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Kamala Harris out-raised Pete Buttigieg by $5 million in the first quarter. She was ahead of him and Beto O'Rourke in a recent national poll. Her CNN town hall drew especially big viewership. So where are her magazine covers?

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USGA investigates after golf scores 'erroneously' recorded for Trump

The U.S. Golf Association (USGA) says it is looking into unflattering golf scores that were "erroneously" recorded for President Trump this week.

Scores of 101, 100, 108 and 102 were posted Friday under the president's name on his USGA-run handicap system even though the president did not play golf that day, Golfweek reported.

The USGA told The Hill on Saturday that someone "erroneously" posted scores on behalf of Trump.

"We have become aware of reports in the media questioning recent scores posted on President Trump’s GHIN account. As we dug into the data it appears someone has erroneously posted a number of scores on behalf of the GHIN user," the statement said, referring to the Golf Handicap and Information Network.

"We are taking corrective action to remove the scores and partnering with our allied golf associations and their member clubs to determine the origin of the issue," the statement continued.

USGA spokeswoman Janeen Driscoll told The Hill in a statement that the association removed five scores that were "clearly out of character" for the president. One such score was a more flattering 68, which the USGA traced to a mobile posting on its app that used the president's name and account.

According to Golfweek, Trump has an index of 2.8, which the magazine described as "excessively flattering." The 68 score was posted Wednesday and then deleted, according to the magazine.


Neo-Nazi pedophile who plotted "white jihad" machete murder of politician is jailed

A British neo-Nazi pedophile who plotted to murder a Member of Parliament (MP) with a machete in a terrorist act he referred to as “white jihad” has been jailed for life.

Jack Renshaw, 23, pleaded guilty at London’s Old Bailey courthouse to preparing an act of terror when he bought a machete online in preparation for the attack on Labour Party M.P. Rosie Cooper, which he previously told the court “would send the state message.”

Cooper was Renshaw’s local MP. He wanted to imitate the murder of Jo Cox, another Labour Party MP, who was shot and stabbed to death by white supremacist Thomas Mair in 2016 as he shouted “Britain first.”

According to the BBC, the judge sentenced Renshaw to a minimum of 20 years in prison. A reporter for the radio station LBC wrote on Twitter that Renshaw gave a Nazi salute to his supporters in the court as he was led away to begin his sentence.

Renshaw was convicted in 2018 of inciting children to sexual activity after messaging young teenage boys on the internet. He encouraged them to send nude images and wanted to meet for sex, offering one money to spend the night with him, HuffPost UK reported.

The neo-Nazi was allegedly a member of National Action, an extreme-right group banned in the U.K. as a terrorist organization. But in a separate trial over his alleged membership of National Action, a jury was unable to reach a verdict.


As Suicides Rise, Insurers Find Ways to Deny Mental Health Coverage

The U.S. is in the midst of a mental health crisis. In 2017, 47,000 Americans died by suicide and 70,000 from drug overdoses. And 17.3 million adults suffered at least one major depressive episode. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, a landmark law passed more than a decade ago, requires insurers to provide comparable coverage for mental health and medical treatments. Even so, insurers are denying claims, limiting coverage, and finding other ways to avoid complying with the law.

Americans are taking to the courts to address what they see as an intrinsic unfairness. DeeDee Tillitt joined one lawsuit in 2016, months after she lost her son Max. He’d been an inpatient for three weeks at a treatment center to recover from a heroin addiction and seemed to be making progress. His addiction specialist wanted him to stay. United Behavioral Health, a unit of UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest insurer, declined to cover a longer stay for Max. Reluctantly, his family brought him home. Ten weeks later, Max was dead of an overdose. He was 21.

Tillitt soon discovered that Max’s death wasn’t an isolated tragedy. Across the country, people who need mental health and addiction treatment encounter roadblocks to care that could save their lives. United Behavioral Health was already the target of a class action alleging that it improperly denied coverage for such treatment. UnitedHealth’s headquarters is in the Minneapolis suburbs, not far from where Tillitt lived. She says she spent hours on the phone getting passed from one rep to another in her quest to find Max care the insurer would cover. “I felt like, God, could I just drive down to the lobby and scream at them?’ ” she says.

Tillitt became part of the suit against the company in February 2016. In March of this year, a judge found United Behavioral Health liable for breaching fiduciary duty and denying benefits, saying the insurer considered its bottom line “as much or more” than the well-being of its members in developing coverage guidelines. United Behavioral Health says it’s changed its guidelines and that “our policies have and will continue to meet all regulations.” In May the company asked the court to decertify the class, which would mean only the named plaintiffs would be eligible for remedies.


Britney Spears May Never Perform Again, Manager Says

Britney Spears’s longtime manager Larry Rudolph says the singer may never perform again. Speaking to TMZ, Rudolph said, “As the person who guides her career — based on the information I and all of the professionals who work with her are being told on a need-to-know basis — from what I have gathered it’s clear to me she should not be going back to do this Vegas residency, not in the near future and possibly never again.”

Rudolph has managed Spears for most of her career, going back to her first album, “Baby… One More Time,” in 1999. “I’ve been with her for two-thirds of her life,” he tells Variety. “I look at her almost like I look at my own daughter. It’s very emotional for me … and really rough. Personally, I want for her to just find a peaceful, happy place — whatever that means for her. It’s not about a career anymore — it’s about life.”

The singer is scheduled to undergo psychological evaluation after postponing her Las Vegas residency in the wake of her father’s recent treatment for a ruptured colon. Rudolph says that, though Spears had rehearsed the show (the residency was due to launch on February 13), the Vegas engagement is effectively off, which is what prompted his speaking out in the early hours of May 15.

The decision was made “not to move forward with the Vegas residency,” he explains, adding that the question of what she’s going to do next is not the focus Spears or her family is concerned with right now. “She’s taking time to regroup and get her head together,” says Rudolph. “She’s putting herself ahead of everyone else, and I’m proud of her for that. If she never works again, she never works again. My role is to handle her career when she wants a career. If she comes back strong and full of desire and passion and wants to do it, great. If she takes off six months or six years, it’s totally fine. To me, it’s about her finding her happy place.”


TX-23: Gina Ortiz Jones running again to unseat Texas U.S. Rep. Will Hurd

Gina Ortiz Jones, the Democrat who narrowly lost last year to U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, is running again.

Jones, a former Air Force intelligence officer, launched her long-anticipated 2020 bid Tuesday morning, setting the stage for a rematch in Texas' most competitive congressional district. In a brief video posted to Twitter, Jones asked supporters to "join us as we finished what we started."

"Last November, I came up a little bit short in my run for Congress — 926 votes — but I've never been one to back down because the promise of our country is worth fighting for," Jones said. “It’s why I served in the military, deployed to Iraq; it’s why I served in President Obama’s administration and it’s why I’ve dedicated my life to public service — and it’s why I’m stepping up again to run for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.”

Jones had been expected to make another bid after her razor-thin loss in November, when she declined to concede for nearly two weeks while all outstanding ballots were counted. Within several weeks of accepting defeat, she informed supporters that she was "very likely" to pursue a rematch.

She is the first major candidate to enter the 2020 Democratic primary in the massive 23rd District, which stretches from San Antonio to El Paso and covers hundreds of miles of Texas-Mexico border. The field already includes Liz Wahl, the former U.S. anchor for Russia Today who quit live on air in 2014.


NC-09: GOP Nominates 'Bathroom Bill' Author for Congress

North Carolina state Sen. Dan Bishop (R) won the Republican nomination to face veteran Dan McCready (D) in September’s do-over election in North Carolina’s scandal-plagued 9th Congressional District, after last year’s results were thrown out amid allegations of election fraud, the Washington Post reports.

Bishop authored the 2016 “bathroom bill,” which was later repealed, requiring transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate.

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