France reshaped: Election emboldens Le Pen, undercuts Macron

PARIS (AP) – France faced an ecstatic Marine Le Pen on Monday after her party’s far-right candidates sent shockwaves through the political establishment and helped deny President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance a majority in parliament. The surprising breakthrough for the far right – alongside a surge in support for hard-left candidates – undercuts Macron’s leadership, … Read more

Petro and Colombia’s Rule of Law

Former M-19 rebel Gustavo Petro won Colombia’s runoff presidential election Sunday with 50.5% of the vote. His opponent, businessman Rodolfo Hernandez, received 47.3%. The rest of the votes were either intentionally blank or annulled by electoral authorities. With nearly half of all voters declining to endorse Mr. Petro, there is no mandate for radical change. … Read more

Ex-rebel holds slim lead in Colombia’s presidential runoff

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Leftist former rebel Gustavo Petro held a slim lead in Colombia’s presidential runoff election Sunday over a real estate millionaire, and was on the cusp of ushering in a new era of politics in the South American country. Petro, a senator in his third attempt to win the presidency, had 50.6% … Read more

Biden’s optimism collides with mounting political challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats are going to hold onto the House after November’s midterm elections. They will pick up as many as four seats in the Senate, expanding their majority and overcoming internal dissent that has helped stifle their agenda. As the challenges confronting President Joe Biden intensify, his predictions of a rosy political future … Read more

1/6 panel: Plan for Pence to reject electors ‘nuts,’ ‘crazy’

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump’s closest advisers viewed his last-ditch efforts pressuring Vice President Mike Pence to halt congressional certification of his 2020 election defeat as “nuts,” “crazy” and even likely to incite riots if Pence followed through, witnesses revealed in stark testimony to the Jan. 6 committee on Thursday. Gripping new evidence disclosed Trump’s … Read more

What we know about Trump’s actions as insurrection unfolded

WASHINGTON (AP) – Members of the House committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 will hold their first prime-time hearing Thursday to share what they have uncovered about former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which culminated in the deadly storming of the US Capitol. Part of their mission: … Read more

Populist millionaire faces ex-rebel for Colombia presidency

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Leftist Sen. Gustavo Petro celebrated his first-round lead in Colombia’s presidential election in the way most politicians would: in a conference room packed with hundreds of supporters as confetti rained down upon him. The man he’ll meet in a June 19 runoff had a different approach. Rodolfo Hernandez sat at his … Read more

Colombia presidential race to runoff; leftist vs businessman

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – In a blow to Colombia’s political class, a leftist former rebel and a populist businessman took the top two spots among the six candidates in the country’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 … Read more

Ex-rebel frontrunner in Colombian vote, could shake US ties

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Fabian Espinel last year helped organize roadblocks where young people protested against police violence and government plans to increase taxes on lower income Colombians. Now, as his country heads into its presidential election Sunday, he walks the streets of the capital’s working-class sectors handing out flyers and painting murals in support … Read more

Deliberations underway in trial linked to Trump-Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) – A lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign hid his partisan interests from the FBI as he pushed “pure opposition research” related to Donald Trump and Russia in the weeks before the election, a prosecutor asserted Friday during closing arguments of the attorney’s trial. But Michael Sussmann’s legal team denied prosecutors’ claims … Read more