Donald Trump was on the phone, urging Don McGahn, the White House counsel, to turn the screw on the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein. The White House counsel refused, deciding he would rather quit than trigger a crisis “akin to the Saturday Night Massacre”, Richard Nixon’s effort to hobble the Watergate investigation. McGahn told the then White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, the president had asked him to “do crazy shit”. I never had a lawyer who took notes.” McGahn replied that he did so because he was a “real lawyer” and note-taking created a record. Mueller notes that Trump was so agitated at the special counsel’s appointment on 17 May 2017 that he slumped back in his chair and declared: “Oh my God.
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Democrats in Congress and talking heads on television will be consumed in the coming weeks by whether the evidence in the Mueller report, especially of obstruction of justice, merits impeachment. The practical question is whether the Mueller report and all that surrounds it will affect that election. Yet Mueller’s report probably won’t move any of the 40% who have held tight to Trump regardless. Then Trump retweeted a note from a supporter saying “millions of Americans truly LOVE President Trump, not McCain”. How many of Trump’s followers or those who might otherwise be tempted to vote for him in 2020 will recoil from this moral squalor?
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Anthony Mundine is set to return to the rugby league field for the first time in almost 19 years after registering to play with Matraville Tigers in South Sydney. He walked away from St George Illawarra in May 2000, citing his ongoing lack of opportunities to play representative football. Mundine then went on to pursue a successful 18-year boxing career, in which he held both the WBA super middleweight and IBO middleweight titles, before that ended with a knockout by Jeff Horn in January. De Belin's NRL career could be over says coach McGregor Read moreHe’s reportedly signed up to play for the Matraville club side in this season’s A-Grade South Sydney District Junior Rugby Football League. I’ll be targeted because of my profile but that’s fine.”Mundine played 127 first grade matches between 1993 and 2000 for St George, Brisbane and St George Illawarra and ran on for the NSW Blues in all three matches of the 1999 State of Origin.
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Scott Morrison has invited the media into his his Pentecostal church in Sydney for the first time, as both party leaders paused their official campaigns on Easter Sunday. At the Horizon church’s communion service in the city’s southern suburb of Sutherland, Morrison clapped to the opening song. The senior pastor, Brad Bonhomme, said the church aimed to provide the Morrison family with a space to express their faith. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Bill Shorten and his family after attending the Easter service at St Andrew’s Anglican church in Brisbane. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Scott Morrison sings during an Easter Sunday service at Horizon church at Sutherland.
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Samantha Stosur will get another crack in Australia’s Fed Cup semi-final after hitting the ball as sweetly as ever in front of a home crowd she said rivaled anything she had experienced in her 20-year career. On Sunday, Barty was in imperious form once again, brushing away Sabalenka 6-2, 6-2 in just 79 minutes, to hand Australia a 2-1 lead. World No 9 Barty therefore faced Sabalenka before Stosur meets Azarenka, in a match that could seal the tie for Australia. A doubles contest will decide the tie if scores are locked at 2-2, with Queenslanders Stosur and Barty named to team up for the first time. “It’s the best crowd we’ve had in Australia playing Fed Cup ... overseas we get donuts even if we hit the best shot in the world, but I knew that I was playing in Australia.”
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Barry Humphries: Melbourne comedy festival renames award following transgender comments Read more“It was an incredible field and it was genuinely tight, but James’s show was so accomplished,” the Melbourne comedy festival director, Susan Provan, told the Guardian. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Geraldine Hickey won the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Piece of Wood Award. Photograph: Jim Lee/Melbourne International Comedy Festival“I presumed Barry Humphries would be presenting this, or at least Austen Tayshus,” said Portenza. Melbourne comedy festival: comedians pick their own best jokes of 2019 Read moreMany high-profile comedians have come out in support of the name change. “The people who create the festival and care about the festival are the artists and performers.”The Melbourne International Comedy Festival comes to a close on Sunday night.
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“There’s no doubt that Sonny has had a major influence on many British people attempting to sample and understand Korean culture,” said Sungho Min, spokesman for the South Korean embassy in London. Sonny and K-pop have done more to promote Korean culture in the UK than anything the government or official tourism department have been able to do.”Son may be the latest face of the Korean wave but he is certainly not the first. K-pop, or Korean pop, with its catchy melodies and elaborately choreographed dance routines, has baffled music executives with its worldwide success. Almost all major supermarkets stock Korean ingredients or foods, and specialist Korean shops are now a common sight in most city centres. Korean food is becoming increasingly popular in the UK.
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Jim Al-Kahlili is one of the guests at Chip Lit Fest in Oxfordshire this month LEONARDO CENDAMO/GETTY IMAGESOxford Jennifer Eberhardt discusses her book, Biased, at Blackwell’s, Broad Street, April 23, 7pm, £5; eventbrite.co.ukEly Kate Clanchy talks about her book, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, at St Peter’s Church, Broad Street, April 24, 7.10pm, £7; toppingbooks.co.ukSt Andrews Ian McEwan launches his new novel, Machines Like Me, at Holy Trinity Church, South Street, April 24, 8pm, £9; toppingbooks.co.ukOxford Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson presents her study of our ecosystem, Extraordinary Insects, at Waterstones, Broad Street, April 25, 7pm, £6; waterstones.comYork Sabrina Ghayour talks about her new cookbook, Bazaar: Vibrant Vegetarian Recipes, at Waterstones, Coney Street, April 25, 7pm, £5; waterstones.comBath Paperback Ramblers: with Kate Hamer, author of The Girl in the Red Coat, at Mr B’s Emporium of…
There are many jaw-dropping moments in Pink’s Beautiful Trauma tour, but one in particular stands out. Flying over the audience singing Secrets, Pink lies horizontal, her entire body balanced on the bare feet of a near-naked acrobat. To return to the stage, she slips her left leg through the acrobat’s thighs and dangles upside down. Only when she reaches the ground do you realise you have yet to breathe out. After a decade of mixing pop performance with aerial acrobatics, Pink could have run out of ways to wow from above.
FilmFILM PICKGRETAAs the unstable, lonely woman of the title, Isabelle Huppert turns a schlocky psycho-thriller into a camp hoot. OR15, 99 minsWILD ROSEAs a feisty Glaswegian lass trying to make it as a country star, Jessie Buckley gives the kind of performance that will make everyone want a piece of her. TS15, 100 minsMID90SJonah Hill’s directorial debut is a scrappy little thing, but it gets to you — much like its hero, Stevie (Sunny Suljic), a 13-year-old latchkey boy whose older brother beats him up while he dreams of skating with the cool kids. TS15, 85 minsHAPPY AS LAZZAROThe writer and director Alice Rohrwacher creates a mesmerising fairy tale based on those left behind during Italy’s transformation from an agrarian…
Shakespeare is up for grabs again. All-female productions, productions that celebrate diversity, productions in which the text is up-ended, made to say the opposite of what the author so clearly intended, productions in which — in the words of the Arts Council’s latest proclamation of its mission — relevance trumps quality. It’s a Bardic free-for-all. We seem to be returning to the mid-17th century understanding of the Shakespearean canon as, in the words of Andrew McConnell Stott, “a wellspring of concepts, characters, and situations to be plundered at will”. A bare century later, it was all very different: Shakespeare’s supremacy as artist and thinker was widely acknowledged, his plays were held to be uniquely potent encapsulations of human experience, incomparably well-conceived, clothed in language of matchless expressiveness.…
Self-care, me-time, pampering — why wouldn’t you do it in the one room in the house that has a lock? As the wellness movement extends beyond liberal use of a hashtag to tangible acts of self-preservation, so, too, has the function of the bathroom evolved from being a room that offers a practical solution to a daily need, into a restful space of sanctuary. VitrA’s Plural collection was inspired by communal bathing spaces and rituals“Clients using health spas across the world are now coming to us for their own piece of luxury in their homes,” says Yousef Mansuri of the premium bathroom retailer CP Hart. That might result in the installation of an all-singing, all-dancing showerhead, for example. Hansgrohe’s PowderRain range (from £104) mimics misty rain to envelop…
Best for… troubleshootingAwair, £149; getawair.co.ukAwair monitors air quality and gives you personal recommendations in real time. High levels of carbon dioxide, dust and chemicals disrupt sleep — and it is shocking to see what can build up in the air of your bedroom overnight. Best for… rentersPhilips Hue White Ambiance Starter Kit, £120; meethue.comFor those stuck in small spaces with poor natural light, unable to make permanent changes, this is as simple as screwing in a bulb. Set the lights to a bright, cold, blue white to aid concentration while you work, dim for ambience on film night and switch to a warm orange glow to prepare for bed. Even better, you can automate all of this with the Hue app.
What springs to mind when you read the word “pink”? And on the AW19 catwalks, JW Anderson, Jacquemus and Alexander McQueen all deployed shocking Stabilo pink to desirable effect. Admittedly, I’ve never really been one for pink, but a floor-length padded Balenciaga topper? How to wear Try something tailored and oversized — it’s less predictable, less “princess”. Zara’s pink trouser suit (blazer, £90, and trousers, £40) is a visual feast — wear with white or black accessories for…
Presumably you already know about Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation. If you want an absolutely flawless base that covers up any imperfections and doesn’t budge all day and night, and if you want a matte finish, it is your guy. It is not my guy, because I don’t have the need for such full coverage in my day-to-day life — but if I went to the office and had a boardroom and clicked about in my heels and wanted to look impeccably soignée and perfect, it’s probably what I’d use (I say probably because I do like to see people’s actual skin — I find it more flattering). Aaaanyhoo: Lancôme has just launched a much more natural-looking, less full-on, more comfortable (in my view)…