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Why did Mohammed Morsi get thrown out of office

What made the Egyptian Military want to throw Mohammed Morsi out of office.
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In the U.S., when a policy issue is more relevant in public opinion, does the influence of interest groups wane?

In the U.S., when a policy issue is more relevant in public opinion, does the influence of interest groups wane? I ask because, on one hand, one can think that when a issue is discussed more in ...
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Word for government-mandated price moratorium

Is there a word for when the government stops business from raising prices after a minimum wage increase in order to protect from inflation? People say, we can't raise minimum wage because businesses ...
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In Australian Senate elections, why isn't the quota recalculated based on exhausted votes after each count?

In Australian Senate elections, why isn't the quota recalculated based on exhausted votes after each count? In order to make sure the 2010 election was what I remembered it, I reviewed the AEC full ...
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Why did New Zealand adopt Māori electorates?

Why did New Zealand adopt Māori electorates? The account of the debate on the encyclopaedia is lacking. What caused New Zealand to adopt Māori electorates, where other settler societies did not ...
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Why does Israel build settlements in Palestine?

I understand that one of the major issues between Israel and Palestine are Israeli settlements in Palestinian land. Israel keeps building these settlements, despite what I understand to be the ...
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Why is favoring male over female children "acceptable" in some countries and not others? [closed]

In countries like China and India, parents indicate their preference for male over female children by selective abortions (allowed by pre-natal screening), which abort a disproportionate number of ...
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Would privatizing Social Security "solve" Occupy Wall Street?

The Democrats oppose privatizing Social Security because it wouldn't be fair to those who have already given money into the system. The Occupy Wall Street movement was founded on the rich having a ...
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Is requiring removal of face coverings a violation of a persons civil rights?

After the attacks on 911, proper identification became important especially when boarding a plane or using other mass transit. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to identify someone whose face is ...
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Is religious discrimination legal in public in the USA?

It has happened in Houston in front of a shopping center: I had heard something similar about some shops and stores using similar signs and hate speeches in the 70s and before it in New York City ...
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Why don't Native Americans have representation in Congress?

While Native Americans are counted for purposes of population in the House of Representatives, the case could be made that as sovereign nations, various Indian tribes should have rights to specific ...
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Is there any evidence that giving cash to poor people is "better" than giving in-kind goods?

There is this idea in some circles that you shouldn't give cash to poor people. Poor people, the reasoning goes, don't always know how to spend money. They may disipate it, wasting it, and then still ...
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What is the ethical or legal term best used to describe the process of legislation that proceeds without supporting evidence?

In general or specifically relating to public health 'crises': What is the ethical, or legal/political concept, term or anecdote (even slang - I am sure there is not precedent, law etc.) that #may# ...
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How supported is the idea of a fully independent Indian state among US Native Americans?

Some people (e.g. here) accuse USA of supporting other countries' independence movements (Kosovo/Palestine/Tibet/Taiwan, depending on your definition of "support") as being in conflict with the fact ...
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Are there protections in place for NSA whistleblowers, and have they ever been used to protect anyone?

At a press conference, President Obama said: So the fact is, is that Mr. Snowden has been charged with three felonies. If, in fact, he believes that what he did was right, then, like every American ...
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Why is the Obama administration's counter-terrorism policies different to what was promised?

In the 2008 Presidential election campaign, it seemed that Obama was wanting to stop many of the Bush-era counter-terrorism policies, such as torture, Guantanamo Bay, and excessive surveillance. He ...
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Which country had the first constitution adopted by referendum?

Which country was the first to adopt a codified constitution by a reasonably democratic public referendum? I'm including in this non-binding referendums, such as those held in the Australian colonies ...
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Is it illegal for a President or the Executive Branch to increase Congressional pay/benefits?

In a recent Wall Street Journal article: The Affordable Care Act requires Members of Congress and their staffs to participate in its insurance exchanges, in order to gain first-hand experience with ...
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What other types of votes are there than roll call votes?

I know that roll call votes record the names of the voting politicians, and it ensures that they are present during the vote. Are all votes done not recorded to the name of the voting politician? ...
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Why does the United States still keep substantial numbers of soldiers in Europe?

If I recall correctly, the US maintains about 30,000 men in Germany alone and thousands more in different European countries. I understand the need to project power and to rapidly deploy to any ...
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Why does USAF buy F-35?

The F-35 program is justified on two grounds: F-22 is too expensive (similar to F-16 being the cheaper alternative to F-15) F-35 can be used by AF (F-35A), Marines (F-35B) and Navy (F-35C) (similar ...
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Are executive orders enforceable? How do they differ from legislated law?

From what I understand, the President can write executive orders telling people to do things. Wikipedia tells me that these executive orders "have the full force of law". If this is the case, why ...
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What is a law that isn't in a Constitution called?

I understand that the Constitution is the highest law of the land and is set apart from other laws that are made. So when the legislature creates a new law that doesn't modify or amend the ...
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Resource providing statistical data on the amount of law enacted?

Is there any statistical data about the amount of law enacted in the United States? For example, it would be very interesting to see how the number of laws over time has changed, how many laws there ...
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What was the first law that was passed after the formation and acceptance of the Constitution in the United States?

The Constitution of the United States set forth the procedure whereby laws could be enacted. After the Constitution was accepted by the various states and the proper statesmen were elected, what was ...
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Is it possible to study International Relations without focusing on game theory?

International Relations is currently under the culture of positivism, but the opposition to that culture remains significant. Post-positivists and anti-positivists criticizes the positivists belief ...
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What is the justification for allowing elected officials to accept money from corporations?

After reading this news article and this one I am perplexed. Admittedly, I'm no expert in politics. But in a free nation, where senators and representatives are elected to represent their ...
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What exactly constitutes a "Weapon of Mass Destruction?"

There was a huge controversy because we didn't find stockpiles of chemical weapons after saying there were WMDs. Now we have charged in court people who use an IED at a marathon with using weapons of ...
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What are the reasons behind a strong anti India sentiment in Bangladesh?

We all know that Bangladesh got independence from Pakistan because of India. So generally one can assume that relationship between India and Bangladesh is friendly. But the reality is different. There ...
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Do "wipe off the map" and "erased from the page of time" differ in meaning? [closed]

There was some controversy over what Ahmadinejad said in a speech in 2005. Whatever this quotation from a decades-old speech of Khomeini may have meant, Ahmadinejad did not say that "Israel must ...
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The "Basic Structure" of the Constitution of India and the other constitutions

Indian Constitution has something called 'basic structure', defined by Basic Structure Doctrine. This doctrine is based on, and evolved from, the Supreme Court of India's decision in the most ...
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King secretly funds left and right wing parties to stay in power. What's this called?

Some time ago, I read about a concept called the dialectic method of reigning (or similar). Imagine there is a monarch reigning over an absolutist country. A revolution is going on, and he fears ...
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Is the feedback every 4 years strong enough? [closed]

Most modern democracies are considered as such due to the feedback that voters do as a control of their government and country. This is done in a representative way in intervals usually of 4 years. ...
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Are laws effective at enacting social reform?

In India we have many laws which are intended to curb social customs like dowry. Are laws effective at curbing social customs? Are any alternatives more effective?
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Have Democrats gotten more liberal?

I'm a bit surprised by this Brookings Institute report on polarity showing Democrats becoming more liberal, though at one fourth the rate at which Republicans are becoming more conservative. The ...
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Would two million families lose their SNAP benefits under H.R.1947 (FARRM)? Why?

The farm bill has been passed in the House. The 216-208 vote largely followed party lines, with every Democrat voting against the bill and 12 Republicans breaking ranks to vote against it. [...] The ...
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Is support for nuclear energy correlated with other political positions?

I was recently told by a right-wing Japanese person that in Japan, right-wingers are more likely to support nuclear energy than left-wingers. It's previously appeared to me that in the USA and ...
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Is there a study that seeks to quantify left/right bias by gender and country?

Here in Russia, women tend to be much more right-wing than men. Women more often support free market, privatization, vote for billionaires, support the US and NATO policy, support copyright, anti-...
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How effective has the war on poverty been at eliminating poverty?

Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty in his 1964 State of the Union address. Let this session of Congress be known as the session which did more for civil rights than the last hundred sessions ...
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Which founding fathers supported the first proposed amendment to the Constitution?

The first proposed amendment to the Constitution, (also referred to as the Congressional Apportionment Amendment), if it had been ratified by the states would have resulted in a radically different ...
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Is a jury entitled to find a defendant not guilty because the prosecution manufactured evidence?

If a jury decides that the prosecution has manufactured evidence against a defendant, are they entitled to find a defendant not guilty, even if they think that the defendant committed the crime they ...
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How to determine if an acquittal should not have happened?

A lot of people are saying that George Zimmerman should not have been acquitted over charges relating to his shooting of Trayvon Martin. As far as I'm aware, people are arguing that Zimmerman was ...
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Are there special cities or states with a special law that allows experimenting?

Law and regulation is a major problem when you try to make technological progress. In the last google IO keynote, Larry Page responded a question about how to stay positive, and how we can make ...
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Does political exclusion also exclude free speech?

Among all states that exclude their citizens from political participation, e.g. by shielding their law makers from the necessity of periodic elections, none tolerates freedom of expression among its ...
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Are there any studies that attempt to analyze the demographics and/or motivations of street protesters?

Are there any studies that attempt to analyze the demographics and/or motivations of street protesters? For example: Are protesters concerned citizens that agree on something after an individual ...
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Are there studies on how manipulable protests are? [closed]

I've heard there are studies that show how only a bunch of people are necessary to direct a protest and manipulate it to some extent. However I would need references for that and I couldn't find them....
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How do particularly large legislative bodies function as compared to small ones?

In Nashville, there's a movement to reduce the size of the city council from 35 members to 15, in order to streamline "getting things done". This would obviously increase the size of each member's ...
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Where have non-consecutive term limits been used? What were the results?

Good arguments are made both for and against term limits. I've often wondered about a hybrid system: you can be elected as many times as you can manage it, but never to two terms in a row. This would ...
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Is "Hillarycare" typically derogatory?

Is the term "Hillarycare" typically used as a derogatory term? I tried looking up the Wikipedia article on Clinton health care plan of 1993, but it didn't discuss the term "Hillarycare".
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Lying, Free Speech, and Original Meaning [closed]

Would an original meaning analysis, defined as "What would a reasonable person living at the time of ratification have understood these words to mean?", of the free speech clause of the US ...

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