May 8 - Issue #21
1/ France Picks A New President
French voters went to the polls and elected Emmanuel Macron the next leader of their country. The unlikely centrist was a longshot candidate just a year ago, and was once a worker on the ‘08 Obama campaign. The election is seen by many observers in the media as a signal of resistance against the right-wing populism that has been a trend in western democracies since the Brexit vote.
Emmanuel Macron Vanquishes Marine Le Pen to Become President of France
Preliminary estimates have Macron winning by a landslide: 65-66.1% for Macron versus 33.9-35% for Le Pen.
Le Pen also benefitted from support by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who received her at the Kremlin during the campaign, and who is suspected of links to the hackers who tried, at the last minute, to bring down Macron.
Late Friday night, barely an hour before a media blackout imposed by the French Government, a leak of Macron’s campaign emails broke online. While the leaks came from anonymous sources, everyone including the Macron campaign suspects that Russia was somehow behind it.
Macron Email Leaks - @WYM_newsfeed
2/ The China-Kushner Scandal
Breaking over the weekend was snapshots from inside a closed meeting in Beijing, where the sister of Jared Kushner was caught in a very awkward presentation.
In a Beijing ballroom, Kushner family pushes $500,000 ‘investor visa’ to wealthy Chinese
Over several hours of slide shows and presentations, representatives from the Kushner family business urged Chinese citizens gathered at a Ritz-Carlton hotel to consider investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a New Jersey luxury apartment complex that would help them secure what’s known as an investor visa.
“It’s incredibly stupid and highly inappropriate,” said Richard Painter, the former chief White House ethics lawyer in President George W. Bush’s administration, who has become a vocal critic of the Trump administration. “They clearly imply that the Kushners are going to make sure you get your visa… . They’re [Chinese applicants] not going to take a chance. Of course they’re going to want to invest.”
3/ Spoiler Alert: Social Media Doesn't Tell The Full Story
Something we don’t often realize is that we already live in virtual reality. Social media and the way we interact online has drastically impacted our perceptions of reality, both in ways we might suspect but also in ways that might surprise us.
Take the similarities between Spotify listening data and Facebook page likes for music that men listen to:
According to 2014 data from Spotify Insights on what people actually listen to, men and women have similar tastes; 29 of the 40 musicians women listened to most frequently were also the artists most frequently listened to by men.
On Facebook, though, men seem to underplay their interest in artists considered more feminine. For example, on Spotify, Katy Perry was the 10th most listened to artist among men, beating Bob Marley, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa. But those other artists all have more male likes on Facebook.
Moral of the story: “don’t judge a book by its cover” still applies in the internet age.
Don’t Let Facebook Make You Miserable
4/ Trump's Changing Habits
Insider piece from Axios shows how White House staffers are adjusting the President’s day-to-day routine.
Trump 101: His advisers talk about him like he’s a child
Aides said they try to give Trump “better choices” or jam his schedule with meetings to keep him away from reading about or watching himself on TV (and then tweeting about it). An advisor told Washington Post, “Once he goes upstairs, there’s no managing him.”
Trump responds best to visuals. Typically, when someone wants to sell him on something they use props, according to Jonathan Swan. An official once told NYT, “The president likes maps.”
Reince Priebus has tried to stop Trump’s many visits with random aides, family, friends and reporters to the White House — which visually annoys the chief of staff — by filling up his schedule with ceremonial events, according to NYT.
Senate Asks Trump Associates for Records of Communication With Russians - The New York Times
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