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April 23, 2017 4:55 AM Palace welcomes LP’s rejection of impeachment bid vs Duterte

Malacañang on Sunday welcomed the stand of Liberal Party lawmakers from the House of Representatives not to support the impeachment proceedings against President Rodrigo Duterte. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said any move to oust Duterte from office would be “counterproductive” especially for the country’s economy, which had been foreseen 2

April 22, 2017 10:01 PM French election: Residents in Australia weigh in as country heads to the polls

France will today vote in the first round of what has been one of the most contentious elections in its recent history, and one where the result could determine the future direction of the European Union. In Australia, French residents watch from afar with interest and some with relief, grateful they are not in the thick of it. The French will vote for one of 11 contenders 5

April 22, 2017 9:20 PM Overseas voters kick off crucial French presidential election

Of 47 million registered French voters, there are fewer than a million resident in far-flung places like French Polynesia in the South Pacific and Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Martinique in the Caribbean. They vote early so as not to be influenced by the mainland results due on Sunday evening at around 1800 GMT. The first round will send two of 11 candidates 6

April 21, 2017 7:40 PM The debacle in Arkansas reaffirms that the death penalty is arbitrary, unchecked and unfair

Thursday night, the state of Arkansas executed Ledell Lee for the 1993 murder of 26-year-old Debra Reese. It was the first of what the state had initially hoped to be eight executions carried out over the course of 11 days. The reason for the binge is that the state’s supply of one of the drugs it uses in such executions is about to expire. When death 4

April 21, 2017 7:01 PM 'Could Le Pen win?' A guide to the French presidential election

Judging from his Twitter feed, President Trump is keeping a close eye on Sunday’s French presidential election. With polls showing the top four, radically different candidates neck-and-neck, and the outcome central to the European Union and to NATO, it is little surprise Trump is paying attention. The election is possibly the most important of 2017. In a Friday 5

April 21, 2017 4:30 AM French business frets ahead of an unpredictable election

Volatile campaigns, extreme candidates and undecided voters are all stoking fears For Geraldine Emerson, the stakes couldn’t be higher as her French compatriots take to the voting booths on Sunday. “As we’ve seen with Brexit and the election in the United States, everything is possible,” said Emerson, scion of a Loire Valley wine-making family in France 9

April 19, 2017 9:10 PM Jeremy Corbyn rejects "progressive alliance" with SNP

Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out any post-election coalition with the Scottish National Party. The SNP has said it would be prepared to work with other parties to keep the Tories out of power. Theresa May has said the choice in the coming election was "strong leadership" from the Tories or a Labour government "propped up" by smaller parties. Speaking in Westminster 6

April 19, 2017 8:45 PM GOP stuck on defense

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, facing a bushel of angry voters at her town hall this week, described a president “that has a number of flaws.” The Iowa freshman went on to say that she does “support a majority of the policies versus the actual person.” Ernst even elaborated saying that she wished the president would stop his expensive weekend trips to his Florida 7

April 19, 2017 8:41 PM After Georgia’s Close Race, Montana Democrats Demand Party’s Attention

But grass-roots liberals are not about to let party leaders lapse back into traditional red state, blue state assumptions. Instead, the Democrats’ enthusiastic base is demanding to compete on terrain that once seemed forbidding, a formula for disputes now and in 2018 about where to put the party’s money and field operations. “The party clearly has no clue how to build 4 4

April 19, 2017 6:30 PM Can Elections Like Georgia’s Help Predict Future Races?

Other experts were more circumspect. While races for seats like the Sixth Congressional District in Georgia this week, the Fourth District in Kansas last week and the coming election for Montana’s sole House seat in May do not necessarily have predictive power, they said, the outcomes could serve as a finger in the wind for the political conditions that President 7