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    The Supreme Court is slated to settle whether state legislatures or state courts have the final determination for state election rules, raising significant concerns among some legal scholars about future presidential races if lawmakers are given unfettered authority over rules for federal elections. In oral arguments over Moore v. Harper slated this fall, justices will weigh the merits of a North Carolina Supreme Court decision that determined that the state constitution prevents lawmakers from extreme partisan gerrymanders and ordered the districts to be redrawn. The case comes not long after a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in 2019, Rucho v. Common Cause, blocked federal courts from making decisions on whether partisan gerrymandering violates the U.S. Constitution, though it contended state courts are allowed to decide whether they violate state constitutions. SUPREME COURT TAKES CASE THAT COULD END STATE COURT ELECTION RULES JURISDICTION If the high court were to rule in favor of North Carolina, the decision could eliminate virtually all oversight of elections by state courts and give legislatures free rein to change voting rules and districts ahead of elections. ...
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made official his bid to run for reelection in October, giving him three months to close a double-digit gap to secure victory. The Liberal Party’s formal approval of Bolsonaro’s candidacy took place at its convention Sunday in a Rio de Janeiro stadium. Support was widely expected and merely symbolic, given that the far-right president has effectively been campaigning for months, crisscrossing the country to drum up support and remind voters why they shouldn’t back his nemesis, leftist former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. “We don’t need another ideology that hasn’t worked anywhere else in the world. We need to improve what we have,” Bolsonaro said on stage, surrounded by ministers, former ministers, family and other allies. “Our life wasn’t easy, but one thing comforts me isn’t seeing a communist sitting in that chair of mine.” Bolsonaro has sought to characterize the upcoming race as a battle between good and evil, echoing his 2018 campaign that presented him as an outsider crusading to restore law, order and conservative values to a...
    (CNN)Former Brazilian president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, widely known as Lula, is now officially standing as the Brazilian Workers' Party (PT) presidential candidate, the party announced Thursday.Brazil's presidential elections are scheduled for October 2, when Lula is expected to face off against current President Jair Bolsonaro. His bid for the presidency had been anticipated. Lula himself was not present at the party's nominating convention in Sao Paulo, as he was campaigning in the state of Pernambuco.This will be his sixth presidential run with PT, having previously served as president from 2003 to 2010. In a string of tweets, Lula, 76, laid out his vision for the future, promising to "rebuild Brazil."Read MoreHe added: "I didn't need to be president again. I could keep my title as the best president in history and go live the last few years of my life in peace. But I saw this country destroyed. I saw education run by a guy who didn't like education. So I decided to go back."The 2022 race is the latest twist in Lula's remarkable story as one of...
    SAO PAULO (AP) — Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who governed Brazil in 2003-2010, was confirmed Thursday as the presidential candidate for the leftist Workers’ Party ahead of October’s election. The vote of party delegates at a hotel in Sao Paulo was widely expected and merely symbolic, with da Silva’s campaign already on the move. The 76-year-old didn’t attend the party’s convention as he is campaigning in his home state of Pernambuco in Brazil’s impoverished northeast. He leads all polls against incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro. This year will mark the sixth presidential bid by da Silva, who Brazilians universally refer to as Lula. Da Silva was also confirmed as the Workers’ Party candidate in its 2018 convention, then a corruption and money laundering conviction removed him from the race and paved the way for Bolsonaro’s victory. The former union leader was released from prison in 2019 and his convictions were quashed last year after the Supreme Court ruled the judge presiding over the case, Sergio Moro, was biased. That enabled da Silva’s presidential run this year. Moro, who oversaw the...
    (CNN)There's one tiny sliver of hope for Joe Biden in a devastating new poll that flags rising concerns over the President's age and performance and shows even most Democrats want another candidate in 2024. He could still beat Donald Trump.This small consolation for the White House cannot disguise growing signs that Biden's presidency is in deep trouble even before midterm elections in November, which threaten a devastating rebuke to his Democratic Party in the House. The New York Times/Siena College nationwide survey published on Monday coincides with a flurry of unflattering stories about Biden's age and political proficiency and growing speculation about his prospects for reelection. The question of whether any Democrats would dare challenge him in a primary is an increasingly hot topic despite dismissals by leading alternative potential candidates.As worries about Biden in 2024 grow, other Democrats arent stepping forward to challenge himAnd yet, Biden, saddled with an approval rating of just 33% in the survey, is still in the game against Trump. The survey showed no clear leader, with Biden earning 44% to Trump's 41% among registered...
    (CNN)Few people noticed when the Federal Election Commission deadlocked last month over whether US Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida in 2020 had broken a law intended to keep money raised for a state campaign out of federal elections.But election lawyer Brett Kappel closely followed the case, and he immediately thought of one person who could benefit greatly from the outcome: Ron DeSantis.The Florida governor is shattering national fundraising records as he seeks a second term, attracting gobs of money from Republican donors eyeing DeSantis as a potential presidential candidate in 2024. At the end of May, DeSantis was sitting on $111 million -- more money than any candidate has ever needed to win an election in the Sunshine State. More donations come in almost every day. Gavin Newsom goes on the air against Ron DeSantis as political rivalry growsKappel believes that the FEC's inaction against Donalds could give DeSantis a blueprint for how to raise money for a prospective presidential campaign while still running for governor."Every time the FEC deadlocks on one of these innovative financial structures, it's a big...
    Live from Music Row, Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist and The Epoch Times’ Editor-at-Large Roger Simon in-studio to weigh in on a potential Donald Trump v. Ron DeSantis matchup for president of the USA. Leahy: Another story that we’ve talked about here, having to do with the 2024 election and who’s – you know, the jockeying back and forth. The star of Ron DeSantis is rising, and I don’t know what the brand of President Trump is. I don’t think it’s necessarily declining, but I don’t think it’s rising. What are your thoughts on the DeSantis boom? Simon: I think both things you said are true, but I think people should keep in mind one thing in favor of Trump is, that he really did what he said he was going to do. Whatever his behavior and personal style are, the facts on the ground are pretty impressive. And the other part of it is that people...
    DENVER (AP) — Republicans in Colorado will decide Tuesday whether to nominate — as their candidate for the state’s top election official — a county elections clerk who is under indictment for a security breach spurred by conspiracy theories related to the 2020 presidential election. Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters announced plans earlier this year to run for the Republican nomination for secretary of state on the podcast of former President Donald Trump’s adviser, Steve Bannon. In recent months, she has been issuing various reports — discredited by officials and experts — that claim vulnerabilities in voting equipment used widely in Colorado and across the country. Also running in the Republican primary is Pam Anderson, a former county clerk who previously led the state clerks’ association, and businessman Mike O’Donnell. The current secretary of state, Jena Griswold, is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Anderson’s campaign highlighted her experience running elections and a call for less politics in the role of secretary of state. Peters, elected in 2018 to oversee elections in Mesa County, is among several candidates across...
    Marxist former mayor of Bogotá and ex-member of the terrorist M19 guerrilla organization Gustavo Petro declared victory Sunday night in Colombia’s presidential election – despite dismissing the entire endeavor as rigged and calling Colombia’s top election official a “liar” days prior. Colombia’s Observatory Mission for Elections (MOE), which oversaw the vote, documented 148 complains of election “irregularities” by 3:30 p.m. local time on Sunday. By the time voting stations closed, that number had soared to 393 reports. Among the alleged irregularities, according to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, were “problems with the vote card markings,” “vote buying,” threats to voters, and candidate propaganda located within voting centers. El Tiempo added that at least two people were assassinated during the voting process and an unknown assailant bombed one voting station in Norte de Santander, northeast Colombia. Despite Petro insisting that the election would not be free and fair and calling voting registrar Alexander Vega a “liar” for claiming otherwise, Petro did not indicate on Sunday night that he would challenge the result of the election that made him president-election. Gustavo Petro, the...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president has claimed the leftist candidate in Colombia’s presidential race faces “a dirty war” by “conservatives,” leading the Colombian government to tell President Andrés Manuel López Obrador Friday to stay out of its domestic politics. López Obrador makes a big point of saying he doesn’t interfere in other countries’ internal affairs, and has used that as an excuse to avoid criticizing non-democratic regimes like Nicaragua and Cuba. But on Friday López Obrador blasted the opposition to front-running presidential candidate, the leftist Gustavo Petro. López Obrador claimed Petro faces a scare campaign, trying to depict him as dangerous radical, something similar to a campaign used against López Obrador in a failed presidential bid in 2006. “I want to say I’m sending a hug to Petro,” López Obrador. “Why a hug? Because he is facing a dirty war of the most cowardly and undignified kind, everything we suffered in Mexico. All the conservatives are united, unethically.” Colombia’s foreign relations ministry shot back on its social media accounts, saying the Mexican president’s comments were “an...
    Welcome back to WTOP’s weekly election update! WTOP’s team of reporters will keep you informed on the latest through November as primary and election races heat up in the District, Maryland, Virginia and nationwide. Local politics and elections | Nick Iannelli Both Maryland and Virginia governors may run for president It’s possible that the 2024 Republican presidential race will feature both governors from our region. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who was just elected last year, is a political newcomer, but his natural talent as a headline-grabbing politician has attracted national attention, leading to speculation that he could ultimately run for president. Youngkin addressed that speculation during an interview with Newsmax, answering a question about a potential run by saying the words “rest assured I have my eyes on 2024.” He clarified by saying 2024 will be his “30th wedding anniversary,” but it was an obvious wink and a nod hinting that he is considering a run. In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he has been invited to attend this summer’s Iowa State Fair, a key stop for candidates with...
    The prosecutor worked on House Democrats' first impeachment of Donald Trump is running for Congress, he announced on Wednesday, aiming to clinch an empty seat that's also being eyed-off by former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Attorney Daniel Goldman is joining the race for New York's newly-created 10th Congressional District, adding one more name to what already was a crowded six-way race.  It's also de Blasio's second attempt at federal office after his widely unpopular 2020 presidential bid - which he ended in September 2029 just weeks after an event he hosted in Iowa drew just about 15 people. 'I am running for Congress and this new 10th district because I want to get on the front lines, and back in the trenches like I did during the impeachment,' Goldman said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. 'To fight for our democracy, defend our democracy - but also move, bring a new voice, so that we can move some of these issues forward that the Republicans - in particular - are really trying to roll back.' Goldman was House Democrats'...
    By ASTRID SUAREZ and REGINA GARCIA CANO BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A leftist former rebel and a populist businessman took the top two spots among the six candidates in Colombia’s presidential election Sunday and headed to a runoff showdown in June. Leftist Sen. Gustavo Petro led the results with just over 40% of the votes, while independent real estate tycoon Rodolfo Hernández finished second with more than 28%, election authorities said Sunday evening. A candidate needed 50% of the total votes to win outright and the run-off election. Voters in the South American country went to the polls amid a polarized environment and growing discontent over increasing inequality and inflation. Petro has promised to make significant adjustments to the economy, including tax reform, and to change how Colombia fights drug cartels and other armed groups. Meanwhile, Hernández, whose spot in the runoff contest came as a suprise, has few connections to political parties and promises to reduce wasteful government spending and to offer rewards for people who report corrupt officials. There has been a series of leftist political victories in...
    A new political action committee has launched to call on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to run for president in 2024.  The 'Ready for Ron' PAC is led by Ed Rollins, Ronald Reagan's campaign chairman in in 1984, the year he won a landslide victory and cinched 49 states, and Lilian Rodriguez-Baz, an appellate attorney and conservative activist.  The draft committee is unaffiliated with DeSantis himself, and now is working to amass an army of supporters to convince him to run for president.  The group avoided badmouthing former President Trump, who has consistently teased a 2024 race, but says they are moving in on DeSantis since Trump has not announced his candidacy.   'The era of President Trump was wonderful, but now, since he isn't currently running, we must get ready for a new leader, we must be Ready for Ron,' Rollins said in a statement.  A new political action committee has launched to call on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to run for president in 2024 The 'Ready for Ron' PAC is led by Ed Rollins, Ronald Reagan's campaign chairman in in...
    On Tuesday, May 24, Republicans voters in Georgia will decide whether they want incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp or former Sen. David Perdue as their gubernatorial nominee — and the polls haven’t been looking even remotely good for Perdue. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is unopposed. And Kemp’s comments about Abrams indicate that he not only views her as a formidable opponent in Georgia’s gubernatorial race — he also sees her as a possible presidential candidate at some point in the future. Unless the polls are way, way off, Georgia’s 2022 gubernatorial race is almost certain to become a rematch between the 48-year-old Abrams and Kemp — who narrowly defeated her when she ran for governor in the 2018 midterms. A Fox News poll released on May 18 found Kemp with a 32% lead over Republican primary challenger Perdue. If Perdue loses that badly to Kemp, it will be a major humiliation for former President Donald Trump — who has endorsed Perdue and slammed Kemp as a RINO: Republican in Name Only. Perdue, a Trump loyalist,...
    FUSAGASUGA, Colombia (AP) — Flanked by bodyguards with bulletproof shields, Gustavo Petro stood on a stage and lashed out at Colombia’s political elite in a speech to the residents of Fusagasuga, a rural town where farmers are struggling. The leftist presidential candidate spoke of the need to protect local farmers from heavily subsidized foreign competitors. In the crowded public square, supporters waving the flags of opposition parties cheered when Petro promised to oust a political class that “prefers to work with criminals.” “What we offer is a different way to perceive Colombia,” Petro said in an hourlong address. “We want a country where the state provides fundamental rights like education and health, and can finance them because there is a productive economy.” With an emotional anti-establishment discourse and promises to boost state involvement in the economy, Petro has garnered a comfortable lead in polls as Colombia heads into Sunday’s presidential election. The senator, who began his career in politics as a rebel, is aiming to become the first leftist president in a nation that has long been ruled by...
    Donald Trump considered dropping out of the 2016 presidential race amid fallout from the infamous Access Hollywood tape where he can be heard boasting about getting to 'grab [women] by the p***y,' a new book excerpt from Kellyanne Conway revealed on Sunday. Then-candidate Trump was apparently worried the Republican Party 'could force him off the ticket or hold a vote to expel him' over the embarrassing tape, leaked roughly a month before Election Day. Conway, a former top White House adviser and Trump campaign manager, recounted a crisis meeting with her then-boss over the audio in her forthcoming memoir 'Here's The Deal.' A copy was obtained by the Daily Beast. 'Should I get out [of the race]?' Conway recalled Trump asking her on October 8, 2016, a day after the decade-old tape was released.  The ex-adviser told him that he 'actually can't' drop out 'unless you want to forfeit and throw the whole damn thing to Hillary.' Trump wound up losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton but swept the race with an Electoral College victory. 'What do you mean,...
      Click here for a complete list of our election recommendations. San Jose, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Chicago hold their mayoral elections during non-presidential election years. So do Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Miami, San Francisco and Seattle. The idea is to give voters a better opportunity to focus on local issues, rather than having a mayoral race compete for attention with the political bombardment that takes place during presidential election years. Or had you forgot that Joe Biden and Donald Trump spent a total of $6.6 billion in 2020 trying to win voter support? It would take a huge outlay of money to get your voice heard in San Jose through advertisements and news coverage in 2024 amid what is projected to be one of most heated presidential races in U.S. history. Yet, a coalition of labor and other special interest groups are pushing Measure B on the June 7 ballot, which would move San Jose’s mayoral election to presidential election years. The winner of the 2022 mayor race would serve for two years, rather than the usual...
    PARIS (AP) — From attacks on “wokeism” to crackdowns on mosques, France’s presidential campaign has been especially challenging for voters of immigrant heritage and religious minorities, as discourse painting them as “the other” has gained ground across a swath of French society. French voters head to polls on Sunday in a runoff vote between centrist incumbent Emmanuel Macron and nationalist rival Marine Le Pen, wrapping up a campaign that experts have seen as unusually dominated by discriminatory discourse and proposals targeting immigration and Islam. With Le Pen proposing to ban women from wearing Muslim headscarves in public, women like 19-year-old student Naila Ouazarf are in a bind. “I want a president who accepts me as a person,” said Ouazarf, clad in a beige robe and matching head covering. She said she would defy the promised law should Le Pen become president, and pay the eventual fine. Macron attacked Le Pen on the headscarf issue in their presidential debate Wednesday, warning it could stoke “civil war.” But polls put Le Pen closer to Macron than she was in their last runoff...
    Emmanuel Macron's official photographer has released a series of behind-the-scenes pictures ahead of the second round of voting for the presidential election.  Mr Macron can be seen in one photograph in an unbuttoned shirt, with his chest - along with noticeable chest hair - facing towards the camera. The casual image of the French president has him with one arm lazing across the back of a mustard yellow sofa, and his other arm with a slightly rolled sleeve. Mr Macron can be seen in one photograph in an unbuttoned shirt, with is chest towards the camera RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Buoyant Marine Le Pen insists 'I can win this presidential... France's disenchanted blue-collar workers could propel... Marine Le Pen closes the gap with Macron in latest French... Share this article Share In the candid pictures, the French president bears a resemblance to Bond actor Sean Connery and star Burt Reynolds - both known for their bountiful chest hair. Social media users also compared the French premier to...
    Paris (CNN)French voters head to the polls Sunday for one of the most consequential presidential elections the country has seen in decades.Twelve candidates, including incumbent Emmanuel Macron, are running for the top job. If none of them receives more than 50% of the ballots, the top two candidates will face each other in a runoff on April 24.Macron is seeking to become the first French President to win re-election since Jacques Chirac in 2002. The centrist Macron faces a litany of challengers from the political extremes, including Marine Le Pen, the long-time standard-bearer for the French far-right; TV pundit and author Eric Zemmour; and leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon. French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron, Eric Zemmour, Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Melenchon.Most analysts said the contest would be a referendum on the rise of the French right, but the war in Ukraine upended those expectations.Read MoreThe President proposed a higher tax on diesel early in his tenure that set off the yellow vest movement, one of France's most prolonged protests in decades. His record on the Covid-19 pandemic, the other defining...
    Former Alaska governor and current Congressional candidate, Sarah Palin, raised eyebrows on Tuesday night when she told a right-wing media outlet that Biden choosing his Supreme Court nominee based on race and gender is “insulting.” “It’s pretty insulting that [Biden] decided to just create those parameters and stick within that because, you know, not that she’s not qualified, but there are so many good qualified constitutionalists out there who could be chosen for that highest court in the land,” Palin said of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is expected to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, during her first interview on Real America’s Voice. “It was just unfortunate that Biden put himself in that box and stayed in it,” she added. Palin, who Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) picked from obscurity to become his vice presidential nominee in 2008, was also once accused of being an identity-based pick. For example, in August 2008, a USA Today headline read, “Experts: Palin chosen for women’s votes.” “Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s surprise pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate is...
    Paris (CNN)At the start of 2022, France's upcoming presidential election looked set to be one of the country's most watched political races in decades. An incumbent president standing for election for only the second time in his life; a candidate twice convicted of inciting racist and religious hatred polling in second place; another hard-right stalwart in third and the long-dominant left of French politics in disarray. Then Russia invaded Ukraine. With Europe's eyes fixed firmly on Russian President Vladimir Putin's bloody war, priorities have quickly shifted: Ammunition stockpiles, high stakes diplomacy and even the threat of a nuclear strike have all entered the national debate. Campaigning has been disrupted by the crisis, and several key candidates have had to backtrack on their past support for Putin.Read MoreBurnished by his experience on the world stage, most polling suggests that incumbent President Emmanuel Macron is likely to come out on top.But with just days to go before the election, his closest rival Marine Le Pen is rising in the polls, suggesting the vote could be more tightly fought than the last time...
    PARIS (AP) — Tired-looking. Unshaven. Wearing jeans and a hoodie. As he runs for re-election next month, French President Emmanuel Macron released unusual pictures of himself working nights and weekends at the Elysee palace, where he is spending most of his time focusing on the war in Ukraine — while avoiding traditional campaign activities. If it’s a campaign strategy it seems to be paying off, reinforcing his position of frontrunner in the presidential race while making it difficult for other contenders to challenge him. Macron was criticized by other candidates for refusing to take part in any televised debate before the first round, scheduled on April 10. He promised to answer at length journalists’ questions in a news conference on Thursday afternoon — an effort to show he’s not avoiding difficult issues, his entourage said. The centrist is expected to unveil his proposals for the next five years, including a controversial pension reform to raise the retirement age from 62 to 65. A government official involved in Macron’s campaign said the president wants to “respond to criticism....
    (CNN)On Sunday, Tom Brady un-retired."These past two months I've realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands," the NFL quarterback tweeted to his 2.5 million Twitter followers. "That time will come. But it's not now."What Brady didn't say -- but undoubtedly meant -- is that even after being away from the game for only a short time, he missed it. Badly.He's far from the only top-tier athlete to reconsider retirement. There's Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Mario Lemieux, Lance Armstrong and Brett Favre -- several times!All of those athletes didn't un-retire for exactly the same reasons. But there is a common thread that connects all of them: They were addicted to the competition and simply couldn't find it in other pastimes in their lives.Read MoreThat addiction to competition runs through another profession: politics. And it's why so many elected officials just can't seem to quit running. THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click...
    Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen have managed to scrape together enough endorsements from elected officials to earn a spot within the French presidential race with only days to spare. After a tumultuous few days, the pair earned a spot on the ballot paper for France’s presidential run off, with the populists breaching the minimum 500 endorsements from elected officials needed to run for the position. While both candidates have been performing extremely well in the polls, neither had much success in gathering official signatures needed to run in the race, with Le Pen going so far as to suspend her campaigning to focus on endorsement gathering. According to a report by Le Monde however, both of the candidates have now breached the 500 threshold and will now be able to focus on the race ahead. Chaleureuses félicitations à nos militants qui ont inlassablement cherché les parrainages avec détermination et conviction !Merci aux élus qui font vivre la démocratie en permettant à des millions de Français de voter pour leurs idées.Et maintenant, en avant pour la victoire ???? pic.twitter.com/6PAbzzjVbH — Marine...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two leading conservatives in South Korea’s presidential race unified behind one of them Thursday in a last-minute political deal that could boost their chances of victory in next week’s election. In a hastily arranged joint news conference, Ahn Cheol-soo, who ran a distant third in recent opinion surveys, said he would withdraw to support Yoon Suk Yeol, the more popular conservative contender who remains in a tight race with ruling party candidate Lee Jae-myung. Ahn said he and Yoon agreed to merge their political parties and form a coalition government if Yoon wins the election next Wednesday. “I have no doubts at all that a complete shift in power would be realized through our announcement on a single candidate today,” Ahn said. “We are one team.” Yoon said that he’ll surely win the election and launch a successful coalition government with Ahn. Recent opinion surveys showed Yoon running as a unity candidate leading Lee by a few percentage points or running neck-and-neck. Lee had no immediate reaction. Liberal President Moon Jae-in cannot seek reelection....
    PARIS (AP) — A French feminist who is a champion of minority groups and an icon of the left said Wednesday that she is dropping out of France’s presidential race. Christiane Taubira said during a news conference that she won’t be able to collect the 500 endorsements from elected officials that are required under French law to run for president. The rule is intended to limit the number of candidates seeking election. With 181 endorsements, Taubira, a former justice minister and a latecomer to the race, was unlikely to meet the requirement before the scheduled deadline on Friday. Polls had shown Taubira having marginal support in the lead up to France’s presidential election, which is scheduled to take place in two rounds on April 10 and 24. She represented France in the European Union parliament during the 1990s, and championed a 2001 French law that recognized the slave trade as a crime against humanity. In 2002, Taubira became the first Black woman to seek the French presidency and received 2.3% of the vote. Other left-wing...
    Online encyclopedia-turned information giant Wikipedia has completely banned seven of its editors over their sympathy for French presidential hopeful Eric Zemmour. Seven Wikipedia editors, including one of the site’s biggest French-language contributors, have been completely banned from the online encyclopedia over their pro-Zemmour stance. The seven editors were “banished” by the site on Wednesday after it emerged that they tried to edit the page of the firebrand presidential candidate. According to a report by Le Parisien, the editors were “banished” after they tried to change move a reference to Eric Zemmour’s classification as “far-right” further down the candidate’s online page, along with a host of other changes. Banishment is a particularly rare and harsh penalty used by the site, being different from a regular ban in that it cannot be circumvented by a user opening up a new account. Among those banned was an editor operating under the online handle “Cheep”, who was at the time reportedly the 64th largest contributor to French Wikipedia. Within the report, the publication notes the fact that political activists frequently try and change Wikipedia pages in...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As South Korea enters a bitter presidential race, Hong Hee-jin is one of many young women who feel that the country’s politics has become dominated by discrimination against women, even outright misogyny. “Women are being treated like they don’t even have voting rights,” the 27-year-old office worker in the capital, Seoul, said. For years, South Korean women have made slow but steady progress in the workplace as they confronted an entrenched culture of male chauvinism and harassment. But this extremely tight presidential race, which culminates March 9, has exposed the fragility of what’s been won. Top conservative candidate Yoon Suk Yeol and his liberal rival Lee Jae-myung — both men above 55 — are fighting for what they see as a “male” vote crucial for victory. They have increasingly focused their messages on young men who decry gender equality policies and the loss of traditional privileges in a hyper-competitive job market. “Politicians are taking the easy path,” Hong said. “Instead of coming up with real policies to solve problems facing young people, they...
    SEONGNAM, South Korea—Three potential whistleblowers are dead in “mafia”-linked scandals threatening to engulf one of the two leading contenders in a tight race to become South Korea’s next president. The ruling party’s candidate for the top job is suspected of profiting immensely from a multi-million-dollar real estate swindle, which allegedly included members of organized crime in his hometown of Seongnam. Three men who may have had access to damning information about Lee Jae-myung’s murky past as mayor of Seongnam have dropped dead in little more than two months. Just weeks before the crucial presidential election, a veil of silence has descended on this sprawling city on the southern fringes of metropolitan Seoul. Family members of the three executives who carried with them the secrets of a massive real estate deal have not spoken publicly, and other insiders have gone quiet. “People are afraid to talk,” Jang Young-ha, a lawyer who has followed Lee for years, told The Daily Beast. Aides to Lee, who was mayor of this glittering city of one million people for nearly eight years, denounced as “fake...
    Previously, Manchin indicated that he is open to supporting whomever President Joe Biden nominates to replace Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court so long as that person has the requisite experience for the job. In late January, Manchin told a local West Virginian radio show, “Whoever [Biden] puts up will have experience, and we’ll be able to judge them off of that, but as far as just the philosophical beliefs, no, that will not prohibit me from supporting somebody.” The senator’s indifference to a nominee’s worldview is not unique to this instance. In 2018, Manchin voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite public outcry and ruthless media scrutiny over his nomination. I will vote to support Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.pic.twitter.com/1FfuMTOZz8 — Senator Joe Manchin (@Senator Joe Manchin) 1538769291 While running in the 2020 Democratic primary race, then-candidate Biden committed to nominating the first black woman to the Supreme Court. In March 2021, White House press secretary Jen Psaki reaffirmed the now-president’s decision by stating that Biden is “absolutely” committed to nominating an “African-American...
    PARIS (AP) — The French left runs divided and weakened in the presidential race as at least five main candidates rejected any alliance with each other — and an online vote meant to pick a leader Sunday appears doomed to fail. The so-called Popular Primary has been organized by left-wing supporters as an initiative meant to unite their ranks before the election scheduled in two rounds on April 10 and 24. More than 460,000 people registered for the primary. Results of the four-day online vote are expected on Sunday evening. But the move already appears bound to fail: key contenders said they wouldn’t respect the outcome because they don’t respect the process. At least five main figures from the left and the far-left are running for president, in addition to smaller candidates. At the moment, none of them appears in a position to reach the runoff in April’s election. Centrist President Emmanuel Macron, who doesn’t hide his intention to run for reelection, is considered the front-runner. Conservative candidate Valérie Pécresse and two far-right figures, Marine le Pen and...
    Wisconsin is one of the states where MAGA Republicans, following the 2020 election, circulated fake Electoral College documents making the bogus claim that Donald Trump, not Joe Biden, won the state. Now, Wisconsin State Sen. Chris Larson is slamming U.S. Rep. Scott L. Fitzgerald — who formerly served as majority leader in the Wisconsin State Senate — for “seemingly assisting” the fake electors. In a press release issued by Larson’s office on January 25, the Democratic lawmaker is quoted as saying, “If Congressman Fitzgerald did indeed provide the meeting space in our State Capitol where 10 partisans conspired to defraud our democracy, he must explain why he did so. The Congressman owes it to his constituents and the American people at large to condemn the actions of the fraudulent GOP electors.” Larson continues, “Failing to do so is an admission that he supports their attempt to overthrow the legitimate election of President Biden, including Wisconsin, which Biden won by nearly 21,000 votes. As lawmakers, we have a special responsibility to respect the outcome of our elections, and by seemingly...
    MILAN (AP) – Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has been undergoing a series of medical examinations in a Milan hospital, a spokesman confirmed Sunday, the day after the center-right political leader and media tycoon took his name out of contention to be Italy’s next president. Italian media reported that Berlusconi had been hospitalized at San Raffaele hospital, where his physician works, but the spokesman said he has been in and out of the hospital over recent days for a series of exams and a checkup. Berlusconi, 85, recovered from COVID-19 in 2020 and was in and out of the hospital last spring for treatment of complications related to the virus. Berlusconi spent 10 days being treated at San Raffaele Hospital for COVID-19 in September of 2020. He told reporters after being discharged that disease had been “insidious” and was the most dangerous challenge he had ever faced. Besides being in a vulnerable age group, Berlusconi has a heart condition that prompted him to get a pacemaker several years ago. Berlusconi on Saturday reluctantly withdrew his candidacy to succeed Sergio Mattarella...
    Lee Jae-myung, a left-wing candidate for South Korea’s upcoming presidential election, “voiced skepticism” on Thursday over suggestions Seoul should grant military service exemptions to members of “BTS,” a South Korean pop music boy band, Yonhap News Agency reported. “Mandatory military service is a public duty set by the Constitution and we must be prudent about granting exceptions,” Lee said when asked by a reporter about the issue at a campaign event on January 20. “We can’t deny (BTS’) contribution to the nation, but we must be careful because it will be hard to draw the line if we expand (the scope of exceptions) like this,” he said. South Korea’s constitution requires all able-bodied male citizens between the ages of 18 and 28 to serve in the Republic of Korea Armed Forces for a period of at least 18 months. BTS, a South Korean boy band that performs popular music, is comprised of seven members known as Jin (29), Suga (28), J-Hope (27), RM (27), Jimin (26), V (26), and Jungkook (24). South Korea’s left-wing, ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) chose...
    LYON, France (AP) — A progressive icon from the South American territory of French Guiana on Saturday joined the race for France’s presidential election in April, promising to push back against the “discourse of hate” that has stained the campaign and seeking to unite France’s long-fractured left wing. Christine Taubira has only marginal support in the polls but is admired by many for her work for social justice and for championing a French law that recognizes the slave trade as a crime against humanity. She last ran for president in 2002, the first Black woman to do so in France, and garnered just 2.3% of the vote. “I want to play my part against … the discourse of hate and confront new challenges together,” she said in declaring her candidacy to supporters in the city of Lyon. “I hear the anger in the face of discrimination.” Taubira, a former justice minister and former member of the European Parliament, is promising 800 euros ($913) a month to all young people for five years, a hike in the minimum wage and...
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — When Chileans went to the polls last month, Elizabeth Padilla, like more than half of eligible voters in the South American country, stayed home, not feeling represented by any of the seven candidates on the ballot. But her apathy suddenly lifted when José Antonio Kast finished first. In recent days, as Chileans gear up for a runoff pitting the far-right candidate against leftist lawmaker Gabriel Boric, the 45-year-old artist has been hanging campaign posters in her downtown Santiago neighborhood and warning friends of what she sees as a serious threat to women if Kast wins. “We are four sisters and I have three nieces. I’m very worried about what could happen,” said Padilla, who has spent many a sleepless night contemplating a return of “fascism” in a country that until 1990 was governed by a military dictator, Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who Kast has defended. “The truth is I didn’t know there were so many people who think like this.” It’s a sentiment shared widely by Chilean women, especially younger urban professionals, who are shaping up to...
    French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to defend his actions during his presidency in a long interview Wednesday on national television, in a bid to boost his popularity ahead of April’s presidential election.  Macron, who is expected to seek a second term, has yet to formally declare his candidacy. He is under criticism from rivals in the race who say he is already campaigning and is using his presidential status to do so.  The 43-year-old centrist president answered journalists' questions in a long pre-recorded interview to be broadcast on Wednesday evening at prime time on national television channels TF1 and LCI.  CHINESE EMBASSY IN FRANCE RELEASES ANTI-AMERICAN SONG: US IS ‘HUMAN RIGHTS COP’  French President Emmanuel Macron wearing a protective face mask waves as German Chancellor Olaf Scholz leaves the Elysee Presidential Palace after their working lunch on Dec. 10, 2021 in Paris, France.   (Chesnot/Getty Images) The program recorded Sunday is expected to focus on domestic issues. Macron answered "questions asked by the French" and spoke about "events which marked his term," including the COVID-19 crisis and anti-government...
    PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to defend his actions during his presidency in a long interview Wednesday on national television, in a bid to boost his popularity ahead of April’s presidential election. Macron, who is expected to seek a second term, has yet to formally declare his candidacy. He is under criticism from rivals in the race who say he is already campaigning and is using his presidential status to do so. The 43-year-old centrist president answered journalists’ questions in a long pre-recorded interview to be broadcast on Wednesday evening at prime time on national television channels TF1 and LCI. The program recorded Sunday is expected to focus on domestic issues. Macron answered “questions asked by the French” and spoke about “events which marked his term,” including the COVID-19 crisis and anti-government protests, expressing “his satisfactions and his regrets,” the media group said. It comes after Macron staged a two-hour news conference last week to unveil his priorities for Europe as France is about to take over the rotating presidency of the EU...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday withdrew his senatorial candidacy in next year’s elections in his latest change of mind over what he plans to do after his turbulent term ends, when critics say he would likely face an array of lawsuits for an anti-drugs crackdown that has left thousands of mostly petty suspects killed. Accompanied by his executive secretary and security escorts, the 76-year-old Duterte went to the Commission on Elections in Manila and withdrew as a senatorial candidate. His former aide, Sen. Bong Go, separately appeared at the elections commission earlier Tuesday to withdraw his presidential candidacy, which he said his family opposed. Duterte did not give any reason for the move but his spokesman, Karlo Nograles, said it would allow the president to better focus on managing the pandemic in the country and ensuring that the May elections would be peaceful and orderly. Known for his extra tough approach to criminality, Duterte launched a police-enforced campaign against illegal drugs when he took office in June 2016. The crackdown has left more than 6,000...
    PARIS (AP) — French President Macron plans to present the priorities for France’s upcoming presidency of the European Union, a tenure that overlaps with the country’s presidential election and could put Macron in a tricky position if he campaigns for reelection. Macron is expected to run in April’s two-round election, and France’s turn in the European Council’s rotating six-month presidency starts Jan. 1. The French leader has a news conference about the EU presidency scheduled for Thursday The press conference will be only the second one held by Macron at the Elysee presidential palace to answer a broad range of questions. The first one took place in April 2019 following the antigovernment “yellow vest” protests against social and economic injustice. Macron, who was elected in 2017, has yet to formally declare whether he will seek a second term. Earlier this week, on a visit to central France, the 43-year-old centrist president declined to present himself as a candidate. “Good try,” he told reporters when asked about recent election polls. “I’m first going to try to do the task...
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The candidate from Honduras’ ruling party conceded Tuesday that opposition candidate Xiomara Castro won Sunday’s presidential election. Tegucigalpa Mayor Nasry Asfura of the National Party said in a statement Tuesday that he had personally congratulated Castro, despite only about half of the voting tallies having been counted. He was trailing by about 354,000 votes. With 52% of the tallies counted, Castro had 53% support to Asfura’s 34%, according to the National Electoral Council. The council has 30 days from the election to declare a winner. Asfura said he met with Castro and her family. “Now I want to say it publicly,” Asfura said. “That I congratulate her for her victory and as president elect, I hope that God illuminates and guides her so that her administration does the best for the benefit of all of us Hondurans, to achieve that development and the desires for democracy.” Asfura’s recognition of the outcome was a relief to many Hondurans who had feared another contested election after a debacle in 2017 led to protests that left 23 people...
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila on October 8, 2021. Duterte's six-year term in the top office ends next year, and he has filed to run for a senate seat in the May 2022 elections.Aaron Favila | AFP | Getty Images Philippine voters will head to the polls in May 2022 to elect a successor to President Rodrigo Duterte, whose six-year term in the country's top office is coming to an end. Duterte, who sought closer ties with China for most of his term, is prohibited by the Philippine constitution from seeking a second term. The president has set his eyes on a different political office, filing his candidacy for a senate seat in next year's general elections.    Still, much of the attention on the Philippine elections would fall on the presidential race, which analysts said remains wide open. Campaigning for national positions — which include the presidency and senate — will start in February. Dozens registered to run for the Philippine presidency, including the current vice president, the son of a former dictator and a retired boxing champion.VIDEO3:3803:38Race to...
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    (CNN)The race to replace Chilean President Sebastián Piñera is now down to two candidates after a general election was held on Sunday. José Antonio Kast, a candidate of the hard right, garnered 28 percent of the vote during Sunday's election in Chile, missing the necessary 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff. Kast, whose recent surge in popularity has surprised critics, has sometimes been compared to former US President Donald Trump and Brazil's current President Jair Bolsonaro.He will face 35-year-old Gabriel Boric, a leftist candidate and former student leader, who came in second with 25 percent of the vote. Representing polar opposites of Chile's presidential race, Boric and Kast now head to a runoff vote on December 19.A voter casts her ballot during national elections on November 21, 2021 in Arica, Chile. Read MoreThis election comes two years after massive protests and riots shook the country in October 2019, with protesters demanding better pensions, better education, and the end of an economic system that they said favors the elite. The unrest led now-outgoing President Sebastián Piñera to agree to a...
    Conservative candidate José Antonio Kast narrowly defeated communist-supported candidate Gabriel Boric on Sunday in the first round of presidential elections in Chile, setting the stage for a run-off vote in December lacking any centrist option. Chileans also took power away from the Congressional leftist coalitions, stripping the left of a plurality in the Senate and leaving its numbers significantly diminished in the lower chamber. Chile runs on a multi-party system, so the first round of presidential elections typically features a large number of candidates. In Congress, parties must make alliances with like-minded parties to promote their legislation as the competition among parties makes any one party having a majority rare. Chilean presidential candidate Jose Antonio Kast  addresses supporters ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP via Getty) The South American country has faced nearly three years of ongoing far-left rioting, looting, and terrorism, beginning in late 2019 allegedly as a response to current President Sebastián Piñera’s government considering fare hikes for the Santiago metro system. Piñera, a “center-right” billionaire, ceded to nearly every far-left demand made since the terrorism began, including supporting a move to trash...
    Manila, PhilippinesPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest daughter will be the running mate of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. in next year's presidential election, the two candidates said on Tuesday, confirming weeks of speculation of an alliance between two powerful families.Sara Duterte-Carpio, 43, who is seeking the vice-presidency announced in a video message her intent to run on the same ticket as Marcos, the latest twist in the Philippines' political drama that has gripped the country."My party allied with and asked for support for Bongbong Marcos and for me after I accepted your challenge and your call," Duterte-Carpio told her supporters, referring to 64-year-old Marcos by his nickname.Marcos, the son and namesake of the late dictator who was toppled in a 1986 uprising, also issued a statement announcing he was teaming up with Duterte-Carpio."We and our parties agreed that we will pursue a unifying leadership should we be fortunate to win the election on May 9, 2022," he said in a statement.Read MoreIn the Philippines, the President and vice president are elected separately.The alliance would be formidable and a boon for both...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Human rights groups asked the Philippine Commission on Elections to disqualify the son and namesake of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos from running for president in next year’s elections, saying he was convicted of tax evasion, could no longer hold public office and kept the damaging details from the public. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s spokesman, Victor Rodriguez, on Wednesday called the petition “propaganda” and said they would address “this predictable nuisance” when they receive a formal copy of it. The issue, which should be resolved by elections commissioners before the May 9 vote, could spark a legal battle that could go all the way to the Supreme Court. Marcos Jr. registered his candidacy early last month, angering activists who recalled the widespread human rights atrocities and plunder that marked the martial law era under his father, who was toppled in an army-backed “people power” revolt in 1986. The ousted president died in exile in Hawaii three years later without admitting any wrongdoing, including accusations that he and his family amassed an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion...