When most of our political roundups seem squarely centered on American elections more than a year off, we admittedly are doing you a disservice--because elections in the U.K. are just days away and have been heating up for some time. Take this interview of politician Ed Milibrand, conducted by Russell Brand. "… in which Brand holds this 'I’ll f**kin’ deck ya' stance for a good seven seconds," elaborates BuzzFeed UK's Francis Whittaker. "Softball interview. Guess Russell Brand saves his vitriol for when the politicians aren't in his kitchen," concludes AFP's Naomi O'Leary. Meanwhile, Michael Bloomberg has made his endorsement: "Let David Cameron Finish the Job." Of course, that offers little appeal to those would-be Brits who have suffered under Cameronian immigration policies, as Bloomberg News' own Robert Hutton chronicles in "Welcome to Britain. Thanks for the Hard Work. Now Get Lost" (700+). Then there's this happening in Scotland: "With staggering 54% support, the #SNP are on track to win every seat in Scotland. Every. Single. Seat," realizes Business Insider's Rob Price.
In the meantime, Pope Francis has just weighed in on gender pay and announced it’s ‘pure scandal’ that women earn less than men for the same work. "Might start going to church again," muses The New Yorker's Caitlin Kelly. Simultaneously, the concept of gender bias might be just the thing that could tip Chief Justice John Roberts into ruling for gay marriage (32,000+): "If Sue loves Joe and Tom loves Joe, Sue can marry him and Tom can’t ... isn’t that ... sexual discrimination?”
And checking in on the scandal beat, the Clinton Foundation apparently failed to disclose 1,100 foreign donations (2,500+), most of them from foreign donors, while a UN aid worker has been suspended for leaking report on child abuse by French troops (4,500+). In Nigeria, Chris Stein with Voice of America laments, "As if the CAR hasn't been through enough, now French troops are accused of sexually abusing kids."