National Newswatch

Donald Trump tells McGahn to defy Congress’ subpoena and skip House testimony

May 20 2019 — — President Donald Trump directed former White House counsel Don McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena, citing a Justice Department legal opinion that McGahn would have immunity from testifying before Congress about his work as a close Trump adviser. The decision is certain to deepen tensions between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration. They’ve accused Trump […]

Ford is cutting 7,000 white-collar jobs

May 20 2019 — — Ford is almost finished with a major global restructuring, and by the time it ends in August, the automaker will have shed 7,000 white-collar jobs. The company said Monday the plan will save about $600 million US per year by eliminating bureaucracy and increasing the number of workers reporting to each manager. The cuts amount […]

Google says services on Huawei phone still will function

May 20 2019 — — Google assured users of Huawei smartphones on Monday the American company’s basic services will work on them following U.S. government curbs on doing business with the Chinese tech giant. The announcement highlighted the potential impact on global consumers and technology industries of the Trump administration’s decision to tighten controls on Huawei Technologies Ltd., which Washington […]

Walmart warns that higher tariffs will mean higher prices

May 16 2019 — — Walmart warned on Thursday that higher tariffs on imports from China will mean higher prices. The comments came after the nation’s largest retailer reported its best sale performance at its established U.S. namesake stores for the fiscal first quarter in nine years. It marked 19 straight quarters of same-store sales gains. “We’re monitoring the tariff […]

China formally arrests 2 Canadians in case linked to Huawei

May 16 2019 — — China has formally arrested two Canadian citizens it is believed to be holding to pressure Canada into releasing a Chinese telecoms executive. The move brings the two closer to trial on vaguely defined state security charges. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Thursday that Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been arrested for allegedly […]

Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

May 13 2019 — — Actor Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT score in a U.S. college admissions scheme that involved wealthy parents and athletic coaches at some of the country’s top schools. The 56-year-old Desperate Housewives star didn’t speak as she walked into a federal courthouse in Boston on Monday with her […]