National Newswatch

‘We’re freaked’: Trump startles US businesses with fresh tariff hike

May 7 2019 — — President Donald Trump’s decision to escalate tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods on Friday is angering American businesses that say they were taken by surprise. Importers received just five days’ notice about the sudden rise in the tariff rate to 25% from 10%. Phil Page, the CEO of Missouri-based Cap America, estimates that his […]

Trump warns presidency is being stolen amid Mueller angst

May 6 2019 — — Donald Trump — warning that his presidency is being stolen — sure seems threatened by Robert Mueller, especially considering his declaration that the special counsel handed him “complete and total exoneration.” Trump on Sunday called for Mueller to be barred from testifying to Congress — in a hearing that could come as soon as May […]

Country House wins Kentucky Derby after historic disqualification of Maximum Security

May 5 2019 — — Longshot Country House crossed the finish line second at the Kentucky Derby on Saturday but was declared the winner after second-favorite Maximum Security was disqualified for interference. It was the first time a Derby winner was disqualified because of a foul on the track. In 1968, Dancer’s Image won but failed a drug test and […]

South Korean defense ministry says North Korea has tested a short-range missile

May 3 2019 — — North Korea fired an unidentified short-range missile Saturday morning from the country’s eastern coast, the South Korean Defense Ministry confirmed to CNN by text message. The Defense Ministry added that South Korea and US authorities, are analyzing the details of the missile. The launch took place around at 9:06 a.m. (8:06 p.m. ET Friday). It […]

Trump and Putin spoke by phone, discussed Mueller report

May 3 2019 — — President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone Friday morning for “over an hour,” during which they briefly discussed special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and other issues, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Sanders said the Mueller report was discussed “very, very briefly,” adding […]

Pompeo claims Russia stopped Maduro leaving Venezuela for Cuba

Apr 30 2019 — — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Tuesday that embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro was preparing to leave the country for Cuba, but was talked out of it by Russia. “We’ve watched throughout the day, it’s been a long time since anyone’s seen Maduro,” Pompeo said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation […]

Emperor Akihito becomes first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years

Apr 30 2019 — — Japan’s Emperor Akihito formally abdicated Tuesday during a historic ceremony in Tokyo, becoming the country’s first monarch to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne in two centuries. His son, Crown Prince Naruhito, 59, will be inaugurated as the 126th emperor Wednesday, ushering in the Reiwa era.

CNN Poll: Biden solidifies frontrunner status with post-announcement bump

Apr 30 2019 — — Former Vice President Joe Biden’s announcement of a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination earned him an 11-point polling bounce, leaving him head and shoulders above the rest of the Democratic candidates. A new CNN poll conducted by SSRS after Biden’s announcement on Thursday shows 39% of voters who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents saying […]