National Newswatch

Supporters of Rick Perry secured huge gas deal in Ukraine after push from energy secretary

Nov 11 2019 — — Two political supporters of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country’s new president. Perry’s efforts to influence Ukraine’s energy policy came earlier this year, just as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s new […]

U.S. formally starts withdrawing from Paris climate agreement

Nov 4 2019 — — The United States has told the United Nations it has begun the process of pulling out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he submitted a formal notice to the United Nations. That starts a withdrawal process that does not become official for a year. His statement […]

British lawmakers to elect new speaker after John Bercow’s retirement

Nov 4 2019 — — British lawmakers are electing a new House of Commons speaker on Monday to replace the influential but controversial John Bercow. Bercow retired last week after a decade as speaker that saw him become a central player in Britain’s Brexit drama. Like Bercow, the new speaker will run the daily business of the Commons, keeping lawmakers […]

Trump threatens to cut federal funding for California wildfires

Nov 3 2019 — — U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to cut funding to California for aid during wildfires that have burned across the state during dry winds this fall. Trump tweeted Sunday that California Gov. Gavin Newsom has done a “terrible job of forest management.” He tweeted that when fires rage, the governor comes to the federal government […]

German city of Dresden declares ‘Nazi emergency’

Nov 2 2019 — — The German city of Dresden has declared a “Nazi emergency” after years of “right-wing extremist, racist” activity in the city, a local councilor says. Dresden city councilors this week passed a resolution warning that the far-right was growing in strength in the eastern German city. “The word ‘Nazinotstand’ is an exaggerated formulation for the fact […]

Beto O’Rourke announces he’s dropping 2020 presidential bid

Nov 1 2019 — — Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, announced Friday that he was ending his Democratic presidential campaign, which failed to recapture the enthusiasm, interest and fundraising prowess of his 2018 Senate race. In an online post, O’Rourke said, “My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee.” He was scheduled […]

Trump changes permanent residence from New York to Florida

Nov 1 2019 — — U.S. President Donald Trump says he will be making Palm Beach, Florida, his permanent residence after he leaves the White House, rather than returning to Trump Tower in New York. Trump tweeted late Thursday that he cherished New York. But he added that “despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state […]

Twitter announces ban on all political advertising

Oct 30 2019 — — Twitter is banning all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted, misleading messages. “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives […]

U.K. election to be held Dec. 12 after motion passes

Oct 29 2019 — — After months of stalemate in Parliament, Britain appeared on course Tuesday for an early general election that could break the country’s political deadlock over Brexit. Opposition lawmakers backed in principle the government’s request to send voters to the polls in December –though Prime Minister Boris Johnson still faced a tussle over the exact date.

Lebanon’s PM resigning as crisis turns violent

Oct 29 2019 — — Lebanon’s embattled prime minister says he is handing in his resignation to the president after he hit a “dead end” amid nationwide anti-government protests. Saad Hariri spoke Tuesday after nearly two weeks of nationwide mass demonstrations. Protesters are calling for the resignation of the government and the overthrow of the political class that’s dominated the […]