PARIS–As I write this, the first-time, center-left candidate Emmanuel Macron has about 24 percent of the vote vs. Marine Le Pen’s 22 percent in the first round of the French presidential elections, remarkably close to the past month’s polling. Several of the remaining nine candidates, left and center-right, rushed to endorse him against the ultra-right-wing Le Pen, giving him a distinct advantage in the runoff two weeks hence.
There was a huge 80 percent turnout Sunday, with... Read the full story »
The $30,000 fee Northeastern Illinois University was going to pay former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was just the latest in a series of big fees the financially troubled state school has paid to snag prominent graduation speakers, records show.
Despite its money troubles — a Wall Street credit agency just dropped Northeastern deeper into “junk-bond” status — the state university has handed out five-figure fees to each of the speakers at its May commencement events the past four years.
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Embattled Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner caught a bit of good news lately: According to a nationwide poll, he’s only America’s eighth-worst governor. He dropped a notch from ninth when Alabama’s governor recently resigned while facing impeachment.
Republican Rauner can look on the bright side: There’s just 41 governors deemed less-worse, and he’s gradually growing less-unpopular. And there are still seven governors viewed as worse, including New Jersey’s Chris... Read the full story »