National Newswatch

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 […]

Democrats investigating whistleblower claims Pompeo’s security picked up Chinese food and his dog

Jul 1 2019 — — Democrats on a key House congressional committee are investigating allegations from a whistleblower within the State Department about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his family’s use of taxpayer-funded Diplomatic Security — prompting agents to lament they are at times viewed as “UberEats with guns”. Congressional investigators, who asked for the committee not to be […]

Canadian cartoonist loses job after illustration of Trump went viral

Jul 1 2019 — — A Canadian cartoonist’s illustration of President Donald Trump playing golf over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral Wednesday. Two days later, Michael de Adder said on Twitter that he had been let go by a publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada. De Adder’s illustration depicted Trump asking the two dead migrants, “Do you […]

Tillerson reveals frustrations about Kushner working behind his back

Jun 27 2019 — — One evening during his tenure as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was out to dinner in Washington when the restaurant owner asked if he would like to say hello to the Mexican Foreign Minister, Luis Videgaray, who also happened to be at the same establishment. As they walked to the back of the restaurant Tillerson […]

8 takeaways from the Democratic presidential debate’s first night

Jun 27 2019 — — Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was the top-polling Democratic presidential candidate onstage Wednesday night, and the early moments of the party’s first 2020 debate showed why. Warren was asked four other questions before most of the nine other contenders had been asked two. Her platform set the pace for the night, with other candidates embracing […]

Beth Chapman from ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ is in a medically induced coma

Jun 23 2019 — — Beth Chapman, the bail bondswoman who starred on the reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” is in a medically induced coma, her husband Duane “Dog” Chapman has confirmed on Facebook. The Facebook post linked to a Hawaii News Now story saying that Chapman was admitted to the ICU at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. “Please […]

Manafort told Sean Hannity in texts he would never give up Trump or Kushner

Jun 21 2019 — — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he would never give up information on President Donald Trump or senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, according to newly unsealed texts between the two men in 2017 and 2018. A court unsealed more than 50 pages of texts that […]

Trump threatened Time photographer with prison over Kim Jong Un letter

Jun 21 2019 — — President Trump’s interview with a team of reporters from Time magazine took a sudden turn when he made a comment about prison time for a journalist. The exchange happened in the Oval Office on Monday. Time published the interview transcript on Thursday evening, and that’s when the comment started to get attention. Here’s the background: […]

Senators receive classified briefing on UFO sightings

Jun 20 2019 — — A group of US senators, including the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence committee, received a classified briefing Wednesday about a series of reported encounters by the US Navy with unidentified aircraft, according to a congressional aide. “If pilots at Oceana or elsewhere are reporting flight hazards that interfere with training or put them at […]