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By Ingrid Melander and Gregory Blachier PARIS (Reuters) - By pushing her maverick father out of the far-right party he founded four decades ago, French National Front leader Marine Le Pen is banking on an act of political patricide to ensure he does not end up ruining her bid for power. The feud between Jean-Marie Le Pen and his daughter has few parallels in modern European politics and has been compared to everything from slapstick farce to "King Lear", Shakespeare's tragedy of a father driven to madness after turning his kingdom over to his daughters. "But in the long run, if she manages the crisis well media-wise ... she could win from this break-up." The crisis at the National Front erupted one month ago when Le Pen senior reiterated past comments that the Nazi gas chambers were a mere detail of history, and defended Philippe Petain, the war-time leader who cooperated with Nazi Germany. According to Sylvain Crepon, a political analyst and expert on the National Front, Marine and her party lieutenants "might have been waiting for just such an opportunity".
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is winning support from other public officials and praise from legal experts for asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate her police department for discriminatory patterns or practices.