National Newswatch

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to meet Trump Thursday

Sep 24 2018 — — President Donald Trump will meet with Rod Rosenstein Thursday after the deputy attorney general went to the White House Monday expecting to be fired. Rosenstein met with chief of staff John Kelly and spoke with Trump, who is in New York. “At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had […]

White House and Kavanaugh deny allegation made by second woman

Sep 23 2018 — — The White House and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denied an allegation Sunday made by a second woman accusing him of inappropriate sexual behavior. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called for an immediate postponement of Kavanaugh’s confirmation proceedings in a letter to the committee’s chairman, Iowa Republican Sen. […]

In defending Kavanaugh accuser, Ronald Reagan’s daughter reveals her own rape

Sep 22 2018 — — President Ronald Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis wrote about her own sexual assault experience to defend Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Davis’ story was published in an op-ed in The Washington Post on Friday, in which she alleged that she was raped by a music industry executive […]

Ford lawyers say she is open to testifying, but not Monday

Sep 20 2018 — — Christine Blasey Ford opened the possibility she would testify before Congress about her accusation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. An email her lawyers sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee said Ford “would be prepared to testify next week” if the senators offer her “terms that are fair and which ensure her […]

3 killed in shooting at Rite Aid distribution center in Maryland

Sep 20 2018 — — A gunman killed three people and wounded two others Thursday at a drugstore distribution center in Harford County, Maryland, officials said Thursday. The shooting occurred at a Rite Aid support facility, and “what I understand is the location is secure,” said Rite Aid spokeswoman Susan Henderson. Roughly 1,000 employees work there, she said. “The distribution […]

Jack Ma: Trade war has killed my pledge to create 1 million US jobs

Sep 20 2018 — — The Alibaba (BABA) chief grabbed attention at the start of last year when he made the highly ambitious pledge following a meeting with Donald Trump, who was president elect at the time. But in an interview published late Wednesday by China’s official news agency, Xinhua, Ma said the waves of new tariffs imposed by Washington […]

Syria accidentally shot down a Russian military plane

Sep 18 2018 — — Syria inadvertently shot down a Russian military plane after an Israeli attack on Syrian positions, killing 15 people on board, Moscow said. The Russian military said Tuesday that the Russian maritime patrol aircraft was shot by by Syrian regime anti-aircraft artillery amid the Israeli attack on Monday, state news agency RIA-Novosti reported. Moscow blamed Israel […]

Kavanaugh accuser feared an ‘annihilation’ in the press

Sep 17 2018 — — The Senate Judiciary Committee is still scheduled to vote on Thursday. But Brett Kavanaugh’s path to Supreme Court confirmation just got a lot more complicated. The woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, went public on Sunday through an interview with Emma Brown of The Washington Post. Brown had been working on the […]

The power of a named accuser: Kavanaugh’s future now hangs in the balance

Sep 17 2018 — — Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser now has a name, and the Republican Party’s bid to swiftly lift him onto the Supreme Court may be spinning out of control. The coming hours could decide whether the GOP can stabilize the confirmation process of President Donald Trump’s nominee or whether his hopes of being the man to enshrine a […]

Paul Manafort pleads guilty and agrees to cooperate with Mueller investigation

Sep 14 2018 — — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department, including in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Manafort pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy against the US and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice due to attempts to tamper with witnesses, […]

Paul Manafort and special counsel close to deal for guilty plea

Sep 14 2018 — — Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman embattled by criminal indictments, may no longer fight the charges related to his Ukrainian lobbying operation. He and the special counsel’s office are close to a deal for a guilty plea ahead of his upcoming trial, according to a source familiar with the matter. A deal is expected […]

Florence kills 5, including infant, in North Carolina, officials say

Sep 14 2018 — — At least five people, including a mother and her infant, have died in North Carolina as Tropical Storm Florence slowly moves from the Tar Heel State into South Carolina, officials said Friday. After coming ashore in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane, Florence was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday afternoon and trudged into […]

Trump falsely claims nearly 3,000 Americans in Puerto Rico ‘did not die’

Sep 13 2018 — — Nearly 3,000 people died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. President Donald Trump denied this reality as a hurricane barrels toward the Carolinas. “3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to […]

Hurricane Florence has weakened but it will still be devastating

Sep 13 2018 — — The fierce winds of Hurricane Florence are weakening as it creeps closer to North Carolina but the impact of the immense storm will still be catastrophic for millions of people. Florence, now a Category 2 hurricane, is forecast to unleash extreme storm surge, possibly historic flooding rains, and damaging winds in the Carolinas beginning Thursday. […]

Hurricane Florence prompts warning: ‘You put your life at risk by staying’

Sep 12 2018 — — Officials in the potential path of a still fierce Hurricane Florence had a stern, clear message for people still in coastal towns under evacuation orders. Leave. Now. “You put your life at risk by staying,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. “Don’t plan to leave once the winds and rains start.”