• The Electoral College has 538 votes to dole out for the presidential election. A candidate must receive 270 votes — just over half — to become the next president.
  • The voting histories of individual states and territories allow experts to determine the ways each state is likeliest to vote. The political leaning of some states, however, are too close to predict ahead of time.
  • With fewer than 35 days until November 3, seven states have outsize chances of deciding the presidential election, according to FiveThirtyEight.
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As the last day of voting in the presidential election quickly approaches, there are just a handful of swing states that may decide the next president.

While most countries rely upon the popular vote for their elections, the US uses the Electoral College. The Electoral College was fashioned by allocating varying amounts of electoral votes to each state

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The government should explore the possibility of having an exclusive income tax cess, just as it has for education and health, for developing the agricultural infrastructure in the country, said S Adikesavan, Chief General Manager of the State Bank of India, while participating in a webinar organised by BusinessLine on Friday.

“We all know that the government does not have unlimited resources. So it is time we think of having some kind of cess, similar to that levied on income tax for education and health. And we can use it exclusively for creating agriculture infrastructure and technology development in agriculture without leakages,” asked Adikesavan, while putting forth what he said were his personal views.

Also participating in the BusinessLine Knowledge Series webinar titled ‘Monsoon-proofing India’s Growth Story’ were Himanshu Goyal, India Business Leader for IBM’s The Weather Company, and Jatin Singh, Founder and Managing Director of India’s first private weather

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2 Degrees chief business officer Andrew Fairgray says they have been fighting for fair for Kiwi businesses for many years.


2 Degrees chief business officer Andrew Fairgray says they have been fighting for fair for Kiwi businesses for many years.

The finalists in the Shop Local People’s Choice competition have been announced.

And they are a great line up of six local businesses from a barber to a team offering shared office space.

Now it’s over to you to vote for the business you think is most deserving of the Shop Local prize package.

During the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions many small businesses have been hit hard.

* 2degrees chief business officer Andrew Fairgray answered your questions on mobile working practices
* Flexible working here to stay following Covid-19 lockdowns
* Judges announced for Shop Local competition
* Boosting small businesses across the country

We need to give them as much support as possible.

That is why Stuff teamed up with 2degrees Business to extend our Shop Local

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Seven States, including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, have formally communicated to the Centre their borrowing option to meet the GST compensation shortfall.

Tuesday was the last day for picking the options. This tally shows the status till Tuesday morning and is expected to change at the end of the day.

According to sources, Gujarat, Karnataka, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Tripura have given ‘Option 1’ as their choice, while Manipur and Sikkim have decided on ‘Option 2.’ Interestingly, Assam is missing from the list, though it was among the first three, along with Bihar and Karnataka, to announce its preference.

Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Punjab, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan and the two Union Territories — Delhi and Puducherry — have sought intervention from the Prime Minister for borrowing by the Centre. In fact, Punjab, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh have formally announced that they have rejected both the options.


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Many higher-earning and better educated Americans believe that a President Joe Biden would be better for the U.S. economy but worse for their wallets. The question is: How will they vote in November?

According to a new survey conducted as part of the University of Michigan’s Survey of Consumers, half of all Americans in the top 10% of the income distribution (households taking home at least $185,000) believe that Biden would be better for the economy than President Donald Trump, compared with 30% who think the incumbent would be better and 20% who think it makes no difference.

Most Americans lower down the income scale say that Trump would be slightly better for the economy, or that there isn’t a meaningful difference between the two candidates. Overall, 37% think Trump would be better, 33% think Biden would be better, and 29% are indifferent.

Similarly, a slim

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The coronavirus exposed a debilitating and growing disease inherent in the management of many state capitals. Blue states, run with years of reckless spending and unbalanced taxation, now must swallow the bitter pill of three options: Slash spending, declare bankruptcy, or beg for trillions in federal bailouts. As the economic damage of the virus becomes more apparent, a defining political debate of 2021 will be how Congress and the White House will react.

By the beginning of 2020, several left-leaning states were already in severe fiscal trouble after years of racking up unfunded pension liabilities and bloated public payrolls. Despite New York’s $6 billion budget deficit, nearly 300,000 public employees and retirees earned six figures. Illinois was facing a $1.3 billion budget deficit (now over quadruple that), while a family of four owed $76,000 in pension liabilities and more than 100,000 public employees and retirees in the state earned six

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