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what does “line ministries” mean?

Could someone explain it for me. I googled it but couldn't find any useful information. I would appreciate it if you could tell me what it means. Example usage... The antimonopoly committee has ...
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What's a word to describe people who blindly follow their government without question?

I want to describe someone who fanatically follows one of the following: Governmental body Political party Country Basically, someone who will agree with their government/party/country regardless ...
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There is a word for mis-characterization of a political figure

What is it called when someone (example: a political figure) is mis-characterized constantly and untruthfully? For example a campaign constantly hammers the message: "Senator X promotes high ...
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Is there a word or phrase for conceding a debate just to end it?

When an argument or debate degrades to nitpicking insignificant points, such that it becomes too tiresome and unproductive to continue, one party may concede the debate simply to end it. Perhaps the ...
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Is the English language used by the European institutions the British one?

I find here an article on the use of English within EU institutions. It says: "our publications need to be comprehensible for their target audience, which is largely British and Irish, and should ...
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Is there a word or phrase for borders being respected

Is there a word or phrase that means a "condition in which the borders of each nation are respected by all other nations"?
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Geopolitics *and* economics?

What word or concise phrase in English covers international politics and economics? My Merriam-Webster defines geopolitics as "politics, esp. international relations, as influenced by geographical ...
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What kind of rhetoric is (this particular) “No one ever […]”

The President also knows that we have to stop blaming victims for these crimes. No one ever asks the person who got robbed at gunpoint in the street -- why were you there, what were you doing, ...
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Use of the word 'lawmaker' when referring to elected representatives

Over the last few years I've noticed more news stories referring to elected representatives as 'lawmaker' rather than Senator, Congressman, Member of Parliament or whatever specific title they might ...
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Origin and correct meaning of “make political book”

Re-watching old episodes of the X-Files. In which Agent Mulder says: (paraphrasing) just pseudo-science used to make political book (Transcript here) (FYI The Episode was written by Mat Beck) ...
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Is “august public official” considered an idiom, and has august always been used to refer to public officials? [closed]

Reading this article they referred to Justice Scalia as an "august public official." The phrase is also used in the book "Parade's End" by Ford Madox Ford on page 423. I can't seem to find the ...
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Hypernym for “coalition” and “opposition”

I'm looking for a word (or expression) that is a hypernym of coalition and opposition. I want to be able to ask a party whether its "type", for lack of a better word, is coalition or the opposition ...
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Is the “overseas” bushism really so absurd? [closed]

A famous quote by George W. Bush is More and more of our imports come from overseas. Which is spread with the implication of being particularly stupid because "overseas" is a term to describe ...
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What is the origin of the word “optics” that's prevalently used now in politics?

Here’s an example from RealClearPolitics: But the optics bode well for a party whose chances of winning the White House depend on attracting many more Hispanic voters than it did four years ago.¹ ...
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Is the expression ‘a legitimate rape’ logically appropriate and viable? [closed]

Missouri’s Republican candidate for the US Senate, Todd Akin, made a naïve remark on anti-abortion issue that has now become the target of thundering criticism. Time Magazine (August 20th, 2012) ...
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Addressing a former office-holder by that office's title [closed]

When is it appropriate to use an "expired" honorific to address or refer to a person? In the U.S., former state governors are occasionally referred to as "Governor So-and-so", although they have not ...
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Why do newspapers use the terms “women voters” and “women candidates”?

I've noticed that when discussing political demographics or candidates, many reporters use the phrases "women voters" and "women candidates". This feels horribly awkward grammatically. It's hard to ...
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Why is the current unrest in the Arab world called the “Arab Spring”?

Does spring in "Arab Spring" refer to the season - or something else?