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What percentage of mass shootings in the USA are actually stopped by ordinary gun-bearing Americans?

It has been hypothesized that the harms of mass shootings in the US could be mitigated or prevented by encouraging gun ownership and reducing legal obstacles to gun carrying. With approximately 400,...
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Why won't institutions that hand out journalism awards revoke them for a lack of integrity? [closed]

Why won't institutions that hand out journalism awards revoke them for a lack of integrity? In the Olympics, medals are revoked when it is proven that the athlete took drugs, but how come we won't ...
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Why doesn't the UK rescue Nazanin Zaghari? [closed]

Nazanin Zaghari is a dual British-Iranian citizen who has been detained for years because of allegations over plotting to topple the Iranian government. These claims are clearly fictitious, and it's ...
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Constitutionally, what would happen if the Icelandic President is convicted of a criminal offense?

Under the Icelandic constitution, the President enjoys immunity from criminal prosecutions as long as the Parliament permits it. Constitution of Iceland, Article 11, Paragraph 2 The President may not ...
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Why the candles in candlelight vigils? [closed]

Hundreds Gather At ‘Stop Asian Hate’ Candlelight Vigil In Alhambra In today's world it's surely easy to have illumination at night, so there should be no need for candlelight vigils when one could ...
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Are African country borders really straight?

Many African country borders look like perfectly straight lines. This is also the case for the US. In the latter case, however, it's just an illusion, as the state borders contain multiple ...
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Articulable, plausible parallels between McCarthyism and social media moderation? (re D.C. Circuit opinion) [closed]

In a recent minority opinion, D.C. Circuit Senior Judge Laurence Silberman included the following comment (at the end of this passage): The judge also took sides in the ongoing public debate about ...
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What's the purpose of prime ministers in presidential republics?

The US doesn't have a prime minister and is doing well without one. But many other presidential republics do have a PM. What's the purpose of prime ministers in presidential republics (note, I'm not ...
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Decoding certain customized annotations in political signage, do these symbols have any emerging specific connotations?

ABC News' GOP warns HR 1 could be 'absolutely devastating for Republicans' discusses several measures by different parties and at different levels to make voting easier or harder for some. The caption ...
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How can a state be removed from the United States without a Constitutional amendment? [closed]

Can a state be removed from the United States without an amendment or would they have to choose to leave?
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How far does Congressional judicial stripping extend?

Under Article III Section 2 Clause 2, Congress has the power to limit the Supreme Courts power: In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State ...
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Why would Turkey leave the Istanbul Convention (now)?

As of today, Turkey appears to have withdrawn from the Istanbul Convention, an effort by the Council of Europe to create a standard legal approach to battling violence against women and domestic abuse....
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How did Croatia join the EU without settling the border dispute with Slovenia?

There is a curious dispute between Croatia and Slovenia in regards to their land and maritime border. It appears to be ongoing since the breakup of Yugoslavia. Noticeably Slovenia tried blocking ...
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What would happen if the filibuster rule was abolished in the current US Senate?

Active senators from each party at present: Republican - 50 Democratic - 48 Independent - 2 The Independent Senators often align with the Democrats, so many bills end up in 50-50 tie. Without ...
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What is preventing the exploit of the UN’s voting system? [duplicate]

What is preventing a country, say, China, for example, from giving 500 adults 1 square acre of land per 5 people, and giving them ownership of the land, (under threat of invasion and murder if they ...
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If a permanent security council member of the UN goes through a name change or a split, what would happen to their membership? [duplicate]

The UN charter (article 23) very specifically says: The Security Council shall consist of fifteen Members of the United Nations. The Republic of China, France, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics,...
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Meaning of article 22 and 7 of the UN charter (about organs of the UN)

In my opinion, article 22 and part of 7 of the UN charter seem a bit vague, and I can’t understand exactly what they means. Article 22 is: The General Assembly may establish such subsidiary organs as ...
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What is the status of an elected foreign president that previously fled the US on criminal charges?

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was a very serious candidate for the French presidency. His political career was stopped in its tracks when he was arrested and charged with the sexual assault and attempted ...
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NATO attacking EU: what happens?

What happens, from an international law point of view, if a NATO country which is not a member of EU, attacks (unprovoked) an EU country which is not a member of NATO? Specifically, are the ...
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What is the function and significance of this “House Office Bldg. 6” token? Is there some special significance?

The last image in Business Insider's 12 Republicans voted against giving medals to Capitol police officers, 2 of whom died after the insurrection is that of US House of Representatives member John ...
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Which Israeli Banks has NZ Super-Annuation Fund divested from due to their support for settlement activity on the Occupied Territories?

The NZ Super-Annuation Fund (the state pension fund in New Zealand) has recently divested from five Israeli banks due to their support for settlement activity in the Occupied Territories. Which five ...
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In what context did Tony Benn say the following?

Apparently, the late Tony Benn, once a Labour MP for Bristol South East and Chesterfield, once said: The way the government treats refugees is very instructive because it shows you how they would ...
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Why hasn't the UK government nationalised the rail service in England?

Four months after Wales nationalised their rail services, Scotland has announced that it will nationalise it's railways, obviously this has been an outcome of the slump in passenger numbers due to the ...
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Why did the entire staff of the Nevada Democratic Party quit after the Democratic Socialists won?

After Judith Whitmer, a Democratic Socialist, won her election to chair the Nevada Democratic Party, she received an email from Alana Mounce, the party's executive director congratulating her and ...
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Where can you find how much each country pays to the UN?

Where is a trustworthy site that shows how much each country (not just the major countries) has payed to the UN every year for the past 5-10 years. I have looked on the internet and the UN website but ...
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What does “recommendation of the security council” involve in the UN charter

In article 6 of the UN charter it mentions “ A Member of the United Nations which has persistently violated the Principles contained in the present Charter may be expelled from the Organization by ...
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What does 'equivalency of the four countries' mean in the context of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands?

The Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands uses the word gelijkwaardigheid (equivalency) as opposed to gelijkheid (equality) between the four countries (the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint ...
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Are police in Western European countries right-wing or left-wing?

In America, the police have a reputation for being politically conservative. One rarely sees clashes between conservative demonstrators and police. In Europe, though, there seem to be lots of clashes ...
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Does it make sense for different opposition groups to field one candidate in the two-round system?

Does it make sense for different opposition groups to field one candidate in the two-round system, including in non-democratic countries? I don't see the point. Each candidate has their own voters, ...
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Changing the local time of Washington, D.C

Who has the power to change the local date/time of Washington D.C., and what is the extent of this power? Could this power be abused to extend/reduce the terms of elected officials? Certainly the ...
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Why did US impose sanctions on Huawei?

I am reading this article which mentions: But having only just become a major player in 5G standards boards, Huawei is now grappling with U.S. sanctions that have all but crippled its smartphone ...
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Is there anything like Schengen area anywhere else in the world?

Is there anywhere else in the world where people can (legally) cross an international border without any immigration check, like in the Schengen area? (Assuming pre-Covid-19 pandemic situation) If not,...
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Has there ever been a true constitutional crisis in the United States?

There have been crisis such as the 1876 tied election, but they still could be solved because Congress has the power to certify the electoral college votes and reject them. Has there been any ...
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How can the UK government have spent £37 billion (US $51 billion) on the “Test & Trace System”? [closed]

Whether £37 billion be the amount that has been spent, or simply the Test & Trace budget for the first two years as this site suggests, I find it inconceivable that such amounts are remotely ...
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What is the meaning of “Cancel Culture”?

This expression has getting popular these days. Googling it led to the explanation from Wikipedia that says: Cancel culture (or call-out culture) is a modern form of ostracism in which someone is ...
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Why did they bring back paper ballots in the 2021 Andhra Pradesh local elections?

In this video, CBI Ex JD Laxmi Narayana says they brought back paper ballots in the 2021 Andhra Pradesh local elections. This is a translation of his words: He saying they introduced ballot box again,...
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Is it possible to be socialist, liberal, and conservative like this candidate to president of Perú claims? [closed]

Candidate to president of Perú Hernando de Soto claims to be "socialist, liberal and conservative". I can't find a possible definition of the 3 terms for them to coexist together. To me, ...
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Why isn't there an inquiry into the assassination of Malcolm X, given that there is solid evidence of a conspiracy by the FBI targetting him?

Raymond Wood, a former NYPD undercover officer, in a death-bed confession, admitted to being part of a conspiracy to target Malcolm X. He stated that he was part of a conspiracy by the NYPD to trap ...
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Hypothetical: Law passes House and Senate with VP tie-breaker. Then president dies before signing

The circumstances of "The American Rescue Plan" made me think of this. Suppose a bill passes both the House and the Senate, but with a 50-50 tie in the Senate such that the vice president ...
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Is there a link between democracy and economic prosperity?

Is there a link between democracy and economic prosperity? Generally, democracy correlates with a good economic performance but not always. For example, why does Ghana have a high level of political ...
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How does one determine the source of funds (money) for a government expenditure?

When a government decides to spend money, they have 3 primary choices (please correct me if I'm mistaken): Spend money they already have (from taxes) Borrow money (from people/organizations within ...
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What was the deal struck between Republicans and Democrats to not bring the witnesses in Trump's second impeachment?

It was quite un-natural of Democrats when they had the upper hand of having a witness in Trump's second impeachment trial, to not use the witness. They initially voted to include the witness in the ...
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Is it legal to talk about former Chief Justice of India (CJI) in the Parliament of India?

On 8 February 2021, Mahua Moitra said the following in her speech in Lok Sabha during the discussion on motion of thanks on the President's address: The sacred cow that was the judiciary is no longer ...
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Why do conservatives in US like the free market but not transactional sex?

I wonder why conservatives like the free market but not transactional sex? It’s okay for some guy to make tons of money. It’s okay for shops to get lots of customers. It’s okay for large corporations ...
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Can the Supreme Court strike down parts of laws or can they only strike down entire laws even if only some parts of them are unconstitutional?

Basically a line item veto, but for declaring laws unconstitutional.
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Is it possible for a US President to end DACA?

President Trump tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy that his predecessor President Obama had created. Trump's administration failed to end it. Is it ...
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What are the steps to fill a vacancy for vice president?

Suppose that it is 2007 and Dick Cheney is Vice President. He resigns to become a senator from Wyoming. What steps would be taken to fill this vacancy?
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What did the Framers of the Constitution have to say about court packing?

Trump has repeatedly said that Biden wants to pack the courts, this likely wouldn’t work because of the Senate filibuster. Although hard, if one party were able to obtain 60 seats in the Senate, ...
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What is the point in delaying the signing of legislation that the President supports?

Once a president has already decided that they are going to sign legislation, why not do it immediately? For example, on Wednesday, March 10, the House of Representatives voted to pass the American ...
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Is US Congressional spending “borrowing” money in the name of the public?

Watching the C-SPAN feed in regards to the American Rescue Plan, Rep. Tom Rice insists that we are "borrowing ~$5,500 for every man, woman, and child in [the US]." I remind the people back ...

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