National Newswatch

Trump to ask Americans to trust him on Afghanistan

Aug 21 2017 — — Donald Trump will ask Americans Monday to trust him on his new Afghanistan strategy, exercising a president’s most somber duty, a decision on waging war, at a time when his own political standing is deeply compromised. Trump will make his first prime-time broadcast to the nation as president at 9 p.m. ET to unveil his […]

10 US Navy sailors missing after destroyer collides with merchant ship

Aug 21 2017 — — Ten US Navy sailors are missing after a US Navy guided-missile destroyer collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore early Monday, the fourth accident in Asian waters involving a US warship in 2017. The Navy’s 7th Fleet said the USS John S. McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while the destroyer was […]

North Korea warns of ‘merciless strike’ ahead of US-South Korea drills

Aug 20 2017 — — North Korea warned Sunday that the upcoming US-South Korea military exercises are “reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.” Pyongyang also declared that its army can target the United States anytime, and neither Guam, Hawaii nor the US mainland can “dodge the merciless strike.”

Dick Gregory, civil rights activist and comedian, dead at 84

Aug 20 2017 — — Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, who broke barriers in the 1960s and became one of the first African-Americans to perform at white clubs, died Saturday. He was 84. Gregory recently rescheduled an event in Atlanta because he was hospitalized. He died in Washington, his son posted on social media without giving details.

Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon fired

Aug 18 2017 — — President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired, multiple White House officials told CNN on Friday. Sources told CNN that Bannon’s ouster had been in the works for two weeks and a source said that while Bannon was given the option to resign, he was ultimately forced out. White House press secretary Sarah […]

‘Art of the Deal’ ghostwriter predicts Trump will resign

Aug 18 2017 — — The ghostwriter of “The Art of the Deal” thinks President Donald Trump will eventually call it quits. Tony Schwartz, the man behind Trump’s 1987 memoir, took to Twitter on Wednesday to vocalize his forecast for Trump’s political future. “The circle is closing at blinding speed,” Schwartz tweeted. “Trump is going to resign and declare victory […]

Top magazines take on Trump and hate

Aug 17 2017 — — Three of the most prominent and widely read magazines — Time, The New Yorker, and The Economist — are reacting to the latest controversies rocking the Trump administration with bold, pointed art on their covers. The New Yorker’s upcoming cover reacts to Trump’s response to a violent white supremacist rally in Virginia. It features a […]

Corker: Trump hasn’t demonstrated the stability or competence to be successful

Aug 17 2017 — — Sen. Bob Corker slammed President Donald Trump’s handling of the racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, charging that the President “has not demonstrated he understands the character of this nation.” The Tennessee Republican told reporters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday that he thinks there must be “radical changes” within the White House.

At least 13 dead, 100 injured in Barcelona van attack

Aug 17 2017 — — At least 13 people were killed and more than 100 injured after a van rammed through crowds in the heart of Barcelona on Thursday in what the Spanish Prime Minister described as a barbaric act of terror. Eyewitnesses reported scenes of panic and chaos as the van plowed down the renowned Las Ramblas avenue in […]

Trump calls removal of Confederate monuments ‘so foolish’

Aug 17 2017 — — President Donald Trump on Thursday denounced the removal of monuments to Confederate figures as “sad” and “so foolish,” days after white supremacists and neo-Nazis took to Charlottesville, Virginia, to violently protest the planned removal of a statue of the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country […]

Why this historian thinks Charlottesville will go down as ‘a pivotal moment in President Trump’s political collapse’

Aug 17 2017 — — Amid the white supremacist-fueled violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and President Donald Trump’s assertion that “both sides” bear responsibility for it, there’s an active debate about whether any president has ever behaved like this before in the face of a national crisis. Hoping to find some answers — and some much-needed historical context […]

Ivanka Trump silent after her father causes outrage at press conference

Aug 17 2017 — — Sequestered on a brief holiday holiday with her husband Jared Kushner in Vermont, Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter — one of his senior advisers and the closest member of his family who is Jewish — has yet to comment on the events of her father’s Tuesday afternoon press conference. In the wake of […]

Where have all the leaders gone?

Aug 17 2017 — — America may soon face a question of leadership. If a president is judged by a growing slice of the population to have abdicated his office’s traditional imperative to provide steady, moral and unifying authority, where does the nation turn next? The fallout of Donald Trump’s stunning news conference Tuesday has focused largely on the equivalence […]

Bannon says US locked in ‘economic war’ with China, slams White House colleagues

Aug 16 2017 — — Embattled White House chief strategist Steve Bannon declared in an interview published Wednesday that the US is at “economic war with China,” promised aggressive trade actions against Beijing and said he is “fighting” other top White House aides “every day.” Bannon also dismisses the ratcheting up of tensions stemming from North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic […]