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How does the EU or any country with carbon emission permits enforce emissions from companies?

How does a country with carbon emission permits ensure that companies do not produce more carbon emission than stated on the permits? Specifically how does the government check how much CO2 a company ...
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Why people with rich parents have higher SAT scores? [closed]

While this question is not directly political, the issue is highly political topic. For example, many schools in California abandon standardized test because they claim that it's racist and only ...
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Are there statistics on how many people from certain ethnic groups will be admitted if only standardized test scores are included?

The question is for any country any universities or high school or any education or certification. So if you now that university A have say, 20% Asian students, and if they use only test scores, say ...
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Why are real estate records public?

The government is very restricted on what information it may disclose about you and under what circumstances. For example, I can't look up your car's license plate number to find out who you are. I ...
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Do political systems evolve with economic progress?

Do political systems evolve with economic progress? In a lot of sci-fi movies you don't see government evolve with technology and economy, but in Star Trek, I believe, the political system ended up ...
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Has it already been discussed in Congress about what to do with the Confederate statues at the Gettysburg National Military Park?

I would like to know if it has already been discussed in Congress about what to do with the Confederate statues located at the Gettysburg National Military Park, or if there is a future date that has ...
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Why does UK allow criminal record checks to contain “non-crimes”?

According to Telegraph UK law allows in some cases for "non-crimes" to appear on one's criminal records: Incidents must be logged by police and can show up on a DBS check even if officers ...
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Why aren't any countries trying to create a neo-democracy/ alternate system of government? [closed]

I have been stewing over a question for the past few days: Why haven't people come up with a new form of governance that is much better than democracy and eliminates the current intrinsic faults with ...
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Can the Senate or any government officials initiate peace talks or negotiations during a war without the President's consent?

Can the Senate or any government official initiate peace talks or negotiations during a war without the President's consent? Or does this amount to treason? I read that there's this discussion among ...
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Can Democratic politicians vote in Texas while they're arrested?

Texas governor Greg Abbott has said that the Democrat politicians who refuse to allow a quorum to be formed, thereby blocking legislation, will be arrested. But can the Democratic politicians form a ...
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Macron has made Covid vaccination hard to avoid in France but not mandatory. What accommodations exist for those who medically can't get vaccinated?

After months of slowing uptake on low overall vaccination rates, French President Macron has made the covid vaccine very hard to avoid, without making it mandatory: In an address to the nation, ...
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Why can't you see who has a driver's license, even if it's obviously presumable who does anyways? [closed]

Records are often privatized due to the notion of sensitive information leaked and thus the consequences thereafter -- however, what's wrong with requesting information that could be gathered simply ...
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Why didn't the USA use nuclear bombs in Vietnam or Afghanistan to win the wars? [closed]

The USA stayed in Vietnam from 1955 to 1975 = 19 years. They also stayed in Afghanistan for 17 years. Arguably, they failed to achieve their objectives on both occasions. Why didn't the USA use ...
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Why aren't anti-militia laws enforced?

All 50 states have laws against militias and paramilitary groups, but most don't enforce them and there are large militias in many parts of the US. Why not? It seems like a fairly important state ...
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Why did the USA stay in Afghanistan for 20 years?

When George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan, his target was, I suppose, to root out the terrorist network of Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden was killed in 2011. Recently, Joe Biden said that the USA didn't go ...
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Is there an election system in which the outcome is fractional?

Most election systems are "discrete" in the sense that each candidate is either elected or not elected. One could think of an election system that is "fractional", for example: if ...
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Why is the media assuming Iran did actually try to kidnap Masih Alinejad? [closed]

Recently four Iranians were accused of plotting to kidnap activist Masih Alinejad. Since then we've had articles like these in the media: Activist targeted in kidnapping plot says Iran is testing the ...
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The next steps for S.51 Washington Statehood bill

The proposed bill S.51 would, if I understand it correctly, pave the way for the immediate election of two senators from the new Douglass Commonwealth state. In all likelihood, these additional ...
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Why didn't Texas Democrats leave the U.S. entirely instead of heading to the nation's capital?

As many of you are aware, Texas Democrats left the state of Texas in order to deny Republicans a quorum, and an order was put out for state police to arrest them. As such, they fled to the nation's ...
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Why are Democrats fighting so hard to vaccinate the reluctant?

Even though safe and effective COVID vaccines have been given emergency use authorization in the US, some people are still reluctant to receive them, over safety concerns, preference for "natural ...
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Are US Representatives from wealthy districts more likely to “graduate” to the Senate than Reps from poorer districts?

Some members of the US House of Representatives represent wealthy districts, and others represent poorer districts. Are Representatives from wealthy districts more likely to eventually become ...
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Why isn't Biden more popular? [closed]

In the past more moderate leaders get very high approvals. Joe Biden ran as a moderate and seems to be governing like one. Even today you have this effect happen at the local level. Charlie Baker the ...
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Did USPS grant a preferential treatment to Amazon?

I asked this question, but it was closed on the ground that it didn't have to do with politics. However if a government owned organisation helped a company with a dominant position on the market to ...
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Is there any research about the number of people potentially affected by voting bills? [closed]

I've read that Texas and some other states are passing restrictive voting laws. Citation from Texas Tribune: The bill includes proposals to ban drive-thru and 24-hour voting options like those ...
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What was George W. Bush's plan about nation-building in Afghanistan?

Very recently Joe Biden said that The USA did not go to Afghanistan for nation-building As far as I recall, George W. Bush said something about nation-building when he was in office for his 1st term ...
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Why is Japan considered a Great Power, but South Korea is not? [closed]

Great powers by date List of modern great powers Why is Japan considered a Great Power, but South Korea is not?
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Is there any treaty or international law that tries to regulate how to handle sea waste?

Is there any treaty or international law that tries to regulate how to handle sea waste (most of it human feces)? It would be crazy if human waste was dumped onto the sea without treating it first to ...
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Why doesn't the Texas legislature nuke the quorum?

The GOP-controlled Texas Legislature finds itself unable to pass a voting bill due to State Democrats refusing to participate in the meetings, leading the state to lack a quorum. The GOP has made ...
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Has a former Prime Minister ever broken a three-line whip before?

On July 13th, 2021, MPs voted against returning the budget for international aid to 0.7% after it was cut to 0.5% in the November Spending Review. Notably, several Conservative MPs voted against the ...
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What explains this swing of areas near Canada and in Appalachia in the 2016 US presidential election?

I've seen pictures of the 2016 presidential election. They seem to show this line that goes across basically the entire US Canada border, but is more pronounced starting in North Dakota. It makes a ...
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Is there any reference which tells media/government of Pakistan or India don't show actual facts whenever there are ceasefire violations on LOC? [closed]

Every time I read any Indian newspaper or online news about ceasefire violation on LOC (Line of Control), I read "Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and Indian troops responded accordingly&...
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Can the FBI or the CIA keep things secret from the President?

Can the FBI or the CIA keep things secret from the President? Or does the FBI and the CIA always have to reveal the whole extent of the truth whenever the President is informed of something? Can they ...
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Which President has had the greatest number of their actions ruled unconstitutional?

Abraham Lincoln suspended habeas corpus and the court ruled that it wasn’t within his authority, I am wondering which President did the most things that the Supreme Court explicitly ruled were ...
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Could Texas Democrats be punished for walking out?

The Texas Democrats in the Legislature chose to unite and leave the capitol. The decision was announced an hour before posting. Could Texas Democrats be held legally liable when they return?
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Arguments for Scotland in non-EU United Kingdom?

Last referendum about it took place in 2014, and Scotland elected to stay in the United Kingdom. One of then Prime Minister David Cameron's main arguments was that independent Scotland would be ...
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Isn’t having unequal numbers of Senators in each class unconstitutional?

The Constitution says that Senators shall be divided equally as may be into three Classes So wouldn’t the current Class 3 consisting of 34 members while Class 1 and Class 2 only having 33 members be ...
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Why does the Afghanistan peace agreement talk about Visa and passports when the US does not recognize the Taliban?

From part 2 section 5 of the Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan: The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and is known as the Taliban will ...
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When can one U.S. agency ask for intelligence or information from another U.S. agency?

When can one U.S. agency ask for intelligence or information from another U.S. agency? Let's say the FBI needs intelligence of information the CIA might have about a certain individual. Can the FBI ...
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Is there anything that prevents popular opinion from becoming fact as it's written in history? [closed]

I've seen over the last few years, members of congress and others, using news articles as sources of factual information in official testimonies. Additionally, news organizations regularly repeat ...
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What role does China play in Afghanistan today?

Recently, the US army is withdrawing from Afghanistan. Some Western countries, such as the US, the UK and Germany, played an important role in Afghanistan for several decades. But China does not seem ...
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Does the 15th amendment prevent voter discrimination based on ethnicity?

The 15th amendment reads: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of ...
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How have America's overseas territories been assigned a particular political status?

I quote from a somewhat dated source, the "DK Essential World Atlas" (1999), which states: America's overseas territories have been seen as strategically useful, if expensive, links with ...
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What did the Framers intend the meaning of “probable cause” to be? [closed]

The 4th amendment reads The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall ...
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How do local party-government leaders get promoted in China?

How do local party-government leaders get promoted in China? I've heard that the system is merit-based and I've also heard the opposite and heard that it's extremely corrupt, so I would like to ...
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What are the responsibities of the party secretary in China?

In China, in every administration unit (province, county, village) or organization (company, school), there is a position called party secretary. For example, in every province, there is a province ...
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Does China intend to intervene in Afghan affairs after the US withdraws? [closed]

Recently, the US army is withdrawing from Afghanistan. Britain, the USSR and the US had all sent their army to Afghanistan before, but all failed. So, will China, a rising country that has great ...
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Is the NIH solely federal or public-private?

Many say the US drug industry came from the Federal, not the private sector. The US invests absurdly in basic health research. There they have the National Institutes of Health, the largest health ...
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Can the President personally arrest someone? [duplicate]

If all executive powers is held by the President and FBI agents can make arrests, doesn’t that mean the President can too?
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Who is the Condorcet winner of NYC's 2021 mayoral Democratic primary?

The 2021 mayoral primary in New York City was done using Instant Runoff Voting ("Ranked Choice Voting"). This system does not necessarily elect the Condorcet winner, if one exists. (The ...
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Why is the USPS not privately operated?

Currently, there is a lot of discussion in my home country (Brazil) about privatization of the postal service, so, of course, the United States comes to mind for comparison: It is a country of ...

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