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Where can I find data on when each country first implemented social restrictions for COVID-19?

Regarding COVID-19 response, we have the stringency index. But I wonder, is there any source that documented the first law implementation date or month regarding societal restrictions (social ...
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Do Kamala Harris's demographic characteristics hurt her approval?

Kamala Harris has consistently received lower favorabilities than Joe Biden. In a poll, a plurality of 52% approves of Biden with a net approval rating of 7 points while another plurality of 47% ...
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Could the U.S. Federal Reserve cancel the U.S. dollars held in foreign country's reserves?

Say the U.S. wanted to punish or disable some foreign power that had lots of U.S. dollar reserves. Don't those foreign power reserves sit on a ledger (or a Federal Reserve chartered bank's ledger) ...
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What led (or could have led) Mike Lindell to specify Aug 13 for a claimed Trump reinstatement?

I asked this on Skeptics, but it was closed there with the suggestion that I try here instead. It is being widely reported that My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell has claimed that Trump would be reinstated on ...
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Is there a definition of Genocide which includes economical reasons?

I'm not talking about international law because the term genocide precedes international law, but more from a philosophical point of view. I remember seeing somewhere a definition of genocide which ...
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Alien Perspective [closed]

Suppose this hypothetical. On January 1, 2021 we were visited and secretly observed by an alien life form that is far superior to us humans technically, socially, morally and politically. And that ...
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To what legislation is Sen. Hagerty referring “that threatens liability for … companies that do not … censor … speech.”?

In Americans, Not Government, Are the Arbiters of Truth, July, 29, 2021, by Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) for National Review, Hagerty complains that When the White House doesn’t like what Americans are ...
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Potential loophole allowing a 2 term president to serve infinite terms [duplicate]

Here is a situation where Congress can give the presidency to a 2 term president even after the states send their electors to Congress for someone else. The House of Representatives chooses the ...
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What if the Supreme Court ruled that they are unimpeachable? [closed]

Would Congress be bound by this allowing them to do whatever they want without any accountability or could Congress just override them and remove them from office?
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Under what jurisdiction is the ISS?

Under what jurisdiction is the ISS? If a crime is to be committed inside the International Space Station, under whose jurisdiction would the criminals be prosecuted? Is there a mechanism or ...
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What are the types of decisions of the Supreme Court that can be overruled by the U.S. Congress?

What are the types of decisions of the Supreme Court that can be overruled by Congress? In some countries, when the Supreme Court makes decision on any matter, it cannot be reversed by any lower ...
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Why hasn't the Supreme Court found the Hatch Act unconstitutional?

The Hatch Act is a law that was passed in 1939. It says that Cabinet employees as well as other non-presidential Executive Branch members cannot talk about candidate-specific issues among other things....
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What happens to the WTO if no director-general is elected?

According to CGTN News: The time frame for the election is yet to be decided – Azevedo has said he will leave on 31 August – but the WTO director-general is chosen by consensus by its 164 member ...
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Internet censorship of conspiracy theories only increase their number? [closed]

I don't think it helps much, as cases like, in 2011, Anders Behring Breivik killing more than 75 people in Norway for his conspiracy theories about feminism, "cultural Marxism" and Islam, ...
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How are the members of The External Audit Committee (EAC) of the IMF chosen or elected?

How are the members of The External Audit Committee (EAC) of the IMF chosen or elected? The External Audit Committee (EAC) has three members, all of whom are independent of the IMF and its Executive ...
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In the West, how has freedom been defined historically?

I stumbled upon this video earlier today. Here, starting at around 0:50, the Funky Academic claims that freedom used to be defined as having the ability to do your duty. Contrarily, again according to ...
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How can developing countries put their concerns on the IMF board's agenda or get their views taken into account during board discussions?

Contrarily to organizations such as the WTO, the power is skewed towards developed and major countries like China, which also have the most voting power. There seems to be a lack of effective ...
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Why do some companies encourage minority applicants? [closed]

(Modified version of a deleted post) Why do some companies encourage diversity, why is considering factors such as SES, race, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status important and what are the ...
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Is there a political basis to the ways press in different countries report olympic medal tallies? [closed]

Apologies if this is a bit of an odd question. At the time of writing, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are currently underway. Now, I am far from a big sportsperson – but sport to me in many ways seems ...
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What does “state of exception” mean?

Carl Schmitt argues that a country with the objective of maintaining a strong state capacity in a “state of exception” will aim to speed up the processes of democratic politics for decisive actions ...
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California Governor - Recall Election - Can you vote “no” and still pick a successor?

The explanation I have found so far for the upcoming recall election in CA is that there are two questions: Should Newsom be recalled? If so, who should replace him? (with Newsom himself NOT being ...
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What's the progress on making Washington DC a 51th state? [duplicate]

I've read much about efforts for making Washington DC a state. Now, it seems, that the House is passed, and we're waiting for Senate voting. Is there any information about planned dates of Senate ...
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Are there precedents for treaties which only come into force once approved by the legislature of the all involved nations?

As an example, the Paris Agreement was merely signed in as an Executive Order by President Obama and was never approved by Congress. As a result, President Trump was able to leave the Paris Agreement ...
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What is the symbology of this pin?

I found this recently among old belongings and can't remember when or where I received it. Very curious about its source but more importantly its symbology. Sorry if this is the wrong place, there's ...
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Could an individual who has served as president for two terms (8 years) be elected to the vice-presidency? [duplicate]

It's a simple enough question, I feel. Suppose Barrack Obama wanted to run as Joe Biden's running mate in a 2024 campaign. Is there any existing legal reason why he would not be allowed to do so?
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Is there anything judicial that can prevent Trump from taking part in the 2024 elections?

It seems that Donald Trump is already preparing for his 2024 campaign - especially after the Republican CPAC in Iowa. Is there anything judicial that could prevent him from running in the 2024 race?
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Is expanding the electorate a foolish strategy in American politics? [closed]

One part of Bernie Sanders' strategy to become the Democratic party's presidential candidate in 2020 was to appeal to groups that generally vote less than other groups. E.g. young people, low income ...
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Does the Chinese government give special treatment to ethnic minorities when it comes to general promotion and promotion into the Central Committee?

The Central Committee is composed of 205 members and 171 alternate members, 39 of which are ethnic minorities. I was wondering if the Chinese Communist Party was "fully" meritocratic or ...
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Why is Former President Trump criticized for leaving the Iran Deal and his 'Maximum Pressure' campaign?

(Inspired by another question which was closed and deleted as a push question.) According to the Financial Tribune: The US special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, said the maximum pressure campaign ...
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US succession to the president list: What is it and how long does it go?

In the US, I often hear that there is a list of people that can take power if everyone in front of them is dead or incapable of doing the job or resigns. Like if the President is ever out, then the VP ...
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A textbook of (the history of) political thought [migrated]

I am looking for a textbook or a book covering the history of political thought in Europe up to the current times. Could you recommend one that is readable for a lay person and offers a good ...
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Is it justified for one party to dominate in a panel that is commissioned to investigate a national matter? [closed]

The House Jan-6 investigation committee consists of 9 house representatives, 7 are Democrats, only two are Republicans. Note that the original plan called for 10 members with half from Democrats and ...
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Does arresting specific types of people for voting illegally discourage those types of people from voting?

There were instances where voters were arrested for voting illegally in the state of Texas. Many of these arrests involve black and other nonwhite Democratic voters according to reports. Texas found ...
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What are some examples of amicable inter-state border dispute resolution?

What are some examples of amicable inter-state border dispute resolution? By state, I mean a state as in US states like Texas, California, etc. Or, Assam, Mizoram in India. What comes in my mind are ...
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Why does the amount of stimulus checks depend on each person's income, not assets?

I read an article "A breakdown of the fiscal and monetary responses to the pandemic" and noticed most direct cash payments depended on each person's income, unemployment, or dependent family ...
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Are there any statistics on political beliefs/party by profession other than from the US? [closed]

I'm generally interested in some kind of statistics that are broken down into groups that are based on a type of work or education rather than just the level of education. I'm curious about ...
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Why isn't there more public housing in the United States?

According to my research, there are 139 million homes in the United States, and 1.3 million are owned by public housing authorities. It seems to me that more public housing could be possible solution ...
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What are the advantages of allowing a state to default on its debt?

Some countries like the U.S. does not permit a state to file for bankruptcy. My question is why some countries allow for a state to default on its debt, and what might be the advantages of doing so? ...
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Is there any sense in writing to a (US) Senator or Representative [closed]

In the US, is it at all worthwhile to write/call a Senator or Representative about a legislative issue? Is it likely to have any effect at all? I suspect it's a useless endeavor because of several ...
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If a King in a traditional European-style monarchy resigns in favor of his son (and is thus still part of the ruling family), what is his title?

The only instance I found in an admittedly quick internet search of a such an event was Edward VIII of England, but he was given the Dukedom of Windsor and became a Duke quickly after, and I couldn't ...
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What is the purpose of the House investigation of what happened at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6th 2021?

What is the overall purpose of the House investigation of the events that occurred at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021? Is this investigation being conducted to decide whether new Articles ...
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How it is determined, if some country is democratic? [closed]

It's interesting for me, how it is decided by western community. For example, we have country "A" (imagine, parliament republic), which holds elections. Note also, that it's not about "...
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What is the opinion of Irish nationalists on COVID-related border checks?

In Why is having border controls in Ireland so problematic for Irish nationalists? and What is the evidence that customs checks in Northern Ireland are going to result in violence? it was explained ...
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How to differ “angry mobs” from “fighters for freedom”? [closed]

I'm looking at those images and cannot understand how western correspondents (for example), differ "lawful use of force" from "unlawful use of force" (on the last image). 2020, US: ...
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Can the president decriminalize marijuana without congressional action?

I've heard this many times before, I assume it's true and can't find any rejection of it. However, asking here for a second opinion. The Attorney General serves at the "pleasure of president&...
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Is the current governance of the United States Capitol Police at odds with separation of powers doctrine?

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) appears to be a law enforcement agency and has been in the news since the capitol riot of January 6th, 2021. However, in recent events, the Capitol Police ...
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Why is Russia still welcome on the ISS despite geopolitical tensions?

Why is Russia still welcome on the International Space Station despite geopolitical tensions? According to Wikipedia: The Wolf Amendment is a law passed by the United States Congress in 2011 that ...
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Why are arbitrations of Investor-state dispute settlement sometimes carried out in secret?

Opponents of ISDS argue that arbitrations are sometimes carried out in secret by trade lawyers who do not enjoy the typical safeguards of judicial independence and procedural fairness, who earn income ...
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Is there any international reaction on police violence in France?

On those holidays another round of anti-Covid protests took place in France: Protests were suppressed rudely, with police violence and water cannons. Is there any reaction from international ...
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How can the director-general of the WTO influence matters of policy?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director-General_of_the_World_Trade_Organization The director-general of the World Trade Organization is the officer of the World Trade Organization (WTO) responsible ...

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