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Bill Kristol courting David French to run for president

By Shawn Price   |   May 31, 2016 at 10:18 PM

NEW YORK, May 31 (UPI) -- Conservative writer and pundit Bill Kristol is attempting to recruit fellow conservative writer and decorated veteran David French to run for president as an independent against Donald Trump, Kristol said.

The editor of the Weekly Standard has made his views of Trump well known and has been searching for a conservative white knight to run as an independent against Trump.

French is a staff writer at the conservative magazine National Review, but also is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star. French is a constitutional lawyer as well and author of several books and lives in Tennessee with his wife and three children.

French is said to be interested in a bid, but has not yet decided, sources told Bloomberg News, however there is said to be no running mate lined up or notable financing behind the potential campaign.

Some conservative donors have shown interest in French running, Bloomberg has reported.

French made his views of Trump known in the march issue of National Review.

"The party of Lincoln is in ruins," he wrote. "A minority of its primary voters have torched its founders' legacy by voting for a man who combines old-school Democratic ideology, a bizarre form of hyper-violent isolationism, fringe conspiracy theories and serial lies with an enthusiastic flock of online racists to create perhaps the most toxic electoral coalition since George Wallace."

The 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who like Kristol, has publicly sparred with Trump, tweeted his approval Tuesday.

"I know David French to be an honorable, intelligent and patriotic person," Romney said. "I look forward to following what he has to say."

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State Department warns of travel to European sports events

By Shawn Price   |   May 31, 2016 at 9:39 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert warning Americans going to Europe this summer that large sporting events could be terrorist targets.

The European Soccer Championships and the Tour de France are two key events in France that terrorists might target. The two events stretch from mid June to late July.

"The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists planning attacks in public locations, especially at large events," the alert -- in effect through August -- states.

But other events like the Catholic Church's World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland July 26-31 could leave some vulnerable, as the event will likely strain the country's infrastructure. The alert warns American travelers to "be prepared to show their passport and undergo stricter security screening throughout Poland."

The alert also offers other tips:

Exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency. Monitor media and local event information sources and factor updated information into your travel plans and activities. Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions. Stay in touch with your family, have a plan if you are separated and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency. European authorities continue to take steps to assure public safety and disrupt terrorist plots. We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats.

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