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Benoit Hamon wins French left-wing presidential primary against Manuel Valls (Socialist Party source

Source: France24

Benoît Hamon wins French left-wing presidential primary against Manuel Valls (Socialist Party sources)

(Breaking story; the run-off was today, and Vals is speaking now -- looking for English article)

Read more: http://www.france24.com/en/breaking/20170129-benoit-hamon-wins-french-left-wing-presidential-primary-against-manuel-valls-socialist-party-sources

Vals' concession, very good-natured:


Hamon just finished his victory speech, very modest:


Emergency Declared after Tornado Kills 4 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Storms Leave Damage in Alabama

Source: weather.com

Severe storms and at least one tornado tore through the South on Saturday, killing four in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and ripping the roof of a Wal-Mart in Warner Robins, Georgia. There were also reports of flooding and power outages in Alabama.

On Saturday afternoon, Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict announced the identities of the four victims: Earnest Perkins, 58; Cleveland Madison, 20; David Wayne McCoy, 47 and Simona Cox, 72.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency during a Saturday afternoon press conference.

Read more: https://weather.com/news/news/severe-storms-tornadoes-south-impacts

Primaire de la gauche : le revenu universel fait debat

Le revenu universel, proposition relancée par Benoît Hamon, est devenue un sujet central à deux semaines de la primaire du PS {Universal income, a policy proposed by Benoit Hamon, became a central subject 2 weeks before the Socialist primary, scheduled for Jan. 22, at the first of three debates among seven candidates last Thursday}.

Benoît Hamon sur le revenu universel

France 3
France Télévisions
publié le 11/01/2017 | 10:15

C'est la proposition choc de Benoît Hamon : le revenu universel. Un revenu qui serait versé à tous, sans condition de ressources, dès 18 ans. 600 euros dès 2018 puis 750 euros dans une seconde étape. Pour le candidat socialiste, c'est une réponse à l'évolution du monde du travail dans les années à venir.

"Irréalisable" pour Arnaud Montebourg

L'idée est critiquée par les autres candidats socialistes à la primaire de la gauche. Trop coûteuse pour Manuel Valls, l'ancien Premier ministre propose lui, ce qu'il appelle un "revenu décent", d'environ 800 euros et réservé uniquement aux plus modestes. Arnaud Montebourg, qui milite lui pour une société du travail et pour une revalorisation des bas salaires, juge irréalisable la proposition de Benoît Hamon. La question du travail est au coeur de la campagne pour la primaire de la gauche.


Assad welcomes French presidential candidate Fillon's views on Syria

Source: France24


In an {English} interview with French media Sunday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he welcomed conservative French presidential candidate Franois Fillon's policies on terrorism.

"{Fillon's} priority to defy the terrorists and not meddling in the affairs of other countries are welcome," he told RTL {Radio Television Luxembourg} radio, LCP TV and France Info radio reporters.

"But we have to be cautious, because we have learned in this region during the last few years that many officials would say something and do the opposite," Assad said. "I wouldn't say that Mr Fillon would do this, I hope not but we have to wait and see, because there is no contact. But so far, what he says, if that will be implemented, that would be very good."

Polls predict that Fillon, who has said France needs a closer relationship with Russia, Assad's top ally, to resolve the Syrian civil war, is likely to win the second round of May's presidential election against far right leader Marine Le Pen.

Read more: http://www.france24.com/en/20170109-assad-syria-aleppo-francois-fillon-truce-peace-talks-astana-rtl-france-info-lcp

The interview was evidently conducted yesterday in Syria, in English, which Assad speaks fluently. The 14-min video accompanies the France24 article. Assad answers a question about Trump at the end, and says more or less the same thing as about Fillon, i.e., it depends on what he does.

Isabelle Huppert Golden Globe de la meilleure actrice dramatique pour "Elle"

Isabelle Huppert Golden Globe de la meilleure actrice dramatique pour "Elle", le 8 janvier 2017

Isabelle Huppert a reçu le Golden Globe de la meilleure actrice dans un film dramatique pour son rôle d'une femme violée dans "Elle" de Paul Verhoeven, dimanche à Los Angeles.

L'actrice française était en lice contre Amy Adams ("Premier contact"; Jessica Chastain ("Miss Sloane"; Ruth Negga ("Loving" et Natalie Portman ("Jackie".

"Elle" a aussi décroché le Golden Globe de meilleur film étranger dimanche soir.


Only 1 in 5 Americans supports Republicans repeal and delay Obamacare strategy

Source: Washington Post

The Republican plan to immediately do away with the Affordable Care Act and come up with a replacement later is out of sync with what most Americans want, according to a new poll. Only 1 in 5 people supports repealing President Obama's health-care law before the replacement is worked out.

Republicans officially began the work to unravel the law this week, but a Trump transition team member told The Washington Post they had six months to come up with a replacement. The poll suggests the likely “repeal and delay” agenda, in which a replacement plan is crafted months after a vote to repeal parts of the law, isn't supported by most voters. Slightly more than a quarter of Americans wanted lawmakers to wait to repeal the law until the specific details of the replacement plan were announced. Nearly half of Americans oppose repeal of the law, which expanded insurance to more than 20 million Americans and dropped the uninsured rate to its lowest level since before the Great Recession.

“For me, the really pertinent question, the big question, is: Is there a mandate for repealing the ACA without a replacement plan?” said Drew Altman, president of the Kaiser Family Foundation. “What we see in our poll and what we see in our focus groups is: If there is, it is a very weak one. It’s not obvious there’s a mandate for repealing the ACA without putting a replacement plan on the table.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/01/06/only-1-in-5-americans-supports-republicans-repeal-and-delay-obamacare-strategy/

Bernie: Dems lost because they "took they bait," meaning "Wall Street money."

"When Democrats take Wall Street money, they lose," says Bernie in an NPR promo for an interview on tomorrow's Morning Edition. So does Sanders think he's still running against Hillary? Because I can't think of another reason to make such a meaningless statement.

The clawback begins: N. Carolina judge delays law stripping new Dem gov. of elections oversight

Regaining control of unaccountable and corrupt election systems in swing states -- which is essential to winning anything -- is going to be a state-by-state battle royale and it looks like Cooper might win this one:

North Carolina Judge Delays Law Overhauling Elections Panel
By ALAN BLINDER, NYT, Dec. 30, 2016

In a second courtroom setback in two days for Republican leaders in North Carolina, a judge on Friday temporarily blocked a state elections board overhaul that had been condemned as a partisan diminishing of executive power.

The abolition of the existing State Board of Elections was to take effect on Sunday, less than three weeks after the Republican-controlled General Assembly approved a proposal to merge the panel with the State Ethics Commission and, ultimately, reduce the authority of Governor-elect Roy Cooper, a Democrat.

“It certainly is not going to harm the state or the agency or any agency to delay that termination for 10 days so that we can have a hearing, a more complete hearing on the legal issues, the constitutional issues,” said Judge Donald W. Stephens of Wake County Superior Court, where Mr. Cooper filed a lawsuit on Friday.

The judge, who announced his decision to grant a temporary restraining order at the end of a Friday afternoon hearing, is scheduled to hear more arguments about the disputed law on Thursday. But his ultimate role in the case, which Mr. Cooper’s lawyers say is rooted in the principle of separation of powers, will be limited: Under North Carolina law, three-judge panels hear and decide constitutional challenges to state statutes.


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