Top Photo – The fuel efficient 42.5 m Trimaran Adastra has been lanched into the Pearl River, China (pictured above).
Romney’s biggest liability? The Republican Party. Much of his political history suggests he is more centrist and moderate, not the conservative candidate he has recently tried to project. In another time, Romney’s natural pragmatism might have been seen as a strength, but today’s GOP expects nothing less than strict adherence to conservative principles in their candidates. More from Ben Bryon.
Sarkozy en mauvais état – With the first round of voting in the French presidential elections set for this weekend, Nicolas Sarkozy’s re-election prospects are bad. Francois Hollande, the socialist candidate, is expected to win the first round by 2 to 4 points. But, in the second round run-off set for May 6, Hollande is expected to win by upwards of 10%. Did you see his unlikely Jay Z unofficial campaign soundtrack?
Top Stories – Mega Millions Shows Why the Lottery is Idiotic and Exploits the Poor (Andrew Hanson) – States should abolish lotteries like Mega Millions and Powerball. Lotteries take advantage of those who least understand the odds and can least afford to pay.
11 Meaningless Promises Politicians Repeat That Americans Love (+Video) (Paul Anderson) – Why must politicians lower their IQs, simplify issues, and remove all nuance from the public square?
Shout out to Pierpaolo Barbieri, my close friend who writes in today’s WSJ’s opinion section: “Commentators on Greece are drawing all the wrong lessons from Argentina’s tragic default.”
What We’re Reading – 50,000 Hispanics turn 18 every month for the next 20 years (Infographic); Do we know less as we become more connected? (Ethan Zuckerman); Bo Xilai affair reveals corruption and paranoia (Project Syndicate); Scientists transform scar tissue into beating heart muscle (Discovery).