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Are the strikes against Yemen ordered by President Biden unconstitutional?

Is the military response to Yemen opted by President Biden without conferring with congress unconstitutional This argument has been made almost every time the U.S. has used military force without a ...
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Preprinting 19☐☐ year on UK postal vote envelopes

Yes, different envelopes are printed. This came up during the 2019 general election, with some social media posts claiming that this was a deliberate decision to suppress young voter turnout. The fact-...
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In simple words, how does UK's Conservative party manage to retain dominance?

By not splintering into new parties despite internal factions. In the UK the centre and left consists of four parties; Labour, SNP, LibDem and Greens. So it is common to see seats in the First Past ...
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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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How and why has the UK been arresting anti-monarchy protestors?

I think it's important to be clear that the police have not been arresting protestors "for being anti-monarchy in public". While calling for the abolition of the monarchy is technically ...
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If Boris Johnson returns as an MP, would he have to serve the 90-day suspension for lying to Parliament?

No, he would not. The report voted on by Parliament doesn't even recommend a 90-day suspension, it instead states that had Johnson not resigned that that would have been their recommendation. In the ...
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Who are the weird characters behind George Galloway in his Rochdale elections victory speech?

The man in the yellow and black striped tie, and a top hat with multiple pairs of glasses is Ravin Rodent Subortna, the Monster Raving Loony Party candidate. Behind the Reform party candidate is a man ...
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Boris Johnson Partygate Report: What are the possible consequences for Johnson?

Now that the recommendations of the report of the privileges committee have been adopted without amendment, Boris Johnson will receive the only sanction left available to the Commons now that he has ...
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In simple words, how does UK's Conservative party manage to retain dominance?

Another factor that's worth mentioning: there's a powerful right-wing press in the UK (The Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Express) which tends to support the Conservative government.
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When did a Prime Minister last miss two, consecutive Prime Minister's Questions?

The last occasion that a Prime Minister did not attend PMQs twice in a row was on the 22nd of April and the 29th of April 2020. On the 22nd, Johnson was recovering from coronavirus, and on the 29th, ...
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When was the last/prior time a former PM served in another (non-PM) position in the UK government?

The instance in the 1970s was when Alec Douglas-Home came back to serve as Foreign Secretary in the Heath ministry in 1970, just under six years after leaving the office of Prime Minister in 1964 ...
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What are the arguments for allowing MPs in the UK to work second jobs?

One important reason it is allowed is that it hasn't been forbidden. By default, things are legal. It would take some political action in order to change the law and unless that is mustered, the ...
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Why can't the UK water companies go bankrupt?

The basic fact about companies on the point of bankruptcy is that they are unable to pay their debts. The reason for this is simple and worth putting in bold: There is no more money. So what happens ...
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Why do you need to get court records transcribed to find out what was said?

The reason given by the government for not providing victims, or indeed the public at large, with audio/visual recordings of court proceedings, is that the knowledge that their actions in court will ...
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Why was an inscription commemorating Dresden's bomb deaths removed?

Removal of the inscription had been planned since 2019, but the city failed to inform about it being put into action now. An information stele near the bench that had been removed temporarily will be ...
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Who are the weird characters behind George Galloway in his Rochdale elections victory speech?

Based on similar lineups for victory speeches in other constituencies, these are most likely what the press calls 'joke candidates'. Similar lineup with more famous MPs (at the lectern) Boris Johnson ...
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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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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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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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Can the UK parliament just declare Rwanda a safe-country for asylum purposes?

Yes, it can. Parliament is sovereign in the UK, which means that the legislature is supreme over the executive and judicial branches. If parliament were to pass a bill which overruled the Supreme ...
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Do the US and the UK have the right to attack Houthis?

They have the right to use force in self-defence. Earlier the same day as the security council resolution, it was reported that warships from both countries [US and UK] repelled a barrage of 21 ...
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How can the ECtHR judgement on encryption be reconciled with the UK's Online Safety act?

A European Court of Human Rights judgment against another state doesn't legally oblige the UK to amend its law. European Convention on Human Rights Article 46.1 (my emphasis): The High Contracting ...
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In simple words, how does UK's Conservative party manage to retain dominance?

OK, so the first thing to know is that UK politics is all about waiting for the current party to mess up giving the other party a decade or so in power, until they too mess up and the cycle repeats ...
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What is Rishi Sunak's reasoning/incentive to talk of a hung parliament, rather than a Labour majority, right now?

Rishi Sunak's party performed badly in the local elections and is widely expected to do the same at a general election. He has to acknowledge this, but if he says "well, everyone, we're heading ...
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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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Has a party in the UK ever won parliament while losing the popular vote?

In 1951, the Conservatives took 321 seats with 13,717,851 votes while Labour took just 295 seats with 13,948,385 votes. That is, Labour had more votes but the Conservatives won more seats. It happened ...
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Why do you need to get court records transcribed to find out what was said?

Because courtrooms are not theatres or sound-stages. Sound recordings are a partial mechanisation of the stenographer/court reporter, where a person who is present in the milieu of the court takes ...
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Why can't the UK water companies go bankrupt?

They present two options There is a third option: Let the old water company go bankrupt and keep the service intact This is known as the "good bank, bad bank" solution, and it's a form of ...
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Why was the Workers Party of Britain not invited to the BBC Election Debate?

Although not particularly prominent, there have been some statements and publications on this topic: In this blog post by Jonathan Munro, the Deputy CEO of BBC News & Director of Journalism the ...
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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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