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  1. VanMav

    Democratic candidate in 2020?

    Well that glass ceiling was shattered long ago with John Adams and J.Q. Adams, and George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.
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    Democratic candidate in 2020?

    The first mother-daughter losing team, glass ceiling shattered! I hope Mike Bloomberg runs as an independent this time. Or Mitt Romney.
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    Democratic candidate in 2020?

    Because you want someone who is honest to run against Trump. You saw what happened to Hillary, viewed as even less trustworthy than Trump. Could you imagine 12 months of "Pocahontas this, Pocahontas that,"?
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    Poll: Republican Senate Candidates 2016 #2

    I don't know enough about most of them to say yes or no. It's probably easier for me to list who I wouldn't vote for definitely: Marco Rubio Mike Lee
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    Republican Candidate in 2020?

    I'd be surprised if someone serious doesn't challenge him. But, then again, stranger things have happened... he did get elected.
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    A British Constitutional Question

    ... it's a horrible generalisation because it's almost entirely untrue. Is this one of those alternative facts?
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    A British Constitutional Question

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    A British Constitutional Question

    What, wolves? That's not at all what happened.
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    Offtopic: Super Bowl LI

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    A British Constitutional Question

    But back to the original topic, there is certainly circumstances in my mind where a Governor-General or the Queen could refuse royal assent or dismiss a Prime Minister and it would not destroy the credibility of the Crown.
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    A British Constitutional Question

    Sir John Kerr dismissed Prime Minister Whitlam. No it didn't go over well, but it was a totally reasonable action. It essentially stopped a government shutdown. If you want to read more about a good starting point is Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_Australian_constitutional_crisis "Well may we save God Save the Queen, because nothing will save the Governor-General."
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    A British Constitutional Question

    While the Queen can prorogue or dismiss parliaments, it wouldn't matter since 2011. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fixed-term_Parliaments_Act_2011 In terms of providing Royal Assent to a piece of legislation, you have to remember that the House of Lords isn't subject to a populist movement like the House of Commons, and it's unlikely they would allow a piece of legislation such as that to reach the Queen in the first place. But I certainly don't imagine it would be monarchy destroying if the Queen exercised her right to stop Royal Assent of an extremely controversial bill or decision (such as declaring war on France).
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    Your vote in the U.N. resolution

    The UN is a waste of space and money. Hopefully the right wing nutjobs manage to defund it.