Despite leading in the polls for Round One, The Express reports that a monumental computer blunder could cost Marine Le Pen the French general election as 500,000 citizens living outside of France have the chance to vote twice. The election has become extremely close with just 4.5 percentage points separating Macron, Fillon, Mélenchon, and Le Pen... Which is why this shocking error in election procedures could be the swing to crush Le Pen's hopes. As The Express reports, half a million people received duplicate polling cards in the post, which would allow them to cast two votes at the first round of the election, held on April 23. French authorities confirmed they would not be investigating the potential electoral fraud until AFTER the election, when retrospective prosecution may take place. We are sure this is a simple 'accident', but coincidentally (for the establishment), this could crush Ms Le Pen’s dreams of surging to power, as most French nationals living outside of their country are not right wing - demonstrated by the fact many feel they depend on the European Union (EU) to guarantee their stay in foreign countries. Far left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who has surged in the polls recently and threatens to break into the leadership race against Ms Le Pen and Mr Macron, could also benefit from this catastrophic error. As one French citizen noted: “This year, this is the first time I have asked myself the question, would I take advantage of this anomaly to vote twice? My candidate was low enough in the polls.” Voting twice is a crime, but police will only find out if they run a check on the individual through their computer systems. France’s Interior Ministry has said it will not be invalidating the election because of the duplicate voting glitch. Democracy, eh?
The Hill has an excerpt:
Hillary was so mad she couldn’t think straight. She was supposed to be focused on the prep session for that night’s Univision debate in Miami, but a potent mix of exhaustion and exasperation bubbled up inside.
She’d been humiliated in the Michigan primary the night before, a loss that not only robbed her of a prime opportunity to put Bernie Sanders down for good but also exposed several of her weaknesses. How could she have been left so vulnerable? She knew — or at least she thought she did. The blame belonged to her campaign team, she believed, for failing to hone her message, energize important constituencies and take care of business in getting voters to the polls. And now, Jake Sullivan, her de facto chief strategist, was giving her lip about the last answer she’d delivered in the prep session.
“That’s not very good,” Sullivan corrected.
“Really?” Hillary snapped back.
The room fell silent....
Consumer confidence is continuing to increase in a pro-growth economy during the Donald Trump presidency.
According to the University of Michigan monthly survey of consumers, the Index of Consumer Sentiment rose to 98.0 in April, an increase from 96.9 in March.
CNBC reports analysts had expected the level to drop to 96.5.
April’s result is a plus-10.1 percentage point change from the same month in 2016.
The Current Economic Conditions level also rose to 115.2....