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8 Resources to Stay on Top of All of the 2016 Presidential Election News

8 Resources to Stay on Top of All of the 2016 Presidential Election News

This is likely one of the most confusing US elections in history, both for US citizens and for those who are watching from other parts of the world. There are so many things going on, and even one candidate has dropped out of the race and is supporting another candidate. So, how do you stay on top of all of the 2016 election news? You use these eight resources that will help you to track this presidential election.

1. Rock the Vote

If you are old enough to vote, you need to get out there and do your part. Millennials are the largest living generation of US citizens, and they have the power to decide what happens in the next election. If you are millennial, you need to check out this website and learn how your voice can be heard on Election Day.

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    2. Real Clear Politics

    Get all of the election 2016 presidential polls information you need to know about. Find election polls, state polls, president polls, senate polls, house polls, governor polls, approval polls, and more. There are also loads of great videos and articles that will keep you informed about this election.

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      3. The Guardian Election 2016

      This is your place to find daily news coverage on Election 2016 by The Guardian. Find daily news, commentary, live results, long reads, and much more. Learn what other Americans have to say about the candidates, the issues, and what they would like to see in the next POTUS. There is even a delegate tracker so you can track who is winning the nomination for each party.

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        4. CNN Politics 2016 Election

        Everything you need to know, including the most up-to-date information about the candidates and the election, can be found here. Check out all of the 2016 campaign videos, articles, news videos, and more. You can also enjoy the CNN 2016 Election Center, and download the CNN Politics app. Be sure to check out some well-written editorials that discuss the issues and the candidates in great detail.

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          5. US Election Odds

          If you want to see predictors and indicators in chart form to get a really good idea of what is going on in this election, this website has just what you are looking for. You will be able to see the chance each candidate has of winning, and their chances have been tracked for you since day one. Make sure that you subscribe to the news update, so you can get all of the latest election news when it happens.

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            6. 270ToWin: 2016 Presidential Election Map

            You can use this interactive map to create your very own 2016 election forecast. You can create specific match-ups, and all you have to do is click on a party or the names that are near the electoral vote counter. Map Options will let you set the amount of available ratings or colors that are used in your map.

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              7.  The New York Times: Who is Running for President?

              Would you like to learn about all of the candidates who threw their hats into the ring this year? While we are only hearing about the main candidates, there were many others who quite possibly should have also been in the running. This column by the New York Times will show you exactly who is still running, and who was running at the beginning of the process.

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                8. BallotPedia

                This site is referred to as the “encyclopedia of American politics”. Pages include “on the trail”, “on the issues”, “political savvy”, “recent news”, and a whole lot more. Get all the information you need on the federal, state, and local level, find out about public policy, and find out what happened in each debate.

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                  The Gentle Art of Saying No

                  The Gentle Art of Saying No

                  No!

                  It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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                  But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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                  What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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                  But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

                  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
                  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
                  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
                  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
                  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
                  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
                  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
                  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
                  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
                  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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