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Are these the men who are going to create global peace or perpetuate age old political games? All eyes on Geneva as Joe and Vlad go through the motions at a summit. Topics: cybersecurity, ransomeware attacks, Ukraine aggression, election interference and more. Does Vlad have a 'tell' when he's lying? He always seems so cool. I believe he understands English and is a skilled player. Is he waiting for his old buddy Donald to return to office? Do they still talk on the phone?
Back in April I met NYC Republican Mayoral Candidate Curtis Sliwa outside a local store. This picture does not mean I endorse him or anybody else for that matter. I'm not following politics because candidates make promises - with good intentions - but rarely keep them and there are too many conspiracies.
When voters select their party's nominee for mayor of New York City, they will find themselves filling out a different type of ballot. The city began using ranked-choice voting for primary elections this year, and the first major test comes on June 22. This mayoral campaign is one of the highest profile instances of a ranked-choice election in the U.S. Rather than selecting only one candidate, voters can instead choose up to five and rank them. The system has some big advantages.
In a traditional election, people who vote for a long-shot candidate - like Ralph Nader, the Green Party presidential nominee, in 2000 - can end up hurting a top-tier candidate - like Al Gore that year. With ranked choice, progressive voters could have listed Nader first and Gore second. Once Nader failed to finish in the top two, the final round of the election would have reallocated his voters to their second choice, which often would have been Gore. (Ranked choice is also known as instant-runoff voting, because people vote only once. The various rounds of voting all occur during the counting of ballots.)
The basic idea is to allow people both to select their favorite candidate and to indicate their preferences among the other candidates. That combination can allow the most broadly popular candidate to win the election, while also making clear the full spectrum of votersŐ views. If Nader had received, say, 20 percent of first-place votes in 2000, it could have signaled the appeal of his platform and inspired other progressives to run in 2004.
Wikipedia - Instant-runoff voting (IRV), also sometimes referred to as the alternative vote (AV),preferential voting, or, in the United States, ranked-choice voting (RCV), though these names are also used for other systems, is a type of ranked preferential voting counting method used in single-seat elections with more than two candidates. Read more
Members of the House Intelligence Committee will receive a classified briefing this morning on UFOs - or, rather, UAPS (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon). UFOs have been a very controversial topic circling Washington, as military leaders have argued for years over whether to take the sightings seriously. Even as sightings of unexplainable objects rose into the hundreds, Pentagon officials have wrestled with how much time and resources to devote to investigating them. So far, it's been a hard road separating science fiction-level public fascination from real national security implications. In a few weeks, the US intelligence community is scheduled to deliver an unclassified report on the matter for Congress.
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