Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. France election results deliver another blow to anti-EU populists
“The European Union is enjoying something of a comeback as populist challengers run out of steam and years of economic stagnation finally begin to lift.
“Sunday’s election results in France marked the latest in a series of positive signals for the EU, which only a few months ago faced real doubts about its future.”
2. Trump says he is cutting back on cable TV
“In a series of astonishing statements, Trump underscores the extent to which his worldview — and his sense of himself — is shaped by what he sees on television. Yet at the same time, his media literacy is questionable.
“References to the news media surface repeatedly throughout the conversation. ‘I used to get great press,’ Trump says at one point. ‘I get the worst press. I get such dishonest reporting with the media.'”
3. Uber’s C.E.O. plays with fire
“Travis Kalanick’s drive to win in life has led to a pattern of risk-taking that has at times put his ride-hailing company on the brink of implosion.
“For months, Mr. Kalanick had pulled a fast one on Apple by directing his employees to help camouflage the ride-hailing app from Apple’s engineers. The reason? So Apple would not find out that Uber had been secretly identifying and tagging iPhones even after its app had been deleted and the devices erased — a fraud detection maneuver that violated Apple’s privacy guidelines.”
4. Judge orders state to turn over copies of Hernandez suicide notes
“A judge ordered the notes be released to the family after an emergency motion was filed demanding they be able to “know their loved one’s final thoughts.'”
5. ‘Sleight’ Is Magic: The first great black superhero movie
“Sleight is the most unassuming comic book-y feature of 2017, an indie that’s indebted to its Marvel and DC compatriots even as it carves out a uniquely compelling — and incisive — place for itself amidst the crowded genre field. Having debuted at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, and arriving in theaters on April 28, this directorial debut from music video vet J.D. Dillard is both an origin story and a self-contained adventure, one that places a premium on character and visual storytelling ahead of any obligations (of which it has none) to make its tale a component of some larger shared-universe saga.”