Marine Le Pen, Google Docs: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing


Democrats called it insufficient, but Speaker Paul Ryan is still aiming for a vote before a House recess starts Friday.



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3. A Virginia woman could face up to 12 months in prison for disrupting the confirmation hearing for Attorney General Jeff Sessions — with laughter.

Desiree Fairooz, 61, above right, was convicted along with two men who had dressed as Ku Klux Klan members to protest Mr. Sessions.

“I just couldn’t hold it,” Ms. Fairooz said of her laughter, which came as a senator spoke positively of Mr. Sessions. “It was spontaneous.”



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4. President Trump met with Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, at the White House.

“Over the course of my lifetime, I’ve always heard that perhaps the toughest deal to make is the deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” Mr. Trump said. “Let’s see if we can prove them wrong.”



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5. Thursday is the National Day of Prayer, and President Trump plans to mark the day with an executive order easing limits on political action by tax-exempt religious groups.

It is unclear exactly how the executive order will get around the tax code provision that prohibits religious organizations from directly opposing or supporting political candidates.

Eliminating it would require legislation by Congress.



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6. Puerto Rico declared a form of bankruptcy, becoming the largest U.S. government entity to seek legal refuge from creditors in American history.

The U.S. territory has about $73 billion of debt. This move sends it into uncharted territory — and was seen as another sign that Puerto Rico has lost all control of its future.

Above, a May Day march against austerity measures.



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7. U.S. Customs agents at the Mexican border are turning away people seeking asylum, in violation of international law.

That’s the finding of a new report by a human rights group, as well as interviews by a New York Times reporter in Tijuana.

Many of those turned back are Central Americans fleeing brutal gang violence in their countries, like the father and daughter pictured above.



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8. With four days to go until the vote, the two candidates vying to be France’s next president faced off in a heated TV debate.

The far-right populist Marine Le Pen branded her opponent, Emmanuel Macron, “the candidate of savage globalization” in her opening remarks.

“Your strategy is simply to say a lot of lies and say everything that is wrong in the country,” Mr. Macron countered. “But you are not proposing anything.”



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9. Facebook is hiring 3,000 more monitors to screen for inappropriate, illegal or offensive content. The move comes after several high-profile episodes in which the video-streaming service Facebook Live was used to broadcast horrible acts.



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10. After years of delays, Miami will soon cut the ribbon on a vast $305 million science museum in a waterfront park.

The museum’s opening is especially significant in a state imperiled by rising sea levels and overseen by a governor, Rick Scott, who has said he is unconvinced that climate change is real.



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11. Finally, is Kumail Nanjiani the new Hugh Grant?

The “Silicon Valley” actor has the lead role in a new, autobiographical rom-com, “The Big Sick,” which upends Hollywood’s traditional ideas about leading men.

He wrote the script with his wife, Emily V. Gordon. The meet-cute: He’s a Pakistani-American standup comedian; she heckles him during a set.

The film debuts next month. Have a great night.


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