RT America -- April 18, 2014
On Wednesday, New York became the tenth state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to agree to the "Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote." Written by the National Popular Vote organization, the compact requires its signatory states to pledge their Electoral College delegates to whichever presidential candidate receives the most votes nationwide. Currently, states pledge their delegates to the candidate who receives the most votes within the state. This can lead to situations like the 2000 presidential election, when Al Gore received the most votes nationwide, but still lost the election to George Bush. Lindsay France asks RT's Sam Sacks whether the Electoral College may finally be headed for the dust bin of history.
The Vermont state Senate Wednesday passed a bill requiring mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. If the bill becomes law, Vermont would be the first state to require such labeling. The European Union has made the practice obligatory for its members since 2002, and China in 2013 banned the import of genetically modified corn. There have been major corporate and other influences in the US, however, that have blocked the labeling of GMO foods from being required. Speaking with RT's Lindsay France about the controversy surrounding labeling is environmental health advocate Stacy Malkan.