Jester’s Court — April 23, 2012

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French President Nicholas Sarkozy became the first sitting president in the Fifth Republic to fail to take first place in the first round of voting. He will meet his Socialist Party opponent in the run-off.

Australia’s parliamentary speaker is stepping down temporarily over a sexual harassment lawsuit with a male staffer.

Iran said it has reverse-engineered a U.S. spy drone captured by its armed forces last year and has begun building a copy.

A British MP, convicted of assault following a brawl at the House of Commons, admitted taking part in as many as 100 fights.

President Hugo Chavez called a state-run television stations to inform Venezuela that he is not dead. Rumors had floated since he had not been seen in a week.

Hungarian diabetics who fail to stick to their diet will be deprived of more modern treatments, according to a government decree aimed at cutting health spending.

North Korea is threatening to turn South Korea’s capitol to “ashes.”

Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman compared the GOP to the Chinese Communist Party. Later, he backtracked, stating that his words were taken out of context.

Huntsman on one of the reasons he faired so poorly in the Republican presidential primaries: “So I had to say I believe in science — and people on stage look at you quizzically as though you’re was an oddball.”

Super PAC funding is coming primarily from 46 individuals.

Mikhail Gorbachev endorsed Barack Obama.

Newt Gingrich hinted he may withdraw from the presidential race if he has a poor showing in the Delaware primary.

Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is preparing to run for her old 4th Congressional district seat on the Green Party ticket.

“No Party Preference” is becoming popular among candidates in California.

The proposed nuclear dump site at Yucca Mountain is stirring back to life.

Retro license plates for California.

Antievolution legislation is gaining steam.

The return of debtors’ prisons.

The U.S. made a commitment to provide Afghanistan with aid through 2024.

John Edwards’ trial has begun.

Edwards’ favorability rating sits at 3%.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai stopped Republican Congressman Dan Rohrabacher from entering the country as part of a U.S. delegation. Rohrbacher has been a vocal critic of Karzai.

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, serving time in a federal prison in Colorado, is immensely popular among the other inmates.

Presidents who drink do better than those who don’t. That’s the conclusion of this video. Martin Bashir must never have heard of Ulysses Grant, Warren Harding and Richard Nixon.

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