Le Pen Tries to Convince France She's Not a Nazi as Macron Fends Off Russia-Linked Hacking

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Barf BagWelcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

Wheee!

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • In an attempt to convince France’s undecided voters that she is not a Nazi, far-right extremist candidate Marine Le Pen has stepped down from her position as leader of the National Front party. Her centrist, pro-Europe opponent Emmanuel Macron, meanwhile, has been fending off hacking attempts that match the profile of a pro-Kremlin group. Nothing to worry about, though, folks—Nate Silver says Macron’s gonna win! [BBC, WSJ]
  • Our budding kleptocracy seems to be coming along nicely: State Department and multiple U.S. embassies have been promoting Mar-a-Lago, the president’s private $200,000-a-year club. [Politico]
  • It’s always fun when two Nazis make it into one Barf Bag! Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president, walked off stage at a Georgetown University panel event after students questioned his links to far-right Hungarian group Vitezi Rend. [Bloomberg]
  • Heather Nauert, a Fox & Friends news anchor, will be the State Department’s new spokesperson. [Deadline]
  • The Senate Russia probe is reportedly not doing much better than the House. [Yahoo News]
  • Trump plans to sign an executive order this week instructing the Interior Department to review national monument designations. [Washington Post]
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Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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The backwardness of the “drugs pouring over the border” angle is astounding. First, most all of the weed smoked in the US these days is grown here. No one wants to smoke the Mexican product. Second, the the drugs that are ruining the rust belt are prescription opioids, made by the companies that funded his goddamned campaign. This is the “Mexicans are rapists and criminals” storyline in new duds.