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How the Electoral College sidesteps the popular vote

How the Electoral College sidesteps the popular vote

Excerpted from Why We Vote by Owen Fiss. Copyright 2024. Published with permission of the author. The Senate is the Senate and as such should be viewed as a democratic anomaly. Yet the Electoral College, also established by the Constitution in 1787, extends the representational structure of the Senate — two votes for each state — to the election of the President and Vice President.  In the Electoral College, each state is given the number of votes equal to the sum of its representatives in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. As a result, although on Election Day Americans vote for the President and Vice President, that expression of the popular will is filtered through the structure of the Electoral College. As a formal matter, victory goes to the candidates who have the most votes in the Electoral College.  This threat to the democratic ideal is tempered by a practice — let us call it a constitutional practice — that has evolved over the last two and a half centuries and now prevails …

Flustered David Cameron Side-Steps Israel-Gaza Questions

Flustered David Cameron Side-Steps Israel-Gaza Questions

David Cameron sparked a strong reaction on social media yesterday when he repeatedly dodged three questions about the Israel-Gaza conflict in front of MPs. The foreign secretary appeared before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on Tuesday for the first time since he was re-appointed to government (despite no longer being an MP). But, sitting as he sat next to the Foreign Office’s permanent under-secretary Philip Barton, Cameron seemed to struggle to answer several key queries about the divisive conflict in the Middle East. One particular moment which was picked up repeatedly on X (formerly Twitter), was when Cameron was asked if whether the UK sees Gaza as occupied by Israel. He said: “I don’t think Israel itself regards itself as an occupying force, but whether that is correct, I would want to take legal advice.” The chair of the committee, Tory MP Alicia Kearns, pushed: “British law currently does consider Gaza to be an occupied territory. Can you confirm that on the record?” “I don’t know the precise legal definition of that, I’d have to …

EU sidesteps Viktor Orbán to open membership talks with Ukraine | Ukraine

The EU has decided to open membership negotiations with Ukraine, in an unexpected move that will be a critical boost to Volodymyr Zelenskiy and deal a blow to Vladimir Putin. The announcement, made on Thursday after eight hours of tense negotiations in Brussels, came despite the opposition of Hungary, whose prime minister, Viktor Orbán, had for weeks said it would veto any opening of accession talks. In the end, diplomats said, Orbán left the room when the key decision – which had to be unanimous – was made by leaders of the other 26 member states. Even for a city in which the art of deal-making is well honed, it was a highly unusual manoeuvre. Sources said the decision of Orbán not to be in the room was agreed beforehand: “He knew that 26 member states were strongly in favour. Of course it’s legal.” Moments after the decision was announced, Zelenskiy said: “This is a victory for Ukraine. A victory for all of Europe. A victory that motivates, inspires, and strengthens.” On X, the Ukrainian …

EU commissioner sidesteps MEPs’ questions about CSAM proposal microtargeting

EU commissioner sidesteps MEPs’ questions about CSAM proposal microtargeting

The European Union’s home affairs commissioner, Ylva Johansson, has confirmed the Commission is investigating whether or not it broke recently updated digital governance rules when her department ran a microtargeted political ad campaign aiming to drive support for a controversial child sexual abuse material (CSAM)-scanning proposal she’s spearheading. But at a committee hearing in the European Parliament today she deflected MEPs’ enquiries for her to give more details about the ad campaign. The governance regulation concerned is the Digital Services Act (DSA), which includes provisions relating to online advertising — including a prohibition on the use of sensitive personal data, such as political opinions, for targeting ads. While the ads in question ran on X (formerly Twitter) — which is already expected to be compliant with the DSA, having been designated by the Commission as a so-called Very Large Online Platform (VLOP) back in April. The Commission itself, meanwhile, not only proposed this pan-EU law but is responsible for oversight of VLOPs’ DSA compliance. So — tl;dr — if EU officials have used X’s ad-targeting …

Artie sidesteps the app stores by putting high-quality games in your browser

Artie sidesteps the app stores by putting high-quality games in your browser

When you play a game, how do you play it? Monopoly or Settlers of Catan around the dining table? Mario Kart on your Nintendo Switch? Assassin’s Creed on your Xbox? Among Us on your phone? Usually, they are games with a physical form, a console or an app. Artie is gearing up to shake up the games industry with another option, bringing high-end games back to the browser. The advantages are obvious: No apps to download, and you can launch straight into a game from a link-in-bio, whether from TikTok, Instagram or, well, wherever you can find links. Also: Sidestepping the apps means not paying Apple the in-app purchase finder’s fee for transactions. “We realized that with 5G, device maturity and the GPUs we could access through the browser, you don’t actually need to download a game to run a high-quality game anymore,” explains Ryan Horrigan, Artie’s co-founder and CEO, in an interview with TechCrunch. “We thought, is there a way to do something that isn’t pure client side… is there a way we can …