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Farmers' party scores surprise win in Lithuania vote: election official

person Orange Themes access_time Oct 24,2016

Vilnius (AFP) - A Lithuanian farmers' party that previously held only a single seat in parliament scored a surprise victory in Sunday's general election run-off, ousting the governing leftists and trouncing conservative rivals.

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Hike in food prices mainly accounts for November’s CPI surge

person Orange Themes access_time Nov 28,2016

NDO—The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in November rose by 0.48% compared to October, 4.52% over the same period of last year and 4.5% against last December, the General Statistics Office (GSO) announced on November 28.

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When will Vietnamese entrepreneurs go global?

person Orange Themes access_time Mar 13,2017

Vietnamnet - It will take another five to 15 years for Vietnamese entrepreneurs can become global business leaders, according to a study by the Human Capital Leadership Institute.

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Electoral College who’s who: Names to know in the pool of 538

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Electoral College who’s who: Names to know in the pool of 538

Members of the Electoral College are meeting in state capitals across the country today to officially cast their votes to name the 45th president of the United States.

While Donald Trump has earned the title president-elect and begun the transition to staffing his new administration, the results of the election won’t be official until he collects 270 of the 538 total electoral votes.

The process for selecting electors varies widely from state to state, as do the rules stating whether or not an elector can go rogue and cast a vote for someone other than the candidate selected by their state’s vote. If no candidate receives 270 electoral votes, the House of Representatives would decide the election. Last month President-elect Trump tallied 306 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 232.

Here are a few of the key players and familiar faces of the 538 Americans involved in the voting.

The ‘faithless’

An elector who doesn’t cast the vote that aligns with their state’s popular vote choice from Nov. 8 is considered “faithless.” According to Politico, there have been only 157 in the history of the process, with most of those coming in the 19th century. One Texas elector, Chris Suprun, said he plans to vote for Ohio governor John Kasich, which would be going against the will of the voters in the Lone Star State. In August, a Georgia elector said he wouldn’t vote for Trump if the candidate won the state but resigned his position shortly after making the statement.

An elector from Maine — won by Clinton — is reportedly casting his vote for Bernie Sanders. Prior to the election, multiple members of the Washington delegation — another state won by Clinton — said they weren’t certain about whether or not they’d cast their vote for the Democratic nominee.

The last time a ballot was not cast for the winning candidate from a state was 2004, when a Democratic elector from Minnesota cast his or her vote for vice presidential candidate John Edwards (spelled “Ewards” on the ballot) instead of John Kerry. The vote, which was anonymous, was assumed to be a mistake and not a protest.

New York

The president-elect’s home state will be casting all of its votes for Hillary Clinton. Among the delegates are former president Bill Clinton, governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill De Blasio. The state’s comptroller, attorney general and mayors from Syracuse, Rochester and Albany are also part of the delegation.

Pam Bondi

The Florida attorney general who spoke at the Republican National Convention is also a member of the Trump transition team. In 2013 the Trump Foundation made an illegal donation to Bondi’s reelection campaign. Days later, the state attorney general’s office chose not to pursue a class-action fraud case against Trump University. (Trump agreed to pay back the Foundation from his personal account and also pay a $2,500 IRS fine for his charity donating to a political campaign.)

Christine Pelosi

The daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is one of California’s 55 electors. Pelosi spearheaded an effort to get an intelligence briefing prior to voting regard Russia’s involvement with the U.S. election process and defended her request in interviews with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Fox Business News’ Maria Bartiromo.


South Dakota

The state’s three electoral votes for President-elect Trump will be cast by three of the highest-ranking officials in the state: Governor Dennis Daugaard, Lieutenant Governor Matt Michels and Attorney General Marty Jackley.

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Alaska town's new Inupiat name challenged in court

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Syrian rebels caution civilians in Aleppo about offensive

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Russian hackers penetrate Vermont utility system: report

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