on 31 August – but the WTO director-general is chosen by consensus by its 164 member ...
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Internet censorship of conspiracy theories only increase their number? [closed]

I don't think it helps much, as cases like, in 2011, Anders Behring Breivik killing more than 75 people in Norway for his conspiracy theories about feminism, "cultural Marxism" and Islam, ...
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How are the members of The External Audit Committee (EAC) of the IMF chosen or elected?

How are the members of The External Audit Committee (EAC) of the IMF chosen or elected? The External Audit Committee (EAC) has three members, all of whom are independent of the IMF and its Executive ...
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In the West, how has freedom been defined historically?

I stumbled upon this video earlier today. Here, starting at around 0:50, the Funky Academic claims that freedom used to be defined as having the ability to do your duty. Contrarily, again according to ...
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How can developing countries put their concerns on the IMF board's agenda or get their views taken into account during board discussions?

Contrarily to organizations such as the WTO, the power is skewed towards developed and major countries like China, which also have the most voting power. There seems to be a lack of effective ...
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Why do some companies encourage minority applicants? [closed]

(Modified version of a deleted post) Why do some companies encourage diversity, why is considering factors such as SES, race, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status important and what are the ...
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Is there a political basis to the ways press in different countries report olympic medal tallies? [closed]

Apologies if this is a bit of an odd question. At the time of writing, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are currently underway. Now, I am far from a big sportsperson – but sport to me in many ways seems ...
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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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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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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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Are there precedents for treaties which only come into force once approved by the legislature of the all involved nations?

As a counter 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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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