In saying that President Trump personally intervened to award a summit to his own company, and that the president used military aid as leverage to push a Ukrainian investigation into Democrats, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney embraced a Trumpian tactic: saying the previously unsaid — and potentially illegal — part out loud.
The decision to host the gathering of world leaders at the Trump National Doral Miami is without precedent in modern American history — the president used his public office to direct a massive contract to himself.
The Maryland Democrat, who died Thursday, knew that alliances with and respect from rivals would only make him more powerful. His friends ranged from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).
As it sees a surge in a key audience metric, ticket sales, travel and local revenue will be crucial factors in the next year for the potentially revolutionary esports league, which hopes to mirror traditional sports by leveraging fan allegiance geographically.