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Why is the French Minister of Education's son accused of bypassing the national higher studies selection system by making a single choice of school?

How is the system supposed to work? In their last year of high school, students are supposed to make a number of "wishes", wishes being for a particular course at a particular school. Based ...
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Private schedules of Donald Trump: What does "RON" in diary stand for?

Apparently that's a common (in government/Washington DC, anyway) scheduling acronym which stands for "remain overnight." The globe-trotting secretary of state and globe-trotting former president ...
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What is the US 'Deep State' and what evidence is there for it?

The general claim that I have seen is not that there is an organization that calls itself the deep state but that there are a bunch of people that have a particular set of views that dominate the ...
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Why is the French Minister of Education's son accused of bypassing the national higher studies selection system by making a single choice of school?

There is an implication that the son's admission could have been due to the utilization of corrupt influence by the parent who has legal authority to some extent over the school, to get him favorable ...
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Why is the French Minister of Education's son accused of bypassing the national higher studies selection system by making a single choice of school?

The precise explanation is that Stanislas had been encouraging their students to bypass the system for some time. This was against the rules of the ParcoursSup national system, in which students are ...
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What proportion of unemployment benefit spending actually goes to the unemployed?

The answer by RickSmith correctly points out that the federal appropriations that cover most of the administrative costs of unemployment insurance have been around $2.5-2.6 billion in recent years. ...
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Why is the French Minister of Education's son accused of bypassing the national higher studies selection system by making a single choice of school?

It seems to be not so much a case of corruption, but of collusion between the school and the students: Collusion is a deceitful agreement or secret cooperation between two or more parties to limit ...
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Is the CDC Director really below the former Ambassadors to Palau?

Yes. Category is 42b is the best fit. The Center for Disease Control is an office or agency within an executive branch department, specifically the Department of Health and Human Services within the ...
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How does India's BJP maintain party discipline over 180 million party members?

maintain party discipline over 180 million party members Why would there be a need to "control" the rank and file members, which is what most of those 180M people are? People should be ...
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Could federal agencies be physically moved out of Washington DC?

Yes, this could be done legally. Indeed, every now and then, headquarters of government agencies one level below that of a cabinet agency are relocated. For example, the creation of the "Space ...
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Could federal agencies be physically moved out of Washington DC?

The pedant in me feels the need to note that not only is it possible for a cabinet-level department to not be headquartered in Washington D.C., it is currently the case. The Department of Defense is ...
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Is anyone held accountable when the Pentagon fails its audit?

Is anyone held accountable when the Pentagon fails its audit? Sometimes. If the DOD fails an audit, this could be one factor among others to suspend, fire, fail to promote, or reassign a civil ...
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Where is information stored, that shouldn't nessecarily be stored in law but still needed in government

Government agencies generate vast amounts of documentation in support of their missions in what are called "public records." Laws and regulations aren't primarily places to store information....
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What proportion of unemployment benefit spending actually goes to the unemployed?

GDP (2016): 18.71 trillion USD Public unemployment spending as a percent of GDP (2016): 0.19% Total unemployment spending (2016): 18710 billion * 0.0019 = 35.549 billion Percent administrative ...
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What is the US 'Deep State' and what evidence is there for it?

There's something quite mundane and obvious that could be called "deep state", which is simply all of the federal government's permanent bureaucracy, which is quite large. These people tend ...
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How does India's BJP maintain party discipline over 180 million party members?

I don't how many of the people involved in this discussion are actually from India, but I am from India, rural India to be specific and I have seen many political party's membership rollouts in person....
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What is the US 'Deep State' and what evidence is there for it?

Regarding question #2, on the nature of available evidence indicating the presence of powerful shadowy cabals, and how they might best maintain their mysteries. Preventing testimony against ...
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What are the negative consequences of stricter opioid prescription policies?

Here's an argument as to how an insufficiently cautious prescription reduction law might do harm... Suppose loyal Perdue Pharma booster Dr. X was a true believer and prescribed 500mg a day of opioid ...
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Why does Broward County FL need to apply a voter fraud law around handling of provisional ballots?

Controversy of voting fraud law relates to the actions of election officers in processing the ballots, not the individual voter cited in the article originally linked to the question. Contrary to ...
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What are the negative consequences of stricter opioid prescription policies?

It is not clear how the reference to a heroin epidemic is related to “cracking down” on doctors who prescribe opioids other than heroin being classified as an opioid. Are there any ...
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Governments can organize themselves into a few bodies, or into many (ministries, agencies, etc.) What are the relative advantages and disadvantage?

I would consider the simple comparison of the number of "top level" ministries utterly pointless. Countries have different types of federal structures. A state within a country, or a ...
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Could federal agencies be physically moved out of Washington DC?

There is no current legal barrier to it. However, this topic is a subject of a partisan debate. Republicans favor spreading Federal workers as much as possible throughout the country Democrats favor ...
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Governments can organize themselves into a few bodies, or into many (ministries, agencies, etc.) What are the relative advantages and disadvantage?

In parliamentary systems of government, Ministry refers to a Cabinet Level division of Government who's head will be an elected minister who will be responsible for that department before legislative ...
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