Politics

Macron And Le Pen Advance To Runoff For Presidency

The New York Times reports: President Emmanuel Macron will face Marine Le Pen, the French far-right leader, in the runoff of France’s presidential elections, according to projections based on preliminary ballot counts published by French polling agencies on Sunday at the close of voting. The projections, which may still shift but are generally a good indicator of the outcome, showed …

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Charlie Crist Holds Golf Cart Parade In The Villages

Florida Politics reports: Democratic candidate for Gov. Charlie Crist brought his campaign to The Villages this weekend to unveil his “Seniors for Crist” policy initiative. Crist met with more than 250 members of The Villages Democratic Club and joined them on a golf cart tour through The Villages, a well-known Republican stronghold. But Crist said his “Florida for All” campaign …

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Macron Lashes Out At Polish PM Over Putin Criticism

The BBC reports: French President Emmanuel Macron has called Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki “a far-right anti-Semite who bans LGBT people”, after being criticised for his talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Mr Morawiecki compared Mr Macron’s efforts to negotiating with Hitler. The French president has held regular conversations with Mr Putin since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine. On Friday, …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden, Harris, Ketanji Jackson Celebrate

The New York Times reports: President Biden planned to celebrate the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court with a ceremony on the White House South Lawn on Friday. The event, scheduled for 12:15 p.m., will commemorate the appointment of the first Black woman to the court alongside a bipartisan group of senators who voted to confirm …

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French Extremist Marine Le Pen Has Shot At Presidency

The Washington Post reports: Leading candidates for the French presidency staged their final campaign rallies on Thursday, three days before a vote that appears increasingly likely to result in a tight runoff between President Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Macron is still leading in polls of voter intent, but the gap between him and Le Pen has …

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate Votes To Confirm Ketanji Jackson

The New York Times reports: Faced with a historic pick who would not change the ideological divide of the court, top Senate Republicans had initially promised a respectful review of her record to show they could scrutinize a judicial nominee without personal attacks. Few questioned her qualifications, and Judge Jackson had been reviewed and approved by the Judiciary Committee three …

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Senate Votes 53-47 To End Debate On Ketanji Jackson

The Associated Press reports: The Senate cleared the way Thursday for a final vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, preparing to endorse the Black woman on the high court and giving President Joe Biden a bipartisan endorsement for his historic pick. A 53-47 vote to cut off debate Thursday morning came hours before Jackson’s expected confirmation. …

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Demings Raises Record $13M In Bid To Unseat Rubio

The Hill reports: Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) raked in more than $10 million in the first three months of 2022 for her bid against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), her campaign announced on Wednesday. The staggering eight-figure haul leaves her with more than $13.1 million in cash on hand – the largest war chest ever for a U.S. Senate challenger in …

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Legal Weed Spurs “Don’t Drive High” Campaign In NY

The New York Post reports: New York State launched its first ads in anticipation of legally selling marijuana later this year with the warning: “Don’t drive high.” Customers will be able to buy cannabis products in licensed retail stores by year’s end, according to the state Office of Cannabis Management. Gov. Kathy Hochul and OCM unveiled 15 second and 30 …

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Fourth GOP Rep Who Voted To Impeach Will Retire

Click On Detroit reports: Michigan Congressman Fred Upton, a Republican who has been serving the 6th district in West Michigan since 1987, says he’s retiring from Congress. Upton would have had to face Trump-backed Bill Huizenga in the 2022 election later this year after redistricting maps were approved earlier this year, creating a new 4th district. Upton was one of …

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Romney Becomes Third GOP “Yes” Vote On Jackson

The Huffington Post reports: Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) announced Monday night that they will vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making them the second and third Republicans to confirm their vote for President Joe Biden’s court pick. “After multiple in-depth conversations with Judge Jackson and deliberative review of her record and recent …

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Murkowski Becomes Second GOP “Yes” On Jackson

Yahoo News reports: The Senate Judiciary Committee was split on whether to approve the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. The vote on Monday went as expected, with the committee’s Democrats voting in favor of holding a Senate-wide confirmation vote, and the Republicans opposing her nomination’s advancement. The vote was split, but Democrats control the Senate, allowing …

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Senate Judiciary Panel Deadlocks 11-11 On Jackson

Reuters reports: The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday voted 11-11 along party lines on U.S. President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, with the full Senate still expected to confirm her later in the week as the first Black woman to serve on the top U.S. judicial body. The deadlocked committee vote, with Biden’s fellow Democrats in favor …

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate Panel Votes On Ketanji Jackson

Yahoo News reports: Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are scheduled to vote on Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination for the Supreme Court. It kicks off a potentially historic week in which a full Senate vote could set course for the nation’s highest court seating it’s first Black female judge. The elevation of Jackson to the Supreme Court would not change …

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Hungarian PM Viktor Orban Elected To Fourth Term

The Associated Press reports: Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared victory in Sunday’s national elections, claiming a mandate for a fourth term as a still incomplete vote count showed a strong lead for his right-wing party. In a 10-minute speech to Fidesz party officials and supporters at an election night event in Budapest, Orban addressed a crowd cheering “Viktor!” …

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Hogan Rips DeSantis For “Crazy Fight” With Disney

“I didn’t actually see the details of the legislation but the whole thing seems like a crazy fight. DeSantis is always talking about, that he was not demanding businesses do things but he was telling the cruise lines what they had to do, he was telling schools what they had to do. Mandating! “And now wants to criticize Disney for …

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Santa Claus Among 51 Candidates In AK House Race

The Anchorage Daily News reports: A field 51 candidates have filed to run in the special election to fill Alaska’s lone U.S. house seat, in a slate that includes former Gov. Sarah Palin, North Pole City Council member Santa Claus, current and former lawmakers, a homebuilder and his brother. The number of candidates is more than twice as large as …

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NJ Push To Allow Self-Pumping Of Gas Hits Dead End

The New York Times reports: A brief but intense push to abolish a law that bars drivers in New Jersey from pumping their own fuel at gas stations has hit a speed bump, if not a complete dead-end. Nicholas Scutari, the Democratic president of the State Senate whose backing would be crucial to any law change, put an end to …

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Pakistan PM Goes Full Trump On Coming Ouster Vote

Reuters reports: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan suggested on Saturday that he might not accept a vote to oust him, a move he alleged was being orchestrated by the United States. Opposition parties say Khan has failed to revive an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic or fulfil promises to make his government more transparent and accountable, and have put …

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Garland Shrugs Off Pressure To Move Faster On Jan. 6

Axios reports: Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday said he would not give in to pressure to expedite charges stemming from the Jan. 6 investigation in the House. Democrats are pushing Garland to charge Trump loyalists who have refused to cooperate with subpoenas issued by the House Select Committee probing the Jan. 6 insurrection of the U.S. Capitol. “The only …

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