FROM James Graff
48 Hours and Counting before French Presidential Election Presidential politics has riveted France like nothing in years. The audience for this week’s final debate was almost as large as it was for last years World Soccer Cup finals. On that two and a half-hour TV debate, Socialist Ségolène Royal -- the first woman candidate for President -- came on strong. Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy played it cool -- despite his reputation for a quick temper. Both are fighting it out for the center. James Graff is Paris Bureau Chief for Time magazine.
Socialist Edges Toward Becoming France's First Female President A media-darling who calls herself an outsider and promises to "change the face of politics" in France has won the Socialist Party 's nomination for president. Ségolène Royal won the nomination after an American-style primary, which included TV debates with her two male rivals. They accused her of betraying the party's core values and having a slim grasp of international affairs. She says her new approach to issues and politics will give the Socialists their first victory over the center-right since 1995.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.