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Macron asks UNESCO to protect baguettes as world treasure to protect traditional product from increasing weight of big supermarkets and convenience stores, links proposal to last year's successful bid by Neapolitan pizza makers

Brad Birzer: Robert Nisbet's definition of conservatism differs from that of Russell Kirk, argues that it is purely a modern ideology that began with Burke and reaction to French revolution rather than natural longing to preserve best of human thought

Barbara Boland: Bannon not political genius behind Trump, always denied by president and goes against historical rule that influential advisors are discreet and self-deprecating, Bannon skilled and narcissistic publicist who created mythology around self

War of words between Trump and Bannon after former advisor suggests Donald Jr acted treasonously and president replies Brietbart boss lost his mind when leaving White House

Berlusconi launches election campaign with promises of basic income of EUR 1,000, tax deductions and veterinary subsidies for pet owners, Forza Italia has 16% in recent polls in front of presumed election in March

Roy Moore (R) files lawsuit and claims there were voting irregularities when Doug Jones (D) narrowly won Alabama senate election, unverified reports that black voters were bussed in from other states to vote for Jones

Catalan secession parties get small majority in regional election, the Spanish state has been defeated says Puigdemont

25% of the Danish Folketing supports legislation to introduce mandatory offer of herbal food in public places

German intelligence service claims China has used fake LinkedIn profiles to gather information about officials and politicians in Germany, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang denies allegations

EU releases educational simulation game Taxlandia where player is supposed to help country in crisis by raising taxes, has cost EUR 90,000 to develop

Rand Paul assaulted by neighbor at his Kentucky home, was tackled from behind and suffered five broken ribs, no reports of political motive

Twitter admits to hiding 48% of #DNCLeak and 25% of #PodestaEmails tweets before 2016 presidential campaign

Ron Paul: Trump and Tillerson have taken neoconservative warmongering position with regard to Syria, could lead to total destruction of already badly damaged country

Billionaire Andrej Babiš' ANO biggest party in Czech election with 29.6% of vote, promised tax cuts, resisting EU and refugees, Social democrats get worst result since split of Czechoslovakia, Pirate party third biggest party

Massive tax breaks the best Christmas gift US can get, according to Trump speaking at conservative think tank Heritage Foundation's event - Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin announces that goal is to enforce promised changes before turn of year

Democratic Republic of Congo wins 151 out of 193 votes to join United Nations Human Rights Council for three-year term among 15 new countries – US, Britain and rights groups critical of election

William Hartung: Half of Pentagon's USD 600 billion budget goes to executives of crony capitalist companies and their lobbyists, false premise that military spending generates jobs for ordinary Americans

Pre-emptive strike on North Korea unsure solution since no one knows for sure where the targets are, says Vladimir Putin, urging dialogue

Yuriko Koike, governor of Tokyo, launches new national party and plans to field candidates all around the country to participate in the upcoming election to the lower house of the Diet, says she wishes to "reset Japan" and that the party is founded on what she calls permissive conservatism

Denmark's immigration and integration minister Inger Støjberg shares her iPad background showing Muhammad cartoon on Facebook, says it symbolizes country-building principle of freedom earlier generations created

Shinzo Abe to dissolve the lower house of the Diet and hold elections in the end of October, seeks mandate for new direction in national security and for another consumption tax hike

Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallström awarded Agent of Change Award issued by UN Women for "leadership in promoting equality between the sexes and women’s rights through a feminist foreign policy"

WhatsApp rejects UK government request to install back door in messaging service, Theresa May at UN discussion asks technology companies to do more to help governments fight terrorism

Tony Blair calls for tougher immigration rules for EU citizens to reassert control, says times are different compared to 2004 and that intelligent politics takes account of such change

Venezuelan senior opposition figure Julio Borges meets with Emmanuel Macron in Paris to discuss crisis in South American country, will also meet Angela Merkel, Theresa May och Mariano Rajoy in coming days

Pope Francis urges states of the world to open their borders to migrants, says every stranger knocking on one's door is a chance to meet Jesus

Chief strategist Steve Bannon leaves White House immediately in "mutual agreement" with chief of staff John Kelly

MEP Sarah Champion resigns from Labour Party's Shadow Cabinet after criticism for an article in The Sun, wrote about Pakistani men who exploit and rape white girls

Republican party with 34 governors after West Virginia's Jim Justice switches parties, highest number it has controlled since early 1920s

Libertarian split after Jeff Deist speech mentioning "blood and soil" and encompassing cultural conservatism, Cato-affiliated Bates and Horwitz complain about Nazi dog-whistles

Denmark offers European Medicines Agency 20 years of rent-free housing in relocation bid, agency currently London-based

Anthony Scaramucci removed as White House communications director just over a week after his hiring, new chief of staff John Kelly requested the removing according to New York Times

European Court of Justice maintains Hamas' classification as a terrorist organization, removes Sri Lanka separatist movement Tamil Tigers

Germany’s Social Democratic leader Martin Schulz warns of new wave of uncontrolled immigration, accuses Merkel of ignoring issue as she aims to secure fourth term in September election

Democrats start using encrypted messaging app Wickr after last year's leak, hire ex-Uber Engineer Raffi Krikorian as its chief technology officer

Glenn Greenwald: New lobby group "Alliance for Securing Democracy" unites mainstream Democratic foreign policy officials and world’s most militaristic neocons, will re-shape U.S. foreign policy toward a more hostile, belligerent and hawkish posture toward in particular Russia

Arthur Gordian: The right should take inspiration from class analysis of Marx, US conservatism doomed after fall of communism dissolved meta-class which constituted its base

Google may get additional fines as European Commission investigates whether Android breaks EU competition regulations, has previously been fined in case related to search engine

Tom Slater: Emmanuel Macron increasingly autocratic, uses trappings of old monarchy to argue for limiting power of parliament, co-workers fuel personality cult with comparison to Roman god Jupiter

Crowds gathered by bus for Trump speech in Warsaw, Law and Justice party calls event "great patriotic picnic"

South Korea president Moon Jae-in says qualifications should come first when hiring, pictures and health questions may be banned

Foundation for Responsible Robotics seeks ban on UK imports of sex robots in likeness of children, time for market to be regulated according to Professor Noel Sharkey

Bill Gates warns EU about consequences of Africa population boom on migration, says it should become harder to reach Europe, foreign aid to African countries should be increased

UK transport minister John Hayes refuses to interact with MPs who do not wear ties, protest against speaker allowing looser dress code in House of Commons

White House salary budget USD 5.1 million lower under Trump than under Obama, driven in part by president's refusal to accept salary, fewer policy analysts and smaller staff for first lady

UN and WHO call for drug decriminalization to counter negative health outcomes caused by punitive laws, member states remain opposed

Last employees leave science division of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, had nine employees under Obama

Koch brothers reportedly more sympathetic toward Trump, previously kept distance from president's immigration policies

French government to ban new hydrocarbon prospecting licenses as part of environmental strategy

Tom Bailey: Disruption of play with Trump as Caesar shows US right-wing has adopted mentality of left, same tactic as when leftists stop speakers on university campuses

Previously world-leading HIV program collapses as Venezuela government lack funds for medicine, caused by politics of Hugo Chavez according to Stephanie Nolen

Indian opposition names political veteran and dalit Meira Kumar as presidential candidate, challenges ruling BJP candidate Ram Nath Kovind who is also dalit

Serbian president appoints Ana Brnabić to form government, becomes world's fifth openly gay head of government if approved

Gad Saad interviews Swedish MP Hanif Bali, talks about immigration and the consequences of political correctness

Emmanuel Macron's party La République en marche wins alongside its allies majority of seats in France's National Assembly, estimated voter turnout of 42% a record low

Jacob Shapiro: Secession referenda in Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan share similar situations and historic relations to the state they belong to, primary difference is the latter's will to die for their independence

Title character Julius Caesar in Shakespeare's play portrayed by man similar-looking to Trump in version performed in Central Park, New York – wife Calpurnia resembles Melania and speaks with Slavic accent

Italy's four major parties agree on new 5% vote threshold for parliament representation, minor parties oppose the law expected to be passed early July

UK Prime Minister Theresa May open to tax social media, intended to increase computer security and make Internet safer for children and young people

Matthew Reece: Misunderstanding among neoreactionaries that libertarians oppose authority, only wish that authority is concentrated to distinct private owners

The Z Man: French revolution was no popular uprising against monarchy but elite project orchestrated by degenerate aristocrats with striking similarities to today's political elite in US — repression could be as bloody as in Vendée if their power is opposed

Ilya Somin: People tend to oppose welfare if they believe it goes to other ethnic groups, libertarians supporting immigration a win-win

Moon Jae-in from Democratic Party of Korea wins election, becomes new president of South Korea in landslide, has campaigned on reforms to root out corruption which has attracted voters to newly established party

Christopher Cantwell: I used to tolerate libertarians fighting for feminism and homosexuality, I now instead tolerate national socialism in overarching struggle for survival of white race – libertarianism is essentially white man values

Brigitte Bardot urges French people to vote for Le Pen to protect animals, says Emmanuel Macron's cold steel eyes shows lack of empathy with suffering animals

Whiteboard used by Steve Bannon for planning revealed in photograph published on Twitter, among other things mentions policies to curb immigration which has not been discussed publicly

Increasing number of EPP members want to expel Viktor Orban and Fidesz party

Matthew Continetti: First 100 days under Trump has thrown Democrats into chaos, party in pieces and completely fails to channel displeasure with new president

Pope Francis warns against libertarian infiltration of institutions, considers it to be radical, antisocial and fashionable ideology incompatible with Church's teaching on common good

AfD elects new leadership duo in Alexander Gauland, 76-year-old CDU defector, and Alice Weidel, 38-year-old former investment banker

T.A. Frank: Left must stop childish and rarely self-absorbed Chelsea Clinton, political career might cause Democrat party to implode

Frauke Petry will not stand for re-election as AfD leader after party convention votes against discussing her motion to reject racism, anti-semitism and nationalism – interpreted as sign that party is moving farther from mainstream

Republican party sets fundraising record in first quarter of 2017, cause said to be enthusiasm for new president

Charles Peralo: Tulsi Gabbard (D) will be next US president – strong points include youth, beauty, Native American ancestry, being a war veteran, promoting gun rights and libertarian foreign policy and stance on economic issues similar to Bernie Sanders

Pat Buchanan: Trump deceived by China, trades beneficial trade and security for loose promises of managing North Korea, hope for intelligent and non-interventionist foreign policy is a mirage

Venture capitalist Doug Derwin cancels order of Tesla in anger over Elon Musk meeting with Donald Trump, instead spends money on ad campaign to convince entrepreneur to shun president

Trump ambiguous when asked about his confidence in Steve Bannon, points out that chief strategist joined late in campaign and was not critical for outcome

Federalist Society behind one third of US Supreme Court judges, including recent addition Neil Gorsuch, Executive Vice President Leonard Leo has fostered generation of originalist elites

Canada's national anthem is proposed to be gender neutral, the text line "all thy sons command" can become "all of us command", faces resistance from conservatives, supported by socialists

Black Lives Matter Philadelphia bans whites from attending meetings, later says anyone who "identifies as African diaspora" is welcome

Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali cancels speaking tour in Australia and New Zealand, threats against personal security part of reason

Muslim Brotherhood hires lobbying firm to establish ties with Trump Administration, to pay USD 4.8 million

Martin Schulz new leader and chancellor candidate for SPD, thought to be major threat to Merkel

FBI chief Jim Comey lies to Congress, says no emails from Republicans were leaked during 2016

30 countries refuse deportations of own citizens from US, criminal aliens released since they can only be held for certain period of time, according to Henry Cuellar (D)

Poll by STEM shows Czech Pirate Party would pass five percent parliament threshold, current government party Social Democrats at 15%

Turkish party Denk wins three seats in Dutch parliament – new chapter in history says leader Tunahan Kuzu, the explicitly pro-immigration party first ever ethnic party in the parliament

European Parliament suspends Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke for ten days and withdraws allowance for 30 days following his statement that women should earn less since they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent

Obama meets with donors and leaders in Silicon Valley tech industry, rumors increase about political comeback

Stephen Gregory: Democratic party polarization between identity and class perspectives blocks political advancement, New Deal coalition more united, common fight against Trump can be common rallying point

Quran should be banned as Mein Kampf already is, says dutch politician Geert Wilders

Czech government considers incorporating right to bear arms in constitution, possibly before October, supported by main opposition party, backlash against EU Firearms Directive

Tom Perez elected DNC chairman, seen as sign of Obama still dominating party rather than Bernie Sanders who endorsed Keith Ellison

Trump creates more open work environment than any other modern president, dozens of staffers have direct access, Obama let chief of staff be strict gatekeeper

Matthew Reece: Jeffrey Tucker's obscene comments to Richard Spencer deviate from libertarian principles – talk of human dignity, unlike fascism, has nothing to do with libertarianism

Number of Tor users in United Arab Emirates up after service is banned

Congressional Black Caucus proposes melanin based tax as restitution for slavery

Republicans announce plan for replacing Obamacare, beginning with passing 2015 bill vetoed by Obama

Tony Blair wants to stop Brexit as those who voted didn't have knowledge of true terms of Brexit, is being accused by conservatives of being undemocratic

Republican Chairman of House Oversight Committee wants to sue Bryan Pagliano for helping Hillary Clinton set up her private e-mail server