Bloomberg: France Braces for Runoff Between Nationalism and Globalism


Bloomberg Politics reports on the developing political landscape in France after Sunday’s vote, and how the coming choice for that nation is one of Nationalism versus Globalism. In the coming two weeks of the French campaign, Marine Le Pen’s challenge is to break through a wall of voter antipathy that she inherited from her father. Emmanuel Macron’s task is to persuade the French he has the gravitas and experience to be president. The far-right Le Pen and centrist Macron both took just under a quarter of the vote in a contest with 11 candidates. Now they must convince the rest of the population that they have what it takes to lead the country after the May 7 runoff. The next round will see two radically different visions. Macron embraces globalization and European integration, Le Pen channels the forces of discontent that triggered Brexit and brought Donald Trump to power. The runoff will also be unique in that it will be the first contested by neither of the major parties, giving Macron, 39, and Le Pen, 48, space to try to forge alliances that might have seemed unlikely until recently. “Marine Le Pen’s toughest job is to break the traditional glass
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Schumer: If Breitbart, New York Times Are Given Equal Credibility, ‘You Worry About this Democracy’


Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” while discussing the Department of Justice saying that New York’s police department was “soft on crime” as fake news, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took a shot at the Breitbart News Network. Schumer said, “Here is the greatest thing I worry about this country, we are no longer fact based. The Founding Fathers created a country based on fact. Then we debated the facts. We debate them at the constitutional convention. We debate them in town hall throughout America. We are supposed to debate them in the legislature. We don’t have a fact base if, say, Breitbart News and The New York Times are regarded with equal credibility, you worry about this democracy.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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