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In 3 Key States, A Breakdown Of The Asian-American Vote -
In 3 Key States, A Breakdown Of The Asian-American Vote
Asian Americans favored Democratic candidates over Republicans by a two-to-one margin in the Midterm Congressional elections, according to a unique multi-language, multi-ethnic election eve poll targeting Asian Americans in California, Texas and Virginia.
How An Undercover Investigator Smuggled Heroin Into America's Second-Largest Jail -
How An Undercover Investigator Smuggled Heroin Into America's Second-Largest Jail
An undercover investigator posing as a guard at the country’s second-largest jail was able to easily smuggle $22,000 worth of contraband into the facility on multiple occasions, a new report reveals. The report, released Thursday by the New York City Department of Investigations, exposes what the department says are “serious problems with security screening protocols” at New York's sprawling Rikers Island jail complex. For each security test, the report says, the DOI's undercover investigator stuffed his cargo pants pockets with “one plastic bag containing 250 glassine envelopes of heroin; one plastic bag containing 24 packaged strips of suboxone [a prescription opiate substitute similar to methadone]; two plastic bags containing a total weight of one-half-pound of marijuana [...] and one razor blade.” Additionally, the investigator carried “one 16-ounce water bottle containing vodka” in his hand. Together, all of that contraband had an estimated resale value inside Rikers of over...
Amendment 1: What Lies Ahead for Abortion in Tennessee? -
Amendment 1: What Lies Ahead for Abortion in Tennessee?
On November 4, Tennessee's Amendment 1 passed with 53% of the vote. The Amendment is designed to give the Tennessee legislature broader power to regulate and restrict abortion. The assumption that more regulation is a public health priority deserves scrutiny. Supporters of the Amendment now plan to roll out several regulations that have been used elsewhere to restrict access to abortion. Mandatory waiting period: Currently 26 states require a "cooling off" period between counseling and performance of an abortion; in ten, this is constructed to require two separate visits. Underlying assumption: Women are flighty and capricious about such decisions. Net effect: This requirement delays abortions to later, more risky gestational ages and drives up the cost and inconvenience. For example, if I have a pregnant patient who is found late Monday afternoon to have fetal anencephaly (no brain), I cannot take care of her in my Tuesday morning abortion clinic, which meets weekly. Twenty-four...
Victoria's Secret 'Perfect Body' Campaign Changes Slogan After Backlash -
Victoria's Secret 'Perfect Body' Campaign Changes Slogan After Backlash
A Victoria's Secret ad featuring the tagline "the perfect body" has come under fire -- but maybe the company has been listening to its critics. Last week, shoppers in the UK were put off by in-store and online advertisements for the VS "body" bra, which featured a series of similarly-built (read: impossibly thin, leggy and large-busted) supermodels. A petition requesting that Victoria's Secret apologize and change the campaign had over 27,000 signatures at the time of writing. "Every day women are bombarded with advertisements aimed at making them feel insecure about their bodies in the hope that they will spend money on products that will supposedly make them happier and more beautiful," the petition reads. "All this does is perpetuate low self-esteem among women who are made to feel that their bodies are inadequate and unattractive because they do not fit into a narrow standard of beauty. It contributes to a culture that encourages serious health problems such as negative...
Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Look Back On Near-Death Family Photo -
Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Look Back On Near-Death Family Photo
TANAUAN, Philippines (AP) — The Saavedras waited for death as Typhoon Haiyan tore at their roof, knocked down walls and unleashed torrents of seawater below them. All they could do was pray, say "I love you" one last time and take a picture. David Saavedra raised his cellphone in the chaos to snap a group selfie to record their final moments. He took it for his eldest sister in Manila, hoping to show that at the end, her family was together — even serene. That explains his smile, incongruous against the wind-ripped scene and the terror-stricken faces of his younger sister, Veronica, and their mother. The picture was intended to go on top of David's coffin, but instead it is a reminder of the family's immense luck, and of the obligation they feel to help neighbors who weren't nearly as fortunate when the massive typhoon hit Nov. 8, 2013. More than 7,300 people died or went missing when Haiyan slammed the central Philippines, including the Saavedras' laidback farming town of Tanauan, as...
Democrats Actually Gained Women's Support Since Last Midterm Election -
Democrats Actually Gained Women's Support Since Last Midterm Election
After Republicans swept the midterm elections on Tuesday, conservatives triumphantly declared the death of Democrats' strategy to appeal to women voters, pointing to the fact that Democrats appear to have lost ground among women voters between 2012 and 2014. "The bottom has fallen out of the abortion-centered ‘war on women’ strategy," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List. "Why is that? Women just don’t agree with the shrinking ranks of the feminist left like EMILY’s List and NARAL that unlimited abortion is the great liberator for women." But women's rights groups have come to the opposite conclusion. Democrats usually do not fare as well in midterm election years as they do in presidential election years due to a significant decrease in voter turnout among single women and young and minority voters. But comparing 2014 to the last midterm election in 2010 -- a more "apples to apples" comparison -- Democrats have actually gained 6...
We Won't Get Drug Reform Unless We Demand (& Recognize) It: Marijuana Is Not Enough -
We Won't Get Drug Reform Unless We Demand (& Recognize) It: Marijuana Is Not Enough
Democrats suffered bruising and humiliating defeats on election day, and, despite reassurances from professionals that such losses were structural and "in the cards," this outcome stands in contrast to victories for progressives on almost every single ballot measure of note. Democratic issues won, but Democratic candidates did not. Foremost among the policy success stories were the record-setting votes to legalize marijuana in Washington DC, Alaska, and Oregon. Added to these victories is growing realization that criminal justice reform is one of very issues upon which it is plausible to imagine agreement between the new Congress and the President that would be both meaningful and progressive. Yet I worry whether Democrats will be able to steer events in this direction, in large part because I doubt their commitment to progressive advocacy, or any kind of fight at all. So far, their modus operandi has been to take the most minimal of concession offered by opponents and declare it a...
Will the Rauner-Madigan-Cullerton Era Bring Divisive Government to Illinois? -
Will the Rauner-Madigan-Cullerton Era Bring Divisive Government to Illinois?
When Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner is sworn in in January, state government will have two-party power sharing -- a Republican governor and Democratic legislature -- for the first time in 12 years. Rauner said that Illinoisans voted for this divide Nov. 4 -- but did we really? Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek examines the difference between divided and divisive: Divided government. That's what voters wanted, Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner told us in his victory speech. We'll get it and then some in Illinois and we have it now nationally with President Obama in the White House and Republicans running everything soon in Congress. Here in Illinois it will be back to the old days of a Republican governor and Democrat-dominated Legislature like we had for so many years with former governors Jim Thompson, Jim Edgar and George Ryan at the helm and Madigan and, often, various Democrats running the Illinois Senate. Except this time, the preceding months before the vote for divided government...
For a few days last week Gaza Strip turned into a large prison. Ever since October 24, the Rafah crossing point has been closed by the Egyptians following the huge attack on the army in north Sinai. Israel has also closed all its crossings with Gaza on November 2, allegedly following the launch from Gaza on that same day of a single rocket that landed in a deserted area. The Israelis reopened their crossing points Tuesday, but Rafah continues to be closed. Egypt, which was stunned by a horrific series of attacks that caused the death of over 30 soldiers, has been searching for answers, and the army argues that the problem lies in Gaza. Not only has the Rafah crossing been totally and completely closed since then, but Egyptian engineers have also been busy destroying houses on the Egyptian side of Rafah in order to create a 500-metre buffer zone that they hope will forever end the problem of the tunnels to Gaza. The closures come at a time the reconstruction process is moving at a very...
Guggenheim Protesters Somehow Snuck A 40-Foot Banner Into The Legendary Museum -
Guggenheim Protesters Somehow Snuck A 40-Foot Banner Into The Legendary Museum
The Guggenheim's Abu Dhabi museum isn't going up without a fight. On Tuesday evening, members of the protest group Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.) unfurled their latest denouncement of labor conditions on Saadiyat Island, the ritzy enclave where the Frank Gehry-designed branch is slated to rise. This time, the protest mechanism was a 40-foot banner that was reportedly snuck in via a baby stroller. Reading "Stop Labor Abuse" and "Countdown to Guggenheim Abu Dhabi," it hung briefly down the museum's famed conical core before two male guards tore it away. For months, G.U.L.F. members have pulled off "a series of unsanctioned displays," as The New York Times puts it, inside the museum. Amidst inundating the museum with leaflets and sneaking in provocative paintings, the group has managed to meet with museum representatives, including Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong, to discuss their concerns. "We've heard nothing since," one activist, NYU professor Andrew Ross, told The Times...
These Vintage Images Show Just How Much Department Stores Have Changed -
These Vintage Images Show Just How Much Department Stores Have Changed
One of the fondest memories from my childhood was going to the Wanamaker's store in Philadelphia for lunch with my grandmother. We'd go right around every holiday to find me a frilly holiday dress, then visit the store's tea room for a light snack. When I tell this story to others, it's as if I told them that my grandmother and I regularly traveled to the moon. Their brains cannot compute that a department store would have anything but a sad food counter (anyone ever been to a Target?). And frilly holiday dresses? Who am I, Shirley Temple? A view of the famous organ at the former Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia. It's now a Macy's. To say that department stores have changed since my ladies luncheon days is an understatement. First of all, Wanamaker's is long gone, along with other regional stores that gave character to other cities. Second, shopping habits have shifted. Specialty chain stores and, of course, the Internet have transformed the way we shop. We don't go to a...
Americans Twice As Likely To Express Religion In Person Than Online: Report -
Americans Twice As Likely To Express Religion In Person Than Online: Report
Americans use social media and the Internet for nearly everything, including their faith, and a newly released Pew Research Center report reveals just how many are sharing their religious beliefs online. According to Pew's report, conducted May 30 to June 30 of this year, and 20 percent of U.S. adults reported sharing their religious faith on social networking websites or apps (such as Facebook and Twitter) in the past week. Twice as many respondents said they shared their faith in a real-life setting -- suggesting an inclination many still feel to express faith one-on-one versus over the web. Greg Smith, the Associate Director of Research on the study, told HuffPost by email that the researchers did not define in the survey what "sharing" could entail, but said be believed it would be interpreted broadly, beyond evangelizing or proselytizing. "It could include a wide range of interactions, such as offering a prayer or blessing, quoting from scripture or describing a religious...
China Can and Must Close its Gender Gap -
China Can and Must Close its Gender Gap
My grandmother was 100 years old when she passed away two years ago and, given the ups and downs of Chinese history, one doesn't need a great deal of imagination to realize she must have gone through a lot in her lifetime. She originally lived a simple life in a small village in Manchuria, in the far northeast of the country. Typically for her generation, her feet were bound and, although she kept a drawn record of her life, she was illiterate and couldn't read or write a word. Yet despite this, she had a vision for her two daughters -- one of whom was my mother -- to go to university. Although our lives are very different, my grandmother was and remains my role model, and I carry in me a quote from her, as true for my generation as it was for hers: "As women, we depend on ourselves." This wasn't something she picked up from a book. She got it from her own experience and through witnessing the lives of the generation of women before hers. That inner strength and strong will from her...
Move Over World Bank: Bilateral Institutions Lead Investment Beyond the Grid -
Co-authored with Vrinda Manglik, Sierra Club Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy Access Photo courtesy of GSMA While investments are continuing to flow into beyond the grid clean energy markets, most public institutions are missing in action. The Sierra Club and Oil Change International recently released an assessment of multilateral development banks' (MDBs) investment beyond the grid, and the findings aren't good. MDBs -- including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and African Development Bank -- haven't been ponying up as much financing as they should for the sector. Instead, their investment is heavily skewed toward grid extension and polluting power plants. That's a big problem because the slow process of extending the grid will leave many people without power for years or even decades to come. As disappointing as lack of beyond the grid support from MDBs is, a different set of public actors are stepping up in their absence: bilateral institutions....
Fossil Fuel Companies Must Evolve or Perish -
Fossil Fuel Companies Must Evolve or Perish
By Mindy Lubber, president, Ceres We talk a lot in this country about what it takes to enact change -- from politics to finance and education systems. Time and again, we've seen that regular people have the power to drive reform, and that there is strength in numbers. By this measure, we already have the power to tackle climate change -- which is the biggest social, environmental and economic issue facing us today. In September 400,000 people marched in New York and around the world, calling for climate action. Their demands were echoed by major corporations and by global investors alike as they called on governments to reach an ambitious climate deal, including meaningful carbon pricing. So what's standing in our way? It's quite obvious: the fossil fuel industry. It is the last remaining holdout as the world continues on its inevitable transition to low-carbon. Fossil fuel companies -- much like your stubborn, elderly relative that refuses to change his eating habits despite the...
Al Roker Is Trying To Break A Guinness World Record -
Al Roker Is Trying To Break A Guinness World Record
Al Roker is going to attempt to break a Guinness World Record. No, not for longest beard or most bunny hops in 30 seconds. The "Today" show weatherman will try to break the record for longest uninterrupted live weather report broadcast. The current record stands at 24 hours. Roker wants to do it for 34 hours. Yes, 34 hours of non-stop, continuous weather reporting right in the comfort of Studio 1A. "Rokerthon," as NBC News is calling it, will begin Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 10:00 p.m. ET, and end Friday, Nov. 14, at 8:00 a.m. ET. We're taking bets now. Will he do it?
Save, Scale, Secure: Why Small Businesses Should Take to the Cloud -
Save, Scale, Secure: Why Small Businesses Should Take to the Cloud
The internet has changed all aspects of our lives. From how we bank, get around, or communicate with friends, or even -- as I hear -- date. From a business perspective, however, it has radically altered the ways in which businesses communicate with consumers. But did you know it has also changed the very ways in which business owners run businesses? There're a slew of applications -- both mobile and on desktops -- which can be used to simplify task, account, and HR management, which often prove to be time-consuming. The facts are simple. In the dark old days before the internet came along, like buying a CD, you had to buy software (usually with a license), install it, and then only run it on your computer. Once you had your software, it pretty much was yours to use as you saw fit, but more importantly, manage. Under the cloud model, however, business software is run online by a third-party provider, and you access it through your internet browser. With the cloud, there's never a need...
WhatsApp Now Tells You When Someone Has Read Your Message -
WhatsApp Now Tells You When Someone Has Read Your Message
Just a month after Facebook officially acquired WhatsApp, the messaging app is adding one of Facebook Messenger's most annoying features: read receipts. WhatsApp, which boasts over 600 million monthly active users, has been slowly rolling out the system overseas during the last few months. But it's now finally caught the wider attention of the media and people who use the app, after the company updated its FAQ page to explain the new feature. Previously, messages in WhatsApp had a single check next to them when they were sent from a person's phone, and a double check when they successfully arrived at a recipient's phone. This didn’t mean, however, that the recipient had actually read the message -- something WhatsApp even clarified on its official Twitter back in 2012. But now, those double checks will turn blue once the message has been opened. Some WhatsApp users started seeing this feature as early as September, and German news site Deutsche Welle reported on the update in June....
Professional Golfer Patrick Reed Drops Anti-Gay Slur At Tournament In China -
Professional Golfer Patrick Reed Drops Anti-Gay Slur At Tournament In China
Professional golfer Patrick Reed will reportedly be fined after he was overheard shouting an anti-gay epithet in the wake of missing a putt during a tournament in China. The 24-year-old, who starred for America during its recent Ryder Cup defeat to Europe, could be heard at Shanghai's WGC-HSBC Champions tournament exclaiming, “Nice f***ing three-putt, you f***in’ faggot,” on tape, CNN reported. Watch video of Reed's foul-mouthed remark in the below clip, courtesy of Towleroad: Representatives for the PGA Tour released a statement to Golf News Net and other publications, noting that "the use of obscene language on the golf course" is strictly prohibited and that officials will "deal with this matter internally in accordance with its regulations.” According to various reports, Reed will be given a fine. Meanwhile, the player took to Twitter to apologize for his words. I'm sorry for using offensive language today in China. My passion to play well got the best of me and my word choice was...
The 'Human' Quality We Share With Baboons -
The 'Human' Quality We Share With Baboons
As humankind has evolved, we've built cities and computers, probed into the far reaches of our galaxy and beyond, cured diseases, and developed thousands of different languages and dialects with which to communicate with each other. These momentous achievements were made possible by the human capacity for "cumulative culture" -- the ability to build up knowledge over generations. As Sir Isaac Newton described his own formulation of the laws of motion and universal gravitation, "If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." There has been some debate over whether or not this ability is uniquely human. But a new study from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Edinburgh has found that baboons share some capacity to build up, transmit and make use of small changes in their collective culture over the course of generations. The researchers studied groups of baboons living at the CNRS Primatology Center in Rousset,...
Robert O'Neill, Ex-Navy SEAL, Reveals He's The One Who Shot Osama Bin Laden -
Robert O'Neill, Ex-Navy SEAL, Reveals He's The One Who Shot Osama Bin Laden
Robert O'Neill, a 38-year-old ex-Navy SEAL, revealed he's the one who shot Osama bin Laden in a 2011 raid, the Washington Post reported Thursday. O'Neill was scheduled to reveal himself in a two-part documentary by Fox News this month. O'Neill told the Washington Post he decided to reveal his identity sooner after it was disclosed on a website ran by former Navy SEALs. The Washington Post reports further on O'Neill's reasons for revealing his role in the raid: O’Neill said he confirmed his decision to go public after a private encounter with relatives of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on New York’s World Trade Center. During an emotional meeting with victims’ family members before the recent opening of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, the former SEAL decided spontaneously to talk about how bin Laden met his end. “The families told me it helped bring them some closure,” said O’Neill, whose identity as the shooter was independently corroborated for The Post by two SEAL...
Can't Focus? Your Office Paint Color Might Be To Blame -
Can't Focus? Your Office Paint Color Might Be To Blame
It's 3 p.m. Though you've had plenty of coffee, your energy is on a decidedly downward trend. You try to struggle on the task at hand, but there's something that's just keeping you from concentrating. The answer might be right in front of you -- literally. That is, if that wall is the wrong paint color. When it comes to workplace environments, bold might not be better. "Colors that are very saturated and not very bright -- like emerald green and sapphire blue -- generally promote an energy level that puts people into overdrive if they're trying to do thoughtful work alone or to collaborate with others. They just can't concentrate well," says Sally Augustin, PhD, an environmental psychologist and principal at Design With Science, via email. Augustin also cited a study by Andrew Elliot, a psychology professor at the University of Rochester, which found that exposure to the color red lead to distraction, worry and a reduced ability to focus on mental tasks. Red might be your favorite...
For-Profit Colleges Sue Obama Administration Over New Regulations -
For-Profit Colleges Sue Obama Administration Over New Regulations
WASHINGTON (AP) — The for-profit college sector filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks to halt new regulations of its industry. The lawsuit is in response to a rule the Obama administration announced last week that requires career training programs to show their graduates make enough money to pay back their loans. Programs that don't pass its new "gainful employment" standard risk losing the ability to receive federal student aid. The administration estimated that about 1,400 programs serving 840,000 students won't pass. "This regulation, and the impact it will have on student access and opportunity, is so unacceptable and in violation of federal law that we were left with no choice but to file suit," said Steve Gunderson, president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities. Gunderson's association filed the lawsuit against Education Secretary Arne Duncan. It says the new rule is "unlawful, arbitrary, and irrational" and will needlessly harm millions of students who...
The Rise of Online News Has Not Been the Death of Quality Reporting -
The Rise of Online News Has Not Been the Death of Quality Reporting
I love reading the newspaper. By which I mean the black-and-white, often-messy, use-two-hands, used-to-be-a-tree paper item that is delivered to front doors in increasingly few numbers. The paper paper. Indeed, I am one of those people Marshall McLuhan, who coined the phrase "the medium is the message," was talking about when he said, "People don't read newspapers. They slip into them like a warm bath." I have long luxuriated in the ritual of spending Sunday morning with the newspaper spread out in front of me, long before it was actually considered a luxury. Nearly a decade ago, I began to mourn what was predicted then (and still) as the impending death of the newspaper. In the years since, this has proven to be sort of true. We've seen newspapers decline, then resurge, then decline once more. Wealthy men got into the business of saving newspapers -- Jeff Bezos at the Washington Post, John Henry at the Boston Globe, Warren Buffett in small towns across the U.S. -- in what many took...
Ex-SEAL Reveals Himself As Bin Laden Shooter -
Ex-SEAL Reveals Himself As Bin Laden Shooter
The Navy SEAL who fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden is a highly decorated veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who agonized for months over whether to publicly reveal his role in one of the most storied commando operations in U.S. history.
You Can Eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups In The Form Of A Spread. Out Of A Jar. -
You Can Eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups In The Form Of A Spread. Out Of A Jar.
It's over. The days of Nutella nation are destined to dwindle and dim, as Reese's in spreadable form is now available for mass consumption. Hershey's announced the launch of Reese's Spreads on Nov. 5. It's only a matter of time before jars of Nutella get pushed toward the back of grocery shelves and begin collecting dust. The exquisite aroma of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups fills the nostrils with just a gentle twist of the jar's orange cap. The taste is profoundly identical to that of a Reese's cup, and the spread's slightly grainy texture is spot on. We've always been told there's no wrong way to eat a Reese's, and this product is no exception. Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven -- a power couple -- and this spread takes the guess work out of getting the pair together. No longer will one have to dirty a pristine jar of peanut butter with a Nutella-slathered knife to taste both flavors simultaneously. Were you listening? Reese's. In a jar. The 13 oz. jar retails for...
University Of California System Could Hike Tuition -
University Of California System Could Hike Tuition
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tuition at the University of California's 10 campuses would increase by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years under a plan UC President Janet Napolitano is expected to present to the system's governing board Thursday. The proposal follows three years in which tuition rates have remained frozen. It would increase the average annual cost of a UC education for California residents pursuing undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in academic as opposed to professional disciplines from $12,192 to up to $12,804 next fall and $15,564 in fall 2019, according to a copy of the plan provided in advance to The Associated Press. Napolitano said the five-year framework fulfills a goal she set when she assumed the president's office last year of making "modest" tuition hikes a predictable part of the university's budget so families and campuses can know what to expect and plan accordingly. "We are being honest, being honest with Californians in terms of cost...
I suspect, and hope, that for readers here my views on nutrition are pretty well known. I contend that we do, indeed, know the basic theme of optimal eating for health -- just as surely as we know that no one variation on that theme can claim the tiara on the basis of data. We are not clueless about the basic care and feeding of Homo sapiens. America runs on Dunkin' on only its best days, running preferentially on BS most of the time. Our seemingly inexhaustible penchant for silver bullets, scapegoats, and naïve stupidity is far more toxic than either sugar or saturated fat. We know what to eat; we simply refuse to swallow it. Whatever the probability, in the near term or long, of overcoming the prevailing penchant for dogmatic religiosity about food, and rallying to the theme of healthful eating -- the stakes are already much bigger than our organ systems. They have evolved to encompass our ecosystems. Folks, we are eating our planet. The warning drumbeat percussing this message into...
Senate Republicans can run (and they did effectively to win the majority) but they can't hide. If they persist with unpopular policies they espoused in the minority, their controversial views will receive a high degree of publicity that was absent when they were outnumbered by Senate Democrats. When the Senate GOP was in the minority, most of its outside-the-mainstream policies were side-tracked or buried altogether by the Democratic majority. Consequently, these Republican policy stances moved through Congress largely under the radar and attracted mercifully little attention. The Democrats were unwittingly doing their Republican counterparts a favor by keeping out of the limelight GOP positions in conflict with the majority of public opinion. We are talking about GOP legislative opposition to: raising the minimum wage; guaranteeing gender equity in paychecks; instituting a national public works program to rejuvenate decaying infrastructure; and expanding the social safety net....
Illinois Voters Don't Have Much National Influence, Report Says -
Illinois Voters Don't Have Much National Influence, Report Says
It is every Americans' duty and right to exercise the right to vote and voice an opinion in how our communities are governed. With such a close governor's race in Illinois, residents of this state know their votes count more than ever this year. But what about when it comes to Illinoisans' national influence? How much does an individual Illinoisan's vote count at the federal level? A new study by WalletHub attempted to answer that question. Not every state or person within a state has an equal democratic influence. WalletHub explains it like this: Although the U.S. is a democratic nation, ballots carry different weights based on the state in which one lives. Take California, for instance. Its estimated population is nearly 66 times greater than Wyoming's, yet each state has two seats in the Senate. In this case, less is more: California's votes are weakened exponentially because each of its senators must represent tens of millions more residents. WalletHub calculated the influence of...
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