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Has an MP ever made use of the House of Lords Precedence Act to sit in the House of Lords?

During Business Questions on December 2nd, the Lord President of the Council - Jacob Rees-Mogg - was teased by the SNP's Pete Wishart about an alleged £6 million loan from his company Saliston Ltd, as ...
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Who made public "Jericho Wall" -- the blueprint that Hamas followed on Oct 7?

According to the NYT, a Hamas-sourced document codenamed "Jericho Wall" was somehow made public. It described in a fair bit of detail how the Hamas attack on Oct 7 eventually unfolded. (In ...
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Is it legal in the US to offer a candidate money to drop off a senate race to run against another candidate?

Hill Harper just tweeted this: I didn’t intend for a private phone call to turn public. But now that it has, here’s the truth. One of AIPAC’s biggest donors offered $20m if I dropped out of the U.S. ...
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How is the Chinese officialdom, press, or intelligentsia discussing Russia's possible use of nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war?

It's certainly known that the Chinese press and officials have openly blamed NATO and the USA more specifically for the war in Ukraine. On the other hand, China officially has a "no first use&...
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English version of mindmap on Xi Jinping Thought

According to an article in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, China's People’s Daily published a quite complicated mindmap to summarize and explain Xi Jinping's Thought. What are the key points of ...
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Have any [other] countries fired 50% [or more] of government workers (say over the course of one year)?

According to Reason magazine: Since taking office in December, Milei has cut the number of government ministries from 18 to eight and fired over 50 percent of all government workers. I'm curious: ...
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Was the takeover of Polish state media constitutional?

In December 2023, after the formation of Donald Tusk's coalition government, the Sejm adopted a resolution about "restoring the legal order and the impartiality and integrity of the public media&...
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Why did African Americans and Native Americans vote too oppositely on the Affirmative Action poll?

I found a tabular analysis on Wikipedia about affirmative action. It shows: "Supporters and opponents of affirmative action in California 2020". Popular Group For Affirmative Action Against ...
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What stalled Croatia's application to the EEA?

I found out from Wikipedia: Croatia's accession to the EU obliges them to apply for membership in the European Economic Area (EEA). The Croatian government submitted their application on 13 September ...
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What caused the momentum for EU directives on blind-spots of vehicles in the last 20 years

During the last 20 years European laws on blind-spots, areas of road the driver cannot see, have become more strict. The original directive is from 1971 (71/127/EEG). But then there are changes in ...
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What is the United States' true 'real politik' position on the recent Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict?

The re-emergence of hostilities in 2020 between Armenia and Azerbaijan reportedly resulted in thousands of casualties for both sides; while I do not want to comment on the orgins of the conflict and ...
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What are the risks involved with linking Voter Card with Aadhaar for Indians?

With the passing of THE ELECTION LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2021 in Rajya Sabha on Dec 21, 2021, the new sub-sections were added in section 23 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950, according to ...
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Now that Azerbaijan has taken control of Nagorno-Karabakh, why does Pakistan still not recognise Armenia?

According to an Azerbaijani source from 2015, Pakistan refuses to recognise Armenia until Armenia withdraws its troops from "Azerbaijan" (meaning Nagorno-Karabakh / Artsakh). In September ...
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What is behind the recent surge in settler activity in the West Bank?

The Guardian reports an "unprecedented surge" in illegal settler activity in the West Bank. The Peace Now report that they cite claims that this is because settlers are "exploiting"...
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Who is supposed to be giving orders to the remaining Afghan diplomats of the pre-Taliban government?

As outlined in What's the point of continuing not to recognize the Taliban government of Afghanistan?, the Taliban government is not recognized by any nation in the world. However the previous ...
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Is this variant of STV used anywhere else?

In the rules of a political party in my (U.S.) state, a procedure for intra-party elections in which multiple positions are to be filled is described which is clearly a variant of the single ...
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Did Russia publish a detailed report as to who sabotaged the gas and electricity pipelines to Georgia in 2006? Was Georgia convinced?

In January 2006: Four explosions on Russia's side of the border created the shortages, Georgian and Russian officials said. The first two occurred at roughly the same time, before sunrise, severing ...
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What are the most influental groups advocating for a global government?

Are there political groups (grassroots or organized) that advocate for a global government, and if so, which are the most influental by number of members and/or in financial terms?
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Has the US government said anything about forcing Apple to have multiple app stores on their devices?

The UK has passed/will pass a law forcing Apple to give users the option to switch between multiple app stores (for example, the Microsoft and Samsung app stores), but only in the UK so far. Has the U....
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What kind of political system do Palestinian political entities want?

What kind of political system do the key players of Palestinian politics (Fatah, Hamas etc.) want to establish, as the next step after a successful resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? &...
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Have Prime Ministers ever removed people from Honours Lists

PMQs again see Rishi Sunak pushed on the state of Johnson's resignation honours list and why he is allowing Johnson's nominations to the Lord's to go forward. https://twitter.com/Haggis_UK/status/...
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What is the origin of the 'no photography' rule in the House of Commons?

While reading through Hansard to research a separate question, I came across the following exchange: Mr Speaker: Order. Someone has flashed a camera. It is quite serious to take photographs in the ...
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How does the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) interact with member state ETSs

I am trying to understand whether an EU member state Emissions Trading System (ETS) would compound on top of the broader EU ETS or whether they are mutually exclusive. For example, does a German plant ...
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Has any recent academic research been done on the comparative performance of FOIA response speeds by different European governments?

Recently, I took part in a large, international investigative journalistic project on dumps of oily waste water by ships. In that context, I did a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to the ...
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What were the repercussions of Saddam Hussein's Iraq switching from USD to EUR in 2000?

In 2000, Saddam Hussein switched to selling petroleum in Euros. At that time it was considered an financially unwise decision, but later it was reported to have won Iraq handsome profits. How exactly ...
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Why is it that for Indian Muslims in rural areas, wealth and upward social mobility are not associated with greater female seclusion?

India has one of the lowest female labour participation rates in the world (ref), this twitter thread says that as Indian families become wealthier, they tighten female mobility to buy respectability ...
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Has political reporting in the US shifted towards using more graphical violent imagery in headlines in the past decade? Has this been quantified?

Politico: White House lights up Manchin after he crushes Biden's megabill CNN: Meadows slams McCarthy and suggests Trump should be elected speaker if Republicans win House FOX News: Sanders slams ...
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How did Denmark manage to create multiple strong and enduring political parties despite having a 2% electoral threshold?

The current Folketing (Danish Parliament) has a 2% electoral threshold for its levelling seats. This means that any party that has received 2% of the national vote share can get into the Parliament. ...
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Are prisoners of war paid by their captors today?

The Third Geneva Convention calls for all POWs to receive a monthly allowance from their captors, separate from anything they may be paid for working while imprisoned, “to enable prisoners to improve ...
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What is the "It was my understanding, that there would be no math" quote based on?

There is a notorious SNL skit where Chevy Chase portrays Gerald Ford at a debate, and to a budgetary question replies: It was my understanding that there would be no math during the debates. Now, I ...
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What have been the largest hostile cross-benches in Australian senate / house of review history?

The Australian federal Senate is a house of review, elected from multiple member state electorates. It is usually comprised of a Government (often in minority), an Opposition (in lesser minority), ...
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Did Saudi Arabia end up paying Egypt for Tiran and Sanafir islands?

Now that its been 5 years since the transfer of Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia, its a bit unclear how much money ended up being transferred between the two countries. In 2016, it was ...
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Is there precedent for a suspension of such a large number of MPs simultaneously?

India's parliament recently suspended over 140 opposition MPs for the remainder of the current session for causing ruckus. To quote BBC for details: The [opposition] alliance has 142 MPs in the 543-...
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How much of Democrats' advantage with young voters is because of race/ethnicity?

Democrats in the United States have done better with young voters than in the past, and that gap appears to be widening. However, data suggests that some (though not all) of that gap is because of ...
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Why doesn't NASA publish amounts of awarded grants?

Many US Government agencies including DOE, NIH, NSF and CDMRP publish awarded grant amounts. NASA does not, per attached reply from NASA on 06NOV23. Why not? What distinguishes NASA legally or ...
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Do Inuit leaders have enough sovereignty to allow China to build infrastructure for them in Canada?

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has warned Inuit leaders that foreign adversaries could gain a foothold in Canada by offering to fill infrastructure gaps in the North. But Natan Obed,...
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Does anything bind the speaker of the House to a previous concession made for support?

A lot of the holdout for McCarthy seems to be dissolving because of backroom deals. Are these backroom deals binding? Does anything for example force McCarthy to accept a motion to vacate (remove the ...
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What happened to the passport of Prince Charles when he became King Charles III?

Queen Elizabeth II (of the UK and other assorted Commonwealth realms) somewhat famously did not have a passport. (The theory being that passports are technically issued in the Monarch's name, so it ...
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How do US states maintain a secret ballot using Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail?

How have US states implemented Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail in their voting systems? In particular, how is the secrecy of votes insured? I note that it would be compromised if bulletins where ...
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Is there any modeling on who would be the Condorcet winner in the French Presidential election?

The French Presidential elections use FPTP with a run off round, so directly determining the Condorcet winner is obviously impossible. But I wonder if pollsters have done any modeling to determine the ...
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Has an electoral ceiling ever been implemented or proposed?

The concept of electoral threshold is well established. What about the upper limit though? I mean a reduction of possible party/block power grasp to say 40% and transferring power to smaller players. ...
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How much of votes in the European Parliament fall on party (group) lines as opposed to country (groups) lines?

Some votes in the European Parliament fall on geographical/country lines. I'm pretty sure (many) others probably fall on a more traditional ideological (e.g. left-right) divide between EP party groups ...
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How strong is the association between the complexity of the electoral process and beliefs in voting fraud?

It's been suggested in a fairly upvoted answer to a related question that the complexity of the electoral/voting process is a main driver in beliefs in voting fraud, at least in developed countries. ...
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Do swing states in the US count their votes faster due to external pressure?

On a related question Why do California and New York need so much time to count their votes compared to other states? Arcanist Lupus left the following comment: Critically, on a macro scale nobody ...
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Why does Arkansas relatively often fail to field major party candidates for US Senate elections?

In the 1966 US Senate election in Arkansas, the Democratic Party candidate won uncontested. In 1990, the Democratic Party candidate won uncontested. In 2008, no Republican Party candidate ran. In 2020,...
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Quantifiation of the actual impact of purging of registration rolls on US elections

Eligibility to vote in the US is affected by two federal laws, NVRA and HAVA. Under NVRA, voters can be purged from the rolls under a variety of complicated criteria and processes, with the law ...
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Which EU country has the most violent police force?

I hope this is the right sub to post this in. I am looking for a peer-reviewed study which compares the number of violent incidences committed by police officers against civilians in different EU ...
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Has the media reevaluated Schiff's statements in light of the fact there was a second whistleblower?

Only a few days ago the Washington Post gave Schiff "four pinocchios" for his statements regarding his early contacts with the whistleblower. Interestingly, this sentence was part of the WaPo ...
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Is the GUE-NGL unwilling to advise against Brexit? If so, why?

130 of the eighth and current European Parliament's 751 members have signed a letter urging the UK to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the EU. All are members of EPP, S&D, ALDE or Greens-...
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What effect will the Saudi modernization initiative have on foreign workers?

One of the components of MBS's modernization initiative was adding/raising taxes for family members of foreign citizens. They are also going to ban foreign nationals from engaging in some specific ...
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