Senators sound calls to release Comey ‘tapes’ as Trump attacks ‘cowardly’ leak

Republican senator voiced support for White House subpoena to release alleged recordings of private conversations between president and former FBI director

Days after James Comey’s blockbuster testimony, both Republicans and Democrats on Sunday called for the White House to release any tapes that may exist of a private conversation between the former FBI director and the president.

Republican senator Susan Collins said she would support a subpoena to the White House to release any alleged tapes, as Donald Trump launched new attacks on the fired FBI boss.

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The Guardian view on feminism and sci-fi: asking what if women ruled the world | Editorial

Naomi Alderman’s The Power is a bold addition to a genre that questions society’s rules

Women have written their way out of powerlessness at least since the French scholar and writer Christine de Pizan produced The Book of the City of Ladies in the early 15th century. The work, the focus of BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time last week, defended mythological and historical female figures from Zenobia to the Queen of Sheba, extracting them from the torrent of misogyny threatening to overwhelm the narratives they inhabited. But science fiction, as a genre, is especially adept at challenging the balance of power between the sexes, for its job is to ask the question “what if?”, and it has, as such, frequently been the site of pointed societal critique.

Feminist theorists, influenced by Freud, Lacan and Kristeva, have long seen in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein a disturbing meditation on motherhood, the female body, and the act of (female) creation. In a less occluded manner Charlotte Perkins Gilman, in her 1915 utopian novel Herland, imagined a scenario in which a group of American explorers stumble upon a remote people – a peaceful, prosperous, wise society made up entirely of women, the equilibrium of which the men threaten with their galumphing lubriciousness.

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So Trump’s too scared to come to the UK. Who says protest doesn’t work? | Hugh Muir

If he can’t bomb it or tweet against it, the US president’s cupboard of responses seems bare. So we are denied a spectacle but saved a distraction

How might President Trump react to a world leader who, afraid for his image, perhaps afraid for himself, refused to fulfil a promise to visit a loyal ally. He might fire off a tweet: “RAN from critics. A gift for crooked MSM. TOTAL pathetic loser!”

But he won’t because the loser is him. He got to hold hands with Theresa May when she visited Washington, but alas, that may be the high point of his cuddle-fest with her, and with us – because Trump, it now appears, is not keen on making his proposed state visit to Britain any time soon.

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Winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8m sold in California

  • Single winning ticket for 10th largest lottery prize in US history
  • Ticket matching all six numbers must be redeemed by Monday

A sole winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8m and matching all six numbers was sold in southern California and will claim the 10th largest lottery prize in US history, lottery officials said Sunday.

The winning ticket was sold at Marietta Liquor & Deli in southern California’s Riverside County, about 80 miles (128.74 km) south of Los Angeles, according to a release posted on the California Lottery’s website. Lottery officials said the earliest the ticket could be redeemed is 8am Monday. The winner has one year to claim the prize.

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