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

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Amazon Fires: Problem? Yes. Unprecedented? No.

According to recent reports, a whopping 9,000 fires are raging in the Amazon rainforest. Many have described it as a crisis, and it is believed that the jungle may be in danger of eradication. However, while the situation is no doubt precarious, it is not unprecedented. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has responded to this crisis by announcing the deployment of military forces to combat the fires.

Although headlines have declared this a record number of blazes, it’s actually not much higher than the average. Despite the recent claims that there have never been as many fires in the Amazon as in 2019, the truth is that the current number is not much higher than the average. In 2005 there were a similar amount of fires in the Brazilian rainforest.

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US-Japan Trade Deal Announced

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.

On the eve of the summit, US and Japanese trade representatives held talks in Washington. It was widely anticipated that two of the world’s largest economies were going to announce a partial trade agreement, also known as an “early harvest,” before signing a more comprehensive trade pact.

During the final day of the G7, President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced to reporters that they had reached an agreement in principle. The deal will concentrate on agriculture, industrial tariffs, and digital trade. The “very good news” for American farmers and ranchers is that the proposed arrangement is expected to open up Japan’s agricultural market to US goods to the tune of $7 billion.

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The Electoral College – Does it Work for America?

The electoral college has been the subject of debate since it was first created. Recently, arguments for and against the institution have bubbled back up to the surface. As the American experiment progresses, it will become even more critical for people to understand this component of the electoral process. So what is the electoral college, and why do we need it?

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. A presidential candidate needs at least 270 of those electoral votes to win.

The founding fathers enshrined the electoral college in the Constitution as a way to find a middle ground between having Congress elect the president and having the process decided by a popular vote.

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