National Newswatch

Case accusing Trump of profiting from his office moves ahead

Dec 4 2018 — Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland said they are moving forward with subpoenas for records in their case accusing President Donald Trump of profiting off the presidency. U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte approved the legal discovery schedule in an order Monday. Such information would likely provide the […]

Mystery: Who bought websites implying US senators ‘for sale’

Jul 23 2018 — Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Dozens of web addresses implying U.S. senators were "for sale" have been quietly and mysteriously purchased online, amid heightened concerns on Capitol Hill that foreign agents — especially Russians — might be trying to meddle in upcoming midterm elections. An Associated Press investigation found the responsible party: Democrats. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee […]

North Korea’s hacking fails to make summit talking points

Jun 15 2018 — Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Among the subjects President Donald Trump apparently didn't discuss with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore — the regime's human rights abuses, its exports of missile technology and its mistreatment of U.S. prisoners — there's one more: its long record of dangerous cyberattacks against sensitive targets in the U.S. and allied […]

Congressional Dems take Trump to court over foreign favours

Jun 6 2018 — Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Lawyers representing nearly 200 Democrats in Congress plan to argue in federal court Thursday that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by accepting foreign state favours without first seeking congressional approval. The case argues that the president has received foreign government favours, such as Chinese government trademarks for his companies, payments for […]

Critics see no end to foreign favours to Trump businesses

May 23 2018 — Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — First came news that a Chinese government-owned company had signed on to help build an Indonesian project that will include a Donald Trump-branded hotel and golf course. Then, days later, the president tweeted that his administration would ease sanctions against a Chinese smartphone maker accused of espionage. "Too many jobs in China lost," […]

Watchdog group: DOJ should investigate porn actress payment

Mar 9 2018 — Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — A non-profit watchdog group has asked the Justice Department and the Office of Government Ethics to investigate whether a secret payment to an adult film actress made prior to the 2016 presidential election may have violated federal law because Donald Trump did not list it on his financial disclosure forms. Citizens for Responsibility […]

Trump’s hardline views prompt nonprofits to reject aid money

Feb 3 2017 — Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Non-profit groups are rejecting federal grant money to combat violent extremism because of what they described as President Donald Trump's actions against the Muslim and Arab community. The Obama administration in its final days awarded 31 grants through the Homeland Security Department worth a total of about $10 million. Those agreements haven't been […]

US move to secure election systems meets criticism

Jan 9 2017 — Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — A last-minute decision by the Obama administration to designate election systems as critical infrastructure drew intense criticism from state and federal elections organizations on Monday. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the move Friday with 30 minutes' notice to the National Association of Secretaries of State and U.S. Election Assistance Commission, an […]

In Ukraine, more evidence of a hacking group’s Kremlin ties

Dec 22 2016 — Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — For those searching for stronger evidence of Russia's connection to the hack of the Democratic National Committee, the tale of an infected Ukrainian Android cellphone app may help, according to a cybersecurity firm. A new report released Thursday by CrowdStrike describes how a widely used cellphone application developed by a Ukrainian artillery officer […]

Clinton vows to retaliate against foreign hackers

Sep 29 2016 — Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton is vowing anew to respond to foreign hacking the same as any other attack against the United States. When she openly blamed Russia for recent U.S. cyber break-ins, Donald Trump wondered whether to blame overseas governments or overweight hackers working from home. "She's saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don't — […]

AP FACT CHECK: Is US giving away the internet?

Sep 22 2016 — Tami Abdollah, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — Donald Trump's campaign says a government plan to give up managing key operations of the internet poses a threat of outside censorship of online information. But such an outcome is highly unlikely. The upcoming Oct. 1 transition, which will result in no immediate discernible change for internet users, is the result of planning […]