National Newswatch

Senate Passes Key Vote to Move Forward on Health Care Bill

Jul 25 2017 — — With Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote, Republicans moved forward on health care reform Tuesday afternoon as the Senate successfully passed a key motion to proceed to debate on the House-passed bill. Momentum built over the course of the day as several previously skeptical members announced they would support Senate leaders after they […]

Kushner Faces Questions Monday on Russia Ties

Jul 23 2017 — — When Jared Kushner sits down on Monday with staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he is expected to be questioned about his relationships with Russian officials, including his participation in a meeting last year with a Kremlin-linked lawyer. Kushner’s attorney has said his client will fully cooperate. “As Mr. Kushner has been saying since March, […]

GOP Legislative Agenda Stalled Amid Ideological Divides

Jul 23 2017 — — Six months after assuming control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, Republicans are struggling to pass major parts of their ambitious legislative agenda, and they face a growing list of controversial issues that are testing the party’s ability to govern. In Congress, Republicans have been unable to bridge differences between diverse factions […]

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 […]

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 […]

What’s Next for Health Care if GOP Can’t Repeal Obamacare

Jul 19 2017 — — After six months of twists and turns in Congress, Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare crashed on Tuesday as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded his party lacked the votes to pass a replacement. But that’s not the end of the story. There are still significant problems in Obamacare’s exchanges to address and a looming political […]

Auction of Madonna’s Underwear, Love Letter From Tupac Halted

Jul 19 2017 — — An impending auction of pop star Madonna’s personal items, including a love letter from her ex-boyfriend the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a pair of previously worn underwear and a hairbrush containing her hair, was halted by a judge on Tuesday. Manhattan state Supreme Court Judge Gerald Leibovitz ordered Gotta Have It! Collectibles to pull 22 […]

Trump: ‘Let Obamacare Fail…I’m Not Going to Own It’

Jul 18 2017 — — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would let Obamacare “fail” in the aftermath of his party’s botched efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. “I think we’re probably in that position where we’ll let Obamacare fail,” Trump said at the White House. “We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own […]

McConnell Pulls Plug on GOP Health Care Bill, Will Seek Obamacare Repeal

Jul 18 2017 — — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged Monday night that he lacked the votes to pass the Senate health care bill after two more Republican senators came out against it, leaving the party short of a majority. Instead, he said the Senate would vote on a full repeal of Obamacare, with two years before the repeal […]

NBC News Poll: American Fears of War Grow

Jul 18 2017 — — An overwhelming majority of Americans — 76 percent — are worried that the United States will become engaged in a major war in the next four years, according to a new NBC News|SurveyMonkey National Security Poll out Tuesday. The number has jumped 10 points since February, when 66 percent of Americans said they were worried […]

Vatican-Vetted Magazine Accuses Steve Bannon of ‘Apocalyptic Geopolitics’

Jul 15 2017 — — A close confidant of Pope Francis, writing Thursday in a Vatican-approved magazine, has condemned White House chief strategist Steve Bannon as a supporter of “Christian fundamentalism” and “apocalyptic geopolitics.” In a damning article, the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, editor of the influential Jesuit journal La Civilità Cattolica, took aim at conservative religious support for President Donald […]

Trump Defends Son’s Meeting With Russian Lawyer

Jul 13 2017 — — President Donald Trump defended his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer promising damaging information about Hillary Clinton, blaming the media for making “a very big deal over something that really a lot of people would do.” “My son is a wonderful young man. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer […]