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U.S Senator Moves To Abolish Electoral System That Led To Trump’s Victory

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A California senator introduced legislation Tuesday to rid the United States of its electoral college, the system that allowed Donald Trump to win the presidency despite Hillary Clinton’s lead of nearly one million votes.

The measure comes amid calls for reform following last Tuesday’s presidential upset, but is a long-shot.

“This is the only office in the land where you can get more votes and still lose the presidency,” said Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, who introduced the measure.

The US Constitution specifies that the electoral college ultimately decides the presidential election, not the popular vote.

Each US state is given a number of electors, which corresponds to the size of the state’s population.

In 48 of 50 states, rules require all of a state’s electors to cast their votes for whichever candidate wins the popular vote there, in a winner-take-all system.

Under these rules, the winner of the electoral college vote does not always correspond to the candidate who won the country’s popular vote.

“The electoral college is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately. Every American should be guaranteed that their vote counts,” Boxer said.

Although Clinton received nearly 800,000 more votes than Trump, according to the latest partial results, she lost in the electoral college.

The electoral vote is at 290 for Trump and 232 for Clinton, although one state has yet to be called. No matter its turnout, they do not have enough electors to bring Clinton a win.

More than 4.3 million people have signed a petition on the change.org website asking the college’s 538 electors to elect Clinton on December 19, when their votes will be officially counted.

But because 26 states legally mandate that electors vote according to the rules and it is almost unprecedented for the remaining states’ electors to disobey, there is little possibility of a Clinton presidency.

Clinton’s popular vote performance brings to mind the 2000 election, when Democrat Al Gore lost the White House despite taking 48.4 percent of the popular vote to George W. Bush’s 47.9 percent.Hundreds of Constitutional amendments have been proposed over the decades concerning the electoral college, but none has succeeded.

Amending the Constitution requires the agreement of two-thirds of Congress and ratification by three-quarters of the states.

Trump himself had strongly criticized the electoral college in 2012 calling it a “disaster.” On Tuesday, however, he changed his tune.

“The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play. Campaigning is much different!” Trump tweeted.

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Gospel Artiste Olaoba Joins Mercy Chinwo’s Record Label

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Bidemi Olaoba, a gospel singer who is gaining popularity quickly, has just joined a new record label. The label is called Grace and Truth Nation (GNT) Nation. Pastor Blessed Uzochikwa and his wife, Mercy Chinwo, co-founded the record label. This is exciting news for both the singer and the record label.

Pastor Uzochikwa is the president of GNT Nation.

He released a statement to share his enthusiasm about Bidemi Olaoba joining the label. He said that Olaoba’s arrival is a very important moment for GNT Nation. According to Pastor Uzochikwa, the record label’s mission is to spread the message of Christianity through the power of gospel music. He believes that Olaoba will be a valuable asset in helping them achieve that goal.

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Media Personality, Stephanie Coker Opens Up On Her Battle With PCOS

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Stephanie Coker-Aderinokun, a media personality and actress, bravely discussed her challenges with PCOS and IVF in a recent interview with Chude Jideonwo. She revealed the emotional turmoil she faced after her second IVF attempt failed, confessing that she nearly resorted to taking her own life.

Stephanie disclosed that she invested a significant amount of money, over $40,000. She went as far as travelling to Los Angeles for an IVF procedure, only to have it end unsuccessfully last year.

After an unsuccessful round of IVF, she felt deeply discouraged and confided in a friend. She expressed a strange sense of rejection, feeling like even the baby didn’t want her. This was especially difficult because IVF was her only chance at having a child due to her PCOS.

The PCOS caused such severe bleeding that she was hospitalised, and at her worst point, she was confined to a wheelchair and even had to sleep outside in the garden to cope with the overwhelming internal heat. It had been a very physically and emotionally challenging time.

Furthermore, Stephanie Coker shared how the challenges escalated when her husband faced public scrutiny and lost his election. This intensified the backlash against them, adding another layer of difficulty to their already challenging situation.

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Nigerian Celebrities Dissatisfied With Reintroduced National Anthem

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Nigerians were surprised by a swift government decision to bring back the old national anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.” This change replaced the current anthem, “Arise, O Compatriots,” which had been in place since 1978.

The switch happened in just a few days: the House of Representatives passed a bill on May 23rd, the Senate followed suit a few days later, and President Tinubu signed it into law on May 29th, 2024.

This move sparked criticism from many Nigerian celebrities on social media. They felt the government’s priorities were misplaced.

Instead of focusing on changing the national anthem, celebrities argued that the government should tackle more pressing issues like insecurity, unemployment, and the struggling economy.

See some of their reactions below:

Adekunle Gold wrote: “No one thought Timi Dakolo’s Great Nation makes a better anthem?”

Kate Henshaw: “In the midst of excoriating hardship & lack of good governance on every level, but not to worry, going back to a colonial anthem will be a soothing balm and inject patriotism back into our veins, a much-needed drug.”

Illbliss wrote: “Of all things to address….. The f***ing National Anthem. At this point, they can change the flag to purple and burgundy, shoot the horses on the coat of arms, and let the dead eagle 🦅take flight.  Really sick of the incompetence.”

Noble Igwe wrote: “Exchange rate is skyrocketing, cost of living is so high, insecurity in many parts of the country but one year in office, however, let’s change the national anthem.

This is so sad and shameful.”

Toolz wrote: “I’m not learning any other national anthem…”

Charly Boy wrote: “Animals in Agbada fit make me start to sing our olden days National Anthem, imposicant. Vagabonds in power wan distract us from hunger, kidnapping, high cost of living by organizing useless priorities for us to follow so we no go dey talk as e dey pain us?

Who no know say APC na monumental failure in the history of politics for Naija. If one-year dey like dis, imagine how many of us go kpai in the nxt 3yrs. Nonsense. Dia fathers.”

Joeboy wrote: “Of all the problems Nigerians have to deal with, changing the national anthem is priority? Okay naw.”

Teni wrote: “Arise o compatriots, I’ll miss you, thank you for so many childhood memories. Till we meet again, love, SM.”

Lastly, Erigga wrote: “Now that we have the old national anthem, can we now have the old price for foodstuff and dollar?”

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