National Newswatch

Exit polls suggest fourth term for Merkel in German election

Sep 24 2017 — — Exit polls suggest Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc has finished first in Germany’s election, putting her in a position to lead the country for a fourth term. Exit polls conducted for public television channels ARD and ZDF suggested support for Merkel’s conservatives was between 32.5 and 33.5 per cent in Sunday’s vote. They indicate challenger […]

Pittsburgh Penguins to meet Trump at White House amid outcry

Sep 24 2017 — — The Pittsburgh Penguins say they’ve accepted an invitation from U.S. President Donald Trump to go to the White House after winning the Stanley Cup. The Penguins released a statement Sunday saying they respect the office of the president and “the long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House.” The Penguins were honoured by Barack […]

Kim Jong Un: ‘Deranged’ Trump will ‘pay dearly’ for threat

Sep 21 2017 — — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is calling President Donald Trump “deranged” and says in a statement carried by the state news agency that he will “pay dearly” for his threats. Kim says that Trump is “unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country.” He also describes the president as “a rogue […]

Jimmy Kimmel ramps up battle against GOP health care bill

Sep 21 2017 — — Jimmy Kimmel used his late-night platform to continue his assault on the GOP health care bill, firing back at critics including U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade. The ABC star on Wednesday was following up on his monologue from Tuesday, when he said the bill Cassidy is co-sponsoring in failed […]

Stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild after Maria

Sep 21 2017 — — Tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans stunned by a hurricane that crushed concrete balconies, twisted metal gates and paralyzed the island with landslides, flooding and downed trees vowed to slowly rebuild amid an economic crisis as rescue crews fanned out across the U.S. territory Thursday. The extent of the damage is unknown given that dozens […]

A last, last chance: Republicans strain for Obamacare repeal

Sep 20 2017 — — With time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders are engaged in a frantic search for votes in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” The outcome is uncertain in a Capitol newly engulfed in drama over health care. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose failure to pass an Obamacare repeal bill […]

Trump mocks Emmy ceremony for low ratings

Sep 20 2017 — — President Donald Trump is mocking Sunday’s Emmy Awards ceremony — where he himself was frequently mocked by host Stephen Colbert, presenters and prize-winners. Trump tweets, “I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night – the worst ever.” The president’s Tuesday night tweet is a little off: The show […]

Trump’s trashing of Iran deal poses problems for NK strategy

Sep 20 2017 — — President Donald Trump’s threat before the world to obliterate North Korea left no doubt about his determination to stop the communist country’s nuclear weapons buildup. His disparagement of the Iran nuclear deal in the same speech offered Pyongyang little hope of a negotiated solution. In his maiden address at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, […]

Trump’s North Korea threat leaves Asia struggling to explain

Sep 20 2017 — — Was it a bluff? A warning that Washington would shoot down North Korea’s next missile test? A restatement of past policy? Or simply just what it seemed: a straightforward threat of annihilation from the president of the United States? Officials and pundits across Asia struggled Wednesday to parse Donald Trump’s vow Tuesday at the U.N. […]

GOP governors launch ‘news’ site critics call propaganda

Sep 19 2017 — — Republican governors are getting into the “news” business. The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively. It asks readers to sign up for breaking […]

Avril Lavigne ‘most dangerous celebrity’ on Internet: McAfee

Sep 19 2017 — — One-time pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne has beaten superstar Beyonce at something, but she may not be totally happy with her victory – she’s been named the most dangerous celebrity on the internet. Cybersecurity firm McAfee said Tuesday that Lavigne, whose last album came out in 2013, was the most likely celebrity to land users on […]

Spicer suggests critics of Emmy appearance should lighten up

Sep 19 2017 — — Sean Spicer says his surprise Emmy Awards appearance was a chance to have some fun, and suggested Tuesday that people who were upset by it were taking things too seriously. Clearly, not everyone was laughing, however. For Emmys host Stephen Colbert, there’s also a risk that a joke he engineered could wind up doing collateral […]