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Why doesn't the UK government end "bona vacantia"?

Property with no other successor has to go somewhere. The amount of property at issue is modest. It is about $7.5 million USD a year (in an economy with a GDP of $3,131,000 million USD a year), which ...
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Who is the U.S. official with the highest position within the U.S. government who has dual citizenship?

"Highest position" is somewhat arbitrary (is the Speaker of the House higher ranking than the Attorney General?) so I'll go by the presidential line of succession. Secretary of Energy ...
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How did the Colorado Supreme Court justify extending Section 3 of 14th amendment to the presidency? How did the minority opinion argue against this?

This is answered at paragraphs 129–59. It is summarized simply at para. 158: “[t]he simplest and most obvious interpretation of a Constitution, if in itself sensible, is the most likely to be that ...
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Can campaign promises be enforced by a contract, or has it ever happened they were?

Is it possible a politician, or has it ever happened a politician run under certain campaign promises, whatever they are (lower taxes, raise pensions, or whatever from whatever political spectrum), ...
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Why is Trump's FEC filing case different from Hillary Clinton's?

Just on a general level, I think you've answered your own question. The Clinton campaign could have been in complete compliance with FEC rules simply by changing the filing status. They had no ...
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Can the U.S. do anything to block China's ability to block merger deals?

International relations theory says that states are sovereign and that trade is a privilege, not a right. That derives from the concept of Westphalian Sovereignty. The states' sovereignty is somewhat ...
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In the US, are there laws that discriminate against men the same way as in other countries?

In principle, the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution "mandates that individuals in similar situations be treated equally by the law" (Wikipedia's phrasing, ...
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Why do many liberal countries criminalize polygamy?

Old laws change when there is a call for it This line of questioning "Why to liberal countries criminalise X" should take into account when that law was put in place and whether the ...
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Why does the EU find the foreign agent law in Georgia against their values?

There is quite a practice worldwide to name a law in a way only partially related to its content. The law has only little to do with the foreign influence. It is about the domestic opposition. https://...
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Alaska mayor offers homeless free flight to Los Angeles, but is Los Angeles (or any city in California) allowed to reject them?

Q: So by the Constitution or any law in the U.S., can Los Angeles (or any city in California) refuse to take homeless sent from other states? No. Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1 Right to Travel and ...
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Why do many liberal countries criminalize polygamy?

Stability of the society When a high-status man takes two wives, a lower-status man gets no wife. Those men, denied access to life's most stabilizing and civilizing institution, are unfairly ...
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Why doesn't the UK government end "bona vacantia"?

Forming laws against the Monarch is politically dicey. So, the UK is weird. Officially, parliament advises the monarch, as head of state, to sign the bill put in front of them, at which point it ...
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How did the Colorado Supreme Court justify extending Section 3 of 14th amendment to the presidency? How did the minority opinion argue against this?

How did the Colorado Supreme Court justify extending Section 3 of 14th amendment to the presidency? How did the minority opinion argue against this? This answer looks at the majority opinion of the ...
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Why does the EU find the foreign agent law in Georgia against their values?

Because the current politicial situation in Georgia is that the law is about the Western (EU, UK, USA) agents and their organizations. No one wants that his costly built up "soft power" ...
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Why do many liberal countries criminalize polygamy?

Two reasons spring to mind: Most (ostensibly) liberal countries are Western: European or colonized by European settlers. That means they were all (at some point) strongly steeped in one of the ...
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In the US, are there laws that discriminate against men the same way as in other countries?

Under federal law, all male (based on birth gender) citizens and immigrants between 18-25 are required to register with the Selective Service System (i.e., the draft). Failure to register can result ...
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Is there any Western country that may confiscate all personal property as criminal punishment to white collar crimes?

In 2023, there was a law in Israel, that a foreign worker who remains in Israel 6 months after his/her visa expires, may lose all his/her pension savings. This is of course not the same as ...
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Why does the EU find the foreign agent law in Georgia against their values?

Because it restricts freedom of association and equates foreign funding with being an agent controlled by a foreign power. The Georgian draft bill is very similar to Russia's 2022 law that was ruled ...
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What actually stops someone from running for public office in the US after agreeing not to do so?

This is a bit like asking "what would happen if someone takes a plea deal to go to prison for x years and then just doesn't go?" Plea bargains don't include any voluntary agreements to do or ...
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Which countries have jurisdiction to investigate the explosion of the Nord Stream pipelines?

Any country can investigate anything it wants to investigate, at a minimum, to determine if its laws allow it to do anything about what is being investigated. "Investigation" is a very broad ...
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For countries without written constitutions, what power does the judiciary have to control laws passed by government?

united-kingdom The Courts do not have the right to strike down laws. The central principle of the constitution is that Parliament is supreme and can pass any law. However the Human Rights Act does ...
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Which "Bar" eviscerated US District Judge Aileen Cannon after granting the special master review of documents?

As you have found "The bar" (in a US context) means "The legal profession, as an institution", sometimes (as here) in contrast to "the bench" = the judiciary. The line ...
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Why doesn't the UK government end "bona vacantia"?

A point not mentioned in the other answers is that this only applies to parts of England - the territories which once formed the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall. So as well as the limited political ...
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Is there any Western country that may confiscate all personal property as criminal punishment to white collar crimes?

germany Criminal punishments may be fines, suspended prison sentences, or prison sentences. Unlike misdemeanor fines e.g. for traffic offenses, a criminal fine consists of two decisions by the court: ...
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Do a majority of European countries accept LGBTI+ asylum seekers?

A qualified 'yes.' The EU countries in principle accept persecution because of sexual identity as a reason for asylum (EU directive, article 10 section 1 d). Not all of them are enthusiastic about it, ...
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Can campaign promises be enforced by a contract, or has it ever happened they were?

germany That would be unconstitutional. The people elect legislators who elect a government, and §38 GG says that legislators are only subject to their conscience. That's the theory. In practice, ...
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Is former president Trump "out on bail" as Chris Christie asserts? If so, were campaign funds used?

Trump was released on his own recognizance in the documents case, and released on bond in the Jan 6 case. Bond means that Trump signed a document promising to return to court, which may or may not ...
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Why do many liberal countries criminalize polygamy?

A partial answer is that, in the US, much of the support for bigamy laws came from opposition to child marriage. The biggest examples of bigamy in the US has been FLDS members - that is fundamentalist ...
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