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Why do Republicans do relatively well with Asian Americans despite distinct ideological and non-racial demographic disdvantages?

On many issues from climate change to gun control, Asian Americans are the most likely to take left wing positions. In addition compared with the rest of the population, even when excluding White ...
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UK alternative electoral system design

Background: I am seeking an alternative UK electoral system that would have multi-member constituencies instead of single member, which would create multi-party (proportional) governments. ...
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Politico's "Sinema rakes in Pharma and finance cash..." A salient issue and an exceptional pattern of donations, or just cherry picking of statistics?

Politico's October 15, 2021 Sinema rakes in Pharma and finance cash amid reconciliation negotiations begins Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) raised more campaign money in the last three months than in ...
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Is there any country that officially banned "COVID-denial" or "COVID anti-vaccination" speech?

Romania has a very COVID-related mortality rate (when compared to the population) and the main cause seems to be the low vaccination rate: The country is paying the price for having the European ...
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How does a country apply for aid from the international monetary fund? [closed]

What is the precise procedure for a country to get aid from the IMF? What exact documents does the government need to submit, and how is this money tracked by the IMF (an audit of some kind to ensure ...
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Why have Biden's approval polls consistently been dropping since August?

Since around the start of August, President Biden's approval began to tank. According to 538, Biden's approval is currently at 43.8%. They recently wrote an article about how his approval is dropping ...
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Does Romania or any other EU country have a criminal law that punishes originating or spreading false information?

It's been said on Euronews that A misleading Facebook video had suggested that there were no patients at a temporary hospital in the northeastern city of Piatra-Neamț. Officials at the health centre ...
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Can someone from Queensland or Northern Territory be the Coalition's candidate for Prime Minister?

In Australia, the main centre-right block is a coalition of four parties, known collectively as "The Coalition": Liberal Party, whose leader typically becomes Prime Minister in a Coalition ...
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Why do Democrats make a big deal about new voting restrictions if research suggests they may backfire?

In previous elections, Democrats such as Stacey Abrams publicly said that the election system was being rigged against them by certain laws. While they put together a persuasive case, there is also ...
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Is running a fake campaign to siphon votes legal?

Let's say you want run for office as an independent candidate in a congressional or state legislative district that is expected to be a close election. You run a quiet campaign for the purpose of ...
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Do candidates with Hispanic/Asian sounding surnames get extra Democratic support in low-information non-partisan state/local US elections?

It is well known that there are partisan differences in different racial groups in the United States. There are also smaller differences in how men and women tend to vote. White Americans favor ...
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Why does US law allow for a speaker that is not elected? [closed]

The question is based on an article from NPR which states that "there's no requirement that the speaker has to be an elected representative." Part of my question was not answered in the ...
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Seeking UK policy evidence that views of voters (in percentage terms) should be extrapolated to represent, by assumption, the views of non-voters [closed]

I’ve been trying, and failing, to find any formal documentation — preferably official policies or similar from gov.uk — that state or set forth the principle that in something like a referendum or a ...
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What came of Andrew Forrest's plan to "end Pakistan slavery" in return for "cheap coal"?

His Wikipedia biography mentions that In January 2014, Forrest announced a deal with Pakistan to do away with more than two million slaves in return for cheap coal. citing an article in The ...
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Non Elected House Speaker [duplicate]

This question is related to this article from NPR. The article states that "there's no requirement the speaker has to be an elected representative." This is referring to to US House. The ...
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How does the Polish court's rejection of EU law supremacy differ from Germany's seemingly similar action?

I'm not sure if this a 100% correct summary of what happened in Germany last year, but: While the German Federal Constitutional Court has long reserved the power to reject EU actions that manifestly ...
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Has Olaf Scholz made any comments about the proposed Covid-19 vaccines TRIPS waiver?

There have been calls for him to personally take a stance on the matter of the proposed TRIPS waiver for Covid-19 vaccines patents. The calls were in fact addressed to a few other potential future ...
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Which are the the parts of the EU treaties that are incompatible with the Polish constitution according to Poland's highest court?

There are lots of articles related to Poland's highest court ruling that some parts of EU treaties are incompatible with the Polish constitution (example), but I cannot find the exact articles ...
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Who are the prototypical modern-day slaves in the USA, according to Walk Free?

Walk Free's Global Slavery Index estimates there were 403,000 modern day slaves in the USA (in 2018), but that puts the USA in fairly good position per capita [in the Americas] with only 1.3 slaves ...
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What is the benefit of the two-step negotiation process to form a coalition government in Germany?

After an election in Germany, the process of forming a government typically goes as follows: Parties enter an initial round of talks, termed Sondierungsgespräche (exploratory talk) in German After ...
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What is the validity of the Doha amendment on the Kyoto protocol?

The Doha amendment to the Kyoto protocol has been adopted in 2012 at the COP18, and contained extended their obligations and created a second commitment period for 37 countries to cut their emissions ...
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Is the US developing an informal form of party discipline? [closed]

In US elections, candidates are elected individually. However, most recent elections track closely with each other in terms of partisan vote choice. The reason this is relevant is in the past, there ...
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What do some Iranians mean when they say "Death to America!"?

I was watching an old Anthony Bourdain show and I saw local Iranians in Tehran chanting "Death to America!" and then in the next scene saying "We need one day to be friends". Do ...
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Is there any study that tries to quantify the impact of Russian government support for anti vaccination?

Recently, the Russian government threatened to ban YouTube if it does not reinstate two German-language channels backed by the Russian state that were deleted for violating Covid misinformation ...
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Why does the current Polish government favor distancing from EU despite a rather low Euroscepticism and possible serious financial consequences?

According to Euronews, Poland’s constitutional court on Thursday ruled the country's laws had supremacy of those of the European Union. The article provides more context about the decision and a ...
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In general, is the ineffectivness to provide basic standards of living of authoritarian states more attributable to malice or incompetence? [closed]

I think it's fair to say that with the possible exception of the richer parts of China, life under authoritarian regimes tends to be pretty terrible. Sometimes that is by design, like in North Korea ...
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US government arguing for A death sentence while arguing against THE death sentence; does US Supreme Court Justice Barrett have a point?

ABC News's Justices divide sharply on reinstating Boston Marathon bomber death sentence begins: Reciting the gruesome details of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its violent aftermath, an ...
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How does Germany regularly elect judges onto Federal Constitutional Court despite needing two-thirds majority vote?

In Germany, the judges on Federal Constitutional Court are elected by the federal parliament with two-thirds majority vote. Throughout its history, the parliament was able to elect new judges without ...
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What international laws might prohibit Brazil from cutting down the Amazon or using it as a natural resource of Brazil?

Brazil has been cutting down large swaths of the Amazon rainforest for development,agriculture and the use of natural resources from the rainforest. However, the Amazon is widely regarded as the lungs ...
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What happens if some folks can prove that the election is rigged in Iraq?

As the election of Iraq was held two days ago and initial results are calculated, Muqtada al-Sadr had won the election, but some parties have strongly criticized the election and called it a "...
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Why does the government formation process tend to be so fast in Denmark?

In Denmark, the government formation process after each general election tends to be extremely fast by European standard. In fact, the last government formation only took 20 days after the 2019 ...
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Does the Democratic National Committee have a mission statement and foundational documents?

I'm looking for documents like an organizational charter that might be stable over years. National level, not state or local.
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Why would Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio run for president of the Philippines as a "substitute candidate"? Substitute for what?

CNN's A dictator's son. A former actor. A champion boxer. Inside the manic race to replace Duterte as the Philippines' leader says: And there are signs (current and term-limited Philippine President ...
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Is there a hierarchy in how you refer to a UK MP? If so could you use a lower ranked one as an insult?

In the UK when MPs are debating in the Commons, they often (because of archaic rules) refer to each other as "the right honourable Member", "the Leader of the Opposition" or "...
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Is it possible that the US will default on its debt in foreseeable future? [closed]

The US has a history of having its debt grow, increasing the debt ceiling and repeating the cycle: Source Normally, the states don't default on debts denominated in their own currency, because they ...
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When does a national debt become too much?

I've always heard that it's good for countries to have debt to spark growth, but at what point does a national debt become so big that it becomes a problem?
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Is there any political reason for the UK Conservative party choosing to hold a conference in a place where they have the least support?

The UK Conservative party have just recently concluded their party conference in Manchester. It alternates annually between Birmingham and Manchester. Neither city is particularly pro-Tory, but ...
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Did the US government profit from any of the military hardware they gave to the Afghan government?

The US government gave a lot of military aid to the Afghan government and even helped them maintain many of the equipment through western contractors. Did they ever get the full or partial price for ...
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Why is Taiwan adverse to the idea of using gun ownership as a deterrent to Chinese invasion? [closed]

Taiwan has been scared of a possible Chinese invasion for around 70 years now and the likelihood of this happening only increases every year due to growing Chinese influence. However unlike ...
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Why don't countries agree to make Air Defence Identification Zones (ADIZ) binding?

China has been in the news recently for constantly breaching into Taiwanese "Air Defence Identification Zone", which apparently includes a huge chunk of space far beyond their territorial ...
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Does Russia intervene more on the world stage than its contemporaries?

Follow-up question to Fizz's comment in this question. "their foreign policy tends to be non-interventionist". Except in neighboring countries Georgia (2008), Ukraine (2014+) and where they ...
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How are French nuclear facilities and technology kept secret under the European Union? [closed]

France is the only nuclear power in the EU. How does it protect its facilities and maintain the secrecy of technology when the European Parliament has at least some say in French security and military ...
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Why didn't the USA first evacuate civilians then focus on evacuating their army from Afghanistan?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjF-8lZcTfQ At 2:30 in this video Russel Berman points out that civilians should have been evacuated out first and then the military should have been evacuated. This ...
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New Jersey early voting statistics 2021

I typed "2021 early vote New Jersey statistics" into my search engine. I could not find any relevant results. Are there publicly available statistics on early voting in the 2021 New Jersey ...
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Early voting data for Ohio House elections 2021?

In Ohio there are two general elections for the House, in the 11th and 15th district. Both are to different degrees considered safe seats. Early voting started last Tuesday. I want to see the number ...
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Why does the United States federal government have a debt ceiling? Isn't it entirely redundant to the budget?

In the United States, the debt ceiling limits how much money the federal government can borrow. This ceiling was apparently introduced in 1939. Why does the debt ceiling exist? Congress approves the ...
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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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Why doesn't the Governor of the US state of Idaho fire the Lt. Governor for insubordination? Can they be punished in any way at all?

Idaho Public Radio's McGeachin and Little battle over COVID-related executive orders — again details a situation where as soon as Idaho's Governor left the state on official business the Lieutenant ...
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How big a short term debt ceiling increase is McConnell agreeing to?

Senate Republicans have thus far refused to raise the debt ceiling, which needs to be raised by October 18 to prevent the US Government from defaulting on the national debt. They have been insisting ...
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Is it still impossible to quarantine asymptomatic people in Portugal?

News from last year was that an appeals court in Lisbon had ruled that it was illegal to quarantine people based solely on a (SARS-CoV-2) PCR test result. (Apparently, their ruling only applied ...

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