Michael Broughton
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"Terrorism has no religion." Why don't Moderate Muslims restrain their Radical counterparts?
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You say these things don't happen when they do. Case in point, the notorious Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (9/11 mastermind and behind Daniel Pearl's execution) who WAS jailed in Egypt early in his life, had ...

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How do I know that my vote was counted?
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It is impossible to have a secret ballot AND traceability of the actual votes. At a certain point you have to trust that the system for counting ballots cast is secure or get involved in that process ...

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Could a country assimilate another country in a democratic way?
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Short answer: Yes. the example that most closely matches your question being the independant Dominion of Newfoundland holding referendums in 1948 and 1949 to chose between several options. The first ...

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Can a US official be charged and tried in court without first being impeached?
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Governor Rod Blagojevich was charged and released on bail prior to being impeached and things going to trial. Holding office does not grant immunity, nor does impeachment automatically imply removal ...

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Why did Senator Rand Paul speak for ten hours on 20th May 2015 and why did he stop before midnight?
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Doing a marathon speech shows your resolve on the subject. Not keeping the Senate from doing their work means you're not going to get labelled an obstructionist and part of the problem why things don'...

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Why aren't desertic areas international like international waters?
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You are aware the Beduin have always spent significant time in the desert so it was never truly uninhabited? That trade routes ran through the desert and so oasis ownership became important? You'd ...

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Why governments choose mega projects in developing countries?
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A mega project is a single, discrete item that can be a showpiece for success in the next election. It also has the advantage of possibly costing far less than extra funding for health care / ...

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What happens if the US Speaker of the House resigns, and the House doesn't elect a replacement?
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The election of a new speaker is the first order of business of a new sitting of the house, or on the death or resignation of the existing speaker - so yes, the house will be hamstrung until a new ...

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Is the UN a tool of US foreign aims?
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If the UN existed to serve US foreign aims, then why do they have to waste so much time doing things like vetoing sanctions against Israel, and why then refuse to sign onto International bodies and ...

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Is Scotland a country?
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Yes it is a country, as is England, both of which are members of the United Kingdom due to a shared Sovereign. Indeed, the sovereign sits on the Stone of Scone, the throne of the ruler of Scotland, ...

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Is the US still at war with North Korea although it donates aid?
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Technically the US congress never declared war on North Korea, but rather led a UN peacekeeping effort in the region that was never resolved with a signed treaty. So the War, as it exists, is between ...

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What is the political motivation that makes US never invade Canada?
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I'm fascinated by the notion that the costs an invasion and occupation of Canada would somehow provide more cost-efficient access to Canada's natural resources- especially the notion that it would ...

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Would it be possible to implement a policy that forbids promotion of brands in media?
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First, there is more lame content between the ads sometimes. Second, companies take a "percentage of your money" for lots of things. R&D, employee benefits, transportation, all of which are ...

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Is the ideology of middle eastern immigrants incompatible with western civilization?
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As a commentary on the main paragraph: Essentially, they suggest that islam is a destructive ideology that doesn't allow for scientific progress, And yet Islamic nations were a beacon of scientific ...

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Is there a danger for democracy when a party gains more than half the seats in a parliament?
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Is there a danger to democracy in the short term? No. Your flavour of democracy worked as it is intended. The danger is not to democracy, but perhaps to some aspects of your country. Nobody ever said ...

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What are the arguments in favor of the "first past the post" system?
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We have that same argument in Canada every election. The argument FOR the system is that, from a regional perspective, the representative did indeed win the most local votes to represent their ...

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Why haven't any Governments banned cigarette sales when it has been proven that it's harmful?
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I really liked Philips answer, and will only add two other thoughts to it 1) For countries with good social safety nets the cash savings on retirement benefits, long term care, etc may be more than ...

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What are the crime rates by religion in USA?
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While official stats on actual affiliation of inmates are not measured, Pew did a study in 2012 that notes the following: Presence of Various Faith Groups The relative size of each faith group ...

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Happiness Index
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You know that the Bhutan index is derived from work for the "World Happiness Report"? There is also the Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index that ranks based on how people fare ...

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Why is Obama visiting Hiroshima?
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First, the visit to Hiroshima was part of a state trip for the G7 conference in Japan - so it's not like he made a special trip to Japan to do it. Second, sometimes diplomacy means doing things that ...

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Why do candidates wear "the other team's color" in debates?
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Don't forget, Blue is both the colour of the Democrats, and of the office of the President of the United States. So in Bush/Kerry, Kerry wore his team colours and Bush wore his Office colours. Both ...

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Should an elected official feel obligated to vote on an issue based on the majority opinion of his constituents?
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I'd say it depends on the issue and the background. If the Congressperson made their position on the issue clear during the campaign, and got elected despite holding an opposite view than most on ...

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Are tattoos frowned upon in politics?
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Both the Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal) and the Senator (Conservative) that he did a charity boxing match with a few years back have tattoos. But then again.... that's Canada. It may have some ...

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Why has Trump completed erased Clinton's lead in Ohio?
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At the time of the Democratic convention, many Ohio Governor Kasich supporters were no doubt feeling less than thrilled with the Donald, and some protest statements to pollsters might have been made. ...

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What jurisdictions, if any, have preemptive judicial review of bills or laws, without a suit being brought challenging the law?
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The difficulty is that in many cases the courts have to balance the specific facts of a given case in order to test constitutionality. Absent such a case do we speculate on incredibly unlikely ...

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