House Republicans took a massive political risk this week: They passed unpopular legislation to reform and replace the Affordable Care Act with no sense of how much it would cost or how many Americans it would (or won't) cover. Or whether the Senate will even act on it.
For most of her life, Marine Le Pen has lived in the shadow of her father. Jean-Marie Le Pen founded the far-right National Front in 1972, a party that she would come to lead some 40 years later. Changing its racist and anti-Semitic image has taken time, determination and a bitter family feud.
France picks its new president Sunday. Emmanuel Macron, of the newly formed En Marche party, faces off with Marine Le Pen of the National Front. Macron, who led narrowly in the first vote on April 23, has been endorsed by former President Barack Obama. President Donald Trump has praised Le Pen's populism and views on immigration but has not endorsed her. I reached out to CNN Paris correspondent Melissa Bell for her perspective on today's vote and what it means for France -- and the United States. Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below.
France is about to pick a new president. C'est bien, you say, but you're still recovering from the tectonic shifts of 2016. (Brexit! Trump!) You really should pay attention, though. One of Europe's most important countries will end up being run either by a far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, or someone who's never held elected office, centrist Emmanuel Macron. Either way, the result will ripple across the globe.
Editor's Note: This story is part of a special focus on South Africa and how it is shaping the future and paving the way for the rest of the continent. Photographer Zack Seckler isn't attracted to cityscapes. "What really is fulfilling to me to look at is natural landscapes. It's kind of like a painter chooses to paint with certain kinds of colors."
W. Kamau Bell travels to a South Side Chicago neighborhood where reports of violent crime are the norm to meet with gang members, who give him perspective on the streets. Watch "United Shades of America" Sundays at 10p ET/PT.
In 2016, Chicago saw more murders than NY and LA combined. Comedian and political critic, W. Kamau Bell visits his hometown to explore solutions. "United Shades of America" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.