Centrist Emmanuel Macron placed first and far-right leader Marine Le Pen placed second in initial exit polls in the first round of France’s presidential election, advancing them to a head-to-head showdown in the runoff on May 7. It was poised to be a historic wipeout for the two political parties that have traded power in post-World War II France, with neither the Socialists nor the center-right descendants of Charles de Gaulle having a shot at the presidency.
Source: Right-wing Le Pen claims victory alongside centrist Macron for French presidential runoff, with E.U. future at stake
In a year of populist drama, the closely watched election offered citizens sharply differing choices about France’s role in the world. The front-runners ranged from an ex-Trotskyist campaigner who wants to impose a maximum income to a hard-edged, anti-immigrant firebrand who wants to split from the European Union and reorient toward Russia.
Source: French citizens vote in an uncertain race that could determine Europe’s future
President Trump says that he will hold a ‘BIG’ rally in Pennsylvania next Saturday, which will also mark his 100th day in office.
Source: Trump announces rally in Pennsylvania marking first 100 days | Fox News
Murthy, a holdover from the Obama administration, was asked to resign, according to a statement released Friday night by the Department of Health and Human Services. The statement said that “after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump administration,” Murthy “has been relieved of his duties.” Trent-Adams, a 24-year veteran of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and a former chief nurse officer of the Public Health Service, will fill the role for now, the statement said.
Source: Surgeon general is removed by Trump administration, replaced by deputy for now – The Washington Post
Things are about to get messy.
WikiLeaks released another trove of information on the Central Intelligence Agency’s secrets Friday afternoon, after the Justice Department said it was considering criminal chargesagainst the organization and its founder, Julian Assange.
Source: WikiLeaks publishes more of the CIA’s secret tools after the US threatens criminal charges against the organization – Business Insider
Jim Mattis added that Syria was also dispersing its planes around the country after a U.S. cruise missile strike.
TEL AVIV — The Syrian government has retained an unspecified amount of chemical weapons and dispersed its aircraft following a U.S. cruise missile attack earlier this month, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Friday.
Source: Syria still has chemical weapons says U.S. defense secretary
The last thing the left needs is the third iteration of a failed political dynasty.
Source: Please, God, Stop Chelsea Clinton from Whatever She Is Doing | Vanity Fair
After campaigning on the issue of improving substandard care for veterans that dogged President Obama, Mr. Trump signed a reauthorization of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act and announced that he would devote a press conference to veterans issues next week.
Source: Donald Trump signs extension of veterans’ choice health care bill – Washington Times
After riots and violent protests in and around their campus during the past three months, officials at the University of California at Berkeley said Wednesday that the school is canceling a planned speech by conservative firebrand Ann Coulter because of safety concerns.
Source: Berkeley cancels conservative firebrand Ann Coulter’s speech over fears of more violent protests
Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles was stripped of his committee chairmanship. The legislative black caucus is expected to ask for his resignation.
“I extend a heartfelt apology to my colleagues and to all those I have offended,” Artiles began.
He offered a direct apology to Sen. Audrey Gibson, a Jacksonville Democrat he had called a “bitch.”
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Source: Miami lawmaker apologizes on Senate floor for using racial slur | Miami Herald
Secretary of State said the Trump administration was reviewing the lifting of sanctions against Iran, arguing that the country remains a sponsor of terrorism.
- Secretary of State Tillerson: sanction policy under review
- “Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror,” Tillerson says
Source: Tillerson: Iran complying with nuclear deal, but still sponsoring terrorism – CNNPolitics.com
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday he had met with Lt. Gov. Mike Stack multiple times regarding complaints about Stack’s treatment of state employees, complaints that are
Source: Gov. Wolf: Lieutenant governor was warned over workers’ treatment | Pennsylvania | lancasteronline.com
The drive to make the nation’s most populous state its own country has drawn extra interest after last year’s election of Republican Donald Trump as president.
Source: Leader of ‘Cal-Exit’ Drops Bid for California to Secede, Instead Moves to Russia – NBC News
Trump will sign an executive order directing the government to review guest-worker programs and federal procurement policy.
On Tuesday, he will sign an executive order in pursuit of that goal — although it’s unclear how much the administration can actually do without Congress’s approval.
Source: Trump’s First 100 Days: Trump to sign ‘Hire American,’ ‘Buy American’ order