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  • Joe Biden supporter who was installing BLM sign arrested for allegedly shooting at passing Trump supporter and son

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    Neighbours said the political signs supporting Democrats had been previously pulled down on multiple occasions

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:12:36 -0400
  • They caught thousands of flying squirrels in Florida and sold them illegally, cops say

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    Four Florida men and two men from Georgia are accused of a scheme to illegally catch and export to Asia flying squirrels and other protected species.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 22:23:23 -0400
  • Nancy Pelosi walks back the Tuesday deadline she set for a stimulus deal with the White House

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    "It isn't that this day is the day we would have a deal. It's a day when we would have our terms on the table to be able to go to the next step."

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:46:42 -0400
  • Fake naked photos of thousands of women shared online

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    Fake naked images of thousands of women are being made from social media photos.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:40:05 -0400
  • U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers near Alaska

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    U.S. fighter jets intercepted four Russian military aircraft in international airspace near Alaska, NORAD said.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:52:00 -0400
  • Analysis: France's Muslims fear further isolation amid calls for tougher action on militant Islam

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    The beheading of a teacher has prompted calls for tougher action against militant Islam from the French Right and Left, but it has also deepened a sense of alienation among the country’s Muslims. Most unreservedly condemn the killing and other acts of terrorism, but many do not understand why teachers need to show what they see as gratuitously offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in classes about freedom of expression. Jacques Thomas, a teacher at a technical college in a predominantly immigrant, blue-collar suburb of Paris, said many of his students believe Muslims are often unfairly singled out for insults in the media. “Last month one teenager asked me why ‘you French’ don’t want to let Muslims live as Muslims in France. He was talking about bans on the full-face veil in public and headscarves in schools, and the row over Muslim women going to beaches wearing the burkini [a swimsuit that covers most of the body]. But he also asked me why it was OK for [the satirical weekly] Charlie Hebdo to publish ‘vulgar’ cartoons of the Prophet when any depiction of Muhammad is considered blasphemous by Muslims.” Mr Thomas, 54, said he felt that he was walking on eggshells when discussing such subjects with students who see themselves as victims of a two-tier education system: “They are being taught to become technicians and many will end up as plumbers or electricians, so they’re not used to abstract concepts. Freedom of expression is difficult for them. They think children in more affluent areas get a different kind of schooling that positions them for higher-status jobs in the professions. They feel like outsiders in a culture that leaves little place for them.”

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 07:30:41 -0400
  • TikTok users are super-gluing vampire fangs to their teeth, and struggling to get them off. Dentists are not happy about it.

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    Users are posting videos, yanking furiously on their fangs to try to remove them. Dentists say it could cause permanent damage.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:18:00 -0400
  • Expect a price jump, and new COVID-19 rules, when booking your next cruise

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    Cruise companies say pent-up demand, once the U.S. no-sail order is lifted, will lead to higher ticket costs.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 09:45:27 -0400
  • Journalists Share Deceptively Edited Clip of GOP Michigan Senate Candidate John James’ Answer on Health Care

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    A number of prominent journalists shared a deceptively edited video that purported to show Republican Michigan Senate candidate John James fumbling his response to a question about protecting patients with pre-existing health conditions."I don't see a full health care plan on your website. What do you want to replace it with?" anchor Devin Scillian of Detroit's Local 4 News asked James during an interview on Sunday."So here's the thing. I'm not a politician," James begins his response, at which point the video ends.During the rest of his answer that was not included in the clip, James goes on to outline his vision for health care and the proposals he believes could replace the Affordable Care Act."Health care is unaffordable for too many Americans, and I believe that by increasing competition, increasing choice, increasing quality of care, lowering costs, I think we can do that with some of the ways I proposed," James said.The Michigan Republican said he proposes "broadening the risk pools across state lines," as well as reforming the tort and regulatory hurdles that raise costs and allowing business association health plans "so people can make their own choice.""Those are the types of things through a legislative requirement that must protect preexisting conditions," James said.The video was put out by Michigan Democrats and subsequently shared by several prominent journalists and others with large Twitter followings.CNN White House correspondent John Harwood shared the video, as did Emily Singer and Oliver Willis of the American Independent and veteran broadcast journalist Soledad O'Brien. Several former government officials and entertainment personalities also shared the video along with Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's communications director and incumbent Gary Peters, James's opponent in the Senate race.The Michigan Senate race is now considered a toss up between James and Peters, according to RealClearPolitics.James has been advocating for replacing Obamacare since his first unsuccessful run for Senate in Michigan three years ago.In November 2017, James called the Affordable Care Act a "monstrosity" and declared Washington needs "someone who will go and work their tail off" to repeal and replace it.“Our failure to repeal and replace Obamacare is the surest sign that we need new conservative leadership in Washington,” James said at the time.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:28:45 -0400
  • The week in polls: Trump roars back in Florida, Biden gains in Georgia

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    In the Senate, a poll found Doug Jones may not be doomed after all. And another found Lindsey Graham's race may not be as tight as believed.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:56:55 -0400
  • Killer dubbed ‘Black Widow’ gets prison release 30 years after hit on estranged husband

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    Barbara Kogan organised killing to secure life insurance payout

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 18:50:02 -0400
  • Anti-Trump group targets Rubio with $450,000 ad buy in Florida on Supreme Court

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    Republican senators against the nomination of a Supreme Court justice during an election year but support Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment are a target.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:02:48 -0400
  • Fears of ecological disaster grow over stricken oil tanker in Caribbean

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    Lawmakers from the National Assembly called on the country's government to urgently unload oil from Nabarima to avoid a spill.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 11:05:44 -0400
  • Dr. Birx reportedly asked Pence to remove COVID-19 adviser pushing 'junk science'

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    Dr. Deborah Birx has reportedly been trying to get controversial adviser Dr. Scott Atlas removed from the White House coronavirus task force.A new report in The Washington Post describes the "discord on the coronavirus task force" that has reportedly "worsened" ever since the arrival of Atlas, a neuroradiologist who has no background in epidemiology. Atlas has reportedly "succeeded in largely sidelining" other doctors on the White House coronavirus task force, has challenged analysis from Birx and others with what experts have dismissed as "junk science," and is seen by colleagues as "ill-informed, manipulative and at times dishonest."Birx, who serves as the task force's response coordinator, recently confronted Vice President Mike Pence about Atlas, telling his office he should be removed from the task force and that she "does not trust" him nor does she believe "he is giving Trump sound advice," the Post also reports. Her effort was evidently unsuccessful, and Pence reportedly "did not take sides" in the conflict.The report also describes how Atlas has baselessly claimed to the task force that the United States is close to achieving herd immunity, an idea scientists have rejected, and that all coronavirus restrictions should be lifted. This, the Post says, led Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to demand he produce data to support his claims during a "fierce debate." Atlas over the weekend also falsely claimed that masks don't work in fighting COVID-19, leading Twitter to remove the post."These days, the task force is dormant relative to its robust activity earlier in the pandemic," the Post writes. "Fauci, Birx, Surgeon General Jerome Adams and other members have confided in others that they are dispirited." Read more at The Washington Post. More stories from theweek.com Will Kansas go blue? What happened to third party candidates? If Roe falls

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:02:22 -0400
  • Jeffrey Toobin, suspended by the New Yorker, steps down from CNN role over 'personal matter'

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    Author-commentator Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended by the New Yorker and is stepping away from his job as CNN's senior legal analyst pending what the cable network is calling a “personal matter.”

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 19:11:25 -0400
  • 12 Everyday Household Items That Are Worth the Investment

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    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:31:33 -0400
  • Watch the US Navy stealth destroyer Zumwalt fire off a missile for the first time

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    USS Zumwalt went years without a working combat system, but now the Navy is starting to put its weapons to the test.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:10:56 -0400
  • Tourist seen hand-feeding a bear on TikTok has been charged, Tennessee officials say

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    She appeared to give the animal chocolate and watermelon, footage from a mountain town shows.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:47:44 -0400
  • A tabloid got a trove of data on Hunter Biden from Rudy Giuliani. Now, the FBI is probing a possible disinformation campaign.

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    The FBI is examining whether the material supplied to the New York Post by Rudy Giuliani is part of a disinformation campaign by Russia.

    Sun, 18 Oct 2020 19:09:49 -0400
  • Submarine murderer Peter Madsen surrounded by armed officers after escaping Danish prison

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    Danish submarine killer Peter Madsen took a female psychologist hostage and then escaped from prison in Copenhagen on Tuesday, keeping police at bay for nearby two hours after he wore what police feared was an explosives belt strapped around his abdomen. The 49-year-old escaped from Herstedvester prison at around 10am, seizing the woman and brandishing a "pistol-like object". "He used her as a shield to threaten the staff to open the gate. It was very violent and the staff, therefore, chose to back off," Bo Yde Sorensen, Chairman of the Danish Prison Federation, told Ekstra Bladet newspaper. "The weapon was life-like so the prison guards at the gate did not dare take any chances in relation to the hostage, who they judged to be in life danger. He threatened to kill her if they did not open the gate." Madsen, who murdered a Swedish journalist on his submarine in 2017, made it little more than half a mile from the prison gates.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 06:55:54 -0400
  • Heartbreak in the Magic Kingdom: Laid-off Disney workers turn to food banks as coronavirus devastates Florida tourism

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    The coronavirus has led to thousands of layoffs at Disney in Orlando, and devastated the local economy, reports Richard Hall

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:19:49 -0400
  • SCOTUS mail-in voting ruling raises alarm: Democrats may “never win another national election"

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    Democrats scored a big win in a Pennsylvania mail-in voting case, but the victory "may only last a matter of days"

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:15:25 -0400
  • The 2021 IKEA Catalog Is Finally Here!

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    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:31:03 -0400
  • Unmasked man in Washington grocery store speaks out after video goes viral

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    In the viral video, an employee confronts Scott, who said his medical condition prevents him from wearing a mask.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:39:53 -0400
  • As the Arctic's attractions mount, Greenland is a security black hole

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    On a windy August afternoon in 2017, Akitsinnguaq Ina Olsen was relaxing in the old harbour of Nuuk, Greenland's capital, when a Chinese icebreaker sailed unannounced into the Arctic island's territorial waters. The Chinese ship was one of a growing number of unexpected arrivals in Arctic waters as shrinking sea ice has fast-tracked a race among global powers for control over resources and waterways. Both China and Russia have been making increasingly assertive moves in the region, and after the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last year said now is "America's moment to stand up as an Arctic nation and for the Arctic's future," military activity is stepping up.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 01:06:06 -0400
  • Elon Musk says SpaceX has a 'fighting chance' of sending its giant Starship rocket to Mars in 2024 — 2 years later than previously hoped

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    SpaceX founder Elon Musk previously set an "aspirational" timeline for a Mars launch by 2022. Its Starship rocket is still a prototype.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:28:04 -0400
  • Record-setting catch of 110-pound catfish in Georgia has angler under fire. Here’s why

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    Some aren’t happy about what happened to the catfish

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:59:19 -0400
  • ‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris was warned before child porn arrest by the owner of a gym featured on ‘AGT,’ lawsuit claims

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    Cheer Athletics co-owner Angela Rogers warned 'Cheer' star Jerry Harris about a possible investigation into his conduct, according to a lawsuit.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:18:12 -0400
  • Sudan trial defence rejects case against ousted Bashir

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    The trial of Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir and others over a 1989 coup heard defence arguments Tuesday dismissing charges of illegal use of military force.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 08:03:07 -0400
  • Trump’s former national security adviser says president ‘will not leave graciously if he loses’

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    ‘If it is clear what the outcome is, it is up to Republicans, not Democrats, to say, ‘This is on us. He has to go’

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 09:41:57 -0400
  • Editorial: The Supreme Court is taking up two border cases we hope the election makes moot

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    The Supreme Court will hear cases over President Trump's border wall funding and his requirement that asylum seekers wait in Mexico. A Biden win likely would make these cases moot.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 06:00:08 -0400
  • Infectious diseases specialist challenges airlines' COVID safety analysis

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    A campaign by coronavirus-stricken aviation giants to persuade the world it's safe to fly has been questioned by one of the scientists whose research it draws upon.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:50:45 -0400
  • Michigan Republican fundraised at DeVos family home while trying to downplay financial ties

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    John James bought ads to distance himself from Betsy DeVos as super PAC funded by family poured millions into race

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 06:00:01 -0400
  • Japan to export defense tech to Vietnam under new agreement

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    Japan has been pursuing such pacts in recent years to bolster ties with Southeast Asian countries and sustain its own defense industry.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:19:38 -0400
  • Singapore Airlines is launching the new world's longest flight that will see flyers spending almost 19 hours on a plane nonstop

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    Singapore Airlines is known for its ultra-long-haul flights with this latest addition securing the top spot on the list of the world's longest flights.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:41:02 -0400
  • Gunfire, racist threats reported against Indiana candidate challenging Pence’s brother

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    “It’s terrifying to me,” Jeannine Lake said.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:27:31 -0400
  • 'Smoke coming from everywhere': Cameron Peak, Calwood fires continue to rage in Colorado

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    Colorado crews scrambled to gain ground against two blazes as this year's historic wildfire season imparted more heartbreak and hardships on the West.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 00:05:58 -0400
  • A Texas woman in her 30s died of COVID-19 earlier this year while waiting for her plane to take off

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    The woman reportedly had trouble breathing and required supplemental oxygen before she died while her plane was on the tarmac in Arizona.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:28:43 -0400
  • Florida company warns employees they might lose jobs if Trump doesn’t win

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    Boss has given hundreds of thousands to Republican political causes

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 20:52:45 -0400
  • Supreme Court justices chastise Vermont on the limits of police power in 'deer jacking' case

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    Vermont's high court ruled that game wardens had a legal right to wander around the land of a homeowner suspected of illegally hunting deer at night.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:40:00 -0400
  • More than 50 former intel officials signed a public letter saying they believe the Hunter Biden story has 'all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation'

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    The former intel officials wrote they believed the arrival of emails to the New York Post, which they dubbed a "laptop op," was a cause for suspicion.

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 01:54:38 -0400
  • Elon Musk becomes Twitter laughingstock after Bolivian socialist movement returns to power

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    "We will coup whoever we want": the Tesla CEO's braggadocious imperialism comes back to mock him

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:44:35 -0400
  • Trump reportedly invited a waiter into a top secret intelligence briefing room to order a milkshake

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    Look, sometimes a man just needs a malted milkshake. Admittedly, there are less opportune moments to indulge in such a craving — say, when you're in a highly classified briefing about Afghanistan with your country's senior defense and intelligence officials.Nevertheless, President Trump reportedly brought such a huddle to a halt a few months after he took office in 2017, Politico reports. "Does anyone want a malt?" the commander-in-chief supposedly asked the top-ranking officials who'd assembled for the briefing at his New Jersey golf club, including the head of the CIA's Special Activities Center, "a little known unit" that is "responsible for operations that include clandestine or covert operations with which the U.S. government does not want to be overtly associated," Spec Ops Magazine explains.Trump urged, "We have the best malts, you have to try them," before inviting a waiter into the code-word-secure briefing room to satisfy his sweet tooth. "The malt episode ... became legendary inside the CIA, said three former officials," Politico writes, explaining that "it was seen as an early harbinger of Trump's disinterest in intelligence, which would later be borne out by the new president's notorious resistance to reading his classified daily briefing." (That is to say, pictures were added to the briefings to help keep him engaged).Still, this is a man who has flexed the power of the nation's highest office to … install a button on his desk in the Oval Office that summons a butler to bring him a Diet Coke. The briefings can wait! To paraphrase a queen of France who was similarly burdened with the trivialities of running a country when there were sweets to consume, let them drink milkshakes.More stories from theweek.com Will Kansas go blue? What happened to third party candidates? If Roe falls

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:57:00 -0400
  • Taiwan and Chinese diplomats injured in fight in high-end Fiji hotel

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    Taiwan and China have become embroiled in a diplomatic spat on the Pacific island of Fiji, after government officials from both sides were allegedly injured during a fight at an event in a high-end hotel to mark Taiwan’s National Day. The incident occurred amid growing tensions between Beijing and Taipei over Taiwan’s global status, and as both sides vie for diplomatic and economic influence in the strategic Indo-Pacific region. Taiwan’s foreign ministry said on Monday that it had asked the Fijian police to investigate the October 8 incident. The fight resulted in a Taiwanese diplomat being sent to hospital after trying to prevent two Chinese embassy officials from entering the venue to photograph people who were attending. The Chinese Communist Party claims Taiwan - a democratic island of 24 million which it has never ruled - as its own territory. It tries to undermine Taiwan internationally and strongly objects to Taipei having independent ties with any other nations. Taiwan, a strong US ally, has formal relations with four countries in the region, although not with Fiji. According to the Taiwanese foreign ministry, two Chinese diplomats stormed into a celebration marking Taiwan’s national day to “harass” their guests.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 05:37:48 -0400
  • Officer hospitalized after he’s beaten during North Carolina arrest, cops say

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    A sheriff called the actions “a total disregard for authority.”

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 09:11:41 -0400
  • Senate GOP offers Constitutional amendment to prevent Democrats from expanding the Supreme Court

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    Ken Starr, former independent counsel, weighs in on 'Outnumbered Overtime.'

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:22:51 -0400
  • Archaeologists find huge 2,000-year-old cat image carved into Peru hillside

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    The massive design of a cat was found at the UNESCO heritage site known as Nazca Lines which features thousands of drawings scratched into the ground.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 20:32:34 -0400
  • Electoral college explained: how Biden faces an uphill battle in the US election

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    Trump won the presidency in 2016 despite Clinton receiving almost 3m more votes, all because of the electoral college. How does the system work? Who elects the US president?When Americans cast their ballots for the US president, they are actually voting for a representative of that candidate’s party known as an elector. There are 538 electors who then vote for the president on behalf of the people in their state.Each state is assigned a certain number of these electoral votes, based on the number of congressional districts they have, plus two additional votes representing the state’s Senate seats. Washington DC is also assigned three electoral votes, despite having no voting representation in Congress. A majority of 270 of these votes is needed to win the presidency.The process of nominating electors varies by state and by party, but is generally done one of two ways. Ahead of the election, political parties either choose electors at their national conventions, or they are voted for by the party’s central committee.The electoral college nearly always operates with a winner-takes-all system, in which the candidate with the highest number of votes in a state claims all of that state’s electoral votes. For example, in 2016, Trump beat Clinton in Florida by a margin of just 2.2%, but that meant he claimed all 29 of Florida’s crucial electoral votes.Such small margins in a handful of key swing states meant that, regardless of Clinton’s national vote lead, Trump was able to clinch victory in several swing states and therefore win more electoral college votes. Biden could face the same hurdle in November, meaning he will need to focus his attention on a handful of battleground states to win the presidency.A chart showing electoral college votes by state The unequal distribution of electoral votesWhile the number of electoral votes a state is assigned somewhat reflects its population, the minimum of three votes per state means that the relative value of electoral votes varies across America.The least populous states like North and South Dakota and the smaller states of New England are overrepresented because of the required minimum of three electoral votes. Meanwhile, the states with the most people – California, Texas and Florida – are underrepresented in the electoral college.Wyoming has one electoral college vote for every 193,000 people, compared with California’s rate of one electoral vote per 718,000 people. This means that each electoral vote in California represents over three times as many people as one in Wyoming. These disparities are repeated across the country. A visual of population per electoral vote by state Who does it favour?Experts have warned that, after returning two presidents that got fewer votes than their opponents since 2000, the electoral college is flawed.In 2000, Al Gore won over half a million more votes than Bush, yet Bush became president after winning Florida by just 537 votes.A chart showing recent election outcomes by popular vote and electoral college marginsProfessor George Edwards III, at Texas A&M University, said: “The electoral college violates the core tenet of democracy, that all votes count equally and allows the candidate finishing second to win the election. Why hold an election if we do not care who received the most votes?“At the moment, the electoral college favours Republicans because of the way Republican votes are distributed across the country. They are more likely to occur in states that are closely divided between the parties.”Under the winner-takes-all system, the margin of victory in a state becomes irrelevant. In 2016, Clinton’s substantial margins in states such as California and New York failed to earn her enough electoral votes, while close races in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Michigan took Trump over the 270 majority.A visual showing margins and electoral votes by state gained by Trump and Clinton in 2016As candidates easily win the electoral votes of their solid states, the election plays out in a handful of key battlegrounds. In 2016, Trump won six such states - Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – adding 99 electoral votes to his total.The demographics of these states differ from the national average. They are older, have more white voters without college degrees, and often have smaller non-white populations. These characteristics generally favour Republicans, and made up the base of Trump’s votes in 2016.For example, 67% of non-college-educated white people voted for Trump in 2016. In all six swing states, this demographic is overrepresented by at least six percentage points more than the national average.default The alternativesSeveral alternative systems for electing the president have been proposed and grown in favour, as many seek to change or abolish the electoral college.Two states – Maine and Nebraska – already use a different method of assigning their electoral college votes. The two “Senate” votes go to the state-wide popular vote winner, but the remaining district votes are awarded to the winner of that district. However, implementing this congressional district method across the country could result in greater bias than the current system. The popular vote winner could still lose the election, and the distribution of voters would still strongly favour Republicans.The National Popular Vote Compact (NPVC) is another option, in which each state would award all of its electoral college votes in line with the national popular vote. If enough states signed up to this agreement to reach the 270 majority, the candidate who gained the most votes nationwide would always win the presidency.However, the NPVC has more practical issues. Professor Norman Williams, from Willamette University, questioned how a nationwide recount would be carried out under the NPVC, and said that partisanship highlighted its major flaws. Only Democratic states are currently signed up, but support could simply switch in the future if a Republican candidate faces winning the popular vote but not the presidency.The NPVC is a solution that would elect the president with the most votes without the difficulty of abolishing the electoral college that is enshrined in the constitution.In 1787, the Founding Fathers could not decide on the best system to elect the president. Some delegates opposed a straight nomination by Congress, while others wanted to limit the influence of a potentially uninformed public and the power a populist candidate could have with a direct popular vote. The resulting electoral college, with electors acting as intermediaries for their states, is their compromise.This system also invoked a clause known as the three-fifths compromise between northern and southern delegates, as they debated how slavery would affect a state’s representation. Their agreement was that three-fifths of enslaved individuals (who could not vote) would count towards a state’s population, awarding a disproportionate amount of power in the electoral college to the southern states. While the 13th amendment which abolished slavery in effect removed the three-fifths clause, the impacts of an unbalanced electoral college with unequal representation remain.The current system is still vulnerable to distorted outcomes through actions such as gerrymandering. This practice involves precisely redrawing the borders of districts to concentrate support in favour of a party. The result being abnormally shaped districts that disenfranchise certain groups of voters.Today, an amendment that would replace the college with a direct national popular vote is seen by many as the fairest electoral system.According to Professor Edwards III, “There is only one appropriate way to elect the president: add up all the votes and declare the candidate receiving the most votes the winner.”default

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:42:36 -0400
  • Hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels ‘target’ Galapagos Islands

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    Huge fleet evaded trackers on edge of protected zone

    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 13:52:08 -0400
  • United Airlines just announced 8 new leisure routes in another shift away from business travel following heavy losses – here's the full list

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    United CEO Scott Kirby said during a recent earnings call that business travel won't likely recover until 2024, opening up new leisure opportunities.

    Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:48:00 -0400
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