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The White House thinks Marine Le Pen can be elected as part of a Trumpy global wave. And she's an iconic face of a key trend of our time. The Wall Street Journal front-pager from Paris explores the "fiery populist" as she courts the elite — "Marine Le Pen seeks advice from same establishment she rails against":

  • "French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, representing the once-ostracized National Front, met with influential bankers, corporate executives and government officials to get advice on the radical changes vowed by her campaign. Now the group is helping plan what she hopes will be her first 100 days in office."
  • "National Front's goal is to move from a xenophobic protest movement founded by her father into a mainstream party espousing economic nationalism."
  • "Polls suggest Ms. Le Pen will make it through the first round of voting April 23. Winning the second-round runoff [May 7] looks harder because supporters of candidates knocked out in the first round are likely to coalesce against her."

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Senate passes bill funding government through December

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The Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to fund the federal government through Dec. 11, by a vote of 84-10.

Where it stands: The legislation will avert a government shutdown before funding expires Wednesday night and before the Nov. 3 election. The House passed the same measure last week by a vote of 359-57 after House Democrats and the Trump administration agreed on the resolution.

  • Both sides agreed early in negotiations that the bill should be a "clean" continuing resolution — meaning each party would only make small changes to existing funding levels so the measure would pass through both chambers quickly, Axios' Alayna Treene reported last week. The bill now goes to President Trump for signature.
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The age of engineering life begins

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Synthetic biology startups raised some $3 billion through the first half of 2020, up from $1.9 billion for all of 2019, as the field brings the science of engineering to the art of life.

The big picture: Synthetic biologists are gradually learning how to program the code of life the way that computer experts have learned to program machines. If they can succeed — and if the public accepts their work — synthetic biology stands to fundamentally transform how we live.

Biden will allow lobbyists to join transition team

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Joe Biden's presidential transition office will allow lobbyists to help shape his potential administration, but will require them to receive a waiver to participate if they engaged in lobbying activity in the last twelve months.

Why it matters: Presidential transition teams are instrumental in establishing a new administration, and the rules that govern them are often a template for the ethics guidelines that the new administration imposes after the inauguration.

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