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Has the UK enacted any changes in laws that would've been impossible while being an EU member?

The UK has left the EU and one of the biggest arguments in support was that idea that they could enact legislation that goes against EU rules, whether on trade with other nations, privacy, security, ...
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Has the US Department of Justice made an attempt to define what is or isn't journalistic activity? Developing new policy, but to what will it apply?

From Politico's FBI raid on Project Veritas founder’s home sparks questions about press freedom At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last month, Garland was asked who qualifies as a journalist ...
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What is the definition of “small government” according to the Republican Party?

When Republican governors banned mask mandates in schools, many commentators called them out as hypocrites due to such bans violating the concept of “small government”. However this concept can have ...
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Why did the world average CO_2 emissions per capita dip in the 1990s? [closed]

According to this chart, per-capita CO_2 emissions in the world peaked in the late 1980s, then dipped quickly, and did not reach their 1989 level again until 2011. What are the major factors ...
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What power do politicians have in court cases?

What power do politicians have when it comes to court cases? For example, the Kyle Rittenhouse case is about to end, and some people believe that the judge in the case is biased against the ...
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What makes politicians so wealthy during their tenure?

I find it curious that so many politicians leave office much more wealthy than they enter it. I read the question about why do politicians make so much money, but the answers focus on their salary of ...
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Do American views on national racial issues fall among party lines when controlling for race?

Polls show that Democrats support "racial justice" ideas like equal prison sentences and slavery reparations at substantially higher rates than Republicans. For example, while reparations is ...
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What is the EU's official explanation for why it's opposed to refugees arriving via Belarus?

Belarus has been in the news recently due to their attempt to transport a large number of refugees into the EU: First Belarus arranged for a few hundred migrants to cross the border into Lithuania. ...
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Is there any plausible reading of the DoT terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol under which they are not self-defeating?

Under the Protocol the UK government is responsible for applying checks on goods entering NI from Great Britain to ensure that goods destined for the Republic of Ireland meet EU regulations. This is ...
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How many busses were torched in Northern Ireland as part of the Unionists' campaign against the Northern-Ireland Protocol?

Apparently there's a campaign on the ground to torch busses in Northern Ireland. Seemingly it's organized by Unionists, whom want to scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol. How many busses are involved ...
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How credible is the Afghanistan's ghost soldiers claim?

According to Afghanistan's ex-finance minister most of the 300,000 troops and police on the government's books did not exist. However the salary of the soldiers were paid by the US army and they are ...
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Why are White Americans in the Southern region of the USA much more conservative and Republican than elsewhere?

Election results and polling show that White voters in the South are the most Republican and ideologically conservative in the entire country. This is especially evident in the votes cast in counties ...
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Why did UK and EU agree NI Protocol with clause allowing unilateral action in the event of diversion of trade (DOT) when they knew DOT was inevitable?

Under the Protocol the UK government is responsible for applying checks on goods entering NI from Great Britain to ensure that goods destined for the Republic of Ireland meet EU regulations. This is ...
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Have cross-border terrorist attacks in Pakistan declined or stayed the same after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan?

According to the Pakistani security agencies and the government, various terror outfits were hiding in Afghanistan and they perpetrated terror attacks across the border inside Pakistan on a routine ...
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Is there any historical precedent for the European Union quarantining a member state which fails to carry out customs checks on goods

The European Union is an organisation which requires its member states: Not to carry out any customs checks on any goods travelling directly from one member state to another member state To carry ...
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If the UK invokes Art 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, will the EU require a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland [closed]

Under the Protocol the UK government is responsible for applying checks on goods entering NI from Great Britain to ensure that goods destined for the Republic of Ireland meet EU regulations. This is ...
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Are there cases in US history when the approval rating of the vice-president exceeded that of the POTUS for a substantial time?

Give that VP rating in the public eye seems to track pretty closely that of president, e.g. Are there cases when the VP was consistently rated higher than the president for a substantial amounts of ...
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Why China does not conquer North Korea now? [closed]

North Korea did not have a new nuclear test, and no rocket test since years ago. Its likely reason is economical (hunger), and political (doing this too much annoys all the big dogs around them - not ...
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What is the lowest number/percentage of votes technically required to form a government in a list PR system?

In a totally hypothetical scenario, what is the lowest number/percentage of votes required to form a government in a democratic list Proportional representation system? Assume there are no artificial ...
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How close is supposed "Russian build-up" to Ukrainian border?

Politico published and many other mass-media reposted an article Satellite images show new Russian military buildup near Ukraine. It is illustrated with two satellite photos of Yelnya and also ...
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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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Is India able to annex full or part of Bangladesh? [closed]

According to some Indian politicians, India should invade Bangladesh. India should invade Bangladesh if the torture of Hindus does not stop West Bengal BJP leader urges Narendra Modi to take steps to ...
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Why didn't Russia annex Abkhazia and South Ossetia?

Russia's initial recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occurred in the aftermath of the Russo-Georgian War in 2008. Why didn't Russia annex Abkhazia and South Ossetia?
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What are the standard safeguards against arbitrary accusations of terrorism within democratic countries?

In a democratic country, core principles such as free speech are protected against arbitrary retaliation by the government in power (at least in theory). On the other hand, security forces evaluate ...
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Is It A Coincidence That Election Day In The U.S. Is The Tuesday Closest To Guy Fawkes Day? [duplicate]

The question speaks for itself. An existing question is facially similar but doesn't get at this particular issue.
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NYC general mayoral and comptroller election results in New York State's 14th and 15th congressional districts?

I was researching NYC's mayoral election. Two districts stand out to me that are entirely within NYC: the 14th and 15th district. I am curious about how the election went in those two districts in ...
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Is Iran's claim of civilian uses for 60%-enriched Uranium valid?

(This is a followup question, I suppose, to: Are there non-military uses of 20%-enriched Uranium?) Following the US pulling out of the JCPOA agreement in 2018, and the other signatories enabling ...
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What governed regions (e.g., bailiwicks) exist that are not officially part of any country?

A recent question on the Channel Islands made me aware that while they are under the governance of two bailiwicks (Guernsey and Jersey) and are (British) Crown Dependencies, they are not part of the ...
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What defence did the British MP, Owen Paterson, have?

Owen Paterson has vociferously protested his innocence of the breach of Parliamentary standards, found against him by the House of Commons Standards Committee. In his speech in the debate, Chris ...
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Why is Regeneron's Monoclonal Antibody COVID-19 treatment not being used in Canada? [closed]

In the United States, treating COVID using Regeneron's Monoclonal Antibody cocktail has been growing increasingly popular for its usefulness of treating patients at risk of hospitalization. It has FDA ...
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Prime minister leading a coalition government dismissing a member of the government without discussing with political partners first

Romania still does not have a full government following the crisis started in September. Back then, the prime minister (with the approval from the president) quickly dismissed a member of the ...
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Biden's motorcade at COP26

I note https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/67418/did-the-us-presidential-motorcade-contravene-uk-traffic-regulations which states that the motorcade vehicles had American-style red emergency ...
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How did United Kingdom responsibility for the defence of the British Channel Islands originate?

The government of the United Kingdom is responsible for the defence of, and foreign relations of, the Channel Islands - i.e. the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey. How did this arrangement come about? ...
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Is there a version of IRV where eliminated candidates may come back if they gain enough votes?

In 2009 the Burlington mayoral election failed to elect the Condorcet winner while using IRV. Looking at the results table, there seems to be two simple modifications that could've changed the outcome:...
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How close does the Texas law that bars most abortions after six weeks come to saying 'Defendants can't assert constitutionally protected rights?'

In the CNN video Toobin: This is the most important question a justice asked CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin shares his thoughts on the Supreme Court justices' questions as they hear oral ...
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What explains the durability of Arab monarchies?

I can't seem to wrap my head around how the Arab monarchies have faced little to no resistance to their respective regimes. On both a domestic and international front, these monarchies have beaten ...
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Why are PiS and Fidesz split over Russia (and Ukraine)?

Apparently formalizing an (EP) alliance between Poland's ruling party PiS and Hungary's ruling part Fidesz, despite numerous ideological similarities, might be held back by differences over Russia and ...
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Did the 'make Europe great again' alliance turn into an official EP party or group?

On April 1st (but seemingly not a joke) from Euronews... Hungary's Viktor Orbán has joined forces with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Italy's Matteo Salvini to form a new right-wing ...
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What might have prompted the EPP to change the rules so that it could have expelled Fidesz?

I'm trying to find the proximate events that might have led to the EPP changing their mind about Fidesz. What I could piece together in this saga is In 2019 the EPP suspends Fidesz, seemingly over ...
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What is the meaning of "political affiliation" when you register to vote? [duplicate]

When you register to vote, one of the boxes you have to check is one for "party affiliation". What is the meaning of "party affiliation"? Does it mean that one is "locked"...
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Why did the Hungarian government promote a law that would clearly create a conflict with the European Commission's views?

Hungary passed a law that is viewed by the EU Commission to "discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation": Hungary on Wednesday rejected a demand from the European ...
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Do any countries have limits on healthcare personnel work hours?

One of the big problems during the pandemic was the stress caused by healthcare employees having to constantly work overtime to meet the huge spike in hospital patients infected with the virus. This ...
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What is a "sticker candidate"?

I'm looking through old election returns and saw that a candidate in the 1942 Michigan Senate election is listed as a "sticker candidate". What is a "sticker candidate"?
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What does the police to civilian ratio depend on?

Here is a list in Wikipedia that tells us the ratios of police vs civilians in various countries around the world. I failed to think of any rationale about how those countries determine the number of ...
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Why does the US care so much about China's hypersonic weapons?

Example: Gen. Mark Milley calls China's hypersonic weapon test 'very concerning' If we currently have mutually assured destruction (MAD) where nobody can fire nuclear weapons because the other side ...
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Does Meek STV Incentivise Strategic Voting?

I have recently looked at the explanation of the Meek Single Transferable Vote method of elections, and it seems like it's a rather multi-step algorithm. Now, a major reason for STV systems seems to ...
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Why are Spaniards disproportionately very dissatisfied with Spain's political system?

The trends discussed in Pew Research's recent study Citizens in Advanced Economies Want Significant Changes to Their Political Systems was of no surprise to me, except Spain stands out in an ...
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Why does China avoid armed conflicts in Africa and the ME?

All permanent members in the UNSC, except China, are more or less always involved in armed conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. Even though China has overseas deployments, its soldiers are not ...
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On which basis does Israel designate NGOs as terrorist organizations?

Recently Israel designated several human rights NGOs as terrorist organizations. The six organizations are alleged to have links to the PFLP: The Israeli defence ministry said they were linked to the ...
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When was the last defeat by filibuster of a government-backed bill in the UK?

Let's define defeat as the bill not passing that session. Wikipedia lists a number of successful filibusters but most (if not all in that list) appear to be on private bills or advanced by a minority ...

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