National Newswatch

Kiefer Sutherland ‘seriously injured’ during European tour

Aug 19 2019 — — Kiefer Sutherland suffered a serious injury that has caused him to cancel the remaining three stops on his European tour, the actor and singer announced on social media. Sutherland said in an Instagram post on Thursday that he slipped on the steps of his tour bus, injuring a rib, “making it difficult to breathe and […]

State Department foreign service officer resigns in blistering criticism of Trump

Aug 9 2019 — — A foreign service officer resigned from the State Department effective Thursday, writing in a blistering op-ed in The Washington Post that he could no longer serve in “The Complacent State,” particularly in the wake of the El Paso mass shooting. Chuck Park wrote in the op-ed that during his almost 10 years in the foreign […]

Andrew McCabe suing Justice Department, FBI over firing

Aug 8 2019 — — Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is suing the Justice Department and FBI over his firing last spring. McCabe is asking a federal court in Washington to reinstate him as deputy director of the FBI so he can earn a full pension, which he was deprived of by being fired. He was dismissed less than […]

Trump’s trade war with China is starting to get out of hand

Aug 6 2019 — — The US-China trade war has always been serious. Now it’s starting to get scary. China allowed its currency to drop sharply on Monday to the weakest level in more than a decade. And China announced its companies have halted purchases of American agricultural goods. The Trump administration escalated tensions even further late Monday by taking […]

US formally withdraws from Cold-War era nuclear treaty with Russia

Aug 2 2019 — — The United States announced Friday it has formally withdrawn from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Moscow, putting an end to a landmark arms control pact that has limited the development of ground-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. “Russia is solely responsible for the treaty’s demise,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo […]

Winners and losers from the second night of the CNN debate Chris Cillizza

Aug 1 2019 — — *Cory Booker: The New Jersey senator had a very good debate. Aside from his dumb derision directed at so-called “Republican talking points” (more on that later), Booker was a happy warrior — balancing attacks (primarily against former Vice President Joe Biden) with an optimistic demeanor. Booker spoke powerfully about criminal justice reform and immigration. And […]

A top CEO calls out Trump’s racism

Jul 22 2019 — — The CEO of German industrial giant Siemens says that President Donald Trump is becoming a symbol of intolerance following his attacks on four female members of Congress. “I find it depressing that the most important political office in the world is turning into the face of racism and exclusion,” Joe Kaeser said Saturday on Twitter. […]

25 dead in suspected arson attack on Japanese animation studio

Jul 18 2019 — — At least 25 people have died in a suspected arson attack at a renowned animation studio in the Japanese city of Kyoto on Thursday, according to police. The death toll at the Kyoto Animation Co. building is expected to rise and the city’s fire department said that 36 people were injured in the blaze, some […]

‘Send her back!’ chant shows Trump’s ugly plan to get reelected

Jul 18 2019 — — In a moment of unrestrained demagoguery, President Donald Trump presided Wednesday over a crowd chanting “Send her back! Send her back!” about an American Muslim congresswoman who he targeted with racist attacks. The scenes at a North Carolina rally provided an ugly overture to a 2020 election campaign already soaked in hate. They exemplified the […]

Iran seizes foreign oil tanker with 12 crew, state media says

Jul 18 2019 — — Iran has seized an oil tanker it claimed was carrying 1 million barrels of “smuggled fuel,” state news agency Press TV said on Thursday. The semi-official Fars news agency said Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces ambushed the tanker, carrying 12 people on board, on Sunday.

Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Trump, cites sexual assault allegations

Jul 16 2019 — — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday defiantly responded to President Donald Trump’s continued attacks on her and other minority Democratic congresswomen, calling him out for the various sexual assault allegations made against him and his boasts on the infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” video. The tweet from Ocasio-Cortez is the latest salvo in an ongoing heated and […]

Trump tweets racist attacks at progressive Democratic congresswomen

Jul 14 2019 — — President Donald Trump used racist language on Sunday to attack progressive Democratic congresswomen, falsely implying they weren’t natural-born American citizens. Trump did not name who he was attacking in Sunday’s tirade but earlier this week he referenced New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when the President was defending House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A group of Democrats, […]

Trump invites right-wing extremists to White House ‘social media summit’

Jul 11 2019 — — Some of the right-wing media universe’s biggest stars are set to descend on the White House Thursday for what has been billed as a “social media summit” and will likely become a forum for airing claims of anti-conservative social media bias. In addition to inviting leaders from traditional conservative think tanks, such as the Heritage […]

Cables from UK’s ambassador to the US blast Trump as ‘inept,’ ‘incompetent’

Jul 7 2019 — — Diplomatic cables sent from the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the United States back to London describe President Donald Trump as “inept,” “insecure” and “incompetent,” a UK government official confirmed Saturday to CNN. The leak could cause serious diplomatic damage between the two “special relationship” allies. While foreign envoys of all nations are often candid in […]