Macron versus Le Pen: the second round of the French presidential election explained

Paris CNN — It’s Macron against Le Pen, second round. The French presidential election will be a rematch of the 2017 contest, when far-right Marine Le Pen took on political newcomer Emmanuel Macron. Macron won this race by nearly two votes to one. But while the candidates remain the same, the 2022 race looks very … Read more

New York health officials are alerting the public to the spread of two new BA.2 subvariants in their state

CNN — New York State health officials are alerting the public to two new virus subvariants – offshoots of Omicron’s BA.2 virus – that are spreading faster in the central part of that state. The new branches of BA.2’s family tree are BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1. They grow about 25% faster than BA.2, especially in the … Read more

Opinion: The ironic story of who actually cheated in their 2020 votes

Editor’s note: Nicole Hemmer is a Columbia University Research Associate on the Obama Presidency Oral History Project and author of “Messengers from the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics.” She co-hosts the “Past Present” and “This Day in Esoteric Political History” history podcasts and is a co-producer of the “Welcome To Your … Read more

Redistricting in Florida: Ron DeSantis takes Democrats out of the equation

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s What Matters newsletter. To receive it in your inbox, subscribe for free here. Washington CNN — It’s a funny time to be a Democrat in Florida. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed an aggressive partisan shuffling of state congressional boundaries that will likely help his party win … Read more

Opinion: A mass shooting on a train killed her husband and injured her son. NYC subway shooting brings back painful memories and a call to action

Editor’s note: Stephanie Griffith is an opinion writer at CNN.com. Read more opinion pieces on CNN. CNN — In 1993, a shooting on a moving Long Island Rail Road commuter train in suburban New York killed Carolyn McCarthy’s husband and seriously injured her son. The tragedy transformed McCarthy, a nurse, into a nationally recognized force … Read more

Indonesia passes landmark sexual violence law

Indonesia’s parliament on Tuesday passed a long-awaited bill to combat sexual violence, aimed at providing a legal framework for victims to seek justice in a country where sexual abuse has often been considered a private matter. A majority of lawmakers backed the bill in the plenary session of parliament, overcoming opposition from some conservative groups … Read more

DOJ still opposes Trump’s subpoena in Peter Strzok’s civil case against the FBI

CNN — The Justice Department reiterated its arguments on Monday as to why it is seeking to block a subpoena for the testimony of former President Donald Trump who is wanted by a former FBI agent who pursued his firing in 2018. In its latest court filing in the dispute, the department argued that former … Read more

Iowa judge rules Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer can’t run in Democratic primary

CNN — An Iowa judge ruled on Sunday that Democratic Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer could not run in the state’s June 7 primary, dealing a blow to her already distant hopes of ousting Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. “Ms. Finkenauer’s name will not be included on the primary ballot for the U.S. Senate Democratic primary,” Polk … Read more

Access to abortion under renewed threat in Oklahoma and Missouri

CNN — As abortion rights advocates could score several victories across US states in the coming days, they are sounding the alarm over a bill from Oklahoma that would ban nearly all abortions that might be enacted into law. . Here are some of the moves this week in state legislatures and by heads of … Read more

Two GOP senators chose to disrespect Ketanji Brown Jackson. And it’s a bad look

CNN — History was made Thursday in the United States Senate. And neither Lindsey Graham nor Rand Paul could mind being on the floor for it. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice by a 53-47 margin, with three Republicans joining all Democrats in voting for her. The vote paves … Read more