Happy Friday everyone.
President Obama is in France this morning for talks with the French president. Our Suzanne Malveaux is traveling witih the president.
Madonna's petition to adopt a second Malawian child was rejected by a local judge Friday, an official said. "The decision came down to residency requirement and the fact that the judge believes she was being well taken care of in the orphanage," said Zione Ntaba, a spokeswoman for the Malawi Justice Department.
The State Department on Thursday sent a blunt, public message to North Korea: Don't launch your rocket."We don't want to see this launch go forward," department spokesman Robert Wood said. But at the same time, the United States is carefully avoiding any suggestion that it would try to disrupt the launch and is being vague about what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others have said the "consequences" of the launch would be.
Remember "Freedom Fries"? Americans outraged over France's refusal to support the US position in Iraq in 2003 decided to rename "French Fries" to something, well, less French. US-French relations seemed to thaw when French President Sarkozy waxed poetic last year about Barack Obama. What about now? Has time healed wounds? And what about Sarkozy's recent threat to leave the G-20 talks if the US doesn't agree with the French position on the world economy?
Big tobacco has taken a big hit in Washington. Congress is moving forward with a bill that would give sweeping powers to the food and drug administration to regulate tobacco products for the first time ever.