National Newswatch

China rebukes Canada and other diplomats for letter on Muslim rights

Nov 15 2018 — — China said Thursday that 15 foreign ambassadors, including the envoy from Canada, exceeded their diplomatic roles by issuing a letter expressing concern about the incarceration of hundreds of thousands of members of the country’s Muslim minorities in re-education camps. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters at a daily briefing that it would be […]

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi’s killing

Nov 15 2018 — — Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor is recommending the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Al-Mojeb told journalists in a rare press conference in Riyadh on Thursday that Khashoggi’s killers had set in motion plans for the killing on Sept. 29, three days before […]

Trump reportedly considering a wide-ranging shakeup among White House

Nov 14 2018 — — U.S. President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shakeup as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was thought to be out as soon as this week, according to two people with knowledge of the issue, […]

U.K. cabinet to meet after Britain, EU reach draft Brexit deal

Nov 13 2018 — — Negotiators from Britain and the European Union have struck a proposed divorce deal that will be presented to politicians on both sides for approval, officials in London and Brussels said Tuesday. After a year and a half of stalled talks, false starts and setbacks, negotiators agreed on proposals to resolve the main outstanding issue: the […]

CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House

Nov 13 2018 — — CNN is suing the Trump administration, demanding that correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials to cover the White House be returned. The administration revoked them last week following President Trump’s contentious news conference, where Acosta refused to give up a microphone when the president said he didn’t want to hear anything more from him.

Whitaker will consult with ethics officials over recusal

Nov 13 2018 — — Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will consult with Justice Department ethics officials about “matters that may warrant recusal” amid pressure from Democrats to step aside from overseeing the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Whitaker is “fully committed to following all appropriate processes and procedures,” including consulting with senior ethics […]

Marvel giant Stan Lee has died at age 95

Nov 12 2018 — — Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. The creative dynamo who revolutionized the comics by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, was declared dead Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, […]

Turkey’s president says officials from several nations have heard tapes of Khashoggi’s death

Nov 10 2018 — — Officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain have listened to audio recordings related to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey’s president said Saturday, in the first public acknowledgement of the existence of tapes of the slaying. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also told reporters that […]

Pimp Dennis Hof wins Nevada legislative race after death

Nov 7 2018 — — Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star Dennis Hof died last month but still won a heavily GOP state legislative district after fashioning himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate. County officials will appoint a Republican to take Hof’s place in the state Assembly. He was found dead Oct. 16 after a weekend of parties […]

Pelosi as House speaker would ‘show the power of the gavel’

Nov 7 2018 — — It’s a pivotal moment for Nancy Pelosi — the beginning of a triumphal return as the nation’s first female House speaker, or the start of a political reckoning over who should lead Democrats in the Donald Trump era. With Democrats on the brink of winning the House, reclaiming the speaker’s gavel could be Pelosi’s last […]

GOP keeps Senate control for 2 more years, triumph for Trump

Nov 7 2018 — — Republicans retained Senate control Tuesday after ousting Democratic incumbents in Indiana, North Dakota and Missouri, delivering a victory to President Donald Trump by preserving the chamber as a showplace for his conservative priorities for two more years. To seal the win, the GOP drew backing from hard-right voters in rural, deep-red states, where Trump’s nativist, […]

As much of America votes, some chose not to or couldn’t

Nov 7 2018 — — For some, it’s a privilege lost. Others are disillusioned by a system they say does nothing for them. Others still are turned off by the anger and divisiveness they see as ripping the country apart. As Americans on Tuesday voted in midterm elections largely seen as a referendum of President Donald Trump’s first two years […]