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Private citizen Barack Obama has spent several weeks in French Polynesia with Hollywood types and rock stars. Today, he was back in public for the first time since leaving the White House: a homecoming at the University of Chicago, where he hosted a panel of six students for a conversation on civic engagement.
Obama said he’s been thinking a lot about his next job. Edward-Isaac Dovere, chief Washington correspondent for Politico and host of the podcast “Off Message,” joins us from Chicago.
Nobody believed it would happen, but Janesville, Wisconsin, lost its General Motors plant in the Great Recession, almost 100 years after it opened. When suppliers and ancillary businesses also shut down, a classic, American middle-class lifestyle for 65,000 people went out of existence. We talk to the author of an intimate account of suddenly unemployed workers and their families — how they reacted and what they’ve done since. Janesville, once a model of civic unity and cooperation between labor and business — big and small -- is now a divided city.
Amy Goldstein, Washington Post (@goldsteinamy)
Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (@wisvoter)
Maria Heidkamp, New Start Career Network / Heldrich Center for Workforce Development (@MariaHeidkamp)
What's next for France and for European unity?
Between them, they didn't get 50% of French voters yesterday. Right-wing leader Marine Le Pen got about 22% in the First Round of the presidential election. Emmanuel Macron, who's formed his own "centrist" party, got about 24%. It's the first time in almost 60 years that neither of the two traditional parties made the runoff. The winners will square off in Round Two on Sunday, May 7 — less than two weeks from today. Gideon Rachman, chief international affairs columnist for the Financial Times, has more on yesterday's vote, the candidates and what their ideologies mean for France and the European Union.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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