Tiger Woods triumph may help clean off the stain of Trumps golf addiction | Richard Williams

The presidents very public obsession with golf represents everything that makes a good game easy to dislike. But then, on Sunday, came a miracle Grotesque, malevolent and a cheat at golf: does Auric Goldfinger remind you of anyone? And theres the obsession with gold. Goldfingers Rolls-Royce is panelled in solid gold and he kills a woman by having her covered with gold paint. Donald Trumps use of gold is a little less original, more symbolic than functional: its the colour, for instance, of Trump Tower in Las Vegas, gleaming like a huge gold brick standing on its end above the neon-lit Strip. But its the cheating at golf that concerns us here. One of the most beguiling of Bond villains, …

The Hill to Die On review: Trump, Ryan and a Republican dumpster fire

Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer deliver a deeply sourced tale of ineptitude, cowardice and other common political traits Donald Trump is now going all in for Obamacare repeal. His latest Stephen Moore, a tax-dodging deadbeat dad, and Herman Cain, Kushner is quoted telling the late Senator John McCain, without a hint of irony, that were going to change the way the entire government works. McCain can only reply: Good luck, son. Kushner and Mnuchin come across as Zelig-like creatures, always on camera but with little to show. As it waits for Godot and the Messiah, the world anticipates Jareds much-heralded Middle East peace plan. Paul Ryan, the former speaker and 2012 vice-presidential candidate, emerges as a cautionary tale who inadvertently …

Mar-a-Lago security under scrutiny after Chinese woman gained access

Yujing Zhang, who was in possession of cellphones and drives containing malware, was arrested after visiting the Trump resort Security at Donald Trumps court documents. She initially produced two Chinese passports displaying her photo, the affidavit states. Resort officials asked if she was the daughter of a member with the same surname. She did not give a definitive answer and, blaming a language barrier issue, security staff allowed her inside. But they became suspicious after Zhang appeared to struggle to explain why she was visiting Mar-a-Lago, according to the affidavit. At first she said she wanted to go to the swimming pool, then that she was there for an event staged by a group called the United Nations Chinese American …

Beto O’Rourke announces 2020 run for presidency

Texas Democrat, who has drawn comparisons to Obama, tells supporters his campaign seeks to unite a very divided country Beto ORourke, the former congressman who narrowly lost to Ted Cruz in the 2018 Texas Senate race, has announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for president. Ending months of speculation over his plans, garnered unprecedented grassroots support and a historic fundraising haul. fell short, ORourke outperformed expectations for any Democrat in the deeply conservative state of Texas, falling less than three percentage points behind Cruz, the Republican incumbent. Despite his defeat, ORourke garnered unprecedented grassroots support and a historic fundraising haul. Bernie Sanders, Vermont senator Sanders turned a long-shot, anti-establishment bid for the presidency into a political revolution that energized …

How’d the Cohen Hearing Go? That Depends on Your Filter Bubble

Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, is a flawed man with nothing left to lose, charting a path to redemption by finally coming clean about crimes and misdeeds allegedly committed by the president of the United States. Either that, or he’s a cheat and a crook who can’t be trusted, who’s already pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and isn’t above doing it again if it’ll help him land a book deal. These are the two interpretations of Cohen’s hearing before the House Oversight Committee that manifested online Wednesday. As they’ve done so many times before—during the Benghazi investigation, during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s hearings—the internet’s tribal factions retreated to their corners over the course of the day to …