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Week in politics: What French election results mean for US, plus Trump’s travel ban returns to court




Leader of 'En Marche !' Emmanuel Macron acknowledges supporters after winning the French Presidential Election, at The Louvre on May 7, 2017 in Paris, France.
Leader of 'En Marche !' Emmanuel Macron acknowledges supporters after winning the French Presidential Election, at The Louvre on May 7, 2017 in Paris, France.
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It was a busy weekend in politics, both national and international, and it sets up plenty to watch for this week.

In a landslide victory over far-right nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen, former investment banker Emmanuel Macron won the presidency of France in an election that essentially became a referendum on the future of Europe. The 39-year-old will become the youngest president in French history and will be challenged early on with the task of governing with no legislative majority in French Parliament.

Back here in the U.S., former interim Attorney General Sally Yates will testify before a Senate subcommittee today about former NSA head Michael Flynn’s alleged ties to Russia. Multiple outlets are reporting that then-President Obama warned then President-elect Trump last November against hiring Flynn.

Attorneys for the Trump administration are back in court today continuing to fight rulings blocking the president’s controversial travel ban prohibiting entry to the U.S. by people from six predominantly Muslim countries.

Also on the docket today, deportations remain status quo in Southern California, the EPA’s dismissal of members of a major scientific review board, Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy and an L.A. Times piece on the cost of protecting the Trumps.

Guests:

Lynn Vavreck, professor of political science at UCLA; she tweets @vavreck

Zachary Courser, research director of the Dreier Roundtable and visiting assistant professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College; he tweets @zcourser