National Newswatch

Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation

Jul 20 2017 — — Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort. Trump has asked his advisers about his power […]

AG Jeff Sessions Says No Plans to Resign After Trump’s Comments

Jul 20 2017 — — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday he plans to continue as the nation’s top law enforcement officer, speaking out one day after President Donald Trump expressed regrets about appointing him to the job. “I have the honor of serving as attorney general. It’s something that goes beyond any thought I ever would have had for […]

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington dead at 41

Jul 20 2017 — — Chester Bennington, lead singer of the California rock band Linkin Park, has died at the age of 41, according to the Los Angeles County coroner. The Phoenix-born singer and songwriter was found dead at a private residence in Los Angeles Thursday morning and appeared to have taken his own life, according to reports in Variety […]

O.J. Simpson Granted Parole by Nevada Officials After Nine Years in Prison

Jul 20 2017 — — O.J. Simpson, imprisoned nearly a decade ago for a bungled Las Vegas robbery, was granted parole Thursday. The former football star and notorious murder defendant has served the minimum of a nine-to-33-year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center, a medium-security prison northeast of Reno. He was convicted in 2008 of armed robbery and other charges related […]

Can NAFTA be fixed? Six modest proposals

Jul 20 2017 — — The Trump administration’s long-running NAFTA drama took centre stage this week as the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released its objectives for the impending renegotiation—and it looks more like a summer rerun than the transformative spectacle we were promised. In short, the U.S. is pushing for an updated NAFTA modelled on the floundering Trans-Pacific Partnership, even […]

Targeting kids in unhealthy food marketing

Jul 20 2017 — — Dear parents, I’m writing you because you may be in the dark about the amount of unhealthy food and beverage marketing your kids are viewing. This is not your fault. It’s our current reality. We’ve let food and beverage companies have a huge influence on our children.

Supreme Court’s IP ruling encourages innovation

Jul 20 2017 — — As Canadians celebrate 150 years of our history, policy-makers have set their sights on the needs of the next 150, including how to shape the infrastructure of Canada’s future economy. A consensus is emerging that the winning recipe for Canada is a knowledge economy driven by world-class innovation, attracting global investment for its excellence and […]

Trump cutting hundreds of planned regulations

Jul 20 2017 — — The Trump administration has withdrawn or delayed 860 proposed regulations in its first five months, the beginnings of a regulatory overhaul meant to bolster economic growth. Federal agencies have withdrawn 469 proposed regulations compared to a fall 2016 report when Barack Obama was president, according to figures from the White House budget office. This includes […]

Manafort Was in Debt to Pro-Russia Interests, Cyprus Records Show

Jul 20 2017 — — Financial records filed last year in the secretive tax haven of Cyprus, where Paul J. Manafort kept bank accounts during his years working in Ukraine and investing with a Russian oligarch, indicate that he had been in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as $17 million before he joined Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign […]

‘How’s it going, eh?’ Bob and Doug McKenzie help raise $325K in special show

Jul 20 2017 — — “How’s it going, eh?” With that, the SCTV legends of the Great White North, Bob and Doug McKenzie, brought to life by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, kicked off a star-studded comedy reunion event in Toronto on Tuesday night on the storied Second City stage — in a special fundraiser to help Thomas’s nephew and […]

Trump’s ‘influential’ pick for ambassador to Canada faces Senate hearing

Jul 20 2017 — — U.S. President Donald Trump’s pick for the next ambassador to Canada, a deep-pocketed Republican donor with influential allies in Congress and family ties with a Kentucky coal empire, faces her Senate confirmation hearing Thursday. Kelly Knight Craft will testify before the Senate committee on foreign relations in a joint session with Trump’s nominees for ambassador […]

Ship that may have sunk admiral’s career to be unveiled in Quebec

Jul 20 2017 — — The ship that may have cost the military’s second-in-command his career will be formally unveiled in an elaborate ceremony Thursday at Quebec’s Chantier Davie Shipyard. The MV Asterix will serve as a temporary naval supply ship, starting early in the new year, after it goes through a series of shakedown trials. The federal government is […]

Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

Jul 19 2017 — — Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, has brain cancer, according to a statement released by his family and the Mayo Clinic. The statement says that following a procedure to remove a blood clot revealed the diagnosis., “On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at […]