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French presidency says PM Edouard Philippe and his government have resigned

Source: France24

no story yet . . . okay here we go:

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe submitted his resignation and that of his government on Friday and President Emmanuel Macron has accepted, the Élysée Palace said in a statement.

The Élysée said that Philippe would handle government affairs until a new cabinet was named.

A cabinet reshuffle had been widely expected after Macron vowed to chart a new course for the last two years of his term. It comes less than a week after a green wave swept over France in local elections, when Macron saw his young centrist party being defeated in France’s biggest cities and failing to plant local roots across the country, underscoring Macron's troubles with left-leaning voters. The reshuffle is seen as a move designed to bolster the president’s green credentials and win back disillusioned voters ahead of a possible re-election bid.

In French government reshuffles, the prime minister tenders his or her resignation ahead of cabinet appointments but can then be re-appointed to the position.

Questions over Philippe's position have swirled since mid-June, when Macron declared he wanted to "reinvent" his presidency.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

Read more: https://www.france24.com/en/breaking/20200703-french-presidency-says-pm-edouard-philippe-and-his-government-have-resigned

pic from CNBC:

Burundi president dies of 'cardiac arrest' at 55

Source: BBC

June 9, 17 minutes ago

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, aged 55, has died after suffering a cardiac arrest, the government says

A government statement says that he was admitted to hospital on Saturday after feeling unwell.

His condition then improved but on Monday he had a cardiac arrest and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Mr Nkurunziza was due to step down from the presidency in August after 15 years in power.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52984119

aww . . .


Thanks Cha! Another great day for democracy!!!

"I've got news for the Democratic establishment. They can't stop us."

Somewhere ages and ages hence that will be the phrase Bernie is remembered for.

Move on up!

Joe Biden rises from his Irish wake

A couple of weeks old, but worth reading:
Joe Biden, like Tim Finnegan, rises from his Irish wake

A few weeks ago I wrote off Joe Biden's chances for the Democratic nomination and suggested the happy warrior of American politics ease into a well-deserved political retirement.

By so doing, I joined a not-so exclusive club led by hundreds of writers who completely wrote him off. He was broke, had just finished fifth in New Hampshire, and a very distant second in Nevada. Let the wake begin.

I had looked at an NBC poll that Sunday morning showing him 20 points or so behind in national polls. He seemed helpless, his cause seemed hopeless. Joe (Finnegan on his mother’s side) Biden, of course, did the exact opposite of what the entire media and political world expected and came roaring back in South Carolina and now on Super Tuesday.


Suddenly, there was hope after South Carolina and then there was history on Super Tuesday, as he swept like a mighty wave across the country. In the swirl and whirl of the massive weekend changes, one thing stood out. Joe Biden found his voice.

The halting and stammering debater was replaced by an incisive, deeply personal, and very moving politician who talked about decency and respect and pride in diversity, words you will never hear spoken in this White House.

more: https://www.irishcentral.com/opinion/niallodowd/joe-biden-rises-irish-wake

Dr. McCoy runs the polling numbers:

note: All persons shown are fictitious. Any relation to actual persons is purely coincidental.

He went negative on Hillary with NAFTA TV ads in Michigan and she lost the state to Trump.

Bernie's 2016 Michigan ad:

He had two negative Biden ads, a similar one on NAFTA and another one on SS, running for weeks in battleground states, including Michigan, until this week in fact:


"reservations about going negative on Mr. Biden"? Oh please. It's SOP.

p.s. When looking for Bernie's 2016 NAFTA ad I came across one very similar to it -- except that it's a 2016 Trump ad:

Reuters: U.S. candidate Biden was vastly outspent by Sanders in February

In February, Biden’s campaign spend $13.1 million, compared to $45.8 million spent by Sanders. His campaign manager said this week he was reassessing his bid.

The presidential race has changed dramatically since February, however, as a deadly coronavirus outbreak has led campaigns to suspend rallies and fundraisers.

The outbreak is also causing swaths of the U.S. economy to shut down as state and local officials order businesses closed and, increasingly, people to stay in their homes.

The outbreak could lead campaigns to rely more on television and digital advertising.

Biden spent only around $5 million on ads in February, compared to more than $26 million spent by Sanders.


With that in view, Bernie was smart to yank his ads whether he plans to stay in or not. He probably would have done better without them.

BBC: Game over for Bernie Sanders?

Anthony Zurcher
North America reporter
7 hours ago


Some have suggested that the decision to continue with Tuesday's primaries is evidence that the Democratic Party establishment is trying to crown Biden before their man can surge back into contention - given them all the more reason to soldier on.


Sanders should have a long think about how long he wants to stay in this fight, however, even if he does have more than enough financial resources to carry on.

He was swept on Tuesday and lost five out of six contests last week. With the primary calendar in the coming weeks emptying, there's little opportunity for him to change his momentum at the ballot box anytime soon.

Sanders is going to face growing calls from Democrats to gracefully bow out - something he did not do until the eve of the convention four years ago, much to the consternation of many Hillary Clinton supporters.

The bottom line for Sanders may be evaluating what's best at this point for the movement he created. Will staying in the race give him a greater platform to talk about his issues and buy him time for a comeback? Or will hanging around only increase the chances that he is relegated to an electoral afterthought?

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