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Trump tees off again: Former president is spotted on the green ahead of CPAC speech

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Donald Trump played golf in Florida on Friday, as anticipation mounted ahead of his return to the political center stage – and he provided a strong indication of his likely course of action.

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The former president announced on Friday his endorsement of a former White House aide who is running for election in Ohio, opposing one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him in January.

Max Miller, a 32-year-old Marine reservist and Trump loyalist, is the first candidate Trump has endorsed since leaving the presidency.

Trump’s endorsement is designed to punish the incumbent Republican, Representative Anthony Gonzalez, who voted for Trump’s impeachment.

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The endorsement is seen as the first step in Trump’s campaign to get vengeance on those who crossed him while in office.

Trump was at his West Palm Beach course on Friday, ahead of his Sunday speech to CPAC, held this year in Orlando.

Donald Trump was spotted playing golf at his West Palm Beach course on Friday

Donald Trump was spotted playing golf at his West Palm Beach course on Friday

Wearing his trademark Make America Great Again baseball cap, the former president took to the greens

Wearing his trademark Make America Great Again baseball cap, the former president took to the greens

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Trump played a round with a younger friend on Friday, with both enjoying the warm Florida weather

Trump played a round with a younger friend on Friday, with both enjoying the warm Florida weather

Max Miller, a former White House aide (pictured with press secretary Stephanie Grisham) was endorsed by Trump on Friday

Max Miller, a former White House aide (pictured with press secretary Stephanie Grisham) was endorsed by Trump on Friday

Headline speakers on Friday included Ted Cruz, the Texas senator who last week escaped the snow storm that stranded millions of his constituents, and made an ill-advised getaway to Mexico.

Cruz, chastened, returned 24 hours later to help his fellow Texans, and admitted it had been a mistake.

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Trump has played frequently since leaving the White House

Trump has played frequently since leaving the White House

‘Orlando is awesome,’ Cruz told CPAC.

‘It’s not as nice as Cancun, but it’s nice.’

Madison Cawthorn, representative for North Carolina and the youngest House member at 25, whipped up the conservative crowd by warning that ‘brutal and vicious Democrats’ want to turn the U.S. into a ‘Communist ash heap.’

Josh Hawley, senator for Missouri, was given a standing ovation for recounting how he had backed Trump’s evidence-free claims of election fraud, while Tom Cotton, senator for Arkansas, used his time to lash out at The New York Times, accusing the papers’ staff of being ‘woke’ children.

Matt Gaetz, the fiercely Trumpian Florida representative, used his speech to take aim at Andrew Cuomo, New York governor and frequent Trump critic.

‘Now, the fake news media and their allies in Silicon Valley made Governor Cuomo out to be some iconic cross between King David and Tom Brady – what a big lie that turned out to be,’ Gaetz said.

He referenced allegations of sexual harassment made against Cuomo by a former employee, who claimed Cuomo suggested other staffers engage in ‘strip poker’.

Cuomo denies the charge.

Gaetz also referenced the controversy about Cuomo’s handling of the COVID pandemic – in particular his decisions surrounding nursing homes.

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‘Meanwhile, they were ‘stripping’ Granny out of the COVID ward at the hospital and tossing her in the nursing home in just enough time to infect everybody and then go back to the hospital so that deaths could be recategorized for politics,’ said Gaetz.

Senator Ted Cruz kicked off his remarks to CPAC with a joke about his controversial trip to Cancun

Senator Ted Cruz kicked off his remarks to CPAC with a joke about his controversial trip to Cancun

Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida used his speech to take several swipes - both at members of his own party and at Democrats

Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida used his speech to take several swipes – both at members of his own party and at Democrats

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley gave a fiery speech where he vowed he wasn't going anywhere, called for Big Tech to be broken up and slammed China. 'Josh, Josh, Josh,' the crowd shouted as he left the stage

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley gave a fiery speech where he vowed he wasn’t going anywhere, called for Big Tech to be broken up and slammed China. ‘Josh, Josh, Josh,’ the crowd shouted as he left the stage

A giant golden idol of Donald Trump has been brought to CPAC in Orlando

A giant golden idol of Donald Trump has been brought to CPAC in Orlando

Trump’s speech is seen as the CPAC highlight, and his supporters have been eager to present it as his resumption of control of the Republican Party.

An idol to Trump has been put on display at the merchandise show at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

On Thursday it was revealed that he had formed a super PAC, with Corey Lewandowski in charge.

On Friday, Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr, and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle previewed Trump’s Sunday speech, declaring the president to be the future of the Republican Party.

‘The Republican Party is being reborn thanks to President Trump,’ Guilfoyle declared.

‘It is being reborn as a party of the working class of minorities, of hard working American men and women, the party of America First, the party of President Trump.’

Trump Jr. told the crowd: ‘I’m looking forward to Sunday. I imagine it will not be what we call a low energy speech.’

He added that his father’s remarks would ‘solidify Donald Trump and the MAGA movement as the future of the Republican Party.’

The two spoke to the annual gathering of the conservative faithful on Friday in Orlando

The two spoke to the annual gathering of the conservative faithful on Friday in Orlando

Donald Trump Jr and Kimberly Guilfoyle previewed Donald Trump's return to the political stage when the duo addressed CPAC on Friday

Donald Trump Jr and Kimberly Guilfoyle previewed Donald Trump’s return to the political stage when the duo addressed CPAC on Friday

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Kimberly Guilfoyle said the Republican Party is being ‘reborn’ thanks to Donald Trump while Donald Trump Jr said his father’s speech on Sunday would not be ‘low energy’

Trump is expected to be a force to reckon with in next year’s election and his MAGA mob of supporters are expected to play an outsized role in the House and Senate primaries.

‘We bid a farewell to the weak need the spineless, and the cowards that are posing in DC, pretending that they’re working for the people,’ said Guilfoyle.

She called on the Trump faithful to ‘send them a pink slip straight from CPAC.’

And, to the delight of the crowd, she held up her arms in victory and repeated the line from her speech to the Republican National Convention – a line that launched a thousand memes: ‘And yes the best is yet to come.’

Trump Jr., meanwhile, used his remarks to attack Representative Liz Cheney, one of the 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of his father’s second impeachment trial.

‘Speaking of bombing the Middle East. have you seen Liz Cheney’s poll numbers,’ he said.

This year’s CPAC speakers’ roster is full of of fervent Trump supporters.

Notably absent from the list is Mike Pence, who was a regular speaker when he was vice president.

Nor is Nikki Haley attending. She questioned Trump’s efforts to overthrow the election in an interview with Politico and Trump reportedly refused to see her when she tried to come to Mar-a-Lago to make amends.

Also not on the list is Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who publicly chastised Trump for inciting the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

And conference organizers did not invite any of the 17 Republican members of Congress who voted to support Trump´s second impeachment. Nor did they invite any major Trump critics.

The Conservative Political Action Conference is an event organized by the American Conservative Union, whose chairman, Matt Schlapp, is close to Trump.

It’s a must-stop for conservatives looking to raise their profile among the party faithful and on the national stage. The roster is filled with potential presidential candidates and those guaranteed to bring applause from the right-leaning crowd.

Donald Trump will use his speech Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Conference to push repeated claims that he is the true victor of the 2020 presidential election

Donald Trump will use his speech Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Conference to push repeated claims that he is the true victor of the 2020 presidential election

Trump will use his speech Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Conference to push repeated claims that he is the true victor of the 2020 presidential election, and attack Joe Biden – particularly on Biden’s immigration policy.

‘I think the broader point will be: Here’s where the Republican Party and conservative movement and the America First movement goes from here,’ senior Trump adviser Jason Miller told the Associated Press.

‘In many ways, this will be a throwback to 2016, where the president ran against Washington.

‘Here we’ll see the president address the fact that the only divide in the Republican Party is between the elites and the conservative grassroots in the party.’

Schlapp said he expected Trump to outline an active role in Republican Party politics but couldn’t say if the former president would definitively throw his hat in the ring for another White House run.

‘I’m not sure what he’s going to say about 2024 but I’m pretty confident he’s going to make it clear that it’s a very viable possibility,’ Schlapp told Reuters.

‘Donald Trump is going to stay in the game and will be involved in primaries and he’s going to opine and he´s going to give speeches, and for establishment Republicans it puts shivers down their spine.

‘They’re very concerned he’s going to continue to have an impact.

‘My advice to them is to get used to it.’



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‘Firefall’ illusion makes waterfall at Yosemite Park’s El Capitan look like molten lava

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‘Lava’ lights up Yosemite Park: Stunning annual ‘firefall’ illusion caused by setting sun’s reflection makes waterfall on El Capitan look like molten rock

  • Amazing pictures show the annual ‘firefall’ phenomenon at California’s Yosemite National Park
  • For just a few days in February, the setting sun illuminates Horsetail Fall each evening for a matter of minutes, making it glow like a cascade of molten lava 
  • The event typically attracts thousands of visitors, but numbers had to be cut this year due to the pandemic 
  • Park rangers have set up travel restrictions and an online booking system amid COVID social distancing fears 
  • The waterfall flows down the granite face of the park’s famed rock formation, El Capitan
  • Horsetail Fall only flows in the winter or spring, when there is enough rain and snow 
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No, these stunning pictures from Yosemite National Park don’t show lava falling down the side of a cliff. 

The amazing spectacle is actually the park’s annual ‘firefall’ phenomenon, where the setting sun illuminates Horsetail Fall making it glow like a cascade of molten lava.

The optical illusion occurs for just a few days each February – if the conditions are right – and lasts for a matter of minutes in the evening.

The 2,000-foot waterfall plunges down the granite face of the park’s famed rock formation, El Capitan.

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The firefall spectacle typically draws thousands of photographers and Instagrammers from around the world.

But this year, the National Park Service brought in entry restrictions and required people to book online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There are also concerns that the thousands of photographers were damaging the nearby landscape.

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The firefall can be seen only in mid- to late February when the light from the setting sun illuminates the cliff where Horsetail Fall is flowing

The firefall can be seen only in mid- to late February when the light from the setting sun illuminates the cliff where Horsetail Fall is flowing

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Sunlight hits the Horsetail Fall, turning it into a 'Firefall', at Yosemite National Park, California, in February 2021

Sunlight hits the Horsetail Fall, turning it into a ‘Firefall’, at Yosemite National Park, California, in February 2021

The optical illusion occurs for just a few days each February, and lasts for a matter of minutes in the evening.

The optical illusion occurs for just a few days each February, and lasts for a matter of minutes in the evening.

The natural phenomenon creates a brief pink and orange hue that is visible for only a matter of minutes each day

The natural phenomenon creates a brief pink and orange hue that is visible for only a matter of minutes each day 

Photographers usually flood to the area each year hoping to catch a glimpse of the optical illusion, but restrictions are in place this year due to the COVID pandemic

Photographers usually flood to the area each year hoping to catch a glimpse of the optical illusion, but restrictions are in place this year due to the COVID pandemic

The stunning sight is actually an optical illusion created by the setting sun, but only when the weather conditions are just right

The stunning sight is actually an optical illusion created by the setting sun, but only when the weather conditions are just right

The Horsetail Fall is a seasonal waterfall that flows in the winter and spring.

If the weather conditions are right, the setting sun illuminates the water flowing down the rocky face, making it look like fierce orange lava. 

Because the so-called ‘firefall’ needs a warm enough temperature to melt snow at the top as well as the sun to set at the right angle and clear skies, the effect is not visible every year.

The firefall also needs evenings with a clear sky, as even a slight haziness of cloudiness can diminish the effect.

Many visitors are disappointed when conditions are not exactly right for the phenomenon.

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Yosemite National Park warns on its website: ‘This unique lighting effect happens only on evenings with a clear sky when the waterfall is flowing. Even some haze or minor cloudiness can greatly diminish or eliminate the effect.’ 

The glowing light makes it seem like the cliff is flowing with molten lava

The glowing light makes it seem like the cliff is flowing with molten lava

Yosemite National Park is one of the most spectacular sights in California, filled not just with the annual firefall, pictured, but with an expansive wilderness, granite cliffs taller than buildings and Sequoia trees, some of the largest living things on Earth

Yosemite National Park is one of the most spectacular sights in California, filled not just with the annual firefall, pictured, but with an expansive wilderness, granite cliffs taller than buildings and Sequoia trees, some of the largest living things on Earth

Photographers could be seen wearing masks as they took photos of the phenomenon amid the COVID pandemic. The park has reduced access and brought in restrictions requiring people to book reservations in advance to prevent overcrowding

Photographers could be seen wearing masks as they took photos of the phenomenon amid the COVID pandemic. The park has reduced access and brought in restrictions requiring people to book reservations in advance to prevent overcrowding



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Amid the ever-changing news cycle, it’s easy to miss great images that fly under the radar. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered.

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We’re highlighting exceptional photos from around the world for the week that just ended. Check them out below.

Above: Hikers watch the sunset Saturday from a peak at Papago Park in Phoenix.



A protester wears a golden mask during a demonstration Monday against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar.

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A portrait of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed young Black man shot and killed after being chased by a white former law enforcement officer and his son, is pictured during a candlelight vigil Wednesday at New Springfield Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Georgia, to mark the first anniversary of his death.



Confetti explodes as Mathieu van der Poel, center, of the Netherlands celebrates a win Monday during the UAE Tour 2021 road cycling race in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.



People take photos Friday next to a display of lanterns decorated with lights during the Lantern Festival, which marks the end of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Taiyuan, in northern China’s Shanxi province.



Emma Banker, left, Jessi McIrvin and Valerie Sanchez record vocals in pop-up tents during choir class Friday at Wenatchee High School in Wenatchee, Washington.

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A Kyrgyz berkutchi (eagle hunter) launches his bird, a golden eagle, during the hunting festival “Salburun” Wednesday in the village of Tuura-Suu, Kyrgyzstan.



A Chinese tourist visits the snow-covered Mutianyu Great Wall on Wednesday in Beijing. The number of visitors to Mutianyu Great Wall in 2020 dropped by about 60% due to the coronavirus pandemic.



British Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes part in an online class during a visit Tuesday to Sedgehill School in Lewisham, southeast London, to see preparations for students returning to school.

Cars line up in a parking lot at NRG Park in Houston as people wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccines at the federally supported



Cars line up in a parking lot at NRG Park in Houston as people wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccines at the federally supported supersite Thursday.

Cars line up in a parking lot at NRG Park as people wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a federally supported supersite at the Harris County facility, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Houston.



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CNN’s Jim Acosta Surrounded By Jeering Crowd At CPAC

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The network’s White House correspondent had just arrived when a crowd surrounded him.

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Video taken by Bloomberg reporter William Turton shows people chanting “CNN sucks!” while one woman urged the crowd, “Get him! Get him!”

“Sorry, I’m conducting an interview,” Acosta responded to the reporter’s initial question.

“When are you going to start covering Cuomo?” The Federalist reporter proceeded, repeating his initial question.

“We do,” Acosta replied before the reporter fired back, “No, I’m asking you a serious question.”

 “But, David, we do cover that. We have, too,” Acosta insisted.

Acosta responded to Turton’s video with a pointed joke.

Other Twitter users had strong opinions about the situation as well.

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Ted Cruz trolled by colleagues with ‘Bienvenido de Nuevo’ signs in Senate gym locker room

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Ted Cruz’s colleagues troll him by putting memes of his Cancun trip in the Senate gym locker room with ‘Bienvenido de Nuevo, Ted!’

  • Lawmakers printed the memes and posted them in the Senate gym locker room this week 
  • Cruz returned to Washington after a week of damage control in Texas
  • He is now in Orlando, at CPAC, where he joked about the trip shamelessly
  • Cruz flew to Cancun with his wife Heidi and their two daughters on February 17 
  • At the time, millions of Texans were still without water, power and heat 
  • He flew back in disgrace the next day after photos of him emerged at the airport and sparked uproar 
  • He has since played it down, claiming it his daughters who wanted the trip 
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Ted Cruz‘s colleagues mocked him over his ill-fated Cancun trip when he returned to work by posting memes in the Senate gym locker room which read ‘Bienvenido de Nuevo, Ted’. 

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Cruz and his family flew to Cancun from Houston during the worst of the Texas energy crisis after a winter storm last week.  

He was slammed for the decision and returned in disgrace but he has been unapologetic about it, blaming it on his daughters and claiming he was just being ‘a good dad’. 

This week, when he returned to Washington, he was trolled by other lawmakers who, according to NBC, printed memes from his trip and posted them in the Senate gym locker room.

Ted Cruz (pictured on Friday at CPAC) was trolled by fellow lawmakers who posted memes about his Cancun trip in the Senate gym locker room in Washington this week

Ted Cruz (pictured on Friday at CPAC) was trolled by fellow lawmakers who posted memes about his Cancun trip in the Senate gym locker room in Washington this week

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The signs read ‘Bienvenido de Nuevo, Ted,’ which means ‘Welcome back’ in English. 

Cruz, on Friday, brushed off the trip again as he arrived in Orlando for CPAC. He took to the stage and shamelessly joked: ‘Orlando is awesome. It’s not as nice as Cancun!’ 

He went on to denounce cancel culture, saying: ‘This is the Rebel Alliance. 

‘Darth Vader and the emperor – and let’s be clear, they’re not your father – are terrified of the rebels that are here. And I’m telling ya, Gina Carano stands with us!’

‘We believe in individuality – different people have different views. We are the not the Borg,’ he said, referring to the villains in Star Trek. 

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‘I may have committed a cardinal sin mixing Star Wars and Star Trek.’ 

Cruz was trolled relentlessly with memes after abandoning his home state to go to Cancun with his friends and family while millions in the state were still without power and water. 

Cruz returning to Houston on Thursday

Heidi and her family appeared to be met by a security detail, but the senator was nowhere to be seen

Heidi and her family appeared to be met by a security detail, but the senator was nowhere to be seen

Protesters have given dubbed the Texas senator 'Cancun Cruz' after his brief trip to Mexico on Wednesday

Protesters have given dubbed the Texas senator 'Cancun Cruz' after his brief trip to Mexico on Wednesday

Protesters have given dubbed the Texas senator ‘Cancun Cruz’ after his brief trip to Mexico on Wednesday

A mariachi band outside Ted Cruz's $2million home in Houston, Texas, on Sunday

A mariachi band outside Ted Cruz’s $2million home in Houston, Texas, on Sunday 

It was an epic failure by ERCOT – the state’s energy distributor – which neither prepared enough reserve energy before the storm hit, nor did it upgrade power plants to be able to withstand the frigid temperatures. 

The combination resulted in them having to perform rolling blackouts across the state to try to preserve the electrical grid. 

Millions were without heat, power or water during the coldest temperatures for more than one hundred years. 

Governor Greg Abbott has ordered an investigation into ERCOT’s failings. 

Cruz claimed initially that his 10 and 12-year-old daughters asked to flee the cold temperatures. 

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Text messages then showed how his wife Heidi asked neighbors and friends who wanted to join them. 

Cruz also invited along his college roommate.  

While the Cruz family soaked up the sun in Mexico, millions in Texas battled frigid temperatures

While the Cruz family soaked up the sun in Mexico, millions in Texas battled frigid temperatures 



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Your Gym May Not Be Safe Enough

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting two COVID-19 outbreaks that originated in fitness center classes.



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