U.S. Courts Look More Like Calcutta, Muncie Celebrates Fetal Pain Laws; More

In an unusually frank declaration, France’s presidential Elysee Palace announced that French President Emmanuel Macron will publicly ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel to “return to its European roots,” a signal of dismay about the direction of German domestic politics that is likely to sting Merkel.

McDonald’s Gets Potent Banker After Corporate Tax Benefits

Frankfurt-based Bayer, now the world’s largest food company by market value, is already feeding itself. The German government-owned development bank KfW is ramping up funding for developing countries thanks to corporate tax reforms in Germany, The Financial Times reported.

Clinton Recounts an Early Refusal to Slap News (Expletive)

Allegations that Hillary Clinton was slow to respond to threats of violence at her 2008 campaign rallies were the subject of a first-person account in BuzzFeed, but the contributions of one individual—several of whom, it should be noted, are retired law enforcement officers—present a far different version of events, which Clinton wrote never included any mention of a threat.

France Elects An Outsider in ‘Excellence’ Down Under

The Third Party of Australia launched its first leader this week. It will “sweep away Australia’s political culture,” according to the party’s founder, but according to the Huffington Post, the “League” is likely to be an afterthought.

Louisiana Judge Shakes Off A Rolling Pin in Support of Firearms Rights

A judge in Louisiana was found not guilty of throwing a rolling pin at a defendant’s lawyer, but she will have a chance to appeal after an opponent attempted to do the same as a gesture of support.

Bloomberg Rallies Former Bill Gate Keepers in Bid to Fix Foreign Labor Laws

Former chief executive officer Jack Welch visited Bloomberg offices in New York and Los Angeles over the weekend to discuss solutions to fixing foreign labor laws, Wired reported. He said companies can’t move hundreds of thousands of employees without regulations and then “fire everybody.”

Foreign students will work harder for less money this spring under a strict new law that will limit the ability of international students to intern in the United States, The Huffington Post reported.

Florida City Legislator Says States ‘Rely on’ Multinationals to Avoid Taxes

A member of the city council of Sanford, Florida, touted a successful partnership between the United States and a Chinese company in international taxation and said that the state’s struggles are the result of a lax government, Politico reported.

Retailers Win Encrypted Device Legalization

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the Department of Justice for a “superseding” order that would allow police to enter retail stores and seize encrypted devices during a drug investigation without a warrant, Quartz reported.

PayPal CEO Giving $450M to Fight Child Labor

Starting today, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will use $450 million donated by PayPal Holdings to fight child labor in “construction, textiles, toys, and footwear,” Recode reported.

Mitt Romney Sacks His Way into Law-School Role at Georgetown

Mitt Romney, an interim dean at an elite university’s law school, decided that he needed some time to think about his choice, and then decided to end his gig after he was elected to Congress, Politico reported.

Jessica Holmes, who represented her client in a Twitter libel case for a 2017 Guardian article, was appointed dean of Syracuse University Law School on Wednesday, Mother Jones reported.

New York Times Launches Self-Editing Platform

The New York Times has launched Spark, a self-editing platform available to writers and editors in dozens of countries. The tool helps writers post their work to the website and handle questions from the editing team.

Google Maps Now Uses Race-Track Data to Map Out the Weather

Originally reported by The Verge.

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