After a Democratic filibuster of Neil Gorsuch, Congressional Republicans have exercised the “nuclear option,” dismantling the requirement of a 60-vote cloture movement before voting on Supreme Court nominees. Gorsuch can be confirmed with a mere 51 supporting senators, an up-or-down vote scheduled for Friday.
In the televised debate, held Monday afternoon, five leading candidates discuss politics and policy ahead of the first round of voting on Sunday, April 23. Assuming no candidate passes 50 percent, the top two vote getters will proceed to a direct run-off on Sunday, May 7, where the winner will assume the presidency.
The five candidates, in current polling order:
Marine Le Pen, far-right populist
Emmanuel Macron, centrist EU supporter
François Fillon, center-right former prime minister
Benoît Hamon, left-wing socialist
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, far-left member of the European Parliament
Watch the entire video if you dare — longer than its American counterparts, the debate clocks in at a healthy three hours and 18 minutes.
“Inappropriate” bonus payments to university employees — totaling over $2 million — were sometimes marked as incentives but had no specific criteria, according to the Missouri state auditor in a report released Monday.
Funds were also dispersed for luxury vehicle allowances, even though a mileage reimbursement system might have been more efficient.