National Newswatch

Russian jet conducts unsafe intercept of U.S. Navy plane

Jun 5 2019 — — A U.S. aircraft flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean Sea was intercepted three times by a Russian fighter jet during a 175-minute period Tuesday, according to the 6th Fleet. One of the interactions – the second – was deemed to be unsafe by the U.S. because the Russian SU-35 passed at high speed directly […]

US increases tariffs as China vows ‘countermeasures’

May 10 2019 — — The meeting comes on the heels of the president unexpectedly announcing plans to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods — ranging from textiles to chemicals — from 10% to 25%. China’s Commerce Ministry said Wednesday that Beijing will retaliate if the U.S. actually imposes the tariffs. “The escalation of trade friction is […]

McCabe says he ordered the obstruction of justice probe of President Trump

Feb 14 2019 — — Soon after speaking to President Trump about the firing of his boss James Comey, Andrew McCabe, who became the bureau’s acting director, began obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations involving the president and his ties to Russia. In his first television interview since his own firing, McCabe tells 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley he wanted those […]

Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer of blackmail, publishes apparent emails as evidence

Feb 7 2019 — — Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and owner of The Washington Post, accused the National Enquirer’s parent company of blackmailing him by threatening to publish intimate photographs unless Bezos publicly backed off criticisms of the media company. Bezos, one of the wealthiest people on the planet, published what appeared to be emails from attorneys representing American […]

Trump spent 60 percent of working hours in unstructured “executive time” in past 3 months: Report

Feb 4 2019 — — President Trump has spent roughly 60 percent of his working hours in so-called “executive time” over the last three months, according to a trove of internal White House schedules obtained by Axios. The schedules reveal Mr. Trump’s days at the White House contain hours of unstructured time punctuated by intelligence briefings, lunches, media interviews and […]

More Americans now see Mueller probe as justified, CBS News poll finds

Jan 24 2019 — — More Americans think the Russia investigation is justified than say it is politically motivated, the first time that’s happened in CBS News polling. Still, Republicans continue to take the President’s view on the matter, and a majority of Americans — including most Democrats — think Democrats in Congress should focus more on getting their own […]

Pelosi has edge over Trump on budget negotiations, CBS News poll shows

Jan 23 2019 — — Seven in 10 Americans don’t think the issue of a border wall is worth a government shutdown, which they say is now having a negative impact on the country. But partisans don’t want their own side to budge: 65 percent of Republicans say President Trump should refuse a budget unless it includes wall funding, and […]

Trump proposes deal on immigration, Pelosi calls shutdown offer a “non-starter”

Jan 19 2019 — — President Trump gave what he called a “major announcement” about the southern border and the partial government shutdown on Saturday. In his speech, Mr. Trump cited the “humanitarian crisis” at the border, where he said young children were being “exploited” by coyotes and women were being sexual assaulted. He did not distinguish between illegal migration […]

French arrest 5 in hunt for Strasbourg Christmas market attack suspect Cherif Chekatt

Dec 12 2018 — — French authorities detained five people as they hunted Wednesday for a suspected extremist who sprayed gunfire at one of Europe’s most famous Christmas markets in the eastern city of Strasbourg. The attack left at least two people dead and 12 wounded, including seven who were in serious condition. The government raised the security alert level […]