Republican Project will Affect Trump Voters, Warns Daily

Voters who led President Donald Trump to victory will be among the most affected by the Republican legislative project to substitute the Obamacarte, according to a study published by Los Angeles Times.

The daily made an analysis of votes per county and data of fiscal credits, which showed that US citizens with lowest incomne and elderly people living in conservative rural areas of the country will lose much with the proposed sanitary law.

The initiative circulated in the House of Representatives will affect persons over 60 years with annual incomes of 30 thousand dollars.

According to the publication, in almost 1500 counties in the country -of which 90 percent supported Trump- a citizen with those characteristics can spwend over six thousand dollars a year in subsidies of Federal insurances.

Of the 70 counties wherwe consumers will suffer the mnost, 68 voted for the Republican president, added the paper, according to which the worst consequences will be seen in Alaska, Arizona, Nebraska, Tennessee and Oklahoma.

In those states the Law of Caring Accessible Health of the Obama administration was crucial to guarantee medical coverage to a great amount of persons.

There will also be negative effects for residents of the territories called pendular that in the last elections favored the present head of State, including Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Michigan.

Meanwhile, U.S. youths of high income, many of which live in urban areas won by Democrat Hillary Clinton, can obtain more assistance in the Republican legislature.

In general, the persons who will be in better conditions with that proposal will be the richest residents of the nation, who will see a substantial cut in taxes with the elimination of taxes applied at present.

Such taxes are charged to individuals earning over 200 thousand dollars a year and couples that receive over 250 thousand and who applied for the Obamacare to help compensate the cost of helping U.S. citizens of low incomes, recalled the newspaper.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the disproportionate impact of the Republican plan threatens to undermine the promise of Trump to replace the present health care law with a legislation which would assist all U.S. citizens.

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Poll: most people who voted in 2016 want to abolish the Electoral College

Given that Hillary Clinton is currently beating Donald Trump by more than 2 million votes nationally, and that she’s the second Democratic candidate in recent memory to win the popular vote while losing the presidency, it’s hardly surprising that efforts to abolish the Electoral College have seen a jolt of energy since the election. Outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced a constitutional amendment to elect the president by popular vote, and the National Popular Vote Compact — a state-based attempt to abolish the Electoral College by allocating electoral votes to the popular vote winner — has gained momentum.

A recent poll by Civis Analytics, a Democratic data science and polling firm formed by veterans of the 2012 Obama campaign, suggests that an overwhelming majority of Americans who voted in the 2016 election want a change:

Civis posed the question to respondents this way: "Every four years, the US president is selected by the Electoral College, which awards votes depending on the number of states a candidate wins in the general election that year and the size of those states, not the total number of votes a candidate receives from voters across the country. In last week's election, more people voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton than Republican Donald Trump, but Trump won the election because he was awarded more votes by the Electoral College.”

“Which of the following comes closest to your view: We should select presidents based on whichever candidate gets the most votes; or We should select presidents based on votes awarded by the Electoral College."

The result was that a strong majority — 62 percent — picked the popular vote option.

The survey was conducted with a sample of 1,084 registered voters who reported voting in the 2016 election. The survey was conducted online on November 15 and 16, and responses were weighted to reflect the election result and Civis's best guess of what the 2016 electorate's demographic composition was. The margin of error is +/- 2.9 points.

Civis is a partisan firm, but it’s widely respected and its polling is regarded as high-quality. And the results match with earlier polling by Gallup, which found that 63 percent of adults in 2013 wanted to get rid of the Electoral College, and that a majority of Americans have wanted to abolish it every time they asked the question, going back to 1967.

Fascinatingly, Gallup found very little variation in support for a popular vote between Democrats, Republicans, and independents in 2013; back in 2000 and 2001, in the wake of Al Gore’s popular vote win and Electoral College loss, the breakdown was more partisan. Civis's results suggest that opinions on the Electoral College have already repolarized. While 87.5 percent of Clinton voters they asked support changing to a popular vote system, only 32.5 percent of Trump voters do.

Getting rid of the Electoral College is a heavy lift, politically. Even if done through an interstate compact, where states commit to allocate their electoral votes to the popular vote winner (provided enough other states do the same to swing the election), supporters would need to enlist big swing states like Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, many of which have Republican governors and legislatures who’d likely block such an effort. But mass popular support for the change suggests a push isn’t totally hopeless. Indeed, it suggests that those states could join the compact and help abolish the Electoral College through passing ballot initiatives.


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Brexit: Britain votes in divisive EU referendum

Millions of Britons voting in historic EU referendum that will shape British-EU ties for generations.

Millions of Britons are voting to decide whether the UK will remain a part of the European Union in a referendum that has divided the nation.

A record 46.5 million voters have signed up to weigh in on Thursday's referendum, which asks one, single question: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?"

The divisive referendum has sparked the greatest emergency in the EU's 60-year history.

The vote pits the Remain campaign, backed by British Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, against the Leave camp, led by the former London mayor, Conservative MP Boris Johnson.

Polling stations opened at 7am (06:00 GMT) and will close 10pm (21:00 GMT) local time.

PM Cameron and his wife Samantha cast their ballots early on Thursday at London's Westminster Central Hall.

Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, voted Remain at a polling station in Glasgow.

"I did so with head and heart because being in [the] EU is best for Scotland," she tweeted.

Rainstorms were expected to dampen turnout in London and other parts of southern England.

There are no official exit polls because polling experts say the lack of recent comparable votes in Britain could make the results less reliable.

Results from polling will, however, be released shortly after the ballots close.

Too close to call

A Populus poll, the final opinion poll carried out online ahead of the historic vote, gave the Remain campaign a 10-point lead over Leave. Populus said the survey of 4,700 people was carried out on Tuesday and up to midnight Wednesday night.

But on the eve of the historic vote, two polls – both conducted over the internet – put the Leave camp ahead by 1 or 2 percent.

Standing outside a fish-packing plant a day before the referendum, Leave camp leader Boris Johnson argued it was time to take back control of the UK's industries.

"You take back control and I think it will be a big, big moment for democracy in this country and around Europe," said Johnson.

Brexit Q&A: All you need to know

Desperate to inject some pro-Europe passion late in the day on Wednesday, the prime minister and his allies made appeals to older voters, urging them to think of their children rather than their own nostalgic views of their country.

"Think of one word that brings it all into one, which is 'together', because frankly if we want a bigger economy and more jobs we're better if we do it together," said Cameron.

"If we want to fight climate change, we're better if we do it together. If we want to win against the terrorists and keep our country safe, we're better if we do it together."

The Remain camp has said a British exit would be hugely destabilising in terms of security and the economy.

Supporters of the Leave campaign argue that a Brexit would be for the best; much of its campaign focused on tighter border controls and freedom from EU regulations on immigration and the economy.

'Divisive, vile campaign'

There is also concern about the divisive impact of the campaign, in particular the pro-Brexit camp's focus on immigration.

The Mirror newspaper, which supports a "Remain" vote, has described it as "the most divisive, vile and unpleasant political campaign in living memory".

One of the most contentious posters of the campaign was one published by the anti-immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP), showing a long queue of refugees under the headline "Breaking Point".

The murder of Jo Cox, a passionate pro-European who had campaigned for Syrian refugees, brought only a temporary respite in the campaign.

Following her killing a week ago, the pound soared as several polls showed gains for the Remain camp, and it has kept its strength since. In early trading on Asian markets Thursday morning, Sterling reached its highest level of 2016.

"If we destroy the European Union, which for all its faults has nevertheless delivered a tremendous amount of cohesion within our continent, I think the consequences of that are fairly unpredictable. So for that reason, I don't think that's something we should wish for," Conservative MP and Remain campaigner Dominic Grieve told Al Jazeera.

'Out is out'

EU leaders have warned there will be no turning back from a vote to quit the 28-member bloc.

"Out is out," European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said in Brussels, dismissing any chances of a post-vote renegotiation of Britain’s EU membership terms.

French President Francois Hollande has said an exit by the UK would be "irreversible".

The referendum has raised concerns across Europe that a British withdrawal could trigger a domino effect of exit votes and threaten the integrity of the bloc, already under severe strain from Eurozone and migration crises.

Even if it stays, the status quo will not be an option.

"Whatever the result is going to be, we must take a long hard look at the future of the union. We would be foolish if we ignored such a warning signal as the UK referendum," EU President Donald Tusk warned this week.

Tusk has previously said that a British leave vote could lead to the "destruction of not only the EU but also of Western political civilisation".

The EU was created after the Second World War as an antidote to the nationalism which had devastated the continent. The movement for unity was led by France and Germany.

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Hispanics Most Affected by NY Voter Purge of 120,000 People

The illegal voter purge that many cited as voter suppression, affected Hispanics the most.

Earlier in 2016, an investigative report by local news station WNYC revealed that two illegal voter purges removed over 120,000 people from voting rolls in Brooklyn; now they’ve investigated that majority-Hispanic election districts were purged nearly 60 percent more than all other districts, Gawker reported Tuesday.

Michael Ryan, the executive director of the Board of Elections, apologized for the purges at a City Council hearing last month, saying it was a mistake. Two clerks in the Brooklyn office were also suspended without pay.

RELATED: 126,000 New York Voters Purged, NYC Comptroller Orders Audit

Back in November 2014, 1,308,871 people were registered to vote in Brooklyn, but the following July, 122,454 voters were removed from the rolls. Of these, 13.9 percent lived in majority-Hispanic election districts, compared to 8.7 percent in all other election districts. WNYC found also found 15.2 percent of people with historically Hispanic surnames were purged, as compared to 9.5 percent of people with all other names.

Longtime representative Nydia Velazquez has previously clashed with the Brooklyn Democratic party, and will face two primary challengers in the upcoming election.

RELATED: New York Attorney General Will Investigate 126,000 Voter Purge

“I do not want to think that it was deliberate, you know, because that would be voter suppression, and at a time when the Voting Rights Act is under attack in Washington, to have this type of action in a city and state like New York, a Democratic city, it’s just beyond any comprehension,” Velazquez told WNYC. “How could they purge 120,000 and no one knew that this was happening?”

“It’s just, by looking at that map I could say, ‘Hey, I’ve been targeted or my district has been targeted,’ just by looking at it,” she added. “By looking at the numbers. We’ll see. But it’s not going to end here.”

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Cuba Holds Second Round of Local Elections

After the first round of elections for local assemblies, Cubans went to the polls for run-off voting in 1,165 constituencies across 149 municipalities.

Close to 1 million Cubans voted Sunday in the second round of elections to elect delegates to the island’s Municipal Assemblies of People's Power.

A total of 941,041 people took to the 3,351 polling stations to elect representatives for the remaining 1,165 positions across 149 Cuban municipalities. During the first round on April 19, more than 7,550,000 Cubans cast their vote on the 12,589 constituencies of the nation to elect their councilors for the next two and a half years.

Sunday’s contest was held in those areas where no candidate achieved more than 50 percent of local votes. The National Electoral Commission (CEN) described the event as a “successful election day,” and highlighted the civic commitment showed by Cubans.

The local elections, which take place every 30 months, come as increasing global attention is fixed on the Caribbean nation as it works to restore relations with the United States.

Authorities and candidates, including those linked to opposition groups, praised the elections and said they confirmed the Cuban people’s commitment to their economic and political system.

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