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USA Presidential Elections : Everything you need to know about the 2016 American elections

Here are few facts of American Presidential elections which take place after every four years

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  • American Presidential elections take place after every four years and the first Tuesday of November is the Election Day
  • America has only two main political parties. Republic Party- We believe in America and the Democratic Party – Moving America forward
  • American voters do not vote for the presidential candidates directly

As the American Presidential elections are round the corner and debates of who would win the race to the White house is fought, there are some who tends to nod without understanding the complex political system of America. So, to make it a little simple, here are few facts of American Presidential election.

Basics

American Presidential elections take place after every four years and the first Tuesday of November is the Election Day and anyone who is above 18 years and have got them registered can vote. Election Day is not a holiday. Voters find their own time to cast their on that day. Most important of all no one can be elected more than twice as the President of America.

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Political Parties in America

America has only two main political parties. Republic Party- We believe in America and the Democratic Party – Moving America forward. Unlike other democratic countries, America’s presidential nominations are only from these two. Other independent parties include the Liberation Party, the Green Party etc.

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Voting System of America

American voters do not vote for the presidential candidates directly. Voters, in their respective states select the representatives of each party as delegates. These delegates present the nominees for presidential election. The nominee would be one of the best candidates of their party.
There are two types of election systems in America that are used before general elections. They are Primaries and Caucasus that are used to choose the delegates. The Primary system of voting is chosen by some states where the voters cast their votes in secret ballots and are run by the government. Whereas, some states choose the Caucasus method of voting, it is run by individual parties. For every candidate, a supporting group is formed and the one with the maximum number of supporters becomes the nominee for the presidential election.

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National Convention Day

Both the parties announce the nominees For Presidential Election on the National Convention day. All the delegates are expected to be present on that day.

-by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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Donald Trump to Revisit Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) if Congress Stumbles

DACA did not promise participants citizenship or permanent U.S. residency, instead promising a reprieve from deportation

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Jennifer Hernandez (L) and Paola Rodriguez, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients, participate in a candle vigil at the San Jacinto Plaza in El Paso, Texas, Sept. 5, 2017. VOA

Sep 06, 2017: President Donald Trump says he will revisit the decision to end a program that shielded nearly 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants from deportation if Congress doesn’t act on the issue.

Hours after administration officials said new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, will no longer be accepted, Trump tweeted late Tuesday that “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!”

Action by Congress is not certain. Lawmakers have been unsuccessful for years in their efforts to revise substantially U.S. immigration policies. During Obama’s eight years as president, the Senate – controlled by members of his Democratic Party for most of that time — approved major policy changes only to see the legislation fail in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

President Trump approved the decision to end DACA but sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions before news cameras Tuesday to announce the controversial policy change.

“DACA is being rescinded,” Sessions announced. The action revoked an executive order former President Barack Obama issued five years ago after the U.S. Congress repeatedly failed to agree on an immigration reform bill.

WATCH: Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Sessions argued that Obama’s “open-ended circumvention of immigration laws” was in violation of the U.S. constitution and unlikely to survive a legal challenge brought by several Republican-controlled states.

Former President Barack Obama, who has refrained from commenting on most of the policy changes Trump has enacted this year, challenged Sessions’ legal argument in a strongly worded statement, saying the decision was “purely political” and that it targeted young people who “have done nothing wrong.”

Demonstrators opposed to the administration’s decision massed in Washington, Los Angeles, New York, Denver and other cities.

WATCH: ‘Dreamers’ Vow to Fight to Keep DACA Until the Bitter End

Activist Gustavo Torres told a crowd outside the White House: “This president lied to our community. … He told us, ‘I have a big heart for you dreamers.’ He’s a liar!”

Protesters react to the cancellation of DACA outside the offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Washington, Sept. 5, 2017. (PVohra/VOA)
Protesters react to the cancellation of DACA outside the offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Washington, Sept. 5, 2017. (PVohra/VOA)

The future status of the hundreds of thousands of young, foreign-born students and workers is unclear for now, since they are no longer protected from summary deportation by the DACA program. Congress will have six months to act if it wants to continue to allow them to remain in the United States.

The young immigrants, also colloquially known as “dreamers,” typically entered the United States as young children. Many trace their heritage to Mexico or Central American countries, but some arrived so young that they have grown up knowing nothing other than American society and customs.

DACA supporters march to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office to protest shortly after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), will be suspended with a six-month delay, Sept. 5, 2017.
DACA supporters march to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office to protest shortly after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), will be suspended with a six-month delay, Sept. 5, 2017. VOA

Anyone who joined the “deferred action” program for work and study was required to have and maintain a clean criminal record. DACA did not promise participants citizenship or permanent U.S. residency, instead promising a reprieve from deportation.

DACA Changes Explained

The program was initially intended as a stop-gap measure to protect aspiring young immigrants, while Congress was to come up with a more lasting solution to their problems.

“I have a love for these people,” Trump said at the White House late Tuesday, “and hopefully now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly.” Earlier he had issued only a written statement stating that federal immigration patrols would not make seeking out DACA recipients for detention and deportation a priority issue. (VOA)

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Rajkummar Rao is India’s ‘Newton’: Watch Trailer and Latest Updates | Hindi Movie News

From the very first glimpse, Rajkummar Rao in and as Newton makes the trailer appear extremely promising

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Like Newton's law, Rajkummar Rao's character in this film also attempts to find order in chaos. Twitter
  • Rajkummar Rao starrer-Newton draws attention to the clan of Indians who do not vote during elections
  • The film strikes a balance between humor and the urge to tell the real story of the group of Indians who choose not to participate in the decision-making process
  • Newton will have a theatrical release on September 22

New Delhi, August 30, 2017: In the beginning, the name “Newton” may stir thoughts about the great Scientist and his philosophies, but one you get a glimpse of the trailer, you will understand that Rajkummar Rao starrer “Newton” is a dark political comedy going by the simple rule “If you don’t change nothing, nothing will change.”

From the very first glimpse, Rajkummar Rao in and as Newton makes the trailer appear extremely promising.

Imagine sitting in a remote village somewhere in Chhattisgarh, far beyond the reach of technology and any worldly interference.

Imagine being surrounded by impassive villagers on one end and Maoists and police forces on the other, with both competing for cooperation and power among local people.

Now, what if you were to conduct election voting in such a scenario?

The Maoists would want the villagers to boycott the elections.

As per the trailer, this film is about the people living in villages, who hardly have any idea about exercising their right to vote, and showcases various shades of human emotions blended with humor.

Newton, a political satire starring Rajkummar Rao in a titular role, tells the story of an oddball named Nutan Kumar who is a stickler for rules and principles- this is revealed from the very first frame of the trailer when he refuses to marry an underage girl.

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The film is an intimate portrait of a government clerk with the single-minded agenda to conduct free and fair elections in a village riddled with conflict in Chhattisgarh. However, amidst violent clashes between Maoist guerrilla armies and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans, Newton is exposed to a bigger problem- villagers who are not aware of their “right to vote”.

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The film reflects an underlying social problem of the contemporary Indian society- the unrelenting saga of ignorant citizens who do not exercise their voting rights; of people who cannot make sense out of elections and those who deem it unnecessary and treat it like a joke.

What Inspired ‘Newton’ ?

In an interview with LiveMint in January, writer-director Amit Masurkar had said “the only day people feel powerful and really a part of the democratic process is Election Day: regardless of caste, gender, religion” which prompted him to make Newton.

The young director drew inspiration from the Indian Constitution and its Preamble. According to him, these are great documents but there exists an inherent gap between the virtues upheld in the Constitution and the reality of India that could make for quality cinema.

In another interview, Masurkar said, “the humor is incidental and the subject is serious. Some may find elements of a thriller. I would call it a ‘dramedy’.”

Newton Gives Hope To Bollywood

Newton comes at a time when Bollywood is slowly transitioning towards impactful cinema. With films like Nil Battey Sannata and Toilet : Ek Prem Katha, that lend support to adult literacy, and Clean India campaign respectively, ‘Newton’ also aims to impart awareness, however of a different kind. It belongs to the selective category of cinema that entertains yet provokes a viewer to reflect on what he saw, even long after the film has ended. 

The film very conveniently aims to give a wake-up call to everybody who considers voting as an insignificant activity. The trailer exposes how people in villages fail to exercise this right due to deep-embedded fear and hence, continue to stay defenseless.

With Rajkummar Rao’s words echoing in your ears “If you don’t change nothing, nothing will change”, the trailer comes as a gentle reminder that the power lies right in our hands.

The trailer looks quite promising and the film is all set to release on September 22.


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Food Platform Pixsweet creates Ice Popsicles of US Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on popular demand

A custom search engine called “3D Munchifier” in Pixsweet is used to make the popsicles of one's choice

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November 8, 2016: Pixsweet ia an online platform that allows you to customize edibles on demand was launched last week. Owner, Janne Kyttanen, a Finnish conceptual artist known for his work with 3D printing walked into the US presidential elections by creating ice popsicles representing the presidential competitors.

Pixsweet depicts the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in form but Donald Trump, the Republican candidate is represented by a chunk of excrement. The symbols of the parties, a donkey and an elephant have also been shaped into iced pops, mentioned dezeen.com.

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A custom search engine called “3D Munchifier” is used to make the popsicles. Click To Tweet

The platform is dedicated to the making customized food designs fast and the ones that are on demand, but the only edibles under production currently are ice pops but the company may broaden its production in the future.

Kyttanen left the 3D printing industry in early 2016 to put up WTFVC, his own venture capital fund. Pixsweet is the first startup under it, mentioned the report.

Kyttanen told Dezeen that the focus of WTFVC is on designing new companies as fast as designing products.

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A custom search engine called “3D Munchifier” is used to make the popsicles. It hunts the internet for relevant images for the search terms entered by the user.

A 3D structure is made by detecting the object and the object’s edges. From here, the design is sent into the production line, which takes 1.3 seconds to complete the process to make a mould. The mould is then packaged and the desired flavor is injected into it. After sealing and labelling, the popsicle is ready for shipping.

Kytannen’s earlier work comprises mainly of 3D printing but the process followed by Pixsweet does not use 3D printing at all.

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The designer told Dezeen that Pixsweet has solved most of the problems with 3D printed food items which is expensive, inconvenient for distribution and very slow to produce.

These popsicles were created prior to the US elections, that is taking place today and the designer is planning to hand out these lollies with his team at polling stations in Los Angeles where he is currently based.

The satirical works of many artists about the political views of Trump show that the artist community does not like the candidate very much.

– prepared by Shivam Thaker of NewsGram. Twitter: @Shivam_Thaker