Donald Trump is just par for the course

The US president has clocked up at least 12 golfing holidays since his inauguration in January. No one should be surprised. But why golf?

The disorientating eternity that has been Donald Trump’s nascent presidency could be described as anything but par-for-course – and not only in terms of the Old Testament-grade lies and misdirection that characterise the White House’s communications. In 10 weeks, President Trump has taken no fewer than 12 golfing holidays to Mar-a-Lago, the Florida-based golfing resort he owns. Each round, according to an estimate from Politico, has cost US taxpayers in the region of $3m (£2.4m) in flights and security.

Deliciously, Trump, along with a chorus of Republicans, frequently criticised his predecessor for such playful excursions. In 2011, he tweeted: “@BarackObama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Nice work ethic.” In August 2014, Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, wrote: “Obama’s golf outings aren’t just bad optics, they’re foolish. And voters realise that.” Even Sean Spicer, Trump’s flailing press secretary, who suggested last week that just because Trump visits Mar-a-Lago doesn’t mean that he’s playing golf there (an Instagram photograph showing the president wearing golf cleats while supposedly in meetings says otherwise), once proffered an opinion on the game. “Wish I could be on the golf course but have to work,” he wrote, in 2012, before adding: “Must be nice to be President.”

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The painting that has reopened America’s wounds over race and exploitation

New York art world bitterly divided over ‘cultural appropriation’ of 1955 photograph of murdered 14-year-old Emmett Till

It is one of the most powerful images to emerge from the racism that infected the southern states of America in the 1950s – the photograph of a badly beaten 14-year-old boy, lynched after being falsely accused of flirting with a white woman, lying in a funeral casket.

Now protests over a painting based on the photograph, included in a New York museum show, are dividing the city’s art world amid claims of racist exploitation and censorship.

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The car-loan boom isn’t the housing bubble. But there still might be a crash

The growth in credit and fall in savings have alarming echoes of the financial crisis. But at least regulators are no longer asleep at the wheel

Could it be 2005 and 2006 all over again? Industry figures last week showed that UK credit-card debt has soared while the savings rate has plunged to an all-time low. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, data shows that late last year car loans were being taken out at a faster rate than any time in US history.

Almost everyone in America leases a car or buys it using cheap credit. Except that they don’t take the opportunity to lower their outgoings and cut their monthly loan bills. Instead, they take the cheap credit and buy a bigger car. A much bigger car.

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Immigration, fake news and terror: Rushdie and experts on a dangerous moment for the US

In event hosted by the Ethics Centre and sponsored by the Guardian, the author joined analysts and academics to discuss key issues in Trump’s America

Activists, political analysts and writers including the author Salman Rushdie, foreign policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter and Columbia University president Lee Bollinger appeared in New York on Saturday, at an event that aimed to look past partisan squabbling over immigration, “fake news” and the threat of terrorism.

Related: Small hand of government: Trump’s aim to shrink the state pleases conservatives

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Flynn did not disclose income from Russian companies: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, failed to disclose payments from a Russian television network and a second firm linked to Russia in a February financial disclosure form, according to documents released by the White House on Saturday.


Gonzaga hold off South Carolina to book place in first ever national title game

  • Gamecocks roar back in second half but Gonzaga triumph 77-73
  • Bulldogs will play winner of Oregon-North Carolina on Monday

The Gonzaga Bulldogs survived a furious second-half rally by South Carolina to advance to their first national championship game.

Related: The Final Four, ranked: why the slipper will finally fit for Gonzaga

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Rickie Fowler four-putt leaves Sung Kang in control at Houston Open

• Fowler shoots 67 and is second, three shots behind Korea’s Kang
• Justin Rose drops out of contention on day three

If Rickie Fowler is to fall short in his pursuit of the Houston Open, Hercule Poirot will not be required to investigate the cause of such a scenario.

Fowler staggeringly four-putted the 18th hole of his third round on Saturday, contributing to a double bogey and the handing of a three-stroke lead to Kang Sung-hoon with 18 holes to go. Fowler, who had also dropped a shot at the 17th, was eight under par through 14 holes of round three, rendering his 67 something of an anti-climax.

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Judge rejects Trump defense against claim he incited violence at rally

Kentucky case centers on 2016 rally in which candidate told supporters to ‘Get ‘em out of here’ and two women and a man say they were shoved and punched

A federal judge has rejected President Donald Trump’s free speech defense in a lawsuit in which he is accused of inciting violence against protesters during his campaign.

Related: White Donald Trump supporters shove black protesters at Kentucky rally

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