FROM Adam Nossiter
Emmanuel Macron, who's never held political office, heads to runoff for French presidency Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen knocked out France’s establishment candidates Sunday in the first round of that country’s presidential election. They will now go head-to-head in a runoff on May 7th. Le Pen is isolationist, anti-immigrant, and anti-EU. Macron favors the EU. He’s not a member of any party, and his ideas come from across the political spectrum.
Bearing Witness to the Mass Rape of Nigerian Girls by Boko Haram For six years, Adam Nossiter, West and Central Africa bureau chief for the New York Times , has reported on the militant group. This week, he reported on the rapes and intended impregnancies of hundreds of girls and women — risking his life to get the story. The story – and the risks it took to get it -- can only be called gut-wrenching. Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer for production assistance.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."