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Why is it a bad idea to hire a hitman to eliminate most corrupt politicians?
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Basically because your idea (assassination of corrupt politician) undermines rather than reinforces the rule of law. Usually the definition of corruption includes some kind of illegal activity. ...

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Have any other US presidents used that tiny table?
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That's known as a "signing table". Trump himself has used it before in 2017, and even joked about it himself. Or at least the audience laughed at his comments. While the seal seems to be a ...

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, why is it claimed that the US President is making a trade-off of human lives for the economy?
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I can't speak for Rebecca's judgement in interpreting those words of Trump, but for instance a NYT article says: “Our people want to return to work,” Mr. Trump declared Tuesday on Twitter, adding, “...

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Why does US tend to have rather old leaders (> 60) while more and more European countries have young ones (<40)?
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I'm not terribly sure that leaving outliers aside (both Trump and Macron are such) there's that much of a difference, historically, between the major European countries and the US. The Economist ran a ...

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Why does US confirm conducting strikes such as the one that targeted Qassem Soleimani?
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The point of publicizing the action is to make it act as a deterrent for others. The modern version of gunboat diplomacy: The results indicate that the most effective gunboat diplomacy involves a ...

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What are the arguments in favour of Brexit?
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In decreasing order of certainty: If you work (or intend to work) in a field dealing with border/customs/phytosanitary etc., Brexit may have new job opportunities. If your job/income was somehow ...

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Why is Trump dubbing COVID-19 as the "Chinese virus" considered offensive, while many past epidemics have had similar naming schemes?
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If you want official criticism from the WHO of what Trump did/said: [Question:] Dr Tedros mentioned the importance of international unity on this and I just wondered whether anyone there at WHO ...

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Why do European cities have so many homeless and beggars despite its high-tax welfare system?
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The (homeless) beggars are likely to congregate where they are most visible and likely to be successful at begging. Their visibility to tourists probably depends more on how willing the police is ...

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Has any of the US federal armed forces acted violently against civil movements / protesters?
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Yes basically, even ignoring the Civil War etc., the Ohio Army National Guard shot and killed some students during the Kent State shootings in 1970. Twenty-eight National Guard soldiers fired ...

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Is Communism intrinsically authoritarian?
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It depends what you mean by communism. If you mean what the Soviet-bloc states ended up like then, yes, all historical examples of this communism were pretty authoritarian. If you want indulge the [...

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Why is the United States voluntarily funding the World Health Organization 60 times more than China?
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Partial frame challenge if you like. Fox News has chosen an interesting year to highlight. As you can see, US voluntary contributions have varied a lot; only $112 million in 2011 (and similar in 2014) ...

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Why is the fact that Ukraine President Zelenskiy publicly stated that Trump didn't pressure him whatsoever being ignored?
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Given how Zelensky was willing to agree with everything that Trump was saying in that conversation, it shouldn't be too surprising that Zelenskiy agreeing with Trump in public too doesn't seem ...

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Why allow convicted criminals to vote?
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Here are some actual arguments given in cases around the world, extracted from a paper focusing on the Irish case: Israel: after Yigal Amir assassinated Rabin, there was a court case asking for Amir'...

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Why did postal voting favour Joe Biden so much?
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I think the other answers are correct in that both of these are factors: Trump and some of the Republican leadership (repeatedly) slamming postal voting Republicans being less afraid of Covid-19 and ...

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Have Georgia election officials offered an explanation for the alleged "smoking gun" at the State Farm Arena?
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While not exactly discussing the video and the the allegation of "suitcases of ballots", the topic of "secret counting" at the State Farm Arena was actually discussed by election ...

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Is the proposal to create a US Space Force being taken seriously?
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The administration is taking it seriously, but so far has had trouble getting the funds for it as well as fully convincing the Pentagon that a 6th force, separate from the Air Force, is really needed. ...

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Is the US unusually prone to walking away from signed treaties/accords?
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I only have an indirect argument: The US is part of far more treaties than any other country (7,181 bilateral treaties; the next most active nation is France with 3,707 bilateral treaties). Somewhat ...

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Why would the Senate adopt such tiring impeachment trial rules?
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Because Senate leadership [which largely shapes these rules] sees the trial's outcome as a forgone conclusion “I’m not an impartial juror. This is a political process,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

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Why did Israel vote against lifting the American embargo on Cuba?
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I'm not even sure in what year that vote you mention was taken, because it's a UN tradition by now The UN General Assembly has, since 1992, passed a resolution every year condemning the ongoing ...

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Why don't countries revoke an IS fighter's citizenship arguing they have become citizens of IS?
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Because recognizing another entity as a country entails admitting it's legally entitled to hold some territory. So the next question would have been: what territory is ISIS legally entitled to hold/...

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Why must Chinese maps be obfuscated?
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Just to clarify, this isn't at all like the GPS Selective Availability case where bits were unavailable unless you knew the key. The Chinese don't have their own GPS satellites (duh) setting these ...

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Why do so many Russians approve of Joseph Stalin's regime?
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I'm not sure there's anything more than expert opinion as an answer: Levada sociologist Karina Pipiya told BBC Russian: "There is growing nostalgia for the Soviet period and Stalin as a leader. ...

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Why has Donald Trump's popularity remained so stable over a rather long period of time?
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It's actually surprisingly hard to find surveys that also ask the "why" question of the supporters. I did find one on-line survey by "SurveyMonkey", although I'm not sure of its ...

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Why isn't the CDU / FDP / AFD a viable coalition government in Germany (2021)?
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There is a "firewall" against the AfD in the German parliament and the CDU is a big part of it. Laschet in particular has vowed to uphold it. In practical terms of recent relevance, the AfD ...

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Is President-elect Biden the first to create an "Office of the President-Elect" set?
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According to Wikipedia: Office of the President-Elect logos first began to be used by the Obama transition team in 2008 And Trump apparently also used one (same source): N.B. while that logo lacks ...

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Could a US political party gain complete control over the government by removing checks & balances?
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Institutions and constitutional arrangements are important as they provide a buffer against temporary excesses, but the ultimate check is civil society, really. Otherwise look at Hungary, Turkey, etc. ...

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Is Iran considered a democracy by the Western world?
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It's difficult to answer this in a comprehensive fashion, but generally I think the answer is (a qualified) 'no'. E.g. Freedom House: The Islamic Republic of Iran holds elections regularly, but they ...

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Can only rich people become president of the US?
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To the extent that one needs prior fame to become president, and since fame brings money in the modern world, be it through books or speaker fees, the answer is that it's unlikely a pauper could ...

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Why are Democrats mostly focused on increasing healthcare spending, rarely mentioning any proposals for decreasing the costs of healthcare services?
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Your question seems to be equivalent to: why don't Democrats start acting like (small-government) Republicans when it comes to healthcare? Because that's not their idea of healthcare, or rather it's ...

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Why are Kinder Surprise Eggs illegal in the USA?
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Note that the manufacturer has worked around this ban by introducing the Kinder Joy It has plastic egg-shaped packaging that splits into two, one half contains layers of cocoa and milk cream and the ...

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