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Can somebody explain Brexit in a few child-proof sentences?

The EU is like a club that countries can join. The club has rules, one of which is called Article 50 and was written by a British guy. Article 50 says how countries can leave the club, and that it ...
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Why are people protesting against Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett?

There are a number of reasons why people oppose Barrett, among them: Her stances on political issues: There is a fear that the bodily autonomy of women is under attack (see her stance on Roe v. Wade),...
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What events led to the 2020 North East Delhi riots?

A bit of background is necessary. Recently India passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). It allows only non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to get citizenship ...
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Why do many countries ban the sale of one's own blood?

Many countries are seeking to move to a system of 100% voluntary (unpaid) blood donations, and many others already have; according to the World Health Organization's Global Status Report on Blood ...
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What are the objections to Mitch McConnell's COVID-19 Bill?

For two thoughtful critiques, see e.g. Stop the coronavirus corporate coup by Matt Stoller, or, from around when the bill had just emerged, this interview of AOC and Stephany Kelton. To raise but one ...
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When did the US start separating illegal immigrants from their children and what is this policy called?

This practice has been going on for decades - if a child's parents are criminally prosecuted and held in federal prison awaiting trial, then family separation must occur as a consequence as children ...
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What are the implications of the EARN IT Act?

The proposed argument for this bill is that it will help to cut down on crimes, specifically sexual child abuse. Presently, end to end encryption provides a near impenetrable means for anyone (...
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What are the implications of the EARN IT Act?

Background The heart of the issue here is Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was not part of the original Senate legislation, but was ...
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Why are people protesting against Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett?

There are several major reasons why various people would oppose her nomination. I'm afraid that no quantitative survey data available, but off the top of the recent news: The procedure. Republicans ...
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Can somebody explain Brexit in a few child-proof sentences?

Imagine two teenage siblings who don't want to live with their parents anymore. They hate all the rules they have to follow in their house. (1) What exactly does leaving the EU entail? Just writing ...
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What are the objections to Pelosi's COVID-19 Bill?

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise has given a press release which outlines the objections of Republicans to the bill, calling it a wishlist of "insane far-left policies". The objections in ...
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What are the objections to Mitch McConnell's COVID-19 Bill?

The New York Times published a critique today, "The Coronavirus Bailout Stalled. And It’s Mitch McConnell’s Fault." Its critique is mainly that all the money goes to businesses, with no provisions ...
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What are the implications of Hungary's emergency coronavirus bill?

The implications seem to be indefinite near-dictatorship for so long as Viktor Orbán chooses. For those who are interested, an (unofficial, I believe) English translation of the bill can be found ...
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What are the conclusions of the leaked Labour antisemitism report?

You can read (all 850 pages) yourself! The conclusions as stated in the report are: Labour party structures were not equipped to deal with [anti-semitism] An abnormal intensity of factional ...
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What is Antifa?

Yes, the Antifa - short for the German Antifaschistische Aktion - is an anti-fascist movement consisting mostly of young people, which may or may not use violence in their resistance to fascism. ...
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What events led to the 2020 North East Delhi riots?

The Citizenship Act of 2019 gives refugees who have fled persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan a path to Indian citizenship, but it only applies to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, ...
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Why are people protesting against Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett?

The real answer to why there are protests is "because she's being appointed by a President of the opposite party of the people who are protesting." This happens pretty much every time anyone ...
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Why do many countries ban the sale of one's own blood?

The other answers were about general problems with having a market for blood, but the specific context of your question adds even more problems. If viral antibodies being present in blood elevates its ...
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Can somebody explain Brexit in a few child-proof sentences?

This is really broad, and quite a bit longer than just a sentence or two, but in language a 10 year old might understand: Oversimplified short version Liars and frauds told UK voters they'd get ...
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Why do many countries ban the sale of one's own blood?

In my country (Bulgaria), paid blood donorship is forbidden. What the donor gets is a pack of food/drinks/snacks and 2 paid days off (days off are at the expense of the employer, as the law is from ...
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What are the objections to Mitch McConnell's COVID-19 Bill?

In addition to the reasons listed in the other answers: Hopes for quick coronavirus stimulus deal break down A Democratic aide said that the small business provision was drafted to exclude non-...
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Can somebody explain Brexit in a few child-proof sentences?

Imagine you are a member of the local tennis club. You can play tennis for free all the time, but you have to follow the rules of the club. Now you don't like the rules any more, so you decide to ...
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Can somebody explain Brexit in a few child-proof sentences?

The EU is not just about tariffs, it's a whole legal framework. It details what products can be sold and how, how farming and fishing is carried out, how truck and plane companies can operate ...
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Why is a second Scottish referendum proposed?

The 2014 independence referendum was accepted as being a once in a generation referendum, unless there was a "material change of circumstances". The SNP is arguing that Brexit amounts to a ...
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What happened in the Hunter Biden's laptop controversy?

It has been difficult to continue to drum up outrage on a subject that does not have much by way of new reporting. What we currently know is that the laptop in question was brought to John Paul Mac ...
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What are the implications of the EARN IT Act?

NegativeFriction laid out the arguments for & against the act, so I'll focus on the implications. Stewart Baker lays this out fairly well, but severely downplays the impact. The main point is ...
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What is Antifa?

Antifa represents the far-left political movement, mainly consisting of anarchists. The word "Antifa" stands for anti-fascist and its roots can be traced back to Nazi Germany and Anti-Fascist Action ...
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Why are people protesting against Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett?

The main reason that she in particular is being protested - beyond her views (which, while opposed to the protesters' views of course, are not particularly interesting or extreme for a Republican), ...
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