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Aside the White House press conference, can the U.S. government give other types of access to certain journalists and news organizations?

In November 2018, Jim Acosta had his press credentials revoked by the White House, thereby barring his access to the White House press conferences. CNN brought a lawsuit naming the president himself, ...
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How can one check whether tax money is being effectively used by the government for improving a nation?

Often people are critical of what they consider to be excessive taxation. Are there any measures to actually check if they are excessive? What are indicators to check as to whether government is ...
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Why is the US listed as a "flawed democracy" in the Democracy Index?

I was reading Wikipedia's Democracy Index and it shows the United States as a "Flawed Democracy". Reading in more detail, the article points out that the US has low scores in "...
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What is the equivalent of the "President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition" in other G20 countries such as China?

The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN) is a federal advisory committee that aims to promote healthy eating and physical activity for all Americans, regardless of background ...
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What can NGOs do to insure they're completely independent, or lessen the influence of government actors?

They have been accused of being designed by, and used as extensions of, the foreign-policy instruments of some Western countries and groups of countries.[95][96] Russian president Vladimir Putin made ...
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Where is information stored, that shouldn't nessecarily be stored in law but still needed in government [closed]

A law is defined as: the system of rules which a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and which it may enforce by the imposition of penalties. Where ...
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Why governments are against "producing" people in artificial wombs? [closed]

Many countries and regions have demographic problems, including all of Eastern Europe, Germany, Russia, and Japan. The reason - low birthrates and/or emigration to more developed countries. So ...
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Can the Swedish government dissolve the parliament while serving as caretaker government?

I was reading about the 2018-2019 Swedish government crisis and something caught my interest. The short story is that after the 2018 general election, the Swedish parliament took almsot 4 months to ...
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Have any governments been formed using a corporation as a "template" for its structure? [duplicate]

In the USA, a corporation will often have a board of directors, C-Suite officers, bylaws, shareholders, profit/loss statements, etc. I'm curious if any governments* in the last few centuries have ...
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How would I find Ancestry/Ethnicity data by state on Census.gov?

I am trying to find out, on a state-by-state (city/county as well, if possible) basis, what the population makeup is based on ancestry/ethnicity (i.e. Polish). For example, "what percentage of ...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

The US government is drowning in lobbyist that undermine the democratic power of the people in favor of wealthy corporations/oligarchs. My question is: are there any significantly successful policies ...
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How much revenue do governments generate from fines, penalties, etc.?

Recently, I got a fine from the Dutch government for forgetting to pay my taxes on time. I wonder how much revenue governments generate through fines of various sorts, like speeding tickets or ...
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What are the possible solutions for a "stupid people in large numbers" situation in a democracy? [closed]

Context It's said that "Democracy counts the heads but doesn't weigh the brains". I think there's a book with that title but I didn't read it. So, what if the less intelligent people ...
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Which organization is responsible for investigating allegations of systemic discrimination within the EHRC?

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is a public body, funded by the British government, which is responsible for promoting and enforcing equality and non-discrimination laws in England, ...
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Who is the acting Minister of Defence of Russia?

The Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu has apparently had some health mishaps and hasn't been able to work for a month or more by now. In my country at the beginning of any absences of ...
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Are all countries nation states?

Why are most countries nations, even when they have multiple ethnic groups with national aspirations ? For e.g. Russia. I believe as Pierre Elliot Trudeau did, the nation must not be the basis of the ...
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Has any recent academic research been done on the comparative performance of FOIA response speeds by different European governments?

Recently, I took part in a large, international investigative journalistic project on dumps of oily waste water by ships. In that context, I did a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to the ...
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From where does the term "economy in government" originate?

Former US Senator and Virginia Governor Harry F. Byrd Sr. (Dem) once said "I stand for strict economy in governmental affairs". Is this a well known phrase? From where does it originate?
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Does the new Taliban government in Afghanistan still not recognize the Duran line? Do they propose any other well-defined border with Pakistan?

This answer to Have cross-border terrorist attacks in Pakistan declined or stayed the same after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan? mentions the Duran line and the Afghanistan's government lack of ...
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What is the biggest monarchy where the monarch has real power in modern day?

The best known monarchy is no doubt the various Commonwealth realms ruled over by Queen Elizabeth. However, she is generally seen as mostly a figurehead, with elected officials being the ones that do ...
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Is Vladimir Putin surrounded by yes-men?

Context In general, authoritarian leaders who have been in power for a long time are at risk of being misinformed: their advisors may be tempted to hide the bad news by fear of being blamed for them, ...
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Why is the government formed around a representative people party and not around a problems/improvements priority system?

Why isn't there a government system that uses the majority voting system against problems/ideas that need to be addressed within a society, e.g. having referendums on every vote. The point of this is ...
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What theory of organizational design incentivizes participants to improve performance?

Is there any theory of designing government departments so they are automatically incentivized to maximize ratings in certain metrics, including satisfaction by people receiving those services (like ...
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Why are there so few democratic governments with multiple rulers?

What I mean is most governments with multiple rulers are tribal communities, dictatorships, and monarchic coalitions. Governments with multiple rulers are duumvirates/diarchies, triumvirates/...
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Is (and why is) the original theory of socialism/communism of Karl Marx very unlikely to become the theoretical foundation of any democratic regime?

Nowadays it seems that many young people are embracing Marxism (or some sort of illusion of it. As Obie 2.0 commented below, many of them probably don't really know what the original Marxism really is)...
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Why are term limits more lax in the legislature? [closed]

While many democratic countries impose term limits on their heads of government, legislative members usually enjoy much more lax rules, and often there is simply no term limit at all for ...
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Does public spending involving religious organizations (i.e. the Church) follow the same transparency rules as for other public spending?

Several months ago, a Romanian NGO's investigation (Recorder - The Clan of the Great White) revealed that the public spending involving the Romanian Orthodox Church seems to be very opaque. I am ...
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What does it mean to have a "functioning democratic political system based on a market economy"?

The NATO fact sheet linked in this answer states that one prerequisite for joining NATO is a functioning democratic political system based on a market economy What does that mean? A democracy "...
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Why don't some governments trust people when they tell them they live at a particular address?

Example: I am a Slovak National living in Austria. I would like to have a Slovak ID card to ease certain chores. The application form for the Slovak ID card asks me, among other things, my address. ...
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Who wrote that the role of a government is to protect from foreign threats, promote trade, and provide for those that cannot provide for themselves?

Who wrote that the role of a government is to protect from foreign threats, promote trade, and provide for those that cannot provide for themselves (physically or cognitively impaired)? The ...
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Would capitalism function or exist if corporations were required to be democracies? [closed]

Nominations to the board Nominations would be done via multiple nominating committees that are affiliated with the nominating commission (electoral commission). The committees would be different ...
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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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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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How do the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Armed Forces differ in their authority from the powers held by the President?

I know that France is a semi-presidential system where the head of government (Prime Minister) is separate from the head of state (President of the Republic). Now, some brief reading on wikipedia's ...
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Why has the UK Government moved away from "Ministry of..." names?

Traditionally, UK Government departments were named "Ministry of [blar]". For example, Ministry of Transport Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Ministry of Education In recent ...
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Any active wikidemocracy projects post-2019?

I have been reading about this form of electronic democracy called wikidemocracy. The article on wikipedia talks about attempts to implement Wikidemocracy in 2011, but it doesn't mention any modern ...
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Are there any surveys on how citizens of Afghanistan outside of Kabul perceive the concept of government?

As an example, in the Middle Ages the concept of "government" in Europe was fuzzy at best. Most people worked the fields and primarily cared about who's the local landowner, rather than ...
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Does the U.S. military have the means to spend a lot more than the allotted budget for the military?

Does the U.S. military have the means to spend a lot more than the allotted budget for the military? A black budget or covert appropriation is a government budget that is allocated for classified or ...
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Why did the U.S. government lower the funding of the IRS?

Also needed: better tax enforcement through restored and increased funding of the IRS. An expert review of data released by the Congressional Budget Office and the Treasury Department indicates that ...
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Why aren't any countries trying to create a neo-democracy/ alternate system of government? [closed]

I have been stewing over a question for the past few days: Why haven't people come up with a new form of governance that is much better than democracy and eliminates the current intrinsic faults with ...
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Is there any reference which tells media/government of Pakistan or India don't show actual facts whenever there are ceasefire violations on LOC? [closed]

Every time I read any Indian newspaper or online news about ceasefire violation on LOC (Line of Control), I read "Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and Indian troops responded accordingly&...
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Which country has the most cabinet ministers with PhDs?

I would be happy to know which country has the maximum number of ministers with PhD degrees. I ask this question because I was reading about the new ministers appointed by the Modi government. Looks ...
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Why do identification documents have expiration dates?

I noticed that quite a lot of countries enforce expiration dates for their IDs, and according to Wikipedia, they seem to be valid for 10 years in many countries. I figure that limiting the validity of ...
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Can the president challenge the Supreme Court ruling so that it doesn't have to roll back actions that are deemed invalid until the next president?

Can the president challenge the Supreme Court ruling so that it doesn't have to roll back actions that are deemed invalid until the next president? Because of a legal technicality called the unitary ...
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Is it true that in Paradise, Nevada the services for streets, sewer, security and energy supply are private?

In Paradise, Nevada, The Clark County Commission is the governmental organization that governs and runs Clark County, providing services. Paradise is an unincorporated area. I heard that the services ...
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How was a government formed in Israel with only 60 supporting votes, rather than 61?

It was long communicated that at least 61 votes are required for the confirmation of the Israeli government. In the end, it appears that 60 votes were sufficient - according to the BBC: "The new ...
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UK Government's contract award ruled illegal. What are the consequences?

As widely reported (e.g. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-57413115) the UK Government was found to have acted illegally in awarding a contract to associates of Michael Gove (the minister who ...
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What are general benefits and disadvantages for political leaders to be honest with their people?

This is quite a broad question since obviously there are many different political systems and ways of governing around the world. But I would like to boil it down to some standard concepts of ...
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What would be the benefit to have more Supreme Court Justices? [closed]

One thing Joe Biden has mentioned was adding more seat to the Supreme Court. Why would he suggest this? How would it benefit the Court? Originally in 1789, there were six total justices (one Chief ...
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Are we going to have to pay back the government for the stimulus checks?

I've heard stories about the stimulus checks that the government is giving to the US people. I've heard that sometime in the future, the US citizens are going to have to pay the government back for ...
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