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The Spill: Amazon Fires, Japan, and the Electoral College

All the hot news this week.

Welcome to LNGenZ’s roundup of the trending topics in the news this week.

Fires in the Amazon Rainforest

According to recent reports, 9,000 fires are burning in the Amazon rainforest. Many people have described the fires as a crisis and believe the area may soon be destroyed. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has responded to this crisis by sending military forces to combat the fires.

While the fires are a problem, this is not the first time the rainforest has faced this kind of situation.  The current amount is actually not much higher than the average. In 2005 there were a similar number of fires in the Brazilian rainforest.

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US and Japan Make Trade Deal

President Trump recently traveled to France for the G7 summit, which took place on August 24 and 25. The G7 is an international meeting of seven countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom and the Unites States.

During the G7, President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that they had made a trade agreement. The deal will concentrate on farming, industry, and digital trade. Japan is expected to buy $7 billion of US farm products – this is “very good news” for American farmers and ranchers. To continue reading, click here.

What is the Electoral College?

Every four years, the United States has an election to pick a new president. While people do vote in a general election, the president is picked by a group called the electoral college. There are 538 people – called electors – in the electoral college. That’s one for every Representative and Senator in each state.

When the people in each state vote in the general election for president, they’re really voting for which political party’s electors gets to vote for president later. After all the states have counted the votes of the people and chosen which electors will vote, the electoral college gets together and votes for president. Whoever gets 270 or more of the 538 electoral votes becomes president of the United States. To continue reading, click here.

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