National Newswatch

Democrats look at packing the Supreme Court to pack the vote

May 31 2019 — — Republicans have been successfully leveraging the Supreme Court balance of power as a major campaign issue to ignite their base since the 1980s. For Democrats, the 2020 election may mark the first in modern times that they unite around the high court as a driving force in a presidential election. Democratic candidates are increasingly advocating […]

Tillerson quietly meets with House lawmakers to discuss Trump

May 21 2019 — — Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson quietly met with the top Democrat and Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Tuesday for an interview that focused primarily on his time in the Trump administration, a congressional aide with direct knowledge of the discussion confirmed to CNN. Tillerson traveled to Capitol Hill where he sat down […]

US intercepts Russian bombers, fighter jets off the coast of Alaska

May 21 2019 — — US F-22 stealth jets intercepted four Russian bombers and two Russian Su-35 fighter jets off the coast of Alaska on Monday, according to a statement from North American Aerospace Defense Command. The Russian nuclear capable long-range bombers flew into the Air Defense Identification Zone, which extends approximately 200 miles off Alaska’s western coast. The Russian […]

‘Game of Thrones’ finale recap: Ashes to ashes

May 20 2019 — — Some say the world will end in fire. / Some say in ice. And so, our song of ice and fire ends as we all said it would: In extended council meetings and elective monarchy! Congratulations to anyone who correctly called King Bran in their “Game of Thrones” office pool. You definitely earned that Starbucks […]

GOP Rep. Amash becomes first Republican to call for Trump’s impeachment

May 18 2019 — — Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash said Saturday he had concluded President Donald Trump committed “impeachable conduct” and accused Attorney General William Barr of intentionally misleading the public. Amash’s comments recommending Congress pursue obstruction of justice charges against Trump were the first instance of a sitting Republican in Congress calling for Trump’s impeachment.

Trump’s irritation with top aides grows over Iran strategy

May 16 2019 — — President Donald Trump has become irritated at an emerging impression his hawkish national security advisers are marching him closer to war with Iran despite his isolationist tendencies, according to people familiar with the matter. Instead, Trump is signaling his intent to speak with the Iranians as tensions rise in the Persian Gulf, and his national […]

Maine Senate passes bill giving state’s electoral votes to national popular vote winner

May 16 2019 — — Maine’s lawmakers passed a bill that would give the state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who won the national popular vote, taking a step toward becoming the 15th state to enact such a law. The Maine Senate voted 19-16 Tuesday to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would give all committed states’ […]

Alabama Senate passes near-total abortion ban

May 15 2019 — — Alabama sent the most restrictive abortion bill in the country to the governor’s desk Tuesday night, with the state’s Senate passing legislation that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.

Tim Conway, star of the ‘Carol Burnett Show,’ dies at 85

May 14 2019 — — Actor and comedian Tim Conway, best known for his work on “The Carol Burnett Show,” died on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, according to his publicist. Conway was 85. He had been battling a longtime illness prior to his death, Howard Bragman, Conway’s representative, told CNN. He was not suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, […]