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

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

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

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

Abortion, LGBTQ Rights and More: A Roundup of Controversial Red State Actions

CNN — Republican-led states across the country have enacted a series of new restrictions on abortion, the rights of LGBTQ and transgender youth, and the discussion of critical race theory. Here’s a look at some of the legislation passed this session, where the bills are coming from, and what’s under consideration. The flurry of activity … Read more

Why Democrats Are Desperate to Prove Ohio Isn’t a Lost Cause

Wilberforce, Ohio CNN — Desperate to prove that Ohio is not a lost cause, Democratic candidates for governor and an open Senate seat are trying to avoid culture wars and tap into a vein of economic populism that has eluded them in the increasingly red state in recent decades. It wasn’t long since the Democrats … Read more

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson quotes Antonin Scalia and Amy Coney Barrett as she navigates written questions from GOP senators

CNN — Across 330 pages, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has answered — and sometimes dodged — hundreds of written questions from Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee as she enters the home stretch of her Supreme Court confirmation process. . Jackson’s responses to the questions – which were put to him in writing after … Read more

Utah enacts ban on anti-trans sports after Republican lawmakers override GOP governor’s veto

CNN — Young transgender athletes in Utah have been banned from competing on women’s and women’s sports teams after GOP state lawmakers on Friday overturned their Republican governor’s veto to enact the controversial measure. HB 11 had been vetoed earlier this week by Governor Spencer Cox, who questioned its necessity and stressed that it targets … Read more

Barr says he stands by his pre-election comments raising unsubstantiated concerns about voter fraud

CNN — Former Attorney General William Barr on Friday stood by his widely criticized comments ahead of the 2020 election that mail-in voting was vulnerable to fraud, even as he condemned former President Donald’s false post-election claims. Trump that the 2020 competition was stolen from him. “I stand by all of that,” Barr told CNN’s … Read more