February 9, 2017

Disney announces opening dates for ‘Avatar,’ ‘Star Wars’ lands; new fireworks show World Disney World Orlando

Disney announces opening dates for ‘Avatar,’ ‘Star Wars’ lands new fireworks show World Disney World Orlando 

ORLANDO — Disney Parks announced this week the opening date for its new Avatar-themed land, revealed a new fireworks show coming to Walt Disney World, and announced the opening date (well, actually it’s just the opening year) for its new Star Wars-themed lands coming to both coasts.
“Pandora – The World of Avatar” will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida on May 27, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced this week. The land, inspired by James Cameron’s “AVATAR,” will be a 12-acre land that will immerse guests into the world of Pandora.
The land will include floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests, and flying “Banshees,” Disney said in a news release.
Credit: Disney Parks
“Rivers of Light,” an all-new nighttime show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, will begin shows on Feb. 17.
The 15-minute show was originally set to debut last April, however technical issues delayed the opening of the show until this month.
The theatrical show celebrates nature and its connection with humans by combining live performances, floating lanterns, and special effects.
“At the show’s finale, we hope guests will feel like they have been on a tremendous ceremonial and visual journey,” said Michael Jung, Walt Disney Imagineering creative director. “Rivers of Light really provides an affirmation of life and reminds us of the beauty and fragility of the natural world we all share – with animals and one another.”
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Disney also announced the new Star Wars-themed lands planned for Walt Disney World and Disneyland will open in 2019.
The 14-acre lands will be based on the blockbuster movie franchise.
The new lands will feature two new attractions, including a ride that lets visitors pilot the Millennium Falcon.
“At each location, guests will be transported to a never-before-seen planet – a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space – where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life,” Disney said in a news release.
Also this week, Disney announced “Happily Ever After,” a new nighttime fireworks show that will premiere at Magic Kingdom in Florida on May 12.
“Wishes,” the current fireworks show at the park, premiered in 2003.

December 31, 2016

Miami's Most Expensive New Year's Eve 2017 Parties | Miami New Times

Miami's Most Expensive New Year's Eve 2017 Parties | Miami New Times

New Year's Eve 2017: The Parties You Can't Afford in Miami

Shh, don't tell the masses about Nikki Beach's private fireworks.EXPAND

Shh, don't tell the masses about Nikki Beach's private fireworks.

Courtesy of Nikki Beach

Ah, 2016, the year America lost its favorite celebrities, its respect for the political process, and roughly a billion Facebook friends over arguments about whether black lives matter. And 2017 doesn't look much better. So you'd be forgiven for wanting to shell out every last dime for one killer New Year's Eve experience before you spend your remaining days on Earth waiting out the apocalypse.

Unfortunately for you, this is Miami. You could sell everything you own and still not afford these ridiculously expensive party packages. But if you're still curious what real ballers will be doing as the ball drops this year, here are the highest ticket prices in town.

James Bond/Bollinger Package at Artisan Beach House
For $10,007 — which, yes, is the actual price of this experience — you might expect to own a share in whatever club you're partying in when you wake up in 2017. But Artisan Beach House's James Bond/Bollinger package takes the opposite approach: They supply the fancy surroundings, and you bring the party guests. High-rollers will start the night with a four-course meal by chef Paula DaSilva before moving on to the private terrace of the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour for an intimate open bar for six. After getting drunk and watching the fireworks, you and your five friends can crack open a limited-edition 007 Spectre crystal set containing a 1.5-liter bottle of 1988 Bollinger R.D. From there, anything goes. What happens on the private terrace stays on the private terrace.
$10,007 for the full package. Visit artisanbeachhouse.com.

Magical Garden at Nikki Beach
Public fireworks displays? For the plebes. Real ballers know the only way to celebrate New Year's Eve is with a light show of their very own, and that's what Nikki Beach is bringing this year: "Miami Beach's only private fireworks display," according to a news release. How do private fireworks work, exactly? Are you prohibited from watching them if you haven't dropped $650 for dinner for two? Only one percenters know for sure, but they'll be too busy watching dancers, listening to musicians and DJs, and exploring a hipster fairyland complete with "life-sized antique bird cages and crystal-adorned oversized gazebos" to notice. Especially if they've shelled out an additional $10,000 for an exclusive New Year's Eve strawberry mojito made with a full jeroboam of Dom Pérignon rosé. Yes, really.
$100 for general admission, $550 for VIP table, $650 for dinner for two. The party starts at 8 p.m. Visit nikkibeachmiamievents.com.

Five Star Miami New Year's Eve
Haven't begun your New Year's Eve celebrations yet? You're doing it wrong. Five Star Miami party people have been living it up since last Sunday, toasting the new year with a sunset party, a night at Rockwell, and a luxury yacht cruise. Tomorrow's Surreal Party at E11even is next in the lineup; tables can cost as much as $1,606. And the Five Star New Year's Eve 2017 event on Watson Island — the one that will take place New Year's Eve — can cost as much as $20,000 for a table. Though, to be fair, that's for 16 people and includes butler service. You wouldn't want to ring in the new year without a butler by your side.
Tickets cost $350 to $20,000. Visit fivestarnye.com/miami.

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Justin Bieber at the Fontainebleau
You can spend New Year's Eve in the same hotel as Justin Bieber for $350. But to ring in 2017 within close range of the Biebs, the Fontainebleau's asking price is $50,000. That'll score you an ultra-VIP stage-side party place for you and 24 of the biggest Bieber fans you know.
Tickets cost $350 to $50,000. Visit fontainebleau.com/NYE.

Rev Run and DJ Ruckus at Hyde Beach Miami
Hyde Beach's Havana Nights-themed NYE party, A Night in Cuba, is not, in fact, based on the 2004 Dirty Dancing sequel, but rather on the actual Havana, with Cuban cigar rollers posted up around the pool. Attendees can enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres from the Bazaar and a free open bar until midnight while dancing to the sounds of traditional Cuban musicians Rev Run and DJ Ruckus. Want prime access to the dance floor? A cabana for ten will run you $5,500.
Tickets cost $150 to $5,500. Visit sbe.com.

Marshmello at Story
If you have $15,000 lying around and no plans this Saturday night, you can book a dance-floor table at Story to watch Marshmello, EDM's star of the moment. You and 14 friends can guzzle two included bottles of vodka and three bottles of champagne, plus party favors, which you have to assume include matching Marshmello masks for all attendees. But wait — don't forget the $5,700 in service charges!
General admission starts at $300. Visit flavorus.com.



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Skrillex at LIV
Meanwhile, at LIV, it'll cost you $25,000 for a front-stage VIP table that includes 20 VIP tickets, two magnums of premium vodka, and three magnums of champagne. But if you're feeling that post-holiday crunch in your budget, you can always downsize to a $20,000 half-dance-floor-VIP table with all the same perks. Just ask yourself: Am I a VIP, or just a half-VIP?
General-admission tickets start at $400. Visit flavorus.com.

2 Chainz at Rockwell
Do you need to smell like money to book Rockwell's premium NYE booth? MFN right. A reservation will cost you $10,000 for up to 12 guests plus a magnum of vodka and four bottles of champagne.
General admission starts at $200. Visit tablelist.com.

December 27, 2016

New Year's Eve 2017 Party Guide: The Best Places to Dance in New York City, Los Angeles & Miami

New Year's Eve 2017 Party Guide: The Best Places to Dance in New York City, Los Angeles & Miami

12/22/2016 by Billboard.com 

New Year's Eve 2017 Party Guide: The Best Places to Dance in New York City, Los Angeles & Miami

The ball drop during the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square on Jan. 1, 2016 in New York City.
Another year is almost over, and instead of worrying about what last-minute gift to get your grandma for Christmas, New Year's Eve plans are becoming your biggest concern.
Hoping to party it up to ring in the new year, you say? You're in luck. The big cities have some truly giant stars coming to light dance floors on fire. Whether you're braving the cold in New York City or soaking up the sun in Miami, or if you're looking for deep house, dubstep, or future bass, there's a little something for everyone.
Check out these premier parties in three of the country's biggest dance hubs, and get your body ready for some serious.
New York City
NYE Week Marquee
289 10 Ave., New York City
Time: Thursday, Dec. 23, 11 p.m.
Music by: Andrew Rayel
Time: Friday, Dec. 24, 11 p.m.
Music by: Dada Life
Time: Thursday, Dec. 29, 11 p.m.
Music by: Chuckie
Time: Thursday, Dec. 29, 11 p.m.
Music by: Chuckie
Time: Friday, Dec. 30, 11 p.m.
Music by: Carnage
Time: Saturday, Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m.
Music by: Afrojack
RPM's Big Week NYC
Pier 94, 711 12 Ave., New York City
Pardon My French
Time: Wednesday, Dec. 28, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Music by: DJ Snake, Tchami, Malaa, Mercer
Justice Pre-NYE Party
Time: Friday, Dec. 30, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Music by: Justice (DJ Set), Crystal CastlesHot Chip (DJ Set)
The Brooklyn Hanger, 2 52 St., Brooklyn
Time: Saturday, Dec 31, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Music by: Gareth Emery, Chirstina Novelli, Dan Stone, Standerwick, Will Atkinson
Resolute New Year's Eve and Day Extravaganza
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Time: Saturday, 10 p.m. to Sunday, 10 p.m.
Music by: [a:rpia:r] (Rhadoo, Petre Insipirescu, Raresh), Ion Ludwig. Visuals by Dreamrec.
Ignite: New Year's Day with Steve Aoki
Secret warehouse location, Brooklyn, NY
Time: 9 p.m.
Music by: Steve AokiGTA, Bad Royale, and more
Solomun B2B Dixon
Space Ibiza NYC, 637 W 50 St., New York City
Time: 8 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Music: Solomun B2B Dixon, Vanjee B2B Nadav Vee, Frank & Tony
Los Angeles
Get Real
Factory 93, 1756 Naud St., LA
Time: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Music by: Green Velvet B2B Claude VonStroke, Waze & Odyssey, Walker & Royce
Minimal Effort NYE
The Globe Theater, 740 S. Broadway, LA
Time: 4 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Music by: Recondite (Live), Simian Mobile Disco (DJ Set), Stephan Bodzin (Live), Matthew Dear aka Audion (Live), &ME, Francesca Lombardo, Sacha Robotti, AmtracChrome Sparks (DJ Set), Kastle, Nicola Cruz (Live), Human Resources, The Desert Hearts Crew (Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Porkchop), and more TBA.
Duke Dumont
Exchange LA, 618 S. Spring St., LA
Time: 9 p.m.
Music by: Duke Dumont
The Standard Rooftop, 550 S. Flower St., LA
Time: 7 p.m.
Music by: Breakbot, Infrane (DJ Set)
Jamie Jones
Club Space, 34 NE 11 St., Miami
Time: 11 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Music by: Jamie Jones, Bakke, Danyelino, Hardline, Ms. Mada, ThunderPony
LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., South Beach
Time: 9 p.m.
Music by: Skrillex, Mednas
Story, 136 Collins Ave., South Beach
Time: 9 p.m.
Music by: Marshmello
Robin Schulz
The W Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave., South Beach
Time: 10 p.m.
Music by: Robin Schulz

What to Do on New Year's Eve in New York

What to Do on New Year's Eve in New York

What to Do on New Year's Eve in New York
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The Times Square ball drop, first organized in 1907 by then-owner of the New York Times, Adolph Ochs, continues to draw over a million spectators to the technicolor plaza. The current ball, designed by Waterford Crystal in partnership with Philips' custom LED lamps, is the seventh iteration. And since 1929, live musical performances in New York have been broadcast across the country and the world, first on radio stations and later, television. Today, viewers tune in for the updated—and completely essential—New Year's Rockin' Eve.
No place does New Year's Eve quite like New York City. From the iconic ball drop in Times Square to the epic parties thrown in grand venues across the city, New York lives up to its name as the city that never sleeps. And whether you want to participate in a midnight run, jam out at Phish's annual concert in Madison Square Garden, or celebrate without spending a dime, there's really no excuse for not partaking in a bit of New Year's revelry. 

The Ball Drop at Times Square

So you went to the ball drop. We can’t really blame you—it’s New York's (and arguably the world’s) most iconic New Year’s Eve celebration. The ball drops from the top of One Times Square and is best seen from the north, up Broadway between 43rd and 50th, and on Seventh Avenue between 43rd and 59th. Arrive early (really, really early), dress warmly (do not be ashamed to wear multiple pairs of mittens), and bring plenty of snacks and water. Keep in mind that there’s no alcohol allowed in any New York City public space and—perhaps more importantly—there will no public, portable restrooms in Times Square either. Just plan accordingly, please?

New York Harbor Fireworks

Fireworks are launched from multiple places once the clock strikes midnight—even at Times Square, but it’s so bright and loud there already you probably won't notice. The most picturesque of these presentations is certainly the show over New York Harbor, which are set off from Liberty Island. They can be viewed from downtown Manhattan’s Battery Park, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, or by boat in the harbor. Several companies offer cruise packages for the evening with food and drinks, though they can be pricey. If you’re on a budget, hop aboard the cheapest cruise in town: the free Staten Island ferry.

Grand Army Plaza Fireworks

Though Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza doesn’t have the water-bound drama of the Statue of Liberty, it’s pound for pound the most charming fireworks display in New York City. Set against the backdrop of the triumphal Beaux-Arts Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch, Prospect Park, and the bronze gateway of the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, it’s also the celebration that’s the most neighborhood-oriented. Hosted by the Brooklyn borough president and the Prospect Park Alliance, the party starts up at 11pm with live music and free hot chocolate. Fireworks go off at midnight.

Central Park Fireworks

The Central Park fireworks display is visible from just about everywhere in the park, or from any location where a good portion of the park is visible. Though it’s not exactly picnic weather come December 31, there are plenty of well-lit, lively, and pretty places in the park to settle in for the show. Unlike Times Square, Central Park food and drink vendors will still be serving hot warm snacks and sips to visitors. The fireworks are set off from the Naumburg Bandshell around 70th Street, just south of the Bethesda Fountain.

Time’s Up New Year’s Eve Ride

The environmental organization Time’s Up organizes a free ride (bikes and skates welcome) from Washington Square Park to Central Park’s Belvedere Castle. Bikers and skaters leave from Washington Square at 10 PM. Alternate start points depart from the Brooklyn entrance of the Williamsburg Bridge at 9:45 PM and Madison Square Park at 10:20 PM. If wheels really aren't your thing, you can always just show up to the Belvedere Castle at a quarter to midnight. Participants and spectators are encouraged to dress extra f, and to bring along food and drink. Expect a wild, albeit chilly, open air dance party at the end. You'll even get to enjoy those epic Central Park fireworks exploding overhead.

Go on (or Cheer on) a Midnight Run

New York Road Runners organizes a jubilant run (plus dancing) in Central Park every year at the stroke of midnight—so technically this event happens on New Year’s Day. The Central Park fireworks serve as the starting pistol, and runners take off for a four-mile loop through the park in sequins, wigs and, on occasion, giant Christmas tree costumes. Fees range from $20 to $65, but the totally free festival at Naumburg Bandshell, full of music and dancing, will be pumping from 10 PM through 1 AM. Hydrate with a glass of sparkling cider!

New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace at Saint John the Divine

This annual free concert, founded in 1984 by composer and New York Philharmonic music director Leonard Bernstein, is a chance to welcome the New Year in a reflective (rather than very bright and very loud) way. Held in the beautiful nave of Saint John the Divine—the largest cathedral in the world—its varied program (recently ranging from Vivaldi to “This Little Light of Mine”) always begins at 7 p.m. General admission seats are free, but reserved seats are also available starting at $100.

Silent Reflection at the Jivamukti Yoga Center

For several years, Manhattan’s Jivamukti Yoga Center has made a name for itself as an alternative way to celebrate the New Year. From 9 p.m. until midnight every December 31, founders Sharon Gannon and David Life open their studio to the public for a free group meditation, or mauna. Midnight is marked with the chanting of a mantra, but before then quiet reigns. After all, mauna is the Sanskrit word for silence. For $108, practitioners can join Jivamukti for a two hour class and a vegan dinner before the meditation begins.

Phish at Madison Square Garden

Phish’s marathon New Year’s Eve concerts at Madison Square Garden are the stuff of legend. They’ve appeared at the iconic venue on December 31 at least nine times since 1995, and are likely to return most years—if not all. Regularly stretching their performances across several hours and, in 2015, three sets and an encore, you can count on having a full night. It's the perfect way to ring in the New Year if that’s, you know, your jam.

Sleep No More

Since it opened in 2011, the immersive theater Sleep No More has made holiday celebrations its specialty. New Year’s Eve is no different, with a variety of packages that offering access to Sleep No More itself, a Royal Fest, and the McKittrick Hotel’s Winter Masquerade. The dress code is strictly enforced: come wearing something suitable for royalty, and don’t forget to wear the pre-approved color palette—2015’s was black, silver, and gold. 

Head to a Hotel Party

Many of New York’s best-loved boutique hotels throw something together for New Year’s Eve, whether it’s glam or grungy. The Roxy Hotel has hosted a Dali-inspired Surrealist Ball, while the Soho Grand presents its own take on Truman Capote’s famous 1966 Black and White Masquerade Ball. The Bowery, meanwhile, has offered up something for everyone: historically combining themed Prohibition, Anna Karenina, and Mexican hacienda rooms in one wide-ranging party. Expect a steep up-front cost, but you'll be rewarded with an all-night open bar.

The Poetry Project’s Marathon Reading

Admittedly, this event takes place on January 1. But what better way to cure your hangover than with poetry? Stick with us. The Poetry Project’s New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon, first established in 1974 by poet Anne Waldman, has hosted luminaries like Eileen Myles, Patti Smith, Philip Class, Yoko Ono, Kathy Aker, Amiri Baraka, and Allen Ginsberg. Tickets are $25, but the program lasts all day—from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Stay as long or as little as you like: either way, you’re bound to hear something of interest.

November 26, 2016

Donald Trump plans to make getting a green card very, very difficult

Donald Trump plans to make getting a green card very, very difficult


US President-elect Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at election night rally in Manhattan, New York, US
It begins. (Reuters/Mike Segar)
World leaders are seeking clarity from president-elect Donald Trump on a number of pressing issues, including trade and relations with NATO. While there’s a lot of guesswork about Trump’s policies, there’s one thing the rest of world should prepare for: a titanic shift in immigration.
Trump’s hard-line position on immigration doesn’t just affect undocumented immigrants; he wants to severely restrict legal migration too. Trump has vowed to “keep immigration levels, measured by population share, within historical norms.” Since 1970, the US’s foreign-born population has nearly tripled in percentage terms, to 13.3%, and it’s projected to reach 18% by 2065, according to the Pew Research Center.
Trump wants to make it much harder to get a green card (permanent resident status), but has yet to define what he means by “historical norms.” When the US began collecting data on the immigrant share of the total population in 1850, it stood at around 10%. It fluctuated before peaking at around 15% in 1890—due in large part to high levels of European immigration.
In 1921, the Emergency Quota Act began limiting immigration from a country to 3% per year of the number of people from that country who already lived in the US in 1910. The 1924 National Origins Act cut this quota to 2% and also excluded immigrants from Asia. Between the 1930s and 1970 the immigrant share dropped sharply, reaching a historic low of around 5% in 1970.
So if Trump’s “historical norm” is from 1921 to 1965, the number of green cards issued each year would halve, according to the New York Times (paywall). If the norm runs from 1966 to 1976, when Trump was in his twenties, it would fall by 41%.
Whatever the target figure, Trump has announced a number of plans to make it harder to obtain a green card in the next four years. One of his most radical ideas is to stop issuing green cards altogether for a period of time, thus freezing the ability of existing US residents to bring family members to join them.


November 5, 2016

How does the US presidential election work- US election 2016: All you need to know

US election 2016: All you need to know

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The most powerful nation on earth is about to elect a new leader, with the impact felt across the globe. So how will the election work and how did we end up with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton?
When the US picks its president, it is not only choosing a head of state but a head of government and a commander-in-chief of the largest military on the planet.
It's a big responsibility. So how does the process work?

Who can be president?

Technically, to run for president, you only need to be "a natural born" US citizen, at least 35 years old, and have been a resident for 14 years. 
Nearly every president since 1933 has been a governor, senator, or five-star military general. And that's before you even consider getting a party nomination and securing national media attention.
In this 2016 election, at one stage there were 10 governors or former governors and 10 who are or were senators, although many have since dropped out. 
One person is nominated to represent the Republican and Democratic parties in the presidential election.

Why is it Hillary Clinton v Donald Trump?

Media captionKatty Kay explains the long and complex process for picking a presidential nominee
A series of elections are held in every state and overseas territory, starting in February, which determine who becomes each party's official presidential candidate.
The winner of each collects a number of "delegates" - party members with the power to vote for that candidate at the party conventions held in July, where candidates are formally confirmed.
The more state contests a candidate wins, the more delegates will be pledged to support them at the convention. 
Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump were the clear winners in 2016 and were officially nominated at their party's conventions in July.
They are two of the most unpopular candidates in modern American history.
Media captionHow did we end up with two such unpopular candidates?
At the conventions, the parties also officially unveiled their vice-president picks - Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia for Mrs Clinton, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence for the Republicans.

The big talking points of the campaign

There has been a slew of controversies generated by Donald Trump, from the moment the New York businessman launched his campaign with the description of Mexican immigrants as "rapists and criminals". His candidacy has rarely gone a few weeks without sparking some uproar. He's waged wars of words with a judge, a Miss Universe, a Fox News anchor and the Muslim family of a fallen soldier. He's had to defend his refusal not to release his tax returns and the suggestion he has paid no federal income tax for 18 years, plus field questions surrounding his charitable foundation.
And Hillary Clinton has had her share of anxious moments too. The damage wrought by her private email arrangement to her reputation is thought to be significant, despite the FBI effectively closing the investigation in July and clearing Clinton of wrongdoing. Questions have been raised about the foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation. Mr Trump has also put the spotlight on the part she played in pushing back at the women who claimed to have affairs with her husband Bill. And WikiLeaks has been revealing hacked emails that have laid bare some embarrassing conversations between members of her campaign team.

And the two big October surprises

The biggest bombshell to jolt the Trump campaign came on 7 October with the publication of a video from 2005. Mr Trump is heard referring to women in sexually offensive terms when he was caught on a live microphone during the filming of a soap. The furore forced him to issue an apology and try to convince voters that the words in the video "do not reflect who I am". But it wasn't enough to stop dozens of Republicans from deserting him, sparking civil war within the party. Now more half a dozen women have accused him of sexual assault, and he has hit back forcefully, accusing them of being liars and not attractive enough to warrant his attention. 
Then just 11 days before election day, the FBI announced it had found more emails "pertinent" to the Clinton email investigation, but could not yet say how significant these emails were. They were found on a laptop belonging to the estranged husband of one of Clinton's closest advisers, Huma Abedin, as police investigated whether he sent explicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl. These emails are now being looked at by the FBI to see if they include classified material or any evidence that their investigation into the emails was intentionally hampered. 

What do the polls say?

And what about policies?
The campaign has been consumed by controversy and the vote on Tuesday feels more like a referendum on the two candidates's personalities.
But there are substantive differences on issues too.
Here's a full rundown on where they stand, and below is a look at what's at stake.
Media captionWhat's at stake in the US election: Supreme Court
Media captionWhat's at stake in the US election: Refugee policy
Media captionWhat's at stake in the US election: Immigration

How does the vote in November work?

Media captionElection 2016: The race for battleground states
Votes are cast on Tuesday, 8 November.
The candidate with the most votes in each state becomes the candidate which that state supports for president.
It's all down to a system called the electoral college, a group of people who choose the winner - 538 of them, in fact. Just half of them - 270 - are needed to make a president.
But not all states are equal - California, for example, has more than 10 times the population of Connecticut, so they don't get an equal say.
Each state has certain number of these "electors" based on their population in the most recent census (it so happens that it's the same number of districts in a state, plus two senators).
When citizens vote for their preferred candidate, they're actually voting for the electors, some of which are pledged to one candidate, some for another.
But here's where it gets interesting. In almost every state (except Nebraska and Maine), the winner takes all - so the person who wins the most electors in New York, for example, will get all 29 of New York's electoral votes.
In the race to get to the magic number - 270 - it's the swing states that often matter most.
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What are swing states?

So, we've got two candidates, both in a race to get to 270 electors by winning whole states at a time.
Both parties think they can bank on certain states, big and small. Republicans will count on Texas, and not waste their money campaigning to a great extent there. Similarly, California is likely to sit in the Democrats' column.
The others are known as "swing states" - where it could go either way. Florida in particular, with its 29 votes, famously decided the 2000 election in favour of George W. Bush, who lost the popular vote nationally but, after a Supreme Court case, won the electoral college. 
Other swing states include: Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina, Nevada.

When does the new president start work?

In the days and weeks after the election - if the vote is decisive - the victor will assemble a cabinet and begin crafting a more thorough policy agenda. 
Meanwhile, the departing "lame duck" president works to shape his legacy and begins packing up his belongings.
Under the US constitution, the president is inaugurated on 20 January of the year following the election.

What about the US Congress?

The Senate election results will also have a big impact. Republicans currently hold the majority in the 100-seat chamber. But 34 seats are up for grabs on 8 November. Democrats need a net gain of four seats to win control of the chamber if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, as the US vice-president is automatically a member of the Senate, and five seats if Donald Trump is victorious. 
In the House of Representatives, all 435 seats will be contested. Republicans have controlled it since the 2010 mid-terms, and currently hold 247 seats, compared to the Democrats' 188. This means the Democrats would need to win 30 to regain control. A swing of this size is widely considered unlikely, though they may narrow the Republican majority.

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