DAYS END ROUND-UP

FROM THE BLOGS:

French election: Five things that you’d never hear in the U.S.

Brad Plumer compares the French election to the United States at WonkBlog.

Rob Portman for the GOP veep? Not if 2008 is any guide.
David Grant doubts the Ohio senator is a front-runner at Decoder Wire.

How the media learned to love Mitt Romney
David Taintor digs into a new Pew study at TPM2012.

Romney, Obama both have made trips to Paris
Trips to France are not just for Mitt Romney, Katrina Trinko writes at The Corner.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Trustees say Medicare, Social Security funds running out quickly

By 2024, Medicare’s trust fund won’t be able to cover 100 percent of benefits, Sam Baker reports for The Hill.

Obama order targets technology used for human-rights abuses
The White House unveiled a new tool meant to stop countries that “monitor and track citizens for violence," Jeremy Herb reports for The Hill.