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France’s wealthiest man pledges to sue over front-page ‘rich idiot’ headline

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France’s richest man said Monday he would sue a newspaper over its front-page headline — “Get lost, you rich idiot!” — which came in response to news he has applied for Belgian nationality.

The headline in the left-wing Liberation daily was aimed at Bernard Arnault, boss of the luxury conglomerate LVMH, who insists his move is not aimed at avoiding new taxes about to be imposed by France’s new Socialist government.

“Bernard Arnault has no other choice, given the extreme vulgarity and the violence of the headline… but to sue Liberation,” he said in a statement that said he was suing for libel.

The headline, superimposed on a photo of the smiling LVMH boss carrying a red suitcase, is a play on a comment by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, who publicly muttered “Casse-toi, pov’ con” (“Get lost, you poor idiot”) at a man who refused to shake his hand.

The words became a taunt used by Sarkozy’s left-wing critics.

Arnault, the world’s fourth-richest man whose fortune Forbes magazine estimates at $41 billion, was close to Sarkozy.

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He said Sunday he was not becoming a tax exile, despite seeking Belgian nationality as France moves to impose a 75-percent tax on top earners.

“I am and will remain a tax resident in France and in this regard I will, like all French people, fulfil my fiscal obligations,” he told AFP.

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Elections regulator warns foreign intrusion into US campaigns is already happening

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In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Federal Elections Commission is warning that there is already foreign intrusion in the U.S. campaigns.

FEC chair Ellen L. Weintraub was forced to issue a statement after President Donald Trump said that he wasn't sure what he would do if a foreign government approached him with "dirt" on his political opponent. He said that he "might" tell the FBI but would likely hear what they had to say. He said that it wasn't illegal, but Weintraub issued a statement reiterating that it is illegal.

"I am particularly concerned about the risk of illicit funds and foreign support influencing our political system. Foreign dark money represents a significant vulnerability for American democracy. We do not know the extent to which our political campaigns receive foreign dark money, but we do know that the political money can be weaponized by well-funded hostile powers," the letter warned.

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Trump’s anti-abortion rule attacking Planned Parenthood can go into effect in 49 states: appeals court

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According to the Associated Press, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that President Donald Trump's domestic "gag rule" can take effect while litigation proceeds, potentially making it far harder for low-income women to access abortion care.

District judges in California, Oregon, and Washington previously blocked the rule from taking effect. But a three-judge panel in San Francisco today said that the rule was "reasonable" as an interpretation of federal law, and lifted the injunction preventing it from being enforced. The rule can now take effect in every state except Maryland, where another federal judge's order has still enjoined the policy.

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Trump supporter struggles to explain racism towards Muslim neighbor: ‘They were just — walking around’

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In an extensive report by The New York Times, Somali refugees in St. Cloud, Minnesota lamented that they face an absurd amount of racism after fleeing ISIS and a war-torn country.

The story describes a local meeting at the Faith Lutheran Church where a free-flowing discussion about politics, abortion, and more quickly turned to discuss the so-called "refugee problem."

Nearly every person in attendance gave support to President Donald Trump. "Others said that markers of progress were more interpersonal, and they would only be comfortable in their community if the Somali-born refugees converted to Christianity," the Times wrote.

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