The Rundown - Monday, May 8, 2017 - France Decides; Men Without Work; America's Birth Defect

One reporter said that MSNBC and their now-engaged morning show co-hosts finally got what they deserve, with their obvious personal relationship becoming ever less subtle on the air. I don't think it hurts the show all that much, sort of the way that James Carville and Mary Matalin were interesting debating opponents to watch on the air. But SNL did shred them pretty well, especially the facial expressions of the other folks on set with "Joe" and "Mika".

With roughly a 66%-34% margin of victory, exceeding most polls, Emmanuel Macron defeated Marine Le Pen to become the next president of France, the youngest president in France's history, and the country's youngest leader since Napoleon. It was an odd election, the equivalent of a runoff for US president without either a Republican or a Democrat. Le Pen has some similarities with Donald Trump, but Americans shouldn't take that too far. She's more like the person who actually has or represents pretty much every hateful and ignorant view which Donald Trump's detractors ascribe to him. Now, Macron, a former banker and apparently a creature of the center, which is even weirder in France than here, has his hands full.

American Enterprise Institute scholar Nicholas Eberstadt is the author of (among other things) "Men Without Work" which examines the trend in the United States - more than in any other western country - of working-age men dropping out of the work force. What is happening? Why is it happening? What are the implications for our future as a country?

Some other thoughts on Nick's work: https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2017-01-23-0000/nicholas-eberstadt-men-without-work

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Former national security advisor Condi Rice says that America was "born with a birth defect, it was slavery." This is a point which liberals make frequently. And while there's obviously a certain truth to it, I think it masks a bigger more important point about the goodness of this nation. We'll talk about it a bit on Monday.

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And here's the feel-good story of the day: The ratings of all things Kardashian, including Caitlyn Jenner, seem to be collapsing:
http://www.showbiz411.com/2017/05/03/dept-of-fleeting-fame-kardashians-tv-show-ratings-tanking-caitlyn-jenners-book-a-bust


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