National Newswatch

Months into office, Trump has yet to appoint key agency watchdogs

Aug 17 2017 — — Before taking office in January, President Trump’s incoming administration quietly threatened to remove some of the 72 nonpartisan, independent government watchdogs tasked with vetting out waste, fraud and abuse in federal agencies. The president and his team quickly backpedaled on that plan after intense blowback from good government groups and Democrats. But now, nearly seven […]

White House memo urges GOP to say Trump was “entirely correct”

Aug 16 2017 — — The White House sent a memo of talking points to Republicans on Capitol Hill and other allies telling them to say President Trump was “entirely correct” in his controversial assessment of the violence in Charlottesville, CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports. CBS News obtained a copy of the memo, which has the […]

Driver in fatal Charlottesville wreck identified as James Alex Fields

Aug 13 2017 — — The driver who allegedly plowed into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., Colonel Martin Kumer confirmed to CBS News. Fields, 20, from Ohio, is facing charges of second-degree murder, malicious woundings and failure to stop at the scene of an accident that resulted in a […]

Trump Organization employees forced to agree not to sue the company

Aug 11 2017 — — Employees at Trump Organization properties have been told they must give up their right to sue their employer or else they will lose their jobs. This arrangement is called a mutual arbitration agreement, and the document was obtained by CBS News. Arbitration means that instead of going to court, employees must take any complaints to […]

Mattis to North Korea: Stand down or risk end of regime

Aug 9 2017 — — Defense Secretary James Mattis expanded on President Trump’s stern warning to the North Koreans, issuing his own threat to the regime, warning the regime to stand down in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. In a statement released on Wednesday, Mattis said North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un should “take heed of the United Nations Security […]

Lease dispute sends Secret Service out of Trump Tower

Aug 4 2017 — — The Secret Service has moved its command post out of Trump Tower in New York City after a lease dispute, the Secret Service confirmed to CBS News’ Mark Knoller on Thursday. The command post had been operating one floor below President Trump’s family’s apartment. The Secret Service said the move will not affect security.

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 […]

Trump reluctantly lets WH say Iran still complying with nuke deal

Jul 18 2017 — — The Trump administration told Congress for a second time Monday that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal and can keep getting sanctions relief, even as it insisted Tehran would face consequences for breaching “the spirit” of the deal. President Trump, who lambasted the 2015 pact as a candidate, gave himself more time to decide […]

Counter-protesters dwarf KKK at rally for Confederate statue

Jul 9 2017 — — About 50 Ku Klux Klan members protested Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, after the city decided to sell a park statue of Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee but they were dwarfed by an estimated 1,000 counter-protesters. The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan organized to protest the city’s decision to take down the […]

Defiant Kim says N. Korea’s nukes not up for negotiation

Jul 5 2017 — — – North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un vowed his nation would “demonstrate its mettle to the U.S.” and never put its weapons programs up for negotiations a day after test-launching its first intercontinental ballistic missile. The hard line suggests more tests are being prepared as the country tries to perfect a nuclear missile capable of […]

Tillerson breaks State Department hiring freeze

Jul 1 2017 — — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week broke his own self-imposed hiring freeze at the State Department, giving the green light to new blood in signing off on the tradition of welcoming classes of new foreign service officers into a diplomatic training program. In both July and September, there will be A100 Foreign Service officer […]

Science division of White House office left empty as last staffers depart

Jul 1 2017 — — The science division of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was unstaffed as of Friday as the three remaining employees departed this week, sources tell CBS News. All three employees were holdovers from the Obama administration. The departures from the division — one of four subdivisions within the OSTP — highlight […]