Europe breathes a sigh of relief

Of course, the big news over the weekend is that the French Annoyingly Retain Right to Claim Intellectual Superiority Over Americans (56,000+ shares), which is Andy Borowitz’s take in The New Yorker after Emmanuel Macron’s decisive victory over Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential election. The Economist weighs in with Europe breathes a sigh of relief: Emmanuel Macron is elected as the next president of France (29,000+ shares), Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times writes of the difficult road ahead for the new president (52,000+ shares), Ben Judah of POLITICO explores Emmanuel Macron’s foreign policy doctrine(s), and in BuzzFeed, Alberto Nardelli looks at 6 Ways Emmanuel Macron Rewrote The Playbook Of European Politics.

Nicholas Vinocur of POLITICO reports that the National Front will change its name after Le Pen’s defeat, to which Philip Gourevitch says, “Oh, that’ll fool ’em… alas, yes, it may well.” And before you exhale too deeply, queue the Debbie Downer music for Susan Page’s interview with Condoleezza Rice in USA Today, Condoleezza Rice: Don't be reassured by Marine Le Pen's expected defeat in France, in which Rice says, “The rise of nativism is having an impact on the politics, even if the candidates aren't winning.”

Finally, here’s one more to check out: In Deep in Macron Country, Helen Lewis files an exclusive report for the New Statesman that dares to ask “an uncomfortable question. Why did so many French people vote for Emmanuel Macron? Was it a lack of economic anxiety, or a lack of racism?” Tweets Mikkel Stern-Peltz, “Hilarious. @helenlewis has done the best post-election liberal-media-elite ‘Trump-country’ autopsy you'll ever read,” and Tom Sutcliffe says, “Finally. A journalist who dares to leave the echo-chamber.”

Eye opening

Meanwhile, in The Guardian, Carole Cadwalladr writes of The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked (74,000 shares). Peter Kadzis sums it up: “How a billionaire hedge funder used big data to trigger Brexit and elect Trump. Eye opening.” Tweets Alastair Reid, “Big data, social media and a new avenue by which billionaires are buying politics. This is a must read.” Or, more precisely, “Read every single word,” says Michele Norris. Says John Patrick Pullen, “Reading this makes me want to: -delete Facebook -close my email -get a burner phone, and -change my name.”

Most #onlyonLI story ever

Also making news this weekend, Always Dreaming, winner of the 2017 Kentucky Derby. At Bleacher Report, Steve Silverman has a review of the “near-perfect performance,” as well as an overview of the Results, Winner, Payouts and Comments After 143rd Race. Marissa Payne reports in the Washington Post that Thunder Snow, the horse that refused to run the Kentucky Derby, is doing fine. In Newsday, Ed McNamara interviews Anthony Bonomo in Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming’s owner talks victory. Tweets Stefanie Dazio, “Most #onlyonLI story ever: Man grows up in Brooklyn, marries LI woman, buys horse ... that wins #kentuckyderby.” And if the race itself doesn’t do it for you, then maybe you’ll prefer this ESPN piece: Athletes put style on display at Kentucky Derby, a photo essay of “celebrities in pastels and bonnets donning their loudest spring fashions.”

OH BOY!

Sherwin Bryce-Pease is reacting to the breaking news from NBC News this morning, as Peter Alexander, Dafna Linzer, Kristen Welker and Ken Dilanian report that Obama Warned Trump Against Hiring Mike Flynn, Say Officials. The piece cites three former Obama administration officials who told NBC News that “The warning, which has not been previously reported, came less than 48 hours after the November election when the two sat down for a 90-minute conversation in the Oval Office.”

This is straight corruption

Also getting plenty of attention, in the Washington Post, Emily Rauhala reports that In a Beijing ballroom, Kushner family flogs $500,000 ‘investor visa’ to wealthy Chinese (76,000+ shares). Steven Rich tweets, “Now that’s a great kicker,” of the piece’s conclusion: “Asked why reporters were asked to leave, a PR person who declined to identify herself said simply, ‘This is not the story we want.’” In The New York Times, Javier C. Hernández, Cao Li and Jesse Drucker report that Jared Kushner’s Sister Highlights Family Ties in Pitch to Chinese Investors (19,000+ shares). Tweets Nina Bernstein, “At a time when moms of US citizens are deported, Kushner family can market green cards for $500k to rich Chinese.” Binyamin Appelbaum wonders, “If you buy US citizenship and Mar a Lago membership at the same time do you get a special discount?”

And that’s not all. As Edward Wong tweets, “NYT has 2nd story on Kushner family promising visas to Chinese in exchange for $$$ in property project,” referring to, With Trump Name Unspoken, Kushners Seek Investors in Shanghai, by Keith Bradsher and Ailin Tang. Tweets Keith Bradsher, “How did Kushners offer U.S. visas today to Shanghai investors? Hard to know, burly guards kept out reporters.” Yes, as John Ruwitch writes in Reuters, Reporters barred from China event seeking investment in Kushner project. Dahna Chandler’s take: “This is straight corruption.” Says Nick Confessore, “The Trump-Kushner family businesses are no longer a hypothetical conflict.”

Now, Cristina Alesci and Jill Disis are reporting in CNNMoney that the Kushner family apologizes for mentioning White House adviser Jared Kushner. CNNMoney tweets, “Kushner Companies said the name drop at an event in Beijing was not intended to be an ‘attempt to lure investors.’”

Just another horrifying thing in a time of many horrifying things

That’s how Deena Shanker sums up Coral Davenport’s New York Times piece, E.P.A. Dismisses Members of Major Scientific Review Board (30,000+ shares). As Nancy Solomon explains, “EPA chief wants to replace with representatives from industries whose pollution the agency is supposed to regulate.” Notes Jeanette Beebe, “It's not just #climatechange. #EPA also studies underground fuel tanks, toxic chemicals,oil spills.” And in the Washington Post, Brady Dennis writes, EPA dismisses half of its scientific advisers on key board, citing ‘clean break’ with Obama administration. Says Ari Philip, “Isn't it ironic when Scott Pruitt uses the word 'clean,’” and Andrew Rudalevige emphasizes, “BTW this in no way 'deconstructs' the admin state. Just makes it even more safe for rentseeking.”

Driven by a sense of outrage

BuzzFeed's Eleanor Kagan writes that HuffPost Wants To Be The Internet's Fighting Tabloid. In an interview with BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith for the podcast Newsfeed with @BuzzFeedBen, HuffPost’s new editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen explains, “The great tabloids were always driven by a sense of outrage...and had this sensibility of, like, there are people out there that are trying to screw you—and we’re going expose them for it.” She also reveals that Jim Rich, formerly of the New York Daily News, will be HuffPost’s new executive editor. Tweets Jay Rosen, "Remember those Daily News covers that knocked you out during Trump's rise? @HuffPost just hired that guy as #2.”

In other media news, Eric Umansky “wrote about how investigative journalism is being reimagined under Trump. Doing it in the open, Teaming up + more,” as he tweets, referring to his piece for ProPublica, How We’re Learning To Do Journalism Differently in the Age of Trump. Meanwhile, Brian Stelter reports in CNNMoney, Conservative-leaning TV station owner Sinclair to buy Tribune Media in $3.9 billion deal. Tweets Stelter, “Sinclair, America's biggest owner of local TV stations, is about to get even bigger…”

And “Keith Olbermann is embarrassingly desperate to have a TV show," tweets William Turton, linking to Greg Howard’s new profile of Olbermann in The New York Times Magazine, Keith Olbermann Was Once Cable News’s Liberal Standard-Bearer. Now He’s Missing Its Boom Times. Says Anna Merlan, “My fave @greghoward88 on Keith Olbermann, who is, uh, flattering himself in a lot of ways about his role in history.” Meanwhile, Kate Knibbs is “haunted by the image of keith olbermann eating lonely birthday oysters while hyping his online show to strangers.”

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